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#426 missouri_bb63

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 12:22 PM

And here it is...

10192-Maersk Container Train:

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As with most of the other trains I have made seperate GIFs for the wagons and everything is downloadable from the parts tracker. More GIFS will follow next weekend.

Thanks again to Stu83 for this one!

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#427 missouri_bb63

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 09:53 AM

Hello all,
this evening I will be posting what will probably be the largest single post of GIFs ever in this thread  *oh2* , all of which were contributed by Eurobricks user L@go! I still have to go through them all so in the mean time I will already post my humble contribution for this week. Quite a few more GIFs will follow next weekend, however with so many amazing GIF contributions coming in, I will be taking a step back from this to help Alban with some other aspects of the next release. Everything is available via the parts tracker

2126-Train Cars

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3225-Classic Train

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4544-Car Transport (will add loading station later)
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4549-Road 'N Rail Hauler (might add vehicles later)

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4556-Train Station
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#428 typo

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 07:03 PM

3661 Bank & Money Transfer:
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View Postmissouri_bb63, on 29 June 2011 - 12:01 AM, said:

Wow Frogstudio and Typo, thanks so much for your contributions!!!  :cry_happy:  Frogstudio, I especially like the fact you considered making an open and closed version of the castle.  :thumbup:

Could you both please add any minifigs and vehicles that were included in the original sets? It would be good if the minifigs are actually doing something too. It adds a lot of character to the GIF. Also consider posting your completed LDR files in the dedicated ldraw thread.

Frogstudio, I just sent you a message by PM concerning some additional points. Please reply by PM when you have time.
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Thanks again to both of you!

Sorry about the delay. I havent really had time to work on these in more detail so here are the LDR files. Four are just the top bricks for Bluebrick purposes and two are mostly complete:
3661 Bank & Money Transfer
4514 Cargo Crane
4557 Freight Loading Station
7642 City Garage
6339 Shuttle Launch Pad
6338 Hurricane Harbor

Edited by typo, 09 July 2011 - 07:30 PM.


#429 missouri_bb63

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 08:07 PM

Ok everyone, as promised here are L@go's contributions starting with then trains. Everything is available on the BlueBrick parts tracker.

As any of the BlueBrick contributors will be able tell you, just making the GIFs and XMLs for these represents a vast amount of work and I know that L@go was still working on these during the early hours of this morning! So L@go I would like to thank you on behalf of all BlueBrick users for this amazing contribution!!   :oh:  (speechless)

10016-Tanker

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10183-Hobby Train Set

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7810-Locomotive without motor

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7818-Passenger coach

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10200-custom car garage

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1256-shell promotional set: gas pumps

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1592-Town square

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3438-McDonalds promotional set

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3450-Statue of Liberty sculpture

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3739-Blacksmith shop

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4210-Coast guard

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4886-Buiding Bonanza option 1

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4886-Buiding Bonanza option 2

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4886-Buiding Bonanza option 3

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4956-House option 1

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4956-House option 1

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4999-Vestas Windmill

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6349-Holliday Villa

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6370-Weekend home

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6373-Motorcycle shop

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6409-Island Arcade

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6414-Dolphin Point

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6419-Rolling Acres Ranch

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6540-Pier Police

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6543-Sail n' Fly Marina

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6552-Rocky River

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6598-Metro PD Station

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7035-Police HQ

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#430 FreeBee

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 07:17 PM

I'll take my hat off and give a standing ovation !!!  :thumbup:

Thanks L@go's, Missouri, Frogstudio and Typo . :classic:



Oops ... and Stu83   :blush:

Edited by FreeBee, 12 July 2011 - 09:06 AM.

