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Discussion: Purple Pen tutorial video

in: Orienteering; General

Dec 11, 2016 7:08 PM # 
Hi all,

The Columbia River Orienteering Club (, aka moi) made a tutorial video on Purple Pen. I am certainly no expert on using the software, but it does cover the basics for someone who is trying to learn it for the first time to do some simple course setting. You can find by searching YouTube for purple pen, get to it from the CROC website under Get Better, or go right here for the link. Feel free to pass this along to anyone in your club who would like to get up to speed quickly on this helpful software.
Dec 11, 2016 8:34 PM # 
One quick comment--
You do not have to start with an OCAD file. You can use an jpeg instead
Dec 11, 2016 9:14 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Or an OOM file, with the newest version!
Dec 12, 2016 1:28 AM # 
Thanks for those comments folks, they are correct. Like I said, I no expert on this, and helpful supporting commentary is welcome. I just wanted to put together a Purple Pen 101 for people with zero experience, mostly in my club, all of whom who are using one of our OCAD maps as a base. Hopefully some other people might find this video helpful, if you are trying to involve more people in your club in course setting.
Dec 12, 2016 5:49 AM # 
I think you can also use a PDF map but I've not been able to because it requires downloading another piece of software that I've yet to be able to install.
Dec 12, 2016 8:00 AM # 
You can use a pdf, but PP requires that you have GPL Ghostscript loaded on your computer.
Dec 12, 2016 8:18 AM # 
Yeah that's the one I've been unable to install.
Dec 13, 2016 4:52 AM # 
Version 3, still in beta I believe, "no longer requires the download of GPL Ghostscript for reading PDF files".
Dec 13, 2016 11:48 PM # 
Thanks for the suggestions, everybody. Regarding the PDF file, it's easy to convert a PDF to a JPEG, which you should then be able to load as a base layer map. Just do a Google for "pdf to jpg" to find lots of web utilities that can do this.

The whole idea here is the easier we can make it to use mapping and course settings software, the more people might be tempted to step up and do it. Having some basic tutorial videos would be a big help . . . Does anyone know a good one on OCAD?
Dec 14, 2016 12:12 AM # 
The Junior Mapper's Guide is an introduction to the mapping process, but the beginning mapper will probably want to use Open Orienteering Mapper

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