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Cursor tool switcher mechanism for graphical user interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014065D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Cursor tool switcher mechanism for graphical user interfaces

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Cursor tool switcher mechanism for graphical user interfaces

Cursor tool switcher mechanism for graphical user interfaces

Disclosed in a mechanism for switching the cursor between different tools in a graphical user interface. To switch between tools in a typical graphical interface, the user needs to move the cursor from its present location to a toolbar and select the new tool. With this new mechanism, the switch happens "in place", with no cursor movement required, by displaying a graphical menu construct that rotates through the available tools.

This mechanism is best explained using a scenario that illustrates a simple tool switch action.

Fig. 1 below represents a generic user interface. It shows the pencil tool in currently in use. The switching action is activated by a simple trigger - for example, clicking mouse button 2.

Figs. 2-10 show what happens immediately after the trigger is activated. The active tool (the pencil) is highlighted in yellow, surrounded by the other available tools.

Each time the trigger is activated, the cursor rolls to the next tool. Fig. 10 shows that the airbrush tool is now active. The sequence below is the result of one click, representing a press (button down - starting with Fig. 2) and release action (button up - starting with Fig. 7), with no cursor movement.

If the button is held down longer (at Fig. 7), after a very brief pause, the mechanism

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