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Zinc is a Tk widget developed with Perl/Tk, Tcl/Tk and Python/Tk bindings. Zinc widgets are similar to Tk canvases in that they support structured graphics. Graphical items can be manipulated, and bindings can be associated with them to implement interaction behaviors. But unlike the canvas, zinc can structure the items in a hierarchy, and supports affine 2D transforms. Clipping can be set for sub-trees of the item hierarchy and the item set is quite more powerful, including field-specific items for Air Traffic systems. Zinc is fast enough to allow the implementation of 2k2k radar displays with smooth animations, yet structured enough to allow the implementation of direct manipulation desktop GUIs.


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Download version 3.3.2 (stable)
released on 24 June 2005



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LGPLv2orlaterJanet Casey26 May 2004

Leaders and contributors

Alexandre Lemort Contributor
Céline Schlienger Contributor
Stéphane Chatty Contributor
Stéphane Conversy Contributor
Christophe Mertz Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 15 August 2005.


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