Xerox Corporation (Norwalk, CT)

The present disclosure outlines methods and systems to add one or more images to an input document that has at least one or more pages. The method includes receiving an input document from a user. When the document is received, users are presented with an interface that lets them add pictures to the document. Once selected one or more keywords are identified based on the content of the input document. A list of new images is created based on the keywords and presented to the user. The user inputs his information to save the selected images to a pre-defined area in the input document. The selected images are added to the pre-defined area of the input document, which results in an output document for further processing.

An individual may wish to add images to the document before submitting it for printing or scanning. For example, a user willing to take printouts of an electronic book on electrical motors may want to replace anexisting two-dimensional picture of a DC motor with an image with three dimensions that displays the labeling of the parts of the motor. A different example is that a person may want to change the logo that is low resolution for an organization in an existing document with one that has a higher resolution. Another example is that users may want to add one or more brand new images to a document having no images prior to printing the document. In simple terms it is possible for a user to add and/or replace any image within a document to ensure better understanding and/orclarity.

The user has one option: make modifications to the document prior to being printed or scanned. In this case, however, the user is required to complete multiple steps. For example, if the document is in an uneditable format (e.g., Portable Document Format) The user first needs to transform the document into an editable format. After that, the user will need to locate images he wants to add to the document. After searching, the user uploads the images and then format, resizes the document, formats them, etc. before printing the document. These steps take a lot of time and effort. A person may not have the time or time to complete the entire process. In certain instances, the user may not even have the required skill set to do formatting, resizing, etc.

In addition, there are situations where the user has already submitted the document for printing or scanning, and wishes to add images to the submitted document. At present, there aren’t any solutions that permit users to add images tothe already submitted document. In view of the above it is necessary for systems and methods that permit users to add new images to a document with minimal effort and time of the user.

A method is offered to include one or more images to an input document according to users’ preferences. The method is based on receiving an input document from the user. The document could comprise several pages. The user is given an interface that allows users to add images to the input document after receiving it. After the user has selected the option, one or more keywords are identified based on the content of the input document. In accordance with the identified keywords, one or more new images are found through one or more sources. Following that, one or more new images are shown to the user to select through an interface. In order to add one or more pictures to the document input users can enter his inputs via the interface for users. Users can also select an area that is pre-defined in which the new images will be added to the inputdocument. The area that is pre-defined could be either an area that contains an existing image, a new area of any kind, or a page that is added. Based on the input received from the user,the one or more new images are then added to the pre-defined area within the document input. As a result, an output document is created for further processing.

Further aspects of the invention comprise an automatic multi-function device that adds one or more images to the input file. The controller can receive an input document from auser. Based on the contents of the input document, the controller can identify some or all keywords. The controller then searches a variety of sources to locate one or more images that are based on the keywords. The controller receives input from the user to add new images into the input document in a predefined space. The input is used to add the images to the predefined space of the input document. The output document is created. document for further processing. A user interface is part of the multi-function device. It allows the user to add images to the input document. The interface allows the user to select from one or more images.

Furthermore, the system is described according to other aspects. The multi-function device is connected with the server. The multi-function device is able to receive an input document from the user, in which the input document is comprised of at least one or more pages. The multi-function device has users with an interface that includes an option for adding additional images tothe input document, for selection by the user. The multi-function device then sends the input document received as well as the choice made by the user to the server to be processed further. Based on the information contained in the input document, the server discovers the keywords that are relevant to it. The server then searches for images that match the keywords and displays the results to the user. After receiving an input request for adding the one or more new images to the document in a pre-defined area, the server adds the one or more newly added images to the area that is pre-defined in the document input. The output document is created to be further processed.

Additional aspects and characteristics of this disclosure when you read the following description of embodiments. This is not intended to limit the present disclosure.

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