New ULC Visual Editor for Eclipse 3.0.1 Available

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Canoo releases drag-and-drop user interface editor for Eclipse and UltraLightClient.

Canoo today announced that it has released ULC Visual Editor 3.0 for Eclipse 3.0.1 ( ULC Visual Editor is a "drag-and-drop" user interface designer for UltraLightClient and Eclipse 3.0.1. Using this new editor, Java developers can visually compose rich, desktop-like graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for enterprise web applications within the Eclipse development environment.

The newly enhanced ULC Visual Editor helps developers to visually design web applications with Canoo's Java library for Rich Internet Applications, UltraLightClient. The ULC Visual Editor is based on Eclipse Visual Editor 1.0.1, which uses the Java Beans component model.

Using the new visual class wizard, developers can easily create reusable user interface dialog components: an added benefit for prototyping and large-scale GUI design. In addition, direct editing of text and title properties on the canvas and in the Java Bean Tree, and events on ULC widgets are now supported in the new version.

While editing a visual class within Eclipse, the ULC Visual Editor displays the UltraLightClient widget set in a palette. The palette lists ULC containers, components and menus. To build a user interface, a container is added to the canvas by drag-and-drop, and the required ULC widgets are positioned in the container.

About UltraLightClient

UltraLightClient is a library to build Rich Internet Applications (RIA) in Java. Using this standard Java library, developers achieve unprecedented productivity in providing rich, responsive graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for enterprise web applications within J2EE and J2SE infrastructures. UltraLightClient builds on available developer know-how by following the Swing API, yet shields the developer from the complexities of client/server code distribution by taking care of the code split and optimizing communication. Application releases are deployed on the server only. The user interface is handled by an application-independent Java presentation engine distributed as an applet to a browser, to Eclipse RCP, or via Java Web Start. See Key Differentiators ( to find out how ULC compares with other technologies.

About Eclipse

For more information about Eclipse 3.0, the Eclipse consortium, open-source community and royalty-free downloads, please refer to

About Canoo

Canoo ( is specialized in object-oriented, J2EE-based software, delivering solutions for business applications and products for software development. The software company is based in Basel, Switzerland and is participating in the Eclipse Visual Editor project. Canoo's GUI designer is the first software tool that is based on the Eclipse Visual Editor project.

The Canoo product range includes UltraLightClient, a software library for Swing-based Rich Internet Applications; WMTrans, a software library for language analysis and generation; and Webtest, an open-source, XP-style functional testing tool for Java-based web applications.

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