Default Selection Item Patents (Class 715/813)
  • Patent number: 9658948
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to methods for improving the efficiency at which problem areas are identified and prioritized for an existing large, multi-module software system. In some embodiments, a workload mapper generates workload maps that identify the intersection between defect risk scores accumulated for various modules and a log of the modules that are accesses by a given workload. A graphical user interface (GUI) provides the ability to sort, search, compare and display the workload maps against various sort, search and/or compare criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jesse L. Farinacci, Marc A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9323419
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes a display unit, an input unit, and a control unit. The display unit displays function items on a display window. The input unit selects and determines one function item with a pointer. The control unit controls a movement of the pointer by setting coordinates of the pointer based on position information transmitted from the input unit. Each function item includes a button region and a selection region. When the pointer moves to one of the button region and the selection region, the function item is selected. When the pointer is set to an equivalent stop state in the selection region, coordinates of the pointer are set as coordinates of a stop state position. When the pointer is set to the equivalent stop state in the button region, the coordinates of the pointer are set as coordinates of a predetermined position of the button region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shohei Morikawa, Takeshi Kawashima, Hirotaka Goto
  • Patent number: 9081480
    Abstract: An approach for using multiple menus with a graphical user interface is disclosed. A multiple menu comprises a menu panel with two or more selection regions, each of which is associated with a base menu. A user requests the menu panel without selecting a menu object displayed on a display unit, such as by right-clicking. The menu panel is displayed along with one base menu, and other base menus are displayed by the user moving the cursor to another selection region. The user selects a menu item from a base menu to cause the application to execute the function associated with the menu item. The selection regions of the menu panel do not include information describing the content of the associated base menus. By arranging the base menus around the menu panel, cursor movement is minimized to improve user efficiency in using the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: AUTODESK, Inc.
    Inventors: Britt S. Miura, Scott C. Morrison
  • Patent number: 9037996
    Abstract: Email functions, such as, for example, reply, reply to all, forward, delete, mark as unread, and mark as spam are made accessible to a user through a browser independent sidebar. In one embodiment, email messages stored by an email service provider comprise a first identifier used by a first email retrieval client and a second identifier used by the sidebar. In one embodiment, a protocol used by the sidebar to retrieve messages is augmented to comprise the first identifier, so that the sidebar can use email functions, such as, for example, mark as spam, that identify messages using the first identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Marc Bishop, Derrick Whittle, Tracy Hsu
  • Patent number: 8984441
    Abstract: While a user is using the electronic device, user interaction information for keystrokes, button pushes, and activation of functional controls may be recorded. The user interaction information is stored and when the electronic device is connected to a network, the user interaction information is sent over the network to a user interface analyzer. The user interface analyzer analyzes the user interaction information to determine patterns of usage regarding a hierarchy of menu items for the user interface. The analysis may show that a user interface may be improved for better usability. The user interface on the electronic device may be dynamically changed to alter the menu hierarchy, or the analysis may be used to improve future generations of products. For example, menu items may be positioned such that the user can more easily access menu items that are used more frequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Eyer, Peter Douma
  • Publication number: 20140317568
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a detecting unit configured to detect a plurality of selection operations with respect to an object displayed on a display screen, and a deciding unit configured to decide an object that a user is to select, based on the plurality of selection operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: HIROYUKI MIZUNUMA
  • Patent number: 8869065
    Abstract: A segment ring menu is provided that is used to easily access menu items. The segment ring menu includes a number of menus that are located equidistant from an initial mouse position from where the segment ring menu is evoked. Hovering over any of the sections of the segment ring menu displays the menu items hosted in that section. The segment ring menu layout is directed at making it easy for the user to reach any of the menu items with a small amount of mouse movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mirko Mandic, Marina Dukhon, Mark Pearson, Clay Satterfield
  • Patent number: 8855720
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method for providing a plurality of screens in an idle state of a mobile terminal, comprising; allocating at least one application program to each of the screens, based on a user selection; displaying a first screen among the plurality of screens in the idle state; receiving a screen switch request from a user; and turning the screens one by one based on the screen switch request so as to display the at least one application program allocated to each of the screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youngmin Park, Hoojong Kim
  • Publication number: 20140223372
    Abstract: A method of executing an action related to data input by a user via a personal computing device is disclosed. The method involves receiving first input data via a keyboard, and associating the first input data with a secondary application available to the user via the personal computing device by causing an icon to be displayed on a display device for selection, the icon associated with the secondary application. The method also involves monitoring for user selection of the icon, and, in response to detecting user selection of the icon, activating the secondary application to generate second data contextually associated with the secondary application for display on the display device. Apparatuses and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: 602531 British Columbia Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Dostie, Justin Robert Desjardins
