Google Relaunches Instantiations Developer Tools - Now Available for Free

Posted by Chris Ramsdale - Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 9:00:00 AM

In early August, Google acquired Instantiations, a company known for its focus on Eclipse Java developer tools, including GWT Designer. We're happy to announce today that we're relaunching the following former Instantiations products under the Google name and making them available to all developers at no charge:

  • GWT Designer
    Powerful Eclipse-based development tools that enable Java developers to quickly create Ajax user interfaces using Google Web Toolkit (GWT)

  • CodePro AnalytiX
    Comprehensive automated software code quality and security analysis tools to improve software quality, reliability, and maintainability

  • WindowBuilder Pro
    Java graphical user interface designer for Swing, SWT, GWT, RCP, and XWT UI frameworks

  • WindowTester Pro
    Test GUI interactions within Java client rich applications for the SWT and Swing UI frameworks

Now that these products are available again, we hope you’ll start using them within your GWT projects. Meanwhile, our next step is to more deeply unify them into the GWT family of tools by blending the fantastic Instantiations technology into the Google Plugin for Eclipse (GPE). So, there’s much more to come, including things we’re pretty sure you’ll like, such as UiBinder support in GWT Designer.

You can download any of the tools from the GWT download page. If you have questions or comments we’d love to hear from you. The best place to discuss the tools above is at http://forums.instantiations.com. As always, continue to discuss GWT and GPE at the main GWT Group.

We would love to stay in better touch with you as we have more news about how we are integrating the Instantiations products into the Google Web Toolkit suite. Sign up if you’d like to receive email updates on these products and other developer tools.

By Bruce Johnson, Google Developer Team

92 comments:

Maksud said...

After the acquisition I was just waiting for the day. All I can say is, Thanks.

JeffCrowder said...

This is great news! These tools are fantastic and well worth the previous price.

me said...

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks!!!

Nat said...

Wonderful!!!!

pjulien said...

Is there any news on a UiBinder compatible version of this tool?

Rafał Wasielewski said...

WOW !!! That's really great! Yesterday i have trouble in Java with cartesian product of sets. I googled one time and what helped me? Google Guava Library with Sets.cartesianProduct from collections package ! Now the great tools like Spring Roo with GWT enabled, and free tooools! AWESOME!

duduzerah said...

Very nice!
The far best tool available to Java GUI now is free!

iscy said...

We really need this "Design" tab in eclipse on the ui.xml files... Would be so much more powerful because we would not even to edit manually what the designer is creating... just by adding some @UiFields, we would be done.

Mark Ellul said...

Thanks so much. I only had a few days left on my trial activation.

Luiz Eduardo said...

words cant express the wonderful google made

pjulien said...

Actually, UiBinder is in the menu but it fails with the error message:

"Unable to open file /templates/Composite.jvt"

from com.instantiations.designer.gwt.UiBinder

Kasper said...

Ahh, I just bought it... Any chance I can get a (partial) refund ?

SureshG said...

Awesome stuffs..Thanks Google!

Chris said...

@pjulien, the UiBinder functionality is still in Beta, so expect some sharp edges. That said, we are rolling out an update to fix that particular issue shortly.

pjulien said...

@Chris thanks

Eric Jain said...

Thanks! We've been thinking about getting a license for WindowTester (SWT) for a while now; guess that decision is a lot easier now :-)

Alex said...

You have made my day. Please buy whole Java!!!

Peri said...

OMG. That was the best news today. Thank you Google, I am very happy now!

bunyawat said...

Thank you so much

George Moschovitis said...

Great news!

sravan said...

greate news!!!

sravan said...

greate news!!!

Horganic said...

Fantastic news!

sswam said...

"Please buy whole Java!!!" I do agree with that, it would have been very nice if Google instead of Oracle had bought Sun. Perhaps Google could buy Oracle?

SDiZ said...

The CodePro AnalytiX
"sample report"[1] have the wrong format. It is a iframe with the google code header and navigation menu.


[1] iframe in http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/tools/codepro/doc/features/audit/audit_0.html

Mohit said...

Great news, the tools are extremely good, anyone would pay for them, but now they are available at no cost, this will boost development.
Great move by Google.

crazybuddy said...

