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7 US009386094B2 (12) United States Patent (10) Patent No.: US 9,386,094 B2 Wood et al. (45) Date of Patent: *Jul. 5, 2016 (54) SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR (52) U.S. C. MEDIA SUBMISSION CPC ............ H04L 67/1091 (2013.01); G06Q30/02 (2013.01); YIOS 707/999.43 (2013.01) (71) Applicant: Summit 6 LLC, Dallas, TX (US) (58) Field of Classification Search CPC ....... H04L 65/602; H04L 67/06; H04L 67/10: (72) Inventors: Lisa T. Wood, Danville, CA (US); Scott H04L 67/1095; H04L 67/1091; G06Q30/02; M. Lewis, Midway, UT (US); Robin Y1OS 707/999.43 Fried, Praha (CZ) USPC .......... 709/219, 217, 205, 201, 246; 715/748, 715/744, 769, 733; 725/115 (73) Assignee: Summit 6 LLC, Dallas, TX (US) See application file for complete search history. (*) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this (56) References Cited patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days. This patent is Subject to a terminal dis 4,802,008 A 1/1989 Walling claimer. 4,862,200 A 8, 1989 Hicks 5,001,628 A 3, 1991 Johnson et al. 5,063,587 A 11/1991 Semasa et al. (21) Appl. No.: 14/107.261 (Continued) (22) Filed: Dec. 16, 2013 FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS (65) Prior Publication Data EP O838774 A2 4f1998 US 2014/0310334 A1 Oct. 16, 2014 EP 0930.774 A2 7, 1999 (Continued) OTHER PUBLICATIONS Related U.S. Application Data (63) Continuation of application No. 13/098,090, filed on Emily Cohen, "Set Your Sites High." PC Magazine, May 26, 1998. Apr. 29, 2011, now Pat. No. 8,612,515, which is a (Continued) continuation of application No. 12/831.503, filed on Jul. 7, 2010, which is a continuation of application No. Primary Examiner — Alina N Boutah 10/961,720, filed on Oct. 8, 2004, now Pat. No. (74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm — Duane S. Kobayashi 7.765,482, which is a continuation of application No. 09/357,836, filed on Jul. 21, 1999, now Pat. No. (57) ABSTRACT 6,895,557. A system, method and apparatus for media Submission. The Submission mechanism is configurable to perform a variable (51) Int. C. amount of intelligent preprocessing on media objects prior to G06F 15/16 (2006.01) upload. In the example of digital images, the tool can perform H04L 29/08 (2006.01) sizing and formatting, for example. G06O 30/02 (2012.01) GO6F 3/OO (2006.01) 51 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets Homes Realtor services Getting Started Send Photos ices Financing Offer & Closing Help Today's Rates 30-Year Fixed 8.75% Adding Photos to your listings 5-Year Fixed 6.45% Get better exposure for your listings by including some pictures of the Year Adjustable 5.8% property. 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No. 7,765.482, Case No. IPR2016-00029, Oct. 8, 2015. * cited by examiner 7 U.S. Patent US 9,386,094 B2 sleowualdeosH EI:,T 7 U.S. Patent Jul. 5, 2016 Sheet 2 of 5 US 9,386,094 B2 7 7 U.S. Patent 9 386,094 B2 7 U.S. Patent Jul. 5, 2016 Sheet 5 of 5 US 9,386,094 B2 7 US 9,386,094 B2 1. 2 SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR Although Caught in the Web's ActiveUpload tool simpli MEDIA SUBMISSION fies the user experience, it does little toward furthering "back end automation in the handling and distribution of media This application is a continuation of non-provisional appli objects and has no built in "intelligence' to streamline the cation Ser. No. 13/098,090, filed Apr. 29, 2011, which is a 5 process of handling and transporting rich media objects from continuation of non-provisional application Ser. No. 12/831, the front end. 503, filed Jul. 7, 2010, which is a continuation of non-provi sional application Ser. No. 10/961,720, filed Oct. 8, 2004 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS (now U.S. Pat. No. 7,765,482), which is a continuation of non-provisional application Ser. No. 09/357.836, filed Jul. 10 The present invention may be further understood from the 21, 1999 (now U.S. Pat. No. 6,895,557). Each of the applica following description in conjunction with the appended tions identified above is incorporated by reference herein, in drawing. In the drawing: its entirety, for all purposes. FIG. 1 is a diagram of an exemplary web page providing media object acquisition functions; BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 15 FIG. 2 is a diagram of another exemplary web page pro viding image acquisition functions; 1. Field of the Invention FIG. 3 is a table pertaining to a first portion of the Prepare The present invention relates to the handling, manipulation and Post component design; and and processing of digital content and more particularly to the FIGS. 4A and 4B illustrate a table pertaining to a second transportation and Internet publishing of digital content, par portion of the Prepare and Post component design. ticularly image media objects and rich media. 