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  LDraw snapshots coming up empty
Posted by: Ber - 2020-09-02, 5:22 - Forum: LDraw Editors and Viewers - Replies (14)

I have recently installed the LDraw AIOI installer, and trying to get started with it. 

I have a model open in LDView, and it is looking good. I then try to use the snapshot function to get a png file render of the model, but the resulting file is coming up as empty/black.

I'm highly proficient with computers, but new to everything LDraw. I've tried to find a troubleshooting guide or a forum post of someone else experiencing this problem before, to fix the problem myself, but come up blank.

So I'm hoping can someone here help me out. Any suggestions what might be configured wrong, or I'm doing wrong, etc?

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Information 0.8.52 Beta Released (bugfix for newer Java versions)
Posted by: Nils Schmidt - 2020-09-01, 17:25 - Forum: Parts Author Tools - No Replies


this release added support for newer Java versions (e.g. Java 9, Java 10...).
The minimum required Java version is still version 8. You can skip this release if you like, since no other features were added.

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As always, you can download LDPE from this page:

(1 bug fix)

With this release the following critical issue isfixed:

  1. The Windows program (LDPartEditor.exe) will now start with support of newer Java versions.

The program was tested intensively with "real world" files.
However, it is still a beta version and something can go wrong in about 140.000 lines of code.

Make sure that you choose the right architecture for your OS and Java Virtual Machine (JVM) (64bit or 32bit).
A short guide how to check if a 64bit JVM is installed on your system is located at the bottom of this message.

  1. Download the zip-Archive
  2. Extract the archive content to the location of your choice
  3. On windows, double-click "run.bat" to start LDPE.
  4. On linux/mac, you have to excecute the shell script "run.sh" to start LDPE.
Please note that this software is in the beta stage. Although, this version was tested, there are already known issues  for this release. There is a potential risk of data loss.

You can search for updates if you do the following steps:

  1. On windows, double-click "update.bat" to search for updates.
  2. On linux/mac, you have to excecute the shell script "update.sh".
I listen carefully to your requests and possible complaints. Please leave me a message, with your thoughts and wishes to further improve the software.

LDPE is a 3D CAD application: The overall system requirements are higher. While I recommend to use a powerful 64-bit multicore system, it could be possible, to run LDPE on older machines as well.

System Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements:
  • 64-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8
  • OpenGL 2.1 compatible Graphics Card
  • Operating System (64-bit): Windows [7 or newer], Linux [e.g. Ubuntu Linux >=14.4], Mac OS X [>=10.6]
  • CPU: Multicore-Processor e.g. Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon II (>2.0Ghz)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Video-Memory: 1 GB
  • Free Disk Space: 100 MB
Recommended Requirements:
  • 64-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8 (or newer)
  • Operating System (64bit): Windows 7,8,10, Linux [e.g. Ubuntu Linux >=14.4], Mac OS X [>=10.6]
  • OpenGL 3.3 compatible Graphics Card
  • CPU: Multicore-Processor with 4 cores (or more)
  • RAM: >4 GB
  • Video-Memory: >1 GB
  • Free Disk Space: 512 MB
  • For a faster start, LDPartEditor and the LDraw™ library should be installed on an SSD.
How to check your JVM version (32- or 64-bit):

You can try on the command line:

java -d64 version

If it's not a 64-bit version, you'll get a message that looks like:
This Java instance does not support a 64-bit JVM. Please install the desired version.

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  Minifig Head 3626cpb1522
Posted by: Manfred Schäfer - 2020-08-31, 15:43 - Forum: Part Requests - No Replies


I am looking for the minifig head with the BrickLink number 3626cpb1522 as a LDRAW part.

.png   3626cpb1522.png (Size: 128.85 KB / Downloads: 25)

Can anybody do this for me.
Thanks in advance.


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  Change the view of a Callout
Posted by: Manfred Schäfer - 2020-08-31, 15:24 - Forum: LDraw Editors and Viewers - Replies (13)


I use one sub-models twice, but the second time the sub-model was rotatet by 180°. In the following picture you can see the first use of the sub-model and the callout.

