ANNOUNCE: kiwi 1.9.7

Johan Dahlin jdahlin at
Sat Mar 11 15:45:17 CET 2006

New in this released is API documentation which is generated using
epydoc[3]. It's still being written but at this point I feel that
it's good enough to be a very useful resource to help understand
kiwi. Kiwi is a PyGTK framework for building graphical applications loosely
based on MVC Model-View-Controller (MVC) and Allen Holub's Visual proxy
[1]. Think of Kiwi as a high-level, object-oriented layer built on

Its design is based on real-world experience using PyGTK to develop
large desktop applications, which use many concepts common to most
graphical applications: multiple windows and dialogs, forms, data
persistence, lists and high-level classes that support domain objects


Grab the latest sources from:

What's new since 1.9.6?

    - Much improved mask support
    - DateEntry widget
    - Re-add ProxyDelegate (lost since kiwi1)
    - Draw validation icon on the left side for right align entries
    - Many ComboEntry bug fixes
    - Distribution helper improvements
    - Limited support for zope.interfaces
    - Add a better HIG alert dialog
    - Improved logging (a la GStreamer)


* An MVC-derived framework of classes:
  * Views, which represent the graphical display
  * Controllers, which handles user interaction with the widgets
    in a View.
  * Delegates, combines a View and a Controller.
  * Models, which are special mixins for your domain objects
  * Proxies, special types of Delegate designed to implement forms

* Validation: Kiwi supports validation on different levels:
  data type validation and verification on the Model/Proxy level,
  View validation and hooks for visually displaying validation state.

* ObjectList widget, which provides a higher level abstraction of
  GtkTreeView and all its classes (GtkTreeModel, GtkTreeViewColumn,
  GtkCellRenderer) with hooks to easily integrate into the
  Kiwi Framework.

* Mask suport: You can set a mask on entries to force the input to
  follow a certain standard, such as zip code, social security, ip address

* Gazpacho integration for most (non-deprecated) interactive
  widgets with attributes for handling validation and proxy

* UI Test framework
  Features a recorder and a player. The recorder allows you to record
  different tasks, a script will be saved which will reproduce the
  actions you made in the interface.

* Kiwi Tasklets
  Tasklet is a small coroutines framework written by Gustavo Carneiro,
  it was previously known as gtasklets.

* PyGTK utilities, to make it easier to add signals and properties to
  your objects.

* i18n translation utilities, to help you translate PyGTK applications,
  currently depends on gettext and intltool.

* and many other things!


Python 2.3 or higher (2.4 recommended)
PyGTK 2.6.0 or higher (2.8 recommended)
gazpacho 0.6.2 (svn recommenced)

Kiwi provides API documentation generated by epydoc, it can be found at

Included in the tarball are also a number of examples, which serves as a
good starting point. Keep in mind that most of them require gazpacho to
be installed.

Christian Robottom Reis: Original author and design
Lorenzo Gil Sanchez: PyGTK 2.x port

Also thanks to the following people which has contributed features
or bug reports:
Ali Afshar, Henrique Romano, Daniel Saran R. da Cunha, Evandro Vale
Miquelito, Gustavo Barbieri, Gustavo Carneiro, Sidnei da Silva
Patrick O'Brien


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Johan Dahlin <jdahlin at>
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