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complex applets without programming. Any single component from a library of components
can be used on it's own or in combination with other components to create the desired applet.
The overall applet size can be as big or as small as is required.
Using the product is easy: Press the component button to
select the component you want added to the applet and then press the property button to
decide how that component will behave. Then press save to create the applet HTML and JAR file.
Important features include :
- Applets are always built in true WYSIWYG fashion
- Components can be dragged with the mouse to change size and location
- Applets can be webpages in their own right
- Applets can optionally appear in a separate popup Java window
- Will work with any Java browser VM (Microsoft, Apple, Sun etc)
- Like Macromedia flash, text, images, links and email addresses are hidden from search engines
Links for AppletPainter :
Right now the component library consists of 35 components, each of which has
a range of optional settings. The library will expand with each new release of the product and
there is no intention to charge for upgrades in the forseeable future.
The main categories in the product's components library are:
- Buttons and Lists including standard Java components and image buttons
- Static blocks of text which can be positioned precisely as you want them on the webpage
- Animated text including Marquees.
- Static and animated images including popup images and images that sweep across the applet.
- Microsoft BMP and animated cursor (ANI) images. (BMP images become highly compressed for efficient transmission).
- Swing components. At this time only the Swing Tree component is included.
- Components based on Sun's
'Java Media Framework'
and Apple's 'QuickTime for Java' extensions.
- Clocks, Toolbars and Promotional components
So what browsers do AppletPainter created applets require?
Any browser with a Java VM plugin. That includes the old Microsoft IE VM as well as Sun's own VM.
Do I need to install Java on my PC to create applets?
Yes. AppletPainter requires that Java 2 is installed to create applets but not to view them.
Can Macintosh users see the applets?
Yes. Providing they use Internet Explorer with Apple's MRJ (Mac runtime for Java)
or Apple's MRJ plugin for Netscape.
Aren't AppletPainter applets much larger than normal?
Not necessarily. The basic "player" that has to be present for all applets accounts for 6.75K. Single component applets will
often be less than 10K in total. Since all applets are compressed into a single Jar file for downloading there
is only one HTTP request to get them from the server. The applet compression into a Jar file can sometimes mean that
images are also compressed further (dramatically so with BMP images).