JP5385598B2 - Image processing apparatus, image management server apparatus, control method thereof, and program - Google Patents

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JP5385598B2
JP5385598B2 JP2008312493A JP2008312493A JP5385598B2 JP 5385598 B2 JP5385598 B2 JP 5385598B2 JP 2008312493 A JP2008312493 A JP 2008312493A JP 2008312493 A JP2008312493 A JP 2008312493A JP 5385598 B2 JP5385598 B2 JP 5385598B2
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  The present invention relates to a technique for a communication device at a remote location to use image data uploaded by a provider's image processing device to a server device on a network.

  With the recent spread of digital cameras and digital video cameras, digital still image data and video data are not only stored on personal computers (PCs) but also uploaded to a server on the network and shared with others. It has come to be. In recent years, not only information processing apparatuses such as personal computers but also mobile phones and digital cameras are connected to a network so that digital images can be shared. In addition, since many users have shared a large amount of image data using various devices, it has been proposed to manage digital image data in various systems.

  In Patent Document 1, the storage center stores the reservation classification for each use destination terminal, and receives and stores the image together with the classification from the registration source terminal. In addition, it is described that an image corresponding to the reservation classification among the received images is transmitted via a network in response to an instruction from the user terminal.

  In Patent Document 2, the image exchange server classifies the image data according to the photographing information given to the image data. A technique for permitting access from the terminal device only to the image data of the classification corresponding to the shooting information added to the search image data transmitted from the terminal device is described.

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  However, when using the image data of the server device in a communication device in a remote place, since the update state of the image data is not known in the techniques of the above-mentioned Patent Documents 1 and 2, the server is required at any time to receive the image data. The device has to be accessed and is troublesome to use. In addition, when the number of types of required image data increases, the number of accesses to the server device also increases, which increases the user's effort.

  The present invention effectively notifies a user of a communication device that image data of a desired category has been uploaded when the image data uploaded by the image processing device to the server device is used in the communication device. With the goal.

To achieve the above object, an image sharing system of the present invention download includes an imaging device and a server device and a client device, the image data which the imaging device is uploaded to the server apparatus, the client apparatus from the server apparatus An image sharing system that
The imaging device
The categories of the image data to be uploaded and determining means for determining in accordance with the attribute information of the image data,
By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
Transmitting means for transmitting the update information file and the image data to the server device;
Have
The client device is
A selection means for selecting one of the plurality of categories;
Using the address of the update information file corresponding to the selected category, an acquisition means for acquiring the update information file from the server device;
The image data of the download target specifying means for specifying, based on the identification information of the image data to which the image data registered in the update information file identification information and previous SL client device has,
Download means for downloading the image data to be downloaded from the server device;
It is characterized by having.

To achieve the above object, an imaging apparatus of the present invention, on the network, an imaging apparatus to upload image data to the server device,
Determining means for determining a category of image data to be uploaded according to the attribute information of the image data ;
By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
Transmitting means for transmitting the update information file and the image data to the server device;
Have
Among the plurality of update information file, the update information file, the acquired automatically from the server apparatus by the client device, the client device downloads and corresponding category selected by the communication enabled client device over the network It is used for specifying image data to be performed.

To achieve the above object, an image sharing system of the present invention, image sharing to download includes an image pickup device and a server device and a client device, an image data capturing device is uploaded to the server device, the client device from the server device A system,
The server device
Receiving means for receiving image data from the imaging device ;
Determining means for determining a category of the received image data according to the attribute information of the image data,
By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
Providing means for providing any of the plurality of update information files to the client device in response to a request from the client device;
Have
The client device is
Selecting means for selecting any one of the plurality of categories;
Request means for requesting the server device for the update information file using an address of the update information file corresponding to the selected category ;
Obtaining means for obtaining the requested update information file from the server device ;
The image data of the download target specifying means for specifying, based on the identification information of the image data to which the image data registered in the update information file identification information and previous SL client device has,
Downloading means for downloading the image data to be downloaded from the server device.

