August was a busy month for me both on and off Rebrickable, but there has been plenty of changes.
You can now store multiple parts lists in your account, just like with sets. Go to your My Parts page to add new lists.
During July I focused on fixing a lot of the small nagging problems. I also spent some time on improving performance of many aspects of the site, as well as cleaned up a lot of code to make things easier to maintain.
This month was mostly about getting through the backlog of submitted sets, mocs, and other changes. I did get a few code fixes and improvements done though as described below.
You can now generate your own API key without emailing me. Go to your profile's settings page to generate one if you want to try it out. I will eventually add usage stats there too.
When not playing with SPACESHIPS! I managed to get this stuff done:
API Enhancements - Some new functions and tweaks to existing ones. Details are documented at the API page.
I have been pretty poor in the past at letting people know about improvements I've made to Rebrickable. I'd much rather build something than talk about it ;) I will start trying to post regular updates for all the small stuff I usually don't mention anywhere.
Over the last 6 months I have focused on rebuilding the majority of the backend code that deals with calculating parts reuse between sets (i.e. the main reason behind Rebrickable!). I am happy, and quite a bit relieved, to finally announce that this new functionality is now live and I am going to go ahead and call it v2 :)
I've been looking at options for a forum for ages but didn't find anything I liked 100%. However, the time has come to "just pick one already!" and so Rebrickable now has a Forum section :) The existing comments on Rebrickable are great for specific sets or parts, but lack the flexibility of a general discussion forum.
Recently I added a few new links to the downloads page but have not mentioned it here. I have opened up the parts inventories for all sets on Rebrickable for anyone to download for free use for any purpose.
I have created a new photo/file sharing site dedicated to LEGO fans: Bricksafe.
Bricksafe is currently open for early adopters, but I will be closing registrations in the next day or two. This is to help me ensure the site is fully stable and ready for a full release to everyone in the coming weeks :)
The guys at BrickOwl have been working hard and I'm pleased to announce that they have now setup integration with Rebrickable! BrickOwl is a great new online LEGO marketplace where you can buy and sell LEGO parts or sets. The site already has hundreds of stores with more being added every day.