Help/Tools Tab

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The Tools Menu (F5) offers some additional tools for helping to create your Trainz world.



Ruler Management Tools

The ruler tool is used to measure track lengths, radius when laying curves, even the size of your basement or garage.

Add ruler.jpg Add Ruler

To add a ruler, Click on Add Ruler (R), then Click at your chosen point in your terrain and drag the mouse to the other end point for the ruler and release the mouse button. The ruler stretches out just like you experienced with spline objects. To change the scale of the ruler, go into the Surveyor Main Menu and choose Edit Route. Change the units to real Scale, HO, OO or whatever scale you prefer. You can also choose between Metric and Imperial.

Move ruler.jpg Move Ruler

To move the ruler, Click on Move Ruler (T) and then Click and hold on either end of a ruler and then drag it to move that end of the ruler.

Delete ruler.jpg Delete Ruler

Use Delete Ruler (Y) to delete the ruler. Leaving many rulers on the board may slow down the game.

Camera Management Tools

You can place static cameras, which focus on a section of track until the whole train passes by, or lineside (tracking) cameras, which pan across following the train movement. To select which camera to work with, click on either of the arrows in the middle of the tool list to switch between Static and Tracking camera mode.

Place camera.jpg Place Camera

Before placing a camera, maneuver your normal viewpoint as close as possible to where you want to place the camera. Click on Place Camera (A), then Click exactly where your Compass meets the ground. This places the camera in 3D space, and puts you automatically into Move Camera (M) mode. A Green box and a flashing green light appear.

Move camera.jpg Move Camera

Use your zoom keys, and cursor keys to position the camera exactly as you want it to see in Driver, then Click again to lock the camera in place. A red camera means it is a static camera, and green is a tracking camera.

Delete camera.jpg Delete Camera

To delete an unwanted camera, select Delete Camera (D) and Click on a 3D camera object.

Copying and Pasting Tools

Another very useful tool is the copy and paste function.

Select area.jpg Select Area

Click on Select Area (B) and Click and drag to create a rectangle around the area you wish to copy. The white box shows the area that will be copied. Click on Cancel Selection (X) to cancel the selection.

Paste mode.jpg Paste mode

Click on Paste Mode (P) and Click with the right mouse button to navigate around your terrain to the new location. Click where you want the selection copied.

Paste rotation.jpg Paste Rotation

You can also rotate your selection using the Paste Rotation dial (“[“ or “]”).

Paste height.jpg/Paste textures.jpg/Paste object.jpg/Paste tracks.jpg Paste Height, Textures, Objects or Track

You can control what is and is not copied and pasted. You can copy height, textures, objects or any combination by selecting and deselecting the appropriate icons. These are “toggle” switches. Whilst in Paste Mode, click on Paste Height, Paste Textures or Paste Objects to include or exclude those elements from your paste function. The buttons will remain highlighted in bright green if toggled “on”.

Absolute height.jpg/Relative height.jpg Absolute/Relative Height

You can paste either relative or absolute heights by Clicking on either icon to toggle between them. The default is absolute height.

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