Trolltech, a provider of leading application development software, today announced that 2004 was a year of strong growth for its Qt® cross-platform development software. Leading companies such as AMD, Skype, Toon Boom Animation, Altair Engineering, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.and Wolfram Research Inc. now add to the more than 3,000 companies developing commercial applications with Qt. The growing list of Qt commercial customers contributed to a 40 percent increase in sales of Qt commercial licenses in 2004 over the previous year.
“2004 was an excellent year for Qt, both as commercial development software and as a widely-used tool in the open source community,” said Eirik Chambe-Eng, Trolltech president and co-founder. “With the growing requirement to develop for multiple desktop platforms, such as both Windows and Linux, we see the market need for Qt continuing to increase. 2005 will be a landmark year for Trolltech as we launch the next major version of Qt and other important developments that will solidify Qt’s position as a leading environment for true cross-platform development on the desktop.”
Windows and Linux Most Common Qt Platforms Trolltech’s Qt has become a standard for cross-platform graphical user interface (GUI) software development on the desktop, as well as the most popular commercial tool for Linux applications. With Qt, developers write applications once and deploy on any major desktop operating system, including Windows, Linux/Unix and Mac OS X, all from the same code base. KDE, the popular Linux desktop, as well as thousands of other programs have been built on Qt, including commercial software from some of the world’s largest companies.
Microsoft Windows continues to be the platform most commonly used for Qt application development, but according to an April, 2004 survey of 1,300 Trolltech software developers, Linux is increasing in popularity for new application development. Regardless of initial platform, software applications based on Qt can be easily ported to a variety of operating systems. “Software tools such as Qt can give developers the freedom to focus their efforts on building a superior product instead of the development process,” said Pat Patla, director, Server/Workstation Marketing, Microprocessor Business Unit, AMD’s Computation Products Group. “The Qt API and tools can allow applications to run natively in a variety of environments that can be supported by the AMD Opteron processor, so developers can produce a high-quality product for multiple platforms very efficiently.”
Skype Ports to Linux with Qt Skype, a global Internet telephony company, uses Qt to develop its innovative peer-to-peer Skype for Linux software that enables free, superior quality, global phone calls over the Internet. Initially developed for the Windows platform, the company launched a Linux version of Skype last June.
“We've had strong demand for a Linux version of Skype since the product debuted on Windows last year,” said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype's CEO and co-founder. “Because we used Qt as our development framework, creating Skype software for Linux was painless. Qt has helped us save considerable time in developing Skype for Linux and allowed our programming team to concentrate on continuing to innovate core Skype functions.”
Toom Boom Recognized for Mac OS X Qt Development Toon Boom is the world-leading supplier of animation technology with clients ranging from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators. The developers at Toon Boom have standardized on Trolltech’s Qt as the development environment for its Toon Boom Studio product, a complete cartoon animation application that runs on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Toon Boom won Trolltech’s “Qt/Mac Application Developer Contest” last summer for its user interface and ease of use.
Francisco Del Cueto, vice president, Technology at Toon Boom, commented, “We were honored to be recognized by Trolltech for Toon Boom Studio on Mac OS X. The comprehensive Qt GUI toolkit gave our developers complete control, and the result is an elegant, native look-and-feel application. Actually, we use the Qt technology to develop our high-end products as well. We are pleased to share our Qt success through Trolltech’s recognition of Toon Boom.” Altair Engineering Chooses Qt for HyperWorks Products
Altair Engineering, a leading provider of advanced engineering software and high performance grid computing technologies, will rely on Trolltech’s Qt software as the application development framework for its Altair HyperWorks product line, running on the Windows, Linux, and UNIX operating systems.
“As the leading open-architecture, CAE desktop solution for engineering departments around the world, HyperWorks development continues to focus on speed and ease-of-use for our valued end-user community” said James P. Dagg, Altair Engineering vice president of global software development. “Qt software will help us further the flexibility and functionality of our HyperWorks interface – improving the customer experience and overall staff productivity” Dagg added.