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

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127562D
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

Print-related software services that interact with printing and scanning devices have always been combined together in user interfaces by design, and users are forced to use one at a time without multiple selection capability. This disclosure proposes an easy, graphical user interface driven workflow job programming application for combining two 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.

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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 driven workflow job programming application for combining two 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.)  This solution to the problem of flexibility in programming complex jobs (by chaining services together to form a complex workflow job) is not new, nor is it the main problem addressed by this invention.  The problem this disclosure seeks to address in an innovative way is the complexity of the user interface needed to program such a job.

One way to solve this complex user interface (UI) problem is by displaying a workflow job to the user graphically using a 3-column table visually showing each service taking up one row and represented by an icon and having a column for an input document that feeds it, and a column for an output document that is a result of its processing.  Th...