Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Douglas, TB: AUTHOR [+3]
Disclosed is a technique that allows users to organize objects on graphic users interfaces (GUIs) in a manner similar to real world organizers in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional techniques.
a technique that allows users to organize objects
on graphic users interfaces (GUIs) in a manner similar to real world
organizers in order to overcome deficiencies with conventional
A new object,
the Visual Organizer, is provided. The
user's model is an object similar to physical world portfolios that
organize and carry pads of paper, calendars, calculators, etc. The
features of the Organizer are:
o work area for
a pad of writing paper or other user selected
o An organizing
area for laying out and using mini-views of objects
and for containing icons of other objects.
of the organizing area are fixed placement of
object fixed window size, resizing and moving of objects.
o Mini-views of
objects are smaller views of conventional objects
usin smaller fonts and zooming.
o The user can
interact with objects in the working area,
organizing area, and the user can open objects to full size.
o Popup menus and direct manipulation are supported.
An end user will experience the following benefits: new
functionality, improved conceptual consistency with respect to native
desktops, improved organization, reduced worksteps in finding and
managing windows and icons, reduced use of screen space, and more