Based On Usage Or User Profile (e.g., Frequency Of Use) Patents (Class 715/789)
  • Patent number: 7000194
    Abstract: An affinity generation system according to the present invention analyzes a profiled user's authorship and document usage within an ‘intranet’ to create a set of affinities between documents and topical classifications used in a hierarchical content catalog. These affinities are weighted depending on the system usage and amount of collected evidence. Once a certain threshold has been reached, the threshold being fixed or dynamically set to achieve a desired policy, the affinities are published into the content catalog. The user looking for specific expertise can then search or browse the content catalog and find both documents and people with strong affinities to the selected content area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Newbold
  • Patent number: 6971067
    Abstract: A software program provides a unified, ever-present user interface which manages a user's interaction with other software programs. The software program includes an executable portion and a dynamic linked library (DLL). The software program uses hooking and subclassing in a Windows environment to gain control over when and where display of the user interface occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Sentillion, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Karson, David Fusari, Gail Fitzpatrick, Elaine Seliger
  • Patent number: 6968511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a user interface, data structure and method to facilitate management and/or access to data, such as by grouping graphical representations of the data in an image space relative to cluster indicators. A given graphical representation for selected data (e.g., a graphical object) can be associated with a corresponding cluster indicator based on its proximity to the cluster indicator. Thus, cluster membership can be changed, in accordance with an aspect of the present invention, by moving graphical objects relative to the cluster indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Mary P. Czerwinski, Daniel C. Robbins
  • Patent number: 6954905
    Abstract: A method, system and program for displaying transparency characteristic aids are provided. A user interface is displayed comprising at least one displayable object within a display area controlled by a computer system. Responsive to an initiating event, placing a transparency characteristic aid within the display area in association with the initiating event, such that the at least one displayable object is not obscured by the transparency characteristic aid. The transparency resource aid may indicate resource usage of hardware, software, and graphical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Andrew Douglas Hately, Kelvin Roderick Lawrence, Michael A. Paolini
  • Patent number: 6920617
    Abstract: A digital content distribution system that is suitable for outputting digital content in a layout that is easy to view for a user is provided. The system can include a content distribution terminal that creates digital content by determining an output layout for the digital content, based on other-user-unique information and other-user-designated information in a user information record database, and distributes the created digital content based on a distribution address for the user information used for the creation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nitta
  • Publication number: 20040255253
    Abstract: A multi-layer graphical user interface provides multiple types of information in at least two layers of a common display space, such as a window. In one implementation, a shared network folder includes two layers of display objects to separately represent files contained in the folder and users with whom the folder is shared. The first or top layer may represent the files with conventional words, icons or other symbols. The second or lower level may represent the users with whom the folder is shared with words, icons or other symbols that are dimmed, blurred, or otherwise de-emphasized relative to the top layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Cezary Marcjan