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LEGO Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
All in all I found this to be an excellent book, although it did have some drawbacks. Good things first.
All of the "Software Power Tools" that the authors cover in this book are freely available online, as any dedicated LEGO fan will know. In my mind, that's a good thing and a bad thing. Good because they are free. Bad because they do not always come with good documentation for how to use them. nothing against the people who wrote these instructions that are usually available with the free downloads, but they usually could benefit from a much more thorough explanation and images to go along with the text--basically a book, which is what this aims to be. In that regard it meets it's goal admirablly. The authors walk you through all of the software power tools in easy to understand steps, with a TON of images to go along with them. It one thing to have the documentation tell you to rotate a piece 45 degrees on it's Y axis--it's quite another thing to see images of this being done. It is nice to have all of the programs in one place (the CD that comes with the book), and installing them all is a breeze.
I was also pleasantly suprised to learn a thing or two (or three) about Mlcad that I did not know. For people who have never used Mlcad, and by default Ldraw, this book is by far the best tool to not only learn but master them.
The coverage of the other programs is also excellent-namely LPub, LSynth, L3P and Povray. LSynth is amazing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was not as advertised. Entire book was curled, dirt and leaves were between the pages. Not happy with my purchase. I would NOT do business with this seller again.Published on January 29, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I never knew the programs covered in this book existed! I saw it in B+N, ran home , ordered it on amazon and pulled my kids legos out of their playroom and got reacquainted with... Read morePublished on April 17, 2003 by Petra Sallowstein
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. Read morePublished on January 17, 2003