Here's a brief overview of its key features. For further information,
please browse the online manual or
start the designer with
designer and select Manual from the Help menu.
The designer offers all the strength of the Qt layout system with a a well-designed point and click interface. Geometry management makes an application adjust automatically to language changes, different GUI styles on different target platforms and different desktop settings like font sizes.
In the designer, you can connect signals to slots by dragging a line with the connection tool.
In its output, the designer quotes user strings with a tr-macro. Thus it works well together with Qt's built-in or any other i18n system.
Qt Designer supports custom controls. You add your own widgets with Tools->Custom->Edit Custom Widgets
Both widgets and layouts can be nested in a hierarchy, just like in hand-crafted Qt code.
The unlimited undo and redo system makes it simple to try different arrangements of the widgets until the result satisfies you.
Qt Designer uses a generic and very powerful property editor for most widget properties. Special editors for some widgets (like listboxes or comboboxes) allow you to fill these widgets with content without writing extra code.
A graphical tab-order tool makes it possible to edit the tabfocus chain intuitively with point and click.
Qt Designer checks that your keyboard shortcuts don't clash.
The designer's native file format (*.ui files) is a well-defined true XML format.
No need to modify generated code. If you need extended functionality inside a generated dialog, you can easily do this by subclassing.
No need to add generated code to the source repository of your version control system. With Qt Designer, you only deal with ui files. The uic compiler will then integrate the necessary C++ code on the fly during compile time.
Qt Designer is a visual dialog designer, not an integrated development environment. For writing code, use whatever environment you prefer. If you use emacs or Visual Studio (tm), we provide tighter integration with an elisp file or plugin respectively.
Hit F1 and you get a help browser with useful index and search capabilities (click on the question mark). Try it yourself, it's much faster than using a traditional web browser on the Qt Reference documentation.
If you are interested in the Qt Professional Edition or the Qt Enterprise Edition, please write to email@example.com. In case you have any bug reports, suggestions or wishes, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other mail can be sent to email@example.com.
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