Graphische Benutzeroberfläche

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The Toolbars can be moved within the graphical user interface. The buttons can be individually shown or hidden in the GUI (Graphical User Interface) category of the OCAD Präferenzen which can be found in the Option menu. Alternatively, click the small arrow at the end of each toolbar to adjust it.



Standard Toolbar

new Neu: Create a new map.
open Öffnen: Open an existing map.
save Speichern: Save changes made to the map.
print Drucken: Print out the map.
undo Rückgängig: Undo previous actions.
redo Wiederherstellen: Cancel the previous undo action.


Edit Functions Toolbar

find selected objects Selektierte Objekte finden: Move screen to the selected object.
delete Löschen: Delete the selected object(s).
Icon RotateEnterAngle.PNG Drehen (Winkel eingeben): Rotate selected object(s) by entering angle.
Icon AlignObjectsHorizontal.PNG Objekte ausrichten: Horizontale Koordinate: Align objects at a horizontal coordinate.
Icon AlignObjectsVertical.PNG Objekte ausrichten: Vertikale Koordinate: Align objects at a vertical coordinate.
Icon InterpolateObjects.PNG Objekte interpolieren: Insert line or point objects regularly between existing objects.
duplicate object Duplizieren: Create a copy of the selected objects.
fill or make border Füllen oder Umranden: Fill a line or area object(s) with area object(s), make a line border of area object(s) or duplicate the object identically.
merge Verschmelzen: Merge multiple line, area and text objects.
reverse object Objekt umkehren: Reverse the direction of the selected line object(s).
Icon ChangeToPolyline.png In Polylinie umwandeln Convert the selected line or area object(s) into a polyline.
change to Bézier curve In Bézier-Kurve umwandeln: Convert the selected line or area object(s) drawn in freehand mode into Bezier curves.
convert to graphic object In Grafikobjekt umwandeln: Convert the selected object(s) into their graphic elements (lines and areas).
smooth Glätten: Smooth line or area objects.
snapping Snapping: Snap vertices automatically to other curves or points.
join Anpassen: Move the ends of the selected line object to connect to adjoining objects.
change symbol of object Symbol von markiertem Objekt wechseln: The selected object is assigned to the symbol selected in the symbol box.
change symbol for all objects with this symbol Symbol für alle Objekte mit entsprechendem Symbol wechseln: Change the symbol of all objects with a symbol A to symbol B.
measure Messen: Measure the selected line or area object or the distance between 2 selected vertice objects.
automatic joining Automatisches Anpassen: Automatically join the ends of lines during the drawing process.


View Toolbar

Various functions are available for increasing or reducing the size of map sections as well as repositioning them.

pan Verschieben: Reposition the map section
pan locked Verschieben fixieren: Reposition the map section a number of times in succession.
zoom in Vergrössern: Increase the size of the map section.
zoom in locked Vergrössern fixieren: Increase the size of the map section a number of times in succession.
zoom out Verkleinern: Reduce the size of the map section.
zoom out to previous view Verkleinern zur vorherigen Ansicht: Return to last smaller map section.
show entire map Ganze Karte anzeigen: Display the entire map in the drawing window.
zoom to previous view Vorherige Ansicht: Return to last map section.
zoom to next view Nächste Ansicht: Go to previous map section.
draft mode slider Entwurfsmodus-Schieber: The upper slider (M for map) is used to fade out the map objects; the lower slider (B for background) to fade out the Hintergrundkarte. The Entwurfsmodus-Schieber is only visible if the Entwurfsmodus is activated in the Ansicht menu.
show grid Bildschirm-Gitter anzeigen: Display the coordinate grid in the drawing window.

