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How Come The New LDD Has Only A Coupple New Bricks? Why Did The LEGO Company Change The Delete Tool Hotkey From E To D?
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| October 14, 2009, 7:11 pm
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Quoting General Frazier
How Come The New LDD Has Only A Coupple New Bricks? Why Did The LEGO Company Change The Delete Tool Hotkey From E To D?


Because I don't use LDD, I did some digging on the LEGO site to help answer your question about the brick selection. This is what I found:

"Due to the fact that we need to physically handpick & pack every brick for custom LEGO Design byME sets, itīs unfortunately impossible for us to offer you the complete LEGO brick library. Through elaborate research & analysis, we do try our best to choose a palette that will satisfy the majority of our customers." (http://service.lego.com/en-us/HelpTopics/default.aspx?folderID=769)

Regarding the hot key change, perhaps E for "erase" wasn't as intuitive as D "delete"? I guess it is just something you will need to adapt to. I'm not sure what prompted the change, but I'm sure that they had a good reason.

~Stacy
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| October 19, 2009, 1:53 pm
Quoting Stacy Sterling

"Due to the fact that we need to physically handpick & pack every brick for custom LEGO Design byME sets, itīs unfortunately impossible for us to offer you the complete LEGO brick library. Through elaborate research & analysis, we do try our best to choose a palette that will satisfy the majority of our customers."

Just because we can't buy doesn't mean we can't have them all in the program. I it is really fun if we could use all the pieces ever made by LEGO in digital format. It isn't necessary to have them all available for purchase. You follow my meaning or do I have to rephrase? (simply because my english is a bit rusty and sometime people don't understand what I say)
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| October 19, 2009, 2:57 pm
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Quoting James Theodore
Quoting Stacy Sterling

"Due to the fact that we need to physically handpick & pack every brick for custom LEGO Design byME sets, itīs unfortunately impossible for us to offer you the complete LEGO brick library. Through elaborate research & analysis, we do try our best to choose a palette that will satisfy the majority of our customers."

Just because we can't buy doesn't mean we can't have them all in the program. I it is really fun if we could use all the pieces ever made by LEGO in digital format. It isn't necessary to have them all available for purchase. You follow my meaning or do I have to rephrase? (simply because my english is a bit rusty and sometime people don't understand what I say)


I see what you're saying and it makes perfect sense. However the LDD program was designed to work with the Design byME program and so they had to limit their part selection as stated above.

One suggestion I have for those who would like all parts in all colors would be this: www.ldraw.org - enjoy!

~Stacy
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| October 24, 2009, 5:40 pm
Just to clarify, you can unfilter your Brick Pallette in LDD 3.0 by clicking "Turn off all filters" at the top of the Brick Pallette window. This will enable you to use many more parts, but it will give you a little message that using these parts will make it impossible to buy the model.
So for playing around, you can use a lot more parts than meet the eye, there's also a conversion tool to convert Ldraw .dat files to LDD 3.0 included in the LDD 3.0 install, but this requires some coding knowledge, as it's something that you have to edit in a text editor. There will be a tutorial for this soon.

Just keep in mind that you won't be able to buy models that use parts that aren't available from Pick-a-Brick!

Regards,

Sebastiaan Arts
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| November 4, 2009, 12:19 pm
Quoting Architect of Vonthako
And this is why I stick with the LDraw group of products...

Hey Architect, good to see you here too.

I don't think you can justifiably compare LDD and LDraw, they are both made for entirely different purposes.
The strength of LDD is that you can order your own model in a fancy box with printed instructions, the weakness of it is that it's expensive and doesn't have all the parts, you're basically limited to the Pick-a-Brick pallette minus one part (the chain is available from Pick-a-Brick, but not yet through LEGO Design byME).
The strength of LDraw is that it has a much wider selection of parts available, and is much less limited in what you can do, but that's because it wasn't designed for you to order your designed model.

Both are great programs, and both serve different needs.
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| November 12, 2009, 12:37 pm
I haven't really tried the new LDD, but I find that building with the actual bricks is much easier, and can be cheaper too.
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| November 13, 2009, 12:17 pm
Just to answer one of your points, Architect: LDD 3.0 and Ldraw are compatible. You can import .ldr files into LDD 3.0 by using File > Import
It works the other way around too, you can export your LDD 3.0 project to a .ldr file.
This is providing that the parts you used are available in both programs, of course ;)
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| November 23, 2009, 4:46 pm
I do understand that one of the main purposes for LDD is to generate sales of "custom" boxed sets for LEGO. However, due to the high price points, my guess is this is not generating a lot of sales at this point.

It is very likely that someone who uses LDD already has a good collection of bricks. A very useful feature for LDD would be to generate an inventory of bricks used in a creation, and transfer this inventory to the Pick-A-Brick shopping cart of the LEGO store. This would enable customers who don't want to pay the overhead of a "custom" box and printed instructions to just get the parts. Moreover, one could then easily remove bricks already owned from the list and just buy the additional bricks that are necessary for the creation. (It is possible to do this manually, of course, but it is a lot of work for a large model.)
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| December 20, 2009, 12:59 am
Quoting Stacy Sterling

I see what you're saying and it makes perfect sense. However the LDD program was designed to work with the Design byME program and so they had to limit their part selection as stated above.


I have a question about LDD/Design byMe. OK, one day I built something simple on LDD. It gave me a prices like $14. Then I went on Pick-a-brick and the price for the exact same pieces was around $3! Is this extra $10-11 for the box and instructions, or is this just overcharging?
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| December 24, 2009, 7:43 pm
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Quoting Flare .
I have a question about LDD/Design byMe. OK, one day I built something simple on LDD. It gave me a prices like $14. Then I went on Pick-a-brick and the price for the exact same pieces was around $3! Is this extra $10-11 for the box and instructions, or is this just overcharging?


Yep, you're paying for printing the box and instructions, you're also paying for a LEGO employee to hand-pick each brick you used and pack it up. So, all of those extras add up and you end up with the $14 price tag.

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| December 26, 2009, 10:24 am
Quoting Stacy Sterling

Yep, you're paying for printing the box and instructions, you're also paying for a LEGO employee to hand-pick each brick you used and pack it up. So, all of those extras add up and you end up with the $14 price tag.


Aha. OK, thank you for your reply!
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| December 27, 2009, 12:47 pm
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