2. State of the Art DETAILED DESCRIPTION Much of the phenomenal success of the web is attributable to its graphical nature. Literally, a picture is worth a thousand The present invention, generally speaking, provides an words. The capture of digital images has become routine, 25 improved web-based media submission tool. As with some using digital cameras and scanners. Nevertheless, although existing tools, operation of the tool is drag and drop or the user the handling of images by website creators has achieved a can "click" to browse a directory to select media objects. high degree of automation, for the average technology user Unlike existing tools, the tool provides several unique and (the "imaging civilian'), manipulating and sharing digital valuable functions. For example, the tool provides the user an images over the Internet remains a cumbersome and daunting 30 opportunity to confirm the Submission with a visual represen process. Piecemeal solutions that have been devised for han tation, for example by generating a thumbnail image of the dling digital images require a level of sophistication that is rich media file that has been selected. Additionally, batch beyond that of the ordinary user. For example, transferring a Submission is provided to allow a user to drag and drop or digital image may require first downloading a FTP program, select a plurality of images or other media objects. Submis then installing it, then running it and connecting to an FTP 35 sion from a web page to a web page is also provided for. Even server by typing the server name in the connection dialog, more importantly, the Submission tool is configurable to per then navigating to the proper Subdirectory, selecting the files form a variable amount of intelligent preprocessing on media to be uploaded, making Sure that the program is in binary objects prior to upload. In the case of digital images, the tool transfer mode, then sending the files. For the imaging civilian, can perform sizing and formatting, for example. Information Such an involved process can be daunting to say the least. 40 capture is performed with information being uploaded Additionally, as technologies advance and casual users together with the media objects. In an exemplary embodi begin to experiment with other media objects, such as stream ment, information capture is both user-transparent (e.g., user ing video, 3D objects, slide shows, graphics, movies, and ID and/or password) and user-visible (e.g., the user can pro even Sound files that accompany imaging data, the processes vide captions for media objects). The submission of informa required to share these rich media types on the Internet 45 tion about the user and the media objects facilitates automatic becomes exponentially more complicated and prohibitive. As integration of the media objects within existing databases. the realization of the Internet as an interactive, content rich The following describes the Prepare and PostTM tools, medium becomes more and more a reality, the need for which prepares and Submits media objects from inside a enabling the use and distribution of rich content and media on standard browser, referred to as the first location, to a second the Internet will become the gating factor to its long term 50 location or server. The media objects may be pictures (im SCCCSS, ages), movies, videos, graphics, Sound clips, etc. Although in A broad-based solution to the foregoing problem requires the following description the Submission of images is a web-based media submission tool that allows for submis described in greatest detail, the same principles apply equally sion of media objects in a convenient, intuitive manner. A to media objects of all descriptions. company named Caught in the Web, has attempted to create a 55 The Prepare and Post tools refers to browser-side compo broad-based media submission tool known as "ActiveUp nents which together provide the ability to submit and trans load'. ActiveUpload allows an arbitrary file to be dragged and port media objects over the web to be stored and served. dropped onto a web page control for upload to the web server. Using the Prepare and Post tools, end users can Submit images An ActiveUpload control allows users to, without leaving a in an immediate, intuitive manner. No technical Sophistica web page, transfer files to a server (Internet or intranet) by 60 tion is required. In particular, understanding technical terms selecting the files on the user's desktop that the user wants to such as JPEG, resolution, pixel, kilobyte, transfer protocol, IP transfer, then dragging them onto the web page. For example, address, FTP etc., is not required, since the Prepare and Post a user, having visited a web page, can contribute pictures, tools handles all of these tasks for the user. documents, Zip files, etc., without having to leave the web The benefits of the Prepare and Post tool are: page and use an FTP program. Standard web authoring tools 65 a) to the image submitter, the ability to submit media can be used to integrate ActiveUpload into web pages and objects to web pages immediately without needing to over change the behavior of the control. come technical obstacles; 7 US 9,386,094 B2 3 4 b) to the image submitter, the ability to submit media The Prepare and Post tools also support a batch interface, objects to web pages "as is without making modifications to allowing a plurality of images to be Submitted simultaneously the media objects prior to sending. as in the case of a professional photographer, for example. c) to PictureWorks web site partner, access to a uniform, The opportunity for user confirmation is again provided, e.g., standardized, reliable and secure channel for media acquisi by displaying a visual representation of the images in the tion; batch. d) to PictureWorks web site partner, access to contributed If a mistake is made Such that the wrong image is placed in media "made to order, it meets their imaging specifications a media object identifier, the correct image may be placed in every time without human intervention; the media object identifier. The correct image will replace the e) to PictureWorks web site partner, the ability to provide 10 mistaken image. Alternatively, the user may remove an image web site visitors with an easy, error free way to contribute from a media object identifier by right-clicking on the media media; object identifier and selecting Remove within a