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Icons Stored in Independent Format Within a Product

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101148D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kerr, LL: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a technique for storing icons within an application in a independent format.

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Icons Stored in Independent Format Within a Product

       This article describes a technique for storing icons
within an application in a independent format.

      OS/2* Presentation Manager* (PM) Icon edit application within
the Toolkit for PM is capable of storing bit maps, ICO files and
pointer files in an independent format.  Once they are created and
saved, you can change the device by choosing from the action bar and
reopening the independent file after designating a different
resolution, i.e., VGA, 8514, then store in a new file with the proper
format information for that particular resolution.  A product that
runs under OS/2 and PM could utilize these independent format files.
This would alleviate the need to create and ship all the different
possibilities of bit map, ICO and Pointer files within the product
code.  During installation of the product the hardware configuration
would be determined and the independent format of the bit maps, etc.,
would be used to create whatever resolution is needed for that
particular installation.  The independent files are always available
in the installation diskette files should the configuration be
changed.

      Advantages would include a more efficient way to create the
icons, bit maps and pointers for the product.  Only one drawing would
need to be made and stored in the "independent" file.  The
independent drawing would be the only one shipped with the product,
thus cutting down on the amount of files a...