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Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals?

I want to create my own manuals, but I want them to look and feel like actual Lego instruction manuals. So, I probably need a style guide and / or tool that helps me to achieve this. Are these tools and style guides available?

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marked as duplicate by Riduidel, Joe Wreschnig, oezi, pcantin, Ambo100 Nov 1 '11 at 16:25

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I'm afraid I'm not clear about my question. :) I'm not asking for actual building tools, but for style guides. I'll update my question. –  Kriem Oct 30 '11 at 12:47
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Ah, would you be talking about getting the right type of paper and printing and assembling it? If so, then this is certainly not a duplicate. :) –  HaydenStudios Oct 30 '11 at 15:14
    
That's what I meant. Sorry about the confusion. :) –  Kriem Oct 30 '11 at 19:51
    
This was clarified not to be a duplicate after several people voted; unfortunately there is no way to rescind close votes. (On the other hand, an answer was accepted that doesn't jive with the clarification. So I have no idea, really.) –  user23 Nov 1 '11 at 18:54
    
I thought there was a way to vote to reopen a question. Is there? Cause I'm not seeing one. –  HaydenStudios Nov 2 '11 at 1:42
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The online consensus on this question seems to be using LDraw, and progressively create the model while saving the steps (like this tutorial explains).

However, I remember an other way, but I can't put .. oh wait, it was using MLCad.

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LPub is a program designed specifically to produce step-by-step construction documentation from LDraw files. I haven't tried it myself (it's Windows-only) but I believe most of the fan-created instructions out there are made with it.

Edit: As Retracile notes in his answer to a similar question there is a newer version, LPub 4, which also supports Mac.

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