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4 <title>JGoodies Looks :: Quick Start</title>
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6 <meta name="description" content="The JGoodies Looks make your Swing apps and applets look better.">
7 <meta name="author" content="Karsten Lentzsch">
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29 <b>General</b>
30 <br>::&nbsp;<a class="nav" href="../README.html">Readme</a>
31 <br>::&nbsp;<a class="nav" href="../RELEASE-NOTES.txt">Release Notes</a>
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38 <b>User's&nbsp;Guide</b>
39 <br>::&nbsp;<a class="nav" href="guide/index.html">Introduction</a>
40 <br>::&nbsp;<a class="nav" href="guide/lookandtheme.html">Look and Theme</a>
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71 <h1>:: Quick Start ::</h1>
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73
74 <i>How to make your apps look better using the JGoodies Looks</i>
75
76 <p>
77 The following describes how to start effectively with the JGoodies Looks.
78 For each step we have listed the estimated migration costs.
79
80
81 <h2>1) Integrate the JGoodies L&amp;Fs (< 1 day)</h2>
82
83 This is a very effective step and easy to do with
84 about 5 lines of code. Just choose
85 your preferred JGoodies look&amp;feel and set it in the <tt>UIManager</tt>,
86 see <a href="guide/lookandtheme.html">here</a>.
87
88 <P>
89 As a result of this step your application will look better.
90
91
92 <h2>2) Use an Appropriate Icon Set (1-4 days)</h2>
93
94 Icons have a significant effect on the function
95 and elegance of your applications. The choice of
96 an appropriate icon set depends on many factors,
97 among others: your platform support strategy.
98
99 <p>
100 If you aim to provide high-fidelity Windows support plus
101 good support on Linux, Solaris, and Mac, I recommend
102 to consider using the icon set from
103 <a href="http://www.eclipse.org/">eclipse.org</a>.
104 This icon set won't alienate Windows users, is relatively
105 large and portable, and quite easy to extend by developers.
106 If you require larger icons, the icon set by Dean S.
107 Jones may be your choice. From my perspective, the icons
108 provided by Sun's HIG group don't work well on Windows
109 and Mac and do conflict with many popular desktop colors.
110
111
112 <h2>3) Remove Obsolete Decorations :: Use Less Ink (1-5 days)</h2>
113
114 Remove obsolete and duplicate borders and separators.
115 Check every line in your panels and ask yourself
116 whether it adds information or blurs your content.
117 Very often you can replace a border or separator
118 with white space.
119
120 <p>
121 The JGoodies Looks contain ClearLook, an add-on
122 that can help you find visual clutter.
123 The clutter often stems from wrapping multiple decorated components,
124 for example a JScrollPane in a JSplitPane.
125 Switch on the ClearLook debug mode and look
126 what it has marked with colored decorations.
127 You may consider these decorations as obsolete.
128
129 <p>
130 As a result users can more quickly and easily
131 comprehend your panels and find relevant information.
132
133
134 <h2>You're Done</h2>
135
136 If you have completed these steps your application should look significantly better.
137 Congratulations! If you want to further improve the appearance
138 and consistency of your applications check out the free
139 <a href="http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/forms/">JGoodies Forms</a>.
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155 (c) 2007 JGoodies
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