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Multi-device Page Collaboration and Interaction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244793D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 117K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system to synchronize electronic document pages that users are viewing and/or signing. The system enables a methodology and a backing system by which a user can turn an electronic page from one device over to another device and, according to business rules and established workflows, multiple users individually and sequentially perform actions on each page.

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Multi-device Page Collaboration and Interaction

As a document proceeds through a process that requires multiple people to review, edit, and/or sign it, maintaining synchronization among parties so the document remains up to date becomes a challenge. Current solutions for maintaining file synchronization include shared repositories, documents, and folders. No methods enable synchronization across multiple users with multiple devices. This causes inefficiency and confusion.

A system or method is needed to keep multiple people on multiple devices synchronized according to business rules and an established workflow. A single workflow with associated business rules can enable users to perform an action (e.g., sign a document) as part of a determined sequence.

The novel contribution is a method and system to synchronize electronic document pages that users are viewing and/or signing. The system enables a methodology and a backing system by which a user can turn the page from one device over to another device and accordingly multiple users individually and sequentially perform actions on each page. The core novelty is the system for synchronizing multiple users across multiple associated devices in accordance with established business rules and determined workflows for document management.

With this system, participating users configure an associated device in such a way that the sequence of document page turning (based on existing art for a single device) and movement among the devices happens per the defined workflow. With any finger gesture (i.e. page-turning gesture), a user can forward a selected page of a document from one device to another device as per the defined sequence. The participating users can perform the activity on the given pages in parallel. The participating users can turn the pages in a forward or reverse direction. Only one user at a time can work on a particular page; another user can work on that page when the active user moves in forward or backward in the sequence. For example, if a multi-page application requires two different signatures, then with this system the first applicant accesses the document, signs it, and then turns the page to forward it to the second applicant's device, enabling the second applicant to sign that page while the first applicant moves to sign the next page of the application. A built-in error checking mechanism ensures that everything is on the appropriate page if mistakes are made. In addition, a user can define conditional rules to dictate what happens while turning a page from one device to another device.

Figure 1: Multiple devices in a workflow, where a page of a document is turned from one device to the next in sequence

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Figure 2 illustrates the turning of a page from one device to another. As the user performs a finger gesture in one device, the system identifies the page number and the device in the workflow sequence....