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Method for Dynamic Adjustment of Object Alignment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000228740D
Publication Date: 2013-Jul-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for dynamic adjustment of object alignment.

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Described is an invention that detects when a user tries to repeatedly place an object at a specific location. When this occurs, the system turns off the alignment setting while the object is held to provide an automatic means for more granular alignment. The system also provides the user with a graphical indication as to where the nearest recommending landing spot is, while still allowing the user to move the object freely.

    When a shape, picture, or any other object is moved in a presentation, graphics program, word processing software, or any other software that supports embedding of graphics or non-text objects, it will align to or "snap to" the nearest intersection of lines of an invisible grid. This feature is extremely useful because it allows objects to snap to the edges shapes or objects. It also allows a consistent system for placing objects whether they are close or farther away from each other.

    The snap to grid feature is useful when trying to generate professional looking documents with embedded objects, but is problematic when you are trying to move the object past a recommended location. It is almost as if it tries to jump over the spot that you want to place the object, and this behavior is frustrating. In such instances, it can become quite iterative when trying to place the object, and it requires manual steps to do so such as explicitly turning off the snap to grid feature, which as outlined above, is a very useful feature.

    The invention detects when a user tries to repeatedly place an object at a specific location. In particular, the system detects when an object is moved more than a certain number of times within a given geographical space. When this occurs, the system turns off the alignment setting while the object is held (mouse is down or touch screen sensitivity detected) to provide an automatic means for more granular alignment. The system also provides the user with a graphical indication as to where the nearest recommending landing spot is while still allowing
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