Before, you could load a file created with the latest release and read it back in a very early Operations version. From 3. New Manifest and Switch List format: two columns, one for pulls and one for spots, with your Track names centered in each column. Add headers in Manifests and Switch Lists describing each of the Car attributes. The sorting for local moves has changed: if you sort by Track, the program will sort the Cars by the pick up Track name. If you sort by Destination, the program will sort the Cars by the set out Track name.

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Donate to JMRI. This page introduces the application, and how to use it. PanelPro provides four separate ways to create Panels: The Panel Editor lets you graphically draw a Panel exactly the way you want it, and then animate parts of it to show the status of your layout and let you click to control it. The Layout Editor provides tools to make a smart schematic of your layout while constructing the logic for signals, etc.

This constrains how the panel appears a little, but it can save significant time when first bringing your layout up. The Switchboard Editor is a graphic, straightforward control interface, showing a range of switch keys to watch and control items. Which Editor to use? All Panel Editors use the same information about your layout stored in JMRI but each serves a different goal and approach.

You can have as many Panels as you like, covering as much or as little of your railway as you like, with overlaps in area or functionality if required. Panels might be diagrams showing the state of the track and signals, or they might be prototypical signaling and dispatcher panels.

Or anything else you find useful to control your railroad; you have total flexibility over their appearance. There are several standard graphics sets distributed with JMRI, but it is often necessary to make some of the elements in an external graphics package to be imported as PNG files.

These might include the Panel Background, or the icons to attach to active elements switches, levers, track state, signals, etc. The Layout Editor builds a "Layout" which is a logical description of your entire layout. A Layout, built with the Layout Editor, can be used for directly controlling elements such as Turnouts and Signals; indeed many users find it very suitable for this task.

But, it is primarily designed for automation and semi-automation within JMRI. For example, you can use the Layout Editor to construct a description of your track and its blocks and signals. The software can automatically work out how to set your signals based on the position of turnouts and whether blocks are occupied, and the rules appropriate to your railroad ie.

Layout Editor Panels may also be used to set up automatic running of trains on your layout using Dispatcher. In addition, the Layout description of your railway can be used by scripts such as the included AutoDispatcher2 to automatically control your trains. There are many other tools within JMRI which require a description of your railroad and the description comes from the Layout built in the Layout Editor.

The Layout Editor has many rules built into it about how track is connected, the naming of blocks, etc. In order to function, there are constraints on the appearance of track elements and how they are used. You can have multiple Layout panels, but you have to tell the software how to connect track elements across the boundaries between multiple Layouts.

The Switchboard Editor is easier to set up, using a simple grid of pre-defined buttons or indicators. It is limited to the basic inputs Sensors and Outputs Turnouts and Lights and has a couple of ready-made graphic display styles.

Panel Examples Many people use a combination of panel types, with the Layout Editor creating schematic panels to handle the actual configuration for signals and Panel Editor providing exactly the appearance desired. Bob Bucklew has prepared a three part tutorial that describes how he used Panel Editor and Layout Editor together.

Our Gallery page shows examples of how model railroaders have used panels on their own layouts, including using PanelPro for Modular layouts. Our Signaling help page explains how to add logic to operate the signals on your layout under the control of or shown on your panel.

Panel operation basics Clicking on a Turnout symbol on any of the Panels flips it from Closed to Thrown and vice-versa unless operation is disabled in the Configuration. A Turnout also has "Unknown" and "Inconsistent" states, represented by an icon with a "? These represent a state where no information has been received, and where the information is internally inconsistent e. Control of items like Turnouts from a Panel can be done in various ways.

For example in Panel Editor, you could have a turnout icon covering a turnout on a schematic diagram. When you click on it, the turnout on the layout would be commanded to change, and the track diagram would show which way a train would be routed. The default icon is a small circle, with color used to represent the state of the sensor. These respond to changes on the layout automatically.

Clicking on a sensor causes the sensor to alternate between "Active" and "Inactive" states. With the default icons, Active is a green circle and Inactive is an empty circle. A red circle represents the "unknown" state, used when no information has yet been received from the layout. Start the Editor by selecting "New Panel After getting the Panel the way you want, you use the "Store Panels A Panel xml file contains ALL of the tables and panels.

Except for some specific use cases, multiple xml files create confusion and errors. Think of the xml file as a book. There are chapters for turnouts, sensors, signals, blocks, Logix, etc.

Each panel is also a chapter. As the layout design is progressing, various chapters are created and modified. It is a good idea to periodically save the changes. Some people use an incrementing file naming approach. The Panel Editor With the Panel Editor, you can make a control panel look and operate any way you want because they are icon-based. For example, instead of using track-schematic icons for turnouts, you could use small images of the levers and plates on CTC machine.

This would give you "mechanical" levers you can flip back and forth with a click. This can be made absolutely prototypical, or can be simplified for easier and faster operation, as you prefer. A panel is one or more background pictures, on which are drawn icons to represent Turnouts, Sensors and Signals on the layout. You can build the background from small icons as in the image above left , or provide a detailed drawing that you created in a drawing program image above right.

You can use these tools to configure quite complicated panels for even large layouts. Control Panel Editor allows you to edit a Panel using menus instead of a separate editing window. Control Panel Editor supports using Warrants and automatic running of trains. For more information, see the Control Panel Editor help page. The Layout Editor The Layout Editor helps you create simple schematic panels, while simultaneously setting up the block and signal logic needed to operate the layout.

Its strength is its ability to capture how the tracks are connected, where each block is located and how each signal is related to blocks. On the other hand, it limits by design the ability to customize how the panel appears.

For example, you can only place one Turnout symbol with the same User Name. In Layout Editor you edit your Panel by activating the "Edit Mode", which makes the connections between elements and the layout visible See figure to the right, notice the small circles.

For example, you can click on the circle in the middle of a track segment and select the associated occupancy detector Sensor on the layout. You can configure the colors used, the width of the track lines, and other details of the presentation. Switchboards provide a visual control grid for your JMRI layout "out of the box". For more information, please see the Switchboard Editor help page.

Communicating with Multiple Systems PanelPro can communicate with more than one layout control system. For more information, see the Preferences panel Help page. LT1 for a turnout on the L LocoNet connection. As a second system connection is required to use a different prefix, it is simple to use more than one hardware system at the same time. Thanks and congratulations to all who contributed!


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So if you asked for 10 moves, you could get 10 or 9 moves. The Panel Editor lets you graphically draw psnel Panel exactly the way you want it, and then animate parts of it to show the status of your layout and let you click to control it. If you selected 50, you could get any number of moves between 10 and 5. For little bits of track, e.


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Donate to JMRI. This page introduces the application, and how to use it. PanelPro provides four separate ways to create Panels: The Panel Editor lets you graphically draw a Panel exactly the way you want it, and then animate parts of it to show the status of your layout and let you click to control it. The Layout Editor provides tools to make a smart schematic of your layout while constructing the logic for signals, etc.


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