Announcing wxWindows 2.4.0: a cross-platform GUI toolkit
January 7th, 2003 — the wxWindows team is pleased to announce an official
2.4.0 release of the mature cross-platform C++ application framework.
The following platforms are supported:
– Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
– Linux/Unix with GTK+ 1.x and 2.0
– Linux/Unix with X11
– Linux/Unix with Motif/Lesstif
– MacOS 8.6, 9.x and 10.x
– VMS with GTK+ 1.x
– OS/2 (alpha release)
A non-GUI subset of wxWindows called wxBase is also supported on most of
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This is the first official release to support the many
enhancements to wxWindows since the 2.2.x series.
Improvements have been made to many areas, including:
– better support for Windows XP
– a much fuller Mac port
– additional platforms (OS/2 and bare X11)
– further type-safe container classes
– improved build system
– Unicode support for GTK+ and WIN32
– improved wxBase support
– wxArtProvider class allows tailoring of standard
– translations for more languages
– mousewheel support
– support for more ODBC databases
– numerous bug fixes
*** About wxWindows
wxWindows is a comprehensive open-source, multi-platform C++ GUI framework,
that can be used to build commercial and free software. First released in
1992, 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, wxWindows 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 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 wxWindows 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, wxWindows Help
and PDF formats, and there are over 70 samples and demos.
If you’re an MFC user, you’ll find many wxWindows concepts reassuringly
familiar, while often clearer and more consistent. If you’re not, you
should still find it intuitive from the start.
wxWindows bindings for several other languages are available, including
If you’re considering wxWindows, 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
Julian Smart and the wxWindows team