Using TurtleStitch Offline
TurtleStitch is a web application hosted at https://www.turtlestitch.org/.
If you would like to use TurtleStitch without being connected to the internet, e.g. in a remote area or in a school with limited or unreliable online service you can easily set up TurtleStitch locally on your computer, by following these
1. Download the latest TurtleStitch Release from https://github.com/backface/turtlestitch/releases/latest, and unpack the contents of the archive to your local disk.
2. Open the file
index.html in your browser.
TurtleStitch is just a web page, you can open it locally in your browser, no need to install anything on your computer. You can use whichever operating system you like, you don't even need admin rights. You can also use a memory stick to distribute the directory with source files among the participants of a workshop or the students of your class, even if some of them are using macOS and others run MS Windows or Linux.
Which Web Browser?
It's best to open TurtleStitch in Chrome or Firefox.
TurtleStitch is using web standards and runs in any modern web browser. Some browsers are faster than others, which makes using TurtleStitch more fun. For the best user experience, we recommend Chrome or Firefox. IE does not comply with modern web standards and will not work. Edge will work, but some operations will be so slow it takes the fun out of programming and playing.
Restrictions of the Offline Version
You can't access the cloud, duh. Everything else just works.
Aside from accessing the cloud using TurtleStitch offline in the browser by opening the
index.html file locally, there aren't any restrictions. You can use all the blocks, libraries, etc.
Saving and Loading
When you use TurtleStitch locally you will not be able to save projects to the cloud, nor can you access projects saved in the cloud. Instead, projects will be exported as XML-files to your computer, from where they can also be opened again.
There are two ways to load projects and assets from your computer when you use TurtleStitch without an internet connection:
1. Using the options in TurtleStitch's file menu opens an OS-native file dialog that lets you select which file to import or load.
2. Alternatively, you can drag projects and assets (extension libraries, pictures, sounds, etc.) from your computer directly into TurtleStitch and drop it. If you import sounds or images you can also drag and drop several files all at once.
Easy, isn't it?
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