Invented by Cary Scott Abramoff, Leonard Dean Blumenthal
The Cary Scott Abramoff, Leonard Dean Blumenthal invention works as followsA 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.