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#1 2016-02-02 12:19:50

wolfsong
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Registered: 2016-02-02
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TANE raildriver software

It has been many, many months and still there is no driver for TRAINZ TANE edition. What is the status and when can we expect to finally see it or is no one working on it at all?

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#2 2016-02-02 12:27:53

PIE Amber
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From: Williamston, MI
Registered: 2016-01-21
Posts: 196
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Re: TANE raildriver software

Unfortunately, compatibility with Trainz: A New Era is out of our hands for the moment. We are awaiting a critical component from the makers of the game, in order to build our software.

The president of N3V Games states in a forum post that there are some more pressing issues with the game that they need to fix first before they work on what we need. Read what he has to say here: http://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthre … ntcam-when

When we have any updates we will post here ASAP.


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#3 2016-07-15 11:45:34

harpman54
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Registered: 2016-07-15
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Re: TANE raildriver software

TANE has been out nearly 1 1/2 years now. This conversation has been going on here, and at the Trainz forum since T:ANE was released and there's been no progress. I'm tired of the delay. I have my Rail Driver for sale now if anyone is interested. Without support or staying current it is nothing more than an expensive paperweight taking up desk space. Leave a message here if interested.

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#4 2016-09-11 15:28:31

milw
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Registered: 2016-09-11
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Re: TANE raildriver software

I'm in the same situation... just wish we could make it just emulate a keyboard and send the appropriate key presses. Anyone looked at the SDK to see if this might work?

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#5 2017-02-05 12:20:08

harpman54
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Registered: 2016-07-15
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Re: TANE raildriver software

Well, another year has past from the original post here, and probably even more time from the release of TANE, and STILL nothing has been done. One of the culprits needs to fess up and tell us what the deal is. It cannot be a matter of code, I strongly suspect it is a matter of $$ needing to change hands, one side to the other, and an unwillingness to do it. Meanwhile, those of us with the Rail Driver are stranded, unable to use it for TANE. I'm disappointed in both sides for this failure, to the point that I wouldn't recommend either the console OR the TANE program. Thanks for nothing.

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#6 2017-02-06 10:01:02

PIE Amber
Technical Software Developer
From: Williamston, MI
Registered: 2016-01-21
Posts: 196
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Re: TANE raildriver software

Hi, harpman54. I emailed you privately after your first message here attempting to work out something with you so you will have use of your RailDriver. Please email me at tech@piengineering.com if somehow this message got lost and you would like to discuss this.


To clear up matters, we do not pay, or get paid, to support any simulator. This has never been an issue of payment or money.

We do understand why you're upset. We wish we could offer better news, but we are in a difficult position. This information is already public and touched on in a statement by Tony (president of N3V) which is still correct, but I will explain it in detail.

When N3V announced Trainz: A New Era we were told that we would be given an "API" (application programming interface) which is what software developers put in so external software and hardware can communicate with their programs. This is what allows, typically, the ability for us to monitor speed and lever percentages, and allow the RailDriver to respond in kind. It's what allows the throttle to tie directly to the throttle in-game. Though we would use it, we are hardly the only people who could make use of it. It would not be RailDriver-specific.

This API did not materialize by release, but we were told it was coming soon after they ironed out some bugs which were higher priority. There were statements, a few months after release, from Tony that I have referred to earlier. What he posted, and what we knew privately, is the same. The team had higher priority items.

Unfortunately, that seems to have not changed. We have no updated news from them. We cannot create this on our end, because it requires direct access to the code of the simulator. All we can do is continue to assure you that, should it ever actually be developed, we will begin our end of the work immediately. Given the length of time, though, I can't honestly promise that it looks good for this to ever happen.

We understand your frustration. I wish there was more we could do.


Amber from P.I. Engineering

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#7 2017-04-09 12:45:22

NJP
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Registered: 2017-04-09
Posts: 1

Re: TANE raildriver software

First time poster here.
  I have been interested in Rail Driver for some time now.   I am extremely disappointed to learn that it will not work with T:ANE.  Before reading this forum, I was seriously considering purchasing a unit.  Sadly, not so much now. :(

From what I have read here, it seems very unlikely that N3V is going to be of any help here.
I know this was asked earlier in this thread but got no responses from anyone, so I will ask again:  Is there any way that this unit can be programed through software or whatever to emulate keyboard commands?  (Kind of like a Razer Tartarus or similar keypad type device.)   If this were possible, I may reconsider purchasing one.  Unfortunately, as it stands right now, I would have little to no use for it.

Thanks for any responses:  NJP - Rick

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#8 2017-04-10 07:45:47

PIE Amber
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From: Williamston, MI
Registered: 2016-01-21
Posts: 196
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Re: TANE raildriver software

The RailDriver can be programmed to emulate keyboard commands through MacroWorks 3.1 (from xkeys.com, not the one for Train Sim 2017). To program the levers in this way will not be trivial -- it will take code -- and even at its best working with keystrokes, it likely will not give you the behavior you really want. The buttons can easily be programmed with any keystroke you want, though.

I do not recommend purchasing the RailDriver only for TANE at this time, if you have no other simulators. Even after a lot of work on your end, it would not be up to standard, and it would not be a good experience for you. I don't want to reject a sale, for obvious reasons, but I'd rather you have a good experience when you purchase, if you do.


Amber from P.I. Engineering

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#9 2017-05-26 08:55:45

harpman54
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Registered: 2016-07-15
Posts: 4

Re: TANE raildriver software

Thanks Amber for the response. The developers at TANE have posted the following, touting how much they've done, but they've not had the simple courtesy to share the API. Oh, I'm still upset but the majority of that upset is now firmly pointed toward N3V for failing to do what should have been done even before the release of TANE 2 years ago. Instead, they've ignored those of us with Rail Driver consoles.Trainz A New Era was officially released two years ago on May 15, 2015. This is from N3V:

As part of our continual improvement process for Trainz, the following free updates have since been made available:
* Hotfix 1 - May 28, 2015
* Hotfix 2 - October 01, 2015
* Service Pack 1 - January 12, 2016
* SP1 HF1 - March 11, 2016
* SP1 HF2 - March 18, 2016
* SP1 HF3 - June 23, 2016
* SP1 HF4 - October 14, 2016
* Service Pack 2 - External Beta March 03, 2017

Last edited by harpman54 (2017-05-26 08:56:26)

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#10 2017-12-01 17:26:45

harpman54
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Registered: 2016-07-15
Posts: 4

Re: TANE raildriver software

...........still waiting.

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#11 2017-12-01 17:32:57

PIE Liam
Technical Support Specialist
From: Williamston, MI
Registered: 2016-01-21
Posts: 51
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Re: TANE raildriver software

....so are we.

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