Today, Artem Pavlenko - the leader of Mapnik project - announced new release of Mapnik 0.3.0. Mapnik is a Free Toolkit for developing mapping applications. New version brings rich set of new features.
Here I pasted Artem’s e-mail posted on the FreeGIS list:
I’m pleased to announce a new release of Mapnik - 0.3.0. It’s been a long time but we have lots of new features, bug fixes, improvements.
Here are the major features: 1. License changed from GPL to LGPL 2. Python-based WMS server (WMS 1.1.1 and 1.3.0) 3. New Renderer interface 4. New Feature model 5. Font engine and text symbolization 6. Python and C++ demos 7. win32 support - yes, mapnik can be compiled (tested with vc-8_0) and happily runs on windows now. (In the future win32 binaries and/or build instructions will be provided) 8. x86_64 support
If you’d like to see what Mapnik can do for you, look at its styling capabilities.