TrackDesigner allows you to test out designs from the comfort of your Mac rather than spending hours on your hands and knees, breaking the track connectors as you strive for the ultimate layout. Main Features
simple, intuitive interface suitable for children
use sport and classic sections together
colour coded lanes with a simple graphic to indicate relative lengths
traphic lights indicate how well your layout joins up
scaled layout view
reverse angle of curves and direction of side swipes
rotate and centre layout
add bridges (shortening sections appropriately)
metrics drawer for actual and scaled up dimensions
quick help and detailed HTML help file
NB TrackDesigner is geometrically accurate. Using it you will see that layouts completing exactly when flat do not quite meet when the effect of raising bridges is correctly calculated.
August 26, 2004
Version: TrackDesigner 1.1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Been using this for a few weeks now. A few idiosyncracies but basically very easy to use and actually fun in itself ! My 6 year old was able to lay track with no help and has now mastered the other features. Oviously the traffic lights and engine sounds go down very well with him but its also educational as it teaches problem solving and helps him think geometrically.
Addition of labels on the layouts is very useful since some sections do look the same and also it can be difficult to tell which curve is which just looking at them. Glad the power-base has now been sorted, this was a serious flaw.
Seems to be accurate; I've layed out 107 sections and the software agrees with the floor !
I can recommend this. It probably won't suit the serious enthusiast because it only allows two lanes but its fun to use, saves a lot of time and lets you design layouts you'd probably never get round to without it. With the dollar worth so little at the moment for those of us in the UK its a bargain at less than the cost of the cheapest car.
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The C8202 section was wrongly configured with the angle 22.5 deg. (Thanks to Franco in Italy for spotting this). To pick up the corrected angle of 45 deg you will need to remove the existing C8202 from your section collection and then add it back.
The scale slider was not working in version 1.3, this is now fixed