Bring To Top Patents (Class 715/796)
  • Patent number: 9507516
    Abstract: A method for displaying different keypad configurations to allow input data using a touch screen with an appropriate keypad configuration is provided. The method comprises: displaying a plurality of identifiers respectively representing keypad configurations whose input modes are different from each other; and displaying a keypad configuration corresponding to a selected identifier when a touch event, which selects one of the displayed plurality of identifiers, is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo Hyung Lee, Seok Hee Na, Ying Dong, Jung Hwa Shim
  • Patent number: 9405464
    Abstract: A method for displaying different keypad configurations to allow input data using a touch screen with an appropriate keypad configuration is provided. The method comprises: displaying a plurality of identifiers respectively representing keypad configurations whose input modes are different from each other; and displaying a keypad configuration corresponding to a selected identifier when a touch event, which selects one of the displayed plurality of identifiers, is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo Hyung Lee, Seok Hee Na, Ying Dong, Jung Hwa Shim
  • Patent number: 8984439
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing a graphical user interface involve, for example, defining, using a processor coupled to memory, a threshold distance between windows on a display screen at which a mutual attraction between the windows is activated to draw the windows together as components of a picture of windows. Also using the processor, all windows of a same functional type that are components of the picture of windows are resized simultaneously without affecting the size of windows of other functional types that are also components of the picture of windows. Likewise using the processor, all windows on the display screen are maintained in an active state regardless of a focus of a user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: David Niall O'Byrne, Alaa Abdulkhaleq Saeed, Ashvin Parkash, Wyatt Alexander Flores, Vanderlei Cardoso da Silva, Ori Anavim, Kumaravel Kannan Nagarajan, Andrew Robert Blackman, Naveenprasad Subbiyan, Krishnaraj Rajagopalan, Laura Krystyna Lingard Turner
  • Patent number: 8966361
    Abstract: As part of a document summary view system, a miniaturized version of a document is provided that presents a summary overview of the document over a user interface, enabling a user to easily read and distinguish the contents of the document. The summary view may preserve a basic format and/or layout of a document and may retain the core elements within the document including headings, bulleted lists, tables, images, and/or the first sentence of each paragraph, and obscure any remaining text and elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: David B. Lee
  • Patent number: 8930847
    Abstract: A method for displaying a plurality of windows includes dividing a display screen into first and second display areas. The plurality of windows may be rearranged in the first and second display areas and new windows may be displayed in the first and second display areas based on prior windows displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Seong Hun Jeong
  • Patent number: 8910077
    Abstract: An information processing device according to the present invention stores user attribute data and pieces of application attribute data. The information processing device retrieves the user attribute data (Sa1), retrieves application attribute data of running application programs (Sa3), and determine whether there is application attribute data matching the user attribute data (Sa5). If the determination is affirmative, the information processing device identifies an application program corresponding to the application attribute data, and subsequently identifies a window (subject window) corresponding to the identified application program (Sa6). The information processing device sets priority levels for the subject window and windows overlapping the subject window so that the priority level for the subject window is higher than those of the windows (Sa8), and changes a display order of the subject window and the windows in accordance with the priority levels for the subject window and the windows (Sa9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Onda, Izua Kano, Dai Kamiya, Keiichi Murakami, Eiju Yamada, Kazuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 8898590
    Abstract: Provided are an information input device, an on-screen arrangement method thereof, and a computer-executable program capable of preventing deterioration of operability even when an input disable region is set on a touch panel. An information input device capable of inputting information by an indicator touching a touch panel formed on a display screen includes an input disable region setting controller that sets an input disable region on a part of the touch panel and a display controller that rearranges an object being displayed on the display screen to avoid the set input disable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mamoru Okada, Hidetoshi Mori, Masaki Matsubara, Masahiro Tsukiyama
  • Patent number: 8893038
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to task bar management and provide a method, system and computer program product for graphical association of task bar entries. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for graphically associating a window with a task bar entry in a windowing operating system GUI can be provided. The method can include rendering multiple windows in a z-space sequence in a desktop of the windowing operating system graphical user interface and detecting a proximity event for an entry in a task bar for the windowing operating system graphical user interface. In response to detecting the proximity event, a corresponding one of the windows in the desktop can be highlighted without re-ordering the z-space sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Albert D. Bennah, William G. Pagan
