[ANNOUNCE] Nineteenth release of PythonCAD now available

Art Haas ahaas at airmail.net
Sat Nov 13 19:43:17 CET 2004

I'm pleased to announce the nineteenth 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 nineteenth release of PythonCAD fixes a file saving bug found shortly
after the eighteenth release was made public. The bug affected drawings
that had text entities. A fix for this bug was found and tested by the
bug reporter (thanks Ed Richley!) and confirmed to fix the problem.
The serious nature of the bug called for making this new release. The
only other change appearing in this release is the addition of the
PostScript command 'showpage' appearing at the end of the generated
plot file. Anyone using the eighteenth release is urge to upgrade

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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

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