- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press (July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886411948
- ISBN-13: 978-1886411944
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,633,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Virtual Lego: The Official LDraw.org guide to LDraw Tools for Windows
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"Any fan of LEGO kits will want to make sure they get their own copy of this super new book" -- Golden Triangle PC Club, October, 2003
About the Author
Tim Courtney, an avid LEGO hobbyist, spearheaded the development of LDraw.org in 1999. He has been a long-time contributor to the LEGO fan community.
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Enter Virtual LEGO: The Official [...] Guide To LDraw Tools for Windows. In spite of that long and confusing title, this book is a must have if you want to take working with Legos to the next level. In a nut shell, this book takes design software that was developed in the late 90's specifically for Lego blocks and teaches you how to use your computer to design projects.
Unfortunately the original software designer passed away shortly after it's release. A group of dedicated Lego enthusiast (that is the [...] in the title) have kept it alive and are constantly updating and adding to the software. There are now several programs that can work together to design and build models on your computer, create custom building instructions, and even publish your work on the web or in print.
Even though the programs are free to download at the web site, there is a learning curve and this book addresses that quite well. The manual will guide you through several projects and teach you how to create your own models. There is a CD included with the book which makes it very convenient to load onto your computer and get started right away. The web site has the latest parts updates for the library and "how to" articles. This makes the book a real bargain in my opinion. Not only do you get a comprehensive manual and CD of programs, but access to the organization that keeps it going and all of their knowledge base.
Please note: Lego has a program of their own that can be downloaded for free at the official Lego site. The official Lego software is not as comprehensive as LDraw and is geared more to the younger set.
All told, this is a *much needed* resource for LEGO-CAD; it would be *terrific* if they came out with a new addition with sections tailored to Mac users.
It does a great job of introducing the reader to the LDraw suite of tool for making LEGO creations on your computer. Though this book is geared toward beginners, it is also a great tool for those intermediate users looking to expand their LDraw horizons. I especially liked the sections on creating building instructions. Additionally, all the reference sections make this book worthwhile for even the seasoned LDrawer; I loved the visual color reference on the inside front cover. This book would make a fine addition to any LEGO enthusiasts library.
All in all, well worth the money and the read!