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IntelliJ 12.1 adds JavaFX 2, better retina support

Elliot Bentley

Version 12.1 of the popular IDE also includes new features for Scala, Groovy and Play Framework users.

new version of
, the IDE developed by JetBrains, introduces support
for JavaFX 2, among other smaller improvements.

IntelliJ IDEA 12
last December
introduced a new white-on-black “Darkcula” colour
scheme and support for the upcoming Java 8, among other major

In contrast, 12.1 mostly consists of smaller tweaks
and updates – with the exception of JavaFX 2 support, which features
“complete support for FXML markup, custom CSS, code completion,
navigation and search, refactorings, packaging tools, and
integration with SceneBuilder.”

MacBook Pro owners may be pleased to hear that the
Darkula theme has improved
support for high-DPI “retina” displays

Support for other JVM languages has been updated, with
Statement code completion and a new SBT-powered compiler for Scala,
and support for @AnnotationCollector and @DelegatesTo in Groovy.
For build tool Gradle, version 12.1 introduces better
synchronisation and support for wrappers and tasks.

The release also adds a few goodies for front-end
designers, including support for custom SASS functions, and in the
paid version full-featured debuggers for CoffeeScript, TypeScript
and Dart.

Another big addition restricted to the paid edition is
“advanced support” for Play Framework 2.1, which includes “smart
code assistance, templates support, formatter, refactorings and
many other features”.

The cut-down “community edition” of IntelliJ is
away for free
, with a commercial version offering additional
features. Paid IntelliJ 12 users can upgrade to 12.1 for free.

Parent company JetBrains are also working on a new,
cross-platform IDE for C++
. Though announced on April 1 alongside some

less believable initiatives
, this AppCode spin-off appears to
be real, albeit still under construction.

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