US008305351B2 (12) Unlted States Patent (10) Patent No.: Ueda et a]. (54) (75) (45) Date of Patent: 5,950,045 A * 9/1999 Nomura et a1. ............... .. 399/81 Inventors: Nobuyuki Ueda, Nara (JP); Yuji 6,285,842 B1 6,692,167 B2 * 9/2001 Katamoto et a1. 2/2004 N?k?daifa et 31 ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ 400/ 61 ()kamoto, Kyoto (JP); shuhji Fujii’ 7,158,123 B2 1/2007 Myers et a1. KiZugaWa (JP); Kaoru Ishikura, Kyoto 7,948,476 B2 * 5/2011 G°Ff)_eta1' """"""""" " 345/173 Takahashi’ Atsushi Yamatokoriyama Ogoa KiZugaWa (JP); Kenji 2004/0150668 ’ (JP) _ _ Not1ce: _ _ A1 * 8/2004 Nojln Myers et ' ' ' a1. ''''''''''''''''''''''" 2005/0200611 A1 * 9/2005 Goto et a1. .................. .. 345/173 2007/0195064 A1 * 2009/0189870 A1 * 8/2007 Monoka 345/173 7/2009 Ueda et a1. .................. .. 345/173 (73) Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Osaka (JP) (21) Nov. 6, 2012 DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE Nobuyasu Yamada Yamatokoriyama (*) US 8,305,351 B2 FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS _ Subject to any disclaimer, the term of th1s patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 976 days. App1_ NO; 12/348,943 JP 10-63955 A 3/1998 JP JP JP 10441974 A 11-134160 A 2002-176578 A 5/1998 5/1999 6/2002 JP 2004-234661 A 8/2004 JP 2008-016053 A l/2008 * cited by examiner (22) Filed: Jan. 6, 2009 (65) PI‘IOI‘ PllblicatiOIl Data US 2009/0189870 A1 Primary Examiner * Peter Vincent Agustin Jul. 30, 2009 (74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (30) Foreign Application Priority Data Jan. 25, 2008 (51) (JP) ............................... .. 2008-015010 Int. C]. ABSTRACT To provide a display input device including: a display con G06F 3/041 (52) (58) (57) (2006.01) troller for displaying a control frame on a display portion; a US. Cl. .................................... .. 345/173 Field of Classi?cation Search ...................... .. None touch input detector for detecting a touch input to the touch panel portion; and a setup item displaying portion for super See application ?le for complete search history. imposing setup items on the control frame in accordance With the position of the touch input While the touch input is being detected by the touch input detector. (56) References Cited U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS 4,992,929 A * 2/1991 4 Claims, 14 Drawing Sheets Yamada et a1. ............... .. 700/84 | ------------------------------------------- A “ ‘I I1 Controller :l i 1 W‘ 104! Control Portion ‘ =10?» 1 00 . 144M . I 1042 1 4 . 1 | = \940 I I 'l : ' : ION Image Forming Portion ‘ _ ' Modem Unit I I i I | : 110-4 | Image Memory 1 1 C. i 5 l 1 1” | | : 1142/\-’ R oM Storage Touch Panel Operation Cut-in Program I I /'\d ; 1144 | | | | | i 1 1 | Operation Setup Program . 1 l _ 4 - Allocation Table Operation Setup Information \/ US. Patent NOV. 6, 2012 Prior Art FIG. 2 Copy US 8,305,351 B2 Sheet 2 0f 14 Ima e Transmigssion . . Document Flhng Ready to Copy and Scan Original B HE Registered Size AB Inch US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 FIG. 3 US 8,305,351 B2 Prior Art Image Copy Sheet 3 0f 14 Transmission . . Document Flhng Ready to Copy and Scan 0 Main Paper Feed Tray I Manual Feed Tray W ’ 1 3. B 4 PFC r Feed Tra \ 4. A 3 PFC Large Capacity Paper US. Patent FIG. 4 US 8,305,351 B2 US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 Sheet 5 0f 14 US 8,305,351 B2 FIG. 5 41 ‘ "I ELL FLU‘! P1 //////////////////////////////////////////////////////// US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 Sheet 6 0f 14 US 8,305,351 B2 _.-___.______-__._______.___..._.____.--__.__________________| US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 Sheet 7 of 14 US 8,305,351 B2 FIG. 7 Coordinates Current State Operation (X 1 , y 1) — (x 2, y 2) Control ?'ame 88%;; 25561:?“ __ Setup of 2“1 paper nd (X 3. Y3) (x4- Y4) feedcassette FIG. 8 v1 B5 A3 A4 US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 Sheet 8 0f 14 US 8,305,351 B2 FIG. 9 601x11 Panel Cut-in Proc% __——NO_< Is any touch detccted? W100 Yes 8102 Operation setup process /\/ Is the touch state cancelled? No $104 l Yes Delete setup items ( l End 31 ()6 /\_/ ) US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 Sheet 9 0f 14 US 8,305,351 B2 FIG. 10 (Operation Setup Process) i i 82 /-\/ Acquire a touch position Determine the operation corresponding to the touch position /\£202 i 32 Read out operation setup information /\/ Display operation setup S2 information Is any one of setup items touched? No $208 l Yes Revise the setting corresponding to the touched item Q i $210 r\/ ) US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 