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    Question What happened to the "advanced" plus version of TRS19?

    Was the "plus" version of TRS19, with it's additional functionality (among them TurfFX presets IIRC) simply TRS22 with a different "working title" or is it no longer available?

    I recall thinking at the time "Maybe the "retail version" of TRS19 will get those features some day(tm)" but now I see that memberships get you TRS22 - which for the moment I'm not interested in.

    Or is the 'better' version of TRS19 a part of the "Access all Retail Editions (from T:ANE onwards)" part of the deal?

    This ultimately rose to the top because I realized I have several TFX presets listed as "Built in" in my TRS19 content manager, but there's no way to use them...
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    As Trainz Plus works on the latest version and is used to test and showcase upcoming features, it is only available as a TRS22 version.
    You can still purchase a standalone version of TRS22 but has none of the current Plus features, but most if not all of the features of the last TRS19 version of Plus.
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    So TRS19 Plus (features at least) became TRS22 Basic Retail?

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    No, the plus version is the plus version of the game. While 19 was the current version, the plus version was 19 plus additional features till towards the end of 19, then it became the testing version of 22. Now the plus version is 22 plus additional features now that 22 is available to all.
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    To perhaps clarify this often confusing topic.

    Trainz Plus (subscription only) will always have the features of the latest retail version of Trainz plus extras.

    When TRS19 Platinum Edition was the latest retail version of Trainz, Trainz Plus was TRS19 PE plus additional features. New features were added regularly (quarterly I believe).

    Now that TRS22 is the latest retail version of Trainz, Trainz Plus is TRS22 plus additional features. New features are added with each update (again quarterly?). S20 is a new Trainz Plus only feature not found in TRS22. HD Terrain will be added in the next update.

    When TRS25 (or whatever it will be called) becomes the next retail release of Trainz, Trainz Plus will be TRS25 plus additional features with new features added with each regular update.
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    So the answer to my ultimate question "is it possible to get 'TRS19 Plus additional features?' (as you referred to it) which was once the top tier prior to 22 being released." is, no.

    When I thought whatever plus users got would eventually come to us all, within a given version that is, I was fine with it. But this kinda sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogpipe View Post
    When I thought whatever plus users got would eventually come to us all, within a given version that is, I was fine with it.
    TRS22 (retail) has

    UDS feature that was previously only found in TRS19 Platinum Edition and Trainz Plus.
    It also has Multiplayer Surveyor - found only in Trainz Plus.
    New effect layer tools and presets - from Trainz Plus.
    Paint under spline tool - from Trainz Plus.
    New camera options - from Trainz Plus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frogpipe View Post
    So the answer to my ultimate question "is it possible to get 'TRS19 Plus additional features?' (as you referred to it) which was once the top tier prior to 22 being released." is, no.

    When I thought whatever plus users got would eventually come to us all, within a given version that is, I was fine with it. But this kinda sucks.
    The promise was that Trainz Plus features would be added to a future Trainz product. There was never a retroactive commitment that I ever heard. Trainz Plus is the only product currently under development. It contains features that are only available to subscribers. From time to time to produce a surge of revenue, N3V will compile a retail version for sale but not all subscriber only features will be included in that retail release. This is why Surveyor 2.0 is not in TRS22. I suspect that these retail releases will be more often than in the past. Perhap a TRS2023 is on the horizon.

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    Some of the Plus features are still in beta testing, and are still being worked on. Not a good idea to move some of those features to Retail versions until after they are finalized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wreeder View Post
    The promise was that Trainz Plus features would be added to a future Trainz product. There was never a retroactive commitment that I ever heard.
    No, there wasn't. This is a case of:

    Me: Gene, can you make me the richest man in the world?

    Gene: Yes.

    Expectation: I will get money and riches.

    Reality: Everyone else is made poorer than me.

    Maybe not the best example, but you get the idea. I read something, form an expectation, and then find out that I was wrong - meanwhile the reality IS completely inline with what I read.

    This has been my life experience for 50+ years, I doubt it's going to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogpipe View Post
    I read something, form an expectation, and then find out that I was wrong - meanwhile the reality IS completely inline with what I read.
    Welcome to the human experience. We have a tendency to read into things what we want or hope to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by capdiamont View Post
    Some of the Plus features are still in beta testing, and are still being worked on. Not a good idea to move some of those features to Retail versions until after they are finalized.
    As a matter of interest, which Plus features are now considered finished (out of beta), but do not appear in TRS22 please?

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    I can't see any. Even MPS which is included is not yet finished. Trainz Plus is truthfully a mix of alpha features that are still in rough and unfinished condition and beta features that are buggy. Now that being said, I do think that there are many exciting features in Trainz Plus and if you want to 1. Support N3V's continued existence as a company in what is rapidly becoming a horrible world wide financial situation and 2. Have a bit of fun playing around with those often frustrating new features, I whole heartily encourage people to subscribe. At the moment, I have stopped my subscription due to the need to spend that money on other expenses but I will likely return in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreeder View Post
    I can't see any. Even MPS which is included is not yet finished. Trainz Plus is truthfully a mix of alpha features that are still in rough and unfinished condition and beta features that are buggy. Now that being said, I do think that there are many exciting features in Trainz Plus and if you want to 1. Support N3V's continued existence as a company in what is rapidly becoming a horrible world wide financial situation and 2. Have a bit of fun playing around with those often frustrating new features, I whole heartily encourage people to subscribe. At the moment, I have stopped my subscription due to the need to spend that money on other expenses but I will likely return in the future.
    I appreciate your candour.

    It appears to the untutored eye that Trainz Plus is pretty much the same as the old beta program (plus a load of DLC that may or may not be wanted) with the stipulation of subscription as the qualification for entry

    After various unsatisfactory Kickstarters, I’m afraid I do not accept the principle of the customer accepting the financial risks for development. I am delighted that others do.

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    Wreeder - please ensure you submit any bug reports. I'd love to know which features you consider Alpha and beta and buggy.

    In theory, the "Beta" releases are just that, while the "official" Trainz Plus release is meant to deliver stable, functional, new features.

    Albeit those features are generally Phase 1 of a multi-part release schedule in order to get the core feature into the hands of the users for feedback relating to what needs to happen next).

    We're preparing our next major release and that will be by way of an "Alpha" given the magnitude of the changes and the high likelihood that all work done in the Alpha build will be throw-away and will not work in future releases.

    If you're a Trainz Plus member and would like to be part of that Alpha test, please register your interest here.
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