Software : Jens Monig : Snap


(as of 10/16/2014)
LicenseOpen Source

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Easy to learn programming language
  • Visual drag and drop interface
  • Multiple commands and functions
  • Conversion of programs to other languages

Snap! is an educational drag-and-drop graphical programming language used to teach computer science to a wide range of ages. It was originally called Build Your Own Blocks (BYOB) and was inspired by Scratch, a similar program. Unlike BYOB, Snap! runs out of a web browser.

Instead of requiring you to write code for programs, Snap! provides a visual interface. You can create graphical elements called sprites and then program them to have different behaviors. To program your sprites all you have to do is drag blocks containing commands from a script tab and drop them on the target sprite. Commands include controlling motion, sounds, and appearance, as well as events, variables, and logical statements.

If you are interested in learning more about the concepts of computer programming or teaching these principles to others, Snap! is a great choice. It is especially useful for people who might find jumping right into code intimidating.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.YPR – BYOB Project File

Other file extensions used by Snap! 3

Supported File Types
.JARJava Archive File
.SB2Scratch 2.0 Project File
.SPRITEScratch Sprite File
.YSPBYOB Sprite File
Additional Related File Formats
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio File
.SBScratch Project File
.SCRATCHScratch Project File
.WAVWAVE Audio File

Updated: October 16, 2014