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#431 missouri_bb63

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:35 PM

View PostFreeBee, on 11 July 2011 - 07:17 PM, said:

I'll take my hat off and give a standing ovation !!!  :thumbup:

Thanks L@go's, Missouri, Frogstudio and Typo . :classic:

...and Stu83  :thumbup:

#432 L@go

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 10:04 PM

Glad to be able to help. The files aren't doing any good just stored on my computer, anyway :)

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#433 missouri_bb63

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:49 PM

View Posttypo, on 09 July 2011 - 07:03 PM, said:


Sorry about the delay. I havent really had time to work on these in more detail so here are the LDR files. Four are just the top bricks for Bluebrick purposes and two are mostly complete:

Thanks Typo. I should be able to work on these tomorrow. I would also like to point out that FrogStudio will be completing his GIFs as soon as possible.

I would like to apologize to Rumpelmuck as it appears I missed a whole load of GIFs that he had posted last year and because of this L@go and I have re-done a few sets that he had already made.  :sad:
His work mainly covered all the pre-80s classic sets. I have now uploaded everything to the town and train categories in the parts tracker. If anyone else sees that their work has not been uploaded (with the exception of the most recent postings) please let me know!

#434 Alban Nanty

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 08:51 AM

Hi everybody.

I'm still working hard on the new release. I think I have almost finished the grouping/ungrouping parts feature (this feature was needed for the flex track). The last sprint is to finish the flex feature, and then we will enter into a phase where we will:
- testing/debugging the application (specially after the add of the group feature that may have introduce bugs)
- update the documentation
- update the translation (I will send the new localization kit to the BlueBrick Translators soon). I lost my Italian translator, if you can speak Italian, please contact me!! The French translator also need help.  *oh2*

Thanks for your patience.  :classic:

#435 missouri_bb63

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 07:19 PM

I got the alpha version of the software today so I can start updating the help file with the new features. The short circuit warning is fantastic! As there is much work to do with the Help file, and parts library (and if I have time the video tutorials), I won't be making any GIFs until the new release is out.

As always these sets listed below are already on the parts tracker (town and track categories)

Here is a great contribution from flickr user q159 which I couldn't leave lying around.

10196-Grand Carousel

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...and one last one from me. As I always used to prefer this regulator setup on my 12V control instead of the dial, I couldn't resist making the GIF today.

7864-Electric, Train 220V - 12V Transformer

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"Buona notte!" from Mirandola in Italy

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#436 missouri_bb63

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:55 PM

L@go kicked the GIF factory into overdrive last week and made the following sets available for everyone. As always, they are available on the parts tracker. This weekend I will finally have time to work on some things for the next BlueBrick release and I will upload some revised versions of Typo's GIFs as well. Watch this space!

10181-Eiffel Tower

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5766-Log Cabin option 1

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5766-Log Cabin option 2

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5766-Log Cabin option 3

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5770-Lighthouse Island option 2

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5770-Lighthouse Island option 3

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6754-Family Home option 1

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6754-Family Home option 3

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#437 Sokratesz

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 03:07 PM

Is there an option to enter the dimensions of the available space into the software so you it automatically checks at every step whether you stay within the limits?

#438 missouri_bb63

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:18 AM

View PostSokratesz, on 29 July 2011 - 03:07 PM, said:

Is there an option to enter the dimensions of the available space into the software so you it automatically checks at every step whether you stay within the limits?

Hi Sokratesz,
no there is no function of this type at the moment. Generally one would make a GIF that would outline the space you have available(similar to a table GIF), and stay within the boundaries of that.
I have sent a note to Alban concerning your point though as serveral people have been looking for an easier way to enter the dimensions of a room or other space restriction into BlueBrick without the use of a GIF file.
Watch this space!

Edited by missouri_bb63, 31 July 2011 - 11:18 AM.


#439 Sokratesz

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:41 AM

Sweet :)

#440 Alban Nanty

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:07 PM

View Postmissouri_bb63, on 31 July 2011 - 11:18 AM, said:

Hi Sokratesz,
no there is no function of this type at the moment. Generally one would make a GIF that would outline the space you have available(similar to a table GIF), and stay within the boundaries of that.
I have sent a note to Alban concerning your point though as serveral people have been looking for an easier way to enter the dimensions of a room or other space restriction into BlueBrick without the use of a GIF file.
Watch this space!

