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Method for Reshaping Graphics by Equalizing Spaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117061D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kitamura, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for reshaping graphical objects, such as rectangles and ellipses, by modifying their sizes and spaces. A user can specify a guide line that crosses a number of graphical objects. The intervals between the crossing points are then modified so that they are equal in length; this reshapes the objects and improves their balance. The method is useful for both tablet and mouse input devices.

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Method for Reshaping Graphics by Equalizing Spaces

      Disclosed is a method for reshaping graphical objects, such as
rectangles and ellipses, by modifying their sizes and spaces.  A user
can specify a guide line that crosses a number of graphical objects.
The intervals between the crossing points are then modified so that
they are equal in length; this reshapes the objects and improves
their balance.  The method is useful for both tablet and mouse input
devices.

      An example of a guide line 1 that crosses rectangles is shown
in Fig.  1.  The result of the reshaping is shown in Fig. 2.  The
intervals between the crossing points are modified so that they are
equal; in this way, their balance is improved.  A user can specify
additional guide lines 2 in Fig. 3, to increase the number of
crossings.  This makes it possible to vary the ratio of the balance
as required.  The ratio of the balance in Fig. 3 is 2:1:2:1:1 with
two additional guide lines, and the result of the reshaping is shown
in Fig. 4.  A user is requied to draw the guidelines accurately only
on the crossings.  Fig. 5 shows an example of the reshaping of
ellipses.  If a non-rectangular graphical object is undulant, a
rectangle enclosing the object can be substituted.

      All of the above examples concern reshaping for horizontal
balance.  Reshaping for vertical balance is also possible.