resulting pop f) to PictureWorks web site partner, access to contributed up menu. media in "real time' with no time delays. Note that any number of media object identifiers may be The two primary components used in the Prepare and Post 15 provided on a web page and that the media object identifiers tools which carry out these functions are 1) the media object may be separate or grouped. This is evident in FIG. 2. The identifier and 2) the media sender. number of media object identifiers provided on a page can be In general, the media object identifier functions to provide pre-configured and fixed, allowing no user intervention, or a graphical interface for placing and associating a media the media object identifiers can be generated dynamically, object from a user's desktop onto a web page. The media allowing the user to determine how many media object iden sender carriers out the function of transmitting media objects tifiers they need for media submission. FIG. 2 shows a web to a second location. page with various sizes of media object identifiers. If a media There are two ways media objects on the first location object identifier is separate, its image will be transmitted become associated with a media object identifier. The first is separately to the second location. Ifan media object identifier through a "drag and drop' behavior where the user clicks on 25 is part of a group, its image will be transmitted to the second a media object to select the one they want to submit. The location as part of a group of images that are stored together media object is then dragged to the media object identifier. and cataloged together. Media object identifiers that are asso Releasing the mouse button associates the media object with ciated together as a group are noted as such in the web page the media object identifier. This behavior is allowed in web interface and transparently in the media object identifier browsers that support drag and drop functionality. The Pre 30 object code. Moreover, a web page may have multiple groups pare and Post tools enable these browsers to accept media of media object identifiers, or 'groups of groups." objects via drag and drop by providing the media object The usefulness of images is greatly enhanced by capturing identifier as an ActiveX component. and identifying information about the images and Submitting The second way to associate a media object on the first the identifying information with the images. Information may location with the media object identifier is to click on the 35 be image-specific, user-specific or both. The Submission of media object identifier to browse for media objects, then information about the user and the media objects facilitates select the media object of choice. This method is made avail automatic integration of the media objects within existing able for web browsers where the media object identifier needs databases. Information capture may be overt or covert or both. to be a pure Java component. (Such "signed applet browsers' This unique automatic database integration enables the like Netscape Navigator) In this instance, the user may be 40 images to be served with the proper web page data. Overt asked to choose a media object in a similar manner as when information capture relies upon the user to make menu selec choosing a file to be opened, either by graphical navigation or tions of appropriate captions as illustrated in FIG. 1, or to by specifying a path name. For example, a prompt associated make text entries within text fields, or both. The Prepare and with the media object identifier may be displayed prompting Post tools are easily customized to accept menu selections the user to click within the media object identifier. Clicking 45 and text fields for different applications. Covert information within the media object identifier brings up a browse dialog. capture occurs by having the web browser automatically pass Using the browse dialog, the user selects the desired media to the Prepare and Post tools known information such as a object, which is then placed in the media object identifier. The user ID or, password used to access the web page. Prepare and Post tools will generate a visual representation or A key differentiator of the Prepare and Post tools is the thumbnail of the media object, a feature currently not avail 50 browser, or client-side intelligence built into the tools. This able in signed applet browsers. intelligence directly provides features including those Real estate is an example of a prime application of the already outlined Such as associating data with media objects, Prepare and Post tools. "Curb appeal' is of great importance generating a visual representation of the media objects and in the realty industry and can only be judged by "drive-bys." generating media object identifiers dynamically or in a pre which are time-consuming and laborious, or by the availabil 55 set manner. Other features are also provided via this intelli ity of images. The Prepare and Post tools make real estate gence, specifically, the ability to control the width and height images readily available with a minimal amount of effort. of the media object identifier and the ability to preprocess the Referring to FIG. 1, an example is shown of a realty web media objects in any number of ways prior to transporting to page featuring the described Prepare and Post tools function a second location. In the case of an image media object for ality. The user associates images with a media object identi 60 example, the Prepare and Post tools may resize the image, fier via the methods described above and selects appropriate (i.e., increase or