Using Programmer's Notepad's multiple-TAB panes in Windows to juggle data Managing Trainz assets.
• Big blocks of comma-separated kuids are extremely useful in setting up SPEED for customized route building–the less assets Surveyor needs to load into active memory speeds up all the Surveyor ToolHotkeys and the world building or decorating processes.
• Such lists also have their place between versions in Content Manager as well as in this example--a list like the top part of the page (showing missing assets could be transformed into a CSL block like the page bottom list, suitable for use in a search in another install of Trainz (To see if all the dependencies or desired assets are available before entering a GUI to drive or route build, for example).
Page full of kuids... the top is list of unlocated assets desired in a newly downloaded route. The block below is a CSL compendium of kuids first loaded into a different version of Trainz for importing the same ones into other versions.
• Most text (programmer's) editors use standard browers' and Windows Hotkey sequences for conformity to defacto standards.
TO-DO: Replace this image with a Notepad++ equivalent
The Trainzer as a content manager will generally find themselves needing to run more than one Windows applications at a time. When one does so, getting around goes much better if one can master common Microsoft defined HotKeys that often are used near universally in other applications, and which have become defacto industry standards (e.g. CTRL+S will almost always SAVE from an application, and ALT+F, ALT+E, ALT+V all have common reserved taskings inside Windows) so mastering them can be greatly empowering and the difference between a tentative and a comfortable computer user.
The most commonly adopted and widest utilized Windows hotkeys date back to the CMP operating system, itself based on the DEC 10 series of minicomputers, and come to the world of Personal Computer through the MSDOS operating system which underlay early Microsoft Windows versions and thence to IBM's OS-2. Backward compatibility and the understandable hesitation to break things not needing fixed accounts for their widespread use and longevity.
The most commonly known and most useful of these are the copy, paste, or cut key sequences using the OS' general 'Cut buffer': CTRL+C, CTRL+V, CTRL+X, respectively, and with which one can sequence things in a multi-step process to generate a 'copy and replace' or 'move' operation as desired.
Each of Trainz modules has it's own set of hotkeys linked generously here in the Trainz Wikibook and presented with an identifier string like 'CMD Map'= CTRL+M (toggle the mini-map) that a user can actually customize by altering the file keyboard.txt file in the settings sub-folder of the install.
Windows Hotkeys, bolding emphasis added to those most useful in Trainz Windows operations...