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Object size display in graphical application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020366D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Nov-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Nov-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method that allow a user to display the size of a selected objet when he or she is using graphical presentation or office spreadsheet applications.

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Object size display in graphical application

With office graphical presentation application such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Lotus Freelance or with office spreadsheet and analysis programs such as Microsoft Excel or Lotus 123, the presentation files include a set of pages objects, each page is itself composed of a set of single objects text, images, audio, video, graphics and group of objects. Most of the time, the working files may be very large and they are very difficult to manipulate, to read, to print, to copy, to extract objects or slides, to modify and to transfer over a network, intranet, internet. The proposed method enables users to easily identify the size of an object or a group of objects and therefore to work on them in order to reduce the size of the file.

    Most of the time the size of the presentation file is big only because one or a few single objects are big. These objects can be big for instance because they are imported from an external source and are already composed of a set of objects in a various and hetereogenous formats. In almost all the cases these objects can be replaced by equivalent objects consuming much less file space or for instance by a link to the object itself, if available on a shared database. This allows to significantly reduce the size of the presentation or electronic spreadsheet file.

    With conventional tools or programs as stated above, it is not easy to identify which objects are really consuming the more file space. They do not provide a function that allows a user to get the size of a single object or a groups of objects. A user must spend a lot of time to identify the big objects and they almost always abandon the idea of reducing the size of a file and they continue to work with big files locally and send these big files across the network.

The proposed method and system...