Consider BizLaf by Centigrade

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.

http://www.centigrade.de/en/products/bizlaf-stock-look-and-feel

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:

@OnStart
public class BizLafModuleInstaller implements Runnable {
    @Override
    public void run() {
        try {
            UIManager.setLookAndFeel("de.centigrade.bizlaf.BizLookAndFeel");
        } catch (Exception e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

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.

Comments:

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...

Posted by guest on July 05, 2014 at 08:23 AM PDT #

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

Posted by Geertjan on July 05, 2014 at 11:03 AM PDT #

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

Posted by guest on July 05, 2014 at 01:06 PM PDT #

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?

Posted by Geertjan on July 05, 2014 at 02:48 PM PDT #

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...

Posted by guest on July 05, 2014 at 04:18 PM PDT #

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?

Posted by Geertjan on July 05, 2014 at 10:52 PM PDT #

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

Posted by guest on July 06, 2014 at 05:40 AM 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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