Loading images with an ImageProvider

It is now time to display the thumbnails for our freshly persisted album. These thumbnails have to be loaded somehow. Because our application is targeted at mobile devices, we cannot afford to freeze the UI thread while loading thumbnails. We would either hog the CPU or be killed by the OS, neither of which are desirable destinies for gallery-mobile. Qt provides a very handy class to handle the image loading: QQuickImageProvider.

The QQuickImageProvider class provides an interface to load the QPixmap class in your QML code in an asynchronous manner. This class automatically spawns threads to load the QPixmap class and you simply have to implement the function requestPixmap(). There is more to it, QQuickImageProvider ...

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