Here's a screenshot of the new work (sort of - it's been largely present since summer 2006 except for a bug in 8 bit images) done on the GraphcsContext and images. This new work includes things like gradient fills, with an interface that allows you to specify gradient values just like you would in Photoshop. Also this shows off the compositing modes and compositing various elements of an image together! The Vista like logo is made up of a shape with a gradient fill, another curve shape with a "shadow" fill, and finally a PNG image with an alpha channel, that is read in and applied properly when rendering an image.
I've created a new web log at http://software-windmills.blogspot.com/ that people here may find useful. The goal is to document, discuss, and/or detail the current design and new ideas for the framework. Basically an online braindump by me.
Well, finally, after quite some time, I have some progress to report on the DatabaseKit implementation that I've been working on. Thanks to markd_mms for helping out with the initial design work, which we largely copied from Borland's excellent VCL DB design, and for coding up and initial skeleton. Based on this, I extended the initial work and built something that works very similar to how you work with DB access in Delphi.
Another huge "Thank You" goes out to Ian Wallis, for donating again to the VCF project! This is the second time he's donated and I'm sure I speak for everyone on the project in offering thanks. This means a lot to me for someone to believe enough in the project to invest their own money in it.