Sheet 10 0f 14 US 8,305,351 B2 NOE 35 BEHSQ=<P ~ 03%33mm w32?5.cmo 6mg Fig.5 ,r \ [email protected] E0 é Q _ l goof US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 O \rl L I-l'uaj flL 0538m% Sheet 11 0114 US 8,305,351 B2 5E305G mHuai-60D nEomwQn?gshUk: m a2:6 wb5E8a3onmd‘ 932 M1' |' I ‘ ' .XvO r NN.b w E Nu ONE US. Patent Nov. 6, 2012 0 Sheet 12 0f 14 \['IL l'j DBEQS=<PwEBWm 1023%m 3E mEuasoQ Nam EH5$E0083w3M 230D 65% N m US 8,305,351 B2 QE xl i) US 8,305,351 B2 1 2 DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE posed manner on the control frame in accordance With the position of the touch input While the touch input is being detected by the touch input detector. The display input device of the present invention may This Nonprovisional application claims priority under 35 USC §119(a) on Patent Application No. 2008-15010 ?led in Japan on 25 Jan. 2008, the entire contents of Which are further include a setup item selector for selecting, When, With hereby incorporated by reference. the setup items being displayed by the setup item displaying portion, another touch input is detected at the position Where one of the setup items is displayed, the setup item in the BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION detected position. The display input device of the present invention may (1) Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a display input device and the like including a display portion and a touch panel portion. (2) Description of the Prior Art Conventionally, in order to designate various operational further include a setup item canceller for eliminating the setup items being displayed by the setup item displaying portion When the touch input detector detects cancellation of the touch input. settings, there have been knoWn display input devices through A program of the present invention is characterized in that Which setting items and operating modes of an apparatus are to cause a computer including a display portion and a touch determined using a menu form. panel portion to realiZe a display function of displaying a control frame on the display portion; a touch input detecting function of detecting a touch input to the touch panel portion; and a setup item displaying function of displaying setup items As an example, patent document 1 (Japanese Patent Appli cation Laid-open 2002-176578) discloses a method of dis playing list representations of taken pictures, music informa 20 tion etc. on a LCD monitor in a camera that can be selectively in a superimposed manner on the control frame in accordance used in audio and camera modes. With the position of the touch input While the touch input is Also, as a display input device, a device using a display portion and a touch panel portion has been known. In such a being detected by the touch input detecting function. device, setup items are displayed in a menu form on the display portion so as to alloW the user to touch the relevant portion to select the item in the menu. For example, FIG. 1 shoWs a control frame When a con 25 in a superimposed manner on the control frame that is dis played on the display portion. Accordingly, the control frame ventional display input device is applied to a digital multi functional machine. Here, When the user touches a region and the setup items can be displayed at the same time, hence 30 R900, the touch panel portion Which is integrally formed With the display portion that displays the control frame, detects the items, it is possible for the user to vieW the setup items by performing a touch input Without causing transition from the sponding to region R900 is displayed. That is, When region control frame to a setup frame. 35 original siZe. touch input. 40 In the conventional display input device, When setting is performed in the control frame, it is needed to change setup Moreover, according to the present invention, When can cellation of the touch input is detected, the setup items being displayed can be eliminated. Accordingly, the user is able to eliminate the setup items so as to display the normal control frames from one to another. Therefore, even When, for example, the user just Wants to make sure of the setting items in the control frame, it is previously necessary to sWitch the Further, according to the present invention, When, With the setup items being displayed, another touch input is performed at the position Where one of the setup items is displayed, it is possible to select the setup item located at the position of the Similarly, When a region R902 is touched, a setup frame shoWn in FIG. 3 is displayed. In this frame, the user is per mitted to set the siZe