Method to Manage Redefined Graphic Objects Having Non-Standard Shapes
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A method is described which permits the operator of an interactive graphic system to redisplay graphic characters that have been edited to create an object with a non-standard shape. In traditional draw graphics applications operators can create and edit standard-shaped graphical objects such as circles, rectangles, triangles, and other regular polygons. The editing permits selection and editing of a subobject belonging to any of these graphical objects. The edit actions applicable to subobjects are move, copy, rotate, shape, and smooth. The result of any of these actions is generally a redefinition of the graphic object into an object with a non-standard shape. One method of managing a redefined object is to treat that object as a freehand drawing, remembering all the points. There are two problems with this method.