[ANNOUNCE] Eighteenth release of PythonCAD now available

Discussion in 'Python' started by Art Haas, Nov 12, 2004.

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    I'm pleased to announce the eighteenth 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. As of the sixteenth release,
    a Cocoa based front end is available for people on OS X having
    the Python/Objective-C bindings. Addition of other PythonCAD
    interfaces will depend on the availability of a Python module for that
    particular interface and developer interest and action.

    The eighteenth release of PythonCAD enhances the printing abilities
    introduced in the seventeenth release. Radial and Angular dimensions
    are now printed completely, and dimension markers like arrows or slashes
    are printed for all dimension entities. Another enhancement in this
    release is the improved restoration of deleted dimensions in undo
    operations. Previously the dimensions were recreated with their various
    attributes having default values, whereas now they are recreated with
    the attribute values being restored to the values they had when the
    dimension was deleted. This release also features numerous internal
    code improvements dealing with the storage of entity values for undo/redo
    operations, and a wide variety of bug fixes and code improvements are
    present in this release as well.

    Additionally, an RPM '.spec' file is now included in the code for people
    wishing to build RPM packages of PythonCAD. The '.spec' file was created
    by D. Scott Barninger, and I'd like to thank him for this contribution.
    I'd also like to thank Cedric Delfosse for providing PythonCAD '.deb'
    packages to Debian users.

    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

    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, Nov 12, 2004
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