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Visual Organizer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103914D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Douglas, TB: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique that allows users to organize objects on graphic users interfaces (GUIs) in a manner similar to real world organizers in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional techniques.

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Visual Organizer

      Disclosed is a technique that allows users to organize objects
on graphic users interfaces (GUIs) in a manner similar to real world
organizers in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional
techniques.

      A new object, the Visual Organizer, is provided.  The intended
user's model is an object similar to physical world portfolios that
organize and carry pads of paper, calendars, calculators, etc.  The
features of the Organizer are:

o     work area for a pad of writing paper or other user selected
    objects objects.

o   An organizing area for laying out and using mini-views of objects
    and for containing icons of other objects.

o   Characteristics of the organizing area are fixed placement of
    object fixed window size, resizing and moving of objects.

o   Mini-views of objects are smaller views of conventional objects
    usin smaller fonts and zooming.

o   The user can interact with objects in the working area,
    organizing area, and the user can open objects to full size.

o   Popup menus and direct manipulation are supported.

An end user will experience the following benefits: new
functionality, improved conceptual consistency with respect to native
desktops, improved organization, reduced worksteps in finding and
managing windows and icons, reduced use of screen space, and more
predictable interactions.