OCAD History

OCAD is a graphics program for drawing maps or plans of all kinds. The software program was originally developed by Hans Steinegger for the creation of digital orienteering maps. Today it is used successfully in all areas of professional cartography.

After the release of the first version of OCAD in January 1989, the program has been and will be continuously developed and adapted to customer requirements.

In 1992 the company Steinegger Software was founded by Hans Steinegger.

Hans Steinegger died of heart failure on June 19, 2004. As a result, OCAD AG was founded, which is an independent joint-stock company owned by individuals. At the headquarters of OCAD AG in Baar, Switzerland, 7 employees are employed.


Introduction of the subscription model for “Single Users” and “Teams” (companies and associations). Thanks to the subscription model, OCAD is constantly updated with new functions.

New features on release: check legability according to ISOM 2017, create smoothed contour lines, different symbols for depressions, automatic extraction of vegetation and terrain objects, 64x zoom support.


New Modul “ThematicMapper” for creating Thematic Maps, move line segment, generalize buildingssmooth contour lines with diffrent toleranc levelsSymbol Status-Manager, Docking-Panels, Analyse of
LiDAR- und DEM-Data with a step-by-step assistant, irregular stochastic pattern, time stamp for objects, manage large background maps and LiDar-data due to new 64-Bit-Version, multiple representation

Windows 10


OCAD for Cartography

OCAD 12 Mapping Solution
OCAD 12 ThematicMapper
OCAD 12 Professional

OCAD for Orienteering

OCAD 12 Professional
OCAD 12 Orienteering
OCAD 12 Starter
OCAD 12 Course Setting

OCAD 12 Wiki – Online Help


New with WMS (Web Map Service), layout layer, Stairway drawing mode, snapping, Laser Rangefinder drawing mode, Classify Vegetation Height, create color gradient, Shape import.

Windows 7

4 Products:

  • OCAD 11 Professional
  • OCAD 11 Orienteering
  • OCAD 11 Starter
  • OCAD 11 Course Setting

The new version OCAD 11 Enterprise provided a client-server architecture which allows to work in teams.

OCAD 11 Wiki – Online Help


Import digital elevation models (contour lines, calculate hill shading and own contour lines), free choose between 11 languages (German, English, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Czech, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish und Japanese).

More file formats for import and export (new with SVG [ Scalable Vector Graphics])

Import and edit Freehand or Adobe Illustrator files.

KML (export as KML-format and visualize in Google Earth).

GPX (exchange for GPS-devices)


Windows XP/Vista


Windows XP

Import and export SHP files, Database connection, Course Setting module, Draft-Mode)

3 versions, Professional, Standard, Course Setting


Runs on Windows 98/NT

Import AI files, OCAD background map


For Windows 95/NT

Online help

Change scale, part of map, merge lines, real time GPS, georeference, no more digitising board.(possible to show areas with hatches, so that background was visible)


New in Windows (3.1) program

Scan background maps

Bezier curve

Programmable symbols, create own symbol set

Import DXF-data

Different languages (German, French, English, Swedish, Finnish)


Rectangular drawing function

Cut/fill hole

Set corner vertex

Create stamp field

Line tracing

Additionally in Professional: map shift / turn / enlarge / downsize, import additional map part, DXF-function, translation table.


Fill out / make border of areas.

Different options for symbols e.g. fill roads, set thickness of path and rocks.

Small house, small ruin as rotatable point symbol.

Automatically smooth, setting in 5 levels.

Import and export of maps (logos).


Map-Editor: Objects can be easily shift, deform, smoothing etc


Release of the first version of OCAD in January 1989.

MS-DOS version

«Schneitwald» was the first map, which was generated with OCAD.