The new SCARM version 1.9.0 is ready! Download it form www.scarm.info.
The most important added and/or improved features and updates are listed below.
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This version comes with new and improved features, several new and updated libraries, updated language translations and also with some minor bugfixes.
This version introduces new property in the figures’ Properties window, called “3D transparency”:
It is intended to allow representing of transparent surfaces in 3D mode, like the windows in the train rooms or protecting glasses around the layouts, but it can be used also to render as semi-transparent some solid elements like the walls in the train rooms for easier viewing of the project in the 3D Viewer.
For example, here is shown a layout with protective glass in front:
And here is shown a layout room with semi-transparent walls:
By default, the 3D transparency for new figures is set to 0%, making them fully solid when viewed in the 3D Viewer. The user can choose how much transparency he wants, by adjusting the steps from 1% (almost solid) to 99% (almost transparent and thus invisible). For example, here are shown 3 figures with transparency properties of 25%, 50% and 75%:
The “Transparent” button from the previous versions is leaved for backward compatibility. When the color is set to “Transparent”, 3D transparency property has no effect and the figure is rendered in 3D mode only by its contours.
Note: Depending on the camera viewing angle and figures positions, when 2 or more semi-transparent figures are observed while in row one behind another, only the first surface may be visible as transparent and the next may be hidden due to some optimizations in the 3D rendering engine. This is a known effect and is not a bug.
Align by 3D Vertical position and Height
The Alignment window is now extended in order to offer also buttons for aligning of the figures in 3D according to their Vertical position and Height.
Some actions, like stacking and centering of horizontal cylinders for representing of i.e. wheelsets for static rolling stock are much more easier now:
Notice for the users of old 1.x.x versions prior to v. 1.9.0
Please, upgrade your previous 1.x.x versions of SCARM to the latest v. 1.9.0 in order to get all new features and apply the last bugfixes. The old unregistered versions prior to v. 1.9.0 will be discontinued and no longer supported.
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