JavaFX Preview SDK released

I'm happy to announce that we have released the first preview version of the JavaFX SDK. Head over to to check it out. We've all been working very hard on it for the last few months, so it's quite a relief to have it out. You can see my first post on our new official JavaFX blog. In this post I'll show you the code to build this graphical goodie below. (sorry, no snails involved Coté)

crazy_rotating_window.png rotating, but not snails

Have fun!

A comment on the cross-platform support

You may notice in our system requirements we list only Mac and Windows. This may lead some to think JavaFX won't run on Linux or Solaris. This isn't true. JavaFX absolutely *does* run on Linux and Solaris. So what's the deal? Well, we felt the SDK just wasn't ready to ship yet for Linux and Solaris. Rather than hold back the release we dropped those from the download. If you want you can still get most of the bits from the daily builds here, if you are comfortable running untested alpha software. What you won't get is a nice polished installer bundle, plugins for Photoshop and Illustrator (obviously, since they don't exist for anything other than Mac/Win), and media support (currently only available on Windows).

Most importantly, and I can't stress this enough, any program you build with the JavaFX Preview SDK will run anywhere Java 6 is available, including Linux and Solaris. The graphics speed may not be great and there's no video support yet, but it will run.

Our work on Linux and Solaris support is ongoing. And as we get closer to the 1.0 release we will continue to work on performance and stability so that all major operating systems are well supported by the JavaFX runtime.


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Posted July 31st, 2008