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System and Method for Showing Software Functions in Context without Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199655D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-14
Document File: 5 page(s) / 174K

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Abstract

This disclosure is about system and method that uses an entry level software to show functions of related software in the context of indivdual UI components. The functions in other software are showing with screen shot, description of the function and half made UI depends on the context in the entry level software. When the related software is bought and installed, the links are replaced pointing to individual functions of the newly installed software. The customer could invoke the functions directly so no learning is needed.

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System and Method for Showing Software Functions in Context without Installation

Most software needs to be installed before using . Most customers like to know its function details before buying it . Advertisement, demo, documentation, free trials are mostly used to help and push customers to learn software functions topromote sales .

Advertisement and demo are attractive but does not show real functions of the software . It does not give customers detail functions to make sure it is useful. User manual gives details but does not give good feeling of real usage . Trial software allows users real usage but needs lot of effort to setup and learn . It only fit for personal software that is relatively easy tosetup and learn .

Enterprise software has complex functions that usually need big effort to understand and learn to use . And there are multiple versions of the software that has related functions . Some functions are not useful to certain customers . Some customers do not want to pay for the function that they do not need . It would benefit customers if they could learn software functions without the effort to install .

This disclosure is about system and method to uses a entry level software show functions of related software in the context of using the entry level software. The functions in other software are showing by showing the UI and description of the function in the context. Once the software is bought and installed, the customer could invoke the function directly so no learning is needed.

As the entry level software is free and easy to use. The customer can quickly learn to use it. Then they can see the functions UI and description of other software that related in the particular context. With this disclosure, the customer can understand the software function very quickly and know details usage information. The method also enable software vendor to know what functions are mostly interested by potential customers and decide proper sales promotion to them.

The disclosure is about a system that show software functions in the context of usage. The architecture is showing in following diagram. A functioning software application provides entries to function display of others software. The display can show the UI and description of these functions. The displayed content could be updated from vendor web site as new software becoming available.

The functions described c...