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Version 3.5.0

Started by David, June 11, 2008, 03:51:13 PM

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We proudly present the release of version 3.5.0 of AnyRail.

To update your version of AnyRail, simply download the new installer from the website, and install it.

There have been many minor updates on the track libraries for Märklin M and Z, Peco 00-9/H0e, Micro Trains, N Kato Unitrack and Walthers Code 83.

There have been great improvements in the handling of elements on the screen. Anything can now be copied and pasted. Arrow keys can be used to move a group of elements.

Drawing of surfaces has become a bit easier. Press the SHIFT key while dragging points and sides of figures to see what you can do. Surfaces and text can now be rotated like anything else. Line widths can be changed.

We really hope that you enjoy the new functionality. Of course, while working with them, we discovered that a few more features in this area would be very welcome.  However, we did not want to let you wait much longer for this version.

As usual, you're all very welcome to come up with suggestions for future releases.

David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


Today I have done some first test with this new release. And again some very nice improvements.

- Working with elements is a lot better now. In 3.4.0 the shift for lines and surfaces was introduced. Now this has a lot more functionality. Selecting an element and copy/paste is very nice. A point of critism is that it's very hard to see the difference of a selected / not selected line (when drawn with default linewidth 0.1). As soon as you make it a thick line, this is not a problem.

- Moving elements, and specially the SHIFT-key usage is great. This improves the possibilities of shaping a lot. Check the manual to see what's all new !

- Rotating elements and lines is nice. It looks very simular to rotating rails.

- Linewidth can be set - and linecolor. Unfortunate, you can't do this for the ruler. Specially when you zoom out the ruler is hard to see.
An idea for a next release : Some features for linewith, linecolor and textsize/color for rulers like you have now for lines and text ?

The introduction of easy dragging surfaces and lines introduced a new (minor) issue. When you zoomed out and try to drag a rails, it happen you are in fact accidentally moving a line or surface. You can't prevent this, the 'glued' feature is missing. Suggestion for a future release ?

Since we have now linecolors and a better linewith, I did some test for drawing dummy electrical lines. At least, I try to draw (single-) lines indicating the position of the most important electric wires for rails, control of turnouts, occupied-indicators.
(Little trick : I have those lines at 1 meter height. By changing the upper limit in view you can make the electrical system visible or hidden. And increasing the lower limit can hide everything exept the wiring. A kind of working with layers.)

I did not test the updates on the track libraries since I don't use those tracks.

Compliments again for the AnyRail Team !



Thanks a lot for your review, Sander!

You're right, there are a few minor issues, which we hope to solve in some future version...

David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


Hi all, David are we able to download the latest releases directly from the forum website?  If we are.......can you advise where they are on the site?



Hi Andy,

If you click on the logo in the top left corner, you'll get on the AnyRail website.
From there, you can download the latest version of the software.

Hope this helps!

David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.