Best GUI designer for eclipse?

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I'm looking for a good GUI designer for swing in eclipse. My preference is for a free/open-source plugin.

This question is tagged with java eclipse swing gui-designer

~ Asked on 2008-08-27 03:06:06

12 Answers


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Window Builder Pro is a great GUI Designer for eclipse and is now offered for free by google.

~ Answered on 2010-09-28 19:12:29


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Here is a quite good but old comparison http://wiki.computerwoche.de/doku.php/programmierung/gui-builder_fuer_eclipse Window Builder Pro is now free at Google Web Toolkit

~ Answered on 2010-09-28 09:31:29


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Look at my plugin for developing swing application. It is as easy as that of netbeans': http://code.google.com/p/visualswing4eclipse/

~ Answered on 2008-12-02 10:11:12


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'Jigloo' is a very cool GUI designer. It is not free for commercial use however. It auto-generates code and allows for custom editing of the code it creates.

http://www.cloudgarden.com/jigloo/

~ Answered on 2008-08-27 03:10:36


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Another good GUI designer for Eclipse is Window Builder Pro. Like Jigloo, it's not free for commercial use.

It allows you to design user interfaces for Swing, SWT and even the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).

~ Answered on 2008-08-27 06:51:59


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Old question, but have you checked out JFormDesigner?

~ Answered on 2010-08-12 11:27:20


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Visual Editor is a good choice.

It generates very clean code, with no "layout" files beside of your sourcen using a simple but convenient pattern. It's very easy to patch the generated code and directly see the result. There are some stability problems (some times, the preview window does not refresh anymore...), but nothing that a "clean Project" can't fix...

~ Answered on 2008-08-28 10:11:18


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visualswing4eclipse looks good but the eclipse update URL didn't work for me (I raised ticket 137)

I was only able to install a previous version. Here's a url in case anyone wants it: http://visualswing4eclipse.googlecode.com/svn-history/r858/trunk/org.dyno.visual.swing.site/site.xml

The plugin actually looks very good.

~ Answered on 2010-03-16 12:14:59


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GWT Designer is very good and allows for rapid development of GWT websites. (http://www.instantiations.com/gwtdesigner/)

~ Answered on 2008-09-15 14:05:39


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It's not free or open source. But you can give Intellij Idea's SWING GUI designer a try.

~ Answered on 2010-03-12 11:11:04


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I use GWTDesigner http://www.instantiations.com/gwtdesigner/ which is not free but works well. Best of all, their customer support is top notch - very responsive.

~ Answered on 2008-09-11 09:03:58


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well check out the eclipse distro easyeclipse at EasyEclipse. it has Visual editor project already added as a plugin, so no hassles of eclipse version compatibility.Plus the eclipse help section has a tutorial on VE.

~ Answered on 2008-10-06 02:25:42


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