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Multi-Service Workflow Job Creation via a Tabular Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019339D
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

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Abstract

This invention describes an easy, Graphical User Interface (GUI) driven workflow job programming application for combining 2 or more services together in order to complete a task or job that requiring multiple services all in one programming session.

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Multi-Service Workflow Job Creation via a Tabular Graphical User Interface

Today print-related software services that interact with printing and scanning devices, either traditional document ones (fax, print, copy, scan, etc.) or other types of software services (Optical Character Recognition or OCR, translate, summarize, etc.) have always been combined together in user interfaces by design and users are forced to use one at a time. There exists no flexibility for users to be able to choose which services they would like to combine (such as scan + fax, or scan + e-mail + print). There are only pre-defined pairs such as scan-to- e-mail, scan-to-fax, etc. It would be ideal to have an easy, Graphical User Interface (GUI) driven workflow job programming application for combining 2 or more services together in order to complete a task or job that requiring multiple services all in one programming session rather than programming one service, waiting for it to process, and then manually setting up the next service. (i.e. scanning once, and sending to e-mail, fax, and a file location, rather than scanning-to-email, then scanning-to-fax, than scanning-to-file.) The problem this invention seeks to address in an innovative way is the complexity of the user interface needed to program such a job.

This table-based workflow job viewer / creator / editor User Interface (UI) concept would look like a 3-column table with multiple rows—one row for each service performed in the job. Each row...