SCARM - Freeware layout design tool

 
  Shazam75 Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane

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  GD Train Controller

Location: Geelong Vic
Is there a Linux version ? Smile
"Shazam75"


It does run under WINE on a linux system, though the 3D fails on my work pc.
I'll try at home.
  ANDL36Y Train Controller

Excellent, excellent work!!!  Bounce

We are having some fun with it here at work. In fact some of our rail section are design an N scale 'layout' to run between their desks (fair dinkum!) and your software seems to have saved them some headaches! Let alone a friend I've shown it to, and for my own uses (as good as AutoCAD is it's way more intensive). Once again, excellent work!

Cheers,
Joshua
  Crocky1 Beginner

Location: Werribee
I will have to give it a go too!

My N scale could do with a revamp.....

I have not put a piece of track on the HCD so this should be a good test...

Downloading now...
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Downloaded it tonight, Fun. Simple. A Good start I think. Now to design something with it Smile

Regards,
David Head
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
I am glad that you like my program Smile

I hope that it will be useful to many of you Wink

Mixy
  Trainsaregood Locomotive Fireman

Have been trying this out. Going well. I quite like it.
I can't get the move command to work by keeping the mouse wheel down. Possibly the wrong command is programmed under the mouse wheel. Any idea what it should be? Thanks.
  Bigwato Chief Commissioner

Location: Craigieburn Victoria
Love it, this is what I have been looking for Mixy, thanks heaps  Wink
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Hi Trainsaregood,

I don’t know why move using mouse wheel is not working in your computer. May be there is some setting in your system, which is disabled. Is it working in other applications, like Google Earth? You can also move the drawing plot in SCARM with arrow keys. Hold Shift for fast movement.

Mixy
  Trainsaregood Locomotive Fireman

Hi Trainsaregood,

I don’t know why move using mouse wheel is not working in your computer. May be there is some setting in your system, which is disabled. Is it working in other applications, like Google Earth? You can also move the drawing plot in SCARM with arrow keys. Hold Shift for fast movement.

Mixy
"Mixy"


Hi Mixy, Yes the arrow keys work, which is a huge relief, as not being able to move the plot would be a huge problem. Don't know why the mouse wheel won't work, but it is not a problem now. (I have played around with the mouse settings but nothing changes.) Thanks.
  tajamr Chief Train Controller

Location: Putting up with AC4000's crap
Have been playing around with this software, seems very easy to use. But one question when you move a track piece how do you rotate it when you drag it around.
  Trainsaregood Locomotive Fireman

Have been playing around with this software, seems very easy to use. But one question when you move a track piece how do you rotate it when you drag it around.
"tajamr"


You 'move' it and then join the other end to where you want to join it and it flips around on its own. There are comprehensive instructions in the 'help' file.
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
If you want to rotate particular track with given angle, you can place new start point, oriented in desired direction. Then just attach your track to the start point and the track will be rotated with the angle of start point.

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
I am glad to announce that new version SCARM 0.9.0 is ready Smile

Now with 2D/3D shapes and objects for representing of buildings, platforms, roads, signals and many other railway and layout related items and accessories. The enthusiasts will be able even to create the interior of the room where their layout will be standing Smile The user can easily create many things with the figures in SCARM, but there are also some items that will be unable to be shaped. This is due to the simple work in one plane in the 2D editor and I have to work more in order to solve this. However, there will be predefined figures and objects like signals, trees, lamps, catenary and so on and new version already contains some of them. Before start working with the new version, pleaså check the new items in the FAQ section of the documentation.

There is a sample layout: Sample1_HO.zip. Download it, unzip and open in SCARM to see in details most of the new features. Following are some pics taken from it (click to enlarge):

[img]http://www.scarm.info/pics/sl_bus-stop_sm.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.scarm.info/pics/sl_lake-wood_sm.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.scarm.info/pics/sl_station-front_sm.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.scarm.info/pics/sl_station-back_sm.jpg[/img]

Remember, that SCARM is still in beta stage of development and sometimes may not work as expected. Always create archives of your layouts and save changes in the files with incremental names (just in case) i.e. layout_1.scarm, layout_2.scarm and so on. Please report any bugs or error messages with explanation how, when and where in the program they occur and I will try to fix them as soon as possible. Last but one version is still available at http://www.scarm.info/SCARMsetup_0_8_8.exe

Hope all of you will like the new version of SCARM Smile

Mixy
  GY3451 Train Controller

Mixy, what a fantastic leap you've made, well done. I'm downloading it now!
  NSW30T Station Master

Does this work on a mac computer
I Have Downloaded it only a text box with jammed up words comes up
Any help would be appreciated
Thankyou
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Does this work on a mac computer
"NSW30T"


Does anything?
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Unfortunately, SCARM is not compatible with Mac OS, but some users reported that it is able to work fine under Parallels virtual machine for Mac.

http://www.parallels.com

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
The new update 0.9.6 of SCARM is ready and published on http://www.scarm.info Smile

The most important new features are the ability to set track colors and 1:1 zoom factor for exact printouts of particular track pieces.

To set the track colors, use the color menu, displayed by dedicated new button in the toolbar (next to Tunnel button). If there is selection, all tracks in it will be colored with the chosen color and newly added tracks will be colored with last selected color (visible on the button).

