For creating devices with Qt, we offer a whole toolkit consisting of Qt libraries, pre-built but customizable software stack (Boot to Qt), value-add components and full embedded tooling around the Qt Creator IDE.
Now, It's time to update our offering by updating the pre-built Boot to Qt software stack with the latest Qt 5.3.2 and upgrade some of the provided value-add components. Also Qt Creator IDE has been updated since our last update. To read more about the whole toolkit for creating devices with Qt see the documentation overview.
Qt 5.3.2 packs a bunch of bug fixes and improvements to functionality based on feedback and reports we have 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. See more from the Qt 5.3.2 release blog post.
Many of our value-add components have been updated as well. The Qt Quick Compiler has gotten it's first update, Qt Quick Enterprise Controls have been improved by adding the frequently requested Tumbler control and the Qt Virtual Keyboard is now updated to version 1.2 that provides new layouts and features.
Qt Creator IDE has also been updated with a patch release to version 3.2.2. The Qt Creator 3.2.2 patch release contains a few essential fixes for the embedded functionality on top of fixes provided by the Qt Creator 3.2.1 update from about a month ago.
The initial version of the Qt Virtual Keyboard was introduced early this year, and version 1.1 before summer. It is a great choice if you are in need of an extendable virtual keyboard on your embedded device, or as part of your embedded application.
It now has no less than 16 different language layouts to choose from: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portugese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese (pinyin) and Arabic were already in place, and now Hindi, Persian/Farsi, Danish and Norwegian (finally!) have been added. You can of course add more yourself. Next up on our roadmap are Japanese and Korean.
The keyboard supports both 5 and 2-way navigation, so you can also enter text through limited input devices, such as scroll wheel or joystick. As you have seen with previous versions, you can change the look of the keyboard, and now it is in addition possible to switch themes during runtime. For now it is only officially supported on embedded Linux, embedded Android, and desktop Linux, but Windows support is coming up too. The documentation provides more details.
Finally, the Tumbler is here! The Tumbler control is well-known in mobile user interfaces and much used in all kinds of touch-based devices. Now you no longer need to fiddle around manually with PathView & friends (as fun as it is, though!), but you can just take the Tumbler control and customize it into your needs!
The Qt Quick Compiler, which was introduced with Qt 5.3.1, allows you to compile your otherwise-dynamically-loaded QML files into native code reducing load-time, enhancing performance on non-JITting platforms and making reverse engineering much harder. For embedded users this release brings robustness in form of multiple bug fixes.
Existing licensees for device creation with Qt can download the updated toolkit via Qt account or using their existing online installer. For new users, contact our sales to purchase a license or request a free 30-day trial via our Download page to get started with creating devices with Qt!
We are looking forward to your feedback!
Download the latest release here: www.qt.io/download.
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