decrease its size as defined by either physical captions for the images, e.g., living room, family room, etc. dimensions, pixel count, or kilobytes). Compression, for The captions may be typed in or selected from menus. The example, is a type of sizing. The Prepare and Post tools may user also Supplies identifying information, in this instance the also change the image's file format (a way of a media object MLS listing number. When the user clicks the Send button, 65 being identified as to a "type' or "kind' of media), change the the images are uploaded and processed immediately accord quality setting of the image, crop the image or change the ing to the configuration of the Prepare and Post tools. aspect ratio, add text or annotations, encode or combine (in 7 US 9,386,094 B2 5 6 cluding Stitching) the media object, or enhance the media plied from a field in the web form. If the web page form object by changing image values, for example, relating to contains a control named "Key 1," then its value will be used contrast or saturation. This intelligence may be executed in a for this key. For example, the field Key 1 might be labeled as manner that is transparent to the end user. This transparency "MLS Number on the web page. Similarly, the field Key2 allows the end user to submit media to the Prepare and Post might be labeled "Zip Code on the web page. A sequence tools "as is since the tools will automatically prepare it to number is appended to the Key 1/Key2 combination. When there are multiple media object identifiers on a page, this will meet the requirements of the second location. Note that, ensure that each image has a unique key. although image Submission may involve client-side process All media object identifiers on a web page must be con ing, image processing is not required. 10 tained within an HTML form. A single line of JavaScript code The Prepare and Post tools are available for customers to is inserted into the web page (within the HTML form) in each integrate into their own web pages. The Prepare and Post tools place where a media object identifier is desired. The Media are easily integrated into web sites (customers) to allows object identifier Section can specify the width and height for those sites to accept media objects from web site visitors each media object identifier. If the width and height are omit (users). Appendix A is a generic HTML HostTemplate illus 15 ted, then the default width and height from the Configuration trating how Prepare and Post components are integrated into Section are used. a web page. The HTML template file (which is a complete The Submission Code Section contains HTML code that working example) contains instructions and a few small code creates the button that submits both the images to the second Snippets that the customer pastes into the web page. Integrat locations and the form to the customer's server. Within the ing the Prepare and Post components requires an Initializa Submission Code Section, an HTML "href parameter is tion Section, a Configuration Section, an ImageWell (media required for the Send Button that causes the images to be sent. object identifier) Section, a Submission Section and an After the images have been sent, the web page form will be ImageUpLoad Control Section. To include the Prepare and submitted in the standard manner. The form must define two Post tools media object identifiers on a web page, the cus hidden fields named 'url'' and imagecount. The imagecount tomer cuts and pastes code Snippets for these sections from 25 field will contain the number of images actually transmitted. the template into the web page. In an exemplary embodiment, the URL for images 2 through The Initialization Section consists of a few lines of JavaS "n" are generated by replacing the initial sequence number at cript code that will download all of the needed Prepare and the end of the returned URL with the desired image number. Post Submission components. The ImageUpload Control Section holds a small piece of The Configuration Section overrides various configurable 30 JavaScript code that is placed at the very end of the body default settings that the customer can control. In the Configu section of the web page. This code creates the non-visible ration Section, the media object identifier component is sized Image Upload control, or media sender, that performs the and configured to perform any preprocessing of the image transfer of images from the user's machine to the second that may be desired prior to upload. Configurable parameters location. include both fixed values for all submissions (per submission 35 The Prepare and Post components support multiple brows values) and fixed values for all images within a Submission ers and dynamically adjust their behavior according to the (per image values), as will be explained presently. type of browser that is currently running. For example, under Fixed values for all submissions include Defaultimage supported versions of Microsoft's browsers, media object Width and DefaultImageHeight, as well as include Default identifiers are implemented as ActiveX controls, while under Control Width and DefaultControlHeight. The former specify 40 supported Netscape browsers, media object identifiers are the default width and height of the images after they have implemented as Java Applets. This multiple browser Support been compressed for transmission. The latter specify the is completely automatic. default width and height of all media object identifiers. To FIGS. 3 and 4A-4B present further details of the media create media object identifiers having different sizes, the cus object identifier and media sender components, respectively. tomer specifies the desired size when creating the media 45 From the foregoing description, it will be appreciated that object identifier. Another fixed value for all submissions is the present media Submission tool, besides offering conve Quality. This determines the quality level of the images after nience to the end user, offers convenience and flexibility to they have been compressed for transmission (0 is the lowest technology partners. In particular, web page integration is quality/highest compression and 100 is the highest quality/ designed to facilitate automatic server-side integration of lowest compression). 