New Kate/KWrite Bundles for Mac

I updated again the Kate/KWrite application bundles following the new guide on KDE on Mac.

With the same guide, other application developers should be able to create stand-alone application bundles for Mac OS X, too. Btw., the guide is on a wiki page, feel free to enhance the documentation, I doubt it is optimal ATM.

What needs to be solved to make it easier: At the moment, the guide uses a stock Qt as obtainable from but unfortunately, macdeployqt needs to be patched to deploy non-qt plugins

For this see the review request “add support for -extra-plugins command line option”. I hope this gets into Qt or we get an alternative solution, hint, hint => help appreciated :=))

KWrite on Mac looks unspectacular:

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But the cool thing is: This is the result of a plain compile of KF5 & kate.git. We patch NONE of the frameworks anymore and we don’t need to build Qt on our own, we can use the stock Qt installer (the bundles use 5.7.0, the build that should be the final one to be released these days).

For deployment problems like: “how to get our icons” or “how to locate our plugins or ioslaves” generic solutions were implemented in the KF5 libraries.

If the above review request is accepted or an other solution is found you will have exactly the same developer experience on Mac as on e.g. Linux. No ugly hacks, no patching, etc.

For Kate we even have a kind of working embedded Konsole again with this updated build, enjoy:

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I think overall, the Mac developer experience for KF5 based stuff really improved in the last months and the latest things that happened this week were only possible thanks to the Randa sprint. Would be nice if you support us 😉

Kate & Co. on Tour

We used the nice weather for some small trip near Randa between hacking ;=)

But beside getting a bit fresh air, we did other nice things like fixing together with David Faure of Frameworks fame the issue “how to get automagically icons loaded if you want to bundle them in your installer/app bundle”, see the change: “Add support for loading and using an icontheme in a RCC file automatically.”

Would be nice if you support us to make things like the Randa sprint possible! 😉

Kate’s TabBar gets Movable Tabs

With the next Applications 16.08 release, Kate5’s tabs will be movable with the mouse. This was a feature request for quite some time, which is now fixed.Kate5's Moving TabsFor the record, the animated gif was created with the following two commands:

  1. ffmpeg -f alsa -f x11grab -r 30 -s 680x385 -i :0.0+0,0 -threads 0 output%04d.png
  2. convert -delay 1/30 -loop 0 -layers OptimizeFrame -size 680x385 -fuzz 2% output*.png output.gif

Much more work is going on at the Randa spring currently held in Switzerland. Would be nice if you support us 😉

New Mac OS X Build Documentation

During the Mac OS X platform meeting here at Randa, the point was made that the current build documentation for Mac OS X is a bit lacking, as e.g. the steps to create an application bundle are only documented somewhere for Kate, Krita, KDevelop, … but in no central place.

I started to writeup a new howto at the page that utilizes emerge for the heavy lifting like the KDE Windows team uses it.

I think this might be nice to have synergy effects between both ports, thanks to Hannah for hinting to this and the help for setting it up. Might be interesting for the CI, too.