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A method and Apparatus for specifying and switching between custom views in applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199587D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-10
Document File: 6 page(s) / 195K

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Abstract

Disclosed is the custom view switcher program that keeps track of all the views and allows for custom selection of the views of all running application programs. The program provides for creation of personalized views to all users of one or more application program and allows for switching between the various views in an intuitive manner. The program allows for better privacy and also higher productivity due to fast and efficient switching of views.

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A method and Apparatus for specifying and switching between custom views in applications

Terms used:

       Any key available in the standard keyboard that has been configured to invoke the custom view switcher program

Hot Key

Application programs

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       The console through which a user accesses the computing environment Screen

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The visible area on the desktop. A desktop can have multiple screens

     Disclosed is the custom view switcher program that keeps track of all the views and allows for custom selection of the views of all running application programs. The program

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 rovides for creation of personalized views to all users of one or more application program and allows for switching between the various views in an intuitive manner.

It is assumed that all applications will have one or more views (

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                                            erspectives) that can be used by the users. The disclosed program provides the means and mechanism to do the following:
1. Define the various views for applications
2. Switch between views while a program
• starts up
• is executing or
• resumes from dormant (minimized) state
3. Limit the views based on the authorization level of the user
4. Lock a particular application for a predefined amount of time
5. Unlock locked applications

Defining the various views for applications:

     The program automatically identifies the views associated with applications that have been installed and then allows the user(s) to create new views and edit/remove the existing views. All the information related to the applications and views is stored in a database. The database is updated as and when new views or applications are added/deleted/modified. The database also stores information regarding the access permission applicable to the users for various views of the applications along with the default view for applications.

It is to be noted that not all users have access to all views. A user with administrator

  ermission has permission to create/edit/remove/lock views for all users whereas users with limited permission can work with views limited only to them.

Switching between views while a program starts up or resumes from dormant state:

     When an application starts up or is restored from dormant state with the "Hot Key" activated (

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       ressed), a menu/list of views is displayed and the application to be started is neither activated nor displayed till a view is selected. See Figure 1 and Figure 2 for sample view-selection menu. The application is started in the selected view and the custom view switcher program becomes invisible till the next invocation

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All the programs running on a computing environment

Desktop

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Switching between views while a program is executing:

While an application program is running,

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                               ressing the "Hot Key" twice invokes the custom view switcher program. The program displays a list of all operations that can be

       (Figure 6). Select "Resume Program" and the program selection menu is displayed. Choose an application to display the "Switc...