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#1 Superkalle

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:10 PM

Some official information from LEGO:

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Dear LEGO Fan,

By September 2010 LEGO Customization and the LDD team presents LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) 4.0 with many new, cool features.

As a part of the launch Design byME will also introduce an update of the opening page in LDD.

The new opening page will include more starter models than today and we’ll also introduce three different “completion levels” of the starter models. By introducing the completion levels we hope to make it easier for the less experienced builders to use LDD. The users can the choose starter models from “Just begun”, “Halfway” and “Finished”. Each level offers different challenges whether the user just want to change colours, add-on or built from almost scratch.

To get a wide variety in the types of models we hereby invite you to help creating starter models for the new Design byME opening page.

We need models in the following categories which you can freely choose from:

Animals, Buildings, Fantasy, Places, Space, Vehicles (and Other).

To honour the new concept of “Completion Levels” we ask you to save and deliver the creations in 3 .lxf files (the LDD file format) – one for each level (ie. named: Car 1, Car 2 and Car 3).

Before launching in September we’ll select the models that will be part of the new opening page.

The designers of the used models will be credited on http://www.designbyme.lego.com.

We hope that you are interested in taking part of this opportunity and look forward to receive your models by email (jacob.agertoft@lego.com) before August 1st 2010.

All the best and happy building,

The LEGO Design byME team.

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Please note that they are not saying anything about which palette they want the models to be based on, but my guess is the very limited DbM palette.
I guess if you are doing something nice for the LDD contest, you can also sent that to LEGO, but don't forget then to strip it down to only the bricks in the DbM palette.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:20 PM

So we just make something for one of those categories, save it at three stages, post it here and you'll email it off to them? Sounds good! :classic:

I guess LDD4 won't be too different if an LDD3 model will look normal on it; unless they'll change it to LDD4-style.

And will they not pick models that contain old colours that won't be on the palette? Never mind. I see you've edited that in afterwards. :wink:

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:22 PM

at no point did it say "more robust parts list" or "numerous bug fixes". I'm a little worried.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:23 PM

Nice! I might build some models if I have the time. :classic:

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:25 PM

View PostRandal, on 16 June 2010 - 08:22 PM, said:

at no point did it say "more robust parts list" or "numerous bug fixes". I'm a little worried.

Don't worry. From what I hear there will be more parts, a lot of bug fixes and some additional "really cool features".
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EDIT: And don't forget this is a request from the DbM team at Lego, not the LDD team, so when the press release comes out for the new LDD version, it will hopefully contain a lot more info.
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:10 AM

Rememeber when there was an 'animate' button in view mode to make your trains move?
Unfortunately, the current LDD lacked this feature! :sad:
I hope LDD 4.0 will have the animate function...
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:05 PM

View PostBrickWild, on 17 June 2010 - 08:10 AM, said:

Rememeber when there was an 'animate' button in view mode to make your trains move?
Unfortunately, the current LDD lacked this feature! :sad:
I hope LDD 4.0 will have the animate function...
What would be even more awesome is if there were just a generic "real life" function that would animate trains, plus offer different lighting options (turn out the lights for GitD!). We can only dream...

But anyhow, I might give this a shot. I'm not particularly creative, but I can surely come up with something. And it'll be nice to be doing something productive with LDD.

Can't wait till 4.0!

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:27 PM

Me, I hope they improve the building instruction generation so you can tweak it more (or so it will produce better BIs with the parts being added in more of a logical order than they are now)

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 04:01 AM

Maybe you could add smoke, or steam to simulate a real-life steam train for example!
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 05:52 AM

Gear animations FTW! But what i really wish for is more parts.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 06:50 AM

View PostZblj, on 18 June 2010 - 05:52 AM, said:

Gear animations FTW! But what i really wish for is more parts.
Maybe the PF motors could be able to animate too!
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:04 PM

View PostBrickWild, on 18 June 2010 - 04:01 AM, said:

Maybe you could add smoke, or steam to simulate a real-life steam train for example!
That's what the old "animate" button did. There were special versions of certain parts (like the 2x2 dome, for instance) that would emit steam when animated. While I doubt that's coming back, from what I've read (and seen from recent E3 disclosures), certain parts in LDD will have special functionality in LEGO Universe.