Kudos to Google! Appreciate your commitment to whole world's developer community. Thanks much and i don't know how to thank you more!

Kumar Desai said...

Great news!!! Thanks Google

Alex said...

That's fantastic. Thanks!!!!

Lance Feagan said...

Oh thank goodness. I have used these tools for over 6 years and adored every moment of using them. They were always well worth the $$$ but the cost made it difficult at times to get management to justify getting licenses for interns and more casual users. Now that the cost barrier is gone I suspect serious Eclipse UI development will have a much better basis. The lack of a good UI tool was really the one serious achilles heel. Thanks so much Google.

Tahsin Hasan said...

great!! thanks.!!

xavier mehaut said...

Thanks Konstantin, Thanks Eric , and thanks Google

Dejan said...

GREAT STUFF!!!

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Yaroslav S said...

Hare Google!

This is the end of netbeans?

Spiderman said...

Super !

imrabti said...

This is awesome, and will help GWT developers to be more productive.

Nagesh said...

This tools looks great!!
I don't know if I could post this message here
Unfortunately I get an error when I open entrypoint class in GWT design more. I am using Eclipse 3.5 and GWT 2.0.4

the error shown is

WindowBuilder internal error

WindowBuilder encountered unexpected internal error. Please contact support.

java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.eclipse.jdt.core.dom.AnonymousTypeDeclaration2

Design said...

Yes another useful application. Thank you GOOGLE.


CUSTOM WEB DESIGN

ingo said...

thank you so much! this is awesome!

ingo said...

thank you so much! this is awesome!

zorlac said...

Thanks Google! I hope you buy GXT next :D.

Алексей said...

Google, огромное спасибо

Darryl Havlicek said...

Congratulations on a great acquisition and for providing these fantastic tools for free. This is very exciting news indeed and will certainly expedite the acceptance of GWT as the preferred development framework for building AJAX applications. I'm looking forward to what lies ahead!

jong said...

Google indeed has taken software development into a whole new level. And it's FREE!

Thanks.

Douglas Bullard said...

I use Eclipse when I have to, but I much prefer Intellij IDEA... why not have plugins for the major IDEs instead of just Eclipse?

artc28 said...

Thank you! I've been relying on these tools for years. I hope the stellar quality and responsiveness of the Instantiations team are maintained despite the price.

Henrique said...

Thank you. This is awesome!!!!

dj Severin said...

Thanks Google!

mnuttall said...

Awesome. Been using their stuff for years. Anything comparable in the .NET world has gone up in price and is more than a WBP license was which is good for more.

One thing that i didn't see was the tool to build Eclipse Help. Is that tool gone?

Lance Feagan said...

@Douglas Bullard
Why no IntelliJ? IntelliJ is just an IDE. Eclipse is far more than an IDE. It is in fact an entire framework for building plug-in applications. Building tools for Eclipse like the ones Instantiations makes is easier with Eclipse. Eclipse is the most popular IDE around. Above all else, with Eclipse, "The price is right." ---> Free.

Gopinath said...

thank you Google. Great move for the Java and GWT community.

MyOpenDraft said...

Thank you Google.

bnz said...

A very googley move. This is simply wonderful and making UI development a lot easier. Now, if you make the source available and submit the tools as Eclipse projects, I could kiss you ;-)

dino said...

great news, you gotta start loving google
now the only thing left would be the complete swing api on gwt.

vkg_16my said...

i was waiting for this day............finally today morning i saw gwt designer in google downloads .........Thaks to google !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i tried GWT RemoteService Wizard tutorial and found one small error in line

target.setServiceEntryPoint(GWT.getModuleBaseURL() + "/PersonsService");

when i removed / from "/PersonsService" everything worked fine ..........

Szoftverblog said...

Now I think, I have to think about switching from Netbeans...

Gennad said...

Thank you, Google. I love you.

Swagata said...

Awesome!!

Praveen said...

Thanks to Google..

Prasad Kumbhare said...

Woooooooo huooooooooo!! Wish Google acquire Microsoft too someday...

Sathish Kannath said...

Thanks a lot..CodeAnalytix was the tool i needed , and now its free.. great move by google..

