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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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TrainPlayer-TrackLayer Version 3.2 Released For Mac
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TrainPlayer Software recently announced the release of version 3.2 of its TrainPlayer and TrackLayer software products for Mac users. The major update to the model railroad simulation brings Mac users up to date with most of the changes previously introduced for Windows versions 2.2, 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2. Additions in the latest version include new premium content, scripting options, and CAD import.

TrainPlayer simulates operation of a model railroad layout. Each track plan is equipped with a layer of electronic track, a user-modifiable assortment of trains, and a control panel resembling an old-fashioned power pack. TrackLayer is an add-on module for drawing track, curves, switches, and turntables. The typical user starts with a track plan scanned from a drawing or magazine or prepared in another program, then traces over the track lines using TrackLayer tools.

For you Mac users, we are happy to announce the release of TrainPlayer-TrackLayer 3.2 for Mac, a whole new line of products built in OS X, packed with the same great features and content we've been adding for Windows users.

Premium Content
The new version comes with a lot more scenic acreage to operate on, and a lot more choices of rolling stock to do it with. This release features the Premium Layouts and Cars collection, a huge gallery of fascinating layouts, plus over eight hundred cars and locomotives of all styles. The set includes a dozen beautiful, original layouts by Peter Lloyd-Lee, an amazing collection of operational rail yards assembled from satellite photos by Bruno Pigozzo, not one but four stylish versions of the full Gorre & Daphetid, original artwork by Nicolas Villarreal, and way more.

Scripting is a fun new way to program your layout so it can run itself automatically. Let TrainPlayer create a script for you as you drive, or try your hand at writing one using our simple operations language. Sample layouts include a scripted version of the Turtle Creek -- click, sit back, and watch a typical day of pickups and deliveries.

CAD Import
For the serious Mac-oriented track planner, TrackLayer 3.2 offers a full-service solution. Design your layout with ease and precision using the popular RailModeller CAD system from MacRailSoft, then let TrackLayer 3.2 automatically lay working track on it, so you just add trains and run.

This work would not have been possible without help from Jan Barnholt of MacRailSoft, who arranged for RailModeller to export data readable by us. Thanks, Jan.

And More
Operation is more fun with improved controls and sounds, now including diesel running sounds. Laying track is more precise with snap tools for switch angles and yards. New chooser dialogs give direct access to our large and growing collection of layouts and cars on the web. You can link your layouts together so a train cruises from one right onto the other. If you have OS X 10.5, you can flip through mini-layouts in Finder with Cover Flow, as shown here.
Version 3.2 requires OS X 10.4 and higher. Current TrainPlayer Mac owners have two upgrade options: $24.95 for the new program features (Those who purchased TrainPlayer in 2009 get this option free), or $39.95 for the features and the Premium collection of new layouts and cars.

New customers can choose from the company's six purchase options, starting at Trainplayer Standard for $29.95, and continuing up the scale to the full $99.95 TrackLayer Premium.

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