LeoCAD preferences


Now the program and library is installed, it’s time to set some handy settings.


Categories

Categories is a very handy tool to use within the ‘Parts’ list.
Here you basically select your favorite construction set to play with. When selected, you will also see all parts available within this category.

Example of selecting Berbis category & available parts within within this ‘Berbis library’.

So, let’s change the default category into a vintage toys catergory.
When you downloaded your library, you will also find a text file named: ‘leocad_CATEGORIES_Vintage_Toys.txt‘, that’s what we need.

  1. Open LeoCAD and open the preferences screen again:
    menubar: view – preferences
  2. Click tab: ‘Categories’:
  3. Press: ‘Import’
  4. Select the file: ‘leocad_CATEGORIES_Vintage_Toys.txt
  5. Press: ‘Open’
  6. Close the preference screen again.
Screen shot LeoCAD, how to select a categories file.

The categories are directly changed, but the part list may not. Just close & re-open LeoCAD again.

It’s also possible creating/editing/removing your own categories. Just reopen the preferences-categories screen and try out. The catergory file which is provided, contains main categories, so it might be a good idea, to remove all unnecessary categories.


Optional settings – Studs & lines…

The main screen within LeoCAD is filled with a sizeable grid, containing circles & lines. On this grid, you could drag parts from the category list.

Since LeoCAD is developed for building with Lego, the grid represents ‘default’ Lego brick locations. But we are not using Lego.

For most construction toys, we use: columns & panels.
For getting a clear view, we don’t use those circles (studs) and we place column at the intersection of 2 lines.

For example, the Mobaco parts (Version 0.5) the setup is like this:

For changing these settings:

  1. Open the preferences screen again:
    menubar: view – preferences
  2. Click tab: ‘Views’:
  3. Draw studs: uncheck.
  4. Draw lines every ‘3’ studs.
  5. Draw orgin lines: checked.
  6. Press: ‘OK’
  7. Close LeoCAD.
    (Settings are stored.)
  8. Re-open LeoCAD, now the screen should look like the ‘Recommended’ picture above.

Now you are ready to build or read some more tips & trics, on: how to use LeoCAD… (website will be updated and a ‘how-to-use-LeoCAD.pdf is included in the downloaded library.)