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System and Method for Viewing Multiple Picture Attachments on a Wireless Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131850D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

It is very common practice to send a set of images via email to someone. I quite often get messages that contain a whole bunch of pictures of a new baby, a vacation, or holiday event. Viewing a group of pictures may be burdensome on a desktop computer, but especially on a mobile device where there is limited screen size and memory. Attaching multiple images is becoming more and more common due to the availability and low cost of digital cameras, including cameras on phones.Typically after taking pictures with a camera phone, the next step is to send them via email (or other messaging mechanism). Some users wait to get back to their desktop as it is such a pain, only to find out the experience is only marginally better there. There is a need for a better process for viewing multiple image attachments by recipients on a mobile device. The proposed solution is to provide a slide-show view of the pictures when received as attachments on the mobile device. The user would receive a message with attachments and open the menu. The messaging application on the device would detect that there are several images that are attachments and provide a menu item, "View Attachments as slide show". When the user selects this item, a screen is shown, and the first image is automatically downloaded and displayed to the user. While the user is viewing the first image, the application is automatically downloading the second image in anticipation of the user viewing it (pre-caching mechanism), in thye assumption that if they viewed the first image, they would probably want to view the second one as well. If the user wishes to view the next image, they simply press 'n' for next; if they wish to view the previous image, they press 'p' for previous. The first time through the slide show, the application is always automatically downloading the next image in the list, so the user does not have to wait for the image. This should give the user the impression the image is already on the device. The worse case scenario is that one extra image is downloaded that the user does not view, which should not be very costly because images are resized at the server to accommodate the smaller screen. If the worse case is a concern, this feature could be a user option. When the user is finished viewing the slide show, they hit ‘escape’ and are returned directly to the message. This solution simplifies a previously time-consuming process to a simpler process that greatly improves the attachment-viewing experience. This scheme would also work in the desktop computer, possibly without the need for pre-caching.

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MULTIPLE IMAGE ATTACHMENT VIEWING

System and Method for Viewing Multiple Picture Attachments on a Wireless Device

Disclosed Anonymously

It is very common practice to send a set of images via email to someone. I quite often get messages that contain a whole bunch of pictures of a new baby, a vacation, or holiday event. Viewing a group of pictures may be burdensome on a desktop computer, but especially on a mobile device where there is limited screen size and memory.

Attaching multiple images is becoming more and more common due to the availability and low cost of digital cameras, including cameras on phones.Typically after taking pictures with a camera phone, the next step is to send them via email (or other messaging mechanism).

Some users wait to get back to their desktop as it is such a pain, only to find out the experience is only marginally better there. There is a need for a better process for viewing multiple image attachments by recipients on a mobile device.

The proposed solution is to provide a slide-show view of the pictures when received as attachments on the mobile device. The user would receive a message with attachments and open the menu. The messaging application on the device would detect that there are several images that are attachments and provide a menu item, "View Attachments as slide show". When the user selects this item, a screen is shown, and the first image is automatically downloaded and displayed to the user. While the user is viewing the first im...