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OpenBveTrainSim(OBTS) is a free application for PCs, that runs both newer 3D Content\Addons & older 2D Bve2TrainSim(B2TS) + Bve4TrainSim(B4TS) Content\Addons from a diverse global User\Developer community. Subway, Tram, LightRail, MainLine, Freight & Passenger content is available, depicting historic & modern trains & routes from the world over. OBTS allows operating a train with a view from the cab of the track ahead, or from lineside roaming the 3D train exterior & scenery, with a goal of completing a selected route on schedule, obeying signals, without speeding\derailing.

OBTS runs best under operating systems Windows10\8\7 (32 or 64 bit); OBTS can be made to run under WindowsXP\Vista\Unix\Linux\MacOSX, though these operating systems are NOT recommended & you should upgrade to Windows10\8\7. The OBTS source & compiled code, documents & addons have no registered CopyRight\Patent\TradeMark & are free to DownLoad\Use\Modify\UpLoad\Share.

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OBTS Features

Selectable Route & Train Combinations
Selectable Cab, Roaming, RunBy, & Helicopter Views
Selectable Screen Resolution, Size, & Filtering
Realistic Railcar Sway & Derailments
Support For Legacy BMP, GIF, JPG, & New PNG Images
Support For Legacy B3D, CSV, & X Format 3D Objects, Plus ANIMATED Assemblies
Support For Legacy WAV & New FLAC Sound Formats, Plus 3D Rendering
Support For Legacy RW & New CSV Route Formats
Support For Legacy 2D Cabs & New 3D Cabs Plus Exteriors
Support For Legacy Windows & New CrossPlatform DLL Custom Controls
Viewer\Editors For Objects, Routes, & Trains
3D Modeling Program PlugIns (Blender, MilkShape, SketchUp...) For Generating B3D\CSV\X Objects

OBTS Recommended Minimum Hardware

PC With Pentium4 2.6GHz CPU + 2GB CRAM, Nvidia\ATI GPU + 128MB GRAM (Shared Graphics Is NOT Recommended)
HardDrive With 20GB Available Space, 1280x800 Monitor, 3 ButtonMouse, 104 KeyBoard, Stereo Speakers
Optional JoyStick
Optional RailDriver Control Panel, DownLink DownLink

OBTS Programs & Documents

OpenBveTrainSim(OBTS) program & addon archives are typically uploaded\published as ZIP\RAR\TAR\7Z files, which are extracted\unzipped after download; so before downloading any program\addon, first download & install the free 7Zip Archive Manager, which handles both new + legacy formats (ZIP, RAR, EXE, CAB, TAR, 7Z, etc); older archivers (WinZIP, WinRAR, etc) are NOT recommended, as they may not read\extract newer formats.

Stable releases of OBTS; install under Windows per instructions below; these versions run all OBTS\B4TS\B2TS route & train addons:

OBTSr2013.0728v1430 DownLink InfoLink
OBTSr2012.0629v1420 DownLink DownLink
OBTSr2012.0509v1412 DownLink InfoLink

Developing releases of OBTS; install under Windows per instructions below; expect bugs; send constructive comments\feedback to the developer:

OBTSr2016.0103v1427 DownLink DownLink InfoLink InfoLink InfoLink
OBTSr2015.0824v1431 DownLink DownLink
OBTSr2014.1229v1432 DownLink InfoLink
OBTSr2013.1119v143a DownLink InfoLink
OBTSr2008.0410vBETA

Documents for OBTS:

DownLink DownLink DownLink

OBTS Installation Under Windows10\8\7\XP

OpenBveTrainSim(OBTS) program & addon installation requires you have full Admin\Configuration\Owner rights on your PC\OperatingSystem & be able to Extract\Read\Edit\Copy\Move\Paste the associated Folders\Files as needed.

