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Have a look at SWT. It's the best way to do Java UIs IMO. I don't know why it isn't more popular. It uses the native UI kits internally, so it feels and is 100% native.

There is more to a native ui (common spacing, font usage, interface patterns) than just swapping out the underlying widgets.

Exactly. Try using SWT to do anything like CoreAnimation on the mac with either similar programming ease or buttery results. There's a reason why one should go native for anything beyond a database viewer.

100% native on Windows maybe (and even there it depends on the Windows version). On the Mac it's like a foreign object.

And that's for the more basic widgets -- more advanced widgets have custom implementation from primitives in SWT, so they are hit and miss with regards to native look and feel.

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