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Optimize and Repair Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Viewer.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

Choose this command in the Map menu to optimize (reduce) the size of the map file and repair damaged objects. With edit operations such as deleting objects, empty space is created in the map file. This function removes this empty space and therefore reduces the size of the map file.

When OCAD encounters damaged objects it tries to repair them. If this is not possible, they are deleted.

After the optimization the Optimization Result dialog box is displayed with the following information:

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  • File size before optimization in bytes.
  • File size after optimization in bytes.
  • Objects repaired
  • Damaged objects deleted
  • Spurious objects deleted: Spurious objects are objects which are not visible. These may be text objects with no text and no line, line objects with only one point, or area objects with only 2 points.
  • Unsymbolized Objects
  • Objects with Unknown Symbol
  • Objects with Invalid Symbol Type

Set Scale and Coordinate System Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

Visit the Set Scale and Coordinate System page to get some information about this function.

Change Scale Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

Choose this command in the Map menu to change the scale of the map. The map is enlarged/reduced according to the new scale. The Change Scale dialog box is displayed, where the new scale can be entered.

ChangeScale.PNG

Actual scale
This line shows the current scale of the map. Choose the Set Scale and Coordinate System command from the Map menu to set the current scale.
Hint.jpg Setting the current scale with the Set Scale and Coordinate System function does not enlarge or reduce the map. It only changes a number in the map file.

New scale
Enter here the desired new scale of the map. You may choose one of the predefined scales or enter the scale on the keyboard.

Enlarge/reduce symbols
Check this box to enlarge/reduce the symbols with the same factor as the map. When the box is checked, the map is enlarged/reduced like a photographic enlargement. When this box is not checked, the map is enlarged/reduced, but the symbols are kept in the same dimension.

Hint.jpg Course Setting project: OCAD does not enlarge and reduce symbols with symbol numbers 0-100. That are usually the symbols for the control description.

Click the OK button to finish.

Create Map Grid Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.

Choose this command from the Map menu to create grid lines on the map (e.g. it can be used to draw Magnetic North lines or the grid for a Name Index.). The Create Map Grid dialog box is displayed.

CreateMapGrid.PNG

Now, you have to make the following adjustments:

  • Easting offset: Enter the easting offset to the defined map grid for the vertical grid lines.
  • Northing offset: Enter the northing offset to the defined map grid for the horizontal grid lines.
  • Create vertical grid lines: Check this option to create vertical grid lines and enter the distance .
  • Create horizontal grid lines: Check this option to create horizontal grid lines and enter the distance .
  • Angle: OCAD uses the real world angle.
  • Create vertices at grid junctions: Check this option to create a vertex at every grid junction.
  • Symbols:
    • Grid lines: Select a line symbol for the grid lines (map grid).
    • Grid labels: Select a text symbol for the grid labels.

Click the OK button when finished. The grid is drawn over the whole map. Therefore, remove background maps which are larger than the map before creating a grid.
hint Create Name Index is the corresponding function to create a name index based on a rectangular map grid.
hint The minimum and maximum grid line distance depends on the map grid distance. You can change this grid distance in Set Scale and Coordinate System dialog.

Create WGS84 Grid Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.

Read more about this topic on the Create WGS84 Grid page.

Hide Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.

Choose this command in the Map menu to hide the map on the screen.

Transform

Information about the transforming functions, which are Move, Stretch/Shrink, Mirror, Rotate Map, Change Coordinate System, Affine, Rubbersheeting, Local Transformation and Center Map to Drawing Area, can be found on the Map Transform page.

Convert Imported Layers to Symbols Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.

Choose this command from the Map menu to convert the layers of an imported DXF, Shape or AI file to symbolized objects. The Convert Imported Layers to Symbols dialog box appears.

In this dialog box you can create a list of references. A reference consists of a layer and the corresponding OCAD symbol. You can save the list to a cross reference (.crt) file for later use. You can load an existing cross reference file to modify or execute it.

Visit the Cross Reference Table page to get some information about CRT-Files and the CRT-File part in the dialog.

Click the Execute button when you are finished with editing the CRT-File. The conversion gets executed.

Click Add all to add all imported layers to the table.

hint - Please note that this CRT file does not work to Import OCD Files!

An imported layer can be converted manually. Visit the Convert a Layer Manually page to get more information.

Convert Area or Line Objects to Point Objects Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.

Choose this function in the Map menu to convert area or line objects to point objects. This command is enabled if an area or line object is selected.

  1. Select a line or an area object.
  2. The Convert Area or Line Objects to Point Objects dialog appears.
    ConvertAreaOrLineObjectsToPointObjects.PNG
  3. Choose a point symbol.
  4. Click the Execute button. The selected area or line object is converted to a point symbol and the chosen symbol is assigned to it.

Hint.jpg The point symbol appears in the middle of the area or the line.

