Patent Number: 7,786,995

Title: Information processing apparatus and information processing method for determining character layout

Abstract: Information that is required for laying out character string data is entered, as are character string data. The printing attributes for the data are then edited, and are employed to extract contour information. Thereafter, the extracted contour information is employed to determine the information that is to be used as a reference when laying out the character string data, and a layout position is specified. Then, the various data that are obtained are stored as printing data, and the character string data are laid out in a drawing area. Therefore, the printing data can be precisely and easily prepared, without the work efficiency of a user being deteriorated.

Inventors: Abe; Toshio (Yokohama, JP), Namiki; Hiroyuki (Saku, JP), Kageura; Masaru (Kawasaki, JP), Mizukami; Atsushi (Kawasaki, JP), Nakagawa; Takahiro (Yokohama, JP), Nakanishi; Naoki (Toda, JP), Inaho; Kenichi (Tokyo, JP), Horikawa; Reiko (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G06F 17/21 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018