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20130044341IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - The image forming apparatus includes an operation input unit having a first touch screen, a reception unit configured to receive information regarding an operation target file from a mobile terminal in accordance with a drag-and-drop operation across the first touch screen and a second touch screen provided in the mobile terminal, and an operation control unit configured to execute an action regarding the operation target file, based on the information regarding the operation target file received by the reception unit.02-21-2013
20130044342APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF INSPECTING IMAGE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE INSPECTION CONTROL PROGRAM - An inspection apparatus obtains a correction parameter for correcting the positional shift between a previously read image and a master image, and corrects one of a currently read image or a master image using the correction parameter for the previously read image, before comparing between the currently read image and the master image to detect the positional shift in the currently read image.02-21-2013
20130044340IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING A TOUCH PANEL - An image processing apparatus includes an operation panel as a touch panel and a CPU for performing processing based on a gesture thereon. The CPU includes a determination unit for determining a detail of processing corresponding to the gesture. When the detail of processing corresponding to the gesture includes a first detail of processing as processing on a file and a second detail of processing as processing on a displayed image and when the file targeted for the processing is stored in a storage device, the determination unit determines the detail of processing as the first detail of processing.02-21-2013
20130044338IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus include a light source; an image sensor configured to output an image signal of an object illuminated by the light source; a first calculating unit configured to calculate a third light amount based on a difference between a first image signal output from the image sensor when the light source illuminates a reference member as the object at a first light quantity and a second image signal output from the image sensor when the light source illuminates the reference member at a second light quantity and a difference between the first light quantity and the second light quantity; and a light quantity setting unit configured to set a light quantity at which the light source illuminates a document as the object to the third light quantity.02-21-2013
20130044339IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a reading unit, a document conveyance unit, a sheet storage unit, a printing unit, a first and second determination unit, and a control unit. The reading unit reads a document. The printing unit performs printing on a sheet fed from the sheet storage unit. The first determination unit determines a first size of the document based on a size of a sheet stored in the sheet storage unit. The control unit causes the document conveyance unit to convey the document and causes the reading unit to read the document based on the determined first size. The second determination unit determines a second size of the conveyed document. In response to the determined first size not matching the determined second size, the control unit causes the document to be conveyed again and causes the document to be read again based on the determined second size.02-21-2013
20100033748IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, OPERATION-SCREEN UPDATING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A determination unit detects a change of a configuration of an image forming apparatus and determines whether an operation screen needs to be updated based on a content of detected change. When it is determined that an update of the operation screen is needed, a screen-configuration-data acquisition unit acquires screen configuration data corresponding to an operation screen after the update from a storage unit. A generation unit generates operation screen data that is screen configuration data for an updated operation screen based on received screen configuration data and configuration information related to the display unit.02-11-2010
20090237702IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND MANAGING METHOD THEREOF - A managing method of an image forming system having at least one image forming apparatus including a first image forming apparatus, and a plurality of servers including a first server and managing the first image forming apparatus, the managing method includes determining whether the first server operates normally, requesting the plurality of server except the first server to manage the first image forming apparatus, if the first server operates abnormally, and allowing a second server among the plurality of servers except the first server to manage the first image forming apparatus in response to the request.09-24-2009
20120162685COMPOSITE SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM - A composite service providing system including a plurality of network electronic devices communicatively connected with each other. The plurality of network electronic devices includes electronic devices, each of which is capable of providing at least one service. A plurality of services provided by a plurality of electronic devices are combined to constitute a composite service. The composite service providing system further includes a composite service designating system that designates a composite service to be provided, an electronic device determining system that determines an electronic device that provides each of a plurality of services necessary for providing the composite service designated with the composite service designating system, and a controlling system that control the electronic devices determined by the electronic device determining system to provide the services so that the composite service designated by the designating system is provided.06-28-2012
20090195808INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus is provided in which a device driver configured to control a plurality of devices is installed. The information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire function information relating to a function of the device, a storage unit configured to store the acquired function information in a storage medium, a determining unit configured to determine whether the device driver controls the devices, and a control unit configured to control an operation of the device through the device driver based on the stored function information. When the determining unit determines that the device driver controls the plurality of devices, function information acquired by the acquisition unit after the determination is made is abandoned without being stored in the storage medium and/or the acquisition unit is prohibited from acquiring function information.08-06-2009
20090195807IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a scanner and a printer, transmits an image data and a metadata in which an attribute of the image data is described to a document management server, and further includes an output control unit arranged to control whether to output both the image data and the metadata or to output only the metadata.08-06-2009
20090195806NOTIFICATION METHOD, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND CLIENT APPARATUS - When a change occurs in the status of an image processing apparatus, update information in which the status change is written is generated, and the status change of the image processing apparatus is notified to a client apparatus with a function for delivering the generated update information. A printer driver for the image processing apparatus is distributed from a management apparatus that manages the image processing apparatus to the client apparatus, and the function for delivering the update information is registered with the client apparatus.08-06-2009
20090195809HOST-BASED PRINTER DRIVER - A system includes a controller operable to receive a first data set comprising data in a first format type, the first-format-type data representing an image. The system further includes a circuit coupled to the controller, the circuit operable to produce a second data set in a second format type, the second data set based on the first-format-type data, the second data set representing the image.08-06-2009
20100149573SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING IMAGE FORMING MACHINE POWER UP STATUS INFORMATION - A printed image forming machine capable of forming a printed image on an output sheet is disclosed. The machine undergoes a power up process moving from a low power consuming mode to a higher power consuming mode in which it is ready to operate. The image forming machine includes a display, and a controller for displaying a sequence of images of an animated character having eyes in the process of waking up from sleep, the sequence corresponding to stages of a power-up process of the printed image forming machine for providing a visual indication of the status of the machine.06-17-2010
20100149575IMAGE DISPLAYING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, JOB EXECUTION CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image displaying system has a projector, an MFP and a client terminal device that are connected to one another via a LAN. In a setting screen of a printer driver installed in the client terminal device, a print job or a projection job is selected, and an image file for execution of the selected job is specified, and job data having header information and image data of the specified image file is generated and transmitted to the MFP. When the received job is an image displaying job, the MFP transmits image data pertaining to the image displaying job to the projector for displaying an image. Accordingly, convenience of the MFP having the projector connected thereto is enhanced.06-17-2010
20120170068IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus receives raster image data transferred from an external device and forms an image on the basis of the received raster image data. The apparatus includes a processor that controls a transfer of the raster image data from the external device, a first memory connected to the processor through a first bus is used as a working area of the processor, a second memory that stores the raster image data, a memory control unit connected to the second memory through a second bus controls an operation of writing and reading the raster image data in and from the second memory, a printer engine that forms an image on the basis of the raster image data, and an engine control unit that reads the raster image data from the second memory through the memory control unit and supplies the printer engine with the read raster image data.07-05-2012
20120170066INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR THE INFORMATION PROCESSING - An information processing apparatus includes: a determining unit that determines whether first direction of a document that is first allocated on a first printing sheet in combination, matches second direction, which represents an orientation of a document that is first allocated on a second printing sheet in combination; a changing unit that changes, if the first direction does not match the second direction, an output order of the documents to be printed on the second printing sheet such that, if the orientation of the second printing sheet does not match the first direction after the documents to be output are allocated on the second printing sheet in accordance with a designated combining order, an order in which the documents are arranged when to be printed on the second sheet matches the designated combining order; and an output control unit that outputs the documents in a changed output order.07-05-2012
20080259377PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - The printing apparatus of the present invention comprises a scanner unit for reading an image in an original; an instruction unit for receiving an instruction from a user and instructing operation of reading the image with the scanner unit; and a printer unit for printing the image that has been read on a medium. In the printing apparatus of the present invention, each reading operation' with the scanner unit is started by receiving an instruction from the user with the instruction unit when the reading operation is to be performed with the scanner unit for a plurality of number of times and a plurality of the images that have been read are to be printed in their respective predetermined positions on the medium. The printing apparatus makes it possible to perform N-up printing of a new procedure that is different from conventional N-up printing.10-23-2008
20080259374METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING FOR THERMOCHROMATICITY DIFFERENCES IN INLINE SPECTROPHOTOMETERS - An alogrithmic method is identified for compensating for thermochromaticity errors in insitu spectral color measurements of a color printing device. A difference is mapped between spectral measurements of a printed color generated by the color printing device measured at a first or hot temperature and at a second or cool ambient temperature where the mapping comprises a referenceable characteristic of the color printing device. The spectrophotometric measurement of a hot color is compared with colors obtained with thermochromaticity compensation matrix to assess if the measured color corresponds to the desired color which will result when cooled to ambient temperature.10-23-2008
20100079783Image processing apparatus, and computer-readable recording medium - An image processing apparatus contains an alpha-blend execution unit and a storage device management unit. The alpha-blend execution unit allocates a memory area in a main memory for an alpha-blend execution to compose transparency properties and carries out the alpha-blend execution in a process to convert a page description language data to an image. The page description language data contains a drawing object having a transparency property and a canvas having a transparency property. The drawing object is drawn on the canvas. The storage device management unit evacuates a memory-image of the canvas in the memory area from the main memory to an auxiliary memory, and reads back the memory-image of the canvas from the auxiliary memory to the main memory when the memory-image of the canvas is required for the alpha-blend execution.04-01-2010
20100079780IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND JOB HISTORY DISPLAYING METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus, an image forming system and a job history displaying method of the image forming apparatus. The job history displaying method of the image forming apparatus which performs at least one function of printing, scanning, copying and facsimile, includes: performing a job which is supported in the image forming apparatus; storing a job history which includes the performed job; and displaying a job history with respect to at least one function among the stored job history in at least one display unit of date, day, week, month and year.04-01-2010
20110194134IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION OUTPUT METHOD - In a composite machine provided with a copy mode and a print mode, an operation history of each operation mode is accurately timed and log information concerning an electric power of the composite machine for processing various jobs such as the copy mode and the print mode is prepared based on a timed value.08-11-2011
20110194133IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROGRAM - If data is received from the information processing apparatus when the main control unit is in the second power state, it is determined, based on the received data, whether to (i) cause the main control unit to revert to the first power state or to (ii) cause the sub control unit to make a response to the received data without the main control unit reverting to the first power state. If it is determined as the case (ii), response information for the received data is generated and transmitted to the information processing apparatus, and the communication connection information held in the sub control unit is updated. If it is determined as the case (i), the main control unit is caused to revert to the first power state and notified of the communication connection information held by the sub control unit.08-11-2011
20130077123IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image processing apparatus subjects input image information to a predetermined image processing and outputs the image information. The image processing apparatus includes an UI processor that receives a plurality operation requests for the image information; and a request processor that interprets a combination of an input mode, of a plurality of input modes, which performs input processing, and an output mode, of a plurality of output modes, which performs output processing, and that requests the input processing from the input mode and requests the output processing from the output mode.03-28-2013
20130077122PRINTING PROCESS, ARRANGEMENT FOR REALIZING THE PRINTING PROCESS AND A CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM AND A CORRESPONDING COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - The invention relates to a printing process, an arrangement for realizing the printing process and a corresponding computer program and a corresponding computer-readable storage medium which, in particular, enables wireless printing via Wi-Fi (Wireless Local Area Network) or Bluetooth® from a desktop computer or a laptop independent of a printer-specific driver installation and printer configuration on the computer.03-28-2013
20130077119IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image forming apparatus displays, on a display section, a plurality of button areas to which setting values in relation to functions of the image forming apparatus are assigned. In a case that an input form of an instruction coordinate to the display section is a predetermined first form, the setting values assigned to a button area in which the instruction coordinate is positioned are displayed on the display section. In a case that after the setting values are displayed and further that change operation for a specific setting value is inputted, the specific setting value is changed. In a case that the instruction coordinate is positioned in a button area of the plurality of button areas and that the input form of the instruction coordinate is a predetermined second form, the image forming apparatus is operated based on the setting values assigned in the button area.03-28-2013
20130077121MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE, AND A STORAGE MEDIUM - A multifunction device that has functions for reading media and printing tickets, and produces tickets on which an image reflecting the result of reading the medium is recorded under the control of a control device, can quickly reprint a ticket when a command to reprint the ticket is received. When image data is written to a first buffer 03-28-2013
20130077120MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE - A media processing device that processes plural types of process media, and a method of controlling the media processing device, reduce the delay when switching the medium to be processed. The media processing device has a first process unit that executes an operation related to processing a medium; a second process unit that executes an operation related to processing a different medium than the first process unit; and a CPU that changes the control object to the first process unit according to a selection command instructing switching from the second process unit to the first process unit, and applies control to not initialize the first process unit if it was already initialized.03-28-2013
20130077118MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE - Maintenance requirements are reduced by using only a subset of the functions of a media processing device having plural function units for processing processed media. When a control unit of the media processing device receives a command from a host computer to disable a function of an inkjet printer unit disposed to a conveyance path for the processed media or to disable a function of a contact image sensor unit disposed to the conveyance path, a function-disabled mode is entered that disables the specified function. While in the function-disabled mode, detected operating errors related to the disabled function are not reported to the host computer.03-28-2013
20130077115IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING SYSTEM - An image reading apparatus includes: an input operation unit; a reading device which performs a scanning operation of reading an image of a document; and a control unit. The control unit performs: a communication receiving process of receiving a scan condition for the scanning operation through a data communication unit; an input receiving process of receiving a scan condition for the scanning operation through the input operation unit; a selection receiving process of receiving a selection instruction received by the input operation unit and representing whether to perform a first reading mode for performing the scanning operation preferentially on a basis of the scan condition received in the communication receiving process or a second reading mode for performing the scanning operation preferentially on a basis of the scan condition received in the input receiving process; and a scanning executing process of performing the selected reading mode.03-28-2013
20130077116Control Device, Method of Controlling A Multifunction Device, And A Storage Medium Storing A Program Executed By A Control Unit That Controls A Recording Device - When using a multifunction device having plural devices providing the multiple functions, a control device, a method of controlling the multifunction device, and a program enable programs that are not optimized for the multifunction device to use the multifunction device. A host computer controlling a multifunction device through application program execution units executes plural application programs each corresponding to at least one of the multiple devices. A port control process receives data from the multifunction device through a USB port, exclusively controls data output by the application program execution units, sends the data from the USB port to the multifunction device, and filters and passes data received from the multifunction device by the port control process to the application program execution units.03-28-2013
20130077113SYSTEM AND METHOD EMPLOYING 3D MODELS IN VIRTUAL RENDERING OF A PRINT PRODUCTION PIECE - A system and method for a pre-print, three-dimensional virtual rendering of a print piece is disclosed. A plurality of modular/pipelined architectural layers are managed, operated, and organized by a controller. A product definition is provided to a job ticket adaptation layer where it is transformed into a physical model. The physical model is then transformed into a display model via the product model layer. The display model is transformed into a scene that can be displayed on a graphical user interface as a three dimensional virtual rendering by a rendering layer, where the rendering includes one or more binding elements to satisfy the product definition. The modularity further enables different product description formats to be supported by only altering the job ticket adaption layer, and that different graphics rendering engines can be supported by altering only the rendering layer.03-28-2013
20130077117IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A user who does not know a detailed configuration of an information processing apparatus may easily obtain a manual. However, there is a problem in that, after that, the user does not easily recognize which operation is to be performed at which location, according to the manual. When a location at which the user is to perform an operation is not displayed on a display unit, guidance information is displayed which indicates the direction in which the user is to move an image pickup apparatus so as to display the location.03-28-2013
20130077114METHODS, PRINTERS, AND CONTROL PANELS FOR PRINTERS - Methods, printers, and control panels for printers are disclosed. An example printer includes a control panel, a print substrate path exit to output a print substrate from the printer in response to a printing task, and a control panel actuator to move the control panel from a first position in which the control panel at least partially obstructs a print substrate from passing through the print substrate path exit to a second position in which the control panel does not obstruct the print substrate from passing through the print substrate path exit.03-28-2013
20130077112AUTOMATIC AGGREGATION OF MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS INTO A COMMON PROCESSING JOB - As set forth herein, methods and systems for automatic grouping of individual print jobs into a common job at a multifunction device. Received jobs stored in a job processing queue are analyzed to determine the filenames, submission times, and other related identification data. Those jobs sharing a common naming convention, submission time interval, or other common identifiers, are automatically grouped into a single, common job. Upon login, the user is able to approve or disapprove the grouping. For an approved grouping, the user is able to select finishing options via the user interface of the multifunction device to be applied to the common job. The common job, in which the finishing options have been propagated through each formerly individual job, is then output as if it were a single job by the multifunction device.03-28-2013
20090122330Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a cover section, an image reading device including a document hold member and a document hold member cover, and a lock mechanism. When the document hold member cover is not in close contact with the document hold member, the lock mechanism prevents opening of the cover section or sliding of the image reading device.05-14-2009
20120176638INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF OUTPUTING PRINT DATA TO PRINT DATA DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In case of searching and outputting output information stored in a memory, it enables a user of the host computer to select the device of storing the output information, whereby the load in searching and outputting the information is reduced. To do so, when the host computer causes the printer to print the image based on the print data, the hard disk of the multifunctional device is selected from among the plural hard disks, as the storage destination to which the print data is stored and from which the stored print data can be searched and output. Then, the information representing the storage destination and the print data are transmitted to the printer so as to be printed, and the print data is also transmitted to the multifunctional device to be stored.07-12-2012
20130083343ADMINISTRATING DEVICE - An administrating device may send first usage information to a specific device based on specific identification information, including specific device identification information for identifying the specific device, specific user identification information for identifying a specific user, or a combination thereof, and each information within a memory in a case where the specific identification information is received from the specific device. The first usage information may be related to which type of function among the two or more types of functions the specific user is allowed to use in the specific device.04-04-2013
20100073700PRINTING APPARATUS AND INITIALIZATION METHOD OF THE SAME - Provided is a printing apparatus which includes a tray for setting a printing medium thereon and performs an initialization process upon turning on the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus including: an abnormal state detecting section which detects an abnormal state upon performing a power-off process; a first information storing section which stores a detection result of the abnormal state detecting section as first information; a tray position state detecting section which detects a position state of the tray; a tray moving section which moves the tray to a normal position in the case where the position state of the tray is abnormal on the basis of a detection result of the tray position state detecting section upon turning on the printing apparatus; a second information storing section which stores the detection result of the tray position state detecting section as second information;03-25-2010
20100073702PRINTER DRIVER PRODUCT, PRINT CONTROL UNIT, PRINT SYSTEM, AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD - A product of printer driver which operates on an operating system making a computer execute a conversion processing to convert data in electronic document format into data in bitmap format, the printer driver further making the computer execute, an accepting process which accepts from the operating system print target data in electronic document format, a first outputting process which generates, based on the print target data in electronic document format, print data in a command language format capable for interpretation by a printer as a control target and outputs the print data thus generated to the printer, and a second outputting process which requests the operating system to convert the print target data in electronic document format into bitmap data, and outputs print data based on the bitmap data thus converted to the printer, and the first outputting process and the second outputting process are selectively performed.03-25-2010
