JFormDesigner

Hi all,

The best UI builder, I've ever seen, is JFormDesigner
(www.jformdesigner.com). It is still in beta-state (is available for
"interested persons") but looks very promising (except, that it
auto-creates the components like IDEA's UI builder) and professional.

Tom



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Any one used the GUI builder at openabacus.org?

http://www.openabacus.org/tabpane2.swf

Looks like a nice GUI builder asside from one big problem. It seems to rely
on absolute layouts.

I guess thats fine if you're not changing platforms at all but could cause
problems otherwise.

Regards,

Glen



"Thomas Singer (MoTJ)" <idea@NOregnisSpam.de> wrote in message
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Hi all,

>

The best UI builder, I've ever seen, is JFormDesigner
(www.jformdesigner.com). It is still in beta-state (is available for
"interested persons") but looks very promising (except, that it
auto-creates the components like IDEA's UI builder) and professional.

>

Tom

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I've been using the IntelliJ one a bit recently. I'm pretty happy with it.

There's a few things I wish it did better though:

1. Layouts in layouts cause a mishmash of grid lines. Should only show the
grids of one container at a time.
2. Need to be able to use the keyboard more. For example I'd like to be
able to switch to the property sheet with one key. It would also be nice to
jump between different components while staying focused in the property
sheet so that I can do things like set the names quickly.
3. Also you should be able to multiselect components then set the property
for all the components you have selected.
4. The designer doesn't seem to always honour the prefered size making the
some things appear more squashed than they really will appear.

What improvements would you add?

-- Glen


"Thomas Singer (MoTJ)" <idea@NOregnisSpam.de> wrote in message
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Hi all,

>

The best UI builder, I've ever seen, is JFormDesigner
(www.jformdesigner.com). It is still in beta-state (is available for
"interested persons") but looks very promising (except, that it
auto-creates the components like IDEA's UI builder) and professional.

>

Tom

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+1, I found using IDEA's form designer is very productive. I've used it for serveral projects.

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Hi Glen,

In order to keep the exact look throughout all platforms we've used opensource fonts from http://www.gnome.org/fonts/ and the AbaGUIBuilder, this really does the trick. We've found out that application developers do prefer absolute position. Application developers want the VB/Delphi concept WYSIWYG.

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What application developers want that?

Tom

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Thomas Singer (MoTJ) wrote:

What application developers want that?


VB1 ones :)

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Thomas Singer (MoTJ) wrote:

Hi all,

The best UI builder, I've ever seen, is JFormDesigner
(www.jformdesigner.com). It is still in beta-state (is available for
"interested persons") but looks very promising (except, that it
auto-creates the components like IDEA's UI builder) and professional.

Tom

Wow !!!, this UI builder looks really really nice :). I'm impressed :).
I have the feeling, it looks like the UI Builder from IBM's WSAD, so
having it as an IDEA plugin would be much better :).

Ahmed.

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