Getting to know the start page. You have just installed EEP and the installation was successful. You are now eager to get started. Double click on the icon to start the program. After a few seconds of loading, you will see the start page appear:

Start up page

This start up page displays a railway scene built with EEP17. At the bottom left, the version numbers of the program as well as any plugins installed are displayed.

Now focus your attention on the 8 buttons on the right side of the window. From top to bottom, you will find:

Buttons

New layout

When you click on this button a window will appear in which you will be able to enter the various parameters of your new layout.

In this window, you will define the dimensions of the terrain for your railroad track, the default texture patterns and two sliders for the elevation and maximum height of the terrain. Since EEP15, three new features have appeared. It is about the shape of the land, its orientation and the width of the shape. We’ll see all of these settings later, so don’t worry about them just yet.

In this window, you will define the dimensions of the terrain for your railroad track, the default texture patterns and two sliders for the elevation and maximum height of the terrain. Since EEP15, three new features have appeared. It is about the shape of the land, its orientation and the width of the shape. We’ll see all of these settings later, so don’t worry about them just yet.

DEMO or last open layout

When you run EEP for the first time, the program prompts you to view a demo project to show you the possibilities in railway modeling, as well as the management of road vehicles, ships and more. Once this operation is completed, the next time the program is restarted, the DEMO button will disappear in favor of the Previous layout button, which will allow you to resume your last project where you left it the last time.

Load layout

This button opens a window to allow you to select a project file. By default, this is the x:/Trend/EEP16/Resourcen /Anlagen folder where x is the drive where the program is installed. Project files end with the .anl3 extension.

Scan models

This function allows you to scan new models installed to integrate them into the model database and thus update it. Rest assured, there is no need to click this button now because, by default, the installer has already created the database where all the ready-to-use templates are listed for mounting your project. Of course, in the future, if you install new models purchased from the online store or free models, you will have to click on this button. You can also find this same command in the main interface of the program via the File menu -> Scan models.

Model installer

This button opens a window for you to select a file with the extension eep, exe, zip or rar including models that you have just purchased from the EEP online store. Each time you purchase a model, you will need to install it before you can use it. Just like the Scan models function, you can also do it at startup or in the main interface of the program via File menu -> Install models.

Important: Once the new models are installed, you will need to run the Scan  models command.

Help

Before you can use this function, you need to download the help files from the online store. Follow this link for more information.

EEP-Shop

By clicking on this button, your browser opens directly to the official EEP website from where you can go to  the online store or log into your user account.

Exit

Closes the program and prompts you to save your current project if it has been modified.

This article is now complete. If you have any questions or suggestions, please give us your feedback in the leave a reply input box below.

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eep-world.com team

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.

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