JavaFX PDF viewer demo
Note: If you only see a blank area instead of a video, it might be your firewall blocking YouTube (sorry)
The most impressive JavaFX demo to me was the PDF viewer. The visual design of the application was clean and stylish, to the point that I rather be using this PDF viewer than the official Adobe Reader on my PC (which manages to lock up my browser for too long all the time). Notice in the video how changing to different pages displays a quick fading animation, previewing pages are visualized via an nice carousel animation, and how zooming in and out of documents is nicely animated.
I didn’t get a chance to ask Chris Oliver how he managed to do the PDF rendering (using an existing Java library, or all JavaFX?) but I did ask his boss Nandin Ramani about when the demo would be released. She indicated there are some license issues with the fonts and that this is preventing them from releasing the code. I think they need to make the demo available regardless of the code, this is really a killer app, more so than the Flash like demos. Don’t know about most people, but I would love a nicer looking more usable PDF Reader.