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Qt Online Installer Update Released with Optional Qt Account Sign-In

Published Tuesday May 12th, 2015
20 Comments on Qt Online Installer Update Released with Optional Qt Account Sign-In
Posted in Qt Installer Framework, Qt SDK, Releases

The Qt online installer with optional sign-in to Qt Account is now released. Users of earlier Qt online installers will get this as an update and new users can download the online installer from qt.io or via the Qt Account web portal. Also as promised last month in Lars’ blog about the One Qt Site Unification project, we are now seeking your input (via a survey) on what additional services and features, if anything, you would find a valuable addition to your Qt developer experience (DX) and Qt Account functionality.

As announced last week, the new Qt online installer provides an option to sign into Qt Account. If you enter your Qt Account credentials, the installer will check if there is a valid commercial license associated with your Qt Account. You will then be taken through to commercial installation. If there is no commercial license associated with your Qt Account, installation will provide the open-source version of Qt. If you do not have a Qt Account yet, you can simply create one directly via the installer. Just enter your email (this is address to which your account activation email will be immediately sent upon account creation) and the password you wish to use for Qt Account access and proceed to install. If you do not have a Qt Account and do not want to create one, you can simply skip this by clicking ‘Next’ to proceed with the open source installation of Qt.

 

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The Qt repositories and delivery networks for commercial and open source content are separate, so that users with a commercial license of Qt will have access to their commercial delivery system and the additional content their license grants them access to. Users without a commercial license will be able to install the open source version of Qt from the open source delivery system. If you are already using a Qt online installer, you will be provided the new unified installer when using the maintenance tool. You will need to update the installer (maintenance tool), before you download other items. If you do not yet have an online installer for Qt, you can get it from the qt.io Download page or via your Qt Account portal.

The new online installer is built with the brand new 2.0 version of the installer framework. We have worked hard to iron out all possible glitches of the installer, but in case you have problems with it, please file a bug to bugreports.qt.io. Offline installers are unchanged and still use the older version of installer framework.

Take 5 minutes to give us feedback on what functionality you want from Qt Account services.

We are looking at providing you additional services, as well as offering integrated dashboard-like functionality that will eventually put all your Qt services in one unified place, such as Qt Creator and/or a web portal. Qt Account credentials are currently used for signing in to the Qt Wiki and Forum. Commercial license holders can also manage Qt support tickets and downloads when signed in. We are currently working on extending the use of Qt Account for sign in to other systems, such as bugreports.qt.io. To see a list of current benefits of having Qt Account credentials, please visit our Qt Account Benefits page. We will use your input to further develop our service features road map and knowing what you find useful is integral part of planning what we should focus our resources on. We, of course, hope to implement the most popular features and functionality, but can’t make any promises as to what and when. We’ll have more info to share with you at Qt World Summit 2015.

Don’t miss the chance to give your input: Survey open thru Tuesday 26 May 2015.

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20 comments

Cyber Killer says:

Thank you for honoring the voice of the community.

Alan says:

+1, although I find the dialog box to be somewhat misleading: there is no clear mention that one can skip the login/sign-up process.

7 says:

unbelievable weasels… hopefully there won’t be a popup in case you didn’t enter account data to convince you how great it is and how you should totally make one

Alan says:

I tried the installer and did a default installation without entering my account details, and I didn’t get any popup or anything.

@Alan: If you do not want to create a Qt Account you can proceed without. There is no need to select any ‘Skip Qt Account Creation’, just click ‘Next’ to proceed.

Alan says:

FWIW, I already have an account, but that’s besides the point: the current dialog box is not clear. Had I not known that I could simply click on “Next”, I would have entered my account details (or created an account, if I didn’t have one). Let’s be honest, it’s very likely that most would do the same.

7 says:

Obviously, the dialog is left “ambiguous” exactly for the purpose of tricking naive people into creating an account.

They couldn’t ignore the original issue after all the uproar about the requirement, but I guess they can’t make it clear and obvious that an account is not required.

It is not exactly rocket science, the “Next” button can be renamed to “Skip” by default and have its name changed to “Next” once all fields for the account info are filled or to “Register” once the registration fields are filed. But that would prevent the cases of people accidentally creating accounts, assuming it is required.

JC says:

How to update the previous Maintenance Tool (where “next” is disabled without account)?

Nathan says:

You have to download the new Online Installer from the website.

JC says:

And reinstall all? I just want to update the Maintenance Tool…

JKSH says:

Hi, you don’t need to re-download the installer from the website. Just launch the Maintenance Tool and select “Update Components”.

Lilian says:

They still didn’t fix the issue…
Most of the users won’t know that you can skip, mostly only those that read this blog.
They didn’t really get what was the issue…

Whoever still insisted on doing this specifically: Imagine you go to a forum, you want to respond fast to a question somebody has. How often do you create a new account just to respond to 1 question? Almost never…

How often do you think new users for example will decide to create a new account to see “what’s this thing called Qt”?

@Lilian: Yes, for legal reasons posting to the forums and editing the wiki require to have a Qt Account.

toaj says:

Great work!!

Ace says:

+1 for listening to us, although I do not mind creating a Qt account , more so since I use Qt regularly in my work (wth, I have zillions of accounts anyways)

Steve says:

+1 on listening to the feedback. -1 on not making it clear for new-comers that an account is not required.

There is nothing that makes me want an account right now (although linking to the benefits page from the installer would not hurt). Perhaps something that could be added in the future that might tempt me is to store install configurations with my account. This would allow me to setup a new computer with the same combination of Qt versions and platforms on all the machines.

@Steve: It would be great if you can participate our Qt Account survey for feedback on how to develop it further: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/765059CC92347A08.par

not pleased says:

Hi

Do I really have to UNINSTALL everything and then reinstall Qt in order to fix this mess?

Digia people, you are probably smart, can’t you just give us the updated maintenance.exe file instead?

Thank you

There is always risk of something going wrong if you manually change the components in your installation, so I would recommend re-install. Those users who did not update to the installer that asked Qt Account, will automatically get the current one that has Qt Account optional.

Alex says:

Looks like the new installer is bugged. I updated from 2.0 (the one that required sign-in) to the new one, and it fails to fetch the list of available packages.

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