Virtual is the best thing that's happened to me! As I've said elsewhere, I have trouble manipulating small objects these days. Putting a dozen "buttons" on a model is a lot easier on the computer than it EVER was on real models. Plus, when I get an idea or a design strikes me, I don't have to go around (which is also difficult,) trying to find which store has what kits or parts I need. As for displays, I've got a printer and plenty of wall space! Permalink
I use the following:
- MLCAD 3.2
- unofficial parts library
- L3P / L3PAO
- POVray 3.7
I encountered the following problems:
- L3P / L3PAO do not allow to set camera position and distance
- L3P / L3PAO does not calculate the correct camera and lookat positions with the given latitude and longitude
- POVray fails to render files with more than ~17,500 bricks (out of memory)
You asked me how I make the rendering of my ship. For the sections I use POVray. For the larger sectsions it is neccessary to run a 64bit OS (e.g. Windows 7 64Bit) and have enough main memory. I now have 8 GB RAM and can render half of my ship in one file (approx. 120,000 bricks).
To convert your .ldr files to .pov you should use L3PAO and P3P together with LGEO (you will find all links to them under "equipment" on my home page (www.tirpitz.net).
Quoting Architect of Vonthako
I typically build the model in LeoCAD (where I can manipulate it in 3D), make any color adjustments (if necessary) in MLCAD, and then render it in LDView.
I use Paint.net for image editing, and Microsoft PowerPoint for making things like comics or instructions.
Quoting John Stahlman
I use the current version of LDD with Universe mode. it is awesome unless you actually want to purchase your creations as a good many of the Universe parts are not available for purchase.
I use LDD 3 with Universe mode. I tried using LDD 4, but found that many joints were experiencing movement problems, so I moved back to LDD 3. Permalink
I use LDD, I've seriously consider switching to another program like Leo or MLCAD, especially since I'm tired of not having much selection in my minifigs. So far though I haven't been willing to take the time off of building to learn a new program. Maybe I should look for tutorials online. Permalink
Creator first, loved that, scratched the disk though and can't use it anymore :(. Then used LDD when it first came out, but when it wouldn't let me make something I had made in real life I went to using only MLCad. Then recently I got LeoCad, but after pausing for awhile and then forgetting the controls I went back to using MLCad. Permalink