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I recently saw this question on a virtual EV3 machine. From the video, I felt that this software will be great. However, I don't have the budget needed to buy a licence. Is there any alternative to this system?

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You could try TRIKstudio: http://blog.trikset.com/p/trik-studio.html

This allows you to program a robot based on the LEGO EV3 setup, however while the application itself has English, French and Russian translations, most of the online help is only in Russian.

Preferences | Robots | EV3

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    Can you please expand this answer a little. Have you used the software? How well does it work? Any limitations? – Móż Dec 20 '15 at 20:36
  • I have used the software, but for other uses. As far as I know, you can program in it, and then debug it in 2D mode. – Legocake123 Dec 20 '15 at 22:08
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If you are looking for free software, you can use the now abandoned Microsoft Robotics Studio. It has a virtual robot simulator. The project was shut down around the same time the EV3 was released, so I doubt that there is a virtual EV3. There is a virtual NXT though. And it is possible to create your own virtual robot models if you are willing to put a massive amount of time into it.

Also, this is Windows, software, so you will need Parallels or a VM to run on Mac.

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Is this what you're looking for? Actually, this might be closer. NOTE: The latter is only compatible with iphone/ipad, but it might be closer...Other than that, I'm not sure.

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