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What happened to Kate in Randa?

This years topic for the Randa meeting, was multi-platform end-user application development. That was a golden opportunity to work on the Windows and Mac versions.

One thing that happened was that the icon.rcc file generation is moved to the breeze-icons repository in stead of doing it separately for every application. The icon.rcc file loading was moved to KIconThemes so that all applications linking to it don’t have to invent the wheel again. This would not have been so easy if we hadn’t been at the same place discussing things face to face.

A more noticeable thing is that Kate now does not need a DBus server on Windows and Apple any more. Both Kate and KDevelop now use QtSingleApplication to open all documents in one window.

The search plugin also got a face-lift. Hopefully the new layout will be a bit more useful than the previous 🙂

A Randa development release of Kate on Windows was also done. Download the installer from here.

To be able to continue with similar activities we need your help.

Kate on Windows

It took some time but here is now an installer for Kate on Windows.

First the proof 🙂

The installer
An example of what it can look like
An example of what it can look like

There are still some things that needs fixing. The current installer is built from git master and not from released packages so the translation stuff hat you usually get with the release packages are missing. So only partially translated. Another feature that I’m still missing is the spell-check. I need to still add a/hspell and language dictionaries to get that to work.

But for now you can try it out here: (updated link)

And if you are eager to help here is my scratch repo for the build recipes:

And if you happen to want to have only one kate window for all the documents that you open, you might want to install DBus. This is the installer that I have tested with:
Happy Hacking!

Note: This would not have been possible without the big effort that the KDE on Windows people have made to get stuff to compile on Windows and keeping sure that it continues to compile. Thank you!

Busy Kate/KDevelop Sprint results in Mini-Map

One of the results of the Kate/KDevelop sprint in Vienna is the new “MiniMap” that can be used instead of the vertical scrollbar. I came to the sprint with a black and white version of it for the symbols viewer, but got encouraged to integrate it to the core. The result, in cooperation with Sven Brauch from KDevelop, is a nice Mini-Map that can be enabled both in Kate and KDevelop.

And to make this into a real blog and to provide proof, here are a couple of screenshots:

The MiniMap enabled
Here is where/how you turn it on in Kate

Kate plugin updates part 3

Well I’m not sure this really qualifies as an update, because it is actually a new plugin. And the plugin I’m talking about is the Search plugin. This is going to be mostly a series of screen-shots.
The first shot contains the “new” feature differentiating itself from the other one. You can now select to search in the currently open files. This is especially good if you are working on files on a remote server.


The “Find in files” plugin opens new searches in new toolviews while this one has a button for adding new tabs if you want to save the old search.



Of course you can also search in a folder as before 🙂 When you select to search in a folder the folder searching specific options are displayed. Those options can also be toggled with the rightmost tool-button.



And the final screen-shot is to show that it is possible to use regular expressions.


The “Replace” feature is not yet implemented, but who knows 😉 Ideas for a UI are welcome.
And that was it for this time. I hope you like the updates 🙂