No, not really. Long ago, most Lego users moved to web based forums. They're popular because you can easily post pictures. Lego is, after all, a visual media.
I still keep an eye on this group, but don't post much anymore. I've been around since "the beginning", which was when alt.toys.lego was created. Eventually it became popular enough that a vote was taken and rec.toys.lego was created (not all servers carried alt groups back in the day).
As for web based forums, the first popular Lego fan website, Lugnet, is also mostly dead. It was coded by hand and eventually fell somewhat into disrepair. These days, I keep an eye on about half a dozen Lego fan websites.
forums. :-( I hate them. Too much clicky-clicky and very ineffective. Sounds like another group that's a victim of too much network overload.
Anyway, I have a question about LDD (Mac). I'm new to it (LDD) and am irritated by the order it puts things together when I try to make a building guide. For example, I take two plates, put them next to each other. Then I take a third plate and put it on top of the other two to connect them. Then, I take four 1x1 round plates and add them from the underside as to give the whole thing four feet. I turn over again and start adding random bricks, say 10 or 15 of them, doesn't really matter as long as the number is large enought. I stop adding bricks now.
Now I hit F7 to generate the building guide. And it puts the three plates there, as expected, turns over and adds three of the four feet. Then it turns back to top view again to add bricks, one after the other. Then, somewhere during that process, it turns to the bottom side and adds the last foot. After that, it returns to the top to add the remaining bricks.
Why is that? I definitely add the four feet in one go, and, as seen above, pretty much at the beginning before adding any brick on top.
Why is that superfluous turning over and how can I influence that?
I dislike forums too. There are too many of them, and they take too much of my time to find and read what interests me. I'm still on LUGNET, but it is *very* empty.
Can't help you with LDD on Mac. I run Linux.
yes, Usenet is dying a slow death. Sad but true. :-( There's no medium being more effective than Usenet.
how do you construct Lego models then? Just curious. I have a Linux laptop too. Is there a similar program to do this?
I build Lego models with Lego. Seriously, I've never used software to design a model, just to make plans for others to follow what I've built. I do use software to design Lego train layouts.
You can run MLCad, LeoCAD, TrackDesigner and BlueBrick under the Wine Windows emulator. I don't know about LDD - I've never tried. I think I've had native Linux LeoCAD installed before, but don't appear to now, although a search through my package manager shows that other CAD packages support its file format (that's all I know about that, since I've never installed any of those full CAD packages).
so you do it the hard way. :-) I could never have designed/built my current model without software. It would have been an endless trial and error. Also, I don't have all the bricks needed. So, now I did my current model and ordered the necessary parts via Bricklink. The bricks arrived today, by the way, so actually building can commence. :-)
LDD is just the original Lego Digital Designer. You can download it from the Lego website for Mac or Windows. I don't know if it runs in Wine. I have a Mac and hence the Mac version of LDD. Hence, no need for me to try it in Wine.
Thanks for the other hints. I'll take a look at these packages.
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