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Rich GUI in desktop application

Niraj Pendal
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Joined: Dec 15, 2008
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Hi,

I have developed desktop based application using java swing.

My whole application(coding part) is almost done. Also used swing component for GUI.

Now client wants my application should have rich GUI. at least user section of application must have very rich GUI.

For example: right now we are using list to display menu. now it should be animated menu in rich UI.

Is there any facility in java to integrate and handle flash?

Or any other solution that can give rich UI to our desktop based application?

Thanks in Advanced.
Ulf Dittmer
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There's nothing Flash can do that Swing/Java2D can't do as well (and no, there's no reasonable way to run Flash inside of a Swing application).

Can you be a bit more specific about what you mean by "rich GUI"? For instance, what does an "animated menu" have to do with displaying data in a list?
Maneesh Godbole
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In addition to what Ulf said, you can also get some jazzy effects by using threading. Having mouse listeners (e.g. display menus on mouse over instead of mouse click) might also help you crank up the effects.


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Niraj Pendal
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Thanks Ulf and Maneesh,
Thanks for your reply.

My menu will have only fixed 6-7 values. I just need to display those values using rich UI component.

How can I achieve that?

Briefly, are there any rich UI components in Java which can be used to make application UI more attractive.
Maneesh Godbole
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Practically all Swing components are "rich UI", meaning you can practically do anything, absolutely anything with them.
To get a feel of what you can achieve, take a look at http://weblogs.java.net/blog/zixle/archive/2006/11/extreme_gui_mak.html

The kind of effect(s) you finally end up with, depends on your imagination and coding.
Niraj Pendal
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Joined: Dec 15, 2008
Posts: 11
Thanks Maneesh,

I got very good help from your post.

I got a good .pdf file how to create extreme UI using swinh and Java2D.

http://developers.sun.com/events/techdays/presentations/2007/TD_GEN_JavaSE_GUIp2.pdf

Now, I am trying to modify tables and lists those I have used in my application.

Please help me if someone have samples of how to create extreme graphics in Java.

Again thanks a lot.
Maneesh Godbole
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I have made both these articles as a part of the the Swing FAQ.
Thanks for the link.
Niraj Pendal
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Joined: Dec 15, 2008
Posts: 11
Thanks Maneesh for your quick reply.

On going further i got some good videos and documents.
I am sharing those here.

http://developers.sun.com/learning/javaoneonline/j1sessn.jsp?sessn=TS-1548&yr=2006&track=desktop

If someone has some good solution or coding samples, I appreciate their efforts.

Thanks a lot.
 
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