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dynamically changing the active color

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013540D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jun-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

When performing an operation using a pointer where the function of the operation needs to change in a smooth or "analog" mode while the operation is in progress, the user is not able to change the function easily. The pointer is currently the only way available to the user to make smooth changes, but if the pointer is being used to perform an operation, the user is unable to change the function in a smooth manner. For example, in a paint program the user might want to change the brush color while drawing a line so the line has a "rainbow" color look. The user is unable to easily change the color while the drawing is taking place. They have to abort the drawing operation, change color, and resume drawing. This would cause the color changes to be more abrupt than the user might like.