[ANNOUNCE] Twenty-eighth release of PythonCAD now available

Art Haas ahaas at airmail.net
Thu Feb 2 20:12:40 CET 2006


I'm pleased to announce the twenty-eighth 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 twenty-eighth release of PythonCAD offers improved abilities to
edit entities in a drawing. Previous releases had inconsistent behavior
for entity modification as some operations first required selecting
then entities to change and then selecting the operation to perform,
where other changes were accomplished by first selecting the action and
then selecting entities. The latest release allows for entity modifications
to be performed in either mode, thus making the code more consistent
as well as easier to use. For people familiar with AutoCAD, PythonCAD now
has 'NOUN->VERB' and 'VERB->NOUN' entity modification behavior. Numerous
internal changes to the code utilizing more current functionality are also
included in this release, in particular a rewrite of the entity moving code.
Also, the ability to adjust the attributes of the text objects in a
Dimension have been improved as well as simplified. And as usual, a wide
number of bug fixes and other code enhancements are present in the release.

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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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