  • Patent number: 8875049
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a method that includes presenting a first window in a graphical user interface. The method includes presenting at least a portion of each secondary window. The method includes presenting one or more indicators indicating that additional windows exist. The method includes receiving a first user selection of a first one of the indicators. The method includes bringing at least one of the additional windows to the foreground, moving the at least one of the additional windows across the graphical user interface to be in view of the graphical user interface, sending the first window and the secondary windows behind the at least one of the additional windows, and moving at least one of the first window and the secondary windows across the graphical user interface to be out of view of the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Nicholas Jitkoff, Daniel T. Erat, Glen Murphy
  • Patent number: 8850334
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling positioning for a child window, produced by a main window, on at least one monitor in a multimonitor computer system, where a first and a second positioning mechanism control the positioning of the child window on the monitors such that the child window is positioned at the topmost position and fully visibly on all monitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karlheinz Dorn, Oliver Graf, Christian Scharf, Hans-Martin Von Stockhausen
  • Patent number: 8839122
    Abstract: A method a multifunction device with a touch-sensitive display includes: detecting a first user input on a first application icon on the display; in response to detecting the first user input: activating and displaying a first application associated with the first application icon in a first region of the display and displaying a partial view of a second application in a second region of the display without activating the second application; detecting a second user input on the partial view of the second application on the display; in response to detecting the second user input: suspending the first application and activating a full view of the second application on the display; detecting a third user input to deactivate the second application; and, in response to detecting the third user input: deactivating the second application and resuming the first application on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Allen Anzures, Alessandro Francesco Sabatelli
  • Patent number: 8826121
    Abstract: A web browser magnifies the content of the whole page in memory and displays the relevant portion in a magnifier with hyperlinks. The web browser then maps the magnified display to the original document. Thus, manipulation of the mouse in the magnified display may result in an action with respect to the original document. The user may then select a link for navigation within the magnified display. Alternatively, the web browser may analyze the original web page and construct magnifier contents on the basis of either the document object model, extensible markup language (XML), or hypertext markup language (HTML) representation of the magnified portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Don R. Day, Rabindranath Dutta
  • Patent number: 8806367
    Abstract: The display control device detects a pressing down of a one-shot media button arranged in a remote controller, receives a report on the detection of the pressing down of the one-shot media button and specifies a window associated with any one of moving picture reproducing applications, and changes the front-back order of the window so that the specified window is displayed on the frontmost surface on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 8694914
    Abstract: A processing system may include a display device, a primary window manager, and an auxiliary window manager. The primary window manager may display a first remote-enabled window in the display device. The processing system may also include a program to generate a mouse-enabled window, and the primary window manager may prevent the mouse-enabled window from displaying in front of the first remote-enabled window. The auxiliary window manager may detect an attempt to display the mouse-enabled window, and, in response, may automatically display a second remote-enabled window in front of the first remote-enabled window. The second remote-enabled window may include an object that a user can select with a remote control to instruct the processing system to display the mouse-enabled window. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Terry Ryun Bradfield
  • Patent number: 8689116
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive a reply or forward command for a selected email message in an email user interface and display a composition window in response to the command, wherein the displaying includes a sequence of images to create the illusion of the composition window popping out of the selected email message, the sequence of images including an initial image that is a copy of the selected email message, a final image of the composition window including an editable body, and at least one image between the initial image and the final image that has characteristics of both the initial and final images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Guzman, Bas Ording, Brendan Langoulant, Daniel Shteremberg, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen Decker, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: 8689134