In order to achieve the above object, an image management server device according to the present invention provides:
An image management server device that downloads image data to a client device via a network,
Receiving means for receiving image data from the imaging device ;
Determining means for determining a category of the received image data according to the attribute information of the image data,
By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
And a providing means for providing to said client device in response to a request from the previous SL client device one of a plurality of the update information file,
Of the plurality of update information files, the update information file provided to the client device corresponds to a category selected by the client device, and is used for specifying image data to be downloaded by the client device. It is characterized by.

  According to the present invention, when image data uploaded to a server device by an image processing device is used in a communication device, it is effective for a user of the communication device that image data of a desired category has been uploaded. I can inform you.

  Hereinafter, exemplary embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings. However, the constituent elements described in this embodiment are merely examples, and are not intended to limit the scope of the present invention only to them.

[First Embodiment]
An image sharing system according to the first embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to the block diagram of FIG. The image sharing system includes an imaging device 102, a client device (communication device) 103, an image management server device 101, and a network 104. The imaging device 102 uploads and saves the image data to the image management server device 101. The client device 103 accesses the image management server device 101 and downloads image data.

  With reference to the block diagram of FIG. 2, the configuration of the imaging apparatus 102 according to the present embodiment will be described. In FIG. 2, a camera unit 213 converts an optical image of a subject into an electrical signal. The microphone 201 converts sound into an electrical signal. The A / D converter 202 receives an analog signal and converts it into a digital signal. The encoder 203 compresses and encodes digital image data (for example, JPEG format for still image data, MJPEG format for moving image data, etc.). The image data recording unit 204 creates an image data file (image file) and stores it in the storage medium 205.

  The storage medium 205 is a randomly accessible storage medium and stores digital data such as image data as a file. The network connection unit 206 connects to an external device and uploads an image file and a plurality of update information files to the external device. The operation unit 208 includes an operation panel, a remote controller, and the like, and is operated by a user to input various data and commands. A system controller 207 is a control unit that controls the overall operation of the imaging apparatus, and includes a microcomputer. The decoder 209 decodes the compressed and encoded digital data. The D / A converter 211 converts a digital signal into an analog signal. The monitor 210 is a display unit. The speaker 212 converts an electrical signal into an acoustic signal.

  A control program necessary for realizing various processes according to the present embodiment is stored in the system controller 207. However, the control program may be stored in a storage medium 205 such as a memory card, and may be loaded from the storage medium 205 to the system controller 207 and executed. Similarly, the present invention is applied even when there is a program on the network.

  The imaging device 102 is connected to the network 104 via the network connection unit 206. Further, server information including an address for accessing the image management server apparatus 101 to which image data is uploaded is held in the ROM. Then, the imaging apparatus 102 accesses the image management server apparatus 101 according to the address included in the server information, and uploads the held image data to the image management server apparatus 101. The imaging apparatus 102 can store captured image data as a file in an external storage device such as a memory card, and register a plurality of categories in the metadata of the image data. The category is used when classifying image data. The categories include, for example, keywords arbitrarily set by the user of the imaging apparatus 102 using the operation unit, shooting mode and shooting date and time when the image data is shot, model name of the imaging apparatus, photographer, shutter speed, and flash emission And so on. Alternatively, the keyword is automatically set from the shooting information. For example, if the shooting mode is the portrait mode, the keyword “person” or if the shooting date and time is August, the keyword “summer” is automatically set as the category. Is set. Or a keyword that is automatically set from the analysis result of the image data. For example, the name of the person specified by recognizing the face of the image data and the color specified by analyzing the color of the image data are categories. Automatically set as

  As described above, the category of the image data is determined based on the attribute information of the image data. In addition, the imaging apparatus 102 has a function of extracting metadata attached to image data, and can generate an update information file of image data in accordance with the extracted metadata category. The metadata includes the name of the image data, identification information for uniquely specifying the image data, and the like. In the above description, the attribute information added to the image data is extracted. However, the attribute information of the image data is stored in the external storage device independently of the image data, and the attribute information associated with the image data is stored. Information may be extracted from an external storage device.

  The imaging apparatus 102 starts processing for uploading image data to the image management server apparatus 101 in response to the button operation performed by the user. The image data handled in the present embodiment is JPEG for still images and Motion AVI for motion JPEG, but the present invention is applicable to other image data formats.

