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(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2005/0231746 A1
Parry et al.
(43) Pub. Date:
(54) RENDERING WITH SUBSTITUTED
(22) Filed;
Oct. 20, 2005
Aug, 29, 2003
VALIDATION INPUT
Publication Classi?cation
(76) Inventors: Travis J. Parry, Boise, ID (US);
Robert sesek,Meridian,1D(Us);
Chad A. Stevens, Boise, ID (US)
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RENDERING WITH SUBSTITUTED VALIDATION
INPUT
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
[0001] The present invention relates generally to periph
eral devices, and more particularly to a digital transmitter
edited using a document processing application. Then, a
hardcopy of the edited document is output for scanning. In
the interest of security, any such modi?cation of the docu
ment may be required to be validated by an access control
methodology prior to such modi?cation and/or the output
ting of the edited document prior to a transmission thereof.
device for digitally collecting input used to validate and to
[0006]
substitute in a rendering.
a digital transmitter device, that provides the security of user
There is a need for a scanner-based device, such as
access control for modi?cations of a document at the scan
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0002]
Many peripherals to computer networks include a
ner-based device Without requiring the user to edit a soft
copy of the document on another computing device.
scanner component. One example of such a peripheral is an
“All-in-one”, also knoWn as a multifunction peripheral
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
(MFP) in that it has the capability to perform the multiple
[0007] In one implementation, a digital transmitter device
composes a digital image from an optically scanned image,
functions of scanning hardcopy documents, copying, and
does high volume copying, and has the capabilities of
detects an input requirement, receives the required input,
performs access control using the received input, substitutes
the received input or representation thereof in the digital
binding, collating, folding, stacking, stapling, stitching,
image, and renders the digital image.
edge-trimming, paginating, and printing on substrates of
varied composition. Each of these peripherals, When in
device scans an image for inclusion in a document. The
printing. Another example is a digital netWork copier that
scans in documents from an automatic document feeder,
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
sending a facsimile or an electronic mail message (e-mail).
[0008] In another implementation, a digital transmitter
document includes a form template that incorporates the
scanned image in a prede?ned insertion ?eld. The form
template, or parameters thereof, are stored in or accessible to
the digital transmitter device. An optical scanner of the
digital transmitter device scans the image for inclusion in the
form template in accordance With a siZe or position of a
A digital transmitter device need not have a printer.
prede?ned insertion ?eld. Avalidation of the scanned image,
[0003] In an exemplary scanning operation, a hardcopy of
or representation thereof, is performed against an access
a document or other physical object can be presented to the
scanner portion of a digital transmitter device. After scan
control data. Upon the validation, the scanning device
incorporates the scanned image into the prede?ned insertion
?eld of the form template.
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
digital transmitter device can render the digital representa
tion of the scanned image into a facsimile image that can be
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
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0009] A more complete understanding of the various
implementations of the present invention may be had by
reference to the folloWing detailed description When taken in
conjunction 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
ter device in communication through a Wired or Wireless link
to an interconnecting netWork to Which a server is also in
communication.
e-mail addresses that can be stored in a memory of the
[0013]
digital transmitter device.
pages that might be displayed on a touch sensitive menu
screen of a digital transmitter device, according to an
[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 add a text message or a symbol to the hardcopy
of the document. To do so, a softcopy of the document is
FIGS. 3-4 illustrate an example of sequential menu
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
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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.
[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, Where input to one or more ?elds
are provided by a user, Where the one or more ?elds
corresponds to the one or more ?elds on the paper document
objects are retrieved. The teXt and/or objects can be directly
entered as input to the digital transmitter device by the user.
Alternatively, the input provided by the user can be used to
perform a lookup in a table or other logical structure to
retrieve the teXt and/or objects.
[0020]
The retrieved teXt and objects are inserted at the
predetermined locations in the document in the optically
scanned image to thereby produce a modi?ed optically
scanned image of the document. The modi?ed optically
of FIG. 5.
scanned image can be printed, transmitted to one or more
facsimile telephone numbers, transmitted to one or more
[0016]
FIG. 5 after it has been composed by the digital transmitter
electronic mail (e-mail) addresses, and/or transmitted to one
or more storage mediums (i.e., netWork share drives, RAM
device, Where one of the ?elds on the paper document of
FIG. 5 has been substituted for a ?tted ?eld that includes a
[0021] The ?rst implementation relates to the scanning of
FIG. 7 is a representation of the paper document of
manually input signature that is superimposed as a Water
mark on the paper document, Where the other ?eld on the
paper document of FIG. 5 has address and telephone num
ber data ?tted therein and situated so as to avoid clipping an
adjacent marking on the paper document, and Where the
contents of these tWo (2) ?elds Were directly or indirectly
obtained from the user input as shoWn in FIG. 6, according
memory, etc.).
a hardcopy to produce an optically scanned image at a digital
transmitter device. The hardcopy has certain detectable
indicia on its face. This detectable indicia is representative
of one or more insertion ?elds into Which teXt or an object
is to be inserted. Scanning the hardcopy produces an opti
cally scanned image. The optically scanned image is eXam
ined for the presence of the detectable indicia corresponding
to an embodiment of the present invention.
to one or more insertion ?elds. Detectable indicia deter
[0017] FIGS. 8-9 are How diagrams depicting respective
mined to be present is further examined to determine the
position, siZe, and shape of each of the one or more insertion
processes for use in a computing and communication envi
ronment having a digital transmitter device as in FIG. 1a,
for eXample, in accordance With exemplary embodiments of
the present invention.
