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[liberationtech] Scratch 3.0 preview announced

Kẏra ​ kxra at riseup.net
Sun Jan 28 11:10:14 PST 2018


There's also https://code.world/blocks

Which is a project similar to scratch but using Haskell and functional
programming!

https://github.com/google/codeworld

On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 10:42 AM, Phil Shapiro <pshapiro at his.com> wrote:

>
> For those of you doing coding with kids, you might want to take a look at
> the Scratch 3.0 preview.  It currently works with Firefox, but
> not Google Chrome.
>
> https://scratch.mit.edu/preview-faq
>
> Scratch 3.0 Preview FAQ
> Overview
>
> What is Scratch 3.0?
>
> Scratch 3.0 is the next generation of Scratch. It expands how, what, and
> where you can create with Scratch. With Scratch 3.0, you will be able to play
> Scratch projects on your phone, create Scratch projects on your tablet, and
> control Scratch projects with your voice. And there are many other new
> features too!
>
> When will the Scratch website transition to Scratch 3.0?
>
> We plan to launch the online version of Scratch 3.0 in August 2018. For
> people without Internet connectivity, an offline version of the Scratch 3.0
> programming editor will be available later in 2018.
>
> What is the Preview version of Scratch 3.0?
>
> The Preview version lets you see and try out new features and changes in
> preparation for the launch of Scratch 3.0. The Preview includes only the
> Scratch programming editor, not the rest of the website.
>
> What’s included in this Preview version of Scratch 3.0?
>
> The Preview version includes many of the core features of the Scratch 3.0
> programming editor, but you’ll notice that some important features
> haven’t been added yet (such as the ability to save projects or import your
> own images). We will continue to add features between now and the official
> launch in August. We plan to release new features every couple weeks, so
> check back often!
>
> Will all of my previous projects still work?
>
> Yes. We are working hard to make sure projects that were created in
> earlier versions of Scratch still work in Scratch 3.0. In the coming
> months, we will be providing ways for you to try out your existing
> Scratch 2.0 projects.
>
> Can I save and share projects that I create with the Scratch 3.0 Preview?
>
> Right now, you can’t save or share. In the next few months, we’ll provide
> a way for you to save your Preview projects on your local drive. You won’t
> be able to share projects into the online community until the official
> Scratch 3.0 launch.
>
> What changes are planned for the rest of the Scratch website?
>
> The Preview version focuses only on the programming editor, but we also
> plan to make other improvements to the website. For the launch of Scratch
> 3.0 in August, we're planning some new features and new designs
> (especially for the homepage and project pages), but existing community
> features will all still be there. We will share more information as we
> get closer to the release of Scratch 3.0.
>
> How can I share feedback and report bugs?
>
> You can share your comments and bugs with us by clicking the “Feedback”
> button in the top-right corner of the Scratch 3.0 Preview.
>
> Will Scratch 3.0 be available in multiple languages?
>
> The Preview is available only in English, but we will be adding
> translations in the coming months. By the launch in August, we plan to
> support the same range of world languages (with improved support for
> right-to-left languages).
>
> What’s New?
>
> Blocks
>
> Will Scratch 3.0 remove any existing blocks?
>
> No blocks have been removed in Scratch 3.0, but some have changed a bit
> and others have moved into “Extensions” (as described below).
>
> Will Scratch 3.0 introduce new blocks?
>
> Yes! You will find some new blocks in the Preview version.
>
>    - New sound "effect" blocks
>    - New operators that make it easier to work with text (strings)
>    - New pen blocks, including support for transparency
>    - New glide block to move easily to a sprite (or random point)
>    - Many new extensions (see the “Extensions” section below)
>
> Why are the blocks bigger in Scratch 3.0 than in earlier versions?
>
