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ednadolski

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Re: Planning software
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2021, 11:01:07 PM »
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I use Anyrail, an old version running in a VirtualBox Windows 7 VM on Mac host.

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Re: Planning software
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2021, 12:13:08 AM »
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I just grabbed the demo of AnyRail.  Not too hard to figure out, except...

Easements don't seem right.  I can't make parallel easements, and that should be pretty easy to do (math-wise).
I haven't found a "fit a piece of flex track between these other two tracks" option.

Track Libraries seem pretty good!
George
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I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

Simon D.

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Re: Planning software
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2021, 04:49:10 AM »
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@Rich29 Many thanks - will look at RailModeller. 


Most of these seem to be one man band productions, hence they don't get ported to Macs.  There's a UK program for hand-laying track called Templot which is so contrary and counter-intuitive it drives even IT professionals insane...  If anyone uses RMWeb check out the threads.

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Re: Planning software
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2021, 07:21:27 PM »
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I just grabbed the demo of AnyRail.  Not too hard to figure out, except...

Easements don't seem right.  I can't make parallel easements, and that should be pretty easy to do (math-wise).
I haven't found a "fit a piece of flex track between these other two tracks" option.

Track Libraries seem pretty good!

Sorry, I can't help with easements, but fitting flex-track is pretty easy.

Connect one end of the flex to one of the other sections. Then grab the other end (at the small 'cross' at the end pf the flex) and, while holding the mouse button, drag it to the other section you want to connect too. Then click on flex to highlight it, right click, and choose "Smooth Flex" from the pop-up menu. Assuming the distance and angle between the sections you joined too are sufficient, you get a smooth, curved transition.

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Another option is using the blend control points. Just drag them closer or further away to adjust to amount of curve. But be careful. If you connected your flex to another section of flex, and THAT piece of flex is not "frozen", you might end up moving it as well. Also, if you see a red line forming anywhere along the flex, it means that portion of curve is tighter than your minimum set radius.

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Hmmmm. Now that I look at it, those blend points look like they establish an easement as well. Or are my eyes lying to me?
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Re: Planning software
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2021, 07:59:43 PM »
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I don’t know if it establishes a true spiral easement, but it’s close enough that you can fine tune it when you lay the track.

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Re: Planning software
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2021, 08:04:12 PM »
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@GimpLizard thank you so much!

By the way, I figured out how to do "parallel" easements.  The problem was really me - an easement over 20-degrees to an 18" radius curve is of shorter than over a 20" radius curve.       What I ended up doing was - create an easement on one track, then select the easement and create a parallel track in the pop-up menu.  Easy once you know how!
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Re: Planning software
« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2021, 03:13:04 PM »
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@GimpLizard thank you so much!


You're welcome, George. Glad I could help.