Duplication of objects with positioning based on object distance

Patent No. 9,910,572

Issued: March 6, 2018
Filed: April 15, 2015
Term Extension: 495 days

Inventor:  Anderson; Taylor J. (Atlanta, GA), Brugler; Thomas S. (Fuquay-Varina, NC), Chen; Richard (Long Island City, NY), Craig; Randall A. (Raleigh, NC), Moore; Kristin S. (Atlanta, GA)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A method of graphically duplicating graphic objects through the steps of a computer: receiving a selection of at least two objects and a direction of duplication along an axis. A zero axis point, a farthest axis point for the objects based on the direction of duplication, and a proximal object is determined. A proximal offset point equivalent to a farthest point on the proximal object from the zero axis point is set. A distal object is determined from the objects based on the direction of duplication along the axis, with a starting point of the distal object being designated as a distal offset point. An offset distance equal to a distance between the distal offset point and the proximal offset point is determined. The selection of the objects is duplicated and placed immediately after the farthest axis point plus the offset distance from the farthest axis point.

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