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Publication Classi?cation
SUBSTITUTED MATCHING TEXT
(76) Inventors: Robert Sesek, Meridian, ID (US);
Travis J. Parry, Boise, ID (US); Chad
A. Stevens, Boise, ID (US)
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ABSTRACT
Correspondence Address:
HEWLETT PACKARD COMPANY
P O BOX 272400, 3404 E. HARMONY ROAD
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
ADMINISTRATION
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(22) Filed:
Aug. 29, 2003
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a digital image. Alternatively, or in addition, a digital image
mined indicia and/or for the prede?ned insertion ?eld. The
substituted teXt matches the font of teXt adjacent thereto in
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document is edited using a Word processing application such
as the WORD® program provided by Microsoft Corporation
of Redmond, Wash. When the user edits the softcopy, the
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
user Will operate the Word processing application so that the
teXt that the user is inserting Will have substantially the same
font as any adjacent teXt. OtherWise, the inserted teXt Would
be lacking in esthetics. As such, teXt that the user inserts into
[0001] The present invention relates generally to periph
eral devices, and more particularly to rendering a document
having teXt With a digital transmitter device that receives
matching teXt that is substituted in the document.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0002]
Many peripherals to computer networks include a
scanner component. One eXample of such a peripheral is an
“All-in-one”, also knoWn as a multifunction peripheral
(MFP) in that it has the capability to perform the multiple
functions of scanning hardcopy documents, copying, and
printing. Another eXample is a digital netWork copier that
scans in documents from an automatic document feeder,
a sentence or paragraph Will have substantially the same font
that of the rest of the sentence or paragraph. Accordingly, the
modi?cation Will be an esthetic modi?cation. Then, a hard
copy of the edited document is output for further use, such
as for scanning.
[0006]
There is a need for a scanner-based device, such as
a digital transmitter device, that provides for an esthetic
modi?cation of a document at the scanner-based device
Without requiring the user to edit a softcopy of the document
on another computing device.
does high volume copying, and has the capabilities of
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
binding, collating, folding, stacking, stapling, stitching,
edge-trimming, paginating, and printing on substrates of
varied composition. Each of these peripherals, When in
[0007] In one implementation, a digital transmitter device
optically scans a substrate to form a digital image. An optical
communication With an interconnecting netWork, can also
be described as being a digital transmitter device. A digital
transmitter device typically has an input device (eg a
keyboard), a display, a scanner, and an output device. The
output device of the digital transmitter device can be for
character recognition of the digital image forms a document
having teXt in a Word processing format that is adjacent to
predetermined indicia. TeXt input is received and substituted
for the predetermined indicia in the document such that both
the teXt input and the teXt adjacent to the predetermined
indicia have substantially the same font. A rendering of the
document is output.
sending a facsimile or an electronic mail message (e-mail).
A digital transmitter device need not have a printer.
[0003] In an exemplary scanning operation, a hardcopy of
a document or other physical object can be presented to the
scanner portion of a digital transmitter device. After scan
ning, the digital transmitter device transforms the scanned
image into a digital representation. If the digital transmitter
device has a printer, the digital representation can be ren
dered to the printer to produce one or more hardcopies. If the
digital transmitter device has facsimile transmission capa
bilities and a netWork over Which to transmit a facsimile, the
[0008] In another implementation, a document is produced
by a digital transmitter device, Wherein the document
includes a form template that incorporates a scanned image
into a prede?ned insertion ?eld. The form template, or
parameters thereof, are stored in or accessible to the digital
transmitter device. The form template has a Word processing
format and includes teXt that is adjacent to the prede?ned
insertion ?eld. The digital transmitter device scans an image
for inclusion in the form template to form a digital image. An
digital transmitter device can render the digital representa
optical character recognition of the digital image forms a
tion of the scanned image into a facsimile image that can be
teXt input that is substituted in the form template for the
prede?ned insertion ?eld such that both the teXt input and
the teXt that is adjacent to the prede?ned insertion ?eld have
substantially the same font. A rendering of the document is
transmitted over the netWork to a predetermined or input
facsimile telephone number.
[0004] In an exemplary digital transmitting operation, a
hardcopy of a document or other physical object can be
presented to the scanner portion of a digital transmitter
device. After scanning, the digital transmitter device trans
forms the scanned image into a digital representation that is
then saved in a data format, such as in a bit map data format
or in a Portable Document Format (PDF). Electronic mes
saging can be used to send an electronic mail (e-mail)
message from the digital transmitter device With an attach
ment of the digitiZed representation in the data format. The
e-mail message can be sent to recipients over an intercon
necting netWork, Where the recipients have an e-mail address
that a user manually enters at the digital transmitter device
or that a user speci?es using a prede?ned list of recipient
e-mail addresses that can be stored in a memory of the
digital transmitter device.
[0005]
A hardcopy of a document that is to be scanned
may need to be modi?ed so that the resultant scanned
document Will contain the modi?cations. For instance, a user
may Wish to insert a Word or a phrase into a paragraph of the
hardcopy of the document. To do so, a softcopy of the
output.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0009] A more complete understanding of various imple
mentations of the present invention may be had by reference
to the folloWing detailed description When taken in conjunc
tion With the accompanying draWings Wherein the same
reference numbers are used throughout the draWings to
reference like components and features, and Wherein:
[0010]
FIG. 1a is a block diagram, according to an
embodiment of the present invention, depicting a computing
and communication environment having various digital
transmitter devices in a system environment suitable for
providing local access to the digital transmitter devices.
[0011] FIG. 1b is an eXample of a user interface, accord
ing to an embodiment of the present invention, for a digital
transmitter device in FIG. 1a.
[0012] FIG. 2 is a block diagram, according to an embodi
ment of the present invention, illustrating a digital transmit
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ter device in communication through a Wired or Wireless link
to an interconnecting network to Which a server is also in
communication.
[0013]
FIGS. 3-4 illustrate an example of sequential menu
pages that might be displayed on a touch sensitive menu
screen of a digital transmitter device, according to an
embodiment of the present invention.
[0014] FIG. 5 illustrates an example, according to an
embodiment of the present invention, of a paper document
to be optically scanned into a scanning mechanism of a
digital transmitter device, Where the paper document has
thereon one or more ?elds at predetermined positions and/or
one or more ?elds of detectable indicia.
is then substantially font-matched With the respective one or
more predetermined insertion ?elds (or vice a versa) prior to
the insertion thereof into the softcopy of the document.
[0020]
In a second implementation, a form code is com
municated to the digital transmitter device. The form code is
used by the digital transmitter device to identify a softcopy
of a form template that has one or more predetermined
insertion ?elds. The user is prompted to enter the text, or
representation(s) thereof, that is to be respectively inserted
into the one or more predetermined insertion ?elds. Alter
natively, the text, or representation(s) thereof, can be opti
cally scanned and subjected to optical character recognition
routine to form a softcopy of the text that is to be respec
tively inserted into the one or more predetermined insertion
?elds. The softcopy of the text that is to be respectively
[0015] FIG. 6 illustrates an example, according to an
embodiment of the present invention, of a menu page that
might be displayed on the touch sensitive menu screen of the
digital transmitter device in sequence after a transition from
the menu page of FIG. 4.
more predetermined insertion ?elds (or vice a versa) prior to
the insertion thereof into the softcopy of the form template.
[0016]
[0021] The ?rst implementation relates to the scanning of
FIG. 7 is a representation of the paper document of
inserted into the one or more predetermined insertion ?elds
is then substantially font-matched With the respective one or
FIG. 5 after it has been composed by the digital transmitter
a hardcopy to produce an optically scanned image at a digital
device, Where one of the ?elds on the paper document of
FIG. 5 has been substituted for a ?tted ?eld that includes a
transmitter device. The optically scanned image is subjected
manually input signature that is superimposed as a Water
to an optical character recognition routine at the digital
transmitter device in order to produce a softcopy of the
mark on the paper document, Where another ?eld has
hardcopy. The hardcopy also has certain detectable indicia
address and telephone number data ?tted therein and situ
on its face. This detectable indicia is representative of one or
more insertion ?elds into Which text is to be inserted. The
ated so as to avoid clipping an adjacent marking on the paper
document, and Where the textual contents of another ?eld
optically scanned image is examined for the presence of the
Was directly input by a user at a user interface as shoWn in
detectable indicia corresponding to the one or more insertion
FIG. 4, according to an embodiment of the present inven
tion.
