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Three-Dimensional Scrolling Bookshelf Displays Contents of Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118687D
Original Publication Date: 1997-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 89K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Leyba, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for showing the contents of computer directories and sub-directories as a bookshelf and related shelves of books. The contents of the shelves can be scrolled to show items not currently in view. The contents of the shelves have associated colors, sizes, and names to reflect the current contents of the directory or sub-directory.

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Three-Dimensional Scrolling Bookshelf Displays Contents of Computer

      Disclosed is a method for showing the contents of computer
directories and sub-directories as a bookshelf and related shelves of
books.  The contents of the shelves can be scrolled to show items not
currently in view.  The contents of the shelves have associated
colors, sizes, and names to reflect the current contents of the
directory or sub-directory.

      The Figure shows a screen capture of a three-dimensional
bookshelf.  This three-dimensional bookshelf allows users to
associate specific drives and directories to specific shelves in the
bookshelf.  The bookshelf displays the name of the directory directly
on the shelf where the books are displayed.  As can be seen in the
Figure, each object in a directory may be associated with a specific
size (based on the size of the file) and in a specific color.  In
addition, each book has a title on its spine to allow the user to
know what the book actually represents.

      In addition, because the contents of the directory might be
quite large, the contents of the bookshelf can be scrolled to display
books that are further down the list but not yet in view.  Double
clicking on the book opens the file in its preferred manner.

      A given shelf in a 3D bookshelf is assigned a specific path
location (drive:\\directory).  The program scans that directory and
builds an internal list of all of the files and their meta data (file
size...