I agree that one of the best additions they could make function-wise is a "trial" mode where you could use gear functions and other action features to test them out. But I also doubt that's coming anytime soon-- it'd be just too complex, especially given how unlimited the number of parts that can be used for such functions is.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 10:06 PM

Hi,
about gear animation like real life model there is at least one application that is already offering that functionality from more than one year.
It works with gears, racks, differential, universal joint and many other parts.
You can build working steering system and many other mechanism.

Have a try with SR 3D builder.



View PostAanchir, on 18 June 2010 - 12:04 PM, said:

That's what the old "animate" button did. There were special versions of certain parts (like the 2x2 dome, for instance) that would emit steam when animated. While I doubt that's coming back, from what I've read (and seen from recent E3 disclosures), certain parts in LDD will have special functionality in LEGO Universe.

I agree that one of the best additions they could make function-wise is a "trial" mode where you could use gear functions and other action features to test them out. But I also doubt that's coming anytime soon-- it'd be just too complex, especially given how unlimited the number of parts that can be used for such functions is.


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Posted 21 June 2010 - 12:10 PM

NICE !!! :D

There isnt any Classic !!!
I wanted the Classic Space Ships, Classic Castle, Classic Trains, those were the most fun (for me) :D...
Example :
Space : BoxNr: 497 : BoxNr: 885 : BoxNr: 918 : BoxNr: 928

Train :
BoxNr: 7750 : BoxNr: 2126

And many more... :)

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 05:15 PM

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This is the start of my entry into the design by me. Was thinking of using this as the first stage but not sure if its too much detail.

Feedback please!

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 08:48 PM

View PostShroud, on 21 June 2010 - 05:15 PM, said:

Rocket Surfer

This is the start of my entry into the design by me. Was thinking of using this as the first stage but not sure if its too much detail.

Feedback please!

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I think it is too detailed. I think they are looking for vehicles and houses and other stuff that will fit in to Lego city (no Sci-Fi, I don't think. Just look at present starter models :wink:)

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:21 PM

View Postprateek, on 21 June 2010 - 08:48 PM, said:

I think they are looking for vehicles and houses and other stuff that will fit in to Lego city (no Sci-Fi, I don't think. Just look at present starter models :wink:)
In this case LEGO is actually interested in a wide assortment of starter models in various categories (as is actually stated in their press release above if you read it carefully  :wink:)

Regarding the model Shroud, I'm not sure the model will hold together if you build it with physical bricks (I'm thinking of the two long bars that meet under the Minifigs feet. They only hold on with a single stud there).
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 09:42 AM

Yea its not hard to strengthen just wanted to put it out there to make sure I'm on the right track
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 08:33 PM

View PostShroud, on 22 June 2010 - 09:42 AM, said:

Yea its not hard to strengthen just wanted to put it out there to make sure I'm on the right track
Well, in that case you might have something going here Shroud  :classic:
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 04:49 AM

I got an email back from the entry i sent in and they were quite happy with it  :cry_happy: on to the next step!
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Posted 04 July 2010 - 10:13 AM

Well the first one is finished and submitted here`s the start of the next one:

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 12:18 PM

View PostShroud, on 04 July 2010 - 10:13 AM, said:

Well the first one is finished and submitted here`s the start of the next one:
Great to see you're at it again. Lookin good. The only thing I'm thinking is that the model seems kind of fragile. If kids want to order the parts and buld thing it would break up in the first swoosh....
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Posted 05 July 2010 - 08:48 AM

I hope LDD 4.0 will have the ability to let you adjust certain elements (e.g. pneumatic cylinders) and add a rope or hose to certain types of elements too!
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Posted 05 July 2010 - 11:40 AM

Yea i was hoping for chains and they would be on all of these models.

@Superkalle: Being level one model its designed to be built on top of by kids, the next levels will strengthen it. I did ask the same question myself though and emailed it to Jacob, the person taking the submissions for LDD. Easy fixed though  :thumbup:

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 01:03 PM

View PostShroud, on 05 July 2010 - 11:40 AM, said:

@Superkalle: Being level one model its designed to be built on top of by kids, the next levels will strengthen it.
OK, I see. But I don't think that's what TLG is asking for. They want the finished models, as well as two precedign stages. And besides, it's not that easy to strenghten the models the way you've done them without spoiling the overall sleakness and coolness. So maybe you wan't to finalize the models a bit more before posting here? Just my 2 cents.
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