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Visual Aid Manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039310D
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Goodwin, DA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A large screen display is attached to a personal computer workstation and controlled by workstation software to allow stored textual and pictorial pages to be selectively displayed on the large screen for an audience. The workstation stores the current contents of the large screen display, and a floppy disk stores additional pages for display. An operator controls the system by keying in commands. The operator may display lists of visual aid material and control options on the workstation screen and move stored pages into the workstation for interactive control. The operator may compose, edit or format pages for storage in the floppy disk or immediate large screen display.

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Visual Aid Manager

A large screen display is attached to a personal computer workstation and controlled by workstation software to allow stored textual and pictorial pages to be selectively displayed on the large screen for an audience. The workstation stores the current contents of the large screen display, and a floppy disk stores additional pages for display. An operator controls the system by keying in commands. The operator may display lists of visual aid material and control options on the workstation screen and move stored pages into the workstation for interactive control. The operator may compose, edit or format pages for storage in the floppy disk or immediate large screen display. More specifically, a system configuration controlled by a Visual Aid Manager consists of: software package;

a projection display where the visual aid material

is to be presented;

a user screen to show operating instructions, general

information about available presentation, etc.,

intended for the presenter only;

an input device to control the application (typically

this is the personal computer keyboard, but remote

control devices or a laser scanner may be used);

storage media for the pages involved, e.g., a floppy

disk. Most preparation may be carried out if the projection display is missing. Definitions Picture: file or part of a file representing a simple

static output on the projection display, and produced

by some external software.

Page: the unit of a visual aid presentation. It

may consist of a picture, some edited text, or text

with one or more embedded pictures. The diagram shows the structure of the main components of the Visual Aid Manager system. Descriptions are given of each of the components in turn. Presentation/Picture List This component has alternative modes of operation for presentations and pictures and an input control is provided to switch between them. In each case a list of the available objects of that type is shown on the user screen. A number of functions are available to the user to edit and select from the list. In viewing mode the contents of the current page are shown on the projection display permitted by a presentation formatter. In an editing mode the contents of the current page are shown unformatted on the projection...