Android Draw 9-patch seems broken too

As far as I can tell, the current release of the Android SDK (R08) ships without the Swing Desktop jar, and this causes draw9patch to fail.
~$ draw9patch &

[2] 52452
~$ Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError:
at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForHierarchy(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(

[2]+ Done draw9patch

The ‘fix’ is rather simple: just download the JAR for Swing Desktop from here, and drop the swinglabs-0.8.0.jar file into the [sdk-install-dir]/tools/lib folder.
The Swing Desktop project can be found here.

Update — Richard just left a comment here and pointed me to his site (Android 9 Patch) who’s got plenty of 9-patch icons that really look awesome, and I thought I’d share the goodness (especially, given he’s so kind as to share them at no charge). 

Go check out Patch 15, it’s pretty impressive!

11 responses to “Android Draw 9-patch seems broken too”

  1. In case people bang their heads on why 9-patches don't work, I found out that they all need to be in one directory drawable-xhdpi. Even if there are other .9.png files that you don't use at all, in any other directory, they won't work.

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