?elds. Detectable indicia determined to be present is further
[0017] FIGS. 8-9 are How diagrams depicting respective
of the one or more insertion ?elds. Upon this determination,
processes for use in a computing and communication envi
ronment having a digital transmitter device as in FIG. 1a,
purpose of ?tting the same, respectively, into each of the one
for example, in accordance With exemplary embodiments of
the present invention.
or more insertion ?elds. The text and/or objects are located,
identi?ed, and/or retrieved using routines that call for inter
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
based upon interactive user input, such as Where the user
[0018] Implementations described herein provide control
of a digital transmitter device based upon user input. The
user input corresponds to text that is inserted into a docu
ment. The inserted text substantially matches the font of the
document. The font-matched text is inserted into the docu
examined to determine the position, siZe, and shape of each
respective text is located, identi?ed, and/or retrieved for the
active user input and/or retrieval of data from a database
physically inputs data from a keypad and/or touch screen.
The ?tting of the text, respectively, into each of the one or
more insertion ?elds includes a routine that substantially
matches the font of the inserted text to that of its adjacent
text in each of the one or more insertion ?elds for the
softcopy of the document. Once these font-matched text
ment at one or more predetermined insertion ?elds Without
insertions have been made into the softcopy, the softcopy
editing the document With a Word processor.
can then be used to produce a modi?ed scanned image. As
[0019]
In a ?rst implementation, the document is marked
up With detectable indicia at one or more predetermined
insertion ?elds Where the text is to be inserted. The marked
up document is scanned to form an optically scanned image.
The detectable indicia is detected in the optically scanned
image to ascertain the one or more predetermined insertion
?elds. The user is prompted at the digital transmitter device
to enter the text, or representation(s) thereof, that is to be
such, the modi?ed scanned image represents the optically
scanned hardcopy having font-matched text inserted into the
one or more insertion ?elds.
[0022] The detectable indicia can be quite diverse in type
and kind. The type and kind of detectable indicia need only
be detectable by a detection routine that is performed upon
an optically scanned image. As such, the detectable indicia
can be an ink that is visible upon application by a user to a
respectively inserted into the one or more predetermined
paper document but becomes invisible to the human eye
insertion ?elds. Alternatively, the text, or representation(s)
thereof, can be optically scanned and subjected to optical
When the ink dries. Nevertheless, the dry ink is still detect
able by the detection routine that is performed upon the
optically scanned image. Invisible ink may be selected as the
desirable detectable indicia in that the original paper docu
ment is not obscured by a user’s markings. The dry ink,
character recognition routine to form a softcopy of the text
that is to be respectively inserted into the one or more
predetermined insertion ?elds. The optically scanned docu
ment is subjected to optical character recognition form a
softcopy of the document. The text that is to be respectively
inserted into the one or more predetermined insertion ?elds
When invisible to the human eye, can be detected When it
exhibits a predetermined range of re?ectance values or
exhibits an inherent re?ectivity property (e.g., one or more
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Wavelengths, 7») that can be found by the detection routine
performed upon the optically scanned image. The re?ective
property of the ink can be understood as a particular hue or
color that is found Within the optically scanned image by the
detection routine. The dry ink, in another example, may only
be visible to the human eye When illuminated by a certain
by obscuring the document beneath the handWritten mark or
by Watermarking the handWritten mark so that it does not
obscure the document beneath the handWritten mark—
depending upon Which bar code the user applied to the
hardcopy.
or more predetermined ranges of Wavelengths.
[0028] In addition to or as an alternative to bar codes, a
user can make marks or symbols on the hardcopy that is to
be scanned, such as With one or more types of non-human
visible inks such as the invisible ink described above. For
[0023] Alternatively, the detectable indicia can be a bar
code or other patterned indicia that can be detected Within
properties (e.g., a different Wavelength—7»), each having a
color of light, such as a blue-violet light. As such, the dry ink
Would only be detectable When illuminated by light of one
instance, each ink can exhibit different inherent re?ectivity
the optically scanned image by the detection routine. Other
signi?cance similar to that of the different bar codes.
detectable indicia are also contemplated, any of Which can
[0029] The different bar codes and markings, as described
above, can represent different shapes and siZes of insertion
be found by knoWn detection routines performed upon an
optically scanned image.
?elds. For instance, a user may use ink to mark a periphery
[0024] As described above, the detectable indicia is rep
of an insertion ?eld, or the user can make a mark on the
resentative of one or more insertion ?elds into Which teXt is
hardcopy for Which the periphery of an insertion ?eld is
predetermined. For instance, the mark “X” may be an
indicator for an insertion ?eld having a shape that is any of:
a circle having a one (1) inch radius, a tWo (2) inch square,
an ellipse having tWo foci separated by one (1) inch, etc.
to be inserted. The detection routine, once having deter
mined the presence of detectable indicia in the optically
scanned image, Will use the detected presence to determine
various characteristics, respectively, of the one or more
insertion ?elds. These characteristics can include the num
ber, location, siZe, and shape of the one or more insertions
?elds. For eXample, a user can apply sticky bar code labels
of different types to a piece of paper that is to be scanned.
Alternatively, the user can also edit a softcopy of the
document so as to include images of the bar codes or like
detectable indicia.
[0025] The types of bar codes placed on the hardcopy, or
its corresponding softcopy, by the user can have respectively
different signi?cance in subsequent processing. Aparticular
TWo dots made by a user on a paper document may be
interpreted by a detection routine as indicating, respectively,
the upper left and loWer right corners of a rectangular
insertion ?eld. The type, shape, and siZe of markings that
correspond to insertion ?elds of various shapes, siZes, and
positions are not limited by the eXamples given herein.
[0030] Upon detection of the detectable indicia corre
sponding to each insertion ?eld and the shape, siZe, and
position thereof, (e.g., invisible ink, bar code, or other
signi?cant mark), the detection routine can also determine
interpreted as an instruction to prompt a user to input a code
What is to be inserted into each insertion ?eld. For instance,
the detection of ink having a speci?c re?ective property may
at a user interface of the digital transmitter device. For
be recogniZed as a cue to prompt the user for input. After the
bar code that is detected by a detection routine may be
instance, the prompt may direct the user to physically input
teXt from a keypad and/or touch screen. Alternatively, the
input code might be used to look up teXt that is to be ?t as
a substitution for the detectable indicia into the correspond
ing insertion ?eld. The input code may also be used to
ascertain a predetermined shape and siZe of the insertion
?eld. As a further alternative, one or more other input codes
user has responded With input to the prompt, the optically
scanned image Would then be modi?ed to ?t the user’s input
into the siZe, shape and position of the insertion ?eld so as
to create a modi?ed scanned image. The modi?ed scanned
image can then be rendered as a hardcopy upon Which the
user’s input is seen. Other output renderings are also con
templated.
might be used to retrieve a particular e-mail address distri
[0031]
bution list from a particular database so that an e-mail
message can be addressed to each of the e-mail addresses
such as by application of ink or by perforations, on paper or
along With an attached ?le containing the optically scanned
image as modi?ed by the inserted teXt and objects.
[0026]
A different bar code that is detected by a detection
routine may be interpreted as an instruction to prompt a user
to make a handWritten mark using a stylus on a touch
sensitive menu screen of a user interface With the digital
transmitter device. The handWritten mark can be processed
in a variety of Ways. For instance, the handWritten mark can
be subjected to an optical character recognition routine so
that a softcopy thereof can be formed. This softcopy can then
be substantially font-matched to teXt in the softcopy of a
document into Which the handWriting is to be inserted into
an insertion ?eld.
