TrainPlayer-TrackLayer 6.2 Readme

Version 6.2.0, November 2015  

Welcome to Version 6.2!

Over a year in the making, Version 6.2 brings a greatly-expanded set of tools for the scenery artist, on top of a redesigned hi-res graphics system for showing off the artistry. 

Contents of this readme:

New features in 6.2

Here is a the condensed bullet list.  For the full illustrated feature list, see Version 6.2 Features on the website.

tiling scheme revamped tile-based graphics allows both maximum zoom and smooth scrolling
scn files develop a scenery object from shapes and lines, save as reusable single object
scenery grid adjustable snap grid aids in fast drawing of precise scenery objects
scenery styles dlg new tabbed dialog for setting current or default fill, line, text styles
hq scenery new collection of high-quality scenery, auto-download in welcome dialog
patterned lines thick lines can be filled with hatch or bitmap patterns
smoothing smoothing of polygon corners with auto-generated bezier curves 
paint bucket tool one click fills closed object or group with color or pattern
dropper tool click anywhere on screen picks up color to be applied to scenery
polygon edit delete a polygon or polyline segment; auto-close a polyline
updated tutorial  step by step process to create a detailed layout using new scenery tools 
arrows on tools drop-down arrows on line, text, fill tools lead to matching style dialogs
new rail display double rails are now a track display style, thus faster, more dynamic, more flexible
fixes in click select better selection of hidden objects, multiple selections, groups
sizes.txt scenery lib objects can be accurately sized; size is shown when dragging
rect->polygon on menu convert rectangle to polygon object; allows modifying shape
reworked scenery resize accurate resize/reshape of grouped object without loss of precision
flip horiz/vert/both flip object or group about an axis
hatch colors object or line can now be filled with two-color hatch pattern
hide track/trains precise clipping under grouped objs, polylines marked as hiders
line flat ends polylines have rounded joins, flat ends
plus cursor for points new cursor aids in drawing and connecting polylines
stat bar measurements length or dimensions are shown on status bar while drawing scenery
new track props dlg specify detailed display features per track segment
improvements in scenery props dialog updates in background, line, text tabs
improved note window better auto-fit of text, improved display and saving of status
change ordering of drawing better ground-up drawing, e.g., rails on top of roadway
export image fg/bg separate individual layers may be suppressed when exporting images
fix for AR beziers fixes in AnyRail conversion: repairs for flex track and other parts
fixes in scripting fixes in translation and parsing certain expressions
fix for car jumping on uncouple fixes for long-standing bugs causing jumps or flips on couple or uncouple

For existing users

If you have been using 6.0 or 6.1, the upgrade to 6.2 is free.  If you have been using 5.3 or an earlier version of TrainPlayer or TrackLayer, this section is for you. 

6.0 License Required

If you have a license from a pre-6 version, it will not work with 6.2.  You can purchase an upgrade for $19.  For more information, see How To Obtain 6.2 on the Features page.

When you start the program, until you have purchased and entered a 6.0 license, you will be running a limited-time 30-day demo.  A "nag" alert will inform you of this.  Once the time expires, you can continue running the program but will be in "demo mode," meaning you cannot save or print.

The recommended procedure is to go to the Help menu and choose Purchase Upgrade (or click the button on the alert).  This brings up a dialog which shows you the upgrade price, and a button leading to a checkout page.

Changes in Car Collections

If you have been running a pre-6 version, the 6.2 installer will update your car collections and do some file renaming in the Defaults and Loads sets.  If you have any trouble locating or working with the changes, send e-mail and we'll help.

How to install

For links and instructions, click here  => 6.2 Download

How to install from DVD

Insert the disk in the drive, setup starts automatically.  Shortly you will see the TrainPlayer DVD Installer, a little dialog with three big buttons*:

1.  Install Program Files

Click this button to bring up the TrainPlayer Setup wizard, which takes you through the same installation procedure as for the downloaded version.

You may have already done this.  If you downloaded the demo or program and went through the wood-grain screens of the setup wizard, then you don't need to do it again.  The DVD installer dialog helpfully informs you if this is the case.

Note: if your DVD includes the Chris Pedersen Cars collection, those cars will be installed as part of step 1.  They are not listed in the choices in step 2.

2.  Install Data Files

Click this button to bring up the TrainPlayer Data Installer, a different wizard for installing the data files -- layouts, car collections, sounds, and scenery.

On the first screen, you are given a choice of whether you want to install the layout files to the hard drive or leave them on the DVD .  (Other types of files are always installed to the hard drive.)  Installing to the hard drive has several advantages: (a) the program starts up faster; (b)  the layouts open faster; (c) you do not need to leave the DVD in the drive.

On the next screen, if you opted to install layouts to the hard drive, you can choose which layout sets to install.  You can install your favorites and leave the rest on DVD for occasional use.  Checkmark the sets you want to install and click Go.

3.  Start Program

Click this button to launch the newly-installed program.   This automatically closes the DVD Installer.

Other ways to start the program are (a) double-click the TrainPlayer 6.2 icon on your desktop, or (b) choose TrainPlayer 6.2 from the Start > TrainPlayer menu.

* If the dialog does not come up automatically after inserting the DVD, open Windows Explorer, navigate to the root of the DVD drive, and double-click setup.exe.


TrainPlayer is shareware.  You can run it free for thirty days, after which you must purchase a license to continue.  If you do not have a license, a dialog comes up every time you run the program, and the program eventually expires so you can no longer run it.  (If this happens, you are welcome to write and ask for an extension.)

To purchase a license, (a) click the Buy button on the opening dialog, (b) choose Purchase from the Help menu in the program, or (c) go to the TrainPlayer Products page on the web. 

A purchase will generate an e-mail containing your assigned username and license code.  Enter them into the "Reminder" dialog the next time it comes up, or use Upgrade License on the Help menu to cause it to come up.  Enter the name and code exactly as given; copy/paste is recommended.  (Shortcut: select and copy both lines, then paste into the Name box of the dialog and it will get both lines at once.)

Our company License Agreement is reproduced here:

 -- TrainPlayer License Agreement --

Thank you for downloading TrainPlayer software. This agreement says: enjoy the program on whatever computers you have, and donít give away your license key.

With either the purchased or the demo version, you may:

If you have not purchased a license, you may use the trial version free for the extent of the trial period. The trial version does not have the full set of features of the licensed version, and comes with only a small set of layouts. After the trial period expires, you must purchase a license or request an extension by e-mail.

You may not:

Track plans from "101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders," "Model Railroader," and "Model Railroad Planning" are copyright (c) Kalmbach Publishing Co. You are permitted to use the images within TrainPlayer and TrackLayer only.

-- Disclaimer of Warranty --

This software and the accompanying files are sold "as is" and without warranties as to performance or merchantability or any other warranties whether expressed or implied. Because of the various hardware and software environments into which this software may be put, no warranty of fitness for a particular purpose is offered.

The program is not without bugs. If you find one, we encourage you to report it, and we will do our best to fix it in an upcoming version.

Version history

See TrainPlayer Version History on the web.


For help:

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phone 707 320-4246