Welcome to course planning with Condes! This page gives you an overview of the possibilities. Please take a look at the many possibilies, and then continue with How to get a quick start and Introduction to on-screen course planning.
Keep in mind that you can always press F1 to get help that is relevant to where you are in Condes.
Course planning with Condes
Condes helps you by doing the tedious task of keeping track of controls and courses, and by printing the courses and maps.
Condes stores all the course planning data (controls, coursese, classes, etc) for an orienteering event in a Condes event file (a WCD file). You define a number of controls, which can be combined into courses. The information about a control is shared among all the courses that visit the control. When you modify the control or move it, all courses will be implicitly updated. This means that data is always "consistent", and you can concentrae on the creative task of designing good courses.
Condes uses map files, either an OCAD file, or a bitmap file (JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF), for example exported from Adobe Illustrator.
An event file has 5 "canvas"-es that you can use to design different page layouts at the same event.
You can have the same map on all canvases, or you can have different maps on each canvas.
The same controls and courses can be shown on different maps, by configuring canvases accordingly:
Logos and Graphics
Condes can add graphics to the map layout.
Bitmap files (BMP/JPG/PNG/TIF), Windows metafiles (EMF/WMF), and OCAD files (OCD) are supported.
can be printed on the map or separately, as pictorial or textual.
You can add standard texts and free format texts.
A standard text is for example: course name, event name, map scale... A Free format text is anything you type.
You plan your courses with the map on the screen. Condes helps you keep track of the control sites. Condes ensures that when you move a control, all the courses that use the control will be kept up to date.
Map and Course Printing
Condes can print the courses and maps on a color laser or ink jet printer.
Condes can print multiple maps on the same page. You can fill up the page with copies of the same course, or you can print different courses on the page.
Condes can print maps and courses with "overprint" effect, which allows underlying details to be visible that would otherwise be covered.
Condes exports course data to event administration systems for punch checking.
The file format used is the IOF standard, XML based.
Condes can print listings of the information that is stored for an orienteering event:
Condes can also print the courses onto existing offset printed maps.
Alternatively, you can plot the course overprints on a pen plotter. Condes has its own built-in plotter driver.
Course Layout Export
Condes can export maps and courses in three different formats: