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“Open” Beta Testing - Is it for you?

By Tony_Hilliam, August 31 2018

We're now working on the next free update for Trainz A New Era - Service Pack 3 "Hotfix 1", as well as our next Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019 "Early Access" update.

This means it's time to expand our testing and this time we're trying something a little different.

We're offering all existing owners of each or our current Trainz products to become involved in the "Open Beta" testing. 

The process is simple - make a copy of your existing build as a backup, and then follow the instructions below. 

Should I Become a Beta Tester?

We have come a long way since the early TANE beta testing, but we also know that there are still a number of issues that are not yet resolved.

If you are NOT interested in finding and reporting any bugs that you find (and you WILL find some bugs), then we suggest you wait until the official release.

If you are keen to take a look at progress as we work towards the next official release, then we'd love to have you on board and help us identify issues with your content set etc.

Suggested Beta Upgrade Process

To update your existing "live" build, please follow these steps carefully:

  1. Create a backup copy of your install folder and your local data folder (Click Trainz Settings > Install to find the path to your local data folder).
  2. Recognize that you are installing a BETA Version which means you WILL find bugs in the software
  3. Any work done in the Beta version MAY need to be deleted.
  4. Ensure your MyTrainz Username is entered in the Launcher > Trainz Settings > Internet tab
  5. Click Trainz Settings > Install > 'Change Update Stream...'
  6. Check the target is pointing to the correct install folder, and change targets if required
  7. Click 'Next'
  8. Ensure your MyTrainz Username is entered correctly
  9. Click 'Change Trainz Stream'
  10. Select 'TRS19 Beta' or 'TANE SP3 Beta' depending on which build you are updating of course.
  11. If the streams for your build does not show up in the dropdown list, please submit a report
    1. TRS19 users click here
    2. TANE users click here
  12. Click 'OK'
  13. Click 'Done'
  14. You should now be prompted to patch automatically. If not, click 'Check for Updates...'

If you get a connection error, click Retry and the process will pick up where it left off. 

Once updated, the 'Engine Start-up' process will kick off, then you are ready to begin testing and submitting bugs that you find.

Assertions Enabled (Don't Panic!)

For these beta releases we still have "Assertions" enabled. So, what is an assertion?

Here is an example of a message that you may see when using this beta version. 

These messages are not ERRORS, but rather message indicators to provide information to our programmers about code that is running at that time. It  and may or may not result in something being broken.

If you see an assertion message, simply take a screenshot using windows PrintScreen of an external image capture tool, click Continue and submit a bug report.

Thanks for your support and happy beta testing.