Swing Designer is a powerful and easy to use bi-directional Java GUI
designer that makes it very easy to create Java GUI applications without
spending a lot of time writing code to display simple forms. With Swing
Designer you can create complicated windows in minutes. Use the
and Java code will be generated for you. You can easily add controls using
drag-and-drop, add event handlers to your controls, change various properties of
controls using a property editor,
your app and much more.
Swing Designer builds an abstract syntax tree (AST) to navigate the source code and uses GEF
to display and manage the visual presentation. Using WYSIWYG layout tools, you
don't need to write any lines of java code - the code will be generated for you
by Swing Designer.
You can easily add any component to a container by using
drag-and-drop, add an event handler to your controls, change various properties
of controls using property editors and much
more. Generated code doesn't require any additional custom libraries to
compile and run: all of the generated code can be used without having
Swing Designer installed. Swing Designer can read and write almost any
format and reverse-engineer most hand-written Java GUI code. It also supports
free form code editing (make changes anywhere...not just in special
areas) and most user refactorings (you can move, rename and subdivide methods
without a problem).
The editor is composed of the following major
user interface components:
- Design View - the main visual
- Source View - write
code and review the generated code
- Structure View - composed of
Component Tree and the
- Component Tree - shows the
hierarchical relationship between all of the components.
- Property Pane - displays properties and events of the selected
- Palette - provides quick access to toolkit-specific
- Toolbar - provides access to commonly
- Context Menu - provides access to
commonly used commands.
The editor also offers the following major features:
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