King'ori Maina said...

Could you guys please provide an off-line version of the docs like you did for app-engine for those of us who don't have 24/7 access to the net?

And if you do respond to this post could you guys let me know?

please?

King'ori Maina said...

I'm having a problem installing the GWT designer into eclipse 3.5 galileo...the installation hangs at 5%, anyone know how I can overcome this?

Jim Bethancourt said...

Just curious - will Google be making the source for these tools available as well?

Thanks,
Jim

Siji said...

Thanks google

okmich said...

Eclipse, here I come

Sitthykun said...

cool

Obinna said...

Wow! This is awesome news. Having a readily available drag/drop GUI designer for web dev't with GWT is a major leap forward.

fes said...

Great News

Alexei Isac said...

While this is useful to prototype a UI quickly, I have seldom used this in large production quality web 2.0 apps.

What I would like to see is

- better support for Chrome. Its ironic, out of IE, FF and Chrome, the latter is the one that always has issues.
- A developer plug-in for Chrome on Linux.
- Fix the developer plugin on Windows (crashes when page takes a
while to load)

kolago said...

I still can't download WindowBuilder Pro these days, the link is broken, please check.

silicon said...

Thank you so much

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Web-based UI Developer/Architect
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Experience using XML, JSON, Hibernate.
Experience creating overall UI and information architecture, page flows and user interface specifications
Organize diverse business requirements and architect the flow of information into an intuitive, coherent, easy-to-navigate website or web-based application.

MekdesAlem said...

All Awesome.....Thank you Google

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LB said...
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LB said...

please please (please) make better tutorials , with videos&source files (and comments inside them) too .
it is just impossible to learn new things when you get about 16 (or so) steps for simple stuff like bindings .
also, try to make everything easier there , yet let it have all the special features .

Ravindra Kanchikare said...

when Google Web Toolkit suite will be released

Weiqin said...

Hello!
Urgent!
Both GWT Designer and WindowBuilder Pro cannot be downloaded!
The followed downloading url does not work!
http://code.google.com/javadevtools/wbpro/installation/updatesite_3.6.html

Matthew said...

Can anyone tell me the difference between GWT Designer and WindowBuilder Pro? i see that windowbuilder has stuff to create GWT applications, so does it lack anything that GWT Designer has? In other words if i have installed WindowBuilder do i still need to install GWT Designer aswell?
Thanks

LB said...

to Matthew: i think that it is about the same for now. however, since it got merged with other tools , and since google now works with it, it might be better to install window builder , so that you will enjoy any future developements (since the previous update website probably won't work for GWT builder alone) ... of course, it's just a guess.

anyway, to the google people: please , create a better integration with window builder to also support android GUI builder . the one that eclipse has now is quite minimal in about everything.
it might also be wise to be able to show the preview on real size of multiple target screens (of cellphones and tablets) to have a glimpse of how it looks there, without the actual need to re-install the app on the android emulator for every single tiny GUI change...

EtuO said...

gae eclipse plugin can't sync working war 。

Darkman said...

Is this free only for developers? What if I sell my software? Is there price? What is the price? Please help me someone who knows the subject. This is very important for software developers.

SeuAndré said...

is it possible to provide installations packages for offline installation? please! in enterprise environment often there isn't internet available.

Anatoly said...

I'm so excited about your gift for the Java programmers of the world! Thank you very much Google from Kaliningrad's programmer of Russia!

opticyclic said...

@Lance Feagan
It wasn't always the case, but there is a free version of IntelliJ IDEA now
http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/free_java_ide.html

Just because more people use eclipse, doesn't make it a better IDE.
IDEA is regularly voted the best Java IDE.
http://blogs.jetbrains.com/idea/2011/01/intellij-idea-wins-toy-award-from-infoworld/

However, I've always thought that the Netbeans editor was the best free Java GUI editor.
WindowBuilder seems set to take that though.

Its a shame it isn't made as a plugin for all the other IDEs though -IDEA first please :D

http://www.halffry.com said...

Its a great news. Agreed with duduzerah. Thanks for lifetime.

Tibal Frainith said...

I've got to agree with SeuAndré. Any chance of an offline installation??