Another reason for switching to Mac is ...

.. the new Heavy Brushed Metal look and feel in NetBeans when running on Mac OS X:

screenshot

Looking cool, right? You can compare the new look and feel with NetBeans 6.5 and Eclipse 3.4.1.
Coming soon to development builds on NetBeans download servers...
Comments:

wow :)

Posted by guest on January 29, 2009 at 05:35 AM CET #

Cool !

Posted by Anuradha on January 29, 2009 at 06:48 AM CET #

wow!! just awesome!!

Posted by Mario on January 29, 2009 at 06:59 AM CET #

realy nice, more screenshots please!!

Posted by Peter! on January 29, 2009 at 07:00 AM CET #

Great improvment !
The current netbeans look is so crappy.

Posted by Laurent on January 29, 2009 at 08:56 AM CET #

when?! awesome!
it's possible to make nb6.5 look like this now with patch2?

thanks!

Posted by Yago on January 29, 2009 at 04:11 PM CET #

Laurent: just get todays build and it should already be there but i don't think these changes will get backported to 6.5

Posted by stan on January 30, 2009 at 12:32 AM CET #

Hi,

Looks pretty nice!!

which LaF do you use? Is it the normal Apple L&L or something different?

ciao
Frank

Posted by Frank on January 30, 2009 at 06:18 AM CET #

Finally!

Posted by Martin Adamek on January 30, 2009 at 02:20 PM CET #

frank: it's a mix of default apple's l&f with 'brushed metal' switched on and custom painting for some netbeans specific components (e.g. editor tabs)

Posted by stan on February 01, 2009 at 01:28 PM CET #

Oooh! This is nice. I'm running the latest build just for this.

Posted by Rhywun on February 01, 2009 at 02:26 PM CET #

That looks really cool. Can't wait to use it!

Posted by BGW on February 01, 2009 at 07:43 PM CET #

god job :) - one question: I got most of your changes working under 6.5 - but the Toolbar still has no gradient - the ToolbarUI only has the usual setBackground method - where doe you initialize the gradient?

Posted by mats on February 02, 2009 at 01:42 AM CET #

more thanks is at http://blogs.sun.com/coreqa/entry/netbeans_with_real_mac_ui

Posted by Lukas on February 02, 2009 at 01:52 AM CET #

It looks very nice... are there any hacks that can be done to get this to work under windows?

Posted by Jeff on February 02, 2009 at 07:41 AM CET #

mats: there's custom toolbar ui in netbeans and i think that the main toolbar is transparent so you actually see the gradient of the main window beneath it

jeff: you can try copy/pasting the whole aqua package in o.n.swing.plaf but it won't be easy as mac's java implementation does a lot of painting for us

Posted by stan on February 03, 2009 at 12:52 AM CET #

Now, that's a welcome improvement! Nicely done! Thanks very much for taking the time to give NetBeans a modern appearance on OS X.

But why the big, dark spacing between views? Wouldn't it be better to shrink borders to a minimum? Both aesthetically and regarding screen real estate usage. Or are there technical limitations with the current implementation that are not easily overcome?

Posted by Marco on February 03, 2009 at 05:35 AM CET #

marco: the dark spaces between views are actually draggable split bars so they shouldn't be too thin otherwise view resizing wouldn't be very comfortable.
but the width of split bars is defined in uimanager so it easily adjustable...

Posted by stan on February 03, 2009 at 08:05 AM CET #

Stan: Thanks for the info. IMHO it would be best to adjust the split pane behavior to minimize the visual border (and change its color), but increase the virtual grab area at the same time. For my taste, the dark gray areas are too distracting.

Another thing that comes to my mind is the overall appearance which is quite dark. I would favor the use of the current source list style (light blue/gray depending on focus state) where it makes sense (e.g. for the projects/files views).

Anyway, thanks very much for your great work!

Posted by Marco on February 03, 2009 at 08:56 AM CET #

Looks great! Kudos to the NetBeans team!

Posted by Vernon Stinebaker on February 03, 2009 at 08:50 PM CET #

Thank you so much!

Posted by Helmut Juskewycz on February 05, 2009 at 07:21 AM CET #

Looks awesome.

Posted by guest on February 05, 2009 at 07:52 AM CET #

Maaan I'm switching right now! :D the looks was the only reason why I did not use netbeans until now!

Posted by miro on February 05, 2009 at 02:21 PM CET #

Downloaded NetBeans IDE 7.0M1. The look is still old.

Posted by Anton on February 07, 2009 at 04:22 AM CET #

Should have downloaded the development version.

Posted by Anton on February 07, 2009 at 04:26 AM CET #

The popup button in the toolbar is the wrong style.

Posted by guest on February 07, 2009 at 10:54 AM CET #

Is there a reason for the installer to need admin privileges ?

I hope this gets fixed on the release, as i find it unacceptable.
Simple drag & drop install please and let me manage things the way i like.

Posted by xristos on February 07, 2009 at 06:31 PM CET #

Thanks for that much needed visual upgrade. That old fashioned look was the only reason why I didn't use NetBeans.

Posted by Erick on February 07, 2009 at 11:19 PM CET #

Cool stuff! Loving it!

Posted by Andreas Bartel on February 09, 2009 at 03:43 AM CET #

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