Twentieth release of PythonCAD now available
Posted on: 12/21/2004 06:27 PM

The twentieth development release of PythonCAD, a CAD package for open-source software users, is now available

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 Python 2.3. 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 twentieth release of PythonCAD improves the undo/redo abilities of the program by making layer creation and deletion actions that can be undone or redone. Also, the addition and removal of chamfers and fillets is now an undoable and redoable action. The code for managing undo/redo operations has been improved, and various bug fixes for these actions have been applied. Another improvement in this release is a reworked set of file saving operations. The code for saving a file onto disk has been made more robust by adding additional error checks and by ensuring the new version of a file is stored successfully prior to replacing the existing copy. A good number of bug fixes and code improvements are included in this release as well.

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