Did You Want Perspectives In NetBeans?
By Roman Strobl on VIII 11, 2007
"Perspectives" as known from Eclipse are quite a controversial feature. Some people like them, some people hate them. In NetBeans you don't have to use perspectives, the UI is created in a way that it reacts on the tasks you are doing. However some people like perspectives and they were missing them in NetBeans till now.
The good news is that there is a new plugin for NetBeans 6 which provides the perspectives functionality. You can create a perspective and rearrange your windows the way you like it. Then you can create a second perspective with a different arrangement, and switch between individual perspectives easily.
This plugin called MultiMode View is the newest addition to the plugin portal, so you can get the plugin here. I tried it in M10, but it requires a more recent daily build - and it worked nicely in the latest daily build. The creator of the plugin is Shakthi Anuradha and you can find his blog here. Thanks Anuradha for the plugin, I am sure many Ex-clipse users will like it :)
The UI of the plugin is very intuitive, but if you want to see it in action before using it Anuradha recorded a short screencast which demonstrates it.