New NetBeans Plugin: Quick Browser

Tired, like me, of needing to go to File | Open Project to open projects? And tired of the fact that you can't, at least not easily, open files outside of projects? The Favorites window offers some respite, but the Quick Browser in the right of the screenshot below is much better and simpler and more intuitive to use, since it is integrated into the main window and, well, it's really addictive:

Just scroll through the items in the list on the right, click on an item to go a level lower, and click on an item to open it; click the Up arrow to go to a higher level. Type content into the text field and press Enter to confirm. Type letters while the window is selected and you'll jump down/up into the list to the matching name. Images, Java files, text files, PDF files, etc, are recognized, and open in appropriate ways when clicked, while folders that are NetBeans projects not only open when clicked but also get a special icon to make them recognizable while browsing, as can be seen in the screenshot above.

Get it here and install it in NetBeans IDE 7.0 and your life becomes much simpler right away:

http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/39264/?show=true

Of course, the above can be installed into any application created on top of NetBeans Platform 7.0.

Feedback welcome.

Comments:

Great job Geertjan another must have plugin, really useful.

Posted by Neil Hathaway on July 03, 2011 at 07:10 AM PDT #

Nice, but hidden files are also shown on *nix, which renders it almost completely useless for my home directory. How can I fix that?

Posted by Karl Peterbauer on July 03, 2011 at 05:10 PM PDT #

Karl, I have now added a "Show Hidden" checkbox. Download it again and try it out. Please bear in mind that this plugin was created yesterday. I.e., yes, you'll find features missing, but that's the point -- when you find a feature missing or broken, you leave a comment here or on the plugin page.

Posted by Geertjan on July 03, 2011 at 06:53 PM PDT #

Wow, now that was quick! Thanks!

Posted by Karl Peterbauer on July 03, 2011 at 07:37 PM PDT #

Have you tried the Quick File Chooser module? Just replaces the UI of the standard JFileChooser used for Open File, Open Project, etc. with something more streamlined and keyboard-friendly. Quite different from what you built, of course, but for some of the same reasons.

Posted by Jesse Glick on July 04, 2011 at 10:37 PM PDT #

I get the following message when I try to install plugin:
Some plugins require plugin Image to be installed.
The plugin Image is requested in implementation version 201104080000. The following plugin is affected:       quickbrowser

Posted by guest on July 05, 2011 at 03:13 AM PDT #

Are you using NetBeans IDE 7.0?

Posted by Geertjan on July 05, 2011 at 03:17 AM PDT #

I was initially. After the plugin install Netbeans rebooted. When it came back up it automatically upgraded to 7.1 Developer. Does it not run under 7.1? Too bad as it seemed like a really nice feature. Thanks for the quick response: Joel

Posted by guest on July 05, 2011 at 03:30 AM PDT #

There's no such thing as 7.1. That doesn't exist. That will only be released towards the end of the year. So, basically, I don't understand what you're saying.

Posted by Geertjan on July 05, 2011 at 04:11 AM PDT #

Hi Jesse, is the Quick File Chooser module in contrib?

Posted by Geertjan on July 05, 2011 at 05:38 AM PDT #

I see someone asked it before but no "real" answer has been given.
I use Version 7.1.1...and YES it has been released...

I get the following message when I try to install plugin:
Some plugins require plugin Image to be installed.
The plugin Image is requested in implementation version 201104080000. The following plugin is affected: quickbrowser

Any ideas what to do? what is "plugin Image"? i tried all kind but the message still pops-up

Thanks

Posted by guest on May 01, 2012 at 07:07 AM PDT #

I'll take another look at it soon. Will mention it in my blog when I have done so.

Posted by Geertjan on May 01, 2012 at 07:27 AM PDT #

Note that very clearly my blog entry says: "Get it here and install it in NetBeans IDE 7.0." In other words, if you're not using 7.0, you shouldn't even try to install the plugin, since it was made for 7.0. Will work on updating the plugin soon.

Posted by Geertjan on May 01, 2012 at 07:30 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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