I'm not currently an IntelliJ IDEA user. I have tried it and I love everything about it except for the UI Designer. This is the only reason I haven't purchased IntelliJ IDEA. If the UI Designer were replaced with Matisse, or something like it that used GroupLayout and provided freeform placement of controls with preferred alignment guidelines, I would buy it immediately.
As I have said in an earlier posting, using the Intellij UI Designer reminds me of editing tables in Microsoft Word - a frustrating exercise of trial and error, and adapting to its quirks in order to achieve the desired result.
Before you jump in and tell me that there are plans to support GroupLayout, don't confuse GroupLayout with the user-experience that Matisse adds to it. Let me say that GroupLayout would be worthless if it were just added to the UI Designer as it exists today. And as far as I can tell, this is the plan. Dmitry implied this elsewhere on the forums, in the EAP thread "Selena roadmap is public":
>It's likely that UI Designer improvements will be planned for a later milestone,
>and GroupLayout support is one of the things we're considering.
>(Note that it's likely that our support for GroupLayout will look quite different
So, is there anybody else out there who feels the same way as I do? Is IntelliJ IDEA's UI Designer the only thing that's holding you back from purchasing the IDE? (If you aren't willing to register to post your opinion, you could just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention this forum thread).