Ben Andrews

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    Questioning and questing through the universe, building MOCs, rocking out with my tribe, skateboarding and writing..

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  1. I don't think so, as LDDs instruction capability in incredibly lacking to save the least. There is no option to adjust the pieces in an order that makes sense, ie. Without floating or invisible pieces or part count per page or rotation option. It is possible to make just functional Instructions in LDD, but only for minimal piece count builds. A build with 1000+ parts is an instant nightmare. And to be honest, even A few hundred pieces is beyond frustrating to read through/make Sense of. I feel the option of blueprint, in a world of few, let alone Functional instruction builders, is brilliant. I've used this software to design 1600+ page instruction books with 18000+ part counts and it's been an absolute pleasure to navigate. Time consuming, yes, some elements I would adjust, yes but as far as usability, functionallity and end product, it was been awesome. Lots of my builds are labour of love stuff: birthday presents, awards, micro builds and the such but I also do personal commissions and They have paid their war for sure. It's not about the finances though.. It's about being able to use something that is functional for you, the user. As there are a ton of differ people in the FOL community, there would also be a ton of different mindsets, design types and tech abilities, so Why not have a variety of software for option and use? Wouldn't that give people the option to see what works for them and advance their skill sets? And isn't that the crux of a good creative community? I feel honoured that msx80 and team have lavished us with this software and updates over the years. They saw a needed gap and filled it the best way they knew how, for free, for the community and The sharing of incredible fan builds. So what if they don't give updates all the time..? It can be frustrating but hell, I'm sure these guys have lives too! Work, social, kids.. Who are we to rag on the developers of a community driven, social and freeware piece of software? We have a great spot to deliver feedback and adjustment queries but unless we take up the charge of assisting in development, in which I have no skill set, I feel it's not our space to complain. Thanks a ton blueprint crew. Your tops in my books. that sounds pretty overkill (are you really printing it to paper?) while you could export a PDF from LDD that you'd just´╗┐ view on a smartphone or cheap tablet ´╗┐ I don't think so, as LDDs instruction capability in incredibly lacking to save the least. There is no option to adjust the pieces in an order that makes sense, ie. Without floating or invisible pieces or part count per page or rotation option. It is possible to make just functional Instructions in LDD, but only for minimal piece count builds. A build with 1000+ parts is an instant nightmare. And to be honest, even A few hundred pieces is beyond frustrating to read through/make Sense of. I feel the option of blueprint, in a world of few, let alone Functional instruction builders, is brilliant. I've used this software to design 1600+ page instruction books with 18000+ part counts and it's been an absolute pleasure to navigate. Time consuming, yes, some elements I would adjust, yes but as far as usability, functionallity and end product, it was been awesome. Lots of my builds are labour of love stuff: birthday presents, awards, micro builds and the such but I also do personal commissions and They have paid their war for sure. It's not about the finances though.. It's about being able to use something that is functional for you, the user. As there are a ton of differ people in the FOL community, there would also be a ton of different mindsets, design types and tech abilities, so Why not have a variety of software for option and use? Wouldn't that give people the option to see what works for them and advance their skill sets? And isn't that the crux of a good creative community? I feel honoured that msx80 and team have lavished us with this software and updates over the years. They saw a needed gap and filled it the best way they knew how, for free, for the community and The sharing of incredible fan builds. So what if they don't give updates all the time..? It can be frustrating but hell, I'm sure these guys have lives too! Work, social, kids.. Who are we to rag on the developers of a community driven, social and freeware piece of software? We have a great spot to deliver feedback and adjustment queries but unless we take up the charge of assisting in development, in which I have no skill set, I feel it's not our space to complain. Thanks a ton blueprint crew. Your tops in my books.
  2. I would suggest showing us the full length of shown errors And at the very least, the final error messages in total. It's hard to know what's wrong with a car if you only give us the door.
  3. I'm pretty sure it's called a "false positive". I've come across is a few times running open source or indi designer programs that rely or run on certain frameworks. That's really all I know. But I also figure someone who puts in as much work and functionallity into a piece of free software for a massive community that they are apart of, would probably not steer us wrong! Thanks MSX80, your the shiz-nit!
  4. Hang on a second, I feel like someone mentioned something in here about ghost layers causing a conflict? Just gonna give that a shot.
  5. Hi all, since last time I've made incredible progress and it's thanks to this community, particularly SylvainLS, Bert_zelf and msx80. I have another quandary for this incredible brains trust. The unit I'm working on is finished at the parts configuration stage, but then when I went into the page layout, it seems already set but without snap to grid. So I tried to reset it with the snap to grid selected and after a regenerate page, nothing had changed. Then I noticed it was not showing page 14 but 13 twice. So I tried a test render to see if it would proceed. It got to page 13 and stopped the render process. I then went back into parts configuration, step 14, copied the pieces, placed them Onto a new step and deleted the old page 14. When I went back into page layout it was doing the same thing and not showing any of the steps past 13.. I'm absolutely miffed. And a touch frustrated!
  6. Thanks heaps for helping this poor noob!! ? it's been a team effort and I have learnt a ton, this worked like a charm and everything is up and running. Thanks heaps everyone for keeping independent designers alive!
  7. OK, so I've installed the 64 bit Java so now system and program are both 64bit. Where do I insert the -d64?
  8. I have 16gb ram... But if I increase it further, will it make any difference to the heap memory? No other apps running..
  9. Thanks heaps!! It didn't work, but was a step to trying! It came up with this after I added it: Error occurred during initialization of VM Could not reserve enough space for 2097152KB object heap Press any key to continue . . . I'm a little perplexed really... I haven't modified the bat file before or played with any code, just been using the software flat chat. New to this side of things.. Sorry if I'm treading on old wounds by asking such noob questions!
  10. Hey all, I'm having some issues with heap memory running out.. I'm running windows 10 on an i7 with 16gb ram and it keeps siezing on me.. I'm building individual sections to a large building, each file with between 1500 and 2300 pieces. Any specific issues with piece count I should know about? Or can I increase my heap memory somehow? Thanks in advance, this is kicking my butt!! But dudes.. Ace bit of software! Let me know if you need specific lines of code. Don't have internet on the work comp, just phone and home.
  11. Ben Andrews

    [MOC] Bikes Shop Modular

    such a clean and functional build!! the colour selection is impeccable as is the snot and NPU usage!! WIN!
  12. Ben Andrews

    [MOC] Sandvik MH620

    good lord. and i thought making a chairlift, series of waterfalls and a water wheel was a good challenge! dude.. great effort and fantastic result!
  13. Ben Andrews

    MOC: Modular Space Centre

    Ha! that's great!! out with the new and in with the old! what a great build and a great on going concept!
  14. Hi Rufus, I'm new around these parts and as such, I have a couple of questions! I forgot to place [MOC] at the beginning of my post, "The Observer-Tree", will this stop my MOC from being Indexed? And secondly, is it possible to change the Post title to "[MOC] The Observer-Tree"? Thanks in advance! Ben