Questions about software related to planning models or programming LEGO robots.

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

What I'm looking for is a program or website/webapp that allows "virtual" building of a LEGO model, step-by-step, and allows you to save these single steps to get a complete building plan in the end. ...
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Is there anything like a 'recipe generator' for LEGO models?

For me, most of the fun of LEGO toys, is building new things from the instructions. Rebuilding things can be fun, but if I know I have certain bricks (or even sets), is there somewhere to ...
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Where can I download the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 IDE?

I want to see how well that IDE runs on my old Windows XP laptop. I looked on www.lego.com, but it seems to all be documentation (downloads).
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How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?

I'd like to know how I can create computer imagery of my own models or existing models. How can we do photographic quality or cartoon like images?
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What software was used to create the LEGO Movie?

So I've just seen the LEGO Movie and I was amazed at the such intricate details of all the minifigures and sets. I was wondering if anyone knows what software was used to create the film. Animal ...
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Is there any application to keep an inventory of owned sets and pieces?

I'm looking for a desktop application that keeps track of sets and pieces owned. Ideally something that would look up LEGO databases such as Peeron or others in order to add the pieces in a set ...
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How to fix Mindstorms Error Code 1003

I am using the Lego Mindstorms NXT Education Kit, software version 2.1. Everything was working fine writing programs and downloading them to the robot until all of a sudden when I tried downloading a ...
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Is it possible to build Lego bricks with a makerbot replicator 3D print?

Is it possible for plates, tiles or small pieces ? Is it possible to use MLCAD with a Makerbot replicator?
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Explaination of LXFML file contents

I am interested in writing a game that interprets LXF files into worlds (to create a game such as Lego Universe). After finding out how to extract the LXFML file from the LXF archive, I need to know ...
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Is 'plate between studs' SNOT supported by one of the LEGO building software?

Do any of the multiple LEGO building software supports 'plate between studs' SNOT assembly?
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How can I automate orders from Lego Pick-a-Brick?

Is there a way to automate the process of ordering from Lego's online Pick-a-Brick? I'd like to be able to go from a .csv with part IDs to a filled cart on their site, or even all the way through to ...
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What solutions are there to organising a LUGBULK order?

I'm involved in a LUG that's made orders in each of the LUGBULK programs that have run. Determining what goes into each order has proven to be a nightmare, with all sorts of email-spreadsheet-ad hoc ...
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Is there a way to draw LEGO figures using Blender?

I have some basic experience in Blender. Is there any way to insert pre-drawn LEGO pieces into Blender?
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Is there an XML format for Lego?

I've seen some pretty neat applications using customized XML formats. There is a Musical Notation XML so that a user can create sheet music on XML. With the right software, that XML can be converted ...
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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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How can I convert an image's pixels to actual LEGO colors?

The LEGO Group released a few "mosaic" sets a while back, which came with clear baseplates and a bunch of 1x1 bricks. I have been wondering recently if it is possible to use an image as a reference ...
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Lego Digital Designer Alternatives

I am been using LDD (Lego Digital Designer) for my latest NXT project and noticed a major delay in building and making instructions for my Projects (My Mindstorm projects contain well over 500 pieces) ...
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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

After researching this question for a few days, I want to post it here so I can share what I learned in an answer, and hopefully learn some new techniques too. If anyone has found another way to do ...
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Remote Control option NXT Mindstorms

I bought the NXT Mindstorms education software v2.1 along with a Mindstorms kit (which I don't know the version of). I am trying to remote control a robot I made using bluetooth between my mac and ...
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No software with the EV3 robot?

We bought EV3 robot but it looks like there is no software and we have to pay an additional $99 for the EV3 software. Is this true?
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What are the known software tools for the EV3?

The EV3 is coming in Fall/Summer of 2013 and we tons of unknowns that will come in EV3. I am curious what software EV3 will run and will older generation software run on EV3 (NXT 1.0). And my final ...
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RCX firmware download problem

I hope someone can help me with a problem with getting an original RCX 1.0 system working with a current PC. I bought the RCX 1.0 system back in (I think) 2000 but its been in storage a long time. In ...
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Building instructions from an LXF file

I've downloaded an LXF file from rebrickable.com. Which software do I need (for Windows and/or Linux) to get the building instructions based on the LXF file?
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Convert 3rd party NXT programming language code to NXT-G program?

Is there a way to convert code from one or more 3rd party programming languages used for programming the NXT into a program that can be loaded up in NXT-G? If not, do any text-based languages provide ...
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How to control a RCX from a Mindstorms NXT

I have both an RCX and an NXT. I would like to control the RCX brick from the NXT (and possibly communicate back to to the NXT from the RCX). I would like to avoid purchasing the Mindsensors RCX to ...
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LEGO WeDo and Mac OS X Lion

Just got a new Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion instead of burned old one. Now I can't install WeDo software since its installer doesn't support Lion. Google search suggests that LEGO released a patch to ...
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Programming the NXT brick using an ipad app

for the past few years, I have been using netbooks to program the NXT. I would like to move into the 21st century and use ipads. Is there an ipad app for programming the NXT brick?
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Do LDraw files describe models, bricks, or both?

