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Arno
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Hello Martin,
is there a possibility to colour a timber like shown in the attachment? I would colour the timbers before I print out the track plan. This would be very fine when I paste it on the ground plate and I have all timbers yet ready to position these for soldering the rails.
You could perhaps insert this possibility by using “,”
Arno

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Arno wrote: is there a possibility to colour a timber like shown in the attachment? I would colour the timbers before I print out the track plan. This would be very fine when I paste it on the ground plate and I have all timbers yet ready to position these for soldering the rails.Hi Arno,

Welcome to Templot Club. :)

Do you mean the colour of all the timbers? Or are you wanting to colour some individual timbers differently from the others?

The printed colour for all the timbers can be set in the output menu:




At present there is no option to mark individual timbers in a different colour.

I suspect that you are not so much asking for a different colour, but for some means to mark individual timbers differently from the others.

There has never been any demand for that in UK modelling, although modellers do often scribble notes on the templates. I believe in many other countries a popular construction method is to use soldered copper-clad laminate for just a few of the timbers, with plastic or wood for the remainder. (That wouldn't look good in the UK, at least for bullhead track, because chaired bullhead requires a different timber thickness from soldered construction).

There are several clunky ways which you might achieve the desired result in Templot, but none very straightforward or helpful. For example you could duplicate a template, set a marker colour on the lower one, and then omit some timbers on the upper template in the shove timber functions so that the coloured ones from below show through.

Or you could export template files, and edit and print them in a separate program. For example entities in a DXF file could be edited to any desired colour in a CAD package, and the template printed from there. Likewise an exported EMF file could be edited in a program such as Metafile Companion, and then imported into Templot as a background picture shape for printing. The difficulty there would be restoring the correct scaling.

None of the above is very convenient or sensible, so I'm not minded to provide detailed instructions.

Instead I will release a program update soon in which the colour and/or infill style of an individual timber can be set in the shove timber functions.

cheers,

Martin.

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Jürgen Haase
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Hello Martin,


exactly, I want to colour some individual timbers differently from the others like they are shown (e.g. timbers in dark grey) in the document which I hat enclosed in my first mail.


But it is for me un very good message that you will release a program update soon in which the colour can be set in the shove timber functions.
 
Cheers


Arno

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