What GUI toolkit looks the best?

Max Slimmer max at theslimmers.net
Thu Dec 11 21:21:31 CET 2003


I have been using wxPython and it performs well ... You should also look 
at Boa Constructor a GUI designer generates decent Python code, 
integrated debugger is cool, shows local varraibles... for some uses I 
find it better than winpython.


Paul Rubin wrote:
> Brian Kelley <bkelley at wi.mit.edu> writes:
> 
>>Why forget Tkinter?  I've seen Tkinter applications that look
>>incredibly fabulous.
> 
> 
> Got any url's for screen shots?
> 
> 
>>A lot depends on what you are trying to do.  If
>>you are making a graphics-heavy application then Tkinter's canvas is
>>pretty sweet.  I also think IDLE looks pretty good.
> 
> 
> There will be some graphical icons and stuff like that which people
> will click on, but no really heavy graphics or drawing tools in the
> sense of a photo editor or anything like that.
> 
> 
>>Glade isn't a GUI, it is a GUI builder that uses GTK.  In my
>>experience, GTK doesn't look quite right on windows boxes, especially
>>the menus.  Of course I have the same basic view of Qt and Swing so
>>know you know my biases.
> 
> 
> Oh ok, I understand a bit better now.
> 
> 
>>I tend to use Tkinter for canvas heavy applications and wxPython for
>>other stuff.
> 
> 
> Is wxPython Windows specific?  I guess it is, but can I port the
> screen layouts to some comparable Linux toolkit or anything like that?
> The screen shots for it do look really nice.
> 
> 
>>Here is my humble opinions in a nutshell (missing a lot here):
>>wxPython has a grid control to die for and many, many classes, good
>>printer support and looks like a native GTK app on Linux and a native
>>app on windows and macintosh.
> 
> 
> Oh wow, yes I guess it's cross platform then.  Hmm, what Micro$oft
> tool do I need to build and run it?  Is Visual C++ enough?  I guess
> I can get the client to pay for some stuff like that.  Also, is there
> a Glade-like drag and drop gui editor for it?
> 
> 
>>Qt is better for developing - it has a better class structure and I
>>tend not to have to look up docs as often and can look really,
>>really nice.
> 
> 
> The KDE apps that I've seen look good but not really top notch.  Maybe
> more attention could improve them.  They're certainly good enough for
> practical use.
> 
> 
>>Tkinter has a killer canvas and great postscript output.  GTK is
>>really quite fast.
> 
> 
> I think I don't care about heavy duty graphics or more than rudimentary
> printing.  
> 
> 
>>but don't take my word for this, why don't you see what you like the best?
>>
>>http://www.wxpython.org/
>>http://www.gtk.org/
>>http://www.scriptics.com/
>>http://www.trolltech.com/
> 
> 
> I don't know what I can really tell from these without more experience
> with them.  In particular, which is the most solid and reliable across
> a wide range of Windows versions (95, 98, ..., XP whatever)?  That
> matters too.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Paul





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