FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions.

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What is the difference between RailModeller and RailModeller Pro/RailModeller Express?

We currently offer three different apps for planning model trains on the desktop for macOS:

  • RailModeller (also known as RailModeller Classic)
    Our legacy app developed and sold until 2014 was originally designed for Classic Mac OS (OS 9). It was later ported to Mac OS X. The app was available directly from us at our online shop at KAGI (now retired).
    The legacy app is still available for download, however it won't receive any significant updates in the future.


  • RailModeller Pro
    Our current app was introduced in 2015 and is available exclusively on the Mac App Store. It was reimagined and built from the ground up to take advantages of the modern features offered by macOS and to be easily extensible  in the future.
    The app is under constant development with new features being added all the time.


  • RailModeller Express
    The free edition offering features similar to our Pro edition for small layouts was introduced in late 2015 and is also available exclusively from the Mac App Store.
    A comparison of the Pro and Express edition can be found here.
What is the required macOS / OS X version?
RailModeller Pro and RailModeller Express require at least Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 or newer.

Our legacy app RailModeller Classic (Version 4.1) supports Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.11.

Can I use RailModeller Pro on more than one computer?
Absolutely: Apps from the Mac App Store may be used on any Macs that you own or control for your personal use.
 
You can simply install RailModeller Pro again from the Purchased tab in the App Store app:
I've bought RailModeller Pro before. How do I install it on my new Mac?
Since you've purchased our app from the Mac App Store you can (re-) download it at no additional cost to any of your Macs as often as you wish: Simply open the Purchased tab in the App Store app, browse for RailModeller Pro and click on the Install button (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202161).
Are updates free?

Updates to RailModeller Pro are made available automatically through the Mac App Store update mechanism.

All updates to the app are free - in fact, we're just getting started: We've got a long list of great features to be added in the near future.
We're updating the app at least once a month so you'll see new features appear frequently!

Please subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ accounts to get the latest news or visit our news section on this website for the latest updates.

Do you offer a free trial version?

We are offering RailModeller Express, a free solution for planning small model railroad and slot car layouts on the Mac App Store.

You can find details about the Express Edition on our product page.

Do you support my track system?

Please check our up-to-date list of supported track systems!

Why are tracks from vendor XYZ not included?

New libraries are constantly added to RailModeller Pro.
There are few vendors which - for a number of reasons - don't provide detailed specifications of their tracks. Without this information it is often not possible to create these particular libraries.

Having e.g. only photographs of the tracks doesn't allow us to create a library for a track system.

If you have any detailed information about a track system not yet included in the RailModeller distribution, please feel free to send them to us and we're happy to update our libraries!

How can I create an L-shaped layout?

The File > Add Baseboard function can be used to add baseboards defining a layout's dimensions that can even include measurements for individual baseboard borders.

The Baseboard Assistant provides templates for a number of commonly used layout shapes - like L-, U- or rectangle shapes - that can be modified for any particular layout with a few clicks.

Once added to a layout the baseboards are organized in a dedicated layer so they can't interfere with your planning when working on a layer with tracks. Baseboards can also be filled using any desired color - without even covering the grid.

Can I add images?

You can add images to the layout by either simply dragging the image file on your layout opened in the app or by going to the File menu and choosing the Add Image command.

How do I rotate images?

Images can be rotated in 90 degree steps in the app itself using the Image Rotate tool.
For more advanced image editing operations we suggest preprocessing images in specialized apps:

Acorn (flyingmeat.com/acorn) and GraphicConverter (www.lemkesoft.de/en/products/graphicconverter) are two great, affordable apps that also offer free trials allowing to rotate or scale images - though we certainly recommend to support the companies by purchasing a license.

Is it possible to change the unit of measurement?

Multiple units of measurement are supported: millimetre, metre, centimetre, inch, foot, yard.

The current unit of measurement can be selected in the app's preferences.

Bring to Front/Send to Back doesn't seem to work!

