System and method for iconic software environment management

  • US 7,346,850 B2
  • Filed: 06/08/2001
  • Issued: 03/18/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/12/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of accessing one or more computer files via a graphical icon, comprising the steps of:

  • capturing automatically one or more graphical representations of one or more portions of information content of one or more computer files while an application is manipulating the one or more computer files;

    creating automatically an icon including selected portions of the captured one or more graphical representations of the information content of the one or more computer files wherein the icon graphically depicts at least a portion of the information content from the one or more computer files and wherein the icon is created while the application was manipulating the icon'"'"'s corresponding one or more computer files and includes selected portions of the captured one or more graphical representations of the information content;

    linking the icon to the application and to the one or more computer files based on the ability of the application to manipulate the information content of the one or more computer files corresponding to the icon;

    storing the icon in a memory;

    displaying the icon in a window on a display screen;

    invoking the application for manipulating the information content of the one or more computer files upon selection of the icon by accessing the more or more computer files by reference to an underlying file system corresponding to the icon and opening the one or more computer files within the application.

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