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Medianote: An Easy Way to See Multimedia Notes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122124D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Najjar, LJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A user of a multimedia application needs to quickly and easily get multimedia information without cluttering the user's computer display. After getting this multimedia information, the user needs to return to the original position in the application window.

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Medianote: An Easy Way to See Multimedia Notes

      A user of a multimedia application needs to quickly and
easily get multimedia information without cluttering the user's
computer display.  After getting this multimedia information, the
user needs to return to the original position in the application
window.

      MediaNote is a software function that allows users to open a
small icon, get the multimedia information it represents, close the
information back into the icon, and return to the original position
in the application window. For example, a multimedia user can be
reading text instructions that tell the user how to insert a floppy
diskette into a drive.  To make the instructions more clear, the text
can include a video icon that, when opened, shows in a new window a
short video segment of a user inserting a floppy diskette into a
drive.  When the user is done watching the video, the user closes the
window back into the icon and continues reading the text.

      MediaNote keeps application windows from being cluttered
because it hides multimedia information in simple, obvious icons.
MediaNote icons can be created for each form of media available in
the application.  For example, MediaNote icons can be created for
audio, graphics, photographs, text, and video.

      MediaNote saves the user time and frustration.  If the user's
system is not equipped with the hardware item needed for a particular
media, such as audio, then the user does not ope...