Trolltech releases Qt Script for Applications beta

12/19/2002 - Trolltech, the leading provider of single-source, multiplatform C++ software development tools, announced the beta release of Qt Script for Applications (QSA). QSA is Trolltech's new multiplatform scripting toolkit for Qt-based application developers.

QSA lets developers and end-users extend and customize Qt applications through a powerful ECMA standard scripting environment.

"QSA was designed to provide Qt developers with the ability to create extendable, customizable applications without having to re-release a new version of their application every time a small modification is needed," said Eirik Eng, Trolltech president. "By tightly integrating the scripting libraries, most Qt applications are inherently scriptable. Applications do not need to be re-written to implement this functionality, which we feel is one of the key strengths to QSA."

Key components of QSA include:

QSA library: This integrates into Qt and allows C++ application developers to make their Qt-based applications scriptable.

Qt Script: An easy-to-learn, multiplatform, interpreted scripting language. Qt Script is based on ECMAScript, which is also the foundation of JavaScript.

Qt Scripter: A multiplatform Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that can be deployed on a royalty-free basis with QSA-enabled Qt applications. End users and VARs (Value Added Resellers) can use Qt Scripter to visually design custom forms, and to write, run and debug forms and Qt Script code in script-enabled applications.

C++ developers may create a script-enabled Qt application by specifying which features should be scriptable. The script-enabled application may then be distributed, including QSA libraries, and the Qt Scripter. This allows VARs, support staff, or end customers to customize the application to meet their specific needs.

Key features and benefits:

Pricing and Availability QSA pricing will be announced on a date closer to the final release. QSA 1.0 is expected to be released in Q2, 2003. Evaluation versions are now available to Qt license holders. Please contact for more information.

Licensing QSA will be released under a commercial license for Linux/Unix (X11), Windows and Mac platforms. Additionally, QSA will be released under the GPL for free software development on the Linux/Unix (X11) platforms.

About Trolltech:
Trolltech is a software company with two flagship products: Qt and Qtopia. Qt is a multi-platform C++ application framework developers can use to write single-source applications that run—natively—on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide, and is the basis of the open source KDE desktop environment. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application environment built for embedded Linux, and is used in Sharp's new Zaurus SL5500 and SL-A300 PDAs. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, California. More about Trolltech can be found at

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