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A method for synchronously sharing data among a plurality of computer systems includes the step of determining the initiation of a shared space session. Upon initiation, a message is transmitted to remote computer systems to announce the initiation. A shared space view is then displayed on a screen of the computer system. The input into the shared space view of data is then determined and this data is shared among the computer systems in the shared space session. The method further includes determining whether a message has been received from remote computer systems and incorporating these messages into the shared space view. A further method of the present invention resynchronizes a participant into communication with a shared space session. The method includes the steps of selecting a close box in the shared space view, closing the view to terminate participation in the session and reinitiating participation to reestablish synchronous communication. Contents of the session are saved upon the termination of participation so that sessions can be recreated. An apparatus for performing the methods of the present invention is further disclosed. Included in the apparatus is the mechanisms for determining the initiation of a shared space session and for synchronously sharing data among a plurality of computer systems once initiation has occurred.

Title
Method and apparatus for synchronously sharing data among computer
Application Number
8/189104
Publication Number
5583993
Application Date
January 31, 1994
Publication Date
December 10, 1996
Inventor
Frederich N Tou
Cupertino
CA, US
Gregg S Foster
Woodside
CA, US
Agent
Hickman Beyer & Weaver
Assignee
Apple Computer
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
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