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  1. Mark center points for curved tracks

    For radiused curves (e.g., sectional track, but especially flextrack which is bent to a specific radius), I would like to be able to find out the coordinates of the center of that curve -- i.e., the point where all the radii meet. This would make laying out the physical track, roadbed, splines, etc. a lot easier when it comes time to do the benchwork.

    57 votes
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    This came up a couple of times.. it would be quite a specialized feature but possibly useful for a number of people.

    Let’s see how much support it get’s in the feature request system!

  2. Export as 3D file for using in SketchUp or similar apps

    An export of the entire layout as a standard 3D file format would allow further editing in 3D apps, adding scenery, animate the layout, etc.

    72 votes
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  3. replace parts with compatible parts

    I'd like to be able to change all my Atlas 500 36" Super-Flex Track (wood ties) with Atlas 502 36" Super-Flex Track (concrete ties) or replace four Atlas 524e 2 Inch Straights with a single Atlas 525 package of four of the same, etc. Or switch to Peco or Weller, etc. equivalents. (Perhaps via the Parts Lists?)

    39 votes
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  4. Natural features like waterfalls, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, etc.

    There is another thing I miss. Would be great to have library of natural features like waterfalls, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, etc. And it would be ideal if feature like stream, river would have functionality of free hand adjustment of curvature so it could be fitted into landscape. This would allow us to plan water features flow along layout.

    25 votes
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  5. Ability to have alignment marks in corners when printing.

    If you print the track plan out full size, it's hard to then connect all the individual papers together accurately as there are no marks or grids shown. I though this was in a previous version.

    26 votes
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  6. 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"

    114 votes
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  7. 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.

    115 votes
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  8. 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.

    58 votes
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  9. The ability to highlight multiple sections of track and create a parallel section of track

    So if you have a highlighted curved section, section with points included or "S" section of multiple track elements. I would be handy to have the ability to create a parallel of it with the options of setting distance apart, exceed minimum and recommended radius warning, follow inside or outside curve of track so as to create parallel track to points radius.

    19 votes
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  10. Added to the introductory video narrative on YouTube:

    The introductory video narrative on YouTube clarified by including which keyboard keys [e.g. "option" "shift" "control" "space bar" or "command"] are being used when track elements are shown being inserted, deleted, selected, moved as a group and managed. The tools icons alone might not the only functions used to accomplish a task in handling track elements and designing a layout.

    6 votes
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  11. the ability to align shapes drawn with the shape tool where you are able to align the tops, centres or bottoms vertically or horizontally.

    I'd like to be able to select multiple shapes and align them but clicking a button. Being able to align the tops, centre or bottom either vertically or horizontally would be great when drawing buildings along the side of a road or track.

    23 votes
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  12. The possibility to flip the layout

    After spending hours on perfecting a layout it would be great to be able to flip the layout horizontal or vertical. Basically left turnouts becomes right turnouts etc-

    43 votes
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    We’re planning to make this functionality available once our new library editor with the ability to mark up counter-parts of elements (left <→ right switch) has been completed!

  13. Bezier shape/curve tool

    Bezier tool like in Illustrator to make custom shapes

    27 votes
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  14. 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.)

    66 votes
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  15. 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

    84 votes
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  16. 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.

    101 votes
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  17. 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

    52 votes
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  18. 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

    59 votes
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  19. Easy way to save / load "track snippets" (Macros / building blocks)

    It would be nice to save/load special combinations of tracks (brace cross roads < Hosenträger-Weichen) etc.

    31 votes
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  20. Easements / spirals to a specified minimum radius for a specified degree of curvature

    For example, having an easy way to position and connect two perpendicular tangent tracks (a 90° bend) with a smooth spiral in and out of a 24" minimum radius curve.

    28 votes
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