20100073701IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INDEX GENERATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING INDEX GENERATION PROGRAM RECORDED - An image processing apparatus includes a scanner for reading out documents, a first extraction unit for extracting text contained in document images, a second extraction unit for extracting at least one Web address from the text, a fetch unit for obtaining at least one Web page corresponding to the Web address, a first generation unit for generating a concatenated image by concatenating the document images with the Web page, and a second generation unit for generating an index indicating a corresponding relationship between the document images and the Web page in the concatenated image.03-25-2010
20130083339RESOURCE SAVING WHILE AVOIDING CUSTOMER WAIT ANNOYANCE - Systems and methods receive user feedback during user interaction with at least one printing apparatus to record user annoyance measurements for one or more users into memory of at least one computerized device. The systems and methods automatically calculate one or more user annoyance curves for the users from the user annoyance measurements. The annoyance curves relate to one or more performance characteristics of the printing apparatus. The systems and methods automatically select a specific annoyance curve from the annoyance curves depending upon which of the users is utilizing the printing apparatus. The systems and methods automatically determine a performance characteristic level for the printing apparatus that will maintain user annoyance below a predetermined standard for each of the users using the specific annoyance curve for each user. The systems and methods automatically set components of the printing apparatus to operate so as to achieve the identified performance characteristic level.04-04-2013
20130083340STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM IS STORED, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - An information processing program stored in a computer readable storage medium is usable for an information processing apparatus which is configured to communicate with a plurality of devices, which includes a first storage section, in which a driver and a plurality of pieces of port information are stored, and which instructs a control objective device, a port information of which is stored in the first storage section, to execute a function thereof. The program makes the apparatus execute steps including: a receiving step for receiving a status information from the control objective device; a first identifying step for identifying the control objective device; a second identifying step for identifying an alternative device operable by the driver for the control objective device; and a first storage step for storing a port information of the alternative device in the first storage section.04-04-2013
20130083344IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus has, as operation modes, a normal mode and a power-saving mode with power consumption smaller than the normal mode. The image forming apparatus includes an operation unit for receiving an instruction from a user, having an operation area to which a prescribed instruction from the user is input. The image forming apparatus further includes: a first detection unit detecting an input from the user to the operation area in the normal mode; a power control unit controlling power supply in the normal mode and the power-saving mode, and turning off power supply to the first detection unit in the power-saving mode; and a second detection unit detecting an input from the user to the operation area in the power-saving mode.04-04-2013
20130083346IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming system contains a multifunctional printer that has a plurality of functional units and is capable of controlling transition to a power saving mode for each functional unit. Further, the image forming system includes personal computers and a server. The server, in the power saving mode, sets one or more functional units that are determined to be switched over to the power saving mode from among the plurality of functional units based on time entry, log-in states of users to the personal computers, and a history of past usage of the multifunctional printer.04-04-2013
20130083345Light Projection Unit, Image Reading Device Including Same, And Image Forming Apparatus Including The Image Reading Device - A light projection unit includes a substrate, a plurality of light emitting elements arrayed on the substrate in a main scanning direction and including light emitting surfaces, a light guide facing the light emitting surfaces to direct light projected from the light emitting elements onto an illumination target and including a first positioning portion, and a holder including a second positioning portion that engages the first positioning portion of the light guide to position the light guide on the holder. The first positioning portion of the light guide is positioned between centers of light emission of adjacent light emitting elements in the main scanning direction of the substrate when the first positioning portion engages the second positioning portion of the holder.04-04-2013
20130083342METHOD OF DISPLAYING SEARCH SCREEN INFORMATION, SEARCH SCREEN INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A search screen information processing system includes a display device, an input device, and a computer, and displays imposition templates acquired in search screen information based on a processing sequence of the computer. The search screen information processing system displays, as search screen information, a search condition menu display area in which search contents information corresponding to a plurality of search conditions can be entered, and imposition templates that agree with a plurality of entered pieces of search contents information. Further, the search screen information processing system creates folders based on the search contents information, constructs layers according to an order in which the search conditions are entered, and displays a plurality of folders based on layers in the search condition menu display area.04-04-2013
20130083341Display Device and Image Forming Apparatus - A display device is provided. The display device includes a chassis with an opening, a touch-screen unit, which is arranged to have a first plane thereof toward the opening and is configured to accept an input operation entered through a reactive area in the first plane when the reactive area is touched, a positioning part, which is formed on the chassis and is configured to be in contact with a non-reactive area being different from the reactive area in the touch-screen unit, and a resilient member, which is configured to urge the touch-screen unit against the positioning part.04-04-2013
20130038888Printer With USB Interface and Driver Installing Method and System Thereof - The invention discloses a printer with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface, and its driver installing method and system, wherein the printer with the USB interface includes a USB interface and a printing mechanism and further includes: a controller, and a first memory connected with the controller and storing a driver of the printer, wherein the first memory further stores a device identification, wherein the type of the device identification includes a memory device identification and a printing device identification. By using the invention, a driver of a USB device can be installed conveniently.02-14-2013
20130038890HINGE APPARATUS FOR COVER OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A hinge apparatus for a cover of an image forming apparatus has a hinge body with supporting brackets, movably inserted into a coupling hole positioned in a main body of the image forming apparatus, a hinge cam connected to the cover and pivotably connected to the supporting brackets, and a pressure device disposed at the hinge body to press the hinge cam. Accordingly, the hinge apparatus can be implemented with a simple and easy assembly operation, since it is not a complicated structural connection among the component parts of the hinge apparatus.02-14-2013
20130038887PRINT CONTROLLING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A novel print controlling apparatus that facilitates providing easy services that use printer drivers. The print controlling apparatus that executes a print job on a printing apparatus, and includes an additional feature driver 02-14-2013
20130038889INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEMORY MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREIN - In an information processing apparatus for forming print data which can be interpreted by a printing apparatus in accordance with document data formed by an application in order to enable the user to easily set the switching between a printer and a mail box as destinations, a user interface which can set either a mail box mode to accumulate the print data into the printing apparatus without printing it or a printer output mode to sequentially print the print data received by the printing apparatus is provided.02-14-2013
20130033717IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE EDITING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - In partially editing a given image displayed on a display section, a selection receiving section receives selection of an editing target in the display image, displayed on the display section, based on the direction of a straight line connecting two points detected by a position detecting section for detecting a position of contact with a display screen of the display section, and then an editing section partially edits the target.02-07-2013
20130033718DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - A manual display application common to a standard application and an external application controls display of both of an operation manual of the standard application and an operation manual of the external application. With the arrangement, the operation manuals of the respective applications can be displayed in a unified manner.02-07-2013
20130033716OPERATION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR RECORDING PROGRAM - An operation apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a touch panel, an instruction detection unit, a different language acceptance unit, and a character string changing unit. The different language acceptance unit displays a language switching key including a character string in a different language corresponding to the first character string in the vicinity of the first character string displayed on a setting item key identified by the changing instruction thus detected, such that an input operation thereon can be accepted by the touch panel, upon detection of the changing instruction by the instruction detection unit. The character string changing unit, upon detection of an input operation to the language switching key by the touch panel, changes the language of the first character string and the second character string to character strings in a predetermined different language.02-07-2013
20100046021IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING DOCUMENT DATA FILE - In the case where an attribute of a general-purpose file to be processed is an attribute inhibiting printing, an MFP selects a transmission function, which is one of output functions of the MFP, as a function that can be performed (selected) in response to an output instruction, and displays a screen for transmission. In the case of an attribute permitting a document assembly function, the MFP determines that a bind function is a function that can be performed (selected), and displays a screen for the function. In the case of an attribute inhibiting the document assembly function, the MFP determines that a function of adding information to a file, which is one of the output functions of the MFP that does not implement the document assembly function, is a function that can be performed (selected), and displays a screen for the function.02-25-2010
20100046020IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND FUNCTION MENU ADJUSTING METHOD IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to perform printing, or scanning, or copying or facsimile, or any combination thereof; a user authentication unit to authenticate a user of the image forming apparatus; a display unit to display a function menu to the authenticated user; and a controller to determine whether any function in the function menu displayed to the authenticated user has not been used for more than a reference time, and adjusting the displayed function menu to remove any function in the displayed function menu that has not been used for more than the reference time.02-25-2010
20100046019SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADMINISTERED DOCUMENT PROCESSING DEVICE CLONING - The subject application is directed to a system and method for administered document processing device cloning. Selection data is received identifying a selected one of a plurality of networked document processing devices. A configuration data query is generated from an administrative workstation to the selected document processing device via an associated data network. Configuration data is received from the selected document processing device via the data network and is stored in an associated storage. Each of the target document processing devices is sequentially selected, and received configuration data is communicated from the storage to each target document processing device via the data network. An update signal is output to commence a configuration update of each target document processing device in accordance with received configuration data communicated thereto, and status data is received from each target document processing device corresponding to a configuration update thereon.02-25-2010
20100020344IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - It is an object of the present invention to provide an image forming apparatus that achieves reduction in power and resumption time by selectively resuming a function which a user desires when a storage medium in which identification information for identifying the user is stored is exposed so as to perform resumption from the energy saving state. The image forming apparatus includes: two or more functions of a copy function, a printer function, a scan function and a FAX function; a radio communication portion that performs radio communication with a storage medium in which identification information for identifying a user is stored; and a control portion that when the radio communication portion obtains the identification information from the storage medium in a case where part of the apparatus is in an energy saving state, selects a function to be resumed from the energy saving state according to an exposure state in which the storage medium is exposed to the radio communication portion.01-28-2010
20130135648READING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A reading apparatus includes a movable guide that is able to switch an attitude of a supporting surface thereof relative to a reading unit between a first attitude and a second attitude, and the second attitude is a state where a side to which the sheet is discharged is downwardly open more in the gravity direction than in the first attitude. The movable guide is set to the first attitude during reading of a test pattern by the reading unit, and to the second attitude during discharge of the sheet from below the reading unit.05-30-2013
20130135647IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an original document platform, a reflection carriage, a wire, a pulley, a slide member, a projecting section and a guide section. The reflection carriage includes a mirror for reflecting light, and is moved in a first direction along a sub-scanning direction with respect to the original document. The wire is wound around a pulley. The slide member is installed on the reflection carriage, rotatably supports the pulley, and slidably moves in the first direction with respect to the reflection carriage. The projecting section is provided to project in a second direction that intersects with the first direction, on one of the reflection carriage and the slide member. The guide section is provided to extend in the first direction on the other of the reflection carriage and the slide member. The projecting section abuts against the guide section.05-30-2013
20100027042IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which, when part of image data cannot be processed, is capable of extracting and processing substitute data having a predetermined relation with the image data that cannot be processed. The image processing apparatus processes an image data file including a plurality of image data portions. A data processing section of the apparatus sequentially processes the image data portions. When the image data portions include an image data portion that cannot be processed, another image data portion having attribute information associated with the image data portion that cannot be processed is extracted from the image data file. A CPU of the apparatus causes the data processing section to process the extracted image data portion as substitute image data.02-04-2010
20130027735IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ACCELERATOR AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus that makes it possible to suppress the scale enlargement of the electric circuit, so as to make the apparatus highly flexible. The apparatus forms an image based on image data acquired by applying a rendering operation to depiction commands and includes: a converting section to convert input data to the depiction commands; a first rendering section to apply the rendering operation to a first depiction command; a second rendering section to apply the rendering operation to a second depiction command; a reading section to read out first information from the storage section; a determining section to determine whether the first rendering section or the second rendering section should apply the rendering operation to each of the depiction commands; and a control, section to make either the first rendering section or the second rendering section apply the rendering operation to each of the depiction commands.01-31-2013
20130027734METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY CONTROLLING DURING RUN TIME A MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL (MFP) TOUCH PANEL USER INTERFACE (UI) FROM AN EXTERNAL REMOTE NETWORK-CONNECTED COMPUTER - In a system for dynamically and remotely providing user interface (UI) display and processing information to a touch panel embedded within a multifunction peripheral (MFP) such as a digital copier having an internal computer for controlling the touch panel, a method that comprises linking the internal computer to an external data communication network having an external remote computer on the network; and upon the inputting of desired selections by a user at the UI and communicating the same over the network to the external computer, providing information from the external computer via the network back to the internal computer that enables dynamically changing or updating the UI display and behavior during run time of the MFP.01-31-2013
20130027730Computer-Readable Recording Medium Storing Printer Driver for Causing Computer to Convert Text or Vector Object into Raster Object, and Printing Method with the Printer Driver - A computer-readable recording medium stores a printer driver that causes a computer to function as: a PDL conversion unit configured to convert drawing data received from an application into PDL data; a rasterization unit configured to convert at least one of a text object and a vector object into a raster object when the drawing data is converted into the PDL data; and a communication control unit configured to transmit the PDL data to an image forming apparatus. Before-conversion information, that indicates a data format of the object before the conversion is associated with the converted raster object.01-31-2013
20130027732IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR ACCURATELY IDENTIFYING REGION IN IMAGE WITHOUT INCREASE IN MEMORY REQUIREMENT - An image forming device performs functions including: dividing the image into a plurality of band images each including at least one sub-region; creating region data used to identify each sub-region included in the band image; updating the region data such that the region data identifies both first and second uniform sub-regions as a single uniform region of the image when the first uniform sub-region abuts the second uniform sub-region, the first and second uniform sub-regions being included in the first and second band image and classified as the uniform sub-region, respectively; and updating the region data such that the region data identifies both first and second nonuniform sub-regions as a single nonuniform region of the image when the first nonuniform sub-region abuts the second nonuniform sub-region, the first and second nonuniform sub-regions being included in the first and second band image and classified as the nonuniform sub-region, respectively.01-31-2013
20130027729IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method includes acquiring script information from a first storage unit storing the script information including identification information capable of identifying processing, user information of a user who can use a function by the processing, and user information of a proxy who can use the functions as a substitute, identifying script information specified through a user operation out of the script information acquired by the acquisition, determining whether user information of a login user is included in the script information, extracting, when the user information is determined to be included therein, authority information associated with the user information of the user included in the script information from a second storage unit storing authority information indicating authority to use the function and the user information in an associated way, and executing the script information according to the authority included in the authority information.01-31-2013
20130027733Power Saving Control Method and Apparatus Employing the Same - An apparatus and method for saving power in an office machine having a display panel are provided. The method comprises setting the apparatus in an operation standby mode, detecting whether an error exists in the apparatus and turning on the display panel to display the error thereon when the error is detected. Furthermore, the apparatus keeps the display panel in an off state when the error is not detected. Thus, the exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide a power saving method of an office machine which prevents unnecessary power consumption during an operation of an office machine having a display panel.01-31-2013
20130027731Methods for Emulating the Printing Range of an Image Forming Apparatus Via a Printer Driver - Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to methods for emulating a printing range, on a sheet of paper, of a first image forming apparatus by a second image forming apparatus. An example method includes starting a first printer driver for a first image forming apparatus, obtaining printing range information of the first image forming apparatus from the first printer driver, and creating a plug-in file based on the printing range information of the first image forming apparatus. The plug-in file may include a function for changing a printing range for a second printer driver for a second image forming apparatus. The example method also includes installing the plug-in file into the second printer driver.01-31-2013
20130027724PRINTER - Printer including a controller and a communication circuit for receiving a communication in a low power mode. In an example, the communication activates a deactivated controller and/or transmits content of the communication to the controller.01-31-2013
20130027727NETWORK APPARATUS THAT SENDS BACK EQUIPMENT INFORMATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A network apparatus which enables, even when different information processing apparatuses use software programs different in device recognition capability, each information processing apparatus to easily acquire equipment information from the network apparatus and manage the network apparatus. The apparatus is connectable to a management terminal via a network and capable of sending back a response containing equipment information in response to an equipment information acquisition request from the terminal. Upon receipt of the request from the terminal, the apparatus determine whether or not the request contains a plurality of identical object identifiers. When the request contains a plurality of identical object identifiers, the apparatus decides whether or not to send back different equipment information items in association with the respective identical object identifiers. Then, the network apparatus sends back a response packet containing the equipment information according to the decision.01-31-2013
20130027726IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming apparatus has a display device and a mechanically-configured operating unit, and enables use of a function implemented in an information processing apparatus via a network. The image forming apparatus includes: a remote function-displaying unit that obtains display information to display a visual interface of the function implemented in the information processing apparatus to display the visual interface on the display device; a remote operating unit that sends operation information indicating contents of an operation on the display screen to the information processing apparatus; and a mechanical operation detecting unit that obtains contents of an operation on the mechanically-configured operating unit. When the visual interface of the function implemented in the information processing apparatus is being displayed on the display device, the mechanical operation detecting unit sends mechanical operation information indicating the contents of the operation on the mechanically-configured operating unit to the information processing apparatus.01-31-2013
20130027728ORIGINAL READING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An original reading system includes an original reading unit, a storage unit, a display portion, a selection unit, and a control unit. The original reading unit reads an image of an original to generate image data. The storage unit stores name data regarding a name that is assigned to the image data. The storage unit can store the image data. The display portion displays a name based on the name data stored in the storage unit. The selection unit selects a name displayed on the display portion. The control unit sets the name selected by way of the selection unit as a name of the image data generated by the original reading unit, and stores the image data into the storage unit.01-31-2013
20130027725MULTIPLE SETTING USER INTERFACE WITH VISUAL ICONS FOR CUSTOMIZED USABILITY - A printing apparatus/method includes at least one processor, at least one printing engine, and at least one graphic user interface all operatively (directly or indirectly) connected to each other. The graphic user interface has at least one display and at least one user input device. The display provides at least one menu having at least one user selectable parameter of the printing engine. The display provides at least one linear scale bar representing a range of values to which the selectable parameter can be set. The display provides at least two different graphic icons along the linear scale. The graphic icons conceptually represent different performance characteristics that the printing apparatus will have when the selectable parameter is set to different values along the range of values represented on the linear scale. The display can also provide numerical performance values adjacent each of the different graphic icons.01-31-2013
20100067035IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including a unit that receives application information having function identification information and user identification information from an information processing apparatus and records the received application information in an application information management unit; a unit that acquires from the application information management unit a list of the application information related to the user identification information of an operator of the image forming apparatus and causes the acquired list of the application information to be displayed on a display unit; a unit that receives from the information processing apparatus setting information for the function related to the function identification information included in at least the one application information selected from the list; and a unit that executes the function related to the function identification information based on the setting information.03-18-2010
20100328696ADMINISTRATION DEVICE - An administration device may comprise a first acquisition unit and a second acquisition unit. The first acquisition unit may sequentially acquire an M1 type of object information from the first device by sequentially making requests to the first device for N1 types of object information. The M1 type of object information is a part of the N1 types of object information. The second acquisition unit may newly acquire the M1 type of object information from the first device by making a request to the first device for the M1 type of object information, without sequentially making requests to the first device for the N1 types of object information. In a case where the second device is a device equivalent to the first device, the second acquisition unit may acquire the M1 type of object information from the second device by making a request to the second device for the M1 type of object information, without sequentially making requests to the second device for the N1 types of object information.12-30-2010
