New icons in NetBeans 6.0

NetBeans 6.0 daily build contains new icons. The rebranding of Netbeans started in today development build. Seems that all icons in Mobility Pack will be rechecked and rebranded too.


We had a discussion in our office about the new icons. Half of the people like it, the rest thinks that they look like they are focused on children...
Comments:

oh no, no 'cuddle style' icons please.. Either try to integrate the systems icons (from gtk/gnome, mac, windows, ..) or keep the current set or at least, please allow us users to select more serious ones.

Posted by Michael Nischt on February 08, 2007 at 06:44 AM CET #

I have to agree with the naysayers. While the icon set is far from a make or break issue with me and I'd probably learn to like them after awhile, I think they look childish and too linux-ey (i.e., not cross platform enough.) Firefox did a good job of jettisoning an attractive-but-not-cross-platform-native-enough-look icon set (Qute) for one that looks good on all platforms. Look to them for advice? ...Just my $0.02, -Jake

Posted by jake on February 08, 2007 at 06:45 AM CET #

I found it to be very cool, indeed. It needs a little more polishing, but overall I liked it, not just the toolbar icons, but the smaller icons inside the panels. cheers.

Posted by Claudio Miranda on February 08, 2007 at 06:59 AM CET #

Definitely not the style of icons I would have thought a professional development tool like NetBeans would move to. I like the simplicity of the designs, in that they aren't so detailed as to be hard to discern the intent, but vivid coloring distracts a little from the portion of the screen where the primary focus should be - the editor. Still, they're not horrible and in many ways I like them more than the previous faux-gloss ones. Will likely just be a case of getting used to them while using the IDE.

Posted by Jesse Wilson on February 08, 2007 at 07:02 AM CET #

I think there is the need for new icons but only if they are more intuitive. The editor toolbar icons don't tell you anything. See also here under "UnIntuitive Interface": http://javaboutique.internet.com/reviews/netbeans55/index-3.html This could be the chance to improve this.

Posted by Ramon Ramos on February 08, 2007 at 07:37 AM CET #

very good, i was waiting for this,. current icons are at best amateurish.. maybe they should be smaller tough. because vertical space is very valuable

Posted by ahmetaa on February 08, 2007 at 08:33 AM CET #

If this is supposed to become a poll, I'd say "no". They're not ugly at all, but IMO they're not appropriate for a professional tool. Nonetheless the current icons are somewhat unintuitive and need improvement. BTW: The "EJB with existing ant" looks more like a bug and should be used to launch the debugger :-)

Posted by Armin Wallrab on February 08, 2007 at 09:25 AM CET #

I have to say, I don't like them, they're a little too cartoony from me.

Posted by Dave Staelens on February 08, 2007 at 11:02 AM CET #

"We had a discussion in our office about the new icons. Half of the people like it, the rest thinks that they look like they are focused on children..."
No, I disagree.
They are focussed on toddlers.
What's wrong with the current set? I object mainly to the toolbar icons! It seems like some sort of a blast from the past? I get reminded of pre-school. :(

Posted by Rohan Ranade on February 08, 2007 at 11:05 AM CET #

I think they are a major improvement over the old ones. I have been using Netbeans since version 5.5 (last Nov) and one of the most frustrating things is deciding on which icon to click when starting/stopping and debugging, they all looked very similar and not very professional. I find these ones much better. I don't buy the argument "they are too childish" its more than just about a pretty look and feel. Its about usability. If I can't instantly look at an icon and get a sense of what it does it hasn't accomplished its goal. After all its purpose is to save you having to use the menu for repetitive, frequent tasks. There may be room to further tune them, but please don't go back to the old ones, you are heading in the right direction.

Posted by Andre on February 08, 2007 at 02:56 PM CET #

Not bad, much better than current one.

Posted by guest on February 08, 2007 at 08:09 PM CET #

I agree that the icons need a change. But, this is the wrong direction to go. Seems that more attention has been paid to how they look, rather than what they signify.
Regards

Posted by Jeevan on February 08, 2007 at 10:30 PM CET #

The toolbar icons to the left of the Find icon all look MUCH worse (new, open, undo, save etc.). I like most of the other icons though, esp. the small ones. Why does Netbeans always make the project window etc. on the left fill almost half the width of the screen by default. It didn't used to be this bad, but in the last release or too it just got wider and wider and wider...

Posted by Joe on February 09, 2007 at 01:18 AM CET #

That should have read two instead of too :)

Posted by Joe on February 09, 2007 at 01:19 AM CET #

A new is good, but I'm sorry to say, these icons look straight out of a college project. They simply don't professional. :-( Nothing against any individual, but we can do better.

Posted by Bharath R on February 09, 2007 at 06:26 AM CET #

Sorry, correction - A new look is good, but I'm sorry to say, these icons look straight out of a college project. They simply don't professional. :-( Nothing against any individual, but we can do better.

Posted by Bharath R on February 09, 2007 at 06:27 AM CET #

They look like created by 14 years old teenager. Definitely no.

Posted by Greg on February 09, 2007 at 02:59 PM CET #

They are ok for me.

Posted by .:: m3rLinEz ::. on February 11, 2007 at 07:28 AM CET #

would be cool if user could select from different sets of icons, specified in options window

Posted by geertjan on February 11, 2007 at 07:36 AM CET #

Thanks for the hardwork of netbeans team, it has all the things built into it for any java professional desires. Large % of people who are already using Netbeans care less for the icon set, but it is the appearance(first impression) that draws new people into the bandwagon. Netbeans team has done a lot for the past 2 years. Please keep up the good work and make a wise judgements when it comes to the appearance of the IDE. Stick to one LOGO and popularize that ( Branding does matters). Enhance the icon set to look more professional and meaningful.

Posted by Gopal on February 11, 2007 at 08:21 AM CET #

that is suitable for me thanks very much

Posted by ibrahem allam on March 31, 2007 at 07:30 AM CEST #

Another nay here. I don't like the new icon set nor the new colorschemes at all. I'm also dissapointed that Netbeans is pushed by Sun as /the/ IDE for Java development but doesn't maintain one of Java's strongpoints; backwards compatibility. You can select the 5.5 colorscheme but not the iconset(s). Personally the new green balls to indicate inherited or overridden methods irritate me the most. For now I'm still on 5.5.1.

Posted by Peter Looyenga on February 05, 2008 at 02:31 PM CET #

Peter, I see. I miss the old icons and old NB as well. But the time changes. Not everybody likes the changes. It is always the same. We (or NB) cannot satisfy everybody.

Go ahead and fill enhancement for the old icons. Or you can copy them from 5.5.1 by yourself. It is just branding... - http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=netbeans+branding

Posted by Lukas on February 06, 2008 at 01:23 AM CET #

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