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If this is your first look at Templot, you may like to try printing a track template before you learn any more about the program. It's very easy and quick to print a basic turnout template.
Let's make it a curved turnout, which is not a template you can buy ready printed.
Here's a short video to watch, and then try yourself.
Click the button to watch the video. If your browser asks what to do with the file, click Run or Open or double-click on the downloaded file. It may take a moment to load. It will open in a separate window.
If the video is too small to watch comfortably on your screen, on the video window click the [ View > Movie Size > Fit to Window ] menu item, and re-size the video window larger (drag a corner).
Likewise if the video is too large to fit comfortably on your screen, select the [ View > Movie Size > ] menu options, and re-size the video window accordingly (drag a corner).
• You need to have Templot installed on this computer in order to watch these videos. If you haven't yet downloaded Templot, please go to the download page. Templot is free to download and use.
If Templot can't be installed on this device, please ask on the Templot Club forum about other ways of watching this video.
Here is a typical printed result. Just trim the pages to the red lines, stick them down and start track building:
This short Templot screen video shows you how to:
1. change to your required gauge and scale.
2. set the hand and size of a basic turnout.
3. set the outer radius (or a straight turnout if you prefer).
4. print the template.
The resulting inner radius is displayed on the information panel, and flashes red if it is smaller than your specified minimum.
If the template doesn't quite fit your intended layout site, it is easy to come back to Templot, adjust it slightly, and print another one.
This is just the barest beginning of Templot. You can go on to link templates on-screen and create complex track formations on flowing curves to build a complete layout track plan. And then print it out to any size.
To learn more, please go back to the Templot Explained beginners guide section of this Templot Companion web site.