of paper to be fed. this con?guration can provide highly convenient operativity to the user. Further, When the user just Wants to display setup condition of being touched. As a result, a setup frame corre R900 is touched, an original setup frame shoWn in FIG. 2 is displayed. In this frame, the user is alloWed to designate the According to the present invention, When a touch input is being detected by the touch input detector, setup items cor responding to the position of the touch input can be displayed 45 frame, byjust releasing the touch state (releasing the ?nger or the like from the touch panel portion) after making sure the setting. display into the setup frame. Further, When a plurality of settings need to be input, it is BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS previously necessary to sWitch the control frame to setup frames and vice versa a number of times. Hence, it cannot be said that user-friendly operativity is provided. 50 Further, When a plurality of items need to be designated in the same setup frame, it is necessary to return to the control frame after one item has been set in a setup frame and then transit the display state into another setup frame once again. So it cannot be said that user-friendly operativity is provided. FIG. 1 is a vieW for illustrating the conventional operation; FIG. 2 is a vieW for illustrating the conventional operation; FIG. 3 is a vieW for illustrating the conventional operation; FIG. 4 is a perspective vieW shoWing an appearance of a digital multifunctional machine to Which the present inven 55 tion is applied; FIG. 5 is a sectional vieW shoWing a digital multifunctional machine to Which the present invention is applied; SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION FIG. 6 is a vieW shoWing a con?guration of a digital mul It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a user-friendly input display device by enabling simultaneous tifunctional machine in the present embodiment; 60 In order to achieve the above object, a display input device of the present invention includes: a display portion; a touch panel portion; a display controller for displaying a control frame on the display portion; a touch input detector for detect ing a touch input to the touch panel portion; and a setup item displaying portion for displaying setup items in a superim FIG. 7 is a chart shoWing one example of a data structure of an operation allocating table in the present embodiment; FIG. 8 is a vieW for illustrating the operation in the present display of a control frame and a setup frame. embodiment; FIG. 9 is a chart shoWing the operation How of a touch 65 panel cut-in process in the present embodiment; FIG. 10 is a vieW shoWing the operation How of an opera tion setup process in the present embodiment; US 8,305,351 B2 4 3 (CIS) for photoelectrically converting the re?ected light of FIG. 11 is a vieW for illustrating an operation in the present embodiment; the document, received through the Selfoc lens array, to out put analog image signals. FIG. 12 is a vieW for illustrating an operation in the present embodiment; Also, the document may be placed on platen glass 16 by unfolding the upper body of document feeding and reading FIG. 13 is a vieW for illustrating an operation in the present embodiment; portion 2 so that the document surface can be read by means of ?rst reader 21. In this case, ?rst and second scan units 23 and 24 are moved in the sub scan direction keeping a prede FIG. 14 is a vieW for illustrating an operation in the present embodiment; and, FIG. 15 is a vieW for illustrating an operation in the present embodiment. termined speed relationship relative to each other While the document on platen glass 16 is illuminated by ?rst scan unit 23, and the light re?ected off the document is lead to image DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS focusing lens 26 by means of ?rst and second scan units 23 and 24 so that the image of the document is focused by image focusing lens 26 onto CCD 27. The best mode for carrying out the present invention Will be described With reference to the draWings. In the description of When one or both sides of the document have been read in the above Way, the image data representing one or dual sides of the document is input to a controller 100 (shoWn in FIG. 6) the embodiment, a case in Which a display input device of the present invention is applied to a digital multifunctional machine Will be described as an example. [Description of Operation] 20 FIGS. 4 and 5 are perspective and sectional vieWs shoWing Image forming portion 3 prints the document images rep one embodied mode of a digital multifunctional