[cairo] Using cairo on windows?

Writser Cleveringa writser at xs4all.nl
Sat May 13 09:00:45 PDT 2006


Thank you for your help. I installed the latest GTK+ development kit and
got Cairo for free! (Why is this not mentioned on in the 'download'
section?) However, this package might be a bit large for people who only
want to work with cairo and not with GTK+. Also, This package is made for
mingw32 and msys. What if I want to use cairo with Visual Studio?

Again, I'd like to point to SDL (www.libsdl.org). You can download a
package for Visual Studio that contains all necessary files, along with
detailed instructions for creating your own SDL application. I'd really
like to see such a package for cairo. Just as Atul, I'm willing to help,
if anyone could give me some pointers for creating such a package.

regards, Writser

> Since GTK+ 2.8 and newer depends on Cairo, you can have Cairo
> installed on Win32 as a side-effect of installing GTK+. For example:
> http://gladewin32.sourceforge.net/modules/news/
> On 5/13/06, Atul Varma <varmaa at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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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