> In order to make Scratch 3.0 work well on tablets, we needed to make the
> blocks bigger, so that it’s easier to drag and tap the blocks.
>
> Interface
>
> What are the changes in the Scratch 3.0 interface?
>
> We made a number of changes to the Scratch user interface, to make it
> easier to use and learn. Here are a few of the changes:
>
>    - You can now scroll through all of the blocks (from all of the
>    categories) in a single list
>    - The stage is now on the right, instead of the left
>    - There are now new ways to add sprites and backdrops and extensions
>    - Some blocks (such as “point in direction”) have a more visual and
>    intuitive way to select inputs
>    - All projects now start with a variable (called “my variable”) to
>    help make them more visible for beginners
>    - The pen blocks and music blocks are now Extensions to allow adding
>    of features while simplifying the basic block palette
>    - Color picker blocks offer more options and control
>
> Sprites, Sounds, & Backdrops
>
> Will there be new sprites, sounds, and backdrops?
>
> Yes! We’re working with illustrators and musicians to update all of our
> asset libraries with new art and new sounds. Many of the previous sprites,
> sounds, and backdrops will continue to be available in the libraries.
> Paint Editor
>
> What are the new features in the Paint Editor?
>
> We’re re-designing the Paint Editor in Scratch 3.0 to provide some
> powerful new features while also making it easier to use. These changes
> and features include:
>
>
>    - New layout that makes available tools and options more visible
>    - New tools such as an “eraser” that works in vector mode
>    - More options for selecting and adjusting colors
>    - More control over vector points (curve handles and point modes)
>    - Additional controls for layer ordering (“bring to front”, “move to
>    back”, etc.)
>    - New gradient controls (coming soon)
>
> When will the bitmap mode be available?
>
> The Preview version doesn’t have a bitmap editor yet, but we’re working on
> it!  =^..^=
>
> Sound Editor
>
> What are the new features in the Sound Editor?
>
> The sound editor in Scratch 3.0 has been redesigned to be easier to record
> and manipulate sounds. It offers a number of new features:
>
>    - New recording system that is easier to use
>    - New audio trimming system that is easier to use
>    - New sound effects (such as “faster”, “slower”, “echo”, and “robot”)
>
> Help and Support Materials
>
> Will help materials be available inside the Scratch project editor?
>
> Yes, we're updating help materials to make them available inside Scratch.
> These will be ready for release in August 2018.
>
> How will newcomers get started?
>
> Scratch 3.0 is designed to make getting started with coding easier. We
> will have new features to help beginners coming to Scratch for the first
> time.
>
> Extensions
>
> What are extensions?
>
> Extensions provide a way for you to extend Scratch in new and interesting
> ways. Extensions provide new sets of blocks like “Pen” and “Music” and can
> connect to services such as speech recognition or physical hardware like
> LEGO robotics kits.
>
> How do extensions work in Scratch 3.0?
>
> Extensions can be added to any project by clicking on the “Extensions”
> button in the bottom left corner of the Scratch programming editor. After
> adding an extension, it will add a new category of blocks to your project
> that will be automatically loaded each time your project is opened.
>
> What extensions are available?
>
> Quite a few extensions are available in the Preview version with many more
> in development. Some extensions currently in scheduled for release in
> August 2018 include:
>
>    - Music: play instruments and drums
>    - Pen: draw with your sprites
>    - Video Sensing: detect motion with the camera
>    - Speech: talk to your projects
>    - LEGO WeDo 2.0: connect Scratch to the LEGO WeDo
>    <https://www.google.com/url?q=https://education.lego.com&sa=D&ust=1517157470386000&usg=AFQjCNFyodVLrZWDWEno67_R4eddi4-Srg>
>    - LEGO Boost: connect Scratch to the LEGO Boost
>    <https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.lego.com/en-us/boost&sa=D&ust=1517157470387000&usg=AFQjCNHDJzokqIwf2S_nUVPNnt-CRSqQQw>
