Java News from Friday, July 7, 2006

Apple has posted the fourth beta of Java 6 for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) on the Apple Developer Connection (first born child required). This release simplifies choosing a Java version, and improves SWT/AWT integration. It's really nice to see the time lag between Apple and Sun's VMs shortening, even for the betas. This is good for Java and good for Apple. I only hope that when the final version is released it doesn't depend on Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5).

Slava Pestov has uploaded the fifth pre-release of jEdit 4.3, an open source programmer's editor written in Java with extensive plug-in support and my preferred text editor on Windows and Unix. Most of the changes in this release seem to be at the API level, but the user interface or features. There's no longer a dependence on gnu.regexp. (Every external dependence you can remove is a good thing.)

The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless PDF Library 2.6.11, a $700 payware (more if you want support) Java class library for creating PDF documents. The $1300 Extended Edition adds the AcroForms support, digital signatures, and the ability to import and edit and existing PDF documents. Version 2.6.11 improves performance.