What's New in JFormDesigner 6
JFormDesigner 6 introduces several new features and enhancements. This topic describes some of the significant or more interesting changes. Please have a look at the change log for a complete list of changes.
MigLayout is a superbly versatile and powerful layout manager. It is grid-based, but also supports docking, grouping, flowing and absolute positioning (with links).
MigLayout is the new default layout manager for new forms.
All forms used in JFormDesigner have been converted from JGoodies FormLayout to MigLayout and optimized to use in-cell flow instead of nested panels (see radio buttons in screenshot).
Support for HiDPI monitors
User interface and images are now automatically scaled on HiDPI (e.g. 4k) monitors according to your system scale factor (set in system settings).
JFormDesigner includes 2x resolution images, which are used for 200% scaling factor on Windows/Linux and on Macs with Retina displays. For other scaling factors (e.g. 150% or 225%), they are scaled down or up.
New modern icons
The previously used (nearly ten year old) icons have been replaced with new modern flat icons (including 2x resolution).
New modern user interface
The JFormDesigner user interface has been redesigned.
The new Wide Layout option in the Stand-alone edition shows Properties and Structure views side by side, which allows you to benefit from WideScreen monitors and gives you more room for properties.
Darcula L&F support improved
The support for the Darcula L&F has been completely reworked. Better colors and better icons.
Support Darcula L&F in NetBeans
If you've installed the Darcula LAF for NetBeans plug-in, you can use the Darcula L&F in JFormDesigner.
Linux: GTK+ L&F
The GTK+ look and feel is now used on Linux by default, which looks much better than the previously used L&F.
Improved grid selection figure
The selection handles in grid-based layout managers are now displayed at cell bounds (previously was component bounds), which makes it easy to see what cells are occupied by the component.
The red rectangle marks the component bounds and the blue rectangle the occupied cell bounds.
Search for multiple property names
The Properties view now supports searching for multiple property names. You can use space, comma or semicolon as separators.
Improved property editors
The new property editors for
support editing multiple values (e.g. width and height) with label in a single line.
Use Tab, PageDown, Comma or Space keys to navigate to the next value. Shift+Tab or PageUp keys navigates to the previous value.
Hex color values
The Color property editor now supports hex color values
0xaa00ff00), which makes it easier
to copy colors from other programs.
Increment or decrement numbers in text fields
In all text fields you can now increment or decrement numbers in text. Place the caret at a number and press Up or Down keys. In multi-line text fields use Ctrl+Up or Ctrl+Down.
Convert layout managers
The Command-line tool can convert layout managers used in forms. E.g. if you want convert from FormLayout to MigLayout, you can run:
cd C:\MyProject java -classpath <jfd-install>/lib/JFormDesigner.jar com.jformdesigner.application.CommandLineMain --convert-layout --old-layout=com.jgoodies.forms.layout.FormLayout --new-layout=net.miginfocom.swing.MigLayout --recursive src