msx80

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  1. Hi there! First of all thanks everybody for the kind words :) I like to make building instructions for my models (the best on at least) just to preserve the models, i hate the idea of losing them forever when i finally dismount them. Having BI makes it possible for me to reconstruct them exacly as they were, "immortalizing" them if you will. And when i build a model, either mine or of others, i simply find BI to be far better than other options like video instructions, photo sequences and raw LDD files (even on Rebrickable i only try models with BI). I used LDraw and Lpub for quite some time but the modelling experience on LDD was just better. I felt it lacked a good BI capability and just gave a try to make one. Finding a good, productive workflow was not easy, expecially since the BI editor is not integrated with Model editor, and i had to work with a "finished product" with no "building hints" watsoever (except maybe groups) :) Unfortunately being LDD a closed platform makes everything much harder. Some years ago i had the opportunity to meet with some TLG folks to discuss about lego modelling software, and i took a chance to push forward the cause of an open platform, but i don't think they really considered it :) I rekon that after a while, making building instructions with blueprint can feel like a job, boring and repetitive. I had a change to work as a paid "BI designer" for models of others, and i definitely can feel it. But it's the same with any other software with similar functionalities, it definitely was for LPub for example. I think that people should simply do them until they get bored, since it's just an hobby. Every hobby has a boring part (for example, sorting lego kills me :P). Also, i don't think that other kind of instructions really are much less work. In the end, you can use or not use Blueprint, it doesn't really change for me since i don't get money :P, and if you have different tools that you find more comfortable with, by all means just go ahead and use them :) I'm happy to see that's the software is appreciated by most, i love randomly finding BI made with it on the internet, and i know of at least a book that was made using blueprint. Sorry everybody for the lack of updates, i wish i could do more but it's not always possible :)
  2. i'm pretty sure the software doesn't contain malware, it's just that the libraries i'm using (lwjgl) are known to give some false alarm. If you want, you can replace the dll i'm shipping with some from the official distribution (i'm using version 3.1.0 but should work with any 3.1.x). You can find it here under "/lwjgl/release/3.1.0/windows". Lwjgl is used by hundreds of projects so i'm sure it's safe to use.
  3. @knigtonwheels have you ran the program at least one? the ini files is created by Blueprint when first run. You can find it on C:\Users\<your name>\AppData\Roaming
  4. Here it is, nothing beside the known stuff: directory.export directory.input directory.open directory.save page.background page.color.X page.width page.height db.location
  5. Uhm i guess more grouping would help, i don't know an exact number but scrolling a Lego instruction booklet should give an idea :) Just remember that the default steps in Blueprint are generated with a simple algorithm and are to be considered a "starting point". Then you have to manually adjust and distribute parts on steps. That's the stuff that we cannot automate yet :) Btw the "simple algorithm" is simply taking the pieces from the bottom up, IIRC it picks the middle point of a part as reference, so probably the pins come before the beams if the beams are somehow vertical.
  6. yes no, it's a false alarm caused by Lwjgl, a library that is used to interface with Opengl yes yes and no, i'm still retouching it now and then. I know that people want more regular updates, but the project is quite big now and most of the stuff is dull maintenance, of which i do enought at work. Since i'm not getting paid i prefer to use what little free time i have on more exciting projects :) Still, i'm doing some updates now and then. Anyway, the program is stable enought to be used, and looking around the net it's used by a lot of people :)
  7. Hi there, thanks you :) I'm not actually working on it but sometimes i pick it up again and fix something.. The Mac version was more or less hammered into working (mostly thanks to Malou and others), i've never own a mac and actually only see it run on a mac once :) I'm not surprising something doesn't work.. Unfortunately i'm not planning to fix those issues. I hope it's still usable :) Thanks! Uh no, there's not, but i'll see if i can extract one. Thank you very much! Indeed it looks like a problem with Java9 (or more problably, with me using some API that i was not supposed to use). I see if i can fix it, in the meanwhile i'm afraid you need to use Java8.
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    [OL - FB] New Directions

    hi there, i'm still alive and kicking :P Bluerender is my software, BUSUFL is from another user, Bublible, he was once on eurobrick but left for some reason. They use the same rendering engine, so the output looks similar.
  9. Installing java beside the program in the USB key should be very doable. Check around for "jre bundle" or "portable java" or something like this. It could be possible to just copy the jre on the stick and adjust the path to java.exe
  10. perhaps it's an outdated format, try to open the file in LDD and save it anew
  11. Hi! Thanks RB! As kokkie20 said, there's a little hack that does just that, but only for callouts. One way to do that is making two submodels with the same set of pieces (make one nice and clean and the other just throw stuff in). Now each box should have a x2 below it. Select the ugly one and move it outside of the page :P done! For regular non-callout submodels you can't do that, but you can use the "add label" command on the layout page. PS great youtube channel you have! :) Thanks! Currently there's no way to export pictures. See kookie20 for some hack. no, you should delete them in LDD before the merge
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    The Future of Lego Space. (opinions, ideas, discussion)

    A monorail set with two rails? :)
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    70922 The Joker Manor

    oh god the rollercoaster! finally some official pieces to build one! I'm looking forward to play with those, see what kind of connections can be made etc.
  14. hi there, indeed it should be useful, i'll see if i can add the next time i touch the program.
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    LEGO Sci-Fi 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    i don't know.. They should have minifig, a common "ground" (if not story), and usually creator sets don't have these things