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  1. 47 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    The upcoming maintenance update will add a "Skip Redundant Combinations" setting to eliminate results with equivalent combinations of shorter length tracks.

    For example, for connections using track 24172 (171.7mm)
    skip equivalent connections of
    + 24077 (77.5mm)
    + 24094 (94.2mm)

    and for connections using 24215 (114.5mm) skip combinations with
    + 24207 (57.3mm)
    + 24207 (57.3mm)
    where 24215 is used.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Upcoming maintenance update to avoid more duplicate combinations in "Close Gap with Tracks", specifically related to curves in the counter-clockwise orientation

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Upcoming maintenance update will avoid displaying duplicate combinations in the "Close Gap with Tracks" functionality.

    (By eliminating permutations of same-radius track sequences)

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Enhanced progress feedback in upcoming maintenance update.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Upcoming maintenance update extends settings offering more control over "Close Gap with Tracks" functionality

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Quick update: In addition to the improvements in recent updates we're planning to

    + improve the overall performance of the tool, and
    + improve control over the specific tracks that are used for closing the gap. (no functional tracks, only from stock, etc)

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Just as a general note:
    We still have a number of significant improvements scheduled for the Close Gap function, as always it's just a matter of resources..

    > If you switch to another application while the list is up, it goes away, and you have to do the whole process again

    That doesn't make much sense, agreed.
    Switching the app won't cancel the various functions starting with the next update!

    > Often, the alternatives don't actually get displayed on the layout.

    Sounds like a bug - does this always happen for you?
    Couldn't replicate previews not showing locally..

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    This is already possible in the local settings dialog (accessible via the Gear icon) - Cheers!

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Thanks for the feedback - would you care to elaborate?
    How would the app automatically pick one of potentially hundreds of possibilities?

    Cheers!

  2. 75 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    The existing "where to place trestle" collision detection algorithm from the 3D visualization module can be utilized as the basis for the implementation of the "Minimum Over/Under Clearance" feature.

  3. 66 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Maintenance update 6.4.25 improves the Close Gap and Connect with Flex Track assistants:
    Both now handle connecting tracks on different levels automatically grading the inserted tracks.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Needs the ability to copy existing grades from tracks, paste to apply to other tracks to easily set the same grade to arbitrary tracks in layout.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    RailModeller Pro 6.0.4 introduces the "Shift Tracks Up/Down" functionality to adjust track heights for an arbitrary selection of track elements whilst keeping the grades.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    The interactive height adjustment tool is scheduled for an upcoming v6.x release

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Absolutely - multiple tracks should be easy to adjust in height no matter how they're connected. The planned 'Change Height' tool is supposed to address this (in the coming weeks).

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Also in relation to https://railmodeller.uservoice.com/forums/249335-railmodeller-feature-requests/suggestions/11535912-be-able-to-relatively-adjust-height-of-multiple-tr
    a new tool to simply push/pull a track to adjust its (+ connected tracks) height while keeping grades could make track height adjustments less tedious.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Thanks for the feedback -

    could you name some of the other programs you've mentioned so we can have a look? Cheers!

  4. 78 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Collada (SketchUp file format) import available in Blender via plug-in
    (https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/files/import_export.html)

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Export to the Collada 3D file format is planned for a future update!

  5. 7 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Scheduled for a future update once the Document tab in the sidebar has been reorganized (like e.g. Pages > Format to use sub-areas making it easier to find a specific setting)

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Just clarifying -

    Is this a request for more granularity what types of elements have labels displayed?
    (e.g. a list of check boxes for tracks, shapes, baseboards, other types)

    Or having the ability to individually turn labels on/off for every element in the layout?

  6. 11 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Yes - short answer is that the Document > Settings tab is starting to get messy and will be reorganized like e.g. Pages > Format to use sub-areas making it easier to find a specific setting.

    We have a bunch of extended label settings on our roadmap once we have 'made room' in the user interface.
    It would make sense to also show the grade labels control there, plus offer additional settings for those!

  7. 33 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Anchor matrix for all elements other than plain tracks with 1-2 joints

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Two modes:
    - Anchor point selector
    - Joint selector, A/B (plain tracks)

    Compare 'Transform panel' in Affinity products, e.g.
    https://affinity.help/publisher/English.lproj/pages/Panels/transformPanel.html

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Position by anchor can be useful in certain cases but it's probably not a very commonly used feature.
    Would a positioning popup help, that could be invoked via the contextual menu of an element (or the menu bar)?

