How To Embed Font in Qt Application Using QFontDatabase

You can embed a True Type font or Open Type font into your Qt application using QFontDatabase. You can link to an external font file or link to a font embedded as a resource.

First, make sure you include a reference to the QFontDatabase class:

#include <QFontDatabase>;

To link to an external font, do this:

QFontDatabase database;
int result = database.addApplicationFont("/path/to/font.tff");

Or for a more reliable way, embed the font as a resource. Create a Qt resource file and add a reference to the font file you want embedded. Then use the path to the embedded resource font:

QFontDatabase database;
int result = database.addApplicationFont(":/resource/path/to/font.tff");

If the returned integer is greater than -1, then the font has successfully loaded into the font database. It’s essentially storing the font in memory at the application’s runtime. You can check your operating system’s installed fonts and if the font hasn’t already been installed, that using QFontDatabase doesn’t install the font on your system. So this is a cool way of having specific fonts just for your Qt app without messing with the end-user’s fonts.

And to use the font, you would call it from the font database:

QFont f = database.font("myFont", "normal", 12);

Of course, be mindful of the font you choose for your app. As graphic designers, we are taught that for digital screens, you want to use sans-serif fonts (vs serif fonts for print). There needs to be good whitespace. Since users will be staring at the fonts for long periods of time, it needs to look nice and balanced overall. Then there’s also the issue of visual consistency and compatibility across operating systems. In this case, you don’t have to embed a custom font, but make sure you choose a web-safe font.

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How to create X11 colors into Qt QColor Wrapper

You can mix any color you want nowadays with 32-bit colors. But sometimes, it’s just so much more convenient if the color palette already exists. And unfortunately, Qt only provides users with the most basic of colors. Therefore, it’s up to you to come up with a snazzy pre-mixed color palette yourself, but also to name those custom colors. But you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The X Windows system and W3 web standard for colors and names already exists.

Unfortunately, if you’re using Qt on Windows, you won’t be able to access that color palette.

So this is what I did: I simply took the names and RGB values and created a wrapper class in Qt. That way I can easily access the colors via their names. Ain’t that a trip? It seems so simple to implement, but I haven’t found any tutorials out there on the Interwebs. It could save a lot of time for those that deal with a lot of colors.

Also, I whipped up a quick demo that displays the colors all nice and purdy.

X11 colors as QColor in Qt 4.8.5

X11 colors as QColor in Qt 4.8.5

Feel free to use this X11 color name wrapper class in your Qt project. Enjoy!

You can download the Qt 4.8.5 project files here:

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How to Implement Custom Optimized MouseDoubleClickEvent Function in Qt

If you were unaware that Qt’s default mouseDoubleClickEvent isn’t exactly optimized, as that is the nature of the beast, so when you override it, it will slow everything down. So the only thing you can do is write your own mouse double click event handler.

I won’t be using custom events and any fancy delegates and stuff. Don’t touch system pointers or direct memory unless you have to. This is a very simple implementation compared to the big picture.

To begin, you must understand that a mouse double click is essentially this sequence: mousePress, mouseRelease, mouseDoubleClickFlag, mouseRelease. Continue reading

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Qt MouseDoubleClickEvent May Slow Down Performance

I just discovered this. I’ve been implementing the convenience overriding of MouseDoubleClickEvent in all of my custom widgets. After optimizing all of my basic overrided mouse handling events: mousePressed, mouseMove, mouseReleased, it turns out it was that dang doubleclick that slowed it all down in the end. And all this time I thought I hadn’t written a tight optimized rendering loop.

Anyway, BE VERY CAREFUL with this. As it states in the reference documentation:

Note: The widget will also receive mouse press and mouse release events in addition to the double click event. It is up to the developer to ensure that the application interprets these events correctly.

That means that if you already have all your mousePress and mouseRelease custom overriding functions implemented, those will get called multiple times before it gets to the new override implementation of doubleclick, which will slow everything down exponentially. That doesn’t mean it’s a bug, that’s technically how a double-click is implemented at the internal level.

It looks like the only way to get optimal performance is to implement double-click yourself with a timer or variable.

Well, damn.

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How to change screen resolution in Windows using Qt

If you, too, are scouring the Interwebs for the answer, here it is:

First, you’re going to need to download the Windows SDK to get the proper c++ header files to reference. In this particular case, you’re going to want to reference “windows.h” like so:

#include "windows.h"

And then access the ChangeDisplaySettings function from the Windows API like so: Continue reading

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How to generate random number in Qt

If you thought Qt provided you with a robust count of math algorithms already, you’ll be in for a surprise. There is qrand(), but it doesn’t quite provide you with the user-friendliness of other languages. For example, sometimes you want a random number that is negative. Sure, you can do this all manually, but then you’d have to write your own function. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what you’ll have to do.

#include <QGlobal.h>
#include <QTime>

int QMyClass::randInt(int low, int high)
// Random number between low and high
return qrand() % ((high + 1) - low) + low;

// Create seed for the random
// That is needed only once on application startup
QTime time = QTime::currentTime();

// Get random value between 0-100
int randomValue = randInt(0,100);

It is recommended that you don’t use qrand() by default if you want to generate encryption-level random numbers.

So, with that code, now you can set a range of numbers which you can pull random numbers from. Make note that qsrand() only sets the seed and you should only do that once.

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Most comprehensive guide to HTML5 Canvas Element

This is the most comprehensive guide to HTML5 canvas I’ve seen so far on the Internet. Even Mozilla doesn’t explain it this well. How ironic that Qt has written up such a proficient guide even though their framework doesn’t really need it. But it will be a viable deployment technology, so it’s worth mentioning.

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Qt 2D Game Prototype Demos SDXM

Here are some functioning pure Qt 2D game prototypes I’ve created as a foundation for my 2D game engine SDXM. Continue reading

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Solution: Qt setMouseTracking Doesn’t Work

By default, Qt will set any QWidget into a QMainWindow unless you set it yourself. This is possibly why you can’t setMouseTracking in your default QWidget. You need to enable setMouseTracking if you want real-time mouse position tracking; it is disabled by default. This is how I got it to work: Continue reading

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Overriding QWidget Events

For the most part, Qt comes with a bunch of convenience widgets built on top of their own QWidget. They may provide very specific features and might suit your needs perfectly. But when you want to implement something that is really unique, then you’ll have to be able to engage the internal processes that make your user-friendly interactions so intuitive. One way is to override QWidget’s default events. Continue reading

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