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This wiki will help familiarize you with the functions of OCAD 12.  
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This wiki will help familiarize you with the functions of OCAD.  
 
 
  
 
==How to Get to the OCAD Wiki==
 
==How to Get to the OCAD Wiki==
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** '''Menu''': You will go to the '''[[Graphical_User_Interface#Menu|Menu]]''' part of the '''[[Graphical User Interface]]''' page.
 
** '''Menu''': You will go to the '''[[Graphical_User_Interface#Menu|Menu]]''' part of the '''[[Graphical User Interface]]''' page.
 
** '''Toolbar''': You will go to the '''[[Graphical_User_Interface#Toolbars|Toolbar]]''' part of the '''[[Graphical User Interface]]''' page.
 
** '''Toolbar''': You will go to the '''[[Graphical_User_Interface#Toolbars|Toolbar]]''' part of the '''[[Graphical User Interface]]''' page.
** '''Renewals''': You will go to the '''[[What is New]]''' page.
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** '''What's New''': You will go to the '''[[What is New]]''' page.
 
* If you want to go directly to an article about a function, press the '''F1''' key when you have selected the function from the menu or toolbar.
 
* If you want to go directly to an article about a function, press the '''F1''' key when you have selected the function from the menu or toolbar.
 
* Many dialog boxes provide a '''Help''' button. Click it to go directly to the article for that function.
 
* Many dialog boxes provide a '''Help''' button. Click it to go directly to the article for that function.
  
==OCAD Learn Videos and OCAD Youtube Channel==
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==OCAD Wiki Language==
OCAD offers you '''learn videos''' for various subjects on '''http://www.ocad.com/en/support/learn-video/''' and '''https://www.youtube.com/user/ocadcom'''. They help you step by step how to use the functions. Most of the videos are linked from the corresponding page in this Wiki. Example exercises are available for some videos and can be downloaded from the learn videos web page. The videos and example exercises are only available in English.
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The OCAD Wiki is only available in English.
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To translate the Wiki into another language you have the following options:
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*Translate directly in the '''browser'''
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:Chrome has a Build-In Translate tool, Firefox has translation Add-ons and Microsoft Edge has translator extensions in the Microsoft Store.
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*Copy text and have it translated in a '''translation program'''
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:E.g. Deepl Translator (https://www.deepl.com/translator) or Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/)
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*Contact one of our numerous '''[https://www.ocad.com/en/reseller/ local resellers]'''.
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*Contact '''[https://www.ocad.com/en/contact-support/ OCAD Support]'''. We will be happy to help you.  
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==OCAD Learn Videos==
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OCAD offers you '''learn videos''' for various subjects on '''[https://www.youtube.com/user/ocadcom/playlists YouTube]'''.  
  
 
[[File:Hint.jpg]] Some videos are made with earlier versions of OCAD. Functions or dialog boxes may have changed. Look for the OCAD Wiki article on the corresponding function to get help for the most recent version of OCAD.
 
[[File:Hint.jpg]] Some videos are made with earlier versions of OCAD. Functions or dialog boxes may have changed. Look for the OCAD Wiki article on the corresponding function to get help for the most recent version of OCAD.
: [[File:Camera.jpg|video available]] [http://www.ocad.com/howtos/33.htm OCAD basics]
 
  
 
==Conventions==
 
==Conventions==
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*"Quotation marks": Input values, selection values
 
*"Quotation marks": Input values, selection values
 
*[[File:Hint.jpg|Hint]] Hint
 
*[[File:Hint.jpg|Hint]] Hint
*[[File:Camera.jpg|video available]] OCAD tutorial videos
 
 
*[[File:Mas40px.png|This function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-cartography]] This function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution.
 
*[[File:Mas40px.png|This function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-cartography]] This function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution.
*[[File:Std40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]] This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.
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*[[File:Ori40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]] This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.
 
*[[File:Sta40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Starter.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]] This function is available in OCAD Starter.
 
*[[File:Sta40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Starter.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]] This function is available in OCAD Starter.
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*[[File:CS40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]] This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.
 
*[[File:View40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Viewer.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/downloads/ocad-viewer]] This function is available in OCAD Viewer.
 
*[[File:View40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Viewer.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/downloads/ocad-viewer]] This function is available in OCAD Viewer.
*[[File:CS40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]] This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.
 
