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Desktop Interface Enhancements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116108D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cline, TL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Graphical User Interfaces can require much work on the part of the user to set up from one task to another. The user must open the applications needed for a particular task, arrange them on the desktop, find the relevant data files, etc. Since most people perform many tasks repeatedly, it is desirable to have a quick and easy way to set up for any given task.

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Desktop Interface Enhancements

      Graphical User Interfaces can require much work on the part of
the user to set up from one task to another.  The user must open the
applications needed for a particular task, arrange them on the
desktop, find the relevant data files, etc.  Since most people
perform many tasks repeatedly, it is desirable to have a quick and
easy way to set up for any given task.

      The present invention is a technique for automating setup of
the desktop.  The user first arranges their desktop as desired for a
particular task.  They then save that setup and associate it with
entries in their calendar or to-do list.  The calendar can then close
down the desktop applications for one task and open those for another
when the time arrives at which certain work has been scheduled.

      A technique for saving the state of the desktop is via a
snapshot.  This snapshot can be for use at a later time or on another
system.  The user invokes the snapshot via the workspace menu or
similar mechanism.  An animation occurs to show that the snapshot has
been taken.  This animation can be a camera popping up and making a
flash like a flash bulb.  The state information saved includes the
position of icons on the desktop, applications which are active, and
files which are open.  The snapshot may be saved in a photo album
with other snapshots.  The user may later restore the desktop state
by taking a snapshot out of the photo album.  The snapshot...