I have a technical question based on the beautiful Highlander maps and the courses printed on them.
How do you get courses printed on the maps starting with numbers other than zero? I'm using OCAD for the course overprinting.
The situation is that I am staging a three map race in December - actually the race starts on one map (controls 1-10) , does a loop on a second map (controls 11 to 17 and returns to the first map (controls 18 to 25)
1-10 no problem, 11-17 no problem I'll set it Score O style, but 18 to 25 ????
Any suggestions? (besides start another thread?)
I doubt Balter printed the Highlander maps using PurplePen, but I doubt he used 0CAD either. There may be a way to do it in 0CAD, but I don't have my computer handy to try it right now.
11-17 outside of print area on map one?
OK, here is the answer, it may be a little technical, outside of every day course setting. I was not able to find how to do it in OCAD (v.11). As J-J well knows all WOC93 maps in Harriman State Park are now in one OCAD file, thanks to the efforts of Pat Dunlavey and J-J. I geo referenced that set and geo referenced new Sebago Beach and merged them in one file (most of internet map services will help you to do that, if they show real world coordinates that OCAD uses. Now with one large map, course was set-up in OCAD as one file - one course. Hence the numbering. The devil is in the details: for best overprinting of the course I can not use OCAD it does not do a good job with transparency under lines, which is extremely important for very detailed map like Surebridge.. I exported course only files into postscript files, same done with the map files, now separated and desined for each loop and with logos and credits. (~ 1 hour extra work for each map). Then all files were merged in Photoshop, were course layer is showing as "Multiply". That allows for best "overprinting" effect without cutting too much or at all.
Here I also changed color for "overprinting" for best contrast with background map - my mistake : while, I could see it better that way, colorblind people like J-J, see it as dark grey or black, makes it very difficult for them to read that, even on a sunny day like we had. My apologies go to J-J and Dave and may be some others, I do not know about.
After that files flattened and ready for printing, for best sharpness they are 600 DPI tiff files uncompressed.
I make sure that printers I use, Laser Color ones have 600 DPI hardware resolution or inkjets have 2400 DPI hardware resolution. Paper stock has to be right for the technology used for best readability.
The files you see online have been reduced to 144 DPI and JPEG compressed.
I've always wondered, why do some of you type 0CAD instead of OCAD?
Because that's how Ocad writes it inside .ocd files. Hexadecimals.
Yeah, it's an inside joke going back to the early nineties, and it's just become a habit for me.