Yes, it seems that it is a common wanted feature. I planned to add in the 1.8 version (so not in the next release but the release after) a new type of layer to handle these kind of measurement needs. You can expect to see some rulers and connected rulers (connected to some parts, such as when you move a part, the ruler expand).

But from now, appart from creating a gif, you can also go to the menu "View > General Information", and you will see the dimensions of your current layout.

Some news about the 1.7 version: I have my first working version of the flex track. This is still quite buggy, but I think I've finished the most difficult part. Thanks for your patience. The way I chose for the user interface is finaly quite simple: you just need to select the track section you want to move and then double-click on the track you want to drag. If the track section contains some flex track, then it will move.
Moreover, the implementation is data-driven, meaning that this system could be reused for sets that have a hinge-brick: you will be able to place your set with the angle you like between the two parts.

#441 Dazmundo

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 11:18 PM

My first time playing with Bluebrick today and I thought I'd try making an XML file for a set I own that didn't have one, so I've done Kings Castle.

Thanks to frogstudio who did the GIF and here's my XML

Hope I've done this right, it seems OK as far as I can tell

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#442 Lego Man Can

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 03:13 PM

Im not very good at making GIF LEGO images :blush: , so, could I ask a favour of someone to create these sets?

  • 7939 Cargo Train
  • 7938 Passenger Train
  • 7994 City Harbour


Thanks, LMC :wink:
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#443 missouri_bb63

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:32 PM

View PostLego Man Can, on 06 August 2011 - 03:13 PM, said:

Im not very good at making GIF LEGO images :blush: , so, could I ask a favour of someone to create these sets?

  • 7939 Cargo Train
  • 7938 Passenger Train
  • 7994 City Harbour


Thanks, LMC :wink:

Hi Lego Man Can, it is nice to see you got BlueBrick to work and didn't have to switch to an alternative software. I might have a chance to make those GIFs for you in a couple of weeks time. In the mean time I hope someone else can make them for you.

I have modified a few of Typos recent GIFs and uploaded them to the parts tracker (looks like the technicians on the launch pad might be violating some safety regulations :wink:):

6338-Hurricane Harbor:

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6339-Shuttle Launch Pad:

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On another note, it appears like we are in need of some more translators for Dutch and French (and perhaps German). Unfortunately I don't have time to work on the Dutch translation (my written is pretty poor anyway), and Alban understandably wants to focus on the programming instead of doing French translations.

Please let us know if you would like to assist. Thanks!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:53 PM

View Postmissouri_bb63, on 17 August 2011 - 04:32 PM, said:

Hi Lego Man Can, it is nice to see you got BlueBrick to work and didn't have to switch to an alternative software. I might have a chance to make those GIFs for you in a couple of weeks time. In the mean time I hope someone else can make them for you.

I have modified a few of Typos recent GIFs and uploaded them to the parts tracker (looks like the technicians on the launch pad might be violating some safety regulations :wink:):

6338-Hurricane Harbor:

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6339-Shuttle Launch Pad:

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On another note, it appears like we are in need of some more translators for Dutch and French (and perhaps German). Unfortunately I don't have time to work on the Dutch translation (my written is pretty poor anyway), and Alban understandably wants to focus on the programming instead of doing French translations.

Please let us know if you would like to assist. Thanks!


Thanks for your help! And im looking forward to those GIFs! :laugh:
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#445 Sokratesz

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 06:23 PM

I could help out with the dutch translation.

#446 Merkurius

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:06 PM

If there are plans for a swedish translation, let me know, as I think I can help out with that.
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 12:40 PM

I was having a go at making a Monorail layout, but struggling a bit to get odd connections (point->point, small curve->small curve) to line up. Had a poke around in the XML files, and it appears the point geometry's wrong.