>
> How can I create my own extensions for Scratch 3.0?
>
> See the “Developers” section below.
>
> Compatibility
>
> Scratch 3.0 is built on industry-standard HTML5 technology and is no
> longer dependent on Flash. Because of this, it runs in any modern web
> browser.
>
> What browsers will be supported?
>
> Desktop
>
> Chrome (63+)
>
> Edge (15+)
>
> Firefox (57+)
>
> Safari (11+)
>
> Internet Explorer will NOT be supported.
>
> Tablet
>
> Mobile Chrome (62+)
>
> Mobile Safari (11+)
>
> Will Scratch 3.0 work on Chromebooks?
>
> Yes.
>
> Will Scratch 3.0 work on tablets?
>
> Scratch 3.0 will work on desktop, laptop, and tablet devices (iOS and
> Android). In addition projects will be able to be played on mobile phones. Mobile
> phone project creation support is in progress but will not be available
> in August.
>
> Will Internet Explorer be supported?
>
> No. We encourage Scratch 2.0 users using Internet Explorer to upgrade
> their browsers in advance of the Scratch 3.0 official launch.
>
> What is WebGL and why do I need it to run Scratch 3.0?
>
> WebGL is a browser technology that is used by Scratch 3.0 to render
> projects to the stage. While WebGL is supported in all modern browsers,
> some older computers and operating systems can not support it. For users
> that can not run WebGL we recommend using the Scratch 2.0 Offline Editor.
>
> Resources & Materials
>
> If you are a publisher or resource creator you can fill out [this form]
> and we will send you details and support as you prepare to update for
> Scratch 3.0
>
> I’ve created books, online videos, or starter projects based on Scratch
> 2.0 will I need to update them?
>
> Yes. In many cases you will want to update your resources to reflect the
> interface changes. You may also want to create new resources to highlight
> new features in Scratch 3.0.
>
> When can I start updating them?
>
> We plan to have many of the features and interface for Scratch 3.0
> available at the launch of the Scratch 3.0 preview. We plan to stabilize
> the interface and features by the end of May.
> Developers
>
> What is the Scratch 3.0 extensions system and when will it be available
> for developers?
>
> Scratch 3.0 includes a new extensions system that the Scratch Team has
> designed to enable developers to connect the Scratch programming editor to
> a wide range of devices and services.
>
> How can I create an extension for Scratch 3.0?
>
> The Scratch Team will be publishing an extensions specification and
> guidelines later in 2018. Once available you will be able to submit
> extensions to the Scratch Team for consideration in the Scratch 3.0
> extensions library.
>
> What will happen to the scratchx.org website?
>
> Once experimental extensions are fully supported in Scratch 3.0 we will
> discontinue support for ScratchX and provide developers and users time to
> transition to Scratch 3.0.
>
> Will all the extensions currently available on scratchx.org be available
> at launch of 3.0?
>
> No. Scratch extensions created for ScratchX and Scratch 2.0 are not
> compatible with Scratch 3.0.
>
> Scratch 1.4 & 2.0
>
> Will I still be able to access Scratch 2.0 and Scratch 1.4?
>
> The 1.4 and 2.0 versions of the Scratch Offline Editor will continue to be
> available. We will make it easier for users to discover and download the
> 2.0 offline editor at launch.
>
> Projects created in the 2.0 Offline Editor will continue to be able to
> upload into the online community. Projects created in the 3.0 editor will
> not run in the 2.0 offline editor (as is also the case with 2.0 projects
> and Scratch 1.4).
>
> What will happen to Scratch 2.0 when Scratch 3.0 launches?
>
> The online version of Scratch 2.0 will no longer be available. Projects
> created in Scratch 2.0 should all continue to work in Scratch 3.0.
>
> I use an offline version of Scratch 2.0. Will I be able to continue using
> it and uploading to the community?
>
> Yes.
>
> Will I still be able to download the Scratch 1.4 and 2.0 Offline Editors?
>
> Yes. We plan to continue to support downloads of the Scratch 1.4 and 2.0
> Offline Editors for several years.
>
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>
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