Having never had the ability to send large files, I had never thought of doing a review since switching to broadband I thought I would have an attempt I hope it will generate some interest for others to have ago.
I thought that this product is one I use and like, so it had to be a candidate especially as it is developing alongside Digital which is my Genre of choice when it comes to slotcars. I must also state that I have no connection with the company or creator and have received no payment to post this review.
Although I use this package for Digital it is not purely for digital users, Classic and Sport users are catered for just as well.
Creating your first layout
As you can see the first track section is already laid for you, this is the powerbase track section, a section that must exist in all layouts, and a good place to start. To lay your sections all you need to do is click on them, from the tool bar at the top of the screen. This is so easy for straights then you need to do the curves the same method applies click on the curve you want to use and it is put in place for you, only it may be facing the wrong direction, no problem either press the Space Bar or the D key on the keyboard and it changes the direction curve is pointing, I tend to use the space bar. You may have noticed that this is a Digital powerbase but as you will see in the package it can be a Sport Powerbase if you choose.
Saving a layout is simple and the method we are all used to File: Save as.
Opening a saved layout, again no problem File, Open, and the list of your files appears just click on the one you need.
the Room Designer
Viewing your Layout
Changing the perspective, simply click the mouse anywhere in the viewport and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse about whilst keeping the left mouse button depressed. You will notice that you can move the viewing perspective about quite a bit, and get some really nice views of your layout.
Right, holding both mouse buttons down is not the only way to zoom in and out of a layout, if your mouse has a wheel on it, you can use that instead, no need to click, just move the wheel back and fourth.
Bridges and Raised Sections
It has some sample layouts in the program ready to use, Such as Grand Prix Layout including Silverstone, and Monaco, Medium layouts, Moto GP circuits, Smaller layouts (where space is limited) Standard Scalextric Layouts, Sport Digital Layouts, and there is an area being developed to add the users layouts.
Borders and Barriers
Working with the new Sport Sections
I do feel that though this is great it is still only a work in progress, and as I would like to take this slightly further to enable the single lane to go off on its own away from the main track as with my planned pitlane.
I am also aware that some people would like to run to inner circuit rally sections infact I can see these single lane sections shooting off all over the place. Even having shortcuts like on the PS games, this could open a whole new form of track building and is going require development.
Track Creator 3D other features
Oh and the background feature I have that on all the time so you can see in the first two pictures I prefer the Greenery to the Rocky Mountains but I see that could be fun for Rally track designers out there.
What I do like about this package is it that it uses K.I.S.S. “Keep It Simple Stupid” as you will have noticed throughout I found myself repeating simply do this etc…..
Now I have put down what I think about this package and hopefully given you some incite into its strength and weaknesses. I hope you find it useful even if it’s not what you want should you have any questions feel free to ask me. I have deliberately not mentioned other available track design products as I have not tried them so I have tried not to compare them.
What does it cost £7.99 if you get it now or £12:99 if you wait for the v2.01
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