?elds. Upon this determination, respective teXt and/or
objects are ?t into each of the one or more insertion ?elds to
produce a modi?ed scanned image. The teXt and/or objects
are located, identi?ed, and/or retrieved using routines that
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
call for interactive user input and/or retrieval of data from a
database based upon interactive user input, such as Where
[0018] Implementations described herein provide access
the user physically inputs data from a keypad and/or touch
control to a digital transmitter device based upon user input,
screen.
Where the user input corresponds to teXt and/or objects that
up With detectable indicia at one or more predetermined
[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
insertion ?elds Where the teXt and/or objects are to be
inserted. The marked up document is scanned to form an
paper document but becomes invisible to the human eye
are inserted into a document at one or more predetermined
insertion ?elds Without editing the document With a Word
processor. In a ?rst implementation, the document is marked
optically scanned image, and the detectable indicia is
detected in the optically scanned image to ascertain the one
or more predetermined insertion ?elds. The user is prompted
to enter the teXt and/or objects (or representations thereof)
that are to be respectively inserted into the one or more
predetermined insertion ?elds. Alternatively, the teXt and/or
objects (or representations thereof) can be optically scanned
and then respective inserted into the one or more predeter
mined insertion ?elds. In a second implementation, a form
can be an ink that is visible upon application by a user to a
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,
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
code is communicated to the digital transmitter device. The
Wavelengths, 7») that can be found by the detection routine
performed upon the optically scanned image. The re?ective
form code is used by the digital transmitter device to identify
property of the ink can be understood as a particular hue or
a form template that has one or more predetermined inser
tion ?elds. The user is prompted to enter the teXt and/or
color that is found Within the optically scanned image by the
detection routine. The dry ink, in another eXample, may only
objects (or representations thereof) that are to be respec
be visible to the human eye When illuminated by a certain
tively inserted into the one or more predetermined insertion
?elds. Alternatively, the teXt and/or objects (or representa
color of light, such as a blue-violet light. As such, the dry ink
Would only be detectable When illuminated by light of one
tions thereof) can be optically scanned and then respectively
or more predetermined ranges of Wavelengths.
inserted into the one or more predetermined insertion ?elds.
Auser enters input that is used as access control to
[0023] Alternatively, the detectable indicia can be a bar
code or other patterned indicia that can be detected Within
operation of the digital transmitter device. The input, for
the optically scanned image by the detection routine. Other
[0019]
instance, can be physically entered by the user at an input
detectable indicia are also contemplated, any of Which can
device such as a keypad and/or at a touch sensitive menu
be found by knoWn detection routines performed upon an
screen. If access is granted based upon the input, teXt and/or
optically scanned image.
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[0024] As described above, the detectable indicia is rep
the upper left and loWer right corners of a rectangular
resentative of one or more insertion ?elds into Which teXt or
insertion ?eld. The type, shape, and siZe of rnarkings that
correspond to insertion ?elds of various shapes, siZes, and
positions are not limited by the examples given herein.
an object is to be inserted. The detection routine, once
having determined 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
number, 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
[0028] 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
What is to be inserted into each insertion ?eld. For instance,
the detection of ink having a speci?c re?ective property may
be recogniZed as a cue to prompt the user for input. After the
user has responded With input to the prompt, the optically
scanned image Would then be rnodi?ed to ?t the user’s input
into the siZe, shape and position of the insertion ?eld so as
bar code that is detected by a detection routine may be
to create a rnodi?ed scanned image. The rnodi?ed scanned
image can then be rendered as a hardcopy upon Which the
user’s input is seen. Other output renderings are also con
interpreted as an instruction to prompt a user to input a code
ternplated.
different signi?cance in subsequent processing. Aparticular
at a user interface of the digital transrnitter device. For
instance, the prompt may direct the user to physically input
data from a keypad and/or touch screen. This input code
Would then be used to look up teXt and/or one or more
objects that are to be ?t as a substitution for the detectable
[0029]
The user can mark one or more ?elds on the paper
that is to be optically scanned. The shapes of the marks made
by the user, and the types of ink used by the user, can have
respectively different signi?cances in subsequent processing
indicia into the corresponding insertion ?eld. The input code
by various detection routines. A particular mark that is
may also be used to ascertain a predetermined shape and siZe
detected by a detection routine may be interpreted as an
of the insertion ?eld. Alternatively, the input code might be
instruction to prompt a user to input a code at a user interface
used to retrieve a particular e-rnail address distribution list
of the digital transrnitter device, such as by using a keypad
from a particular database so that an e-rnail message can be
and/or touch sensitive rnenu screen. This input code can then
addressed to each of the e-rnail addresses along With an
be used to look up text and/or objects that are to be ?t into
an insertion ?eld of predetermined siZe at the location of the
particular rnark. This or another input code might be used for
attached ?le containing the optically scanned image as
rnodi?ed by the inserted teXt and objects. A different bar
code that is detected by a detection routine may be inter
preted as an instruction to prompt a user to make a hand
Written rnark using a stylus on a touch sensitive rnenu screen
the retrieval of a distribution list of e-rnail addresses from a
particular database so that respective e-rnail messages can be
addressed for the transmission thereto of the rnodi?ed
scanned image. A different mark that is detected by a
of a user interface With the digital transrnitter device. The
handWritten mark can be processed in a variety of Ways,
include the ?tting of the same into an insertion ?eld of
predetermined siZe at the location of the bar code in the
detection routine may be interpreted as an instruction to
prompt a user to make a handWritten rnark using a stylus on
optically scanned image. The optically scanned image is
handWritten mark can be processed in a variety of Ways, as
described herein.
rnodi?ed so as to shoW the handWritten rnark, such as by
obscuring the document beneath the handWritten mark, or by
Waterrnarking the handWritten rnark so that it does not
obscure the document beneath the handWritten rnark—
depending upon Which bar code the user applied to the
hardcopy.
