Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    TacoManStan is offline Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    50
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Synth vs Custom JPanel

    Hi,

    So I am trying to make an actually visual appealing program. Everything I have done in the past has used the default L&F, because it has always been for some assignment or just as a test. I never planned on anyone else using the application.

    At any rate, I want the program to look good. The default JButtons are awful, and so is everything else. So basically, the title says it all. Should I create a class that extends a JPanel and then add a mouse listener to it, or should I use XML combined with synth in order to change the pre-existing JButtons, JSliders, etc. The only problem with the first option is that I don't particularly want to create my own text areas, sliders, drop down menus, etc.

    So, what have people here done, and what do you think I should do? Thank you.

    PS: I'm sorry if this should have gone in the Swing forum, I just thought it was a bit too basic of a question to belong there. Thanks.

  2. #2
    gimbal2 is offline Just a guy
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    3,596
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: Synth vs Custom JPanel

    Way back when I used Substance to have incredibly slick looking user interfaces, but since java.net was migrated from Sun to Oracle, the project seems to have dropped off of the planet.

    Nowadays if you want to make something flashy, I would rather investigate JavaFX 2 in stead of Swing.


    EDIT: hm, seems it moved to github:

    Substance look and feel - getting started

    Example screenshots here:

    http://insubstantial.github.io/insub.../overview.html
    Last edited by gimbal2; 09-16-2013 at 10:07 PM.
    "Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon." -- Alan Perlis

Similar Threads

  1. Synth look and feel examples?
    By trishtren in forum AWT / Swing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-25-2012, 10:04 PM
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-24-2012, 05:29 PM
  3. JTextPane/Custom JPanel problem
    By adwart in forum AWT / Swing
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-01-2011, 02:59 AM
  4. Custom JPanel
    By morris4019 in forum AWT / Swing
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-08-2011, 09:40 PM
  5. Synth Look And Feel - Window Decorations
    By neptune692 in forum AWT / Swing
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-15-2011, 12:51 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •