Welcome!

Duncan Thomas

Subscribe to Duncan Thomas: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Duncan Thomas via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Duncan Thomas

WebRenderer Swing Edition 6.0 beta #6 has officially shipped. With this latest beta we have included a few new important features including print preview, improvements to overall printing and a new set of API methods for high performance Text Searching and Highlighting geared for large web documents. The new high performance Textual Search API has been added to WebRenderer at the request of one of our clients. This API significantly expands on the Textual Search capabilities of WebRenderer. This is especially evident when searching and highlighting multiple terms in large documents. This feature is particularly applicable to any web-enabled document review application that makes use of “Find”, and “Find and Highlight” features. Although this may seem trivial, the implementation took quite some time and many client-review iterations to perfect. Getting the speed and... (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)

Applet Deployment Techniques for Platform Deterministic Libraries

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 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)

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)