I'm sure you'll get much feedback from those who use the software
regularly. Locally we've come to call it ShitFit. One user is on the
verge of going back to his old car card systerm.
If I were looking to get a computer based op system I think I would
look at RailOp
<http://railop.com/ or, as Howard mentioned, ProTrak
"Paul - The CB&Q Guy"
Modeling 1960's In HO.
On 11/20/05 11:27 PM, in article
firstname.lastname@example.org, "The CB&Q Guy"
I contacted Protrak about a Macintosh version, and got a pretty quick
response. No commitment, but apparently, he's been getting a LOT of OS X
Are more Personal Computer users switching to Macintosh, or are just more of
us Mac users getting interested in printing switchlists, waybills, etc.?
Yes. Or Linux. First time buyers of PCs will take what they get, the
current version of Windows. Those who are thinking replacement think of
alternatives, and a significant minority will switch. The problem of
document formats is no longer a problem.
Now if TRAINZ would make a Mac version, I'd be happier than the
proverbial pig. :-)
I have both Shipit and Shipit Car Cards. Not worth the money.
Entering data is very tedious in both programs. If you have a medium
to large size layout and are considering operations, Shipit is not the
program for you. There is a 3rd party piece of software called "the
balancer" which should also be purchased ($60) if you have any hopes of
using Shipit to generate waybills and/or switchlists. I have a large
layout and attempted to use Shipit to generate waybills. The data base
crashed and I would have had to enter all my industries, commodities,
shippers and consignees again and hope the program would not crash. To
keep your sanity, stay away from Shipit.
There is some good freeware available on the yahoo card card group and
opsig group. On the yahoo car card group there is are excel
spreadsheets for genenerating car cards and waybills. I am using it to
generate car cards and waybills for my layout. Fast data entry and if
you take some time you can customize the spread sheet for your use.
Don Husman the opsig yahoo group has an Access application for the
generation of car cards and waybills.
As for commercial systems I tried the Shenendoah systems programs (free
trial download) and it is very user friendly.
Hope this helps,
That's Dave Husman. He's a member of the group, too, so if you have a
question or a problem with the Access application Steve refers to
above, Dave is just a shout away.
"Paul - The CB&Q Guy"
(Modeling 1960's In HO.)
I haven't used the program for waybills or generating traffic but for
strictly inventory purposes, I love it. Looking at the other posts, I
guess it's all in what you get use to. To me, it's an easy data entry
program. They let you download it and try it for a short period of
time so give it a try.
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