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RailModeller - Software

RailModeller - Review
Neale Monks

All things considered, the good things about RailModeller far outweigh most of the niggles mentioned, the sole exception being the lack of gradients and overpasses, a feature that some designers will find awkward. It should be stated though that this failing doesn’t mean you can’t design railroads or racetracks that have gradients and overpasses, all it really means is that your designs won’t look right in the 3D View mode. All the other aspects, such as easy connection of track pieces and the useful Part-list work just fine.

So, the bottom line is that RailModeller is a useful application at a low price that does its job extremely well. It’s easy to use and very versatile, and compared to the old fashioned way of designing railroads and racetracks, an absolute godsend.

Pros: Very easy to use; track options for all the major scales and brands; lots of useful features

: Can’t model gradients or overpasses; 3D view somewhat limited; Stock and Part-list options depend on each other, but aren’t obviously connected in the user interface

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher; Universal Binary

MyMac.com Rating: 4 out of 5

Comment: I've used this software for my RunMyTrains.com G Scale layout.

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January 11, 2010 1:41:33 AM CST
Dear RailModeller Users!

It is our great pleasure to announce the availability of RailModeller 4!
This update delivers long-anticipated functionality eagerly awaited by many of you:

Support for working with heights, grades and creating track helixes now enables you to create model railroad layouts complete with heights and grades.
Two new functions are provided in the Arrange menu to grade tracks and to create a track helix. A number of pre-configured grades are available, as is an option to shift all tracks to a desired level.
A new view in the Worksheet Window can be shown to visualize the grade profile below the worksheet and the 3D View was greatly improved, now featuring more realistically rendered tracks and optionally the ability to automatically create a terrain based on the track heights in your layouts.

RailModeller 4 includes a layer system with support for up to 99 layers per worksheet. Similar to modern graphics applications elements are assigned to a layer and layers can be hidden or locked, reordered and given arbitrary names.

Other noteworthy changes include a new printing architecture that fixes occasional 1:1 printout errors with large layouts or high-resolution printers, new selection functions, improvements to the Cleanup Orphaned Track function and Flextrack dialogs and a new export function to import layouts in third party applications.

The complete list of changes is available online at http://www.railmodeller.com/History.html

RailModeller 4.0 is a free upgrade for all registered users.


Liebe RailModeller Nutzer!

Wir freuen uns Ihnen die neue Version 4 von RailModeller vorstellen zu können!
Zwei lang ersehnte Funktionen unterstützen Sie nun bei Ihrer Anlagenplanung:

Die Unterstützung für Planung von Höhen und Steigungen sowie die komfortable Erzeugung von Gleiswendeln erlaubt nun auch die Planung in der dritten Dimension.
Zusätzlich haben wir eine Profilansicht zur schnellen Kontrolle der Gleishöhen in das Arbeitsblatt-Fenster eingebaut und dem 3D-Modus neben einer realistischeren Darstellung von Gleisen gleich noch eine Gelände-Funktion spendiert, die passend zum Höhenprofil der Gleise automatisch eine Landschaft erzeugt.

Ein Ebenen-System mit Unterstützung von bis zu 99 Ebenen pro Arbeitsblatt ist ebenfalls neu in Version 4.
Ebenen können ausgeblendet oder gesperrt werden um die Arbeit mit umfangreichen Arbeitsblättern zu erleichtern.

Weitere nennenswerte Änderungen umfassen eine komplett neue Druckarchitektur, die gelegentliche Fehler bei 1:1 Ausdrucken behebt, Verbesserungen bei Flexgleis-Dialogen und eine neue Export-Funktion, um Gleisplan-Daten in andere Applikationen zu importieren.

Das Upgrade auf RailModeller 4.0 ist kostenlos für alle registrierten Benutzer.
Die Aktualisierung kann von folgender Adresse direkt heruntergeladen werden:

January 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterTackyTed
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