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  1. I am unable to change the rendering? I want to use the Street O view, but when I click on the boxes in the top left hand corner, nothing changes, I can still see the view with the Street names etc?

    • Hi Jackie, yes that’s the one big (and necessary) change from v3 – you only get the custom-rendered view when you “Save and get PDF”.
      To help with this, there’s a new “Preview” button in the top-right panel which will produce a map overlay using the style and rendering options you have selected.

    • Certain areas are rendered as pink out-of-bounds areas: building sites, schools for example. However, being able to interactively define new OOB areas is significant extra functionality. For now, a straightforward workaround is to import the rendered PDF into something like Inkscape where you can add custom-drawn objects.

    • You might be able to import the PDF output into OCAD, however oomap doesn’t have any dedicated functionality to export data for other mapping programs. You might be better off querying OpenStreetMap directly and importing that.

      • Attributes such that Ocad would recognize the objects as being of a certain (even if an unknown/undefined) symbol, or layers in the PDF so as one could turn on an off layers in Inkscape (or similar) would be just enough.

  2. Hi David, as far as I can tell roads mapped as driveways in OSM do not transfer to OOMap now, though I think they used to. In rural areas, particularly, driveways often provide access to footpaths, or at least are prominent enough for runners to get confused as to whether the road they come across is mapped or not. Could they be an option, as in the various point features you can choose to display, or mapped as thin lines, as service roads are.
    Many thanks

  3. Hi. Can I make a single donation to OOM on behalf of a running club (rather than pressing the buy a coffee button for either Ollie or David). And will I get a formal receipt for the running club accounts? Thanks.

  4. Hi David

    Thank you your great work on the site.

    Our club (MVOC) is just launching its Street O series for this year and would like to make a donation to you. Can you email me with details of how to make a bank transfer?

    Also, it would great to utilise the club logo element, can this be done for MVOC please?


  5. after opening map, setting centre point then start then on to controls, by the time i get to setting control 6 the map on th left of the screen keeps going smaller so that the colums on the right ( contros etc) get wider so prt of the map is hidden behind ie the map now occupies 40% width of screen and columns >60 as more controls added. this is the same whether i use my lap top or pc, it only seems to have happened with V4, so i cant understand

  6. I am unable to print the pdf map. In the past this was not a problem but I now get at “ERROR unknown style” message

    • Hi Rorry,
      I can see a couple of saved maps of yours with style=”undefined” instead of streeto, oterrain, etc. Not exactly sure how that’s happened but if it happens again, you should be able to fix this by switching the style (using the top-left map icons) from “StreetO” to “PseudO” and then back to “StreetO”. Let me know if that doesn’t work.

    • To clarify the problem, it is when I try to save the pdf before printing that I get the error message, not when i try to print.

      • Hopefully my tip should still work.
        Before pressing the “Save & get PDF map” button, what URL is shown in the browser navigation bar? It should start “”.
        If you can provide the exact steps to get “undefined” instead of “streeto” (or a get PDF error) I can see if I can get the same – and then fix it.

        • Thank you. I set it to Street O and it worked, then set it back to Pseudo O and I got what I needed. The URL did show undefined originally. Problem solved!

  7. Why do we no longer have the “Pseud’O” rendering like an IOF standards card please? It was really great for beginners! (example where I tried with several internet browsers: Bressuire in France)

    • Hi Nicolas,
      That should still work – and I can see a saved map (653fc13191542) which renders OK? The big change is that the web map no longer shows the orienteering rendering, just the default openstreetmap view. That’s a necessary change in the way the site works but you can still preview the Pseudo render – try the “Preview” button at the top-right.
      Something else to note – definitely use the “LIDAR-5” or “LIDAR-10” contours in preference to the SRTM or GLO-30 ones as they’re much higher quality and cover all of France.
      If you’re still having issues please post the mapid that you’ve saved, and what you expect to see and I’ll take another look.

  8. When I create the pdf from the base an existing tarmac footpath which is long established and shows on the base disappears. We have tried to change the properties on osm but this does not produce any change even after several days wait.

  9. Hello,
    Thank you very much for the great tool. We recently used it to organize a club championship in Germany and it was a lot of fun.
    We would like to organize MTB-O events next year. The basis is very good. However, the details need to be checked again and, above all, the route signatures need to be adapted.
    So my question is whether there is any way of exporting the data to Ocad, for example, in order to change the route classification there?

  10. Hello David
    In sorting out our next Maprun, the original map of two weeks ago, showed no fences, now after loading into Maprun and using the purple pen file the final map is showing fences in built up areas, which have no significance whats so ever but they could be easily mistaken for paths. Just look so messy. Have these been turned on recently. I tried another area and again its showing fences. I went into open street map and looked at these and the source is Bing. It does appear that the problem may be with Open Street Map, but you could turn this feature off.

  11. Hi David,
    Trying to export XML for use with UsynligO. Though it exports fine, it won’t load in UsynligO and on opening the XML file, there is a ‘ no-name’ issue on ‘Line 7’.
    Any thoughts?

