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To be honest Martin, I have run through you tutorial video a few times creating various track arrangements. I will go through the tutorial exactly as you have shown so I know how it works.

Two questions I'd like to ask.

Can the background imported image be hidden with an on/off function?

Can the scale be changed either during or at the end - change from 5'3" to 00 without any errors?
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Tony W wrote:These options will produce an uncalibrated printout whose accuracy is not guaranteed.Hi Tony,

Just to clarify that print-now! does use calibration data if it is available. But doesn't suggest calibrating the printer if not, to avoid interrupting the print process.

The biggest warning with print-now! is that it will print ALL the pages, which could be dozens. There is no option to stop it or select which pages to print.

regards,

Martin.

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Tony McGartland wrote: Can the background imported image be hidden with an on/off function?Hi Tony,

Yes. Press SHIFT+HOME to toggle all background shapes on and off, or click the trackpad > trackpad background options > hide background shapes menu item.

If you want to hide just one background shape, select it on the list and then untick the show on trackpad box:



Can the scale be changed either during or at the end - change from 5'3" to 00 without any errors?
Yes and no. There will be some misalignments. See:

 http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=3086&forum_id=3#p22111

Because of the big change in the gauge:scale ratio for 00, it is not going to convert very well. It will need the templates to be re-aligned -- whether that is better or worse than starting again is up to you. :?

regards,

Martin.

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Hi Martin, our College closed today because of the storm so I'm on overdrive with Templot this afternoon.

The layout I am hoping to model is impossible to build as is. What I proposed to do was model various aspects of the engineers drawings and bring them together on my baseboard.

To create a circuit in 4mm would be impossible without some sort of 'modellers licence'.

Bringing various aspects of the general station area, Goods Yard and engine shed together as one would work around a circuit with some freedom from the original track layout.
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Tony McGartland wrote:To create a circuit in 4mm would be impossible without some sort of 'modellers licence'.

Bringing various aspects of the general station area, Goods Yard and engine shed together as one would work around a circuit with some freedom from the original track layout.
Hi Tony,

See also:

 http://templot.com/companion/wrap_picture_shape_to_curve.html

regards,

Martin.

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Martin Wynne wrote: Tony W wrote:These options will produce an uncalibrated printout whose accuracy is not guaranteed.Hi Tony,

Just to clarify that print-now! does use calibration data if it is available. But doesn't suggest calibrating the printer if not, to avoid interrupting the print process.

The biggest warning with print-now! is that it will print ALL the pages, which could be dozens. There is no option to stop it or select which pages to print.

regards,

Martin.
Hi Martin.
Thanks for the clarification of the Print-now option and calibration. That certainly isn't obvious from the menu.
Personally I always use the output option so I can control what I want to print out and some of my track plans can be quite big.
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Would a bog standard A4 printer be able to print and allow me to glue templates together?
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Hi Tony.
Yes, but you may need quite a few pages to do it.
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Hi Tony,

Yes an A4 printer is fine - either colour or B&W. A3 or larger is even better of course. The trackpad->page outlines for printer menu option allow the currently selected printer paper size to be seen on the trackpad as you work on your plan.

I print out the pages I need and then use a scalpel or stanley knife to trim off the margins. You can then either glue them down carefully or use sellotape or similar.

There are lots of options for printing to explore. The Output->Print Background Templates menu option is the one to use to print all the items in the storage box(ie your trackplan)

Rob


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Tony McGartland wrote: Would a bog standard A4 printer be able to print and allow me to glue templates together?Hi Tony,

Sure. That's the primary purpose of Templot. See the typical printed pages at the bottom of the home page:

 http://templot.com/companion/templot_home.html

To get the best fit on the printed templates, Templot rotates the screen view through 90 degrees when printing. This means that the top edge of the printed page always corresponds to the left edge of the screen view.

This sometimes causes confusion for new Templot users -- generally you will get the best results if you simply leave Templot on the default setting, which is called upright / end-run / portrait printing.

As a guide, Templot can display the printing page outlines on the screen as dotted lines.

Here are some diagrams to explain the orientation settings:



upright / end-run / portrait printing:





sideways / side-run / landscape printing:





For track construction the templates are normally printed on good quality plain paper (e.g. 100 gsm), or thin card (e.g. 160 gsm).

Pages are trimmed to the red lines and fitted together. 160gsm thin card is easier to use because the trimmed pages can be butted together like tiles. This leaves a flat surface for track construction.

regards,

Martin.


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Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread, especially Martin himself. I was able to print off a drawing which I taped together. It gave me a really accurate output of what I am thinking of modelling to the correct scale. Superb programme!
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