  • Patent number: 8769432
    Abstract: In general, the invention relates to a method for capturing information from a web site. The method includes accessing the web site using a browser with a browser module, where the web site comprises a number of web pages having information in a first format, and obtaining a profile corresponding to the web site, where the profile defines a manner to capture information in a first format from the web site. The method further includes capturing information, by the browser module, from at least one of the number of web pages based on the profile and sending the information captured by the browser module to a destination application, where the destination application is external to the browser and where the destination application is configured to use the information in a second format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford L. Rhyne, Larry John Raab, Gang Wang
  • Patent number: 8730548
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus having various and may functions, in order to easily set a function based on a scanned document, a CPU of an MFP executes a program including: when a document is scanned by a user (YES at S3200), the step of displaying a preview image of the scanned document (S3202); the step of OCR-processing the document data (S3204); when the scanned document has been registered in a document-by-document recommended functions list (YES at S3210), the step of reading the document-by-document recommended functions list from an HDD and displaying the document type and recommended menu on a touch-panel display (S3212); the step of setting the function registered in the recommended functions list in the MFP (S3222) unless the setting of recommended menu is changed (NO at S3218); and the step of executing copy/transmission process based on the set function (S3224).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Tani, Terumi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8712476
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a spin-home function for a mobile communication terminal having a key input module, a microprocessor, a program memory, a data storage module, and an LCD display module so that applications are circulated and displayed on an idle screen. The method includes steps of (a) designating at least one application as a spin-home; (b) running a spin-home program stored in the program memory; (c) circulating next application designated as the spin-home and displaying the application on the LCD display module every time the user operates a second key button for circulating the idle screen; and (d) setting an application currently displayed on the LCD display module as the idle screen when the user operates a confirmation key button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youngmin Park, Hoojong Kim
  • Publication number: 20140101611
    Abstract: A device and method for operating the device that includes verifying a user, managing communication priorities, predicting application use, rewarding the user for device activity, posting social media status updates, and enhancing sleep patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew K. LANG, Steven SPENCER, Josh WOLFF
  • Publication number: 20140053106
    Abstract: Usability of a device having a user interface that contains a plurality of user-selectable elements presented in a spatial arrangement that varies over time is improved by storing the spatial arrangement at an initial given time in a memory and, upon receiving user input at a later time, applying the user input denoting a selection within the spatial arrangement as at the initial given time stored in the memory, in order to achieve the automatic selection of the element that existed at the selected location within the arrangement at a period of time before the selection was made, rather than the selection of the element that exists within the arrangement at the actual time of the selection being made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Michael David SPENCER
  • Patent number: 8656305
    Abstract: Presented is a method of adapting user interface elements. The method includes identifying state of a computer application, adapting one or more user interface elements associated with the computer application based on the state of the computer application, and displaying the one or more user interface elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mandalapu, Rahul Ajmera
  • Patent number: 8645863
    Abstract: A region menu is used to easily access menu items. Generally, the region menu includes a number of regions with associated menus that are located close to an initial mouse position from where the region menu is evoked. Hovering over any of the regions of the region menu displays the menu item that is associated with the region. Additionally, hovering over a menu item within one of the regions of the displayed region menu may activate a live preview showing a projected result of what would occur should that menu item be selected. During a live preview, a portion of the region menu becomes translucent such that content beneath the menu becomes visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mirko Mandic, Andrew V. Fomichev, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Jensen Harris
  • Patent number: 8631350
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying a graphical context menu on a display screen of a mobile communication device. The method includes receiving a menu request, determining the number of menu items based on the context of the menu request, generating a graphical context menu based on the determined number of the determined number of menu items, inserting the menu items into the generated graphical context menu, and displaying the generated graphical context menu on the display screen with the inserted menu items. The graphical context menu can include menu items displayed in a 3×3 grid, a 2×3 grid or a 1×3 grid. The graphical context menu can include a default menu item in the center of the grid and a full menu option in the bottom most right slot of the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Marc Anthony Lepage, Adam Cooper, Craig James Tucker, Yoojin Hong
  • Patent number: 8627222