50 media content. Fixed values for all media objects within a submission It will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art that include Key 1 and Key2. Key 1 is the primary value that deter the present invention can be embodied in other specific forms mines the filename of the resulting image file and, conse without departing from the spirit or essential character quently, its URL. It is important that each Submitted image thereof. The presently disclosed embodiments are therefore have a unique name to prevent one image from overwriting 55 considered in all respects to be illustrative and not restrictive. another. Key2 is an optional secondary key that is appended to The scope of the invention is indicated by the appended Key 1 before the image's filename and URL are created. claims rather than the foregoing description, and all changes While default values for Key 1 and Key2 can be specified in which come within the meaning and range of equivalents the configuration section, more likely this value will be Sup thereof are intended to be embraced therein. APPENDIX A HostTemplate generic.htm <!--: *::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Begin Initialization Section --> <!-- ***** This section of code must appear at --> 7 US 9,386,094 B2 7 APPENDIX A-continued HostTemplate generic.htm <!-- ***** the beginng of the <HEAD> section of --> <!-- ***** your web page. Copy this code and --> <!-- ***** paste it directly into your web page.--> <SCRIPT type="text?iavascript src="http://157.22.134.49, company/pwtcomponents.js'></SCRIPT > <SCRIPT type="text?iavascript src="http://157.22.134.49, company/company.js'></SCRIPT> <!-- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * End Initialization Section --> <AHEAD <BODY> <!-- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Begin Configuration Section --> <!-- ***** This section of code must appear --> <!-- ***** anywhere after the initialization --> <!-- ***** section (above), and before the --> <!-- ***** the <FORM > that contains the image --> <!-- ***** wells. --> <!-- * * * * * --> <-- ***** This section defines data values --> <!-- ***** needed by the image wells. You can --> <!-- ***** modify these values to suit --> <!-- ***** your needs. --> <SCRIPT Language=''Javascript"> PWTKey1 = "name-your-image-here'; If the KFORMC contains fields named Key1 PWTKey2 = ": fi & Key2 their values will be used. PWTQuality = 93: PWT. DefaultImageWidth = 640; PWT. DefaultImage:Height=480; PWT. DefaultControl Width = 326; // Includes a 3 pixel border PWT. DefaultControl Height = 246; // Include a 3 pixel border </SCRIPT> <!-- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *: End Configuration Section --> <FORM This sample displays a working image well. <BR> <!--: *::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Begin ImageWell Section --> <!--***** This code creates an image well on --> <!-- ***** the web page. While this template --> <!--***** Only contains a single image well, --> <!--***** you can use as many as you like. --> <!-- ***** Copy this code into your web page --> <!-- ***** anywhere within your <FORM> where --> <!--***** you want an image well to appear. --> <SCRIPT Language=''Javascript"> PWTaddimagecontrol(); fi or "PWTaddimagecontrol (640,480); to override if the default width and height. </SCRIPT> <!-- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * End ImageWell Section --> This text is after the image well. <P> <!-- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Begin Submission Code Section --> <!-- ***** You can use any type of button you --> <!-- ***** wish, but rather than it being a --> <!-- ***** standard SUBMIT button, it must --> <!-- ***** instead contain the parameter: --> <!-- * * * * * --> <!-- * * * * * onclick="PWT. Submit() --> <!-- * * * * * --> <!-- ***** (as shown in the example below). --> <!-- ***** After the images have been sent, --> <!-- ***** your web page FORM will be submitted --> <-- ***** in the standard manner. --> <!-- * * * * * --> <-- *****Your FORM must define two hidden --> <!-- ***** fields named "url" & "imagecount --> <!-- ***** (see examples below). The "url'' --> <!-- ***** field will be populated with the --> <!-- ***** resulting URL of the first (or only) --> <!--***** image submitted, and the "imagecount'--> <-- ***** field will contain the number of --> <!-- ***** images actually transmitted. The URL --> <!-- ***** for images 2 thrun can be generated --> <!-- ***** by replacing the initial sequence <!-- ***** number (which will always be "1) --> <-- ***** at the end of the returned URL with --> -> <!-- ***** the desired image number. --> <INPUT type="hidden name="url''> <INPUT type="hidden' name="imagecount's 7 US 9,386,094 B2 9 10 APPENDIX A-continued HostTemplate generic.htm <INPUT type="button value="Submit Images onclick="PWTSubmit() > <AFORM <!-- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * End Submission Code Section --> <!--: *::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Begin ImageOpload Control Section --> <!