    Abstract: A method for facilitating window navigation on an electronic display including the steps of rendering at least one elongated strip on opposing sides of a first window wherein the strips are selectable by a user through a user interface device, associating at least one strip with a second window and at least one strip with a third window wherein the strips are each configured to transition one of the second and third windows to the forefront of the electronic display upon selection of the respective strip by the user through the user interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Dana W. Paxson
  • Patent number: 8677250
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for enabling a game to be played on an electronic device, comprising: enabling a game application on the electronic device to utilize a contact list for an instant messaging application, during a game in progress with a particular contact in the contact list, preparing game messages to be sent to the particular contact by including game progress data, communicating at least one game message during the game in progress with the particular contact using an instant messaging system used by the instant messaging application; displaying at least one instant message in an instant messaging conversation user interface; and displaying a game in progress user interface associated with the game play, after detecting a selection in the instant messaging conversation user interface to switch to the game in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Christopher R. Wormald, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Ronald Scotte Zinn, Samer Fahmy
  • Publication number: 20140033117
    Abstract: A method for controlling a display device that executes multiple applications and has a touch screen is provided. The control method includes displaying multiple windows for executing the multiple applications on the touch screen based on a display level of each of the windows, receiving a top-level display command for one of the multiple windows, fixing, as a top level, a display level of a top-level display window for which the top-level display command is received, and displaying the top-level display window in a level higher than the other windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Chul-Joo KIM, Kang-Tae KIM, Eun-Young KIM, Ki-Hyuck SHIN, Sun-Young JEONG, Kwang-Won SUN, Jae-Yul LEE
  • Patent number: 8626141
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus enable a mobile device to suggest available applications or features in which a user may be interested to the user based upon the user's past and current mobile device usage patterns. The mobile device may monitor the specific application/features used and their frequency of use. The mobile device may determine other available applications/features that the user may be interested in using based upon the frequency of use of applications or features and information which indicates a likelihood of user interest in one application or feature based upon usage of another application or feature. Applications or features determined to be potentially of interest to the user may be presented to the user in the form of suggestions to be added to the user interface menu so that the user can elect to accept or rejection the suggestion to modify the menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Alexander Davies-Moore, Peter D. Triplow, Matthew A. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 8578426
    Abstract: Methods and systems enable mobile TV providers to select programs for broadcast based on viewer preference indications or votes. Information regarding candidate programs or content may be broadcast and displayed on mobile devices. A voting user interface may receive viewer preferences or votes and transmit vote information to the mobile TV broadcast network using a unicast network. Received voting information may be tallied to select a program or content for broadcast. Interim vote tallies may be broadcast to mobile devices until a voting session is terminated. Results of the voting session may be broadcasted followed by broadcast of the selected program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ed O. Tiongson, George Joseph, Walker Curtis, Eitan Pilipski, Anthony G. Persaud
  • Patent number: 8555196
    Abstract: A system and method for arranging windows on a screen. The user interface program, called the Graphical User Interface (GUI), provides a user friendly system and method of viewing and/or interacting with computer application programs. The GUI prepares and presents a visual display. The arranging of active and inactive windows on the screen is configured according to prescribed formulas. The GUI also provides the user with a two or three dimensional spatial orientation of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Software Rights Archive, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Egger, Shawn Cannon, Ronald D. Sauers
  • Patent number: 8539373
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a method that includes presenting a first window in a graphical user interface. The method includes presenting at least a portion of each secondary window. The method includes presenting one or more indicators indicating that additional windows exist. The method includes receiving a first user selection of a first one of the indicators. The method includes bringing at least one of the additional windows to the foreground, moving the at least one of the additional windows across the graphical user interface to be in view of the graphical user interface, sending the first window and the secondary windows behind the at least one of the additional windows, and moving at least one of the first window and the secondary windows across the graphical user interface to be out of view of the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Nicholas Jitkoff, Daniel T. Erat, Glen Murphy
