Qt Dev Days 2009: Qt Roadmap Provides Graphic Effects for an Array of Platforms

Oct 13, 2009

Boss of development from Qt Development Frameworks, Lars Knoll, places emphasis on attractive user interfaces.

In the soon to be released Version 4.6 from Qt there will be applications for platforms such as Windows, Mac, Nokia mobile systems, and realtime operating systems. There will also be animation. For example, Knoll 20 conjures forth 20 little Qt logos which form and reform every 2 seconds. Furthermore, the new version provides new graphic effects for single widgets and icons.

For Qt version 4.7, focus is being placed on creating aesthetically pleasing appearances. QML is intended to improve the cooperative efforts between developers and designers. Behind these three little letters, a declarative UI language straight out of the Qt development department from Brisbane, Australia is to be found. This UI language was already introduced by Matthias Ettrich at the end of June 2009 at LinuxTag 2009. QML is an extension of the existent Qt toolkit and is licensed according to the LGPL. In addition, the Qt head developer has announced more API’s for sensors, text messaging, and location determination, important for mobile phone use and for notebooks.

Matthias Ettrich, director of the development office in Berlin, cannot name a specific date for the first version of QML just yet. However, the computer scientist has stated versions are already in existence to tinker with.

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