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nickelplate759

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RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:30:54 PM »
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Atlas has dropped RTS (it was their free layout planning software).    So, I'm looking for something else that doesn't cost a lot.  Suggestions please?
George
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I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 03:16:09 PM »
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AnyRail is easy to use and free to try. Many modelers have liked it enough to pay the $60 fee for the unlocked version.

http://www.anyrail.com/index_en.html

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012, 04:26:29 PM »
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AnyRail is easy to use and free to try. Many modelers have liked it enough to pay the $60 fee for the unlocked version.

http://www.anyrail.com/index_en.html

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012, 05:59:50 PM »
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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012, 01:19:38 PM »
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it was open source, right? well, here you go!  :ashat:
http://sopacincg.com/rts.zip

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 06:03:44 PM »
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I downloaded the AnyRail trial.  Not bad (I like it better than RTS already), but I can't figure out how to make ladders, etc. and maintain the spacing between tracks.  Any ideas?
George
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I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012, 06:43:54 PM »
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Atlas killed off RTS? What happened?

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2012, 09:04:10 PM »
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If you hook a bunch of #5's or #7's together, and then hook straight tracks off the diverging routes,
they all come out straight and even spaced automatically.  If you want more spacing between the tracks,
you can insert a little 1" straight between the turnouts.  I just tried this and it worked well.

And a BIG +1 for Anyrail.  It was the one, of several that I tried, that was completely intuitive and let me start
drawing my plan almost as easily as if I were doing it on a piece of graph paper (only without having to erase,
and keeping perfect scale and tangents!)

Well worth the $59 cost.

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2012, 09:18:24 PM »
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Atlas killed off RTS? What happened?

Wasn't RTS a branded version of a very early AnyRail? I would not be surprised if RTS died in the same thought process which killed the forum. My edu-guess is somebody at Atlas finally verbalized "uhh... we're not a software company", realizing that support for a "free" RTS and the "free" forum had a real bottom-line cost with no directly offsetting income.

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2012, 02:07:01 PM »
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Atlas killed off RTS? What happened?
their agreement ran out

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2012, 10:29:29 PM »
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I've used Cadrail for years.  I would not design any module without it.  I also design and build my benchwork from my Cadrail drawings.  I also design and manufacture tactical night vision and tactical weapons mountable surveillance gear using Cadrail.  I also use it for any machining or woodworking project I deem "complex" or to see if something will fit into a specific space, such as modules in my trainroom, or a modular setup at a show, or woodworking tools in my garage.

It isn't free, but, it has served me well through two iterations, and I can run my trains on it, look at a 3D view of my proposed setup or module design, and run trains in 3D. 

Learning curve was not particularly steep, but I am computer literate.  And what the hell does "intuitive" mean anyway?  Since I've used Cadrail for decades, I can attest that nowadays it is "intuitive" for me.

However, it may not be for you...but it serves me well.

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2012, 02:48:11 AM »
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Props for AnyRail

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2012, 08:16:36 AM »
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Right Track Software was based on a German program called WinRail.  The full version of WinRail is still available from the developer.

http://www.blumert.de/winraild.htm


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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2012, 03:06:54 PM »
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Pencil and graph paper -

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Re: RTS alternative (inexpensive)?
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2012, 05:38:47 PM »
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or you can click on the link that I posted above for a zip file of RTS