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  1. Possibility to define negative heights

    Sometimes you want to have a zero level and some tracks below it. I am planning a layout with a switchyard below the tracks where to park some of my trains. It would be natural to have this at -9cm, but I had to move all my "ground" layout to 9 cm because I cannot specify negative numbers.

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    • Companion app for iPad

      I know there's an existing thread for a fully functional iPad version, but in lieu of that, I was wondering if there's any possibility of a sort of paired down companion app for iPad. A nice little viewer application that allows you to zoom in and out and show/hide layers would be really handy when out in the garage working. I'd happily throw down $20 or so for something like that, especially if it allowed me to support creation of a fully fledged version down the road.

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        12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Export to JMRI

        I'm a Mac user of JMRI, in fact most of the code is written on Macs. I just got notice that AnyRail (PC only) has created an export to JMRI (specifically to its PanelPro component) that allows a track plan to be exported from AR, imported into PP and then run the layout using JMRI's controls.

        I'd really like to see an export for RM.

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        • An indication of wiring blocks

          It would be nice to be able to identify wiring blocks, i.e. identify sections of the tracks that are connected electrically. This is very important when planning a layout. Also, the program could identify reverse loops that need special isolation.

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          • A way to force two tracks to connect [Lower Precision, Higher Tolerance]

            Two tracks can be very close but not connected. I would like to be able to select both tracks and ask them to be connected. This should be extended to a whole selection. Sometimes selecting adjacent tracks the mouse moves slightly and a small disconnection appears somewhere. It is very difficult to find it. I would like to be able to select all tracks and say "connect"

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            • DCC Planning, Electric Planning (Planung Digitalsteuerung/Elektrik/Verkabelung)

              Isoliertrennungen für Schienen
              Rückmelder positionieren
              Blöcke kennzeichnen und bezeichnen
              Kehrschleifen kennzeichnen

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              • Hide tunnelsections in 3D

                Option to hide tunnel sections so you can see only the visible parts of the model. This gives a better understanding of the design.

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                • Better 3D view with the ability to see rolling stock and basic building shapes instead of flat images

                  The available 3D view is not really much help when trying to imagine building placement or the appearance of a populated railway.
                  All I am asking for is that the presently flat shapes of buildings (i.e. self drawn rectangles) and rolling stock gain some height in the 3D view.

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                    planned  ·  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    • Ability to set the maximum elevation

                      Currently the maximum elevation is set to 10%, hard coded in the SW. For rack rail it is no problem to have it to 35%.

                      Would be nice when it is possible to set the maximum elevation by the user, 10% for example is already 'a lot' for standard tracks.

                      Having two limits would be the way to go:
                      1: The current 10% that can be set by the user, when you go over it, you get a warning, not a message that it is not possible.
                      2: The upper limit, for example 35%, where you get the message that…

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                      • A way to force the track into ideal geometry [Precise Alignment, Zero Tolerance]

                        Currently, there's a small error tolerance at each connection. When you move track around, the exact geometry is kept. This means that slowly, over time, the errors can add up. The only way to get rid of all the errors is to manually reconnect each individual track piece. It would be nice if there could be a way to just force all the tracks into their canonical alignment, with zero error. (If there's loops, this might force certain parts of the layout to disconnect. That's ok. It's the whole point. Finding what the actual error is.)

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                        • Add a minimum radius highlight feature

                          A minimum radius is set in the project properties and whenever a track radius is chosen or flex track is bend below this radius the location is highlighted on the worksheet

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                          • Close track connections with 'generic bumper' (Generische Prellböcke als Gleisabschluß)

                            Update (12/2018): Any open track connection should be terminated by a generic bumper if desired to clean up layouts.

                            Prellböcke sollten als Gleisabschluß erkannt werden und nicht mehr als offenes Gleis markiert werden wenn ausgewählt ist: Dokument - "Offene Verbindungen hervorheben".
                            Ebenso sollte bei Prellböcken, welche ein Gleis beinhalten und die nicht nur auf Gleis gestellt werden, der Schienenweg mit eingezeichnet werden. Bsp: TT Tillig 83100 hat 41,5mm Gleis.

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                            • 3D Cuts with metrics of my 3 dimensional plan

                              To realize a plan with multiple levels it will be very helpful to show and print cuts of my 3D plan to realize the wooden infrastructure for the rails

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                              • Automatic establishment of minimum required height when one track over another.

                                During design process tracks can be placed over another. Software immediately establish a minimal distance between tracks and asks for slope definition which is allredy defined as function in the RailModeller.

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                                • Option to hide obsolete elements in a library

                                  (from our back log)

                                  Obsolete elements can be indicated in the Library Catalog.

                                  An option to remove these elements from the list would make it easier to pick only current tracks for track systems with a mix of out-of-production and current tracks

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                                  • Show layout size in community layout browser

                                    It would be helpful if the community layout browser showed the layout size in your preferred units somewhere. Some layouts put the size in the title, which means you have a confusing mix of metric and US measures.

                                    The benefit is that you know you have a certain baseboard size, so you want to start with something that fits.

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                                    • ability to create modules and being able to plan modular railroad arrangements.

                                      We have a lot already and need mainly a new supporting feature: Transfer (small) layouts to Railseteditor to create modules

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                                      • Search for tracks by e.g. part number

                                        Sometimes I find tracks on my partlist, which I want to exchange on my layout. But I don't see a possibility to easily find them and get them replaced.

                                        It would be helpful to search for e.g. a certain part number and get these track highlighted on the layout. Maybe with the additional feature to search these certain tracks on the whole layout but also only on certain layers.

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                                        • height adjustments

                                          Height adjustments are a pain in the ass. Start over. Make them intuitive. One adjustment to close gaps should not wipe out an entire grade or reset the height of an entire layer. Come on, you can do better than this, every other program does already.

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