For Windows10\8\7, configure UserAccountControl(UAC) as follows:
Click START\CONTROL PANEL\USER ACCOUNTS\CHANGE USER ACCOUNT SETTINGS\NEVER NOTIFY\OK
Click START\REBOOT
Make a new folder with these subfolders
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\Program\
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\Program\OpenAL\
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\Program\MS.NET\
Right click each subfolder & configure for full READ+WRITE+SHARED access.
DownLoad SDL from
DownLink
Extract the ZIP file to subfolder \OpenBveTrainSim\Program\
DownLoad OpenAudioLibrary from
DownLink
To subfolder \OpenBveTrainSim\Program\OpenAL\
Extract the ZIP file & run the installer.
For WindowsXP, download MS.NET4.5 from
DownLink
To subfolder \OpenBveTrainSim\Program\MS.NET\
Run the MS.NET4.5 installer.
DownLoad your choice of Train addons from
OBTS_Addons
Make a seperate custom named \SUBFOLDER\ for each Train:
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\TRAIN\SUBFOLDER\Train.Dat, Panel.*, Sound.Cfg, Train.Txt, Etc
Right click each subfolder & configure for full READ+WRITE+SHARED access.
DownLoad your choice of Route addons from
OBTS_Addons
Make a seperate custom named \SUBFOLDER\ for each Route:
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\ROUTE\SUBFOLDER\*.CSV, RW
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\ROUTE\SUBFOLDER\RailWay\Object\*.B3D, CSV, Animated, BMP, GIF, PNG
C:\...\OpenBveTrainSim\ROUTE\SUBFOLDER\Railway\Sound\*.Wav, Flac
Right click each subfolder & configure for full READ+WRITE+SHARED access.
DownLoad the latest Stable or Development release of the OBTS program from
DownLink
Extract & place these files in subfolder \OpenBveTrainSim\Program\
Right click \OpenBveTrainSim\Program\OPENBVE.EXE
Click PROPERTIES\COMPATIBILITY\SETTINGS FOR ALL USERS\RUN PROGRAM AS ADMINISTRATOR\APPLY\OK\OK
Run \OpenBveTrainSim\Program\OPENBVE.EXE
Click OPTIONS; configure the resolutions, interpolation & other settings per your hardware & preference.
Click START NEW GAME; set MODE OF DRIVING to ARCADE.
In the ROUTE submenu, browse the \OpenBveTrainSim\ROUTE\ subfolders & select a desired CSV\RW file.
In the TRAIN submenu, browse the \OpenBveTrainSim\TRAIN\ folder & select a desired subfolder.
Read the displayed TRAIN.TXT for Control keys & any special Start\Safety key sequences.
Click START to load & drive the chosen Route & Train.

If OPENBVE.EXE generates an error such as "Access to path C:\... is denied" or "Process terminated due to an unhandled exception", review the install instructions above; insure that the Folders\Files are arranged & configured proper, that UserAccessControl(UAC) is set as noted, & that all dependencies (SDL, OpenAL, .Net, etc) are installed, before running the program again. Some AntiVirus programs, such as Avast, can "false positive" & cause a freeze\crash; folder \OpenBveTrainSim\ may need to be designated as an exception in your AntiVirus program.

OBTS Route & Train Addon Developer Tools

http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html ~ Editor For ANIMATED+B3D+CSV+CFG+DAT+TXT Files; Do NOT Use MS-EXCEL!
http://www.irfanview.com ~ Editor For BMP+GIF+JPG+PNG Files
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download ~ Editor For WAV+FLAC Files
http://bveklub.hu/developing ~ Object+Route+Train Editor Guides
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?ru6adz4or050te0 ~ Object Editor Guide
http://www.roman-road.co.uk/temp/tutorial ~ Train Editor Guide; B4TS Format But Still Useful
http://web.archive.org/web/20130221235831/http://www.freewebs.com/dennislance ~ Route Editor Guide; B4TS Format But Still Useful
http://minos.ingyenweb.hu/keret.cgi?/BVE/Terra ~ Route Terrain Generator Program & Demo Route
http://shadow93.info/CT1660/openBVE_DLC_files/openbve_stable.7z ~ ObjectViewer v132a; Latest As Of This Writing
http://shadow93.info/CT1660/openBVE_DLC_files/openbve_stable.7z ~ RouteViewer v143a; Latest As Of This Writing
http://shadow93.info/CT1660/openBVE_DLC_files/openbve_stable.7z ~ Train.Dat Editor v1212a; Latest As Of This Writing
http://shadow93.info/CT1660/openBVE_DLC_files/openbve_stable.7z ~ ObjectBender v1006a; Latest As Of This Writing
http://odakyufan.zxq.net/openbveats/index.html ~ Train DLL, Windows\Linux\Mac, OBTS Default
http://odakyufan.zxq.net/odakyufanats/index.html ~ Train DLL, Windows\Linux\Mac, Japanese
http://railsimroutes.net/libraries/uktrainsys/index.php ~ Train DLL, Windows\Linux\Mac, British
http://web.archive.org/web/20121231030653/http://koti.welho.com/tuusaare/OS_ATS1_3.zip ~ Train DLL, WindowsOnly, Steam\Diesel\Electric Configurable
http://blitz3d.pnz.ru/easytool/page_e.php?cont=info_e ~ Object Editors
http://blitz3d.pnz.ru/easytool/page_e.php?cont=rwcsv_e ~ Route Convertor, Old RW To New CSV Format
http://rieszj.atw.hu/txtcalc.php ~ B3D Object Image Coordinate Calculator
http://www.zabikowo.net/kolej/BVE2/tools ~ Editors For Objects+Routes+Trains
http://www.ruedes-bve-seite.de/switch15.zip ~ Editor For Objects
http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender ~ Editor For Objects
http://web.archive.org/web/20121231030653/http://koti.welho.com/tuusaare/BVE-Blender_import-export.zip ~ PlugIn For Blender
http://routebuilder.bve-routes.com/blender-to-b3d.zip ~ Plugin For Blender

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