Stephen Chin is a technical expert in RIA technologies, and Chief Agile Methodologist at GXS. He coauthored the Apress Pro JavaFX Platform title, which is the leading reference for JavaFX, and is lead author of the Pro Android Flash title. In addition, Stephen runs the very successful Silicon Valley JavaFX User Group, which has hundreds of members and tens of thousands of online viewers, and also is co-organizer for the Flash on Devices User Group. Finally, he is a Java Champion, chair of the OSCON Java Conference and an internationally recognized speaker featured at Devoxx, Jazoon and JavaOne, where he received a Rock Star Award. Steve can be followed on twitter @steveonjava and reached via his blog Stephen is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 30 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

WidgetFX 1.0

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Desktop Widgets for the JavaFX Platform

I am pleased to announce the 1.0 Release of the WidgetFX desktop widget framework:

WidgetFX 1.0 on the Desktop

WidgetFX is an open-source desktop widget platform written from the ground up in the JavaFX Script language. It can run widgets written in JavaFX Script and Java and takes advantage of the latest features of the Java Platform.

Some of the new and noteworthy features in the 1.0 release include:

  • Skinning Support - WidgetFX now takes advantage of the new CSS skinning support in the JavaFX 1.0 release so you can change the look of your widgets and even the WidgetFX dock itself!
  • New Dock Theme - Graphics Designer, Mark Dingman, did a complete overhaul of the WidgetFX UI, providing a new color scheme, logo, and a simplified design.  Notice that when the dock is not highlighted you can now access your icons underneath it!
  • Embedded Flash/Flex Widgets - WidgetFX makes it easy to take your existing investment in Flash or Flex applications and turn them into desktop widgets.  The same events you get in JavaFX are exposed via a Javascript bridge to Flex applications, so you can do full-featured widgets.
  • Performance Enhancements & Bugfixes - There are too many small fixes and improvements to list here, but after several weeks of solid break-in time the dock is very stable on the JavaFX 1.0 platform.

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