QAntenna: a multiplatform antenna and radiation pattern analyzer
Introduction and motivations
QAntenna is a multiplatform Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS), released
under the GPL. It's aim is to provide to the scientific community with a
program to view and analyze antennas and their radiation patterns, and in the
near future, any information that NEC2++'s output can provide.
QAntenna's developers are also willing to improve the program to accept XML
formatted data as soon as NEC2++ implements it.
The program was written originally to fullfil two objectives: create a libre
software to allow students to have a tool to analyze antennas at no cost and to
present it as a final work for the subject Principios de Computadoras II,
Electronic Engineering grade course at the Universidad Nacional del Sur,
Because at the university there's a variety of OSs running, the software is
designed to be multiplatform. And, as the original programmers were Linux and
KDE desktop users following a curse on OO programming, the idea to use
Trolltech's Qt 4 libraries were thought as the most appropiate for the project.
The program was first intended to be a direct replace for Antennavis, written
in Tcl/Tk. As Antennavis' source code wasn't written in an OO language, it was
decided to write QAntenna from scratch. The visualization would be created
using OpenGL, the standard for multiplatform visualization programs.
* Qt >= 4.2
* necpp (nec2 if changed in datamanager.cpp)