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Method of AND Apparatus for Multimedia Application Navigation and Appropriate Action Including Consequential Invocation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105590D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Atwater, KM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A methodology is described for allowing a user to go back in history to a type of application which was previously used, and more importantly to the last used object within the application.

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Method of AND Apparatus for Multimedia Application Navigation and Appropriate Action Including Consequential Invocation

      A methodology is described for allowing a user to go back in
history to a type of application which was previously used, and more
importantly to the last used object within the application.

      an environment where many multimedia applications can be
running concurrently, it is difficult to return to a previous
application which was used (i.e., voice data entry, scanned in image,
OCRd document, keyboard data entry, etc.) without navigating to the
application with an appropriate peripheral and remembering what was
used last.  This particularly becomes a problem with a busy desktop.
A mechanism is desired whereby a user can conveniently search for an
application, and a particular type of application, by returning to
the 'last type application used' or the Nth to last application used.

      Consider a desktop with many full screen sessions as well as
icons and windows.  Currently, a user must manually select each full
screen session or window to be actively interfacing with the
particular object selected.  Furthermore, many panels may exist which
allow a user to interface to many active applications.  A method is
needed whereby a sought application, on the desktop, is automatically
transposed to by virtue of it being the 'last used application'.

      A user may be looking for a particular application and wants to
start immediately interfacing with it.  A current desktop state of
objects may interfere with allowing the user to get to the desired
application in a timely manner.  The user must be able to immediately
return to an application which was last used without manually
locating the application and transposing to it.  Furthermore, the
user wants to return to the interface object in the application of a
particular multimedia type which was last used.  If, however, the
application is not active on the desktop, a user would like
convenience for automatically invoking the last used (or Nth used)
application.

      A user operating a system with arbitrary multimedia input can
easily be transposed to and from applications without regard for
desktop clutter and disorganization....