OpenGL and Qt; Strong Momentum for Trolltech’s Qt in 2004

The Independent Qt Tutorial has been updated and now has an Italian translation. Also, a new chapter about OpenGL and Qt has been added. The OpenGL chapter is based on NeHe’s great tutorial.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

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.

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  1. 2005-01-25 8:02 pm