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Understanding Qt Creator and Qt Designer

  • Hi,

    Can someone be so kind and explain what is the main difference between Qt Creator and Qt Designer?

    What is the limitation by using one instead of the other?

    Thanks a lot!

  • designer is just for doing user interfaces and creator is pretty much a complete IDE.

  • First of all, thank you for your reply.

    Ok this is how I understand it...

    Qt Designer will only help you to visualize your layout and to generate the necessary code but you cannot compile with it, is this correct?

    Qt Creator is a complete IDE where you can do everything but you cannot visualize until you compile, is this correct?

    If the above is correct, HOW and WHY would you use both programs?

    Sorry if my question don't make too much sense!

    Thanks a lot

  • Moderators

    No, the full functionality of designer is included in creator. There is a Design tab in Creator which has all of the functionality of designer.

  • Thank you for your reply.

    Ok, that answers my question. It looks like Qt Creator is all I need.

    Now last question, just out of curiosity why would you use Qt Designer instead if you have everything you need in Qt Creator?

    Thanks a lot

  • Moderators

    Some people don't use Creator as their development environment; designer allows them to have its functionality without the overhead of having to use the full Creator IDE. Also, designer is a legacy product which has existed for years -- much longer than Qt Creator has been around -- and it continues to be bundled with Qt.

  • Make sense, thanks a lot for your help!

  • Moderators

    Glad that I could help!

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