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JFormDesigner

Products: IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio

Vendor: FormDev Software GmbH

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Website: http://www.formdev.com/jformdesigner/

Buy link: http://www.formdev.com/jformdesigner/buy/

License: http://www.formdev.com/jformdesigner/license/

Description:

Advanced Swing GUI designer. Its outstanding support for JGoodies FormLayout, GroupLayout (Free Design), TableLayout and GridBagLayout makes it easy to create professional looking forms.

Key features

  • GroupLayout (Free Design) support
    GroupLayout support brings the "Free Design" paradigm to IntelliJ IDEA (as in NetBeans GUI Builder; formerly Project Matisse). You can lay out your forms by simply placing components where you want them. Visual guidelines suggest optimal spacing, alignment and resizing of components. This makes it easy to design professional-looking GUIs.
  • JGoodies FormLayout and TableLayout support
    These open-source layout managers allow you to design high quality forms.
  • Advanced GridBagLayout support
    The advanced GridBagLayout support allows the specification of horizontal and vertical gaps (as in TableLayout).
  • Column and row headers
    The column and row headers (for grid-based layout managers) show the structure of the layout and allow you to insert or delete columns/rows and change column/row properties. It's also possible to drag and drop columns/rows (incl. contained components and gaps).
  • IDE plug-ins and stand-alone application
    JFormDesigner is available as IDE plug-ins for IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans, Eclipse and JBuilder and as stand-alone application.
  • Localization support
    Localizing forms using properties files has never been easier. Specify a resource bundle name and a prefix for keys when creating a new form and then forget about it. JFormDesigner automatically puts all strings into the specified resource bundle (auto-externalizing).
  • Beans Binding (JSR 295) support
    Using Beans Binding (JSR 295) helps you to keep UI state and model in sync. It drastically reduces the amount of listener code that is usually necessary.
  • BeanInfo Annotations
    The @BeanInfo and @PropertyDesc annotations make it very easy to specify BeanInfo information directly in the custom component. Its no longer necessary to implement extra BeanInfo classes. This drastically reduces time and code needed to create BeanInfo information.
  • Java code generator or runtime library
    Either let JFormDesigner generate Java source code for your forms (the default) or use the open-source (BSD license) runtime library to load JFormDesigner XML files at runtime. Your choice.
  • Generation of nested classes
    The Java code generator is able to generate and update nested classes. You can specify a class name for each component in your form. This allows you to organize your source code in an object-oriented way.
Downloads: 99137
Rating:
Participated in rating: 58
Version Since Build Until Build File/URL Size (Kb) Date Details
5.2. 93.13. 135.*. Download 11222.89 2014-05-19 12:34:37 details
5.1.3. 80.9013. . Download 10724.57 2014-05-12 20:15:52 details
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Recent change notes:

Java 8 support; JGoodies Forms 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 support; GroupLayout design improved; Visualization of gaps in GroupLayout; Improved tree file chooser; Settings search; and more...

Comments:

zet
Rated:
2014-03-13 19:55:20
Really great, could not live without it.
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werne
Rated:
2013-11-05 03:24:56
Best plug-in ever. I wish JetBrains would just buy it and bundle with it :).
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Anonymous
Rated:
2013-05-01 20:02:11
For those who doubt JFormDesigner's quality, just use it. Ten minutes is enough. Ten minutes is the time I used to be sure that IntelliJ IDEA 12.1.12's GUI designer doesn't even come close. Matisse, WindowBuilder, other GUI designers... just try them. And compare them yourself, instead of believing these comments. The only reason I see to stop using JFormDesigner is when I stop using Swing for JavaFX2 or anything else. Renato Atilio Brax Tecnologia da Informação - Brazil
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Anonymous
Rated:
2013-04-22 00:28:56
Without this plugin it is very difficul to design forms in IntelliJ IDEA. I just miss anchors (but I've just started using it, maybe I'll find them...). I don't understand why build-in designer doesn't support null layout and menu design - but this plugin is a workaround for this issue. Could be a little less expensive (comparing to IDE price).
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MacBookUser
Rated:
2012-12-22 13:08:58
Diesmal mit rating. Sehr guter GUI Designer !
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MacBookUser
2012-12-22 13:06:42
Sehr guter GUI Designer !
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Anonymous
Rated:
2012-08-02 14:40:38
Best plug-in ever. IntelliJ is fantastic, but this UI designer is way better than the one delivered with IntelliJ. Even more, is better than any other UI Designer. Sure, this isn't visible first - but if you use it even for a an hour or two, than you'll see what a time saver it is. The only downside is that it supports only Swing. It would be nice if it would be plug-able, or support other frameworks (e.g. web based) too.
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Anonymous
Rated:
2011-04-16 15:40:41
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Anonymous
2011-04-01 18:26:31
Why do we need this plugin in IDEA?
What\'re the benefits from JFormDesigner plugin over IDEA out-of-box Swing GUI Designer?
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Anonymous
Rated:
2011-03-03 05:43:14
I've got a error like this!
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Failed to open "D:/XXX/XXX/AddressPanel.jfd".
Possible reasons:
- the file contents has invalid syntax
- the file is not a JFormDesigner file
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all of the *.jfd can't open in idea!
can anybody help me!thanks!
ps: the version of idea which I used is 10.0.2
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Anonymous
Rated:
2011-01-31 00:58:13
Nice, i like it :-)
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Anonymous
Rated:
2011-01-20 01:09:22
Nice
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Anonymous
Rated:
2010-12-31 10:19:19
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Anonymous
Rated:
2010-08-19 23:56:29
Works very well, I like it a lot.
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Anonymous
Rated:
2010-08-06 08:27:31
This is very nice. On a par with Intellij 9s built-in editor, which I also like, but the JFormsDesigner plugin generates native java code with no runtime bcel requirements.
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