SCARM - Freeware layout design tool

 
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Hello Miktrain,

I checked the page and everything seems to be OK with 3 different browsers and several AV packages. It is probably false positive form BitDefender. May be there is an option to send the link for check to their support staff or to add an exclusion.

If you want to download latest SCARM version 0.9.20, just google for it and select a mirror downloading site other than SCARM webpage, like softpedia.com for example. Hope this will help.

Mixy

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  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
UPDATE >>> http://www.scarm.info is now removed from the suspicious websites blacklist of BitDefender. You should be able to access it now without problems.

You can always check the website and the installer for viruses against VirusTotal free service - http://www.virustotal.com 🙂

Mixy
  Bob_B Beginner

Thanks for this program.
I've recently bought a considerable amount of Bachmann E-Z Track so I can play around with layouts and keep it mobile for when I move around while travelling.
SCARM has been a great help. It is very intuitive and easy to learn quickly. It saves me a lot of trial and error deciding what track I need to purchase to modify my layout.
  miktrain Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide SA
UPDATE >>> http://www.scarm.info is now removed from the suspicious websites blacklist of BitDefender. You should be able to access it now without problems.

You can always check the website and the installer for viruses against VirusTotal free service - http://www.virustotal.com 🙂

Mixy
Mixy
Yeah, that helps, it does not complain now but I disabled BitDefender to let me download the program a few days ago and had a little play. I quite like it, there were a few things that I had trouble with to begin, but with a bit of experimenting and then doing what no one likes to do "read the instructions/help files" it all started to fall into place. When I get some more time I will have a more serious run with it. Nice small download, I think this will be a popular program. Keep up the good work.

Tony
  miktrain Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide SA
I have had time to play and in doing so have made a small list of things to add/change to make it even better

1
It would be nice if the paste function did not paste on top, it is ok for one item but if you want to copy a yard or similar arrangement for use elsewhere you have to individually pick all the parts to move which defeats one of the great things about CAD.
Can you make it paste to the mouse but floating so that a it can be aligned and then a simple left click will drop it?

2
While moving both the the scroll and zoom are disabled which means a long move requires:
Zoom in, select part and set to move
move to a place on the current screen where you can find it
zoom out
scroll but keep the part in view
reselect part and move close to new location
zoom in
select part and move to final spot

The standard in CAD is to:
Zoom in, select part and set to move
Using the mouse wheel, zoom out, scroll, zoom in, drop

3
Multiple baseboards for modular layouts

4
The ability to mirror a section/yard (and have the points change from left to right/right to left in the parts list) would be handy too

You have a very good start, keep up the good work.

Tony
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Thank you Tony for your comments and ideas - I will consider them for the next updates of SCARM 🙂

Here are the SCARM Blog posts for June: http://www.scarm.info/blog/2013/06 - hope they will be useful to all of you 😉

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Here is something interesting and really useful for SCARM beginners - a series of video tutorials, created and narrated by Ruud Boer. The first video is available here

SCARM Video Tutorials – Part 1 – Create a Model Railway Layout

The second and each next clip are available from the links in the bottom of each blog post.

Hope that you will like the videos 😉

Check also the SCARM Blog post for July, August, September and October where you will find many other useful resources about the program.

The latest version is 0.9.22 - see more about it here SCARM v. 0.9.22 Released.

Mixy

P.S. Unfortunately, my web connectivity to Railpage site is too slow. Sometimes I am waiting 5-6 minutes just for server to respond and then even more for a single page to load. Sometimes I just have no time to wait. Don't know why, may be because I am in Europe and the link is passing via many hops. That's why I miss to post some of the important updates about SCARM, but you can always stay informed by subscribing to the SCARM Blog articles RSS feed service (on the left column of the main blog page).

P.P.S. The links, inserted with BBCode were working in the preview, but now are broken in the real post. I am now editing and hope to work after re-post. Again, don't know why, may be something on my side is wrong... 😳
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Here is something interesting and really useful for SCARM beginners - a series of video tutorials, created and narrated by Ruud Boer. The first video is available here

SCARM Video Tutorials – Part 1 – Create a Model Railway Layout

The second and each next clip are available from the links in the bottom of each blog post.

Hope that you will like the videos Wink

Check also the SCARM Blog post for July, August, September and October where you will find many other useful resources about the program.

The latest version is 0.9.22 - see more about it here SCARM v. 0.9.22 Released.

Mixy

P.S. Unfortunately, my web connectivity to Railpage site is too slow. Sometimes I am waiting 5-6 minutes just for server to respond and then even more for a single page to load. Sometimes I just have no time to wait. Don't know why, may be because I am in Europe and the link is passing via many hops. That's why I miss to post some of the important updates about SCARM, but you can always stay informed by subscribing to the SCARM Blog articles RSS feed service (on the left column of the main blog page).

P.P.S. The links, inserted with BBCode were working in the preview, but now are broken in the real post. I am now editing and hope to work after re-post. Again, don't know why, may be something on my side is wrong... Embarassed
Mixy
Nah, the results are the same for us 'locals' too!
  merlin Chief Commissioner

Location: North East Adelaide
I'm loving SCARM, but it has a few issues. Why no drag support? It's a hassle to use the mouse wheel to scroll about - support the standard click-hold-drag to move the page!!!

If I try to duplicate the standard PECO setrack geometry diagram (as seen at http://www.letrainmagique.com/Images_peco/Peco_setrack_HO.jpg ) then the track doesn't fully line up. This tells me that something is slightly out-of whack with the track templates. Here is the SCARM file: https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=8AA54E529EF35053!1705&authkey=!ABeNbl56gjnfrg4

With xtrkcad, you could 'force' slightly out-of-alignment tracks to join - doesn't seem to be a way to do this in SCARM?
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Hello Merlin,

SCARM has drag support. You can just drag-and-drop the tracks from the selection panel to the plot as shown here:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2Ehr5xtA8A You can also drag to disconnect, move and reconnect the tracks - just hold Ctrl key and drag the selection.

