Having recently installed the beta of Ubuntu's "natty" release on one of my computers, it has come to my attention that QTM is incompatible with the system tray in the Unity environment. Unity includes the system tray only for a few specific applications via a "white list", but adding QTM to the white list or changing the list to "all" does not make QTM work - the system tray does not appear.
This is, unfortunately, Canonical's way of trying to dictate how everyone else uses their system: they have decided that the system tray is incompatible with their user interface philosophy, and they want everyone to re-write their apps to use their notification system. The problem is that the system tray works as a means of running an app in the background with a menu available to open a window as and when needed. Mac OS X lets you run the system tray menu off the dock; Unity doesn't.Read more »
The new version of Ubuntu, codenamed Karmic Koala (or just Karmic), was released on Thursday, and new packages of QTM for that version of Ubuntu are available in my PPA. Please see here for details.
I got word from Patryk Cisek this morning that QTM had been accepted into Debian Sid, the "unstable" development repository. This means that it should, in time, progress into the testing and stable repositories, so it might be part of the next stable version of Debian.
What's more useful is that it will also be part of Ubuntu, which is by far the most popular Linux distro. However, I will still be maintaining my personal package archive so that you can access the latest and (hopefully) greatest version.
Following the release of QTM v1.0, I have branched my Mercurial repository; the qtm-0.7 repository still exists, but all new development will be in the qtm-1.x repository. The Feeds link to the right has been changed as no new content will appear in the old 0.7 repository.
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).
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.
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.
Well, three days ago I finally reached a milestone on version 0.7 - it actually started compiling. Not working, just compiling. The major new feature this time round is multiple accounts, a feature which has been requested by others and which I need myself, and now the job is fixing all the bugs. Do you use QTM? Can you program in C++ with Qt 4? I need your help.Read more »