20130083338PRINTING SYSTEM WITH DEEP SUSPEND MODE - A printing system includes a processor to execute a main control program for the printing system, and at least one memory device to store computer code to be executed by the processor. The printing system further includes a network device to receive network print jobs, and a wake circuit to cause the printing system to enter a deep suspend mode in which the printing system consumes less than about 1W of power, and to cause the printing system to wake from the deep suspend mode in response to a set of wake events.04-04-2013
20130083337WIRELESS PRINTING FROM A DEVICE OUTSIDE THE NETWORK - A method for printing an electronic document (ED) using a multifunction printer (MFP), including: obtaining, by the MFP, an image by scanning a screen of a mobile device displaying a graphical code having a unique identifier (UID) of a print job associated with the ED; extracting, by the MFP, the UID of the print job from the image; sending, by the MFP, the UID of the print job to a print server over a first network operatively connecting the MFP and the print server; receiving, by the MFP and in response to sending the UID, the print job associated with the ED over the first network; and printing, by the MFP, a hardcopy of the ED after receiving the print job.04-04-2013
20120182570METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO CONTENT - Methods and apparatus are provided for providing access to content via messaging services, such as email, voicemail, instant messaging, text messaging, or other similar messaging services. A content server is provided that includes a user interface, a web server and a file. The web server includes a web page for accessing the file. A user provides user information associated with a messaging address via the user interface, and the content server then sends a message including the web address of the web page to the messaging address. The user may then retrieve the message at a client computer, and may then download the file to the client computer by entering the web address into a web browser on the client computer.07-19-2012
20120182569APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING PRINTING OPTIONS USING PREVIEW IMAGE - An apparatus and method are provided for setting a printing option using a preview image. Setting the printing option includes an image preview unit displaying a preview image corresponding to printing data and enabling the preview image to be manipulated for setting a printing setting, a control unit controlling printing of the preview image according to the printing setting of the manipulated preview image, and a printing option setting unit setting a printing option, wherein the control unit applies the printing setting of the preview image to the printing option of the printing option setting unit.07-19-2012
20120182568IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes the following elements. An apparatus body implements plural functions including an image reading function, an image forming function, and a display function. A controller controls first, second, and third power states. A first operation unit outputs a transition signal for shifting the states of the image reading function and the image forming function to the second power state. A second operation unit outputs a copy start signal for starting an operation to copy a document. A copy controller controls, when the functions other than the display function are in the third power state, the operation to copy a document in accordance with a copy start signal, and performs control so that another copy start signal is not handled during a period from when controlling of the operation to copy a document has started until when a predetermined specific state is detected.07-19-2012
20120182567IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes the following elements. An apparatus body implements plural functions including an image reading function, an image forming function, and a display function in accordance with operations requested by a user. A controller controls first, second, and third power states. An obtaining unit obtains information concerning paper. A first control unit controls the plural functions so that, when the plural functions are returned from the third to the second power state, the display function is returned to the second power state without being synchronized with the other functions and an operation requested by the user is received before the other functions are returned to the second power state. A second control unit controls the other functions so that, if the image forming function is required for executing an operation requested by the user, the operation is executed after the obtaining unit obtains the information concerning paper.07-19-2012
20130070276METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXCHANGING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS - A method of exchanging a business document between a customer computer and a supplier computer connected to a network, is provided, in which a business document is printed for the supplier; order data from the purchase order is extracted through a printer driver; the order data is transmitted to the supplier computer; the business document is presented on the supplier computer in a form pre-selected by said supplier; the business document is amended by making a change; the amended business document is printed; the amended order data is extracted by the printer driver from said amended business document; the change is determined by comparing the order data from the business document to the amended order data from the amended business document; the amended business document is transmitted to the customer computer, and presented such that said data prior to the change appears as crossed out.03-21-2013
20130070275IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes: a first storing portion storing first setting groups; and a controller including: a first receiving portion receiving designation of one of the first setting groups; a storage controlling portion storing values of priority and settings of setting items in the first setting group as a second setting group in a second storing portion; a second receiving portion receiving designation of the second setting group stored in the second storing portion; a display controlling portion making a displaying portion display the settings of the setting items in the second setting group; a third receiving portion receiving a change of at least one of the settings of the setting items displayed in the displaying portion; and an execution receiving portion receiving instruction of executing of image processing by using the settings of the setting items displayed in the displaying portion.03-21-2013
20130070271PRINT CONTROL DEVICE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A print control device includes drawing processing units, a sending unit, and a delivery unit. The drawing processing units perform a drawing process on a print instruction written in a page description language. The sending unit sends the entirety of a print instruction constituted by plural pages, to the drawing processing units. The delivery unit sequentially delivers processing requests each specifying a page to the drawing processing units. Each drawing processing unit performs a drawing process by converting the print instruction for a page specified by a delivered processing request into image data, and again performs, when processing requests are delivered in descending order of page, processing of the sent print instruction from the first page. The delivery unit delivers a processing request to a drawing processing unit to which processing requests are deliverable in ascending order of page.03-21-2013
20130070272IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit which continuously forms an image on sheets of paper, three or more stackers to which the sheets on which the image is formed by the image forming unit are ejected and a control unit which determines paper ejection order of stackers to which the sheets are to be ejected among the three or more stackers in a predetermined order, wherein each of the stackers includes a loading unit on which the sheets are loaded and a conveyance cart which is disposed under the loading unit and by which the loading unit can be removed from the stacker.03-21-2013
20130070273IMAGE DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM - The present invention includes a control apparatus that (i) receives, from a multifunction peripheral, information indicative of image process content selected by the user, (ii) detects, in correspondence with image processing function information stored in advance, an image process section that can carry out an image process, and (iii) causes the detected image process section to carry out the image process. This arrangement makes it possible to easily use, at the multifunction peripheral, an image processing function that can be performed by an image processing apparatus.03-21-2013
20130070274DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA FILE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - Provided is a data processing apparatus which can improve user's convenience. The data processing apparatus includes a storage portion which stores set value information in which a set value for processing a data file and a set value symbol are associated with each other, and a processing portion which verifies a set value symbol included in a file name of a data file to be processed by an instruction with the set value information, sets a current set value to a set value corresponding to the set value symbol, and performs processing of the data file to be processed by the instruction based on the set value after setting.03-21-2013
20110001998Rerouting of Document Processing Jobs - Selective rerouting of document processing jobs is disclosed. A printer driver first converts electronic document data is into a device compatible format and assigned a unique document ID. The printer driver then determines a set of network devices, such as document processing devices, that are participating in the performance of received document processing jobs. The converted document data is then divided into portions and one or more portions are then sent to each of the participating network devices. One of the devices is then selected as the output device, whereupon the output device broadcasts/multicasts a request for processed data portions from each of the other network devices. The received portions are then recombined, and released for further processing in accordance with the received document processing job.01-06-2011
20130050733INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS WEB PAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus which can be operated very easily by users when the users display web pages in different display languages. An MFP is connected to a web server via a network. When registering a view button in which a URL for identify contents is specified, a window manager registers a display language in which the contents are displayed in association with the URL, and displays the view button on a display. When a view button is selected, a web browser transmits URL associated with the selected view button to thereby designate contents associated with URL and send the display language to thereby specify the display language in which the contents are displayed.02-28-2013
20130050734PERIPHERAL DEVICE USABLE WITHOUT INSTALLING DRIVER IN COMPUTER BEFOREHAND - The storage unit of a peripheral device has a first storage area and a second storage area. The first storage area stores a plurality of control programs corresponding to a plurality of operating systems of different types. The second storage area is a storage area which is recognized by an information processing apparatus as an external storage device and in which at least one control program is replicated from the first storage area. The information processing apparatus reads out the control program from the second storage recognized by it as the external storage device, and executes the program. The information processing apparatus thus controls the peripheral device.02-28-2013
20130050731Job Setting Registration Device, Image Processing Apparatus, Tangible Computer-Readable Recording Medium and Method for Registering Job Setting - Disclosed is a job setting registration device including: a job setting selection receiving unit to receive a selection instruction for selecting a job setting to be registered as a registered job setting for enabling the job setting to be reset by retrieving the job setting, from among job settings of a plurality of jobs which are currently executed in parallel by a predetermined image processing apparatus; and a registered job setting storing unit to store the selected job setting as the registered job setting in accordance with the selection instruction received by the job setting selection receiving unit.02-28-2013
20130050732IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH IS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING REAL SIZE PREVIEW, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus that is capable of displaying a real size preview and reduces user's time and effort required for forming the image on the recording medium. The image forming apparatus includes a printing unit which forms an image on a recording medium, and a user interface for displaying information to a user. A real size preview image is displayed on the user interface. A display magnification slider is used for enabling a user to change a display magnification of the image displayed on the user interface. A controller unit selects a size of the recording medium on which the image is to be formed, based on the display size changed by the user. A printing unit forms the image on the recording medium having the selected size.02-28-2013
20130050730DOCUMENT DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM - In a case in which a document stored based on a sort setting from a multifunction peripheral is operated at a temporary work area, a piece of information thereof is stored as temporary work area setting. A piece of operation information at a preceding time is set as an index in the temporary work area by copying the document to the temporary work area based on the sort setting when the document is stored from the multifunction peripheral at a next time by being reflected also to the sort setting.02-28-2013
20130050728PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD - A printing system includes a print service and an image forming apparatus having a web browser to display a screen provided from a web server. The web server includes a print instruction unit, a print status acquisition unit, a screen generation unit, and a screen transmission unit. The print instruction unit transmits, to the print, a print instruction according to a received print request. The print status acquisition unit acquires a print status of print data. The screen generation unit generates a job information screen that corresponds to the acquired print status. The screen transmission unit transmits the generated job information screen. The print status acquisition unit acquires the print status based on information that was notified, in response to a change in the print status, from an image forming apparatus that acquires the print data from the print service and executes printing based on the acquired print data.02-28-2013
20130050727IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND POWER-SAVING METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An apparatus includes a packet detecting unit; a packet analyzing unit; an image processing unit processing images using image data from the packet; a power supply unit supplying power to the packet detecting, packet analyzing, and image processing units; a stand-by mode controlling unit controlling the packet detecting unit, the packet analyzing unit, and the image processing unit to be operable in a stand-by mode; a first controlling unit controlling, in a first mode, the packet detecting and packet analyzing units to be operable while the image processing unit is inoperable; a second controlling unit controlling, in a second mode, the packet detecting unit to be operable while the packet analyzing and image processing units are inoperable; and a first mode-changeover unit changing a power supply mode from the second mode to the first mode when the packet detecting unit detects a predetermined packet in the second mode.02-28-2013
20130050729Image Forming Apparatus and Print Control Method - An image forming apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: a printing unit configured to perform printing on a recording medium; a multiple-sheet-feed detecting unit configured to detect a multiple sheet feed of the recording medium; an image holding unit configured to hold an image expected to print on the recording medium on which the multiple sheet feed is detected (i.e. the multi-fed medium); and a print control unit configured to control the printing unit. The print control unit is further configured (a) to cancel printing on the multi-fed medium, and (b) to cause the printing unit to print the held image on another recording medium, which (b1) is in transfer after the multi-fed medium, (b2) is nearest in a transferring order to the multi-fed medium, and (b3) has a property same as that of the multi-fed medium.02-28-2013
20130088737IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, PREVIEW IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A preview image of image data to be output is generated, in response to a request from an operation device, and can be displayed via the operation device. A first preview image of the image data is generated based on an output setting for outputting the image data. The first preview image is stored in a storage device. The output setting can be changed based on a changing request from the operation device. It is determined, in response to a second preview request from the operation device, after sending the first preview image, whether the first preview image is to be regenerated, based on the changed output setting. The first preview image stored in the storage device can be sent when the first preview image is not to be regenerated, for example, when a second preview image is not to be generated.04-11-2013
20130088736IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus which is connected to an external device and prints a PDL file managed in the external device, comprises: an acquisition unit that acquires a size of a file to be printed; a comparison unit that compares a size storable in a reception buffer of the image forming apparatus with the size of the file; and a network mount unit that mounts a folder of the external device containing the file, wherein the network mount unit mounts the folder of the external device containing the file in a case where the size of the file exceeds the size of the reception buffer, and does not mount the folder of the external device containing the file in a case where the size of the file does not exceed the size of the reception buffer.04-11-2013
20130088734IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming method of an image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming method includes, in response to a document being placed in a scanning unit, detecting a size of the document; comparing the detected size of the document with a size of paper loaded in a tray of the image forming apparatus and determining whether the document is properly printable on the loaded paper; displaying information relating to the printability of the document based on the result of the determining; and printing the document on the loaded paper by scanning the document.04-11-2013
20130088735IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a user interface unit to display a user interface window to receive a user command, a job management unit to perform a job corresponding to the user command, a storage unit to store a plurality of user interface windows and UI information on a user interface window to be displayed at a pre-set point of time among the plurality of user interface windows, and a control unit to control the user interface unit so as to update the UI information stored in the storage unit based on the user command received with respect to the job and display a user interface window corresponding to the updated UI information at the pre-set point of time.04-11-2013
20130088733System and Method For Transferring Documents - Mobile devices enable users to access data and documents in a convenient portable format. The disclosed method and system enables documents to be transferred/moved onto a mobile device for review or reference by making the transfer simple and straight forward so that it is easy for non-technically literate users (e.g. administrative assistant putting documents on their executive's mobile device). From a sender perspective the transfer mechanism can work whether the mobile device is on a local network (relative to the sender) or on a remote network when the sender does not know the actual location of the mobile device.04-11-2013
20090303515PRINTER DRIVER PROGRAM, AND PRINTING INSTRUCTION DEVICE - A printer driver program is disclosed that allows a host device to perform a printing instruction process for a plurality of models of printers. The printer driver program includes a program part that allows the host device to perform a process of holding product specification information provided from a manufacturer of the printers for each of the models and latest configuration information which is property information about each of the printers and is settable by a user, and a program part that allows the host device to perform a process of generating and displaying a user interface screen based on the product specification information and the configuration information relating to a selected printer in response to a request made by the user.12-10-2009
20090303516PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - The printing apparatus of the present invention comprises a scanner unit for reading an image in an original; an instruction unit for receiving an instruction from a user and instructing operation of reading the image with the scanner unit; and a printer unit for printing the image that has been read on a medium. In the printing apparatus of the present invention, each reading operations with the scanner unit is started by receiving an instruction from the user with the instruction unit when the reading operation is to be performed with the scanner unit for a plurality of number of times and a plurality of the images that have been read are to be printed in their respective predetermined positions on the medium. The printing apparatus makes it possible to perform N-up printing of a new procedure that is different from conventional N-up printing.12-10-2009
20090303514AUTOMATIC ARRANGEMENT OF NESTED IMAGES AS A FUNCTION OF ASSIGNED PRINT MODES - Images selected for printing are assigned respective print-speed modes so that at least first and second of said images are assigned to a relatively fast print mode and at least a third image is assigned to a relatively slow print mode. The images are arranged as a function of print-speed mode so that said first and second images are in a first row and so that said third is in a second row. The images are then printed on real print media, with the first row being printed using a relatively fast print speed and the second row being printed at a relatively slow print speed.12-10-2009
20090303513N-UP SHEETLET BASED IMAGING WITH FLEXIBLE FORMATTING OF LOGICAL PAGES - Methods and systems herein provide for flexible formatting of print jobs and their associated logical pages. One N-up printing system is adapted to receive a print job from a host system for printing to a tangible medium. The print job includes at least a first logical page. The printing system includes an N-up formatter interface adapted to receive formatting parameters. The printing system also includes an N-up formatter that is communicatively coupled to the N-up formatter interface. The N-up formatter is adapted to generate a first page inclusion object based on the formatting parameters. The N-up formatter is further adapted to input the first logical page to the first page inclusion object and position the first logical page within the first page inclusion object.12-10-2009
20120218586INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A storage apparatus having an application program and connected to a data processing apparatus, the storage apparatus including a reception part configured to receive data from outside and store the data in the storage apparatus; and an execution part configured to operate the application programs and transmit an execution request to the data processing apparatus via an interface which is specific to the data processing apparatus so that a data processing is executed by functions provided to the data processing apparatus when the storage device receives a data processing request related to the data stored in the storage apparatus.08-30-2012
20120218585IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING XHTML-PRINT DATA - An image forming method using extensible hypertext markup language (XHTML)-print data, including receiving registration information about an image forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus, generating XHTML-Print data from print data using the registration information of the information forming apparatus, transmitting the XHTML-Print data to the image forming apparatus, and printing the XHTML-Print data.08-30-2012
20120218584INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An information processing device includes: a display portion that can display a plurality of icons including first information; a detection portion that detects a contact to the display portion; and a control unit that, in a case in which the detection portion detects a contact having a trajectory encircling at least one icon displayed on the display portion in a state in which the icons are displayed on the display portion in a first display mode, displays the at least one icon in a second display mode with a greater display area and displays the at least one icon in a central region of the display portion.08-30-2012
20120218583OPERATION CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an operation controlling method of an image forming apparatus and an image forming apparatus using the said operation controlling method. The image forming apparatus is provided with a main controlling unit and a development unit, wherein a first information is stored in the development unit, and the main controlling unit determines an operation controlling on the image forming apparatus based on the first information when a power source is turned from OFF to ON in a state of when a cover of the image forming apparatus is closed or when the cover of the image forming apparatus is changed from open to closed in a state of when the power source is ON.08-30-2012
20120218582IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus acquires a drawing object included in a page in which drawing is to be performed, updates a threshold value, which is used when one of mask drawing and edge drawing is selected to draw the drawing object according to a relationship between the acquired drawing object and another drawing object included in the page, selects, as a drawing method, one of the mask drawing and the edge drawing to draw the drawing object based on the updated threshold value and the acquired drawing object, and draws the acquired drawing object by the selected drawing method.08-30-2012
20120218581STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRINTER DRIVER PROGRAM, PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME - A printer driver acquires capability from a print device to thereby acquire information (difference capability) regarding the difference between capability and a printer driver support function. The printer driver determines a print setting (a print setting to be transmitted) to be processed by the print device and a print setting (a print setting to be applied) to be processed by the printer driver based on the difference capability. When the selected print setting is the print setting to be transmitted, the printer driver transmits the print setting and original data to the print device. When the selected print setting is the print setting to be applied, the printer driver applies the print setting to original data to thereby generate print data.08-30-2012
20120218580APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRESENTATION OF APPLICATION PRINTING NOTES FOR A PRINTER DRIVER - An apparatus and method present application printing notes for a printer driver. The method can be performed in an electronic device including a network interface. The method can include receiving a print driver request. The method can include obtaining an application identifier corresponding to the print driver request. The application identifier can identify a particular application for a print job. The method can include sending an application printing notes query to an application printing notes repository to access application printing notes corresponding to the application identifier. The method can include displaying information corresponding to the application printing notes.08-30-2012
