QApplication - new function wakeUpGuiThread() to simplify using threads
QArray - added sorting and binary search.
QColor - custom color support added. qRgb(r,g,b) helper function
now sets an opaque alpha value instead of a transparent
QComboBox - support for text items with icons.
QFileDialog - many new features including fancy drag'n'drop
and inplace renaming.
Methods like setInfoPreviewWidget()and
setContentsPreviewWidget() make it easy to customize
the dialog extensively. With QUrlOperator and the
QNetworkProtocol abstraction, the dialog can operate
transparently by various different network protocols,
such as HTTP and FTP (see the Network Extension).
QFocusEvent - carries a reason() for the event. Possible reasons are
Mouse, Tab, ActiveWindow, ShortCut and other. The
addition makes line edit controls behave properly.
QHeader - added optional visual sort indicator. Revisited API that
operates on sections only (solves the 'logical' vs. 'actual'
index confusion). A reworked 'table' example shows how
to use QHeader in combination with a scrollview to create
a simple spreadsheet.
QListBox - many signals and functions added for convenience and
QListView - various selections modes similar to QListBox, many
new functions and signals added for convenience and
QMainWindow - implemented draggable and hidable toolbars. A menubar
can be made draggable by simply putting it in a toolbar.
QMetaObject - Parts of the API made public. The meta object allows
applications to access information about an object's
properties as well as its signals and slots.
QMultiLineEdit - added different word wrap modes: WidgetWidth,
FixedPixelWidth and FixedColumnWidth.
QObject - property access functions property() and setProperty().
QPen - added adjustable cap and join styles.
QPopupMenu - added support for tear-off menus, custom items
and widget items.
A new function setItemParameter() makes it possible
to distinguish between several menu items connected to
one single slot.
QPrinter - Now allows printing to the default printer without doing
QProgressDialog - auto-reset and auto-close modes.
QPushButton - added a menu button mode with setPopup().
QScrollView - support for auto-scrolling on drag move events (drag
auto scroll mode).
QSignal - optional additional integer parameter for the emitted
QSimpleRichText - added adjustSize() function that implements a clever
size hint. Vertical break support for printing. inText()
QSpinBox - different button symbols, currently UpDownArrows and
QSplitter - supports three resize modes now, Stretch, KeepSize
QString - new functions setUnicode(), setUnicodeCodes(), setLatin1(),
startsWith() and endsWith()
QStringList - new functions fromStrList(), split(), join() and grep().
QStyle - some extensions for menu button indicators, default
button indicators, variable scrollbar extends and toolbar
QStyleSheet - a couple of tags added to the default sheet, such as
U, NOBR, HEAD, DL, DT, DD and table support (TABLE, TR,
TD, TH). Many attributes added to existing tags.
QTextView - basic table support. Contents is selectable, selections
can be pasted/dragged into other widgets.
QToolBar - stretchable depending on the orientation (setHorizontalStretchable()
and setVerticalStretchable(). Added orientationChanged() signal.
QToolButton - added optional delayed menu with setPopup() and
setPopupDelay(). Auto-raise behaviour adjustable.
QWidget - new widget flag WStyle_ContextHelp that adds a
context-help button to the window titlebar. The
button triggers "What's This?"-help. The flag works
with MS-Windows and future versions of X11 desktops
such as KDE-2.0.
New function showFullScreen().
Enabling and disabling with setEnabled() propagates to
Changed isVisible(). It now returns whether a widget
is mapped up to the toplevel widget (the previous
implementation only returned isVisibleTo(parentWidget()).
New property 'backgroundOrigin' that lets a widget draw
its background relatively to its parent widget's coordinate
system. This makes pseudo-transparency possible, without
the overhead of a real widget mask.
QCustomMenuItem - an abstract base class for custom menu items in
QFontDataBase - provides information about the available fonts. Not really
a new class (it was used internally for the QFontDialog),
but for the first time public API.
QGuardedPtr - a template class that provides guarded pointers to
QIconView - a sophisticated new widget similar to QListView and
QListBox. An iconview contains optinally labelled pixmap
items that the user can select, drag around, rename, delete
and more. The widget is highly optimized for speed and
large amounts of icons.
QInputDialog - a convenience dialog to get some simple input values from
QMetaProperty - stores meta data about properties. Part of the meta
QNetworkProtocol- base class for network protocols, provides
a common API for network protocols.
QUrlOperator - provides an easy way to work with URLs.
QVariant - a tagged union for the most common Qt data types.
QValueStack - a value-based stack container.
QWorkspace - provides a workspace that can contain decorated
windows as opposed to frameless child widgets.
QWorkspace makes it easy to implement a multidocument
QBig5Codec - provides support for the Big5 Chinese encoding.
Changes which may affect runtime behaviour
QDataStream / QPicture
To accomodate for improved functionality, the stream serialization format
of QString and QPen has changed in Qt 2.1. The format version
number has been increased to 3. Compatibility has been kept, so
applications built with this version of Qt are automatically able to read
QDataStream and QPicture data generated by earlier Qt 2.x versions. But if
your application needs to generate data that must be readable by
applications that are compiled with earlier versions of Qt, you must use
QDataStream::setVersion() (if the data contains QString or QPen objects).
See the documentation of this function for further discussion.
An outline is no longer drawn in the brush color if NoPen is specified.
This matches the behaviour on Windows and ensures that the area
painted in this case is the same pixels defined by a QRegion made
from the polygon. To get the old behaviour, you can call
painter.setPen(painter.brush()) prior to painting, which will also
work on Windows.
The size hint of auto-default push buttons has been slightly
increased in order to reserve space for a default button indicator
frame. This is necessary for a proper Motif or Platinum emulation. If
this change destroys your geometry management, a auto-default button
is probably not what you wanted anyway. Simply call
setAutoDefault(FALSE) on these push buttons to get the old behaviour.
Font and palette propagation has changed totally (from "almost
brain-dead" to working). In practice, the only changes we've seen are
to the better.
qRgb(r,g,b) now sets a default opaque alpha value of 0xff instead of
a transparent 0x00 alpha value formerly. Use qRgb(r,g,b,a) if you do
need a transparent alpha value.
It turned out that the old normal/active/disabled set of color groups
didn't work very well, except in the simplest hello-world examples,
that it couldn't be fixed without nasty hacks, and that during five
years nobody had discovered the bugs. So, we've dropped our broken
attempt at Tcl/Tk L&F compatibility, and added support for Windows
2000 and Macintosh L&F compatibility instead. The Macintosh and
Windows 2000 looks differentiate between the window with focus and
other windows. Qt calls the color groups QPalette::active() and
setMargin() now also works on child layouts. As a result of this
change, the geometry() of a layout now includes margin(). This may
affect programs that use QLayout::geometry().
The now adjustable auto-raise behaviour defaults to TRUE only when
a button is used inside a QToolBar. That's usually what you want. If not,