In this Clinic, we will show you how, in
TrainPlayer 3.3.1 to change the Standard or Defualt car set into
a custom car set that represents your favorite railroad line.
Some basic understanding of Windows
Explorer is assumed, before you start this project!!
Step1 - Locate and Open Default Car collection
If you're running Windows XP, open Windows Explorer and look in
this directory: C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application
If you're running Windows Vista or Windows 7, then look here:
Step 2 - Changing the top and
side images in your Default folder
The important point to remember is that you MUST
keep the names of the car side and car top images identical to
what appears in this folder. You do NOT need to touch the
deafault.xml file at all.
pen the Default folder in Windows Explorer and change the View setting
to Show Thumbnails. You will see all of the images paired up side and top image,
all in BMP [bitmapped picture format]. Make note of the names of each car
Next, go through your various car collections in
Windows Explorer and find your favorite cars to match these exact names
assemble them into a new folder. Let's name that folder "default_new".
Your new collection may look like this in Windows Explorer:
It is CRITICAL that all car side and
car top images be in the bitmap [bmp] image format. If the
image you want to use is in either GIF or JPEG format, then, in
Windows Explorer, right click on your image and from the pop out
submenu, select "Open with Paint" . This step will open
your chosen image in MS Paint. In that program, choose File\Save
as, then save the image as a 24 bit BMP file.
Step 3: The Big Switch
Now that we have our new Default cars selected and ready to go,
let's go back to Windows Explorer and re-name your existing
Default folder to "default_old". Once you have done that,
click on your "default_new" and re-name it to "default".
When you're finished with that step, your Explorer file tree may
look like this:
In my case, I have some new car collections that I am
working on that are not on either my Local or my web car
chooser. Those sets are gathered into a folder called
"Bruno Cars". What I have done is placed a copy of my
"default old" and my default_cnw" sets in this folder as well.
The reason for that is to avoid having to do all this work over
again should you need to re-load the entire TrainPlayer program
with its Default car set.
Before the Change:
After the Change:
After you've made the change in your Default cars, every time
you select "Add a car" to train and pick one of the 12 basic
models, TrainPlayer will insert your car side into the Train
Window and your car top into the actual layout. Cool!!!
I can hear it now. How do I
make my Train Window that big??? - Learn to Customize!!