LEGO Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub

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Create Virtual 3D LEGO Models Using LEGO Software Power Tools
LEGO Master Builders have created a powerful set of tools that are distributed as freeware to the LEGO community to assist LEGO fans in their building adventures. Until now, these tools have been difficult to find, and even more difficult to configure to work with one another. Here, in one book, readers will find steps for installing and using all of the most popular LEGO freeware applications. Also, a… More >>

LEGO Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub

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5 Comments

  1. Book was not as advertised. Entire book was curled, dirt and leaves were between the pages. Not happy with my purchase. I would NOT do business with this seller again.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. i got this book because im a huge fan of the progrmas covered in the book. ill admit its thorough and easy to read and i gues its cool to have all these programs in one cd. The only thing new to me were lpub which i dont think ill ever use and lsynth which is very very cool and needs to be incorporated by ML into the next incarnation of mlcad.
    would probably be excellent for a novice brickhead whod neverp layed with these programs before. …
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. I never knew the programs covered in this book existed! I saw it in B+N, ran home , ordered it on amazon and pulled my kids legos out of their playroom and got reacquainted with them. When the book came I put them away and haven’t touched them since. This is amazing! You get to build anything your heart could desire with an unlimited number of legos right on your computer screen! My kids have stopped playing Halo on the x-box and build virtual legos most of the day using the powertools programs that come with the CD.
    I’m trying to get them involved with some of the lego sites the book talks about–its incredible the lego world that exists online that I had no idea about.

    Highly recommend this book to any parent who has a child under the age of 47!!!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I’d fooled around with some of these applications in this book before, but not all of them.
    This book rocks!! You can build virtual LEGO models on your computer, without having to worry about expensive pieces or any limits like that! You can then print out instructions for your robots just like lego does in there kits.
    I’m usually one of those people who has to walk himslef through things, but this book does a good job of explaining all of the progrmas it comes with. Anyone who loves legos will love this book!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. I’ve been palying around with most of the software tools mentioned in this book for several years now, so I picked this book up with some interest. I was really most interested in checking out the coverage of LPub and LSynth–two failry new programs that I’ve only started to play with.
    All in all I found this to be an excellent book, although it did have some drawbacks. Good things first.

    All of the “Software Power Tools” that the authors cover in this book are freely available online, as any dedicated LEGO fan will know. In my mind, that’s a good thing and a bad thing. Good because they are free. Bad because they do not always come with good documentation for how to use them. nothing against the people who wrote these instructions that are usually available with the free downloads, but they usually could benefit from a much more thorough explanation and images to go along with the text–basically a book, which is what this aims to be. In that regard it meets it’s goal admirablly. The authors walk you through all of the software power tools in easy to understand steps, with a TON of images to go along with them. It one thing to have the documentation tell you to rotate a piece 45 degrees on it’s Y axis–it’s quite another thing to see images of this being done. It is nice to have all of the programs in one place (the CD that comes with the book), and installing them all is a breeze.
    I was also pleasantly suprised to learn a thing or two (or three) about Mlcad that I did not know. For people who have never used Mlcad, and by default Ldraw, this book is by far the best tool to not only learn but master them.
    The coverage of the other programs is also excellent-namely LPub, LSynth, L3P and Povray. LSynth is amazing. it allows you to incorporate flexible parts into your virtual LEGO designs. I’ve been waiting for a program like this for years.
    I also like how the authors set this book up. First, they teach you how to create the models themsleves using Ldraw and mlcad. This is probably about half the book, and with good reason. Next, they walk you through taking your finished model files and creating really good looking images and sets of instructions for them, reminiscent of those that LEGO actually gives you with theire models. Their progression is logical and it works. Readers who are used to using the actual modeling programs can quickly skip ahead to the sections that are new to them without missing a beat, and readers who are new to these programs will get a thorough grounding in the basics before being exposed to some of the advanced material. Some folks in the past have done a good job of trying to assemble instructions for using these progrmas to do something similar in the past (think Don Dueck for you Lugnet fans), but it has never been done so thoroughly before.
    Bad things–not too many all in all. The book seems to have chosen the programs that they thought best and covered those exclusively (Ldraw, mlcad, lpub, l3p, lsynth, povray). I personally would have liked to see coverage of some of the other programs out there (leocad in particular–I hate windows 😉 This might actually be a good thing. by only choosing these programs, the authors really get to cover them in very good detail, and no one would argue that their choice of programs to cover was way off base.
    Also at several points in the book I can see the average reader being overwhelmed by the depth of the discussion on some failry “out there” technical concepts, but die hards will eat this stuff up, and the authors make it clear when kids/people-who-just-want-to-build can skip ahead a few paragraphs.
    All in al lthis is an excellent book, both for novies to virtual LEGO building and experienced virtual lego modelers who are looking to move on to the next level. It is about time a book like this was put together.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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