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01 March 2011, 16:04

Nokia releases Qt SDK 1.1 Beta

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Qt Logo Following the release of a technology preview in January, the Qt developers at Nokia have announced the release of a beta of version 1.1 of the Qt SDK, the next edition of the software development kit for the Qt user interface framework. The 1.1 version of the Qt SDK will deliver on promises made at last year's Qt Dev Days to provide tooling for the declarative Qt Quick/QML; this allows user interfaces to be defined in structured, reusable text.

Among the tools is Qt Quick Designer, a component of the IDE, Qt Creator 2.1, which offers a WYSIWYG editor for QML based interfaces which include animations and transitions. This, in turn, also allows for rapid prototyping and testing. Other components included with the SDK are Qt 4.7.2 for Symbian^1 and Symbian^3 devices, a maintenance release that contains bug-fixes based on user feedback and contributions since version 4.7.1 arrived in November, Qt Mobility 1.1.1 and the Qt Simulator 1.1 beta.

With the release of Qt Creator 2.1, the developers have also launched Qt Quick (Qt UI Creation Kit), which "introduces exciting new functionality into Qt that lets developers and UI designers work together to rapidly create beautiful, fluid UIs and applications for any Qt platform, all based on our simple-to-learn QML language."

The beta Qt SDK 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.

Further information about the SDK beta can be found in a post on the Qt Blog. The Qt SDK 1.1 Beta is available to download from the Forum Nokia pages. 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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