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New Mac disc image

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Mon, 2009-03-09 12:28

I've just got round to building a new Mac disc image of QTM v0.7.4. As usual, the QTM framework bundles are included within the application, so you just need to download it, open the disc image, drag the "QTM" icon to your Applications folder (or anywhere else in your file system, such as your home directory), and then double-click it to run it. Requires at least Mac OS X 10.3.9.

This is a Carbon version; I could not use Cocoa as I don't have Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).

QTM v0.7.4 Windows installer update

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Wed, 2009-03-04 05:16

I've just uploaded a revised installer for QTM v0.7.4 for Windows. The only change is that Qt 4.5 is included in the binary instead of 4.4.3. The changes list for Qt includes significant performance improvements in the actual widgets; there is nothing in QTM that specifically uses Qt 4.5 features, however. The old version is still around (download it here) just in case anyone's uncomfortable with using a brand new version of the library.

Version 0.7.4 released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sat, 2009-02-28 20:38

I have just released a new minor release. Version 0.7.4 introduces one new feature, "tidy paste", which removes multiple spaces and single newlines in paragraphs, which are common in PDFs in particular. The tarballs can be found here; Ubuntu packages and RPMs should be available in the usual places, and a Windows binary should be available also in the next day or so.

Version released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Thu, 2009-02-12 21:47

I have just released version of QTM, which fixes bugs relating to the Markdown feature. This removes the "strip paragraph tags" feature introduced in 0.7.3, which conflicted with multi-paragraph tag blocks such as "blockquote", and corrects the enforcement of the UTF-8 encoding used by the Markdown script. Full changelog here. You can get a source bundle right now at, and binaries from the usual sources.

Version 0.7.3 released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sat, 2009-01-24 20:50

Version 0.7.3 of QTM has been released. This has one change, namely that Markdown processing can be done before posting an entry, not just when previewing it, enabling you to compose with Markdown even if your blogging system doesn't support it. It will strip paragraph tags before posting an entry also unless you tell it otherwise (in the preferences), as most content management systems convert line breaks into new paragraphs.

Grab the source bundle here or get a binary through one of QTM's repositories.

QTM author to give presentation in London

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Fri, 2009-01-23 16:17

I have been booked by the Greater London Linux User Group (GLLUG) to give an introductory presentation on Qt 4 Saturday week (31st Jan 2009). The meeting is to be held at the University of Westminster campus in New Cavendish Street, London W1 (nearest tube: Great Portland Street or Regent's Park), at 1:30pm GMT. The talk will be quite basic and aimed at non-Qt programmers and consists of a brief history of Qt, a demonstration of the signals and slots feature, a walk-through of a basic Qt program, and a demonstration of using scripting languages to write Qt programs. Full details here.

Version 0.7.2 released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Wed, 2009-01-21 00:00
I have just released version 0.7.2 of QTM; this contains one new feature, namely Markdown support (changelog, for what it's worth, here). This uses an external process, and requires Perl to be present; the Markdown script itself can either be installed alongside QTM, or be sourced from the operating system's repositories, as is the case with Debian and Ubuntu. It's not a particularly elegant implementation, and I hope in future to provide some way of using interchangeable scripting languages and scripts (although you can specify in Preferences where to find Perl and Markdown, so you might specify your own scripting languages and script). The source bundle can be found on the right; packages are built for Ubuntu Intrepid and Hardy, and will follow for the RPM distros, Windows and perhaps the Mac.

Version released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Thu, 2009-01-08 20:11

I've just put out a new minor release, version (note: version appeared briefly on Launchpad and then retracted, but the source tarball was never released as it would not compile on Qt 4.1). This version restores Qt 4.1 compatibility by removing references to widgets which are absent when that version of Qt is present, and also by fixing problems with compile-time isolators which blocked compilation. This enables packages to be released for Ubuntu Dapper; no other binaries will be released as Dapper is the only extant distro which has that version of Qt. Please note that, when Dapper reaches its end of life for the desktop in June, I intend to make Qt 4.2 a requirement.

You may download the source from the Downloads menu to the right, or else get the package through APT (see here for details).

Version 0.7.1 released (updated to

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sat, 2009-01-03 14:24

I have just released version 0.7.1 of QTM. This is a major bug fix release, prompted by bug reports on the SourceForge bug tracker. The bugs made QTM useless to anyone who had not upgraded from a previous release, because it checked for settings which old releases stored which were not there if you hadn't been using version 0.6 or earlier, and would not enable posting if they weren't found. Apologies.

Also, there is the ability to set the editing colours, background and foreground (font settings were already there). You can also set the preview and console colours. Full changelog here. You can download the source here; binaries for OpenSUSE and Fedora are building at OpenSUSE's build service as I write, and will be available for Ubuntu later today, I hope.Read more »

QTM v0.7 released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sat, 2008-10-25 04:30

I have just released version 0.7 of QTM. The main new feature in this release is multiple accounts, which has been requested on Qt Apps and which I personally needed, so here it is. It will automatically import your old account, and you can configure your accounts by selecting "Accounts" from the File menu.

There are also a host of bug fixes and improvements to the build system and user interface. See the Changelog for the full details of what's new. Source and Windows downloads are available from the Downloads box on the right; binaries are already up for Ubuntu Hardy and OpenSUSE, and will be available shortly for Fedora as well (see here for the details).