When comparing Qt Creator vs Visual Studio for OSX, the Slant community recommends Visual Studio for OSX for most people. In the question“What are the best IDEs for C++ on Mac OS X?” Visual Studio for OSX is ranked 5th while Qt Creator is ranked 7th.
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Pro Great syntax highlighting and auto-completion
Qt Creator has a code model which basically has the same information as the compiler. So it can do really nice syntax highlighting (e.g. of virtual methods or local variables) as well as provide great code completion.
Pro Fast and fully keyboard-navigatable
Responsive UI, no need to use the mouse for the power users.
Pro Very responsive when compared to similar software
Pro Much space dedicated to the code
Small and beautiful UI, almost all the space is dedicated to the text with hardly and toolbars. Can actually be used on a 1024x768 pixel screen.
Pro Integrates well with non-IDE workflows
Qt Creator uses normal .pro-files, CMakeLists.txt, Makefiles.am, etc. for its projects and rarely needs special configuration for projects.
Projects can be built on the command line as usual.
Pro Built-in Qt GUI editor
Allows for the creation of a window based UI in a graphical editor, no code required to build the UI.
Pro Supports CMake
Pro Free, and now with Xamarin support built-in to target most Oses.
Pro Visual Studio UI
Visual Studio set the IDE standard for most of the '90s. Although it has languished somewhat and some embarrassing UI defects remain in the Windows version, we can hope that Microsoft will deliver a fairly well-organized IDE for the Mac.
Con Poor refactoring
QtCreator has lack of refactoring features. It's not even close to Resharper++ or CLion.
Con Poor multi-window mode support
While multiple windows are supported, many operations will activate in the primary window (debug, goto-line... etc).
Qt Creator is focused on being an IDE for Qt, as a general purpose IDE it performs quite well, but there are areas which are lacking such as project file support (support for generic/CMake projects lags behind Qt projects).
Con Currently doesn't support C++
As of now, Visual Studio for Mac only supports .NET, C#, and F#.
Con VS doesn't support C11 for windows! mac will never ever see C support in there.
No wonder MS team hates C language - they've stolen from Unix so many things and Unix is still there :) Now mac 'borrowed'BSD - so for those stupid things buying mac ONLY, they will never promote free things.