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Version 10 offers you unparalleled design capabilities for your railroad
layout. The new SoftTrak™
feature lets you design professional-standard track using spline-like tools the
produce track complete with tangents, curves and easements if you choose. Built on a strong, innovative set of design tools, the new 3D terrain and
landscape features let you really visualize your layout like never before. Its
powerful Dynamic Design Tools™ let you quickly build
precise track of any design. And a comprehensive suite of 3D
Object Design Tools let you craft buildings, rolling stock, equipment,
automobiles, cranes, boats and just about anything you can imagine.
High-speed, textured, 3D rendering brings life to your track
plan. You can position your viewpoint at any location to evaluate your design.
And when you're done, you can print 1:1 Cross-Sections so you can cut bulkheads
for the terrain you've designed. 3rd PlanIt is a complete package, from CAD
design, to simulation, to aids for building your design.
Take a tour through Gerry Baldwin's HO layout shown to the right, complete with backdrop, tunnels, rolling stock, terrain and buildings. He's even entered his layout room in detail, complete with desk and chair, carpeting and transparent windows, With 3rd PlanIt, you can plan your layout to whatever level of detail you like! Click to play movie, 75Mb
The Standard Library with Automatic Rescaling makes all objects available in all scales so you can easily place buildings and rolling stock in any scale drawing. This allows you to easily use buildings designed for another scale in your track plan as placeholders, or templates for scratchbuilding.
Other recent additions allow you to rotate, tilt and roll objects around their centers. The new Multi-Sense User Interface offers every user a work environment they find preferable. If you're a user of AutoCAD* or another program with a "Click-Move-Click" interface, you'll be right at home on this new version of 3rd PlanIt. In its standard mode, you can free intermix "Press-Move-Release" control with "Click-Move-Click". Or, you can set the program to use only a single interface style, optimized for familiarity and convenience.
Modelers who enjoy detail can explore the limits of their imagination with 3rd PlanIt. As shown in Sunrise Feed Mill, you can model any object to any level of detail that you find satisfying. Scratch builders can design each piece and fit a model together before cutting any wood or plastic. You can print 1:1 plans from which to fashion the pieces, or export an STL file to have a 3D printing service produce them for you.
For tough custom designs, you can flex straight turnouts, such as those made by Central Valley, Pilz/Tillig and others. This lets you create gently curved turnouts to meet layout needs not filled by off-the-shelf curved turnouts.
To learn more about 3rd PlanIt, download the Version 11 manual in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). If you don't have Acrobat Reader installed on your system, you can download it from Adobe.
If you would like to try 3rd PlanIt, you may download and install this Demo Version.
3rd PlanIt supports Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. Mac users can enjoy 3rd PlanIt under BootCamp, Parallels, VMWare Fusion or CrossOver (which requires no Windows OS).
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