Downloading 3rd party content from strange websites has it's risks, but the tight knit Trainz community provides a measure of protection for if mal-ware or spy-ware resides in any of these links, the community would be messaging about it on the forum as soon as suspicions arose and warning others of the possibility. Consequently, even hackers find hijacking a Trainz based site difficult as they get a fair amount of traffic from older experienced computer savvy Trainzers who sniff out such hacks.
good practices when using new websites
Some of these sites are funded by the new download 'utilities' looking to have you also install 5-6 other items, so verify the url of the link and the meaning of each stage of installing--the Decline Offer button tends to be a minimal hyper link well off the main sight-line.
This list is not comprehensive and it is recommended to all that when browsing unknown sites to keep your machine free from possible malware you should only access them from a Windows user account which is not a Window administrator account on a machine that has automatic windows update enabled, and a good online protection package such as Mal-ware bytes or Advanced System Care. Most Anti-virus software has some form of web browsing protection software these days, but the two prior are known to have stopped hostile attacks repeatedly in their tracks before harm could be done. These sites ranged from sources in China, Indonesia, the Middle East, Great Britain, Eastern Europe, Russia and the US--multiple blocks observed in each--even some seen when accessing en.Wikimedia.org websites such as this work or Wikipedia. This 'running your browser' as a non-admisistrator user identity is the opposite setup of how you want to Run Trainz, so plan your browsing accordingly. It is however one of the few reasons to have multiple user accounts in Windows cluttering up a personal computer. You should be able to set up Trainz under such an account to run Content Manager as an administrator for such sessions using the properties of the shortcut or exe programs. Note the problem is not Trainz, but the general lack of protection in the internet.
Google Chrome or the latest Firefox with the 'noscript addon' and 'ad blocker' offer better protection than IE.
Turning off Adobe Flash so it can only run when you let it is another very good strategy—many malware attacks occur using holes in flash, and it cuts down the roar of auto-running ads considerably. If you still must see that video, then a mouse click re-enables it for that browser session.
Turning off cookies will prevent using many of the listed sites and in particular handicap your use of N3V Games/Auran administered web pages and web boards.
Find something you want browsing non-Auran websites. Chances are you already downloaded a route and need missing assets for it, or it's sessions. A general Google search on the kuid will often find many highly popular assets.
In mid-2014, an new Trainz site consolidated such searching into one convenient bot assembled site TrainzKuidIndex.com and finding a kuid there often links you directly to the download page of your quarry. Highly recommended if you're just searching for missing assets!
• If you want to see tutorials and other offerings by Trainz enthusiasts, then by all means browse the links below.
For your security, many Trainz sites will require a registration and some login and validation cycle like TPR and Jointed-Rail. Recommend making a user name and password different for such browsing than any email, financial (PayPal, etc.) and even the Auran websites. (Use of the same Auran web handle on these—many have forums too!) is fine, but DO use a DIFFERENT password!)
Do their sign-up dance two step and where necessary use a shopping cart if necessary. (These are security measures, so be glad!)
3rd Party sites will bundle offerings by zip, RAR, and package cdp files as a rule. Some will offer a FTP download managed link.
If the site is payware, we're sure you'll figure it out. If freeware, some will nonetheless suggest a donation.
Given that a simple house asset likely represents 2-3 hours work to develop, a SpeedtreeTM model upwards of a couple days as have many assets and a well modeled locomotive or passenger car with animated actions and interiors likely over six months, a modest donation is a reasonable request.
The above times are one reason to not be upset when an asset shows up with errors in a newly changed data model. Upgrading hundreds of assets when N3V does a poor job of conveying what has changed so a CC can plan updates ahead of a sudden flurry of inquiries and complaints is a daunting task, and only rarely a possible one.
Editor's note: In 2014 a Trainz enthusiast with applaudable web skills wrote a Bot and scanned the web for kuids, which have subsequently been entered into a data base of his own creation. The site 'www.trainzkuidindex.com provides a easy search utility which will list multiple sources for kuids of all eras, including listing those on the DLS, just in case you didn't look there first. So for the price of registering at the site, one can find most kuids with far less trouble than searching oneself by Google, Ask, Yahoo, or Bing.
Jytte's Trainz Index— Author Kuid:#386158; 6 skills building tutorials (e.g.: HOW TO MAKE A REGION FILE (and how to use it), Step by Step, By Jytte Christrup. and free content. Link is a hyperlink list of Trainz TRS-era pages. Newer releases pages???∅