[wxpython-users] ANN: wxPython

Clay Hobbs clay at lakeserv.net
Mon Sep 29 02:10:42 CEST 2008

On Sun, 2008-09-28 at 12:01 -0700, Robin Dunn wrote:
> Announcing
> ----------
> The release of wxPython is now available for download at
> http://wxpython.org/download.php.  This release adds support for using
> Cairo for drawing on wx windows, adds a Win64 build, and various other
> fixes and enhancements.
> Source code is available, as well as binaries for Python 2.3, 2.4 and
> 2.5, for Windows and Mac, as well some packages for various Linux
> distributions.  A summary of changes is listed below and also at
> http://wxpython.org/recentchanges.php.
> What is wxPython?
> -----------------
> wxPython is a GUI toolkit for the Python programming language. It
> allows Python programmers to create programs with a robust, highly
> functional graphical user interface, simply and easily. It is
> implemented as a Python extension module that wraps the GUI components
> of the popular wxWidgets cross platform library, which is written in
> C++.
> wxPython is a cross-platform toolkit. This means that the same program
> will usually run on multiple platforms without modifications.
> Currently supported platforms are 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows,
> most Linux or other Unix-like systems using GTK2, and Mac OS X 10.4+.
> In most cases the native widgets are used on each platform to provide
> a 100% native look and feel for the application.
> Changes in
> ------------------
> Many minor bug fixes throughout wxWidgets and wxPython.
> Fixed wx.lib.embeddedimage to work with Python 2.3.
> Fixed PseudoDC hit testing when pure white or pure black are used.
> Added support for a 64-bit Windows build for the AMD64 architecture,
> (a.k.a. x64.)  This is for Python 2.5 only and is available only as a
> Unicode build.
> Added the wx.EmptyBitmapRGBA factory function.
> Added the wx.lib.wxcairo module which allows the pycairo package to be
> used for drawing on wx window or memory DCs.  In addition it is able
> to convert from a native wx.Font to a cairo.FontFace, and it also
> provides functions for converting to/from wx.Bitmap and
> cairo.ImageSurface objects.  In order to use this module you will need
> to have the Cairo library and its dependencies installed, as well as
> the pycairo Python package.  For Linux and other unix-like systems you
> most likely have what you need installed already, or can easily do so
> from your package manager application.  See the wx.lib.wxcairo
> module's docstring for notes on where to get what you need for Windows
> or Mac.  This module uses ctypes, and depending on platform it may
> need to find and load additional dynamic libraries at runtime in
> addition to cairo.  The pycairo package used needs to be new enough to
> export the CAPI structure in the package namespace.  I believe that
> started sometime in the 1.4.x release series.
> Added the wx.lib.graphics module, which is an implementation of the
> wx.GraphicsContext API using Cairo (via wx.lib.wxcairo).  This allows
> us to be totally consistent across platforms, and also use Cairo to
> implement some things that are missing from the GraphicsContext API.
> It's not 100% compatible with the GraphicsContext API, but probably
> close enough to be able to share code between them if desired, plus it
> can do a few things more.
> Updated wx.Bitmap.CopyFromBuffer to be a bit more flexible. You can
> now specify the format of the buffer, and the CopyFromBufferRGBA is
> now just a wrapper around CopyFromBuffer that specifies a different
> format than the default.  Also added the complement method,
> CopyToBuffer.  See the docstring for CopyFromBuffer for details on the
> currently allowed buffer formats.  The existing wx.BitmapFromBuffer
> factory functions are also now implemented using the same underlying
> code as CopyFromBuffer.
> Add wx.lib.mixins.listctrl.ListRowHighlighter for automatic highlighting
> of rows in a wx.ListCtrl.

I'm curious, why do you package wxPython for Fedora 6 and 7, but not 8
and 9?


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