Invention for User Interface for a Digital Content Management System

Invented by Cary Scott Abramoff, Leonard Dean Blumenthal

The market for User Interface (UI) for a Digital Content Management System (CMS) has witnessed significant growth in recent years. As businesses and organizations increasingly rely on digital platforms to manage their content, the need for intuitive and user-friendly interfaces has become paramount. A Digital Content Management System is a software application that allows users to create, edit, organize, and publish digital content such as text, images, videos, and documents. It provides a centralized platform for content creation, storage, and distribution, enabling businesses to efficiently manage their digital assets. The UI of a CMS plays a crucial role in enhancing user experience and productivity. A well-designed and intuitive interface allows users to navigate through the system effortlessly, perform tasks efficiently, and access information quickly. It simplifies complex processes and empowers users with the ability to manage their content effectively. One of the key factors driving the market for UI in a CMS is the increasing demand for personalized and engaging user experiences. With the rise of digital marketing and online content consumption, businesses are striving to deliver tailored experiences to their target audience. A user-friendly UI enables content creators to easily customize and design their websites, ensuring a seamless and visually appealing experience for users. Furthermore, the growing adoption of mobile devices has also fueled the demand for responsive UI in CMS. As more users access content through smartphones and tablets, it is essential for CMS platforms to provide a mobile-friendly interface. Responsive design ensures that the UI adapts to different screen sizes and resolutions, providing an optimal viewing experience across devices. Another significant trend in the market is the integration of AI and machine learning capabilities into CMS UI. AI-powered features such as automated content tagging, intelligent search, and personalized recommendations enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of content management. These advanced functionalities not only streamline content creation and management processes but also improve the overall user experience. Moreover, the market for UI in a CMS is witnessing a shift towards cloud-based solutions. Cloud-based CMS platforms offer numerous advantages such as scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. The UI of cloud-based CMS is designed to be accessible from any device with an internet connection, allowing users to manage their content remotely. This flexibility and convenience have made cloud-based CMS platforms increasingly popular among businesses of all sizes. In conclusion, the market for User Interface for a Digital Content Management System is experiencing significant growth due to the increasing demand for personalized user experiences, responsive design, AI integration, and cloud-based solutions. As businesses continue to prioritize digital content management, the importance of a well-designed and intuitive UI cannot be overstated. It is crucial for CMS providers to invest in UI development to meet the evolving needs of users and stay competitive in the market.

The Cary Scott Abramoff, Leonard Dean Blumenthal invention works as follows

A graphical interface and digital content processing system for managing digital data.” The graphical interface has two treeview controls that can transform the screen display by filtering the category-value pairs of each item. Treeview control folders or nodes transform the display of data to be managed by filtering by category values represented by their folders.

Background for User Interface for a Digital Content Management System

The explorer, or shell browser, is the traditional paradigm of interacting with information and content on most modern operating systems and software. This paradigm consists primarily of a treeview control on the left side of the window and a viewpane on the other. The treeview differs from other views by its hierarchical grouping of nodes. These are usually shown as folders, which can have multiple levels of subnodes. In the pane, nodes are represented either by icons that represent their informational type, or grids with metadata. Filename, size and creation date.

Additional filters and search functions are often provided to help users find the information they seek when they’re unsure of the location. This paradigm has a problem of integration as well as scale. The volume of data and system efficiency are inversely related. The paradigm for grouping information is to create subfolders within the tree view, i.e. Users often encounter deeply nested subfolders when categorizing vertically. This prevents integration of information that is categorized into different nodes. Integration horizontal. If, for example, two chocolate cake recipes are stored in separate folders, it’s up to the user to be creative to locate them. Treeview’s vertical categorization requires additional systems and processes in order to allow users to access their data even if it is not in the same node or a close one. The explorer does not allow users to easily integrate horizontally two chocolate cake recipes, even though they may have been associated in their minds. To access horizontally integrated data, one must either filter or search.

The scale of the problem is quickly amplified. Accessing information becomes more time-consuming and difficult the more information is maintained by the system. To find the information, one must rely on memory or perform key word searches. The explorer shell is a great way to visually represent system contents, but it does not solve the problem when dealing with large data repositories.

As the volume of data in the system increases, users become frustrated by the inability to quickly and easily get the information they need from the explorer paradigm. The exploration process becomes more time-consuming and expensive.

Most of the solutions that have been developed to date focus on improving existing paradigms by creating virtual folder systems and improved search, display, and filter features. These developments are merely incremental changes or evolutions to the paradigm. The explorer paradigm has remained relatively unchanged ever since the introduction of the GUI-driven explorer.

The vertical nesting of folders makes the interfaces of previous explorers or shells unwieldy. The vertical nesting problem is not addressed by any attempts to improve system efficiency through metadata-based virtual folder systems. They are merely symptomatic and incremental remedies. It would be beneficial to provide a explorer or shell with dynamically cross-referenced treesview controls, characterized by the presentation of folders or nodes. This represents a dual categorization method for storing data in the system.

It would be beneficial to have the root-level folders of each treeview dynamically create subfolders that illustrate existing category-pairs within system items.

It would be beneficial to have each subfolder of the treeview trigger an auto-synchronization function that allows users to integrate horizontally all data in management and explore “one-off” relationships between the data. “It would also be advantageous to allow each treeview’s subfolders to trigger an auto-synchronization feature that allows users horizontally integrate the data under management in order for them explore?one-off?

It would be beneficial to represent these category-pairings in the data in a finite two-level hierarchy, represented by the treeview control to avoid unpredictable and unwieldy nesting of subfolders as seen in prior art shells or explorer interfaces.

According to the present invention, a file and digital content manager and user interface are provided for managing digital data. The graphical interface is characterized as two treeview controls that can transform the screen display by filtering the category-value pairs of each item. The folders and nodes of the treeview control transform the display of data to be managed by filtering by category values represented by their folders.

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