The profile stuff sounds promising.
Yes indeed. I'm going to download Mustang just for it (thanks Herkules for the hints).
Then I see that you CAN'T use the SpringLayout... you remember the SpringLayout? It's the layout that was specifically designed to work well with layout tools.
Yes, that's strange. So far I didn't need the SpringLayout, but you're right.
Netbeans' Tim Boudreau mentioned some promising form editor enhancements in the Javalobby forum
I'm sure we'll be able to use these soon in some quality beta of the v4.2 or such. I've found the Netbeans' quality betas to be very usable. More stable than for example JBuilder 2005 production release.
Then I noticed something in the open project dialog, a checkbox to "load dependent projects" I thought hey, that's good, I have a few projects I would like to load (like my Eclipse workspace). Well it turns out there is no way to add dependent projects to your main project... perhaps it's because I used "free-form" projects base on an existing ant script? Sigh...
Can't comment on the "auto load dependent project" feature; so far I've just added the needed Netbeans projects manually to my standard "Java application" project and everything worked fine the very first time.