Symbol

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Symbols are used to define a map object’s graphic appearance (characteristic). For example, a tree is represented by a green point on the map. Every map object drawn using the “tree” symbol will therefore have the same graphic appearance. If the symbol is changed using the symbol editor, all map objects drawn using it are also changed. OCAD provides four basic symbol types that correspond to the properties of the respective objects:

  • Point symbol
  • Line symbol
  • Area symbol
  • Text symbol

Hint.jpg You can get to the Symbol menu by clicking a symbol in the symbol box with the right mouse button, too.

New 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 to create a new symbol. The New Symbol dialog box is displayed. Check the desired symbol type and click OK. A dialog box is shown where the parameters of the symbol can be defined, varying according to the symbol type.

For basic principles see Create a New Symbol.

Hint.jpg For every text style, a separate symbol is required.

Edit 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 from the Symbol menu or click with the right mouse button on a symbol in the symbol box to edit the currently selected symbol. According to the symbol type a dialog box is displayed where the symbol properties can be modified:

Hint.jpg If you edit a symbol, all objects on the map with this specific symbol are changed.

Icon 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 from the Symbol menu or click with the right mouse button on a symbol in the symbol box to draw or edit the icon for the selected symbol. The Edit Icon dialog box appears, which contains a simple paint program to draw an icon.

Learn more about the Icon Editor on the Icon Editor page.

Enlarge Reduce 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 Symbol menu to enlarge or reduce the selected symbol(s) or all symbols. The Enlarge Symbol dialog appears.

Factor

Enter here a percentage value to enlarge or reduce the symbol(s). A value of 100 means that the size of the symbol remains the same. A value smaller than 100 means the size of the symbol is reduced, a value greater than 100 means the size of the symbol is enlarged.

All symbols

If this check box is checked, all symbols are enlarged/reduced. If it is not checked, only the selected symbol(s) are enlarged/reduced.

This function is disabled for course setting projects.

Copy 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 from the Symbol menu to copy the selected symbol(s) to the clipboard.

If a symbol has been copied to the clipboard, choose Paste from the Symbol menu to paste it either to the symbol box of the original map or to the symbol box of a different map. Keep in mind that when you copy a symbol to a different map, the colors are not copied.

Paste 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.

This command is activated if the clipboard contains one or more OCAD symbols.

Choose this command to paste a symbol or a group of symbols from the clipboard to the current map. If a symbol number already exists, it is changed to the next free number. Use the Copy function from the Symbol menu to copy symbols to the clipboard.

Delete 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 from the Symbol menu to delete the selected symbol(s). A confirmation message appears before the symbols are removed from the symbol box.

If a deleted symbol is used in the map, the respective objects are not deleted, but appear gray as Unsymbolized Objects.

Duplicate 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 from the Symbol menu to duplicate (create a copy of) the selected symbol(s). The duplicated symbols get the next free symbol number.

If one symbol is selected, the duplicated symbol is inserted after the selected symbol; otherwise the duplicated symbols are appended at the end of the symbol box.

Sort Symbol Box Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

You can sort the symbol box by various definition.

  • By Symbol Number
  • By Color
  • By Symbol Type
  • By Status (Normal, Protected or Hidden)
  • By Usage Frequency

Learn more about sorting the symbol box on the Symbol Box page.

Select

It's possible to select objects without specially clicking on them.

  • Used
  • Unused
  • Invert
  • All
  • By Symbol Number
  • By Symbol Type
  • By Status
  • By Color
  • By Fonts

Learn more about selecting symbols on the Symbol Box page.

Replace Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

Replace Font in Symbols

Choose the Font function in the Replace submenu of the Symbol menu to replace a font in symbols. The Replace Font in Symbols dialog opens.
The font can be replaced either in all symbols with a specified font (e.g. every text symbol with the font Arial gets a new font) or in all selected symbols (All selected text objects no matter which font they have get a new font). Choose the desired option. Afterwards, choose a new font in the New font dropdown menu and click the OK button to finish.

Replace Color in Symbols

Choose the Color function in the Replace submenu of the Symbol menu to replace a color in symbols. The Replace Color in Symbols dialog opens.
Choose wheter you want to replace the color in all symbols or only in the selected symbols of the symbol box. Then select the old color in the Old color dropdown list as well as the new color in the New color dropdown list.

Click the OK button and the color is replaced.

Symbol Status 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.

Each symbol has one of these four status:

  • normal (visible and selectable)
  • protected (and visible). Protected means that it is not possible to select these objects by clicking on an object in the drawing area. However you can selected these objects with other functions like Select Object by Symbol or Select Object by Date.
  • hidden and protected
  • hidden and unprotected (former unprotected status is saved, but not selectable)

Normal (Visible and Selectable)

Choose this command in the Symbol menu to change the selected symbols to Normal. Normal symbols are neither protected nor hidden, which means they are visible and can be selected (draw, edit, delete).

Hint.jpg Alternatively, you can press the F2 key (Shortcut by default) or right click into the symbolbox and select Normal (Visible and Selectable) to set the symbol status of the selected symbols to Normal.

Protect Objects

Choose this command in the Symbol menu to protect the selected symbol(s). Objects with a protected symbol are visible but cannot be edited.

Protected symbols appear with a gray diagonal in the symbol box.

Hint.jpg Alternatively, you can press the F3 key (Shortcut by default) or right click into the symbolbox and select Protect Objects to protect the selected symbols.

Hide Objects

Choose this command in the Symbol menu to hide the selected symbols. Objects with a hidden symbol are not visible, not printed and not exported.

Hidden symbols appear with a gray cross (x) in the symbol box.

Hint.jpg - There is an option in the category Warnings of the OCAD Preferences to turn on/off the warning that the map contains hidden symbols.

- Alternatively, you can press the F4 key (Shortcut by default) or right click into the symbolbox and select Hide Objects to hide the selected symbols.

Symbol Status Manager

Choose this command in the Symbol panel to save symbol status settings as .xml files. With the Symbol Status Manager you can Load and Delete previously saved settings. It's even possible to Export and Import setting from other ocad files.

Show Unsymbolized Objects 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.

With this menu item you can show or hide Unsymbolized Objects.

Show Graphic Objects 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.

With this menu item you can show or hide Graphic Objects.

Image Objects 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.

With this menu item you can show, protect or hide Image Objects.
Normal: The image objects are visible and can be edited, moved or deleted
Protect: The image objects are visible but cannot be selected, edited, moved or deleted.
Hide: The image objects are not visible.

Symbol Favorites Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

Show Symbol Favorites

Display the symbol favorites in symbol box.

Add To Favorites

Add the selected symbol(s) to symbol favorites.

Remove from Symbol Favorites

Remove the selected symbol(s) from symbol favorites.


Learn more about the Symbol Favorites functions on the Symbol Box page.

Symbol Tree Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.

Show Symbol Tree

Display the symbol tree in symbol box.

Remove from Symbol Tree

Remove the selected symbol(s) from symbol tree.


Learn more about the Symbol Tree functions on the Symbol Box page.



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