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i developed a GUI on my Mac using Netbeans Mattisse. It looks fine on Mac where as when i try to run the application on Windows or even on Linux the look and feel is completely different. The font looks different, the color looks different, the borders look different and is a kind of really bad when compared to the look and feel on Mac. I have added the same libraries as on Mac. Am wondering what else am missing???
How the GUI looks is determined by the look&feel. By default, Windows and Linux use a cross platform look&feel, but they can switch the look&feel to a system look&feel. That way, it can look like a Windows application in Windows and like a Linux (or at least GTK) application in Linux.
The Mac look&feel is an Apple proprietary look&feel which cannot be ported to Windows or Linux, legally speaking. Perhaps you can do a search on Google to find an attempt by someone to copy it, but that's as far as you're going to get.
If you used a good layout manager, the GUI should still look more or less the same - at least as far as the layout goes.
If you haven't, and you've used setBounds() for all your components, then yes, you're screwed. Every component that has a different size on Windows / Linux will mess up your entire GUI layout.
Jiss Varghese wrote:i developed a GUI on my Mac using Netbeans Mattisse...
I think that this is the key problem. Use decent layouts (per the Sun layout manager tutorial) and avoid creating GUIs with Mattisse, and you'll probably find your apps look much better on different systems.