The user can physically mark one or more ?elds,
another substrate that is to be optically scanned. The shapes
of the physical marks made by the user, and the types of ink
used by the user, can have respectively different signi?can
ces in subsequent processing by various detection routines.
Aparticular mark that is detected by a detection routine may
be interpreted as an instruction to prompt a user to input a
code at a user interface of the digital transmitter device, such
as by using a keypad and/or touch sensitive menu screen.
This input code can then be used to look up teXt that is to be
?t into an insertion ?eld of predetermined siZe at the location
of the particular mark. This or another input code might be
used for the retrieval of a distribution list of e-mail addresses
from a particular database so that respective e-mail mes
sages can be addressed for the transmission thereto of the
modi?ed scanned image. Adifferent mark that is detected by
[0027] A handWritten mark input by a user can be pro
cessed by ?tting of the same into an insertion ?eld of
predetermined siZe and font at the location of a bar code in
a detection routine may be interpreted as an instruction to
prompt a user to make a handWritten mark using a stylus on
the optically scanned image. The optically scanned image
handWritten mark can be processed in a variety of Ways, as
described herein.
can be modi?ed so as to shoW the handWritten mark, such as
a touch sensitive menu screen of a user interface. The
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[0032] The second implementation produces a document
[0037] Exemplary System for Con?guration of a Digital
With a digital transmitter device. The document is based on
a softcopy of a form template that is a text document having
a prede?ned insertion ?eld. The form template, or param
eters thereof, is stored in or accessible to the digital trans
mitter device. An image is scanned to form an optically
Transmitter Device
[0038] FIG. 1a illustrates an example of a system envi
ronment 100 suitable for implementing an embodiment of
the present invention. The system environment 100 contem
scanned image thereof. This optically scanned image is
plates a plurality of digital transmitter devices 102-i (e.g.,
subjected to an optical character recognition routine to form
a softcopy of text that is located in the optically scanned
image. Alternatively, the text softcopy of the text that is to
in communication With one or more server(s) 106-i. Each
be inserted into the form template can be obtained by a user
server 106-i can be an e-mail message server that serves one
directly keying in the text at a keyboard or other input device
of the digital transmitter device. Other Ways can be used to
obtain a softcopy of text that is to be inserted into the form
template. In either case, once the softcopy of the text to be
inserted is obtained, the font thereof can be substantially
matched as to the font of text adjacent to the prede?ned
insertion ?eld in the softcopy of the form template, or vice
a versa. The font-matched text can then be inserted into the
softcopy of the form template.
[0033]
In the ?rst or the second implementation, once text
is inserted into corresponding predetermined insertion ?elds,
the resultant modi?ed scanned image can be rendered as a
hardcopy to a printer. In an alternative implementation, a
user can be prompted at the digital transmitter device to
input a code that is used to look up one or more e-mail
addresses or facsimile telephone numbers to Which the
modi?ed scanned image is to be transmitted. The modi?ed
scanned image can then be transmitted by e-mail or by
facsimile to a facsimile telephone number, or it can then be
rendered as a hardcopy to a printer or any combination of the
forgoing.
[0034]
or more e-mail addresses to Which any digital transmitter
device 102 can send an e-mail message. Digital transmitter
devices 102-i may be stand-alone devices that have a
scanning mechanism, and may also have an output mecha
nism such as a printer, a copier or a fax machine. As such,
each digital transmitter devices 102-i is a multifunction
peripheral (MFP) device that combines the scanning mecha
nism and the output mechanism into a single device. A
digital transmitter device 102-i can function While
uncoupled or isolated from other devices. A digital trans
mitter device 102-i therefore can be a device such as a
copier, a scanner, or a fax machine such as are shoWn in
FIG. 1a.
[0039] Digital transmitter devices 102-i are generally dis
tinguishable from devices such as desktop PCs (personal
computers), laptop PCs, and pocket PCs by their limited
purpose and limited user interface or input/output capabili
ties. For example, FIG. 1b shoWs a user interface for a
digital transmitter device 102-i. The user interface includes
various sections of input devices to perform respective
functions With the digital transmitter device. Section 102a
A netWork message can be transmitted so as to
include the modi?ed scanned image in a transmission of
message data via an e-mail message from the digital trans
mitter device to one or more e-mail address(es). When an
e-mail message is sent from a digital transmitter device,
message data including the modi?ed scanned image can be
attached to the e-mail message.
[0035]
102-1, 102-2, etc.) that can be in communication With an
interconnected netWork 104. Interconnected netWork 104 is
The e-mail message is sent from the digital trans
alloWs input of alphanumeric strings With respective number
keys in order perform input to send a facsimile and/or an
e-mail. Section 102b shoWs a touch sensitive menu screen
1026 for receiving input and/or outputting a display of
diagnostics and/or status. Various menu buttons are also
shoWn in Section 102b. Section 1026 shoWs a copy start
button to make a copy of one or more sheets of optically
scanned paper. Section 102d shoWs a scan button to optically
scan one or more pieces of paper. As an alternative to the
mitter device to an electronic address including an address
of a netWork resource and a destination location thereat. The
modi?ed scanned image in the message data can be com
user interface depicted in FIG. 1b, digital transmitter device
posed from the digitiZed image that Was captured by the
scanning mechanism, Which digital image Was modi?ed by
alternative to the user interface depicted in FIG. 1b, digital
transmitter device 102-i can have an integrated keyboard
(such as a “QWERTY” keyboard) to assist in entering data.
any insertion ?elds as described above. The e-mail
address(es) can be anyone of an electronic mail (e-mail)
102-i can have a simpler front menu panel With a limited
screen space and less input buttons or keys. As another
address at an e-mail server on a netWork, a ?le folder address
[0040] A digital transmitter device 102-i is typically ori
at a server on a netWork, a Web site address at a server on
ented toWard performing one general task such as scanning
and outputting that Which Was scanned. By contrast, devices
a netWork, and the like.
[0036] The digitiZing of the composition process for the
message data can include handWriting, or other indicia, that
Was captured from a user’s use of an input device, such as
a touch sensitive menu screen, a keyboard, etc. One result of
the composition or digitiZing process is that the input from
the input device (e.g., handWriting received at a touch
sensitive menu screen) can be superimposed on, around, or
near the image that has been composed or digitiZed. As such,
the resultant appearance of the rendered documents sent in
the e-mail message Will be that the handWriting, or other
indicia, appears to be integral to or a part of the original
images on the documents that Were captured by the scanning
mechanism.
such as desktop, laptop, and pocket PCs often provide
multiple and varied means of input/output such as a full
screen display, a keyboard, a mouse, speakers, microphones,
PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association) slots, portable media drives and the like. These
devices are capable of performing multiple functions
through executing various softWare applications such as
Word processing applications, spreadsheet applications,
?nancial applications, netWork broWsers and netWork mes
saging applications.
[0041] Various digital transmitter devices 102-i are seen in
FIG. 1a, including a facsimile machine 102-3, a multifunc
tional peripheral machine 102-2 With a printer device that
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can scan and print out a hardcopy or send an e-mail message
dard category V cable, Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable, or
With an attached copy of the scanned hardcopy, and a high
IEEE 1394 (i.link/Lynx/Fire WireTM) connection data ports.
volume copier 102-1 that includes the capabilities of print
ing on substrates of varied composition, binding, collating,
As such, digital transmitter device 102-i can transmit by one
or both of a Wireless or Wired link.
folding, stacking, stapling, stitching, edge-trimming, and
paginating.
[0046] Exemplary System for a Digital Transmitting
[0042] Interconnecting netWork 104 is representative of
[0047] A system 200 of FIG. 2 includes digital transmitter
one or more communication links, either Wired or Wireless,
that are capable of carrying data betWeen server(s) 106-i and
other netWork resources in communication With intercon
necting netWork 104. In certain exemplary implementations,
interconnecting netWork 104 includes a local area netWork
(LAN), a Wide area netWork (WAN), an intranet, the Inter
net, or other similar netWork.
