Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

New blog for JavaFX Composer

As there are more people that could blog about the JavaFX Composer for Netbeans IDE, we decided to create a new team blog. In the blog you should find information, notes and ideas about and around JavaFX Composer.

As I don't want to loose my visitors and subscribers that hold me in 100 most "Popular Blog" at blogs.sun.com, I'll continue to post some news about JavaFX Composer even in this blog too.

Monday Feb 15, 2010

Java FX Composer Preview2

Another milestone of the JavaFX Composer was released just a few hours ago. Get it from the NetBeans Update Center. It works with NetBeans 6.8 Patch1 (do not try it with development build or milestone1 of NB 6.9, please). I'll summarize new features briefly because the wiki pages about the new features is very descriptive and updated.

New and noteworthy:
  • Shapes - you can now add the shapes into your design. Most of the JavaFX 1.2.3 are available (what's missing?). Anyway, don't miss the CTRL+move feature.
  • Animation on States - specify default "interpolar" and "duration" for all animations in a state. It's very easy - look at the tutorial ;)
  • Data Support improved - read AND write. XML, JSON, JDBC, GET or POST. You should try it. Look at demos...
  • JavaFX Effects - with all effects available in JavaFX 1.2.3 SDK, no comment.
  • Colors - now in palette. And in customizer.
  • Templates - the "Exclusively Visible" template has new options. Find out which
  • Charts - experimental for now. However they work. It's a bit complicated for first time however you'll get used to it - look at the tutorial. IMO, we have to create a demo for next Milestone.
  • Samples - a few new ones and improved old ones. Check them online Google Image Search, Twitter Client, Magic Label II

Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

[interview] JavaFX Composer a Big Step for JavaFX?

I was contacted by Mitch Pronschinske from DZone early this year. The JavaFX Composer team sit down and answered his questions (so they are not just mine but Martin Ryzl, David Kaspar and Rasta Komara as well). You can read the answers at DZone.

Monday Dec 14, 2009

Java FX Composer (Preview) is AVAILABLE

The JavaFX Composer is a plug-in for NetBeans IDE 6.8. It provides:
  • Visual editor for a form-like UI using components in JavaFX 1.2.1 SDK
  • Dynamic design editing based on states
  • Data access to Web Services, databases and local storages
  • Support for JavaFX binding
  • Simple animation editor
  • Multi-screen-size editing

Please note that this is "only" preview release. Try it, play with it and let us know at users-AT-javafx.netbeans-DOT-org:
  • what you liked
  • what you would improve
  • what you didn't like
  • what bugs you found
  • any other comments and improvements

[FXComposer] Creating simple app in JavaFX Composer - screencast

In this screencast I'll create a simple application that will rotate and zoom in the NetBeans logo. You'll see following things:
  • You can use the FXZ resources in the design
  • Aligning components on design screen is easier with guide lines
  • Adding animations to change a component property is easy with customizer
  • What are the "states" good for
  • etc.

Friday Dec 11, 2009

Java FX Composer Preview is coming (soon)

Thank you for all the suggestion about the name for the NetBeans GUI editor for JavaFX. The name isn't surprisingly new - "JavaFX Composer". You can look forward to GUI editor that allows you to even define states of your UI, to incredible data binding etc. Stay tuned.

The page with tutorials and screencasts is evolving every hour. There is more and more stuff... Check it by yourself - http://wiki.netbeans.org/JavaFXComposer.

Martin created first screencast. Enjoy it.

In the screencast you can see some of the features of the JavaFX Composer that should be available for download next week.

Friday Nov 13, 2009

Scaled components are uneditable

There is always a challenge what to do with the components that are scaled to a small size. As you can see from the screenshot you can still edit them when they are small (unless it has no point even with magnifying glass). Fortunatelly you can edit the components in other "state" when they are scaled to "normal" size. It creates nice effect when switching between the pages. And all the effects were set up in the UI (no code).

There is something in the green box on right bottom.
It synchronizes the selection even in Navigator (as shown by arrow).

Components in full size in different state.
Notice the small orange box. Those are the User and Tag textfields.

How it looks when the application runs?

Friday Nov 06, 2009

Creating UI in JavaFX with a tool

I hope that you'll be able to try the preview of the new tool for Java FX very very soon. The only thing that I can show you for now is a screenshot. Click to it to enlarge it.

  • Are you interested in more details? More screenshots? A screencast? A working demo?
    • then leave me a comment

  • What would you miss most in a designer tool for FX?
    • then leave me a comment

  • Do you know what the "States" means? What all is in the palette? What are the small icons next to the properties?
    • then stay tuned for preview release


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