*[[File:Ent40px.PNG|This function is only available in the OCAD 11 Enterprise Edition.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-cartography]] This function is only available in the OCAD 11 Enterprise Edition.
 
  
 
==Terms/Glossary==
 
==Terms/Glossary==
 
The following terms from the disciplines of geospatial technology, computer science and cartography, are used in this manual. An explanation of the most important terms is provided here to keep the explanations as short as possible and avoid any possible misunderstanding.
 
The following terms from the disciplines of geospatial technology, computer science and cartography, are used in this manual. An explanation of the most important terms is provided here to keep the explanations as short as possible and avoid any possible misunderstanding.
 
*'''[[Vertices|Vertex]]:''' '''[[Vertices]]''' are specified by a pair of coordinates (x/y values). '''[[Vertices]]''' are used to define the position of points, lines and areas.  
 
*'''[[Vertices|Vertex]]:''' '''[[Vertices]]''' are specified by a pair of coordinates (x/y values). '''[[Vertices]]''' are used to define the position of points, lines and areas.  
*'''Object:''' Each element on a map is referred to as an object (map object). There are point, line, area and text objects.  
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*'''[[Object]]:''' Each element on a map is referred to as an object (map object). There are point, line, area and text objects.  
*'''Point Object:''' The position of a point object on the map is defined by a single vertex. These points can be moved, deleted or rotated. The vertex generally represents the center of the symbol.
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*'''[[Drawing_an_Object#Draw_a_Point_Object|Point Object]]:''' The position of a point object on the map is defined by a single vertex. These points can be moved, deleted or rotated. The vertex generally represents the center of the symbol.
*'''Line Object:''' A line object on the map is defined using a sequence of vertices. Individual vertices can be moved or deleted and new ones added. The object can be disconnected, rotated, reshaped or merged with lines of the same symbol. The vertices represent the center of the line. Line objects are directional.
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*'''[[Drawing_an_Object#Draw_a_Line_or_Area_Object|Line Object]]:''' A line object on the map is defined using a sequence of vertices. Individual vertices can be moved or deleted and new ones added. The object can be disconnected, rotated, reshaped or merged with lines of the same symbol. The vertices represent the center of the line. Line objects are directional.
*'''Area Object:''' An area object on the map is defined by a sequence of vertices. Individual vertices can be moved or deleted and new ones added. The object can be stretched, reshaped, reduced, rotated or merged with other areas with the same kind of symbol.
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*'''[[Drawing_an_Object#Draw_a_Line_or_Area_Object|Area Object]]:''' An area object on the map is defined by a sequence of vertices. Individual vertices can be moved or deleted and new ones added. The object can be stretched, reshaped, reduced, rotated or merged with other areas with the same kind of symbol.
*'''Image Object:''' An image object is an imported vector graphic element. These are solely line and area objects. Not all OCAD editing functions can be applied to image objects. An image object must be converted into an object or assigned to a symbol before it can be edited. Image objects can be converted individually or automatically based on a reference table.
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*'''[[Image_Objects|Image Object]]:''' An image object is an imported vector graphic element. These are solely line and area objects. Not all OCAD editing functions can be applied to image objects. An image object must be converted into an object or assigned to a symbol before it can be edited. Image objects can be converted individually or automatically based on a reference table.
:[[File:Camera.jpg|video available]] [http://ocad.com/howtos/107_image_objects.htm Image objects]
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*'''[[Convert_into_Graphic_Object|Graphic Object]]:''' A graphic object is an element created using the '''Convert To Graphic Object''' function. This function is used to break an object down into its individual basic elements or to convert it into an outline.  
*'''Graphic Object:''' A graphic object is an element created using the '''Convert To Graphic Object''' function. This function is used to break an object down into its individual basic elements or to convert it into an outline.  
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*'''[[Layout|Layout Object]]:''' A layout object is on the layout layer at the top of the map. The layout layer may contain raster images and vector objects like lines, areas or text. The vector layout objects color model is CMYK. The layout images' color model is RGB.
:[[File:Camera.jpg|video available]] [http://ocad.com/howtos/106_graphic_objects.htm Graphic objects]
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*'''[[Symbol]]:''' Symbols are used to define a map object’s graphic appearance. For example, a tree may be represented by a green circle 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 also change. OCAD provides four basic symbol types that correspond to the properties of their respective objects:
*'''Layout Object:''' A layout object is on the layout layer at the top of the map. The layout layer may contain raster images and vector objects like lines, areas or text. The vector layout objects color model is CMYK. The layout images' color model is RGB.
 
