Changes between Version 2 and Version 3 of BasicTutorial


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Feb 9, 2006, 3:58:16 AM (9 years ago)
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    79 === begin rewrite here === 
     79Now we can finally add the wheels to the car, so go to step 6 and change the camera position to an angle close to what we had on the first steps of the instructions, then add a gray "Wheel Centre" and a black "Tyre" to the first wheel holder. 
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     81Change to the "Front" camera by going to the "View" menu then selecting it from the "Cameras" sub menu (the default keyboard shortcut is "F") and zoom in. If you take a closer look you'll notice that the wheel isn't correctly aligned to the car. 
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    82 Now we can finally add the wheels to the car, so go to step 6 and change the camera position to an angle close to what we had on the first steps of the instructions. Add a gray "Wheel Centre" and a black "Tyre" to the first wheel holder. 
     83You can try moving the wheel but it's not going to work because it's snapping the movement to a distance that is too big for what you need. Movement snap is a good way to keep standard bricks aligned but it doesn't help when you're trying to align smaller pieces, so now you should either turn it off by clicking on the "Grid Magnet" icon on the toolbar (1) or select a smaller snap value by using the keyboard (default keys are 1, 2, ..., 9, 0). When you select a different snap value the status bar changes and displays the new value (2). 
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    84 Change to the front camera by pressing the "F" key and zoom in, if you take a close look you’ll see that you can’t move the wheel to the correct place. That’s because the program is moving the bricks only to fixed places so turn 3D Snap off (1). Now select both the wheel and the tyre by choosing the "Arrow" icon (2) and clicking on the pieces while holding the CTRL key down and you’ll be able to move both pieces at the same time to the correct place. 
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    86 Now turn 3D Snap on again. As we’re going to need 3 more sets of wheels let’s save some time and use the clipboard to help us, it works just like Notepad or any other Windows application. You can press CTRL+C to copy and CTRL+V to paste or use the toolbar icons. Make sure that both the wheel and the tyre are still selected and place a copy on the clipboard, them paste and move the pieces to the correct place. 
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    89 We still need one last thing to finish the project, a driver ! Go to step 7 and select "Minifig Wizard" from the "Piece" menu, you’ll see a dialog where you can customize a minifig. Select the options you want and click "OK" to add the driver. 
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     85Now switch to selection mode (3) and click on both the wheel and tyre while holding the control key down to select them and move the pieces so they align correctly with the car. 
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     91We still need 3 more sets of wheels but instead of adding one at a time we can save some time by copying the one we just added to the clipboard and pasting it back. It works like most other applications, use the toolbar buttons (1) to copy and paste or the keyboard (default keys are Control + C for copy and Control + V for paste). 
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    97 If you have done everything correctly, the finished car will look like this: 
     93When you paste a copy it's placed right on top of the one you copied it from, so we need to move it to the other side of the car. Since the car is exactly four "bricks" wide, you can turn Movement Snap back on and set its value to 1 brick to easily position the new wheel on the other side of the car. 
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     95Once it's in position rotate it 180 degrees so it faces the right way, then make 2 more copies for the back wheels and the car will be complete: 
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    103 Now you should save the file to make it possible to use it later. You can also send it by email to your friends or ask the program to create a web page for you, just take a look at all the options you have on the menus. You can even create raytraced pictures and use them as your Windows background if you have POV-Ray installed ! 
     101We still need one last thing to finish the project, a driver! Advance another step and select "Minifig Wizard" from the "Piece" menu, you'll see a dialog where you can customize a minifig. Select the colors and accessories you want and click "OK" to add the driver. 
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    105 This finishes the quick tutorial, remember that this does not teach you how to use the advanced features of the program, like creating animations but it will help you get started with the basic features. 
     103The finished car should look something like this: 
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     107This finishes the tutorial, remember that this tutorial does not teach you how to use the advanced features of the LeoCAD, this is just an introduction to the basic features. 
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     109Don't forget to save the file in case you want to come back and play with it later or send it to a friend, you can also print the instructions or have LeoCAD create a web page with them for you. Just take a look at all the options you have on the menus, you can even create raytraced pictures and use them as your desktop wallpaper if you have POV-Ray installed! 
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