9/18/2002 - Systems in Motion (SIM), a leading Scandinavian 3D graphics software firm, is pleased to announce the release of SoQt 1.0. SoQt provides a class-hierarchy of viewer component classes, letting the application programmer do platform- independent Rapid Application Development in a simple and elegant way.
The SoQt library is fully compatible with the implementations of the industry standard Open Inventor API from SGI and TGS. Coin is fully compatible with Open Inventor 2.1.
"SoQt aims to maximize productivity, enabling developers to build powerful, professional, 3D visualization and simulation software, while keeping time-to-market at a minimum," says Einar Hübert, President & CEO of Systems in Motion. "By using SoQt to combine the platform-independence and optimal graphics performance provided by Coin and Qt, you get a winning development platform."
SoQt ranges from a simple render canvas (SoQtRenderArea) to 3 different full-featured viewer classes (SoQtExaminerViewer, SoQtPlaneViewer and SoQtFlyViewer). SoQtRenderArea provides basic synchronization and device input conversion routines between Qt and Coin. The full-featured viewer classes also provide input device handling logic and user interfaces.
"We are impressed with the latest addition to the SIM product line," says Eirik Eng, President of Trolltech. "SoQt provides the "glue" binding Coin together with Qt, enabling complete multiplatform functionality in your 3D applications."
SoQt is released as Free Software, under the GNU project's General Public License ("GNU GPL"). Additionally, the Coin Professional Edition License ("Coin PEL") gives developers the right to use SoQt in most commercial / proprietary software. Holders of the Coin PEL are allowed to freely use any of the libraries in the Coin family. The price of Coin PEL is USD 2,000 per developer per year. No run time fees or hidden extras.
Coin is a 3D graphics library with a C++ Application Programming Interface based on the Open Inventor 2.1 API. Open Inventor, for those who are not familiar with it, is an OpenGL-based, retained-mode, 3D model scene-graph rendering and interaction library. Open Inventor - with its balanced focus on providing great performance, broad functionality, platform independence, extensibility, and productivity - has become the de facto standard graphics library for 3D visualization and visual simulation software in the scientific and engineering community. Coin is released publicly under the GNU General Public License v2.1 "GPL" for short), and is also available for any proprietary use under a Professional Edition license.
SIM is recognized as a leading 3D graphics software development company in Scandinavia. Products include visualization tools, 3D-libraries and expert consulting services. Customers range from NASA, as a part of Mars-missions, to Statoil in the North Sea - from the major car companies in Japan, to the telecom industry in Northern Europe. SIM is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with a developer office in Trondheim, Norway.
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.
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