[0026] 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-hurnan
visible inks such as the invisible ink described above. For
instance, each ink can exhibit different inherent re?ectivity
properties (e.g., a different Wavelength-7»), each having a
signi?cance similar to that of the different bar codes.
[0027] The different bar codes and markings, as described
above, can represent different shapes and siZes of insertion
?elds. For instance, a user may use ink to mark a periphery
a touch sensitive rnenu screen of a user interface. The
[0030] The second irnplernentation produces a document
With a digital transrnitter device. The document is based on
a form template that incorporates a scanned image into a
prede?ned insertion ?eld. The form template, or pararneters
thereof, is stored in or accessible to the digital transrnitter
device. In the second irnplernentation, an image is scanned
for inclusion in the form template. The scan is automatically
performed in accordance With a siZe or position of the
prede?ned insertion ?eld. The scanned image, or a repre
sentation thereof, is validated against an access control
database. When the validation for the scanned image is
negative, a diagnostic is output that re?ects the absence of
validation of the scanned image. When the validation for the
scanned image is positive, the scanned image is incorporated
into the form ternplate at the prede?ned ?eld and a rendering
of the form template is output.
of an insertion ?eld, or the user can make a mark on the
hardcopy for Which the periphery of an insertion ?eld is
predeterrnined. 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.
[0031]
In the ?rst or the second irnplernentation, once teXt
and/or objects have been inserted into corresponding pre
determined insertion ?elds, the resultant rnodi?ed scanned
image can be rendered as a hardcopy to a printer. In an
alternative implementation, a user can be prompted at the
TWo dots made by a user on a paper document may
digital transrnitter device to input a code that is used to look
interpreted by a detection routine as indicating, respectively,
up an e-rnail address or a facsimile telephone number to
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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
touch sensitive menu screen. Other identi?cation criteria can
be rendered as a hardcopy to a printer or any combination of
also be used to ascertain signature validity, such as the speed
at Which the signature is executed. The storage location Will
preferably contain User ID access control information for
the forgoing.
each User ID on a particular netWork or for a particular
[0032]
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.
[0033]
The e-mail message is sent from the digital trans
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
posed from the digitiZed image that Was captured by the
scanning mechanism, Which digital image Was modi?ed by
any insertion ?elds as described above. The e-mail
address(es) can be anyone of an electronic mail (e-mail)
address at an e-mail server on a netWork, a ?le folder address
at a server on a netWork, a Web site address at a server on
a netWork, and the like.
[0034] The digitiZing of the composition process for the
digital transmitter device. Alternatively, the User ID access
control information can contain the user ID and a respective
representation of a signature for a plurality of digital trans
mitter devices that are in communication With a common
interconnected netWork.
[0037]
The result of the access control check can be a
negative result or a positive result. The digital transmitter
device can revieW the result. If there is an invalid access
control status (e.g., negative result), then the digital trans
mitter device Will display a diagnostic message or error
code. The user may then input a different User ID and/or
signature or marking to the digital transmitter device. Auser
can attempt to gain access until the User ID and/or signature
are eventually validated or the operation of the digital
transmitter device is froZen due to a predetermined number
of failures in the attempts to gain access.
[0038] Upon validation or acceptance of the User ID
and/or signature, the scanning mechanism initiates the scan
ning process to optically capture the images on the docu
message data can include handWriting, or other indicia, that
ment. The optically captured images, including the manually
Was captured from a user’s use of an input device, such as
a touch sensitive menu screen, a keyboard, etc. One result of
input signature, are subjected to a document composition
routine at the digital transmitter device. The document
composition routine can be used to put the optically captured
images into a data format that re?ects the presence of, and
the integration With, a superimposed rendering of the manu
ally entered signature upon the hardcopy of the page that is
rendered in the data format. The superimposed signature Will
be ?t by the document composition routine into one of the
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
insertion ?elds that Was identi?ed by the presence of one or
more ?elds at predetermined positions and/or one or more
mechanism.
?elds of detectable indicia.
[0035] Access Control to the Digital Transmitter Device
[0039] As an alternative, the validation process or other
access control check can be skipped. In this case, the process
[0036]
Auser can key in or input a user identi?cation code
(ID) prior, after, or simultaneous With the scanning of a
document at a digital transmitter device. The user can also
use a pen or stylus upon a touch sensitive menu screen to
mark a signature or other indicia of identity (e.g., initials of
the signer). The digital transmitter device, or other netWork
device, then performs one or more access control or vali
Would proceed as described above by superimposing the
manually entered signature, and/or the User ID, on the
rendered page in the data format by the document compo
sition routine. In this case, the recipient of the facsimile or
the e-mail message could revieW the superimposed images
of the handWritten signature and/or the User ID, and, if
desired, apply a validation process. As a further alternative,
dation processes against one or both of the User ID and the
manually input signature. The one or more processes are
When the validation process or other access control check
eXecuted in order to determine Whether or not the user has
and/or the User ID, the facsimile or the e-mail message can
still be sent and the rendered document attached to the
e-mail message may include a notation that the result of the
access control check Was negative.
sufficient access rights to use the digital transmitter device.
