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Kate 17.04.1 available for Windows

Installers for Kate 17.04.1 are now available for download!

This release includes, besides bug-fixing and features, an update to the search in files plugin. The search-while-you-type in the current file should not “destroy” your last search in files results as easily as previously. The search-combo-box-history handling is also improved.

Grab it now at  Kate-setup-17.04.1-KF5.34-32bit or Kate-setup-17.04.1-KF5.34-64bit

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

NOTE: Please refer to Get It for up-to-date Windows versions

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!