Download: Get Started: Macintosh Users
This section will help you set up the files you need to get started with LDraw. The installation process is not complicated, but it does require a working knowledge of computers.
Download and install original LDraw Package
The original LDraw package contains the parts libraries needed to get started creating LDraw models. Clicking Step 1 will take you to the download and installation instructions. Be sure to follow them carefully! This step cannot be skipped.
Choose a Second Generation Editor
Second Generation Editors are new programs which allow you to design models using the oringinal LDraw file format and parts libraries. Currently, all editors on the Macintosh are still in development, and have missing features and crash a bit too often. Just be aware.
Mac Brick CAD
Easy to use, full screen editing and model manipulation for LDraw files. Reads and writes .ldr (.dat) and .mpd files. It has part visibility controls to make editing large models easier. It has the ability to rotate parts using the mouse directly onscreen. And it has fast drawing routines and a large numbers of predefined parts, which makes it the fastest renderer available for Mac. Carbon application. Mac OS 8.6 to Mac OS X. Mac OS 8.6 requires OpenGL extensions.
To download, visit the Mac Brick CAD download page, and click on the 'Download' icon.
Brick CAD editor for LDraw files. Includes a parts list window, rendering plugins, and can be used as a web browser helper to display LDraw .dat files posted on the web. Carbon application. Mac OS 8.6 to Mac OS X. Mac OS 8.6 requires OpenGL extensions.
To download, visit the BrickDraw3D site, click the download link at the top of the page.
Learning how to use your new editor may be a challenge, but with a little practice you will get the hang of it. Be sure to post your questions and feedback to the Macintosh developer forum.
Introduction to LDraw Utilities
There is a lot you can do with LDraw files beyond just creating LEGO models! Many contributors have developed utilities to make the most of the LDraw file format. Check out a brief introduction to a few utilities, and then move on to download them.
Check out LDraw.org's list of software packages to download which supplement the standard editors. Download programs like L3P, POV-Ray, various file format converters and rendering tools.
Need help with any of this? Check out LDraw.org's Help Section, or check out the LUGNET CAD discussion groups and ask a large group of users for help.
Lego® is a registered trademark of the Lego Group. Please see our legal page for details. LDraw, the LDraw file format, MLCad, and other software mentioned on this website are not official software titles published by the LEGO Group, they are developed by private, individual enthusiasts. For more information and discussion, please visit the LUGNET CAD discussion group.