Convert Text Objects to Point Objects Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.

Choose this command from the Map menu to convert text to point objects. The Convert Text Objects to Point Objects dialog appears.

This function is used after import map drawn in DTP program. In a DTP program point symbols are often drawn with a character and a special symbol fonts. OCAD can convert this characters to a point symbol.

In the first part of the dialog you can decide wheter you want to convert the objects from all text symbols or only objects from a selected symbol.

In the second part of the dialog box you can create a list of references. A reference consists of a layer and the corresponding OCAD symbol. You can save the list to a cross reference (.crt) file for later use. You can load an existing cross reference file to modify or execute it.

Visit the Cross Reference Table page to get some information about CRT-Files and the CRT-File part in the dialog.

Example of crt file:

 312.000 A
 313.000 B
 314.000 C 

The same data in the dialog:

ConvertTextObjectsToPointObjects.PNG

Click the Execute button when you are finished with editing the CRT-File. The conversion gets executed.

Convert Text Objects from OEM to Unicode Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.

Choose this command from the Map menu to convert text objects from OEM to Unicode.

This function can be used after importing geodata from non-Unicode compatible programs or open ocd files from older OCAD versions. OCAD 12 is Unicode compatible.

In the first part of the dialog you can decide wheter you want to convert the text from all text symbols or only objects from a selected symbol.

In the second part of the dialog box you can create a list of references. A reference consists of a layer and the corresponding OCAD symbol. You can save the list to a cross reference (.crt) file for later use. You can load an existing cross reference file to modify or execute it.

Visit the Cross Reference Table page to get some information about CRT-Files and the CRT-File part in the dialog.

Click the Execute button when you are finished with editing the CRT-File. The conversion gets executed.

Example: After opening OCAD 7 file in OCAD 12 file some characters are invisible (e.g. the character Ť from codepage Windows-1250 to represent texts in Central European and Eastern European languages). Use this function to convert this character from OEM code '141' to the Unicode '356'.

Export Objects by Selected Symbols Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.

With this function you can export objects with the selected symbol(s) in a new OCAD-Map. Select the desired symbol(s) before choosing this function (e.g. you can export all roads).

Choose this function from the Map menu. The Export Objects by Selected Symbols dialog opens. Browse a location and enter a name for the new file. Then, click the Save button to finish.

Export Selected Objects Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

With this function you can export the selected object(s) in a new OCAD-Map. Select the desired object(s) before choosing this function.

Choose this function from the Map menu. The Export Selected Objects dialog opens. Browse a location and enter a name for the new file. Then, click the Save button to finish.

Delete Objects by Selected Symbols Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.

Choose Delete Objects by Selected Symbols in the Map menu to select all objects with certain symbols or in a certain layer. As an example you can select all roads. The Delete Objects by Selected Symbols dialog box appears.

All objects with a selected symbol

Choose this option and click on the OK button to delete all objects with the selected symbol(s). Select the symbol(s) before you choose the Delete Objects by Selected Symbols command.

All objects in layer

If you import files like PDF, DXF, Adobe Illustrator or OpenStreetMap with layer information, the layer information does not get lost, though OCAD does not support layers as they are known in Adobe Illustrator or similar applications. Choose the All objects in a layer option to delete all objects which are in the same layer. Choose a layer in the dropdown list.

Unsymbolized objects

Choose this option and click on the OK button to delete all Unsymbolized Objects.

Objects with unknown symbol

Choose this option and click on the OK button to delete all Objects with Unknown Symbol.

Objects with invalid symbol type

Choose this option and click on the OK button to delete all Objects with Invalid Symbol Type.

Graphic objects

Choose this option and click on the OK button to delete all Graphic Objects.

Image objects

Choose this option and click on the OK button to delete all Image Objects.

Export Part of Map Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

With this function you can export a part of the current map in a new OCAD-Map.

Choose this function from the Map menu. The Export Part of Map dialog opens on the right side of the screen. The following adjustments can be made:


Boundaries

  • Rectangular boundaries: Choose this option to export a rectangular part of the map. You can modify or move the boundaries using the mouse.
Click Setup.JPG Setup button to define the region to be exported with coordinates. The Setup Part of Map (Export) dialog box appears.
Click the EntireMap.JPG Entire Map button to export the entire map. The boundary rectangle adjusts to the entire map.
Click the ToCurrentView.JPG To Current View button to export the map which is currently displayed on the screen. The boundary rectangle adjusts to the current view.
  • Use selected object for boundaries: Choose this option to export an irregularly shaped part of the map. Before choosing the Export Part of Map command, you must draw the shape with a line or area object.
    • Export with selected object: If you check this option the object which defines the boundary is exported as well.
hint To make this function faster convert this cutting object from a curve to a polyline (Change to Polyline).
hint The number of vertices of the cutting object has a big influence on the speed of this function.
hint This option may produces inverted area objects or other artefats. Namely if the cutting object has self-intersections or if the cutting object crosses a hole of an area object.
hint We recommend to use the Rectangular boundaries option to export a rectangular part of the map.
  • Export database links: This option is checked by default. If you do not want to export the database links, then uncheck this option. This will speed up the export significantally if the map has a lot of linked objects.

