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Non-Rectangular Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114891D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cline, TL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Almost all Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) in use today present information in rectangular windows. When many windows are present on the desktop, they overlap or become covered and it can be difficult to find the one you want. There is a need to reduce the amount of space occupied by windows so that more information can be presented on the desktop at one time without the cost of going to larger and higher resolution monitors.

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Non-Rectangular Windows

      Almost all Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) in use today
present information in rectangular windows.  When many windows are
present on the desktop, they overlap or become covered and it can be
difficult to find the one you want.  There is a need to reduce the
amount of space occupied by windows so that more information can be
presented on the desktop at one time without the cost of going to
larger and higher resolution monitors.

      Windows are rectangular, but the information presented in them
in not always rectangular.  This means that part of the area of the
window is wasted space that could be recovered.

      The present invention is a method for creating non-rectangular
windows.  The user first selects a shape tool from a tool palette,
next they select the window to be reshaped, and third they apply the
shape.  Shapes would be applied in the same manner that graphics
editors allow users to draw shapes.  For example, using a circle
tool, the user would press the mouse button to indicate the center of
the circle, drag to indicate the diameter, and then release to create
the circular window.

An example of a pallette of window shaping tools is shown in the
Figure.