Directly Uses OCAD Maps, OpenOrienteering Maps, and PDF maps
Purple Pen directly loads and displays an OCAD map for your event. OCAD versions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 are supported. For those using OpenOrienteering Mapper, Purple Pen fully supports that file format (.omap/.xmap) also. You design your courses directly on the OCAD or OOM map, which can be displayed at any level of detail. You can also use a bitmap file such as TIFF or JPEG as a map, or use a PDF file as a map.
Simple User Interface
Purple Pen uses a simple user interface with a single window that displays both the course and control descriptions simultaneously. Many changes can be done by simply clicking on what you want to change and making the change directly. No special "preview" modes -- everything is live all the time. Every change can be undone, with up to 100 levels of undo and redo. Simplicity was the guiding principle in designing Purple Pen.
Conforms to IOF Standards
Purple Pen fully supports the IOF 2004 Control Description Standard. Purple Pen can create standard IOF XML interchange files (both version 2 and version 3), which allow the course data to be directly transferred to electronic punching or event management programs.