Visual Editor for Window System Layout
By Geertjan on Jun 07, 2011
Issue 198318 indicates work is being done on a much needed Visual Editor for Window System Layout. The bane of many developers' lives revolves around figuring out how to correctly position & size the windows in their NetBeans Platform application. You need to run the app in development mode, move the windows where you want them, then copy the generated mode files into your module, and register them in your layer.
An early version of the Visual Editor for Window System Layout is already available, though it is not the final version. However, it does the basics of what I'd expect, simply automating the procedure above. Here you see it, constructed by doing a hg clone of NetBeans main, with the two diffs from the issue above integrated:
The above is available when you click the "Redefine..." button below:
You can then move existing modes around, as well as create new ones, which can then be positioned via drag-and-drop in the window system:
Immediately you're done with the above, you'll see your new modes available in the "Window Position" drop-down and when the wizard completes you'll have newly created modes in your module, registered in your layer:
Again, note that this is an early version and that it will not be supported. I.e., if you put it together and start using it, you're on your own, and you'll not be able to report bugs against it. However, for the desperate, it's something, though, again, not much, since it is not an official solution. If you need something like it, something actually supported, go to the issue above and state your needs.