Patent Number: 8,578,297

Title: Method of browsing media items using thumbnails

Abstract: Disclosed is a method of browsing a set of media items on a display device. A sequence of thumbnail images corresponding to a portion of the set are initially displayed in a looping arrangement. A first thumbnail image of the sequence is displayed at a size larger than other thumbnail images of the sequence. The first thumbnail image corresponds to a focus position in the sequence. The arrangement responds to a user scrolling action to replace display of a second thumbnail image adjacent to an insertion point in the displayed sequence with a third thumbnail image corresponding to a media item of the set not displayed prior to the user action. The method then updates the focus position and insertion point and replaces a display of the first thumbnail image with display of a fourth thumbnail image corresponding to the updated focus position.

Inventors: Webster; Steven David (Scotland Island, AU), Wan; Ernest Yiu Cheong (Carlingford, AU)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G06F 3/0481 (20130101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017