I am extremely happy to announce that Qt 5.4 Beta is now available for download. There are a lot of new and interesting things in Qt 5.4 and I will try to summarize the most important highlights in this blog post.
Powerful Web Offering with Qt WebEngine
As the importance of HTML5 has grown we want to provide the best support for HTML5 within the Qt technology offering. The Qt WebEngine, a long-term R&D project based on the Chromium web engine has now reached fully supported version on desktop and embedded platforms.
Qt WebEngine provides a convenient API for both Qt Widgets and Qt Quick for using the Chromium web engine. Besides plain web viewing purposes Qt WebEngine takes full benefit of the whole Qt graphics stack integration allowing you to mix and overlay native Qt controls with web contents and OpenGL shaders. Of course, the fact that Qt provides a full application framework around the web engine makes Qt WebEngine truly an unparalled web engine API.
For platforms that do not allow distribution of Qt WebEngine as well as use cases where a full-blown web engine is not needed Qt 5.4 will introduce a technology preview of a new module called Qt WebView. It supports embedding the native web engines of the underlying operating system into Qt, and is currently available for Android and iOS. Because of this, Qt WebView also gives a convenient light-weight solution for simple web document integration. Qt WebView will be available with Qt 5.4 final as a separate add-on.
We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 3.2.2. This version of Qt Creator mainly fixes compatibility issues with Xcode 6 on OS X. See the change log for a complete list of changes. Also, we added the option to use Qt Creator under the LGPL v3. For more details about this addition, please check out the blog post “Adding LGPL v3 to Qt”.
Today we have released Qt 5.3.2, the second patch update to Qt 5.3. In addition to improvements and fixes to Qt functionality it also packs Qt Creator 3.2.1 along with nice additions and patches to Qt Quick Compiler, Qt Quick Enterprise Controls and Qt Purchasing.
With Qt 5.3.2 we are providing nice set of bug fixes and enhancements thanks to all the feedback and reports we’ve received! Qt 5.3.2 maintains backward and forward compatibility, both source and binary, with Qt 5.3.0 and the latest, 5.3.1, which was released this June. The list of changes can be found from the change files for each module.
We are also releasing nice updates to a bunch of add-on modules for commercial Qt licensees, all installable through your Qt online installer. The new and exciting Qt Quick Compiler gets its first update and we are adding the long-awaited Tumbler control to Qt Quick Enterprise Controls! Here’s the overview of updates to Add-On modules: Read more…
After Qt 5.3′s introduction of QQuickWidget, Qt 5.4 adds QOpenGLWidget, the long-awaited replacement for the legacy QGLWidget. This widget retains the familiar initializeGL/resizeGL/paintGL API, while enabling full interoperability with other widgets in complex user interfaces.
Internally QOpenGLWidget is built on the same technology as QQuickWidget. Unlike QGLWidget, it is not a native window and will not turn any siblings or ancestors into native either. This avoids stacking, clipping, focus and performance issues and is expected to behave identically across all supported platforms.
Qt 5.4 release process is ongoing and we now have the Qt 5.4 Alpha release available. As always, the Alpha is in source code only. Binary installers will be available in a few weeks with the Beta release. Features of Qt 5.4 are now frozen and in the next months the focus is in finalising and polishing functionality. To give an overview what is coming with Qt 5.4, I’ll summarise the highlights of the Qt 5.4 Alpha release.
Published Wednesday August 20th, 2014 | by Lars Knoll
20 years ago, Trolltech, the company that created Qt, was founded. One of its founding principles was to release Qt as free software to the open source community. In the early versions, this was limited to Unix/Linux and the X11 windowing system. Over the years, more and more platforms were included into the open source version of Qt.
At the same time, the licenses under which Qt was available evolved. The Qt 1.x source code was still released under a rather restrictive license. With Qt 2, we moved over to the QPL. Some years later, with Qt 4.0, Qt started to embrace the GPL v2, to remove some license conflicts between GPL-based applications and the QPL.
Trolltech was involved in talks with the Free Software Foundation (FSF) when the GPL v3 was created, and we added this license as an optional license for Qt after it was published by the FSF. Finally, in 2009 Nokia added LGPL v2.1 as a licensing option to Qt.
The spirit of all GNU licenses is about a strong copyleft, giving users rather strong access and rights to the source code of application and libraries. It was always meant to protect the users’ freedom to modify the application and underlying libraries and run the modified application.
Note: With Qt Creator 3.2 we drop support for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). The technical reason for this is that Apple does not support any kind of C++11 on that OS version. Of course that does not affect on which platforms you can run your Qt applications on. But it is not possible to run the Qt Creator 3.2 binaries on 10.6, and it also is not possible to compile Qt Creator 3.2 on 10.6 with the tool chains provided by Apple.
Published Wednesday August 6th, 2014 | by Lars Knoll
Over the last years, many changes have been happening in the Qt ecosystem. One of the biggest was the creation of Qt Project where Qt is now being developed as an open source project. The Qt Project was created to provide a space open for all to further develop and foster innovation for the Qt technology.
Qt has always been a commercial product. During the Trolltech days licensing income funded development of the product. While Nokia’s motivations were different, at Digia, our goal is to again make sure that Qt thrives for all industries, all companies, all users no matter what platform. That said, we need to make sure the business of selling Qt as a product is successful in order to fund its future development for the good of everyone in our ecosystem. The importance of Digia’s commercial business for securing the future of Qt cannot be underestimated as it drives Qt’s foundation and everyday operations. A look into the commit statistics shows that around 75% of all code submissions to qt-project.org come from Digia employees. In addition, Digia manages the release process and the CI and testing infrastructure, thus covering more than 85% of the costs of developing Qt. Read more…
As the dog days of summer carry on, we at Digia, Qt are swatting down flies, mosquitoes and bees while we fan ourselves in the unusual summer heat currently striking Scandinavia … in Oslo … at least.
Meanwhile, on a cool note, the Fun Propulsion Labs at Google announced last week that, VoltAir a single and multi-player game built with Qt is available for download via the Google Play Store and as open source software. Coolbeans!
VoltAir was developed to provide an example of a C++ game designed for both Android and Android TV and the folks at Google also tested it on Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Moto X by Motorola, Android TV, and some Samsung devices.
Check Out VoltAir (Courtesy of Google Developers – YouTube)
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