Bearbeitungs- und Zeichnungs-Werkzeugleiste

Edit and Drawing Toolbar


select and edit object Selektiere und editiere Objekt: Select and move objects.
select object and edit vertex Selektiere Objekt und editiere Stützpunkt: Select objects or move points of objects.
normal vertex Normaler Stützpunkt: Add a vertex. This will not influence a dashed line.
corner vertex Eckpunkt: Add a corner vertex or turn a normal vertex into a dash vertex. This will affect the dashed line so that it will start with a full dash from this point and/or a symbol will appear in the corner vertex.
dash vertex Strichelungspunkt: Add a dash vertex or turn a normal vertex into a dash vertex. This will affect the dashed line, which will start with half a dash from this point.
remove vertex Stützpunkt entfernen:
indicate direction of area pattern point or text object Indicate Direction of Area Pattern, Point or Text Object
rotate object Rotate Object: Rotate the selected object(s).
cut hole Cut hole: Cut a hole into the selected area object.
cut area Cut area: Cut the selected area object.
cut Cut: Cut the selected line object or the borderline of the selected double line or area.
video available Schneiden
move parallel Move parallel: Move the selected line or area object parallel to the original object.
reshape Reshape: To shape (something) again or differently


curve mode Kurve: Draw in curve mode.
ellipse mode Ellipse mode: Draw elliptical (oval) objects.
circle mode Circle mode: Draw circular objects.
rectangular line mode Rectangular line mode: Draw rectangular line objects with any number of corners.
rectangular mode Rectangular mode: Draw rectangular area objects with any number of corners.
Stairway drawing mode Stairway drawing mode: Draw a rectangular stairway.
straight line mode Straight line mode: Draw objects with straight lines.
freehand mode Freehand mode: Draw objects in freehand mode.
drawing multiple point objects Drawing multiple point objects: Draw several point objects that are placed on a line with a constant interval.
Icon LaserDistance.PNG Laser distance drawing mode: Draw objects by distances transmitted from a laser distance meter.
numeric mode Numeric Mode: Draw objects in numeric mode.
numeric toolbar Numeric Toolbar

Server- und Client-Werkzeugleiste


Icon ConnectDisconnect.PNG Connect/Disconnect: Click this icon to manage CSA-Projects and the connection to the server.
Icon GetObjectsFromCurrentView.PNG Get Objects from Current View: Load all objects from the server which are in the current view.
Icon ImportMap.PNG Import Map: Import an OCAD map into a CSA-Project.
Icon DeleteObjectsInDatabase.PNG Delete Objects in Database: Click this icon to delete an object on the server.
Icon CheckOut.PNG Check Out Selected Objects: Click this icon to check out all selected objects.
Icon CheckIn.PNG Check In Selected Objects: Click this icon to check in all selected objects.
Icon ShowCheckedOutObjects.PNG Show Checked Out Objects: Click this icon to show all checked out objects in a table.
Icon CSA Undo.PNG Database Undo: Click this icon to undo the previous action on the server.
Icon CSA Redo.PNG Database Redo: Click this icon to redo the previous action on the server.
Icon GenerateMapPreview.PNG Generate Map Preview: Click this icon to generate a map preview.
Icon SaveForOfflineWork.PNG Save for Offline Work: Click this icon to save a part of the CSA-Project for offline work.
Icon DoDatabaseMaintenance.PNG Do Database Maintenance: Click this icon to clean up the database.
Icon ManageServerBookmarks.PNG Manage Server Bookmarks: Click this icon to manage the server bookmarks.
Icon ShowProjectInformation.PNG Show Project Information: Click this icon to show all available information about the project.
Icon RightsManagement.PNG Rights Management: Click this icon to admit project permissions.
Icon ObjectHistory.PNG Working on a CSA Project#Object History Click this icon to show the object history.

Ziffernblock-Werkzeugleiste Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD 11 Professional.This function is available in OCAD 11 Orienteering Standard.

Numeric Toolbar

This toolbar can be used as an alternative to the numeric keypad. Some tablet PCs do not have a keyboard, therefore the Numeric Toolbar can be used to enter numbers, anyway.

Mobile-Werkzeugleiste Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD 11 Professional.This function is available in OCAD 11 Orienteering Standard.

Mobile Toolbar

This toolbar can be used as an alternative to the keyboard. Some tablet PCs do not have a keyboard with these special keys, therefore with the Mobile Toolbar you can use these keys anyway.

