Non-Destructive Annotation of Documents in an Image Processing Environment
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Overview The problem trying to be solved here relates to how the IBM ImagePlus workstation program (an Image Client for Windows 95 or NT) processes annotations in conjunction with a host server. The host server is the IBM ImagePlus Object Distribution Manager (IODM). Annotations are defined to mean highlighting, sticky notes, and redaction (i.e. masking) any area of a document. A document is typically scanned into the ImagePlus workstation program. In the past, documents scanned into the workstation program could only be annotated prior to actually storing them in IODM. Customers needed the ability to re-annotate documents after they were originally stored. What customers would have to do is display the document, re-annotate it, and store the document plus inclusive of annotations again. This consumed more storage and was not a viable solution for customers with high volume scanning operations. This invention helps solve the problem by storing the annotation objects separately, but there is a need to be able to associate the original document object with the annotation object. The ImagePlus workstation program would perform the "merging" of the annotations with the original document. This processing is transparent to the end user. The annotation object is a fraction of the document size, thus reducing the storage requirements considerably.