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Virtual Three Dimensional Desktop Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107688D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Currently a desktop environment can contain a multitude of objects. The prevalence of objects can confuse the user and clutter the view of other objects. In recent years, many techniques have been used to solve the dilemma of having a plurality of objects displayed to a normal video device. One technique involves the utilization of multiple desktops. However, a user can still be overwhelmed by the number of desktops that can exist in an application. Furthermore, this technique requires the user to "switch" to the desired desktop that has the object of choice. Often the user must browse through a plurality of desktops, before locating the correct object. This article describes a method whereby the user can have a single desktop that can handle a plurality of objects.

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Virtual Three Dimensional Desktop Environment

       Currently a desktop environment can contain a multitude
of objects.  The prevalence of objects can confuse the user and
clutter the view of other objects. In recent years, many techniques
have been used to solve the dilemma of having a plurality of objects
displayed to a normal video device. One technique involves the
utilization of multiple desktops. However, a user can still be
overwhelmed by the number of desktops that can exist in an
application. Furthermore, this technique requires the user to
"switch" to the desired desktop that has the object of choice. Often
the user must browse through a plurality of desktops, before locating
the correct object. This article describes a method whereby the user
can have a single desktop that can handle a plurality of objects.

      An environment can be created whereby a third dimension can be
imposed upon the desktop. Objects which cannot be positioned within
the traditional two-dimensional view would exist on a
third-dimensional plane. A service is provided that allows the user
to manipulate a dimensional view of the desktop.

      A novel polar coordinate scroll bar is provided to allow the
user to know the depth within an angle that the user is viewing the
desktop. Fig. 1 illustrates a polar coordinate scroll bar. A desktop
environment can be arranged whereby similar or identical attributes
of objects can face a one-dimensional side of the three-dimensional
des...