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TARDIS 3.7 - A Trainz Asset Repair Management Tool - Part 1

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TARDIS - Trainz Asset Repair Development and Information System

Introduction


At last I have completed the next version of the TARDIS scripts. TARDIS is an adjunct to Andi06 AssetX Toolbox and uses Peter's PEVTools extensively. TARDIS 3.7 should be released next week after PEV has put them in an installer, and will be hosted at Shane Turner's website. This version is compliant to TS12 SP1 Hotfix and is able to repair assets from Trainz version 1.0 upwards. The percentage of fully automated repairs to legacy assets (anything less than Trainz-build 2.9 (<TB 2.9)) has significantly increased . This has been six years in the making. For the history behind the birth and adolescence of TARDIS and the philosophy behind the development of Trainz Asset Repair Management read articles in this set of Trainz Community Newsletter (TCN) that is hosted at our most favourite Celtic Galitian's website. I refer of course to Zato. TCN was John King's brainchild and a magnificent editor. Unfortunately he has had to retire from active Trainz participation due to health limitations.

Here is the link:

http://www.zatovisualworks.com/trainz/tcn/tcn_volume_1/

This is an ebook by the way and you can turn the pages online. You don't need to download. This link is also available, along with many other useful internet URLs to Trainz related items, from within TARDIS 3.7 version of AssetX. There are interesting tips and articles by other authors and well known creators.

TARDIS 3.7 is the big brother of Steve Forget's Project TARL. This was website based and had made significant progress in taming the Missing Dependencies issue as well as listing fixed asset config's and repair schemes on-line. It came to an untimely end due to severe storms in Canada that resulted in a direct lightning strike that fried everything including the backups.

Several attempts to resurrect TARL suffered other trauma almost as bad. The trouble was that any web based repair scheme was fraught with difficulties due to copyright issues, and even worse the lack of active support from the community to help solve problems and fix faulty assets. The solution to this was to bring the repair capability into your living room and integrate it with your Trainz version's Content Manager. AssetX and PEVTools were the vehicle to harness, but it would be necessary to automate as much of the repairs as possible to ensure consistent compliance to the latest Trainz validation. What a gigantic task that has been, but here we are and just in time to assist you to clean up your downloaded assets.

Credits:

To all who gave their time or moral support with especial thanks to:

Steve Forget for getting me started;
Pencil42, BWeber and Spruce who started this journey with me and provided a solid base to work from;
dmdrake and Project Talltreez. Dave I fixed them all at last;
Andi06 and PEV, twin geniuses and mentors who made TARDIS possible.
Dinorius Redundicus (Deane) for his unswerving and enthusiastic support plus rare feedback on TARDIS scripts.
John King and Zato for the Trainz Community Newsletter experience.
N3V (Auran) and the beta teams from TRS2009, TS2010 and TS12.
Shane Turner for hosting TARDIS scripts and future support

No doubt Murphy's Law will prevail as soon as TARDIS 3.7 is released despite the thousands of batch runs I have done on 275,000 assets containing 9.5 million files, but never fear hotfixes will alleviate.

In good trekkie fashion

Warp 9 Mr Sulu. Make it so. Engage.

TARDIS 3.7 coming to a PC near you SOON!!

Updated June 13th, 2013 at 08:31 PM by ianwoodmore

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  1. zatovisualworks's Avatar
    Thank you, Ian, for your kind words. It was my pleasure to collaborate with you and dear John.

    Ashtoning job, Ian!

    The link to TCN will keep running on as long as I am sane! And my neurons seem to be working as fine as always...

    Take care.

    The still running well neuron side of Alberte
  2. ianwoodmore's Avatar
    TARDIS 3.7

    Murphy No.1 - Never promise anything by a certain date.

    In the spirit of what they used to say over the station announcements:

    "We regret to inform you that the imminent arrival of TARDIS 3.7 has been delayed by a points failure in a worm hole in the Outer Quadrant. As we are not sure how long it will take to repair we advise Trainzers to continue using other forms of Asset Repair. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible."
  3. Fabartus's Avatar
    If you're like me (Visually impared), the side bar of recent blog posts at screen right DOES NOT list the next http://forums.auran.com/trainz/entry...nt-Tool-Part-2 url... fortunately there is the NEXT button sneakily lurking underneath Ian's Actual Blog post above... just above the comments! So don't despair! Look twice, complain only once!

    Use this galactic power of knowledge wisely, Grasshoppers...

    Live Long and Prosper too! // Frank