Joined: 09/01/2006 07:25:14
If you are a BioLogo fanatic like I am, you will quickly accumulate lots of interesting turtles. Then you will begin to wish you could organize those turtles. Part of the solution lies in proper use of the Turtle Web website, which provides Portfolios and Galleries to help you organize and share your turtles.
The BioLogo application is not the most advanced Windows application you will ever use. It was designed mostly as a proof of concept, so it does not provide many features that you might expect (e.g., scrollbars, documents, etc.).
However, there is one simple mechanism in BioLogo that you can use to help you organize your turtles: Populations.
Think of a Population in BioLogo the same as a Portfolio on Turtle Web. It is a collection of turtles, like a folder containing papers. Of course, most of the time you are using a population for evolution, not organization. But populations can serve both purposes.
For example, there are times when I find myself with a little time on my hands. So I open BioLogo to fish for some new turtles. What I do is open two population windows. The first population will be the one that I evolve. The second will be the one I use to save the turtles I find. So, I spend my time evolving population one. When I see a turtle that I like, I select it, copy it (Ctl-C), then paste it (Ctl-V) into population two. I will save population two when I am done, and reload it the next time I open BioLogo. I will continue this until the population is full of turtles that I wish to save.
I have a folder on my hard drive that is full of populations of turtles that I have collected over the years.
Finally, once you have filled a population with awesome turtles, you can then upload the population to the Turtle Web to populate a Portfolio. Add this newly uploaded Portfolio to one of your Galleries, and anyone in the world can browse your turtles.