[PythonCAD] [ANNOUNCE] Thirty-fourth release of PythonCAD now available

Art Haas ahaas at airmail.net
Thu Aug 3 22:28:35 CEST 2006


I'm pleased to announce the thirty-fourth 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 thirty-fourth release builds on the graphics improvements from
the previous release. A number of small optimizations again reduce
unneeded screen redraws, and a variety of redraw issues have been
corrected. The newest PythonCAD release is the first release using
Cairo graphics routines for entity drawing. If the Cairo routines
are not available on the system then the existing GDK routines will
be used, so only people running PythonCAD on recent PyGTK/GTK+ releases
will see the change. The latest release includes the new ability
to rotate objects around an arbitrary point in addition to the
entity display improvements. Finally, a variety of other bug fixes
and code improvements are included in the release.

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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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