  • Patent number: 8451247
    Abstract: A device displays one or more display elements on a touch screen associated with the device, and detects interaction of a finger, associated with a user of the device, with the touch screen. The device also calculates one or more touch areas associated with the finger based on the detected interaction, and resizes, reshapes, and/or relocates the one or more display elements based on the calculated one or more touch areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, Sok Y. Hwang
  • Patent number: 8446422
    Abstract: An image display apparatus is disclosed. The image display apparatus includes a detection section, an image forming section, and a display process section. The detection section detects a user's watching state. The image forming section that forms a display image which is displayed on a screen based on a plurality of images and changes the display image based on a detected result of the detection section. The display process section which performs a process of displaying the display image formed by the image forming section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazumasa Tanaka, Tetsujiro Kondo, Yasushi Tatehira, Tetsushi Kokubo, Kenji Tanaka, Hitoshi Mukai, Hirofumi Hibi, Hiroyuki Morisaki
  • Patent number: 8443297
    Abstract: Systems and methods for bringing a window into focus are provided. In some aspects, a method includes providing for display of a first window and a second window in a user interface. The first window is in focus. The second window is not in focus. The method includes receiving a user input for bringing the second window into focus. The method includes brightening at least a dimmed portion of the second window in response to the user input for bringing the second window into focus. The method includes gradually dimming at least a visible portion of the first window in response to the user input for bringing the second window into focus. The method includes pausing the dimming, after expiration of a time period, of the at least the visible portion of the first window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Nicholas Jitkoff, Daniel T. Erat
  • Patent number: 8386956
    Abstract: A computer-human interface provides a mechanism to manage the available space of a computer display in a manner that facilitates navigation among multiple windows that are overlaid upon one another. The interface includes a user-selectable mode in which the windows are rearranged, and resized if necessary, so that all open windows can be simultaneously viewed within the area of the display, thereby enabling any one of the windows to be easily selected for access. In effect, the presentation of the windows is “flattened” so that all windows appear at the same virtual depth, rather than overlapping one another. With this approach, there is no need to minimize windows in order to access one that is overlaid by another, thereby enabling the user to keep the content of all windows visible and accessible. Subsets of windows can be repositioned in the same manner, or all windows can be removed from the display area for access to desktop objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bas Ording, John Louch
  • Patent number: 8370765
    Abstract: A computer system and method inhibit interruption of a user that is actively using the computer system. A user is actively using the computer system if the user has provided defined input within a time period specified in a “do not disturb” specification. For example, if the time period in the “do not disturb” specification is set to ten seconds, a user will not be interrupted by a potential interrupting event if the user has, for example, pressed a keyboard key or clicked a mouse key within ten seconds of the potential interrupting event. In this manner a user that is actively using a computer system will not be interrupted by potential interrupting events. In a first embodiment, the do not disturb mechanism is defined globally in the operating system. In a second embodiment, each software application may include a “do not disturb” specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Derek P. Martin
  • Patent number: 8365082
    Abstract: A computer tool allows a user to manipulate displayed content of a web page by a user device. The computer tool may be used to implement a collapsing, foldable browser that allows users to customize web content. The computer tool receives an indication of a user defined first portion of the content of a web page displayed by a browser, determines a remaining portion of the content of the web other than the first portion; and renders only the first user defined portion on a display screen of a display associated with the user device. An attribute may be associated with the first portion and displayed in proximity to the first portion to provide functions to manipulate the first portion within the display screen of the display associated with the user device. A menu may be associated with the attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Savnor Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Alexander R. Skirpa
  • Patent number: 8341541
    Abstract: A method referred to as visual window browsing allows a user to browse through windows on their desktop. Aspects of the invention include responsive to a command, moving open windows to form a visual stack with the topmost window in the stack being in focus. Responsive to a browse the windows in the visual stack can be browsed, where the topmost window moves to the bottom of the visual stack and the other windows move higher in the stack, with the second highest window becoming the topmost window and being in focus. Successive browse commands causes this behavior to repeat allowing a user to cycle through each of the open windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ales Holecek, Charles W. Stabb, Hillel N. Cooperman, Jeffrey W. Pettiross, Mark R. Ligameri, Kanwal VedBrat, Donald J. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 8281334
