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    Question User Interfaces and Java... any component/framework?

    Hi,

    I'd like to know if there's any way (tutorials/any framework) to have Java applications user interfaces like they do in :
    Telerik or Infragistics for .Net?
    I've done some search but I always end up with some old components or component half-ugly which cost about 2 000$ or so...

    Do you have links to interesting User Interfaces or it just doesn't really exist and we need to do them all?

    My "dream" would be to transform my current application to Java, and it has these features that I absolutely like in it and I need to have in Java :
    - 100% custom window borders
    - Nice graph options
    - Printing features (html/pdf export)
    - Nice tables with column orders/filters/selection
    - Great other UI components like 5-state buttons, well for that I don't think it would be a problem

    It's a pretty comon application actualy, but I would like to be able to keep the look and feel of the actual UI which look like this :


    And I don't want my application to look like this :


    I've seen some Java applications which are doing exactly what I want, in fact my current language allows to export in Java (but only partial export and nothing is really 100% compatible), but it's using non-opensource code (and I do want to control everything), it's a pretty environment but "closed", which I am trying to get rid of...

    So if anyone knows a framework that I could be interested in, or tutorials of graphic customisation of controls, just let me know.

    I might be searching something that does not really exist but I do not know why .Net would have its UI frameworks and not Java...

    I'm a little newbie in the Java world, my only "expertise" of it is basically what I learnt in class (read: not much, basic UI usage and a lot of Object Oriented code).

    Thank you for your help!

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    Not too sure what you;re asking for here, but I suspect it comes in a number of packages.
    Nimbus is the Java Look and Feel that allows you to create your own styles. The earlier version was called Synth and wasn't all that flexible. This does involve doing a lot of graphics work yourself, though I suspect there are downloadable ones available these days.

    As for the other parts (graphs etc) you'll probably have to look for libraries specific to that functionality.

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    There are more LAFs (Look And Feel implementations) in the public domain. Maybe you like one of them; no programming is needed (except for setting the LAF at startup time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolls View Post
    This does involve doing a lot of graphics work yourself, though I suspect there are downloadable ones available these days.
    I am able to design things so the graphic stuff isn't really a problem for me :)

    Quote Originally Posted by JosAH View Post
    There are more LAFs (Look And Feel implementations) in the public domain. Maybe you like one of them; no programming is needed (except for setting the LAF at startup time).
    Yeah actually I've seen them and even if they do not exactly match what I want, it's probably customizable and better than a standard GUI.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tolls View Post
    As for the other parts (graphs etc) you'll probably have to look for libraries specific to that functionality.
    Do you know some free (or not, if they're affordable) components that could handle graph functions (and maybe 3d graph?), or even a calendar?

    If you have any good link to share, you're welcome :D

    Thank you for your help!

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