New Map Wizard

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Choose this command from the File menu to create a new map.

This wizard helps you to set the geo-reference and import optionally Open Street Map data or cadastral surveying data from Switzerland and Finland.

See also the Create a New Map Page if you do not want to import OSM or cadastral surveying data.

Choose Data Source and Map type Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.

NewMapWizard DataSource.png

Choose the preferred data source and map type.

Data Source

  • Worldwide: Data from OpenStreetMap. OSM are free and available all over the globe. However, in some places they are more accurate and in other places less accurate.
  • Switzerland: Data from the cadastral survey of Switzerland (open data - not all cantons included yet). Only available for Switzerland.
  • Finland: Data from the cadastral survey of Finland (open data). Only available for Finland.

Data Type

  • Open Street Map: Convert to Open Street Map Symbol Set.
  • ISOM 2017: Convert to ISOM 2017 Symbol Set.
  • ISSprOM 2019: Convert to ISSprOM 2019 Symbol Set.
  • Maastokartta: Convert to Maastokartta (national map of Finland).

Choose Symbol Set

NewMapWizard SymbolSet.png

The settings are defined according to the chosen data type and data source before. You can change these settings here.

  • Load symbol set from: Choose the Symbol Set.
  • Map Scale: Set the Map Scale.
  • File Name: Click the button to change the default temporary file name and the file location.
  • Language: Choose the language.
  • Use CRT file: Chose a CRT file to directly convert the imported data to OCAD symbols.

Hint.jpg The New Map Wizard dialog shows only OCAD symbol sets. If the Load symbol set from field is empty, then change the Default Symbol Folder in the Preferences to the OCAD symbol folder.

Hint.jpg It can occur that not all layers are listed in the CRT File. This data will appears in red color (Objects without Symbol). Select these layers and convert them manually.

  1. Click on one of these unsymbolised red object.
  2. Go to Select>Select by Symbol>All objects in layer. The layer with the red object you selected before should appear.
  3. Click OK. Now you have selected all objects of this layer.
  4. Click on a symbol in the Symbol Box and go to Objects>Change Symbol (Selected Objects)

Click the Next button.

Choose Location

NewMapWizard Location.png

Choose the location of the map. Enter the location (e.g. Baar) in the search field and click Go. Choose the location in the list or move the Open Street Map to the map location. OCAD show the correct UTM coordiantes system for the map location (e.g. UTM/WGS 84 Zone 32 North). Click the Change button to change to another coordinate system.

OCAD also calculates the correct declination for your position and fills in the correct angle in the box Rotate map to magnetic north. Check this option to have considered the declination from start.

The map will later be croped to the chosen extent in the map window.

Click the Next button.

Import Data

NewMapWizard ImportData.png

Import OSM Data

Create DTM from Google Maps API: This option is only activated if a Google API key is entered in the OCAD Preferences. With this option you can create contour lines, based on a DEM from Google Maps data. You shouldn't trust these data too much, so we recommend to use this function only if no other precise DTM is available. Nevertheless, it can give you an impression how the terrain looks like.

Import Data from Switzerland

Choose either Gemeinde, Bezirk or Kanton. It's important that the settings correspond to the map location you have specified before. Otherhand you will get no data.

Please be aware, that it will not work for all cantons, as some cantons have not yet open data access.

Some additional symbols will be added to your symbol set, e.g. a symbol to show Parcel boundaries (Parzellengrenzen), boundary points (Grenzpunkte) or projected buildings (projektierte Gebäude).

Import Data from Finland

No options available.

Click the Next button.
This step will take some time, depinding on the size of the map extent, as all the data will be downloaded and proceeded.

Click the Close button.


The following maps have been created automatically with the New Map Wizard.

Map of Baar, Switzerland
Map of Baar, Switzerland

Map of Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria
Map of Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria

Hint.jpg Video: Start a New Map