PANDA-gGo is a Go board, SGF editor, client for the Internet Go Server and an interface for playing with GNU Go. gGo is written in Java and available for Linux, OS X, OS/2 and Windows. gGo is distributed free of charge.
Go is an ancient boardgame, very common in Japan, China and Korea.
The latest version is 1.0
gGo version 1.0 is released.
This release offers support for vote in observed games, a new feature on IGS-PandaNet. gGo changed its name to PANDA-gGo and is now an official client brought to you by PandaNet Inc.
For details of changes please see the Changelog.
glGo, the port of gGo to a native Windows and Linux application, is making rapid progress. It still
lacks some of the features gGo offers, but should be ready for daily IGS usage now.
If you are interested, please have a look at the glGo webpage.
gGo is a full featured SGF editor allowing you to view and edit games. It supports reading and writing SGF 4 standard, and reading of UGF and XML game files.
gGo supports the FF SGF format by default, but is able to load some older files. The old long Smart-Go format like used by the FMGT files can also be read. Support for older formats than FF is not complete, for a more reliable transformation I recommend using mgt.
Encodings given in the CA property are read, so gGo can load and display SGF files with asian characters if Java was configured to display these fonts.
gGo is able to load and display Kogo's Joseki Dictionary properly.
Games in the UGF format used by PandaEgg can be loaded.
gGo supports reading of games in the XML format as specified in Jago.
gGo can load Ishi format games.
gGo supports Drag and Drop on Windows. You can drag a SGF file over the board to load the game.
With gGo comes a client for IGS PandaNet.Features of the IGS client:
gGo can be used as client for GNU Go or any AI that supports GTP to play
against the computer. Previously saved games can be resumed.
See here for more informations about GNU Go.
Thanks to the help of people who translated gGo in their language,
gGo is available in english, french, german, spanish and romanian. If
you want to add a translation, please let me know.
Asian character display is supported for both the IGS client as the SGF editor.
gGo can be skinned. It uses the Skin Look And Feel
which allows a Java application to be skinnable with KDE and Gtk themes. A couple of prepared themepacks are
available at Javootoo.
The gGo installation includes the default themepack. To get more skins please visit javootoo or use your KDE and Gtk skins. For further information please check the l2fprod webpage. gGo will run and switch back to the default look and feel if no skins are found.
gGo can be embedded in any webpage as an applet to view SGF files.
When you have an already running gGo and you open a new sgf file (for example from a webbrowser), the running Java instance will be reused instead of starting up a new VM. This makes gGo more performant, as starting up Java is pretty slow.
You can access a list of all changes in the ChangeLog.
gGo will run on any platform that supports Java 1.3. Confirmed platforms are Linux, Solaris, OS X, OS/2 and Windows.
gGo requires Java 1.3 or later. Windows users please note that the preinstalled Microsoft Java Engine (and this includes the latest service packs for IE 6.0 and XP) are version 1.1 and not sufficient to run gGo. You need to get the JRE from Sun.
Java 1.4 is strongly recommended, as some gGo features are not available with Java 1.3
You can download it from Suns webpage.
Click on this link to start gGo with Java Web Start.
You need Java Web Start installed. If you don't have it, you can download it from Sun.
If you don't want to use Java Web Start, get one of the installer packages.
Current version is 1.0
|Windows installer||gGo-1.0.exe||2.8 MB|
|Mac OS X||gGo-1.0.dmg||2.9 MB|
|Linux installer||gGo-1.0.tar.gz||2.7 MB|
|Linux RPM||gGo-1.0.rpm||2.7 MB|
|Platform independant installer||gGo-1.0.jar||3.0 MB|
There is some more detailed information available in the FAQ.
If you only want the gGo.jar file, get it here. This is an executable Jar file with the complete application, but it lacks the manual, the player database and the look and feel extensions.