Pyspread 0.1.2 released
I am pleased to announce the new release 0.1.2 of pyspread.
Pyspread is a cross-platform Python spreadsheet application.
It is based on and written in the programming language Python.
Instead of spreadsheet formulas, Python expressions are entered into
the spreadsheet cells. Each expression returns a Python object that can
be accessed from other cells. These objects can represent anything
including lists or matrices.
Pyspread runs on Linux and *nix platforms with GTK support as well as
on Windows (XP and Vista tested). On Mac OS X, some icons are too small
but the application basically works.
Changes to 0.1.1
* Added function to make a cell visible
* Third cell justification "center" added
* Ctrl-F now points to find toolbar instead of find dialog
* Frozen state is now saved
* Entering text in a cell now deletes old text
* Added function F5 (in menu View) for refreshing selected cells
* Save option "pys file with/without gpg signature" added
* Grid flicker reduced
* Printing works again
* Changing the table now empties the entry line and does not mess
up data any more (BUG 3030172)
* 1D printing bug fixed (BUG 2790444)
* Loading a file from command line no longer deletes cell 0,0,0
* Undoing paste operations now works (BUG 3019334)
* Bitmap toggle buttons now work in Windows as well
* Marks undo and redo operation do not accumulate any more
* Undoing text font and textattribute changes works now
* CSV import dialog apply button removed
* Cell limit (2**26) for 32 bit systems removed
* Prints of off-screen areas now correctly center on page
* Help now works when not in the home directory
* Double underscores in Tutorial corrected
* Pyspread gpg key name changed to pyspread_<user-id>
* Deleting rows and columns can be undone again
* When reversing search, all values are now found
* Saved pys files now have .pys suffix added automatically
* Fixed font size reset bug when setting font attributes
* Loading a file from command line now checks signature correctly
* Fixed moving cells bug for edits in non top-left grid position in
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ActiveState is pleased to announce ActivePython 22.214.171.124, a complete,
ready-to-install binary distribution of Python 3.1. A major update in
this release is that PyPM (ActiveState's Python Package Manager) is now
included with full support for installing Python 3 packages.
What's New in ActivePython-126.96.36.199
*Release date: 26-Oct-2010*
New Features & Upgrades
- PyPM (beta) for Python 3
- New tools: Distribute, virtualenv5, SQLAlchemy
- [Windows] Installer upgrade: automatically uninstall previous versions
- Bug #87783
- [MacOSX] 64-bit support; uses Tcl/Tk 8.5
- [Linux] Include Tcl/Tk development files
- Security upgrade to openssl-0.9.8o
Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes
- [Windows] Include IDLE in the Start Menu shortcut, instead of PythonWin
- [Windows] Add file extension to Tools\scripts\2to3.py - Bug #87465
- [Windows] Add "python3.exe" - Bug #87275
- [Windows] Renamed "python31.exe" to "python3.1.exe" (Unix like)
- [MacOSX] Fix uninstall on Snow Leopard (10.6)
- [MacOSX] Fix Help index on Snow Leopard (10.6) - Bug #87290
- Bug #87600: create a `idleX.Y` script on unix
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I am proud to announce the first release of Pogo, probably the simplest
and fastest audio player for Linux.
You can get the tarball and an Ubuntu deb package at
What is Pogo?
Pogo plays your music. Nothing else. It tries to be fast and
easy-to-use. Pogo's elementary-inspired design uses the screen-space
very efficiently. It is especially well-suited for people who organize
their music by albums on the harddrive. The main interface components
are a directory tree and a playlist that groups albums in an innovative way.
Pogo is a fork of Decibel Audio Player. Supported file formats include
Ogg Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, Musepack, Wavpack, and MPEG-4 AAC.
Pogo is written in Python and uses GTK and gstreamer.
What's new in
0.2 "I hold the candle while you dance upon the flame" (2010-10-21)
* Make startup even faster by saving the playlist with its formatting
* Make track drag'n'drop faster by caching the tracks
* MPRIS support: Send DBus messages about play events (code from decibel)
* Do some profiling to improve general speed
* Append files added on commandline (pogo mytrack.mp3 myalbum
* Append files added from nautilus right-click menu
* Correctly add multiply nested directories
* Activate the Covers and Notifications modules by default
* Hide volume button (Only duplicates functionality of the Sound Indicator)
* Updated Translations
PyCon 2011 Reminder: Call for Proposals, Posters and Tutorials - us.pycon.org
Well, it's October 25th! The leaves have turned and the deadline for submitting
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She has discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too
We're really looking forward to having her this year as a keynote speaker!
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November 1st, 2010: Talk proposals due.
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I am pleased to announce a release of a python wrapper for
This is a re-installment of a previous version from Rob Melby
(arcsin.org) with a numpy support.
This a early beta release that worked fine for years using numpy and
mostly intended for scientific applications. However I am not
confident for non-macosx release.
In addition libsndfile does not allow bundle building so the mpkg
ships with its custom build of libsndfile.
Consequently the source package should only works on Unixes.
It is implied but libsndfile is needed : http://www.mega-nerd.com/libsndfile/
Please visit https://code.google.com/p/libsndfile-python/ for package
Help and feedback is really appreciated!
grin is a grep-like tool for recursively searching through text
files, primarily source code.
grin 1.2.1 is a bug-fix release.
* Windows defaults to not coloring the output. (Paul Pelzl)
* Fix the reading of gzip files. (Brandon Craig Rhodes)
* Quit gracefully when piping to a program that exits prematurely.
(Brandon Craig Rhodes)
* Sort the basenames of files during traversal in order to maintain
a repeatable ordering. (Brandon Craig Rhodes)
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enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
-- Umberto Eco