[0043] Local access to each digital transmitter device
102-i can be provided through an input device, such as a
touch sensitive menu screen 210, on each digital transmitter
device 102-i. A user may access the input device via an
access control process that is initiated by input that is made
to a user interface. This input can be a handWritten signature
Device in Communication With a Server
device 102 as a netWork resource coupled by a Wired or
Wireless link to interconnecting netWork 104 and to server
106 through interconnected netWork 104. As such, FIG. 2
illustrates an embodiment of the system 100 of FIG. 1a in
greater detail. In accordance With still further aspects of the
present invention, digital transmitter device 102 may be
included Within a multiple function peripheral (MFP) device
300. As its name implies, the MFP device 300 is con?gured
to provide multiple functions. In this example, the functions
provided by the MFP device 300 include those provided by
digital transmitter device 102 as Well as an optional printer
device 310. Consequently, the user of digital transmitter
device 102 may also print out a hardcopy of any applicable
and/or User ID entered via a keyboard, as Well as other
portions of data stored, scanned or otherWise acquired by
digital transmitter device 102.
means of input.
[0048]
upon a touch sensitive menu screen, a command sequence
[0044]
Input to the user interface can be received in order
to specify one or more e-mail addresses and an optional
message text for an e-mail message that the user Wishes to
send. Alternatively, a default e-mail address or a list of
selectable e-mail addresses can also be stored at each digital
transmitter device 102-i. Each digital transmitter device
102-i has an imaging or scanning mechanism to receive
images of an object (e.g., a hardcopy). A document com
poser component in each digital transmitter device 102-i
then composes images of the scanned object, as discussed
beloW. The detection of detectable indicia in the scanned
hardcopy is folloWed by the insertion of various text and/or
objects into respective insertion ?elds corresponding to the
detectable indicia. After these insertions, a modi?ed scanned
image of the hardcopy is composed as a document. The
composed document can then be output by digital transmit
In general, digital transmitter device 102 uses a
controller 250 to execute a program that can be stored in an
image composer 217 of a memory 206. Execution of the
image composer 217 Will compose a document from images
that are captured by scanning the document using a scanning
mechanism 212. Adetection application 216 in memory 206,
When executed by controller 250, can be used to detect
detectable indicia in an optically scanned image, to deter
mine the siZe, shape, and location of insertion ?elds from the
detected indicia, and to determine a process for obtaining
text to be inserted into each insertion ?eld in the optically
scanned image. Alternatively, detection application 216 in
memory 206, When executed by controller 250, can be used
to process a form template to determine the siZe, shape, and
location of insertion ?elds therein, and to determine a
process for obtaining text to be inserted into each insertion
?eld in the form template.
ter device 102-i. The output can be made by the document
being printed out, transmitted by a facsimile to a facsimile
[0049] Digital transmitter device 102 can use controller
250 to execute a program that performs an optical character
telephone number, or sent in a ?le attached to an e-mail
recognition routine on an optically scanned image that is
message that is addressed to the input, default, or selected
acquired by use of scanning mechanism 212. The optical
e-mail address(es) from digital transmitter device 102-i
character recognition routine forms a softcopy of text of the
optically scanned image. The font of the softcopy of text can
be substantially matched With respect to text that is adjacent
through interconnected netWork 104 to one or more e-mail
servers 106-i for the respective e-mail address(es) input or
speci?ed by the user.
[0045]
The user of digital transmitter device 102-i seen in
FIG. 1a can transmit message data to interconnected net
Work 104 by a Wired or Wireless link. A Wireless link can be
through an Infrared (IR) data connection or other Wireless
data connections such as the Blue Tooth or 802.11 protocol.
The Wireless link may be made through radio frequency
(RF) or infra-red (IR) data ports. By Way of example, digital
transmitter device 102-i can include the capabilities of a
cordless handset telephone, a cellular telephone, a personal
digital assistant (PDA), a pager, a Watch and the like, any of
Which is also capable of transmitting data in a Wireless
manner. AWired link can be performed through a USB data
connection, a serial port connection, a parallel port connec
tion or via other knoWn data transmission standards and
modes. The Wired link may be implemented through stan
to the insertion ?eld in a softcopy of the document. When so
matched, the font-matched text can be inserted into the
insertion ?eld of the softcopy of the document. The modi?ed
softcopy of the document can then be rendered for output,
such as by forming a hardcopy of the modi?ed softcopy of
the document.
[0050] Depending upon the extent and type of text that is
to be inserted into a document, the hardcopy of the modi?ed
softcopy of the document might have more or less pages
than that of the original unmodi?ed hardcopy. In this case,
digital transmitter device 102 can use controller 250 to
execute a re?oW routine that repaginates the resultant modi
?ed softcopy of the document and its corresponding hard
copy. As such, the resultant modi?ed hardcopy Will be
properly paginated and Will have a consistent font appear
ance at each ?eld into Which text had been inserted.
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[0051] Input that is received from a user of the digital
transmitter device, and/or the type and kind of the detected
indicia that is detected by the digital transmitter device, can
be used by the digital transmitter device as a key to look up
corresponding text in a database and ?le codes storage 220
in memory 206 of digital transmitter device 102 and/or in
database and ?le codes storage 224 in memory 222 of server
106. Any text thus obtained can then be used for any of a
variety of purposes. For instance, the input from the user can
be a text message, a User ID, a character string, or a
sequence of codes that can be looked upon the database and
?le codes storage 220 for the purpose of obtaining a single
202. Memory 206 may therefore include, for example, some
form of random access memory (RAM), some form of read
only memory (ROM), and/or other like solid-state data
storage mechanism. Memory 206 may include a magnetic
and/or optical data storage mechanism. Scanning mecha
nism 212 is representative of any optical scanner technology
that may be employed to produce scanned object data upon
scanning an object. Such scanning technologies are Well
knoWn. The resulting scanned object data is provided to
CPU 202 and/or stored in memory 206.
[0058]
Controller 250 of digital transmitter device 102
email address and/or an e-mail address list.
typically includes data processing unit or CPU 202, a
volatile memory 204 (i.e., RAM), and a non-volatile
[0052]
The detected indicia can be a bar code or invisible
memory 206 (e.g., ROM, Flash). Digital transmitter device
ink symbol that can be looked up in the database and ?le
codes storage 220. This look up operation can obtain a
menu screen 210 acts as a local user interface for digital
corresponding text softcopy. The corresponding softcopy of
transmitter device 102 by displaying menu pages and
the text can then be font-matched for substitution into the
one or more corresponding insertion ?elds having adjacent
like-font text in a softcopy of an optically scanned hardcopy.
As such, the substituted text Will take the place of the
detected indicia. Other such look ups are also contemplated.
[0053] Upon obtaining the text and its proper matching
102 also includes a device engine 208. The touch sensitive
accepting user input based on selectable menu items dis
played on the menu pages. The touch sensitive menu screen
210 can be used to display a menu page that asks for and
receives the input, such as an e-mail address to Which to
image data that is scanned With scanning mechanism 212 is
to be transmitted in an e-mail message via interconnected
font, the execution of the detection application 216 can also
netWork 104.
?t, insert, and/or superimpose each such font-matched text
into, around, and/or proximal to the corresponding insertion
?eld of the optically scanned image. The image composer
functions by controlling device engine 208 and by respond
[0059]
Controller 250 processes data and manages device
ing to input from touch sensitive menu screen 210. Device
217 can be used to compose a modi?ed optically scanned
driver softWare in a device server can be stored in memory
version of the document containing the inserted font
matched text. This modi?ed optically scanned version of the
206 and executed on CPU(s) 202. Memory 206 also includes
document can then be output or rendered. Alternatively, the
modi?ed optically scanned version of the document can be
composed and stored, in full or in part, locally in and/or
remotely to scanning mechanism 212.
[0054]
a server module 214 con?gured to serve menu documents to
the touch sensitive menu screen 210. The server module 214
is a local server in the sense that it is present Within the same
digital transmitter device 102 to Which it serves menu
documents.
