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NetBeans 3.5.1 Release: Japanese Edition & English Font Fix

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC -- July 31, 2003 -- The open source project announces the immediate availability of the NetBeans IDE 3.5.1 and the first official NetBeans release in the Japanese language (download here). Currently NetBeans IDE is available in English, Japanese, French, Russian and soon the first official Chinese Edition. The localization's are all part of a continual effort by the NetBeans community to broaden it's user base on a global level. Local language mailing list are also provided to ease communications and support between users.

The 3.5.1 English language release contains bug fixes that improve the IDE's handling of text when the IDE's default font size is increased. These fixes were necessary to create a Chinese localization, since the Chinese characters require a larger font size to be readable. The Chinese localization should be available in a few weeks time.

If you are already using NetBeans IDE 3.5 and the font size issues do not affect you, it probably is not necessary for you to upgrade to v. 3.5.1. However, if you prefer to use a larger default font size in the IDE and you have problems with text not displaying properly, you may find this version to be an improvement.

Work on the 3.5 and 3.5.1 release was focused almost entirely on performance. Both startup time and general UI responsiveness have improved significantly. In addition to that, several modules, previously available on the Update Center, have been added to the standard distribution. These modules provide many features, including support for:

  • debugging servlets and applications written with JSP technology.
  • creating and editing JSP tag libraries.
  • monitoring HTTP requests.
  • WAR file packaging.
  • connecting to and browsing databases.

More information including system requirements, installation and upgrade instructions can be found in the README file:

About open source project was launched in June 2000, with the initial codebase provided by Sun Microsystems, Inc., which since then sponsors the project as is the major contributor.

NetBeans IDE is the IDE of choice for Java technologists, which thanks to its extremely modular architecture is able to provide productivity enhancing tools in many technology areas. There is a large number of domain-specific plug-in extensions, both free and commercial, available in the NetBeans Module Catalogue (, and via the Sun ONE Studio Partner Program ( is a succesful open source project, with significant industry support and momentum. There are approximately 20,000 registered community members, and more than 60 industry partners who extend the capabilities of NetBeans IDE or leverage the NetBeans as an application framework.

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