By Rechtacek's on Jun 03, 2008
NetBeans IDE regularly checks for available updates of your IDE's installed plugins. Since NetBeans 6.0 IDE the NetBeans team delivering patches almost monthly and it makes alerting users about new updates more important than ever.
The balloon is showing for 30 seconds when Plugin Manager found available updates. Or an user can invoke it like tooltip on mouse over the update icon .
Some users (most of IDE users I believe) like this balloon and some don't. I got some feedback on NetBeans 6.1 IDE and did a little change for NetBeans 6.5 IDE:
- balloon acts more as tooltip. If it shows on mouse event, it will close quickly on mouse exit.
- balloon is showing only when Plugin Manager connects Update Centers and not while working over caches
- power users can customize appearance of balloon by new options: FaqPluginManagerCustomization
- beside this Stan have also changed UI of balloon a bit.
What about you? How do you like the balloon stuff? Thank you for feedback