20120218579APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SHARING AND MANAGING PASSCODES ACROSS MULTIPLE PRINTING DEVICE DRIVERS - An apparatus and method share and manage passcodes across multiple printing device drivers. The method can include providing, on the electronic device, a first printing device driver for a first printing device and a second printing device driver for a second printing device. The first printing device driver and the second printing device driver can access a common secure printing device passcode storage location for secure printing device passcodes. The method can include storing at least one secure printing device passcode in the common secure printing device passcode storage location. The method can include displaying secure print information to the user in response to receiving a secure print input. The method can include sending a secure printing device passcode over the network interface to a printing device to securely print the document.08-30-2012
20120218578CONTROLLING ALERT NOTIFICATION - Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for managing information technology devices, and controlling generation of alert notifications in connection therewith.08-30-2012
20120218576Web Services Printer Driver - An approach is provided for printing electronic documents that provides support for all types of printer models and PDL. A printer driver is configured to interact with Web print services that provide model-specific device capabilities and render PDL on behalf of the printer driver. A printer driver receives application data from an application program. The printer driver causes the application data to be transmitted to one or more Web print services that render the application data and generate print data in a format supported by a specified printing device. The printer driver receives the print data from the one or more Web print services and causes the print data to be transmitted to the specified printing device, wherein processing of the print data at the specified printing device causes a printed version of the electronic document to be generated.08-30-2012
20090040545IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SCANNER PORTION FOR READING AN ORIGINAL AND PRINTER PORTION FOR FORMING AN IMAGE ON A SHEET - An image forming apparatus including: an image forming portion for forming an image on a sheet; an image reading portion for reading an original, the image forming portion having a printed board having a projecting board surface projecting on an image reading portion side; a hinge portion having a pivot axis for pivotably supporting the image reading portion relative to the image forming portion; and a cable having a connector to be electrically connected with a connector receiving portion provided on the projecting board surface, wherein, within the image forming apparatus, the cable is folded back in a U-shape in a vicinity of the pivot axis from the image reading portion side to an image forming portion side, with the connector of the cable being connected to the connector receiving portion from a direction substantially perpendicular to the projecting board surface.02-12-2009
20090040544DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PROCESSING DATA OF LATEST VERSION, DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND DATA PROCESSING PROGRAM EMBODIED ON COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - In order to give notice to process the latest data, MFP includes HDD to store data, a data obtaining portion to accept target data to be output, a related data extraction portion to extract related data that is related to the target data and is newer than the target data from the data stored in HDD, a difference extraction portion to extract a difference between the extracted related data and the target data, and an output portion to output the difference.02-12-2009
20090091776Image Transmission Apparatus, Image Transmission Method, And Image Transmission Program - An image transmission apparatus includes a storage part that stores previous transmission methods; a receiving part that receives a destination name from a sender (S04-09-2009
20090091775IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM UTILIZING NETWORK CAMERA - When a client PC receives a request for printing output data, an imaging apparatus captures an image of a user. The image data of the user captured by the imaging apparatus and the output data is transferred to a management server. The management server performs predetermined image processing on the acquired image data, calculates a characteristic amount of the image data of the user, and registers the calculated characteristic amount and the output data by associating with each other. When the user requests printing of the output data from an image forming apparatus, image data of the user captured by the imaging apparatus is transferred to the management server. The management server calculates a characteristic amount of the acquired image data of the user, compares the calculated characteristic amount with the characteristic amount in the management server, and transfers the output data to the image forming apparatus.04-09-2009
20090091774Setting A Partition Size For A Print Job - A method for print job partitioning in a printing environment having a plurality of RIP (raster image processing) engines includes setting a partition size for a selected print job as a function of one or more of a time sensitive nature of the selected print job and an activity duration measured for the printing environment. A different one of the plurality of RIP (raster image processing) engines is assigned to rasterize each job partition of the set size for the selected print job. The partitions of the selected print job rasterized by the plurality of RIP engines are aggregated into an output file for printing.04-09-2009
20130135645IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a first housing, a second housing, a document conveyance path, a plate-like transparent member, a reader, a guide member, a transparent sheet member and a pressing member. The guide member is arranged on the transparent member at a side downstream of the first position in a conveying direction of the document and guides the document to a downstream side in the conveying direction. The transparent sheet member includes a first sheet portion which is arranged on the transparent member to cover the first position and a second sheet portion which is held in contact with the guide member and with which the document being conveyed along the document conveyance path comes into contact. The pressing member presses a side of the first sheet portion upstream of the first position in the conveying direction against the transparent member.05-30-2013
20100091315Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, an image reading unit disposed above the image forming unit, a sheet discharge space disposed between the image reading unit and the image forming unit, a sheet discharge unit to discharge the sheet into the sheet discharge space from a back side to the front side, an operation unit disposed on the front side and including a display and an instruction input portion, and a document feeder disposed above the image reading unit. The image reading unit includes a document table, a document reverse unit to reverse and transport the original document, and a document discharge portion disposed beneath the document table, to which the original document is discharged. On the front side, the operation unit screens the document reverse unit while exposing both the document table and the document discharge portion of the document feeder from the front side.04-15-2010
20110058205Printer driver, information processing apparatus, and computer-readable recording medium recording therein printer driver - A printer driver includes: a core driver performing a constraining process to a print setting based on function information containing a constraint for the print setting and stored in a storage unit, and being enabled to accept an addition of a plug-in, wherein the core driver expands basic function information corresponding to the core driver onto a memory as information having a tree structure, when plug-in function information corresponding to the plug-in is stored in the storage unit, the core driver expands the plug-in function information on the memory as information having a tree structure, the core driver merges the information expanded from the plug-in function information into the information expanded from the basic function information, and the core driver performs the constraining process to a print setting based on a parent-and-child relation in a tree structure of the information thus merged.03-10-2011
20110058203Host apparatus connected to image forming apparatus and print control method thereof - A print control method of a host apparatus which is connected to at least one image forming apparatus in a network, the method including receiving changed IP information from the at least one image forming apparatus; determining whether the host apparatus performs a print job with respect to the image forming apparatus which has the changed IP information; holding the print job if there is the print job; changing a print option for the print job; and transmitting print data corresponding to the print job according to the changed print option. With this, the apparatus and the method may normally perform a print job by changing a port of an image forming apparatus and prevent data loss due to a failure to change the port normally even if there is a print job for an image forming apparatus whose IP address is changed.03-10-2011
20130057890OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An optical scanning apparatus, including: a light source unit; a deflection unit; an incident optical system; and an imaging optical system, wherein at least one optical surface of a plurality of imaging lenses included in an imaging optical system has a non-circular shape in a sub-scanning section perpendicular to a main scanning direction, and a non-circular amount of the non-circular shape changes along the main scanning direction, and wherein the followings are satisfied: ds(Y=0)<0; and ds(Y=Ymax)>0, where ds(Y=0) and ds(Y=Ymax) respectively represent a paraxial field curvature at a center position in a sub-scanning direction perpendicular to the main scanning direction and a paraxial field curvature in the sub-scanning direction at a maximum image height in an effective scanning range of the surface to be scanned by the beam from the light source unit in the main scanning direction, among field curvatures at a center position in the effective scanning range.03-07-2013
20130057893IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus, including a storage unit wirelessly accessible from an external device, switches its operation mode related to wireless access of the image forming apparatus between an active mode in which a signal for wirelessly connecting to an external device is transmitted and a passive mode enabling access to the storage unit in response to a signal for wireless connection from an external device03-07-2013
20130057892STORAGE MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PRINTED PRODUCT - In a method for creating a printed product, JDF files are converted into a DOM tree to represent the files in a representation in a main memory of a computer. The conversion, as well as individual processing steps, is time-consuming. To accelerate the encoding and processing steps, a method is performed wherein a file in a first data format is stored in a memory, the file contains information for creating the printed product. The file is decoded into a representation in the main memory. The first data format includes two memory areas, a first memory area contains attributes for method steps to be implemented and/or for materials of the printing process and/or of the printed product. The representation is included in the two memory areas, and the data of a first memory area of the representation are essentially identical with the data of the first memory area of the file.03-07-2013
20130057891DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A data processing apparatus includes an input unit configured to input data, a first processing unit configured to generate intermediate data using a printer driver based on the data input by the input unit according to a print setting that is determined not to divide an editing area of the data into pages, and a second processing unit configured to perform editing processing based on the intermediate data generated by the first processing unit.03-07-2013
20130057886IMAGE INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE INSPECTION METHOD - In an image inspection apparatus, a first accumulation part acquires a reference accumulated value distribution by accumulating values of pixels in a reference image arranged in an image recording direction. A second accumulation part acquires an inspection accumulated value distribution by accumulating values of pixels in the inspection image arranged in the image recording direction. A sensitivity correction part performs sensitivity correction wherein a plurality of accumulated values other than a local peak in the inspection accumulated value distribution are corrected so as to relatively approach a plurality of corresponding accumulated values in the reference accumulated value distribution, based on a ratio between the inspection accumulated value distribution from which the local peak has been removed and the reference accumulated value distribution. A comparison part subtracts the reference accumulated value distribution from the inspection accumulated value distribution that has undergone the sensitivity correction to detect a defect.03-07-2013
20130057888INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an image reading apparatus that reads an image of a document includes a determination unit configured to determine whether image data received from the image reading apparatus is image data read in a batch reading mode in which the image reading apparatus reads images of respective back surfaces of a plurality of documents after reading images of respective front surfaces of the plurality of documents, and a control unit configured to execute processing for changing a page order of the image data received from the image reading apparatus if the determination unit determines that the image data is image data read in the batch reading mode.03-07-2013
20130057887INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PRINTING FILE ATTACHED TO ELECTRONIC MAIL, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus which is capable of printing a file attached to an e-mail using an existing printing apparatus. An electronic mail with a file attached thereto is received. With respect to each of printing apparatuses, a printer driver used in the printing apparatus and an identifier that identifies the printing apparatus are stored in association with each other in a storage unit. Based on the stored information, a printer driver corresponding to an identifier that identifies a printing apparatus entered in the received electronic mail is identified as a printer driver to be used. Print data is generated from the file attached to the received electronic mail using the identified printer driver. The generated print data is sent to the identified printing apparatus.03-07-2013
20120307278IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING CONTROL METHOD, AND A STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A COMPUTER-READABLE PROGRAM OF AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR INTERRUPTING IMAGE READING - An image processing apparatus includes a conveyance unit configured to convey a document placed on a first position to make the document pass a second position, a reading unit configured to read an image at the second position to generate image data, a first determination unit configured to determine whether a document is placed on the first position, a second determination unit configured to determine whether the image data generated by the reading unit satisfies a predetermined condition, and a control unit configured to interrupt reading of the image by the reading unit when the first determination unit determines that the document is placed on the first position and the second determination unit determines that the image data generated by the reading unit satisfies the predetermined condition.12-06-2012
20130057889ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device comprises a main body, a printing section which is arranged in the main body and prints various information onto a continuous-feed paper, a first display section which is arranged rotatably between a first position where the upper part of the printing section is covered and a second position where the upper part of the printing section is opened at the position adjacent to the printing section of the main body and a second display section which faces to a direction different from the first display section and is connected to the first display section, and abuts against the printing section or the main body in a state of the first display section being located in the first position, and controls the rotation of the first display section towards the printing section side is controlled.03-07-2013
20120188577Memory Management During Simplex and Duplex Printing with an Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes a rendering processing unit for generating rendering data by sequentially performing a rendering process on units of printing data corresponding to a job and storing the rendering data in a first area, an image processing unit for generating image data by sequentially performing an image process on units of rendering data in the page unit and storing the image data in a second area, an output control unit for outputting the image data in an order, and a memory full detection unit for detecting, if the output of subject units of the image data is incomplete when a specific time elapses since the rendering process on the subject units of the job is completed and only a part or all of the subject units of the image data are stored in the second area, that an image data storage amount exceeds an acceptable amount.07-26-2012
20090284781PROGRAM-IMPLEMENTABLE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL PROGRAM FOR REALIZING CONTROL METHOD, AND MEMORY MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus is disclosed as an embodiment of the invention. The image processing apparatus which is connected to a communication network and can communicate with an outside includes operating means for allowing the user to operate the image processing apparatus, managing means for managing a program and data existing in the image processing apparatus, obtaining means for obtaining a program to control the image processing apparatus from an information processing apparatus connected via the communication network, recognizing means for recognizing an end of a process based on the program in the image processing apparatus, and deleting means for deleting the program in response to the end of the process of the program.11-19-2009
20110013214IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANAGING IMAGE OUTPUT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a file management unit that manages files for image output, a file registration unit that registers the files, an output-configuration-information management unit that manages output configuration information, an output-configuration-information registration unit that registers the output configuration information, a data creation unit that creates the data in accordance with the output configuration information, and an output determination unit. When the file registration unit registers each of the files to the file management unit, the output determination unit determines whether the combined image can be outputted in accordance with certain output conditions. The output-configuration-information management unit registers predetermined output configuration information for the combined image and adds an output condition of the file that can be outputted to the output configuration information of the combined image.01-20-2011
20110013213IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a casing, a light emitting section, a substrate, a support member, and a light guide. The light emitting section includes plural point light sources disposed in a row. The light emitting section is installed to a first face of the substrate. The support member is installed to the casing and supports a second face of the substrate at a projection portion where a position of the light emitting section is projected at the second face of the substrate. The light guide is installed to the casing adjacent to the light emitting section, and guides light from the light emitting section to a read-face.01-20-2011
20090268222PRINTING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - In a printing system, a first image processing apparatus includes an installer for installing a driver to drive an image forming apparatus; and a second image processing apparatus in which the driver is incorporated, in the installer, a search request section outputs a search request representing whether the driver has been installed to the second processing apparatus; a driver setting information obtaining section outputs a sending request of the driver setting information to the second image processing apparatus after received a reply information from the second image processing apparatus with respect to the search request; and an installing section installs the driver on the basis of the driver setting information, in the second image processing apparatus, a first sending section generates and sends reply information to reply to search request; and a second sending section generates and sends driver setting information to reply to send request.10-29-2009
20090066987Image Forming Apparatus for Use in Backside Printing - An image forming apparatus includes an image obtaining unit configured to generate a document image for superimposition printing in response to an image requested to be printed or acquire the document image for superimposition printing from a source that requests printing, and an image recording unit configured to record the document image for superimposition printing as data associated with a paper sheet on which the requested image is printed.03-12-2009
20120224210METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE FORMATION, AND COMPUTER PRODUCT - Common portions of applications are extracted as common system service. A platform is formed by the common system service and a general purpose OS. A printer application, a copy application, and various applications are mounted on the platform. As a result, each software (application) corresponding to a printer, a copier, a facsimile device, and so on can be developed efficiently and the productivity of the apparatus as a whole can be improved.09-06-2012
20120224209INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A client apparatus is coupled to a server apparatus via a network in an information processing system. In the server apparatus, installing of a plug-in file in a first storage apparatus is detected, binary image data of the detected plug-in file are written to a first storage area, and the binary image data of the plug-in file is copied to the client apparatus. In the client apparatus, copying of the binary image data of the plug-in file in a second storage area is detected, the binary image data of the plug-in file stored in the second storage area is written in an executable state within a second storage apparatus, and the plug-in file in the second storage apparatus is read as a program.09-06-2012
20120224208IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that performs a drawing process with respect to resource information detected from predetermined PDL data includes a PDL interpreter unit for interpreting the resource information and changing a cache process with respect to the resource information corresponding to a characteristic of the resource information interpreted thereby.09-06-2012
20120224207INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT SETTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a printer driver, a reception unit, a first and second determination unit, a transmission unit, and a change unit to instruct, via the printer driver, a printer to execute printing. The reception unit receives print data including setting data having setting values for print setting items. The first determination unit determines whether setting values cause an inconsistency. The second determination unit determines whether the client apparatus or the information processing apparatus is to resolve an inconsistency. The transmission unit transmits, in response to determining that the setting values cause an inconsistency and that the client apparatus is to resolve the inconsistency, an instruction for resolving the inconsistency to the client apparatus. The change unit changes, in response to determining that the setting values cause an inconsistency and that the information processing apparatus is to resolve the inconsistency, the setting data to resolve the inconsistency.09-06-2012
20120224206IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD - An image forming device that operates in one of power-saving mode and normal mode by switching therebetween comprises: an automatic response unit configured to perform control to switch from the power-saving mode to the normal mode in accordance with a protocol on which a request issued by an information terminal device is based; an analysis unit configured to analyze whether or not the information terminal device has issued a request based on a protocol that requires the switching from the power-saving mode to the normal mode without a job execution; a message generation unit configured to, when the result of the analysis by the analysis unit is affirmative, generate a message for causing the information terminal device to change the protocol; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the generated message.09-06-2012
20120224203PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF PREVENTING REMOVAL OF DOCUMENT FROM BEING FORGOTTEN, AND PROGRAM - A printing apparatus includes a platen glass, a read part, a print part, a sheet receiving part, an important information detection unit to detect whether important information is included in the original document read by the read part, a paper existence detection unit to detect at least one of whether the original document exists on the platen glass and whether the output sheet exists on the sheet receiving part, and a notifying part to notify misplacement of the original document or forgetting to take the output sheet if the important information detection unit detects that the important information is included in the read original document and the paper existence detection unit detects that the original document or the output sheet exists.09-06-2012
20130063755DISPLAYING POWER-ON INSTRUCTIONS DURING POWER-SAVING MODE USING BISTABLE DISPLAY - Methods and systems monitor the activity usage level of a printing apparatus and place the printing apparatus into a power saving mode based on the activity usage level. Such methods and systems sense whether the power supply is to be disconnected from the graphic user interface based on the printing device going into the power saving mode. The graphical user interface comprises a bistable display that continues to show a most recently provided screenshot after the power supply is disconnected. Such methods and systems cause the graphic user interface to display power saving mode information of the printing apparatus (instructions for a user to take to have the printing apparatus leave power saving mode) immediately prior to the power supply being disconnected from the graphic user interface, such that the graphic user interface continues to display the power saving mode information after being disconnected from the power supply.03-14-2013
20130063752MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE - A media processing device enables conveying media fed from different paths into a common path in a stable conveyance state to the scanning position of a scanner. A check processing device has a path switching member that selectively bridges a back path for conveying checks and a card path to a downstream path, which is a common path. The path switching member changes position and switches the connected paths in conjunction with movement of a shutter that covers the open part of a nozzle cap used to cap the nozzle face of the inkjet head at the back path.03-14-2013
20130063753INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD - An information processing apparatus is configured to change a name of a print setting item and a display method of an option depending on application, or change display control depending on an execution environment in which the application is running.03-14-2013
20130063754IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND VEHICLE ON WHICH THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IS MOUNTED - An image forming apparatus includes an optical scanning device including a light source element configured to radiate a light beam, an optical deflector configured to deflect the light beam two-dimensionally, and a target scanning surface that is transparent and having a two-dimensional image formed thereon by the light beam deflected from the optical deflector, and a projection optical system including a convex mirror and configured to enlarge and project the two-dimensional image on a target projection surface. The target projection surface includes a reflection surface of a half mirror. The half mirror is positioned outside of the image forming apparatus and configured to transmit a part of a light incident on the half mirror and reflect another part of the light incident on the half mirror.03-14-2013