.png   PIC-1.PNG (Size: 17.56 KB / Downloads: 54)

In the following picture you can see the second use of the same sub-model and the callout.

.png   PIC-2.PNG (Size: 15.68 KB / Downloads: 56)

What do I have to do to make the second callout look the same as the first callout?
In the following picture you can see a part of the "code" for the instruction.

.png   PIC-3.PNG (Size: 13.38 KB / Downloads: 54)



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  Color Request (Dark Purple)
Posted by: Yoon - 2020-08-31, 3:00 - Forum: Part Requests - Replies (1)


I'm trying to use the color "Dark Purple" in Bricksmith, but it doesn't come across in my color library.

Is there a different name used for the color I'm looking for? if not, can someone add the color?

Here is a reference for what the color looks like:

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  LDraw All-In-One-Installer 2020-01 v1 now available
Posted by: Willy Tschager - 2020-08-29, 13:24 - Forum: LDraw.org Announcements - No Replies

An updated version of the LDraw All-In-One-Installer, in short AIOI, has been released.

The AIOI supports Windows XP (Home and Pro), Windows Vista or higher (all versions). On 64-Bit Operating Systems it will install in the "Program files (x86)" folder. The Installer will NOT run on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT Ver 4, 2000, or XP below SP2.

It contains the following changes:

* Update to LDraw Parts Libary 2020-01
* Update to LDCad 1.6d
* Update to Offline Parts Catalog 2020-01

You can download the AIOI from:

LDraw.org >> Help >> Get Started >> Windows

Willy Tschager
(LDraw Content Manager)

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  Current Website Vision
Posted by: Orion Pobursky - 2020-08-27, 20:12 - Forum: Website Suggestions/Requests/Discussion - No Replies

I'd like to give everyone a quick status update of where I'm headed with the LDraw.org website eco-system.

My overall vision is twofold:
- Unify the site theming to better present our information
- Reduce the amount of "nut and bolts" admining that needs to happen by reducing the various software platforms we use. I realize that we have 5 different software packages running on the server. 2 of these are custom written for LDraw.org (the OMR and the Parts Tracker). The other 3 are not (Forums, Main site CMS, and the Wiki). I don't see the last 3 going away anytime soon since I'm not going to reinvent the wheel and write our own forum/CMS/wiki implementation. However, the less dependencies we have, the less we have to worry about projects being abandoned resulting in us having to change software (like we did with the old forum software).

The theming project is ongoing from when it started last year. Expect this to spread to the OMR and in a limited sense to the Forums and Wiki. The Forums and Wiki will be more difficult because the software platforms in use have their own particular theme systems that don't mesh neatly with the one in use by the main site CMS

I'm also looking to retire the wiki and omr subdomains. Eventually the PT will be rewritten but this won't happen anytime in the near future. However, the OMR is much like a PT for models so I may use it to get experience writing software of a similar nature. Note this is all in the preplanning phase and no obvious action will happen until, most likely, the last few month of the year.

P.S. If you have any specific suggestions for the websites, there's a thread for that, please post it there.

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  OMR search results
Posted by: Johann Eisner - 2020-08-27, 9:47 - Forum: Website Suggestions/Requests/Discussion - Replies (4)

Something went wrong on the OMR site.
After every search I got a blank white site without results.
Could anyone take a look?


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  Virtual Blox - LDraw in VR
Posted by: Nils Meinerta - 2020-08-26, 16:03 - Forum: All Other Programs. - No Replies

Hi, I hope this is the right corner of the forum.

I wanted to show you a small project I have worked on: Virtual Blox.
It is a brick builder in VR which uses LDraw parts for the models.
Currently only Pin connections are supported and a limited part selection, but
smaller models can now be build in VR. 

If you want to have a look, go to https://essometer.itch.io/virtual-blox

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  Unoffical parts access
Posted by: Roland Melkert - 2020-08-25, 19:05 - Forum: Website Suggestions/Requests/Discussion - Replies (2)

I noticed the 'article/14.html' page is a 404 now.

I expected to find the unofficial parts zip on the latest parts page, but instead it's (hidden?) on the part tracker page which is very big and slow imho.

Shouldn't there be at least a reference to the unofficial zip on the main parts page?

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