Composer features

I broke my right thumb so I can type too much. I just wanted to answer comments I've seen recently.

First - limited set of components. We started with existing components in JavaFX 1.2. We quickly discovered that the set of components is limited. So we had two options - either start creating or own components but we would not have time to improve the tool itself or to work with the SDK team to get more and better components. We chose the latter one, now we're integrating the new components in our development builds, provide our feedback, test it on samples. You should see the new components as soon as the new SDK is released.

 Drawing/manipulation tools - why are they missing? Initially we wanted to focus on working with UI controls only (Matisse like). Soon we got feedback from various people to support also graphics shapes. We spent few days before Preview2 release adding these into the model, just to see what applications we could build using it. We didn't have time to do more - this has to happen in future milestones.

 There are more such complaints which will be addressed soon. In general we believe it is better to release previews frequently and getting comments from users rather than building something for years. Step by step. We started the work on Composer in September last year, with first preview in December so it is still a young product. --Martin

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