We are happy to announce the release of Qt Design Studio 1.1 !
Qt Design Studio is a UI design and development tool that enables designers and developers to rapidly prototype and develop complex UIs. Both designers and developers use Qt Design Studio and this makes collaboration between the two a lot simpler and more streamlined. To get an impression, you should watch this video.
Since the Qt Design Studio 1.0 release last year we worked hard on bug fixes and new features.
The most notable addition to Qt Design Studio 1.1 is the availability of Linux packages and merging when using the Qt Photoshop Bridge.
To learn more about the improvements and fixes, you can check out the change log.
This means that developers using Linux e.g. for embedded development can use Qt Design Studio 1.1 directly on their development system.
Qt Photoshop Bridge and updating to Qt Design Studio 1.1
We updated the Qt Photoshop Bridge for Qt Design Studio 1.1 and we fixed many issues.
Unfortunately, the format for the annotations by the Qt Photoshop Bridge in the PSD and the custom .metainfo file format have changed.
We will try to avoid such breakages in future, but we had to work around some limitations of Photoshop.
PSD files that already contain annotations from the Qt Photoshop Bridge 1.0, require to be sanitized.
Annotations are added whenever you export from a PSD file using the Qt Photoshop Bridge and when you explicitly use the UI of the Qt Photoshop Bridge to annotate a layer.
To remove such annotations you have to use Sanitize document in the Qt Photoshop Bridge.
After doing this you can export the PSD file and use it with Qt Design Studio 1.1.
Qt Photoshop Bridge and merging when importing
When re-importing from Photoshop to an existing Qt Design Studio project it is now possible to merge the existing QML files with the newly re-imported QML. This is very useful when the user made changes to the exported .ui.qml files using Design Studio.
Added States, Timelines, MouseAreas, Anchors, Alias Properties or Connections can now be preserved when re-importing from Photoshop and generating the new .ui.qml files.
By default, merging is not active and the importer will simply overwrite the .ui.qml file. You can enable merging using a checkbox in the import dialog.
You can find more information on the Qt Photoshop Bridge in the documentation.
Update projects from Qt Design Studio 1.0 to Qt Design Studio 1.1
If you have used Qt Design Studio before, you should update projects that you created with the wizards of Qt Design Studio 1.0 since the custom controls like shapes and effects are part of the project.
You have to update the project itself, to get the latest controls and effects.
This is possible by copying the controls from a newly created Qt Design Studio 1.1 project into the existing project from Qt Design Studio 1.0.
The folder you have to replace is “imports/QtQuick”. Replacing this folder will update the Qt Design Studio specific components that are used in your project.
Download and try out Qt Design Studio 1.1
The commercially licensed packages are available on the Qt Account Portal. You can try out and evaluate Qt Design Studio by registering for an evaluation license. We are also working on an open source version of Qt Design Studio and our target is have it out with the 1.2 release (May 2019).
You can find the latest online documentation for Qt Design Studio 1.1 here. The documentation is also available from inside Qt Design Studio.
The welcome page of Qt Design Studio contains examples and links to video tutorials to help you get started.
Please post issues you find or suggestions you have in our bug tracker.