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Tuukka Turunen

Functional Safety with the Qt Safe Renderer

Published Monday May 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on Functional Safety with the Qt Safe Renderer
Posted in Automotive, Biz Circuit & Dev Loop, Embedded, Graphics, RTOS

I am pleased to announce a new approach for inclusion of functional safety critical user interface elements in Qt based systems. The new Qt Safe Renderer makes it easy to create safety critical systems that also have a rich graphical user interface. Industries such as automotive, medical and industrial automation, where Qt is the leading UI framework, can […]

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Laszlo Agocs

Qt from git on the Tinkerboard (with Wayland)

Published Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 | 6 Comments on Qt from git on the Tinkerboard (with Wayland)
Posted in Dev Loop, Embedded, Graphics, OpenGL, QPA, Qt Quick

The Asus Tinkerboard is a nice little board for Embedded Linux (or Android, for that matter), based on the Rockchip RK3288 SoC including a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 CPU and a Mali-T760 MP4 (T764) GPU. Besides being quite powerful, it has the advantage of being available locally in many countries, avoiding the need to import the […]

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Andy Nichols (nezticle)

Getting more out of Qt Quick with OpenVG

Published Friday March 31st, 2017 | 4 Comments on Getting more out of Qt Quick with OpenVG
Posted in Declarative UI, Dev Loop, Embedded, Graphics, Qt Quick

In Qt 5.9 is now possible to render Qt Quick applications with OpenVG when using hardware that supports it. This is made possible by a new scene graph adaptation that uses EGL and OpenVG to render Qt Quick scenes.  When using Qt for Device Creation, it means that it now be possible to run with graphics hardware […]

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Laszlo Agocs

Boosting performance with shader binary caching in Qt 5.9

Published Thursday March 23rd, 2017 | 3 Comments on Boosting performance with shader binary caching in Qt 5.9
Posted in Dev Loop, Graphics, OpenGL, Painting, Qt Quick

Now that Qt 5.9 is getting closer, let’s take a look at a minor but immensely useful improvement to the basic OpenGL enablers that form the foundation of Qt Quick and the optional OpenGL-based rendering path of QPainter. Those looking at the documentation snapshots for 5.9 may have already come across some new functions in […]

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Laszlo Agocs

Building the latest greatest for Android AArch64 (with Vulkan teaser)

Published Friday February 24th, 2017 | Comments Off on Building the latest greatest for Android AArch64 (with Vulkan teaser)
Posted in Android, C++, Dev Loop, Graphics, Mobile, OpenGL, QPA, Qt

Let’s say you got a 64-bit ARM device running Android. For instance, the Tegra X1-based NVIDIA Shield TV. Now, let’s say you are also interested in the latest greatest content from the dev branch, for example to try out some upcoming Vulkan enablers from here and here, and want to see all this running on […]

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Andy Nichols (nezticle)

Making Movies with QML

Published Tuesday February 21st, 2017 | 10 Comments on Making Movies with QML
Posted in Dev Loop, Graphics, Qt Quick

One of the interesting things about working with Qt is seeing all the unexpected ways our users use the APIs we create.  Last year I got a bug report requesting an API to set a custom frame rate for QML animations when using QQuickRenderControl.  The reason was that the user was using QQuickRenderControl as an engine to […]

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Laszlo Agocs

OpenGL Core Profile Context support in QPainter

Published Friday January 27th, 2017 | 2 Comments on OpenGL Core Profile Context support in QPainter
Posted in C++, desktop, Dev Loop, Graphics, macOS, OpenGL, Painting, Qt, UI, Windows

As many of you may know, QPainter has a multi-backend architecture and has two main paint engine implementations under the hood in Qt 5: the raster paint engine and the OpenGL2 paint engine, designed for OpenGL ES 2.0. The GL Paint Engine While in many ways the raster paint engine can be considered one of […]

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Laszlo Agocs

Inside QImage (with a touch of Qt Quick and OpenGL)

Published Friday January 20th, 2017 | 4 Comments on Inside QImage (with a touch of Qt Quick and OpenGL)
Posted in C++, Dev Loop, Graphics, OpenGL, Painting, Qt Quick | Tags: ,

QImage is the most common container for image data in Qt applications. Getting a QImage that contains the pixel data of an image loaded from a file is fairly self-explanatory: QImage img; img.load(“some_image.png”); This can then be used with QPainter, can be passed to widgets, and can also be utilized in Qt Quick scenes via […]

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Eskil Abrahamsen Blomfeldt

How to shoot yourself in the foot using only a scene graph (neat optimization trick inside)

Published Thursday January 19th, 2017 | 9 Comments on How to shoot yourself in the foot using only a scene graph (neat optimization trick inside)
Posted in Declarative UI, Dev Loop, Graphics, OpenGL, Performance, Qt, Qt Quick 2, Text and font handling, UI

I am trying to get into the habit of blogging more often, also about topics that may not warrant a white paper worth of text, but that may be interesting to some of you. For those of you who don’t know me, I am the maintainer of the text and font code in Qt, and recently I came across a curious customer case where the optimization mechanisms in the Qt Quick scene graph ended up doing more harm than good. I thought I would share the case with you, along with the work-around I ended up giving to the customer.

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