  12. Hi,
    I’d like to ask you a question, but I’d like to say that I think your creation tool is very well done, it’s great!
    I’m French and I love orienteering.
    I was wondering if it would be possible to add a new map style, more in line with French orienteering maps (with a few changes in color and line thickness).
    Does my idea seem feasible?
    If so, I’d love to contribute, but I don’t know how to code.
    Would there be a more or less simple way for me to change or make the colors and symbols available to you?
    Thank you in advance for your reply,
    Best regards,

  13. For a linear course, is it possible to bend lines (maybe a couple of times) between controls. I am preparing a walking course for disadvantaged youngsters so I would like to show the route to walk between control sites. The alternative is (I guess) to put a control at each direction change.

  14. Hi David,
    Minor error (I think) in the XML production
    when adding controls. If you place either the Start or Finish first, this adds both the start and finish at the same place – I assume this is by design as it is common to have them colocated. However the XML file assignes a ‘s’ to both the start and finish. In the course section of the file, the last control is Type=finish but the Control number is ‘s’. If you then add a new Finish elsewhere the XML is as expected. To add the finish at the same location you need to click elsewhere then move it over the start control (can’t click on the same location).

    Thanks – other than this love what you do with OpenOrienteeringMap!











    • Thanks Michael. This *might* be by design but to be honest I can’t remember… I think my logic was that the “S”-labelled control starts the course as “Start” but then can later be used as “Finish”, regardless of what its label is. The key though is that the export works (or not) in UsylingO as that’s the intended destination. Happy to hear whether that’s the case, and tweak as necessary.

      • Hi David. Can’t speak for UsylingO (havent used it for ages) but, in general, I would think the Finish control should still be labelled as F regardless if it is co-located (matching what happens if you actually separate the two – it would be something I’d expect if I was using this format in any other application, but I don’t know if this would be likely to ever occur. I’m finishing up an ‘Import into PPEN” app For KMLs, IOFXMLs and GPX files. GPX from OpenOrienteeringMap is the only one that causes an issue due to ending with two Starts and no finishes. Having said that, it is really an edge case and can be fixed in PPEN so not likely to impact seriously. I could identify a GPX from this source and look for this but likely not worth the extra code!

  15. Sorry – in the last replay I wrote ‘GPX’ which should have been XML (iofXML v3) format. I could see people using this XML in other systems so might be a bit more confusing to users than I thought. Can’t paste the actually xml in here I believe.

  16. Hi David (again). I noticed item 17 above (from Ian Cooper) regarding doing more complex map/courses. Way way back I wrote up a procedure to use OOM to provide a georeferenced map for OpenOrienteering Mapper and then Purple Pen. With all the updates in all these products I revisited things (and found some changes where I could remove work-arounds for incompatibilities and bugs) and updated the process. If you have a chance to review and let me know if you see any issues.

    I’ve used this many times to allow for making multiple courses in PP and producing KML files for MapRun Events. PP can use a PDF map file but not any georeferencing in the file as it just converts to an image). I had not realized that, although OOMapper can use a PDF (including the geo info), PP cannot use the OCAD or OMAP file as a map – the PDF template portion appears blank). The way around this is to use the JPG and World File. Link is at in the second para. Might be useful for some??

  17. Salut, l’export XML est du XML simple.
    Pour la fabuleuse appli française VIKAZIMUT, il faut du XML 3.0.
    Sur l’aide, il est noté que c’est ça mais à l’export, c’est du XML simple…

    • Hi, the XML export is designed to work with UsylingO, and is written to be compliant with IOF 3.0 XML standards. What errors/issues are you seeing? Can you adjust the XML export to make it compatible with VIKAZIMUT? If you can, then I can potentially update the export function to match.

    • Hi Pauly, yes no problem at all – the map data is “open data, licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL) by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF). You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt our data, as long as you credit OpenStreetMap and its contributors.”. Any contour data is covered under a separate but similar licence.
      So – please keep the attributions as printed on the map. Beyond that, please generate and use maps as you see fit 😀.

    • Hi Matt,
      No, not currently. The easiest option is probably to design a legend graphic for the two main styles used (StreetO and PseudO) and make these available for download – I’ll add it to the list of things to do.

  18. This is the error I get:
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  19. Hi, I’m just getting started with this, so this might be easy or impossible.

    I’m trying to arrange a course on Cockfield Fell, OSM doesn’t have any of the gorse bushes currently mapped, so i’m planning on adding them to OSM. When I add them as scrub (which I think is correct??) they show as green diagonal dashes on your map rendering – this is fine for large patches, but for small patches, because of the small size, the diagonal pattern doesn’t show up. Is there a way to manually change the rendering of scrub to make it more obviously ‘fight’.

    • Hi Andy,
      “natural = scrub” is typically used for larger areas so I don’t propose changing the default rendering for this. However it should be possible to manually edit the map after rendering. If you open the PDF in something like Inkscape, you should be able to select (either manually or in bulk) all the gorse areas, and change from a pattern fill to a solid fill with a colour of your choice. Another option might be to bring in a satellite image layer temporarily into Inkscape and use it to add gorse blobs by hand?
      Also worth noting that Oomap’s primary aim is to facilitate urban events and it’s unlikely to ever be a more general-purpose O-map generator – at some stage you may wish to generate a “proper” map. E.g. there are some interesting terrain features on Cockfield Fell that aren’t picked out by my smoothed contour generation.

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