    Abstract: A search and find user interface is provided that is integrated with a data indexing engine to allow efficient and high-speed data search and retrieval across data storage folders associated with a given software module or associated with a number of disparate software modules. An expanded form of the search and find user interface is provided for advanced searching. Where searching is required beyond a present search scope, an automatic “upscoping” mechanism is provided for expanding a search to data storage folders outside a current data storage folder on which an initial search is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Hartwell, Mike Pell
  • Patent number: 8612887
    Abstract: Correspondence is determined among i) groups in a first version of one or more groups of related tables and ii) groups in a second version of one or more groups of related tables. The tables have schema and table names and determining the correspondence includes matching groups that have matching tables, wherein the matching tables have matching schema and table names. A user interface is displayed, including first and second portions. A group name list is displayed for the one or more groups of the first version in the first user interface portion and of the second version in the second portion. A list of one or more tables within each respectively displayed group is displayed. Within each group of the first version the one or more table names are in visual alignment with respective corresponding one or more table names of the respective corresponding group of the second version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines
    Inventors: Gary Charles Doney, Ryan Pham
  • Patent number: 8527901
    Abstract: In the data structure for managing reproduction of graphic information, graphic information and an indicator associated with the graphic information is stored on the recording medium. The indicator indicates whether the graphic information is for display in response to user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jea Yong Yoo, Kang Soo Seo, Byung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8464156
    Abstract: An interactive product configurator includes a constraint network having a plurality of nodes. The configurator receives a new user choice after previously asserting one or more default decisions. The configurator then retracts the previously asserted default decisions before asserting the new user choice. The default decisions are then reasserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Claire M. Bagley, Martin P. Plotkin, Michael Colena
  • Patent number: 8434025
    Abstract: A method of designing and/or selecting a progressive addition lens design for a wearer is disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes displaying a graphical representation of an initial progressive addition lens design including design parameters having design values. A user interface is provided including, for each of one or more of the design parameters, a control that is adjustable over a range of levels, each level in the range being associated with a corresponding value of the respective design parameter. A control is adjusted to select a level and the selection is processed so as to substantially simultaneously update the displayed graphical representation in accordance with the selected level to provide a modified progressive lens design. A system for designing and/or selecting a progressive addition lens design for a wearer is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Vision Australia Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Scott Warren Fisher, Saulius Raymond Varnas, Philipp Ellinger, Michael Alan Morris, Ray Steven Spratt, Timo Kratzer
  • Patent number: 8434026
    Abstract: A time dimension management system is provided for managing time dimension of a data analyzing system for analyzing data stored in a data store based on a time data structure. The time dimension management system comprises a date selector controller and a calendar coordinator. The date selector controller is provided for controlling a date selector that presents to a user a standard calendar and a business calendar. The date selector controller has a standard calendar manager for managing presentation of the standard calendar for allowing the user to select a date on the standard calendar, and a business calendar manager for managing presentation of the business calendar to represent the time data structure that the data analyzing system uses, and allowing the user to select a date on the business calendar. The calendar coordinator is provided for coordinating the standard calendar manager and the business calendar manager to indicate a selected date on the standard calendar and the business calendar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ian Stewart, Floyd Kelly, Ilse Breedvelt-Schouten
  • Patent number: 8397179
    Abstract: A display control apparatus that makes it easy to recognize a target image when images are displayed in each of regions obtained by dividing a single screen, even when the method for dividing the screen has changed. For example, when the method for dividing the screen in an index view is switched, the post-switch location of a target thumbnail image is calculated based on the ratio between the pre- and post-switch division numbers and the pre-switch location of the target thumbnail image, in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Then, the overall arrangement of the thumbnail images in the index view after the division method switch is determined based on the calculated location of the target thumbnail image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yousuke Takagi
  • Patent number: 8386950
    Abstract: Systems and methods of arranging a plurality of icons on a touch sensitive display device of a computing device include receiving contact information from the touch sensitive display device indicating a first and a second one of the plurality of icons have been moved until they touch each other on the touch sensitive display device. A new folder is automatically created responsive to the received contact information indicating the first and second icons have been moved until they touch. The new folder includes stored resources of the computing device associated with the first and the second icons. The first and second icons are replaced on the touch sensitive display device with a new icon associated with the new folder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Andrew Henderson
  • Patent number: 8364508
