July 22nd, 2010

Release candidates for Trident, Flamingo and Substance

I’ve just published the release candidates for the following projects:

Flamingo 5.0 release candidate contains:

  • New scroller panel component
  • New color selector popup
  • Full right-to-left (RTL) support
  • Toggle menu buttons
  • Dock icon for ribbon frame on Mac
  • Dynamic resize of ribbon components

Substance 6.1 release candidate contains:

  • Platform specific keyboard shortcuts
  • New Mariner skin
  • New Office Black 2007 skin
  • Better visual integration in Substance Flamingo plugin for ribbon under all core Substance skins

Trident 1.3 is mainly maintenance release with a few minor API additions to the repaint timelines. Flamingo uses Trident for some of the animations, and you will need to add the latest Trident jar to the classpath. If you’re running your Flamingo-based application under Substance, add the latest Substance Flamingo plugin jar to the classpath for consistent visual appearance and animation effects.

The final releases for all the projects are scheduled for August 9. Only bugs will be fixed until that date.

July 12th, 2010

New Mariner skin for Swing applications

In addition to providing platform-specific key bindings, bug fixing and better integration with the Flamingo component suite, Substance 6.1 (code-named Trinidad) will introduce a new skin named Mariner. To use the new skin in your application, you have the following options:

  • -Dswing.defaultlaf=org.pushingpixels.substance.api.skin.SubstanceMarinerLookAndFeel
  • UIManager.setLookAndFeel(new SubstanceMarinerLookAndFeel())
  • UIManager.setLookAndFeel(“org.pushingpixels.substance.api.skin.SubstanceMarinerLookAndFeel”)
  • SubstanceLookAndFeel.setSkin(new MarinerSkin())

Here are a few screenshots of Mariner in action. A few basic controls, along with a decorated title pane, a menu bar and a toolbar:


A tree and a list with a few selected items




Text fields:






A larger UI with a more controls (tabs, scroll bars, status bar and task pane container from SwingX):


If you want to test the new Mariner skin in your application, you’re more than welcome to take the latest 6.1dev drop of Substance code-named Trinidad for a ride and let me know if you run into any exceptions, visual artifacts or anything else.

June 28th, 2010

This day in history

Five years ago, on June 28 2005, Scott McNealy has announced that Sun is acquiring SeeBeyond. Along with that acquisition came a private side project that has gathered an immense momentum inside Sun, undergone name rebranding and took an unexpected front stage at JavaOne two years later. One man’s vision, through perseverance and dedication, still lives on to this day. No matter what my thoughts on JavaFX are, I can’t help but respect that.

June 27th, 2010

New Office Black 2007 skin in Substance 6.1

The latest 6.1dev drop of Substance look-and-feel library (code named Trinidad) completes the collection of skins that can be used on the Flamingo ribbon component by adding Office Black 2007 skin to the existing Office Silver 2007 and Office Blue 2007 skins. Here is how the ribbon looks under Office Black 2007 skin:


This skin lives (as all others) in the org.pushingpixels.substance.api.skin and can be used with the following:

  • SubstanceLookAndFeel.setSkin(new OfficeBlack2007Skin())
  • SubstanceLookAndFeel.setSkin(“org.pushingpixels.substance.api.
  • -Dswing.defaultlaf=org.pushingpixels.substance.api.
  • UIManager.setLookAndFeel(new SubstanceOfficeBlack2007LookAndFeel())
  • UIManager.setLookAndFeel(“org.pushingpixels.substance.api.

As with the existing Office skins, the new skin is exclusively targeting the ribbon component. Its usage on the core Swing components is not recommended. The next major Substance release will move all three Office skins to the Substance Flamingo plugin.

If you want to test the new Office Black 2007 skin in your ribbon, you will need the following: