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Graphical user interface, system and method for managing contacts within an online stationery system

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Graphical user interface, system and method for managing contacts within an online stationery system


A graphical user interface, system and method are described for managing a contacts database within an online stationery service. A presentation logic receives contacts to whom personalized stationery will be mailed and generates a graphical user interface comprising: a first region for displaying the contacts received from the stationery service contacts manager, the contacts within the contacts selectable via a user input device, a second region comprising a series of data field for entering a new contact via a user input device, and a third region displaying the contacts to whom the online stationery service will mail stationery directly on behalf of the user, the contacts within the third region selected from the first region or entered in the second region. A print module generates a print job to print the personalized stationery and envelopes containing the address information for the user-selected contacts.

Inventors: Kelly Berger, Adnan Asar, Kevin Chang, Krys Taylor, Bryan Wu, Dimitre Piskyulev
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120278710 - Class: 715274 (USPTO) - 11/01/12 - Class 715 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120278710, Graphical user interface, system and method for managing contacts within an online stationery system.

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CLAIM TO PRIORITY

This application is a continuation application and claims priority to co-pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/638,844, filed Dec. 15, 2009, titled “Graphical user interface, system and method for managing contacts within an online stationery system” filed by the same inventors, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates generally to the field of network data processing systems. More particularly, the invention relates to an improved graphical user interface, architecture and method for managing contacts within an online stationery system.

2. Description of the Related Art

Web-based systems for designing stationery such as wedding invitations, birth announcements, thank you cards, birthday party invitations, etc, are currently available over the Internet. These services allow a user to enter a personalized message on a stationery template via a Web browser. The service then prints the stationery with the personalized message and mails the printed stationery and envelopes to the end user. The end user then mails the stationery to one or more recipients.

Some online stationery services will also mail stationery directly to recipients on behalf of the end user. In order to do so, the user must provide the stationery service with the names and addresses of the recipients. FIGS. 1a-c illustrate screenshots from one particular stationery Website, which provides options for manually entering a new name/address of a recipient 100 or importing a group of addresses from an Excel spreadsheet 101. As illustrated in FIG. 1b, upon selecting an Excel spreadsheet from the user\'s local hard drive, the user is prompted with a plurality of drop-down menus 102 to identify the data fields for the address lines. Once the import is complete, a list of recipients 103 is provided as shown in FIG. 1c. The end user is permitted to delete names from the list (by selecting a trash icon) but no other mechanism is provided for editing or otherwise managing the list of recipients on the online stationery service.

Consequently, what is needed is an improved graphical user interface system and method for importing and managing contacts within an online stationery service.

SUMMARY

A graphical user interface, system and method are described for managing a contacts database within an online stationery service. For example, one embodiment of the invention comprises a system implemented within an online stationery service, the system comprising at least one memory for storing program code and at least one processor for processing the program code to execute: a stationery service contacts manager to manage a set of contacts data within a stationery service contacts database in response to user input; a stationery personalization engine providing an end user with a set of selectable stationery templates, the stationery personalization engine receiving an indication that an end user has selected a particular one of the stationery templates, and generating personalized stationery with the selected template based on user input; presentation logic for generating a graphical user interface (GUI), the presentation logic communicatively coupled to the stationery service contacts manager to receive a listing of contacts from the stationery service contacts manager to whom the personalized stationery will be mailed, the graphical user interface comprising: a first region for displaying the listing of contacts received from the stationery service contacts manager, the contacts within the listing of contacts selectable via a user input device; a second region comprising a series of data field for entering a new contact via a user input device; a third region displaying a list of contacts to whom the online stationery service will mail stationery directly on behalf of the end user, the contacts within the third region selected from the first region or entered in the second region; and a print module to generate a print job to print the personalized stationery and envelopes containing the address information for the user-selected contacts.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A better understanding of the present invention can be obtained from the following detailed description in conjunction with the following drawings, in which:

FIGS. 1a-c illustrates a prior art stationery service in which stationery recipients are identified.

FIG. 2 illustrates a system architecture according to one embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 3 illustrates a computer-implemented method according to one embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 4 illustrates a graphical user interface (GUI) for importing various different online and offline contact databases.

FIG. 5 illustrates one embodiment of a GUI window for importing contacts from different contact groups.

FIG. 6 illustrates a graphical user interface for associating imported contacts with data fields.

FIG. 7 illustrates one embodiment of the invention for merging existing and imported contacts.

FIG. 8 illustrates one embodiment of an address book for viewing and managing a contacts database.

FIG. 9 illustrates households comprised of multiple contacts according to one embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 10 illustrates one embodiment of a GUI for incorporating contacts into households.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120278710 A1
Publish Date
11/01/2012
Document #
13544877
File Date
07/09/2012
USPTO Class
715274
Other USPTO Classes
715739
International Class
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Drawings
26



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