Basemapz: A Track Plan Importer for Trainz
Basemapz is a Windows™ application that allows you to quickly transfer a model railroad track plan image into the Trainz™ Railroad Simulator environment. Basemapz is compatible with Windows 7 through 10; and with Trainz versions TS2009, TS2010, TS12, TS12-SP1, T:ANE and TMR17.
Using an easy-to-understand process, Basemapz produces a complete Trainz Route containing the required arrangement of baseboards, plus a collection of auto-positioned basemap carrier objects that each contain the section of the track plan image that falls on one baseboard. The output of Basemapz is placed in a series of folders that can be imported into Trainz Content Manager in a single operation, where the Route is then immediately available for editing in Surveyor.
Here are the basic steps in the process:
Example: The Fox River Grove, an N-Scale Layout by Frank E. Stastny, from the February 1975 issue of Model Railroader Magazine
Example: Track Plan in IrfanView after Cropping and Deskewing
The Fox River Grove being
Previewed in Basemapz
The Fox River Grove in T:ANE Surveyor
Basemapz is being released FREE to the Trainz community and may be used for any purpose, personal or commercial, within the following terms:
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR ITS USE.
If you don’t agree to these terms... don’t use the software.
Download the Basemapz Package Here
The current Version as of December 10, 2016 is 0.9.3. As new versions become available they will be posted here and an appropriate announcement will be made at the Trainz Forums.
Download the MSI Pacakge below and save it where you can find it. Then double-click the file and follow the installation instructions as they appear.
The Documentation for Basemapz can be found online at the Trainz Wiki, at this page. A detailed description of the installation process can be found there.
Basemapz also requires the Microsoft .NET
This should already be present as part of your operating system..
If you need this, a download link is provided below.
The MSI Package: Basemapz 0.9.3 (File here at dhobh.net)
The .NET 3.5 Runtime: Microsoft
.NET 3.5-SP1 Runtime (Link to external site)
For further information
This thread in the Trainz Forums tracks the progress of the Basemapz release. Thanks to everyone who is posting for their feedback and support.
The author accepts no liability for damage or lost data arising from the use or misuse
of the tools, tutorials and techniques presented here.
All items are provided in good faith for the benefit of the Trainz community.
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