-- ***** This section of code must appear at --> <-- ***** the end of the <BODY> section of --> <!-- ***** your web page. Copy this code and --> <!-- ***** paste it directly into your web page. --> <SCRIPT Language=''Javascript"> PWTadduploadcontrol(); </SCRIPT> <--: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *: End ImageOpload Control Section --> What is claimed is: 4. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having an 1, wherein the first pre-processed image is cropped in a man image Submission tool stored thereon for use on a user device, ner specified by the one or more pre-processing parameters. the image Submission tool including: 5. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim an image identifier section that when first executed, causes 1, wherein the first pre-processed image has a quality as the image Submission tool to generate a first visual rep specified by the one or more pre-processing parameters. resentation of a first image, the first visual representation 6. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim enabling a user to determine whether the first image 25 1, wherein the first pre-processed image has a file format as should be replaced with a first replacement image, to specified by the one or more pre-processing parameters. enable a user to enter first text information as a first 7. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim caption for the first image or the first replacement image, 1, wherein the first pre-processed image has an encoding as and to pre-process the first image or the first replacement specified by the one or more pre-processing parameters. image to produce a first pre-processed image, and when 30 8. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 1, wherein the image Submission tool combines the first pre Second executed, causes the image Submission tool to processed image and the second pre-processed image into an generate a second visual representation of a second animated presentation. image, the second visual representation enabling a user 9. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim to determine whether the second image should be 35 1, wherein the image upload control section when first replaced with a second replacement image, to enable a executed causes the image Submission tool to transmit the user to enter second text information as a second caption first text information. for the second image or the second replacement image, 10. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of and to pre-process the second image or the second claim 1, wherein the image upload control section when first replacement image to produce a second pre-processed 40 executed causes the image Submission tool to transmit loca image, wherein the pre-processing by the image Submis tion information associated with the first pre-processed sion tool is controlled by one or more pre-processing image. parameters received from a device separate from the 11. A computer implemented method performed by an user device in a conversion of the first image or the first image Submission tool on a user device, comprising: replacement image and in a conversion of the second 45 causing the image Submission tool to generate a first visual image or the second replacement image as specified for representation of a first image, the first visual represen use by a receiving party; tation enabling a user to determine whether the first a Submission section that when first executed, causes the image should be replaced with a first replacement image, image Submission tool to enable a user to Submit the first to enable a user to enter first text information as a first pre-processed image, and when second executed, causes 50 caption for the first image or the first replacement image, the image Submission tool to enable a user to Submit the and to pre-process the first image or the first replacement second pre-processed image; and image to produce a first pre-processed image: an image upload control section that when first executed, causing the image Submission to generate a second visual causes the image Submission tool to transmit the first representation of a second image, the second visual rep pre-processed image, and when second executed, causes 55 resentation enabling a user to determine whether the the image Submission tool to transmit the second pre second image should be replaced with a second replace processed image, wherein the first pre-processed image ment image, to enable a user to enter second text infor and the second pre-processed image are grouped mation as a second caption for the second image or the together in a presentation. second replacement image, and to pre-process the sec 2. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 60 ond image or the second replacement image to produce 1, wherein the image identifier section when first executed a second pre-processed image, wherein the pre-process causes the image Submission tool to generate the first visual ing by the image Submission tool is controlled by one or representation from a first image file. more pre-processing parameters received from a device 3. