ANNOUNCE: Fourteenth releaes of PythonCAD now available
Wed, 26 May 2004 14:07:06 -0500
I'm pleased to announce the fourteenth 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 fourteenth release builds on the undo/redo work added in the
previous release. The undo/redo abilities of the program in regards
to entity addition and removal have been made more significantly more
robust. Also, the ability to undo or redo entity splitting, moving,
mirroring have been both added and enhanced. The ability to undo or
redo entity transfers between image layers is now available. Changing
the various entity properties now has more undo and redo features. Future
releases will continue to enhance and extend the undo and redo functions
A number of significant bugs have been resolved in this release
as well. A file save bug unfortunately introduced in the previous
release is fixed. Drawing tangent lines around circle and arc
entities had several bugs that have now been fixed, and a problem
with storing and retrieving the angled construction lines in the
drawing have been address. Numerous other smaller bugs are also
fixed in this release, as well as various code enhancements that
have been added.
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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