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.

You find a detailed list of newly added function in our Wiki or in the Release Notes.

  • New Map Wizard: Direct impot of free available geodata.
  • Online Map Services: Load georeferenced Google Maps aerial photos.
  • User Interface: OCAD supports the potential of high-resolution screens.
  • Upload orienteering courses directly to SPORTident Center.
  • Route Analyzer: Analyze routes of sprint orienteering courses.
  • Update Symbol Set: This function helps you to update your map to the latest ISOM 2017-2 standart.

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:

New features during the year:


OCAD 2018 Mapping Solution
OCAD 2018 Orienteering
OCAD 2018 Starter
OCAD 2018 Course Setting



New Modul “ThematicMapper” for creating Thematic Maps, move line segmentgeneralize buildingssmooth contour lines with different tolerance 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 layerStairway drawing mode, snappingLaser Rangefinder drawing modeClassify Vegetation Height, create color gradientShape 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

OCAD Inc. was created after the sudden death of the founder of OCAD, Hans Steinegger.


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.