Display input device

Display input device
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(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 *
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Takahashi’
Atsushi
Yamatokoriyama
Ogoa KiZugaWa (JP);
Kenji
2004/0150668
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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)
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Nov. 6, 2012
DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE
Nobuyasu Yamada Yamatokoriyama
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FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
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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
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Foreign Application Priority Data
Jan. 25, 2008
(51)
(JP) ............................... .. 2008-015010
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ABSTRACT
To provide a display input device including: a display con
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troller for displaying a control frame on a display portion; a
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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.
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References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
4,992,929 A *
2/1991
4 Claims, 14 Drawing Sheets
Yamada et a1. ............... .. 700/84
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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original siZe.
touch input.
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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
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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.
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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
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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;
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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
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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;
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(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]
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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).
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image forming portion 3 corresponds to this.
Modem unit 108 is a functional unit for performing fac
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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are displayed in a region R122. Speci?cally, the options
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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
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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
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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).
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Next, speci?c operations Will be described taking
examples of the display states in display portion 1042. To
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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When the touch input is no longer detected.
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