machine 1 of the present embodiment. This digital multifunctional machine 1 can be selectively used in copy mode for reading images from originals to print them out on recording sheets, in facsimile mode for reading images from originals to trans mit and receiving images of originals to print them out on 25 resented by image data on recording paper and includes a photoreceptor drum 31, a charging device 32, a laser scan unit (Which Will be referred to hereinbeloW as LSU) 33, a devel oping unit 34, a transfer device 35, a cleaning device 36, a charge erasing device (not shoWn) and a fusing unit 37. Also, image forming portion 3 is equipped With a main feed recording sheets, in printer mode for receiving images from information terminal devices via netWorks to print them out on recording sheets and in other modes. This digital multi functional machine 1 essentially includes a document feeding of a microcomputer etc., Where the image data undergoes various image processes, and the processed image data is output to image forming portion 3. 30 path 38 and a reverse feed path 39. The recording paper delivered from paper feeder 4 is conveyed along main feed path 38. Paper feeder 4 draWs recording paper, sheet by sheet, and reading portion 2, an image forming portion 3, a paper from a stack of recording paper, held in a paper feed cassette feeder 4, a paper discharge processor 5 and a USB interface 7. 41 or set on a manual feed tray 42 and delivers the recoding Next, the operation of digital multifunctional machine 1 Will be described taking an example of the copy mode. To 35 paper to main feed path 38 of image forming portion 3. In the course of the recording paper being conveyed along begin With, as documents are set on a document set tray 11 of main feed path 38 of image forming portion 3, the recording document feeding and reading portion 2, a document detect paper passes through and betWeen photoreceptor drum 3 1 and transfer device 35 and then passes through fusing unit 37 to ing sensor 12 detects the documents having been set. Then, a complete printing for the recording paper. While photorecep control panel 6 (FIG. 4) of the document feeding and reading portion 2 is operated so as to input settings of the siZe of the 40 cleaning device 36 and the charge erasing device and then charged uniformly by charging device 32. Laser scan unit 33 print paper, magni?cation ratio, etc. Thereafter, control panel 6 is operated to instruct the start of a copying operation. In response to the above control, document feeding and modulates the laser beam based on the image data from docu reading portion 2 pulls out documents, sheet by sheet, by means of a pickup roller 13 onto document set tray 11 and tor drum 31 rotates in one direction, its surface is cleaned by ment feeding and reading portion 2 and repeatedly scans the 45 modulated laser beam over the photoreceptor drum 3 1 surface delivers the document by and betWeen a separation plate 14 in the main scan direction, to form an electrostatic latent and a feed roller 15 to a platen glass 16 so that the document image on the photoreceptor drum 3 1 surface. Developing unit 34 supplies toner to the photoreceptor drum 31 surface and develops the electrostatic latent image to form a toner image is conveyed in the sub-scan direction over platen glass 16 and discharged to a document output tray 17. In the above operation, the front side (the under side) of the 50 document is read by a ?rst reader 21. That is, a ?rst scan unit 23 of ?rst reader 21 is moved and positioned into place While a second scan unit 24 is positioned at a predetermined posi tion. The front surface of the document is illuminated through platen glass 16 by the exposure lamp of ?rst scan unit 23, and the light re?ected off the document is lead by the re?ection 55 mirrors of ?rst and second scan units 23 and 24 to an image focusing lens 26, Which focuses the re?ected light or the image of the document on a CCD (charge coupled device) 27 to thereby read the image on the front face of the document. On the other hand, the reverse face of the document (the upper side) of the document is read by a second reader 22. Second reader 22 is disposed over platen glass 16, and 60 face to the recording paper Which passes through the nip betWeen the transfer device 35 and photo receptor drum 31. Fusing unit 37 heats and presses the recording paper to ?x the toner image onto the recording paper. Arranged at the junction of main feed path 38 and reverse feed path 39 is a branch claW 43. When printing is performed only on one side of recording paper, the recording paper is positioned by this branch claW 43 and then lead