Here’s another update on my pet project, for my several loyal readers, plus all the others following tosh with interest.
In the time since my last proper update, I’ve done a lot:
I went to Scratch2015AMS. (Amsterdam is basically a big version of Cambridge, UK.) I really should have presented tosh…
There’ll be a native Mac app, in addition to the free web app. Buying the app supports development and gets you a shiny app: it works offline, supports autosave, and can load bigger project files. (Opening & saving files from inside a web page is a pain.) I’ve also been asked for a way to donate directly, since not everyone has a Mac.
I made this quick and terrible screencast to show tosh in action.
Yesterday I took a new photo for the homepage. Like last time, it’s an “arty” photo taken of my Retina screen. But I have a proper camera now, so the result looks considerably fancier.
I won’t share it here, so as not to spoil the surprise. (And it might not be the final version anyway, since I want to iterate on the angles/lenses used once more to get it perfect!)
Tosh has gained lots of vital new features in the past seven months, including:
You can now define variables in tosh. So that’s pretty useful pic.twitter.com/rzDg5OyJCv— tjvr_ (@blob8108) August 19, 2015
“Cleaning up” scripts into a single vertical column when saving
Measuring scripts (so tosh can “clean up” the scripting area when it exports to .sb2) is my least favourite activity. pic.twitter.com/bE6JfqqUgf— tjvr\_ (@blob8108) August 19, 2015
Yay, tosh has basic custom blocks working! pic.twitter.com/zxnVFGHuYi— tjvr_ (@blob8108) August 29, 2015
Sprite switching (I had to have two goes at this. The first time had lots of unusual bugs; this time it’s incredibly robust)
Importing costumes, plus rename/delete/rearrange
A new sprite button, plus rename/delete/rearrange
Undo/redo support (I’m really pleased with this one. Because of my silly JS library, the undo manager is about sixty lines of code!)
Small stage mode, plus working fullscreen support
Variable name validation (you can read some of the design behind this; I’ll probably write about it separately)
And I still want to rewrite auto-complete for a third time.
What’s left is mostly refinements: fixing bugs and adding polish. I want to make sure before release that it’s solid enough for you to use.
While you wait, you can enjoy this cat vomiting marshmallows!