Android Layout Preview for NetBeans IDE

More often than not, the reason that Eclipse has more plugins than NetBeans IDE is because Eclipse has far less features out of the box. For example, thanks to its out of the box support, NetBeans IDE doesn't need a Maven plugin and it doesn't need a Java EE plugin, which are two of the most popular plugins for Eclipse.

However, what would be great for NetBeans IDE to have is support for Android. It's existed for a while, thanks to the community-driven NBAndroid project, but without much desired GUI functionality. Today, the project announced a leap forward, that is, early results in providing a layout preview:

Looking forward to more GUI functionality for this project!


very great news, with time this plugin could be better than the original.

Posted by marc collin on October 08, 2012 at 01:12 AM PDT #


we are now in 2015. What about the layout manager for NB?


Posted by guest on May 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM PDT #

Since you want to know, it means you care about this feature, which means you should be contributing to it, which means you should know the answer to your question yourself! Welcome to the world of open source development.

Posted by Geertjan on May 23, 2015 at 11:26 PM PDT #

netbeans didnt expose the layout preview system yet (though it is 2015). if they could do it in upcoming release it would be great for them.

Posted by UTPAL on May 26, 2015 at 09:06 AM PDT #

Here's the plugin:

Posted by Geertjan on May 26, 2015 at 09:09 AM PDT #

but now cannot get key on subscription

Posted by DWI PURBOYUSTIAN on October 20, 2015 at 08:44 PM PDT #

but now cannot get key on subscription

Posted by guest on October 20, 2015 at 08:47 PM PDT #

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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.

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