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

Art Haas ahaas at airmail.net
Fri Jul 7 22:07:38 CEST 2006


I'm pleased to announce the thirty-third 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-third release contains several major updates to the program.
Drawing operations have been greatly sped up when entities are added
to a drawing, modified, or deleted from a drawing. Users on older
hardware or machines with slower video systems will notice this
change immediately. A second large change in this release is the
completion of separating the interface code from the core code by
using the internal messaging system in place of object inheritance.
The third big change in this release is the formatting of the interface
text strings for internationalization, and a Spanish translation is
now available for users to install. It is hoped that more translations
appear in future releases. Additionally, a large number of smaller
improvements, enhancements, and bug fixes are also present in this

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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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