Other B4J v3.5 beta is available for download

Discussion in 'B4J Questions' started by Erel, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    B4J v3.50 BETA is now available for download:

    A new visual designer was added to B4J, similar to B4A and B4i designers.


    The visual designer is made of two components: IDE designer and WYSIWYG designer.

    The designer supports anchors, variants and designer script features. Note that "auto scale" is not supported.

    The new designer will make it simpler for B4A and B4i developers to develop cross platform desktop applications with B4J.


    The WYSIWYG designer requires Java 8.20+. It is recommended to download and use the latest JDK:
    Don't forget to update the configured javac under Tools - Configure Paths.

    New methods:
    • ScrollPane.LoadLayout - Loads a layout file as the ScrollPane content.
    • TabPane.LoadLayout - Creates a new tab with the layout file as its content.
    • Node.PrefWidth / PrefHeight / SetSize - Methods to set the width and height of nodes. Supports all types of nodes.
    • Node.Snapshot2 - Similar to Node.Snapshow. Allows setting the background color (instead of the default white background).
    Backwards compatibility

    Pane will not be resized automatically based on its child nodes. You can switch to AnchorPane as a workaround.
    Scene Builder is still supported.

    This is a beta version. Make sure to backup your projects before loading them in the new version.

    Please do not post issues in this thread. Start a new thread instead.
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  2. maXim

    maXim Active Member Licensed User

    Excellent! :)
  3. giga

    giga Well-Known Member Licensed User

    One word NICE!!! :)

    Is this eventually replacing Scene Builder?
  4. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Scene Builder is still supported and will continue to be supported.

    However the internal visual designer is the recommended approach for new B4J developers.
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  5. Peter Simpson

    Peter Simpson Expert Licensed User

    Excellent @Erel, thank you...
  6. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    סוף סוף, תפילותיי נשמעו, איזה תותח !!!

    Thank you very much, now i will start using b4j...

    Can you please tell me again how i can move in the designer the taskbars using the mouse??
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2015
  7. jahswani

    jahswani Active Member Licensed User

    Tell me also...
  8. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    Finally my prayers were heard, you are awesome ...
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  9. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Shift + Arrow key (when the abstract designer is focused).
  10. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    No possibility via mouse? Like spacebar + mouse.move or shift + mouse,..
  11. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    No. You can zoom in and out with the the mouse.
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  12. ShaneG30

    ShaneG30 Well-Known Member Licensed User

    This is awesome!

    This will make creating desktop apps 100% easier, as least for me. No longer will I have to focus on adjusting the padding and margin just right :)
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  13. tucano2000

    tucano2000 Active Member Licensed User

    Good Work !!!
  14. omidaghakhani1368

    omidaghakhani1368 Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Erel goodluck
  15. Douglas Farias

    Douglas Farias Expert Licensed User

    lolllllllllllllll this is very good *-*-*-*-* thx thx thx you erel *-*
  16. ArminKH

    ArminKH Well-Known Member

    now b4j is fantastic same as b4a
    thank u
  17. Daestrum

    Daestrum Well-Known Member Licensed User

    My honest opinion, the more it becomes like B4A the less I like it and the less useful it is to me.
  18. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    few weeks ago i asked on a thread in "chit chat" what people would think of B4w(windows phone) and few said that you have visual studio and its hard to compare agains them so no chance someone would use b4w instead of the original soft that is almost the same language

    and a wise member (@Jmu5667 , :rolleyes: wondering if 5667 is the year of his birth so maybe a time traveler??) said: B4w(indows phones) Simplicity will always win over complexity.

    and now after trying the beta of b4j i have the proove he was right because i never used b4j (only 1 time, i did a simple calculator) because the Scene Builder was to uncomfortable for me and today after playing around a little bit with the new b4j i really like it...

    so even the Scene Builder got much more possibilities, Simplicity will always win over complexity... ;) (wating for b4w...)
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2015
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  19. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    Erel only added more options, you still can use the Scene Builder... so why you like it now less the before??
  20. Daestrum

    Daestrum Well-Known Member Licensed User

    It seem's to be aiming to be just like B4A, but not addressing things that are holding it back as a 'proper' Java platform.
    For example, you cannot produce a war file, as there are certain structures used that prevent this ( static { ..... } blocks ).
    There is no option to use the latest Java constructs ( lambda's, diamond operators etc) as you cannot override the default -source & -target args of javac.
    Don't get me wrong, when I first started using B4J, it was the best thing I had found, now I hit barriers that prevent generating good Java code.
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