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Method for Presenting Imaging Options in Scan Jobs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000197603D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

This idea proposes a graphical user interface (GUI) method to simplify the user experience when programming a scan job. The method includes displaying combinations of values of different parameters that affect a resulting scanned file in similar ways, such as compression and resolution. Controls for the different parameters do not have to be shown separately, thereby simplifying the user experience. This is accomplished using a single GUI element which controls both parameters at the same time; simplifying the user experience and the number of controls the user has to work through. For instance, several combinations of resolution and compression are shown going from low resolution/high compression (labeled small file size) to high resolution/low compression (labeled high quality). An additional GUI element would bring up the separate controls on the screen for completeness.

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Method for Presenting Imaging Options in Scan Jobs

This idea proposes a graphical user interface (GUI) method to simplify the user experience when programming a scan job.  The method includes displaying combinations of values of different parameters that affect a resulting scanned file in similar ways, such as compression and resolution. Controls for the different parameters do not have to be shown separately, thereby simplifying the user experience. This is accomplished using a single GUI element which controls both parameters at the same time; simplifying the user experience and the number of controls the user has to work through. For instance, several combinations of resolution and compression are shown going from low resolution/high compression (labeled small file size) to high resolution/low compression (labeled high quality). An additional GUI element would bring up the separate controls on the screen for completeness.

Most scanning and multifunction devices (MFD) offer a multitude of image manipulation features. The number of options and their combination can be quite large and the user may sometimes find it difficult to navigate through all the layers and inter-dependencies to achieve the desired outcome. As an attempt to simplify user experience, the concept of “scan present” is sometimes used in office MFD’s. The current practice of offering scan presets, however, has its shortcomings and could cause confusion in some cases. For example, one of the presets is called “Archival & Record” but the name may mean different things to different people. Other preset names such as “Sharing & Printing” or “Simple Scan” may also not be very clear to many users. Due...