[ANNOUNCE] Thirty-fifth release of PythonCAD now available

Art Haas ahaas at airmail.net
Wed Dec 20 17:38:32 CET 2006


I'm pleased to announce the thirty-fifth 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 newer. 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 PythonCAD 
interfaces will depend on the availability of a Python module for that
particular interface and developer interest and action.

The thirty-fifth release contains several improvements dealing
with the storage and adjustment of user preferences and image settings.
The global user preferences are now saved into a file kept in the
user home directory, so the settings are now preserved between
PythonCAD sessions. Individual drawing settings can be examined and
adjusted via a new set of menus and dialogs. These new dialogs are
more complete than the single dialog previously used as well as
easier to use. In addition to the preference and setting changes, a
variety of bug fixes and miscellaneous code improvements are also
present in this new release.

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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

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