Werkzeugleisten anpassen

Choose this command to customize toolbars. The dialog box is opened by clicking Customize button in on GUI (Graphical User Interface) page in OCAD Preferences dialog box or by clicking on the right end of a toolbar. When the box above the button is checked the button will be visible otherwise it will be hidden.


hint The Numeric keypad toolbar cannot be customized.


The OCAD Professional Edition features the following 15 menus:


  • File: File management, file import and export functions, printing
  • Server/Client: Functions for Server/Client
  • View: Functions for viewing the map
  • Select: Functions for selecting an object or a vertex
  • Object: Object editing functions
  • Symbol: Functions for creating and editing symbols
  • Map: Map editing functions
  • Layout: Function for layout managing
  • Database: Functions for connecting and editing databases
  • Background Map: Functions for loading and managing background maps
  • DEM: Functions for the import, export and evaluation of Digital Elevation Models
  • GPS: Functions for connecting GPS devices or importing GPS data
  • Options: Functions for customizing personal preferences
  • Window: Functions for arranging the map window
  • Help : OCAD Help

Datei Menü

New: Create a new map.
Open: Open an existing map file.
Open Sample Map: Open a sample map file.
Close: Close the current map file.
Save: Save changes in the current map file.
Save As: Save the current map file under a new name.
Undo: Undo the last draw or edit operation.
Redo: Reverse the effect of the Undo operation.
Print: Print a color map or color separations.
Import: Import a map file.
Export: Export the map in a different file format.
Export OCAD Internet Map: Export the map to OCAD Internet Map.
Export Encrypted File: Export the map to encrypted OCAD file format.
Send File by Email: Send current map file by email.
Execute XML Script: Execute function defined in a XML script file.
Create Backup: Make a backup copy of the current map file.
Restore Backup: Restore a map file saved with the Backup function.
Open Recently Exported Documents: Open one of the documents you have exported recently.
Open Recently Used OCAD Files: Open one of the map files you have worked on recently.
Exit OCAD: Terminate OCAD.

Server/Client Menü

Connect/Disconnect: Connect or disconnect the connection to the server
Get Objects from Current View
Import Map: Import a Map from the connected server
Delete Object in Database
Check Out Selected Objects: Check out selected objects for editing.
Check in Selected Objects: Check out selected objects after finished edited objects.
Show Checked Out Objects: Show current checked out objects.
Database Undo: Undo your last move in the database.
Database Redo: Redo your last move in the database.
Generate Map Preview Generate preview from current map.
Do Database Maintenance: Upkeep Database
Manage Server Bookmarks
Show Project Information

Ansicht Menü

Normal Mode: Normal mode view.
Spot Color Mode: Spot color view.
Draft Mode: Draft mode view. The Background Map can be seen behind the map.
Draft Mode Only Background Map Favorites: Draft mode view. Only favorited Background Maps are shown.
Keyline: Shows a rough sketch, where the objects have been placed.
Hatch Areas: Displays full areas as hatched areas on the screen.
Anti-Aliasing: Activates or disables Anti-Aliasing.
Redraw: Redraws the drawing area.
Pan: Moves the view.
Move To: Moves the view to a desired position.
Find Selected Objects: Finds the selected objects.
Zoom In: Displays the map with a higher magnification.
Zoom Out: Displays a larger area of the map.
Zoom to Selected Objects: Moves screen zoom to selected objects.
Show Entire Map: Displays the entire map on the screen.
Zoom: Select the magnification in which the map is to be displayed.
User Defined: Choose this command to set the view to a specified zoom factor.
Bookmarks: Create and manage bookmarks.
-Create: Create a new bookmark
-Manage: Manage available bookmarks
Show Screen Grid: A screen grid is shown in the drawing area.
Show Rulers: Rulers are shown.
Ruler Guides: Ruler guides can be managed with this command.
-Show: Show vertically or horizontally ruler guide
-Manage: Add new ruler guide.

