Course dialog
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The right hand side of the dialog window contains the controls on the course.  You can add controls to and remove controls from the course, and you can design the relay forks and branches.


There are two panes: One which contains a list of the control codes that you have created.  The other pane contains the controls that make up the course. 

Add a control:

  1. First select the point in the course where to insert the new control.  Click on the control, ahead of which you want to insert the new control, so that the "insert caret" is shown between the two controls where you want to insert.
  2. Pick the new control from the list of control codes - then click the "Insert Control" button, or double-click on the control code.
  3. The new control will be inserted at the place where the caret was shown, and the caret moves to below the new control.

Note, Condes will prevent you from inserting the same control twice in a row.

Delete a control by selecting it in the list and pressing the Del button on the keyboard, or clicking the "delete" button (the red cross button).

Condes will prevent two instances of the same control in a row, so you cannot delete a control if this results in the same control two times in a row.

Loops can have up to 20 legs, named A, B, C, ...   Use the "Insert loop" button to insert a loop at the marked point in the course. 

Loops can be used only on individual courses, not on relays.

Relay Forks can have up to 20 branches, named A, B, C, , depending on the setting in the "Relay legs" box.   Use the "insert fork" or the "Insert Leg Fork" button to insert a fork.

See Condes relay support for more about relays

Random order controls

if a part of the course has controls that can be taken in random order, then use the "Random order" buttonto mark the relevant controls as "Random order" controls.

For random order controls, there will be no leg lines, and they will not have any control number next to them, only the control code.

Random order controls are shown with orange background color in this window.

The left hand side of the dialog window has the settings for course type, start/finish, overprint, control descriptions, and estimated load.

Course type

The type of the course:

Normal course: Regular orienteering course with controls numbered from number 1 upwards.

Score O Course: The course consists of a number of controls which can be taken in random order and which each gives a number of points.  The course is drawn without connecting lines between controls, and with the number of points for the control next to the circle.  The number of points is assigned to each control in the control's dialog under "Status and Additional text".

Mountain Bike O Course: This course length of an MTB-O course must be measured along the optimal route choice.  Therefore, this type of course has an extra "leg line" between each pair of controls, which is used for length calculation only.  Manipulate this line to follow the optimal route choice.  The line will NOT be shown on printouts.

Ski O Course: A ski-O course has a dot at the center of each circle to highlight the center spot.

Trail O Course: The control descriptions for Trail O courses displays "A", "A-B", "A-C", "A-D", "A-E", or "A-F" in column B instead of the control code.  The text indicates the number of markers placed in the terrain for this control.

String Course: In the terrain, the course follows linear features and is marked with streamers.  Controls are placed on the marked route.  On the map, the course is drawn as a line indicating the marked route from start to finish.  Controls are marked with circles as usual.  The length of the course is calculated along the marked line.

String Course with Controls:  Similar to String Course, except that controls are not necessarily placed on the line, but on adjacent features.  The length is calculated as the sum of beelines between controls.


The control code for the course's start point.  See also: Control.


The control code for the course's finish point.  See also: Control.

Relay legs        

If you are designing a relay course, this is where you enter the number of runners on a team, i.e. the number of "relay legs".


This the the length that appears for example in the length field of the control description header.

The length can be calculated automatically, or it can be entered manually.  This is controlled via the

Use calculated length check box. 

Check this box to automatically calculate the course length using the controls' co-ordinates.  The course length is calculated along the course leg line.

Calculate along "route choice" check box. 

Check this box to calculate the course length along the "route choice line" - as required for MTBO courses. 

See also: How to calculate course lengths.

Course Overprint

Number Format

You can use this feature to control the format of the control numbers shown on the map.  Choose "Use standard" if you want the numbers on this course to follow the standard setting made for this event (menu Course Layout / Setup Overprint)

Show finish only on last part

This box is relevant only for courses with map exchange.  When this box is checked, finish circles will be shown only on the map of the last part of the course.  If the box is unchecked, finish circles will be shown on all maps on the course.

Under normal circumstances, all parts of the course should show where the finish is located, so that competitors will always know how to get to the finish if needed.

Draw dot in control circle

Here, you can select if all controls on this course will get a dot at the center of the control circle - as required for Ski-O courses. 

From the Control Circle dialog, you can configure individually for each control if it has a dot at the center.  This will override the setting for the course.

From the Settings for this event dialog, you can configure that ALL controls have a dot at the center.  This can be overridden for this course by the setting in this dialog.

Climb (Optional)

The text to appear in the course climb field of the control description header.

Use climb per course leg

When checking this box, Condes will calculate the climb for the course using the climb values that you have entered for each course leg.

Separate Control Descriptions

Use this setting to control whether the descriptions for this course appear as symbolic or textual when printed separately from the map

For appearance of control description on the map, double click on the control description and select the "Appearance" tab.

See also: How to configure if Control Descriptions are symbolic or textual.

Competitors estimate

This box shows the estimated count of competitors or teams on this course.

The box has two modes.  It can have:

  1. Gray background

It will have a gray background if you have created any classes that run this course and entered a competitors' estimates for these classes.  In this case, the box shows the accumulated number of competitors for the classes.

  1. White background

It will have a white background, and you can enter a value in the box, if you have NOT created any class that runs this course, or you have not entered any estimates for any classes that run this course.

See also How to calculate control site load