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  • I have tried out a few GUI Designers and am most impressed with Qt, so I am using it to create a very simple GUI, linking the .ui form into the Python program.
    I have succeeded in making buttons and radiobuttons work*, but can't work out how to write the actions for the rest of my GUI - a scrollbox and the menubar File/Open,Quit and Help/Help,About.

    There are examples under the Documentation heading but I think they are all written in C and I wish to use Python. I have trawled through loads of helpful websites, but most people are writing for when pyuic has been used to create a Python script from the ui file. I've had a look in that file for ideas, but don't know which statements in it would be needed and what else to add.

    Is there a basic tutorial which would introduce me to this?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Hi and welcome to devnet,

    You might be interested by this page

  • Thanks SGaist, I think I have looked at all of those now. I have given up on trying to find much information on importing the ui form. The reason I wanted to use that method was because it avoided having to fill my program with the gui statements which would be needed if I used pyuic4 to convert it into Python statements. However I have discovered that I can import the Python file into my program which overcomes the problem, so I have switched to using that method and am making progress.

    I have worked out how to use signals and slots to link the widgets to actions which create code, which is more or less all I need to know:

    bq. Sender_____Signal______Receiver___ Slot

    All I'm confused about, is what to do when there is no suitable receiver+action, in this example I want /Help/About to show a message box, but there is no messagebox widget, so I will have to do that in my Python program.

    bq. Sender______Signal_______ Receiver___Slot
    actionAbout___triggered()___ <receiver>__<slot>  

    pyuic4 has created an object (if that's the right term):


    All I now need to do is write an action in my Python program like:

     def actionAbout(self):
                   print 'About has activated'

    This doesn't work, but I think it's something like right...

    I'm sure I'm nearly there, as I am capable in other programming languages, it's the starting off that's hard!

  • it's taken me all day to work it out, but all I needed was to change the first line 1) to:


    I'm away now...

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Any other problem ?

  • @SGaist Yes! I have now created and published a simple app. I will be making a few improvements to it.

    I have been wondering what the pros and cons are for choosing between importing uic to load the GUI.ui or using pyuic4 to convert the GUI.ui into a .py file.
    The first method is simpler for testing, but the second creates a .pyc file after the first run, so I wonder if that loads the app quicker. It's difficult to do a comparison as other factors are involved. Speeding up the loading would be helpful, are there are other advantages?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Unless your application should be able to create dynamically custom user interface based on ui files, just use pyuic4

  • @SGaist Is there any disadvantage to sticking with the first method though?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    I'd say you have to ensure that you also deploy the ui file properly so that it can be found by your application

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