Apple patent is for info management with non-hierarchical views
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Apple patent is for info management with non-hierarchical views



An Apple patent (number 20120185456) for information management with non-hierarchical views has appeared at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Apparently, it involves a modified Finder window in Mac OS X.

Per the patent, information items in a file system are arranged into groups that are created according to a grouping component. A non-hierarchical view displays visual representations (e.g., icons, thumbnail images) of the information items arranged in visually delineated groups according to an arrange type that can be specified for each group.

Various view formats are available including icon, list and column view formats. In each view format, a condensed mode can be selected for one or more groups, resulting in multiple visual representations of items being displayed in a fixed amount of screen space in the non-hierarchical view. In icon view, each condensed group includes a single row of visual representations that can be navigated separately from other groups in the non-hierarchical view.

Here's Apple's background and summary of the invention: "Modern computing devices often include a file system that stores information items in various directories or subdirectories (e.g., folders) in a file system hierarchy. Each information item (e.g., a file or a folder) can be given a respective filename. An information item's filename and its file path in the file system hierarchy can be used to uniquely identify the item in the file system. Each folder can include multiple files and subfolders. Modern computing devices also provide graphical user interfaces (GUIs) or 'views' to help the user navigate and manipulate the file system hierarchy and the items stored therein.

"Information items in a file system are arranged in groups that are created according to a grouping component. A non-hierarchical view displays visual representations of the information items arranged in visually delineated groups that can be navigated by a user or application. The visual representations in each visually delineated group can be arranged according to a specified arrange type.

"Various view formats are available including icon, list and column view formats. In each view format, a condensed mode can be selected for one or more groups, resulting in multiple visual representations of items being displayed in a fixed amount of screen space in the non-hierarchical view. In icon view, each condensed group includes a single row of visual representations that can be navigated separately from other groups in the non-hierarchical view. The groups can also be navigated in the non-hierarchical view. In list and column view, each condensed group can be limited to a fixed number of rows for displaying visual representations of items with the group. The maximum number of rows allowed for representing a condensed group in list view can be adaptive, and can expand or contract as the window is resized.

"The grouping component can be specified through an input mechanism (e.g., a pull down menu) or by an application. The grouping component determines the groups that are available in the non-hierarchical view. Depending on the grouping component selected, a non-hierarchical view can include groups based on file type, file size, date, association with an application program, labels or any other attribute. For example, a file type attribute results in the display of separate visually delineated groups displaying visual representations of text documents, audio files, web pages, digital images, videos, etc.

"In some implementations, the non-hierarchical view can be resized. During the resizing, visual representations no longer in the non-hierarchical view due to the view contracting can be stacked on top of overflow icons located on either end of the row of visual representations. Similarly, visual representations that come into the non-hierarchical view due to the view expanding can be laid out in the row one by one. This resizing feature allows a currently selected icon to remain in the non-hierarchical view during and after the resizing.

"In some implementations, file systems including user-oriented information items can be searched by a search engine using a query that includes and excludes file paths so that only user-oriented information items are return in a search result. Search filters can be used remove non user-oriented files. The queries can be initiated by group logic and updated as information items are added, deleted or modified in the file system so that the non-hierarchical view is current.

"Particular implementations of information management using non-hierarchical views provide one or more of the following advantages. Non-hierarchical views displaying visually delineated groups of visual representations corresponding to user-oriented information items provide better visual feedback for user interaction with a computer file system. Such non-hierarchical views also allow more efficient or faster search, retrieval or evaluation of user-oriented information items.

The inventors are David Hart, Laurent Baumann, Patrick Coffmann, Aram David Kudurshian.

 
AAPL
$94.27
Apple Inc.
-0.72
GOOG
$684.12
Alphabet Inc.
+6.01
MSFT
$49.71
Microsoft Corporation
+0.43
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Ys Chronicles II (Games)
Ys Chronicles II 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: After a hard fight to recover the six sacred books in Ys Chronicles I, Adol is back for a sequel! | Read more »
FINAL FANTASY Ⅸ (Games)
FINAL FANTASY Ⅸ 1.0.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $16.99, Version: 1.0.4 (iTunes) Description: ==========●Special sale price for the FINAL FANTASY IX release! ●20% off from February 10 to February 21, 2016!==========--------------------------------------------------- As this application is very large, it will take... | Read more »
Tennis Club Story (Games)
Tennis Club Story 1.03 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.03 (iTunes) Description: Aim for the ace position of tennis club prestige in this simulation! Your leadership decides if players make it to the big time or bust! Customize your training menu to focus on power or technique, molding players as you... | Read more »
Juggernaut Wars guide - How to use skill...
Juggernaut Warsis a brand new auto-RPG on iOS and Android that challenges you to build a team of heroes, send them out into various different missions to defeat waves of heroes, and level them up to increase their power. The actual combat itself isn't overly challenging - it's automatic after all. No, the real challenge stems from getting your... | Read more »
Check out the new Pirate Attack update i...
Love pirates and board games? Well, you'll love the new Pirate Attack themed update that just launched in Game of Dice. It adds a bunch of new content themed around pirates, like an all new event map based on a pirate ship which revamps the toll system to better suit the rogueish nature of the seafarers. [Read more] | Read more »
Splash Cars guide - How to paint the tow...
Splash Cars is an arcade driving game that feels like a hybrid between Dawn of the Plow and Splatoon. In it, you'll need to drive a car around to repaint areas of a town that have lost all of their color. Check out these tips to help you perform with flying colors: [Read more] | Read more »
The best video player on mobile
We all know the stock video player on iOS is not particularly convenient, primarily because it asks us to hook a device up to iTunes to sync video in a world that has things like Netflix. [Read more] | Read more »
Four apps to help improve your Super Bow...
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and whether you’re a Panthers or a Broncos fan you’re no doubt gearing up for it. [Read more] | Read more »
LooperSonic (Music)
LooperSonic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: LooperSonic is a multi-track audio looper and recorder that will take your loops to the next level. Use it like a loop pedal to make loops, and then arrange those loops into complete songs with cut, copy, trim, paste, reverse,... | Read more »
Space Grunts guide - How to survive
Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things. We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible. [Read more] | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.