  In this embodiment, the case where the imaging apparatus 102 captures, records, and uploads image data will be described. However, the upload may be realized by another image processing apparatus that can be connected to a network. For example, a personal computer (PC) or a mobile phone may capture image data or an update information file recorded on a recording medium by the imaging device 102 and upload it to the image management server device 101. Alternatively, at this time, the PC may capture only the image data from the imaging apparatus 102, extract the metadata of the image data, determine the category according to the metadata, and generate the update information file.

  Next, a module configuration of a computer apparatus (information processing apparatus) that implements the image management server apparatus 101 and the user client apparatus 103 will be described with reference to FIG. Examples of the information processing device for realizing the client device 103 include a personal computer and a mobile phone. Hereinafter, the image management server apparatus 101 will be described as an example, but the client apparatus 103 is the same.

  In FIG. 3, reference numeral 301 denotes a central processing unit (CPU) that controls the entire image management server apparatus 101. A read only memory (ROM) 302 stores programs and parameters that do not need to be changed. A random access memory (RAM) 303 temporarily stores programs and data supplied from an external device or the like. Reference numeral 304 denotes a hard disk or memory card fixedly installed in the computer apparatus 300. Alternatively, reference numeral 304 denotes an external storage device including an optical disk such as a floppy (registered trademark) disk (FD) and a Compact Disk (CD) that can be detached from the computer apparatus 300, a magnetic or optical card, an IC card, and a memory card. The external storage device 304 stores an operating system (OS) and various application software programs. Reference numeral 305 denotes an interface with an input device 309 such as a pointing device or a keyboard for receiving data from the user and inputting data. Reference numeral 306 denotes an interface with the monitor 310 for displaying data held by the computer apparatus 300 and supplied data. Reference numeral 307 denotes a network interface for connecting to a network line such as the Internet. A system bus 308 connects the units 301 to 307 so that they can communicate with each other.

  Note that the image management server apparatus 101 may read the program stored in the hard disk 304 and cause the CPU 301 to execute it, or may download the program from another Web server apparatus on the network and cause the CPU 301 to execute it.

  Further, the image management server apparatus 101 has a plurality of functions and is configured by one or a plurality of computer apparatuses.

  Next, with reference to the flowchart of FIG. 4, an operation in which the imaging apparatus 102 according to the present embodiment generates an update information file will be described. The update information file created in this embodiment is created for each category item assigned to the image data.

  The imaging apparatus 102 waits for an upload instruction from the user via the upload button of the operation unit 208, and starts the operation illustrated in the flowchart of FIG. 4 in response to the upload button being pressed. In the present embodiment, the timing at which the process is started is the timing at which the upload button is pressed. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and the timing may be when the number of captured image data reaches a predetermined number, when the image data reaches a certain size, or at a certain time interval.

  First, in step S <b> 401, the imaging apparatus 102 reads image data for one image to be uploaded from the storage medium 205 via the image data recording unit 204. Next, the imaging apparatus 102 proceeds to step S402, reads the metadata of the image data read in step S401, and extracts the set category. Next, the process proceeds to step S403, where it is determined whether or not a category is set for the image data. If no category exists, the process proceeds to step S411 without performing registration processing in the update information file.

  If a category exists in step S403, the imaging apparatus 102 proceeds to step S404, selects one of the categories extracted in step S402, and reads it as a target category. Then, the imaging apparatus 102 proceeds to step S405, and determines whether an update information file corresponding to the target category acquired in step S404 already exists in the image data recording unit 204. If the update information file of the target category exists, the imaging apparatus 102 proceeds to step S407. If the update information file does not exist, the imaging apparatus 102 proceeds to step S406 to create a new update information file for the category. .

  In the present embodiment, it is assumed that one or more types of categories are added to the image data.

  In step S406, the imaging apparatus 102 creates an update information file corresponding to the target category acquired in step S404, and proceeds to step S408. Here, address information (URI) used when accessing the update information file is generated according to the rules acquired from the image management server apparatus 101 in advance, and described in the update information file. For example, the URI is generated from the scheme name “http”, the server name “w5”, the domain name “image. Server”, and information indicating the target category. The client device 103 can know the update status of the image data for each corresponding category by accessing the image management server device 101 using such a URI. On the other hand, in step S407, the imaging apparatus 102 determines whether or not the image data is registered in the update information file searched in step S405. Here, if image data is registered, the imaging apparatus 102 proceeds to step S410 without performing the registration process to the update information file in steps S408 and S409, but otherwise proceeds to step S408.

