[cairo] Using cairo on windows?

Atul Varma varmaa at gmail.com
Sat May 13 05:56:21 PDT 2006

Hello Writser,

I completely agree with you.  I compiled Cairo on windows for a
project I'm working on and was able to get everything to work with the
win32 backend.  Although I haven't yet tried compiling cairo under
windows with the PNG or SVG backends, I am interested in helping set
up a precompiled binary for Windows.  As you said, Cairo is a really
powerful library and it'd be wonderful if Windows developers had easy
access to it.

Has anyone else considered doing this in the past?  I'd be happy to go
ahead and build something and put it out there as a precompiled
binary, just let me know.

- Atul

On 5/13/06, Writser Cleveringa <writser at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> hey all,
> For my study I've been making some simple geometrical programs. Things
> like computing the convex hull of a set of points, or creating voronoi
> diagrams. I would like to use cairo to create some smooth graphics of my
> results and to save them as PNG's or SVG's.
> However, in windows XP I have lots of troubles getting Cairo up and
> running. Even without any backend, I could draw my images to an SDL
> surface and save them using SDL. But having SVG and PNG backends on
> windows would be even better! I googled about this subject, read the
> mailing list, examined your site, but have not found any good information
> about this. I have some experience with msys and mingw but found myself
> unable to compile cairo on windows. Cairographics.org doesn't even feature
> some basic pointers for installing cairo on windows (or if there are, I
> haven't found them).
> In my opinion it would be really great if one could download a 'Cairo
> Development Toolkit' for windows. And if that toolkit has support for PNG
> and SVG as well, that would be really awesome. If I want to develop with
> SDL on windows, I can download packages:
> > SDL-devel-1.2.9-VC6.zip (Visual C++ 5,6,7)
> > SDL-devel-1.2.9-mingw32.tar.gz (Mingw32)
> and start developing right away. They even have detailed tutorials for
> using SDL with mingw or Visual Studio. I believe having similar stuff for
> cairo would encourage lots of programmers to experiment with it.
> Personally, I could boot linux and develop there (which works like a
> charm). But lots of other people can't. On top of that, I'd like to make
> windows binaries, so I can show my stuff to Joe Average!
> I would like to make windows packages for cairo, or a tutorial about using
> cairo on windows. I am no guru however, so any help would be appreciated.
> What are your thoughts about this?
> regards, Writser
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