Scratch 1.4 Release Notes
Support for smaller screens
The improved Scratch 1.4 User Interface allows Scratch software to run on computers with screens as small as 800x480 (so that Scratch can work on new netbook computers).
Three display modes
Scratch 1.4 has three buttons at the top-right of the screeen, allowing you to switch between three viewing modes: small-stage mode, large-stage mode, and presentation mode. When you switch to small-stage mode, the Scripts area becomes larger (which is convenient when writing programs with many scripts).
Smaller Sprite Thumbnails
To save screen space, the sprite thumbnails are smaller and no longer show the number of costumes and scripts in that sprite. You can see the number of scripts as a pop-up if you hover the cursor over a sprite thumbnail.
Single Click to Run
To run a block or script, just click on it. (You can still double-click if you prefer.)
To see the value returned by a reporter block, just click on it. (This only works if the reporter block is not embedded in another block.)
Click and hold
As an alternative to the right mouse button, you can click and hold on an object (without moving the cursor) to get its menu. (The feature was added to support a touch-screen or stylus, but is also an easy way for Mac users to get the right-button menu.)
A comment can now be "stuck" to a block so that, as you move stacks of blocks around, the comment remains attached. To attach a comment to a block, simply drag the comment on top of the block.
Your "Scratch Projects" folder
The default location for saving projects has changed to a folder called "Scratch Projects" located in your home documents folder. Example projects are stored in a separate folder, called "Projects," in the Scratch application folder. You can easily access either folder via shortcut buttons when you click Open or Save As on the File menu.
Revised Support Materials
The Scratch 1.4 software download includes revised versions of the main Getting Started guide, the Scratch 1.4 Reference Guide, and help screens. You can click Help on the Scratch 1.4 menubar to view these resources.
There is a new translation server for the Scratch interface and website. If you would like to contribute a translation, please visit: http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Translation/
You can now change the order of arguments in translated blocks. This allows for more natural word order in translated versions. Features have been added to make it easier to configure Scratch for use in schools and other networked settings.
- There are separate shortcuts on the open/save dialogs for user projects and sample projects
- The user's home folder can be set (e.g. to a folder on a network drive)
- Setting "visible drives" now prevents users from navigating up the directory hierarchy
- Sharing can be disabled
- Scratch can be configured to upload projects through a web proxy
See the Networked Installation page for details.
Looking for Your Old Scratch Projects?
Q: Where are my old Scratch projects?
A: They are where you previously saved them. If you're not sure where you saved your projects, look in the "Projects" folder in the Scratch folder.
Q: Where is the Scratch folder?
A: On Windows, it is usually in the "Program Files" folder on your C: drive.
On Mac OS, it is usually in the Applications folder with the name of the version (e.g., "Scratch 1.3" folder).