  In step S408, a URI that is a link destination of image data in the image management server apparatus 101 is created. The image capturing apparatus 102 pre-images domain names, subdomain names, naming rules, etc., which are information necessary for creating address information (URI) for accessing image data uploaded to the image management server apparatus 101. Obtained from the management server apparatus 101. For example, a file path having a hierarchy of “http”, server name “w5”, domain name “image. Server”, user ID and category of the image capturing apparatus 102, and image data identification information is created. Is defined. In such a case, a URI “http: //w5.image.server/user0123/˜portrait/img547.jpg” is created. Note that the user ID of the user of the imaging apparatus 102 is registered in the imaging apparatus 102 in advance. The imaging apparatus 102 issues and assigns a file name to an image file obtained by shooting. In step S409, the imaging apparatus 102 sets the update date and time of the update information file to the current date and time, and registers the URI of the image data currently being processed created in step S408 in the update information file of the target category.

  Then, the imaging apparatus 102 proceeds to step S410, determines whether or not the processing for all the categories added to the image data has been completed, and if not completed, returns to step S404 to acquire the next target category. The above process is executed. When the image capturing apparatus 102 determines in step S410 that the processing for all categories assigned to the image data has been completed, the process proceeds to step S411, where processing for all image data stored in the storage medium 205 is performed. Determine if it is finished. If the processing for all the image data has not been completed, the imaging apparatus 102 returns to step S401 to execute the above-described processing. If it is determined that the processing for all the image data has been completed, the processing proceeds to step S412. In step S <b> 412, the imaging apparatus 102 uploads an image file including image data and metadata and an update information file to the image management server apparatus 101. Then, the image management server apparatus 101 stores the uploaded image file and update information file in the external storage device 304. Thereafter, the image management server apparatus 101 reads out an image file and an update information file having a URI notified from the client apparatus 103 from the external storage apparatus 304 and provides them to the client apparatus 103. The imaging apparatus 102 refers to the update date and time of the update information file, and selectively uploads the update information file newly created or registered with the URI of new image data to the image management server apparatus 101. May be. Further, the image data determined to have already been registered in the update information file in step S405 may not be uploaded to the image management server apparatus 101. Further, the image file and the update information file may be uploaded to different image management server apparatuses 101.

  In the above description, a case has been described in which the imaging apparatus 102 newly creates or updates an update information file for all categories assigned to image data. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and only the categories selected by the user of the imaging apparatus 102 are performed. You may do it. First, the imaging device 102 extracts all categories associated with image data. A list of the extracted categories is displayed on the monitor 210 and waits for user input. In response to a user input via the operation unit 208, a category for which an update information file is to be created is determined. An update information file of image data is created for the determined category.

  Through the above processing, the imaging apparatus 102 uploads the image data stored in the storage medium 205 and its update information file to the image management server apparatus 101.

  Note that the case has been described above where the imaging apparatus 102 generates an update information file and a URI of each image data and describes them in the update information file. However, the imaging apparatus 102 may upload these URIs to the image management server apparatus 101 without describing them in the update information file, and the image management server apparatus 101 may issue each URI and add it to the update information file. .

  FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating an image file and an update information file uploaded from the imaging device 102 to the image management server device 101 according to this embodiment.

  In FIG. 5, the storage medium 205 of the imaging apparatus 102 stores a plurality of image data 530 including files such as a still image format (JPEG format) and a moving image format (avi (Audio Visual Interleaved) format).

  Image data handled in the present embodiment is JPEG for still images and Motion JPEG AVI for moving images, but the present invention is applicable to other image data formats.

  A category 520 is set for each of the image data 530. In the example of FIG. 5, the category 520 includes three items “travel”, “family”, and “Hanako”. Furthermore, “no category” can be set. The update information file 540 is created for each category.

