Improvements in ToonTalk from Product Version 1 to
Product versions 1.03 and 1.04
were released in the fall of 1998. The US English CD-ROM version 2.36 and patch was released in April
2001. Among the many enhancements are:
ToonTalk now supports screen sizes of 800x600, 1024x768,
1152x864, 1280x1024, and 1600x1200, giving you sharper graphics and much
more room while building things.
ToonTalk now has much stronger support for game
programming. This includes new and improved sensors and remote controls.
It also includes the ability to build and compose behaviors in a flexible
and fluid fashion. Visit the Playground
Game Place to find and play games built in ToonTalk by children and
The underlying computation model is now enhanced to
include advanced facilities such as combining nests, converting one kind
of object to another, a direct way for a robot to refer to himself (for
recursion), and promotion of robots and other objects to a first-class
status (so they can placed in boxes and computed with).
ToonTalk is now Internet-aware. Any file used can be a
URL that describes a location anywhere on the Internet.
ToonTalk is now more tightly integrated with a browser
and with the operating system's file explorer so
that just double clicking on a file icon containing a ToonTalk object,
demo, puzzle, or city launches ToonTalk in an appropriate mode and automates
the importing of objects. Also, any number of files can be imported into
ToonTalk in a single drag and drop action.
ToonTalk now has general support for comments and labels
that enable you to give descriptions and names to things.
Many shortcuts are now available for frequent actions
such as using the clipboard to import and export ToonTalk objects, turning
on and off components, and for calling your toolbox and notebook.
ToonTalk can now use any standard text-to-speech voice.
ToonTalk can now input and display text in languages that require a double-byte character encoding such as
ToonTalk can display subtitles in any installed language.
For example, Japanese subtitles can be displayed while hearing English,
though this example requires the installation of the Japanese version.
The generator of Java applets from ToonTalk objects is
now greatly enhanced to cover nearly every ToonTalk feature and
Pictures of type JPG, PNG, or GIF can now be imported
Birds can now fly to nests on other computers, enabling
collaboration and multi-user games and applications.
Literally hundreds of small improvements and bug fixes
have been done to make ToonTalk a more friendly, powerful, and fun
environment in which to build and run programs.
Customers of the US version 1.04 CD-ROM can upgrade for free. There
is also a new trial and beta version. The ToonTalk
2 CD-ROM is for sale. The US English version includes a
free upgrade to version 3.
Full details of every change from
version 1 to 2 can be found here.