[squeak-dev] RE: [vwnc] Any good starting points for a slot car layout program?

Paul Baumann paul.baumann at theice.com
Mon Apr 20 15:34:30 UTC 2009

I personally use Alibre Design for my CAD work (http://www.alibre.com/). Alibre Motion is a VisualWorks-based "addon" for Alibre Design (<http://www.ar-cad.com/about/askoh.html>http://www.ar-cad.com/about/askoh.html<http://www.ar-cad.com/about/askoh.html).%20I>). I found Alibre to be easier to use than other CAD programs I've used--and the entry price was right.

I'm thinking that VW might produce data models that can be displayed and edited through Alibre Design. Askoh could probably give some guidance in that area. Probably quicker than creating a CAD program yourself, though I'd love to see more CAD features in a Smalltalk environment.

Paul Baumann

From: vwnc-bounces at cs.uiuc.edu [mailto:vwnc-bounces at cs.uiuc.edu] On Behalf Of Eliot Miranda
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:26 PM
To: brett
Cc: vwnc NC; The general-purpose Squeak developers list
Subject: Re: [vwnc] Any good starting points for a slot car layout program?

On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 6:24 PM, brett <dragoncity at aanet.com.au<mailto:dragoncity at aanet.com.au>> wrote:
Hi Eliot,
I think you'd be better off using a CAD program, many have add-ons that
might do exactly what you want, without the problems of trying to
'drive' the Smalltalk graphics modules , *unless* that's really what you
want to do :-)

What I really want to do is a) create an easy to use user interface (everything else I've seen sucks) and b) create "scale models" of real tracks from Google earth images.  To do both of these I'd rather have the source (and hence I'd rather have Smalltalk source) than live with a caned program.

So I could start with FreeCAD but 3D is perhaps overkill.

For example 'Design-CAD' offers model rail track layout facilities, with
all the various track types already defined, all you have to do is
place them as you desire. Design-CAD also has a Basic-CAD language
built in for your own developments. Most CAD programs offer similar

On Sat, 18 Apr 2009 17:25:59 -0700
Eliot Miranda <eliot.miranda at gmail.com<mailto:eliot.miranda at gmail.com>> wrote:

> Hi All,
>     does anyone know of an extant program for doing model track
> layouts?  if not, does anyone know of a good starting point?  I want
> a Smalltalk program that will do 2D layouts of scalextric slot car
> track.  I want a Smalltalk program, preferrably for a Squeak
> dialect.  Any suggestions?
> best
> Eliot

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