Flipped (Mirrored) Image of The Whole Layout Plan

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The information in this post is outdated/expired and is not relevant to the current release of SCARM.

Sometimes, when you go underneath the layout and look up, you don’t have the tracks or other orientation to assist. In such circumstances it can be difficult to work out where you and track pieces are.

If the layout is simple enough, a normal printed single schematic page may be adequate. But on a complex layouts, when you look from below, an inverted (mirrored) schematics may be much more convenient. To make an inverted printout of the whole track plan, do the following:

1. Export the layout as BMP or JPG picture using “File” > “Export” menu command in SCARM.

2. Open Paint and load the exported image file.

Tip
To open Paint, go to Start menu, All Programs, Accessories and click on Paint.
Alternatively, you can navigate to the folder where you’re saved the exported picture, right click over it and then choose “Edit” from the context menu.

3. When the layout picture file is loaded in Paint, press Ctrl-A – this will select the entire image.

4. Now depending on your Windows version:

Windows 7/8 – click on “Rotate” button and choose “Flip Horizontal” or “Flip Vertical” item from the drop down menu.

This will mirror the image horizontally or vertically.

Windows XP/Vista – select “Image” > “Flip/Rotate” menu, choose “Flip Horizontal” or “Flip Vertical” items from the dialog and press OK button.

This will mirror the image horizontally or vertically.

5. Save the file for later printing or print it directly from Paint.

Now you will have an inverted schematic image of your track plan that you can use when working under the table.

Update
Starting from version 0.9.32, you can use the “Flip” command in “Edit” menu in order to flip the selected items in the editor horizontally or vertically.

See also
How To Show a Track Plan To Others


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