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Method and apparatus for interacting with objects in a user interface

Image Number 3 for United States Patent #7703045.

A system that interacts with objects in a user interface of a computer system. During operation, the system receives a selection of an object displayed within the user interface from a user, wherein the selected object contains a plurality of sub objects. In response to the selection, the system determines whether the user is moving the selected object with a specified motion. If so, the system performs a transformation on the selected object, wherein the transformation is associated with the specified motion.

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