US Patent No. 10,366,520

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME


Patent No. 10,366,520
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Information Processing Apparatus And Method Of Controlling The Same
Inventorship Mizuki Hayakawa, Kawasaki (JP)
Assignee Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,366,520

1. An information processing apparatus that creates album data, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor causing the apparatus to act as units comprising:
(1) a management unit configured to manage templates each of which defines a slot for an image to be arranged in a layout page, wherein the templates have been classified into a plurality of template groups, wherein templates belonging to a first template group include slots having a first shape, and wherein templates belonging to a second template group includes slots having a second shape different from the first shape;
(2) a setting unit configured to set, for each of a plurality of layout pages in an album to be created, one of the plurality of template groups based on setting information, whereby each of the first template group and the second template group are set to at least one of the plurality of layout pages;
(3) an acquiring unit configured to acquire image files;
(4) an evaluation unit configured to analyze the acquired image files so as to decide an evaluation value for each image;
(5) a decision unit configured to decide images allocated to a target layout page of the plurality of layout pages;
(6) a selection unit configured to select, for the target layout page, one template from templates in a template group that has been set for the target layout page, based on (a) the evaluation values of images allocated to the target layout page and (b) capturing date and times of images allocated to the target layout page; and
(7) a layout unit configured to arrange, in a template selected for the target layout page, images allocated to the target layout page and to generate album data,
wherein, if the first template group is set to the target layout page, the selection unit selects, from templates which include slots having the first shape, a first template satisfying a first condition based on the evaluation values and the capturing date and times of images allocated to the target layout page, and
wherein, if the second template group is set to the target layout page, the selection unit selects, from templates which include slots having the second shape, a second template satisfying a second condition based on the evaluation values and the capturing date and times of images allocated to the target layout page.