Selektieren Menü

Select and Edit Object: Select, move or stretch object(s).
Select Object and Edit Vertex: Select or move vertex of object(s).
Select Objects by Symbol: Select all objects with same symbol .
Select Objects by Property: Select all objects with same properties.
Select All: Select all objects in map.
Clear Selection: Nothing is selected.
Invert Selection: Change current selection such that everything previously unselected will now be selected and vice versa
Select Next Object: Selects the next obvious object.
Save Selection: Save current selection for later use.
Reload Selection: Reload saved selection.
Edit Selection: Manage saved selection.
Select Group: Select a group of objects.

Objekt Menü

Cut: Copy the selected object(s) to the clipboard and delete them in the current map.
Copy: Copy the selected object(s) to the clipboard.
Paste: Insert the object(s) in the clipboard into the current map.
Delete: Delete the selected object(s).
Rotate Object: Rotate object(s).
-Rotate: Rotate the selected object(s).
-Rotate Object by Angle: Rotate the selected point object(s) by specifying a rotation angle.
Align Objects: Align the selected objects horizontally or vertically.
-Horizontal Coordinate
-Vertical Coordinate
Indicate Direction of Area Pattern, Point or Text Object: Change direction of selected point object, area pattern or text.
Cut Objects: Cut hole, area or line.
-Cut hole: Cut a hole in an object.
-Cut area: Divides an area.
-Cut line: Divides a line.
Crop Objects: Crop selected Object(s).
Move Parallel: Move the selected line or area object parallel from the original object.
Move Parallel with Distance: Move the selected line or area object parallel with a distance from the original object.
Reshape: To shape a part of an object again or differently.
Interpolate Objects: Interpolate selected Objects to each other.
Duplicate: Duplicate (create a copy of) the selected object(s).
Move and Duplicate: Duplicate selected object and move it.
Mirror and Duplicate: Mirror selected object and duplicate it.
Fill, Make Border, Duplicate Identically: Fill a line or area object(s) with area object(s) or make line border of area object(s).
Merge: Merge multiple line, area and text objects into one object.
Reverse Object Direction: Reverse the direction of the selected line object(s).
Change to Polyline: Change selected object to polyline.
Change to Bézier Curve: Change selected object to a Bézier curve.
Convert to Graphic Object: Convert the selected object(s) to their graphic elements (lines and areas).
Convert to Layout Object: Convert selected object to layout object.
Smooth: Smooth selected line or area object(s) drawn in freehand mode.
Create Color Gradient
-Join: Move the ends of the selected line object to connect to adjoining objects.
-Select Duplicate Objects: Duplicate the selected object(s).
-Select Self-Intersected Objects
-Select Line Text Objects with too Short Line
-Select Objects with Invalid Geometry
-Close Area Objects
-Remove Overshoots and Undershoots
-Insert Intersections
Change Vertex Types to: Change vertex types for the selected object(s).
Change Symbol (Selected objects)
Change Symbol (All Objects with Corresponding Symbol)
Find and Replace Text
Insert Glyphs: Insert special letters.
Measure: Measure the selected line or area object or the distance between 2 selected point objects
Object Information: Show information about selected object(s).

Symbol Menü

New: Create a new symbol.
Edit: Define or redefine the selected symbol.
Icon: Draw or edit the symbol's icon, which appears in the symbol box.
Enlarge/Reduce: Enlarge or reduce the selected symbol or all symbols.
Copy: Copy the selected symbol to the clipboard.
Paste: Copy a symbol from the clipboard to the current map.
Delete: Delete the selected symbol.
Duplicate: Make a copy of the selected symbol.
Sort Symbol Box: Sort the symbols in the symbol box.
-By Number: Sort symbol in symbol box by number.
-By Color: Sort symbol in symbol box by color.
-By Status (Normal, Protect or Hide): Sort symbol in symbol box by status.
Select: Select certain symbols in the symbol box.
-Used: Select used symbols in symbol box.
-Unused: Select unused symbols in symbol box.
-Invert: Change current selection such that everything previously unselected will now be and vice versa.
-All: Select all symbols in symbol box.
-By Color: Select all Symbols with same color.
-By Font: Select all Sybmols with same font.
Normal: Make objects with the selected symbol(s) appear normal.
Protect: Make objects with the selected symbol(s) protected from editing.
Hide: Objects with the selected symbol(s) do not appear.
Show Unsymbolized Objects: Normal / Hide.
Show Graphic Objects: Normal / Hide.
Image Objects: Normal / Protect / Hide
-Normal: Selected Symbols are not protected and not hidden.
-Protect: Selected symbol(s) are visible but cannot be edited.
-Hide: Selected symbol(s) are not visible .
Show Symbol Favorites: Display the symbol favorites in symbol box.
Add To Favorites: Add the selected symbol(s) to symbol favorites.
Remove From Favorites: Remove the selected symbol(s) from symbol favorites.
Show Symbol Tree: Display the symbol tree in symbol box.
Remove From Symbol Tree: Remove the selected symbol(s) from symbol tree.

