Meet Willy Tschager
|Part Author, Webmaster, AIOI-Maintainer, SteerCo
Willy is one of LDraw.org's website content manager and a member of the LDraw Steering Committee (SteerCo).
Name: Willy Tschager (Username: Holly-Wood)
Age: 55 (as of 2023)
Location: Bolzano-Bozen, Italy, Europe
History with LDraw:
Willy started using LDraw in 1999 after reading an article about virtual building in a hard boiled computer magazine. After working together with programer Michael Lachmann in 2002 to track down a nasty bug in MLCad he became one of it's primary betatesters, translated the program later into Italian and German and has designed MLCad's icons ever since. In April 2002 Willy authored his first part and having a look at his personal parts list at www.holly-wood.it you'll notice a tendency towards complex patterns. Internationalization seems to be a key point to him as he set out to translate LDView into German and Italian in 2005 and promotes the translation of the LDraw parts library. At the beginning of 2006 Willy was asked by Orion Pobursky, LDraw.org's website content manager, if he was willing to join the management team and in addition he was elected into the 2006/2007 LDraw.org Steering Committee later that year. Willy is also the maintainer of the LDraw All-In-One-Installer (AIOI), a software suite which allows a quick and easy install of the LDraw Parts Library and many of the popular popular 3rd party tools.
General interests and area(s) of focus within the community:
Free form parts challenge him, but there is no way he can resist converting a pattern into LDraw. Strangely he enjoys spotting errors in programs like MLCad, LDraw Design Pad or LDView and betatests them on a regular basis but not part reviewing. "I'm allergic to bugs and manuals but enjoy clicking all over in a prog - an ideal combination for this job", he uses to say. We didn't dare asking him why he thinks that others would read the tutorials he writes ;-) Lower the entrance bar for new users is his credo - easy to use but powerful programs and easy-reading tutorials are for Willy the way to achieve this.