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Andy Vines wrote: The ability to just quickly click on individual templates and quickly extend or curve them makes it easier for me to play around with plan before finalising it in normal mode.Hi Andy,

Thanks for your comments.

In the next update I have relegated Quick mode to the program panel and renamed it make-on-click mode. But all the functions remain exactly as before. When in force, there is now an orange background to the top tool buttons, as a permanent reminder that things will work slightly differently.

Removing the Quick mode tool buttons has made space for me to squeeze in a couple more beginner buttons -- roam and rotate:



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Why are roam and rotate considered to be beginners buttons
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Geoff Cook wrote: Why are roam and rotate considered to be beginners buttons?Hi Geoff,

Shift and Rotate are needed when starting a track plan to get the first template to the correct position and alignment. Everything could be shifted and rotated later of course, but experience suggests that beginners are always keen to get a baseboard rectangle defined and the first template positioned within it. Rotate can also be useful when printing individual construction templates, by arranging them diagonally across the printed page to fit on a single sheet.

After inserting a turnout in existing plain track, Roam is the easiest function to use to adjust the turnout position, because it does not modify the template alignment.

The aim of the "beginner buttons" is that a simple track plan can be created using those buttons only. With the dominance of laptop computers nowadays, use of the F keys is less convenient that it used to be, and unfamiliar to many users. Accessing the full menu structure for the mouse actions can be intimidating at first, so an easily-clickable sub-set of buttons helps.

The worry would be that some users may end up using those buttons exclusively, and never discover the full range of functions available.

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Looks good to me, and the two additional speed buttons are also seem a useful addition to me, I am no expert but am aware of the full functions available, but it is also nice to be able to get some basics down quickly to get a feel for a plan before its refined.
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