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Xtrackad

Postby jus » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:07 pm

Has anyone had any joy with this? I'm a mac user, so I can't use anyrail or Hornby track master. I'm trying but am finding it really hard to use. Has anyone found a decent help guide cos Im struggling.
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Re: Xtrackad

Postby Gronk » Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:34 pm

I'm sorry, I don't have a guide, but learn the shortcut keys otherwise it is a tedious package to use... But that goes for any CAD package, I have to say...

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Re: Xtrackad

Postby AlanBrady » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:35 pm

Personally, I find it excruciating. However, I believe if you have serious dedication and willpower you will get the better of this little ... package. Have you tried this thread. I haven't read much of it but even the first post gives a lot of info and links.

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Re: Xtrackad

Postby jus » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:41 pm

Thanks for the help guys. Have had a good look at the wiki page for xtrackCad. Got a little closer, but I've come to the conclusion it's great for rough planning of a large layout, but no use whatsoever for a mini desktop set up I am doing at the moment.
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Re: Xtrackad

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:43 am

Try this one
http://www.railmodeller.com/

There are some limitations in the demo but it still works well and might be better suited to your plans
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Re: Xtrackad

Postby jus » Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:16 pm

BIG thank you, for that link. Will be giving it a try later tonight
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Re: Xtrackad

Postby joshing_man » Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:50 pm

Or ...... look at the sticky thread at the top of this forum.

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ps I found it impossible but a friend was able to deliver my plans by it to great effect.
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Re: Xtrackad

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:36 am

joshing_man wrote:
ps I found it impossible but a friend was able to deliver my plans by it to great effect.


I wasn't the only one then?

Personally I use this one
http://www.wintrack.de/

The supplied 3d models are pretty much all European but you can still get a good idea of how things will look. One great feature is that it will work out and print your landscape formers.
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Re: Xtrackad

Postby Gronk » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:45 am

AlanBrady wrote:I believe if you have serious dedication and willpower you will get the better of this little ... package.


Not sure I have either but I am reasonably adept at using it now. But then again I come from a background of using high-end 3d animation and modeling packages and am very used to learning very technical complicated software...

To the OP, there are easier software packages around but Xtrak is completely free!

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Re: Xtrackad

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:23 am

Oh and there is scarm
http://www.scarm.info/index_en.html
not on the mac tho :(
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Re: Xtrackad

Postby jus » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:53 am

Thanks for all you posts. As a mac user we are a minority. A shame as its actually an easier platform to develop for I believe.

I've got my first plan for Winter Nights Build is posted in the thread of that name. Comments and ideas are welcome. I gave up on xtrackCad.
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