LDCad 1.2 Beta 1 (win+linux)

LDCad 1.2 Beta 1 (win+linux)
Hello all,

Proudly I would like to present the newest and hopefully greatest version of my LDCad application.

Major new features (compared to 1.1b)
  • Flexible parts
  • Template system
  • Nested editing
  • (recursive) Grouping

And some minor new features:
  • Smoothing of parts
  • Up to 30% increase of rendering performance.
  • And of course many small improvements and bugfixes.

I also placed some screen recordings on Youtube which should help people get familier with the program more quickly.

Basic editing
This demonstrates the getting started editing basics.

More advanced editing
This introduces using non absolute grids and ortho view mode.

Pneumatic hose placement demo
This demonstrates placement of a pneumatic hose, it also indirectly (minimally) demonstrates the new nested editing mode.

If someone would like to see a clip of some particular activity feel free to ask.

You'll find all available versions at the usual place:
LDCad home page

Any questions and suggestions are welcome.

As usual a nice screen shot of this versions mascot model:
[Image: LDCadScrShot4b.png]

Also as an attachment to this post is the MPD for the above model (8837), which demonstrates you can see the generated pneumatic hoses in any decent LDraw renderer without needing additional parts etc.

This is possible because the flexible parts are (optionally) generated by deforming a donor (segment) LDraw file which is then inlined in the model using special submodels.

I've created some custom donor files for this purpose (pneumatic hose, pf electric wires and technic axle). These files are basicly dressed down versions of official files in order to keep the resulting type 1..5 lines count to a minimum while maintining high quality closed mesh parts.

I know there are many more similar parts people would like to place and 'bend', I will be working to add them in future versions. But this will take me quite some time. So if anyone is interested in helping making additional flexible part (template/donors), let me know and I'll setup some sort of reference document and/or tutorial clip. All this can be done using the 1.2 version it self no scripting/coding is needed it's all based on plain ldr files.

Attached Files
.mpd   8837.mpd (Size: 2.07 MB / Downloads: 0)
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LDCad 1.2 Beta 1 (win+linux) - by Roland Melkert - 2013-08-20, 1:44

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