ANNOUCE: Thirteenth release of PythonCAD now available

Discussion in 'Python' started by Art Haas, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Art Haas

    Art Haas Guest

    I'd like to announce the thirteenth development release of PythonCAD,
    a CAD package for open-source software users. As the name implies,
    PythonCAD is written entirely in Python. The goal of this project is
    to create a fully scriptable drafting program that will match and eventually
    exceed features found in commercial CAD software. PythonCAD is released
    under the GNU Public License (GPL).

    PythonCAD requires Python 2.2 or Python 2.3. The interface is GTK 2.0
    based, and uses the PyGTK module for interfacing to GTK. The design of
    PythonCAD is built around the idea of separating the interface
    from the back end as much as possible. By doing this, it is hoped
    that both GNOME and KDE interfaces can be added to PythonCAD through
    usage of the appropriate Python module. Addition of other interfaces
    will depend on the availability of a Python module for that particular
    interface and developer interest and action.

    The thirteenth release of PythonCAD is the first release to offer
    undo/redo abilities. The undo/redo work is in its initial stage,
    and upcoming releases will enhance the robustness of the code. The
    long term goal with undo/redo work is to make both as unlimited
    as possible, but for the first release the functionality works
    best if only the last action is undone or redone. Undoing and redoing
    multiple operations works in certain cases, but not not in others.
    Development efforts for the next release will concentrate on enhancing
    the undo/redo abilities of the program.

    This release also has the ability to save the current background
    and foreground colors, and offers the user the ability to specify
    the color for boxes drawn around points. As for code cleanups, a
    number of deprecated methods have been removed, and several existing
    methods are now deprecated. An assortment of bug fixes and code
    improvements have been added as well.

    The mailing list for the development and use of PythonCAD is available.
    Visit the following page for information about subscribing and viewing
    the mailing list archive:

    Visit the PythonCAD web site for more information about what PythonCAD
    does and aims to be:

    Come and join me in developing PythonCAD into a world class drafting
    program, and Happy New Year to everyone!

    Art Haas
    Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities
    the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.

    -Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822
    Art Haas, Apr 28, 2004
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