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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;

FIGS. 6A to 6C are schematic diagrams for explaining an exemplary preview image scrolling method according to the first embodiment;

FIGS. 7A and 7B are schematic diagrams of preview images displayed as two-page spreads with the shorter sides of the preview images used as an axis;

FIG. 8 is a schematic diagram of preview images having a detailed image and summary images, both of which are zoomed-in;

FIG. 9 is a schematic diagram of preview images where a summary image is displayed transparently with respect to a detailed image;

FIG. 10 is a schematic diagram of preview images where a summary image is displayed as a mirrored image with respect to a detailed image;

FIG. 11 is a schematic diagram of preview images where a summary image is displayed adjacent to a detailed image to form a shape like a folding screen;

FIGS. 12A to 12C are schematic diagrams for explaining an exemplary preview image scrolling method according to a second embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 13A to 13C are schematic diagrams for explaining an exemplary preview image scrolling method according to a third embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 14A to 14C are schematic diagrams for explaining an exemplary preview image scrolling method according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 15A and 15B are schematic diagrams for explaining an exemplary preview image scrolling method according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 16 is a block diagram of a schematic structure of a printing system according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 17 is a block diagram of a schematic structure of a personal computer shown in FIG. 16;

FIG. 18 is a block diagram of a schematic structure of a printer shown in FIG. 16;

FIG. 19 is a block diagram of a relevant portion of the personal computer shown in FIG. 17; and

FIG. 20 is a schematic diagram of an exemplary display screen presented by a printer driver according to the sixth embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Exemplary embodiments of the present invention are explained in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings.

A first embodiment of the present invention is explained with reference to FIGS. 1 to 6. In the first embodiment, a multifunction peripheral (MFP), including functions such as coping, facsimile, printing, scanning, and distributing, is used as the image processing apparatus. The distributing function is a function that distributes an input image (such as an image of an original scanned by the scanning function, or an image input via the printing or the facsimile function).

FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram of an MFP 10 according to the first embodiment. The MFP 10 includes a scanner 11, an auto document feeder (ADF) 111, a scanner controller 112, an image storage unit 12, an image processing unit 13, a printer 14, a printer controller 142, a finishing processor 141, an operation displaying unit 15, an operation displaying unit controller 151, a system controlling unit 16, and a communication controlling unit 17. The MFP 10 is connected to a network 18 via the communication controlling unit 17. The MFP 10 scans an image of an original 19, performs imaging processes thereto, and outputs the image as a printout 20.

The system controlling unit 16 is connected to each of the above-described components, and controls the entire MFP 10. One example of the controls performed by the system controlling unit 16 is to provide the scanner 11 with information indicative of a scanning area suitable for a selected paper size. The system controlling unit 16 includes a central processing unit (CPU), a read-only memory (ROM), and a random access memory (RAM), each of which is not shown. The CPU operates according to computer programs that are stored in the ROM, using a working area in the RAM, to execute various functions.

The computer programs executed in the MFP 10 can be stored in a computer-readable storage medium, such as a compact disc-read only memory (CD-ROM), a flexible disk (FD), a compact disc-recordable (CD-R), or a digital versatile disk (DVD) as files in an installable or an executable format. If the computer programs are stored in such a storage medium, the CPU in the system controlling unit 16 reads and loads the computer programs from the storage medium onto a main storage device (not shown), to realize the various functions of the MFP 10. The computer programs can be stored in another computer connected to the network 18, such as an Internet, and downloaded over the network 18. Alternatively, the computer programs can be provided or distributed via a network, such as the Internet.

The communication controlling unit 17 is connected to the network 18, such as a local area network (LAN) or the Internet, and exchanges image data and control data with other apparatus connected to the network, following communication protocols.

The scanner controller 112 receives instructions from the system controlling unit 16 to control the scanner 11. The scanner 11 is controlled by the scanner controller 112 to convert an image of the original 19 to digital image data. The ADF 111 can feed a plurality of originals to a scanning position of the scanner 11 one by one, so that the scanner 11 can automatically scan the originals continuously. The ADF 111 can reverse both an original with an image printed on one side and an original with images printed on both sides, and send them to the scanner 11. Therefore, the scanner 11 can scan images printed on both sides of an original.

The image storage unit 12 is a buffer memory that receives an instruction from the system controlling unit 16 to temporarily store therein image data scanned by the scanner 11, image data externally input via the network 18, or the like. The MFP 10 is capable of processing and providing an image forming process to either the image data scanned by the scanner 11, or the image data that is externally input, for example, via the network 18.

The image processing unit 13 receives an instruction from the system controlling unit 16 to provide a y correction, a modulation transfer function (MTF) correction, or the like, and then to provide gradation processes, such as slicing or dithering to binarize (or multi-value) multi-valued data sent from the scanner 11 and stored temporarily in the image storage unit 12. In addition to the above, the image processing unit 13 performs various image processes (such as enlargement/reduction of an image, adjustment of density/colors of an image) for the functions set by a user. Furthermore, the image processing unit 13 performs an image area editing process (such as removing, moving, and reversing an image area), a layout process (such as double-sided/single-sided printing, multiple-pages-per-sheet printing, and margin adjustment), and an end-result information generating process for generating a preview image of the resultant printout.

The image processing unit 13 includes an end-result information generator 131, an input-screen information generator 132, and a setting unit 133. The end-result information generator 131 basically functions to generate the end result information (preview images) to be displayed on a display panel 15b. The end result information is generated by providing various processes and settings to the image data of a pre-scanned original, based on the various settings input for that image data. The end-result information generator 131 uses the multi-valued data temporarily stored in the image storage unit 12. The input-screen information generator 132 generates information about an input screen to be displayed on the display panel 15b. The information includes setting items for receiving therethrough various settings relating to the end result information generated by the end-result information generator 131.

If a user enters settings via an input screen 400 that is displayed on the display panel 15b, using a touch panel 15a, the setting unit 133 not only receives the input signals, but also obtains coordinate information in the input image stored in the image storage unit 12.



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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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