  In the example of FIG. 5, one update information file 540 is created for each of the three items of the categories “travel”, “family”, and “Hanako”. Therefore, in this case, the total number of update information files 540 is “3”. Here, according to the category 520, for example, image data (B.jpg, C.jpg, G.avi) is registered in the update information file 540 of the category “family”. After generating the update information file 540, the imaging apparatus 102 uploads the image data 530 and the update information file 540 stored in the storage medium 205 to the image management server apparatus 101 via the network 104.

  FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of an update information file created based on an RSS (RDF Site Summary) format RSS 1.0 format having an XML-based data format.

  In FIG. 6, 600 indicates that this update information file is update information of image data whose category item is “hanako”. Reference numeral 601 denotes update information of the image file C.jpg in FIG. 5, reference numeral 602 denotes update information of the image file D.jpg in FIG. 5, and reference numeral 603 denotes update information of the moving image file F.avi in FIG. The update information of each image file describes the URI of each image data and the URI for referring to the update information file itself.

  In this example, a description example is described based on the RSS 1.0 format. However, this description format may be a version after RSS 1.0, and the description format is not particularly limited.

  Next, an operation in which the client apparatus 103 automatically confirms and downloads the update state of the image data of the imaging apparatus 102 registered in the image management server apparatus 101 will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG. The following processing is realized by the CPU 301 of the client device 103 controlling various modules in accordance with an RSS reader program or OS (Operating System) stored in the external storage device 304. In the present embodiment, the RSS reader program is described as an example. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and any program that has a function of checking an update information file at a predetermined timing may be used.

  In step S701, the client apparatus 103 registers the URI of the update information file. The user can know the URI of the update information file by e-mail sent from the provider. Alternatively, the image management server apparatus 101 or another Web server apparatus existing in the network manages the URI of the update information file, and the client apparatus 103 obtains the URI of the update information file by accessing these server apparatuses. be able to. Then, the URI selected by the user from the URIs of the update information file notified in this way is registered. As a result, the user can automatically know the update status of the image data of the desired category. Furthermore, the user can distribute and store the image data of the provider by downloading the image data for each desired category to the client device 103.

  In step S702, the client apparatus 103 first determines whether it is time to check the update information file. In the RSS reader program, a time period for checking the update information file is set in advance. Accordingly, if the client apparatus 103 polls the image management server apparatus 101 based on the URI registered in step S701 at regular intervals and acquires an update information file, the update status of the update information file is determined in step S703. Check. The update date and time are described in the update information file, and the date and time of the previous check is recorded in the RSS reader program. Therefore, these are compared, and it is determined that the update information file has been updated if the update date and time of the update information file is after the previous check date and time.

  If it is determined in step S703 that the update information file is updated, in step S704, the client apparatus 103 determines whether a description about new image data is added to the update information file. The update information file describes the identification information of each image data, and the client apparatus 103 holds the identification information of the image data stored in its own hard disk 304. Therefore, these are compared, and if there is image data described in the update information file but not stored in the hard disk 304 of the client apparatus 103, it is determined that there is newly added image data.

  If it is determined in step S704 that there is newly added image data, the client apparatus 103 determines in step S705 whether to automatically download the image data. In the RSS reader program, when image data is added, either the automatic download or the manual download by the user is set in advance by the user. Yes. If it is determined in step S704 that there is no newly added image data, the process proceeds to step S702.

  If it is determined in step S705 to automatically download, the client apparatus 103 downloads the corresponding image data from the image management server apparatus 101 in accordance with the URI of the newly added image data in step S706. Then, it is stored in the hard disk 304 of the client device 103 in association with the identification information. Further, the image data downloaded in step S705 is stored in folders classified for each category. Further, it may be stored in the subfolder according to the downloaded date and time.

  Here, when the update information file is updated in step S703, but it is determined in step S704 that there is no new image data, for example, the category of the existing image data has changed. In the above-described embodiment, when image data has already been stored in the client apparatus 103, the image data download process in step S705 is not performed regardless of the category. At this time, the client device 103 downloads not the image data but the information indicating the newly set category of the image data from the image management server device 101, and stores the existing image data in association with the folder of the new category. You may make it do.

  In the example of FIG. 8, the client device 103 polls the update information file 840 whose category items are “travel” and “family”. When the update information file 840 is updated and new image data 830 is added, the image data is downloaded and stored in the hard disk 304 of the client device 103. On the other hand, if it is determined in step S705 that the data is not automatically downloaded, the client apparatus 103 creates a list of newly added image data in step S707 and displays the list on the display unit.