The "Bring to Front" and "Send to Back" commands don't seem to work.

The order in which elements are painted is controlled by

  1. The order of a layer in the Layer List:
    layers at the top of the list draw above layers at the bottom.

  2. The order of elements within a layer:
    Within a layer the "Bring to front" and "Send to Back" command can be used to control the back-to-front-ordering of elements within the layer. Elements in different layers are however drawn in layer order.

This is similar to most modern graphic applications, however it's different from how RailModeller Classic (Version up to and including 4.x) worked.

How can I adjust heights or create a grade?

Please note that adjusting height is currently supported for track elements only.

There are several ways to adjust track heights or create grades:

To create a grade to a specific track

  • Select the track in question, then
  • click on the height/grade field in the sidebar to the right or
  • use the "Element > Adjust Height" menu
  • in the Dialog enter a target height and adjust settings accordingly.

To adjust start and end height for a range of track

  • Select a range of connected track elements, then
  • click on the height/grade field in the sidebar to the right or
  • use the "Element > Adjust Height" menu
  • in the Dialog edit the heights at the start and end track.

You can also reset the heights and grades for all selected elements using "Elements > Adjust Height > Reset...".

You might want to make sure the track height profile in the lower third of the document window is active by using the "Layout" control in the toolbar to get live previews when adjusting parameters in the grade and height dialogs.

My text shape disappears after insertion

Text elements inserted via the Shape popup in the toolbar use the current fill color for your layout. If the color is e.g. the default light grey color the new element might be hard to recognize when it is unselected after creation.

You can either pick a color that's easily visible for the new element's background before inserting text or simply select all text elements in the layout using the Select > All Text Elements function and colorize all text elements using the color field in the side bar.

Is it possible to import Stock from RailModeller Classic?

The Stock Management module in RailModeller Pro features a CSV Import/Export functionality.

In order to import your stock from RailModeller Classic (Version 1-4) you can simply export it as a CSV file in the old app and import the CSV in RailModeller Pro.

Can I view the layout in 3D?

You can use the Layout control in the toolbar to switch between a top view from above (2D), a combined top and side view (2.5D) and a three-dimensional view of tracks in your layout.

As we're aiming to enhance the 3D planning capabilities with full terrain modeling as well as 3D structures placed at arbitrary heights a much enhanced three-dimensional viewing mode will follow in a few months.

Can I edit track libraries myself?

We are currently working on a Library Editor module for RailModeller Pro, this is however not yet included in the public release of the app.

In case you're looking for a particular track library please feel free to get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do!

Can I output my plan to PDF?

A PDF file can be created for the current layout by using the built-in functionality of macOS:

When printing the layout simply select the Save as PDF option to create a PDF file instead of printing the layout to paper.

Can you please add (...) ?

We are running a feature request forum at UserVoice that provides a great platform for our users to suggest new features and vote for feature requests by other users of the app.

It also allows us to prioritize items on our road map to make sure popular requests will be added as soon as possible. We're publishing a list of all feature requests that have been delivered in a particular release on our Twitter stream as part of our release process!

I can't find the scroll bars!

In newer versions of macOS the scrollbars are hidden until activated by use - i.e. scrolling - making them invisible by default.
You can always change the system setting in macOS if you prefer the old behaviour:

How to upgrade from RailModeller Classic?

You are entitled to a free upgrade to the new app if you've purchased RailModeller Classic (Version 4) in or after August 2014.
Please send us a quick email in order to receive a voucher for downloading RailModeller Pro for free!

The latest update for RailModeller Classic can always be found here.

How do I receive a license for RailModeller Classic?

In order to receive a license key for RailModeller Classic (v4) you can simply forward us the receipt you've received when purchasing RailModeller Pro on the Mac App Store. We'll then send you a personal license enabling all features of RailModeller Classic within a business day.

If you have purchased RailModeller Classic in the past you can send us a quick email and we'll resend your personal license!