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Blog Archive for kirillcool during September 2005

This week Microsoft unveiled the new UI approach in its upcoming Office 12 suite. The best starting point would be reading this blog and downloading the interview with the UI design lead of Office here. It's 618 MB (41 minutes long) and worth every minute of it. I'm not going to go into the details (see the above two links), but the impact on the corporate-oriented applications in the next few...
For me it all started with one of the first versions of ACDSee that provided watermark drawings on its toolbar. But lately, I have seen a couple of screenshots of JEdit, and a thought hit me: Why only for the class editor? Why not for the whole application? And why not make it available for any Java application? So, the beta of the upcoming Substance look-and-feel release 2.0 provides the...
The latest Q Build of NetBeans provides much better support for third-party look-and-feels than was available in previous releases (although still it has some hard-coded assumptions that LAF should inherit from Metal, leading to quite a few ClassCastExceptions). Recently, a few dark-themed look-and-feels have been made available, and I decided to take them for a ride on the NetBeans. This FAQ...