Thus, these processes can determine Whether or not the user
has access to various functionalities of the digital transmitter
device, including sending an email message to an e-mail
address speci?ed by the user, optical scanning, copying,
faXing, editing, etc. Execution of the one or more access
control processes can be performed by use of an inquiry that
results in a negative validation of the handWritten signature
[0040] The location of the access control information and
related signature representation for each User ID on a
netWork can be diverse. For eXample, a digital transmitter
is made to a location at Which the user IDs are stored, such
device can function independently so that each user’s User
as at a netWork device (eg a server) in communication With
the digital transmitter device, or the inquiry can be made at
ID and associated signature representation is maintained by
the digital transmitter device. As such, the digital transmitter
the digital transmitter device itself. Alternatively, an inquiry
device Would perform the access control check for each
can use the User ID as the code for accessing a storage
manually entered User ID and/or signature. Once performed,
location to obtain a digital representation of a handWritten
the access control check Would have ascertained the validity
and/or access rights of the user to use the digital transmitter
device. Given that the rights of the user are suf?cient, the
signature for comparison to the manually input signature
that Was captured by the digital transmitter device on the
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address that Was speci?ed by the user. As stated above, the
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
rights of a user to use the digital transmitter device can be
Word processing applications, spreadsheet applications,
digital transmitter device Would be enabled to proceed With
the sending of a facsimile to a facsimile telephone number
or With the sending of an e-mail message to an e-mail
ascertained either by a query that is made to another netWork
?nancial applications, netWork broWsers and netWork mes
device that is in communication With the digital transmitter
saging applications.
device through an interconnected network, such as a server,
or by a query that is made directly to the digital transmitter
device itself.
Exemplary System for Con?guration of a Digital
Transmitter Device
[0041] 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
plates a plurality of digital transmitter devices 102-i (e.g.,
[0044] 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
can scan and print out a hardcopy or send an e-mail message
With an attached copy of the scanned hardcopy, and a high
volume copier 102-1 that includes the capabilities of print
ing on substrates of varied composition, binding, collating,
folding, stacking, stapling, stitching, edge-trimming, and
paginating.
[0045] Interconnecting netWork 104 is representative of
102-1, 102-2, etc.) that can be in communication With an
interconnected netWork 104. Interconnected netWork 104 is
one or more communication links, either Wired or Wireless,
in communication With one or more server(s) 106-i. Each
other netWork resources in communication With intercon
server 106-i can be an e-mail message server that serves one
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
that are capable of carrying data betWeen server(s) 106-i and
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.
nism such as a printer, a copier or a fax machine. As such,
each digital transmitter devices 102-i can be a multifunction
[0046] Local access to each digital transmitter device
102-i can be provided through an input device, such as a
peripheral (MFP) device that combines the scanning mecha
mitter device 102-i therefore can be a device such as a
copier, a scanner, or a fax machine such as are shoWn in
touch sensitive menu screen, on each digital transmitter
device 102-i. Auser accesses 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 upon a
touch sensitive menu screen, a command sequence and/or
User ID entered via a keyboard, as Well as other means of
FIG. 1a.
input.
[0042] Digital transmitter devices 102-i are generally dis
tinguishable from devices such as desktop PCs (personal
[0047]
computers), laptop PCs, and pocket PCs by their limited
one or more e-mail addresses and an optional message text
purpose and limited user interface or input/output capabili
for an e-mail message that the user Wishes to send. Alter
natively, a default e-mail address or a list of selectable e-mail
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
ties. For example, FIG. 1b shoWs a user interface for a
FolloWing or prior to, the access control process,
input to the user interface can be received in order to specify
functions With the digital transmitter device. Section 102a
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
alloWs input of alphanumeric strings With respective number
object (e.g., a hardcopy). A document composer component
keys in order perform input to send a facsimile and/or an
digital transmitter device 102-i. The user interface includes
various sections of input devices to perform respective
102-i can have a simpler front menu panel With a limited
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 transmitter device
102-i. The output can be made by the document being
printed out, transmitted by a facsimile to a facsimile tele
screen space and less input buttons or keys. As another
phone number, or sent in a ?le attached to an e-mail message
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.
that is addressed to the input, default, or selected e-mail
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 102c 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
user interface depicted in FIG. 1b, digital transmitter device
[0043] A digital transmitter device 102-i is typically ori
ented toWard performing one general task such as scanning
and outputting that Which Was scanned. By contrast, devices
such as desktop, laptop, and pocket PCs often provide
address(es) from digital transmitter device 102-i 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.
[0048]
The user of digital transmitter device 102-i seen in
multiple and varied means of input/output such as a full
FIG. 1a can transmit message data to interconnected net
Work 104 by a Wired or Wireless link. A Wireless link can be
screen display, a keyboard, a mouse, speakers, microphones,
through an Infrared (IR) data connection or other Wireless
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data connections such as the Blue Tooth or 802.11 protocol.
of the detected indicia. Other look ups are also contem
The Wireless link may be made through radio frequency
plated, such as particular patterns, Where different patterns
could indicate different types of insertions.
(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
dard category V cable, Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable, or
IEEE 1394 (i.link/Lynx/Fire WireTM) connection data ports.
As such, digital transmitter device 102-i can transmit by one
or both of a Wireless or Wired link.
Exemplary System for a Digital Transmitting
Device in Communication With a Server
[0049] A system 200 of FIG. 2 includes digital transmitter
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
[0053] Upon obtaining the text and/or objects, the execu
tion of the detection application 216 can also ?t, insert,
and/or superimpose each such text or object into, around,
and/or proximal to the corresponding insertion ?eld of the
optically scanned image. The image composer 217 can be
used to compose a modi?ed optically scanned version of the
document containing the inserted text and/or objects. This
modi?ed optically scanned version of the 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]
Controller 250 can execute a program so as to
transform data to a driver format suitable for printing With
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
202, each of Which is operatively coupled to memory 206,
300. As its name implies, the MFP device 300 is con?gured
and a user interface that includes an input device. Preferably,
to provide multiple functions. In this example, the functions
the input device Will be locally accessible at digital trans
mitter device 102. By Way of example, the input device can
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
be a touch sensitive menu screen 210. Digital transmitter
portions of data stored, scanned or otherWise acquired by
digital transmitter device 102.
a Wired or Wireless link.
