[Etoys] Demon Castle Tutorials for eToys

Milan Zimmermann milan.zimmermann at sympatico.ca
Fri Oct 20 08:50:39 EDT 2006


I remember one thing I got stuck on (almost) completely, was when I started 
resizing the "BIG KEY". When you try to make it big and small again in a few 
directions without letting go (and it goes LARGE/Small/OK"), it becomes 
almost impossible to hit the OK size. Maybe it should be more generous with 
the range of OK (it seems to use a relative measure perhaps). I will have 
more notes over the weekend,


On 2006 October 19 23:58, Andreas Raab wrote:
> Hi Takashi -
> Some comments on the tutorials (which you can completely ignore if you
> don't like 'em ;-) All in all, this is very, very cool. Going through
> the exercise it struck me that it would be wonderful if for each of the
> challenges there would be some "help me" or "show me" button that a user
> could use if they are stuck. Something to think about, perhaps for the
> next version. Here are some issues that I encountered with the tutorials:
> > http://tinlizzie.org/olpc/tutorial/DemonCastle1.004.pr (handles)
> * On the first page where it says "Click THIS arrow" I'd move the text
> closer to the arrow. I was kinda looking for "another" arrow because the
> one you mean is quite far away from the text.
> * On the third page (with the first key) I would change the text from
> "Go ahead you can move the key" to something like "Go ahead, drag the
> key on the keyhole" (to emphasize that you mean click and drag)
> * On the "resize handle" page it was very hard to find quite the right
> size for the key. It seems as if there is only a small range in which it
> will fit and it was quite tricky to get that "just right". I wonder if
> there is an easy way to increase that range?
> > http://tinlizzie.org/olpc/tutorial/DemonCastle2.004.pr (painter)
> * The event recorder didn't work at all for me. For one thing the
> painting palette popped up in a flap (and from the recorded strokes it
> looks like you were making this with the palette embedded in the
> playfield). Some wrong preference? Second, I had moved the book slightly
> because it didn't fit my screen so the event recorder was off. We should
> lock the book so that one cannot move it to avoid this problem.
> * I notice that the brush sizes are smaller than we chose back in
> Boston. Is this intentional or am I missing some update?
> > http://tinlizzie.org/olpc/tutorial/DemonCastle3.004.pr (scriptor)
> * On the second page the down-arrow points to the close button of the
> scriptor instead of the fire button. This is confusing since it's not
> clear if you've drawn the right button and point to the wrong button or
> vice versa.
> * On the page with the three test tiles in a single script, wouldn't it
> be easier to make three scripts instead? Or is there a point to this I'm
> missing?
> Other than that these are *great* tutorials.
> Cheers,
>   - Andreas
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