Setup Map dialog
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This dialog is used to set up the background map for the currently active canvas

Note: The Setup Map dialog configures settings for the canvas that is currently active.  If you want to configure one of the other canvases, first select the relevant canvas from the drop-down list.

There are three options for the background map:

  1. There is no background map.
  2. The background map can be an individual map file.
    The map file that you specify will be used as the background map,
  3. The background map can be linked to another canvas.
    The map file specified in the other canvas will be used.

Normally, you use option 1).  However, if you want to print the same map at two different print scales, or you want two different layouts, you can use option 2).  You would then link canvas 2 to the map used on canvas 1, but specify different printout scales for each of the two canvases.

Condes reads the map file when it needs to display or print the map, but Condes does not change the contents of the map file. 

Which map file

Select between:

Condes can work with OCAD map files (.ocd) (version 6 or newer), bitmap files (.bmp/.gif/.jpg/.png/.tif) and Windows MetaFiles (.wmf/.emf).

Settings for "Use a map file for this canvas"

Map file

This is the "link" to the map file.  Use the "Change file..." button to browse for the file name.  
Condes reads the contents of the map file, but it does not alter the map file.


This button, when pressed, gives access to map file details, such as bitmap resolution.

Important note about bitmap files:  It is important that Condes gets the correct resolution (dpi) information for the bitmap file.  Otherwise, Condes will not be able to show the map at the correct scale.
In most cases, the resolution information can be found in the bitmap file, and Condes then reads the resolution directly from the file.  However, in some cases the resolution information is missing in the map file, and then you will have to enter the correct resolution manually. 
When opening the file, Condes will warn you that it cannot find the resolution information,and that a default 100x100 dpi value is used, but you need to use the Details button to enter the correct value.

World coordinates

If a World File has been found, for a bitmap file, then the map is georeferenced.  Press this button to see the world coordinates that have been read from the World File, and to enter the UTM zone code that defines the coordinate system.

Show OCAD map layout layer

When you check this box, the layout layer in an OCAD 11 map will be visible. For details on what the OCAD layout layer is, please refer to OCAD documentation.

Make overprint effect for "overprint" colors in OCAD map

When you check this box, a simulated overprint effect will be used for all color layers in an OCAD map, which have been marked as "overprint" colors in the OCAD map's color table.

The overprint effect simulates offset printing using spot colors.  This effect makes objects "translucent", allowing underlying objects to be visible.

Exception:  An important exception is that PostScript printers do not support the overprint effect.

Normally, you want to leave this feature on.  However, some printer drivers don't support the overprint effect, or have problems in their implementation of this feature.  Such problems may be avoided by disabling the overprint effect feature.

When printing, merge course overprint into the OCAD map color layers, above this color layer

When printing on a printer (such as PostScript), which does not support the "overprint" effect, you can still simulate an overprint effect by placing the course overprint below some of the color layers in the OCAD map.

For example, if you place the course overprint below the black, brown, and blue color layers in the OCAD map, the  course will not obscure black and brown objects, such as rocks, pits, and small ditches.  

The list box shows the color layers in the selected OCAD map.  Use this list box to select the layer in the OCAD map file, above which the course overprint should be placed. 

Settings for "Use the same map as another canvas"


Select from the drop-down list which canvas you want to use as the "source" for the background map.  You can only select a canvas, which has its "own" map file.

Also link the graphics layout and use the overlaid graphics objects from that canvas

Check this box if you want the graphics layout also to be linked, so that overlaid graphics objects from the selected canvas will be used also on this canvas.

Map file scale

If the map file is an OCAD file, Condes reads the map scale directly from the OCAD file, and this field shows the map file scale. 

If the map file is a bitmap file or a Windows Metafile format file, make sure to enter the correct map file scale in this field. 

It is important for course length calculations that the scale is correctl.

Print scale

This setting controls the scale at which the map and courses on this canvas will be printed.

If you want the same map printed at two different scales, you can use two canvases with the same map (use "Use the same map as another canvas"), and use two different print scales.