I'm trying to reconstruct some GUIs which I built using NetBeans before. I figured this would be a nice opportunity to test IDEA's GUI designer. Unfortunately, almost the very fist task at hand seems to be impossible using IDEA as it appears it has no means of visually creating/editing Menus (JMenu, JMenuItem, etc.).
I did some searching, including the forums, and it seems like Java's native seperation of menus and their respective forms causes difficulties for the GUI designer. Almost all the discussions I found date back to 2003 to 2006 which is pretty old.
As version 9 has just been released I wonder if this topic has been touched upon ? Imho, not giving any visual means of creating/editing menus with the GUI designer is a major drawback for IDEA.
I tried to add JMenuBar, JMenu and JMenuItem to the palette using the foundation source - that worked just fine. Then I tried to add the menu components to the form which was a bit inconvinient, since the GUI designer was not able to determine propper default settings and I had to adjust them by hand. That's a bit troublesome but nothing to complain about really. Trying to add some menu items to the menu was impossible. I found no way to tell the designer the selected JMenu component shall have a JMenuItem as "subordinate", "child" or whatever you want to call it. How do I do this ?