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Tried this piece of track layout drawing software and it really is easy to use and that's saying something coming from me. Have a look at it.


DRail.

This software was on the forum before the problems and had been quite extensively discussed. I went into many details of the software and had unstinting help from David, the owner and supplier, who incidentally is now one of us. Neither I or the forum have any financial interest in Drail but it may well be the piece of software that many of you are looking for to help with your layout design. If you haven't done so already I would recommend that you have a look at it.

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All the praise for DRail gone ;)

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Hi All,

Being the founder of DRail, I was first lured into this forum by Bob himself.

I guess it's all a giant trick, because all your praise is erased for good now...

Well, just joking. Glad that at least the forum is up again!

Cheers,

David.

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I think what's required now david is another introduction to Drail.
I'm sure that the positive comments will start to flow again.
Just think, there's a whole new bunch of members that didn't get to take part last time
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I couldn't agree more and am eagerly awaiting the next stage up in this so easy to use program.
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Hi David

I'm a computer dummy but did try your free download of DRail. Most of it I found great. I did, however, have difficulty making the track curve where I wanted it rather than where IT wanted to go - any answers?

Also, is there a way of putting grid lines on the layout page to help place tracks where they will go on the model - it seems difficult to get things to the same scale.

Probably me but if you could help ............

Petermac
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David - as a tribute to DRail I have just downloaded it to my work computer
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Tim
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Anyone got the DRAIL link, i think i never saw it, if i did i cant rememebr
Phill
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HELP ME PLEASE HELP

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David, I like your style. Your a walking publicity machine!!
Mike
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What did I tell you about glasses Phill? It's the thread under this one.
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The Fat Controller At Play.

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oops (hides in the corner)
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Posted: 12 Oct 2007 10:51 pm
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@Petermac,

You can draw a grid by going to Tools/Options, and selecting the 'View' tab.
Here you can check the 'Grid' box. You can also set the grid size if you like.

About flex track: mmm, brings back memories on this forum...
You have to play with the four control points that show up as small crosses to curve it as you like. There are two on the track, and one at either end.
Future features are planned for perfect radii and easements.

If you've any further questions, please don't hesitate to take a look at the DRail FAQ page on the website, or send us an email.

@Mike: Glad you're not offended about me looking for a bit of extra publicity! Well, we do not only try to make a living with DRail. I am an avid railroader myself. So I hope I can (re)contribute to this forum in other ways as well!

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David - many thanks.

I've found the controls and am playing around with it - those little black crosses can be a bit awkward or is that me ?

Petermac

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Not at all David. would you like a link to your site from mine? Oh and great layout too

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@Petermac - Indeed, sometimes it's not so easy to grab those crosses at certain places or scales. If you find it difficult to grab them, it might help to change the scale. We'll look into it though and try to improve in the next version.

@Mike - Yes, I would really appreciate a link from your page! Interesting site you have.

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Any idea when the next version will be available David? Another question, if a member buys the present version then what happens when the new version comes out? Will there be an upgrade?
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Well, we release new versions every few months (sometimes even more frequent).
The next release is currently in testing, which will probably take a few weeks to complete.

Customers can always freely upgrade to the latest version, as long as it is in the DRail 2.x version range.

For the time being, all scheduled updates will be in version 2.x.

Hope this answers most of your questions...

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Thanks David. It's good to know that the present version updates are free.
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Yes, and there's also a professional manual in the making ;)

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Thanks Bob!

At least some of the praise preserved... ;)

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I'm going to try and go even further back David because you covered quite a bit of ground answering my queries. See what I can do.

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Tony gave us this update on DRail just in case you are having printer problems with it.

Drail have had issues with some makes of printer, and issued version updates with the fixes, I use a Canon Pixma ip4300 & have had no problems up to now.

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Hi chaps, maybe, a short look behind the scenes might be interesting here:

Indeed, as more and more people start to use DRail, we come across more and more types of printers!
We have a large range of printers here for testing purposes.
Still, we had a few issues on some Lexmark and some HP printers that we couldn't test ourselves.

Thanks to a few great users that pointed out the problems and helped us
testing a few fixes, we managed to resolve all issues known to us.

I invite all of you to see for yourselves :wink:

David.

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That's good news David and it's great to see a software developer on the ball. Gives everybody more confidence in the product.

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That's great news David.

There must be hundreds of different printers out there and guess what, I've got one of the only two makes you had problems with - Lexmark !!!

Having got the hang of increasing scale, it's a doddle to grab the track ends to curve and move it about and, for me, the best thing I've found is the ability to see if your ideas will actually fit into a given area. I've had several re-planning sessions because it wouldn't fit where I thought it would. Saved me a lot of time, pins and no doubt, track. Now I'll have another go at printing it off.

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Have you got round this problem of only being able to print the screen? For me that was the one thing that stopped me using it.

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Bob, I didn't realize that this was so important to you! I've put it on our internal wish list, so one day, you'll be able to export the whole design as jpg, gif or png instead of just the visible area.

Regular printing of course would print your whole design.

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Hi there; Drail is an easy product to use - better than others I have given up on. One thing I would like to see is the material sheets to count the required flexitrack based on cut lengths. Currently, I can shrink the track length with those little bits on the ends, but it counts as a full track in the shopping list page. Say a calculation of shortened lengths converted to full lengths in the shopping list. A collection of cut off bits that could be reused would also be nice.

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Hi owsutgoin (?).
The latest version shows all the pieces of flex separately in the bill of materials with their lengths. However, it's still up to you to combine them in the best way to find out how many full flexes you need!

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That's a good step forward David. Very helpful.


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Thanks David,
I have downloaded the latest version, (worked very well). Yes a good improvement, I can copy paste the shopping list into XL and do some number crunching.
Thanks for a great product.
kind regards from owsutgoin (slang for how is it going? [how are you])

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I see that the examples that you give on your web pages are in jpg format. How did you do that David?

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Sorry Bob, I didn't notice this question.
In the file menu of DRail (now AnyRail), you can choose 'export as...'.
This allows you to create jpg, png, bmp or gifs.

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I have just tried it Dave but I see that it still only saves the screen, not the whole layout if it doesn't fit the screen.

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You are right. What it saves is the area that you see on screen.
Sometimes you need to adjust the scale or window size to get the whole picture.

There have been requests to create a jpg of the complete plan. This is planned for a future release.

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Yes I can get round it now Dave but it will be great when we can save the whole thing as a jpg. Look forward to it.


                 

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