In order to place a track piece on the plan, you need a start location (a red arrow) to connect to. This red arrow can be (1) on the end of an existing track piece or (2) you can create a new start position, without connecting to an existing track piece.
To explain (2) first..
- Right click anywhere on the worksheet. In the dropdown menu, select New Start point. The mouse cursor changes to an arrow.
- Click and hold the left mouse button anywhere on the worksheet. Don't release the left mouse button just yet! You have just placed a start point "red arrow".
- By moving the mouse around whilst holding the left button, you can change the orientation of the start point.
- Release the left mouse button.
- Goto your library on the left of screen and select a track piece. If the piece you choose has only two possible ends to join, it will automatically connect to the red arrow. If it has more than two possible ends to join (e.g. a point or crossover) you need to choose which end of the track piece you wish to connect to the red arrow.
- You can click on the end of any available track piece already placed on the worksheet (the end of the track pieces all have grey arrows). The grey arrow will turn to red and this will be the next connection point.
As a new member of the forum I am using my first post to say thank you for the SCARM software. Being retired and never having worked with computers I find other layout planning software rather daunting. I've tried Anyrail and Xtrkcad but I just haven't the patience to persevere with them. I'm sure they are both excellent but far too complicated for me.
I had no trouble downloading and getting started with SCARM and the help file was easy to understand if a little sparse. I soon discovered how to do things not covered by the help file by experimenting, and was surprised how simple it all is. My baseboard will be a 'U' shape built against three walls of my loft room and drawing this was easy, which is more than I can say for the other two programs. I'm getting the hang of placing and connecting track and finding it most interesting and enjoyable.
That well-used saying "If I can do it, anybody can!" is most apt in this case, and I look forward to future developments.
Your opinions are very important and valuable for me. With this positive feedback, I know that my work over SCARM is worthy, so I will continue to improve it with adding more functions and features in the new releases
I am already working over shapes, buildings, signals, roads and other like these to be created in SCARM
However, it will take more time than expected, because I am also working over 3D representation of these as custom created objects. It looks simple, but actually it is very complex functionality. So I will need at least a 2-3 months to finalize it. First tests are looking very good
You can cut flex track by pressing right mouse button while modeling it.
Right and Left are relative directions and for complex tracks or sections this can be confusing. But you can rotate the track (or section) by placing new start point, oriented in the desired direction. Then just attach your track (or section) to that start point.
i must be a complete idiot but i can't get pieces to rotate.it took me 15 mins to find out how to change start point direction.it took me an hour to do the baseboard because line skept joining up for no reason. please can you give an idiots step by step giude to rotating track pieces.
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