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Qt enhances user experience on AMD’s Radeon Software Crimson Edition graphic software

Published - June 30, 2016

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Performance and user-oriented functionality determined choice

Helsinki – 30 June 2016 – Computing and graphics powerhouse AMD has revealed that it used the Qt cross-platform application and UI development framework in the creation of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition graphics package. Qt’s ability to deliver high quality user-oriented functionality, in terms of performance, features and ultimate experience, determined the choice.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition is AMD’s revolutionary new graphics software that delivers redesigned functionality, supercharged graphics performance, remarkable new features, and innovation that redefines the overall user experience for gamers, PC enthusiasts and consumers of GPU products in general.

Engineered to provide almost instantaneous start up and fast initialization time, Radeon Settings – Radeon Software Crimson Edition’s new streamlined user interface – addresses two key design elements: responsiveness and discoverability. Gamers and game developers can experience intuitive navigation, a new game manager, new video customization options, as well as custom display settings, display profiles and game profile settings.

Radeon Settings has been built from the ground up with Qt. AMD’s developers specifically took advantage of QML’s ability to combine procedural and declarative code which allowed rapid runtime and development. In terms of footprint and performance, moving to Qt enables users to launch the application 10x faster at start up compared to the predecessor control panel[1].

Another critical factor in making the decision to use Qt was the ability to deliver performance-driven and user-oriented functionality thanks to its intuitive APIs for C++ and JavaScript-like programming with Qt Quick for rapid UI creation. QML and Qt modules and libraries – including Network, String, Application and File System – have been key in the creation of a flat modern UI with simplified menus that loads quickly, looks sharp and works smoothly.

Andrej Zdravkovic, Corporate VP of Software and Platform Engineering at AMD, said: “We have been using Qt internally for the past ten years and have seen continuous improvement through the addition of feature sets, QML amongst others. The advantages Qt apply to numerous applications, including embedded devices, gamers and graphic processors. For these reasons, Qt was definitely the right choice in the development of Radeon Software Crimson Edition, in terms of ultimate experience, performance and features”.

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[1] Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on October 26, 2015 using a HP Pavilion DM1 with AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 3GB (1GB+2GB) DDR3, Windows 10 64bit.  With AMD Catalyst 15.8, the system took 8 seconds on average to load the control panel (AMD Catalyst Control Center).  With Radeon Software Crimson Edition, the system took 0.6 seconds on average to load the control panel

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