[ANNOUNCE] Thirty-first release of PythonCAD now available

Art Haas ahaas at airmail.net
Fri May 19 20:56:14 CEST 2006


I'm pleased to announce the thirty-first 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 latest release features improvements to the entity splitting
code and a new split operation, automatic entity splitting. The
splitting code has been rewritten which fixed several bugs while
making the code simpler and clearer to understand. The new autosplitting
code is a feature that, when activated, will make the program
split existing entities in a drawing when a newly added point
lands on the entity. Various code cleanups are also present in
this release, including the ability to set and later change the
default style values for the different entities used within PythonCAD.
Finally, a number of bug fixes and other code improvements are present
in this release.

A mailing list for the development and use of PythonCAD is available.
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Visit the PythonCAD web site for more information about what PythonCAD
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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