Friday Jul 20, 2007

New JavaFX Script plugin for NetBeans IDE

We've got even more news from the JavaFX Script community today. They just released new, updated JavaFX Script plugins for NetBeans , NetBeans 5.5 & NetBeans 6.0

The NetBeans plugin provides full application lifecycle support capabilities for JavaFX Script such as: compile, build & run, as well as editing support for things like error detection & keywords highlighting.

In addition, it provides some preview functionality for NetBeans 6.0 with JavaFXPad integration. JavaFXPad is a lightweight tool that allows you to interactively create graphical elements using the JavaFX Script programming language. It consists of a code editor & a canvas. Whatever you type into the code editor will be displayed in the canvas.

Chris Oliver has an entry on some updates to JavaFXPad. There's also a demo of JavaFXPad.

Another cool thing is that you can also load the new JavaFX Script demos as NetBeans projects.

Here are some screenshots of the new NetBeans plugin:




Thursday Jul 12, 2007

Sun's ISO-standard ODF plug-in for MS Office has exceeded 13,000 downloads

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Folks were very busy during the recent U.S Independence Day break releasing the Sun ODF Plug-in 1.0 for Microsoft Office. It was released on July 3rd and is enjoying great popularity. In the first seven days the plug-in, which supports Office 2000, XP, and 2003, and works on Windows XP and Vista, was downloaded 13,000 times. It adds to MS Office the ability to read and write ODF text, spreadsheet, and presentation files (.odt, .ods, and .odp) - the ISO standard editions of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

Download the ODF Plug-in.

The plug-in is based on StarOffice technology and is easy to setup and use, the conversion happens transparently and the additional memory footprint is minimal. Microsoft Office users now have seamless two-way conversion capabilities. The Sun ODF plug-in is currently the only converter with Enterprise support available.

On Peter Korn's blog site you will find a wealth of information addressing accessibility concerns, which is one of the key reasons behind Sun's development of the ODF plug-in.

Check out what others are saying.

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