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Design your model railroad layout with Empire Express
Empire Express harnesses the ease of use and power of the Macintosh so you can quickly, easily, and accurately design your model railroad empire.
Designing a layout is as simple as dragging track and structures from the catalog palette to the plan window. Track pieces are automatically aligned to create accurate, kink-free track connections. Flex track can be easily bent to create smooth curves which meet the user-selected minimum radius standard. The tool palette includes line, rectangle, circle, polygon, and text tools which you can use to draw the layout room, structures, and scenery.
Empire Express was designed specifically for the Macintosh and supports the standard Macintosh features such as copy and paste and drag and drop. In addition it also features multiple undo and redo.
Included in the Empire Express catalog are some of the most popular brands of track. See our catalog description for a complete list.
Easy to learn and easy to use
Empire Express uses the Macintosh conventions you are familiar with making it easy to learn. Empire Express has a simple and efficient set of tools and commands that makes it easy to design your layout.
Multiple undo and redo
If you change your mind or make a mistake, you can undo the changes you've made to your plan. If you decide you don’t want to Undo your action after all, you can use Redo. Make sure the layout design program you buy has Redo--not all do.
Previous versions of Empire Express could undo only the last 25 operations. Now with version 2.0 the number of undos is essentially unlimited; it is limited only by the amount of computer memory available. In addition you can undo past document saves - saving documents no longer clears the available undos.
Catalog palette for quick selection of track
You do not have to navigate through complicated dialogs to place track in your plan. Simply drag the desired type of track from the catalog palette to your plan.
Convenient measurement window
The Measure window is a compact window that shows the mouse position, the ruler tool measurements, and the car capacity of the currently selected track. The car capacity feature allows you to quickly calculate the car capacity of a siding or yard. Just select the tracks and read the car capacity.
Powerful Inspector window
You can use the Inspector window to examine and change information for the selected objects in a plan. And you can set information for more than one object at a time. For example, you could select multiple objects and set the brand for all of them at once.
Smooth flex track
With some programs when you try to bend flex track you’ll get curves with kinks and a radius smaller than your trains can navigate. With Empire Express you’ll get smooth, constant-radius curves that meet your minimum radius setting. When you connect flex track between two other pieces of track, Empire Express creates a variable-radius curve to make a smooth transition between the two pieces.
Designed for the Macintosh
Empire Express was designed specifically for the Macintosh; it is not a Windows program. It has the Macintosh look and feel that you prefer.
Runs on a wide range of Macintosh models
Even if you don’t have the latest Macintosh or a lot of memory or hard disk space, you can probably still run Empire Express. Version 2.0 will run on any Macintosh with Mac OS 10.3.9 or later, from a G3 to the latest 8-core Mac Pro.
Try the free demo now
Empire Express is available now for downloading from the Internet. Before you purchase it, Empire Express runs as a demo. The demo has most of the features of the complete version except you can not save or print your plans. You can purchase Empire Express for $34.95 using your web browser. After you purchase Empire Express you will receive a registration code that turns the demo into a full-featured version.
Download Empire Express now to discover for yourself how easy it is to learn and use. It only takes about 5 minutes to download with a 56K modem.