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UI Controls For Manipulating Stacking Order

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000214363D
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to improve the user experience with a presentation- authoring package when interacting with stacked images. The tool makes it significantly easier for a user to rearrange the order of the objects or select the object in the stack that they need to edit by providing a graphical view of the z-ordering of objects.

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UI Controls For Manipulating Stacking Order

When working with a slide presentation, regardless of the tool, a user can encounter a situation where objects are stacked (i.e., layering of objects, also called z-ordering). This often occurs in drawings where a user places shape objects and text in layers in order to create a desired image.

During the editing process, it is often necessary to edit individual elements that are stacked on the presentation. If an element is "at the back" of the stack, it may not be easily selected by the user. The user has a few options in order to access and edit the element. A user can: move elements on top (with a higher z-ordering) out of the way in order to get to the bottom element, or use the send to back /send to front menu item found in many applications or programs. Depending on the software, the user might have to perform several steps to edit an item in a stack; some applications are more efficient and offer more user-friendly options than do others.

In presentation authoring packages, the user has only a menu (produced through a right mouse-click) in order to control the stacking of objects on a single page.

There is room to improve the user experience when interacting with stacked images to make it significantly easier for a user to rearrange the order of the objects, or simply select the object in the stack that they need to edit.

Related Art:


• Patent discussing "fine grained control" of z-order elements, but it is focused on rendering the UIs, especially where the real estate on the screen is limited, and does not discuss a UI control for reordering the images effectively [1]


• Patent detailing the rendering of various layers in a stacked image but does not discuss a mechanism reordering of the stacking [2]


• Patent discussing the processing and rendering of the stacked images but does not discuss a mechanism to reorder the stacking [3]


• Patent discussing web based tool that serves up images that can be stacked but does not discuss a mechanism to reorder the stacking [4]


• Patent describing graphically displaying the proportion of a total value of a time dependent variable contributed by each of a set of elements instead of dealing with stacked elements on a display [5]


• Publication addressing rasterizing graphics objects and does not deal with the manipulation of stacked objects [6]


• Patent dealing with managing input focus of windows on a desktop, based on z-order, but does not address rearranging

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stacked images in a presentation application [7]

This invention defines a new user interface (UI) that allows users of presentation tools to quickly access the target object in a stacked set of objects and
either edit a particular object or re-order the stacked set. The invention focuses on objects that are stacked in a single page of a presentation.

The components and process for implementing the invention fo...