Breeze Dark Color Scheme

Just as quick info, with the next KDE Frameworks 5 release, namely KF5 version 5.23, the KTextEditor framework gains a Breeze Dark color scheme. The colors mostly stick to the Breeze color palette, with some minor changes, since KTextEditor needs more colors the the color palette itself ships. To use this color scheme, go to the config dialog and choose “Breeze Dark” in the Fonts & Colors config page. We hope this is useful – mandatory screenshot:

Breeze Dark

Update: Screenshot of KDevelop 5 with Breeze Dark theme and color schema:

KDevelop 5 with Breeze Dark

Kate 16.04 on Windows (64bit)

It seems the Kate Alpha Release in January was well received by some users. So we are happy to announce that we are releasing an updated Windows installer for Kate (64bit) today. Essentially, this is the same version that is shipped with the KDE Applications 16.04 release under Linux.

  • Kate-setup-16.04.1-64bit.exe (64bit) installer, compiled on Windows 10
  • If you have git in your PATH, then the Kate Projects plugin will work as expected.
  • As mentioned in the previous post, you may want to also install D-Bus for Windows, so that all documents opened use the same Kate instance.
  • You can compile Kate yourself with Visual Studio 2015 community edition by following the steps in kate-windows.git. For me, a few tweaks were necessary, though: If some modules do not compile, just run the cmake build command again (and again). The “NMake Makefiles JOM” do not work for me, I had to use “Visual Studio 14 2015 Win64” generator. You can start the Visual Studio with `devenv KateOnWindows.sln`. If you have further questions, please contact us on the mailing list.

Screenshot of running Kate under Windows 10:

Kate on Windows 10If you want to contribute or have questions, please contact the Kate developers on kwrite-devel@kde.org (subscribe). Also, you can sometimes reach us via IRC on irc.freenode.net in the channel #kate.

Further, if you want to support Kate and the KDE project in general, it is very much appreciated if you donate to the KDE e.V., KDE’s support organization – thank you! 🙂

Kate on Windows

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

First the proof 🙂

kate-installer
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: http://download.kde.org/unstable/kate/ (updated link)

And if you are eager to help here is my scratch repo for the build recipes:
git://anongit.kde.org/scratch/sars/kate-windows.git

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:
https://dbus-windows-installer.googlecode.com/files/DBus-Windows-Installer-1.4.1-2.exe
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!