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    The main problem with the close gap feature right now is that it's clunky to use:
    - To start it, you have to go to another part of the screen, or press two keys on the keyboard.
    - The animation showing all the points takes a few hundred milliseconds and is distracting.
    - Once you click the first point, the whole layout shifts down, and you have to wait another few hundred milliseconds, as the UI pops in at the top.
    - If you cancel it, or if it fails to find anything, you have to dismiss an annoying dialog.
    - If you do anything at all while it's working in the background, you end up accidentally canceling it. It'd be nice to be able to edit unrelated things while it's running.
    - If you switch to another application while the list is up, it goes away, and you have to do the whole process again.
    - Often, the alternatives don't actually get displayed on the layout. Sometimes they do, so I assume they are always supposed to. It'd be useful if they did.
    - The results aren't cached. I suspect the whole feature could be massively faster if you cached all computations persistently to disk. I often try to fill in the same kinds of gaps since I'm usually using the same track set with similar geometries. If we've computed the results once, let's keep them around for later.

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    Open this in RailModeller to see what I mean:
    http://damowmow.com/temp/alignment-demo.tracks

    Notice that the yellow and green section have the same number of tracks, and that all the tracks are connected into one big layout (triple clicking on any track piece selects every track piece in the layout), and yet that the right end of the green section isn't connected to the switches there.

    If there was a way to force the tracks to be in the ideal geometry, then the whole thing would snap together and the yellow and green sections would be the same length.

    You can also do the opposite (having tracks that are actually different lengths, but that look like they would fit, but if you could force them into ideal geometry, you'd find they didn't actually connect everywhere).

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