20130063747ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS - An original reading apparatus provided with an original placement portion on which an original is place, and an original size/type detecting portion for detecting a size and/or a type of the original placed on the original placement portion, includes: a display portion that performs color display; and a display control portion that changes a color of a display screen displayed on the display portion based on the size and/or the type of the original detected by the original size/type detecting portion.03-14-2013
20130063751Multifunction Device - A multifunction device including an image recording unit and a scanner unit is provided. The scanner unit includes an image readable plane. The image recording unit includes a first tray, a conveyer path to convey the recording sheet in a first orientation, and a second tray, which is formed along an edge of an opening formed on the front face, and in which the recording sheet having been conveyed in the conveyer path is disposed. The recording sheet in a maximum conveyable size for the conveyer path is disposed to occupy a discharge area in the second tray. A downstream end of the discharge area along a second orientation is in a displaced and downstream position with respect to a downstream end of an image readable area of the image readable plane along the second orientation for a first distance.03-14-2013
20130063748IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING COPY MODE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a scanner, a first image forming section, a second image forming section, a detector, and a setting section. The scanner reads the image of an original document. The first image forming section forms an image on paper with a non-decolorizable recording material. The second image forming section forms an image on paper with a decolorizable recording material. The detector detects whether the original document image is formed with the decolorizable recording material. The setting section sets a copy mode for forming an image of the original document on paper with the second image forming section upon the detector detecting that the original document image is formed with the decolorizable recording material.03-14-2013
20130063750Multifunction Peripheral - A multifunction peripheral is provided that includes an ADF unit and a main body unit, the ADF unit including a driving motor disposed within a range corresponding to a width of a feeding path in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction, at an outer side relative to a curved part in the first direction, the main body unit including an accommodation unit configured to accommodate a recording sheet with long sides thereof along the first direction.03-14-2013
20130063749IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF SETTING OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OPERATION - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a reception unit, a button setting unit, a storage unit, and a printing unit. The reception unit receives operation setting information including image information of a printing target, printing condition information, and button setting information from an external device. The button setting unit sets a printing instruction button using the button setting information which is included in the operation setting information which is received by the reception unit. The storage unit stores the image information and the printing condition information in the printing instruction button which is set by the button setting unit to be correlated with each other. The printing unit prints image data which is denoted in the image information according to the printing condition when the printing instruction button is input.03-14-2013
20130063746INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus is disclosed, including: a first storage unit which stores printing setting information used in an OS, the printing setting information including identifying information and a setting value of each setting item in printing; a second storage unit which stores customizing information including identifying information and a default value of a predetermined setting item that is included in a printer driver; and an updating unit which updates a setting value of the printing setting information to the default value and identifying information of the printing setting information to identifying information of the customizing information when the identifying information included in the printing setting information and the identifying information stored in the second storage unit differ when the printing setting information read by the OS from the first storage unit is obtained.03-14-2013
20130063745GENERATING A PAGE OF AN ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT USING A MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER - A method for generating a page of an electronic document (ED). The method includes: receiving, by a multifunction printer (MFP), a print job having the ED; identifying, by the MFP and after receiving the print job, a location in the ED for placing an item; prompting, by the MFP and after receiving the print job, a user for the item; obtaining, by the MFP and after receiving the print job, the item from an input device operated by the user; and printing, by the MFP and based on the print job, the page by placing the item at the location.03-14-2013
20130063744IMAGING HEAD FOR A FLAT BED SCANNER - An imaging head for a flatbed imaging system includes a first rotating multi-facet spinner; a first set of long mirrors directed towards imaging media positioned on a flatbed surface wherein the first set mirrors is at a first distance from said media; a second set of long mirrors directed towards the imaging media wherein the second set of mirrors is at a second distance from said media; a first laser source configured to emit light on the spinner at a first height on the spinner wherein light emitted from the first height on the spinner is directed to the first set of mirrors; and a second laser source configured to emit light on the spinner at a second height on the spinner wherein light emitted from the second height on the spinner is directed to the second set of mirrors.03-14-2013
20130063743Sheet post-processing apparatus and image forming apparatus usingthe same - A sheet post-processing apparatus includes a first unit having a guide device for guiding a sheet, a second unit having a first post-processing device for performing post-processing on the sheet, and a third unit having a second post-processing device for loading sheets and performing post-processing on the sheets in bunch form placed on the processing tray. A first coupling device is provided for coupling the first unit and at least one of the second and third units. A second coupling device is provided for coupling the second unit and the third unit. The second unit and the third unit are capable of being pulled out in the sheet carrying-out direction with respect to the first unit by releasing the first coupling device. The entire or front side of the second unit is shiftable to the first unit side with respect to the third unit by releasing the second coupling device.03-14-2013
20130163024IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus and method includes executing a series of processes utilizing a plurality of functions based on a plurality of setting values, storing, as a history, an execution result of the processing, a plurality of setting values, and an error content in a case where the execution result is failure, determining whether the execution result of a previous processing is successful based on the stored in a case where the processing execution unit re-executes processing, specifying a setting value potentially causing the failure based on the error content in a case where the determination unit determines that the execution result of the previous processing is failure and performing display control of a setting field for setting the setting value.06-27-2013
20130163025DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING A PRINTER DRIVER FOR CHANGING AN OUTPUT DESTINATION - An application mounted in a data processing apparatus creates a document and issues a print request of the document. A printer driver receives the print request and creates print data by setting a format of the document as a specific format of model dependency, and changes a default output destination of the print data into a changed output destination. A spooler receives the print data and sends the print data to one of a plurality of image forming apparatuses designated by the changed output destination through a network interface.06-27-2013
20130163026METHOD OF USING A TOUCH SCREEN AND USER INTERFACE APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME - A user interface apparatus and method of using a touch screen are provided. The apparatus includes a touch screen division unit for dividing a screen area of the touch screen into zones, an allocation unit for allocating a user interface unit to each of the zones and a plurality of user interface units for sensing job commands input through the zones according to the allocation result of the allocation unit, wherein an operation corresponding to each of the sensed job commands is performed. Accordingly, since a plurality of users can simultaneously use an image-forming device by dividing the screen area of the touch screen into two or more zones, job processing time can be reduced, and a usage rate of a high specification image-forming device can be increased.06-27-2013
20130163023IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM TO BE EXECUTED BY THE SAME - An image processing apparatus includes: an image processing device; a display portion capable of detecting a touch of an input object; a storage storing preset-setting groups; a preset-setting-group-selection-screen display controller displays icons corresponding to the preset-setting groups; and an image-processing-device controller for controlling the image processing device. When at least two icons are displayed on the display portion such that one icon is displayed in a selected state manner, and a specific icon is displayed in a non-selected state manner, and when the specific icon is touched, the preset-setting-group-selection-screen display controller moves the specific icon located on a second area to a first area and moves the one icon located on the first area to the second area in a direction in which the specific icon is moved, and displays the specific icon in the selected state manner and display the one icon in the non-selected state manner.06-27-2013
20130163019IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processor includes a display control part configured to display and control a screen that includes multiple UI components for calling preset copy functions, and a preview image; a reading control part configured to control reading of an original material, and to generate an electronic image of the original material; an image generating part configured to generate a preview image based on one or more of the copy functions called by one of the UI components at a predetermined position inside the screen, using a preset predetermined image before the original material is read or using the electronic image after the original material is read; and a screen generating part configured to generate the screen using the preview image generated by the image generating part, and to output the generated screen to the display control part.06-27-2013
20130163020INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A set value management service updates virtual configuration data of an image forming apparatus, returns a response including a notification instruction that instructs image forming apparatus to notify surrounding image forming apparatus that virtual configuration data has been updated in response to virtual configuration data acquisition request from the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus performs an update notification indicating that virtual configuration data has been updated to the surrounding image forming apparatus in response to the notification instruction included in the response. Then, the surrounding image forming apparatus that received the notification performs virtual configuration data acquisition request to the set value management service.06-27-2013
20130163021IMAGE SENSOR UNIT, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A sensor substrate unit is formed by connecting edges of a plurality of sensor substrates in a longitudinal direction. Sensor chips at the edges are mounted beyond the edges. The edges include convex portions and convex portions for connecting the sensor substrates. Farthest tips of the sensor chips are positioned inside of farthest edges of the convex portions and inside of farthest edges of the convex portions in the longitudinal direction.06-27-2013
20130163022Print System, Print Data Generating Device, Print Device, and Tangible Computer-Readable Recording Medium - Disclosed is a print system including a print data generating device to generate a variable print data, and a print device to carry out a print in accordance with the variable print data, wherein the print data generating device generates and outputs the variable print data including search information for searching and obtaining original information for a variable part from a database; and wherein the print device includes: an input unit to input the variable print data; a search unit to carry out a search for searching the original information in the database in accordance with the search information included in the variable print data; a processing unit to prepare a print image in accordance with the variable print data by reflecting searched information obtained by the search unit on the variable part; and a print unit to print the print image.06-27-2013
20130163014PROVIDING AN INTEGRATED, FEATURE ORIENTED PRINTER SELECTION SYSTEM - Techniques are disclosed for providing and using an integrated printer driver that can be used to print to multiple printing devices. The printer driver executes on a client device. A user selects features and options, displayed in a user interface of the printer driver, for a print job without knowing which printing device will eventually process the print job. Based on the selected features and options, the printer driver determines the printing device to which the print job will be sent. In an embodiment, a printer server receives capabilities data from multiple printing devices and builds, based on the capabilities data, a database of printer description data, from which the user interface that is displayed to an end-user is generated. In an embodiment, the printer server applies an administrative policy that filters out capabilities data of one or more printing devices that are registered with the printer server.06-27-2013
20130163015DEVICE, CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A device includes a first receiving unit that receives a supply voltage supplied from a control device, a second receiving unit that receives from the control device a control signal for executing a predetermined operation in each functional unit, a setting unit that sets the predetermined operation in a setting section when the second receiving unit receives the control signal indicating the predetermined operation to be executed in each functional unit when the supply voltage is in an OFF state, and a controller that performs control to execute the predetermined operation, which is set in the setting unit, in each functional unit when the supply voltage received by the first receiving unit is in an OFF state.06-27-2013
20130163016PRINTER AND PROXY SERVER - A printer includes: a printer-side establishment unit; an instruction transmitting unit for transmitting a connection instruction when the printer is to be changed from a first state to a second state; a printer-side notification receiving unit for receiving: a print notification from a notification server when the printer is at the first state; and a changing notification from a proxy server when the printer is at the second state; a change unit for changing the state of the printer as: from the first state to the second state when the connection instruction is transmitted to the proxy server; and from the second state to the first state when the changing notification is received from the proxy server; and a print control unit for controlling a print performing unit to perform printing in accordance with print data when the changing notification is received from the proxy server.06-27-2013
20130163017PRINTER - A printer includes: a receiving unit for receiving a first print notification from a notification server; a transmitting unit for transmitting a first conversion instruction including a first target location information representing a location for specifying the target print data to a conversion server when the first print notification is received from the notification server, wherein the first conversion instruction is for controlling the conversion server to obtain the target print data using the first target location information and to convert the target print data; a print data obtaining unit for obtaining converted print data having a format that can be interpreted by the printer from the conversion server when the conversion server generates the converted print data in accordance with the first conversion instruction; and a print control unit for controlling a print performing unit to perform printing in accordance with the converted print data.06-27-2013
20130163018IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an embodiment, provided is an image reading device that includes: a light source that includes a first block and a second block arranged alternately, both blocks including light-emitting elements arranged linearly, the first and the second block lighting independently, and the light-emitting elements in a same block of the first and the second block lighting at a same time; a scanning unit that scans a document by irradiating the document with light from the light source; a lighting control unit that lights one of the first and the second block of the light source and then lights the other; a peak level acquiring unit that acquires a peak level of scanned data of each of the first and the second block; and an abnormality determining unit that determines that the light-emitting element is abnormal when the peak level becomes equal to or smaller than a given value.06-27-2013
20090237703SYSTEM FOR COPYING INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTS - A system is provided for copying interactive documents which has a copier for scanning a surface of a document, a computer system networked with the copier and a printer networked with the computer system. The document is printed with document content and a plurality of coded tags. Each tag encodes an identity of the document and the position of that tag on the document. The copier incorporates a sensor for sensing the coded tags. The computer system identifies a digital version of the document from the document identity of a sensed tag and determines user input, requesting copy content and/or coded data from the computer system, on the scanned document using the tag position of the sensed tag. The printer prints a copy of the scanned document to incorporate the scanned document content and coded tags and the requested copy content and/or coded data.09-24-2009
20090237701Image forming apparatus - In an image forming apparatus, damage to the apparatus caused by power conduction at the time of installation is prevented. When initial adjustment at factory ends and service person moves the apparatus, a power switch is turned OFF. Using this OFF operation as a trigger, a control unit 09-24-2009
20090237700Image processing system - An image processing unit includes an image data input unit, a page-description language (PDL) converter, a special document determination unit, and an image treatment command adding unit. The image data input unit inputs image data. The PDL converter converts the input image data to page-description language data, and transmits an end-of-page command when a page-description language conversion for image data is completed. The special document determination unit determines whether the input image data includes a special document. The image treatment command adding unit instructs the PDL converter to wait for a transmission of the end-of-page command until the special document determination unit issues a determination result. When it is determined that the image data includes a special document, the image treatment command adding unit generates an image treatment command for the image data. The image treatment command adding unit transmits the image treatment command with the end-of-page command.09-24-2009
20090237699IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An MFP includes a receiving unit that receives designation for a plurality of applications having mutually different combinations of an input format for image data and an output format for the image data; and a processing unit that collectively starts execution of the plurality of designated applications.09-24-2009
20090237698IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND INITIATING METHOD THEREFOR - The present invention provides an initiating method for an image processing device. The image processing device includes a memory unit, a storage unit for storing multiple compressed programs therein, and a controller connected to the storage unit and the memory unit. The initiating method includes steps of: (a) selectively reading out at least one compressed program and loading the at least one compressed program into the memory unit; (b) executing a decompression program to decompress the at least one compressed program; and (c) executing the at least one compressed program which has been decompressed.09-24-2009
20090237697MULTIPLE PROCESSOR PRINT DRIVER - A system and method for an adaptable print driver that adapts its behavior to make use of multiple processors when they are available on the host computer. In particular, during installation or initialization of the print driver, the driver will query the operating system for the number and type of processors present. If the print driver detects that multiple processors are present, it will operate in a way that makes explicit use of the multiple processors.09-24-2009
20090237696IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus of the invention includes a read unit to read an original document, a storage unit to store an image file of the original document read by the read unit, a control unit to control storage and readout of the image file into and from the storage unit, and an image formation unit to print the image file read from the storage unit, and the control unit creates a template including one or plural elements, automatically creates an image file name based on the template when the image file is stored in the storage unit, and stores the image file. According to the image forming apparatus of the invention, when a file is stored, an operation burden is low and an easily identified file name can be created.09-24-2009
20090033970Color job reprint set-up for a printing system - A printing system is provided for enabling a consistent color job re-print comprising a plurality of image marking engines. The system includes printing a master test image document printed by at least a first image marking engine. The master test image can have a data glyph and a plurality of reference patches. The data glyph can record distinct job attributes and the plurality of reference patches can record color parameters of a desired output. The system further provides a scanner for scanning the master test image document. The data glyph can provide the job attributes of the master test image document and can generate set-up data therefrom. The reference patches can provide the color parameters of the master test image document and can generate set-up data therefrom.02-05-2009
20090046314IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus configured to acquire a content log of a job including image forming processing which is included in a virtual device that can cooperatively utilize functions of a plurality of image processing apparatuses, the image processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine, in performing a virtual job including image forming processing which is processed by cooperatively using the functions of the plurality of image processing apparatuses included in the virtual device, whether to acquire the content log on the image processing apparatus, and an acquisition unit configured to acquire the content log of the virtual job if the determination unit determines that the image processing apparatus is to acquire the content log, wherein the acquisition unit does not acquire the content log of the virtual job if the determination unit does not determine that the image processing apparatus is to acquire the content log.02-19-2009
20090046313Image Processing Apparatus and Image Processing Method - An image processing apparatus acquires an image by optically scanning an original document and determines whether or not the document is of standard size. A histogram is created indicating the number of pixels with respect to each luminance value of the acquired image. A background color peak is specified that corresponds to a background color of the original document in the created histogram. A background color portion of the original document is specified that corresponds to a luminance area including the background color peak. The background color portion is replaced with a white color that will not be a target for printing.02-19-2009
20090021762Printing apparatus - A printing apparatus is disclosed, which includes: a printing unit including print sheets having different sizes, the printing unit being able to print selectively on any of the print sheets; an original document size determining unit to determine the size of an original document; a scanning unit to scan the original document; a region recognizing unit to recognize a region to be printed in the original document; a deciding unit to decide a print sheet size being larger than the region to be printed and smaller than the size of the original document by comparing the sizes of the print sheets with the size of the original document and the size of the region to be printed; and a controlling unit to cause printing of the image of the region to be printed at 100% magnification on the print sheet of the decided size.01-22-2009
20090021761MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL DEVICE - A multifunction peripheral device capable of being operated in a plurality of switchable operational modes is provided. The multifunction peripheral device includes a reader unit with a light source and a light receiving element to receive the light reflected on the original document to generate image data, operation receiving members, through which a user's instructions are entered, a valid instruction storage unit to store valid instruction information, which defines correspondence between a valid instruction and a valid instruction receiving member, a judging unit to judge as to whether an operation entered through one of the operation receiving members is the valid instruction based on the valid instruction information and a current operational mode, and a switching unit to switch the light source on when the judging unit judges that the entered operation is the valid instruction.01-22-2009
20090009788IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an image processing apparatus for allowing a user to easily understand a direction of setting a document intuitively, in which, when two single sided documents are printed on front and rear faces of a recording sheet, a display section is caused to display an image showing a direction of setting the documents and a message showing whether or not the setting direction of the documents is different between the first and second documents at the time of reading the two single sided documents, so that the user is able to understand the direction of setting the documents intuitively.01-08-2009
20120113454COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND PROGRAM OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A communication apparatus includes a first reception unit which receives an instruction from a server, a second reception unit which receives an instruction from a path other than the server, an executing unit which executes a function when the first reception unit receives a first execution instruction from the server or when the second reception unit receives a second execution instruction from the path other than the server, and a display control unit which displays a display instruction correspondence screen when the first reception unit receives a display instruction from the server, and which displays an execution correspondence screen when the executing unit executes the function. During a time period while the display instruction correspondence screen is being displayed, the display control unit displays the execution correspondence screen when receiving the first execution instruction, but doesn't display the execution correspondence screen when receiving the second execution instruction.05-10-2012