    Abstract: Systems and methods for defining, booking and managing activities or services by a user of digital computer implemented applications and interactive displays based on time, location and theme as related to the user's local environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Cimarron Group
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Farina, Jonathan Lester Simon, Alexander L. Voltz, David Ngo
  • Patent number: 8341549
    Abstract: A system for arranging symbols for display and selection in a mobile communication terminal is provided. The system comprises user interface configured for selecting a first symbol having a first display priority; and means for assigning a second display priority to a second symbol associated with the first symbol, wherein the second symbol is displayed according to the second display priority, in response to a request for displaying a symbol set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Dong Hyuck Oh
  • Patent number: 8334999
    Abstract: A method and system for augmenting an imaging device with non-native job settings without unduly complicating the processing of imaging jobs that utilize only native job settings is disclosed. In one aspect, an imaging device comprises a processor, a user interface communicatively coupled with the processor and a network interface communicatively coupled with the processor, wherein under control of the processor in response to job settings selected on the user interface for an imaging job the imaging device selectively invokes via the network interface an external process to process the imaging job per at least one selected job setting based on a determination of whether at least one selected job setting is non-native to the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Rodney Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8332756
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting graphic objects to insert in a text message when composed on a wireless device, each of the graphic objects representing a set of individual alphanumeric characters. The system comprises an object table for display on a user interface of the device, such that the table is configured for including a first object of the graphic objects associated with a first predefined input and a second object of the graphic objects associated with a second predefined input. The first input is different from the second input. The system also has a first input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the first input event component is configured for mapping to the first predefined input. The system also has a second input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the second input event component is configured for mapping to the second predefined input, the first input event component being different from the second input event component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Lawrence Edward Kuhl, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Patent number: 8281239
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting graphic objects to insert in a text message when composed on a wireless device, each of the graphic objects representing a set of individual alphanumeric characters. The system comprises an object table for display on a user interface of the device, such that the table is configured for including a first object of the graphic objects associated with a first predefined input and a second object of the graphic objects associated with a second predefined input. The first input is different from the second input. The system also has a first input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the first input event component is configured for mapping to the first predefined input. The system also has a second input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the second input event component is configured for mapping to the second predefined input, the first input event component being different from the second input event component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Lawrence Edward Kuhl, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Patent number: 8253690
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for selecting characters and a device thereof. The method comprises the steps of sensing a touch on a first key, which has a plurality of characters marked thereon; confirming the touch and displaying the plurality of characters associated with the first key on a display unit; sensing a shifting motion of the touch on the first key; and selecting one of the plurality of characters associated with the first key in response to the shifting motion of the touch. The present invention further provides a character input module and an electronic device for implementing the character selection method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: High Tech Computer, Corp.
    Inventors: John C. Wang, Yun-Long Tun, Yi-Shen Wang, Cheng-Chieh Chuang
  • Patent number: 8225235
    Abstract: To provide a reproduction apparatus able to easily select a desired content data based on an attribute of the content data by a simple operation from a user and a reproduction method for the same, wherein the reproduction apparatus having: a display displaying the item; a first operation unit instructing a switch of the attribute; a second function unit instructing a selection of a predetermined item on the display; and a processing unit switching a first screen from a screen of a plurality of items so as to display a plurality of items when the first operation key is operated, and switching to a second screen displaying a plurality of item when the second operation key is operated when a plurality of item is displayed on the first screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoko Takeda, Kissei Matsumoto, Takashi Kumagai, Toshihide Ooba, Hiroshi Iwata, Shingo Yamade
  • Patent number: 8121650
    Abstract: A menu displaying method in a mobile terminal. When a user opens a menu function, a list of menu items is displayed on a display. Upon user selection of a menu item from the list, the selected menu item is perceivably displayed. It is determined whether a sub-menu of the menu item has been set as status information of the menu item. If the sub-menu has been set as the status information, a bubble window having the status information is displayed near the menu item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-Ae Park, Hyun-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8095883
