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    Mr U is offline Member
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    Default Making a nice looking GUI???

    Hello, I'm making a java applet and right now it just looks very very boring and lifeless,
    Mine looks like this


    compared to another program which looks like this


    My question, anyone have any help on how I make something nicer looking?

    something made in photoshop, http://i.imgur.com/lngA3.png

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    Default Re: Making a nice looking GUI???

    May I suggest using NetBeans, its known for it's awesome GUI builder.

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    Default Re: Making a nice looking GUI???

    Quote Originally Posted by Sayco View Post
    May I suggest using NetBeans, its known for it's awesome GUI builder.
    I've never used netbeans I'm using JPanel and JButton's and ECT. Can my code convert easy?

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    Default Re: Making a nice looking GUI???

    FWIW, if you are new to Swing programming, I would not recommend using a GUI builder. They may facilitate positioning and component usage, but if you don't understand what is going on 'under the hood' it can make it extremely difficult to perform custom modifications, read other people's code, or even maintain your own code.

    Back to your original question, what have you tried? What are you familiar with? A few topics to research:

    • JComponent Colors (setting background/foreground)
    • Borders (Bevel, line, empty borders all help customize the appearance of a JComponent)
    • Layout Managers (positioning components and nesting layouts for better positioning)
    • ImageIcon/JLabel to display icons
    • Different JComponents (JTabbedPane, JSplitPane, JTable, JList, JTree, etc...)

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