Item description for LEGO Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub by Kevin Clague, Miguel Agullo & Lars C. Hassing...
Create Virtual 3D LEGO Models Using LEGO Software Power Tools LEGO Master Builders have created a powerful set of tools that are distributed as freeware to the LEGO community to assist LEGO fans in their building adventures. Until now, these tools have been difficult to find, and even more difficult to configure to work with one another. Here, in one book, readers will find steps for installing and using all of the most popular LEGO freeware applications. Also, all of the applications are consolidated into one simple-to-install program that allows readers to be up and running in minutes
Wide market appeal. This book will appeal to the huge established consumer base of the LEGO community, as well as to children, parents, and teachers who may have been intimidated by the difficulties of bringing all of these applications under one roof. The only book of its kind to cover the wide variety of applications available. Some books in the past have touched on one or two of these LEGO applications, but none has covered them all in such detail. CD provides all of these freeware applications in one easy to install program. Included CD packs more than 8 applications into one easy-to-use format, making it easy for readers to have access to all of these applications in minutes and avoid the headaches of trying to download, install, configure, set up folder structures, and troubleshoot such a wide variety of loosely related freeware applications. Will coincide with the release of Lpub. This will be the first in-depth look at LPub, the new creation of Kevin Clague, which ties LDraw, MLCad, L3P, and POV-Ray together to allow users to easily create professional quality LEGO instructions for both the printed page and the web.
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Reviews - What do customers think about LEGO Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub?
Amazing! Apr 18, 2003
I never knew the programs covered in this book existed! I saw it in B+N, ran home , ordered it on this site and pulled my kids legos out of their playroom and got reacquainted with them. When the book came I put them away and haven't touched them since. This is amazing! You get to build anything your heart could desire with an unlimited number of legos right on your computer screen! My kids have stopped playing Halo on the x-box and build virtual legos most of the day using the powertools programs that come with the CD. I'm trying to get them involved with some of the lego sites the book talks about--its incredible the lego world that exists online that I had no idea about.
Highly recommend this book to any parent who has a child under the age of 47!!!
Very good but -somewhat confusing in places Feb 7, 2003
I've been a big fan of MLcad for a long time. I thought I knew everything there was to know about it but this book proved me wrong.
It has excellent, indepth coverage of what these people call the "LEGO softwarep ower tools" suite of programs, which are all available for free. I agree with an earlier reviewer that it is great to have all of this material in one place, on one CD (installing it is very simple, much more so than if you get them all off the web), with walk throughs and explanations for all of them, including how they work with one another. In fact, this leads to my only complaint. Sometimes the book gets TOO indepth in its look at these programs. At one point they show how to actually go into the model files and manipulate them, which is MUCH deeper than I've ever gone. All in all it is a good book however--I'm looking forward to documenting my LEGO trains and buildings in ldraw/MLCad and creating instructions for them with lpub. Lpub alone makes this book worth it. It is one of those programs I never even considered until I found out what it can do (granted, there are some functions in other LEGO programs which are somewhat similar but they don't hold a candle to the possibilities lpub offers). A friend of mine talked to one of the authors on the lugnet forums and said he seems like a nice guy who was very willing to share ideas and tips.
Very good book but went over my head a few times.
Good to have all in one place Jan 23, 2003
I wasn't sure if this book would be worth picking up as I already know how to use MLCad... First off-you should get it from this site.com and save yourself a bundle. It is a boon to have all of these programs in one place. They install very easily and you dont have any problems getting them up and running. That is a very good thing, especially for LEGO fans who are new to this stuff.
Second-there is some new information in here, even for long time users of MLCad like me. LSynth is amazing--MLCad users will be very happy to be able to finally include all of those flexible elements into their model files. I haven't started fooling around with LPub yet but it looks very interesting--basically allows you to create instructions a-la the sets you get with a real LEGO kit. All in all I'd recommend this book, especially to someone who is new to these programs. There is nothing in this book that you can't find on the web... and the other sites whre you can download these programs and their instructions, or poking around on the forums. HOWEVER!!!!! It would take you days, if not weeks, to assemble all of the info that is between the covers of this book, which I think makes it very worth while. Check it out!
Good coverage of stuff I already know Jan 17, 2003
i got this book because im a huge fan of the progrmas covered in the book. ill admit its thorough and easy to read and i gues its cool to have all these programs in one cd. The only thing new to me were lpub which i dont think ill ever use and lsynth which is very very cool and needs to be incorporated by ML into the next incarnation of mlcad. would probably be excellent for a novice brickhead whod neverp layed with these programs before. ...
very useful book Jan 17, 2003
I teach math and physics at the highschool level and am involved with our local lego robotics club. The kids and I have been in the habit of taking pictures of our finished creations before we disasemble them for reference. One of my students has been pushing us to start documenting the robots with Mlcad. I had just started to look into this when I ran across this book. I highly recommend this book for those involved with lego robotics clubs like ours. Not only can we now save full color images of our models on our computers, we can also create full sets of instructions for building them using the programs included and described in this book. I have a feeling this will be extremely useful in our competitions, as we plan on documenting our robots in this manner and giving our competitors in the competitions the plans for our robots AFTER we have defeated their robots *smile*, as well as posting them to our club's website. The ability to manipulate our virtual robots on our computer screens in Mlcad after we have "built" them is neat and adds an element of "what if" to our building, but it can't compete with playing with the real bricks. Great book. I highly recommend it.