I tried QtSDK 4.7.x and now 4.8.1 (on fresh computer with MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, MS VS 2010 Pro, PB 12.5, java 6 and 7, eclipse, NetBeans 7). It looks pretty... when after installation user launch IDE. And... the end.
Even first of examples (Toys: Clocks Example) works only when is run from IDE, but not works from exe. when I tried change some options in Build Settings (Crtl+5), add bins folders to path environment variable, I'v got messages that during make 'xcopy' cannot be found (i typed in command window xcopy and it runs [?!]). Better, after removing changes from path and setting back configuration in Build Settings example stopped work even from IDE (only one way to ressurect it was deleting all new files which Qt created in example folder to reset it).
I tried find some tips in documentation, but there isn't any valuable about configuration of this environment. Only about application development, etc.
So... just take into account even MS VS Express Editions. You can install it, open some example, build and... run from EXE (even if someone don't know syntax of language C++, C#, VB...).
Android - download SDK, install open eclipse, add plug-ins, open example, build, run... works (even without java knowledge). Dev-C++, lcc-win - the same. So working with these tools is like working with language - thy only help to make something easier, faster, etc.
And what about Qt? It seems that language syntax is nothing against knowledge of configuration of this SOMETHING which eats 11.5 GB of HDD.
I am in amazement looking on applications created in Qt - they seems be very simple, but how they was deployed? Magic.
Apple has the bigest amount of applications, Android almost similar (maybe even more now). Nokia Store looks like little kiosk in comparison with big shopping centrs. Why? Because using Qt is horrible (maybe it's a tool for extreme linux fans, who like typing kilometers of characters in console).
Finally I have question:
Maybe someone know some link to something like "step-by-step: how to create and deploy simple "Hello Kitty!" application using Qt Creator on windows runnable from EXE file (and what runtime libraries are needed)".
Thanks in advance.