Cursor tool switcher mechanism for graphical user interfaces
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Cursor tool switcher mechanism for graphical user interfaces Disclosed in a mechanism for switching the cursor between different tools in a graphical user interface. To switch between tools in a typical graphical interface, the user needs to move the cursor from its present location to a toolbar and select the new tool. With this new mechanism, the switch happens "in place", with no cursor movement required, by displaying a graphical menu construct that rotates through the available tools. This mechanism is best explained using a scenario that illustrates a simple tool switch action. Fig. 1 below represents a generic user interface. It shows the pencil tool in currently in use. The switching action is activated by a simple trigger for example, clicking mouse button 2.