Sorry if this is kind of a dumb question, but do LDraw files describe models (with translation and rotation values with references to bricks contained in other files), or do they describe the bricks ...
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How can I make a mosaic from a given number of 1x1 bricks and a picture?

This question is similar to How can I convert an image's pixels to actual LEGO colors? except that I need to fit a certain number of bricks of a certain colour. For example, I have 20 white, 28 ...
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Is there a way to program the EV3 brick with NXC?

I tried to program the EV3 brick with NXC so i used BricxCC. The download of the program to the EV3 was successful but when i tried to start the program (which actually didn't show up on the program ...
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Where can I get RCX 1.0 software?

We've got a LEGO RCX 1.0 without any Software. I've installed the USB IR Tower, what should I do now? I've downloaded the EV3 Software from the LEGO homepage and thought I could use this, but I don't ...
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Help Installing NXT-G On Mac 10.6.x

I'm failing to install NXT-G on Mac 10.6.x. Whatever I try seems to end up with an error saying "A required file is broken" when I try to run the IDE. Could someone talk me through the steps please? ...
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Is there virtual LEGO designing software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any programs exist that allow you to build own LEGO plans? Some years ago, there was a really good program to build models from LEGO. But today I can't find it. Do ...
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LEGO Digital Designer is unable to connect to the Internet [closed]

I just installed LEGO Digital Designer on my Macbook Pro running OS X (10.8.2). Every time I start up the application, it immediately displays a dialog box stating "Internet access failed" as you can ...
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EV3 Education Edition software license

I got a new EV3 education kit. Can I install it on a several computers or does the license work on one computer only?
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How to install NXT / EV3 software on Windows 8.1 RT

I have a 64 GB Microsoft Surface running Windows 8.1 RT. I am trying to install the old NXT 2.0 software and new EV3 software, but when I try to open the .exe file it says: This app can't run on ...
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Can I use the NXT 2.0 programming software with my educational set?

I have bought the 9797 NXT base educational set. It didn't include any software. I know that I can freely download the NXT 2.0 software (which was included in the 8784 retail set). Is it possible to ...
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Where can I download the software for old RCX-era Mindstorms sets?

These days I've been coming across a lot of people who've purchased used MINDSTORMS sets from the RCX era, only to find they didn't come with a CD. And in order to use the set, assuming that using an ...
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Naming a program in EV3 software?

I have figured out how name a project but cannot figure out how to rename a program.
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How to locate objects, and move towards them, without pre-programming the path

So I need to find objects in an enclosed area, I have access to the standard set of NXT sensors, i.e. ultrasonic/light. However, the ultrasonic sensors seem to be very unreliable and erratic, in ...
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Vision Command and Exploration Mars software for Mindstorms RIS 2.0

I recently bought a set 3804 LEGO Mindstorms RIS (Robotics Invention System) v2.0 very well maintained but did not have the installation CD of the RCX program and IR tower. With some research on the ...
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How can I use the EV3 educational firmware instead of the retail version?

I have an EV3 brick from the retail kit, which is currently running the retail firmware. I would like to replace the EV3's firmware with the educational version. How can I do this?
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LEGO TECHNIC CyberMaster Software

I come again to ask a favor. Can someone share the installation CD in English of LT 8482 CyberMaster or where can I download the software in English??
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Can additional MyBlock icons be added to the EV3 palette of icons available in the MyBlock builder?

I'm a big believer in using MyBlocks when using EV3. For FLL teams, every robot needs to move forward, backward, turn right, turn left, arm up, arm down. Even before a robot is built, those MyBlocks ...
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How can I use multiple switch options in Lego Mindstorms EV3 software?

What I see is just a simple if/then/else. What I am looking for is to be able to add multiple options, more than yes/no. I use a motor as a switcher, so I rotate it to some position and measure its ...
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Can I program EV3 with the NXT-G IDE?

I am helping prepare a team for First Lego League and the new EV3 kit is what will be used. We are currently teaching the kids with NXT 2.0 kits that we have using the NXT-G IDE. It appears that we ...
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Where can I download the EV3 education edition software?

I have a site license but I'm not able to find the download for the software anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Price of EV3 education software

After looking around on the Lego Education website, I failed to find the price of the education software. I currently have the retail version of the software, but I want the extra features and blocks ...
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ERROR CODE 7- Cannot download needed file for the program

I am kind of new in LEGO MINDSTORMS, I tried to download a program to the NXT robot and got the Error code 7- "Cannot download needed file for the program" - can someone tell me what should i do?
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LEGO STUDIOS Moviemaker Set

I was offered a set from LEGO STUDIOS line, very well maintained but without his software. Can someone share the installation CD in English of LEGO STUDIOS 1349 Steven Spielberg Moviemaker Set or ...