Creating UIs

When you install Qt Design Studio, everything you'll need to design UIs and to preview them on the desktop or embedded Linux devices is automatically installed and configured correctly for you. In Qt Design Studio, you build UIs around the behavior of components and how they connect with one another. You can use preset components available in the Library view or combine them to create your own components. You can specify values for the properties of a component to change its appearance and behavior. All components have a set of predefined properties, some of which control things that are visible to users, while others are used behind the scene.

When you drag-and-drop the preset components from the Library view to the Form Editor or Navigator view and change them to your liking by modifying their properties in the Properties view, the application code is generated for you accordingly. For more information about the code, open the developer documentation by pressing F1.

  • Designing Application Flows

    You can design an application in the form of a schematic diagram that shows all significant components of an application UI and their interconnections by means of symbols. This results in an interactive prototype that can be clicked through to simulate the user experience of the application.

  • Creating Components

    You can enhance imported designs by customizing preset components or design custom forms and shapes directly as components. You can import visual assets in various formats, such as PNG, JPG, and SVG for use in the components.

  • Specifying Component Properties

    You can specify values for the properties of a component to change its appearance and behavior. All components have a set of predefined properties. Some properties, such as position, size, and visibility, are common to all components, whereas others are specific to the component. You can specify properties for your components in the Properties view.

  • Positioning Components

    The position of a component in a UI can be either absolute or relative to other components. While manual positioning is efficient for a static UI, consider the other available methods, such as anchors, layouts, positioners, and property bindings, for dynamic UIs.

  • Using Custom Fonts

    You can load custom fonts to Qt Design Studio and use them in your designs.

  • Annotating Designs

    You can annotate your designs to provide reviewers or developers with additional information about them.

  • UI Files

    Some of the wizards create projects that contain UI files (.ui.qml). You should always edit UI files in Form Editor and Properties, to avoid breaking the code.

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