20120113453INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided a technique for enabling, as needed, a Web service for controlling execution of each function of an MFP when executing the function in response to a request from a Web server in an information processing apparatus. An information processing apparatus of the present invention includes a Web browser which transmits input information input through an displayed operation screen based on screen information provided from a Web server. Upon receiving, from the Web server, an execution request of processing corresponding to the input information, the information processing apparatus registers in a Web service server a service (Web service) defined in definition information contained in the execution request when starting execution of the processing according to the execution request. The web service server provides, among a plurality of providable services, the registered service which is used for controlling the execution of the processing.05-10-2012
20120113452IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a table holding unit that holds a power consumption table in which a premeasured power consumption value is registered for each of functions provided by the image processing apparatus, a power consumption computing unit that computes, using the power consumption table, power consumed when a process using at least one of the functions is performed, and a memory that stores information regarding the power consumption in association with the performed process.05-10-2012
20120113451METHOD FOR DETECTING WHETHER PAPER IS REMAINED AND MULTI-FUNCTION PRINTER THEREOF - A method for detecting whether a paper is remained and a multi-function printer (MFP) thereof are provided. The method includes executing a detection procedure when the MFP accomplishes image capturing and outputting of the paper; recording a time of starting executing the detection procedure; calculating an executed time of the detection procedure; and determining whether to activate an alarm according to the executed time of the detection procedure and whether a top cover (TC) of the MFP is opened, so as to remind a user whether the paper is remained in the MFP.05-10-2012
20120113450METHOD FOR DETECTING WHETHER PAPER IS REMAINED AND MULTI-FUNCTION PRINTER THEREOF - A method for detecting whether a paper is remained and a multi-function printer (MFP) thereof are provided. The method includes executing a detection procedure when the MFP accomplishes image capturing and outputting of the paper; recording a time of starting executing the detection procedure; calculating an executed time of the detection procedure; and determining whether to activate an alarm according to the executed time of the detection procedure and a similarity comparison result obtained by executing a scan procedure, so as to remind a user whether the paper is remained in the MFP.05-10-2012
20120113449MOBILE DEVICE SCAN FOR PRINTING DEVICES - Methods and systems provide a user with an option, on a graphic user interface of a printing device, for scanning a self-illuminated display of a portable device (such as a cell phone, PDA, camera, etc.). In response to the user selecting the option for scanning a self-illuminated display of their portable device, the illumination source of the printing device is deactivated and the responsiveness of the light sensor of the printing device is increased. The process of increasing of the responsiveness of the light sensor changes the responsiveness to an increased level above a base level that is used when the illumination source is active. Then, while the illumination source is deactivated and while the responsiveness of the light sensor is at the increased level, the light sensor is used to scan the self-illuminated display of the portable device to acquire an image displayed on the self-illuminated display of the portable device.05-10-2012
20120236354INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - It is an object to provide such a technique that when an apparatus which provides a plurality of functions is connected to a PC or the like, if a connection destination is the same apparatus type, a link to all of the functions of the apparatus is enabled to be used on a device detailed page of a device stage. Device driver means has: list-up means for listing up registered device driver means which have already been registered in operating system means when the device driver means is installed; discriminating means for discriminating whether or not the registered device driver means of a port which coincides with a port of the device driver means exists among the registered device driver means listed up by the list-up means; and storing means for storing a type and a driver name of a driver of the registered device driver means into a storage device if it is determined by the discriminating means that the registered device driver means of the port which coincides with the port of the device driver means exists among the registered device driver means which were listed up by the list-up means.09-20-2012
20120236353IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ENERGY-CONSERVATION CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION CONTROL - According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus is connected to a network and is configured to transit into an energy-conservation standby state. The apparatus (PR) includes: a switching element that switches on/off power supply of a peripheral device connected thereto; and a control unit that controls on/off-switching operation of the switching element. The control unit, when the image forming apparatus recovers from the energy-conservation standby state, switches on the power supply of the peripheral device for a short time; performs an initialization operation of the peripheral device; determines whether an option is mounted on the peripheral device; and thereafter switches on/off of the power supply of the peripheral device based on a type of a job input into the image forming apparatus over the network.09-20-2012
20120236352DEVICES AND METHODS FOR ACQUIRING MODEL INFORMATION OF A PERIPHERAL DEVICE BY A COMPUTER - Device and methods for acquiring by a host device model information (model ID) of a device assigned in a new range are provided herein. In many embodiments, the device includes a model information storage unit that stores model information from either a first range or a second range outside the first range and a communication unit that communicates with a device that requests model information, receives a model information request, and in response returns the model information if within the first range and returns specific information if the model information is outside the first range. After the specific information is sent, a new request is sent from the host device after which the communication unit provides the model information within the second range, often in a different format from the specific information.09-20-2012
20120236349IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND MAIL TRANSFER APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a communication unit capable of transmitting and receiving a mail through a network; a data storage unit for storing the mail; a print unit for printing image data of the mail; a mail generation unit for generating a mail and an open mail notification instruction; a mail analysis unit capable of analyzing an open mail notification response; a processing control unit for deleting the mail when the mail analysis unit determines that an external device opens the mail including the open notification instruction. The processing control unit is also provided for notifying a user to open the mail stored when the mail analysis unit determines that the external device does not open the mail.09-20-2012
20120236348INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MULTI FUNCTION PRINTER, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION - An information processing apparatus is used to send emails. An email generating section is configured to generate an email. The destination information for the email is received through an inputting section. An email transmitting section is configured to transmit the email to a destination. A destination address determining section is configured to determine the destination based on the destination information received through the inputting section. A source email address deciding section is configured to decide a source email address of the email based on the determination made by the destination address determining section. A method of processing information includes: receiving destination information for an email; determining a destination of the email based on the destination information; deciding a source email address based on the destination; generating the email using the decided source email address; and transmitting the email to the decided destination.09-20-2012
20120236347INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes a control unit that, in a case where it is determined that proxy response processing should be performed, performs control such that an inputted job is processed without causing the information processing apparatus to transition from a second power mode to a first power mode, and, in a case where it is determined that proxy response processing should not be performed, performs control such that inputted job is processed after causing the information processing apparatus to transition from the second power mode to the first power mode.09-20-2012
20120236346PRINTER DRIVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A printer driver that cooperates with a plug-in that can be added thereto and removed therefrom includes: a determining unit that determines whether or not the plug-in is used at predetermined timing at which a printing process is hooked; a reading unit that reads the plug-in that is determined by the determining unit; and a calling unit that calls the plug-in read by the reading unit.09-20-2012
20120236345DEVICE, APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF EXECUTING PROGRAM FROM EXECUTING DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING EXECUTING CONTROL PROGRAM - An information processing device is provided with a first executing device that stores a program therein for execution by a processor, and a connector that electrically connects the information processing device with a second executing device storing a program therein. When the second executing device is connected, the second executing device is caused to be inaccessible from the processor such that the processor reads the program from the second executing device for execution by the processor.09-20-2012
20120236344IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A disclosed image processing system including plural image processing apparatuses connected by a network and an image printing part outputting a print by printing based on image information to be printed with a first image processing apparatus; an image reading part reading an image of the print and generating read image information with a second image processing apparatus; a correction information generating part generating a correction requirement for a print function of the first image processing apparatus and correction information containing a correction content based on read image characteristic information indicative of characteristics of the read image information, print image characteristic information indicating the image information to be printed, or the read image characteristic information and the print image characteristic information; and a correction executing part carrying out a correction for the print function based on the correction information in the first image processing apparatus.09-20-2012
20120236343Image Forming apparatus and method for changing number of lines in band buffer based on memory size to be required - Disclosed herein is an image forming apparatus, including: a language analysis unit for analyzing print data and generating data having an intermediate format between the print data and bitmap data generated based on the print data; an image processing unit for rasterizing the generated data having the intermediate format for each band by using the predetermined number of lines and generating the bitmap data; a memory for holding the data for which rasterizing processing is being performed by the image processing unit; a printing unit for performing printing based on the generated bitmap data; and a number-of-line switching unit for switching the number of lines of the band in the rasterizing processing of the image processing unit according to whether the print data is data that can include transparency processing data or not.09-20-2012
20120236342Print Job Completion Estimation Mechanism - A method disclosed. The method includes receiving a print job, transmitting a query to two or more printers requesting a time estimate to print the print job at each of the two or more printers, receiving the time estimates from the two or more printers and selecting a first of the two or more printers at which the print job is to be printed based on the received time estimates.09-20-2012
20110032560INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus that can be connected to an image-forming apparatus, a method, and a program used for the information processing apparatus are disclosed. The information processing apparatus comprises a control unit for controlling print-setting information set for document data to be printed, a recognition unit for recognizing information about a first function specified by the print-setting information by translating the print-setting information controlled by the control unit, an obtaining unit for obtaining information about a second function of the image-forming apparatus connected to the information processing apparatus, a determination unit for determining whether or not the image-forming apparatus can perform the first function recognized by the recognition unit based on the second-function information obtained by the obtaining unit, and a modification unit for modifying the print-setting information controlled by the control unit based on the determination result.02-10-2011
20120236351IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY DEVICE - An image forming apparatus of the present embodiment is an image forming apparatus that executes a print job registered in a print queue. The image forming apparatus includes: an acquiring section configured to acquire a print job; a controller configured to determine if a print job newly acquired by the acquiring section has a set value giving a priority to making a printed output in a short time, and if the new print job has the set value, to change order of print jobs in the print queue so that the new print job is printed before a print job already accepted and not having the set value; and a printing section configured to perform printing in the order changed by the controller.09-20-2012
20110235081DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM and IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A data processing system includes a memory in which a set value based on a compliance requirement is stored for each of plural operating functions provided in an image forming apparatus, and a controller which outputs correspondence data indicating correspondence between the plural operating functions and the set value based on the compliance requirement.09-29-2011
20120086964IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus, comprising: a control section including a plurality of operation units; and a nonvolatile storage section to store a program to execute analysis processing and rendering processing by a control of the control section, the analysis processing analyzing page description language format data to generate intermediate language format data by the band, and the rendering processing generating rendering data based on the generated intermediate language format data, wherein the control section assigns the operation units the analysis and rendering processing to be executed, based on the stored program, wherein at least one of the operation units is capable of executing the analysis and rendering processing, and wherein when the operation unit is executing one of the analysis and rendering processing, and when an event which suspends the processing being executed occurs, the operation unit executes the other processing.04-12-2012
20110279845INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus capable of continuing execution of a job performed thus far, even if a user's screen transition operation is performed while the job is being executed. When a job is executed, an MFP as the information processing apparatus determines whether there is a job previously in execution based on execution states of jobs managed by a cookie information management part. If there is a job previously in execution, the MFP makes an inquiry about an execution result of the job to a job status management unit that manages job execution results on a per job basis, and according to a result of the inquiry, changes an operation screen to be displayed on a display unit and a job to be executed.11-17-2011
20110279844MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER - A multifunction printer is capable of performing a plurality of functions. Each function is performed by a corresponding device incorporated in the multifunction printer. The multifunction printer includes a display unit, a malfunction detecting section, and a display controller. The malfunction detecting section is configured to detect a malfunction that has occurred within the multifunction printer. When one of the plurality of functions is selected, if the malfunction detecting section has detected the malfunction, the display controller causes the display unit to display a malfunction message indicative of the malfunction.11-17-2011
20110279842Image processing apparatus, device cooperation system, and recording medium - An image processing apparatus is connected to an apparatus including a layout data storage unit storing layout data, a display part data storage unit storing part data, and a customization data storage unit storing customization data, the image processing apparatus including a menu construction unit that generates the menu based on at least the part data, a menu generation unit that modifies the menu based on the customization data, a display unit that displays the menu modified based on the customization data and accepts an operation for the display part, and a device cooperation unit that requests the apparatus to provide the function and setting information of the function, the function having been accepted via a second display unit.11-17-2011
20110279847IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image processing apparatus includes a reading unit, an acquiring unit, a transmission control unit, and a printing control unit. The reading unit reads images of multiple pages of originals. The acquiring unit acquires device information from connected child devices. The transmission control unit determines a child device which takes charge of part of a printing process of the read images and images to be transmitted to the child device based on the acquired device information, and transmits the determined images to the determined child device. The printing control unit determines printing order according to the acquired device information, and transmits an instruction to print the images in the determined printing order to the child device.11-17-2011
20110279846INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus capable of preventing processing of a job which is in execution from being interrupted, even if a user's screen transition operation is performed while the job is being executed and capable of preventing the job which is being processed from staying in the information processing apparatus. If it is determined that a job is in an in-processing state when a user's screen changeover operation is accepted, a browser of the information processing apparatus causes a display unit to display, on the foreground, an operation screen other than an operation screen associated with the job.11-17-2011
20120287454SHEET FEEDING MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - A sheet feeding mechanism includes a separating member, a biasing member, a detectable portion and a detector. The separating member is mounted on a base portion to be movable between a first position to which the separating member is positioned when being pressed by a sheet feeding member and a second position at a distance from the first position. The biasing member biases the separating member so that the separating member moves from the first position toward the second position. The detectable portion is provided on the separating member. The detector detects the detectable portion at a detection position. The detectable portion is present at the detection position when the separating member is located at the first position and deviates from the detection position when the separating member is moved to the second position.11-15-2012
20090310164IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, PUBLICIZED INFORMATION AGGREGATING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus is provided with a browsing setting table storage portion for storing a keyword specified by a user, an update presence/absence determination portion for retrieving, from information publicized through a server, publicized information that includes updated or newly added contents and that also includes the keyword stored in the browsing setting table storage portion, and a printing control portion for controlling a printing unit to print the publicized information thus retrieved.12-17-2009
20080259376Image forming apparatus and image forming method - An image forming apparatus includes: a document image acquiring portion that acquires a document image; an integration pattern determining portion that makes settings relating to integration for each integrated document image when plural document images are integrated into a recording sheet as integrated document images and thereby determines an integration pattern of the integrated document images for the recording sheet; an integrated document image generating portion that generates the integrated document images corresponding to the integration pattern from the document images acquired by the document image acquiring portion according to the integration pattern determined by the integration pattern determining portion; and a print portion that prints the integrated document images generated by the integrated document generating portion onto the recording sheet in the integration pattern.10-23-2008
20120287455CHECKING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF CHECKING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A predetermined sheet indicating a portion of a printed matter determined to be abnormal as a checking result is added while retaining the productivity of a checking system as much as possible. A control method for controlling the checking system includes reading a sheet on which an image is printed based on image data by a printing unit and checking the read sheet, and performing control to add a predetermined sheet indicating a portion of a printed matter that is determined to be abnormal, to the sheet printed by the printing unit in a case where the number of pages of the image data is plural, and not to add the predetermined sheet to the sheet printed by the printing unit in a case where the number of pages of the image data is one.11-15-2012
20110317192IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DISPLAYING INTERFACE SCREEN, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus having a plurality of functions includes a scroll display portion that displays a row of markers and a slider for specifying one or more markers sequentially by moving along the row, an image display portion that displays functional images for representing functions corresponding to the markers specified by the slider, a setting portion that receives setting item details for a function specified by one of the functional images selected, and an extraction portion that extracts a function having the setting item details received by the setting portion different from an initial value. The image display portion displays a functional image for a longer time when the functional image represents the function extracted by the extraction portion than when the functional image does not represent the function extracted by the extraction portion.12-29-2011
20120099135INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus configured to associate a device with an application by using image input device information held by an installation unit after the installation unit of the application program determines whether or not the control program for controlling the device body is installed, and a control method of the information processing system.04-26-2012
20120099134IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SETTING METHOD FOR THE SAME - A method for an image forming apparatus involving displaying a menu screen for setting an image forming condition in a display unit of a control panel; receiving a setting information set at the menu screen; controlling a writing unit to write the setting information in a portable storage medium including an identification information via a wireless communication after reception of the setting information; controlling a reading unit to read the identification information in the portable storage medium via the wireless communication for user verification; controlling the reading unit to read the setting information in the portable storage medium via the wireless communication after the user verification; and changing a content of the menu screen in accordance with the setting information read from the portable storage medium when the control panel is operated to set an image forming condition.04-26-2012
20120099133CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS EXECUTING MULTIFUNCTIONAL PRODUCT - A multifunctional product connected with a plurality of terminals over a network includes an image information obtaining device that obtains image information, a document file storing device that stores the image information in a prescribed location as a document file, and a designating device that designates a prescribed terminal to receive the document file. A file transmission device is provided to transmit the document file to the prescribed terminal simultaneously when the document file storing device stores the image information in the document file.04-26-2012
20120099130IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is described. Selecting a function desired by a user from among functions provided in the apparatus is provided to improve operability as well as eliminating erroneous copy. In the image forming apparatus, an operation unit includes a display panel for displaying a function selecting portion. An operation unit side control portion, as the function selecting portion, has a first function selecting portion in which selectable function items are displayed corresponding to an operation mode and a second function selecting portion in which other function items which are selectable at the same time. The first function selecting portion and the second function selecting portion are displayed at the same time on the display panel, so that functions of the first function selecting portion and functions of the second function selecting portion are selectable at the same time.04-26-2012
20120099127IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In an image processing system, a multifunction printer carries out image reading or printing in accordance with processing execution condition information stored in a storage apparatus of a host PC. A storage apparatus of a client PC stores processing execution condition information. In a case where the client PC is connected to the host PC via the network, a control apparatus transmits the processing execution condition information stored in the storage apparatus to the host PC. The host PC stores the received processing execution condition information in the storage apparatus.04-26-2012
20120099126DETECTING DEVICE, DETECTING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A detecting device includes a detecting unit that detects an image on a medium transported in a transport path. The detecting unit includes a light emitter, a light receiver, and a light adjusting portion. The light emitter emits light toward the transport path in which the medium is transported. The light receiver receives reflected light of the light emitted from the light emitter. The light adjusting portion adjusts a quantity of light received by the light receiver according to a quantity of light emitted from the light emitter.04-26-2012
20120105891Image Processing Apparatus, Computer Program Product, and Preview Image Displaying Method - In an image processing apparatus, preview images are generating by continuously scanning both sides of originals. The page scrolling unit scrolls the preview images while pairing a first preview image to be processed with a second preview image that is not processed as pages of front and back sides of an original or a two-page spread, and a preview displaying unit displays at least one of the first preview image and the second image.05-03-2012
20110286024DOCUMENT COPIER - A document copier is disclosed. The document copier has a code sensor for sensing coded data on a surface of a source page. The source page contains the coded data and content. A controller is provided for identifying from the coded data an electronic document containing the content, and for retrieving the electronic document. A print engine then prints the content on a blank page.11-24-2011
20110286023DEVICE, METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR CREATING FORMS - There is provided a form creation device including a retaining unit that retains a range of set information which prescribes image elements that are suitable for OCR processing and an image generation unit that generates a form image based on a user's input and the set information range retained in the retaining unit.11-24-2011
