Adventures in Alan v3

This is the first post in a new blog here on AlanIF. We will be writing about development of Interactive Fiction using the Alan system. Alan is a very mature system, started in the mid-80's actually, and has been going through a few generations since then. It was considered one of the top tier IF systems a while back, but since the advent of Inform7 most of the tier I systems, including Alan, has fallen a bit behind in popularity.

Alan is still focused on easing the burdon of authoring IF, and the last few years the development of Alan has been going towards a version 3, a version that is getting closer every day. With the aid of a brand new, much more flexible, inheritance system, Anssi Rässainen has created a fantastically complete library that is absolutely on par with the library for any other system.

This blog will hopefully give you some hints on how Alan can be a great tool for creating great IF!

To start out I have collected all news articles on this site back to the beginning of time, so you'll have something to read until the next post!

Finally! Finally, Alan v3.0 alpha 8 is available. After a long period of only internal work on low speed some really great strides have been taken. The usual Windows and MacOSX versions of compilers and interpreters have been updated with what will definitely be the last changes before going Beta (planned for November 2010!). You can view the details of the changes in the Changes section.

But even more important is the new library! Through tremendous work by Anssi Räisänen the library has been upgraded to exceptional functionality, rivaling that of any other modern IF authoring system. Go to the Library section of the Download Area and have a look. It's all source so you can see how easy and elegant it was to create something so powerful with Alan v3. Why don't you start creating your works of Interactive Fiction in Alan v3? It will be easy and fun!

Alan v3.0 alpha 9 is now available. The usual Windows and MacOSX versions of compilers and interpreters have been updated with what will definitely be the last changes before going Beta (planned for November 2010!). And we promise that this will be the last alpha before going beta. Primary reason for this alpha release was clarification of licensing. You can view the details of the changes in the Changes section.

The Alan IF website has just been converted to another CMS (Content Management System). MiaCMS seemed to be dying, so we made the jump to Joomla. Joomla seems to be the most promising descendant of Mambo (from which MiaCMS also sprung), with a lot of extensions. The move was actually quite painless once the database migration of the articles was figured out. And of course the layout had to be redone as well. But that also turned out quite nice, don't you think?

Alan 3.0 Alpha 7, probably the last alpha release, is now available for Windows, MacOSX & Linux. Download here and read about the changes here!

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