  In step S708, the client apparatus 103 determines whether to download image data. A button for instructing whether or not to download is also displayed on the display screen of the image data list, and it is input via the input device 309 that one of the buttons has been selected by the user. If it is determined in step S708 that the image data is to be downloaded, the client device 103 downloads the image data and stores it in the hard disk 304 in step S706.

  In step S708, when the user instructs to download, it is possible to select which image data is to be downloaded, and in step S709, the selected image data may be downloaded.

  As described above, according to the present embodiment, the update information file can be created by collecting the image data captured by the imaging apparatus 101 for each category. Therefore, the user can know the update status of the image data collectively for each upload source and category of image data.

[Second Embodiment]
In the first embodiment described above, the case where the imaging apparatus 102 generates an update information file has been described. However, in the present embodiment, a case where the image management server apparatus 101 generates an update information file will be described. In addition, below, description is abbreviate | omitted about the content similar to 1st Embodiment, and the content peculiar to 2nd Embodiment is demonstrated in detail.

  The operation of the image management server apparatus according to this embodiment for generating an update information file for each category of image data uploaded from the imaging apparatus 102 will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG. The image management server apparatus according to the present embodiment stores an update information file creation program in the hard disk 304, and the following processing is realized by the CPU 301 of the image management server apparatus operating according to the OS and the update information file creation program. The

  In step S <b> 901, the image management server apparatus 101 receives the image data uploaded from the imaging apparatus 102 via the network IF 307 and stores it in the hard disk 304. Here, the image management server apparatus 101 issues the URI of the uploaded image data according to a predetermined rule. In step S902, the image management server apparatus 101 extracts metadata associated with the image data. In step S903, the image management server apparatus determines with reference to the hard disk 304 whether an update information file of the extracted category already exists. If it is determined in step S903 that there is no update information file, the image management server apparatus creates a new update information file in step S904. Here, a URI, which is address information for accessing the update information file, is issued and stored in the hard disk 304 in association with the URI. Then, the process proceeds to step S906. If it is determined in step S903 that there is an update information file, the image management server apparatus 101 determines in step S905 whether information relating to the image data received in step S901 is described in the existing update information file. If it is determined in step S905 that information about image data is not described in the update information file, the process proceeds to step S906. In step S906, the image management server apparatus describes information on the image data received in step S901 in the update information file. After that, the image management server apparatus 101 determines whether all categories of the image data have been processed in step S907 or whether all the image data received in step S908 have been processed. If so, repeat the above process. The image management server apparatus 101 notifies the imaging apparatus 102 and client apparatus 103 of the URI of the update information file.

  The client device 103 registers the URI of the update information file in the RSS reader program, and executes the same processing as the flowchart in FIG. 7 of the first embodiment. That is, in this system, an update information file is requested from the client apparatus 103 to the image management server apparatus 101.

  In the example of FIG. 10, the image management server apparatus 101 creates and holds an update information file 1040 for three items whose category items are “travel”, “family”, and “Hanako”. However, the image management server apparatus 101 can also generate and hold an update information file 1040 of “no category”.

  Next, the image management server apparatus 101 also creates and holds an update information file 1040 for each shooting date. The update information file 1040 for each shooting date is created for each shooting date of image data. In the example of FIG. 10, one update information file is created for each of three types of shooting dates “2006/08/29”, “2006/08/30”, and “2006/08/31”, and a total of three update information files are stored. Hold. Thus, in the example of FIG. 10, the total number of update information files is six update information files including files by category and by shooting date.

  As described above, according to the present embodiment, the image management server apparatus 101 can create an update information file by collecting image data uploaded from a plurality of imaging apparatuses 102 for each category. Therefore, the user can know the update status of the image data grouped in the category regardless of the upload source of the image data.

  In addition, the user can download image data by sorting it into categories regardless of the upload source.

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The present invention can also be achieved by supplying a software program that implements the functions of the above-described embodiment directly or remotely to a system or apparatus, and reading and executing the supplied program by the computer of the system or apparatus. Can be done. In that case, the form does not have to be a program as long as it has the function of the program.

