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We are pleased to announce Kivy 1.9.0.

#kivy is a full featured framework for creating novel and performant user interfaces, such as multitouch applications, released under the MIT license. The framework works on Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS and Raspberry Pi.

All downloads are available on the website:

http://kivy.org/#download

If you appreciate our project and would like to support us financially, we now have a donate section set up along with an organization to manage the funds. Head over to http://kivy.org/#organization.

Main features of this release we want to highlight:
    
- New SDL2 provider (Window, Image, Text, Audio, Clipboard) on desktop and iOS. This feature is available by default. Pygame backends are now deprecated on platforms where SDL2 is available. SDL2 provides us a better Window support, no loss of OpenGL context when resizing, Retina screen support, less crashes.

- New ffplayer provider (Video, Image) on desktop and iOS. See http://matham.github.io/ffpyplayer/installation.html for more details. This provider is now the default Video provider on iOS.

- EffectWidget: Allows for easy manipulation of  the child widgets using preset effects (shaders) or to write your own. This is essentially the easiest way to get shader effects onto your widget.

- FocusBehavior: FocusBehavior generalizes the focusing behavior displayed by TextInput that allows a widget to react to receiving user input from a keyboard. For more details see: https://github.com/kivy/kivy/pull/1909.

- Rebind Support: Add rebind option to Property to allow dynamic rebinding of properties in kv. When set to True for that property, kv rules using this object as  an intermediate attribute in a kv rule, will update the bound property  when this object changes. For more details see: https://github.com/kivy/kivy/pull/2100.

- SVG Support Preview (Python 2.7 Only): Initial support for rendering of SVG.

For a detailed changelog, please visit http://kivy.org/#changelog.

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We are proud to announce our monthly Kivy app contest. There is no topic, you can submit any type of application as long as it is written in Kivy. Entries will be judged based on how clean, visually appealing and intuitive the user interface is, an accounting software can be just as mind-bending as an rpg game ;).

Submissions received until the 20th 23:59 UTC will be part of the current month's contest, late submissions will be reviewed in the next cycle. The chosen app is announced on the last day of the current month.

The winner app will be featured on our social network cover images for a full month, with a link to the store page, website or source code. Our new site will have an app of the month section which will hold each month's winner entry. We will also send you a Kivy t-shirt.

The submitted app must be downloadable and runnable for free (screenshots are not enough). It does not have to be a mobile app, desktop applications are fine as well. Software that participated in any of the previous Kivy contests cannot be submitted.

Entries should be sent by making a post on your own wall/stream, following this template (the #kivy hastag must be there and it must work):

My #kivy application is competing for the "Kivy App of the Month" title, check it out!

Source code: <link> (if the app is open source)
Store/website: <link>
Screenshots: <imgur/facebook/google+ gallery link>


As a final step send us the link of your post in a comment for this entry. Good luck and happy coding!

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We are proud to announce our monthly Kivy app contest. There is no topic, you can submit any type of application as long as it is written in Kivy. Entries will be judged based on how clean, visually appealing and intuitive the user interface is, an accounting software can be just as mind-bending as an rpg game ;).

Submissions received until the 20th 23:59 UTC will be part of the current month's contest, late submissions will be reviewed in the next cycle. The chosen app is announced on the last day of the current month.

The winner app will be featured on our social network cover images for a full month, with a link to the store page, website or source code. Our new site will have an app of the month section which will hold each month's winner entry. We will also send you a Kivy t-shirt.

The submitted app must be downloadable and runnable for free (screenshots are not enough). It does not have to be a mobile app, desktop applications are fine as well. Software that participated in any of the previous Kivy contests cannot be submitted.

Entries should be sent by making a post on your own wall/stream, following this template (the #kivy hastag must be there and it must work):

My #kivy application is competing for the "Kivy App of the Month" title, check it out!

Source code: <link> (if the app is open source)
Store/website: <link>
Screenshots: <imgur/facebook/google+ gallery link>


As a final step send us the link of your post in a comment for this entry. Good luck and happy coding!

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I had a lovely time doing a Workshop on kivy @pycon India on 26th this month. The audience was amazing. Here are the slides for any one interested in doing a similar workshop or just interested in looking at the slides

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+100 to Elon Musk and Tesla Motors for opening up the patents to their electric car tech. This is what a responsible company, CEO looks like.

God Speed Tesla motors , Elon Musk. Thanks for leading the positive  way.

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For those that didn't see the winners yet here is a list of top 3 winners

The winners are
1st place: Opolo, by Valentin Pratz https://github.com/valentin12/kivy_frogs
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.vocaword.frogs
An Ọpọlọ is a frog.
An Ọpọlọ is a frog.

2nd place: Grashof's condition (fourbar), by Ken Geronilla
https://github.com/tygart/fourbar
https://github.com/tygart/fourbar/blob/master/bin/fourbar-0.2.0-debug.apk

3rd place: ArithmeBricks, by Jan Kaliszewski (zuo) 
https://github.com/zuo/ArithmeBricks

Congratulation to all the contest winners.

A big thanks to every one who participated and to our sponsors:
Python Software Foundation http://www.python.org/psf/
Fresk http://fresklabs.com/ 
Okse.no http://okse.no/en
Pycharm http://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/
Gymglish http://www.gymglish.com/

for making this contest possible.
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What old O'Reilly book do you still have? What's your newest?
Share pics of your old/new O'Reilly books!

Pictured here are +Jon Johns 1st, TCP/IP (2nd Ed., 1998) and the newest, (Creating Apps in Kivy).
#books   #oreilly   #Nostalgia  
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Gather your horses.. erm. kiwis!

Kivy contest for 2014 starts today. Join in for a chance to win fabulous prizes. We are giving away one Nexus 5, two Nexus 7(one 32G one 16G) and 5 Rpi's. Plus 50 T-shirts. 

The Theme of the competition is "Education". The theme is meant to be a broad guideline, let your imagination run wild. 
Details at http://kivy.org/#contest
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