Click-hold-drag with mouse wheel is working for move the page, similar to other apps. It is more precise, but may seems inverted if you are already used to do it in the other software, such as IE in example. You can always use arrow keys if the mouse wheel is not convenient for you. Same for [+] and [-] keys for zooming. A video tutorial about how to zoom and move is available here: http://www.scarm.info/blog/basic-stuff/scarm-video-tutorials-part-2-zoom-pan-select-and-edit-a-layout/

And finally about the Set-track geometry: it will fit in the reality without problems, but if you want all the tracks to be connected in SCARM, you will need to slightly increase the default tolerance from 2mm to 3mm. Do it from Tools > Settings > Edit > Tolerances tab. Yes, SCARM haven't "forcing" of the tracks available yet, but this may appear in some of the next releases of the program 🙂

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
IMPORTANT!

If you are upgrading to Windows 8.1 and then SCARM starts with error and missing libraries, read the following blog post:

http://www.scarm.info/blog/problems-and-solutions/what-to-do-if-scarm-does-not-start-properly-on-windows-8-1

The problem will be solved in the next update of SCARM.

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
And here is it - the new SCARM v. 0.9.23 is ready and published. Download it from http://www.scarm.info Smile

It comes with several new features, many updated libraries, some bugfixes and improved functionality. The most important new features are Background image, the Ballast roadbed in 2D and Track Heights numeric input.

See about the new features and more about this update in the SCARM Blog post SCARM v. 0.9.23 Released.

I hope that you will like the new version of SCARM and also hope that next one will come soon Wink

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
It seems that I missed to post about 0.9.24, but it is now obsolete as the new SCARM v. 0.9.25 is ready and published. It comes with new figures and many new and updated track libraries. Read more about it here:

SCARM Layout Software 0.9.25 Released

The new figures are horizontal and vertical cylinders and will allow drawing of objects and rolling stock, like the small steam engine below:



Hope you will like the new version 🙂

Check also the Tutorials about new roadway feature in SCARM, introduced in v. 0.9.24 🙂

Mixy
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
A feature that might be good to add is a way of setting lengths and curve radius of flex track by a right click menu option, or does something like that all ready exist and I missed how to do it? The same with refining what a length of connected flextrack does, like how anyrail handles it. Or is it yet again something I've missed?
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Hello ARodH,

You can precisely setup flex-tracks by use of the Toolbox. Open it (from Tools menu) and use the flex track shaping feature from the drop-down menu inside Toolbox.

You can also edit already placed flex track - select it, then right click over one of the ends and select "Reshape" from the context menu.

There is an auto-connect feature, introduced in v.0.9.21 (not described in the manual) - see more about it here and watch the short video in the same blog post.

Mixy
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Fails to run after installation, with a "Sorry Scarm has to close" error message. I've uninstalled it and gone back to version v.0.9.24, which runs perfectly. This is on Windows XP, SP3.
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Fails to run after installation, with a "Sorry Scarm has to close" error message. I've uninstalled it and gone back to version v.0.9.24, which runs perfectly. This is on Windows XP, SP3.
apw5910

Just checked it on 3 PCs with Windows XP, SP1, SP2 & SP3 and it runs fine.

Probably there is something wrong with the downloaded installer or SCARM settings.

First, you can try the tips described here: Resolving SCARM Installation Issues.

If that does not help, try to delete SCARM settings folder, as described here: How to uninstall SCARM and then reinstall the latest version.

Mixy
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Thanks Mixy, I do appreciate you responding so quickly to problems. I won't have a chance to deal with it for a few days, but I think Scarm is an amazing program.
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Hi Apw5910,

Let me know, was you able to solve the problem with the last version of SCARM?
I updated the download link, because it is possible the wrong setup file to be catched on some servers.

Mixy
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Hi Apw5910,

Let me know, was you able to solve the problem with the last version of SCARM?
I updated the download link, because it is possible the wrong setup file to be catched on some servers.

Mixy
Mixy

Just downloaded it and this time it installed and ran with no problems. Thanks!
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
In the beginning of November, I launched the new SCARM website, which now has modern look and responsive design and comes with a lot of new and updated information and resources about the program. Go and see it:

[b]www.scarm.info[/b]



The site now works well not only on PCs, but also on tablets and smartphones too. Contents section is rewritten and optimized for easy navigation and access to the most important pages. The same is valid also for the documentation - it has new structure with many new and updated topics. Hope you will like the new site Smile

Mixy
  Gremlin Assistant Commissioner

It looks to be a wonderful product, one day, in some distant universe, might it be available for platforms other than just MS Windows?
  Erail Locomotive Fireman

I have been spending a bit of time working with this program and so far it is great. Easy to use and easy to look up 'how to' information.
Thought I'd share my rough future layout design to see what everyone things

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128845377@N02/15871002771/
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
@Erail: Thank you Smile Your initial SCARM layout design looks good. Note that the space between the two tables is quite narrow - if you plan to go there it probably needs to be wider for easy operation.

@Gremlin: Yes, it is possible that when SCARM reaches v 1.0. state, I will look also for the possibilities to make it available also for other platforms.

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
The new SCARM v. 0.9.26 is ready, coming with the new online help system integrated and the long-awaited Layers feature. Read more details here:

SCARM Track Planning Software 0.9.26 Released

Hope you will like the new release Wink

Mixy

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