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Design Software


  • AnyRail — Layout design software. ( 2017-01-31)
  • JMRI — Java Model Railroad Interface. Model railroad computer control. ( 2017-03-09)
  • SCARMSimple Computer Aided Railway Modeller. Layout design software. ( 2017-01-31)
  • XTrackCAD — Also known as XTrkCAD. Model railroad track planner. ( 2017-10-28)


Miscellaneous Utilities

Note: Most open source software can be downloaded for free and is free to use.

  • 7-Zip — 7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. Works on many file formats, e.g., ZIP, GZIP, TAR, RAR, etc. Free. Open source. ( 2017-03-14)
  • Apache OpenOffice — Formerly known as Free. Open source. ( 2017-03-14)
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) — Similar to Adobe Photoshop in functionality. Free. Open source. ( 2017-03-14)
  • Inkscape — Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Free. Open source. ( 2017-03-14)
  • IrfanView — An image viewer, editor, organizer and converter program for Windows. It will allow you to view lesser-known file formats often used for maps and other large images. IrfanView is free for non-commercial use; commercial use requires paid registration. ( 2017-03-14)
  • — See Apache OpenOffice.