10 Years JFormDesigner

10 Years

10 years ago, on 2004-12-13, we released JFormDesigner 1.0. Wow! Ten years is a long time. We're very proud of what we have built, and we're looking forward to continuing the success.

JFormDesigner 1.0 was the first professional GUI designer that did support JGoodies FormLayout, the most advanced grid-based layout manager for Swing at this time.

Our vision was to develop the best and most innovative GUI designer for Swing to help our customers to increase their productivity and create professional looking forms.

JFormDesigner 1.0 introduced innovations not seen before in other GUI builders. For example:

JFormDesigner 1.0

The first version was only available as stand-alone application. Today, JFormDesigner is the only GUI designer on the market that is available as plug-ins for all major IDEs (Eclipse, NetBeans, IntelliJ IDEA, JDeveloper and JBuilder).

Some Statistics

  • 107,000 evaluation licenses
  • 23,000 newsletter subscribers
  • 5,400 commits
  • 2,800 .java files
  • 63 releases
  • 13 supported layout managers
  • 5 IDE plug-ins
  • 1.2 GB git bare repository size (compressed)

What's next?

Development of new features was a bit slow the last years. Sorry, but we're going to speed-up. MigLayout support is already under hard development for JFormDesigner 6. Then we'll continue with JavaFX support. Stay tuned.