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.”
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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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