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim separate from the user device in a conversion of the first 1, wherein the first pre-processed image has a compression 65 image or the first replacement image and in a conversion level as specified by the one or more pre-processing param of the second image or the second replacement image as eters. specified for use by a receiving party; 7 US 9,386,094 B2 11 12 causing the image Submission tool to enable a user to 26. The system of claim 21, wherein the first pre-processed Submit the first pre-processed image: image file has a file format specified by at least one of the causing the image Submission tool to enable a user to pre-processing parameters. Submit the second pre-processed image: 27. The system of claim 21, wherein the first pre-processed causing the image Submission tool to transmit the first image file is an encoded version of the first image. pre-processed image; and 28. The system of claim 21, wherein the presentation causing the image Submission tool to transmit the second includes first text information entered by the first user device pre-processed image, wherein the first pre-processed as a first caption for the first pre-processed image file, and image and the second pre-processed image are grouped 10 second text information entered by the first user device as a together in a presentation. second caption for the second pre-processed image file. 12. The method of claim 11, wherein the first visual repre 29. The system of claim 21, wherein the presentation sentation is generated from a first image file. includes first location information associated with the first 13. The method of claim 11, wherein the first pre-processed pre-processed image file and second location information image has a compression level as specified by the one or more 15 associated with the second pre-processed image file. pre-processing parameters. 30. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having an 14. The method of claim 11, wherein the first pre-processed image Submission tool stored thereon for use on a user device, image is cropped in a manner specified by the one or more the image Submission tool including: pre-processing parameters. an image identifier section that when executed, causes the 15. The method of claim 11, wherein the first pre-processed image Submission tool to: image has a quality as specified by the one or more pre generate a visual representation of one or more images, processing parameters. the visual representation enabling a user to determine 16. The method of claim 11, wherein the first pre-processed whether the one or more images should be replaced image has a file format as specified by the one or more with one or more replacement images; pre-processing parameters. 25 enable a user to enter text information as one or more 17. The method of claim 11, wherein the first pre-processed captions for the one or more images or the one or more image has an encoding as specified by the one or more pre replacement images; and processing parameters. pre-process the one or more images or the one or more 18. The method of claim 11, further comprising causing the 30 replacement images to produce one or more pre-pro image Submission tool to combine the first pre-processed cessed images, the pre-processing by the image Sub image and the second preprocessed image into an animated mission tool controlled by one or more pre-processing presentation. parameters received from a device separate from the 19. The method of claim 11, further comprising causing the user device in a conversion of the one or more images image Submission tool to transmit the first text information. 35 or the one or more replacement images as specified 20. The method of claim 11, further comprising causing the for use by a receiving party; image Submission tool to transmit location information asso a Submission section that when executed, causes the image ciated with the first pre-processed image. submission tool to enable a user to submit the one or 21. A system, comprising: more pre-processed images; and one or more receivers that receive, from a first user device, 40 an image upload control section that when executed, user credentials, a first pre-processed image file and a causes the image Submission tool to transmit the one or second pre-processed image file, the first pre-processed more pre-processed images. image file produced through first pre-processing by the 31. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of first user device of a first image, the second pre-pro claim 30, wherein the image identifier section when executed cessed image file produced through second pre-process 45 causes the image Submission tool to generate the visual rep ing by the first user device of a second image, the first resentation from an image file. and second pre-processing controlled by one or more 32. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of pre-processing parameters received by the first user claim 30, wherein the submission section when executed device from a device separate from the first user device, causes the image Submission tool to enable a display of a the one or more pre-processing parameters used to con 50 button in a user interface that is selectable by a user to signal trol the first user device in a conversion of the first image a confirmation. and in a conversion of the second image as specified for 33. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of use by a receiving party; and claim30, wherein the one or more pre-processed images have one or more transmitters that transmit, to a second user a compression level as specified by the one or more pre device, the first pre-processed image file and the second 55 processing parameters. pre-processed image file for grouping together as part of 34. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of a presentation associated with a user identified by the claim 30, wherein the one or more pre-processed images are user credentials. cropped in a manner specified by the one or more pre-pro 22. The system of claim 21, wherein the user credentials cessing parameters. include a user identifier and a password. 