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Filthy Rich Clients refers to ultra-graphically rich applications that ooze cool. They suck the user in from the outset and hang on to them with a death grip of excitement. Filthy Rich Clients: Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop Java™ Applications shows you how to build better, more effective, cooler desktop applications that intensify the user experience.
The keys to Filthy Rich Clients are graphical and animated effects. These kinds of effects provide ways of enhancing the user experience of the application through more attractive GUIs, dynamic effects that give your application a pulse, and animated transitions that keep your user connected to the logical flow of the application. The book also discusses how to do so effectively, making sure to enrich applications in sensible ways.
In-depth coverage includes
Code examples illustrate key concepts, and the book’s companion Web site, http://filthyrichclients.org, includes extensive demos, utility libraries, additional information on related technologies, and more.
Informal, fun, and, most of all, useful, this book is great for any developer working with Java to build desktop applications.
Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) 12
Java 2D 13
Swing Painting 17
Swing Rendering 20
Java 2D 43
Image Types 92
Image Scaling 98
Use the Clip 115
Compatible Images 121
Managed Images 126
Intermediate Images 134
Optimal Primitive Rendering 143
Command-Line Flags 145
AlphaComposite: The 12 Rules 155
Creating and Setting Up an AlphaComposite 163
Common Uses of AlphaComposite 164
Issues with AlphaComposite 168
Create Your Own Composite 170
Two-Stops Linear Gradient 179
Special Effects with Regular Gradients 182
Multistops Linear Gradient 187
Radial Gradient 189
Optimizing Gradients 193
Image Filters 200
Processing an Image with BufferedImageOp 201
Custom BufferedImageOp 214
A Note about Filters Performance 222
Painting on the Glass Pane 225
Blocking Input Events 230
Using Layered Pane Layers 238
Ordering Components within a Single Layer 242
Layered Panes and Layouts 243
Alternative to JLayeredPane with Layouts 244
When Swing Gets Too Smart 249
Meet the RepaintManager 251
A Reflection on RepaintManager 253
It’s About Time 265
Fundamental Concepts 266
Frame-Based Animation 266
Timing (and Platform Timing Utilities) 275
Animating Your Swing Application 300
Background: Why Does My Animation Look Bad? 315
What Makes Animations Choppy, and How to Smooth Them Out 316
SmoothMoves: The Demo 335
Core Concepts 345
Property Setters 392
Drop Shadows 437
Animating Application State Segues 497
Animated Transitions: The Library 501
Example: SearchTransition 503
Example: SearchTransition Revisited: Customization 516
Example: ImageBrowser 519
Animated Transitions: Under the Hood, or How Do You Get Swing to Do That? 527
Workflow Paper Design 533
The Vision 535
Screen Paper Design 537
From Mockup to Code 540
But . . . I’m Not an Artist! 544
Choosing Nice Colors 545
Read Design Books 547