Several tweaks later and the appearance of the OutlineViews is much improved, largely thanks to Toni Epple who came to visit in Amsterdam today:

The first columns is removed, The small edit buttons are gone, except when you select a cell. Only the useful properties, instead of ALL the properties, are displayed in the Properties window. The tabs in the windows are removed. The selected row is highlighted. A combobox is displayed as the property editor for the city property. For the rest, everything else is the same. The appearance of the OutlineView has been normalized, however. In other words, the behavior is now similar to a standard JTable, even though a BeanNode is used to enrich the domain objects with new features, such as a hierarchical structure for the data provided by the model.
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