Python 3.4.1 installer on Mac links Python to old Tcl/Tk

Peter Tomcsanyi tomcsanyi at
Wed Oct 1 13:51:19 CEST 2014

"Ned Deily" <nad at> wrote in message 
news:nad-D2DDCB.14070824062014 at
> The easiest option would be a downloadable package that would allow the
> default 8.5-linked _tkinter to be overridden with an 8.6
> version.  There may be some news on that front in the near future.

It's October...
So I tried Python 3.4.2rc1 and it seems that it still links to Tk 8.5 on 
Does it mean that there is no plan to link to Tk 8.6 in Python 3.4.2 on Mac?
Or is there something that can override 8.5 to 8.6 as you wrote?

In the meantime I tried MacPorts. It has Tk 8.6.1 so rotating text work 
well, but it has still a problem with semi-transparency as described here:
It has been fixed in Tk 8.6.2 that is already published for nearly a month, 
but there seems to be no uypdate on macports yet...

So I am quite frustrated that I am not able to make my Python installation 
on Mac do the same things (namely roatting text and use png files that have 
semi-transparent pixels) both on Windows and Mac.

Best regards


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