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November 13th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Hello all,

I'm busy working on a Java applet that will allow the user to play a simple game online. It's a demonstration of some of the topics of my university research group: some time ago we implemented it in Flash but the data got lost (what comes of having one person doing the implementation and a voracious IT administration enthusiastic for the deletion of the accounts of ex-students....) and in any case Java seems like a more attractive platform now as it becomes ever freer.

One of the frustrations, though, is that the basic Java graphical libraries produce very ugly output---a strong contrast to the beautiful vector graphics produced by the Flash interface (an image from which I still have hanging by my desk to torment me). Are there any alternative Java graphical libraries out there that can produce more attractive output? Or, if it's simply a case of using the existing libraries correctly, could someone point to some good tutorials?

(If anyone's wondering what I mean by "ugly", consider the case of a diagonal straight line. In Flash it looked just like that. With Java, it appears as a combination of vertical straight lines. YUCK.)

Thanks in advance for any advice,

-- Joe

November 13th, 2007, 10:25 PM

check this out: http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/2d/index.html

November 13th, 2007, 11:23 PM
In particular look at the effect of VALUE_ANTIALIAS_ON from http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/2d/advanced/quality.html .
That should make your diagonal line look much better.