If you’re a C++ software developer interesting in targeting Mac OS X for your products, you might be interested in a new offering from Oslo, Norway-based
Trolltech. The company has announced the release of an open beta version of Qt/Mac.
Qt/Mac is the Mac OS X conversion of Qt, Trolltech’s cross-platform GUI application development framework created for C++ developers. With Qt/Mac, Trolltech said that it’s possible to convert the thousands of Qt-based applications already created to the Mac as well.
Trolltech CEO Haavard Nord said that his company’s conversion of Qt enables Mac developers to target all major computing platforms with a single source tree, making it possible to port them by simply recompiling.
“The savings in time, in cost, and in organizational overhead speak for themselves,” said Nord.
Trolltech has even posted
an example of a developer that’s actively using Qt/Mac to make a products available for Mac OS X. The software, used by neuroscientists, took only a day to port to the Mac, according to the developer.
Qt/Mac Open Beta 1 is available from the Trolltech Web site now in the form of a time-limited binary. It is necessary to register in order to be able to download the beta. Trolltech expects to make the final release available in October. The finished version is expected to be rolled into the Qt 3.0 product line.