CorvusA

LDD 4.3.12 update could be possible??

Recommended Posts

Quote

If the need for updates is keeping you from being able to use it, you can find alternative programs created in this link. These pieces of software aren't run by us, so for any technical issue you would need to contact the manufacturer of the program.

If only this given link was not a big pile of crap... SR3D builder, given as the top choice, has not been updated since 2014 and will not be in the future since is author passed away, BlockCad has not been updated either for 10 years. MLCad is not much better in that regard, LDraw is not a model building program but a library of parts, Brickutils or LEGO EV3 software have nothing to do with virtual model creation. And two of the most meaningful alternative programs (LDCad and Studio) are missing from the list. Fortunately, Mecabricks and LeoCAD are part of it!

:wall::damn::cry3:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
29 minutes ago, NathanR said:

I wonder if this can also be interpreted as meaning that there will be not further brick updates

Well, considering the last one was 1 year and 9 months ago, that’s almost certain :hmpf_bad:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

given that the link doesn’t provide too many useful alternatives (SR3D from 2014 will most certainly also not run on Catalina) I hope it was just an uninformed ‘support drone’ to answer. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wish they'd passed the rights or ownership of LDD to an entity that would continually maintain it, as I've been using it for years, and while it has its quirks, it's very user friendly, esp for a non-CAD familiar sort such as myself. While I still use it to flush out ideas, the lack of an updated palette is frustrating, forcing me to give Studio a try. Apples and oranges- steep learning curve, and not user friendly at all. I build mecha, with lots of moving parts, and after expending an hour or so trying to figure out how to get a small group of parts to move 90 degrees on an old venerable hinge (3937), and failing to get it to rotate back (I just went to edit and undid everything b/c I couldn't get it to hinge back. The hinge rotated beyond its physical limits, disconnected from the main model- it was an experience mired in frustration, which completely eroded the joy out of using it. Why didn't they copy the basic interface from LDD? At least you could make some progress within 10 minutes or so. I've definitely been spoiled by LDD's ease of use.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@M'Kyuun I must confess I have been put off most CAD editors due to the lack of part snapping, automatic rotation of groups of bricks, or doing anything with 3D rotation (it's always a nightmare once bricks go "off-grid").  I've had loads of ideas for building my own editor, but I keep getting put off by the complexity and low-level manipulation required for loading bricks from the LDraw library.    Might I suggest you give the Mecabricks website a try? It's got the best and most user-friendly interface I've come across.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 minutes ago, NathanR said:

I must confess I have been put off most CAD editors due to the lack of part snapping, automatic rotation of groups of bricks, or doing anything with 3D rotation (it's always a nightmare once bricks go "off-grid")

Have you tried LDCad?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
52 minutes ago, Philo said:

Have you tried LDCad?

It does look and sound like it would be stunning.  Unfortunately, there's no MacOS version available so I can't use it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I find it really weird that Lego haven't updated or continued support for LDD. Especially as I've heard that Lego still use an in-house version of the software with updated features and consistently updated parts list for their designing. I really hope that it doesn't get left in the dust as it's probably my most useful tool when designing stuff. Have there been any fan-made patches for LDD? It crossed my mind earlier and I wondered if someone did it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
29 minutes ago, Brick Cucumber said:

I really hope that it doesn't get left in the dust

Honestly? I believe it remains in the dust for many years. And when your reference for the TLG in-house usage is solid - then I honestly think, this is the worst kind of behavior. I sure hope it is not like that.

And if not - then it is just as it is with many software products: Folks use it until - it dies. As in: It does not make any sense anymore to use it. So many software products have come and gone - in the public domain, as well as in the money making market. The latter maybe more susceptible to ... making money.

There is nothing better than an actively striving open source community. LDraw is such a community. Studio or not - I use MLCad. It works. As long as Michael is willing to tweak it for new things to come up. Plus there are a number of other publicly available, powerful programs as well. The core thing is LDraw though. They can do, endorse, support, decline, whatever - do what they want over at TLG: There will be alternatives to their very own product. It always works like that. In the past, today, tomorrow, in fiction: The public domain makes the difference.

LDD is a very shiny example: Another one bites the dust.

All the best,
Thorsten 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2020 and still no news from TLG about LDD, thanks LEGO for you rsupport of the community xD. Now I spend the double of time using Stud.io to make the same design (a lot of useful tools and professional, but horrible mechanics and "gameplay")

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
56 minutes ago, CorvusA said:

2020 and still no news from TLG about LDD, thanks LEGO for you rsupport of the community xD. Now I spend the double of time using Stud.io to make the same design (a lot of useful tools and professional, but horrible mechanics and "gameplay")

It'll take a while getting used to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With the recent acquisition of Bricklink by TLG and a combined project already using AFOL designs on Stud.io and produced by TLG, I think it is clear that TLG are endorsing Stud.io as the way forward.

I find it interesting that so many people still cling to LDD with the hope that it will be resurrected, when IMO this will never happen.   BL has done a major part of the development for TLG and a lot of people I have talked to who were once LDD users are now all moved across to Stud.io.  Is it perfect ? Hell No!  Is it an improvement ? IMO most definately !  Is it being updated? Constantly!  I can also do all my renders and instructions in one place.

Agree wholeheartedly @MatthewRC that the mechanics can be quite frustrating at times but you slowly get used to it!

I salute those of you who have your convictions for LDD but hoping that it will be restored to a market leader I think is a total dream (Unless TLD blend the best features of both in the near future!)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
43 minutes ago, BennyT19 said:

With the recent acquisition of Bricklink by TLG and a combined project already using AFOL designs on Stud.io and produced by TLG, I think it is clear that TLG are endorsing Stud.io as the way forward.

I find it interesting that so many people still cling to LDD with the hope that it will be resurrected, when IMO this will never happen.   BL has done a major part of the development for TLG and a lot of people I have talked to who were once LDD users are now all moved across to Stud.io.  Is it perfect ? Hell No!  Is it an improvement ? IMO most definately !  Is it being updated? Constantly!  I can also do all my renders and instructions in one place.

Agree wholeheartedly @MatthewRC that the mechanics can be quite frustrating at times but you slowly get used to it!

I salute those of you who have your convictions for LDD but hoping that it will be restored to a market leader I think is a total dream (Unless TLD blend the best features of both in the near future!)

 

Don’t forget applying custom printed decals to LEGO parts on Part Designer, too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/27/2020 at 1:26 PM, BennyT19 said:

Unless TLD blend the best features of both in the near future!

Features of Stud.io with the mechanics and gameplay of LDD. That would be the perfect software. Its funny because Stud.io fails in the most important point, just building with bricks as the basic concept.

Edited by CorvusA

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ran across this in the TLG/BL acquisition faq on BrickLink.

Quote

How will Studio continue under the LEGO Group? And what are the plans for Studio vs. LDD going forward?

The future looks great for digital building and we want to do more! Our vision is to make Studio the ultimate building tool for both professional designers and all entry-level builders. We are planning new features and upgrades to the Studio Desktop App to bring in an influx of new or existing MOCs that can be more easily fulfilled by BrickLink market. In this regard, The LEGO Group is planning to support and evolve Studio and will review opportunities for both services (Stud.io and LDD) as part of developing the business plan. Please stay tuned in the months to come!

What I take from this is TLG is officially supporting Studio going forward, and no more updates to LDD unless there is a marketable opportunity for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.