Java desktop links of the week, April 19

Hey all, thanks for turning up for another round of Java desktop links this week. Fortunately for you, there are a bunch of interesting links this week, particularly if you’re a fan of the new ‘Kirill Grouchnikov’ section which is making a special one-week-only appearance, for easily justifiable reasons.

Just a FYI: for the next two weeks I’m in Silicon Valley so whilst I’ll try to post new links I can’t guarantee anything. Be prepared for some silence, and perhaps follow me on twitter – perhaps I’ll post interesting links straight to there for a few weeks as well.

Kirill Grouchnikov (i.e. Swing pt1)

  • The Kirill Grouchnikov release train has left the station! Because there are a bunch of releases, I’ll link to each individually.
  • First, Kirill has released version 6.0 of the Substance look and feel, which has a huge number of improvements. If you use Substance, you should consider upgrading as soon as possible.
  • Secondly, Kirill has released version 1.2 of the Trident animation engine. Trident is now used within Substance for all animation effects, so you can be certain it is a sturdy library.
  • Thirdly, Kirill released a bunch of other miscellaneous updates for his projects, including Laf-Plugin, Laf-Widget, Lightbeam, and Rainbow. In the same post he mentions that he was unable to release Substance Flamingo 5.0 (his Swing Ribbon project) today. He says that Flamingo 5.0 will be released in conjunction with Substance 6.1.
  • But, to not disappoint, Kirill has also been pushing pixels on Flamingo 5.0dev, improving the alignment of content. It’s the small tweaks like this that count 🙂


  • Eugene Ryzhikov continues work on his Swing Task Dialog project, this week nearing the 1.0 release with a release candidate which adds support for Command Links, which is a part of the Windows Vista / 7 user interface. Frankly he’s done a very nice job and I wish this kind of component was around in the past – I could have used it 🙂
  • Simon Albers has a very comprehensive and interesting post about creating the frosted glass look in Java, that is particularly common on Windows Vista / 7.


That’s all I’ve got. Thanks to the people emailing me interesting links. I’ll catch you all again in (roughly) a weeks time (hopefully!).

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