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Installation instructions

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Instructions for installing on Windows

Instructions for using the installer:

Download the latest installer from here.

Open the installer application and follow the onscreen instructions. You must have administrative privileges.

Whiskers should run. If you have any questions, please ask at the forum.

Instructions for a manual installation:

Download the Whiskers image file.

Download the latest version of Squeak Smalltalk — A link to the download can be found on Squeak.org.

Unzip the Squeak download and Whiskers image.

Drag the Whiskers.image file to the SqueakConsole.exe or Squeak.exe file or set the .image file to open in Squeak.

Whiskers should run. If you have any questions, please ask at the forum.

Instructions for installing on macOS

Download the Whiskers image file and the Squeak VM for macOS and unzip it. If you like you can rename the app to Whiskers and drag it into your Applications folder.

Now right click on the app and select the option “Show Package Contents” and double click Contents and Resources. Look through the files and find the default image file. The name starts with “Squeak," then the Squeak version number and “-32bit”.

Click on it, and then click again to select the file's name. Copy the name and then you can click out of it. Now go back to the Whiskers image file and rename it to be called the same as the image file you found earlier.

Now drag the Whiskers image file into the Resources folder. You'll be asked what you want to do with the old one, and hit “Replace”.

Whiskers should now be properly set up. You should be able to double-click on the app to open Whiskers. If you have any questions, please ask at the forum.

Instructions for installing on the Raspberry Pi

To use on the Pi download the image file, unzip it save it into /home/pi folder and make a copy of it.

cp /home/pi/Whiskers.image /home/pi/NuWhiskers.image

(You need to use sudo for these commands)

sudo cp /home/pi/NuWhiskers.image /usr/share/scratch
sudo cp /usr/bin/scratch /usr/bin/nuwhiskers

Then

sudo nano /usr/bin/nuwhiskers

and change line 10 to be

IMAGE="/usr/share/scratch/NuWhiskers.image"

and save it (CTRL-X followed by Y then enter)

Then to run Whiskers type

sudo bash /usr/bin/nuwhiskers

or create this file using the text editor in /home/pi/Desktop and call it whiskers.desktop

nano /home/pi/Desktop/nuwhiskers.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Exec=nuwhiskers
Icon=scratch
Terminal=false
Name=NuWhiskers
Comment= Programming system and content development tool
Categories=Application;Education;Development;
MimeType=application/x-scratch-project

If you want to run ScratchGPIO with NuWhiskers then follow these isntructions supplied by Steve aka “@NoSheds” on twitter. You must already have Scratch GPIO7 installed. If you haven’t, then follow these instructions:

Create a NuWhiskers GPIO desktop icon:

nano /home/pi/Desktop/nuwhiskersgpio7.desktop

paste in

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Exec=/opt/scratchgpio7/nuwhiskersgpio7.sh
Icon=scratch
Terminal=false
Name=NuWhiskersGPIO 7
Comment= Programming system and content development tool
Categories=Application;Education;Development;
MimeType=application/x-scratch-project

Create a shell script to run ScratchGPIO with NuWhiskers. Simplest way to get the file permissions etc is just to copy the existing scratchgpio7.sh file:

sudo cp /opt/scratchgpio7/scratchgpio7.sh /opt/scratchgpio7/nuwhiskersgpio7.sh

then edit it with

sudo nano /opt/scratchgpio7/nuwhiskersgpio7.sh

and change the last line from scratch to nuwhiskers:

nuwhiskers --document "/home/pi/Documents/Scratch Projects/rsc.sb" &



Whiskers should run. If you have any questions, please ask at the forum.

Instructions for installing on other versions of Linux

Thanks to SimpleSi, Penguin5664, Jonathan50, and infinitytec for the inscturctions. The Windows insaller is maintained by infinitytec.