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LPub3DViewer - Trevor Sandy - 2015-02-23

Below is a snapshot of some modifications I'm doing to LPub - just for me but I'll be happy to share if anyone is interested :-)

The ability to manage source (i.e. cut and paste step and subfile content) is very useful - especilly when preparing instructions. For example, LPub does not handle some LDCad template content very well so it is sometimes necessary to move content around.

As you can see, I've added a 3D viewer to visualize steps and insert the ROTSTEP meta in order to optimize positioning the step for best instruction presentation. Notice, the cut, paste, rebuild capabilities in the source editor which are very useful.

You can also see in the snapshot the fade step functionality I developed allowing the user to fade previous steps in the model giving another capability to better visualize instructions. For this feature, it is sometimes helpful to change static colored parts (e.g. shock absorber spring and strut) in the source in order to properly fade the assembly.



Re: LDCad 1.5 progress / opinions req - Roland Melkert - 2015-02-23

Merlijn Wissink Wrote:Regarding the source window, I'd like it to behave a bit like in MLCad. When I make instructions, I build the model in LDCad and then I open it in MLCad to reorganize all steps. Because, with such a source window, it's easy to see the order of the parts and being able to move whole steps back and forth. I'd really like that, being able to move the order of the parts directly in the source window.
Moving lines around is something I consider essential in order to justify the source windows existance. I'm mostly wondering about how much freedom it should allow while working with unkown meta's etc.

Trevor Sandy Wrote:Do you plan to enable cut and paste within the source window and 3D 'reload' from source in the 1.5 roadmap?
Currently I'm leaning towards giving the source window it's own (totally different) copy paste handling logics. Any changes will be visualized in de 3d view instantly. Only initial restriction will be the FILE meta, as the current source window displays only the current (sub)model.

Trevor Sandy Wrote:The ability to manage source (i.e. cut and paste step and subfile content) is very useful - especilly when preparing instructions. For example, LPub does not handle some LDCad template content very well so it is sometimes necessary to move content around.
I have some template functionality pending which is only partly present in 1.4. It allows defining replacement / BOM listing parts optionally based on length of the curve etc. Maybe we can set something up so you can use it with LPUB ?

Those LPUB modifications you did so far look very useful.

Re: LDCad 1.5 progress / opinions req - Willy Tschager - 2015-03-26

I totally missed your post. I guess this is the first time after several years that someone gets his hands wet on LPub. I would really love to integrate your work into the AIOI and it would be fantastic if you could fix some issues in LPub on the way.


Re: LDCad 1.5 progress / opinions req - Gerald Lasser - 2015-03-26

Hello Trevor,

I missed this post unfortunately I need to say. It is great to see that LPUB gets some reboot :-) I am myself looking through the source for quite some time now as I have ideas for add ons. I first wanted to give some better sorting options for the BOM. Today I first tried to compile the source the first time "as is" but I ran into problems, so there is a bit more understanding required before I can start.

I would love to collect some ideas in a seperate thread.


Re: LPub3DViewer - Jetro de Château - 2015-04-14

This looks like it might be just the thing I was looking for. Is your modified version available for download anywhere?

Re: LPub3DViewer - Willy Tschager - 2015-04-14

I mailed him but got no reply so far. You might bump?


Re: LPub3DViewer - Jetro de Château - 2015-04-14

Not sure I understand what you mean. I have tried to send him a message through the forum, but found I couldn't... Sad

Re: LPub3DViewer - Jaco van der Molen - 2015-06-17

Nice! Would like to take a look too.
Especially the fade step functionality!
Where can I download? :-)

Re: LPub3DViewer - Mattia Zamboni - 2015-06-22

Trevor, Gerald and everyone working on improving Lpub:

It is really great to see somebody working on improvements on Lpub. I am a heavy user of Lpub and the following would be my suggestion:
One of the most valuable feature in Lpub is the BOM generation. Even if currently it works perfectly (I love the resizing feature), I think it could be enhanced by adding the possibility to change the parts sorting method. Currently I guess parts are sorted by size (which makes perfectly sense) but it would be interesting to also be able to sort the parts by color.
Sorting by color most likely implies eventually the need of more real estate, but in some cases I think this is perfectly ok. My feeling is that sometimes just by sorting by size, makes the BOM look somewhat messy.

Do you guys have any update? Anyone else knowing something about it?

Thanks a lot in advance,

- Mattia

PS: I am currently still working on improving ldraw.xml ...

Re: LPub3DViewer - Gerald Lasser - 2015-06-22

I was experimenting with the color sort already. I need to figure out the placement routine though as currently it generates a few unwanted overlaps.