Corpse Version 7 - Free Edition

In memory of Rex Saye, the author of Corpse, the software is now freeware. It is now lightly maintained to fix bugs and add features at the request of its users. The latest version, version 7, includes a new reference manual, the ability to split both English and IOF descriptions across two columns (to accommodate long and large descriptions), a line measuring tool to assist in calculating distances, and various other improvements to the user interface.

What is Corpse?

Corpse  (Course Planning and Setting) is a package which assists in the design of orienteering courses and in the preparation of event materials such as course maps and control description sheets.

All courses for an event are plotted directly over the map image. This enables the course planner to quickly see the interaction between courses and the suitability of sharing controls between courses. It also enables the course planner to quickly try “what if” scenarios, e.g. what is the course length if a control is added to a course or moved to another location. This is an invaluable teaching aid when demonstrating the nuances of course setting to the new course setter.

Corpse Features

  • Plan courses directly onto the map. Add a control with the click of the mouse. Drag and drop controls into new locations. See which other courses use this control.
  • The description for any control need only be entered once. This description will then appear in any control description for any course that makes use of that control.
  • Changes to control descriptions are automatically reflected in any control description for any course that makes use of that control.
  • Control description sheets for courses can be printed in English or using IOF symbols.
  • Course lengths are automatically calculated.
  • Last leg lengths are automatically calculated.
  • Control description sheets can be printed in various formats, e.g. multiple copies per page of individual descriptions for guillotining, multiple descriptions per page for distribution with event information packages or print descriptions straight onto the map.
  • Control identification codes are checked for duplication. A cross reference of all controls used in an event and the courses on which those controls are used is available.
  • Check control loadings, leg loadings, whether legs are being run in both directions, etc.
  • Master maps and course maps can be printed. Leg lines and control circles can be broken so as not to hide important map features. Leg lines may be bent if required. Additional features such as logos, crossing points, water drops, out of bounds areas and forbidden routes can be printed at the same time.
  • Courses, additional features and control descriptions can be inserted into the EPS file created by OCAD. Courses will then be printed at the same time as the map. Alternatively, the same Corpse data can be added to the purple colour separation and printed as an overlay onto existing maps.
  • You can produce OCAD quality maps without OCAD. Corpse cannot change the map file or OCAD file. OCAD's *.OCD files need never leave your protection.
  • Courses can be planned on a map of one scale (e.g. 1:15000) and then simply moved to a map of a different scale (e.g. 1:10000).
  • Courses with multiple loops can be created.
  • Course climbs can be automatically calculated.

Who is it For?

Corpse is an invaluable tool for course setters, event controllers. It can also be used by coaches and instructors in teaching the skills of route choice and course planning.