Lego Digital Designer for Mac

Lego Digital Designer for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.9
  • Total Downloads:
    38,431
  • Date Added:
    October 12, 2009
  • File Size:
    212.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    15
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Review

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Lego Digital Designer gives users the chance to play with Legos without paying for Legos. Loaded with features, the drawbacks are minor and this program is a lot of fun to use.

The program links to the Lego online store, but there's more going on here than corporate shilling. The graphics-intensive program seamlessly zooms in and out, rotates your point-of-view 360 degrees, connects bricks to each other, rotates them, and moves any hinges they might have so you can explore how your pieces fit together. Parts include basic bricks, model jet engines, and infrared sensors. The Brick Palette puts all your bricks in one basket, so to speak, so that managing them is no more difficult than keeping track of more than two dozen subpalettes that catalogue the variations.

Seventeen prebuilt models are included to help beginners. You can place your model against a cheesy 3D background, save it, take a screenshot, explode it only to have it reassembled on the next mouse click. There's an option to watch an animated guide on how to recreate whatever complex design you just built. In addition to all this, you can send your model to Lego.com to share with other Lego builders.

The user interface for Version 2 is a big improvement, although some controls could be more intuitive. The app chows on RAM, so those with older machines should be prepared for serious slow-downs if they can get the program to run at all. Still, it's a great facsimile for replicating the fun of Lego bricks digitally, and since its free it's the cheapest Lego experience you'll ever have.

 
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  • 4 stars

    "stop buying legos, download this program"

    February 28, 2008   |   By iPod_Killer

    Version: Lego Digital Designer 3.0.9

    Pros

    Really nice concept, the entire brick palette is at your fingertips and get your creative brains going !!

    Cons

    buggy program, takes a lot of system resources. my computer has a pentium D 2.66GHz and 1.25GB RAM and it lags

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 3.0.9
    • Delivery: With an ever expanding list, we now handpick and deliver customized sets to 21 countries. Check out if yours is on the list here .
    • A Fresh New Box: With our new box-designer, you will now create a High-Quality box to house the pieces of your custom models.
    • (NEW) Building guides: With advanced software we are now able to print and include step by step Building Guides... enabling building in any desired location.
    • (NEW) Browser Integration: On the right side of the screen you will now have access to helpful, inspirational, informative, as well as other relevant information.
    • Palette: With a palette consisting of 1481 bricks, there are no limits for what kind of creations you can make.
    • (NEW) Panel Docking: In order of making the working area clean and structured, we have decided to move on and dock the panels.
    • Toolbar: To continue down the structured path we have docked the toolbar to the bottom of the screen.
    • (NEW) Hide Tool: With this tool you can now choose to hide bricks, in order of focusing on other parts of your model. Have you built a house but realized you want to add the insides, easy, simply hide a wall and continue building inside.
    • Hinge Tool: With this improved tool you now have a helpful angle controller, helping you fine adjust your hinged bricks.
    • (NEW) Hinge Align Tool: With this tool you can align sequences of hinged elements. Click on the start knob then on the connection point in the last brick, LDD will do the rest (hinge connections need to be physically possible for this tool to work).
    • (NEW) Grouping Function: Grouping sections of your model will help you organize and control the building process better.
    • (NEW) Purchase Optimization: With LDD 3.0 we say goodbye to long searches for what bricks cannot be purchased. If you try to purchase a model containing unavailable bricks, you will now be notified of which, and in some cases even given choices for new ones to replace them with.
    • Performance: After optimized and clever programming, LDD 3.0 shows off muscle as well as stamina, handling bigger models with no hesitation.
    General
    Publisher Lego Systems
    Publisher web site http://www.lego.com/
    Release Date October 12, 2009
    Date Added October 12, 2009
    Version 3.0.9
    Category
    Category Graphic Design Software
    Subcategory Animation Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 212.74MB
    File Name setupLDD-MAC-4_3_8.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 38,431
    Downloads Last Week 15
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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