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Just took out my slot stuff twenty years after happy times building and racing with my son. Unfortunately loads of it is ninco rusted beyond redemption. Salvaged some and bought compatible Policar track. with flexible ninco I could always jiggle a layout together (with some interesting cambers here and there). But Policar is very rigid and needs proper advance planning. Does anyone know of any software (for Mac or Ios) that could serve for this? Any help gratefully accepted.
 

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Hopefully one day someone will bring a few more out but the only one I know of is RaiModeller which has Scalextric but I don't think any other track and its not the greatest to be fair.`For some reason no one whos into slot cars has a mac apart from me I think
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I have a Mac, and by using s/w called Parallels (a Windows emulator), I can utilize any Windows software. There used to be a track design program that I ran, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was. It was a Windows program.

Try this link: https://www.slottrackpro.com/tracker-2000-slot-car-track-design/

The program I used was Tracker 2000. It is no longer being developed or supported, but the link above says that a version is available there.
 

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There are three options for Policar track design

Railmodeller for Mac has incorporated Policar as a track system since April this year.

If you use the emulator or For Windows PCs there are two options

Like RailModeller, this is a Railway software, addended with Slot Car track layout design

https://www.anyrail.com/en

And Ultimate Racer 3.0 includes Policar (and the new Scaleauto system by the way folks). There are two sets of the borders for Policar - you can choose red and white Ninco style for easy visibility, or actual mid grey close to the real track and border colour.

I didn't include a specific power track section, as it it just the same size as a half straight.
 

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I have a Mac, and by using s/w called Parallels (a Windows emulator), I can utilize any Windows software. There used to be a track design program that I ran, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was. It was a Windows program.

Try this link: https://www.slottrackpro.com/tracker-2000-slot-car-track-design/

The program I used was Tracker 2000. It is no longer being developed or supported, but the link above says that a version is available there.
I struggle with all windows o/s now but in your opinion, if wanting to run a windows based program on Mac would you say Parallels is the best way? I am wondering what to do when my track is all up and running what RMS to use and also toying with what windows to run. Do they all run on windows 10 now?
 

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if wanting to run a windows based program on Mac would you say Parallels is the best way? I am wondering what to do when my track is all up and running what RMS to use and also toying with what windows to run. Do they all run on windows 10 now
VMWare is the industry standard software for running Virtual Machines (VMs), and I believe it's available for Macs too, there is also Parallels as you mention and Oracle Virtualbox as well.

They've run Windows10 for many years as long as you can find an 'image' or have the install media and license key.

Be careful what you try to do though on a VM, if it's word processing or track design software then no problem, internet browsing fine too however if you try and start watching YT videos or try and do anything that requires some processing power then quickly you will notice latency (lag), in what you do which can render the application in question useless.

I would not recommend trying to use a VM to run a RMS such as RCS64, SSDC, or audio/video editing software etc. as the latency will kill it for you and you'll get timing problems etc.,

There is an easy enough solution for this, setup your Mac to run Bootcamp and install Windows on that, what you then have is dual-boot machine, you can select which OS you want to boot in to on startup e.g. Windows or MacOS and the OS is then running natively, no emulation so no latency. Bootcamp is fully supported by Apple and they have their own drivers for Win7/10.

I have had this setup on my Macbook Pro Retina mid 2014 for over 5 yrs now, by default I boot in to Win7, if I want MacOS I hold options key on power on and I can then select MacOS.

It's not perfect, for instance the Apple Bluetooth Win7 drivers are crappy, (you can just use a dongle if you need full Bluetooth), apart from that it all works very well.
 

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Used Windows machines are usually available for pretty low cost. I would not use a VM for Mac for running a Windows lap counting program; the latency for counting laps would probably be too great. My home setup which works very well is using Race Coordinator with a DS300 lap counter and light bridge. It is not an inexpensive alternative, but it is pretty bulletproof. The computer is an old Dell that runs Windows XP, and cost me about $60 US, including the Windows software.
 

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Using an old PC can be a great idea however you need to consider what software you want to run and what it's requirements are.

For instance in RMS RCS64 to sort dashboards the PC needs a little grunt, older PCs will struggle with this, you can disable it but are then losing functionality, just something to be aware of...

If you already have a Mac then Bootcamp to me is the obvious way to go, MacOS and Windows native on one machine.
 

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Hello. Also interested in finding some applications to design a track. Usually I am starting with something in my mind and after several options, and hours too, I end somewhere. But, some before thinking would be nice to try saving the time. Please suggest few options. Thank you.
 

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I'm assuming you're on Windows, as the thread above already goes over Mac options.

Ultimate Racer 3.0 - uracerweb.org

Is the best, most complete solution for Windows users, IMHO.
 

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Some Top Tips for Ultimate Racer ......

If, when you make a change, goes all tits up ..... just simply press ctrl+z and you will undo what just happened.

Repeated ctrl+z keystrokes will take you back repeatedly, whereas pressing ctrl+y will redo the an operation.
 

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You definitely need ctrl+z for UR3 for every time it decides to change the orientation of half your track!
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ctrl+z can't solve all bugs though, I have green background, occasionally for no good reason it goes white, undo doesn't help, my top tip is SAVE REGULARLY and I mean REGULARLY and give them incremental names so you can easily roll-back.
 

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Is anyone testing Ultimate Racer 4 (UR4)?

I have an early test version but it was pretty buggy I didn't have the time then (this was many many months ago)

It's being rewritten pretty much from the ground up and in.......wait for it.....Java !
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You get JVM's for Linux/Mac/tablets....right....?
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I'm just wondering if any of the well-known programs have something as a 3D possibility. Would be great to see your fly-over in 3D and put your scenery in it.
Does anyone know if there is such software?
I don't mind paying for it. It's a hobby so there is money involved.... ;-)
 

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UR3 has some 3D capabilities and allows you to place objects such as buildings and trees and move the camera about, it's pretty basic though but might do what you want. I added the scenery below in 5mins however haven't bothered to raise the track up so it's 3D too.

Haven't heard anything in months about the UR4 Java rewrite (will have a full 3D CAD editor), I have an earlier version for testing but it's an old release.

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