60 35. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of 23. The system of claim 21, wherein the first pre-processed claim30, wherein the one or more pre-processed images have image file is a compressed version of the first image. a quality as specified by the one or more pre-processing 24. The system of claim 21, wherein the first pre-processed parameters. image file is a cropped version of the first image. 36. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of 25. The system of claim 21, wherein the first pre-processed 65 claim30, wherein the one or more pre-processed images have image file has a different quality as compared to the first a file format as specified by the one or more pre-processing image. parameters. 7 US 9,386,094 B2 13 14 37. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of sentation enabling a user to determine whether the one claim 30, wherein the one or more pre-processed images have or more images should be replaced with one or more an encoding as specified by the one or more pre-processing replacement images; parameters. causing the image submission tool to enable a user to enter 38. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of text information for association with the one or more claim 30, wherein the image upload control section when images or the one or more replacement images; executed causes the image submission tool to transmit the text causing the image submission tool to pre-process the one information. or more images or the one or more replacement images 39. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of to produce one or more pre-processed images, the pre claim 30, wherein the image upload control section when 10 processing by the image submission tool controlled by executed causes the image submission tool to transmit loca one or more pre-processing parameters received from a tion information associated with the one or more pre-pro device separate from the user device in a conversion of cessed images. 40. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having a the one or more images or the one or more replacement media submission tool stored thereon for use on a user device, 15 images as specified for use by a receiving party; the media submission tool including: causing the image submission tool to enable a user to a media identifier section that when executed, causes the Submit the one or more pre-processed images; and media submission tool to: causing the image submission tool to transmit the one or generate a visual representation of a video, the visual more pre-processed images. representation enabling a user to determine whether 43. The method of claim 42, wherein the image submission the video should be replaced with a replacement tool generates the visual representation from an image file. video; 44. The method of claim 42, wherein the image submission enable a user to entertext information as a caption for the tool enables a display of a button in a user interface that is video or the replacement video; and Selectable by a user to signal a confirmation. pre-process the video or the replacement video to pro 25 45. The method of claim 42, wherein the one or more duce pre-processed video, the pre-processing by the pre-processed images have a compression level as specified media submission tool controlled by one or more by the one or more pre-processing parameters. pre-processing parameters received from a device 46. The method of claim 42, wherein the one or more separate from the user device in a conversion of the pre-processed images are cropped in a manner specified by video or the replacement video as specified for use by 30 the one or more pre-processing parameters. a receiving party; 47. The method of claim 42, wherein the one or more a submission section that when executed, causes the media pre-processed images have a quality as specified by the one or Submission tool to enable a user to submit the pre-pro more pre-processing parameters. cessed video; and 48. The method of claim 42, wherein the one or more a media upload control section that when executed, causes 35 pre-processed images have a file format as specified by the the media submission tool to transmit the pre-processed one or more pre-processing parameters. video. 49. The method of claim 42, wherein the one or more 41. The non-transitory computer-readable medium of pre-processed images have an encoding as specified by the claim 40, wherein the media upload control section when one or more pre-processing parameters. executed causes the media submission tool to transmit loca 40 50. The method of claim 42, further comprising causing the tion information associated with the pre-processed video. image submission tool to transmit the text information. 42. A computer implemented method performed by an 51. The method of claim 42, further comprising causing the image Submission tool on a user device, comprising: image submission tool to transmit location information asso causing the image submission tool to generate a visual ciated with the one or more pre-processed images. representation of one or more images, the visual repre 7 UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION PATENT NO.: 9,386,094 B2 Page 1 of 1 APPLICATION NO.: 14/107261 DATED: July 5, 2016 INVENTOR(S): Wood et al. It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent is hereby corrected as shown below: In The Claims Col. 12, line 3, before "pre-processing insert --one or more--. Signed and Sealed this Twenty-fifth Day of October, 2016 74-4-04- 2% 4 Michelle K. Lee Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office