IntelliJ IDEA 12.1 with JavaFX 2 Support is Available

Each year we celebrate Spring by rolling out a fresh update for the latest big release, with bugfixes and usability enhancements. This spring is no exception, so today we are excited to announce that IntelliJ IDEA 12.1 is finally out and available for download.

As you remember, IntelliJ IDEA 12 brought major improvements such as support for Java 8, Play 2, Android UI designer, a new compiler with double the performance, more database tools, and of course Darcula, the new dark look and feel. This update improves on most of these features and adds some new ones as well.

JavaFX 2

Support for JavaFX 2, Oracle’s new rich client platform for Java, now includes complete support for FXML markup, custom CSS, code completion, navigation and search, refactorings, packaging tools, and integration with SceneBuilder.

Darcula and Retina

We were taken by surprise when so much positive feedback poured in for Darcula, the new dark look and feel for the IDE. Many people even considered Darcula the main feature of IntelliJ IDEA 12 release. Naturally, we focused on making it even better and smoother in v12.1.

We have also improved support for Retina – check it out.

Other important new features in IntelliJ IDEA 12.1 include:

  • Fullscreen mode for Windows
  • Spring Frameworks 3.2 and Play Framework 2.1 support (Ultimate)
  • Groovy 2.1 support (including new annotations, compilation customization and more)
  • Improved Scala support (statement completion, new compiler)
  • Enhanced Gradle integration (gradle wrapper support, new actions)
  • Adobe Gaming SDK support (Ultimate)
  • Debugger for CoffeeScript and TypeScript via Source Maps (Ultimate)
  • Sass support improvements (custom function definition, completion, rename refactoring, nested properties, etc.) (Ultimate)

Visit our website to see the full list of new features and download the edition of your choice.

Please note that IntelliJ IDEA 12.1 is a free upgrade for all licensed owners of IntelliJ IDEA 12 Ultimate. If you use any older version of IntelliJ IDEA, check out the upgrade options.

Stay tuned for more details on the new features soon in our blog and twitter!

Develop with more pleasure!
The JetBrains Team

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14 Responses to IntelliJ IDEA 12.1 with JavaFX 2 Support is Available

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    Michael says:

    April 3, 2013

    What sort of user monitoring and reporting is in this new release? I find that I have information in my Event Log that is about a Java 7 / Windows 7 FTP issue. This is not an issue that I filed, but is relevant to the current versions of Windows and Java that I use. Beyond OS and Java version, what information is being collected by IntelliJ IDEA and sent back to your company?

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    mcs says:

    April 4, 2013

    As always, thank you! I’m still impressed how much of a timesaver IDEA is.

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    Nova says:

    April 4, 2013

    And how can the full-screen mode get activated? I could not find any hint or documentation about the full-screen mode and the shortcut to activate it.

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    Nova says:

    April 4, 2013

    Ok, I have found the full-screen mode: “View” -> “Enter Full Screen”. There is no default shortcut.

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    bulupe says:

    April 5, 2013


    Is there a way to get old Darcula back, because new Darcula’s Actionscript colors were changed too much.

    Thank you

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    Ciprian says:

    April 5, 2013

    I want the old Darcula back for Actionscript.. The new one is driving me crazy

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    replix says:

    April 5, 2013

    Grrr!!! One more time, no bug fixes for grails despite it’s one of the best web framework!

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    Joseph says:

    April 5, 2013

    Python, Scala and a number of other plugins don’t work with this update. So if you depend on those I would hold off.

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    Nova says:

    April 6, 2013

    You forgot to update the splash screen. 😉 “11.1” is shown on the splash screen for “11.1.5”, but it’s still “12” for “12.1.0”.

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    Andrey Cheptsov says:

    April 6, 2013

    @Nova: This was intentionally. Since 12 we will use major version on splash screen.

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    andi says:

    April 11, 2013

    Is there a way to activate JavaFX CSS support (syntax highlighting + suggestions) for existing projects that have not been created as a JavaFX project, but simply imported from Maven for example? Support seems to work out of the box for FXML files, but not CSS for me.

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    Anna Kozlova says:

    April 12, 2013

    Support for JavaFX CSS should work there too but you need to have Ultimate Edition as it relies on CSS support which is not available in Comunity Edition. Thanks

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    andi says:

    April 26, 2013

    I do have Ultimate Edition and CSS Support is activated. Actually I just noticed that it does work with Maven projects created recently (e.g. March 2013), but not with older ones (e.g. October 2012).

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    Anna Kozlova says:

    April 29, 2013

    andi, what exactly doesn’t work? Thanks

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