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3rd PlanIt Demo Version
What can you do with 3rd PlanIt? Most of the images in this site was designed by fellow hobbyists much like yourself. Few of these designers had prior background in CAD software. 3rd PlanIt is easy to learn, easy to use, and offers unlimited opportunity to express your creative instincts!
PC compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11. Mac compatible using Crossover v16+ or through emulators such as Parallels and VMWare Fusion. Two-button mouse recommended.
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Find out about our latest great feature, SectTrak. Now it's easy to design creative layouts with Sectional Track!
Layout Splines. Use CNC precision to layout accurate centerlines, smooth, flowing track, and custom cut roadbed for any kind of model railroad. Supports CNC routers and Laser cutters. Order your Layout Splines from El Dorado Software or use your own digital tools that accept DXF files.
Read about SoftTrak! This amazing feature lets you design main lines that travel through chosen points (vertices) at angles you can set and modify. You can even select a group of vertices and move them all together, maintaining the track design within the moved vertices while keeping it attached to the unmoved portions.
The demo version is limited to 100 objects and will not save your drawing. It's a great way to learn for yourself all of the capabilities of 3rd PlanIt. 3rd PlanIt requires Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP. Mac users can enjoy 3rd PlanIt under BootCamp, Parallels, VMWare Fusion or CrossOver (which requires no Windows OS).
Download PDF User Manual for v12 This is included in the Complete installation kit, but you can review the contents of the User Manual before installing the demo if you wish.
Take some time to enjoy the craftwork of model
railroaders around the world! Who knows what inspirations you might have from
seeing these extraordinary layouts? Later in this page, find out how you can
make custom rolling stock and trackside structures unique to your layout using
As seen in Richard Todd's article in Model Railroad Craftsman, Sept 2015, 3rd PlanIt now allows you to create detailed representations of rolling stock, locomotives and trackside structures that you can export to STL format for 3D printing.
A number of companies such as www.shapeways.com will print them on the material of your choice and deliver them to you in days, ready for assembly and painting. The HO Scale Log Car shown to the right was designed in 3rd PlanIt by John Hall and printed by Shapeways. The actual model shown here was finished and detailed by Richard Todd, another 3rd PlanIt user.
See more of John's work available for purchase at Shapeways by clicking here. Like John, you can offer your designs for sale. Their automated purchasing system handles the details for you, shipping the finished product to the customer and crediting your account.
SoftTrak, Qunitic Easements, Vertical Easements and a comprehensive suite of track and terrain editing features allow you to create the most detailed, complex designs you can imagine. With the largest library of track objects offered by any program, at no extra cost, 3rd PlanIt is by far the best value for your money.
If you want to come up to speed quickly in a one-to-one learning setting, design and use lessons are available directly from the designer of 3rd PlanIt! If you aren't satisfied with your first session, it's free. No questions, no hassles, satisfaction guaranteed!
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