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Add "Turbo mode" to disable progress indicators for PDA and smart phone devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130696D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of initially displaying detailed graphical feedback to the user of a personal digital assistant (PDA) or smartphone that the system is engaging in some process (e.g., a synchronization), but allowing advanced user to disable the graphical representation in favor of text for the purpose of speeding the process. Smart cell phones and PDA's have graphical user interfaces but very small central processing units (CPU's) with no graphical processing units. For mobile email and calendar synchronization products, adding a graphical progress indicator to a PDA sync client can cause a 10-100% increase in time to perform a synchronization. This is an incredible increase in response time for the purpose of providing feedback in graphical form.

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Add "Turbo mode" to disable progress indicators for PDA and smart phone devices

Smart cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDA's) have graphical user interfaces but very small central processing units (CPU's) with no graphical processing units. For mobile email and calendar synchronization products, adding a graphical progress indicator to a PDA or smart phone sync client can cause a 10-100% increase in time to perform a synchronization. This is an incredible increase in response time for the purpose of providing feedback in graphical form.

It is, of course, important to provide users with feedback as to the progress of a user-initiated device activity, such as a data synchronization session. However, this feedback can also be problematic if it actually slows the activity progress (as is often the case with synchronization clients on a mobile device). One method of resolving the conflict such that there is a need to keep users informed and a need to avoid slowing the process, would be to add a "turbo mode" option for advanced users. This option would disable the graphical progress indicator user interface so that all CPU power goes into processing the application. The user interface would provide textual progress updates and static text informing the user that the graphical progress representation had been disabled. While disabled, a user interface control would provide a means for users to re-enable the graphics. Figure 1 provides a concrete example of h...