20110286022Print Control Apparatus, Print Control System, and Printer Driver - A print control apparatus configured to control a plurality of types of printers, the print control apparatus including: a storage part storing a printer type, a function of the printer type, and a correspondence between the printer type and the function of the printer type; an acquisition part, which acquires identification information for identifying at least the printer type from the printer, and the acquisition part acquires the function corresponding to the printer type identified based on the identification information from the storage part, and a display part displaying an operation screen corresponding to the function acquired by the acquisition part.11-24-2011
20110299107IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - When the start of a job is instructed, information indicating the start of the job is transmitted to an external apparatus, and the external apparatus receives and processes the transmitted job in response to the information. If another job is received during that time period, execution of that other job is restricted.12-08-2011
20090091777IMAGE PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD - According to this invention, there is provided an image printing system which causes a plurality of image printing apparatuses to share and concurrently process an image printing job for outputting a plurality of prints based on image printing conditions and image information supplied from an information processing apparatus. In the image printing system of the invention, each of the image printing apparatuses interactively connected to each other has a proof/wait selection function of selecting a proof mode of outputting a single print or a wait mode of displaying image printing conditions and waiting. A master machine to which image printing conditions and image information are supplied from an information processing apparatus executes image printing operation in the proof mode or wait mode, and transfers the image printing conditions and image information to another image printing apparatus.04-09-2009
20110164267PRINT STRUCTURE, PRINTING METHOD AND READING METHOD FOR MEDIUM SURFACE WITH PRINT-FORMED DOT PATTERN - With the aim of realizing an easy and inexpensive method of realizing a “stealth” dot pattern, whose presence on a medium surface is not visually recognizable, merely through minor improvements in the existing printing technology, the present invention provides dots which form a dot pattern by printing these dots using an ink of any color reactive in the infrared or ultraviolet wavelength range on a medium surface on which a dot pattern is to be formed, for use with a dot pattern reading system that irradiates infrared or ultraviolet light on a medium surface having a dot pattern provided thereon, recognizes the dot pattern by reading the reflections of the light with an optical reading means, converts the dot pattern into the corresponding data, and outputs the text, voice, images and so forth contained in the data.07-07-2011
20110141509IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a facsimile-printing-role-information acquiring unit configured to acquire, in user unit, facsimile printing role information indicating whether facsimile data is handled, a forced-printing-information acquiring unit configured to acquire forced printing information indicating whether received facsimile data is forcibly printed, a facsimile-data-reception processing unit configured to, when facsimile data is received, print the facsimile data if the forced printing information indicates that forced printing is possible and store the facsimile data when the forced printing information indicates that the forced printing is impossible, an authenticating unit configured to authenticate a user who logs in to the image forming apparatus, and a facsimile-data-output processing unit configured to, when the user is authenticated, control display and printing of a received facsimile job on the basis of the facsimile printing role information and the forced printing information.06-16-2011
20110141508VARIABLE PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL PROGRAM - A variable printing control apparatus for creating an image data to be printed, using variable printing data containing a plurality of page data in which one of a plurality of parts is arranged in one page, the variable printing control apparatus being configured to implement: a first processing method for rasterizing the plurality of page data, extracting the plurality of parts from each of pieces of raster data, and superimposing the plurality of parts of raster data to create the image data; and a second processing method for converting the plurality of page data into PDL data, extracting the plurality of parts from each of pieces of PDL data, superimposing the plurality of parts of PDL data, and rasterizing the superimposed PDL data to create the image data.06-16-2011
20110141507INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A printer driver generates a print command based on the spool data of a print job to thereby transmit the print command to a printer. The printer driver manages a correspondence between job identification information that identifies a print job for which an error occurred and information about the number of printed pages at the moment when the error occurred in a storage device. When it is determined that the print job to be processed is a data type to be spooled by an intermediate drawing command and the job identification information for the print job to be processed is managed by the storage device, the printer driver skips page configuration processing relating to printed pages and generates a print command based on the information about the number of printed pages, which corresponds to the job identification information and is managed by the storage device.06-16-2011
20110292429METHOD FOR PROCESSING DOCUMENTS ON AN IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS - The invention relates to a method for processing documents on an image-forming apparatus, which is able to handle a plurality of settings, each setting settable to any of a number of setting values, the method comprising the steps of defining a first subset of the settings, defining a second subset of the settings, disjunctive from the first subset, for each setting of the first subset setting any of a number of setting values, which are selectable for the setting, for each setting of the second subset leaving the corresponding setting values unset, and for each document to be processed, creating a job for processing the digital document, associating the first and second subset and the setting values of the first subset with the job, interactively setting a setting value for each setting of the second subset, submitting the job with the setting values of the first and second subset to the image-forming apparatus, and processing the document by means of the image-forming apparatus according to the setting values of the first and second subset. The invention also relates to an image-forming apparatus and a computer program product for performing the steps of the claimed method.12-01-2011
20110292430APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SCANNING AND/OR PRINTING AN IMAGE - A scanning apparatus and a method thereof include a scanning unit scanning a document and outputting a scanned result, at least one external storage unit detachably attached to the apparatus, at least one internal storage unit, and a controller detecting an attachment state of the external storage unit and storing the scanned result in one of the external storage unit and the internal storage unit according to the attachment state of the external storage unit. The scanning unit of the scanning apparatus is combined with a user scanning unit and a user printing unit into a combination apparatus, and the scanned result is printed in a printing apparatus spaced-apart from the scanning apparatus by a distance, thereby removing cables between the scanning or printing apparatus and a personal computer. Regardless of an attachment state of the external storage unit, the document is scanned in the real time, and the scanning apparatus is commonly used with a plurality of personal computers which are not connected to the scanning apparatus.12-01-2011
20110292424Computer Readable Medium Having Common Printer Driver, and Print Port Managing Method - A non-transitory computer readable medium having a common printer driver to be executed by a print control device communicatively connected to one or more printers and mounting an operating system is provided. The common printer driver, when executed by the print control device, causing the print control device to perform the steps of: selecting any printer from one or more of the printers; generation requesting the operating system to generate a logical print port for communication with a printer selected in the selecting step, recording usage history of the print port generated in the generation requesting step, and deletion requesting for determining whether the print port is necessary or not based on the usage history and requesting the operating system to delete the print port determined to be unnecessary.12-01-2011
20110292426COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - A communication apparatus that stores at least one address of transmission destination, at least one file to be transmitted, and messages registered for each file that are received from an external device via an interface, and transmits the files and the messages registered for each file to a transmission destination terminal when receiving a transmission instruction of the files via the interface.12-01-2011
20110292428IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, SCREEN CONTROL SYSTEM, AND SCREEN CONTROL METHOD - An image processing device in which a plurality of applications each having multiple functions can be installed includes a display device and an application control unit. When screen definition information acquired from a first application includes definition information of a second application corresponding to a screen change destination, the application control unit displays an application screen in which a display component for selecting a function of the second application is arranged, on the display device. When an input manipulation on the application screen by a user is received, the application control unit specifies a function of the second application based on a result of determination of an event type of the received input manipulation and displays a functional screen of the specified function of the second application on the display device as a result of the operation of the screen change.12-01-2011
20110292425Method and apparatus for forming an image - A method and an apparatus for forming an image by rendering content according to a digital living network alliance (DLNA) standard. According to the method and the apparatus, content that may be processed by the apparatus is acquired from the host by using at least one of services defined in the DLNA standard, and an image corresponding to the acquired content is formed and output.12-01-2011
20090002742Image input/output apparatus and image input/output method - A disclosed image input/output apparatus includes an image information acquiring unit configured to acquire image information; an identification information recognition unit configured to recognize identification information included in the image information acquired by the image information acquiring unit; and an output control unit configured to identify and output the image information acquired by the image information acquiring unit based on the identification information recognized by the identification information recognition unit.01-01-2009
20090002740JOB CONTROL DEVICE, MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE, AND AN OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A job control device, a multifunction device, and an operation method thereof are provided. The job control device includes a middleware unit that supports connection with a multifunction device comprising multiple devices having independent functions, and a job control unit that controls performing of a job by at least one device from among the plurality of devices through the middleware unit. A multifunction device includes a multiple devices that have independent functions and a middleware unit that requests a job call to the job control device. A device, from among the plurality of devices, called from the job control device through the middleware unit executes a corresponding function.01-01-2009
20100085590JOB-TICKET OPTIMIZED RENDERING - A print controller in a printing system includes a reprogrammable page description language (PDL) processor that defines a page-break function. The print controller also includes a job ticket interpreter. The print controller receives a printable file in the page description language that contains logical pages indicated by page-break indicators. The job ticket interpreter receives a job ticket associated with the printable file and containing layout parameters for the logical pages. The job ticket interpreter re-defines the page-break function in the PDL processor so that the print controller prints a plurality of the logical pages without referencing the job ticket for each page. In some embodiments, the PDL processor is a PostScript processor and the job ticket interpreter is a JDF interpreter encoded as a PostScript program interpreted by the PostScript interpreter.04-08-2010
20100265528Network print system, server computer used for the print system, recording medium recording program and recording medium recording printer driver - A server computer executes a program including: the step of receiving and storing install information, when a universal printer driver is installed in a client computer; the step of simultaneous broadcast transmission, to search for MFPs on a network; the step of storing MFP information based on responses to the simultaneous broadcast from the MFPs; and the step of storing, when a request for limiting use of MFPs is issued, information of MFPs of which use is limited. When the universal printer driver is activated in the client computer, printing is done by a usable MFP, in accordance with the information of MFPs of which use is limited, stored in the server.10-21-2010
20100033747IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR INSTALL - An image forming device includes a storage unit that stores a program to use the device itself as image data of a virtual recording medium; and a controller including: a detecting unit that detects connection of another device using the device itself; a transmitting unit that transmits, if the connection is detected by the detecting unit, discriminates an information of the device itself to another device using the device itself; a receiving unit that receives a response information based on the discriminating information; and wherein another device using the device itself is available to access the image data of the virtual recording medium on the basis of the response information.02-11-2010
20100033749DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - When a plurality of documents is read to generate an image file including a plurality of pages in a storage medium, if a capacity of the storage medium is short during generation, a storage control unit returns a writing position so that file end information can be written and writes the file end information therein. Further, when a cancellation instruction is input during reading of a document, the storage control unit writes the file end information even when a file is being generated. Thus, even if a memory capacity comes short in the middle of a page or file generation is interrupted by cancellation operation, the generated file can be prevented from resulting in an incomplete file that cannot be displayed.02-11-2010
20100091312SMART COPY FUNCTION ENHANCEMENTS - Multiple enhancements are provided to a smart copy function of an imaging device to improve performance by making it operate in a time efficient manner. The enhancements include determining pre-positioning of the scan bar based upon the content type setting in the user interface. The smart copy function is also enhanced by determining when to implement and implementing a second pre-scan at a higher resolution when misidentification occurs. Another enhancement uses original size and edge to edge properties to determine content of the original document, which then allows optimal selection of the final copy scan and print parameters.04-15-2010
20100091313SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN EMBEDDED BARCODE - A document management system including an information processing apparatus having an interface to receive an input selecting a security setting corresponding to an image processing operation. The information processing apparatus also generates machine-readable instructions based on the selected security setting and generates a barcode corresponding to the machine-readable instructions, which is included on a document. An image processing apparatus then scans the document including the barcode and extracts the machine-readable instructions from the barcode. Based on the extracted instructions, the image processing apparatus initiates a process.04-15-2010
20100091314DUAL-MODE PHOTO PRINTING DEVICE - A dual-mode photo printing device includes a printer, an order sorter, having a plurality of moveable bins positionable to receive prints from the printer, and a removable order security door, attachable to cover the order sorter, having an output position. The photo printing device has a first mode with the door attached and prints being obtainable from the order sorter only via the output position, and a second mode with the door removed and prints being obtainable from more than one bin of the order sorter.04-15-2010
20110216342IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing device includes a reading unit, an image processing unit, a display unit, and an instruction unit. The reading unit reads an image from an image reading region on a platen. The image processing unit detects non-document image data from read image data obtained by the reading and generates estimated document image data by removing the non-document image data from the read image data. The display unit displays an estimated document image based on the estimated document image data. The instruction unit receives one instruction of a reprocessing instruction for remaking the estimated document image data and the next processing instruction for instructing the next process without remaking the estimated document image data, in response to the display of the estimated document image.09-08-2011
20110216338ALIGNMENT MECHANISM FOR SHEET FINISHING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ALIGNMENT METHOD FOR THE SHEET FINISHING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a sheet finishing apparatus includes a supporting unit, a positioning unit, a socket mechanism, and a moving unit. The supporting unit supports a sheet fed from an image forming unit. The positioning unit has a contact surface which a side end of the sheet placed on the supporting unit is come into contact with. The socket mechanism projects from the contact surface of the positioning unit and is located above the supporting unit. The moving unit comes into contact with the upper surface of the sheet placed on the supporting unit and moves the sheet in the direction of the contact surface of the positioning unit.09-08-2011
20110216340IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION CONVERTER, SERVER, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming system comprises a calling part for calling up customized information which is operation setting information customized for a specific user, a converter for dividing an operation to be executed in a specific function mode which is installed in a first image forming apparatus and not installed in a second image forming apparatus into a plurality of jobs and changing execution information of the specific function mode to converted execution information described by using combination of pieces of execution information on the plurality of jobs when the specific function mode is included in the customized information, and a controller for executing an operation to implement the same function as that of the specific function mode in the second image forming apparatus by using the converted execution information.09-08-2011
20110216339IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store a setting history indicating a setting content relating to an executed processing, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a definition file, and a processing unit configured to execute the processing according to the acquired definition file. Whether the processing which has been executed in the image processing apparatus is processing based on the definition file is determined. In a case where the executed processing is the processing based on the definition file, the setting history indicating the setting content relating to the processing is not stored.09-08-2011
20110216337IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an image output unit, an image acquisition unit, and an image processing execution unit. The image output unit outputs a first image corresponding to content to be printed by a printing unit on a paper medium to an image storage unit. The image acquisition unit acquires a plurality of second images corresponding to read results of content printed on a paper medium by a reading unit. The image processing execution unit performs given image processing for at least one of the second images specified from the plurality of second images based on comparison of the second images and the first images stored in the image storage unit.09-08-2011
20100085591PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION UPDATE METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The size of a medium update program for adding a medium to a printer driver and printer is becoming larger due to an increasing number of available media, a larger-size profile used for image processing, and a variety of media lineups. A medium update program according to this invention searches for necessary medium integrated information based on an area and lineup information selected by a user. Then, the medium update program selects and inputs necessary medium integrated information, and shares information common to media, thereby creating all-media integrated information.04-08-2010
20120188575SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UPDATING PRINTING DEVICE CAPABILITIES - Systems and methods that generate initial printing device capabilities data including one or more initial printing device capabilities based on the initial print ticket markup language data, receive second print ticket markup language data, generate updated printing device capabilities data including one or more updated printing device capabilities based on the second print ticket markup language data, and generate one or more changed printing device capabilities markup language data based on the initial printing device capabilities data and the updated printing device capabilities data, wherein the one or more changed printing device capabilities markup language data includes one or more changed printing device capabilities that indicate differences between the one or more initial printing device capabilities and the one or more updated printing device capabilities.07-26-2012
20120188576RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS - P (fifteen) recording heads are arranged in two columns in a zigzag pattern in a recording unit. The P recording heads are divided into N (two) groups in the sub-scanning direction (up-down direction in the figure). The N (two) controllers respectively control the recording heads pertaining to corresponding groups. Therefore, the number of the boundary (M/S boundary line) of the recording regions (master recording region and slave recording region) of the recording heads controlled by the different controllers becomes at least N−1 (one).07-26-2012
20120188573Mechanism for Generating Index Separator Pages - A printing system is disclosed. The printing system includes a storage device and a print job manager that stores received print jobs in the storage device and facilitates the printing of multiple selected print jobs as a batch of print jobs. The print job manager includes a page generator to generate an index separator page including information for each of the selected print jobs with the batch of print jobs.07-26-2012
20120188572SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UPDATING A USER INTERFACE FOR A PRINTING DEVICE - Systems and methods for updating a user interface that indicates printing capabilities for a printing device by reading one or more first printing capabilities from first printing capabilities data, generating a user interface including a plurality of interface elements, wherein one or more interface elements of the plurality of interface elements are associated with the one or more first printing capabilities, reading one or more second printing capabilities from second printing capabilities data, the one or more second printing capabilities including at least one printing capability different from the one or more first printing capabilities, generating delta printing capabilities data indicating changed printing capabilities based on the one or more first printing capabilities and the one or more second printing capabilities, wherein the delta printing capabilities data includes the at least one printing capability different from the one or more first printing capabilities, and updating the one or more interface elements associated with the changed printing capabilities indicated by the delta printing capabilities data, including the at least one printing capability different from the one or more first printing capabilities, wherein at least one interface element is independent from the changed printing capabilities.07-26-2012
20120026525IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF FUNCTION SETTING SCREEN, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing system includes an information processing apparatus and one or a plurality of image processing apparatuses that can be connected to the information processing apparatus via a network. A function whose function set value is to be displayed on a function setting screen is identified from identifying information included in screen information made by the information processing apparatus. The image processing apparatus includes an identifying information storage part in which identifying information of a function is stored, and of the functions whose identifying information is stored, all function set values of the identified function are displayed on a display part in a mode that can be selected by a user.02-02-2012
20090051953Image Forming Apparatus and Method for Managing a Mode Program Constituted by Operation Mode Information Set to a Job Performed by the Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus registers a mode program constituted by operation mode information set to a job in order to execute the job by retrieving the mode program. A mode program registration section outputs an instruction to acquire the operation mode information set to the job and acquires the operation mode information. An operation mode acquisition section sends a request to a software part corresponding to a process constituting said job to acquire the operation mode information, and acquires and outputs the operation mode information of a predetermined type, which is a return value output from the software part, to the mode program registration section. A mode program information management section creates mode program information including the operation mode information acquired by the mode program registration section and identification information of the mode program, and stores the mode program information in a mode program information retaining section.02-26-2009
20110194132INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - The data conversion unit of a printer driver makes a copy of a spool file in PDF and stores it as PDF data 08-11-2011
20100007906IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A multi-functional peripheral allows a user to select a productivity priority mode or an image quality priority mode. In the productivity priority mode, a scanner performs a reading operation without moving first and second carriages in a sub-scanning direction, a foreign object image removing processing is executed in accordance with image data obtained by the reading operation, and image forming is performed in accordance with the image data applied with image processing. In the image quality priority mode, the first and second carriages are moved from a reading position P to a reading position P′ at which the foreign object does not adhere to a reading slot, the scanner performs the reading operation, and an image forming is performed in accordance with image data applied with image processing not including the foreign object image removing processing.01-14-2010
20090153892IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processing device includes plural image processing units that perform image processing on print data; a delivery unit that delivers a whole set of print data formed of plural segments to the plural image processing units; and a sending unit that sends a processing request command that specifies which segment of print data should be subjected to image processing to the plural image processing units, respectively, each of the plural image processing units including a conversion unit that converts print data for a segment specified by the processing request command sent by the sending unit into image information as bitmap data for primary colors.06-18-2009
