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Announcement: Qt version 2.0 released

(1999/06/25) - Troll Tech (http://www.troll.no) is proud to announce the release of version 2.0 of Qt, the multi-platform C++ Graphical User Interface framework. This major new version introduces a wide range of powerful features, including support for application internationalization, formatted document display, custom look and feel (themes), and Unicode for non-european alphabets.

The Qt library provides application developers with the full functionality required to make state-of-the-art GUI applications for Unix/X11 and Microsoft Windows. Qt provides a fully object-oriented, cross-platform alternative to the Motif/Xt and Microsoft Foundation Classes libraries. Qt thus gives C++ developers the portability benefits of Java, without Java's performance penalty.

"This release is the result of nearly a year of development effort extending and improving the highly popular Qt 1.4 product" said Haavard Nord, CEO of Troll Tech. "When we started releasing development snapshots of Qt 2.0 in January, many KDE developers and other free software programmers started using it. This created a very productive bazaar-like development environment, which provided invaluable feedback for our development team."

Qt 2.0 introduces more than 40 new classes in the Qt API (Application Programmers Interface). In addition, Qt 2.0 adds a wide range of improvements and functionality enhancements. For details, please see http://www.troll.no/changes/.

Qt 2.0 retains a high degree of source code compatibility with the Qt 1.x series, so applications based on earlier Qt versions can be ported to Qt 2.0 with little effort. A detailed porting guide is included in the Qt reference documentation.

Qt is released under two different licenses:

The Qt Free Edition is free for run-time use and for development of free/Open Source software on Unix/X11. This version is available for download from http://www.troll.no/dl/.

The Qt Professional Edition is available for development of proprietary/commercial software on Unix/X11 and Microsoft Windows. Pricing and availability details, including introductory discounts can be found on http://www.troll.no/pricing.html.

With version 2.0, Troll Tech releases the Qt Free Edition under the QPL Open Source license. With this move, Troll Tech is affirming its intention for Qt to remain the leading choice for free/Open Source GUI software developers.

Troll Tech enables their customers to rapidly develop efficient, maintainable, commercial-grade software by providing software components, development tools, as well as technical support, contract and consulting services. Troll Tech's flagship product Qt is a cross-platform C++ user interface framework. It provides application developers with all the functionality needed to build state-of-the-art graphical user interfaces. Qt is fully object-oriented, easily extensible, and allows true component programming. It is supported on Windows 95/98/NT, Linux, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, Digital Unix, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX and a wide range of other platforms. Since the commercial introduction of Qt in early 1996, Qt has formed the basis of many hundreds of successful applications worldwide. Qt is also the basis of the popular KDE Linux desktop environment, included in all major Linux distributions. Troll Tech AS is located in Oslo, Norway.

For further information, please see the Troll Tech web site: http://www.troll.no or contact Troll Tech by email at info@troll.no. Qt is a trademark of Troll Tech AS.

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