Twenty-fifth release of PythonCAD now available
Posted on: 05/26/2005 03:39 PM

The twenty-fifth development release of PythonCAD, a CAD package for open-source software users, has been released.

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 twenty-fifth release consists primarily of bug fixes. The compatibility code for the GTK Action and ActionGroup classes introduced in the previous release had a number of bugs which have been fixed. People running PythonCAD on PyGTK releases prior to 2.4 should find this latest release working correctly due to these fixes. Thanks go to Wilbert Knol for helping identify and test the proposed fixes for this problem. A number of changes to the event handling code also are include in this release. Previously various event handling routines either returned an incorrect value, or returned a value when not needed. This release cleans up many of these issues, making the event handling code easier to follow as well as better conforming to GTK/PyGTK requirements. Various other bug fixes and code enhancements are present in this release as well.

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