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Able to generate inventory from LDD?

rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
edited September 2011 in Building and Techniques
Does anyone know if LDD (Lego Digital Designer) is able to generate an inventory of parts for models, and if so, how? I imagine it should, and I when I do a web search I see the official LEGO blurb about LDD saying it does, but I couldn't figure out how to do it in the software nor could I find it in the online help.


  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    Nevermind, I generated the HTML building instructions and the last pages have the inventory list. I don't think they are present in the normal building guide shown inside the designer.
  • jwsmartjwsmart Member Posts: 298
    Well, you can also get that information if you export it as an LDD XML File. The element & material are listed.
  • cloud0cloud0 Member Posts: 101
    Yes you can. Try LDD manager. This program not only gives u the inventory of parts, but also create a xml file by which u can upload to bricklink for easy purchase. Nifty little program!
  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    This information would have been very useful to me a couple months ago! I went through the model step by step and tallied up the parts myself. I'll have to give the HTML a go.
  • stephenvwstephenvw Member Posts: 89
    I highly recommend LDD Manager. It's an excellent program and very easy to use. You'll need Microsoft Access to run it.!241
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    ^ Thanks, LDD Manager is excellent and exactly what I needed. Inventory list is a strange omission in LDD; I suppose they only ever intend for models to be uploaded and purchased directly from LEGO. It's a shame they charge so much.
  • MatthewMatthew Administrator Posts: 3,714
    I hit that problem with a whole lot of LDD City building I did a while back. I can highly recommend the methods in this thread to upload directly to PAB. It saved me about £200!
  • cavegodcavegod Member Posts: 811
    download wanted bricks that will sort it for you.
  • tdhbrtdhbr Member Posts: 188
    In LDD, there is the "Building Guide Mode" which supposedly shows the steps to build your model. Is this exactly what you get from TLG when you upload your model and order it from Design By Me? The steps it's showing for my model are pretty goofy.

    This is going to be a gift, so I am willing to pay the extra for the box and instructions - if they are good. I don't want to pay extra for instructions that are messy, unclear, and impractical.
  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    Are there any Mac programs that allow you to generate an inventory from LDD? Or any other ways to do this in-program? They may have changed the program recently and the above methods do not work for me.
  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    Never mind - I just downloaded latest patch and inventory is now listed at end of HTML building guide (it wasn't before).
  • samiam391samiam391 Member Posts: 4,486
    A friend suggested LDD manager to me, in fact @stephenvw, yet it just doesn't seem to be working for me. I've completely downloaded the program, and hit "StartLDDmanager", but nothing happens. Does anyone have any information on this to solve the problem, or have had this problem themselves? I have a number of different items I've made on LDD and want to start getting the pieces and would love to have this program to help me along.
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    Did you install the Access 2003 runtime first? It is required for it to run.
  • biotronbiotron Member Posts: 6
    Is there any way to export my part list for my build so I can order then on
  • BombTecBombTec Member Posts: 110
    Easiest way is to export the file to BOM. (ctrl-b) saves it as an excel spreadsheet.
    Then manually plug the part numbers into pick-a-brick with the quantity and order away.
  • biotronbiotron Member Posts: 6
    thanks again :D
  • BombTecBombTec Member Posts: 110
    It was a lot easier when designer direct ordered; only issue with that is you could only build with parts that were available and not the entire catalog
  • Dread_PirateDread_Pirate Member Posts: 184
    I wish LDD had a feature that would check the availability (in online mode) when you make the spreadsheet that would give you a column that states if it is available on PAB. It would save us a ton of time and I don't think it would take too much to make it happen since the program kinda worked like that in the days of Design By Me

  • samiam391samiam391 Member Posts: 4,486
    Is pick a brick cheaper than ordering pieces from BL? Probably not, but thought I might ask considering I'm about to buy pieces for a few models I've made.
  • Dread_PirateDread_Pirate Member Posts: 184
    Depends on the piece and the seller on BL. BL usually has used pieces were PAB is always new. IF you are trying to get some missing pieces for an older set you may be out of luck with PAB and have to choose BL or another source.
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,411
    Not sure if advice has been given on this or not on the forum, had a quick search but couldn't find anything but simply:

    Is there a way to extract a parts list from a completed design in the LDD?

    Any help welcom
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,411
    Hey @matthew thanks for the link, started reading through and realised I only understood about 1 in 4 words :). I am so not technical ha, but if I follow there are some extraction options to explore there. Thanks
  • MatthewMatthew Administrator Posts: 3,714
    edited January 2013
    In a nutshell, you want to go into file & folder options from windows explorer, and choose to enable file extensions for known file formats (.doc etc). You then want to take a copy of your ldd file, and rename it to .zip (ignore the warning message, that's why you made a copy). Open the text document, and paste it into the webpage linked on that thread (at a different url than first mentioned, look for his later post). That will then give you a list of parts in the model.

    That list can be pasted into the greasemonkey script, and then when you are on PAB can automatically fill your cart if you wish. Hope that made sense!
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,411
    ^No not really. i get the remaning to .zip but no idea why, what txt file is there meant to be and how on earth do you paste to a website? not to worry
    the worst part of this conversation is once upon a time i was actually PC literate (post degree) but 10 years away from technology and i have no clue, how things change, i sound like my old man now....
  • bricksanbricksan Member Posts: 566
    I use a programme called LDD Manager very easy to use and great if you need parts of Bricklink:
  • binaryeyebinaryeye Member Posts: 1,831
    Isn't there a parts list generated when exporting instructions? Whenever I've exported instructions, the last page of the PDF is a parts list.
  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    ^ Yeah, when you export as an html file you get the parts list at the end.
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,411
    Thanks loads LDD Manager seems to have worked.
    Also did the HTML but no list at the end.
    please close thread.
  • pvp3020pvp3020 Member Posts: 196
    If you have Microsoft Excel 2010 you can view the parts list as an Excel spreadsheet. Choose Export BOM from the file menu in LDD. If you don't have Excel I think there's a free viewer you can download from the Microsoft website.

    BTW this is in the latest version of LDD, 4.3.5. Not sure if it's available in earlier versions.
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