I've been orienteering for awhile but I am pretty new to making orienteering maps (although I used to be a cartographer.)
And, I'm pretty new to attackpoint, so please excuse me if this idea has already been mentioned.
Here’s a suggestion to quickly make a base map suitable for many orienteering areas, that can be used with OCAD or with Open Orienteering Mapper as a base layer/template: - Caltopo.com. Caltopo is free browser-based topographic mapping software, and it has a very easy “print to georeferenced PDF” function that allows you to choose any map scale you want.
Here are some step-by-step instructions.
1 - Go to caltopo.com
2 - Choose Google maps from the map layer menu, top right corner.
3 - Zoom into your area of interest, anywhere in the world.
4 - Change map layer to something appropriate for your terrain. Suggestions: urban area = open street map, parks area with lots of trails = open cycle, more off trail areas, US Topo or MapBuilder Topo (USA only).
5 - Choose print, then print to pdf/jpg.
6 - Choose an appropriate map scale. Get this by clicking the scale box, selecting “custom” at the bottom, and then typing in the scale you want in the empty box to the right.
7 - A red “print area” box will pop up that is of the correct scale for eight and half by 11 inch paper. Click and drag the box to center it exactly on where you want to print.
8 - Finally, click “generate PDF” at the bottom. A few seconds later, your map should draw on a new tab in your browser. Right click and save it to your hard drive.
Of course, this map alone will not be suitable for foot orienteering, but it probably enough to get you started in OCAD.
and . . it's FREE and takes about 2 minutes once you get the hang of how to use Caltopo.
If you want to see more on using Caltopo, do a YouTube search for it, there are some nice instructional videos there.
If you try this and have success, please answer back here and share your story.
If you know of an even better or easier way to generate a base map, please share that as well.
PS - Caltopo allows easy import of GPX tracks, so if you have any tracks and/or waypoints of your area that show features that are not mapped, you can bring those into the map with a few clicks.