from fusing unit 37 to a paper output tray 44 or paper discharge processor 5 by means of branch claW 43. When printing is performed on both sides of recording paper, branch claW 43 is rotated to the position indicated by includes: an exposure lamp (LED (light emitting diode) array, ?uorescent lamp or the like) for illuminating the rear side of the document; a Selfoc lens array for focusing the re?ected light from the original per pixel; and a contact image sensor on the photoreceptor drum 31 surface. Transfer device 35 transfers the toner image on the photoreceptor drum 31 sur the dashed line so that the recording paper is conducted to 65 reverse feed path 39. Then, the recording paper passes through reverse feed path 39 and is inverted upside doWn to be fed to main feed path 38 once again. Then, the recording US 8,305,351 B2 6 5 paper is again printed on its rear side through main feed path 38 and lead to paper output tray 44 or paper discharge pro Image memory 110 is a memory for temporarily storing image data. Speci?cally, the image data created by image The recording paper thus printed is lead to paper output reader 102 is temporarily stored into image memory 110. Here, the image data that is designated to be printed out is tray 44 or paper discharge processor 5 so that it is discharged to paper output tray 44 or discharged to any one of paper output to image forming portion 106, the image data that is cessor 5. designated to be stored is output to storage 116 and the image data that is designated to be transmitted and received by output trays 5a of paper discharge processor 5. In paper discharge processor 5, a plurality of recording sheets are sorted and discharged to different output trays 5a, communication is output to modern unit 108 or communica tor 112. and/ or each set of recording sheets is punched or stapled. For The image data that is received by modern 108 or commu example, When multiple copies of multiple originals are pre nicator 112 is also stored temporarily into image memory pared, recording sheets are sorted and discharged to different paper output trays 511 so that one copy of multiple originals is allotted to one paper output tray 5a, and each set of recording sheets on every paper output tray 5a is punched or stapled to 110. Communicator 112 is a functional unit that functions as a communicating means of digital multifunctional machine 1 for transmitting and receiving data via netWorks. Communi prepare a printed matter. cator 112 can be connected to a communication netWork N1 such as an in-house LAN etc. This communication netWork [Con?guration] Next, the con?guration of digital multifunctional machine 1 Will be described With reference to FIG. 6.As shoWn in FIG. 6, digital multifunctional machine 1 has a controller 100 (a display controller, a touch input detector, a setup item dis playing portion, a setup item selector and a setup item can celler), to Which an image reader 102, a control portion 104, an image forming portion 106, a modem unit 108, an image 20 N1 has one or a plurality of personal computers (PCs) 200 connected thereto. Here, in a normal state Where digital mul tifunctional machine 1 operates alone, communicator 112 exchanges information With PC 200 via communication net Work N1. Speci?cally, digital multifunctional machine 1 transmits memory 110, a communicator 112 and a ROM 114 and a 25 the image data created by image reader 102 from communi storage 116 are connected. Modem unit 108 is connected to a cator 112 to PC 200. This con?guration makes it possible for public telephone netWork N3, Whereas communicator 112 is digital multifunctional machine 1 to function as a scanner connected to a netWork N1. device. Conversely, PC 200 transmits image data to digital Controller 100 is a functional unit for performing various operations and control of digital multifunctional machine 1. 30 The controller reads out each program stored in digital mul tifunctional machine 1 to execute the program so as to achieve multifunctional machine 1 can function as a printer. the associated process. Here, controller 100 is con?gured of, for example a CPU (Central Processing Unit) for performing operations. multifunctional machine 1. Digital multifunctional machine 1 can form images at image forming portion 106 from the image data received at communicator 112. In this case, digital Here, communication netWork N1 is connected to a Wide area communication netWork N2 such as the intemet etc. 35 Image reader 102 is a functional unit for picking up images recorded on recording paper to create image data. Image Modem unit 108 can receive image data from PC 202 or reader 102 is formed of a scanner