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[December 04, 2013]

BRIEF: CMU's Alice software adds Garfield characters [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dec. 04--The latest version of Carnegie Mellon University's free educational software, Alice 2.4, has added characters from the comic strip Garfield & Friends to its animation program, CMU said.

Alice 2.4, which is available as a free download at, teaches the concepts of computer programming and computational thinking to middle and high school students. The software allows novices to design animations using simple drag-and-drop commands to select a variety of characters, objects, props and scenes.

Permission to use Garfield characters was provided by Paws Inc., cartoonist Jim Davis' company. Garfield & Friends, created by Davis in 1978, appears in more than 2,100 newspapers worldwide, CMU said. A video of Garfield and Odie created with Alice 2.4 is available on YouTube at

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