Controller 250 can execute a program so as to
[0060] As mentioned above, controller 250 can optionally
transform data to a driver format suitable for printing With
include a User ID/Signature File and Code component that
is stored in the database and ?le codes storage 220 in
memory 206. This User ID/Signature File and Code com
integral, optional printer device 310, such as a mark up
language format (eg SMGL, HTML, or XML), or such as
a job language format (eg PCL or POSTSCRIPT®. Printer
device 310 can have the capability of converting data and
then outputting it onto an appropriate print media, such as
paper, transparencies or glossy photo paper.
[0055]
Digital transmitter 102 includes one or more CPUs
ponent Would in turn be used to validate a user identi?cation
code (User ID) and a corresponding digital representation of
a signature for the purpose of ascertaining the access control
rights of a user. Alternatively, server 106 can perform this
function through a database and ?le codes storage 224 in
202, each of Which is operatively coupled to memory 206,
memory 222 of server 106.
and a user interface that includes an input device. Preferably,
the input device Will be locally accessible at digital trans
mitter device 102. By Way of example, the input device can
[0061] Menu documents stored in memory 206 can be
interpreted by the server module 214 and are con?gured to
display textual and graphical information as menu pages on
be a touch sensitive menu screen 210. Digital transmitter
the touch sensitive menu screen 210. The menu documents
device 102 also includes at least one communication port for
driving the menu pages can include script code that is
interfacing With interconnecting netWork 104 through either
associated With graphical keys. The term “script code” is
a Wired or Wireless link.
intended herein to mean any one of a variety of different
[0056] When included in MFP device 300, CPU(s) 202
Would also be operatively coupled to printer device 310, for
example. CPU(s) 202 is representative of any hardWare,
?rmWare and/or softWare that is con?gured to perform
certain functions associated With the operation of digital
code types. Various kinds of code are contemplated. By Way
of example, and not by Way of limitation, the code can be
implemented in embedded script code, in ?rmWare, in a
transmitter device 102. Hence, as those skilled in the art Will
executed on a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The code can
recogniZe, CPU(s) 202 may include dedicated logic and/or
also be Written in other script code languages such as
VBScript or Perl.
one or more processors con?gured in accord With softWare
instructions, for example.
[0057] Memory 206 is representative of any type of data
storage mechanism that can be accessed by at least CPU(s)
native code such as C++ code, or can be JAVA script. The
code can be Written in J avaScript code that is interpreted and
[0062] Selecting a menu item by pressing a graphical key
on the touch sensitive menu screen 210 triggers an event,
Which causes a “virtual machine”218 to interpret and
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execute the script code associated With the selected graphi
cal key. The virtual machine 218 is a software module stored
in memory 206 that executes on CPU(s) 202 to interpret and
execute script code. The script code can be associated With
selectable menu items (i.e., graphical keys or buttons). One
menu item is con?gured to initiate a scan of an image using
the scanning mechanism 212. Another menu item can be
con?gured to perform the task of receiving input that
includes a User ID, a priority code, and one or more e-mail
address(es) to Which e-mail message data is to be sent via
interconnected netWork 104. Still another menu item can be
con?gured to perform the task of initiating a retrieval of an
e-mail address that Was previously stored in memory 206,
Where memory 206 can optionally contain e-mail address
information in the database and ?le codes storage 220 in
memory 206 that can be requested to be displayed upon
touch sensitive menu screen 210. When the e-mail address
information is retrieved from memory 206, the user can
select a displayed e-mail address to Which an e-mail mes
sage Will be transmitted over interconnected netWork 104 to
one or more recipients via server 106-i from the memory 206
of another digital transmitter device 102 as seen in FIG. 1a.
Alternatively, the user can directly enter a speci?c e-mail
[0065] Font-matched text can be inserted in respective
insertion ?elds in a variety of Ways. For instance, an
insertion ?eld can be rendered in the modi?ed scanned
image to appear as a Water mark of user-speci?ed font, so
that the one or more superimpositions do not substantially
obscure any portion of the images on the rendered docu
ments. The superimpositions can appear to be integral With
the images on the rendered document so that their appear
ance thereon is easily noticed and could not be easily
removed. To further minimiZe obscuring any portion of the
images on the rendered documents, the superimpositions can
be situated in a margin or scaled so as to be small relative
to the rendered document page siZe. To do so, the digital
transmitter device can be con?gured, manually or otherWise,
to have control over the location and siZe of the inserted
Water mark on the rendered documents.
[0066] Once the document composition process has digi
tiZed the scanned object data With the insertion ?elds as
discussed above, the composed documents can be printed
out, sent as a facsimile transmission to a facsimile telephone
number speci?ed by the user, and/or sent in an attached ?le
to an e-mail message that is transmitted to an e-mail
address into the digital transmitter device 102 using touch
address(es) speci?ed by the user. Moreover, the image
sensitive menu screen 210. Controller 250 executes pro
cesses resident in a communicative link interface for a
composer 217 of memory 206 can provide the digital
transmitter device 102 With the capability of performing a
variety of document composition routines for a plurality of
transmission (eg an e-mail message) that can be transmitted
over a Wired and/or Wireless link to interconnected netWork
104. These transmitted email messages need not be sent to
data formats. These data formats include an American
another digital transmission device 102-i, they may be sent
to any device capable of receiving email.
ted data format, a Word processor format, a spread sheet data
format, a Portable Document Format (PDF) data format, a
slide shoW softWare data format such as the PoWer Point®
softWare data format from Microsoft Corporation of Red
[0063]
The digital transmitter device can be con?gured
such that the user can enter a command to initiate a scanning
operation either before or after the user has obtained suffi
cient access rights, Where the rights are based upon an
optional access control check that is performed upon the
user’s manual input of data and/or a signature at touch
sensitive menu screen 210. Prior to the scanning operation,
Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) format
mond Wash., USA, a graphic image ?le format (GIFF) data
format, a tagged image ?le format (TIFF) data format, a
Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) data format, a
bit-map data format, an optical character recognition (OCR)
data format, and/or other forms of encoded data, including,
e.g., encrypted data, etc.
the user places a document into a sheet feeder device
[0067]
When the user enters a command displayed upon
associated With digital transmitter device 102. The sheet
feeder device then physically feeds each sheet in the docu
touch sensitive menu screen 210 to enter or retrieve an
ment to scanning mechanism 212. Alternatively, the user can
place a single sheet or substrate on to a glass platen
the input of the e-mail address. Controller 250 then executes
associated With digital transmitter device 102. CPU(s) 202
process softWare or other machine executable code stored in
image composer 217. The image composer 217 then gener
ates a bit map or other output that is a digital representation
of the scanned document in a document composition pro
cess. The bit map or other digital representation of the
document is examined for the presence of detectable indicia
and insertion ?elds corresponding thereto by execution of
the detection application 216 and/or other routines. Text
and/or object(s) for each insertion ?eld are obtained as
described herein.
e-mail address, digital transmitter device 102 coordinates
a user message compositing routine Which can be stored in
memory 206. The user message compositing routine
assembles message data. The message data so assembled can
include the e-mail address(es) input or otherWise designated
by the user, the bit map or other output that is a digital
representation of the modi?ed scanned image, and can also
include any message text entered by the user upon touch
sensitive menu screen 210. The message data is then sent by
a Wired and/or Wireless link from digital transmitter device
102 to interconnected netWork 104. From interconnected
netWork 104, a communication is established With an e-mail
server 106 as seen in FIG. 1. The e-mail server 106 serves
into their respective insertion ?elds Within the bit map or
the e-mail address to Which the e-mail message from digital
transmitter device 102 is to be sent. By Way of example
other output that is a digital representation of the scanned
server 106 can, but need not, function as the e-mail server of
documents. A modi?ed scanned image is then composed by
image composer 217. The modi?ed scanned image that is
any e-mail address of digital transmitter devices 102-i seen
in FIG. 1a. Alternatively, a server in communication With
interconnected netWork 104, other than server 106, can be
the e-mail server for e-mail addresses associated With digital
transmitter devices 102-i.
