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Method of interactive progress bar with multiple tasks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239481D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-12
Document File: 6 page(s) / 148K

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Abstract

This disclosure presents a method to use the interactive progress bar to illustrate the status of the tasks your application has. In addition it allows you to interact with the progress bar to be able to fix the problems or errors occurred in terms of object type during the process.

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Method of interactive progress bar with multiple tasks

The typical progress bar provides an indication of how many percentage of objects have been processed successfully for one single task at once, for example, extracting files from a zip file as given below.

Figure 1 Extracting File

However, it is quite common for a software application to consist of a number of tasks which can process the set of objects in a certain sequence. It usually is called as work flow. The typical progress bar is hard to represent such work flow being processed by the different tasks especially for the relationship among those tasks and the overall progress in the single progress bar. The "task" is defined as an activity being performed. This disclosure presents a method to use the interactive progress bar to illustrate the status of the tasks your application has. In addition it allows you to interact with the progress bar to be able to fix the problems or errors occurred in terms of object type during the process. The following diagram illustrates the overall idea of the disclosure.

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Figure 2 Overall Idea of the Disclosure


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Search and study was done to find some prior arts that might be related to the disclosure in some extent, for example,

Implementation of an interactive progress bar in a test application environment ( https://www.google.com/patents/US8001481?dq=progress+bar&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ov20U_HGG-jI8wH86IGoDw&ved=0CFsQ6AEwCQ). It presents that a test case can be recognized as one "object", but it just claims to categorize those test cases into different states such as Pass, Duplicate, Failed etc which cannot be regarded as an activity being performed as given in Figure 1.

Improved progress bar ( https://www.google.com/patents/EP2525281A1?cl=en&dq=progress+bar&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fP-0U77ZF4af8QGsp4HgCQ&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBDgK). This patent is not related to multiple tasks at all.

Interactive Progress Bar ( https://www.google.com/patents/US20080256474?dq=progress+bar&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-v-0U4e0K4ehqAaG1IGgDQ&ved=0CD4Q6AEwBTgU). This patent is not related to multiple task similar to first prior art that categorizes the objects into different states which cannot be regarded as an activity being performed as given in Figure 1.

In general, an interactive progress indicator bar is displayed in a graphical user interface and comprises a plurality of progress segments. Supposed there are 100 objects being processed by the 3 tasks or operations. The sample scenario of this assumption is that the project is firstly copy 100 files into a directory, then upload them to the cloud storage one by one, finally provision them to the new destination in the cloud, where obviously the object is equal to the file and 3 tasks being performed are equal to copy, upload and provision respectively. Apparently those tasks will be performed in sequence, ie, copy -> upload -> provision, which usually can be regarded as wo...