[0050]
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
device 102 also includes at least one communication port for
interfacing With interconnecting netWork 104 through either
[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
that are captured by scanning the document using a scanning
transmitter device 102. Hence, as those skilled in the art Will
mechanism 212. A detection application 216 in memory 206
recogniZe, CPU(s) 202 may include dedicated logic and/or
can be used to detect detectable indicia in an optically
one or more processors con?gured in accord With softWare
scanned image, to determine the siZe, shape, and location of
instructions, for example.
insertion ?elds from the detected indicia, and to determine
a process for obtaining the text or objects to be inserted into
each insertion ?eld in the optically scanned image.
[0051]
[0057] Memory 206 is representative of any type of data
storage mechanism that can be accessed by at least CPU(s)
202. Memory 206 may therefore include, for example, some
Input from a user, and/or the detected indicia, can
form of random access memory (RAM), some form of read
be used as a key to look up corresponding text or objects in
a database and ?le codes storage 220 in memory 206 of
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
digital transmitter device 102 and/or in database and ?le
codes storage 224 in memory 222 of server 106. Text or
objects thus obtained can then be used for any of a variety
of purposes. For instance, the input from the user can be a
User ID, an access code, 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 email
address and/or an e-mail address list.
[0052]
The detected indicia can be a bar code or invisible
CPU 202 and/or stored in memory 206.
[0058]
Controller 250 of digital transmitter device 102
typically includes data processing unit or CPU 202, a
volatile memory 204 (i.e., RAM), and a non-volatile
ink symbol that can be looked up in the database and ?le
codes storage 220. This look up operation can obtain cor
memory 206 (e.g., ROM, Flash). Digital transmitter device
responding text and/or objects. These corresponding text
menu screen 210 acts as a local user interface for digital
and/or objects can then be substituted into the corresponding
transmitter device 102 by displaying menu pages and
insertion ?elds in a scanned hardcopy so as to take the place
accepting user input based on selectable menu items dis
102 also includes a device engine 208. The touch sensitive
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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
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
network 104.
address into the digital transmitter device 102 using touch
[0059]
sensitive menu screen 210. Controller 250 executes pro
cesses resident in a communicative link interface for a
Controller 250 processes data and manages device
functions by controlling device engine 208 and by respond
ing to input from touch sensitive menu screen 210. Device
driver softWare in a device server can be stored in memory
206 and executed on CPU(s) 202. Memory 206 also includes
a server module 214 con?gured to serve menu documents to
the touch sensitive menu screen 210. The server module 214
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
another digital transmission device 102-i, they may be sent
to any device capable of receiving email.
is a local server in the sense that it is present Within the same
digital transmitter device 102 to Which it serves menu
[0063]
documents.
operation either before or after the user has obtained suf?
cient access rights, Where the rights are based upon an access
[0060] As mention above, controller 250 can optionally
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
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
The digital transmitter device can be con?gured
such that the user can enter a command to initiate a scanning
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, the user places a
document into a sheet feeder device associated With digital
transmitter device 102. The sheet feeder device then physi
cally feeds each sheet in the document to scanning mecha
nism 212. CPU(s) 202 process softWare or other machine
executable code stored in image composer 217. Alterna
tively, the user can place a single sheet or substrate on to a
memory 222 of server 106.
glass platen associated With digital transmitter device 102.
[0061] Menu documents stored in memory 206 can be
interpreted by the server module 214 and are con?gured to
The image composer 217 then generates a bit map or other
display textual and graphical information as menu pages on
ment in a document composition process. The bit map or
the touch sensitive menu screen 210. The menu documents
driving the menu pages can include script code that is
associated With graphical keys. The term “script code” is
intended herein to mean any one of a variety of different
output that is a digital representation of the scanned docu
other digital representation of the document is examined for
the presence of detectable indicia and insertion ?elds cor
responding 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.
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
[0064]
native code such as C++ code, or can be JAVA script. The
other output that is a digital representation of the scanned
code can be Written in J avaScript code that is interpreted and
executed on a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The code can
also be Written in other script code languages such as
VBScript or Perl.
[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
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
Once obtained, the text and/or objects are inserted
into their respective insertion ?elds Within the bit map or
documents. A modi?ed scanned image is then composed by
image composer 217. The modi?ed scanned image that is
composed includes all insertion ?elds having the corre
sponding text and objects inserted therein by Way of sub
stitution for the detectable indicia.
[0065] The text and/or objects can be inserted in their
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, so that the one or more
superimpositions do not substantially obscure any portion of
the images on the rendered documents. The superimposi
tions can appear to be integral With the images on the
rendered document so that their appearance thereon is easily
noticed and could not be easily removed. To further mini
miZe obscuring any portion of the images on the rendered
documents, the superimpositions can be situated in a margin
address(es) to Which e-mail message data is to be sent via
or scaled so as to be small relative to the rendered document
interconnected netWork 104. Still another menu item can be
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 Water mark on the rendered docu
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
ments.
