Scratch 2.0 is the second major version of Scratch, following Scratch 1.4. It features a redesigned editor and website, and allows you to edit projects directly from your web browser as well as in an offline editor.
It went into public beta on January 28, 2013, and was officially released on May 9th, 2013. The 2.0 beta site and the old 1.4 site were both taken down from May 6th to May 8th so the Scratch Team can move the projects across.
Scratch 2.0 was announced by andresmh on the Scratch Forums in January 2010. The first released experiment by the Scratch Team as part of 2.0's development was the Experimental Viewer, in August 2010. Later, in 2011, a beta Flash Player was released for projects, which logged-in users could choose to use. In 2012, this was replaced by a version of the alpha editor; this version was made the default for all users that October.
In May 2011, the first known version of the project editor, the prealpha, was released to a limited audience at Scratch Day @ MIT. A little while after this, the Scratch Team started posting updates, called Scratch 2.0 Progress Reports, to their blog. The new website and redesigned project editor, by then in the alpha stage (at alpha.scratch.mit.edu), were premiered for a few days to the public for Scratch Day 2012, a year later. Over the rest of 2012, people were brought in to test this version: community moderators and selected educators; Collab Counselors, former curators, Scratch Design Studio curators, TBG moderators, and a group of 500 volunteers. Some users were also able to infiltrate and use the program due to a glitch.
In December 2012, the public beta was announced to begin on January 28, 2013. It was available at beta.scratch.mit.edu from then on until its full release, upon which it replaced the previous website.
- Main article: Offline Editor
The beta version of the offline Scratch 2.0 editor was released on August 26 and can be downloaded here.
Scratch has been completely rewritten in Adobe Flash for version 2.0, but it will still run projects from older versions of Scratch. It's still completely free and free of ads.
It has the following new features:
- Custom blocks
- Cloud data (variables stored on the website)
- Sound Editor
- Video sensing
- Vector graphics, as well as bitmap graphics
- A backpack for copying objects from other people's projects
- Project notes and credits are separate from instructions
- Follow users to subscribe to their projects (replaces the friend system)
- Galleries renamed studios, and can now have multiple curators
- Customizable user pages
- Redesigned comment replies: @username shows who you're replying to
- Use @username in a comment to link to a user's profile
- More blocks related to time: Current () and Days Since 2000
- Username block
- Show or hide lists
- When Backdrop Switches to () block
- Backdrop Name block
- Zooming in and out of the scripts area
Possible Future Features
The following are being discussed as possible features for Scratch 2.0 and versions beyond:
- Cloud variables that can store strings
- Cloud lists
- Custom reporter blocks (they can currently only be stack blocks)
- The ability to receive information from other websites, such as Twitter
- New formatting and text layout features
- Better collaboration, to help groups work on projects together
- A library of user-made custom blocks
- A "media center", which connects to sites like Scratch Resources, Wikimedia, and OpenClipArt
- An HTML5 viewer for mobile devices, like iOS devices which do not support Flash (See Scratch on Tablets for unofficial viewers.)
- See also: Category:Scratch 2.0 Images
The Front Page.
A Scratch 2.0 search mockup by Gaia (Scratch Team member).
A procedure and its usage, in the Scratch Day 2011 pre-alpha.
Development • Scratch 2.0