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  [Sticky] LEGO Color Overview / Comparison / Charts
Posted by: Steffen - 2011-08-05, 14:34 - Forum: Parts Authoring - Replies (19)

I would like to stick this post here
so we can start a collection of LEGO color comparison charts here.

There's frequently confusion about slight variations of the color codes,
and sometimes it is good to have different sources.

If you know a good comparison chart, preferably including part photos for examples,
reply to this message.

(Please put a clear, meaningful title to your post, to make it show up usefully in this list of posts.)

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  Parts certification process
Posted by: Willy Tschager - 2011-08-05, 9:24 - Forum: Parts Authoring - Replies (9)

Please read:


This rises two questions:

* Shall there be a list of priorities to what gets released?
* Has the certification process to be streamlined? (I guess this discussion is a old as the library itself).

Please read also:

(If the part is good enough for public use, but has some deficiencies that need to be addressed, the text " (needs work)" (without the quotation marks) can be added to the end of the description. Please note that the full description including " (needs work)" is limited to 64 characters, so this decreases the usable portion of the description to 51 characters. If the description includes " (needs work)", a comment must be added to the file immediately following the official header describing the work that needs to be done.)


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  recommendation: use a source code revision control tool for your LDRAW folder
Posted by: Steffen - 2011-08-04, 10:49 - Forum: Parts Authoring - Replies (2)

As a followup to this post
, I'd like to recommend a thing which proves quite valuable for me during parts (and even model) authoring:
using a source code revision control software (SCM tool) for the LDRAW folder.

Such tools are for example:
* Perforce
* git
* hg
* svn
* cvs
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Source_Code_Management for more information)

I personally use and like Perforce;
note that for private use you are allowed to install a local server and client for yourself.

I put my LDRAW folder into that system the following way:

- install initial set of parts
- checkin into SCM
- install 1st update
- checkin into SCM
- install 2nd update
- checkin into SCM
- install update 2011-01
- checkin into SCM

Doing it this way gives you a full history of parts: For each and every file,
you can easily see by which update it has been touched, and which changes happened in it.

As I am also keeping all unofficial stuff in the MODELS folder (because the "real" contents of that folder
is not important for me), I'm also checking in that MODELS folder into the SCM tool.
(I'm using the MODELS folder and not UNOFFICIAL or similar, because older tools like L3P only work that way).

This allows me to go forward and backward with the changes which I do in the files.

So I this way got rid of having to keep manual backup files etc.:
the SCM tool does everything for me.

I'm just dropping this idea here in case somebody else also needs or likes it.

Play well -

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  Problem with wiki of ldraw
Posted by: johanmark - 2011-08-04, 10:10 - Forum: General LDraw.org Discussion - Replies (1)

I didn't know where to write this note, so I've decide to do it here.

I´ve found that I can´t enter the wiki of Ldraw:


Do anybody know what's the problem?

Thank you.

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  Part authoring scripts and tools
Posted by: Tim Gould - 2011-08-03, 23:07 - Forum: Parts Author Tools - Replies (7)

Hi All,

Sometimes I find it hard to keep track of all the little programs for part authoring: things like 'inliner' and Philo's myriad of tricky tools. Could we keep a master list of them in this thread?

It also allows me (and others) to share scripts that we wouldn't upload to the master software list. As I will do in a few seconds.


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  theJude's Most Wanted Parts
Posted by: Jude Parrill - 2011-08-03, 22:48 - Forum: Part Requests - Replies (16)

As a follow-up to this thread, I decided to create a list of parts I think are important and would like to see released officially. I intend to update this over time, removing parts that are released and adding new parts as need/want arises. I'd like to encourage others to add their own lists as well, as I'm bound to miss/forget parts and it's always good to add other perspectives to the discussion.

As a side note to the question, "Why don't you build/perfect/review them yourself?" I lack the tools and technical know-how to do this myself. I know, given enough time, I could probably figure it out, but, for me, time is always an issue. In the time it would take me to become proficient enough to be of any real use, these parts could probably have been developed, from scratch, 10 times over. It's not that I wouldn't like to contribute to the community, it's just I don't think I'll be doing it in the area of parts development.

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  Official location of ldconfig.ldr file
Posted by: Don Heyse - 2011-08-03, 21:55 - Forum: Parts Authoring - Replies (9)

Is there a documented official standard location or search strategy for the ldconfig.ldr file? I just skimmed the specs and couldn't find this written down anywhere. There's plenty of documentation on the contents of the file though.

I'm asking because I just updated ldglite to look for it in the ldraw directory, which is not normally in the search path for part files, so I want to be absolutely sure this is correct before I build any release executables.



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  Duplicated or overlapping surfaces checker
Posted by: Damien Roux - 2011-08-03, 0:11 - Forum: All Other Programs. - Replies (5)

I'm currently trying to model a huge patterned part (2552 serie) using automatic vectorization to avoid a long and boring time working with quad2dat or other patterning programs.

In order to complete that I would like to know if there is any program that can check if triangles have been duplicated, or if some surfaces are overlapping, partially covering each other. Usually, this can be done using the random colorization of LDview, and by carefully searching for the blinking areas while rotating the part ; but in my particular case, this method is not really achievable 'cause of the number of triangles involved.

If no program exists, does someone has an idea on how this can be checked?

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  LEGO Classic Town
Posted by: Steffen - 2011-08-02, 19:23 - Forum: Official Models - Replies (18)

parent topic for set postings

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  L3P and unofficial parts
Posted by: Damien Roux - 2011-08-02, 15:53 - Forum: LDraw File Processing and Conversion - Replies (5)

Hi there!

I've recently decided to use the ldraw\unofficial folders to put all the unofficial parts I'm using (instead of copying everyting in the standard ldraw\parts folder).

The problem I have is the following: when using L3Padd-On to export the model into Pov-Ray, it simply ignores the unofficial parts. It's like it is only using the ldraw\parts folder.

Does someone know how I can tell L3P or L3PAdd-On to use also the ldraw\unofficial path? I'm using lastest version of L3P and L3PAdd-On.

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