Quanta Plus

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The latest stable release of Quanta Plus and other useful programs for web developing, including Kommander, KImageMapEditor, KXSLDbg, KFileReplace, KLinkStatus, gathered under the name of KDEWebDev - KDE Web Development.

This was released as part of KDE 3.5.6.
Last changelog:

14 years ago

The release contains fixes in Quanta Plus.
Bugfixes:
- show Find in Files menu if KFileReplace is installed. Fixes bug 132530.
- fix various crashes in the debugger. Fixes bug 137483.
- fix crash when editing a CSS area
- use the correct encoding in the file dialogs. Fixes bug 138343.
- don't lose upload profile settings in certain cases
- fix symlink handling in Project Rescan, New Project adding files/folders. Fixes bug 138107.
- do not set the current project mark to a project that could not be opened. Fixes bug 137186.
- allow closing of an untitled editor tab when an image is previewed inside. Fixes bug 134534.
- fix problems with the automatic backup system

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amantia

12 years ago

All cases are doable:
1) If you are on a web page, in Konqueror choose Location->Open With Quanta Plus
2) If you are in Konqeuror file-manager mode, right click on the file and choose open with Quanta Plus.
3) If you are in Quanta in the file open dialog just type the URL (like ftp://yourserver/yourfile), what you would put in Konqueror.
4) You can pass a full URL to the "quanta" executable as well.

Bonus: even the projects can be on a remote server.

Reason for all of the above: the great KIO technology from KDE.

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jayenell

12 years ago

Using 3.5 (RC2), but same with 3.4.x

I don't know with Quanta. The concept and features are looking very great, but....

1. The VPL is slow and can't only undo a few actions.
2. It crashes a lot. I allready deleted the config files, but still it just crashes, when I'm doing something random (as it seems). The problem with the crashes has been for a while now and it is the only program that crashes in KDE so much.
3. KimageMapEditor is a great tool, but the imagemaps don't work in Konqueror (it does in Firefox). So what's the use of a KDE-app, when the output won't work in Konq?

Cheers,

Jayene

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amantia

12 years ago

1 & 2: VPL is not that stable. It is know. But the best is if you report the bugs with examples how to reproduce, so we can at least stabilize in the 3.5.x line. Improvements (including undo/redo) are expected only for version 4.

3..: if the result is standard compliant, complain for Konqueror on bugs.kde.org. If not, complaing for KImageMapEditor at the same place with examples.

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avaurus

13 years ago

hi,
I have tested quanta the whole night and I must say that it is useful, but what makes it totally annoying is that the editor is destroying some written html-tags :/...
I have written a webpage with many tables and as I have edited it with quanta 3.3.2 the website was destroyed and as I went through the sourcecode I have mentioned that quanta automatically changed some tags. Nice idea, but for what? This function is not correct, so I have disabled all auto*-functions and I hope quanta will leave my code untouched :/...

Ps.: I have changed from windows to linux, because windows has done things without my "ok" and now I meet quanta, a really bad feeling, reminds me of windows tools.

So please remove these strange auto*-functions...they are useless, nothing else.

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amantia

13 years ago

As you've found out, you can disable the auto-* features, if they annoy you.
In this case you can be sure that Quanta will not modify the document, of course unless you use some editor dialog (table, frame, css or such) or the VPL.
My assumption is that what you see comes from the automating updating of closing/opening tags.
But what would be useful is not removing such features (considered good and useful by others), but help fixing them by providing test cases and description in a bug report filed at bugs.kde.org.

Andras

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cjtown

13 years ago

I've got to support the development team on this one: I use Quanta all the time at home because it leaves my code alone and is easily customized (esp. good for keyboard shortcuts etc). I wish I could use it at work (instead of Homesite (Dreamweaver's eccentric cousin).
The one comment I could make about "auto features": the tag-completion is a bit too eager to do its job. Maybe this has been addressed in 3.4?

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amantia

13 years ago

"The one comment I could make about "auto features": the tag-completion is a bit too eager to do its job. Maybe this has been addressed in 3.4?"

Depends what you mean about "a bit too eager to do its job". If you have a concrete testcase in which case Quanta behaves wrongly or stays in your way, go to bugs.kde.org and report it there (with the test document).

Andras

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cjtown

13 years ago

An example of "eager":
[editing css]
once a semi-colon has been typed, the auto-complete opens (good), but hitting return doesn't start a new line, it enters the first css selector in the auto-complete drop-down (not good).
In situations such as this, where a new line might be desirable, perhaps the user should have to manually select from the list, so the default behaviour for the return key remains a line feed?
There are a couple of other similar, very minor problems with auto-complete:
1. I've often found that an opening div tag fails to generate it's closing counterpart (i.e. no </div>)
2. Once the full name of an attribute has been typed, even if this matches a valid attribute name, the aut-complete drop-down closes: this means that you cannot now hit return and have Quanta automatically insert the ="" for you.

All-in-all though, Quanta is a fantastic app which gets better with every release; so, keep up the good work!

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avaurus

13 years ago

Here the slackware 10 package: http://www.slackplanet.org/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=11

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jamwil

13 years ago

Hey there... I'm pretty new to linux so this is probably a stupid question. From what I read, quanta plus really rocks... however I can't install it. I get past ./configure, and then when I go make, it says there is no makefile. What am I doing wrong here? Thank-you so much in advance for answering...

