Redwing77's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Seller is very responsive to questions and ideas. Upgrades and improvements come about every month or so, which is pretty spectacular for any software. There is a very unique item in the help menu called “Vote for feature requests” that allows the programmers to focus on the features that us users want the most. I am a long time user and can say that they absolutely pay attention to us. I believe that because I spent so much time using Railmodeller that my layout makes the best use of the space I have. No more 5 tons of spaghetti in a 1 ton bowl. Adendum for current version: I am currently building the layout I designed with this fantastic software, and now it is helping me design my streets and towns as well. Very happy with this software.
hearncl's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I miss the handy toolbar shortcut icons (Group, Ungroup, etc.) that were in earlier versions. Also, the append track elements function can be maddening, scattering unwanted track elements across the layout (I can never remember to hold down the option key to select an element without appending more elements). There should be a program preference to disable or modify the append function. Still, this is the best tool around for designing layouts on the Mac, and invaluable for my use.
eb99filho's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I have limited space, and this app is paramount to planning. Trial and error is really boring, after some time...
Sigar's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
unable to place track on new design or change design already complete. waste of money
SantaFe_Jim's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
For years I used RR-Track to design several layouts in HO and O Scale. Got to be very well versed in all of its features and options. Got rid of my PC’s and bought a Mac. Great move but RR_Track does not offer a Mac version of there software. Sniffed around on the web and tried a few compeditors. Tried to balance price and features. Came across RailModeller, tried the FREE version and figured it was worth the price so I bought the PRO version. Took a few hours to learn some of the features but I bacame very comfortable with it and am enjoying the process of designing a new 11’ x 22’ HO layout for my basement. Right now the main enhancement that I would like to see would be an expanded library to include maybe 10-15% of the buildings that Walthers offers. The current offerings in RailModeller is very limited. I would recommend this software to EVERY Mac user on the planet.
Btg1's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Getting ready to pull my childhood post-war Lionels out of storage for my second childhood ie retirement. Obviously this app is a tremendous upgrade from the old pencil and paper method of design, especially given all the new track systems that have curves of many different diameters. Only been using it a few days but overall it works very well. Relatively easy to choose your preferred brand of track and design a layout. Some things are not totaly intuitive at first but the more I use it the more comfortable I am with how it works. Took off a star because it is relatively expensive but I would add back half a star if I could based upon an experience with customer support: after OS update I had a problem with the app triggering an anti-virus alert and subsequently failing to launch. Contacted support via the website late one afternoon and a solution was waiting in my inbox early the next morning. Cudos! It would be nice if all developers were that responsive. I wish there were a way to generate grades both up and down from a zero elevation. Have been able to work around this with the use of layers but that seems sort of cumbersome. As someone else said, a Save As option in the File menu would be nice to have. And while the Close a Gap feature works well with some track systems like Atlas O which has half curves and various short straight sections, it does not work well at all with Gargraves which has longer curved sections and only a few straight lengths. The latter requires extensive use of the “saw” tool which works but it is very tedious to get a “cut” section the correct length to join within tolerance. A "cut-to-fit" tool would help.
Kyfoto01's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I’m fairly new to model railroading but I love this software! It so nice to be able and design a layout share with others for critique, take the suggestions that you like and make changes. I save a new version of the layout and can always go back to the original. My latest creation has evolved so much, it’s now on it’s 4th major revision and the 8th or 9th minor revision. Can’t beat the price either!
PapaGJK's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I'm working on design and detail for a medium sized Atlas Code 83 layout to fit in a 12’ x 12’ room to stretch around all four wallls of the room. Basically 4’ wide leaving enough room to walk in and work the layout. The features and usefulness of the design tool works great for my application. My layout will have two levels with sections of elevated road bed. The program allows for this type of desing and has the ability for 3D viewing. The 3D rendering is simplistic. I like the ability to use layers, apply color to the layers and print them out together or separately. It owuld be nice if I could enlarge the font for track section coding so when assembling Ii could make them out better rather than having to transpose them by hand. The tool effectively sums up the track sections needed for ordering purposes. I would like to be able to exit the program without automatically saving changes, this way if I don’t like modifications, I could just exit and go back in to the last saved spot. I’m still learning the program, so maybe some of these issues will resolve themselves with experience. The app is worth the money, is simple to use, learn and it’s efficient.
Serious Railroader's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I’ve used this app for a couple of weeks and have gotten pretty familiar with most of its features. It’s not a bad application, but as a design tool, it is pretty poor. There is no way to output the contents of the layout in any other format than a .png file, which is totally useless for transferring to any other application. There is no ability to design the benchwork needed to support the layout. I can’t find any way to effectively use the results for anything than to draw conceptual pictures. The libraries are good for putting track together. But to spend as much time as it takes to design any significant layout and then not have any means of exporting that design to some meaningful format is pretty much a waste of time.
CT G Scalers's Review of Railmodeller ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Have been using it for years to design layouts for G-Scale and N-Scale. Did buy it because it was the only product at that time that worked on Mac and never regretted it. Has been improved and expanded over the years and incorporated improvements that were requested by the users.