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Greetings,

As there has been some interest in the LPub3DViewer prototype screenshots I posted some time ago, I have industrialized my additions and uploaded version 1.0 to LPub3D on SourceForge.net.

Here are most of the added features/enhancements:

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LPub3D 1.0.0.320.2
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-Integrated 3D Viewer powered by LeoCAD
-Set ROTSTEP (step rotation) meta using 3D Viewer
-Fade previous step's parts
-Use any LDraw colour as fade colour
-Manage colour parts for complete part fade
-Unlimited PLI part annotations
-Split the BOM (divide parts over number of BOM occurrences)
-Formatted front and back cover pages
-Automatically generate formatted cover pages
-POV/L3P high-quality rendered instructions
-Customizable front and back cover pages
-Text and picture (e.g. logo) front and back page attributes
-Customizable content page header and footer
-LDraw editor line numbers
-64/32-bit automatic installer
-Automatic check for updates
-Qt 4.8.6
-Bugfixes and robustness improvements

Screenshots:

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Cheers,
Trevor
Thanks for sharing this version of LPUB! It is great to see this very nice piece of SW improving!

There are quite a few branches now, I hope there is a chance to get all those nice features under one roof!

I downloaded it immediately and will try it in the evening!
Excellent. Enjoy!.

Trevor
After some initial stuff done with the LPub3D I noticed the following:

- It crashed once when I tried to add a divider, but in retrospective I think I was too impatient as the 3D View was still being rendered before the pop-up menu was shown. If I wait for the 3D view to update this issue did no occur anymore.

- When I choose to annotate all the parts in the BOM, my BOM Layout changes. If there are no annotations I could not resize the BOM anymore.

Regarding the ROTSTEP preview:
- I would really like to have the same view in the 3D mode as I see it at the current step. The standard render looks to be at 23.5°/45°. I did not find a way to get the same view in the document and in the 3D preview. I could not save the camera position. The different views make it difficult to judge.
- Having the "handles" to rotate it is a good way
- When updating the LPUB doc, I think a "I am working" Icon would not be bad, especially for larger models.

Thanks!
Good to hear from you Trevor! Would you please contact me through email at willy[DOT]tschager(AT)tin[DOT]it to discuss the inclusion of LPub3D in the upcoming AIOI?

Thanks, w.
Hello Gerald - I appreciate the feedback. See my remarks below.

Gerald Lasser Wrote:- It crashed once when I tried to add a divider, but in retrospective I think I was too impatient as the 3D View was still being rendered before the pop-up menu was shown. If I wait for the 3D view to update this issue did no occur anymore.
Ok. I'll take a look and try to reproduce; and do something to prevent the crash.

Gerald Lasser Wrote:- When I choose to annotate all the parts in the BOM, my BOM Layout changes. If there are no annotations I could not resize the BOM anymore.
Ah, you have discovered an important oversight! I did not include an option (or any logic) to 'turn off' anotations. I will correct this shortly. So I am clear on the behavior you are encountering (and to share with others), do you mind sharing your steps to reproduce - here or on the LP3D sourceforge discussion board?

Gerald Lasser Wrote:Regarding the ROTSTEP preview:
- I would really like to have the same view in the 3D mode as I see it at the current step. The standard render looks to be at 23.5°/45°. I did not find a way to get the same view in the document and in the 3D preview. I could not save the camera position. The different views make it difficult to judge.
I agree, this is on my TODO list. My design requirements was only to be able to manipulate the ROTSTEP coordinates. However I too believe, the doc and 3d image views should match exactly.

Gerald Lasser Wrote:- Having the "handles" to rotate it is a good way
- When updating the LPUB doc, I think a "I am working" Icon would not be bad, especially for larger models.
Indeed, I think it's necessary to be able to individually manipulate all 3 coordinates.
Regarding the 'working' icon, I agree. I have already implemented a progress bar fremework - currently used for printing and generating fade colour parts. It is also on my TODO list to hook it into the display page function.

Best,
Trevor
Hello Gerald, I updated the PLI Annotation feature set to allow turning off annotations. Use Help=>Check For Updates to implement.
sorry for my late reply, I had to churn out 30 instructions for a charity event our LUG is supporting.

I could reproduce the issue of the crash, I will try it with the 1.1.0 and send you also the file and a description how I get it to crash.

I will try the BOM resizing as well and share it on sourceforge.

Gerald
EDIT: oops, this was supposed to be in the newest LPub3D topic. Sorry!

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Hey,

I'm working on instructions for a big Technic model (~2700+ parts). I currently have a complete LDraw file of the model except rotation-steps (it's not my model btw). In the past, I would now start to add the rotation-steps in MLcad. I don't like MLcad, it's old and slow but I was able to add rotation steps fairly easily.

Now, since I read about LPub3D I was eager to try out all the new features, including the built-in rotation-step feature. I'm still not 100% sure how it works, but it looks pretty nice and useful. However, when I press the "add rotation step" button, LPub3D crashes. I don't think that should happen? Wink Any chance you can quickly fix this, or should I just temporarily switch back to MLcad?

Anyway, it's great to finally see someone working on LPub again. It's a very nice piece of software. Thanks so much!
Hi Merlijn,

I can't reproduce your issue - see my screenshots below. I am using LPub3D 1.2.3 on Windows 10.

Please let me know the following so I can better understand you environment:

- LDraw install path - see Preferences menu
- LPub3DViewer-Library path - see Preferences menu
- Installation OS, version and architecture (e.g. x86, x64) - About menu
- LPub3D version - see About menu

For the screenshots below, I used a model with ~1200 parts build on LDCad.

If you prefer, you can send me a copy of your model and I'll try to reproduce your issue. You can see my email in the LPub3D About menu.

Screenshots:
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Thanks,
Trevor
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