[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
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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(es) speci?ed by the user. Moreover, the image
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
data formats. These data formats include an American
Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) format
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
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. One such routine is an access
control routine that ascertains a user’s privileges to use the
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.
digital transmitter device 102 based upon the input at touch
menu screen 210 (e.g., User ID and/or manually input
[0067]
ter device. By Way of eXample, 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
When the user enters a command displayed upon
touch sensitive menu screen 210 to enter or retrieve an
e-mail address, digital transmitter device 102 coordinates
the input of the e-mail address. Controller 250 then eXecutes
a user message compositing routine Which can be stored in
memory 206. The user message compositing routine
signature) as Was discussed above.
[0071] As mentioned in the eXamples above, a user inter
face device can be used to accept the input of an e-mail
address, insertions to be inserted into insertion ?elds, and a
manually input signature from a user at the digital transmit
assembles message data. The message data so assembled can
digital transmitting device 102. In the eXample provided in
include the e-mail address(es) input or otherWise designated
FIG. 3, a user has already input the character string “A93B”
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
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
server 106 as seen in FIG. 1. The e-mail server 106 serves
the input thereof, is used to identify a form template having
the e-mail address to Which the e-mail message from digital
transmitter device 102 is to be sent. By Way of eXample
server 106 can, but need not, function as the e-mail server of
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.
[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 and/or ?rmWare.
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
one or more predetermined insertion ?elds. Once the pre
determined insertion ?elds of the form template have been
communicated to the digital transmitter device 102, teXt
and/or objects can be scanned by scanning mechanism 212
for respective ?tting into the one or more predetermined
insertion ?elds.
[0072]
When the user selects option “1” on menu screen
302, digital transmitter 102 activates scanning mechanism
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
to receive input from the user. The user can directly enter
each character of a desired e-mail address using displayed
virtual buttons. Menu screen 402 shoWs a practical eXample
of a user selecting characters for a desired e-mail address.
Script code eXecuting in CPU(s) 202 can be used to present
receives input of an e-mail address from a user at touch
menu screen 402. The eXecution of this script code alloWs
the user to see alphabetic and symbolic characters as the user
depresses virtual buttons 1004 so as to move forWard and
sensitive menu screen 210 or retrieves a list of stored e-mail
backWard through a displayed hierarchical list of available
addresses by a look up that makes use of the user’s input.
The list of e-mail addresses can be displayed on touch
alphabetic and symbolic characters. Script code eXecutes in
[0069]
In one embodiment of the invention, an e-mail
address storage/retrieval routine eXecuting on CPU(s) 202
sensitive menu screen 210 in a hierarchical list. The list can
CPU(s) 202 to enable a user to select a displayed character
by depressing virtual button 1006. Output area 406 on menu
be sorted alpha-numerically. The user can either select from
screen 402 shoWs that the user has entered various letters
among the displayed e-mail addresses or input the characters
of a speci?c e-mail address using a ‘drill-doWn’ function of
and
symbols
for
the
e-mail
address
“[email protected]”. Then, When the “Select” vir
the menu, as discussed beloW With respect to FIGS. 3-4. The
tual button 1006 is depressed on touch sensitive menu screen
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210, as represented by menu screen 402, the user sees a
transition to a menu screen 602 in FIG. 6. 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]
Before a user places one or more pieces of paper in
a sheet feeder to be optically scanned With scanning mecha
nism 212 into digital transmitter device 102, one such piece
of paper 502 can have an image such as is seen in FIG. 5.
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 seen on paper 502 has a double
underlined heading and has text beloW the heading. The text
beloW the heading has a font, a case, a line spacing, a text
color, a background color, a foreground color, a particular
character spacing, certain text effects, an alignment for each
line and each paragraph, text shadoWing, and text shading.
A ?rst detectable indicia 504 and a second detectable indicia
506 are seen in the image on paper 502. As discussed above,
[0076] After input is accepted from the user of menu
screen 602, the input can be used to look up data and object
to be inserted into the tWo insertion ?elds that correspond to
the ?rst and second detectable indicia 504, 506. The loca
tion, siZe, and shape, and any rule governing the same, can
also be looked up for the tWo insertion ?elds. These data and
objects 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.
[0077] Once the text and/or objects are found by the look
ups, they can be inserted, ?tted into, or otherWise superim
posed into/onto the siZe and shape of each of the tWo
insertion ?elds by execution of the image composer 217
and/or the detection application 216. An example of a
resultant modi?ed scanned image is seen in FIG. 7. The
modi?ed scanned image shoWs a superimposed Watermark
handWritten signature 702 that has been substituted for the
insertion ?eld corresponding to ?rst detectable indicia 504.
The superimposed Watermark handWritten signature 702
scanned image by digital transmitter 102. As such, the ?rst
re?ects the handWritten signature 608 that Was input to menu
screen 602. A look up Was performed on the alphanumeric
address code 604 entered in menu screen 602 to obtain the
address data 704 that is seen inserted into an insertion ?eld
and second detectable indicia 504, 506 can be, for example,
corresponding to the second detectable indicia 506. A ‘no
bar codes, invisible ink, visible ink, symbols, hole punch
cropping’ option has been used in the resultant modi?ed
such indicia can be any shape or symbol that is detectable by
execution of a detection application 216 upon the optically
sequences, etc.
scanned image in that the address data 704 is shifted to the
[0074] Reference numeral 508 points to a portion of the
image on paper 502 Where second detectable indicia 506
overlaps With text in the image on paper 502. The digital
right so as to avoid obscuring text in the image on the paper
transmitter device 102 can be con?gured such that an
insertion ?eld corresponding 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 paper 502 Will be cropped
or otherWise obscured by inserted text or objects. One
routine for performing 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 periph
ery 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.
