ANN: wxWidgets 2.5.1

From: Julian Smart (julian_at_anthemion.co.uk)
Date: 02/24/04


Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 20:07:59 -0000

Announcing wxWidgets 2.5.1: a cross-platform GUI toolkit
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February 24th, 2004 -- the wxWidgets team is pleased to announce
a development snapshot release of the mature cross-platform C++
application framework.

The following platforms are supported:

- Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
- Windows CE (partial port)
- Linux/Unix/VMS with GTK+ 1.x and 2.0
- Linux/Unix with X11
- Linux/Unix with Motif/Lesstif
- MacOS 9.x and 10.x
- OS/2
- MGL (Linux and DOS)

A non-GUI subset of wxWidgets called wxBase is also supported
on most of these platforms.

To get wxWidgets, go to the Download page at:

  http://www.wxwindows.org

This is a development snapshot, sometimes known as
an 'unstable' release. Improvements include:
numerous bug fixes, STL-like container classes,
improved GTK+ 2 compatibility, new build system,
improved Unicode compatibility, wxRenderer class,
shaped frame and dialog windows on Windows and GTK+,
more efficient UI update processing, print preview
improvements, wxCrashReport class, OpenWatcom and
Digital Mars compiler support, and more.

*** About wxWidgets

wxWidgets is a comprehensive open-source, multi-platform C++ GUI
framework, that can be used to build commercial and free
software. First released in 1992 under the name wxWindows, it's
increasingly used by organisations and individuals all over the
world due to its winning combination of sophistication, wide
platform coverage, ease of use, unrestrictive licence and
vibrant user community.

For most ports, wxWidgets adopts the native look and feel of
each platform since it uses the native widget sets. There is also
a generic widget set, used for example by the wxX11 port - no
other widget set is required, giving the potential for embedded
use.

An extraordinary range of classes is provided - but don't be put
off by this because most people find wxWidgets easier to learn
and use than MFC and other frameworks.

As well as comprehensive support for the usual widgets, advanced
features include: HTML viewing/printing, wxImage class providing
handlers for eading and writing many image types, resizeable panels
and dialogs on all platforms, document/view, OpenGL support,
HTML-based and context-sensitive help, wizards, drag and drop,
a grid class, ODBC support, threads, sockets, container classes,
a styled text control, and much more. An 1800-page reference manual
is provided in HTML, MS HTML Help, WinHelp, wxWidgets Help and PDF
formats, and there are over 80 samples and demos.

If you're an MFC user, you'll find many wxWidgets concepts
reassuringly familiar, while often clearer and more consistent.
If you're not, you should still find it intuitive from the start.

wxWidgets bindings for several other languages are available,
including Python, Perl, Basic, Lua, JavaScript and Eiffel.

If you're considering wxWidgets, do check out some of these links:

    http://www.wxwindows.org/feedback.htm ; Comments from users
    http://www.wxwindows.org/screensh.htm ; Screenshots
    http://www.wxwindows.org/users.htm ; A list of some of our
                                          ; users

Have fun!

The wxWidgets team



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