Tony Docherty wrote:
Primrose Smith wrote:I am not confident I could pull of a good GUI coding by hand.
I'm tempted to say well I'm confident you won't pull off a good GUI using one but that will almost certainly cause numerous "I don't agree" posts and to be fair, these days, some of the tools are apparently pretty good. You will almost certainly be able to produce a good looking GUI but with most tools (in my experience) it's the code that's the problem, hand modifying the generated code can be a nightmare so once you start with a tool you are pretty much stuck with using it even for the simplest of changes.
There are people who swear by a particular tool and others, like me, who swear at them
Personally speaking I suggest you read the Java Swing Tutorial and have a go yourself. Once you understand the basics of Swing and in particular layout managers try a tool and see which you prefer.
Ulf Dittmer wrote:I'm fairly sure CKEdit is pretty far from what you're asking. Have you checked out the GUI builders that come with the major IDEs these days?
Winston Gutkowski wrote:
Primrose Smith wrote:I remember using a rapid prototyping GUI plugin for eclipse when I was in University some years ago. It worked but looked pretty lame.
Are there any free professional tools that I can use to develop rich GUI's with minimal Swing coding?
I guess the first question from here should be: Why do you want this?
Is it because you're not confident (join the club), because you're pressed for time, or because you think you may already have gone too far (ie, your app is already too "embedded" in your GUI?
Or is it for some other reason? It's very difficult to advise when we don't have the facts, ma'am.