[0064]
Once obtained, the text and/or objects are inserted
composed includes all insertion ?elds having the corre
sponding text and objects inserted therein by Way of sub
stitution for the detectable indicia.
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[0068] CPU(s) 202 is con?gured to perform the operations
described above using various executable modules of
memory 206. These executable modules of memory 206 can
include an e-mail address storage/retrieval routine, a com
municative link interface routine, and a user message com
positing routine, any of Which can each be implemented in
softWare or ?rmWare.
softcopies of the text therein. These text softcopies can then
be font-matched as described above for respective ?tting
into the one or more predetermined insertion ?elds in a
softcopy of the form template.
[0072]
When the user selects option “1” on menu screen
302, digital transmitter 102 activates scanning mechanism
address storage/retrieval routine executing on CPU(s) 202
212 to scan in documents as discussed above. When the user
selected option “3” on menu screen 302, menu screen 402
seen in FIG. 4 is displayed. Menu screen 402 can be used
receives input of an e-mail address from a user at touch
sensitive menu screen 210 or retrieves a list of stored e-mail
to receive input of text message 406 from the user. The user
can directly enter each character of the text message 406
addresses by a look up that makes use of the user’s input.
The list of e-mail addresses can be displayed on touch
using displayed virtual buttons. Menu screen 402 shoWs a
practical example of a user selecting characters for text
[0069]
In one embodiment of the invention, an e-mail
sensitive menu screen 210 in a hierarchical list. The list can
message 406. Script code executing in CPU(s) 202 can be
be sorted alpha-numerically. The user can either select from
used to present menu screen 402. The execution of this script
code alloWs the user to see alphabetic and symbolic char
among the displayed e-mail addresses or input the characters
of a speci?c e-mail address using a ‘drill-doWn’ function of
the menu, as discussed beloW With respect to FIGS. 3-4. The
drill-doWn menu format and the displayed list of retrieved
e-mail addresses assist the user in locating an e-mail address
of interest.
[0070] FIG. 2 shoWs server 106 as being in communica
tion With interconnected netWork 104 and having a proces
sor 232, a volatile memory 234, and memory 222. Memory
222 includes a device driver 228, a server module 230,
optionally the database and ?le codes storage 224 discussed
above, and application routines 226 for storage of softWare
or other machine executable code. Application routines 226
are storage locations for programs that can be executed by
processor 232 on server 106.
[0071] As mentioned in the examples above, but not
limited thereto, a user interface device can be used to accept
the input of a text insertion (or representation thereof) to be
inserted into insertion ?eld, such as by being keyed in at a
keyboard by a user of the digital transmitter device. Another
input can be an e-mail address that is similarly entered. Still
other input can be a handWritten character string that is
entered upon at a touch sensitive menu screen, Which
handWriting is subjected to an optical character recognition
routine to derive corresponding text therefrom. By Way of
example of a user interface, a sequence of menus that can be
displayed upon touch sensitive menu screen 210 of digital
transmitter device 102 is seen in FIGS. 3, 4 and 6. A menu
screen 302 seen in FIG. 3 is displayed upon touch sensitive
menu screen 210 of digital transmitter device 102. Menu
screen 302 shoWs various options to be selected by a user of
digital transmitting device 102. In the example provided in
FIG. 3, a user has already input the character string “A93B”
at reference numeral 304 on menu screen 302. This character
string 304 can be used for any of a variety of purposes. For
instance, the character string 304 can be a User ID that is to
be compared against an access control data base to deter
mine if the User ID corresponds to particular use privileges
With respect to the digital transmitter device 102. Alterna
tively, the character string 304 can be a form code that, by
acters as the user depresses virtual buttons 1004 so as to
move forWard and backWard through a displayed hierarchi
cal list of available alphabetic and symbolic characters.
Script code executes in CPU(s) 202 to enable a user to select
a displayed character by depressing virtual button 1006.
Output area 406 on menu screen 402 shoWs that the user has
entered various letters and symbols for text message 406.
Then, When the “Select” virtual button 1006 is depressed on
touch sensitive menu screen 210, as represented by menu
screen 402, the user sees a transition to a menu screen 602
in FIG. 6. FIG. 6 shoWs that the user has keyed the e-mail
address Sesek®URL.COM similarly to the entering of the
various letters and symbols for text message 406. FIG. 6
also shoWs that the user has used a stylus to handWrite input
on the touch sensitive menu in a signature ?eld at reference
numeral 608. Other virtual buttons on the touch sensitive
menu screen 210 are also contemplated in order to provide
for the initiation of other and/or additional functions by the
user, such as a menu virtual item button 1002 seen in FIGS.
3, 4 and 6.
[0073]
FIG. 5 shoWs an image 502 that can be a form
template containing predetermined insertion ?elds 504, 506,
and 518 into Which text is to be inserted. The form template
is represented by a softcopy having predetermined insertion
?elds 504, 506, and 518 therein. Input is received, directly
or indirectly, from a user of digital transmitter device 102
that corresponds to the predetermined insertion ?elds 504,
506, and 518. This input is converted, Where needed, into
respective softcopies of text corresponding to the predeter
mined insertion ?elds 504, 506, and 518. The respective
softcopies of the text are then font-matched to the respective
text that are adjacent to each of the predetermined insertion
?elds 504, 506, and 518 in the softcopy of the form template.
[0074]
FIG. 5 shoWs an image 502 that can be on a piece
of paper. Image 502 includes markings that indicate prede
termined insertion ?elds 504, 506, and 518. Auser places the
piece of paper in a sheet feeder to be optically scanned With
scanning mechanism 212 into digital transmitter device 102.
one or more predetermined insertion ?elds. Once the pre
Of course, the image is not required to be on a piece of paper.
Rather, the image can be on a substrate or other image
bearing surface. The image 502 seen on the paper has a
determined insertion ?elds of the form template have been
double underlined heading and has text beloW the heading.
communicated to the digital transmitter device 102, one or
The text beloW the heading has a font, a case, a line spacing,
a text color, a background color, a foreground color, a
the input thereof, is used to identify a form template having
more corresponding documents can be scanned by scanning
mechanism 212 to form respective optically scanned
images. The optically scanned images are subjected to an
optical character recognition routine to form respective
particular character spacing, certain text effects, an align
ment for each line and each paragraph, text shadoWing, and
text shading. First, second, and third detectable indicia 504,
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506, and 518 are seen in the image on paper 502 and are
screen 210. As can be seen in menu screen 602, the result of
detectable by execution of a detection application 216 upon
the manually entered signature is displayed at entry ?eld
the optically scanned image by digital transmitter 102. As
such, the ?rst, second, and third detectable indicia 504, 506,
616.
and 518 can be, for example, bar codes, invisible ink, visible
ink, symbols, hole punch sequences, etc.
[0075]
Phantom lines 520 and 522 indicate text that is
adjacent to the predetermined insertion ?eld 518. As such,
any text that is to be inserted into the predetermined inser
tion ?eld 518 should be substantially matched as to the font
thereof With respect to the text that is present in the respec
tive regions seen at phantom lines 520 and 522.
[0078]
be inserted into the insertion ?elds that correspond to ?rst,
second, and third detectable indicia 504, 506, and 518. The
location, siZe, and shape, and any rule governing the same,
can also be looked up for these insertion ?elds. The text can
be found by look ups in one or both of database and ?le
codes storage 220, 224, respectively, at digital transmitter
device 102 and server 106.
[0079]
[0076]
Reference numeral 508 points to a portion of the
text on image 502 Where second detectable indicia 506
overlaps a portion of the text. The digital transmitter device
102 can be con?gured such that an insertion ?eld corre
sponding to the second detectable indicia 506 Will be shifted
in the position thereof such that the text on paper 502 Will
not be obscured by the ?lling in of the insertion ?eld
corresponding to the second detectable indicia 506. As such,
none of the text of image 502 Will be cropped or otherWise
obscured by inserted text or objects. One routine for per
forming such a ‘no cropping option’ is to shift the location
of the insertion ?eld corresponding to the second detectable
indicia 506 such that the complete periphery around the
insertion ?eld is represented only by a White color (e.g., a
blank space). This completely White periphery can be
detected by detection application 216 in the optically
scanned image. Other knoWn routines to avoid obscuring
and/or cropping an underlying image With inserted text and
objects are also contemplated.