    Abstract: Systems, methods, computer-readable media, and graphical user interfaces for facilitating advertisement placement over video content are provided. Images within a video are partitioned into image regions. Upon partitioning images into image regions, an intrusiveness score is determined for each image region. Based on the intrusiveness scores, optimal placement of an advertisement within the video is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ying Shan, Yue Zhou, Xu Liu, Ying Li, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120185798
    Abstract: A minimized view of an application is provided, in one embodiment, from an application or window control region. The minimized view of a first application can include controls (e.g., commands such as a play button or command and a pause button or command) that are available when a first window of the first application is the front most window. The minimized view can be invoked and receive and respond to user inputs on the controls even when a second application's window is the front most window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Timothy W. Bumgarner, Christopher J. Hynes
  • Patent number: 8214760
    Abstract: A method and computer-storage media for minimizing application windows based on a triggering event are provided. Embodiments of the present invention include determining that a triggering event has occurred with respect to a target window, automatically minimizing all of the minimizable application windows except the target application window, and generating an undo record that may be used to restore the minimized windows upon the determination that a second triggering event has occurred with respect to the target window. In one embodiment, the triggering event is shaking the target application window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Matthews, Song Zou, Bret P. Anderson, Jared C. Simpson, Pai-Hung Chen, Patrice L. Miner
  • Patent number: 8205260
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a system and method for providing protection against malicious software programs are disclosed. The system and method may be operable to detect that a first window of a legitimate software program has been replaced by a second window of a malicious software program, e.g., where the second window includes features to mimic the first window in an effort to fool the user into inputting sensitive information into the second window. The method may operate to alert the user when the window replacement is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Eric Obrecht, Vijay Bharti, Barrett Baxter
  • Patent number: 8112705
    Abstract: A web browser magnifies the content of the whole page in memory and displays the relevant portion in a magnifier with hyperlinks. The web browser then maps the magnified display to the original document. Thus, manipulation of the mouse in the magnified display may result in an action with respect to the original document. The user may then select a link for navigation within the magnified display. Alternatively, the web browser may analyze the original web page and construct magnifier contents on the basis of either the document object model, extensible markup language (XML), or hypertext markup language (HTML) representation of the magnified portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Don Rutledge Day, Rabindranath Dutta
  • Patent number: 8056014
    Abstract: A Web portal page at a Web display station having a plurality of portlet sections, each portlet including text and at least one active hyperlink to another Web page. An implementation enabling a user to enter one of the displayed portlet sections, enlarging the area of the entered one portlet section, and reducing the areas of a plurality of the other portlet sections so that at least one hyperlink in each of the other portlet sections of reduced area remains active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon J. Brockway, James McArdle
  • Patent number: 7908557
    Abstract: A method of visually presenting a message includes detecting that a screen reader application is being used in a computer system having a graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI presents messages of a first type by displaying a popup window and presents messages of a second type in a predefined field of the GUI. The screen reader application is configured to detect display of the popup window but not configured to detect presentation of the messages of the second type in the predefined field. The method includes detecting a system event that causes a first message to be presented in the predefined field, the system event resulting from evaluating user input information. The method includes presenting, in response to detecting the system event, a second message in the popup window, the second message being associated with the first message. The predefined field may relate to a message log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Martin Schrepp, Rakesh Jani
  • Patent number: 7831924
    Abstract: A processing system may include a display device, a primary window manager, and an auxiliary window manager. The primary window manager may display a first remote-enabled window in the display device. The processing system may also include a program to generate a mouse-enabled window, and the primary window manager may prevent the mouse-enabled window from displaying in front of the first remote-enabled window. The auxiliary window manager may detect an attempt to display the mouse-enabled window, and, in response, may automatically display a second remote-enabled window in front of the first remote-enabled window. The second remote-enabled window may include an object that a user can select with a remote control to instruct the processing system to display the mouse-enabled window. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Terry Ryun Bradfield
