Apple Patent Reveals Scrollable Menus And Toolbars May Be Coming To iOS & Mac OS X

News | Monday November 8 2010 3:30 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

Apple 's patent and illustrations introduce us to a new concept of scrollable menus and toolbars that may very well end up in both OS X Lion and a future iteration of iOS. The new menus and toolbars may also be integrated into future iterations of Apple applications such as Aperture and/or suite applications like Pages, Numbers and iMovie.
To begin with, Apple states that their invention provides a novel method for presenting a menu in a graphical user interface. The menu includes several selectable menu items that are assigned in a particular order for scrolling through a selection window based on user input. In some embodiments, each of the menu items is associated with a command. When a menu item is in the selection window, a user could select the menu item in order to perform the command associated with the menu item.”
It can get quite painful if an application has many menu options so it is good to see Apple thinking about how to deal with this problem. ButI'm not sure how a small window with scrollable menus and toolbars will solve this problem.
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