Tkinter updates - Easiest way to install/use Tile?

Guilherme Polo ggpolo at
Fri Aug 15 00:01:29 CEST 2008

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 12:05 PM, Guilherme Polo <ggpolo at> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM, Mudcat <mnations at> wrote:
>> So I haven't programmed much in Python the past couple of years and
>> have been catching up the last few days by reading the boards. I'll be
>> making commercial Python applications again and wanted to see what's
>> new in the Gui department.
>> I started using Tkinter several years ago and have a lot of stuff
>> written in it. As a result, it's hard to switch to another interface
>> (wxPython, PyQt, etc) with all the hours it would take to reproduce
>> code I will re-use. (I mention this to avoid the inevitable post
>> asking why I'm still using it). While I was able to produce some nice
>> applications in the past and am comfortable with the functionality I
>> was able to achieve I still wanted to find a way to improve the look
>> since the old look is even more dated now.
>> I was reading about Tile, and it sounds like I should be able to wrap
>> a style around my current code to give it a different look. However it
>> doesn't sound like it's quite ready for prime time yet. I downloaded
>> the latest stable version of Python 2.5 which apparently still uses
>> Tcl 8.4. So my options at this point appear to be:
>> 1) Download beta version of Python 2.6 which has Tcl 8.5.
>> Tile is supposed to be included with Tcl 8.5, but there's not much
>> information on how to use it with older code. Do I still need wrapper
>> code, or if I install 2.6 will it be available already.
>> 2) Install Tcl 8.5 to use with Python 2.5.
>> How do you do this? In other posts it mentions recompiling source tcl
>> code with Python. If that's the case it doesn't sound like something I
>> want to mess with. If I stray too far from default configurations I
>> start to have problems with py2exe.
>> 3) Install Tile with Python 2.5 and Tcl 8.4 and use wrapper code to
>> make it work.
>> However all the posts concerning this approach assume that Tile is
>> already installed. I downloaded the code for the latest version of
>> Tile which was a .kit extension. This also may need to be compiled,
>> and if that's the case I again start to have problems with freezing my
>> application.
> The other points were answered already, so let me give some more
> insight on this last one.
> For Windows there is a .zip you can download (following the links at
> which requires no installation,
> just unpacking. For Linux there is a package named tk-tile in Ubuntu.
> In case you are using Windows, just unpacking the .zip doesn't
> guarantee that Tk will find the tile package (unless you unpack at
> whatever places Tk looks by default). If Tk doesn't find it, you need
> to set the TILE_LIBRARY environment variable to whatever place tile
> was unzipped to.  I'm assuming you will be using the previously
> mentioned ttk wrapper, which will look at TILE_LIBRARY, if necessary,
> to load tile.

I have put this and some other info at now.

>> What's the easiest way to do this? I really couldn't find a place that
>> gave instructions for any of the current release configurations. It
>> sounds if it's available already in Python 2.6 that it would be the
>> easiest way, but I couldn't find any threads talking about the
>> availability of it for that release yet.
>> Thanks
>> --

-- Guilherme H. Polo Goncalves

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