  • Publication number: 20100262904
    Abstract: A method for displaying a plug-in frame in a web browser, a computer readable medium, and a computer program product for executing the same are disclosed. The method includes the steps of: constructing each webpage element when a webpage of the web browser is opened or content of a webpage is altered; determining whether each webpage element is a plug-in frame; if yes, obtaining related data of each plug-in frame; arranging each required webpage element from bottom to top to generate a display list; calculating an intersection of each plug-in frame and each webpage element according to the display list; obtaining a new window mask of each plug-in frame according to the related data and the intersection; and displaying each webpage element located above each plug-in frame in the web browser according to the new window mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Chou, Yun-Ting Chang
  • Patent number: 7739604
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to manipulate a window during a drag-and-drop operation. In one aspect of the invention, a method to manipulate a window includes: receiving input of dragging an item to a first window in a first state in which the first window is not completely accessible on a first screen; and bringing the first window from the first state to a second state in which the first window is more accessible or completely accessible on the first screen before the item is dropped. In one example according to this aspect, the first window is brought to the second state in response to a first determination that the first window contains a target location for the item. The first determination is in response to a predetermined input which is one of: a) a determination that the item has hovered around a location in the first window for a predetermined amount of time; and b) an input of pressing a key while the item is being dragged in the first window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Lyons, Patrick Earl McClaughry, Dan Walkowski
  • Patent number: 7620911
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture of the invention provide for collapsing a dialog window of an application. A complete dialog window of a currently active application is displayed on a display device. A location of a cursor with respect to the dialog window is determined. A collapsed version of the dialog window is displayed when the cursor moves outside of the complete dialog window, wherein the collapsed version of the dialog window consumes a smaller area of the display device than the complete dialog window. A complete version of the dialog window is displayed when the cursor moves within the collapsed version of the dialog window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Stephen Webb
  • Publication number: 20090259966
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus which performs multi-window display control includes a window change unit 102 to search among windows displayed on the screen for a window which at least partially overlaps an area identified based on a designated position and to change the display of the found window so that the found window will be sequentially displayed in the foreground on the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: KENTARO HARA
  • Patent number: 7536654
    Abstract: Groups of photo thumbnails are presented to the user, and where a user selects one of the thumbnails, a transition is provided replacing the group of thumbnails with the photo represented by the selected thumbnail. The photo may be displayed without cropping or stretching. In addition, a zoom/enlargement animation of the selected thumbnail is provided, and also possibly of the remaining thumbnails in the group, which then transitions into the represented photo. In addition, after or during the zooming animation, a cross-fading may occur such that the thumbnails fade out and the represented photo fades in. These types of transitions and user inputs both while the user is manually browsing thumbnails and when the user is viewing an automated slideshow of the thumbnails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Colin R. Anthony, Martijn E. Van Tilburg, Justin Mann
  • Patent number: 7536657
    Abstract: An information equipment remote operating system includes an operated-side information equipment and an operating-side information equipment. The operated-side information equipment includes a view region storing unit for storing view information regarding a view region correlated with an window, a screen information processing unit for generating an image to be displayed on an operating-side display unit as an initial state based on the view information, a communication unit, and a control information processing unit for operating an application. The operating-side information equipment includes a communication unit, a view region storing unit for storing the view information, a screen information processing unit for displaying images on multiple display regions in high to low display priority order, and a control information processing unit for transmitting application operating information to the operated-side information equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Nobuo Shimizu, Mamiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7523405
