(Working with Patterns)
Patterns offer all the benefits of working with templates but with the
added bonus of being able to use textures from more than one track.
You can open the patterns dialog box by using one of the following methods:
Following either of these procedures will bring up the patterns box.
The Patterns Toolbar
It is important that you understand that even though the icons on the patterns toolbar resemble standard windows File, Cut, Copy and Paste features, these Traxx pattern tools do NOT interact with the windows clipboard. In fact, in a loose sort of way, the patterns box can be thought of as the "Traxx clipboard." It is here that you can store sections of textures that you've copied from a track, and, again, it is from here that you can paste those stored patterns back into your track.
Adding Patterns to the Patterns Box
The first step to adding a pattern to the patterns box is exactly the
same as if you were preparing to use a template. That is, in texture
adjust the values in the paint mode box to 5x5, for example. The
maximum size is 16x16. Then fit the magenta box around the area you
want to create a pattern for, right click and select "copy area" from the
pop up menu.
Now, instead of going to somewhere in the terrain to paste the area
for your track, click the paste button
on the patterns toolbar. You will be prompted to give the new pattern
Type in a descriptive name and click OK. Your pattern will appear at the bottom of the list.
Notice, the name you give it appears just below the patterns toolbar.
And the size of the pattern (measured by grid squares) appears in the
bottom left hand corner of the patterns box.
Repeat this procedure for as many patterns as you would like to make.
Pasting Patterns into the Terrain
Assuming, that you have all the patterns you want to use loaded into the Traxx patterns box, you are now ready to begin building your track with the help of patterns.
The first thing you need to do is use the scroll bar to bring the pattern
you want to use into the main viewing area of the patterns box. For
Now, use the copy button
to copy the pattern for pasting into your track. Notice that the
paint mode height and width values automatically adujst to the size of
the pattern to be pasted. Next, goto the location in the terrain
where you want to build your track. Place the magenta square where
you want the pattern to appear, right click and select "paste area" from
the pop up menu.
If the textures are not already loaded into Traxx, you will be prompted
to load them.
Selecting 'yes" loads the required textures and pastes the pattern into
the terrain. You're done.
You may repeat this procedure for your entire track. Yes, it is amazingly similar to building a track using templates but has these few advantages. You may copy areas of the terrain from View Pod file mode and paste them into the patterns box. You do not have to continually move back and forth between the template area and the track area while constructing your track (F2 & F3 become unnecessary). And, you may use patterns from more than one track at a time (provided you have extracted the models and art for each track).
Sir James has been busy working to make our track making tasks even
easier. Traxx patterns are stored in files appended with the TXP
file extension, and Sir James has made a patterns file for many of the stock MTM2 tracks.
They are available in zipped format and are here described by him:
To use these pattern TXPs, unzip to the Traxx folder. Then, in
the patterns box, select the open file button to open a standard windows
Choose the txp file that corresponds to the track for which you have
extracted the models and art. Now, instead of the default Voodoo
Island patterns created by Guitar Bill, you will see the new patterns created
by Sir James for the track you want to use. Should you ever want
to make a track using Voodoo Island textures, simply click the open file
button and re-select the default "patterns.txp" file.