NetBeans IDE 7.3 RC 2: Improved Stability & Speed

The second Release Candidate of NetBeans IDE 7.3 is out and can be downloaded now:

Go to download page of NetBeans IDE 7.3 RC 2

In other words, the final release of NetBeans IDE 7.3 is not far away.

Even while NetBeans IDE 7.3 is currently still going through the last test cycles, we're feeling pretty good about it! Several serious issues and performance problems have been fixed over the past weeks, so if you have been using an older build of NetBeans IDE 7.3, please install NetBeans IDE 7.3 RC 2 and benefit from (and blog/twitter about!) the improved stability and speed.


I have been using NetBeans for about 5 years now. I am used to a specific layout of the panels which suits me to work on multiple monitors. As the new version can not get this layout from previous versions, every time I do an upgrade I change the layout (one time operation and I do not mind doing that) and it stays (need to drag with the mouse to the all the monitors , but the layout stays).
I installed 7.3 and it has made my life very difficult. For instance I have the code editor on one full screen and the project tab in another, when I click on a java file some times is opens along side the project tab not with the other opened java files. In 7.1 when I click a java file it always opens along side other opened java files.

What has chnaged between 7.1 and 7.3 resulting in this behavoir ?

Posted by Sabry on March 07, 2013 at 01:37 AM PST #

Can you send me steps to reproduce the problem -- I.e., tell me what I must do to see the problem you're seeing.

Posted by Geertjan on March 07, 2013 at 01:55 AM PST #

As the things I do involves dragging around panels using the mouse, it is difficult to explain in words. But I will try.
1. Start IDE. Windows, reset windows (to get the default layout). Open a file to edit.
2. Stretch the IDE to both screens (using mouse)
3. Open the output panel (CTRL +4) . Drag and place the project panel below the output panel.
4. At the end, the editor is full screen on one monitor(left) and the output panel, project panel is on the other (right).
5. Now when I click on a java file in the project panel some files open along side other opened java files on the left. Some times it opes along side project panel on the right. If I drag a java file which opened along side project panel(right) and place it on the left monitor with other opened files. Then close that file and open it again, it may open in the same monitor I just placed it, or it may again open along side the project panel.

Posted by sabry on March 08, 2013 at 03:23 AM PST #

Thank you for your effort in understanding this. If you could not repeat it using the above details I will try to do a screen capture.

Posted by sabry on March 08, 2013 at 03:24 AM PST #

Really not smart to have a long discussion in a blog. I gave you my e-mail address. Please use it. Better still, just create an issue in NetBeans issuezilla. Thanks.

Posted by Geertjan on March 08, 2013 at 03:25 AM PST #

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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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