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Andy G wrote (on RMweb):
It does seem to be a bit of an issue to get a decent looking overall trackplan out of Templot, I know Martin is working on a sketching add on, but I've had quite a few issues trying to get a trackplan of Slattocks that shows up well on a screen or an A4 sheet. Full size it is absolutely brilliant.Hi Andy,

You can get reasonable results by switching the rails off for printing, and setting a thick track centre-line. Say 30mm wide for 4mm scale. Then print the pad to fit a single page. The red trim margins can be suppressed by simply changing their colour to white. The track centre-line prints in the same colour as the rail edges, so you can change that to whatever you want.

I have made a bit of Jing video showing these changes being made (it may take a short while to load):



Here's the printed result from the video:



With a bit more work moving the page origin away from the grid origin and adding the baseboards as background shapes, like this:



you can then print to get this:



If you print that to a virtual printer PDF generator (e.g. http://www.win2pdf.com ), you can display it on screen and do a screen capture to Windows Paint or any drawing package, and add the rest of the layout details.

As you mentioned, I'm working on a future Templot upgrade which will make this sort of thing much easier, and allow simple layout detailing to be added directly in Templot like this:



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Martin.
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Here's a bit more Jing video showing the page origin and print size being adjusted by mouse action:



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Thanks Martin,
This is a big improvement over my previous efforts. The only issue I've got now is that Templot does not recognise my pdf driver (pdf995 - it's free!) as being capable of producing colour. Not a major issue.
Also I ended up using a 1mm line thickness for the Slattocks Junction plan and by boosting the dpi of the output to its maximum I removed most of the jaggies.

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Andy G wrote: The only issue I've got now is that Templot does not recognise my pdf driver (pdf995 - it's free!) as being capable of producing colour. Not a major issue.Hi Andy,

That's a known issue. It's actually a bug in pdf995 -- when asked if it can print colour it says no! Unlike Templot, most other software doesn't bother to ask first, so the bug mostly goes unnoticed.

As far as I know all other PDF generators work fine in Templot with colour. My preference is Win2PDF -- templates from Win2PDF printed via a PDF reader are identical to Templot's own originals. The free version of Win2PDF simply prints an extra page at the end of the print run.

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