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Image processing apparatus, computer program product, and preview image displaying method

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Title: Image processing apparatus, computer program product, and preview image displaying method.
Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, preview images are generating by continuously scanning both sides of originals. The page scrolling unit scrolls the preview images while pairing a first preview image to be processed with a second preview image that is not processed as pages of front and back sides of an original or a two-page spread, and a preview displaying unit displays at least one of the first preview image and the second image. ...


Inventors: Hiroko MANO, Tetsuya SAKAYORI, Takashi YANO, Junichi TAKAMI, Iwao SAEKI, Yoshifumi SAKURAMATA, Takanori NAGAHARA
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120105891 - Class: 358 113 (USPTO) - 05/03/12 - Class 358 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120105891, Image processing apparatus, computer program product, and preview image displaying method.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application claims priority to and incorporates by reference the entire contents of Japanese priority document 2007-065694 filed in Japan on March 14, 2007.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus, a computer program product, and a preview image displaying method.

2. Description of the Related Art

A multi-function product, which is a so-called multi-function peripheral (MFP), has recently become widely used. An MFP includes a scanning unit that scans an image of an original, a copying unit that prints out an image read by the scanning unit, a printing unit or a facsimile unit that prints out image data that has been input externally, or provided with functions of the foregoing units.

With such an MFP, a user can enter settings for various functions. These functions include: settings relating to conditions of an original, such as a type or density thereof; settings relating to various imaging processes, such as an enlargement/reduction ratio, one-sided or double-sided printing, or margin sizes; and settings relating to finishing processes, such as stamping, stapling, or punching.

However, even if the user specifies settings for these finishing functions, known MFPs do not allow the user to check how a resultant printout will be until the resultant printout is actually output. For example, if the user attempts to punch holes on the printout, the holes may end up being punched on an output image. However, because the user cannot check such an end result before executing the actual printing, the operation may result in a misprint, and the paper may be wasted.

Japanese Patent Application Laid-open No. 2001-67347 discloses an image processing apparatus developed in an attempt to solve this problem. The image processing apparatus displays a preview image of end results of various functions (such as a printing paper size, a printed side(s) thereof, punching, or stapling) provided using a pre-scanned image of an original before executing actual printing. This preview feature allows the user to check how the output result will be, and to change the settings if necessary.

The applicant of the present application has developed an intuitive and convenient user interface in Japanese Patent Application Laid-open No. 2006-003568. This interface enables the user to touch a specific area of the preview image of an original to cause a menu related to that area to be displayed, and to select functions related thereto (such as a printing paper, a printed side(s), punching, stapling, output color, output density, enlargement/reduction ratio, printing multiple pages per sheet, and sorting/stacking), and the selected settings are immediately reflected onto the preview image.

Upon printing images onto a plurality of printing paper sheets, the front side and the back side of the paper need to be distinguished because images printed thereon are interrelated to each other. However, it is difficult for the user to determine if the image displayed on a screen is a front side image or a back side image. In addition, upon binding a plurality of sheets, such as by stapling, the user needs to be able to check if each of the sheets is oriented correctly, and if a given page is in a correct position with respect to the page prior to or the page next to that page in question.

In addition, upon scanning and processing originals with images printed thereon, pages of the originals could be arranged out of order, unlike image data that is created on a computer and is arranged in order. For example, the front side images and the back side images may be mixed up; some pages may be oriented incorrectly; or some pages may be placed in an incorrect position with respect to the page prior to or next to the page in question. Therefore, it is important for the user to be able to check how an end result will be.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the present invention to at least partially solve the problems in the conventional technology.

According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an image processing apparatus including a preview image generating unit that generates preview images by continuously scanning both sides of originals; a page scrolling unit that scrolls the preview images while pairing a first preview image to be processed according to a predetermined setting with a second preview image that is not processed as pages of any one of front and back sides of an original and a two-page spread; and a preview displaying unit that displays at least one of the first preview image and the second image.

According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a preview image displaying method including generating preview images by continuously scanning both sides of originals; scrolling the preview images while pairing a first preview image to be processed according to a predetermined setting with a second preview image that is not processed as pages of any one of front and back sides of an original and a two-page spread; and displaying at least one of the first preview image and the second image.

According to still another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a computer program product including a computer usable medium having computer readable program codes embodied in the medium that, when executed, causes an image processing apparatus to execute: the above preview image displaying method.

The above and other objects, features, advantages and technical and industrial significance of this invention will be better understood by reading the following detailed description of presently preferred embodiments of the invention, when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram of a MFP according to a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of an example of end result information (preview image);

FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram of the example end result information shown in FIG. 2 after a setting menu item has been selected;

FIG. 4 is a table showing relation between a setting item and a settable area;

FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of an example of the end result information shown in FIG. 3 with holes punched;



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120105891 A1
Publish Date
05/03/2012
Document #
13345794
File Date
01/09/2012
USPTO Class
358/113
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F15/00
Drawings
16



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