Shutterfly Patent Grants

Proactive creation of personalized products

Granted: December 19, 2017
Patent Number: 9846957
A method for proactively creating an image product includes capturing an image of an object in a first environment by a device, storing a library of personalized products each characterized by a product type, automatically recognizing the object in the image as having a product type associated with the library of personalized products, automatically creating a design for the personalized product of the product type using personalized content, automatically displaying the design of the…

Intelligent prevention of spam emails at share sites

Granted: December 5, 2017
Patent Number: 9838344
A computer-implemented method for preventing spam emails from a share site includes providing a network-based computer system to enable users to set up share sites and to send emails from the share sites, detecting potential spam emails based on one or more spam detection rules, identifying false positive emails in the potential spam emails based on one or more false alarm reduction rules, removing false positive emails from the potential spam emails to produce a list of verified spam…

Automatic image product creation for user accounts comprising large number of images

Granted: October 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9792535
A computer-implemented method of grouping faces in large user account for creating an image product includes adding the face images obtained from an image album in a user's account into a first chunk; if the chunk size of the first chuck is smaller than a maximum chuck value, keeping the face images from the image album into the first chunk; otherwise, automatically separating the face images from the image album into a first portion and one or more second portions; keeping the first…

Proactive creation of image-based products

Granted: October 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9787861
A method for proactively creating an image product includes capturing an image of an object in a first environment by a device, storing a library of personalized products each characterized by a product type, automatically recognizing the object in the image as having a product type associated with the library of personalized products, automatically creating a design for the personalized product of the product type using personalized content, automatically displaying the design of the…

System and method for intelligently determining image capture times for image applications

Granted: October 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9785653
A method for organizing images from multiple image capture devices includes automatically determining a coarse offset between image capture times recorded in a first image capture device and image capture times recorded in a second image capture device. The coarse offset is determined by a computing a correlation between image counts of images captured by the first image capture device and images captured by the first image capture device. The method also includes adjusting the image…

System and method for creating photo products using video

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727221
A system and method are described for creating photo stories using video. The method includes receiving a user request to upload a user-specified video stream; determining whether the video stream meets one or more predetermined requirements, uploading the video stream; analyzing the video stream to select video frames for extraction based on a set of predetermined frame selection criteria; extracting the selected video frames from the video image; selecting a story book template to be…

Systems and methods for webpage creation and updating

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9722807
A computer network system for posting content at a web site includes computer servers configured to host a web site for a group of users, and a data storage configured to store an email address in association with a destination at the website. The computer servers can receive an electronic message at the email address by the computer servers from a user. A computer processor can automatically extract content from the electronic message. The computer servers can automatically post the…

Reducing system resource requirements for user interactive and customizable image product designs

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715335
A method for assisting a user to design a photo book includes displaying layouts of a first page and a second page of the photo book at the user interface, storing a first snapshot image and a first dynamic render object in association with the first page and a second snapshot image and a second dynamic render object in association with the second page, allowing a user to select the first page for editing by at the user interface, in response to user selection of the first page,…

Proactive creation of photo products

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9691170
A method for proactively creating a photobook includes identifying a group of images by a computer system and automatically creating a design for a photobook by the computer system without receiving a user's request for designing a photobook if the number of images in the group is determined to be within a predetermined range. Pages of the photobook incorporate a plurality of images in the group. The method further includes presenting the design of the photobook to a user for preview and…

Graphic user interface for a group of image product designs

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639533
A computer-implemented method is disclosed to assist a user to view image product designs at a graphic user interface. The method includes displaying an image representation in a page view at a graphic user interface, allowing a user to select the image representation in the page view, displaying a navigation panel in association with the image representation in the same page view, allowing the user to make a first selection in the navigation panel in the page view, displaying a first…

Grouping face images using statistic distribution estimate

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626550
A computer-implemented method for sorting face images of different individuals into different groups includes obtaining face images comprising faces of unknown individuals by a computer processor; calculating similarity functions between pairs of face images by the computer processor; joining face images that have values of the similarity functions above a predetermined threshold into a hypothetical face group, wherein the face images in the hypothetical face group hypothetically belong…

Image product creation based on face images grouped using image product statistics

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594946
A computer-implemented method for creating an image product by accurately grouping faces includes receiving an initial set of face groups for a plurality of face images, training classifiers between pairs of face groups in the initial set of face groups using image-product statistics by a computer processor, classifying the plurality of face images by classifiers to output binary vectors for the plurality of face images by the computer processor, calculating a value for an improved…

Image sharing with facial recognition models

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9569658
An image sharing server provides several ways of sharing images between users. After a user contributes images to the image sharing server, the user can interact with the image sharing server to identify and tag people in the images, share the images with other users, and organize the images into memory boxes. Memory boxes can also be shared between users, and multiple users can be granted the ability to add images to a shared memory box. In addition, the image sharing server can prompt…

Proactive creation of image-based products

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549085
A method for proactively creating an image product includes storing a library of specification terms for image products by a computer system, receiving a command from a user, tokenizing the command into a plurality of tokens by the computer system, matching one or more of the tokens to the specification terms in the library to determine specification parameters for an image product by the computer system, automatically identifying images based on the specification parameters by the…

Proactive creation of photo products

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9538019
A method for proactively creating a photobook includes identifying a group of images by a computer system and automatically creating a design for a photobook by the computer system without receiving a user's request for designing a photobook if the number of images in the group is determined to be within a predetermined range. Pages of the photobook incorporate a plurality of images in the group. The method further includes presenting the design of the photobook to a user for preview and…

Automatic image product creation for user accounts comprising large number of images

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519826
A computer-implemented method of grouping faces in large user account for creating an image product includes adding the face images obtained from an image album in a user's account into a first chunk; if the chunk size of the first chuck is smaller than a maximum chuck value, keeping the face images from the image album into the first chunk; otherwise, automatically separating the face images from the image album into a first portion and one or more second portions; keeping the first…

Image product creation based on face images grouped using image product statistics

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9495617
A computer-implemented method for creating an image product by accurately grouping faces includes receiving an initial set of face groups for a plurality of face images, training classifiers between pairs of face groups in the initial set of face groups using image-product statistics by a computer processor, classifying the plurality of face images by classifiers to output binary vectors for the plurality of face images by the computer processor, calculating a value for an improved…

Cloud storage for image data, image product designs, and image projects

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9485365
A method for proactively creating a photobook includes identifying a group of images by a computer system and automatically creating a design for a photobook by the computer system without receiving a user's request for designing a photobook if the number of images in the group is determined to be within a predetermined range. Pages of the photobook incorporate a plurality of images in the group. The method further includes presenting the design of the photobook to a user for preview and…

Portable mobile-device charger compatible with a removable shell

Granted: September 13, 2016
Patent Number: D766179

System and method for automatically creating a photo calendar

Granted: July 12, 2016
Patent Number: 9390107
System and method are disclosed for creating a photo calendar. A computer storage medium stores images taken in a time period spanning a plurality of capture months. A computer processor automatically divides the images into groups based the capture months, distributes the images in one of the capture month to one or more calendar months according to an adjacency distribution function, and creates a design of a photo calendar comprising a plurality of calendar months and images…