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  1. Export layout to iTrains

    Export the entire layout to be used in iTrains.

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  2. Function to import WinTrack track plans.

    I wish I could import track plans created with WinTrack.

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  3. Revert to pointer after selecting object in sidebar

    When I've clicked on the Delete button, and then select an object from the sidebar, revert the selection mode back to the pointer.

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  4. Reset "0" Points of layout by clicking in ruler.

    In many drawing and layout programs it is possible to select the zero point by clicking in the ruler. For instance, you could set the zero point anywhere in the layout having positive and negative numbers indicating how far from the zero set point you are.

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  6. selection in the Community layouts

    It could be nice that when looking in the community you can also select the scale but also the size of the layout.
    p.e. all layout smaller or equal to 1.5m x 1.0 m.

    4 votes
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  7. Conversion of layout between scales

    If I planned N scale layout but now like to see what it looks like in a HO scale I would like to convert my work so I don't need to redo just fix the areas that may not fit due to scale.

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  8. Export as DXF

    As a user I want to further use the track plan for designing CNC milling paths or similar. Therefor I need to be able to export the track plan as DXF file.

    Acceptance Criteria:
    - the application provides an additional menu item in the "File" menu to export as DXF
    - when the user chooses the menu item, a file-save dialog is opened and the dialog automatically suggest the ending .dxf
    - in the file-save dialog, an option popover can be shown to select the desired DXF release (e.g. R13)
    - the exported DXF file shall contain the same layer…

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  9. Auto Create from a Scan Drawing

    Convert a scanned pen or pencil image, perhaps a PDF, into a rough first pass layout - select the area to convert, set scale, default turnout #(s), fill with flex or approximate with sections. Speeds my workflow from pencil draft to editable RailModeller Pro file.

    3 votes
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  10. Add scale and more legend elements to custom library

    Add library elements so that we can drag and drop various reference scales with english or metric at fine (1mm or 1/16"), semi-fine (1cm or ⅛") and coarse (20cm or 6")
    1) to confirm printed to actual
    2) provide a context based on the model scale you are working in
    3) or perhaps a refinement of the measure tool in the tool selector

    5 votes
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  11. multiple things I have noticed :

    1. command-scroll wheel should zoom in/out (in 2d and 3d view)
    2. in 3d view, shift could be used to select between strafe and rotate
    3. points don't seem to be graded (at least in the 3d view)
    4. the grading assistant needs to display the effect the controls would have on the tracks for better comprehension
    5. import picture should allow for a way to set scale (for instance drawing a line between 2 points and specifying a distance (in whatever unit) this would automatically size the image to fit whatever scale is used (have a control to specify scale on import, too)
    6. the…
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  12. Oval helix

    In N-scale often an oval helix is ​​used to reduce the rise under 2% because the locomotives are not that strong for long trains. Therefore it would be nice to add a (3rd) oval shape choice to the Smart Insert of an Helix. The Helix Characteristics should be extended with the length of the straight rail between the bends

    12 votes
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  13. Track tilting

    You already have gradient for up and down. Adding a gradient for sideways would allow better modelling of banked tracks.

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  14. Combine "Required Parts" with "Visible Layers" and/or "Active Layer"

    This would allow me to see what I need for a particular section of my layout. I split my "up line", "down line", "relief line" and "sidings" out to separate layers, and it'd be useful to be able to see what components I still need to buy for each one.

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  15. Allow positioning of elements at negative X/Y/Z coordinates

    I like the ability to position an element at a specific X/Y/Z coordinate in my room. But, if I accidentally position something too close to the zero X/Y position, the ENTIRE layout will shift, to allow room for that new element - which is obviously not ideal behavior.

    It looks like the "Z" position of track will happily go below the "Floor" of the room - which is fine, once we can establish elevation to Shapes I will WANT some areas below the floor (e.g. stairs coming up into the room). But you can't establish a negative X or Y…

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  16. Add track near edge of board automatically selects valid orientation

    Bug when placing track near board edge. Express 6.2.6 1177, LGB track library

    Steps to reproduce:

    • lay track section near edge of layout (e.g. turnout pointing up near top edge)

    • select track section that will fit in some orientations but not others (e.g. curved section)

    Expected behaviour:

    • default orientation will fit if possible, hitting space to cycle orientations won't select illegal placements

    Actual behaviour:

    • default orientation sometimes will not fit. Cannot place track section to 'space' through to working orientation

    Alternative expected behaviour:

    • allow illegal placement but indicate this by colour or some such. Don't allow additional tracks to be…
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  17. startup window size not always full screen

    On startup / new file / open file, the window always seems to expand to the borders of the screen area. Most apps open to cover only a portion of the screen, and their documents remember their window location & size on close and re-open.

    Suggestions:

    • opening an existing document restores the previous window size & location

    • option for new documents to occupy less than the entire visible area

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  18. Elastic tracks

    I would like to suggest a feature to help designing railroads: elastic tracks.

    There would be three kinds of elastic tracks: straight and curved.

    A straight elastic track would be connected to other tracks of the railroads, and when one of those tracks are moved, the length of the elastic track would adjust automatically.

    A curved elastic track would have it’s curve radius specified (there could be one kind per curve radius available in the current library catalog), and when one of the connected tracks is moved, the angle of the elastic curved track would adjust automatically.

    A straight elastic…

    4 votes
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  19. Smooth change of track angle

    It is not possible to smoothly change the track gradient. With large inclination angles, it would be good idea to gradually increase or decrease the track angle in the initial (and final) section.

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  20. SCARM Import/Export

    I don't know if this has been suggested before, but I exchange data regularly with people who are not using railmodeller. SCARM seems to be a frequently used package in the Windows world, so an import/export feature would facilitate exchanges.

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