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Dec 5 2017   8:49AM GMT

Qt Company offers 3D interface authoring system

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Open source cross-platform developer and graphic designer focused user interface specialist Qt (now known as the Qt Company) has this month come forward with Qt 3D Studio.

Emanating from its development bases in Helsinki, Finland and Santa Clara, California, Qt explains that its latest product is a 3D design and development tool for major industrial use cases.

Essentially, this is a 3D human-machine interface (HMI) authoring system.

Now with the contribution of the Nvidia Drive Design Studio into the Qt ecosystem, Qt 3D Studio works to provide a 3D user interface (UI) authoring system.

With the onset of 3D technologies across a wide range of industries, Qt suggests that businesses and developers seek 3D design tools to create the next generation of embedded devices using 3D such as:

  • digital cockpits,
  • medical devices,
  • clinical wearables,
  • smart homes applications.

The primary features of Qt 3D Studio include real-time editing of the user interface so that fast iterations on desktop and target hardware allow designers to select the best graphically capable hardware to match a UX vision early in the development process.

Developers can use Qt’s libraries to combine 2D and 3D UIs, using one code to develop across desktop, embedded and mobile devices.

“Qt 3D Studio opens the doors to the development of cutting-edge and visually immersive user interfaces,” said Lars Knoll, CTO of The Qt Company. “As 3D UI design becomes increasingly integral to the development of today’s screens and devices, designers and developers can now work hand-in-hand to meet this growing need and drive innovation in the automotive, healthcare and industrial automation industries.”

Qt 3D Studio offers a plugin based architecture for rendering, input, materials and effects with access to all source code.

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