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Substance 4.2 official release

Posted by kirillcool on February 4, 2008 at 5:15 PM PST

It gives me great pleasure to announce the official release for version 4.2 of Substance look-and-feel (code-named Memphis). The list of new features includes:

In addition to the core release candidate, the following Substance plugins and modules have been updated as well:

A few screenshots of the new functionality in Substance 4.2:

Support for native text rasterization (viewed here with Segoe UI 12 pixel font under Windows Vista on JDK 5.0):

Component colorization with 50% factor (both background and foreground):

Respecting the KDE desktop font settings:

Better visuals for disabled controls under Raven Graphite skin:

Removing visual noise on tables and table headers in scroll panes:

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Kirill what I mean is that my application takes more than 20MB of additional RAM with Substance Look and Feel. I have to admit though that it's gorgeous, OS look and feel looks very ugly. Carl

Toni, thanks for the link and the description on how to use Substance module in NetBeans RCP applications.

Carcour - this would be your decision. Without the image caches, Substance-based applications would bring the system to a complete crawl. I don't know about you, but at this very time i have 13 applications running on my desktop that use more than 20MB of RAM.

Carl, i understand the concern about the extra RAM footprint. But in the tradeoff between the visuals and the extra memory for image caches, Substance is designed to choose the visuals.

Thanks, Kirill

Great job Kirill. I like Substance look and feel but the only thing holding me off is the high memory usage of the look and feel, it takes around 20-30MB more RAM.

Thanks a million for this look & feel! Also the NetBeans plugin is really cool. When talking about NetBeans RCP people keep asking how to create an appliction, that is based on NetBeans RCP, but doesn't look like NetBeans. Your plugin is part of the answer. I blogged about it here.