07137077 is referenced by 65 patents and cites 25 patents.

A freeform selection tool for a computer system with a graphical user interface allows a user to draw a freeform selection path so as to select one or more graphical objects. The user is provided with the freedom to input selection ink, in any orientation, and using any desired selection path size provided by the select tool. The selecting tool may change the visual appearance of any graphical object once selected. The selecting tool provides the ability to select ink or graphical object with a particular property to be used for the selection. The selecting tool can recognize various selection gestures coordinated with a semantic relationship of the ink so that the number of selection ink strokes can be minimized. The selecting tool may change for different selection modes depending on the type of graphical object encountered and change of the context for a particular selection.

Title
Freeform encounter selection tool
Application Number
10/207134
Publication Number
7137077 (B2)
Application Date
July 30, 2002
Publication Date
November 14, 2006
Inventor
Robert J Jarrett
Snohomish
WA, US
F David Jones
Redmond
WA, US
Leroy B Keely
Portola Valley
CA, US
Marieke Iwema
Seattle
WA, US
Agent
Banner & Witcoff
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 3/041
G06F 3/00
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