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Thumbnail generation system for messaging application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021429D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 18K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method which enables generation of reduced representation of the contents (thumbnail) from attachment file on messaging system.

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Thumbnail generation system for messaging application

Disclosed is a system and method which enables generation of reduced representation of the contents (it is called "thumbnail" below) from attachment file on messaging system.

Today, various kinds of messaging systems are widely used. Though almost all systems have the capability to append attachment file (image, office document and any other file), it leads to following inconvenience.

- In order for a message client to check the contents of an attachment file, the application (or viewer, plug-in) corresponding to the file format is required on a client. - The contents of an attachment file cannot be known until it is "open"ed. - Certain user action is required (for example, choose an attachment file and perform "open"), to see the contents of an attachment file. - Capacity of the attachment file becomes large in many cases. It lead to poor performance on the low-speed connection. - To keep a message with large attachment file on local client, the storage capacity corresponding to the attachment file is needed.

Described below is the system which solves the above-mentioned problems by generating thumbnail from attachment file. The thumbnail should adopt popular format so that most messaging clients can display. The system has either of the following functions.

1. Thumbnail generation. 1-1. Set thumbnail format, whether to generate thumbnail, transmitting original file or not, and control automatic (scheduled, immediate, and on demand) or manual operation of these execution. 1-2. Set initial display format (for example, whole thumbnail at one time, or one to several thumbnail(s) with "next", "prev", "skip to" function). 1-3. Dispersing and delegating and thumbnail generation from a machine to other machine(s). 1-4. The functions to manage the generated thumbna...