United States Patent m
 HIGH-SPEED SEARCH SYSTEM FOR IMAGE DATA STORAGE
 Inventor: Minora Sato, Yokohama, Japan
 Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Kawasaki, Japan
 Appl. No.: 528,611
 Filed: May 25,1990
 Foreign Application Priority Data
May 31, 1989 [JP] Japan 1-138888
May 31, 1989 [JP] Japan 1-138890
May 31, 1989 [JP] Japan 1-138907
 Int. CI.* G06F 15/62
 U.S. CI 395/146; 395/155;
 Field of Search 395/144, 115-117,
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Primary Examiner—Gary V. Harkcom
Assistant Examiner—Almis Jankus
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Finnegan, Henderson,
Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
A high-speed search system for an image data storage system, which comprises a device for storing images, each of the images being identified by search information data and an image number, wherein each image is defined as a numbered page, with the pages constituting a numbered file, and with the files being stored in the storing device, a first control circuit for selecting each of the files which correspond to specified search information data, a device for selecting target images to be searched, a circuit for searching the storing device for the target image selected by the selecting device, a device for displaying the images searched by the searching circuit, a device for designating the manner of presentation of the images by the display device, a second control circuit for selecting from the storing device the image number of the images relevant to the searched image based on the manner designated by the designating device, and a circuit for enabling the display device to display the image represented by the image number selected by the second control circuit.
14 Claims, 15 Drawing Sheets