Remember last added component to give visual feedback for user at palette.

A simple idea. Idea can remember last added component (Text box, label, combo etc) and can highlight it slightly at palette. It will reduce time to find the component if it is added again and again. Also by this way user can memorize relative positions of components (for example text field is at one position below from label) so when he/she adds a label then he/she quickly can locate text field because Idea Gui Palette helps to him by highlighting label component which is previously added to the form.

My sincerely..

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Is this feature really necessary? If you want to duplicate something, just press Ctrl, then drag the component you want to duplicate to the new place, a plust sign will appear beside the mouse cursor, no need to find in the pallete...

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If you add only one component repetively, you are absolutely right. But when you design a form which contains many text fields, you put a label, then a text box, than a label again and text box again. This repeats again and again. At this point I think a visual feedback which highlights last added component would be very elegant and user friendly in my opinion.

PS.
For other forms, I started to use CTRL+click. Thanks a lot ;)

My sincerely..
Gokcer Gokdal

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If you add only one component repetively, you are
absolutely right. But when you design a form which
contains many text fields, you put a label, then a
text box, than a label again and text box again.


Hmm, but why should the label be highlighted when you want to add a text box? And then you have the text box highlighted but want to add a label? Doesn't make too much sense for me...

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I think a better way is, you select both the label and textbox and ctrl+drag in both!

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Hello tc,

tm> I think a better way is, you select both the label and textbox and
tm> ctrl+drag in both!

How does the UI Designer guess what should be the relative position of the
two controls? What if you select a JSpinner, a JTable and a JTabbedPane -
how should they be laid out, and why?

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Dmitry Jemerov
Software Developer
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Hello Gokcer,

GG> If you add only one component repetively, you are absolutely right.
GG> But when you design a form which contains many text fields, you put
GG> a label, then a text box, than a label again and text box again.
GG> This repeats again and again. At this point I think a visual
GG> feedback which highlights last added component would be very elegant
GG> and user friendly in my opinion.

One more hint: if you're using Demetra, you can select the label and text
box and press Ctrl-D.

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Dmitry Jemerov
Software Developer
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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