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H3D1



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:30 pm    Post subject: LCAD Advice Reply with quote

As a total LCAD newbie, I've always been amazed by the quality of peoples' LCAD designs. What LCAD software is recommended for Mac users?

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Walter Kovacs



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to start at www.ldraw.org. MLCad, and a host of other programs, are simply GUIs that use LDraw as the core program. They have a lot of Tutorials that should help you get started, and let you know what other programs you may need to get to make high quality renders.

As for what's recommended for MAC users, I can't help you there. I'm sure most of the programs are available to you.

Personally, I use MLCad for the Lego design, L3P or L3PAO to convert to a .pov file, and POV-Ray to do the rendering. I've been happy with the results. (L3P is a program that converts the MLCad file to a file POV-Ray can use. L3PAO is a windows based version of L3P, which is DOS based. POV-Ray is the rendering program.) I'd love to use LPub, a program that can generate POV-Ray quality instructions, but my home computer lacks the processing horsepower to run it, and my machine at work won't allow me to install it (stupid administrative privaleges).

I will tell you that I have struggled at times to get the camera angle and lighting correct in POV-Ray. Something about the coordinate system it uses stymies me. If you find a good method, or tutorial, please let me know.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Re: LCAD Advice Reply with quote

H3D1 wrote:
What LCAD software is recommended for Mac users?

I recommend Bricksmith. Smile
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H3D1



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thanks!
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