Nokia issues Qt SDK 1.1 Release Candidate
Following the release of a beta in early March, the Qt developers at Nokia have announced the arrival of a release candidate for version 1.1 of the Qt SDK, the next edition of the software development kit for the Qt user interface framework. According to the developers, the latest release is a "major step towards the final Qt SDK 1.1", and features a number of improvements and updates.
The Qt SDK 1.1 RC includes version 2.1 of the Qt Creator, Qt 4.7.3, Qt Mobility 1.1.2 and Qt Quick, the Qt UI Creation Kit. Compared to the beta, the release candidate sees the Qt Assistant added as a separate package following requests from developers, as well as several fixes for the Qt Simulator and the installation/updating workflow. Additionally, the installer can now use system proxy on Linux and the notification API has been moved from experimental to "Additional APIs". An introductory guide to using the Qt SDK to create Qt Quick UIs is provided on the Forum Nokia Wiki.
In a Nokia Developer News blog post, it is noted that on S60 3rd Edition devices, Qt 4.7 is no longer supported. Developers are advised to use Qt 4.6.3 and Qt Mobility 1.1.2. Furthermore, once the Qt SDK 1.1 is released, version 1.0 will be withdrawn as it supports both Qt 4.6 and 4.7 configurations.
The Qt SDK RC is not designed for production use and applications developed with it will not be accepted into the Ovi Store, but they can be loaded onto development devices. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and Report any bugs that they encounter.
Details about the SDK RC can be found in a post on the Qt Blog. The Qt SDK 1.1 Release Candidate is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the Forum.Nokia site. The components in the Qt SDK are licensed under a number of open source licences, including the LGPL, and under Nokia's own proprietary licences.
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