or the like for example. munication netWork N2 via communication netWork N1 and Wide area communication netWork N2, by transmission of image data attached to an email or by any other method. In another facsimile machine 210 connected to Wide area com Digital multifunctional machine 1 shoWn in FIG. 4, this cor responds to document feeding and reading portion 2. The image data created by image reader 102 is sent to image 40 this Way, digital multifunctional machine 1 can function as an internet facsimile machine. ROM 114 is a functional unit for storing various kinds of memory 110 and temporarily stored therein. Control portion 104 includes a display portion 1042 for displaying the necessary information for control and a touch panel portion 1044 through Which the user inputs information data and programs for operating digital multifunctional 45 such as control commands etc. In digital multifunctional machine 1 shoWn in FIG. 4, control panel 6 corresponds to this. Though a ten key pad and other input devices for input ting control commands and other information are provided other than touch panel portion 1044, description of these is operation setup program 1144 stored therein. When a touch is detected by touchpanel portion 1044, controller 100 reads out 50 omitted in the present embodiment. Image forming portion 106 is a functional unit for forming images in accordance With the image data stored in image memory 110 and recording (printing) them onto recording paper. For example, the image forming portion may be con reads out and executes operation setup program 1144 so as to realiZe an operation setup process (FIG. 10). 55 image forming portion 3 corresponds to this. Modem unit 108 is a functional unit for performing fac 60 tional machine 1 can receive the image data transmitted from another facsimile machine 212 via public telephone netWork N3 by modern unit 108 and can form images by image form ing portion 106 from the received image data. and executes touch panel cut-in program 1142 so as to realiZe a touch panel cut-in process (FIG. 9). Controller 100 also structed of, for example a laser printer or the like. In FIG. 4, simile communication and is connected to public telephone netWork N3. The image data created by image reader 102 can be transmitted by facsimile communication to another fac simile machine 212 through public telephone netWork N3 that is connected to modern unit 108. Also, digital multifunc machine 1. Controller 100 reads out and executes a control program stored in ROM 114 to realiZe a control process. ROM 114 also has a touch panel cut-in program 1142 and an 65 Storage 116 is a functional unit for recording the setup status of digital multifunctional machine 1 and saving the image data that is temporarily stored in image memory 110. Here, storage 116 is constructed of any of storage devices including, for example, a semiconductor memory, hard disk drive and optical disk drive. Storage 116 has an operation allocation table 1162 and operation setup information 1164 stored therein. This operation allocation table 1162 is the table for storing the operations to be set up in accordance With the coordinates at Which a touch is detected on touch panel portion 1044. FIG. 7 shoWs one example of the data structure of operation allo cation table 1162. US 8,305,351 B2 8 7 portion 1044, the operation setup process is actuated (Step S100;Yes—>Step S102 in FIG. 9). As shown in FIG. 7, operation allocation table 1162 stores coordinates (e.g., “(x1,y1)-(x2,y2)”), current status (e.g., “control frame”) and operation (e.g., “2'” paper cassette Then, controller 1 00 detects the touch position inside touch setup”) in a related manner. panel portion 1044 (Step S200 in FIG. 10) and determines the Here, the coordinates indicate a range of coordinate points on touch panel 1044 that is laid over display portion 1042. For example, as shoWn in FIG. 8, When a rectangular area speci ?ed by a top-left vertex coordinate point (x1,y1) and a bot operation corresponding to the touch position by reading case, the operation for “setting the second paper feed cas sette” is determined. tom-right vertex coordinate point (x2,y2) is touched, the operation corresponding to the range of coordinate points is displays a WindoW corresponding to this operation in a region operation allocation table 1162 (Step S202 in FIG. 10). In this Then, controller 100 (the setup item displaying portion) selected. For example, When the control frame is displayed, if a R102 (the second region) adjacent to region R100. In this ?gure, paper siZes “A4”, “A3”, “B5” and “B4” are read out as coordinate point in this range is touched, the operation for “2'” paper cassette setup” is selected. Operation setup information 1164 stores information relat ing to various operation settings in digital multifunctional machine 1. For example, “A4” paper siZe being set for the the operation setup information for “setting of the second paper feed cassette” and displayed as the options of the setup item (S204QStep S206 in FIG. 10). At this point, a region R104 representing “A4” is touched While region R100 is being touched (Step S208; Yes in FIG. 10), controller 100 (a setup item selector) selects “A4” for the second paper cassette may be stored, or “auto” being set for the original siZe may be stored. [Processing FloW] 20 Referring next to FIG. 9, a touch panel cut-in process in digital multifunctional machine 1 Will be described. The touch panel cut-in process is a process implemented by con troller 100 by executing touch panel cut-in program 1142. Speci?cally, this process is implemented When controller 100 example of the Way of touching, the user may select region R100 With his/her fore?nger and select region R104 With 25 his/her middle ?nger so that the user is able to achieve the setting operation by intuition. has detected a touch on touch panel portion 1044 or When cancellation of a touch has been detected. First, When a user’s touch on touch panel 1044 is detected When this state of being touched is canceled, controller (Step S100; Yes), controller 100 starts an operation setup process (FIG. 10) (Step S102). This operation setup process paper siZe as “the setting for the second paper feed cassette” and revises the siZe setting of the paper to be stored in the second paper feed cassette (Step S210 in FIG. 10). As an 30 100 (a setup item canceller) eliminates the setup items being displayed, from display portion 1042 and restores the previ ous display state (control frame) before the touch panel cut-in Will continue until the aforementioned condition of being process is actuated. touched is cancelled (Step S104; NoQStep S102). Similarly, FIG. 12 is a vieW showing a display state When the kind of copy density is designated. As a region R120 for Herein, When the aforementioned condition of being touched is cancelled (Step S104; Yes), the setup items being displayed disappear and the display returns to the previous display state (control frame) before the touch panel cut-in copy density is touched, setting item options for copy density 35 are displayed in a region R122. Speci?cally, the options 40 alone, “printed picture” for reading pictures printed on plain paper, “photographic picture” for reading pictures printed on photographic paper, “map” for reading maps and “light origi nal” for reading lightly printed originals. include “character” for reading originals including characters process is actuated. Next, referring to FIG. 10, the operation setup process that is implemented at Step S102 of the touch panel cut-in process Will be described. The operation setup process is a process that is implemented by controller 100 as it reads and executes operation setup program 1144. First, controller 100 acquires the touch position on touch panel portion 1044 (Step S200). Controller 100 then deter mines the operation corresponding to the touch position (co Here, tWo options may be selected for originals having mixed features. First, as region R120 is touched, setup options are displayed in region R122 next to region R120. Then, multiple options are touched so that multiple items can 45 ordinate point) based on the operation allocation table 1162 (Step S202). Controller 100 also reads out the setup items ted. It is also possible to provide such a feature that the item that has been once selected can be canceled by touching the region corresponding to the operation and corresponding operation setup information of the setup items (Step S204) and displays the setup items and operation setup information together on 50 display portion 1042 (Step S206). Here, When a setup item is touched (Step S208; Yes), the operation setup information 1164 in correspondence With the touched item is revised (Step S210). 