Back in January LEGO made an announcement that the company will no longer support LEGO Digital Designer. This resulted in a major outcry from the LEGO fan community, and later LEGO released another statement saying that they will continue to support the current functionality of LDD, but will no longer update it, and will only continue to add new elements from time to time. You can read both statements and about alternatives to LDD here: LEGO Digital Designer – The End is Near…
Previously LEGO regularly updated LDD to ensure compatibility with Windows and Mac devices, as well as added new elements that were released in new sets. However there has been no update since the fall of 2014 with version 4.3.8. This meant that newly released elements could not be used in LDD, and also the software stated to get buggy on newer computers.
While LEGO did not release any new statement about the future of LDD, they did do a major update on the available parts list just a few days ago. LEGO Digital Designer version 4.3.9 includes over 300 new elements including parts from LEGO Speed Champions, LEGO Nexo Knights, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Technic, LEGO Bionicle, LEGO Elves, accessories from the latest LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series and more. This is a huge and very important update that LEGO fans are super excited about.
You can read an interesting discussion on the update, as well as see an LDD file of all the new parts in this discussion at EuroBricks. And if you are ready to update your previous version of LDD, just open it up on your computer and it will automatically start the update process (if you are connected to the Internet). If this is the first time you are downloading LDD, you can get it directly from LEGO’s website here: DOWNLOAD LEGO DIGITAL DESIGNER
So what do you think? Do you use LEGO Digital Designer for your LEGO projects? And what do you think of the recent update? Did you find all the new elements you were looking for? Are there any issues that you ran into? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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