What is new in Condes 9
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The list of new features in Condes 9 is long.  The new features are designed based on input from Condes users.  The features fall into a range of different categories.  Read on for a summary of the exciting new possibilities.

Course Design

You can create a course with loops or butterflies by inserting a loop in the course.  If you are familiar with relay courses, this is similar to adding a fork to a relay course.

The course shown at the left has a butterfly with control 31 as the center control, and it has two loops consisting of 38,39, resp. 41,43.  This generates two variations: AB, and BA, where AB takes controls in the order -31-38-39-31-41-43-31-, and BA takes the loops in the opposite order, so -31-41-43-31-38-39-31-.  In the printout window, you can print these variations.

You can of course also create a loop that has the courses start point as the center control.

Relay Support

Traditionally, Condes has required that before each fork and after each fork, there has to be a common control.   In order to be able to create variations in a way that a team will run all the course legs, then this is a must.

A “leg fork” is a fork where you split relay legs, so that for example leg 1 and leg 4 takes one branch, and leg 2 and leg 3 takes another.  (This is in reality a means to optimize the number of possible course variations by coupling some of the forks that are used only on certain relay legs).

When using Leg Forks, the restriction about common controls before and after a fork can be more flexible.  There is no need for common controls before and after Leg Forks, and the common controls before and after regular forks do not have to be placed immediately in conjunction with the fork. It is sufficient that the common control will be located in conjunction with the fork when the “leg fork” has been resolved.   In the example to the left, control 35 acts as common control before the fork with controls 36 and 37, because legs 1 and 3 both go via 35.  For the fork with 39 and 40, a common control, 38, is necessary.

In some cases, it is convenient to minimize the number of variations by coupling forks.  A fork early on the course can be coupled with a fork later on the course, so that a competitor always runs the same branch in both forks.

This functionality already exists in Condes 8, where it is called “bind fork”.  In Condes 9, the concept has been extended so that you can have multiple sets of coupled forks.  By assigning a “coupling group” number to a fork, it will be included in the set of coupled forks.  When creating course variations, Condes will always assign the same branch letter for all forks assigned to a given coupling group.  Forks coupled in the same coupling group will be shown with the same color in the course window.

In the example, the first and the third fork are coupled in the “green” group, and the second and fourth fork are coupled in the “orange” group.  A competitor that has “42” in the first fork will always have “43” in the third fork.

Course Overprint

By dragging the corners of the symbol, you can now widen the symbol and/or extend it.
A mandatory crossing does not always go through a single point such as a gate, but may be a longer passage or a wider passage.  You can now show this by adapting the size and shape of the crossing symbol.

Control Descriptions

Graphics Layout

Printing and Export

Course Layout Editor Enhancements

Training Exercise Features

OCAD Support