  Accordingly, since the functions of the present invention are implemented by computer, the program code installed in the computer also implements the present invention. That is, the claims of the present invention include the computer program itself for realizing the functional processing of the present invention. In this case, the program may be in any form as long as it has a program function, such as an object code, a program executed by an interpreter, or script data supplied to the OS.

  Various recording media for supplying the program can be used. For example, floppy (registered trademark) disk, hard disk, optical disk, magneto-optical disk, MO, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, magnetic tape, nonvolatile memory card, ROM, DVD (DVD-ROM, DVD- R).

  As another program supply method, the program can be supplied by connecting to a home page on the Internet using a browser of a client computer and downloading the program from the home page to a recording medium such as a hard disk. In this case, the computer program itself of the present invention or a compressed file including an automatic installation function may be downloaded. It can also be realized by dividing the program code constituting the program of the present invention into a plurality of files and downloading each file from a different homepage. That is, a WWW server that allows a plurality of users to download a program file for realizing the functional processing of the present invention on a computer can also be included in the technical scope of the present invention.

  Further, the program of the present invention may be encrypted, stored in a storage medium such as a CD-ROM, and distributed to users. In that case, a user who has cleared a predetermined condition is allowed to download key information to be decrypted from a homepage via the Internet, and using the key information, the encrypted program can be executed on a computer in a format that can be executed. To be installed.

  Further, the present invention can be realized in a form other than the form in which the functions of the above-described embodiments are realized by the computer executing the read program. For example, based on the instructions of the program, an OS or the like running on the computer performs part or all of the actual processing, and the functions of the above-described embodiments can also be realized by the processing.

  Furthermore, the program read from the recording medium may be written in a memory provided in a function expansion board inserted into the computer or a function expansion unit connected to the computer. In this case, thereafter, the CPU of the function expansion board or function expansion unit performs part or all of the actual processing based on the instructions of the program, and the functions of the above-described embodiments are realized by the processing. .

1 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a configuration of an image sharing system according to a first embodiment of the present invention. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a configuration of an imaging apparatus according to a first embodiment of the present invention. It is a block diagram which shows an example of a structure of the computer apparatus for implement | achieving the image management server apparatus which concerns on 1st Embodiment of this invention, and a user's client apparatus. It is a flowchart figure which shows an example of the operation | movement which the imaging device which concerns on 1st Embodiment of this invention produces an update information file. FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating an example of an operation in which the imaging apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention creates an update information file and uploads it to the image management server system. It is a figure which shows an example of the update information file which concerns on 1st Embodiment of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the operation | movement which the user's client apparatus concerning 1st Embodiment of this invention checks the update information file of an image management server apparatus. FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating an example of an operation in which the client device according to the first embodiment of the present invention downloads image data. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the operation | movement which the image management server apparatus which concerns on 2nd Embodiment of this invention produces an update information file. It is the block diagram which illustrated an example of the operation | movement which the image management server apparatus concerning 2nd Embodiment of this invention produces an update information file.

