Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg (more details) is a vast Wittelsbach palace and park complex in Munich. Completed in 1675, the palace was originally situated some distance from the city but today is wholly engulfed by it. I always wanted to post a gallery of it, and since I somewhat botched my first gallery with the Sony DSC-HX90 … Continue reading “Schloss Nymphenburg”

Aying: Beer & Architecture

If extinct Prussia was an army that had a state, Aying is the Bavarian equivalent: a brewery that has a village. In ascending order of importance, Aying refers to a spacious municipality to the southeast of Munich, with a total population of 5200 resulting in a density that rivals Antarctica; next, the chief village of … Continue reading “Aying: Beer & Architecture”

Sony DSC-HX90: Pocket Ultrazoom

Having concluded that long telephotos on a full-frame camera are really quite awkward, I decided to check out current offerings in the small-sensor market. Some models can achieve a full-frame equivalent zoom of nearly 1000 mm, as the small sensor effectively crops out the center of an imaginary full-frame shot. Many compact cameras look and … Continue reading “Sony DSC-HX90: Pocket Ultrazoom”

Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-70300 and Minadax

Some years ago I got a Minadax 1.7× teleconverter of the front-mounted persuasion. In my first Hellabrunn zoo gallery you can see it in action on my Sony A7R II with the SEL-70200G f/4 lens, achieving a total effective focal length of nearly 340 mm. That’s good but since then I discovered the SEL-24240 lens … Continue reading “Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-70300 and Minadax”

3DViewer: Better 3D for JavaFX

JavaFX has long had basic 3D capabilities, although you might not guess it as some outdated package descriptions still only speak of “two-dimensional geometry.” Oracle offers an online tutorial for JavaFX 3D, and JavaFX by Example devotes a chapter to it. Here’s a brief overview: Package javafx.geometry defines a 3D bounding box and a fairly … Continue reading “3DViewer: Better 3D for JavaFX”

Java SE 10: C# Porting Release

Oracle has recently released Java SE 10, and as usual you can find all the requisite information and links on their overview page. This is the first version that follows last year’s accelerated release scheme, with a new major version dropping every six months. Looking at the final specifications you might well wonder what’s so … Continue reading “Java SE 10: C# Porting Release”

CSS Guide & JavaFX Examples

CSS: The Definitive Guide — Eric A. Meyer & Estelle Weyl, O’Reilly 2017 (4th ed.), ISBN 978-1-449-39319-9 The long expected update to a classic last revised in 2006, this massive tome is certainly definitive in size and detail. More than a thousand pages cover every esoteric wrinkle of CSS anyone might possibly want to know … Continue reading “CSS Guide & JavaFX Examples”

JavaFX decoupled from Java SE 11

Three weeks ago, Oracle’s Donald Smith announced that JavaFX will be decoupled from Oracle’s own Java distributions starting with Java SE 11 (expected this fall). This is reflected in the updated Java Client Road Map which also notes that Swing and AWT will continue to be part of Java SE, “supported by Oracle through at … Continue reading “JavaFX decoupled from Java SE 11”

Tektosyne 6.2.0 Released

Tektosyne 6.2.0 is now available for download. This is another bugfix release, again mostly based on feedback from Github user Mushrooms (sf17k) (thanks!). You can find a summary in the What’s New file. As before, the library itself requires Java 8 while the IntelliJ project and demo application are based on Java 9.0.4. Voronoi Diagrams … Continue reading “Tektosyne 6.2.0 Released”

Windows GUI DPI Scaling in 2018

I have updated the article DPI Scaling in Windows GUIs with a modified test suite and new sets of screenshots for Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1, and Oracle Java SE 9.0.4. The focus of this update was of course Java 9 as JavaFX ceased special-casing 120 DPI, and AWT/Swing even got full … Continue reading “Windows GUI DPI Scaling in 2018”