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3D Animated Icon with Timer Method for Informing Valid Period of Mode

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123140D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tomoda, D: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A program is disclosed that icons on desktop in window based computer system are animated in 3D and it notifies the user a period of drag and drop mode for the object. When the user keeps pressing the button of the pointing device (eg. mouse, or pen) for some period of time on the selected object icon, the icon starts the 3D animation and shows valid period of drag and drop mode. This period is controlled by timer.

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3D Animated Icon with Timer Method for Informing Valid Period of Mode

   A program is disclosed that icons on desktop in window
based computer system are animated in 3D and it notifies the user a
period of drag and drop mode for the object.  When the user keeps
pressing the button of the pointing device (eg. mouse, or pen) for
some period of time on the selected object icon, the icon starts the
3D animation and shows valid period of drag and drop mode.  This
period is controlled by timer.

   Basic operation for drag and drop is as follows: (1) The
user moves the pointer to the target object icon and presses the
button of the pointing device.  (2) The selected icon starts to be
shrank and this is just like moving back of the 3D desktop.  (3) The
icon stops shrinking when it becomes limited size, or when the user
stops pressing the button.  When the user releases the button, size
of the icon comes back to the original gradually.  The period of time
until the icon size backs to the original is defined as drag and drop
mode.  (4) If the user move the pointer on the icon which is in drag
and drop mode and clicks the button of the pointing device, the
object is picked up.  The user can moves the object to the target
place and drop it by pressing the button again.

   The user can do this drag and drop operation to multiple
objects.  Before one object icon comes back to original size, the
user can turn on the mode for another icon object.  After pressing
some icons in some time period, the user can pick up all the icon
objects which are in drag and drop mode.

   Time period for the timer to turn on and to turn off the
mode can be adjusted independently to make it e...