[ANN] RO utility package 2004-10-13

Russell E. Owen rowen at cesmail.net
Fri Oct 15 00:08:26 CEST 2004

RO python package 2004-10-13 is now available for download from 

This is a package of python utilities I wrote to support a telescope 
control interface. RO has a strong emphasis on the Tkinter GUI library, 
networking, astronomy and cross-platform support (my telescope user 
interface is regularly used on unix, MacOS X and Windows).

Major changes in this release include:
- ScriptRunner and associated ScriptWdg allow you to write python code 
that can wait for things (such as threads to end, commands to finish, 
variables to change) without tying up the Tk event loop or having to 
write your code as a mess of callbacks. I wrote it to support simple 
user scripts but have also found it very useful for incorporating into 
my code.
- TkSocket and TCPConnection are now Windows compatible (accomplished by 
using tcl sockets instead of python sockets with createfilehandler).
- Editable widgets now have Cut/Copy/Paste, etc. in their contextual 
menus (just Copy for read-only widgets)

There are many smaller changes. Read the Version History 
<http://www.astro.washington.edu/rowen/ROVersionHistory.html> for 

-- Russell

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