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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "In a first typical image transmission apparatus, an address, which is a destination of the image transmission, is directly inputted by a user via an input device. However, in this image transmission apparatus, an address has to be directly inputted from the input device each time an image is to be transmitted, which is troublesome for a user. Furthermore, an error is likely to occur when an address is an input device with a small screen.
"A second typical image transmission apparatus that addresses the foregoing issue manages an address book using an internal unit and transmits an image to the address that has been selected, via an input device, from among a plurality of addresses included in the address book.
"A typical image transmission system includes an image transmission apparatus and a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server that manages an address book. The image transmission apparatus transmits an image to the address that has been selected, via an input device of the image transmission apparatus, from among a plurality of addresses included in the address book managed by the LDAP server.
"In the second typical image transmission apparatus or in the typical image transmission system, addresses have to be registered in an address book in advance.
"However, in the second typical image transmission apparatus or in the typical image transmission system, in the case where an address is registered in an address book via a network, for example, a user has to know, in advance, the information for accessing the image transmission apparatus over a network, such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the image transmission apparatus or the LDAP server. Accordingly, it is not easy for a user to register an address in an address book.
"Furthermore, an address book managed by the second typical image transmission apparatus or by the LDAP server of the typical image transmission system can generally only be edited by a specified administrator having authority due to security. Accordingly, it is difficult for a user to register an address."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present disclosure relates to an image transmission system that facilitates registration of an address in address information used by an image transmission apparatus.
"According to the present disclosure, an image transmission system includes an image transmission apparatus that transmits an image via a network; and a client apparatus that performs an address information management service as an application for managing address information including information on a transmission destination of the image, and is connected to the image transmission apparatus via the network.
"The image transmission apparatus includes an operation unit, a display unit, a search message distribution device, an address information request device, an address display device, and an image transmission device. The search message distribution device distributes, via the network, a search message for searching for the client apparatus in accordance with an instruction inputted via the operation unit. The address information request device transmits a request of the address information to the client apparatus that has transmitted a reply message for replying to the search message. The address display device causes the display unit to display one or more addresses included in the address information that has been transmitted from the client apparatus. The image transmission device transmits the image to the address that has been selected in accordance with the instruction inputted via the operation unit, among the one or more addresses displayed on the display unit.
"The client apparatus includes an address information management device, a reply message returning device, and an address information transmission device. The address information management device manages the address information. The reply message returning device transmits the reply message to the image transmission apparatus that has transmitted the search message. The address information transmission device transmits, to the image transmission apparatus that has requested the address information, the address information managed by the address information management device.
"Additional features and advantages are described herein, and will be apparent from the following Detailed Description and the figures.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
"All drawings are intended to illustrate some aspects and examples of the present disclosure. The drawings described are only schematic and are non-limiting, and are not necessarily drawn to scale.
"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an image transmission system according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a multifunction peripheral (MFP) of the image transmission system;
"FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a client apparatus of the image transmission system;
"FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating operations of the client apparatus when automatically registering a shared folder as an address;
"FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating operations of the client apparatus when registering an address;
"FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram illustrating an example of addresses displayed on a display unit of the client apparatus
"FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating operations of the PC when generating a shared folder;
"FIG. 8 is a sequence chart illustrating operations of the image transmission system when an image is transmitted by the MFP; and
"FIG. 9 is a schematic diagram illustrating an example of addresses displayed on a display unit of the MFP."
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