PyQt v4.7 Released
phil at riverbankcomputing.com
Thu Jan 21 15:46:57 CET 2010
PyQt v4.7 has been released and is available from
PyQt is a comprehensive set of bindings for the Qt application and UI
framework from Nokia. It supports the same platforms as Qt (Windows,
Linux and MacOS/X).
PyQt supports Python v3 and Python v2.3 and later.
The highlights of this release include:
- full support for Qt v4.6.1 including the new animation and state machine
frameworks, gesture and multi-touch support, and advanced graphics
effects (blurring, colourising, drop shadows)
- all callables have docstrings that describe the Python signatures of all
- keyword arguments are supported for all optional arguments.
Windows installers are provided for the GPL version of PyQt which contains
everything needed for PyQt development (including Qt, Qt Designer,
QScintilla, and MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite and ODBC drivers) except Python
PyQt v4 is implemented as a set of 19 extension modules containing over
400 classes and over 6,000 functions and methods.
The non-GUI infrastructure including event loops, threads, i18n,
Unicode, signals and slots, user and application settings, mapped
files and shared memory.
A set of classes that allow the Qt Designer GUI design tool to be
extended with PyQt.
A rich collection of GUI widgets.
A set of classes for creating and viewing searchable documentation and
being able to integrate online help with PyQt applications. It
includes the C++ port of the Lucene text search engine.
A set of classes to support TCP and UDP socket programming and higher
level protocols (eg. HTTP, SSL).
A set of classes that allows PyOpenGL to render onto Qt widgets.
A set of classes that implement SQL data models and interfaces to
industry standard databases. The Windows installers include support
for SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL and ODBC.
A set of classes to render SVG files onto Qt widgets.
A set of classes to automate unit testing of PyQt applications and
This implements a web browser engine based on the WebKit engine used by
Apple's Safari browser. It allows the methods and properties of Python
embedded in HTML pages.
A set of classes that implement DOM and SAX parsers.
A set of classes that implement XQuery and XPath support for XML and
custom data models.
A set of classes that enables the Qt Assistant online help browser to
be integrated with an application.
A set of classes for Windows that allows the integration of ActiveX
controls and COM objects.
A cross-platform multimedia framework that enables the use of audio and
video content in PyQt applications. DirectX is used as the Windows
backend, QuickTime as the MacOS/X backend, and GStreamer as the Linux
A set of classes that provide low-level multimedia functions.
Application developers would normally use the phonon module.
PyQt includes dbus.mainloop.qt that allows the Qt event loop to be used
with the standard DBus Python bindings.
PyQt includes the pyuic4 utility which generates Python code to implement
user interfaces created with Qt Designer in the same way that the uic
utility generates C++ code. It is also able to load Designer XML files
PyQt is available under the GPL and a commercial license. Unlike Qt, PyQt
is not available under the LGPL. The commercial PyQt license allows GPL
applications to be relicensed at any time.
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