Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

SweetHome3D in Open Source Java

Ever since finding out about Alied PĂ©rez's SweetHome3D application on the NetBeans Platform, I've admired it very much. (And ever since I've dreamed of designing my next kitchen in IKEA via a NetBeans Platform application.)

Some months ago he told me about its origins: "This project started as a proprietary software for a local furniture business, which ended as a porting of sweethome3d to the NetBeans Platform, with the proprietary part being a plugin for the open source part. In recent times, I have been finishing the proprietary plugins, so the SweetHome3D part has not had major updates. I have to integrate v3.4 of sweethome3d and upload the changes."

I've tried the application a few times but, not knowing much about the domain, couldn't do much with it. However, since the file type it supports is standardized, I thought to myself, why not look for example files of the type and load some into the application to see what happens. That journey brought me here:

http://www.sweethome3d.com/gallery.jsp

I then downloaded one of the files from the gallery, opened it into the application, and was quite amazed at what I found:

In other words, the application appears to be in good shape. It is also free and open sourced and can be accessed, as I did, here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/sh3d-nb/

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.

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