New version of QuickRoute and DOMA!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 28 Dec 2011@5:00

Two of the most popular free orienteering software available – QuickRoute and DOMA – are now updated to version 2.4 and 3.02, respectively. All QuickRoute users should consider an update – the new features are a big plus in daily use of QuickRoute. Update of DOMA is somewhat more involved, but absolutely a worthy upgrade.

QuickRoute 2.4

QuickRoute is the state-of-the-art tool for GPS-analysis of single GPS-tracks today – used by thousands of orienteers. See a full description of how to use QuickRoute for GPS-analysis here. The new version has the following improvements:

  • Map images can be scaled, rotated and cropped when creating new documents.
  • Route lines can be coloured according to two properties, for example both pace and heart rate.
  • Thick lines supported while adjusting maps (this alone is worth the upgrade!)
  • Support for the Garmin .fit file format.
  • Import of Hearth rate data from Garmin HR files
  • Improved integration with the new 3.0.2 version of DOMA (see below for info) – e.g. uploading of maps without route and with route.
  • QuickRoute is now available in a number of new languages.
  • Lots of other enhancements and bug fixes.

Download the new version here:

DOMA 3.02

DOMA is a digital orienteering map archive, to be installed on a PHP+MySQL-equipped web server. The digital orienteering map archive helps you display your and your friends’ orienteering maps and route choices on the web. Since the first version was released in the end of 2008, DOMA has been installed on over 700 web servers, where 2 000 users have added more than 40 000 maps. You find nearly 30.000 of these DOMA maps in the DOMA section of along with a lot of other orienteering maps. If your DOMA-site is missing in, please send a note about it to

News in Doma 3.02:

  • Maps can be commented by visitors.
  • Added overview map feature where the geographical locations of the maps are shown.
  • Map images without routes can be uploaded along with map images including routes, so visitors can plan their own route choices without actually revealing them.
  • Maps may be hidden for others than the owner until a certain time.
  • KML export, making it possible to open maps in Google Earth.

Download the new version from here:

Theoretical O-exercise: Follow the camera

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 15 Dec 2011@10:00

You have the map with start triangle marked on it. Then you have 3 videos. Your task is to correctly mark the position of Control number 1, Control number 2 and Control number 3. Can you manage?

In cooperation with OOCup we are able to deliver this nice theoretical O-exercise from Slovenian forests. If you have more time left after pondering over Route to Christmas, this is an excellent way of training your ability to understand the correspondence between map and terrain. The videos are of good quality (some of the best we have seen from orienteering in the forest), so it should not be as tiring to follow as some of the earlier similar o-technical challenges presented here at

Ultimate map

To make it a bit more tricky, the map shown is an “Ultimate map”, i.e. a map without paths as used in the special “Ultimate category” in OOCup. The rules are simple: Mark the 3 control points on the map, and submit your solution. OOCup even provides some prizes if you manage to find the correct solution AND are lucky: From all participants who send correct answers by December 31st, 4 prize winners are drawn, winning 1 transferable entry to OOcup, 1 transferable entry to Lipica Open, 1 OOcup T-shirt and 1 OOcup cap.

It is recommended to set the resolution from 360 to 720 in the videos for better details. Scroll down inside the video box to see videos number 2 and 3. Note! This isn’t easy – I had to watch the first video three times before I figured out where the control was…

Start to Control 1

Control 1 to Control 2

Control 2 to Control 3

Submit your solution below. Mark the control point with left click. Zoom in and Zoom out with + and – in upper left corner. Pan the enlarged map by holding the left mouse button. Delete the last point with the button under the map. Fill in the form and submit your solution!


Note that you find the same Theoretical o-technical exercise also at the OOCup webpage.

Have you got a similar theoretical o-technical exercise from your area? I’d be happy to put it up here on if the video quality is good. If you’ve got some prizes, it is even better, but I’ll of course publish without prizes as well :)