    Abstract: A system for indicating a default value for a property of a selected object to a user within a graphical user interface (GUI) of a program module is provided. The property has a value and a state that can be set. The state of the property is one of a default state and a user-set state. The value of the property is assigned the default value when the state is the default state. The system comprises a GUI control having first, second, and third interface elements. The first interface element is configured to indicate the value of the property to the user. The second interface element is configured to indicate the state of the property to the user. The third interface element is configured to indicate the default value for the property to the user when the state of the property is the user-set state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Casey A. Best, Joseph M. Jaquinta, Steven A. Shewchuk
  • Patent number: 8074184
    Abstract: Systems and methods enhance editing capabilities associated with a wide variety of different types of electronic documents. Such systems and methods may include a processor that maintains an electronic document having a first portion (e.g., an individual word, character, character string, or the like) provided by a recognizer (e.g., by handwriting or speech recognition software), and they may provide access to potential alternative characters, words, or character strings generated by the recognizer during various user editing functions and operations. Other data associated with the first portion of the document also may be stored and made available to the user during various functions and operations. This invention further relates to computer-readable media including instructions for performing various methods and/or operating various systems for editing electronic documents, including systems and methods like those described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Mocrosoft Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian James Garside, David Vaughn Winkler, Joshua Clow
  • Patent number: 7984387
    Abstract: A widget is incorporated into a user interface associated with a processing system to provide the user with a display of the entered data, together with any added text or other data modifications that result from application of a default format. The display thus enables the user to determine whether or not the default format can be used with the entered data, before the data is processed. The widget also provides a toggle capability, to allow the user to override the default behavior of the processing system and select a different valid format for use with the entered data, from a format priority list contained in the widget. The display and toggle capabilities cause the entered data to be processed by the system as intended by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Violaine Batthish, John Frank Fellner
  • Patent number: 7900159
    Abstract: Techniques are described for representing commands of a user interface of an application. One or more command descriptions for one or more commands are received. Each of the command descriptions has one or more properties and represents an instance of one of the commands. One or more command group descriptions for one or more command groups are received. Each of the command group descriptions has one or more properties, represents an instance of one of the command groups at a level in a group hierarchy, and specifies one or more group members. Each of the group members represents a derived instance of one of the commands or a derived instance of one of the command groups. Properties of each derived instance of a command and each derived instance of a command group inherit properties from one or more ancestor instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Anson Tsao, Christopher Burrows, Ryan Molden
  • Patent number: 7890886
    Abstract: An operating system program launch menu, such as a Start menu, provides various mechanisms for a user to quickly and efficiently locate and launch desired data items such as programs, data files, storage locations, and the like. A search box within the program launch menu may be used to quickly locate programs, documents, communications, and other data items. An auto-complete feature may be used, e.g., when the user restricts the locations searched for the user-entered search text. A most commonly used program list may include programs based on various criteria including both frequency of use and recent use, thereby always including a most recently used item. An all programs view may display programs and documents in a hosted-tree view within the original confines of the program launch menu, thereby negating the need to open sub-menus on top of a large portion of the desktop displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Matthews, Charles W. Stabb, Matthew R. Lerner
  • Patent number: 7716600
    Abstract: An interface for displaying icons or input control portions corresponding to a plurality of functions on screen and pointing each icon or input control portion on screen selectively includes display control means which, along with repeatedly changing and displaying the icons or the input control portions in succession on screen, designates at least one icon or input control portion among the icons or the input control portions and displays the designated icon(s) or input control portion(s) on a permanent basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Sawano
  • Patent number: 7689932
    Abstract: A device and method provide for maintenance of a shortcut key to an application accessible at the device. The method includes assigning a first application to a shortcut key at a device, wherein the shortcut key at the device is a button on the device; storing an identifier of the first application to a first file at the device; determining if the first application at the device assigned to the shortcut key remains executable at the device; if the first application is determined to be unexecutable at the device, assigning a second application to the shortcut key at the device, wherein an identifier of the second application is stored in a second file at the device, and further wherein the second application is executable at the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Rishikesh Maktedar
  • Patent number: 7620894
    Abstract: Markers that describe a user's actions are monitored in order to determine his or her level of proficiency with a user interface. A proficiency level is determined based on the markers. The proficiency level is adjusted periodically or in response to trigger events, to provide updated proficiency level information as the user becomes more experienced. One or more user interface features are automatically configured according to the detected proficiency level, so that the user is presented with an interface that is appropriate for his or her level of proficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jessica Kahn
