Patent Number: 6,801,327

Title: Filing system and method, and apparatus and method for reproducing image data

Abstract: A virtual photo album is created in conformity with a title given to a large number of images such as the images of flowers, the images of animals and the images of a journey. These images are recorded on film and a title is selected for a set of these images that have a subject in common. Data representing the image of a mount, an ornamental image and background music corresponding to the selected tire are stored on a large-scale storage medium such as an optical disk together with the image data. At playback, images belonging to the same title are pasted on a mount specified by the title. An album of images having a common title can thus be produced. In another aspect, images produced by a user are printed by a photo processing laboratory system at a comparatively high speed. Image data are stored on a digital medium, and a directory "DFS" managed by a directory "ROOT", a directory "INFO" managed by the directory "DFS", and a directory "ODR" managed by the directory "INFO" are created on the digital medium storing the image data. An image represented by image data that have been stored on the digital medium is processed by the user's own filing system, and ordered image data representing this processed image are stored in the directory "ODR". The ordered image data that have been stored in the directory "ODR" are read out and printed by the laboratory system. This makes rapid printing possible in a comparatively simple manner.

Inventors: Haneda; Norihisa (Asaka, JP), Kojima; Kenji (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.

International Classification: H04N 1/00 (20060101); B41B 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/05/2021