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jamwil

13 years ago

never mind... figured out, I needed to install a whole bunch of libraries and headers and what not...

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TuxROCKS

13 years ago

First, thanks to the dev team for the only web IDE I've ever actually liked.

Next, I have been using Quanta since 3.0 and I have been trying to figure out how to restore the 3.3 MDI interface to that classic look. Every thing I try splits it into windows or frame proportion screws up, etc.

Please help me out guys.

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amantia

13 years ago

We have a user list at https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/quanta.

The answer to the question is: Window->MDI Mode->Tab Page Mode and arrange your views however you want.

Andras

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sequitur

13 years ago

First, thanks to the dev team for the only web IDE I've ever actually liked.

I always love reading things like this. KMDI can seem a little disconcerting at first and you can get the "classic look" as Andras pointed out. However if you give Ideal mode a try you may come to like it. Collapsable panels can be handy. I've come to enjoy auto collapsing panels for more editor space.

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elektroschock

13 years ago

The main important thing is the freedom to do what you want. I also prefer MDI but others prefer other interface styles. Kdevelop was right to give you the ability to choose.

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oliverthered

13 years ago

Except I want a mix.

Ideal or tabbed MDI with the ability to have a side by side split view.

It's much easier that switching to one tab, making a note, switching back and hopefully putting in the correct data.

A good example would be when translating a page from french to english you need to have both versions in view.

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MamiyaOtaru

14 years ago

Just compiled kdewebdev 3.3.1 and installed quanta. Very stable seeming so far, excellent.

One thing bugs me though: the cursor never changes! It is always the arrow. Never a text cursor over text areas, no resize or drag cursor when over a seperator (so it's not immediately obvious that one can resize parts of the UI) etc. I assume that isn't normal?

Compiled with ./debian/rules build, binary as I am using Debian (mostly Sarge, some Sid)

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sequitur

14 years ago

You are correct in your guess that what you're observing is not normal. All the cursors work fine on mine. This would actually be a kdelibs issue or possibly some oddity in how each was configured and built, though this type of thing should not happen. You should check with Debian people as there is some possibility something is happening between mixing binary builds. Minor variations in binaries can cause lots of niggling problems.

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skidhmor

14 years ago

What happened to VPL in the final 3.3 release?
Was it too unstable?







btw- I'd like to take a moment to thank Eric and the other Quanta devs for such a great program. To call it anything less than spectacular would be a grave understatement.

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amantia

14 years ago

See my post on the user list:
https://mail.kde.org/pipermail/quanta/2004-August/004837.html

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Roze

14 years ago

I must say that the VPL, even if not able to do _all_ tasks that pure code can, still fullfills my need.

to let friends edit the content of their pages without having to understand the code and where to write what.

point at what to edit, and edit :)
(I won't be using VPL myself until there is some way for me to give the editor a syntax-ruleset so that I can specify in which order the id="" src="" and so on comes as well as amount of spaces, tabs etc.)

thanks for a really good editor!
(little cluttered default, as the rest of kde, but I'll manage :)

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xcallejas

14 years ago

Hi, when I try to uploads files with changes the dialog don't show this files (the modified ones) automatically with this new versi

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amantia

14 years ago

First be sure that the upload status of those files is not set to Never (upload). Check the context menu of them in the Project tree. Second now (in CVS version), if you use the Upload File or Upload Folder menus to upload something and not the Upload Project, even files with the Never upload status are selected for upload as the user deliberately wants to upload those.
See the ChangeLog for a description of the upload status feature.

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GIGrafx

14 years ago

First off... I'd like to thank those responsible for this editor's development! Thanx!
Second, I have installed this 'over' my installed version that came with the downloadable Mandrake10-Official and all has gone fine... so far. Yes, VPL editing is slow... but it works! That's about all there is to be said.
Let those who make vain insults on this fine app just go ahead and 'buy' thier editors. Myself, I don't need anything really faster.
If ya want a bit more speed to your editing, just sellect a split-view of VPL and source... doing all the actual 'editing' in the source window, using the VPL as a place to click and get the sellected VPL to sellect in the source window... a 'finder' of sorts. For the 'couple of characters' editing, VPL is fine by itself.
Again, great work on this fine editor!

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DarkLord

14 years ago

I've just really used Quanta v3.2.3 for the first time and found one thing that made me think "this can't be right" - but I'm not sure - maybe its wanted behavior, cause it's such a simple thing.
If I mark an element in source mode, rightclick it and paste something else over it the marking is gone and instead of replacing the marked text with the newly pasted one it gets inserted in between (where ever I right clicked) - this is different from pretty much any program that comes to my mind - and even stranger. The "paste" under "Edit" works as expected.

Hmm, just wanted to point that one out =)

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14 years ago

The release contains fixes in Quanta Plus.
Bugfixes:
- show Find in Files menu if KFileReplace is installed. Fixes bug 132530.
- fix various crashes in the debugger. Fixes bug 137483.
- fix crash when editing a CSS area
- use the correct encoding in the file dialogs. Fixes bug 138343.
- don't lose upload profile settings in certain cases
- fix symlink handling in Project Rescan, New Project adding files/folders. Fixes bug 138107.
- do not set the current project mark to a project that could not be opened. Fixes bug 137186.
- allow closing of an untitled editor tab when an image is previewed inside. Fixes bug 134534.
- fix problems with the automatic backup system

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