Click the OK button when finished. The Export Part of Map dialog opens. Browse a location and enter a name for the new file. Then, click the Save button to finish.

Colors Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Viewer.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

You can find all information about colors on the Colors page.

Define Spot Colors Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Viewer.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

Visit the Define Spot Colors page to get some information about this function.

Load Colors From Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

Information about this function can be found on the Colors page.

Load Colors and Symbols From Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

Information about this function can be found on the Colors page.

Compare Symbols and Colors Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

Select this command in the Map menu to compare the symbol set of the open file with a reference OCAD map. The Reference map dialog appears. Choose a reference file and click the Open button. The Compare Symbols and Colors dialog box appears. You have the following options:

  • Compare colors: Activate this check box if the color table shall be compared.
  • Compare symbols: Activate this check box if the symbols shall be compared.
  • Used symbols only: Activate this checkbox if only used symbols shall be compared.
  • List identical symbols: Activate this check box if the identical symbols shall be listed, too. If this check box is deactivated, only the different symbols will be logged in the TXT-File.

Click the OK button to continue. OCAD saves a text file to the location of the currently opened OCAD-Map under the name FILENAME.CompareResult.txt and opens it. Make sure that the directory of the current OCAD-Map is not a read-only folder.

The Logfile shows the difference of the symbols and/or colors and if wanted also the identical symbols.

Load Symbol Descriptions From

Choose this command in the Map menu to load symbol descriptions from a text file. Choose the Load Symbol Descriptions From... item from the Map menu. The Load dialog box is displayed. Choose a text file what contains the symbol descriptions. Click the Open button to load the symbol descriptions. The text file needs to contain the symbol number followed by a SPACE or TAB as separator and the symbol description, ex:

101.000 Contour
102.000 Index Contour

Save Symbol Descriptions To

Choose this command in the Map menu to save the symbol descriptions to a text file. Select the Save Symbol Descriptions From... item from the Map menu. The Save dialog box is displayed. Choose a path and file name. Click the Save button to save the symbol descriptions. The text file contains the symbol number followed by a TAB as separator and the symbol description, ex:

101.000 Contour
102.000 Index Contour

Symbol Set Conversion

Visit the Symbol Set Conversion page to get some information about this function.

Routing Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.

Visit the Routing page to get some information about this function.

Map Information Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Viewer.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

Choose this command from the Map menu to get some information about the current map and about the Windows system. The Map Information dialog box is displayed.

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The dialog box provides the following information:

  • Total objects: The total number of objects on the map.
  • Objects with symbol: The total number of symbolized objects on the map.
  • Objects without symbol: The total number of Unsymbolized Objects on the map.
  • Objects with unknown symbol: The total number of Objects with Unknown Symbol on the map.
  • Layout objects: The total number of Layout Objects on the map.
  • Graphic objects: The total number of Graphic Objects on the map.
  • Image objects: The total number of Image Objects on the map.
  • Colors: The total number of Colors.
  • Spot Colors: The total number of Spot Colors.
  • Symbols: The total number of Symbols.
  • File size: The size of the map file on the disk in Bytes.
  • Undo file size: The size of the undo file in the temporary OCAD folder in Bytes. The undo file is used for Undo/Redo.

In addition, you can choose between six tabs with detailed information:

  • Notes: Enter information about the map here. This feature was called File information until OCAD 9. The text you type in here will show up in the New File dialog under Map notes if you use the map as a symbol template.
  • Symbols: This tab shows a tree view of all Symbols in the Symbol Box.
  • Colors: This tab shows a tree view of all Colors in the color table and in which symbols they are used.
  • Fonts: This tab shows a tree view of all used fonts and in which symbols they are used.
  • Background Maps: This tab shows a tree view of all Background Maps loaded.
  • Database: This tab shows a tree view of all connected Databases in the map.

Click the Report button to save a report of the selected tab as a XLS or TXT File.

The right part of the dialog is the System information part with the following information:

  • Screen resolution: Number of dots in horizontal and vertical direction on the screen. The resolution is determined by the currently installed screen driver. In addition, the Pixels per Inch are given.
  • Physical memory: Size of the physical memory (RAM).
  • Disk space: Available disk space on the drive where OCAD is installed in Megabytes.
  • ADO Version: The current version of the ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) is displayed here.
  • Access Database Engine: The Access Database Engine (32-bit) is displayed here.
  • Borland Database Engine: Shows if Borland Database Engine is installed or not.

Click the OK button to save and quit.



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