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  1. And a imaging device and a server device and a client device, the image data which the imaging device is uploaded to the server apparatus, the client apparatus is an image sharing system for downloading from the server apparatus,
    The imaging device
    The categories of the image data to be uploaded and determining means for determining in accordance with the attribute information of the image data,
    By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
    Transmitting means for transmitting the update information file and the image data to the server device;
    Have
    The client device is
    A selection means for selecting one of the plurality of categories;
    Using the address of the update information file corresponding to the selected category, an acquisition means for acquiring the update information file from the server device;
    The image data of the download target specifying means for specifying, based on the identification information of the image data to which the image data registered in the update information file identification information and previous SL client device has,
    Download means for downloading the image data to be downloaded from the server device;
    An image sharing system comprising:
  2. The determining means determines a plurality of categories for one of the image data;
    It said updating means, image sharing system according to claim 1 in the update information file, which is characterized that you register the identification information of the one image data corresponding to each of the plurality of categories.
  3. 3. The image according to claim 1, wherein the attribute information includes at least one of a shooting mode, a shooting date and time, a shooting device model, a photographer, a shutter speed, and presence / absence of flash emission as shooting information. Shared system.
  4. As the attribute information is a keyword, the keyword set by the user, the keyword set from the photographing information of the image data, claims, characterized in that it comprises at least one of the keywords that are set from the analysis result of the image data The image sharing system according to any one of 1 to 3 .
  5. Said update means, said unless the update information file exists, any one of claims 1 to 4, characterized in that newly generated corresponding to the category of the image data determined by said determining means The image sharing system described in 1.
  6. An imaging device that uploads image data to a server device over a network,
    Determining means for determining a category of image data to be uploaded according to the attribute information of the image data ;
    By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
    Transmitting means for transmitting the update information file and the image data to the server device;
    Have
    Among the plurality of update information file, the update information file, the acquired automatically from the server apparatus by the client device, the client device downloads and corresponding category selected by the communication enabled client device over the network An image pickup apparatus used for specifying image data to be processed.
  7. A method of controlling an imaging apparatus that uploads image data to a server apparatus on a network,
    Determining a category of the image data upload object according to the attribute information of the image data,
    By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating the update information file,
    Transmitting a pre-Symbol update information file and the image data to the server apparatus,
    Including
    Among the plurality of update information file, the update information file, the acquired automatically from the server apparatus by the client device, the client device downloads and corresponding category selected by the communication enabled client device over the network A control method used to specify image data to be processed.
  8. The program for making the computer with which the imaging device which uploads image data to a server apparatus via a network perform each step of the control method of Claim 7 is carried out.
  9. And a imaging device and a server device and a client device, an image data capturing device is uploaded to the server apparatus, an image sharing system client device downloads from the server apparatus,
    The server device
    Receiving means for receiving image data from the imaging device ;
    Determining means for determining a category of the received image data according to the attribute information of the image data,
    By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
    Providing means for providing any of the plurality of update information files to the client device in response to a request from the client device;
    Have
    The client device is
    Selecting means for selecting any one of the plurality of categories;
    Request means for requesting the server device for the update information file using an address of the update information file corresponding to the selected category ;
    Obtaining means for obtaining the requested update information file from the server device ;
    The image data of the download target specifying means for specifying, based on the identification information of the image data to which the image data registered in the update information file identification information and previous SL client device has,
    An image sharing system comprising download means for downloading the image data to be downloaded from the server device.
  10. The determining means determines a plurality of categories for one of the image data;
    10. The image sharing system according to claim 9 , wherein identification information of the one image data is registered in an update information file corresponding to each of the plurality of categories.
  11. 11. The image according to claim 9, wherein the attribute information includes at least one of a shooting mode, a shooting date and time, a shooting device model, a photographer, a shutter speed, and presence / absence of flash emission as shooting information. Shared system.
  12. As the attribute information is a keyword, the keyword set by the user, the keyword set from the photographing information of the image data, claims, characterized in that it comprises at least one of the keywords that are set from the analysis result of the image data The image sharing system according to any one of 9 to 11 .
  13. Said update means, said unless the update information file exists, any one of claims 9 to 12, characterized in that newly generated corresponding to the category of the image data determined by said determining means The image sharing system described in 1.
  14. An image management server device that downloads image data to a client device via a network,
    Receiving means for receiving image data from the imaging device ;
    Determining means for determining a category of the received image data according to the attribute information of the image data,
    By registering the identification information before the SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating means for updating the update information file,
    From the previous SL client device one of a plurality of the update information file, and a providing means for providing to said client device in response to the request,
    Of the plurality of update information files, the update information file provided to the client device corresponds to a category selected by the client device, and is used for specifying image data to be downloaded by the client device. An image management server device.
  15. A control method of an image management server device that downloads image data to a client device via a network,
    Receiving the images data from the imaging device,
    Determining a category of the previous SL image data according to the attribute information of the image data,
    By registering the information of the previous SL image data in the update information file corresponding to the determined category, and updating step of updating the update information file,
    In response to a request from the previous SL client device of any one of the previous SL update file, and a step of providing to said client device,
    Of the plurality of update information files, the update information file provided to the client device corresponds to a category selected by the client device, and is used for specifying image data to be downloaded by the client device. A control method characterized by the above.
  16. The program for making the computer which downloads image data to a client apparatus via a network perform each step of the control method of Claim 15 .
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