I’ve been working, on and using, a piece of software that generates labels that show what Lego parts are in a container. It creates images like this:
When building with my collection, I want to be able to find parts quickly, and for that, I wanted labels on my containers that clearly showed what parts are in it. I initially did this by hand in image editing software and part images from Peeron, but I quickly found it was very laborious to do well by hand.
Reason being that I wanted as little whitespace between the parts as possible, which will cause the part images to be as large as possible.
I’ve included a more examples of the generated labels below:
I’m considering making this available as a service. If you would be interested in this, please let me know. I’d like to start some sort of beta program.
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That container, with technic beams, has a separator. So for that, I generate two labels, and join them when printing.
FYI, @henrysunset has a similar set of labels in his site. He uses a label printer for his system.
Personally, I "just know" where everything is in my setup. Except when I can't find something ;-)
But I know you can also buy sheets of stickers to print on. That could work as well.
- The dimensions of the label you want (in millimeters).
- For up to 5 containers:
- A list of maximum 15* parts, with per part the lego part number (e.g. 3001 for a
2x4), and Brickset colour name. (or just a single colour per container).
- an email address I can use to contact you.
You'll get a PDF with the labels you requested.
*the software can deal with more parts, but the computation time increases greatly with each part added.
Of course, any suggestions are welcome. And tell your friends!
I'm away next week so it will be a while, but I'll monitor this thread.
Nice, and thanks for the link. So that's from a site that sells a sticker pack. Interesting!
Might give them a try though if I can pick a few containers that have multiple parts in as the labels do look really nice.
- you go on a website.
- specify/select your label size.
- you specify what parts you want on it.
- the software calculates the 'optimum' layout for that label.
- you get a PDF with one or more labels.
- then you print the labels yourself. (or possibly you get them by mail if that is what people would want).
Having said that, I see no harm in making some standard labels available for download. I would imagine the grey one (in any colour) is quite useful, but I doubt people have a container with exactly the transparent yellow parts that I do.
That would let me use them for labels (as you suggest), or larger-sized labels (to cover an entire box), or put on a poster with other stuff, or any number of other things. Much more flexible than being constrained by pre-determined decisions and some software interface that can't anticipate my need of the day.
Why are you here?
The sticker sheet linked to above could perhaps also suit your needs.
There's nothing really special about the parts images I use, I created them based on the LDraw files. But unlike those on Bricklink, mine are consistent with respect to brick/stud sizes, rather than the brick being scaled to fit a particular size.
I guess I could make those images available, but it wouldn't be a priority.