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Methodology for Fast, Direct Conversion of AppBar to Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122850D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, P: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a methodology that allows users to simply and directly convert an appbar to an application and then back. An appbar typically appears docked to an edge of the desktop and has a unique set of behaviors quite different from an application. For example, they are always on top - other windows that appear on the desktop are not allowed to obscure their view. Also, they do not contain the Minimize and Close icons that applications have. Additionally, unlike applications, they have no presence on the taskbar when they are running. If the user does drag them from an edge, they become floating tool palettes in secondary windows.

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Methodology for Fast, Direct Conversion of AppBar to Application

      Disclosed is a methodology that allows users to simply and
directly convert an appbar to an application and then back.  An
appbar typically appears docked to an edge of the desktop and has a
unique set of behaviors quite different from an application.  For
example, they are always on top - other windows that appear on the
desktop are not allowed to obscure their view.  Also, they do not
contain the Minimize and Close icons that applications have.
Additionally, unlike applications, they have no presence on the
taskbar when they are running.  If the user does drag them from an
edge, they become floating tool palettes in secondary windows.

      The disclosed methodology allows the user to drop an appbar
away from a docked edge to a floating position anywhere else on the
desktop.  When the user drops the appbar to a floating position,
several changes take place to the appbar so that it behaves more
application-like.  It still retains the general appearance of an
appbar, but it now has the typical title bar that an application has,
including the system menu, minimize, and close icons.  The functions
and status monitors are now on one or two lines below the title bar,
depending on the application needs.  The user can press an "expand
button" to display the full primary window, which moves the status
monitors to the bottom of the primary window, as is typical with
normal application appearance...