How to download and install Alice 3

Downloading Alice 3 

The www.alice.org homepage includes a Downloads menu Get Alice. Click on Get Alice on the sidebar, as shown. Select the version of Alice you wish to download.

 

Downloads menu on www.alice.org

Downloads menu on www.alice.org

Installing Alice 3

 

Locate the downloaded Alice 3 installer:

After downloading Alice 3, locate the downloaded file on your system.

Windows: 

Apple OS X:

Double-click this disk image to see the Apple OS X installer

Linux: the Linux shell script does not start the installer right away. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Terminal, and go to the directory where you have downloaded Alice
  • Type chmod +x Alice3_unix_Offline_3_2_5_0_0.sh
  • Type ./Alice3_unix_Offline_3_2_5_0_0.sh
  • Installation will start in a few seconds

 

NOTE:  Your operating system may display a message that you are attempting to run/launch an unrecognized application. In that case, refer to the following appropriate link for your system below:

For Windows 10

For Windows 7

Apple OS X

 

Launch the installer

Double-click Alice 3 Installer

You may see the following message box:

Select the language

You will be prompted to select your language.

Welcome Screen

If this is the first installation of Alice on this computer, you will see the following welcome screen:

If you are updating Alice from a previous version, you will be given the option to do a clean installation or an update.

Click Next to continue

 

Alice 3 License

Read the license agreement before continuing 

Click Next to continue

 

File Associations

You will be asked if you want to set up File Associations for Alice, so that if you double-click an Alice Project icon, Alice will launch your project.

Click Next to continue

 

Select the destination for the Alice application on your System

If you indicated that you would like to install Alice in another location instead of the Default location, you will be asked to accept the default or choose another location for the Alice 3 application.

Click Next to continue

 

Alice will then be installed on your system

 

When the installation is complete

You should see the following dialogue box

Click Finish


Starting Alice 3

 

The first time you try to run Alice on your computer, the security settings of your computer may not recognize Alice and Alice will not run.

 

Mac OS X

Right-Click on the icon, and from the menu, select Open. You will then see a dialogue box that indicates that Alice is an unrecognized application and will ask you if you still want to open it. Click on Open. Alice will run normally after this first attempt.

 

Windows 10

Right-click the file icon and select the option to run as an administrator (even if your account has administrative privileges.) Once permission is given Alice will run normally.

 

After Alice starts…

Find the Alice 3 startup icon on your system, and start Alice by double-clicking on it.

When Alice starts, a Welcome dialogue box is displayed, as shown below. The Welcome dialogue 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.

The red X message in the bottom left of the window is a warning message that indicates a template or a previous project must be selected in this window in order to display a scene. If the Cancel button in the dialogue box is clicked without selecting a template or a previously written project, Alice will close the Welcome dialogue box without displaying the Code editor. To reopen the Welcome dialogue box, click File in the menu bar at the top left of the Alice window and select New from the menu.

Welcome dialog box

Welcome dialog box

 

Upon successful selection of a template, Alice will display the selected template scene in the upper left corner of the Code Editor, as shown. (The display may vary somewhat, but the basic organization should be the same.)

Start Screen, Code Editor

Start Screen, Code Editor

Troubleshooting: PC display driver updates 

If Alice does not start or if the templates are not properly displayed, the display driver on the computer system may need to be updated. For Windows PC users, we advise updating the display driver directly from the display card manufacturer website (rather than using Windows Update). See the following instructions.

 Updating video drivers.

 


System Requirements Hardware Recommendations

  • Desktop or laptop computer.    however many netbook models are designed to work well with 2D graphics but are not up to snuff when trying to deliver 3D graphics animation. We suggest trying Alice on the netbook that will be used with Alice before purchase.
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more is recommended, but not required)
  • VGA graphics card capable of high (32 bit) colour and at least 1024×768 resolution (3D video card gives a faster performance, but is not required)
  • Soundcard
  • Two- or three-button mouse. The touchpad on a laptop may be used. Please note, however, that arranging 3D objects in a virtual world is easier with a mouse than with a touchpad.

 

Windows

  • Windows (XP, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 32-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10 32-bit, Windows 10 64-bit )

 

NOTE: The Intel Integrated chipset that is found on many notebook, netbook, and other machines has trouble trying to run Alice. Some higher-end Vista machines have also had difficulties. Decreasing hardware acceleration or decreasing colour resolution (from 32 bit to 16 bit) has sometimes been helpful. See also the note below on updating video drivers.

 

Mac

  • Note: Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) has presented problems for Alice 2.4 and earlier. We are currently working a version release of Alice 2 to address these problems. 
  • Alice 2.3 and later versions 
    • Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    • Intel processor
  • Alice 2.2 and earlier versions 
    • Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier
    • Power PC or Intel Processor
    • For earlier versions of Alice, see this link:

http://www.alice.org/index.php?page=downloads/alice2.2_archive

 

Linux

 

Video Requirements

A frequent cause of problems encountered when attempting to run Alice is out-of-date video drivers. This is recognizable when a red-screen occurs in the scene view or the run-time window when the Run button is clicked. See the following link for instructions on updating the video drivers of your machine.

 

Updating Video Drivers

Java and Alice 3

The Alice 3 installer makes use of the Java JDK and the JDK is *not* the same as the JRE.  If the computer does not already have the Java JDK installed, see these instructions for downloading and installing the JDK prior to downloading and installing Alice 3.

Links to other resources found in this document

The Alice homepage
Java Installation
Updating Video Drivers


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About the Author: Bernard Aybout

In the land of bytes and bits, a father of three sits, With a heart for tech and coding kits, in IT he never quits. At Magna's door, he took his stance, in Canada's wide expanse, At Karmax Heavy Stamping - Cosma's dance, he gave his career a chance. With a passion deep for teaching code, to the young minds he showed, The path where digital seeds are sowed, in critical thinking mode. But alas, not all was bright and fair, at Magna's lair, oh despair, Harassment, intimidation, a chilling air, made the workplace hard to bear. Management's maze and morale's dip, made our hero's spirit flip, In a demoralizing grip, his well-being began to slip. So he bid adieu to Magna's scene, from the division not so serene, Yet in tech, his interest keen, continues to inspire and convene.