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From time to time WebRenderer is deployed within an Applet. Applets provide a convenient mechanism for launching client applications within the browser. WebRenderer however requires different libraries based on the target platform (Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris) and architecture (32/64 bit). Traditionally to run an Applet, you needed to specify all of the libraries that are required, and they will all be downloaded. If you intend for the Applet to run on multiple platforms, then traditional Applet deployment means that all the libraries for the supported platforms are required which results in the downloading of many unnecessary files. All is not lost however. It is possible to launch an Applet in a way that will only download the relevant files for the target system. This is done through a JNLP file that is usually associated and used with Java Web Start programs... (more)

Mouse Gestures with WebRenderer

Mouse gestures are one of those great "add-ons" that enhance browser usability. For those that are not familiar with mouse gestures, they are a browser navigational aid that works via mouse movements. Mouse gestures have been around for some time now and we thought it would be good to show how to implement mouse gestures in WebRenderer. This demonstration application not only aids in browser navigation, but also shows how to draw on top of the WebRenderer browser. To enact a mouse gesture one holds down the right mouse button and moves the mouse in a direction or pattern and the... (more)

Flash in Java Browser

One of the most popular sets of search terms we see in our website statistics relate to enabling Flash in WebRenderer. When we designed WebRenderer, we built it knowing that Flash was still being used and demanded by a lot of users, so we made sure that you could enable it within WebRenderer. Importantly, we made it easy for you to activate. On most platforms Flash should work with WebRenderer Swing Edition if Flash has been set up to run in Firefox, as WebRenderer Swing Edition uses the plugin finder from the Mozilla engine to detect the Flash plugin. If Firefox is not setup wi... (more)

Rich Test Browser

WebRenderer is one of those SDKs that can appear overwhelming on first look. For this reason we always shipped a “bare bones” Test Browser (TestBrowser.java) with the product. The Test Browser has at times baffled people due to it’s lack of features. The Test Browser was “featureless” by design as we wanted to keep the starter example code as compact as possible so that developers could embed WebRenderer in just a few lines of code. This is important as we never wanted the learning curve and integration to be an overwhelming process. With that being said, for some time now our W... (more)

Browser Zoom Effect Using WebRenderer

We are often asked how our clients use WebRenderer in their projects. There are thousands of different use cases our ingenious clients have come up with that have both delighted and surprised us. WebRenderer is more than just an embeddable Java Swing browser. WebRenderer also gives you, the developer, complete access and control of the browser. We thought we would put together an example that demonstrates some of the in-browser functionality. In this example we use WebRenderer Swing Edition to create a special “Zoom” effect when a click action is selected, like so: The Zoom Brow... (more)