Brief architecture overview

There are two viewer components (Swing and SWT) implementing an interface that is used by a delegate (one for both gui toolkits) to do the specialized gui handling and the interfaceing to the configured renderers. The viewers make extensive use of the delegate that contains the core controller logic. In fact most of the viewer methods just delegate to the delegate.

Rendering (of nearly everything) is always done by renderers called from the viewer component. Renderers can support printing so that printing becomes possible (SWT only, aware of printing so that an optimzed or adapted rendering is possible). Customizing the renderers for special needs is the main work to be done when using the component.

The model displayed is either a flat list of rows containing intervals or a tree structure containing the rows of intervals. All model elements are observables so modifications of the model will be reflected by the component instantly without further refresh actions need to be taken. When implementing a model the abstract base classes can easily be extended. The viewers support transparent sorting and filtering on the model. The model is clean in the sense that the viewstate is not part of the model (i.e. expanded/collapsed information when using a hierarchical model)

The development concentrates on SWT, so there are some emerging helpers for using the timebar viewer in an RCP (actions, storing viewstate in an IMemento, implementing ISelectionProvider and so on) -- ongoing work. This also means the Swing version is not up to date concerning some of the newer features. It is still undecided if the swing suport will be dropped in a future version.

Please also see the more elaborated documentation

Some howtos

Adding a listener registering a double click and getting the clicked intervals

// add a listener for doubleclicks
 tbv.addMouseListener(new MouseAdapter() {
     public void mouseDoubleClick(MouseEvent e) {
         List<Interval> intervals = tbv.getIntervalsAt(e.x, e.y);
         if (intervals != null && intervals.size()>0) {
             for (Interval interval : intervals) {
                 System.out.println("Doubleclicked: "+interval.toString());

Included in the swt overlap example.