Scratch Desktop is a child-oriented visualization utility that is focused on providing users of all ages with intuitive, fast, and easy-to-understand tools for learning basic programming skills and visual animation. The entire application is centered on the task of creating new and unique animations, but instead of complicated tools and confusing UI, it focuses on showcasing clear step-by-step breakdowns of every programming task needed to successfully animate on-screen objects. With this kind of approach, Scratch Offline Editor successfully manages to not only intellectually engage children of a very young age and give them the countless amount of fun with visually appealing creations that can be shared online, but also provide them with a solid foundation on which they can build their programming prowess.
The entire suite of tools of Scratch for PC is located inside a very intuitive interface layout that prioritizes the creation of custom scripts for various aspects of animation projects. However Instead of making such code by text, this app provides visual feedback by allowing kids to essentially place building blocks made of common programming concepts – input events, moving of objects, playing of sounds, setting variables, changing volume, interactive elements, and many more. These coding elements are separated into nine separate tabs – Motion, Looks, Sound, Events, Control, Sensing, Operators, Variables, and My Blocks.
The app of course also features a large canvas area for adding and positioning of visual code blocks, layer selector, tools for precise on-screen positioning, background selector, and a large preview screen. Other areas of the app include a special editor for sprites (here called “Costumes) and a sound editor with a wide variety of tools. Backdrops and Sprites can be selected from the built-in library, or imported from your PC. There is even an extensive Tutorial area that covers tips and procedures needed for making all types of projects – Animation, Art, Music, Games, and Stories.
Scratch’s offline editor effortlessly combines the fun of playing a video game with the intellectual challenge of actually building one. Optimized for children, but available to everyone, this app represents a perfect starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about coding and animation without engrossing themselves in mountains of programming code.
MIT Scratch Desktop is 100% FREE offline editor, is optimized for use on Windows 10 OS, and has built-in support for over 40 international languages.
Requirements: Windows 10 (32-bit) / Windows 10 (64-bit)
Download: Scratch Desktop 3.23.1 | 152 MB – Freeware
Download: Scratch Desktop 3.23.1 (Mac) | 180 MB – Freeware
Author: Scratch Foundation