Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Today, a number of GUI interfaces attempt to address the problem of desktop interface space usage by tileing or cascading windows or minimizing applications. Another way to help alleviate this problem can be found by having the applications take up no interface space and still be accessible.
The concept is to "fold" running applications into the interface. Applications continue to run while not taking up any interface space and still remain accessible to the user. Through the usage of horizontal or vertical slices, common slices could be grouped into certain areas of the screen. Networking applications could be grouped in one area of the screen whereas word processing applications could be grouped in other. Attention could be drawn to a transparent application through a flash or removal of transparency in the event that user-interaction or attention is required.
Figure 1 shows an interface with icons on it.
Figure 2 shows the same interface with an application started. The application has opened a window.
Figure 3 shows the application in step one, which is transformed into a slice. Figure 4 shows the application being blended or hidden behind the interface so a user can see the full interface.
Figure 5 show where one can move the mouse over the area where the application has been hidden to allow the user to see which application is there. In this case the mouse changes color and shows it's ID, App 1.
Figure 3 (step 1)
Figure 4 (step 2)
App 1 App 1
Figure 5 ( with ID)
There would also be keypress, mouse button press, etc. to be able to temporary transform the interface of figure 4 into the figure 3 view so that one could see all of the Applications which are being blended into the inte...