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Starting Alice

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Starting Alice 3


If Alice 3 has been installed using the online or offline installer, a shortcut icon will have been created on the desktop of a machine (unless the create desktop icon option was unclicked during installation). The shortcut icon shown is from the desktop of a PC, but a similar icon will appear on Mac and Linux systems. The icon may be pulled to a dock, if available on the desktop of the machine. Click the icon to start Alice.




If Alice has been installed on the machine using the Universal zip, no shortcut icon has been created. Open the unzipped Alice 3 folder to view a list of folders and files, as shown. Four start files are highlighted in the red box.




These start files are designed to start Alice 3 on the specific OS as is appropriate.  To start Alice 3, click on the appropriate start file for the OS installed on the computer system, as described here:



Starts Alice 3 for a PC system (either 32 or 64 bit)
Starts Alice 3 for a Linux system, 32 bit
Starts Alice 3 for a Linux system, 64 bit
Drag this icon to the dock. Then click the icon on the dock to start Alice 3 on a Mac OSX system (Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion). 


Welcome dialog box


After clicking the appropriate start file, Alice starts by displaying a Welcome dialog box, centered on the Alice 3 interface, as shown. The Welcome dialog box has four tabs and the Templates tab is automatically selected. Choose any one of the templates or click on one of the other tabs to select a previously written Alice project.


For new users of Alice, we recommend choosing one of the templates (single-click on the template and then the OK button, or double-click on template). If the Cancel button in the dialog box is clicked without selecting a template or a previously written project, Alice will close the Welcome dialog box without displaying a template. To reopen the Welcome dialog box, click File in the menu bar at the top of the Alice window and select New from the menu.



Upon selection of a template, Alice will display a camera-eye-view of the template in the Code Editor, as shown. (The display may vary somewhat, but the basic organization should be the same.)


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