The XML files are written on the assumption that the 45-degree connections lie at 45-degree point on a 28-stud circle (and hence have non-whole-stud positions) but they don't. The 3 connections on the points should be at (0,0), (32,0) and (20,8) studs. (This makes monorail layout a lot easier than normal track layout).

I've twiddled the XML files to correct this, and they all connect properly now. Unfortunately, the GIFs don't line up at all well, so it doesn't look pretty - they weren't brilliant before, and now they're even worse. They need their drawings corrected, and I don't fancy attempting that. I think it would help if all the track GIFs were a whole number of studs in size (multiple of 8 pixels). I have a feeling part of the problem is that the program's maths get some rounding errors when dealing with odd-sized GIFs, and the resulting ".5625" stuff in the XML.

Example for 2889.7.xml (with current GIF):
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#448 Alban Nanty

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 04:49 AM

View PostKMO, on 19 August 2011 - 12:40 PM, said:

I was having a go at making a Monorail layout, but struggling a bit to get odd connections (point->point, small curve->small curve) to line up. Had a poke around in the XML files, and it appears the point geometry's wrong.

The XML files are written on the assumption that the 45-degree connections lie at 45-degree point on a 28-stud circle (and hence have non-whole-stud positions) but they don't. The 3 connections on the points should be at (0,0), (32,0) and (20,8) studs. (This makes monorail layout a lot easier than normal track layout).

I've twiddled the XML files to correct this, and they all connect properly now. Unfortunately, the GIFs don't line up at all well, so it doesn't look pretty - they weren't brilliant before, and now they're even worse. They need their drawings corrected, and I don't fancy attempting that. I think it would help if all the track GIFs were a whole number of studs in size (multiple of 8 pixels). I have a feeling part of the problem is that the program's maths get some rounding errors when dealing with odd-sized GIFs, and the resulting ".5625" stuff in the XML.

Thanks for this information. I didn't get any monorail  :blush: at the time I did the parts, neither were the LDRAW files done. We will try to fix it for the next release.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:41 PM

View PostMerkurius, on 18 August 2011 - 12:06 PM, said:

If there are plans for a swedish translation, let me know, as I think I can help out with that.

Hi Merkurius,
Thanks for proposing you to translate BlueBrick in Swedish.
I tried to contact you by private message, but it didn't work. Please tell me your email address in private message and I will send you an excel file containing all the texts to translate.
Thanks in advance.

Some news about the next release. I've sent yesterday the localization kit to all the BlueBrick translators, which means we are not so far from the release.
I've almost finished the edition of the flex track (the last feature to be included into the 1.7 version): I still need to check if I can improve the snapping of a flex move.
We are now entering in the test and debuging phase. Stay tuned! :classic:

#450 missouri_bb63

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:58 PM

View PostAlban Nanty, on 29 August 2011 - 03:41 PM, said:

Hi Merkurius,
Thanks for proposing you to translate BlueBrick in Swedish.
I tried to contact you by private message, but it didn't work. Please tell me your email address in private message and I will send you an excel file containing all the texts to translate.
Thanks in advance.

Some news about the next release. I've sent yesterday the localization kit to all the BlueBrick translators, which means we are not so far from the release.
I've almost finished the edition of the flex track (the last feature to be included into the 1.7 version): I still need to check if I can improve the snapping of a flex move.
We are now entering in the test and debuging phase. Stay tuned! :classic:

Hi Merkurius, I just noticed you have only made 5 posts so far which is why your PM is not working yet (you need a minimum of 10 posts). Please send Alban an e-mail to the address mentioned on the BlueBrick website if you want to get in touch. Many thanks also to users L@go and Sokratesz for offering their translation services.

If any of you have noticed any further issues with GIFs or XMLs please let me know (I am currently looking into the issue KMO posted earlier) Thanks!

Edited by missouri_bb63, 30 August 2011 - 10:00 PM.




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