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Preferences

Description:

The Preferences dialog can be used to set up appearance of the VAT language pieces, e-mail and network settings, and Ristretto preferences for the AgentSheets application. From Windows, the Preferences can be accessed from the Edit | Preferences... menu item. The equivalent functionality for the Mac is accessible from AgentSheets | Preferences... menu option.


General Preferences

The General preferences allow you to change the font type and size of text, change appearance for Visual AgenTalk commands, and control Conversational Programming on application startup.

The type and size of the font used in the application (for command names, menu items, button text etc.) can be modified according to user preferences.

The appearance of the Visual AgenTalk commands in behavior editors and command palettes can be changed by choosing different UI themes illustrated in the examples below.

    Plain Look

    Classic Look

    Mac Look

    Gradient Look

The Conversational Programming On at Startup check box allows you to define whether Conversational Programming is on or off when the application is launched.


Mail Preferences

The Mail preferences allow you to define your e-mail address and SMTP server for sending e-mail, when using the File | E-Mail Project menu option. Check the e-mail application you are using (such as Mail, Outlook Express, or Eudora) for the SMTP server setting.


Network Preferences

The Network preferences are used to define and name proxies, which are relevant for commands such as the WWW Read condition, a condition which will not work if a proxy is used for network access, but is not set up correctly.

Check the Use Proxy box if your computer is behind a firewall. If you are not sure if this is the case, check your browser's proxy preferences to see if the proxy is enabled.

If you check the Use Proxy check box, the Proxy Server and Proxy Port fields become enabled. Enter the name of the proxy server in the Proxy Server text field and the proxy port number in the Proxy Port text field. Check your browser's settings for proxy host and port number information.

Once the preferences are entered, click OK to return to AgentSheets. Click Cancel to exit preference editing without saving the changes.


Ristretto Preferences

The Ristretto preferences are used to select options for the Java applet generated by Ristretto. It includes preferences for the following:

Worksheet

Use the worksheet title: if checked, a title will appear on top of the worksheet in the applet. This title is specified by the Title preference.

Title: Text used as a title for the worksheet in the applet. Default title is "Worksheet".

Show Menu: if checked, and if the project includes simulation properties, a menu will appear to access the simulation properties editor

Toolbar

Show Toolbar: if checked, the worksheet toolbar will appear in the applet.

Select Tool: worksheet tool that will be selected when the applet is loaded. Please note that you can have a tool selected, even if the toolbar is not shown.

Gallery

Show Gallery: if checked, the gallery will appear in the applet.

Use the gallery title: if checked, a title will appear on top of the gallery (if it is shown) in the applet. This title is specified by the Title preference.

Title: Text used as a title for the worksheet in the applet. Default title is "Worksheet".

Agents

Draggable: if checked, the agents that appear on the worksheet can be dragged using the arrow tool.

Selectable: if checked, the agents that appear on the worksheet can be selected using the arrow tool.

Changeable Depictions: if checked, the agents that appear on the worksheet and the gallery can have their depictions changed using a right-click with the mouse (see power user shortcut in Arrow Tool section of the Worksheet Tools).

Simulation Controls

Show Buttons: if checked, the simulation buttons (Run, Stop, Step, Reset, Clear) will appear in the applet.

Show Speed Control: if checked, the simulation speed control slider will appear in the applet.

Show Message Center: if checked, the worksheet's message area will appear in the applet.

Run simulation after loading: if checked, the simulation will start running as soon as the applet loads. Useful when the simulation buttons are not shown. Notice, however, this option may prevent the applet from becoming the keyboard focus. In that case, click on the applet to make it the focus for user input.

After Generating Ristretto Applet

Open applet in browser: if checked, the applet will be launched in a browser as soon as Ristretto is done generating it.


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