The Pivot development team is happy to announce the release of Apache Pivot 1.3. Apache Pivot is a platform for building rich internet applications in Java. It combines the enhanced productivity and usability features of a modern RIA toolkit with the robustness of the industry-standard Java platform. Pivot is currently undergoing incubation at the Apache Software Foundation.
Notable updates in this release include:
New FileBrowser component - Pivot now includes out-of-the-box support for navigating the local filesystem. A screen shot is shown below.
New FlowPane component - Though Pivot previously included a FlowPane container for laying out components in a horizontal line, the previous version did not support wrapping. Pivot 1.3 includes a new FlowPane which arranges components in a horizontal line and wraps when contents don't fit on a single line (the former FlowPane class is now called BoxPane). See the Flow Panes section of the Pivot tutorial for a live example.
Platform support for context menus and menu bars - While these components were available in previous releases, they are significantly easier to work with in Pivot 1.3. Callers can now attach a menu handler to any component, and the framework will handle the details of invoking context menus and configuring the menu bar based on where the user right-clicks or which component has the focus, respectively.
New card pane transitions - CardPane now supports a number of selection change transitions, allowing developers to easily add visual interest to an application. Transitions include:
- Horizontal/vertical slide
- Horizontal/vertical flip
- Zoom in/out
See the Card Panes section in the Pivot tutorial for some examples.
Support for bounded preferred sizes - Callers can now specify minimum and maximum values for preferred width and height, ensuring that a component does not grow or shrink beyond a certain size.
Support for resource inheritance - Resource instances can now define parent resources, inheriting resource properties and optionally overriding values set by the parent instance.
A new logo!
All classes in pivot.* renamed to org.apache.pivot.*.
Numerous bug fixes, optimizations, and other improvements.
Finally, unlike earlier versions, which required a minimum of Java 5, Pivot 1.3 will require Java 6 update 10 or greater, allowing us to fully take advantage of the improvements Sun has made to the JRE in the new Java Plugin.