Karte Menü

Optimize/Repair: Remove empty space in the map file and repair damaged objects.
Set Scale and Coordinate System: Set map scale and define the coordinate system.
Change Scale: Change the scale of the map and enlarge/reduce the map according to the new scale.
Create Map Grid: Create grid lines on the map.
Create WGS84 Grid: Create a WGS84 grid on your current view.
Hide: Hide the map on the screen.
Transform: Adjust the map to the background map.
-Move: Move the entire map to a different location in the coordinate system.
-Stretch / Shrink: Stretch (enlarge or reduce) the entire map horizontally or vertically.
-Mirror: Mirror the entire map horizontally or vertically.
-Rotate Map: Rotate the entire map.
-Change Coordinate System: Change current coordinate system to another.
-Affine: Adjust the whole map on background map or on grid.
-Rubbersheeting: Adjust a part of the map on a georeferenced background map.
-Center map to Drawing Area
Convert Imported Layers to Symbols: Convert the layers of an imported *.dxf or *.ai file.
Convert Area or Line Objects to Point Objects: Convert area to point object(s).
Convert Text Objects to Point Objects: Convert text to point object(s).
Convert Text Objects from OEM to Unicode: Convert text objects from OEM to Unicode.
Export Objects by Selected Symbol: Export all objects with a selected symbol to a new map file.
Export Selected Objects
Export Part of Map
Colors: Define or edit the colors of the current map.
Define Spot Colors: Define the spot colors of the current map.
Load Colors From: Load a color table from another map.
Load Colors and Symbols From: Load the symbol set from another map.
Compare Colors and Symbols: Compare two symbol sets.
Routing: Import kml file with route from Google Maps API
Map Information: Show map information.

Layout Menü

Edit Layout Objects: Draw and edit the layout objects.
Import Layout
Save Layout
Add North Arrow or Scale Bar
Add Map Legend
Add Trim and Bleed Marks
Create Graticule Name Index
Create Name Index

Datenbank Menü

Manage Database Connections: Create and edit datasets.
Create and Update Records: Create OCAD objects out of the database.
Update Special Fields
Create Objects from Table: Create OCAD objects from database records.
Assign Symbols by Records
Add Texts by Records
Define Object Directions by Records: Assign angle information from the open dataset(s) to the objects.
Merge Objects by Records
Select Linked Objects with Corresponding Record
Select Linked Objects without Corresponding Record
Select Objects Linked to the same Record
Delete Database Record when Deleting Object: If the option is turned on and an OCAD object with a linked database record is deleted, the database record is deleted, too.
Create Database Record when Cutting Object

Hintergrundkarte Menü

Scan: Scan a background map using a TWAIN interface.
-Acquire: Acquire a background map
-Select Source: Select source from which the background map acquire
Open: Open a scanned background map stored in a file.
Adjust: Adjust the background maps in horizontal and vertical directions.
Hide All: Hide the background maps temporarily.
Manage: Set options for displaying and printing the background maps.
WMS - Web Map Service: Add background map from WMS

