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Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Roland Melkert - 2015-01-10

gui oriented part/color bin config control is very high on my 1.5 todo list.


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Jakub Trznadel - 2015-01-13

Thanks!

I've created (for myself use) nxt.pbg and it greatly speeds up creating NXT models. Please find it attached, with changed extension to comply with forum rules.

Place it as (change extension!, probably need to add also some .png):
C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\LDCad\partBin\default\sets\nxt.pbg

Missing parts I cannot find:
57482 - USB cable
61069 - Design Shell W. Ribs Ø4.85
85543 - V-Belt Ø15, White
13972 - Caterpillar Track

Regards,
Jakub


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Philippe Hurbain - 2015-01-13

- 57482 - USB cable : Never created indeed.
- 61069 - Design Shell W. Ribs Ø4.85 : Official, Technic Panel Side Flaring Intake 4 x 6.5
- 85543 - V-Belt Ø15, White : Official, Rubber Belt Round 15 / 1.6 (but it needs to be shaped anyway)
- 13972 - Caterpillar Track : Exist as unofficial 53992c01 / c02 / c03 (different shapes)


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Roland Melkert - 2015-01-13

Very handy indeed,

You also might want to add some relevant templates to the items list like so:

Code:
path\nxtCable.ldr:[sourceInv=templates]
path\rubberBandRound.ldr:[sourceInv=templates]

I would like to add this pbg to the next version if you don't mind. I'm also thinking in about adding ones for the other nxt/evo sets and maybe some of the older technic expansion sets.


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Jakub Trznadel - 2015-01-14

Phil, Roland,

Thanks for hints Smile

I like the idea of adding these (attached as .txt) files to ldcad.
(just... don't forget about my wish about having color definition within pbg Wink )

All,

I created also part listing for 9580 (Wedo) set.

Parts that I cannot find, but with good substitution:
88395 Brick 1X1 " No. 3" , substituted by 3005pe1.dat (not sure if it is not the same brick actually)
85546 V-Belt Ø33, Yellow, substituted by path\rubberBandRound.ldr:[sourceInv=templates]
59877 Mini Head No. 500, substituted by 3626bp01.dat
59630 Mini Head No. 495, substituted by 3626bp01.dat

Part that I cannot find and I cannot find good substitution:
76382 Mini Upper Part "No. 1204". Is there upper torso _with_ hands? like 979.dat?
14224 String 40 M W. 2 Knobs,


I updated 8547 (NXT 2.0) with:
- removed USB cable. Seems not to be essential.
- removed 13972 (caterpillar track), but added 53992c0(1,2,3).dat before parts list as a comment (ldcad seems to ignore them). It will be easier to add them when 53992 will become official.
- 85543 and 61069 are indeed in library - I had to update my local repository.
- added path\rubberBandRound.ldr:[sourceInv=templates] and path\nxtCable.ldr:[sourceInv=templates].

Please note that these files is based on brickset.com listing, and parts are sorted by color.
If one part exists in different colors in the set, I added it couple of times (in future it will be easier to add color mapping):
54821.dat (color ball, 4 colors) 32140.dat (L-shaped beam, 2 colors) 32009.dat (Double Angular Beam, 2 colors)

Regards,
Jakub


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Philippe Hurbain - 2015-01-14

I noticed a few connectivity issues with the smooth Technic panels (64680, 64693, 87086, etc...), several holes can be used only from inside of the panel, not from outside, and top hole of wide panels can't be used at all.
Also 6141 1x1 round plate is missing bottom tube connectivity...
Is there any way to fix these issues at "user level"? No big deal anyway since gridded moves come to the rescue...


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Merlijn Wissink - 2015-01-14

I didn't know about this sets feature in the parts bin. But it looks very useful to me.
Could someone maybe make a simple tool to generate such a pbg file from a .xml/.bsx or .csv file?


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Roland Melkert - 2015-01-14

I checked all panels, and you are right the info is a mess Smile

Luckily many of those panels use the same subpart, so correcting them wasn't that big of a deal.

Attached is a (rename .zip to .sf) updated shadow.sf, place it in the LDCad installation's seed folder while the program is closed.

Tweaking the info yourself is possible but it's currently undocumented and VERY user unfriendly. Editing snapinfo inside LDCad it self is high on my 1.5 wish list so it might become alot easier in the future. Currently I myself use the dev version (which has the option to visuallize the info, like below) and notepad.

   

You can give it a try/look by unzipping the .sf file (as it's a plain zip file containing a LDraw library tree). If you do make changes you need to point LDCad to the unpacked version of the shadow using the LDraw paths dialog.


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Roland Melkert - 2015-01-14

Jakub Trznadel: "don't forget about my wish about having color definition within pbg"

It's already possible/supported, it's used in the 8071.pbg file.

Basically you'll have to add ":[color=nn]" after the .dat item (note: use ':' only if it isn't already in the line.). 'nn' is the LDraw color number.


Re: LDCad 1.4 (win+linux) - Philippe Hurbain - 2015-01-14

Thanks Roland, I have not checked extensively but it seems to work fine now.
Quote:Tweaking the info yourself is possible but it's currently undocumented and VERY user unfriendly. Editing snapinfo inside LDCad it self is high on my 1.5 wish list so it might become alot easier in the future. Currently I myself use the dev version (which has the option to visuallize the info, like below) and notepad.
I see... not utterly clear at first sight Wink

One question, is there a way to duplicate a submodel? Case in point, two almost identical flex parts. I created one, duplicated it and edited the other side before realizing that both flex parts referenced the same submodel Wink