Appeared with EEP16, the ultimate model search, which we will call the advanced search, allows you to perform a multi-criteria search of the models available for EEP. It doesn’t matter if you own them or not. This functionality somewhat takes up the idea and purpose of the ModellKatalog program. Moreover, if the latter is installed on your computer, you can switch from one to the other easily from any model found.
To display this window, go in the Extras menu and click on the Find the ultimate model command or press the [Insert] shortcut key. For a better understanding, we have divided the window into three sections surrounded by different colors:
- In blue, the tree structure of parent filters and attached child filters,
- In red, the list of models corresponding to the selected filters as well as an entry zone to refine the search,
- In yellow, the description and image(s) of the selected model.
The display of filters in section 1 in blue varies depending on the editor selected. In the image above, the display corresponds with the railway track editor. Editors have both common filters and also unique filters for each of them. the tree structure takes these differences into account.
Only three publishers are not eligible for advanced search:
- The crowds and herds editor (animated characters),
- The surface design editor,
- The Control tracks editor.
For these editors, advanced research would not make sense.
Parent filters and child filters
To illustrate the mechanism of the parent and child filters, we are going to select in EEP, the structures editor . Then call up the Find the ultimate model window and check the Model Type parent filter and the Bridge child filter. Once this is done, all the models of bridges built for EEP appear in the middle list. Obviously, this list being too long to be displayed in its entirety, it is divided into several pages which leads us to focus our attention on the red rectangle.
We can notice three numbers separated by slashes:
In this enlarged image, the first number corresponds to the 8th page being displayed , the second number indicates the total number of pages for bridges which is 17 pages.
The third number corresponds to the total number of pages concerning to structures, here we have 518 pages!
To navigate between the pages, you must use the arrow buttons located on either side of the red rectangle. On the left, you go back, on the right, you go forward.
Now imagine looking for a particular bridge and knowing its full or partial name. You are not going to go through the 17 pages to find the corresponding model! For this, we have an input area specially dedicated for research:
How it works ?
It’s very simple: you enter the word to search for and as you type the characters, the model(s) corresponding to the keyword appear in the list.
Important : The search is not case sensitive, so the words Bridge – brIDge – BRIDGE will return the same results.
In our example, we will enter the keyword Betbr witch is a mix of two words beton (concreate) and bridge
- The keyword Betbr is entered in the input box,
- All models containing the keyword Betbr are displayed in the list,
- The search returned 1 page of items.
Note : most models are named in German. Indeed, originally, EEP was designed exclusively in this language. But in recent years, the publishing company Trend © has required of the constructors that they translate their new models into English. We should therefore have more and more models in English in the years to come.
The model is present in the EEP inventory
Once your model has been found and selected, it will be displayed in the right part of the window. To illustrate our example, the model with the name of Betonbruecke60_1gl_oG_IM_TB1 was chosen:
By default, button # 1 (Images) is always selected first by the program. Now, the counter surrounded by a red rectangle tells us 2 pages are available to be displayed concerning the images:
To access the second image, click on the next button. In this view, we can see the model displayed in a project. Sometimes the image can be the same when the model is part of a set. The counter is also updated.
We are now going to look at button n ° 2 (Description):
On the first page, the name of the model is displayed. Here too we notice a second page present for the description. We will post it without delay:
Yes … the descriptions are in German. Why ? they are retrieved by the program directly from the model page in the online store and as there is no French or English translation for the descriptions … this explains it. And if you thought of copying and pasting the text from the window to an online translator, well you missed it! because it is impossible to copy the text. The only solution will be to display the model directly in the shop and fortunately, this possibility will be offered to us. We will see this later in this article.
We are now going to look at button n ° 3 (3D):
In this single page, the 3D model is displayed, exactly as in the model preview in the other EEP windows. The image of the model is visible only if you have it in your inventory otherwise no image will be displayed.
We will now look at the Select >>> button:
When you click on this button, the model will be ready to be inserted into your layout. This command is similar when you have chosen a model to drop into your layout from the control window.
The model is not in the EEP inventory
Now we will study the case where the model is not in the EEP inventory. To illustrate our example, we will choose another bridge model called Elbbruecke A:
As we have seen so far, the model image is displayed on the right side of the window. In this example, a second page with a scenario of the model can be viewed by clicking on the following button:
The same goes for the button concerning the description of the model:
And of course, always in German!
Next, we will click on the 3D button:
Nothing is displayed. Why ? because the model is not present in your EEP installation and therefore the program can not find the 3D file to display it.
The easiest way to know if you have a model or not, is to look at the title of the button Select >>> which is now called Buy >>>. This is the best clue to know if the model is present in your inventory:
From now on, you have two options for accessing the Trend online store. Either you click once on image n ° 2 or on the Buy >>> button:
Do you remember the text of the description obtained by clicking on the 2nd button? This is taken directly from the model’s page in the online store. From now on, if you wish, you can use a translation plugin to translate the page directly in your browser.
Important : If you click on image n ° 1, the ModellKatalog program will open if it is installed on your computer. Conversely, clicking image # 2 opens the model’s page in the Trend store through your browser.
Association with the ModellKatalog program
If the ModellKatalog program is installed on your computer, click in image n ° 1 to open it directly on the page of the model .
Below, an example of the model selected via the advanced search and the relationship with ModellKatalog:
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This article was translated by Pierre for the English side of the EEP-World from the article written by Domi for the French side of the EEP-World.