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Discussion: SportIdent Orienteering App

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Aug 11, 2020 10:32 PM # 
I'm interested in learning more about the SportIdent Orienteering App. I'm not finding detailed documentation on their website.

One question: it says you can import maps and courses from OCAD 2020. What if you are a school that doesn't even have OCAD, and is just using a SportIdent kit? It would be nice to be able to use map and courses from Purple Pen. Has anyone used it? We have used EasyGec which might be our alternative.

Aug 12, 2020 2:31 PM # 
OOM can export ocd files, and I see that now one could do course setting on OOM, too. I have not tried the latter, but would assume one could thus export also course setting files as ocd files, which could maybe be used in the App. It appears you can actually even create a course on a .osm file created in OpenStreetMap or even a georeferenced plain image (not even sure it needs to be georeferenced), though apparently not a PDF file.
Aug 12, 2020 3:03 PM # 
My conclusion is that you need OCAD 2020 in order to use SportIdent Orienteering App. And the minimum cost is 24 euros a year for a school, for the course setting version. Not compatible with Purple Pen.
Aug 12, 2020 3:24 PM # 
barb - did you figure out who all can use it on a subscription? The App was used at WOD 2019 - I can't find the old instructions, though; everything links to info for the new version. Then again, I find EasyGec with its smiley faces more fun :) especially for little kids. Also, many kids will just not have Androids, and other schools won't allow the elementary students to use them, so many won't bring them to school anyway - at least with the schools in my experience. With MS students, when the teachers and allowed phone use for very specific activities, those students who have a harder time or willingness to stay on task during class time seemed to get more easily distracted by other things they could do on the phone. It is always a huge difference if it is an elective or a regular class, or a school-age care program during the summer...
For EasyGec, do you have a designated computer?
Aug 12, 2020 4:39 PM # 
Yes, EasyGec with smiley faces is AMAZING for us, when it works smoothly.
We don't have a good NG computer. We have a bad (cheap, slow) one that we use sometimes, and I use my personal one when I am going to be there.
I was curious about the SportIdent option because EasyGec is a little tricky sometimes. Eg last program, it would freeze (stop taking SI downloads), and I had no idea why. I tried stopping & starting. We ended up closing the program, making sure the SI download was plugged into computer, then opening the program again. Meanwhile kids are piling up and it's a huge distraction.

In other news I'm investigating getting Esygo system with Go4orienteering exercises. 9th graders LOVED those when Eugenio demo'd them, and we just don't have enough SI boxes to set up the exercises Eugenio used. We borrowed from Ed/OUSA for that school program, I believe. Or CSU or NEOC.
Aug 12, 2020 5:10 PM # 
I was hoping they would also have an EsyGo school kit version with pCards instead of the SI-8 or SI-9 - was getting info for a parks&rec program looking into options
Aug 14, 2020 4:51 PM # 
OK, some updates.
EsyGo school kit may not work with pCards, as you point out, Andrea - I've just asked to confirm. That kit does not provide splits and the units can't be reprogrammed; the advantage is being able to get less expensive units.

And I think you *can* use SportIdent Orienteering App without OCAD, maybe? not sure how you upload courses into it. Anyway, not high priority to figure it out right now bc I'll probably recommend Easygec to the schools buying SportIdent.
Aug 14, 2020 8:38 PM # 
The app needs OCAD files, not the software. OOM can store files in OCAD format. The courses from Go4O are OCAD files.
Will be looking for that pCard info, or maybe you can share with me the answer when you get it.
Jan 28, 2021 2:08 PM # 
Reviving this old thread in case anyone else searches looking for information. (There's not much!)

You can use the SportIdent Orienteering App without importing courses at all. You also don't have to pay for a subscription if you aren't connecting to OCAD or want some of the fancier features. You can define courses in the app or have the app derive the courses from the downloads.

The Tucson club has just acquired a printer and will be testing out the app at a local event next month. I'll report back, but also curious if anyone else has started using it and has any experiences to report.
Feb 1, 2021 1:12 AM # 
An alternative app is SI droid, user friendly, simple to manually put in courses using purple pen /ocad/Condes when using si units.

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