[0077] The detection of ?rst, second, and third detectable
indicia 504, 506, and 518 can be interpreted by the execution
of detection application 216 as an instruction to display a
After input is accepted from the user of menu
screen 602, the input can be used to look up text that is to
Once the text is found by the look ups, the text can
be inserted, ?tted into, or otherWise superimposed into/onto
the siZe and shape of each of the corresponding insertion
?elds by execution of the image composer 217 and/or the
detection application 216. An example of a resultant modi
?ed scanned image, having insertions therein, is seen in
FIG. 7. The modi?ed scanned image shoWs a superimposed
Watermark handWritten signature 702 that has been substi
tuted for the insertion ?eld corresponding to ?rst detectable
indicia 504. The superimposed Watermark handWritten sig
nature 702 re?ects the handWritten signature that Was input
to menu screen 602 proximal to the reference numeral 608.
A look up Was performed on the User ID 304 that Was
entered prior to menu screen 302 to obtain the address data
704 that is seen inserted into an insertion ?eld corresponding
to the second detectable indicia 506. Block 718 in FIG. 7 is
intended to represent the insertion of the text message 406
that Was entered on menu screen 402.
[0080] The text in each block 718, 720, and 722 has
substantially the same font. The font can be, for instance,
speci?ed in entry ?eld 612 response to font type prompt 610
(e.g., Time NeW Roman 12 Point”. Alternatively, the text in
each block 718 can be substantially matched to the original
font of the text in blocks 720 and 722. The original font of
a user to enter text that is to be inserted, respectively, into
the text in blocks 720 and 722 can be determined by
performing an optical character recognition routine on an
?elds that correspond to ?rst, second, and third detectable
indicia 504, 506, and 518. Thus, each menu screen 402, 602
optically scanned image of the text in blocks 520 and 522 of
FIG. 5. As a further alternative, the font of the handWriting
displays prompts that direct a user to manually enter text.
For instance, menu screen 602 features a User ID prompt
Was speci?ed, for instance, in entry ?eld 612 in response to
menu screen. The menu screen that is displayed can prompt
604, an email address prompt 606, a font type prompt 610,
and a handWriting signature prompt 614. The user responds
by entering respective response to Which the prompts apply.
By Way of example, the user enters a User ID as “A93B” at
entry ?eld 304 in response to the User ID prompt 604. The
user enters an email address at entry ?eld 608 in response to
the email address prompt 606. The user enters a font type at
entry ?eld 612 in response to the email address prompt 610.
The user can also enter a manual signature upon the touch
sensitive menu screen 210 at entry ?eld 614 in response to
the. The entries for ?elds 304, 608, 612, and 616 can be
entered on touch sensitive menu screen 210. Alternatively,
alphanumeric entries at ?elds 304, 608 and 612 could be
made by the user at a keyboard, if available to digital
transmitter 102. The User ID “A93B” can be entered at entry
?eld 304 in a Way that is similar to that of the text message
seen at reference numeral 406 in menu screen 402 of in FIG.
4. The handWritten signature can be entered by using a pen
at reference numeral 702 can be predetermined or can be as
font type prompt 610.
[0081] A ‘no cropping’ option has been used in the result
ant modi?ed scanned image in that the address data 704 is
shifted to the right so as to avoid obscuring text in the image
on the paper proximal to the reference numeral 706 in FIG.
[0082] The modi?ed scanned image seen in FIG. 7 can be
printed out, sent to the displayed facsimile telephone num
ber 555-123-4321 for rendering, and/or made into a docu
ment (e.g., a “*.PDF” ?le) that can be attached to an e-mail
message
addressed
to
the
e-mail
address
“Sesek®URL.COM” speci?ed at reference numeral 606. In
transmitting an e-mail message after the foregoing input
sequence from a user, digital transmitter device 102 can use
the execution of image composer 217 to compose all inser
tion ?elds With the scanned document(s) and then assemble
message data to be sent in an e-mail message through
or stylus upon touch sensitive menu screen 210. Alterna
interconnecting netWork 104 to the e-mail address(es) that
tively, the pen or stylus can also be used to make other inputs
Was/Were selected or otherWise entered by the user, as
discussed above.
to menu screens 302, 402, and 602 on touch sensitive menu
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[0083] Before a user places one or more pieces of paper in
a sheet feeder to be optically scanned With a scanning
mechanism into a digital transmitter device, one or more
such pieces of paper can have an image, an example of
Which has been discussed above With respect to FIG. 5.
After the document composition is performed by the digital
transmitter device 102, each rendered page can have a
representation such as has been discussed With respect to
FIG. 7 Where a manually entered signature has been super
imposed With an address and facsimile number also inserted
into the image.
outside of prede?ned insertion ?elds 504, 506, and 518. The
prede?ned form template 502 may also be a dynamic form
that includes data items that Will be obtained and added each
time the form is completed. For example, a dynamic form
may include a date or time stamp. The dynamic form may
also include a ?eld for data that is pulled from an available
data source, for example, the Internet and added to the form,
such a price quote for a particular security, etc. Additionally,
the exemplary form template 502 seen in FIG. 5 includes
prede?ned insertion ?elds 504, 506, and 518 into Which
textual representations of scanned images are to be inserted.
Whether one or all of the rendered pages are to
[0088] By Way of example, a particular form code is input
shoW the handWritten superimposed entries can be an option
that is left to the user Who is placing the detectable indicia.
Other data can be superimposed by the document compo
sition component of the digital transmitter device, such as
into digital transmitter device 102 that corresponds to form
template 502 seen in FIG. 5. Alternatively, the user may be
presented With a menu of the form templates existing on the
system and prompted to select one of the form templates.
the time, date, e-mail address of the sender, etc.
This may all be done With user interface device 210 on
digital transmitter device 102 or from the server 106. Once
[0085] A form code can be input by a user at a touch
sensitive menu screen 210 of digital transmitter device 102.
the form template is selected by the user, that form template
Will be retrieved from the memory 206 of the digital
transmitter device 102. If the process is being controlled
from the server 106, the form template may be doWnloaded
to the digital transmitter device 102 via the connection to
[0084]
The form code corresponds to a form template that is kept
as a softcopy in storage. The storage can be local or remote
to digital transmitter device 102. As such, the digital trans
mitter device 102 addresses in particular the situation in
Which the user Wishes to produce a printed document based
on a predetermined electronic form or template that includes
material, textual or graphic, that has been (or Will be)
scanned and is then incorporated into the document. The
completed document may be printed, faxed, transmitted
electronically or stored electronically depending on the
desires of the user and the capabilities of the digital trans
mitter device 102 used to create the completed document. In
one implementation, the form template for the document
being generated is preferably stored on a hard drive or other
memory device of the digital transmitter device 102. The
netWork 104. Alternatively, parameters of the one or more
prede?ned insertion ?elds for Which the one or more images
are to be scanned may be communicated to the digital
transmitter device 102 from the server 106. The digital
transmitter device 102 can ascertain the font, number, siZe
and position of one or more prede?ned insertion ?elds in the
form template for Which font-matched text is to be inserted.
The user can then begin scanning the images of the hand
Written signature and the address data that are to be included
in the prede?ned insertion ?elds of the form template. The
digital transmitter device 102 can prompt the user by dis
playing a request that the user scan one or more pieces of
form template, hoWever, may be stored on at server 106 or
another netWork resource and doWnloaded to the digital
paper for each of the prede?ned insertion ?elds 504, 506,
transmitter device 102 via netWork 104.
request may be displayed on the user interface 210 on the
[0086]
With the form template that corresponds to a form
code in memory, When scanned images are to be inserted
into the template, the digital transmitter device 102 can
access the form template from the memory and ascertain the
front, siZe and/or position of one or more prede?ned inser
tion ?elds into Which the scanned image(s) (and/or input
518 as they are de?ned in the form template 502. This
digital transmitter device 102. Naturally, the user Will be
Working directly With the digital transmitter device 102 to
scan the desired images. HoWever, the prompt(s) may be
made With the connected server 106.
