Currently the Check for updates action in the Help menu checks for updates of the IDE distributed via update centers.
At the same time, we have a mechanism which notifies the user that a new NetBeans version is available, which is displayed as a notification bubble.
Users' expectation is that the Check for updates dialog will also alert them about new IDE versions.
Tools -> Plugins -> Updates should do the same, i.e. display notification about new IDE version available.
From the comment below I understood(and correct if I am wrong) that the only way to be notified for new Netbeans versions is from the notifications balloon and NOT from help->check for updates.
I am saying this because help-> check for updates does not notify about new updates-as already mentioned.
Marked as started by mistake.
The impl. could change UI of the Updates wizard a bit, in my point of view it might be one of possible candidates for some patch release.
It would be great if it could work like e.g. Firefox - the currently installed version simply downloads a new version from web and then just runs the installer, nothing else.
(In reply to comment #3)
> It would be great if it could work like e.g. Firefox - the currently installed
> version simply downloads a new version from web and then just runs the
> installer, nothing else.
It is currently tracked as issue 206941.
The balloon notification now works when
1, automatic check for updates
2, manual check - Help -> Check for updates
3, manual check - Tools -> Plugins -> (Updates) Check for updates
The notification shows only once.
The important thing is that the notification has not been shown since 7.0.1 version.
I would suggest to bring this into the next release. How the notice about new version could look like you can see in the attached images.
Created attachment 136936 [details]
Notification about new version compared to actual state
I have to say that it took me a while to find out any difference between appropriate images :) Perhaps the info about new version could be somehow highlighted (e.g. bold)?