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Managing content color through context based color menu

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Managing content color through context based color menu

Context based color menus are employed to assign a color to content through touch or gesture actions, keyboard entries, mouse or pen actions, and similar input. Context based color menus are deployed to assign a color through color controls. Color controls are positioned in a variety of forms and potentially expand to multiple levels of color control sets. An example color menu positions a set of top level color controls on an inside region of a context based color menu while positioning a set of color controls corresponding to shades of one of the top level controls on an outside region of the menu. Sub-menus are used to provide shades of colors associated with color controls adjacent to a sub-menu launcher.
Related Terms: Colors Keyboard Menus

USPTO Applicaton #: #20130019208 - Class: 715835 (USPTO) - 01/17/13 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >On-screen Workspace Or Object >Menu Or Selectable Iconic Array (e.g., Palette) >Selectable Iconic Array

Inventors: Matthew Kotler, Erez Kikin Gil, Vignesh Sachidanandam, Andrew Hockman

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130019208, Managing content color through context based color menu.

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This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. Nos. 61/507,983 and 61/556,945 filed on Jul. 14, 2011 and Nov. 8, 2011. The disclosures of the provisional patent applications are hereby incorporated by reference for all purposes.


With the proliferation of computing and networking technologies, two aspects of computing devices have become prevalent: non-traditional (e.g., mouse and keyboard) input mechanisms and smaller form factors. User interfaces for all kinds of software applications have been designed taking typical screen sizes and input mechanisms into account. Thus, user interactions in conventional systems are presumed to be through keyboard and mouse type input devices and a minimum screen size that enables users to interact with the user interface at a particular precision.

Limited display real estate burdens many portable devices from providing full featured content management functionality. Furthermore, gestural commanding is not efficient using conventional menus including support for limited displays or just taking into account where the user\'s finger/mouse/pen is. Additionally, display devices such as projectors, monitors, and televisions may lack controls for providing content management functionality. Modern software solutions such as on screen keyboards may be awkward to type and encompass valuable display area. Lack of adequate software solutions for managing content on non-traditional devices largely limit device use to content consumption. Carrying multiple devices for content management and consumption defeats portability and unnecessarily takes away from an enriching singular source for content consumption and management.

Limited screen space in mobile devices presents a significant challenge to delivering effective control interfaces. For example, in conventional systems, color choices are provided through multi step menu controls to enable a user to adjust various facets of color selections. Similarly, in conventional systems, users are enabled to alter color of graphics, shapes, objects, etc., through complex menu structures providing extensive functionality to modify many attributes such as shading and light effects. However, screen size limitations and lack of input options can force designers of mobile systems to provide simplified, as well as less natural/cumbersome, controls for color functionality. It may be very hard to select a specific color, for example, because the color palette is too small on a tablet/slate device. Such limited solutions can fail to reproduce coloring features provided by conventional counterparts.


This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This summary is not intended to exclusively identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.

Embodiments are directed to managing content color through context based color menu. Context based color menus may be deployed for variety of scenarios for content color management. An application according to embodiments may present the context based color menu upon activation of the menu by a user input. The input may include a tap, a swipe, a keyboard, a mouse, a voice, a visual, a pen, and/or a gesture action. Next, the application may assign a color to selected content according to another detected input.

These and other features and advantages will be apparent from a reading of the following detailed description and a review of the associated drawings. It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are explanatory and do not restrict aspects as claimed.


FIGS. 1A and 1B illustrate some example devices, where context based color menus may be employed;

FIG. 2 illustrates an example context based color menu with controls to manage content color according to embodiments;

FIG. 3 illustrates another example context based color menu with content type controls according to embodiments;

FIG. 4 illustrates an example scenario of applying a color to a content type using a context based color menu according to embodiments;

FIG. 5 illustrates an example context based color menu with additional sub-level color controls integrated into the menu according to embodiments;

FIG. 6 illustrates an example context based color menu with color indicators according to embodiments;

FIG. 7 illustrates other examples of context based color menus according to embodiments;

FIG. 8 is a networked environment, where a system according to embodiments may be implemented;

FIG. 9 is a block diagram of an example computing operating environment, where embodiments may be implemented; and

FIG. 10 illustrates a logic flow diagram for a process of managing content color through context based color menu in touch and gesture enabled devices according to embodiments.

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