RailModeller Feature Requests

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  1. 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.

    101 votes
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  2. 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.

    53 votes
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  3. 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.

    15 votes
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  4. 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-

    35 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!

  5. 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.)

    64 votes
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  6. 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

    51 votes
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  7. 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.

    87 votes
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  8. 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

    57 votes
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  9. 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

    45 votes
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  10. Adjust track heights in a dedicated 3D view (showing selected tracks only) with drag'n'drop.

    I'm thinking about a view similar to the "Display > Show Hight Profile" menu, which only shows the incline being associated to a track being selected. The view should be turnable (to see all turns). You should be able to move a track hight by drag and drop, and the tracks being connected should level themselves.

    25 votes
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  11. Use Layers for Alternatives (Detach Layers)

    I'm in the process of updating a layout to the new version of the software. In that process, I've decided to design two different alternatives for some optional add-ons to the layout. However, those alternatives are mutually exclusive and require replacing a couple of track segments in order to provide the correct interface to the main layout.

    It would be nice if I could hide the layer for Option 1 and then connect tracks to the now (apparently) disconnected tracks on other layers in the Option 2 layer.

    Essentially, it would be nice if there was a way to tell…

    7 votes
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  12. Add Object List functionality to documents

    This could either be a second tab alternative to the libraryor a third tab on the right side (Element, Document), or, more ideally, could take the place of the Layers pane of the Element Inspector.

    The object list should present a hierarchical view where the Document is the root of the tree. All objects in the current layout would be somewhere on branches from that root (e.g. Layer->Group[->Group[->group]]->Object,Object,Object).

    Each element in the hierarchy which has children should have the traditional expand/collapse rotating triangle widget.

    Selecting an object, range, or group in this area should be identical to selecting it in…

    3 votes
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  13. Text fields convert between units

    It would be nice if text fields like position x/y/z, track length, canvas w/h, could automatically convert between units.

    For example I prefer to work in cm, but sometimes I need to size something in inches. So it would be nice to write '16 "' or something and have that converted to cm, instead of reaching for the calculator.

    OmniGraffle does this also, and it is pretty useful.

    8 votes
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  14. Favorites in Libraries

    I am building a layout with Atlas Track but know I want to focus on certian parts and NOT use others. I would love to be able to mark my "favorites" and see them in the list. Would make it much easier to find what I am looking for and protect me from use a snap switch for instance when that isn't my preferred product.

    28 votes
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  15. Ability to skip blank pages when printing.

    When printing full size, it would be nice if blank pages (pages defined maybe as no track in them and no shapes could be skipped. Currently you have to export to PDF and then delete the blank pages before printing.

    7 votes
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  16. 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.

    2 votes
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  17. 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.

    21 votes
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  18. Bezier shape/curve tool

    Bezier tool like in Illustrator to make custom shapes

    25 votes
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  19. 79 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.

    27 votes
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