Tuesday May 21, 2013

Health Manager on the NetBeans Platform

Vobium Health Manager, by Vobium Technologies, is software to store and organize your family's medical information securely on your computer.

Many more screenshots can be found here: http://www.vobium.com/health/screenshots

You can manage records across 25+ categories like diseases, allergies, doctor visits, tests & checkups, medicines, vaccinations, surgeries, therapies, diet & fitness, pregnancies, baby milestones, etc, and quickly search for any records whenever needed.

You can generate reports (in PDF or Microsoft Excel format) and carry your data on a USB pen drive, print them, bring them to your doctor visits, or email it to someone. You can print an emergency medical card and keep it in your wallet.

The first time I saw the screenshots, such as the one above, I didn't believe this was written in Java and based on the NetBeans Platform! However, Bhavin Khambhadia from Vobium tells me:

The majority of our end users are Windows based and hence Vobium Health Manager should look like a Windows application. To achieve this, we extended SynthLookAndFeel. We hired an in-house UI designer who created the application wireframe, icons/images, and color combinations for our application. We leveraged rich-client effects for Java Swing applications, as described in "Filthy Rich Clients" by Chet Haase and Romain Guy, together with inputs available from other sources, such as blogs, white papers, in-house POTs, and Google searches.

Here's a screenshot of the application open in NetBeans IDE, showing its modular structure on the NetBeans Platform:

Finally, some nice movies to watch on YouTube:



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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