Jasper just posted a blog entry in which he explains that Nimbus is almost done. That is exciting. Even more exciting is how Nimbus was implemented. Nimbus was built entirely with shapes and vectors in a visual editing tool built as a NetBeans module. This let Jasper and Richard draw every single component, even the icons, rather than hand-coding them… and the tool simply generates the Java 2D code. As bonus, everything is based on Painters, so you can easily replace parts of the look and feel with your own painters. Or you can reuse the painters for totally different purposes. I’ve been hearing about this tool for a while now and it has lots of great features, like layers, layers effects (drop shadows or glows), and so on.
That means we will all soon be able to create look and feels from scratch without writing any line of code and still get resolution independence and great performance. I can only hope this will lead to the release of many high-quality look and feels.