Remote collaboration system including first program means translating user inputs into annotations and running on all computers while second program means runs on one computer

  • US 5,761,419 A
  • Filed: 11/05/1996
  • Issued: 06/02/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/19/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of operating multiple computers, comprising:

  • a) a host computer and one or more remote computers;

    b) means for providing communication among the computers; and

    c) first program means running on all computers for allowing all remote computers to apply annotations to an underlying image which is replicated on respective displays of the remote computers and is generated by a second program means, which runs on one of the computers while the first program means runs, and wherein the first program means is not the operating system or the local area network program and translates input from one or more users into the annotations applied to the underlying image, wherein the method for operating comprises the following steps;

    i) running a message-driven operating system on each computer; and

    ii) whenever any user of any computer generates a message of a predetermined type, replicating the message at the other computers.

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