Alice is an educational tool designed to help users learn about object-oriented programming through a visual approach. Its goal is to transform the learning process into an interactive experience by enabling students to understand the interaction between various concepts. Usually, learning OOP programming is associated with code editors and tons of documentations. The Alice developers aim to change the traditional approach in order to make it more appealing to the students that are stimulated by creating 3D, interactive worlds. The interface of the program is designed to build a virtual world by using methods, statements and functions. However, the user can combine the programming tools by simply dragging and dropping them in the current project, without having to write the code. In order to facilitate the learning process, the package includes a large gallery with objects, environments and characters that can be combined in order to build the world. The Scene Editor allows you to add the items in the world and customize their position and size. Each item has a set of procedures that can be applied in order to animate the scene. You can specify the procedures, event listeners, functions and other actions in the Code Editor. The interface of the application is easy to use but requires some time to become accustomed to all the available tools. Although the program package does not include a detailed documentation, you can find several video tutorials and materials on the developer’s website. The finished animation can be exported as a video file and uploaded to YouTube directly from the application. For educational purposes, you can use the screen capture tool to take snapshots of the important development steps. Since it deals with 3D animations, the program requires significant resources to smoothly build, preview and export the animation. It is created with Java which makes it available for multiple platforms. If you want to learn the basics of 3D object-oriented programming, Alice can provide you with an alternative approach to reading manuals and writing code..
Alice is a simple to use programming environment that allows novice users to familiarize themselves with the basics of animation and game development. In Alice, 3-D objects, such as people, animals and vehicles, populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects. Alice’s interactive interface allows you to drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows you to immediately see how your animation programs run, enabling you to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in the animation. By manipulating the objects in the virtual world, you gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course.Requirements: · Java JDK · 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more is recommended, but not required) · VGA graphics card capable of high (32 bit) color and at least 1024×768 resolution (3D video card gives faster performance, but is not required) · Sound card · Two- or three-button mouse. The touchpad on a laptop may be used. Please note, however, that arranging 3D objects in a virtual world is easier with a mouse than with a touchpad. What’s New · Alice 3.1 will not import worlds or objects created in Alice 2.x, nor will it open worlds created in AliceBeta3.0.x.x. · A frequent cause of problems on Windows machines is out-of-date video drivers. This problem is recognizable when a red-screen occurs in the scene view or in the run-time window. Updating the video drivers of your machine is recommended. · The Intel Integrated chipset that is found on many notebook, netbook, and other machines has trouble trying to run Alice 3.x. Some higher-end Vista machines have also had difficulties. Decreasing hardware acceleration or decreasing color resolution (from 32 bit to 16 bit) has sometimes been helpful. Updating the video drivers of your machine is recommended. · Alice 3.1 will run on some netbook computers, albeit very slowly and verging on the painful. We have taken strides to get Alice to run on netbooks, but the unfortunate fact is that the graphics capabilities are simply not up to snuff for delivering 3D content. With that said, …
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