*'''Symbol:''' Symbols are used to define a map object’s graphic appearance. For example, a tree may be represented by a green circle 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 also change. OCAD provides four basic symbol types that correspond to the properties of their respective objects:
 
 
:* Point symbol  
 
:* Point symbol  
 
:* Line symbol  
 
:* Line symbol  
 
:* Area symbol
 
:* Area symbol
 
:* Text symbol
 
:* Text symbol
*'''Georeferencing:''' Georeferencing refers to the allocation of spatial reference information to the map so that its content can be mapped to a geodetic reference system, i.e. augmented by geographic coordinates (geocoding). OCAD supports more than 50 geographic coordinate systems. Information about the geographic coordinate system appropriate for your application is available from national land surveying offices, cartographic institutes or data suppliers.
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*'''[[Background_Map#Open_a_Background_Map|Georeferencing]]:''' Georeferencing refers to the allocation of spatial reference information to the map so that its content can be mapped to a geodetic reference system, i.e. augmented by geographic coordinates (geocoding). OCAD supports more than 50 geographic coordinate systems. Information about the geographic coordinate system appropriate for your application is available from national land surveying offices, cartographic institutes or data suppliers.
 
*'''Vector Maps:''' Vector maps are made up of vectors (points, lines or area objects) defined by vertices. Raster maps can be created using vector maps. OCAD maps are vector maps.
 
*'''Vector Maps:''' Vector maps are made up of vectors (points, lines or area objects) defined by vertices. Raster maps can be created using vector maps. OCAD maps are vector maps.
 
*'''Georeferenced Vector Maps:''' A georeferenced vector map refers to a vector map whose vectors have been referenced using geographic coordinates (geocoded).  
 
*'''Georeferenced Vector Maps:''' A georeferenced vector map refers to a vector map whose vectors have been referenced using geographic coordinates (geocoded).  
*'''Background Map:''' Background map refers to a raster map or OCAD file used as a background. It serves as a drawing template or background map image. Examples include scanned draft maps, satellite pictures, orthophotos, and shading. OCAD cannot be used to edit background maps.
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*'''[[Background_Map|Background Map]]:''' Background map refers to a raster map or OCAD file used as a background. It serves as a drawing template or background map image. Examples include scanned draft maps, satellite pictures, orthophotos, and shading. OCAD cannot be used to edit background maps.
 
*'''Raster Map:''' A raster map (bitmap) is made up of a series of regularly spaced pixels positioned at right angles. In OCAD, they can only be used as background maps. They can neither be edited nor converted into vector maps using OCAD. OCAD supports the following raster map formats:  
 
*'''Raster Map:''' A raster map (bitmap) is made up of a series of regularly spaced pixels positioned at right angles. In OCAD, they can only be used as background maps. They can neither be edited nor converted into vector maps using OCAD. OCAD supports the following raster map formats:  
 
:* BMP - Bitmap  
 
:* BMP - Bitmap  
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[mailto:info@ocad.com info@ocad.com]<br>
 
[mailto:info@ocad.com info@ocad.com]<br>
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Latest revision as of 15:53, 4 March 2020

This wiki will help familiarize you with the functions of OCAD.

How to Get to the OCAD Wiki

There are different ways to open the Wiki from OCAD:

  • In the Help menu you can choose the following items:
  • If you want to go directly to an article about a function, press the F1 key when you have selected the function from the menu or toolbar.
  • Many dialog boxes provide a Help button. Click it to go directly to the article for that function.

OCAD Wiki Language

The OCAD Wiki is only available in English.

To translate the Wiki into another language you have the following options:

  • Translate directly in the browser
Chrome has a Build-In Translate tool, Firefox has translation Add-ons and Microsoft Edge has translator extensions in the Microsoft Store.
  • Copy text and have it translated in a translation program
E.g. Deepl Translator (https://www.deepl.com/translator) or Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/)

OCAD Learn Videos

OCAD offers you learn videos for various subjects on YouTube.

Hint.jpg Some videos are made with earlier versions of OCAD. Functions or dialog boxes may have changed. Look for the OCAD Wiki article on the corresponding function to get help for the most recent version of OCAD.

