SCARM v. 0.9.21 Released

The new version 0.9.21 of SCARM is ready! Download it form www.scarm.info.

Warning
Remember, that SCARM is still in beta stage of development and sometimes may not work as expected. Always create archives of your layouts and save changes in a given track plan with incremental files (just in case) named like “plan_1.scarm”, “plan_2.scarm”, and so on. Please report any bugs and/or unexpected error messages with a short explanation how, when and where in the program they occurs in the comments area below.

Some of the more important added/improved features and updates are listed below.

Added and improved functionality:
- New flex-track automatic point-to-snap-and-join function with auto shaping feature
- New option for reduced tolerances when performing manual join of flex-track
- Ability to work with mixed gauges 3-rail track systems

New track libraries:
- Jouef HO New rails 1998-2000/01 (discontinued)
- Lionel S American Flyer
- Tillig HO/HOm mixed tracks
- Tillig HO/HOe mixed tracks

Updated track libraries:
- American Flyer S
- Arnold N
- Kato HO Unitrack
- Kato N Unitrack
- Atlas HO Snap-Track C100 (see more here)

New object libraries:
- Compasses 2D

Added language:
- Slovak (thanks to Branislav Kysel)

Updated translations:
- Italian
- Hungarian

Bugfixes:
- Fixed bug which may cause “Integer Overflow” error to appear when View > Show Size and Area is enabled
- Fixed flex-tracks connection issues when showing possible join, but not making the connection after left mouse click
- Fixed terrain mesh which may be rendered incorrectly close to the borders on some layouts
- Fixed track heights advanced manipulation functions, which may be performed incorrectly on some tracks
- Main window now remebers its state, size and position
- Many other small improvements and fixes

Tip
If “Check for Updates” feature in older releases reports that there is no newer version of SCARM, download the installer directly from the website. The old release info file may be cached on your PC and it may need some time to expire. If the website also shows older version, press F5 key to refresh it.

And finally, several words about the new version.

This update brings a long-awaited feature – flex-track point-to-snap-and-join function with auto shaping of the curved part. To use it when working with flex-tracks, just move the end of the last flex-section (colored in black) over the end point (grey arrow) of the track where you want to obtain a join. If the automatic join is possible, the flex-track will be shaped with largest possible radius and a black dot will appear over the green connecting arrow (the dot is not visible when Track Heights are shown). Click with left mouse button to set the connection. See how this works in the demo clip below:



The new automatic feature is 100% precise and accurate, but for now it can handle only simple curved shapes. If you need a flex shape with change of the curvature or direction of the curve, do this manually and use the automatic function on the final stage. The old way of manual joining is still working as before. It allows some tolerances in the connections and you can always use it together with the new automatic feature.

This version also comes with the ability to work with mixed gauge (standard and narrow) track systems, new and updated libraries and many other small improvements. I hope that you will like this release and also hope that the next version will be ready in the beginning of the autumn :)

Request
If you like SCARM, share the info about it with your friends in the social network sites or post a link to www.scarm.info in your blog or your favorite railroad forum, so more and more model train enthusiasts and fans to know about it and to use it for free.

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2 thoughts on “SCARM v. 0.9.21 Released

  1. Hi
    In Your 0.9.21 release notes I found this:
    Bug fixed – Integer Overflow
    However I just downloaded and installed 0.9.23 beta and I get error ‘Integer Overflow’ anyway.
    I use Roco Line (HO) and are trying to connect a small (ca 235mm) of flextrack (F4/Wood) to fill in the gap between track/sections.
    I get the error when I get too close (ca +/- 10mm) within the track i’m trying to connecting to (rightclick/autoconnect).
    Is there a fix to this ?

    Great product !
    Regards
    B. Siiger

  2. It seems that the new bug is different, related to the flex-tracks shaping, but with the same error message. I am already working over it and the error will be fixed in the next release of SCARM :)

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