The version 2 of the trainzkuidindex site is almost ready to be launched.      

As part of new things in the version 2 :

  • A smart dashboard that search kuids for you : you feed it by pasting a list of kuids and it will search for you how many are found in third party sites, on Dls, etc. The dashboard will process in background the full list in a few minutes. It can process hundreds kuids. After that you will only have to select a kuid in the list to access the details of what the dasboard has found for this kuid. In addition your dashboard is persistent. You can work several days or weeks with its content, add and remove kuids, etc.
  • The search by kuid bring as well a list of web pages from third party sites where the wanted kuid is quoted in the text.
  • A kuid extractor : with this very versatile tools you will be able to explore your personnal collection of Trainz files and the files you have downloaded from third party sites, including zip and rar archives, and to extract one or more assets in order to import them in the game. Forget the old time where you need to import hundreds assets while you need only one. Now you will import only what you need. In addition this extractor can extract no compiled assets : assets as set of files in directories with a config.txt at the root are handled too and can be extracted in a zip file. The files are processed on your computer. No data are sent to the server. This tool is fully integrated in the web site and don't require any installation on your computer.
  • The links in the search result page will be accompanied by a thumbnail of the image found near the right link in web page of the third party site. This will help you to find the right link in web page of the third party site, which is sometimes tricky.
  • And many other new things.

Enter the kuids, find the missing dependencies !

Missing dependencies ? Unknown location ? This site will help you to find missing kuid anywhere on the web among almost 200,000 referenced kuid that cannot be found at the DLS of N3V/Auran, but has been found in 860 trainz fan sites explored. Just type the missing kuid you are looking for and you will have the answer in a few seconds !

Please note that the access to the Asset search is no more free. You will have to pay a (small) annual subscription to access to it.

 

Below an excerp of the n3v newsletter from the 20th of may 2017, that explain this decision :

 

Missing Dependencies - where do I find them?

 

The Trainz Download Station (DLS) has 421,392 items listed for download. However, a similar amount of content resides on 3rd party websites around the world. And when community members upload items to the DLS, they are often unaware that they are about to cause even more hair to fall out from the heads of many other Trainz fans as they search for non-DLS items :)

For 5 years now, one community member has invested thousands of hours into providing a resource to help other Trainz fans find all those missing assets. Pierre's website, Trainzkuidindex, looks at all the other websites, assebles all those links and provides a search facility to access them.

As with any IT system, Trainzkuidindex involves time consuming maintenance and operation. This includes full validation of crawling results before updating the website database, checking and fix crawling problems, adapting crawling settings, real time helping the robot when hitting complicated Javascript, searching for new Trainz fan sites, answering messages, improving the web site, etc...

After just 65 people making a donation over the years, Pierre, decided enough was enough, and announced the closure of his site. However the community rallied behind him and encouraged Pierre to set up a subscription service so that the website could continue to operate and Trainz fans around the world still have a central location to find all those pesky non-DLS items. 

It is the community that makes Trainz what it is today, so please show your support by clicking the link below and do your bit to help keep this valuable resource available.

 

Trainzkuidindex help you, thank you to help trainzkuidindex !