Conventions

The following conventions are used in this Wiki:

  • Bold: Menu commands, buttons, keyboard, dialog boxes
  • Italics: Files
  • "Quotation marks": Input values, selection values
  • Hint Hint
  • This function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution. This function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution.
  • This function is available in OCAD Orienteering. This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.
  • This function is available in OCAD Starter. This function is available in OCAD Starter.
  • This function is available in OCAD Course Setting. This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.
  • This function is available in OCAD Viewer. This function is available in OCAD Viewer.

Terms/Glossary

The following terms from the disciplines of geospatial technology, computer science and cartography, are used in this manual. An explanation of the most important terms is provided here to keep the explanations as short as possible and avoid any possible misunderstanding.

  • Vertex: Vertices are specified by a pair of coordinates (x/y values). Vertices are used to define the position of points, lines and areas.
  • Object: Each element on a map is referred to as an object (map object). There are point, line, area and text objects.
  • Point Object: The position of a point object on the map is defined by a single vertex. These points can be moved, deleted or rotated. The vertex generally represents the center of the symbol.
  • Line Object: A line object on the map is defined using a sequence of vertices. Individual vertices can be moved or deleted and new ones added. The object can be disconnected, rotated, reshaped or merged with lines of the same symbol. The vertices represent the center of the line. Line objects are directional.
  • Area Object: An area object on the map is defined by a sequence of vertices. Individual vertices can be moved or deleted and new ones added. The object can be stretched, reshaped, reduced, rotated or merged with other areas with the same kind of symbol.
  • Image Object: An image object is an imported vector graphic element. These are solely line and area objects. Not all OCAD editing functions can be applied to image objects. An image object must be converted into an object or assigned to a symbol before it can be edited. Image objects can be converted individually or automatically based on a reference table.
  • Graphic Object: A graphic object is an element created using the Convert To Graphic Object function. This function is used to break an object down into its individual basic elements or to convert it into an outline.
  • Layout Object: A layout object is on the layout layer at the top of the map. The layout layer may contain raster images and vector objects like lines, areas or text. The vector layout objects color model is CMYK. The layout images' color model is RGB.
  • Symbol: Symbols are used to define a map object’s graphic appearance. For example, a tree may be represented by a green circle 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 also change. OCAD provides four basic symbol types that correspond to the properties of their respective objects:
  • Point symbol
  • Line symbol
  • Area symbol
  • Text symbol
  • Georeferencing: Georeferencing refers to the allocation of spatial reference information to the map so that its content can be mapped to a geodetic reference system, i.e. augmented by geographic coordinates (geocoding). OCAD supports more than 50 geographic coordinate systems. Information about the geographic coordinate system appropriate for your application is available from national land surveying offices, cartographic institutes or data suppliers.
  • Vector Maps: Vector maps are made up of vectors (points, lines or area objects) defined by vertices. Raster maps can be created using vector maps. OCAD maps are vector maps.
  • Georeferenced Vector Maps: A georeferenced vector map refers to a vector map whose vectors have been referenced using geographic coordinates (geocoded).
  • Background Map: Background map refers to a raster map or OCAD file used as a background. It serves as a drawing template or background map image. Examples include scanned draft maps, satellite pictures, orthophotos, and shading. OCAD cannot be used to edit background maps.
  • Raster Map: A raster map (bitmap) is made up of a series of regularly spaced pixels positioned at right angles. In OCAD, they can only be used as background maps. They can neither be edited nor converted into vector maps using OCAD. OCAD supports the following raster map formats:
  • BMP - Bitmap
  • TIFF - Tagged Image File Format
  • JPG - Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • GIF - Graphics Interchange Format
  • PNG - Portable Network Graphics
  • Georeferenced Raster Map: A georeferenced raster map refers to a raster map whose pixels have been referenced using geographic coordinates (geocoded). Georeferencing information is usually stored in a “world file”, a second file with the same name as the raster map file. The file extension is made up of three letters. The first two letters refer to the raster map file format, the third letter for world file. The world file should be neither renamed nor edited. With TIFF files, georeferencing information can be stored in the raster map file itself; a world file is therefore not always required. OCAD supports the following world files and/or georeferenced raster map file formats:
  • BPW -World file for a BMP file
  • TFW -World file for a TIFF file
  • JGW -World file for a JPG file
  • GFW -World file for a GIF file
  • PGW -World file for a PNG file

Contact

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Tel (+41) 41 763 18 60
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info@ocad.com
https://www.ocad.com



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