latout software

rrman48 Oct 20, 2000

  1. rrman48

    rrman48 E-Mail Bounces

    Can anyone suggest a good layout CAD program
    that doesnt cost an arm,leg or 1st born to
    get,and you dont have to have a degree in
    applied science to use.Any information
    would greatly be appreciated.

  2. tunnel88

    tunnel88 TrainBoard Member

    I'm running the 3D PlanIt demo... I think it's like $75. I don't know how simple it is compared to the other ones, but it does take some learning...
  3. watash

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  5. ChrisDante

    ChrisDante TrainBoard Member

    I'm not sure of the price, but check out They will send yu a demo that does almost everything the full program does except you can't save it and it resets after X number of minutes. I have played with both Winlok and RailRoad... and like RailRoad... much better.

    Hope this helps.

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  6. BryGy

    BryGy TrainBoard Member

    I have tried both 3rd PlanIt and CadRail 7.0 Demo. I like 3rd PlanIt much better. It was easier to get started with and the demo allowed you to do almost everything, except saving it. They also provide a tutorial that you can download. I went through the tutorial and then decided to purchase.

    I haven't done much with it since then. I am building my first layout now and went with a pretty simple layout that I have a picture of, instead of trying to design my own. But I know that I will be tinkering with 3rd Planit in the near future as I begin to design a more permanent/larger layout.


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  7. RailRon

    RailRon New Member

    I tried demo versions of CadRail and 3rdPlanIt - then I bought the latter. It costs about $100, but I think it is well worth that much.
    True, you really have to learn 3rdPlanIt, and this takes TIME! And you won't draw a layout in one evening, even when you are really good at using this program. But its possibilities are almost endless - two ways to create a realy good-looking landscape and even the possibility to run you trains on your virtual pike.
    Creating a layout almost can become a hobby in itself!

    Have fun!

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