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New Project...

Description:

The File | New Project... menu option creates a new project. An AgentSheets project is a collection of gallery, worksheet, behavior, simulation properties, and other files, saved in a folder. For a detailed description of the project folder structure, please refer to Anatomy of a Project.

When you choose to create a new project, you will see a dialog box like the one shown below.

The default location for saving newly created projects is the Desktop folder.

Please note that you need to keep your projects somewhere where you have full privileges for writing. We chose the Desktop as the default location because some operating systems (e.g. Windows Vista) or lab setups, do not allow users to save anything in the application folder.

Click OK to create your new project in the default location. If you wish to save it elsewhere, from this dialog box, you can navigate to find a new location in which to store your project. Please make sure you have writing privileges in this new location, otherwise your project will not get saved.

You can cancel the creation of a new project by clicking the Cancel button. Otherwise, type the name of your new project in the File name field and click the OK button.

Now that the new project's name and location have been chosen, you will see a Define Agent Size dialog box like the one shown below. This box is used to determine the size of the agents that will inhabit your new simulation.

A dialog box where users enter the desired size of the agents in a project.

If you click on the Agent Size menu in the dialog box, an extended list of options for possible agent sizes will appear as shown below.

The default agent size is 32x32 pixels, the same size as desktop icons. However, different projects require different-sized agents. If your agents are going to have bodies and faces that are discernible, larger sizes will make it easier to see such features. For agents that are more blob-like, with less detailed features, smaller agent sizes can be used. The number of agents in your simulation is another consideration when choosing the agent size. If you are planning on having many agents in a worksheet, a smaller agent size would be more appropriate. Decisions like these are left to the user and are project-dependent. Please note that once an agent size has been determined, it cannot be changed.

It is also possible to specify your own agent size by choosing Custom... from the Agent Size menu. If Custom... is chosen from the menu, the Height and Width fields need to be set manually by the user. Valid values range from 1 to 128 pixels. Otherwise, these fields will be set automatically according to the predefined sizes of the menu.

After the agent size is determined, click OK and an empty Gallery window will appear as shown below.

To place agents in the gallery, you will use commands from the Gallery Menu or the buttons at the bottom of the Gallery Window. The items in the Gallery Menu will become selectable when the gallery has appeared on the screen.


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