[0075]
The detection of ?rst and second detectable indicia
504, 506 is interpreted by the execution of detection appli
cation 216 as an instruction to display the menu screen 602
seen in FIG. 6. Menu screen 602 displays a prompt for the
user to manually enter an alphanumeric address code 604
and a handWritten signature 608. The alphanumeric address
code 604 can be entered on touch sensitive menu screen 210
as Was the e-mail address seen at 406 in menu screen 402 of
proximal to the reference numeral 706 in FIG. 7.
[0078] 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
“[email protected]” In transmitting an e-mail mes
sage after the foregoing input sequence from a user, digital
transmitter device 102 can use the execution of image
composer 217 to compose all insertion ?elds With the
scanned document(s) and then assemble message data to be
sent in an e-mail message through interconnecting netWork
104 to the e-mail address(es) that Was/Were selected or
otherWise entered by the user, as discussed above.
[0079] 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.
in FIG. 4. A handWritten signature 608 can be entered by
[0080]
using a pen or stylus upon touch sensitive menu screen 210.
Alternatively, the pen or stylus can also be used to make
shoW the handWritten superimposed entries can be an option
that is left to the user Who is placing the detectable indicia.
other inputs to menu screens 302 and 402 on touch sensitive
Alternatively, the routines controlling the corresponding
menu screen 210. As can be seen in menu screen 602, the
insertion ?elds With respect to the placement and appearance
Whether one or all of the rendered pages are to
result of the manually entered signature is displayed. Alter
of the insertions upon the rendered page can control Whether
natively, if digital transmitter device 102 and/or server 106
or not one or all of the rendered pages are to shoW the
perform an access control routine for Which the result is
negative, menu screen 602 could display a diagnostic mes
document composition process produces a PDF ?le from
sage or error code shoWing a denial of access.
scanned documents, a user that opens the PDF ?le With a
handWritten superimposed entries. By Way of example, if the
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PDF reader might see the handwriting superimposed on the
rendering on all of the pages of the document in the PDF ?le.
Other data can be superimposed by the document compo
sition component of the digital transmitter device, such as
the time, date, e-mail address of the sender, etc. Of course,
data formats other than PDF, as discussed above, can be used
by the image composer.
[0081] A form code can be input by a user at a touch
sensitive menu screen 210 of digital transmitter device 102.
The form code corresponds to a form template that is kept
in storage. The storage can be local or remote to digital
may be presented With a menu of the form templates existing
on the system and prompted to select one of the form
templates. This may all be done With user interface device
210 on digital transmitter device 102 or from the server 106.
Once 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 con
trolled from the server 106, the form template may be
doWnloaded to the digital transmitter device 102 via the
connection to 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
transmitter device 102. As such, the digital transmitter
device 102 addresses in particular the situation in Which the
digital transmitter device 102 from the server 106. In either
user Wishes to produce a printed document based on a
number, siZe and position of one or more prede?ned inser
tion ?elds in the form template for Which images are to be
scanned. The user can then begin scanning the images of the
handWritten signature and the address data that are to be
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
form template, hoWever, may be stored on at server 106 or
another netWork resource and doWnloaded to the digital
event, the digital transmitter device 102 Will ascertain the
included in the prede?ned insertion ?elds of the form
template. Preferably, the digital transmitter device 102
prompts the user by displaying a request that the user scan
one or more pieces of paper for each of the prede?ned
insertion ?elds 504, 506 as they are de?ned in the form
template 502. This request may be displayed on the user
interface 210 on the digital transmitter device 102. Natu
rally, the user Will be Working directly With the digital
transmitter device 102 via netWork 104.
transmitter device 102 to scan the desired images. HoWever,
the prompt(s) may be made With the connected server 106.
[0082] With the form template that corresponds to a form
[0085]
code in memory, When scanned images are to be inserted
address data images sequentially With the scanning mecha
nism 212 of the digital transmitter device 102. The digital
into the template, the digital transmitter device 102 can
access the form template from the memory and ascertain the
The user then scans the tWo (2) handwriting and
?elds into Which the scanned image(s) (and/or input from
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
the user) can be ?t. Alternatively, the siZe and other param
insertion ?eld in the form template 502.
siZe and/or position of one or more prede?ned insertion
eters of the one or more prede?ned insertion ?elds can be
communicated to the digital transmitter device 102 from the
[0086] As shoWn in FIG. 5, having ascertained the siZe,
server 106 on Which a form template is resident. The digital
position and, perhaps, the shape of the predetermined inser
transmitter device 102 can then automatically scan one or
tion ?elds 504, 506 into Which the scanned images Will be
placed, the digital transmitter device 102 Will scan the tWo
more images With scanning mechanism 212 at an appropri
ate resolution, scale and siZe to ?t the one or more prede?ned
(2) handWriting and address data images and output, elec
insertion ?elds in the form template.
tronically, the images seen in FIG. 7 seen at 702, 704 that
[0083]
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
are the right siZe and shape for the prede?ned insertion ?elds
504, 506 and that have an appropriate resolution. Optionally,
these images could be siZed to ?t the prede?ned insertion
?elds 504, 506 With or Without distortion, i.e., the images
that remain the same from use to use. These standard
could be scanned at an appropriate scale or scanned at a
elements are exempli?ed in FIG. 5 by the non-descript areas
outside of prede?ned insertion ?elds 504, 506. The pre
de?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
standard scale and the cropped to ?t the intended prede?ned
insertion ?elds.
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 into Which scanned
[0087] The digital transmitter device 102 may then auto
matically insert the tWo handWriting and address data
images that Were scanned into the corresponding predeter
mined insertion ?elds 504, 506 in the form template 502.
