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Discussion: O map symbols for QGIS?

in: Orienteering; General

Feb 7, 2018 10:28 PM # 
I've created a local hiking map that I want to transform into an O Map. I have OOM installed but cannot import the O symbols into QGIS since they are not in an XML format. Before I re-create the O symbols one-by-one in QGIS I am thinking there must be a way to do this - or is it a better idea to start over with OOM? Ideas and opinions welcome!

Steve Gross
Feb 7, 2018 11:50 PM # 
What are you trying to do in QGIS? Could you not just import the (georeferenced) hiking map as a template in OOM and trace over it as necessary? You can georeference it in QGIS if necessary.
Feb 8, 2018 12:13 AM # 
I think you want to go the other way
Feb 8, 2018 1:55 AM # 
I think you want to go the other way

This. :)

QGIS is not the tool you're looking for.
Feb 8, 2018 2:00 PM # 
OK- thanks for the input - I will re-direct my project effort to OOM.
Feb 9, 2018 7:36 AM # 
Maybe it is possible to import style as SLD file to QGIS?
Feb 9, 2018 9:16 AM # 
Maybe it is possible to import style as SLD file to QGIS?

Even if it is possible, it's still the wrong answer. O maps do not belong in a GIS. :)
Feb 10, 2018 11:34 AM # 
I am up for interoperability...
Feb 10, 2018 3:38 PM # 
I remember some people struggling hard to render an orienteering map in a general CAD program way back when, and not getting the best results for all that effort, which is sad given how hard they worked. (I recall hearing that a fulltime professional did achieve it just fine, but that shows the level of knowledge and perhaps effort needed to make such work well.)

OOM can georeference, and also has all O symbols (plus can define myriad others). It also seems to do a reasonable job of importing and exporting various data. We're fortunate to have good quality orienteering-specific tools like OOM and OCAD. They seem like good choices, based on my experience and what I've heard of others' experiences, for making O maps. General tools seem to sometimes be useful in pre-processing data (like LIDAR), or perhaps post-processing to tweak the final images, but don't have a great track record for soup to nuts O-map making for the masses, from what I'm aware of.

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