Forgive me perhaps this question was asked / answered before, yet I have not yet found an answer to it.
Are there any plans for:
a) A feature to import forms designed in NetBeans / JFormDesigner
b) Are there any plans for developing a reach UI design interface such as JFormDesigner.
c) How about a "Free Design" paradigm as in NetBeans GUI Builder; (formerly Project Matisse).
I know I can buy that plug-in, but after running a demo version of it I found it unbelievably buggy and unstable for a commercial product. The built-in Swing UI designer that IDEA has is good, but in order to use it I have to re-do all the UI work from scratch. This is not an easy task for an application that contains rather rich and complex user interface filled with custom widgets and controls.
The capture of a form (Form Snapshot) will not work because the project I have inherited contains AbsoluteLayout and even though I feed the Jar to IDEA it simply refuses to re-capture the form or provides me with something totally unusable.
For the time being I have to run NetBeans and IDEA at the same time switching back and forward. This is a work around for now but it is akin to shipping my house to Birmingham so that the plumbing can be put in.