UI Designer Broken?

Looking for some direction here, trying out jetbrains intelliJ for the first time and I love the IDE as a whole as far as code editing being an avid phpStorm user, but having alot of trouble with the UI Designer it seems no matter what "base layout manager" I choose form elements just won't place where I want them too. either they stack when I want elements side by side and/or these horizontal/vertical spacers are inserted which are not sizeable and do not allow me to size JPanel elements around as I want them to look. Coming from netbeans here where I can place elements on a form/dialog whereever I wish , I do not understand how this UI Designer is even considered usable or stable?

Is there perhaps some known issues on OSX?   Issues with JDK 7 ? I just cannot see idea putting out a product like this..


Thanks

David

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The UI Designer in IntelliJ IDEA is grid-based; controls are always placed within a grid and not free-form. It's simply a different approach compared to NetBeans; it's not broken or unstable.

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Even with a grid or table based layout (very familar with these in HTML) the UI Designer simply doesn't work how you would expect it too.. Look in the video how I can't size the text field or put a button next to the text field (but was able too using jgoodies but still can't size anything using the handles)

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Controls are dynamically sized in Swing. For example, the correct way of sizing a text field is setting the value of the "columns" property. It might be possible to do it visually, but I'm not aware of any designer that does that, NetBeans included.

To drop a button next to the text field, put the mouse cursor near its right boundary, until you see the vertical blue insertion marker. The marker is displayed correctly on your video, but you're moving your mouse back and forth too quickly to notice it.

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