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|Developer(s)||wxWidgets Developers and Contributors|
|Stable release||2.8.10 / March 17, 2009|
|Preview release||2.9.0 / September 8, 2009|
|License||wxWindows Library Licence|
wxWidgets (formerly wxWindows) is a widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for cross-platform applications. wxWidgets enables a program's GUI code to compile and run on several computer platforms with minimal or no code changes. It covers systems such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux/Unix (X11, Motif, and GTK+), OpenVMS, OS/2 and AmigaOS. A version for embedded systems is under development.
wxWidgets (initially wxWindows) was started in 1992 by Julian Smart at the University of Edinburgh. He attained an honours degree in Computational Science from the University of St Andrews in 1986, and is still a core developer.
On February 20, 2004, the developers of wxWindows announced that the project was changing its name to wxWidgets, as a result of Microsoft requesting Julian Smart to respect Microsoft's United Kingdom trademark of the term Windows.
wxWidgets is distributed under a custom made licence, similar to the GNU Lesser General Public License, with an exception stating that derived works in binary form may be distributed on the user's own terms. This licence is a free software licence, making wxWidgets free software.
wxWidgets is best described as a native mode toolkit as it provides a thin abstraction to a platform's native widgets, contrary to emulating the display of widgets using graphic primitives. Calling a native widget on the target platform results in a more native looking interface than toolkits such as Swing (for Java), as well as offering performance and other benefits. 
RAD tools and IDEs for wxWidgets
Applications built using wxWidgets
- Amaya web authoring tool
- aMule peer-to-peer file sharing application
- Audacity cross-platform sound editor
- BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing application
- Chandler personal information management software
- Code::Blocks C/C++ IDE
- CodeLite C/C++ IDE
- DivFix++ free AVI video fix & preview program
- Dolphin Nintendo GameCube, Wii, and Triforce emulator
- eTrigger an electronic drum/instrument midi signal controller
- FileZilla FTP client
- ionCube PHP encoder
- Padre Perl Application Development and Refactoring Environment
- PTgui photo stitching software
- RapidSVN Subversion client
- wxMacMolPlt computational chemistry graphical interface
- TortoiseCVS CVS client
- wxDownload Fast download manager
- wxMaxima computer algebra system
- KiCAD Electronic Design Automation
- Digsby Multiclient IM + e-mail notification + social networking
- Poedit gettext catalog editor
- Mahogany e-mail client
- xCHM CHM help files viewer
- Widget toolkit
- List of widget toolkits
- Qt (toolkit) - A application framework used by KDE
- GTK+ - The GIMP toolkit, a widget toolkit used by GNOME applications
- FLTK - A light, cross platform, non-native widget toolkit
- FOX toolkit - A fast, open source, cross-platform widget toolkit
- Juce - An extensive cross-platform widget toolkit
- ↑ "wxEmbedded: wxWidgets for embedded applications". Sourceforge.net. http://www.wxwidgets.org/docs/embedded.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
- ↑ "About the wxWidgets Project". wxwidgets.org. http://wxwidgets.org/about/. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- ↑ "About Julian Smart, www.anthemion.co.uk". Anthemion.co.uk. 1964-03-27. http://www.anthemion.co.uk/julian.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- ↑ "Julian Smart". Bookfayre.cz. http://www.bookfayre.cz/books/name/julian_smart.2247651.html.cs. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- ↑ Smart, Julian; Robin Dunn (August 2004). "Name change". Sourceforge.net. http://wxwidgets.org/about/name.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
- ↑ ""Licence" page on website". http://www.wxwidgets.org/about/newlicen.htm. "The wxWindows Licence is essentially the L-GPL (Library General Public Licence), with an exception stating that derived works in binary form may be distributed on the user's own terms."
- ↑ "WxWidgets Compared To Other Toolkits". wxwidgets.org. http://wiki.wxwidgets.org/WxWidgets_Compared_To_Other_Toolkits. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- Official Website
- wxWidgets Forum
- wxWidgets-AOS AmigaOS Port Official Site
- WxWidgets Compared To Other Toolkits
- Build cross-platform GUIs using wxWidgets
- wxWidgets-Code-SNIPPETS A knowledge base for wxWidgets progamming
- Visual Tkinter : Visual Tkinter