06408301 is referenced by 273 patents.
An image storage, indexing and retrieval system is disclosed in which a plurality of images are storable in digital form (on a writeable DVD), each with an associated information file, the associated information file including metadata which has been automatically captured and stored and/or input by a user. Metadata is automatically captured via the camera. The user can also input metadata via the camera at the time of image capture, or via a player/recorder system and its various interfaces when the captured images are added to an interactive database stored in random access memory. The user may designate one or more elements of the metadata of the associated information file as an image link for each of the image files, and further the user may specify more than one image links for each of the image files. All of the images having a common image link form a group of images, and the user can determine a sequence of display of all of the digital image files any group. An index is created of all of the image links associated with any of the image files and this index is communicated to the user. The user can, via a selected image link, retrieve the group of images having that associated image link with such group of images being retrieved in the sequence predetermined by the user. The sequence can be preset either at the time the user stores the group in the interactive database, or during subsequent editing of the group of images associated with the selected image link. The index can be communicated audibly or by visual display.