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From Visual Studio Add-In to Qt VS Tools (Beta)

Published on Thursday August 11, 2016 by Karsten Heimrich in Labs Dev Loop Qt Releases Uncategorized Visual Studio Windows Biz Circuit & Dev Loop | Comments

It has been almost three years since the latest official release of the Qt Visual Studio Add-in, but now we have something new to show you: Qt VS Tools. You can download the Beta version from Qt Downloads for testing. We are happy to be able to tell you that the package size has gone down from 200MB to 7MB.

In the future, we plan to make Qt VS Tools available in the Visual Studio Gallery and directly installable from within Visual Studio 2013 and 2015. Note that we have dropped support for older Visual Studio versions. Also, before installing Qt VS Tools, make sure to uninstall the old Qt Visual Studio Add-in, because the two do not play well together.

When you start using Qt VS Tools, you will find the Qt New Item and New Project templates in Templates|Visual C++|Qt. Do not use any items from the wizards named Qt5, because they are artifacts of the Add-in.

Main Changes

  • Supports Visual Studio 2013 and 2015
  • Major code refactoring, build system updates, and code cleanup
  • New wizard system based on the Visual Studio extension system
  • Out of the box support for Qt Type C++ Debugger Visualizers (natvis)

Known Issues

  • Missing QML support
  • Missing F1 help support
  • Missing localization support
  • Supports only installed versions of Qt

Get Qt VS Tools Beta

The Qt Company has prepared convenient installers for the Qt VS Tools Beta, in the hopes that you will download, test and provide feedback so that we can deliver an awesome final product. To try out the new features you can download it from your Qt Account or from download.qt.io. For any issues you may find with the Beta, please submit a detailed bug report to bugreports.qt.io (after checking for duplicates). You are also welcome to join the discussions in the Qt Project mailing lists, development forums and to contribute to Qt.

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