How to Use Session Editor

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The information in this Wiki Page applies to TANE, TRS19 and Trainz Plus.

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What is the Session Editor

DotPoint.JPG The Session Editor allows you to add, delete and edit the Rules in a Session
DotPoint.JPG The Rules control the operation of the Session


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The Rules added and edited by the Session Editor control:-

  • behaviour of drivers (and their trains)
  • weather conditions
  • time of day
  • signals and switches
  • display of information and instructions to the player
  • train timetables
  • responses to events (time, triggers, load levels, other trains, etc)
  • decisions on what happens next

to name just a few.


In TANE the Session Editor is found in the Surveyor Main Menu. In TRS19 and Trainz Plus it has been moved to the Surveyor Edit Menu. In either case select Edit Session from the menu.

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When loaded, the Session Editor will show all the Rules that have been added to the Session. If you have just opened the Editor on a Route without a Session then it will show a very basic set of Rules. The Editor will allow you to add additional Rules, and delete or edit those shown. Links to extensive lists of Rules that are built into Trainz or available on the DLS can be found at the end of this document.

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  • the Name of the Session is the Username tag entry in the config.txt file
  • the Session Description of the Session is the Description tag entry in the config.txt file

Both entries can be edited in the Session Editor and the config.txt file for the Session asset will be updated when you save the Session and exit Surveyor.


DotPoint.JPG The order of the Rules in the Editor list is usually not important. All the rules shown will be executed simultaneously although some rules will take longer to complete than others


PencilTips.PNG If the order in which some of the Rules are executed is important, then group them together in a Ordered List Rule (examples are shown in the image) in the order you want them to be executed. Information on using Ordered Lists can be found at WikiLink.PNG Using Ordered Lists


Rules can be grouped together into lists for convenience (e.g. all the Rules that set signals at the start of the Session) or because they depend on a particular event (e.g. a time, a train arriving at a set point, a wagon being loaded, etc). These form Nested Rules and are indicated by arrow heads as shown in the image above. Click on an arrow head to open up its nested list of child Rules as shown in the image below.

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Each of the Rules that have been nested under the Ordered List Rule in the image above have been indented one level to the right. Click the arrow head again to close the list.

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More information on the various types of List Rules and how to create Nested Rules can be found on the Trainz Wiki Page at:-


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The "Button Bar"

At the bottom of the Session Editor is the "button Bar".

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  • the  Add  button will insert a new Rule below the selected (highlighted) Rule or at the end of the list if no Rule has been selected

To use the other buttons, select a Rule first by clicking on it

  • the  Edit  button will open the selected (highlighted) Rule for editing
  • the  Delete  button will delete the selected Rule
  • the  Indent/Outdent  buttons will move the selected Rule right or left
  • the  Up/Down  buttons will move the selected Rule Up or Down


Tick.PNG Click to Accept your edits and close the Session Editor    Cross.PNG Click to Cancel your edits and close the Session Editor


DotPoint.JPG The above operations, and more, can also be found by right mouse clicking on a Rule to open up a menu
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  •  Edit rule  is the same as the  Edit  button
  •  Insert above  is the same as the  Add  button but inserts the new Rule above the selected Rule
  •  Insert below  is the same as the  Add  button (inserts the new rule below the selected Rule)
  •  Cut  Copy  Paste  will move/copy the rule (and its nested child rules if it has any) between the Session Editor and the Clipboard
  •  Delete  is the same as the  Delete  button
  •  Indent  is the same as the  Indent  button
  •  Outdent  is the same as the  Outdent  button
  •  Move up  is the same as the  Up  button
  •  Move down  is the same as the  Down  button


Warning:
Stop.PNG The  Cut ,  Copy  and  Paste  operations will NOT correctly copy ALL the settings in some rules, for example the Navigation Display Rule. It is a good idea to check the settings of each rule that you paste into the Session Editor
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Adding Rules to Sessions

DotPoint.JPG Click the ADD button to add or insert a new rule

New rules can be added from those that have been installed in your copy of Trainz.

Clicking the ADD button on the button bar will insert a new rule either:-

  • below the selected (highlighted) rule, or
  • at the end of the list if no rule is highlighted

Alternatively, right mouse click on a rule and select either:-

  •  Insert above , or
  •  Insert below 

to position the new rule above or below the selected rule.

A new window showing all the installed and available rules will appear.

Add a new rule
PencilTips.PNG If a rule that you want to use does not appear in the list, then check in Content Manager that it has been installed or downloaded and is free of errors.


Select the rule to be added and click the tick icon.

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Copying Rules Between Sessions

DotPoint.JPG Rules can be copied between Sessions
Text 

This sub-section is also available in text only format suitable for copying and pasting at Copying Rules Between Sessions TEXT

The  Copy  and  Paste  commands can be used to copy configured rules from one session to another. This saves you having to reenter the same data sets, such as driver commands, in each session.


Steps.PNG Steps:
  1. in the Session Editor right mouse click on the Rule to be copied (more than one Rule can be highlighted)
  2. select Copy from the popup menu
  3. exit the session
  4. load the second session (where the Rules are to be copied to) into Surveyor and open the Session Editor
  5. right mouse click after the last rule entry and select Paste


Warning:
Stop.PNG The  Cut ,  Copy  and  Paste  operations will NOT correctly copy ALL the settings in some rules, for example the Navigation Display Rule. It is a good idea to check the settings of each rule that you paste into the Session Editor


NotePad.PNG Copying the Driver Setup Rule:

The Driver Setup Rule can be copied from one Session to another using the method described above, but there are some conditions that must be met for this to work.

DotPoint1.JPG Drivers, Driver Assignments and Driver Commands ONLY are Copied
Copying the Driver Setup Rule will NOT copy the actual locomotives and consists that the drivers are assigned to. These must be copied or recreated separately
DotPoint2.JPG No Duplicate Locos Allowed - this is only an issue if you keep both the original and the copied Driver Setup Rule in the Session
If the same loco is present in both Driver Setup Rules then only the first loco (in the top copy of the rule) will be active. The duplicate loco in the second copy of the rule will be ignored
DotPoint3.JPG Missing Locos will be Ignored
If a loco is listed in the copied Driver Setup Rule but does not exist in the new Session because it was not copied across then it will be ignored


Examples of Using the Session Editor

Wiki pages that show examples of using the Session Editor to solve particular problems or to carry out particular tasks can be found at the following links:-


Trainz Plus and TRS19 Platinum Edition

Trainz Plus and TRS19 Platinum Edition have the ability to edit saved Driver Games in Surveyor and allowing the edited game to be continued without having to restart the entire Session. This includes using the Session Editor on an active Driver Game Session where some of the Rules may have already been completed and others partially completed. To allow for these possibilities, additional features have been added to the Session Editor in the Plus version.

  • Each Rule has a status indication such as complete, was-complete, paused
  • A new Button Bar tool Restart All Rules has been added. Click to restart ALL the Session Rules


Related Links

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This page was created by Trainz user pware in October 2019 and was last updated as shown below.


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