55 Next, speci?c operations Will be described taking examples of the display states in display portion 1042. To 60 density setup of “photographic picture” alone is selected. FIG. 13 shoWs the setup relating to “?nishing (the post processor)”. For example, When a region R140 corresponding options relating to “?nishing”, “top tray” and “offset tray” are displayed in a region R142. In region R142, the “offset tray” area is touched, setup options for “offset tray”, “sort”, “staple & sort”, “group”, “2-holed punch” “3-hole punch” and “19 hole punch” are displayed in a region R144. paper feed cassette is set up. First, in order to set up the second paper feed cassette, the user touches a region R100 (the ?rst region) on touch panel portion 1044 When the control frame is being displayed on display portion 1042 under control of controller 100 (the for the setup item once again. For example, When the region for the setup item “character” is touched again, the copy density setup of “character” is canceled, so that the copy to the post-processor in the draWing is touched, the setup OPERATIONAL EXAMPLES begin With, FIG. 11 shoWs a display state When the second be designated. In this case, setup for reading originals having contents of “character” and “photographic picture” is permit Here, the user selects one or multiple items so as to revise the setup items for the operation of “offset tray”. Alternatively, setup items may be designated in a hierar 65 chical manner. For example, FIGS. 14 and 15 are vieWs for display controller). When controller 100 (the touch input illustrating the setting for originals to be read. For example, detector) detects a state of being touched on touch panel When a region R160 around the scanner portion in the picto US 8,305,351 B2 10 rial representation is touched, setup options for originals to be a setup item canceller for removing the setup items dis played by the setup item portion When the touch input is scanned are displayed in region R162. no longer detected. In this situation, When the area “A4” is touched among the setup options for the setting for originals to be scanned, setup options for designating the “original scanning mode” or the 2. The display input device according to claim 1, further comprising a setup item selector for selecting, When, With the means through Which originals are read and displayed. FIG. setup items being displayed by the setup item displaying 15 shoWs a state at this moment. As seen in FIG. 15, When the portion, another touch input is detected at the position Where setup option “A4” for original siZe is touched in region R162, options of original scanning modes are displayed in a region one of the setup items is displayed, the setup item in the 164. When the area for “original table” is touched, further setup options for “scanning resolution” are displayed in a region R166. In this Way, it is also possible to designating the detected position. 10 cessors to perform the steps of: displaying a control frame on a display portion; detecting a touch input to a touch panel portion; setup items in a hierarchical manner. VARIATIONAL EXAMPLES displaying setup items simultaneously With a control frame by superimposing the setup items on the control frame in a position that corresponds to the position of the touch Though the present embodiment has been described taking an example in Which the display input device is applied to a digital multifunctional machine, the apparatus to Which the present invention can be applied should not be limited to the input While the touch input is being detected by the touch 20 above machine. That is, it goes Without saying that the present system including a processor and a printer or any other appa 4. A method for simultaneously displaying a device’s con ratus of the same kind. trol options and the device’s setup options comprising: What is claimed is: displaying the control options on a display screen; detecting a touch input on a touch panel; 1. A display input device comprising: a display portion; upon the touch panel receiving touch input, displaying setup options that correspond to the position of the touch a touch panel portion; a display controller for displaying a control frame on the 30 a touch input detector for detecting a touch input to the a setup item displaying portion for displaying setup items simultaneously With the control frame by superimpos ing the setup items on the control frame in a position that touch input is being detected by the touch input detector; and input by superimposing the setup options on top of a portion of the control options in a position that corre sponds With the touch input While the touch input is detected; and removing the setup items displayed on the control options touch panel portion; corresponds to the position of the touch input While the input detecting function; and removing the setup items displayed on the control frame When the touch input is no longer detected. invention can be applied to a facsimile machine or a computer display portion; 3. A computer-readable medium, having stored there on computer-executable instructions that cause one or more pro 35 When the touch input is no longer detected.
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