  • Patent number: 7475362
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to freely construct a file processing environment in which when a file is thumbnail displayed, print attributes held in the relevant file can be easily and visually discriminated from the displayed thumbnail. In an information processing apparatus by which a file which holds predetermined attributes can be stored, a CPU obtains image attributes and print attributes from attributes of the file stored in an external storing apparatus, forms a reduction image to which the print attributes are reflected as an image on the basis of the obtained image attributes and print attributes, and displays the formed reduction image to a display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Fujiyoshi
  • Patent number: 7350157
    Abstract: A memory associates a media quality indicator with each media program in a set of media programs. A filter selects from the set those media programs having at least a specified media quality. A display interface displays a list of the selected media programs in an electronic program guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Digeo, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Billmaier, John M. Kellum, Dewey Reid, Philip Rogan
  • Patent number: 7246329
    Abstract: An approach for using multiple menus with a graphical user interface is disclosed. A multiple menu comprises a menu panel with two or more selection regions, each of which is associated with a base menu. A user requests the menu panel without selecting a menu object displayed on a display unit, such as by right-clicking. The menu panel is displayed along with one base menu, and other base menus are displayed by the user moving the cursor to another selection region. The user selects a menu item from a base menu to cause the application to execute the function associated with the menu item. The selection regions of the menu panel do not include information describing the content of the associated base menus. By arranging the base menus around the menu panel, cursor movement is minimized to improve user efficiency in using the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Britt S. Miura, Scott C. Morrison
  • Patent number: 7117243
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for enabling distributed execution of a program. In one aspect, the method includes the step of receiving a mapping specifying an association between a type of data file and an executable program for execution on a server. The method also includes the steps of presenting a graphical depiction of a data file stored on a client system and receiving a selection of the graphical depiction of the data file. The method further includes the steps of identifying an executable program associated with the type of the selected data file using the received mapping and sending a request to execute the identified executable program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Franklyn Peart
  • Patent number: 7107540
    Abstract: Information is presented to a computer user by a graphical user interface including a frame border incorporating textual and/or graphical data. Frame borders are provided with text or graphics which present to the user information indicating which direction a frame will go when clicked, or whether the border is capable of being clicked or dragged. Through the use of such descriptive text and/or graphics, such as an arrow or icon, a user is informed that the frame is a frame, that it may be positioned and opened, the direction in which will open or closed, and what will be uncovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 7103853
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting actions appropriate to successive selected document in a view. During action creation, a hide-when formula is determined with reference to the selected document for each dynamic action. During view creation, a plurality of actions applicable to the view are defined and, responsive to at least one action being a dynamic action, the view is characterized as to be evaluated. Responsive to user selection of a next document for presentation in the view, which next document is characterized as to be evaluated, actions appropriate to the view for this next document are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Rajesh V. Patil
  • Patent number: 7073132
    Abstract: Resource links also known as Unified Resource Links (URL's), bookmarks, hyperlinks etc. located in a category hierarchy. The resource links are used to navigate on the world wide web, on a local machine, on the internet, or on an intranet. A method of assessing a users competence in a category in the category structure comprising the steps of analysing the users interaction with the resource links placed in the hierarchy table for that category and extracting a competence level for the user in that category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Sublinks APS
    Inventors: Mads Rydahl, Max Kim Tobiasen
  • Patent number: 7051286
    Abstract: In a method for altering a protocol in a magnetic resonance apparatus a first parameter for the protocol and a second parameter for the protocol are displayed in a user interface display presentation. In this display presentation, a range of values for the first parameter is shown, including designation of a first sub-range within the range wherein selection of a value for the first parameter does not modify the second parameter, and designation of a second sub-range wherein selection of a value for the first parameter causes modification of the second parameter. If a value for the first parameter is selected in the second sub-range, the display presentation automatically shows how the value selected for the first parameter will modify the second parameter. The user is given an option, via the user interface to confirm selection of the value for the first parameter, or to reject it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alto Stemmer, Rainer Kaim, Thomas Kluge
  • Patent number: 7043700
    Abstract: A computer system preferably a mobile client computer, optimizes data handling and display through the use of predictive widgets. A predictive widget uses a predictive list of possible entries into a defined field of a form, as in a form filling application, to provide one or both of a predictive default entry for a field or a predictive fill once a user has started an entry into the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Randal Lee Bertram, David Frederick Champion, Peter James Brittenham