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Offline DaleSchultz  
#1 Posted : 22 April 2007 05:02:45(UTC)
DaleSchultz

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After some months of thought, and some weeks of very intensive programming, I am very proud to announce RemoteSign 1.0!

RemoteSign is a computer simulation of the classic mechanical signs found in large railway stations and airports. In German they are known as Fallblattanzeiger.

The Software runs on Microsoft Windows™ and can be controlled remotely over TCPIP. This makes it possible to have it integrated with model train software or other programs.

The controlling program can be a second copy of RemoteSign or software written by others and can be written on any computer platform. It is also possible to control a sign over the internet.

I have created a web site describing the program, how to download and install it, etc. at http://remotesign.mixmox.com

I am keen to hear feedback and even any bug reports!

enjoy

Dale Schultz
http://remotesign.mixmox.com

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Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabinlayout.mixmox.com
IB Software: http://bw.mixmox.com
Offline Fredrik  
#2 Posted : 22 April 2007 12:12:22(UTC)
Fredrik

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Hi Dale,

very nice indeed!! Smile

I will make a connection to this into RailNet (and will register soon)!
Fredrik.

* ECoS 2 + ECoSDetector *CS2 2.0.1 (0) CAN-bus only *CS 2.0.4

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Offline Bart  
#3 Posted : 23 April 2007 00:08:40(UTC)
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Dale, congratulations!
Very impressive!
*Bart
Offline CCS800KrokHunter3  
#4 Posted : 23 April 2007 00:27:26(UTC)
CCS800KrokHunter3

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Looks very interesting. Now is this for layouts or for real life? I am a little unsure. It seems so real, but maybe not. Thanks! I look forward to more information. Great site by the way!
Offline stephenbb  
#5 Posted : 23 April 2007 01:05:00(UTC)
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Dale you should offer it as shareware!
Stephen
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#6 Posted : 23 April 2007 02:11:50(UTC)
DaleSchultz

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Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by CCS800KrokHunter3
<br />Looks very interesting. Now is this for layouts or for real life? I am a little unsure. It seems so real, but maybe not. Thanks! I look forward to more information. Great site by the way!

well is started out for model trains but I suspect some people could use it in real life for store signs etc...

download it and explore it.. there are sample files you can load etc...

It evolved from this: http://layout.mixmox.com/1/arrivals_departures
Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabinlayout.mixmox.com
IB Software: http://bw.mixmox.com
Offline CCS800KrokHunter3  
#7 Posted : 23 April 2007 15:39:39(UTC)
CCS800KrokHunter3

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Wow, I have seen that in the past on your website, great, I wish you the best of luck!
Offline dntower85  
#8 Posted : 23 April 2007 15:54:51(UTC)
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Dale you are so clever! Let me guess I bet you are all ready working on a way to have this on a tiny screen in side a HO station.
DT
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#9 Posted : 23 April 2007 16:06:53(UTC)
DaleSchultz

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A question asked in another thread...
Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by hxmiesa
<br />Dale, I read your presentation of the program in MB&G, and I have also read through your web-page where you present the software. I´ve seen the example of the price-listing from the gas-station, but I still am not sure about why you developped this program for the layout?
Do you have some photos showing its application with the train, or could you write a few words about what your intentions for use are with this system? TIA.


The gas station example is not train related, it is just there to illustrate the flexibility of the program... here is how I will be using it with my layout..

A few years ago I implemented these type of signs within my train control software
http://layout.mixmox.com/1/arrivals_departures
but it shared the screen with all the rest of the control stuff. What I wanted to have is a screen on the wall thst would reflect the same information but much bigger and more visible.
So I decided to make a separate program that could run on a separate computer and can be controlled over the network. That is what RemoteSign is. While making RemoteSign I realized that others could use the software also if their train software sends the very simple data over a network to RemoteSign so I made it flexible and am documenting what those commands are. I also made it possible to control RemoteSign with a second copy of itself. This would allow someone to have a flat panel display mounted on the wall and place messages up there from another machine (perhaps the layout computer or the one in the kitchen!). This would be less dynamic as direct control from the layout control software though.

You can also run it standalone, just on a single machine but when you alter text you will of course see the user interface on the screen as you type the new text. This may not be a big problem if you just want to display a sign that is mostly static. Eg you could place the text;

Welcome to the big city
Model Train group

Now that I have RemoteSign, I will add commands to my train control software to also send the information to the RemoteSign screen. This will mean that as trains depart and arrive at various tracks, realistic arrival/departure information will be displayed on the wall panel. I may eventually remove the small sign from the train control software itself...

Essentially the RemoteSign software provides a flexible and dynamic display and the uses to which it can be put is only limited by imagination... The mechanical signs are very typical of the older signs seen in large railway stations so it is ideal for train applications, even if it just says BEER SERVED at 4:00 PM...

Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabinlayout.mixmox.com
IB Software: http://bw.mixmox.com
Offline hxmiesa  
#10 Posted : 23 April 2007 16:41:51(UTC)
hxmiesa


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Thank you Dale.
Sorry about not posting here in this forum. I never read it, so didnt think about it.

Still I am not sure why you would want this, but then again, I dont run digital, so maybe there is something I am missing... ;-)
(I DO understand all the other posibilities of use the system has, for displaying and echoing information on panels. It is just the model-train relation that escapes me...)

Graphics looks nice. I might try it out, just to see the rolling of the letters.
I still think these signs are used in some places.
The airport in Catania (Sicily) still has it in place! ;-)
Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
Offline Timaximus  
#11 Posted : 23 April 2007 17:56:47(UTC)
Timaximus

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COOL!

Timaximus
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#12 Posted : 27 April 2007 04:31:14(UTC)
DaleSchultz

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I have now updated my train layout software to drive RemoteSign.
See http://layout.mixmox.com/1/remote-sign for a description and images. Hopefully its use will be more clear....
Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabinlayout.mixmox.com
IB Software: http://bw.mixmox.com
Offline steventrain  
#13 Posted : 27 April 2007 12:26:11(UTC)
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Very good RemoteSign.Smile
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