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Duplicator Icon for Workstation Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122719D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ashton, DP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an Icon that would create duplicates of other objects dropped on it. (See Fig.) This icon is in the shape of 3 paper figures (as if a folded piece of paper was cut in the shape of a person). This icon would reside on the computer screen 'desktop' and anytime the user drops an object, such as a document, on this icon, a duplicate of that object is produced. The original object will move back to its original position, and a copy will appear in a minimized form next to the Duplicator Icon. Multiple duplicates can be produced by clicking the unused mouse buttons multiple times while on the duplicator. This process would not be limited to paper documents such as a Copier would be limited. An object such as a FileCabinet Icon can be duplicated without a metaphor loss.

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Duplicator Icon for Workstation Applications

      Disclosed is an Icon that would create duplicates of other
objects dropped on it. (See Fig.)  This icon is in the shape of 3
paper figures (as if a folded piece of paper was cut in the shape of
a person).  This icon would reside on the computer screen 'desktop'
and anytime the user drops an object, such as a document, on this
icon, a duplicate of that object is produced.  The original object
will move back to its original position, and a copy will appear in a
minimized form next to the Duplicator Icon.  Multiple duplicates can
be produced by clicking the unused mouse buttons multiple times while
on the duplicator.  This process would not be limited to paper
documents such as a Copier would be limited.  An object such as a
FileCabinet Icon can be duplicated without a metaphor loss.

      Disclosed anonymously.