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Problem using Piet Block's JXLayer Transform Demo

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Joined: 2009-09-14


I just discovered JXLayer yesterday, but am running into problems using Piet Block's JXLayer Transform ( I have already e-mailed Piet, but he doesn't seem to be having the same problem. So, I was hoping someone here could reveal what I'm overlooking.

The specific error I'm getting is:

Java 1.6.0_16 14.2-b01: RepaintManager delegate facility for JavaFX will be used.
Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: org.jdesktop.jxlayer.JXLayer.getGlassPane()Ljavax/swing/JComponent;
at org.pbjar.jxlayer.plaf.ext.transform.TransformLayout.layoutContainer(

I have already tried to solve the problem via several different approaches. All of the following tests were done with "Java 1.6.0_16" 32bit Standard Edition JDK and JRE. Not that it should matter, but I tried on Windows XP and Vista.

My specific setup involved running a very simple, one-file application, whose code is included below.

The setups I have used to try and run this "" file are:
- "jxlayer.jar" from the project homepage, downloaded and extracted from "".
- "PBTransform.jar" from "".
- I have also tried including and not including "filters.jar" and "swingx.jar".
- I have tried running it in two ways: in Eclipse, and compiled/run via command line, each time ensuring all the jar files were on the classpath.

======== =======

public class Application {
public static void main(String[] args) {
SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
public void run() {
Application application = new Application();

public void createAndShowGUI() {
JFrame frame = new JFrame();
JPanel panel = new JPanel();
JXLayer layer = TransformUtils.createTransformJXLayer(panel, 2, new QualityHints());
//JXLayer layer = new JXLayer(panel,new LockableUI()); // Creating the layer this way works.
Container contentPane = frame.getContentPane();


I'd be happy to post more information... just let me know what you need.

- Thank you!
- David Wang

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Joined: 2009-09-14

I found a working solution to my problem, so I thought I would post it. But, I'm still curious why some other things I tried didn't work.

My Solution (using Eclipse, and Sun's JDK 1.6 u 16 SE):
1. Create a Java project from Piet's Transformation Demo source code (
2. Add "jxlayer.jar" (from and "swingx-1.0.jar" (from to the classpath of that project.
3. Create another Java project with my "" source code. Reference/depend-on the Transformation Demo project (step 1) and add "jxlayer.jar" to the classpath.
4. IMPORTANT: In Eclipse, Window->Preferences -> Java->Compiler->Errors/Warnings. under "Deprecated and restricted API", I set "Forbidden reference" to Warning (instead of Error). This allows the successful compilation of files depending on "SwingUtilities3".

My remaining question (which is more general-Java that JXLayer related) is:
Why was it necessary for me to rebuild Piet's Transformation Demo? Even with the "Forbidden Reference" errors disabled. It seems to me, a project with "", and the classpath files "jxlayer.jar", "swingx-1.0.jar", and "PBTransform.jar" should work. Instead I still get the error "...NoSuchMethodError:....getGlassPane()".

- If anyone can figure this last question out...
- Thanks!

Joined: 2003-07-17

Hi David,

Finally i succeeded to get the same exception as you did by creating a separate project for your sample code (in Eclipse) and referring to jxlayer.jar and PBTransform.jar. I have no idea whatever causes this problem.

I rebuild the transform project and the problem is gone! The demo site has been adjusted to the newly build jar. Please download the PBTransform.jar file and try again.


Joined: 2011-01-24

Hi Piet,
Thanks for your great demo.
I am new to JXLayer, and i have been trying to implement a zoom functionality on a JPanel for ex. I checked your source code, but however i find it a bit complex to follow.
Lets say, we have this simple frame example below with a panel on it. I want to zoom on that panel. Can you please explain the steps to be executed and what re-usable elements from your demo can we used?
###Frame example ###
public static void main(String[] args) {
try {
} catch(Exception e) {
System.out.println("Error setting native LAF: " + e);

JFrame frame = new JFrame("Frame in Java Swing");
frame.setSize(400, 400);

JPanel jPanel = new JPanel();

frame.getContentPane().setLayout(new FlowLayout());

JXLayer layer = TransformUtils.createTransformJXLayer(jPanel, 2, new QualityHints());

Joined: 2009-09-14

Fantastic! I just downloaded your new version of "PBTransform.jar"... and it works.

That was a bizarre problem. Thanks for fixing it. And, if I haven't said it yet, thanks for creating that transform demo.

- David