  8. 8 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Inching closer -- The recent maintenance update adds a triangular baseboard template.
    Next up are templates for curved benchwork (both inside corner and outside corner)

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Could support: Modular Benchwork by ModelRailroadBenchwork.com / OnDrew Hartigan

    https://www.modelrailroadbenchwork.com/modular-benchwork
    https://www.modelrailroadbenchwork.com/triangles

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Could support: "Mianne Benchwork Assembly", by MIANNE

    http://www.miannebenchwork.com/parts.htm

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Could support: "Mod-U-Rail System", by Woodland Scenics

    https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/ModURailSystem

  9. 73 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    We're eyeing early 2024 for potential rollout

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    = Print just a smaller section of the entire track plan;
    Either the currently visible part or a custom selection.

    (Ausdruck nur eines wählbaren bzw. des aktuell sichbaren Gleisplans)

  10. 53 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    A simulation mode building on a completely reimagined 3D mode - currently penciled in for Version 7 - is something we're looking at for a future release.

    Rolling stock would have to be included as in-app purchases to make this viable.

    See also:
    https://railmodeller.uservoice.com/forums/249335/suggestions/5825268

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Dependencies:

    - Requires path information for non-trivial tracks in track libraries

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Thanks for the feedback!

    While that would be great to have it would also be quite a lot of work.
    However, such functionality could be added as a dedicated, similarly priced new app!

  11. 112 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    We're in the early stages of developing a completely reimagined 3D mode for Version 7.
    Please note that the schedule is currently penciled in and subject to refinement

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Quick update:

    The current "Tracks 3D" view is a temporary solution in order to enable users to view and navigate the layout in 3D.

    Our road map includes a much enhanced 3D mode:
    • awesome graphics
    • full terrain modeling (editing elevations)
    • all structures placed at arbitrary heights
    • dedicated, fully three-dimensional objects (and editors) for trees, houses, ..

  12. 67 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Should also include mirroring of baseboard geometry.
    Potentially flip images in the layout as well.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Status Update:

    Commencing the modification of all 270 track libraries to specify the 'mirror' component for every turnout, laying the foundation for the soon-to-arrive 'Flip Layout' capability.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    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) & currently under heavy construction - has been completed!

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    A mirror function would indeed be nice.
    But such a function is not so trivial as it may seem:

    Currently there's no way for the program to know that switch A has to be replaced with switch B, the right handed variant, to obtain a properly mirrored track section.

    However, the new library editor currently under development will allow to flag parts as mirror parts/pairs that would enable such a feature in the future!

  13. 29 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    That sounds like a no brainer.
    Thanks for the suggestion!

  14. 4 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Two precision settings for 1/16 and 1/32 sound like a reasonable default!

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Copy that! A switch to toggle between different precisions might be useful.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    When working on construction projects with imperial units, is it common to work with a 1/16 'resolution'?

    To my understanding you're effectively limited to a precision of ~1,6 millimeters.

  15. 116 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Also include some visual feedback to indicate the snapped state when dragging tracks

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Most tools will provide better feedback, dedicated cursors and previews with the upcoming, major update (v6.5)

  16. 41 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    That would be the request - i.e. a new feature to change track while keeping position, elevation, grade, color, layer, etc.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Replace should offer

    • for tracks: All tracks of the same type with identical length and/or radius
    • for all other elements: Any element of the same type

    Optionally the list of available replacements could be filtered by the user to restrict it to elements of the same model scale (or gauge) - only if desired, though. Switching model scales should be possible (useful accessories, symbols, ..)

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Unfortunately, different vendors use a different track geometry (lengths, radii,
    different turnout angles and lengths, ...).
    The same applies even to different scale offerings for the same manufacturer, so I'm afraid no automatic mapping is possible between tracks.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Update 6.4 adds search for layouts (https://www.railmodeller.com/news/railmodeller-pro-6-4-search-point-editor-improved-touch-bar-support.html) -

    An upcoming update will enhance the search feature with replace functionality.

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Definitely planned -
    a search/replace feature across layouts, stock and track libraries is scheduled for the near future!

  17. 80 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Euler spiral segments could either

    - be approximated with a cubic Bezier curve - a new parametric flex track in addition to the straight and curved types could be an option to offer track transition curves.

    - a new kind of track featuring a sequence of curves with progressively increasing radii.

  18. 16 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Dependencies:

    - Requires path information for non-trivial tracks in track libraries

  19. 126 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Dependencies:

    - Requires path information for non-trivial tracks in track libraries

  20. 164 votes
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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Dependencies:

    - Requires path information for non-trivial tracks in track libraries

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    AdminRailModeller (Manager, RailModeller) commented  · 

    Electrical planning is scheduled for a future release.
    At this point we can't give any time frame.

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