DHM Menü

Import: Import an ASCII Grid or XYZ file to OCAD.
Open: Open an OCAD DEM file (*ocdDem).
Show Frame: Shows blue rectangle with the extent of loaded DEM.
Resize: Resize OCAD DEM file (make a subset) and save it as a new OCAD DEM file.
Info: Shows information about OCAD DEM file.
Close: Close OCAD DEM file.
Merge DEM: Merges two parts of a DEM together.
Calculate DEM Difference Calculates the difference between a surface and a terrain model.
Create Contour Lines: Calculates contour lines based on the loaded DEM.
Create Hypsometric Map: Calculates a grayscale or colored hypsometric map
Create Hill Shading: Calculates a shaded relief picture.
Calculate Slope Gradient Calculates a grayscale picture with slope gradient.
Classify Vegetation Height Calculates picture with vegetation height classes.
Create Profile: Creates a profile for the selected line object.
Export: Save loaded OCAD DEM file as ESRI ASCII Grid or as ASCII Grid XYZ.

GPS Menü

Real Time GPS
Adjust GPS
Import Data from GPS Device
Import from File
Connect to Laser Distance Meter

Optionen Menü

OCAD Preferences: Options for your individual working methods.
Shortcuts: Define or change keyboard shortcuts for menu commands.
Backup and Restore Options
Language: Choose a language.

Fenster Menü

Tile: Arrange all open maps horizontally or vertically on the screen.
Cascade: Arrange all open maps in a way that the title of each map is visible.

Hilfe Menü

Contents: The contents of this help file.
Menu: Help for menu commands.
Toolbar: Help for toolbar buttons.
Renewals: Click on this menu item to open the Renewals page.
OCAD Home page: Connect to the OCAD homepage on the Internet.
OCAD Update: Connect to the OCAD download site on the Internet.
OCAD Learn Videos: Connect to Learning Videos on OCAD homepage.
About OCAD: General Information about OCAD.

Tastatur zusammen mit der Maus einsetzen

This section provides an overview of options for using the keyboard and the mouse together.


  • Shift shift: When starting a curve, straight line or freehand line: extend an existing object.
  • Ctrl: Trace an existing object.
  • Alt: Drawing a straight line: the line is made exactly horizontal or vertical.

Einen Kreis zeichnen

  • Shift shift: Drag the radius from the center point.


  • Shift shift: Add or remove an object to/from the selected objects.
  • Ctrl: Remove a vertex.
  • Shift shift + Ctrl: Insert a normal vertex.
  • Alt: Select an object behind an object that has already been selected.
  • Alt + cut: Switch temporary to Edit mode to select next line object in between cutting lines.
  • Ctrl + cut: Cut a virtual gap into the selected line object.
  • Shift shift + cut: Cut a broken line: a gap is inserted at the vertex where the cut was made.
  • Arrow keys: Moves the selected object.
  • Shift + Arrow keys: Moves the selected object faster.


  • Space bar + Left Mouse Button: Move the View (pan).
  • Ctrl + Mouse Wheel: Zoom in and zoom outIncrease/reduce the size of the map section.
  • Shift shift + Mouse Wheel: Move the map section horizontally (scroll).


In the Status Bar at the bottom of the window you can find useful information:


Currently Selected Object: The symbol number and the name of the currently selected symbol is displayed in this part. If multiple objects are selected, the number of selected objects is shown. In addition, if you retrieve a Bookmark, the saved comment is displayed here.

Coordinates from Mouse: The coordinates of the current position of the mouse pointer is displayed in this part. You can change the format of the coordinates shown here in the Graphical User Interface category of OCAD Preferences in the Options menu. If a DEM is loaded, the elevation in meters is given in brackets after the coordinates.

Mode: The current View Mode is displayed in this part of the status bar. In addition, OCAD shows wheter Anti-Aliasing is enabled or not.

Current Zoom Factor: This field shows the current Zoom Factor.

Visibility: Visibility.PNG
There are seven eye icons which indicate wheter a certain map feature is visible or not. These features are (from left to right): Layout, Map, Background Map, Symbols, Unsymbolized Objects, Graphic Objects and Image Objects.
If the eye icon is black, the feature is visible.
If the eye icon is grey, no corresponding features exist.
If the eye icon is crossed off with a red cross, the feature is not visible.
If the eye icon is crossed off with an orange cross, the feature is only partially visible.

Currently Selected Symbol: The currently selected symbol is shown in this part of the status bar.

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