Anyrail or Scarm

 
  Erail Locomotive Fireman

Hi some advise please on what software to use for layout designs

Which program is preferred and/or better to use, Anyrail or Scarm?

Thanks in advance for any info

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Scarm have a thread here on Railpage with a lot of information - which you can read.

Regards,
David Head
  Erail Locomotive Fireman

Yes David I can see that but I am interested in which one is more popular and better to use
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Erail, in that case you should've put a question mark in the title.

Or better still, something along the lines "Anyrail or Scarm; what do you believe is better?"

But according to a video, with Anyrail, you are only limited to 50 pieces of track with the free version, unless you buy it.
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Which program is preferred and/or better to use, Anyrail or Scarm?
Erail

ER, sorry I cannot make a valid comparison. I can comment that I had never heard of Anyrail, but we use Scarm at the club to draw up quite a complex layout. Additionally as David has pointed out the creator of Scarm contributes advice on Railpage.

Quite honestly I doubt that you will get any meaningful response to such a question. I think the number of people who have used both and could give an unbiased assessment would be few. Most people start with one system and learn to use that and unless there is some significant event (like the system closes down) they are unlikely to change.

From my limited knowledge Scarm is OK. I have absolutely no idea about Anyrail.

Best regards,
John
  oscar2 Locomotive Fireman

I've tried 3 but that doesn't include Anyrail unfortunately. There was an Atlas one which isn't available anymore. I tried it but wasn't fond of it though I can't remember why.

Templot is a powerful bit of software particularly for planning handlaid prototypical track but I didn't persevere with it long enough to appreciate its strengths. Although it was a bit over my head I'd like to give it another crack one day.

Scarm came along and I've found it suits my needs. Although one can render buildings, landscapes and other objects, I find that a bit of a chore. I see on the Anyrail site screenshots of populated sculpted landscapes too and although it appears to have predefined scenery items including signals in its library, it's the trackplan itself I'm interested in and the rest I can visualise or add with a pencil when it's printed. I just needed a way of putting together proprietary track including gradients and Scarm does that really well for me.  I'd guess Anyrail would be as easy as Scarm to learn and it might be worth trying both but since I came across and liked Scarm first, like John says, I'm unlikely to change.
  Erail Locomotive Fireman

thank you john and Oscar2 your information was very helpful
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Of course there are many software for layout design.

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/118625.aspx
http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=7889
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/14534-freeware-track-planning-software/
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ldsig/conversations/topics/3363

may help.

Googling the anyrail and scarm is interesting.

As with anything the best program out there will be the one you  can use&understand. what is good for one isn't for another.

Regards,
David Head

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