In 5.x, the Update Center was a clear selection under "Tools".
In 6.0 (Build 200711261600), the Update Center has moved to Tools => Plugins.
This is one of the classic fallacies of UI design, namely, the UI reflects the architecture rather than the task. The
user doesn't want to know *how* the update center is implemented (even if it's via the plugin manager). Rather, he's
task-oriented ("I want to update my copy of NetBeans"). There should be an obvious path to the update center from the
menus, even if all it does is invoke the Plugin manager the same way that the Plugin option does.
I *still* have to go to the help file every time I want to do an update.
Thank you for your report redfloyd.
Reassigning to autoupdate/plugin manager for evaluation.
Thanks for feedback but UI team of NetBeans got several complaints of confusing Update Center Wizard in NB5.x
Moreover, the fundamental of Autoupdate was changed for NB6.0 from single modules to plugins which can represent wider
logical units, UI team wanted to express it in changed menu item.
Ad updates: each of available updates of IDE has notification in the status line by 'globe' icon with bubble tooltip. I
hope that is transparent enough and you don't need to invoke Plugin dialog to check of updates.
I have thought deeply about your feedback I think would be worth to allow users to check of updates in another way. What
if I add new one menu item Check for update in Help menu? If a user invoke that action and opens Update Wizard. Wizard
reload content of Update Centers and find out possible updates. If any then the wizard download&install them.
That would be fine with me; it's also consistent with the way many apps have their updates configured in the UI.