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ANN: wxPython

Robin Dunn

The release of wxPython is now available for download at  This release fixes the problem with
using Python 2.6's default manifest, and updates wxcairo to work with
the latest PyCairo.  A summary of changes is listed below and also

Source code is available as a tarball and a source RPM, as well as
binaries for Python 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6, for Windows and Mac, as well
some packages for various Linux distributions.

What is wxPython?

wxPython is a GUI toolkit for the Python programming language. It
allows Python programmers to create programs with a robust, highly
functional graphical user interface, simply and easily. It is
implemented as a Python extension module that wraps the GUI components
of the popular wxWidgets cross platform library, which is written in

wxPython is a cross-platform toolkit. This means that the same program
will usually run on multiple platforms without modifications.
Currently supported platforms are 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows,
most Linux or other Unix-like systems using GTK2, and Mac OS X 10.4+.
In most cases the native widgets are used on each platform to provide
a 100% native look and feel for the application.

Changes in

wx.grid.Grid:  Added methods CalcRowLabelsExposed,
CalcColLabelsExposed, CalcCellsExposed, DrawRowLabels, DrawRowLabel,
DrawColLabels, and DrawColLabel to the Grid class.

Added the wx.lib.mixins.gridlabelrenderer module.  It enables the use
of label renderers for Grids that work like the cell renderers do.  See
the demo for a simple sample.

Solved the manifests problem with Python 2.6 on Windows.  wxPython now
programatically creates its own activation context and loads a
manifest in that context that specifies the use of the themable common
controls on Windows XP and beyond.  This also means that the external
manifest files are no longer needed for the other versions of Python.

wx.Colour: Updated the wx.Colour typemaps and also the wx.NamedColour
constructor to optionally allow an alpha value to be passed in the
color string, using these syntaxes:  "#RRGGBBAA" or "ColourName:AA"

wx.lib.wxcairo:  Fixed a problem resulting from PyCairo changing the
layout of their C API structure in a non-binary compatible way.  The
new wx.lib.wxcairo is known to now work with PyCairo 1.6.4 and 1.8.4,
and new binaries for Windows are available online at

Robin Dunn
Software Craftsman

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