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User-Friendly File Transfer Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111293D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kressin, MS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of desktop software enhancement for "ftp" and "ftam" protocols which includes methods for machine name and address aliases and the use of "drag and drop" implementation.

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User-Friendly File Transfer Method

      Disclosed is a method of desktop software enhancement for "ftp"
and "ftam" protocols which includes methods for machine name and
address aliases and the use of "drag and drop" implementation.

      File transfer is a difficult problem for the novice UNIX* user
because the existing transfer protocols are very difficult to use.
These necessary protocols are "ftp" and "ftam".  Machine names and/or
addresses of local and remote machines must be supplied to these
protocols.  In addition, the user needs to know the types of files
being transferred, the file system locations on both ends of the
transfer, and the commands needed for the transfer.

      The solution is to provide an additional feature to the novice
user's desktop software.  The desktop product is designed for the
novice user to be able to "drag and drop" files within the file
system without needing to know the path names for the files.  For
example, an icon on the desktop can be used to represent a printer
and another represents a file of information.  In order to print the
file of information, the user simply drags and drops the file icon
onto the printer icon.  This action causes the information in the
file to be sent to the printer associated to the selected printer
icon.

      This transfer method concept is further extended by creating
icons for the desired local and remote machines.  These icons are
aliases created by the system administrator a...