PieCursor: Merging Pointing and Command Selection for Rapid In-place Tool Switching

George FitzmauriceJustin Matejka, Azam Khan, Michael Glueck, Gord Kurtenbach

ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
2008

PieCursor: Merging Pointing and Command Selection for Rapid In-place Tool Switching (2:45 min.)

Abstract

We describe a new type of graphical user interface widget called the "PieCursor". The PieCursor is based on the Tracking Menu technique and consists of a radial cluster of command wedges, is roughly the size of a cursor, and replaces the traditional cursor. The PieCursor technique merges the normal cursor function of pointing with command selection into a single action. A controlled experiment was conducted to compare the performance of rapid command and target selection using the PieCursor against larger versions of Tracking Menus and a status quo Toolbar configuration. Results indicate that for small clusters of tools (4 and 8 command wedges) the PieCursor can outperform the toolbar by 20.8% for coarse pointing. For fine pointing, the performance of the PieCursor degrades approximately to the performance found for the Toolbar condition.

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