[Qt-creator] designer plugins

Coda Highland chighland at gmail.com
Thu May 16 20:16:06 CEST 2013

On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 11:03 AM, Koehne Kai <Kai.Koehne at digia.com> wrote:
>> From: qt-creator-bounces+kai.koehne=digia.com at qt-project.org [qt-creator-bounces+kai.koehne=digia.com at qt-
>> Subject: Re: [Qt-creator] designer plugins
>>On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 8:15 AM, Daniel Teske <daniel.teske at digia.com> wrote:
>>> In general though, the answer is that Creator is not different from a
>>> standalone designer. E. g. the requirement to compile the plugins with the
>>> same compiler as creator is compiled is exactly the same as it is for
>>> designer.
>>> daniel
>> Except that the truth of your generalized statement is obscured by two problems:
>> (1) On Windows, Creator isn't self-hosted! You can't use its own output with it!
>> (2) The standalone Designer included in the Qt kit bundled with
>> Creator *can* use those plugins!
> Using one Qt Ceator on windows for all the packages was a deliberate choice. The main reason for doing so is actually not that we're lazy testing 6 packages instead of one, but that with the online installers we expect to have soon, there's no one to one mapping from Qt version to Qt Creator version anyway anymore. You'll then can happily install 3 different Qt versions side by side, do you want then to have 3 Qt Creator versions installed, too?

Oh, I know it's deliberate and I would have never asked for anything
else. It's just sadly unintuitive. Which leads to:

> Btw, the Creator is built with the Qt msvc-2010-32 package, and you can use that one if you want to have working plugins.

It'd be really great if this information made itself more obvious in
an intuitive fashion (perhaps an error message on plugin load
failure?). The documentation for this is a little bit obscure; sure,
it's not hard to find it if you know what you're looking for, but when
your only hint is "plugin won't load", you're basically hoping that
your Google search brings up an archive for a mailing-list thread like
this one.

/s/ Adam

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