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Filter on the massive selection of graphical objects.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102881D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclosure will provide an enhancement on the way a massive section of objects represented by graphical icons is executed. It will be useful for "images processing software". Thanks to this idea it will be easier perfoming the massive selection of graphical objects having one or more common properties.

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Filter on the massive selection of graphical objects.

The enhancement is based on the possibility of setting a filter on the objects that will be selected by the drug and drop action. Naturally the filter can be set both on main class a group of objects refers to, or on certain properties common for objects referring to different classes.

     Just to make an example, if we refer to the geometrical shapes processors (let's refer to PowerPoint...), we can suppose that the content of a certain slide will be composed by various kinds of objects: boxes, circles, arrows...colored in different ways. An example of the first kind of filter is that of making possible selecting with a drug and drop action just the arrows (or the boxes). Setting up a filter on all the yellow objects (no matter if they are boxes, circles...) is an example of the second kind of filter. The filter could be setup, for example, adding a new entry in the pop-up menu that can be opened for each object. Such kind of solution could be the smarter one to set the first kind of filter (on the whole class). For a more granular filter, it could be possible modifying the properties window of each object, adding a new button that, when a certain property is selected, it can be set as filtering property. This solution should allow a multiple filtering, selecting more than one property of one or more object.

     Let's show a practical problem that could be solved in a easier way if this "filtering functionality, were...