Advanced Topics

Qt Design Studio attempts to meet your needs, whether you have previous experience with QML and coding or not. When you install Qt Design Studio, the default configuration allows you to start designing and previewing UIs with very little effort.

However, you might want to use the Text Editor view sometimes to edit your component files (.qml) or write some JavaScript to simulate application logic and bring your UI to life. If you use JavaScript, you might also want to debug and profile you UIs to find and fix problems in them.

You can also use special options to start Qt Design Studio from the command line and use it mainly from the keyboard.

  • Supported Platforms

    You can install and run Qt Design Studio on several operating systems to design UIs for multiple desktop, embedded, and mobile device platforms.

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

    Qt Design Studio provides various keyboard shortcuts to speed up your development process. You can change the keyboard shortcuts, as well as import and export keyboard shortcut mapping schemes.

  • Coding

    You can use the code editor in the Text Editor view or in the Edit mode to modify QML code. The code editor understands the QML language as code, not just as plain text. This enables it to provide you with useful features, such as semantic highlighting, checking code syntax, code completion, and refactoring actions.

  • Simulating Data Input

    Qt Design Studio enables you to connect UIs to different forms of data from various sources, such as QML-based data models, JavaScript files, and backend services. You can also connect your UI to Simulink to load live data from a Simulink simulation.

  • Debugging and Profiling

    Qt Design Studio comes with a JavaScript debugger. In the Debug mode, you can inspect the state of your UI while debugging.

    The memory and CPU power available on devices are limited and you should use them carefully. The QML Profiler enables you to profile Qt Quick UIs.

  • Using External Tools

    You can use external tools directly from Qt Design Studio. lupdate and lrelease, QML preview tools (QML Viewer and QML Scene), the default text editor for your system, and the sort tool are preconfigured for use. You can change their default configurations and configure new tools.

  • Managing Data Collection

    You can enable Qt Design Studio to report crashes automatically. If you enable the telemetry plugin, you can turn on the pseudonymous user statistics collection and determine what type of data is collected and transmitted to the backend storage. You can also modify settings for collecting user feedback.

Available under certain Qt licenses.
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