I use a combination of LDD and MLCAD. It is much easier to build/manipulate/rotate bricks in LDD. However, the precision and selection of bricks in MLCAD is unsurpassed. I usually like to start building in LDD, and refine/recolor in MLCAD.
Also, you can UNDO things in LDD! Permalink
I just joined the group. I'm using LDraw + MLCad for my digital buildings and LDView + Povray for rendering. I have tried LDD, but for me MLCad is more powerful. It's user interface might be oldfashioned and some thing might be more complicated, but it gives you a lot more flexibility and possibilities. You just have to get used to it. ;-) Permalink
I would never use MLCAD for a whole MOC. it has the best selection of bricks, but it is certainly not user friendly. I am biased because I had been using LDD years before I even heard of MLCAD, but then again, I took several drafting and AutoCAD classes in high school, so I'm fairly familiar with working on different planes. if they revamped it and made it easier to use, it would ruin LDD. and not that it matters, but MLCAD look a bit like paint did on windows 2000. I mean, I get that it doesn't get loads of funding, and is mostly a hobby, it would be nice if the interface wasn't so bland and toolbarred. I havent used leocad, but it sounds enticing. I'm LDD extended all the way. but i hate it that not every brick in digital designer is available in extended. especially with mini-figs, there are tons of printed bodies that are missing from extended. nevertheless, its awesome, and lots of people make due with the limited options Permalink
I've been doing very well with LDD. I have built some of my weapons with real legos and they hold up very well. I do wish LDD had more decorations like minifig outfits and lettering for tiles. Permalink
Quoting f-22 raptor
:O you sir are an evil genious.
Is he not?? I use the new LDD and if you click views, then themes, then LDD extended, you can get more parts, decals, and colors available to you. just follow these instructions again and click LDD to go back to normal, semi-restricted mode. Permalink
Quoting Zach Jones
Is he not?? I use the new LDD and if you click views, then themes, then LDD extended, you can get more parts, decals, and colors available to you. just follow these instructions again and click LDD to go back to normal, semi-restricted mode.
Oh I use that mode as well, and am never going back >:D Permalink
the nice thing about the current version of LDD is that you can switch between LDD, LDD mindstorms, and LDD extended while in the model. one thing I noticed is that in extended there are very few decals for bodies, and no dress decals. castle MOCs look kinda lame when the girls all wear pants. but in the basic version there are lots more decals for minifigs. but you can go to view->themes->LDD/mindstorms/extended and get all of the bricks available in the other palettes. Permalink
I started out using Design By Me, which later was renamed Lego Digital Designer 4.3.
The only thing annoys me about LDD is that Lego is constantly adding & removing bricks making a good model suddenly announce some bricks are no longer right, so are removed automatically (growls). Permalink