To print in 1:1, select View > Scale > 1 to 1 from the menu – the Print Preview page will be displayed and adjusted exactly at 1:1 zoom factor. You can print in 1:1 even whole layouts, but for now this can be done only manually (page by page) and is not convenient for large layouts. In the next days, I will try to create an example about 1:1 printing for those of you, who want to use this feature Smile

Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
After some delay I am happy to announce that the last version SCARM 0.9.16 is published and ready for download from http://www.scarm.info Smile


The most important new feature in this release is the ability to work with texts on the drawing plot. To place some text, first select "Edit" > "Place Text" from the menu and then click with the mouse at desired location on the plot - a text box for editing will appear. You can select font type and relative font size form the controls, appeared in the right part of the Toolbar, next to [3D] button. When ready with the editing, press Enter or click outside of the text box. You can move the text or group it with other figures on the layout and also rotate and align it to other texts and figures. You can change the text color from the Properties window. For now it is not possible to enter formatted (bold, italic, justified, etc.) or multi-line texts, but this will be changed in the future versions. The texts are visible only in 2D mode and are not displayed in 3D Viewer.



Note that not all fonts are suitable for scaling and rotating. Some fonts may not be presented on other computers and texts might be looking different when layout, saved on one computer is opened on another. Try to use the most common system fonts, available on all Windows-based machines to ensure proper text look of your layout on all computers. My experiments show that "Trebuchet MS" and "Verdana" are good fonts for using in SCARM. "Arial", "Times New Roman", "Courier New" and "Tahoma" are well scaled, but are rendered with some offset when rotated. This is due to reasons outside SCARM, but I will search how to make it better will all possible fonts.



There are also some new and updated libraries and many small improvements and bugfixes. Hope you will like it Smile


Mixy
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Good news for SCARM users Smile

The new SCARM v. 0.9.19 is ready and published on http://www.scarm.info Wink

It contains many improvements and updates, together with some bugfixes. See the list with the most important changes in this version in the following SCARM Blog post – http://www.scarm.info/blog/general/scarm-v-0-9-19-released.

One new key feature is the ability to set user-defined joining tolerances and global minimum radius for all flex-tracks – see the new “Edit” tab in the Settings window. Also, all placed flex-tracks now are showing the dimensions of their sections and can be modified and divided after laying. I need to update the documentation about this, but in short, just select the flex, right click over it and use "Reshape" or "Split" commands from the context menu.

I hope that you will like the new release Smile Check also the SCARM Blog where you will find additional information, news & updates, tips & tricks, tutorials & examples, track plans, advanced stuff and more about using of the program.

Mixy

P.S. If "Check for Updates" feature in SCARM 0.9.18 reports that there is no newer version of the program, download the installer directly from the website. The old version info file may be cached on your PC and it will need some time that cache to expire. If the website also shows v. 0.9.18, press F5 key to refresh it.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
This is a really nice piece of kit, I always follow it's updates closely. Nice work Mixy!
  oscar2 Locomotive Fireman


One new key feature is the ability to set user-defined joining tolerances and global minimum radius for all flex-tracks –
"Mixy"


That's great news mixy. I recently finished a plan for "Demondrille" which I'll start a new thread on. For my first attempts I just left some flex track disconnected because I couldn't get them to snap together. I eventually got the hang of it but it did take a quite a few attempts to find the "sweet spot" where the tracks would join. Anything that makes that easier would be welcomed.

I also found adjusting heights a bit difficult so far as I'd lay the plan down flat and would have to adjust each join rather than being able to lift a whole section. My plan below is mostly graded and it would be great to be able to pick two ends of a section and add a gradient,  including any points/turnouts. Currently all points are flat and couldn't be graded. Another minor thing, it would be great to have an option to apply gradients as ratios like 1:40 rather than percentages. It was easy enough for me to open an online calculator to convert ratios but it'd be great if it was built into SCARM.

Lastly, great effort on SCARM and thankyou for making it available. In the past I've tried an Atlas one but preferred yours. I've got Templot and it's really good but too advanced for me.  For using proprietary track like peco, SCARM has been a winner for me and I've still got a bit to learn. I've just started to learn how to do structures. Anyway, here's my plan. I thought I had finished it but might have to upload the update and try again. LOL.

[img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/8740744251_863a6f5209_z.jpg[/img]
  Mixy Station Master

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Thank you, guys Smile

I will also take some notes on Oscar's comments Wink

And now for the important news - there is a new bug-fix update SCARM v. 0.9.20, which was released today. Download it from http://www.scarm.info and install it to patch the old version of the program.

The latest version fixes two critical bugs, found in v.0.9.19.

The first issue is connected with the procedure for removing doubled control points in the baseboard and the figures, which can cause problems with shapes, containing holes inside. This should be now fixed and the holes will not be affected as before.

The second bug is related to the flex-tracks and user-defined minimum radius in the settings, introduced in v. 0.9.19. It may cause previously saved project files, containing flex-tracks to be loaded incorrectly, with flex-sections disconnected and/or reshaped to the bigger user-defined minimum radius. The issue also affects copy/paste of these flex-tracks. This is now solved and the user setting will not interfere with the flex-tracks already placed, saved or copied and pasted from the clipboard anymore.

I am really sorry if these errors are caused you troubles in your work with SCARM. I cannot guarantee that something like this will not happen again, but I can promise that my reaction to the tracked problems will be as fast as possible. Always report possible bugs in the SCARM Blog or by SCARM e-mail and I will check the potential problem and will make the necessary fixes and changes in the program code.

See the list with all changes and fixes in this version in the following SCARM Blog post – http://www.scarm.info/blog/general/scarm-v-0-9-20-released-bug-fix-update .

I hope that you will like the new release and will forgive me for the eventual problems with the previous version of SCARM Smile

Mixy

P.S. If "Check for Updates" feature in SCARM 0.9.19 reports that there is no newer version of the program, download the installer directly from the website. The old version info file may be cached on your PC and it will need some time that cache to expire. If the website also shows v. 0.9.19, press F5 key to refresh it.
  miktrain Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide SA
It would seem that things are fine as others have downloaded and used this but Bitdefender won't let me see it for some reason

Tony


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