The user interface:
The program is very easy to grasp. The different functions are categorized in a way that makes sense and it's easy to navigate in general. It just takes a short while to get used to, but you get to results very quickly and a lot of it becomes self explanatory.
Tutorials / Instructions:
useful / helpful : 4
clear : 5
quick and easy to understand : 4
What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)
"I like Scratch rather than blogs or social networks like Facebook, because we make interesting games and projects that play, watch and download fun. I like talking to other people better when we can talk about something new and creative. "- 13 years
"My eight-year-old brother and I have been active members of the Scratch online community for over a year. I love to design and program together with other children's games and animations, because different people have different abilities, and if you work together, you can build much better projects than alone. "- 13 years
"I've always thought it would be fun to do computer games myself, but I did not want to use a really complicated programming language. At first, Scratch seemed complicated, but after I had worked myself in, I was able to create really amazing games. And that you can easily share projects with others is a point that makes it even better. Scratch is exceptional! "- 17 years
There are easier ways to create, say, an animated greeting card than to use a program like Scratch. Then again, most greeting card software doesn't attempt to teach programming like Scratch does. With building blocks divided into intuitive categories such as "motion" and "sound," older kids should be able to quickly knock together creations in which characters sing, dance, and talk.
Scratch is certainly easier to pick up than eToys, a similar visual programming app for kids. Where Scratch stumbles is in explaining variables, random numbers, and other mathematical concepts. Unless kids have already learned these in school, they'll need help in understanding and using them in Scratch. One other nit: Too many of the Scratch creations featured on the site load very slowly or not at all.
Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)
What would/could a designer use this tool for?
Scratch is merely more than a teaching tool and therefore not really useful for the designer. It's easy to get through and play with, but thats about it.
Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?
Because it's made - more or less - for educational purposes, Scratch is a free tool with enough options to give you an entrance into the world of coding and animation.
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*As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*
Malte Schwenker, 25/09/2017