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Tear Off View Buttons for Multimedia Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113471D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bardon, DD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is decribed for displaying simultaneous multiple views of an object. While the panel of buttons allows for direct accessibility of individual views, it would still require the user to access another hidden level of their interface to create another view on the object if they wanted to view it simultaneously. In other words, although you can flip from one view to another, if you want to view the score and the script at the same time, you are relegated to either accessing a menu or finding the original object and creating another view. This disrupts the work flow and creates extra annoying steps for the user.

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Tear Off View Buttons for Multimedia Objects

      A method is decribed for displaying simultaneous multiple views
of an object.  While the panel of buttons allows for direct
accessibility of individual views, it would still require the user to
access another hidden level of their interface to create another view
on the object if they wanted to view it simultaneously.  In other
words, although you can flip from one view to another, if you want to
view the score and the script at the same time, you are relegated to
either accessing a menu or finding the original object and creating
another view.  This disrupts the work flow and creates extra annoying
steps for the user.

      To eliminate extra steps and support a faster, more intuitive
access point for creating additional views, the panel buttons should
support a tear off capability.  In this scenario, if the user
selected and released one of the view buttons, the current view would
change to the view selected.  However, if the user selected and
dragged the button graphic to somewhere outside of the original view,
the system would create an additional view with all of the necessary
controls for that particular view.

      This method offers faster access to additional views, and since
the view buttons are only toggle points, this additional function
would not conflict with the primary function.  More function is
provided by the buttons then is possible today.