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Method for Activating a Bitmap Application Panel Background

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111653D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a service coupled to freeze frame functionality which is present with a video or television viewer.

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Method for Activating a Bitmap Application Panel Background

      Provided is a service coupled to freeze frame functionality
which is present with a video or television viewer.

      Often a user wants to customize a desktop.  Currently, tools
exist for creating bitmaps.  Programs also exist for making a bitmap
image the desktop background.  There is now a proliferation of
software which allows users to view television programs and videos on
a personal computer.  A user may desire to have a frame from a
television program or video serve as the background of one or more
panels on the desktop which belong to one or more applications.  A
single operation method is needed for customizing application panels
with frames from videos or television broadcasts.

      Provided is a service coupled to freeze frame functionality
which is present with a video or television viewer such as WIN TV.
The service allows a user to designate the currently frozen frame as
a source image for one or more application panel backgrounds.  As a
single operation, the user is able to capture a frame and then select
one or more panels for which the frame will serve as a background.
The graphics image is saved as a single copy which is referenced by
associated panel objects.  The frame is dynamically scaled as a
panel's extents are dynamically sized.  A user may select a current
art control program to modify foreground or field specifics to ensure
matter on the panel is easily viewed in contrast to the background.
Further provided by this article is an option to automatically cause
fields and other panel entities to be automatically colored/shaded
with respect to the background added.  At any time a user may remove
the assigned background.

      Backgrounds live with assigned panels throughout time.  If the
application or system is terminate...