The result is a completed form seen in FIG. 7 With the
scanned images incorporated into the appropriate ?elds 702,
704. The completed document seen in FIG. 7 can then be
rendered by the digital transmitter device 102 for the user,
[0084] By Way of example, a handWritten signature and
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
address data can be on one or more pieces of paper that is
this Way, prede?ned insertion ?elds can be ?tted With
images (graphical and/or textual) are to be inserted.
scanned by scanning mechanism 212. Aparticular form code
is input into digital transmitter device 102 that corresponds
to form template 502 seen in FIG. 5. Alternatively, the user
incorporated scanned images quickly. Each scanned image
in each prede?ned insertion ?eld can be appropriately siZed
and, perhaps, shaped automatically. The user need not take
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time to edit, resiZe or crop a scanned image that is ?tted into
a prede?ned insertion ?eld in a form template. If the scanned
determined Whether or not the user has made input to the
user interface. If the user has not made input to the user
image (or its representation) that is provided has a shape that
does not match the prede?ned insertion ?eld, the digital
transmitter device 102 Will preferably siZe the scanned
image to generally ?t the prede?ned insertion ?eld and then
interface then the process 800 passes control to back to step
806. If, hoWever, the user has made input using the user
interface at step 806, then the process moves to step 810.
Alternatively, if the user has entered a form code, then the
start at the center of the scanned image and crop, from the
form code can be used to look up a form template. The form
scanned image, an image of the appropriate shape to match
the prede?ned insertion ?eld.
predetermined insertion ?elds therein. For instance, a user
[0088] Alternatively, the digital transmitter device 102
may rotate the image that is being scanned to better accom
modate the siZe of the prede?ned insertion ?eld. Other more
sophisticated means of reshaping scanned images may also
be employed as understood by those of ordinary skill in the
art.
Exemplary Embodiments of Digital Transmitter
Device Capture of Substitutions for Predetermined
Insertion Fields
[0089] 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
resources in digital transmitter device 102. Here, a process
800 is provided.
[0090]
FIG. 8 shoWs process 800 beginning at step 802
template can be retrieve and found to have one or more
can enter a form code Which, When looked up in a forms
speci?cation table, ?le or other logical structure, retrieves
the form template and identi?es speci?c locations therein
that correspond to one or more predetermined insertion
?elds. By Way of non-limiting example, this lookup can ?nd
that predetermined insertion ?elds 504 and 506 in a form
template that has the appearance at reference numeral 502.
Further on in process 800, text and/or objects can be scanned
and/or input for insertion into the predetermined insertion
?elds 504 and 506.
[0093] At step 810, an access control check is preformed
upon the input made at step 806. By Way of example, the
User ID 304 and the manually entered signature 608 seen in
FIG. 6 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 be used, for example, as
access control check that determines Whether or not the
input User ID matches the manually entered signature. This
matching routine can be performed using knoWn handWrit
ing recognition techniques, such as those incorporating a
comparison of the speed at Which a signature is executed.
Which directs a process How to step 804. At step 804, process
Other access control routines can also be used. Such as the
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
previously mentioned use of biometric identi?cation. If the
process 800 moves control to step 806. At step 806, the
digital transmitter device 102 displays a prompt upon touch
sensitive menu screen 210. In order to display the prompt,
the server module 214 of memory 206 in digital transmitter
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
access control check results in a denial of access (e.g., other
than a positive result from the access control check), then a
device 102 can serve a menu page that is stored in memory
disabled as to further access, and/or an alert message can be
206 to CPU 202 for execution of script code. The script code
being executed by CPU 202 effects a function to be per
transmitted from the digital transmitter device 102 With or
Without a rendering of the manually input signature being
formed by digital transmitter device 102, such as receiving
attached to the message. If access is permitted, then process
input from a user that is entered upon touch sensitive menu
screen 210, or the initiation of a function by the user
800 proceeds to step 814.
depressing a function related virtual button that is displayed
upon touch sensitive menu screen 210. The script code Will
preferably be executed in conjunction With an interpretation
of the menu page. Note that in certain implementations, the
menu page can be directly interpreted by script code execut
ing on CPU 202 Without any prior storage in menu docu
ments in memory 206 or use of server module 214 in digital
transmitter device 102.
[0091] The prompt at step 806 directs a user to enter
various inputs upon a user interface to the digital transmitter
device 102. By Way of example, such a user interface could
be touch sensitive menu screen 210 of digital transmitter
device 102 as seen in FIG. 2. The input can be entries that
include a User ID and/or a manually entered signature. An
entry can also be made for a form code, as discussed above.
Other examples of input methods include biometric identi
?cation and employee badges.
[0092] After the entries of the user are accepted, the
entries are queried at step 808. At step 808, it can be
[0094] When various acceptable inputs are made by the
user, step 814 uses the input to access one or more databases
so as to retrieve corresponding data. These data can be the
siZe, shape and characteristics of insertion ?elds correspond
ing to detectable indicia. 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 message. By
Way of example and not by Way of limitation, database and
?le codes storage 220, 224, respectively at the digital
transmitter device 102 and at the server 106, can be used to
retrieve these data.
[0095] Process 800 then passes control to step 816 Where
the scanning mechanism scans in the document for storage
at the digital transmitter device. At step 817, the execution
of detection application 216 locates detectable indicia in the
optically scanned image of the document as discussed
above. When an insuf?cient detection results, process 800
displays corresponding diagnostics at step 812 and return is
made to step 804. Alternatively, step 817 can be skipped
Where the user previously entered a form code that is used
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