[0089]
The user then sequentially scans data images on
one or more pieces of paper, Where the images can represent
from the user) can be ?t. Alternatively, the font, siZe and
a handWritten character sequence or signature, a text mes
other parameters of the one or more prede?ned insertion
?elds can be communicated to the digital transmitter device
102 from the server 106 on Which a form template is
resident. The digital transmitter device 102 can then auto
matically scan one or more images With scanning mecha
sage, and address data. The scanning takes place on the
nism 212 at an appropriate resolution, scale and siZe. The
optically scanned one or more images are then subjected to
an optical character recognition routine to derive one or
more corresponding text messages. Each text message can
then be font-matched to text adjacent to a corresponding
prede?ned insertion ?eld in the form template. Each font
matched text message is inserted into the corresponding
scanning mechanism 212 of the digital transmitter device
102. The digital transmitter device 102 or server 106 may
prompt the user When it is ready to scan the next image, if
more than one image is to be included in more than one
predetermined insertion ?eld in the form template 502. The
optically scanned images are each subjected to an optical
character recognition routine to derive respective text
thereof.
[0090] As shoWn in FIGS. 5, having ascertained the font,
siZe, position and, perhaps, the shape of the predetermined
prede?ned insertion ?eld in the form template.
insertion ?elds 504, 506, 518 into Which the scanned images
Will be placed, the digital transmitter device 102 matches the
[0087]
font of the derived text to the text adjacent to the predeter
mined insertion ?elds 504, 506, 518. As such, the text in
By Way of further example, FIG. 5 can be deemed
to represent an illustration of a form template 502. As shoWn
in FIG. 5, the form template 502 includes standard elements
that remain the same from use to use. These standard
elements are exempli?ed in FIG. 5 by the non-descript areas
block 718 substantially matches the font of blocks 720, 722.
The digital transmitter device 102 Will than electronically
output the image seen in FIG. 7 from a modi?ed softcopy
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in Which font-matched text insertions have been made. FIG.
7 shows that ?elds 702, 704, and 718 have the proportionally
correct siZe and shape corresponding to prede?ned insertion
?elds 504, 506, and 518.
[0091]
The completed document seen in FIG. 7 can be
rendered by the digital transmitter device 102 for the user,
transmitted as a facsimile, sent in an email attached docu
ment ?le (e.g., a *.PDF format) to an email message, or
stored and/or transmitted as an electronic document ?le. In
this Way, prede?ned insertion ?elds can be ?tted With
font-matched text derived from scanned images. The text
that corresponds to each scanned image can not only be
substantially matched to a particular font of text adjacent to
a prede?ned insertion ?eld, but text can also be appropri
mentations, the menu page can be directly interpreted by
script code executing on CPU 202 Without any prior storage
in menu documents in memory 206 or use of server module
214 in digital transmitter device 102.
[0095] The prompts displayed at step 806 can direct a user
to enter various inputs upon a user interface to the digital
transmitter device. By Way of example, such a user interface
could be touch sensitive menu screen 210 of digital trans
mitter device 102 as seen in FIG. 2. The input can be entries
that include a text message, a User ID, a handWritten string
of characters, and/or a form code, as discussed above.
ately siZed and, perhaps, shaped automatically. The user
[0096] After the entries of the user are accepted, the
entries are queried at step 808. At step 808, it can be
determined Whether or not the user has made required input
need not take time to edit a softcopy of the entire document
in order to esthetically ?t font-matched text into a prede?ned
insertion ?eld in a form template. If the text corresponding
input to the user interface, then the process 800 passes
control to back to step 806. If, hoWever, the user has made
to the user interface. If the user has not made the required
to the scanned image (or its representation) is provided With
the required input using the user interface at step 806, then
a shape that does not match the prede?ned insertion ?eld, the
digital transmitter device 102 Will preferably siZe text cor
responding to the scanned image to generally ?t the pre
de?ned insertion ?eld.
template. The form template can be retrieved and found to
[0092] Alternatively, the digital transmitter device 102
have one or more predetermined insertion ?elds therein. For
instance, a user can enter a form code Which, When looked
may rotate text that Was derived from an optically scanned
up in a forms speci?cation table, ?le or other logical
image to better accommodate the siZe and orientation of the
structure, retrieves the form template and identi?es speci?c
the process moves to step 810. Alternatively, the ?rst of a
series of prompts at step 806 can require the user to enter a
form code. The form code can be used to look up a form
corresponding prede?ned insertion ?eld. Other more sophis
locations therein that correspond to one or more predeter
ticated means of reshaping text derived from optically
scanned images may also be employed as understood by
those of ordinary skill in the art.
mined insertion ?elds. By Way of non-limiting example, this
lookup can ?nd that predetermined insertion ?elds 504, 506,
Exemplary Embodiments of Digital Transmitter
Device Capture of Substitutions for Predetermined
Insertion Fields
[0093] FIG. 8 shoWs a How diagram, according to an
embodiment of the present invention, depicting a method for
using a digital transmitter device. With this in mind, CPU(s)
202 can be con?gured to perform the operations described
beloW. By Way of further example, the How diagram is
depicted in FIG. 8 to illustrate certain exemplary functions
that can be performed using CPU(s) 202 and the other
and 518 in a form template that has the appearance at
reference numeral 502. Further on in step 806, additional
prompts can be displayed. Each such addition prompt can
direct the user to enter text that is to be inserted into a
corresponding one of the predetermined insertion ?elds in
the form template.
[0097]
Process 800 then moves to step 810 Where an
access control check and/or validity of the input data is
tested. By Way of example, the User ID 304 entered prior to
the menu 302 seen in FIG. 3 can be queried against the
database and ?le code storage 220 and/or 224 of either
digital transmitter device 102 or server 106. This query can
800 is provided.
be used, for example, as access control check that deter
mines Whether or not the input User ID matches a valid
[0094]
access record. Other access control routines can also be
used. If the access control check results in a denial of access
resources in digital transmitter device 102. Here, a process
FIG. 8 shoWs process 800 beginning at step 802
Which directs a process How to step 804. At step 804, process
800 Waits for the scanning mechanism 212 of the digital
transmitter device 102 to be ready to perform a scanning
operation. When the scanning mechanism 212 is ready, the
process 800 moves control to step 806. At step 806, the
digital transmitter device 102 displays one or more prompts
upon touch sensitive menu screen 210. In order to display
the prompt, the server module 214 of memory 206 in digital
transmitter device 102 can serve a menu page that is stored
in memory 206 to CPU 202 for execution of script code. The
script code being executed by CPU 202 effects a function to
(e.g., other than a positive result from the access control
check), then a diagnostic message or error code is displayed
to the user on the user interface at step 812 and the process
800 returns control to step 804. Other alternatives for a
denial of access are contemplated. The digital transmitted
device 102 can be disabled as to further access, and/or an
alert message can be transmitted from the digital transmitter
device 102 With or Without a rendering of the manually input
signature being attached to the message. If access is per
mitted, then process 800 proceeds to step 814.
be performed by digital transmitter device 102, such as
[0098] When various acceptable inputs are made by the
receiving input from a user that is entered upon touch
user, step 814 uses the input to access one or more databases
sensitive menu screen 210, or the initiation of a function by
the user depressing a function related virtual button that is
displayed upon touch sensitive menu screen 210. The script
font, siZe, shape and characteristics of predetermined inser
code Will preferably be executed in conjunction With an
interpretation of the menu page. Note that in certain imple
so as to retrieve corresponding data. These data can be the
tion ?elds of a form template. Other data that can be
retrieved is one or more e-mail addresses in a distribution list
and/or an optional text message to be sent With an e-mail
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