    Abstract: Displaying the relative depth of 2D image objects while preserving the visual attributes of the objects is disclosed. After an object group is determined, the members of the object group are temporarily moved away from a center location while preserving the object group members' positions relative to each other in the X-Y plane. A depth well is displayed at the center location and each object group member is connected to a ring-beam in the depth well. In response to a control action indicating a relative depth adjustment of an object group member relative to the remaining object group members, the depth of the object relative to the remaining object group members is changed. In response to a control action indicating the depth adjustment is complete, object group members are returned to their original positions in the X-Y plane with the adjusted object displayed at the object's new relative depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: George G Robertson, Daniel C Robbins, Desney S Tan, Kenneth P Hinckley, Maneesh Agrawala, Mary P Czerwinski, Patrick Markus Baudisch, Gonzalo A Ramos
  • Publication number: 20080141167
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is disclosed. The image forming apparatus includes a displaying unit which displays a predetermined number of menu items in plural menu items on a screen, an inputting unit which selects a menu item from the menu items displayed on the screen by the displaying unit, and a storing unit which registers the menu item selected by the input unit in a user custom menu table for each user having registration regions where a predetermined number of menu items are stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Naohiko Kubo, Naruhiko Ogasawara, Nobuyuki Iwata, Hiroya Uruta, Takahiro Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 7386807
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for determining the status of an application and altering the corresponding application window if necessary in order to convey information to the user and improve the user experience. The system and method of the invention allow visual treatment to be applied to a last active state of an application. The system and method further detect hidden dialogs that are shown in response to an application closing or exit request. The system and method additionally trap applications that respond to messages but ignore close commands and detect applications that do not provide visual feedback in response to user requests to close. Through these functions, a user is able to more readily distinguish between a non-responsive application and an improperly functioning application window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Cummins, Kanwai VedBrat, Reiner Fink, Lyon K. F. Wong
  • Patent number: 7380218
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer instructions for managing windows in a foreground and a background in a data processing system. A buffer is monitored for user input in response to receiving a request to present a pop-up window in a foreground. A determination is made as to whether the application in the foreground is an interruptible application. The pop-up window is presented in the foreground if user input is absent and if the identified application is an interruptible application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Neal Rundell
  • Patent number: 7366246
    Abstract: A receiver includes a channel decoder select circuit, a plurality of communication channels, at least one maximum ratio combiner circuit, and a forward error correction circuit. The plurality of communication channels receive wireless information from channel demodulators and are in communication with respective channel decoder circuits, which are in communication with the channel decoder select circuit. The at least one maximum ratio combiner circuit receives the wireless information from the plurality of communication channels. The output of the maximum ratio combiner is communicated to the forward error correction circuit, the output of which is communicated to the channel decoder select circuit. A pseudo bit error measurement feedback signal communicated to the maximum ratio combiner from one of the plurality of channel decoder circuits. A method for finding wireless satellite signals that minimizes errors in a receiver system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Walker, J. Robert Dockemeyer, Jr., Eric A. Dibiaso
  • Patent number: 7350156
    Abstract: Interlocking flag, indicating whether or not an interlocked display should be made, can be set in association with predetermined editing operators. When any of the operators is operated, a displayed screen on a display is switched over to a screen related to the operated operator, if the interlocking flag associated with the operated operator indicates flag-ON; if not, the display device may be used to perform another function. A plurality n of channels may be divided into a plurality of layers each consisting of predetermined number m channels. It is only necessary that a limited number of operators, e.g. faders, be provided to correspond to a single layer, i.e. m channels. Any of the layers is selected, and any of the operators is used for the selected layer. A set of stereo channels can be set across different layers so as to interlock with each other in response to editing operation of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Naohide Kohyama, Taku Nishikori, Hiroshi Hamamatsu
  • Patent number: 7320112
    Abstract: Executing a desired processing immediately by a simple operation using a jog dial for example. The display unit (3) has a jog dial (4) (a first operating means) and a back button (5) (second operating means) provided vertically at the right upper corner thereof. The jog dial (4) can be rotated and pushed. The back button (5) is to undo an operation having been made by pushing the jog dial (4), and it is located near the jog dial (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Soichi Sato, Yoshitaka Narukawa, Kenichi Agata, Takashi Yamamoto, Kaoru Hayashi, Osamu Gomibuchi