rweeks wrote:About importing existing SWT classes into SWT Designer, and I was wondering if this functionality is/will be available for the Swing Designer? I've got a bunch of GUI classes that I'd love to import into Swing Designer, even if it means I can't edit them the "old" way anymore.
For the most part, this functionality is already present in Swing Designer. It can parse a wide variety of formats and can display and edit most of the layouts (~80%) created by other popular Swing GUI tools (like JBuilder, VA Java, the Eclipse VE, and NetBeans).
As you know, most GUI builders only read and write the narrow formats that they themselves create. We are taking a much more ambitioius approach with Deisgner in that we want to be able to read and write just about any format including hand written code. While not perfect, we are working toward improving this every day. If you have example classes that don't work properly in Designer, please send the to email@example.com
for analysis. The more broken examples we can "fix", the better the tool will get overall. Ultimately, we hope Designer will become the "Rosetta Stone" of Java GUI builders.