Virtual LEGO: The Official LDraw.org Guide To LDraw Tools for Windows

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Virtual LEGO introduces the reader to a suite of software that allows users to create and document computer-generated LEGO models. Written by maintainers of LDraw.org (the official hub of LEGO model-building software), the book includes coverage of popular freeware tools such as LDraw, MLCAD, L3P, L3PAO, LPub, POV-Ray, and MegaPOV. The CDROM contains all the software readers need to get started, all available LEGO parts models, and templates for building instruction… More >>

Virtual LEGO: The Official LDraw.org Guide To LDraw Tools for Windows

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5 Comments

  1. Dude i know the guy that wrote this book. I had a beer with him one night and he told about this book and i was like wow. I think i might have to buy it. TIM YOU RULE
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. What a great pleasure it is to thumb through my buddy Tim’s (and Ahui & Steve’s) hard work and see the big payoff. Guys, this thing is great. Sits perfectly alongside any computer/instructional/technical/howto book. Things are made easy and very well explained throughout. And hey, any book I’m in can’t be a bad one. :-)
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. As a person who just loves to build stuff, Legos have always been at the top of my list of MUST have toys. Although as an adult, I no longer refer to them as toys but engineering projects. Lets face it, with enough Legos you can build ANYTHING.

    Enter Virtual LEGO: The Official […] Guide To LDraw Tools for Windows. In spite of that long and confusing title, this book is a must have if you want to take working with Legos to the next level. In a nut shell, this book takes design software that was developed in the late 90’s specifically for Lego blocks and teaches you how to use your computer to design projects.

    Unfortunately the original software designer passed away shortly after it’s release. A group of dedicated Lego enthusiast (that is the […] in the title) have kept it alive and are constantly updating and adding to the software. There are now several programs that can work together to design and build models on your computer, create custom building instructions, and even publish your work on the web or in print.

    Even though the programs are free to download at the web site, there is a learning curve and this book addresses that quite well. The manual will guide you through several projects and teach you how to create your own models. There is a CD included with the book which makes it very convenient to load onto your computer and get started right away. The web site has the latest parts updates for the library and “how to” articles. This makes the book a real bargain in my opinion. Not only do you get a comprehensive manual and CD of programs, but access to the organization that keeps it going and all of their knowledge base.

    Please note: Lego has a program of their own that can be downloaded for free at the official Lego site. The official Lego software is not as comprehensive as LDraw and is geared more to the younger set.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. After having been able to review the content during it’s creation, I was totally impressed. In fact, I picked up a great number of techniques that I didn’t already know…even though I thought I was pretty advanced. Good work to all the authors!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. This is an EXCELLENT book for people SERIOUS about building simple AND complex models using LDRAW. While working with the program I found myself constantly referencing the book–which can be read front-to-back… but ALSO be used as a quick reference book. This has earned itself a permanent position on my bookshelf–no wait–next to my computer!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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