06188403 is referenced by 191 patents and cites 10 patents.

A 3D graphics generation and display application for PCs and laptops in a business environment includes an authoring mode screen which lists database elements sought to be graphically displayed, along with a list of variables pertaining to the database elements. Also, the application presents a menu of graphics attributes, including each of the three spatial dimensions and time, as well as various graphics object attributes, such as color, size, rotation, opacity, intensity, texture, etc. The user determines whether the graphics objects are balls for a scatter plot, bars for a bar chart, pie-shaped elements for a pie chart, or other 3D representation. By clicking on a database variable in the list of variables and dragging it over an attribute on the attribute menu, the user can correlate the database variable with the graphics attribute. When the user correlates a variable to a graphics attribute, the correlation is noted by a legend that is displayed with the menu of attributes. The graphics are displayed in an animated 3D presentation with graphics attributes, including their motion over time, determined by the database variables which have been correlated to the attributes.

Title
User-friendly graphics generator using direct manipulation
Application Number
8/975987
Publication Number
6188403 (B1)
Application Date
November 21, 1997
Publication Date
February 13, 2001
Inventor
Wolfgang H Gerola
Saratoga
CA, US
John M McGraw
Atherton
CA, US
Philip J Bernosky
Saratoga
CA, US
Humberto C Gerola
Saratoga
CA, US
Leigh Rosser
San Anselmo
CA, US
Mark T Davis
San Francisco
CA, US
David Foote
San Francisco
CA, US
Earl D Sacerdoti
Alamo
CA, US
Agent
John L Rogitz
US
Assignee
Portola Dimensional Systems
CA, US
IPC
G06F 3/00
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