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Free track planning Software
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:54:45 pm »
Not sure on ease of use yet but may be worth a look
http://www.scarm.info/index_en.html

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 09:27:55 am »
This was the first one I tried but I wasn't impressed myself. Even though the trial version of "Anyrail" only lets you use 50 track sections, I found it easier to use so just made my plan in sections of 50 pieces or less. And it will let  you stretch a flexitrak as long as you want to cut down on sections. Also, I use the setrack to get my curves right and then bend a flexi over the top of it, then the setrack can be deleted and you have the flex waiting to take it's place.  All my drawings are "Anyrail"  and I managed to get a heck of a lot on them for free. 
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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011, 06:49:43 pm »
hi

do give this software a try,it's well worth it.also includes a 3d function.

cheers

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2011, 08:22:33 pm »
I've just downloaded both of the two recommended above.

For me personally I find the Anyrail trial software is a lot more intuitive to use than the Scarm.The main problem for me with the Scarm is there doesn't seem to be anyway to move or position individual sections or rotate them.

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2011, 10:35:05 pm »
hi

do give this software a try,it's well worth it.also includes a 3d function.

cheers

alan

Downloaded it but where the track to pick from??

Cudders
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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2011, 01:01:29 pm »
I've just downloaded both of the two recommended above.

For me personally I find the Anyrail trial software is a lot more intuitive to use than the Scarm.The main problem for me with the Scarm is there doesn't seem to be anyway to move or position individual sections or rotate them.

Allan

I've been using anyrail too as I found it easier and more intuitive than xtrcad and others. I did download SCARM and it seems it's pretty powerful but I found it frustrating trying to get started with it so I abandoned the effort. May go back and try again later.

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2011, 04:26:29 pm »
I downloaded that SCARM last night, couldn't even work out how to set up my baseboard layout.  Uninstalled it again  :-[

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2011, 06:29:46 pm »
I tried SCARM and it had to scram as it was so hard to comprehend, I also tried Winrail that was hard work also, so Anyrail seems the best.
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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2011, 06:56:55 pm »
I gave up on computer programs and went back to pen and paper.

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2011, 07:07:24 pm »
Just a screen shot for anyone that's curious.

This is my first attempt at layout design,not finished yet and will probably be revised somewhat.
No set track was used or harmed in the layout plan. ;D

Base board is 58" by 35",the inset corner is cut off to let the bedroom door open fully.



I wish I'd had it before I laid any track what with all the trial and error and mistakes I made.

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2011, 08:28:38 pm »
i used any rail to plan milton grove.
 Cant fault it and loved that i could print a full size plan which help me no end with the track laying :thumbsup:
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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2011, 01:01:03 pm »
This is certainly a decent app.  Had a quick go and looks pretty goor but will have to do sections at a time butthats no big deal.

Not bad at all for free!

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2011, 10:02:12 pm »
Hello dear friends,

Thank you for trying SCARM.

It is one of the newest and youngest track planning programs and is still under development. I am collecting any ideas or suggestions how to make it better. Because I see that some of you found it hard to use, please take a look at Questions and Answers (FAQ) section in the documentation. It takes no more than 10 minutes of reading, but explains a lot of programís functions and features. SCARM uses a little different approach from other railway layout editors, but after get familiar with its advanced functionality, you will be able to create layouts like this mountain climb example in minutes:

 

I am hard working to improve the 3D features in SCARM and soon there will be platforms, signals, buildings and other like these:

   

Hope you will like them :)

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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2011, 11:12:55 am »
Thank you for the guidance Mixy and welcome to the board.
I`m sure your comments and advice will encourage more members to try the software and benifit from what it has to offer
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Re: Free track planning Software
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2011, 04:14:03 pm »
I thought I'd give Scarm another try.

Tried to draw the baseboard but couldn't start at zero,had to start at one inch in and one inch down,not that big a deal but awkward having to add or subtract an inch each time I wanted to draw a line.
Finally managed to draw the "L" shaped baseboard and for some reason I was immediately confronted with a piece of flexitrack that followed every mouse move like a snake all over the baseboard. ;D

This is probably a very powerful piece of software,but for me at the moment it's not particularly user friendly or intuitive to use.
Perhaps if it was more icon driven it would be easier.I don't really want to have to refer back to the manual each time I want to draw some track.
Other people might find it easier to use than me,I've managed to make drawings in Solid Edge 2D cad program and Alibre 3D cad program but personally I find Scarm hard work.

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