ANNOUCE: Thirteenth release of PythonCAD now available

Art Haas
Wed, 28 Apr 2004 13:52:45 -0500

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.
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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