-SDL-ctypes is a Python wrapper around SDL_ using ctypes_. SDL-ctypes is
-currently maintained by `Alex Holkner`_ and supported by `Google Summer of
+Pygame-ctypes is a reimplementation of Pygame_ using ctypes_. Internally,
+it uses SDL-ctypes, a wrapper around SDL_ using ctypes. Both Pygame-ctypes
+and SDL-ctypes are maintained by `Alex Holkner`_ and supported by
+`Google Summer of Code 2006`_.
-In its current state most of the core SDL modules have been wrapped,
-and is completely usable for applications that wish to access the
+Pygame is a Python package which provides a simplified interface to
+the graphics, audio and input functionalities of SDL. Until now
+Pygame was written as a C Python extension. This reimplementation
+is written purely in Python, giving benefits such as:
-The eventual aim of this project is to rewrite Pygame_ using this SDL
-wrapper. This would have several benefits over the current Python
+* Direct access to all SDL functions and structures, including those
+ not provided by Pygame.
+* Development and extension of Pygame is greatly simplified.
+* Other implementations of Python, such as PyPy, Jython and IronPython
+ may in future be able to make use of Pygame-ctypes (support for ctypes
+ in each of these implementation is currently under development
-* It would allow Python programmers to extend Pygame and use extra
- features of SDL with far less effort than is currently required.
-* The wrapper can be used on any platform that supports ctypes
- and SDL, and requires no compilation or native code.
-* Several Python or Python-like implementations such as PyPy and
- Pyrex are emerging which can make use of this library simply
- by implementing ctypes.
+As far as possible Pygame-ctypes has been made API compatible with
+Pygame. However, several new features have already been introduced
+that are not available in standard Pygame:
+* Support for NumPy and numarray in addition to Pygame's Numeric routines.
+* Closer integration with the `Python Imaging Library`_ (PIL) allowing
+ more image formats to be loaded and saved.
The latest source release is:
-* `SDL-ctypes-0.05 <SDL-ctypes-0.05.tar.gz>`_
+* `pygame-ctypes-0.06 <pygame-ctypes-0.06.tar.gz>`_, includes the
+ latest snapshot of SDL-ctypes.
+In the future SDL-ctypes may also be released separately from Pygame.
+In the meantime you can extract it from the same source download; there
+are no dependencies of SDL-ctypes on Pygame-ctypes.
You can also access the SVN repository directly::
-Documentation included in the source distribution under the ``doc``
+Documentation included in the source distribution under the ``doc``
directory. It is also browseable online:
-* `Manual <manual/index.html>`_
-* `API reference <api/index.html>`_
+* `Pygame-ctypes API reference <pygame-api/index.html>`_
+* `SDL-ctypes Manual <sdl-manual/index.html>`_
+* `SDL-ctypes API reference <sdl-api/index.html>`_
.. _SDL: http://www.libsdl.org
.. _ctypes: http://starship.python.net/crew/theller/ctypes
.. _Alex Holkner: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
.. _Google Summer of Code 2006: http://code.google.com/soc
.. _Pygame: http://www.pygame.org
+.. _Python Imaging Library: http://www.pythonware.com/library/pil