by Tim Courtney, Steve Bliss, and Ahui Herrera
October 2003, 480 pp.
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Virtual LEGO introduces you to a suite of software that allows you to create and document computer-generated LEGO models. Written by maintainers of LDraw.org, the official hub of LDraw-based LEGO model-building software, the book includes coverage of popular tools such as LDraw, POV-Ray, MLCAD, L3P, 3PAO, and LPub. You'll learn how to use these software packages to build you own creations, make 3D scenes, and create building instructions. The CD-ROM contains all the software readers need to get started, all available LEGO parts models, templates for building instruction layouts, a collection of custom models by LEGO builders worldwide, and a gallery of beautifully rendered scenes created using the advanced techniques in the book's POV-Ray chapters.
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. Steve Bliss has been invloved with the LDraw community from its early days, and was one of the first published parts authors. He currently manages the parts library on LDraw.org. Ahui Herrera manages the help desk and tutorial section of LDraw.org.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What is LDraw?
"The little interconnecting plastic bricks can make life-size creations. And if there's not room for building them in your home, Virtual LEGO might be an alternative."
"This book would make a fine addition to any LEGO enthusiast's library."
"I'm going to make this very simple; if you wanted a book that was all about being a great baseball player, you'd buy something written by Cal Ripken Jr. If you wanted to become a chef, you may want to read something by Emeril Lagasse. Want to know the world of LDraw? Then there is only *one* thing that you should be picking up - it's called Virtual LEGO, and if it's LDraw, whether you're a newbie or a vet, it's in here. Period."
"Very impressive! Worth the wait."
"A wonderful introduction to LEGO construction in the CAD world"