de.guibuilder.framework
Class FileDrop

java.lang.Object
  extended by de.guibuilder.framework.FileDrop

public class FileDrop
extends java.lang.Object

This class makes it easy to drag and drop files from the operating system to a Java program. Any java.awt.Component can be dropped onto, but only javax.swing.JComponents will indicate the drop event with a changed border.

To use this class, construct a new FileDrop by passing it the target component and a Listener to receive notification when file(s) have been dropped. Here is an example:

      JPanel myPanel = new JPanel();
      new FileDrop( myPanel, new FileDrop.Listener()
      {   public void filesDropped( java.io.File[] files )
          {   
              // handle file drop
              ...
          }   // end filesDropped
      }); // end FileDrop.Listener
 

You can specify the border that will appear when files are being dragged by calling the constructor with a javax.swing.border.Border. Only JComponents will show any indication with a border.

You can turn on some debugging features by passing a PrintStream object (such as System.out) into the full constructor. A null value will result in no extra debugging information being output.

I'm releasing this code into the Public Domain. Enjoy.

Original author: Robert Harder, rharder@usa.net

2007-09-12 Nathan Blomquist -- Linux (KDE/Gnome) support added.

Version:
1.0.1
Author:
Robert Harder, rharder@users.sf.net

Nested Class Summary
static class FileDrop.Event
          This is the event that is passed to the filesDropped(...) method in your FileDropListener when files are dropped onto a registered drop target.
static interface FileDrop.Listener
          Implement this inner interface to listen for when files are dropped.
static class FileDrop.TransferableObject
          At last an easy way to encapsulate your custom objects for dragging and dropping in your Java programs!
 
Constructor Summary
FileDrop(java.awt.Component c, boolean recursive, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Constructor with a default border and the option to recursively set drop targets.
FileDrop(java.awt.Component c, javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder, boolean recursive, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Constructor with a specified border and the option to recursively set drop targets.
FileDrop(java.awt.Component c, javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Constructor with a specified border
FileDrop(java.awt.Component c, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Constructs a FileDrop with a default light-blue border and, if c is a Container, recursively sets all elements contained within as drop targets, though only the top level container will change borders.
FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out, java.awt.Component c, boolean recursive, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Constructor with a default border, debugging optionally turned on and the option to recursively set drop targets.
FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out, java.awt.Component c, javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder, boolean recursive, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Full constructor with a specified border and debugging optionally turned on.
FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out, java.awt.Component c, javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Constructor with a specified border and debugging optionally turned on.
FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out, java.awt.Component c, FileDrop.Listener listener)
          Constructor with a default border and debugging optionally turned on.
 
Method Summary
static boolean remove(java.awt.Component c)
          Removes the drag-and-drop hooks from the component and optionally from the all children.
static boolean remove(java.io.PrintStream out, java.awt.Component c, boolean recursive)
          Removes the drag-and-drop hooks from the component and optionally from the all children.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
equals, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.awt.Component c,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Constructs a FileDrop with a default light-blue border and, if c is a Container, recursively sets all elements contained within as drop targets, though only the top level container will change borders.

Parameters:
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.awt.Component c,
                boolean recursive,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Constructor with a default border and the option to recursively set drop targets. If your component is a java.awt.Container, then each of its children components will also listen for drops, though only the parent will change borders.

Parameters:
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
recursive - Recursively set children as drop targets.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out,
                java.awt.Component c,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Constructor with a default border and debugging optionally turned on. With Debugging turned on, more status messages will be displayed to out. A common way to use this constructor is with System.out or System.err. A null value for the parameter out will result in no debugging output.

Parameters:
out - PrintStream to record debugging info or null for no debugging.
out -
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out,
                java.awt.Component c,
                boolean recursive,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Constructor with a default border, debugging optionally turned on and the option to recursively set drop targets. If your component is a java.awt.Container, then each of its children components will also listen for drops, though only the parent will change borders. With Debugging turned on, more status messages will be displayed to out. A common way to use this constructor is with System.out or System.err. A null value for the parameter out will result in no debugging output.

Parameters:
out - PrintStream to record debugging info or null for no debugging.
out -
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
recursive - Recursively set children as drop targets.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.awt.Component c,
                javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Constructor with a specified border

Parameters:
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
dragBorder - Border to use on JComponent when dragging occurs.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.awt.Component c,
                javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder,
                boolean recursive,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Constructor with a specified border and the option to recursively set drop targets. If your component is a java.awt.Container, then each of its children components will also listen for drops, though only the parent will change borders.

Parameters:
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
dragBorder - Border to use on JComponent when dragging occurs.
recursive - Recursively set children as drop targets.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out,
                java.awt.Component c,
                javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Constructor with a specified border and debugging optionally turned on. With Debugging turned on, more status messages will be displayed to out. A common way to use this constructor is with System.out or System.err. A null value for the parameter out will result in no debugging output.

Parameters:
out - PrintStream to record debugging info or null for no debugging.
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
dragBorder - Border to use on JComponent when dragging occurs.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0

FileDrop

public FileDrop(java.io.PrintStream out,
                java.awt.Component c,
                javax.swing.border.Border dragBorder,
                boolean recursive,
                FileDrop.Listener listener)
Full constructor with a specified border and debugging optionally turned on. With Debugging turned on, more status messages will be displayed to out. A common way to use this constructor is with System.out or System.err. A null value for the parameter out will result in no debugging output.

Parameters:
out - PrintStream to record debugging info or null for no debugging.
c - Component on which files will be dropped.
dragBorder - Border to use on JComponent when dragging occurs.
recursive - Recursively set children as drop targets.
listener - Listens for filesDropped.
Since:
1.0
Method Detail

remove

public static boolean remove(java.awt.Component c)
Removes the drag-and-drop hooks from the component and optionally from the all children. You should call this if you add and remove components after you've set up the drag-and-drop. This will recursively unregister all components contained within c if c is a Container.

Parameters:
c - The component to unregister as a drop target
Since:
1.0

remove

public static boolean remove(java.io.PrintStream out,
                             java.awt.Component c,
                             boolean recursive)
Removes the drag-and-drop hooks from the component and optionally from the all children. You should call this if you add and remove components after you've set up the drag-and-drop.

Parameters:
out - Optional PrintStream for logging drag and drop messages
c - The component to unregister
recursive - Recursively unregister components within a container
Since:
1.0