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  • July 4, 2014

Consider BizLaf by Centigrade

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Consider BizLaf by Centigrade, not free, but really stylish. Not just for business applications (though certainly high up on the list of libraries you should consider to include when creating applications on the NetBeans Platform) but also for NetBeans IDE itself because Centigrade has created a NetBeans/BizLaf plugin some time ago.

Click to enlarge the image for a better perspective, since I cropped it considerably to make it fit in this blog entry:

Find it via this link and note it isn't free, though the best things in life aren't either, such as the recently released awesome NetBeans Platform book.


Officially, support for BizLaf is available up until NetBeans IDE 7.2.1, at this stage. However, by simply rewriting the installer to the following (and removing the ModuleInstall reference in the Manifest), I got it to work in NetBeans IDE 7.4 and NetBeans IDE 8.0 as well:

public class BizLafModuleInstaller implements Runnable {
    public void run() {
        try {
        } catch (Exception e) {

Finally, since Centigrade is a company/organization that has worked to enhance NetBeans IDE, they should be promoted on the NetBeans Partners page soon! Let me know if you're in a company creating plugins (whether commercially or free) for NetBeans and we'll promote your technologies too.

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Comments ( 7 )
  • guest Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Totally agree. I think Netbeans need a more sofisticated and crossplatform uniform look. I develop in ubuntu everyday and Metal LaF is just an workaround to keep NB less ugly, in oposite of eclipse native integration...

  • Geertjan Saturday, July 5, 2014

    I guess you're not aware of Nimbus, Dark Look & Feel, and many others.

  • guest Saturday, July 5, 2014

    i've tried all these themes... it's not only a NB thing, it affects Jetbrains Intellij either. None of these themes are modern enought as NB deserve. :)

    However, i didn't get the reason of this post. Are NB team considering adopting BizLaf as default LaF? If so, i'm in! :P

  • Geertjan Saturday, July 5, 2014

    You didn't get the reason of this post? I think it's pretty clear -- I'm introducing you to a look and feel you might not know about yet. You didn't get that?

  • guest Saturday, July 5, 2014

    I've seen bizlaf before and is the most beautiful theme i've seen so far. What i mean is if there is any initiative to bring bizlaf to NB by default...

  • Geertjan Sunday, July 6, 2014

    Seems unlikely, doesn't it, since BizLaf is a commercial look and feel? In NetBeans IDE, everything is free and open source, isn't it?

  • guest Sunday, July 6, 2014

    Well, yes... So Oracle could make a new theme to match current trends in design. :)

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