Java Look And Feel
21-Nov-2010 14:55 | R.I.P. Squareness

This project actually died silently some years ago.

I stopped using WindowBlinds a long time ago and it’s also a year since I bought a MacBook. So I don’t use Windows much nowadays.

The single Swing-based application that I still use - IntelliJ IDEA - uses it’s own UI elements that don’t work well with custom look and feels. I had tried to make Squareness work well with IDEA but it was a pain and finally I gave up.

So in the last few years there has been no real motivation to work on Squareness anymore. Since I have no reason to believe that the future will change anything in this respect, I officially declare this project as dead.

Squareness has been my first open source project and I had a great time working on it, but it’s time to move on to other endeavors.

30-Sep-2006 18:09 | Adapted for Internet Explorer 7

I have installed Internet Explorer 7 RC1 on my WinXP box and found that the menus on this site didn’t work right with it. IE 7 now interprets child selectors. So the selector that was formally meant to be read by Firefox and Opera is now also read by IE. Unfortunately the top:auto;left:auto statements are interpreted differently by IE 7.

So now I dropped the child selector and the auto-statements and now the menus look like they looked in IE 6 in all browsers. It’s not that bad. They overlap the menubar items a bit now, but that’s OK. At least it works on all major browsers now.

10-Sep-2006 21:24 | New Server

I’m hosting the Squareness site now on my own domain. It’s way faster than SourceForge and here I can use MovableType which I prefer over WordPress. Static publishing which is supported perfectly by MovableType is faster than WordPress’ dynamic publishing.

All old page addresses are now redirected to the new site. Only for the RSS2 feed I wasn’t able to formulate a working rewrite rule. So you’ll have to add the new feed manually to your news reader. Since now there is a filtered representation of the DevBlog for each part of Squareness there are now also feeds for those parts. Take a look at News Feeds for a complete list of available feeds.

You’ll notice that the site design has also changed with the move to the new domain. It now looks and feels like Squareness. You’ll probably also notice that the tabs on those pages have now a new background color. I came up with that color as I developed the skin for ShapeShifter — a MacOSX theme changer. This new background color will be included in all Squareness skins as the time goes by. The WindowBlinds skin will make the start later this week.

21-Dec-2005 12:00 | DevBlog

I’ve added a Development Blog to this site. On this blog I’ll post all kinds of information and progress reports about the development of all the different skins and tool around Squareness.

The blogging software I’m using here is Wordpress. The theme is mostly done. There are some rough edges left that will be fixed soon.

21-Dec-2005 10:21 | Progress Bar Changes

The Progress Bar in the Squareness skins is going to get a slight change in the next releases of the Windowblinds skin and the Java Look And Feel.

The Progress Bar was originally designed when Windowblinds didn’t have the “Progress Bar XP” feature and painted a beveled border around it. Now that Squareness uses that feature the Progress Bar has a flat look and somehow the gap between the progress bar chunk and the progress bar border doesn’t look all that good anymore.

I have removed those gaps some months ago from my local version of Squareness for Windowblinds and after having tested it for months now I really think it’s an improvement.

20-Dec-2005 10:20 | Squareness DevBlog starts

In this blog I’ll post all kinds of informations and rant about the development of the different subprojects of Squareness.

You’ll get informations about changes and new features long before they are released (or even implemented.)

02-Oct-2005 12:00 | New Website

I’ve redesigned part of the website. The front page changed the most - you’ll see all the news concerning Squareness on this page. I’m also planning to add a developer diary later, so you’ll see what happens between the updates.

Also new is the website generator used. Till now I was using Forrest, but that became too tedious. Now I’m using fmpp, which is much more straight forward.