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Welcome to the Templot Companion.
Your source for all Templot information and reference.

These Templot Companion pages are intended mainly for existing Templot users.
If you are looking for more information about Templot, please click Templot home page .

THESE PAGES LAST REVISED:  1st December 2011.

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Questions? Ideas? Comments? This is a friendly support forum for Templot users and everyone with an interest in track planning and model trackwork. Share ideas with fellow Templot users to get the best from Templot and keep up to date with Templot developments.

Most of these Templot Companion pages apply to Templot version 0.74.b.

There is a later version 0.91.c available. This contains many additional features, including direct support for diamond-crossings, improved provision for slips, and a snapping function which simplifies the joining of templates when creating a track plan. Full details of all the changes and new features are on the Pug pages.

In these pages I have used the following conventions:

Items in bold blue type like this  control > store as unused are menu items or buttons to be clicked in Templot.

An item on the left of a > symbol is the main menu heading or a panel caption. Items on the right of the > symbol are the individual menu items or buttons.

Items in blue type like this ENTER are keys on the keyboard to be pressed. Keys shown like this CTRL-F4 mean hold down the CTRL key and then press the F4 key in the top row of function keys on your keyboard.

Items shown in bold italic type like this drawing pad are important terms or concepts which you will come across frequently in Templot.

Clickable items are shown underlined as usual, like this, leading to further information.

1.  Introduction :

These pages are intended mainly for existing Templot users, so you will need to have Templot running on your computer before these notes will make much sense.

Below is the contents list for these pages. Templot is still a development project, so I am frequently adding to or revising the notes. If it is some time since your read through them it might be worthwhile to do so again. Please let me know if you find any significant errors.

In addition to these notes I have prepared a selection of Q & A replies from my email inbox, which cover some frequently asked questions.

See also the click-guide videos and tutorials which stake you step-by-step through the various aspects of using Templot.

There is a great deal more help information within Templot itself. Most of it will also appear here eventually, with a few changes to make sense out of the program context.

Please come here again soon to find the latest updates.

Users who are familiar with CAD and drawing software sometimes find Templot confusing at first. If this includes you, please click utterly baffled.


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2.  Contents:

making a start starting Templot, and a first look at the screen.
videos and tutorials step-by-step click-guides to watch or follow.
finding help where to find the help notes.
what is a template ? some basic definitions and track terminology.
the drawing pad using the zoom and pan functions to navigate
your drawing, changing the screen colours.
mouse actions a step-by-step guide to using Templot's
mouse actions.
the storage box storing and saving templates.
the pop-up menu working with the background templates.
shortcut keys a list of all the keyboard shortcuts.
gentle geometry using the peg and notch functions to build
a complete track plan, working with
transition curves and slewing.
ink on paper printing full-size construction templates
and complete track plans.
real track using the custom settings for prototype
accuracy, rail lengths and sleeper spacings,
shoving timbers.
backgrounds and scans baseboard outlines and other background
shapes, using picture shapes to display
scanned maps and track plans as background
track design guides.
dxf and beyond transferring your track plan to other drawing
software to add scenic and architectural details,
or to generate 3-dimensional visualizations.
bobble hat a look at the inner workings of Templot,
and using the
program menu.
what was new changes in the current release version - see also the Pug info pages for details of later Pug versions.
our computers a few words about your computer, and mine.
utterly baffled if you are still scratching your head.

For more Templot information see also the  email Q&A ,  misc and links  and  Templot Club  pages.

3.  Templot  Club

The Templot Club exists for the exchange of ideas, information and data files, which everyone with an interest in model trackwork can join, whether Templot users or not.

Click Templot Club for more information about the Templot Club and how to join.

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