I love clean, simple, elegant user interfaces, especially on the Mac. You’ll find an exploration of such UIs here.


13 Responses to “About”

  1. Ken,
    Please contact me at the email address above. I’d like to know more.

  2. Ken Says:

    I sure have…great stuff.

  3. Peter Says:

    Hi Ken!

    Gratulation to your great work. I am part of a student team from the technical university of Vienna, are using your components for a new sharing app based on XMPP.

    I’d love to show you the ui that would not be possible without your great stuff!

    And while surfing, i stumbled on http://blog.elevenworks.com/?p=17 – this guy tried to immitate itunes. it’s from 2006 but he wrote quite much code, maybe you could use some of it.

    I have another small issue. With icons, it seems that the unified toolbar is simply too large on mac. I compared it with cocoa-native apps. Is there a way to reduce the space around the buttons to make it look even more native?


    • Ken Says:

      Hi Peter,

      I’d enjoy seeing your UI – you can send me screen shots at kenneth.orr@gmail.com . Are you using Java 1.5.0_16 on the Mac (commonly referred to as “Update 2”)? If so, that may be the reason for the erroneous space, something I still need to address (you can submit a issue here).


  4. Lawal 'Lawale Says:

    I’m a great of the Mac look and feel. I’m currently using Quaqua Look And Feel. But I have an issue with the Accelerator Keys, they are replaced with their Mac equivalent and are not responding a Windows OSs.
    Ken, I’ll like to use this but I dont know how to do this, or Where can I get the documentation or samples in pdf format or zipped

  5. Ken Says:

    Hmmm…I’m not exactly sure what your asking for Lawal. You can find Mac Widgets for Java samples here:


    and the Javadoc here:


    Let me know if that helps.


  6. Mario Says:

    Ken – Thank you for your incredible contributions and work. We’ve put together a thick client at http://www.rockyourphone.com (an Independent iPhone App Store) – using MacWidgets, JavaFX, etc. (Download is free). Take a swing at it :)

  7. Ken Says:

    Very cool Mario! I’ve added your product to the Whos Using Mac Widgets for Java page.

  8. Praneeth Patlola Says:

    Do you live in Austin,TX? If yes, I am looking forward to speak to you regarding few things for our startup.

    512 963 3956

  9. Greg Says:

    Great material. I’ve got a question concerning Your’s code license. Can I use it in my projects? If yes, what am I obligated to do, e.g. sign you as an author and point to your blog?

    • Ken Says:

      Hi Greg,

      My code is licensed under LGPL. LGPL is pretty forgiving, so you don’t have to do much. Sending credit my way would certainly be appreciated!


  10. Kirill Kalishev Says:

    Hi Ken

    Could you please contact me by email? I tired to use your great widgets in IntelliJ IDEA and have some questions. It won’t take much time, just to clarify a couple of things.


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