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Willi_Leopold



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:10 pm    Post subject: Rule The Rail Layout Viewer Reply with quote

Hi Rule The Rail friends,

In the meantime there are fortunately so many user layouts that I completely lost overview and don't know what kind of layout is exactly hidden behind the one or the other layout name.

For that reason I have created a small utitility, the Rule The Rail Layout Viewer:



The tool reads all "roa" files and shows screenshots and descriptions of the layout as far as they exist.

It will soon be offered as free download on my website, together with the screenshots and descriptions of the layouts on my harddisk. Of course users can create their own descriptions and pictures.

For more detailed information please take a look here: http://www.wleopold.ch/n_forum/viewthread.php?boardid=19&thid=165.
Scroll down to second post for English text.

I hope, my Rule The Rail Layout Viewer will be a little help for you.

Best regards,

Willi
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Governor of Waldovia



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks a really useful and professional addition Willi, well done.

When do we get to give it a try ? Very Happy
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austindave



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have one a those.

Dave
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Chris



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Willi,

This will be an excellent addition.

Thanks, Chris
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Biggs



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Willi,
This program add-on looks as it will be a good addition, hope I don't miss out on it.
Can we edit it, like move plans about, add/delete, group together.
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Willi_Leopold



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi RTR friends,

I'm glad that you like my soon coming small tool. I have done it with the old version of the program I used to create it. And this version doesn't support JPG files. I noticed now, that this isn't practicable as I have just made screenshots of about 1/3 of the layouts on my harddisk, and the picture directory has already a size of 16.5 MB.

So I will order the latest version of the software, which supports JPG files, to create the tool. And I had the same thoughts like Biggs (and Jrgen on my Forum) and will add some file handling functions to the Layout Viewer. So you will be able to move layout files to an archive with subdirectories like "Tech Demos", "Author X" and so on... This way you can start Rule The Rail with only the layout files you wish/need for this session.

I hope the reworked Layout Viewer will be available for free download in about 1 or 2 weeks.

Kind regards,

Willi

P.S. Governor, I'm very pleased to meet you in the forum! Very Happy
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SeymourDavid



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That layout editor does look good and maybe this could find a use for somthing that i have as well as RTR

Keep up the good work.
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Willi_Leopold



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

It's great to have the Rule The Rail forum back! Smile I already missed it. In the meantime I have reworked the Layout viewer.

Now you can browse your layouts in the Rule The Rail directory and in the archives. Layouts can be moved from Rule The Rail to any archive und be copied back from there.

Additionaly you can create new or delete old archive directories. Archived layouts can be saved with a new name or be deleted. And the latest added feature: Rule The Rail can now be launched directly from the Layout Viewer.

For more informations and screenshots look here http://www.wleopold.ch/n_forum/viewthread.php?boardid=19&thid=165.

Kind regards,

Willi
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Biggs



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your editor, I am looking forward to it.
What about an editor to change the wagons.
Like I have one original wagon and one updated one.
Now that dont make much sense when I read it back.
NEW_______OLD
I.E. box_alt1 ...... box_alt1
...... box_bnsf1.....box_bnsf1
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

The Layout Viewer will be available in a few days. Wink

@ Biggs: I find that a good idea, but it's not so easy as DDS isn't a much supported file format. Maybe I will find a solution for a coming version, but for the moment I will release the Layout Viewer as it actually is.

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Willi
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Willi_Leopold



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rule The Rail friends

Today I have opened the Layout Viewer page: http://www.wleopold.ch/rtr/rtrlayoutviewer01.html. The Layout Viewer is still under testing by users but you can already get used to how it works with the online help file.

Kind regards,

Willi
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peter



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,
Im just testing this viewer and its beginning good. Its as a beta. If i tested this at all ill report the functinally and the bugs to Willi,so he can revide some functions. Very Happy I hope this will help all users with bulk of many layouts. Idea
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Layout Viewer Reply with quote

I was just thinking, will this layout viewer be in English or will i have to have a course in German.
Now how do you say good bye in German.
Aufwiersehen
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:34 pm    Post subject: Guten Tag and aufwiedersehen Reply with quote

Hi Reg,
Ive good contact to Willi and im just testing it. I hope Willi will implement locale files for english and other linguages. Idea Smile
If you want a course in german then you can begin now.(joke)
To this time that viewer is stable,but this version dont have a launcher yet. Crying or Very sad But for search the name of that layout you need is is a good tool allready Cool Smile
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Willi_Leopold



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Biggs and Peter,

As the small tool is so easy to use, it's only in English. Wink But there is a help included in English and in German as well. These are the help files you can already take a look at on my website.

@ Peter: For what reason should the layout viewer have a launcher? If you mean because of language selection, see above. Wink

Kind regards,

Willi
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