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JGoodies Looks 1.2.1 Released

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Joined: 2003-06-11

High-Fidelity Windows and Multi-Platform Appearance

I've refreshed the JGoodies Looks, a bundle that consists
of a Windows look&feel and the Plastic look&feel family.
It makes your Swing applications and applets look better.
The JGoodies l&fs have been optimized for readability,
precise micro-design and usability. And they simplify the
multi-platform support by using similar widget dimensions.
Anyway, many people have reviewed them as elegant.

I recommend to update to the 1.2.1 release, because it fixes bugs
with Java 1.4.0 and Java 1.4.1. Also the HTML docs now come with
an FAQ and a bunch of tips & tricks.

I've refreshed the JGoodies Looks Demo too. This Demo helps you
compare the Java core l&fs with the JGoodies Windows and
Plastic looks in your Java and OS environment. I've recently
added the winlaf Windows L&f to the list of Look&Feels;
it is available only if winlaf 0.4.1 or later is in the classpath.

I provide two web pages full of screenshots of the Looks Demo
in different configurations. These demonstrate several issues
with inconsistent fonts, font sizes, widget dimensions, insets,
and font baseline alignment. See the references below.

Note: Due to incompatible class changes it is recommended
to not place the Looks jars in the Java extension directory!

Support is available through the users mailing list at
Please do not send personal mail.

Many thanks to the customers of the JGoodies Swing Suite
and to Sun's Java Desktop team. It is only with their money
that I can offer and maintain this library for free.
I encourage professional Looks users to help me finance
my Java desktop activities by licensing the commercial
JGoodies Swing Suite that helps you build sophisticated,
professional and rich Swing clients.

I hope the JGoodies Looks help you improve the readability,
legibility and elegance of your multi-platform screen design.

Best regards,
Karsten Lentzsch

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