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Intelligent Tool Tracker/Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111070D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dykstra, DJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method whereby tools used from the various tool palettes and toolbars available for the user in an application program can be tracked and placed into a customized tool palette on a dynamic basis. While similar tools are grouped together nicely in each palette, a particular user generally makes use of a small subset of tools chosen across several tool palettes. However, due to the number of toolbars, they often cannot all be displayed due to the amount of real estate needed. Thus the user is first required to select or turn a palette on and then select the appropriate tool from the palette. The intelligent tool tracker/display automatically provides the user with the tools he or she uses most frequently. This is accomplished by providing a user-specific palette which is populated dynamically.

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Intelligent Tool Tracker/Display

      Disclosed is a method whereby tools used from the various tool
palettes and toolbars available for the user in an application
program can be tracked and placed into a customized tool palette on a
dynamic basis.  While similar tools are grouped together nicely in
each palette, a particular user generally makes use of a small subset
of tools chosen across several tool palettes.  However, due to the
number of toolbars, they often cannot all be displayed due to the
amount of real estate needed.  Thus the user is first required to
select or turn a palette on and then select the appropriate tool from
the palette.  The intelligent tool tracker/display automatically
provides the user with the tools he or she uses most frequently.
This is accomplished by providing a user-specific palette which is
populated dynamically.  Each time the user accesses a tool on one of
the many palettes in an application, the icon for that tool is also
placed on the user palette for easy access to the user.  Once the
first tool is on the user palette, this palette then has precedence
and is displayed above all other palettes or toolbars.  Only a finite
number of tools are allowed on the user palette (7-9 objects).  When
the maximum number of tools allowed on the palette is reached, the
next tool selected from other tool menus replaces the least recently
used tool.