Frequently Asked Questions about Scratch 1.4

What resources are available to help me learn how to use Scratch 1.4?

For a step-by-step introduction, download the Scratch 1.4 Getting Started Guide. The Scratch 1.4 Reference Guide has a thorough explanation of the Scratch interface and programming language. Scratch Cards provide brief explanations that show how to make animations and interactive projects with Scratch.

What are the system requirements for Scratch 1.4?

Display: 800 x 480 or larger, thousands or millions of colors (16-bit color or greater)
Operating System: Windows 2000 or later, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Ubuntu Linux 9.04 or later (For other versions of Linux, see the Linux Installer page)
Disk: at least 120 megabytes of free space to install Scratch.
CPU and memory: Most computers have enough memory to run Scratch 1.4, but very old computers may run Scratch slowly.
Sound / Video: Sound playback requires speakers (or headphones), and recording requires a microphone. Many laptops have speakers and microphones built in. Scratch 1.4 can use a USB or built-in camera (optional).

What if I get an error when I try to upload or share my project to the Scratch website?

1. File too big. The largest file limit is 10 MB. To shrink the size of your Scratch project, click the Edit menu > and select compress sounds, or compress images. If you have compressed sounds and your project still won't upload, try deleting some of the sounds to make it smaller.
2. Internet connection too slow and times out. Try making the file smaller. If that doesn't work, try connecting from a different computer or connection or web browser.
3. Proxy server getting in the way. Try an Internet connection that does not go through a proxy server, or configure Scratch to use your proxy server.
4. Wrong username and password. Try logging into Scratch website to make sure username and password are correct.