20110267633CACHING NETWORK SERVICE RESOURCES - An application service includes a device interface manager, an acquisition manager, and a job manager. The device interface is configured to receive, from a device, a print instruction defining a context. The acquisition manager is configured to use the context to acquire context compatible content. The job manager is configured to communicate a reference to a print service for accessing cached context compatible print data for the print instruction if the context compatible print data is available in a cache, and to otherwise communicate to the print service, context compatible print data for context compatible content acquired by the acquisition manager.11-03-2011
20090153893IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which is capable of preventing wasteful transmission of metadata. Metadata is registered in advance in association with a type of a transmission destination of an image data. When transmitting the image data, metadata associated with the type of the transmission destination of the image data is determined, and the image data and the determined metadata are transmitted to the transmission destination.06-18-2009
20120140256CONTROL DEVICE, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - A control device includes a device state changing unit, a communication unit, a communication unit, a storage unit, a storage unit state changing unit, and a reducing unit. The device state changing unit changes a state of the control device between a power saving state and a normal state. The communication unit communicates with a controlled device. The storage unit is an object of at least one of reading operation and recording operation by the communication unit. The storage unit stores at least part of information which the communication unit needs for communication with the controlled device. The storage unit state changing unit changes a state of the storage unit between a stored content holding state and a normal state in given cycles. The reducing unit reduces frequency of operation of reading and recording to the storage unit in the communication unit.06-07-2012
20100225948IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH A RECONSTRUCTION CIRCUIT, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes an input unit, a first storage unit, a selection unit, a second storage unit, an image processing unit, a generation unit, a control unit, and a decision unit. The image processing unit is configured to include a reconfiguration circuit, which enables reconfiguration according to circuit configuration data stored in the second storage unit, and to execute image processing on image data input by the input unit. The control unit, after performing a first setting processing for rewriting a part of the circuit configuration data stored in the second storage unit, according to the rewriting data generated by the generation unit, configured to execute control to perform reconfiguration processing for reconfiguring a circuit configuration of the image processing unit according to the circuit configuration data stored by the second storage unit.09-09-2010
20090147291IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus that forms a color image includes: a sensor that detects a density of an image formed on the transfer body; a density adjusting unit that forms a density test pattern on a transfer body and that adjusts process parameters such that a density of the density test pattern on the transfer body falls within a predetermined range of a reference density; and a gradation adjusting unit that forms a gradation test pattern on the transfer body and updates the gradation correction data such that a density for every gradation of the gradation test pattern on the transfer body falls within a predetermined range of a reference gradation density acquired and stored beforehand. The gradation adjusting unit updates the gradation correction data subsequently after the density adjusting unit adjusts the density of the density test pattern.06-11-2009
20090021757"Proof print" for job settings - According to techniques described herein, print job attributes are checked to identify potential conflicts and potential invalid settings. According to one embodiment of the invention, a job setting manager process executing on a printing device is configured to examine and store print job attributes as detected by print interpreter modules. According to an embodiment of the invention, the job setting manager maintains a data structure comprising print job attributes, their values, and other information. As each interpreter module detects a job setting in the print data, the job setting manager receives this setting and its value and checks the data structure to identify conflicts between previously-set job attributes and whether the requested job attribute is supported by the destination printing device. According to an embodiment of the invention, if a conflict is identified, a notification is produced.01-22-2009
20080266588Multifunction Peripheral and Method for Warming Up the Same - There is provided a multifunction peripheral which comprises a first storage unit configured to store a relationship between a state change and at least one function expected to be used in relation to the state change, a detection unit configured to detect the state change, a function extraction unit configured to firstly extract at least one function which is expected to be used in relation to the state change detected by the detection unit in accordance with the relationship stored in the first storage unit and to secondly extract at least one function for which a predetermined condition concerning availability of each function is satisfied from among the firstly extracted at least one function, and a warm-up operation control unit configured to execute a warm-up operation of at least one device used to execute the at least one function secondly extracted by the function extraction unit.10-30-2008
20090310163INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a document information storage unit, a progress information identification unit and a progress information storage unit. The document information storage unit stores identification information of a paper document associated with an operation item defined for a case. The progress information identification unit obtains progress information indicating a progress of the operation item based on the paper document identified by the identification information associated with the operation item. The progress information storage unit stores the progress information obtained by the progress information identification unit associated with the operation item.12-17-2009
20090161137Multifunctional Peripheral Print Container Modification - A system and method are provided for appending element files to a print container in a multifunctional peripheral (MFP) device. The method accepts a first element file and a print container including a second element file. Examples of element files other print containers, fixed documents, application-specific documents, page description language (PDL) documents, extensible markup language (XML) paper specification (XPS) fixed documents, facsimile documents, and scanned documents. The method modifies the print container to include the second element file and the first element file preserved as separate entities, and stores the modified print container in a tangible memory medium.06-25-2009
20100128296System and Method for Dynamically Printing Printed Codes in a Document - An information system for use in information management for musical and theatrical entertainment comprising an electronically-accessible data record. The information system includes a performance element; a substrate having thereon one or more printed codes practically imperceptible to a human being; and a device having an optical reader capable of reading a selected one of the one or more printed codes on the substrate, non-volatile memory and a controller, the device further having means for providing humanly perceptible feedback, the non-volatile memory storing the performance element.05-27-2010
20100128298IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, LOG RECORDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A problem that it is difficult to associate a log of processing executed in a web browser of an image forming apparatus with a log of processing executed in a web application server, and thus it is difficult to track the logs as a series of processing logs. The image processing apparatus receives an execution request of a function of the image forming apparatus and obtains identification information for a log of processing executed in the server apparatus in response to the received execution request of the function. The image forming apparatus stores a log of processing in the image forming apparatus related to the processing in the server apparatus corresponding to the obtained identification information, in association with the obtained identification information.05-27-2010
20100128297ON-DEMAND IN-TIME MANUFACTURING OF IMAGE-BASED PRODUCTS - A system provides just-in-time on-demand manufacturing of image-based products. Physical manifestations of the image-based products are tracked in multiple logic states. Errors can be corrected while minimizing waste.05-27-2010
20120188579IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND PREVIEW IMAGE DISPLAYING METHOD - The image data processing apparatus includes a storage unit to store image data having a process setting. The image data processing apparatus includes a selection screen display unit to display the one or more image data stored in the storage unit and to display a selection screen to select whether to use a process content associated with image data selected from the displayed image data if the one segment of image data is used. The image data processing apparatus includes a display control unit to display, on the display device, a preview image reflecting the process content based on the associated process content.07-26-2012
20120188574SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UPDATING A USER INTERFACE FOR A PRINTING DEVICE - Systems and methods for updating a user interface that indicates printing capabilities for a printing device read one or more first printing capabilities from first printing capabilities data, generate a user interface that includes a plurality of interface elements, read one or more second printing capabilities from second printing capabilities data, the one or more second printing capabilities including at least one printing capability different from the one or more first printing capabilities, generate delta printing capabilities data indicating changed printing capabilities based on the one or more first printing capabilities and the one or more second printing capabilities, wherein the delta printing capabilities data includes the at least one printing capability different from the one or more first printing capabilities, and update one or more interface elements associated with the changed printing capabilities indicated by the delta printing capabilities data.07-26-2012
20090002741INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus configured to edit data including an object used for forming an image includes a determination unit configured to determine whether the object can be normally output with a resource used for forming a specific image before forming an image of the object, and a generation unit configured to generate data that restricts editing of the object that is determined to be normally outputable by the determination unit and generate data that does not restrict the editing of the object that is determined not to be normally outputable by the determination unit.01-01-2009
20100110466IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming device includes an operation unit, a job executing unit, a receiving unit, a first determining unit, and a second determining unit. The print job received at the receiving unit contains information about an amount of print resource to be consumed. The first determining unit determines whether the receiving unit receives a print job while the user is setting another print job by the operation unit. The second determining unit determines whether the print resource remains as much as both the received print job and the another print job can be executed when the first determining unit determines that the receiving unit receives the print job while the user is setting the another print job by the operation unit. The job executing unit sets an order of priority for executing the print job based on the determination result of the second determining unit.05-06-2010
20110261380Image forming apparatus and method for providing user interface screen of image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus and a method for providing a user interface (UI) screen of the image forming apparatus are provided. The image forming apparatus receives a UI screen to be displayed on a display unit thereof from a web server that is connected to a web browser of the image forming apparatus. In some embodiments, a UI screen corresponding to screen information of the display unit and apparatus information of the image forming apparatus is received from the web server and displayed.10-27-2011
20110261383IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND DATA OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD EXECUTED BY IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming apparatus according to the present invention is controlled in such a way that it can generate from document data, original copy data for outputting an original copy of the document data and carbon copy data for outputting a carbon copy of the document data (S10-27-2011
20110261382Terminal Device and Image Printing Method - An image printing method to transmit a signal to an image printing device. The image printing device can be in either a normal print mode or a saving print mode, and maintains the selected print mode as standard mode information. The image printing method includes a step to obtain the standard mode information from the image printing device, a step to display a confirmation window including a print setting change button based on a user operation through a print start button while a print setting window including the print start button is displayed, a step to determine print settings for a print signal based on the standard mode information and a user operation through the print setting change button, and a step to generate the print signal including the determined print settings. The step to display the confirmation window determines whether the confirmation window is to be displayed or not based on the standard mode information.10-27-2011
20090279115OBTAINING PRINT SYSTEM SETTINGS FOR SELECTED PRINT MEDIA ATTRIBUTES IN A NETWORKED PRINT JOB ENVIRONMENT - What is disclosed is a novel system and method for automatically retrieving and configuring the print device to a set of device specific system settings tailored for user selected media attributes. In one embodiment, an operator selects media attributes desired for a particular print job on a print device which then automatically queries a database over a network for a set of device specific system settings tailored to the selected media attributes. The database system determines the existence of at least one record stored in the database and provides that matching record data back to the print device. The matching record data is received and displayed on a user interface for review by an operator. The operator accepts/modifies the displayed system settings. The print device then automatically configures the device to the accepted device specific system settings.11-12-2009
20090201525IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In continuous printing of plural sheets of recording paper, a controlling section of an image forming apparatus corrects a writing position for a first sheet of recording paper in accordance with an off-center amount detected by a carrying position sensor with respect to the first sheet of recording paper. As for an nth sheet of recording paper, the controlling section corrects the writing position for the nth sheet of recording paper in accordance with an off-center amount α(n−1) detected by the carrying position sensor with respect to an (n−1)th sheet of recording paper. In a case where an absolute value of a difference between an off-center amount αn detected by the carrying position sensor with respect to the nth sheet of recording paper and the off-center amount α(n−1) exceeds a threshold, the controlling section corrects the writing position in accordance with the off-center amount αn and causes an exposure unit to write again the electrostatic latent image at the writing position corrected in accordance with the off-center amount an, instead of writing an electrostatic latent image at the writing position corrected in accordance with the off-center amount α(n−1). This makes it possible to minimize a decrease in printing speed and improve accuracy of a position with which an image is formed on a sheet of recording paper.08-13-2009
20100123918IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - Provided is an image forming apparatus which is connected to a storage unit for storing a plurality of image data so as to form an image using image data selected by a user from the plurality of image data stored in the storage unit, the image forming apparatus including: a display unit which displays a screen; an exclusion candidate image extracting unit which extracts exclusion candidate image data as a candidate excluded from image formation with a predetermined condition from image-formed image data out of the image data stored in the storage unit; an exclusion image selection reception unit which displays the extracted exclusion candidate image data by the display unit and receives selection of image data excluded from image formation by the user; an exclusion image setting unit which sets the selected image data as exclusion image data excluded from image formation; and a formed image selection reception unit which displays image data excluding the image-formed image data and the set exclusion image data from the plurality of image data stored in the storage unit on the display unit and receives selection of image data for image formation by the user, when an image forming instruction is received from the user.05-20-2010
20110170128LINKAGE SYSTEM OF PLURAL MULTI FUNCTION PERIPHERALS - According to an embodiment, a linkage system of plural multi function peripherals includes a first multi function peripheral and a second multi function peripheral. The first multi function peripheral includes a first network interface, a first memory and a first management unit. The first memory is configured to store a first data group. The first management unit is configured to manage first management information relating to the first data group. The second multi function peripheral includes a second network interface, a second memory, a second management unit and a control unit. The second memory is configured to store a second data group. The second management unit is configured to manage second management information relating to the second data group. The control unit is configured to link the first management information and the second management information.07-14-2011
20090290185INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PREVIEW METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - Some embodiments of the present invention provide an information processing apparatus comprising a storage unit configured to store document data in a structured mark-up language; a determination unit configured to determine whether a specific function setting is on; a conversion unit configured to convert, when the determination unit determines that the specific function setting is on, the document data stored by the storage unit to a stream format; and a transmission unit configured to transmit, when the determination unit determines that the specific function setting is off, the document data in the structured mark-up language stored by the storage unit to a subsequent filter without converting the document data to the stream format.11-26-2009
20090290183IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE RECORDING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - In an image processing device, the memory stores conversion characteristic information corresponding to respective recording portions of an image recording device that records an image at a recording medium while moving a recording unit, which is provided with a plurality of the recording portions arrayed in a first direction, relative to the recording medium in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, the conversion characteristic information expressing conversion characteristics for converting image data in units of one pixel. The first processing unit performs conversion processing along the first direction, continuously converting respective sets of pixel data aligned in the second direction, using conversion characteristic information that corresponds to the recording portions. The second processing unit performs image processing in the order of processing by the first processing unit. The output unit outputs the image data to the image recording device as aligned in the first direction.11-26-2009
20090296127COMMUNICATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF PERFORMING EASY-MAINTENANCE WHEN PERMITTED BY EXTERNAL DEVICE - A communication device, such as multifunction peripheral, includes a communication section communicable with an external device such as a call center, a mode changing section, a communication status indicating section, and a mode change enabling section. The mode changing section changes an operation mode from a first mode to a second mode. Settings of the communication device falling in a prescribed category are not changeable in the first mode but changeable in the second mode through user's operations. The communication status indicating section indicates that communications between the communication section and the external device are established. The mode change enabling section enables the mode changing section to change the operation mode from the first mode to the second mode under a condition where the communication status indicating section indicates that communications between the communication section and the external device are established.12-03-2009
20090262379Image forming apparatus providing user support in sleep mode - An image forming apparatus that can support the user in sleep mode is provided. When the apparatus enters sleep mode, guidance information is displayed on an electronic paper. The electronic paper maintains displayed contents even when power is not supplied and, therefore, even when power is not supplied to a display panel in the sleep mode, the display for the user is continuously given, thereby supporting the user.10-22-2009
20090279116IMAGE DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image data processing apparatus capable of automatically giving a proper file name based on the similarity of image data is provided. An MFP includes a scanner or communication port that inputs image data, a memory portion having stored thereon comparison data containing a fixed-form format portion (print data or fixed-form format data), together with a file name corresponding to the comparison data, and a CPU that compares a portion equivalent to a fixed-form format portion of comparison data that is contained in image data input by the scanner or the communication port, with a fixed-form format portion of comparison data stored in the memory portion. When the CPU compares image data with comparison data to determine that both data are similar to each other, the CPU sets the file name of the comparison data as the file name of the image data.11-12-2009
20090284780IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - Input raster image data is divided into objects of each attribute. The division results, and charge information representing a consideration accrued from a vectorized process for the division results are displayed. It is designated whether to execute the vectorized process for the displayed division results. The vectorized process of converting the raster image data into vector data is executed on the basis of the contents of the designation.11-19-2009
20110170127IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM EQUIPPED THEREWITH - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section that forms an image based on job information, an operation section that enables an operator to conduct an input operation, and a controller that controls the image forming section, the operation section and a job, and is capable of conducting an output setting for the job. The controller causes the operation section to designate a part of pages of the job which is outputted in progress and to change the output setting.07-14-2011
20100177336IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - Image data C07-15-2010
20080212122Controlling program, controlling apparatus, image forming apparatus and print controlling method - There is described a controlling program, a controlling apparatus, an image forming apparatus and a print controlling method, each to be employed in the variable-data printing. The controlling apparatus that controls a variable-data printing to create plural sets of print products based on print data provided with a variable field to which variable printing contents are to be applied for the plural sets of the print products, so as to convert the print data to raster image data, includes: a record acquiring section to acquire the plural records to be applied to the variable field; and a specifying section to specify, for each of the plural sets of print products, one kind of paper sheet out of plural kinds of paper sheets, based on correlation information in which the plural records and the plural kinds of paper sheets are correlated with each other.09-04-2008
20080212123Printer and output method employed in the printer - A printer which has a direct-printing function for reading and printing information stored in a storage device and which includes: an interface unit which receives the storage device, the storage device storing file information including content information for print or display and restrictive information for controlling output of the content information; a reading unit which reads the restrictive information from the storage device; a setting unit which sets indication information indicating the file information according to the content information and the restrictive information; and an indication outputting unit which outputs information based on the indication information set by the setting unit.09-04-2008
20080212121Document data processing apparatus, document data processing system and recording medium - A document data processing apparatus comprising: an obtaining portion for obtaining transmitted document data; a giving portion for giving the obtained document data multiple pieces of recommended information to recommend an operation when outputting; and a transmitting portion for transmitting document data to a destination, the document data carrying multiple pieces of given recommended information.09-04-2008
20120268767INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a selection section. When the information processing apparatus makes an image forming apparatus perform image formation on a presentation file including first information on a first output image and second information on a second target output image associated with the first output image based on the first information and the second information, the selection section selects a target output image on which the image formation is performed from among the second output image.10-25-2012
20120268768INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In an information processing system of the invention, when authentication using authentication information from a Web browser of an MFP succeeds, a server generates a session ID, and transmits screen information added with the session ID to the Web browser. The Web browser accepts an operation through an operation screen displayed based on the screen information received from the server, and transmits its operation content to the server. The server transmits, to a service provider of the MFP, a request for executing a job corresponding to the operation content, in which a session ID is designated. Upon completion of execution of the job, the service provider transmits, to the server without intervening the Web browser, completion information indicating the execution result and added with the session ID.10-25-2012
20120268766MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL AND PROGRAM USED THEREIN - A multifunction peripheral includes two types of communication parts that communicate based on communication destination information, a communication designation information database in which identification information are stored, and a post-process controller that determines that the communication destination information for a same destination is updated when either one of the communication destination information in the communication destination information database is updated, and determines that the communication destination information for another destination is assigned to the identification information when both of the communication destination information in the communication destination information database are updated.10-25-2012
20120293820Multifunctional image processing apparatus - A multifunctional image forming apparatus includes: a communication device communicable with a server providing a service related to image formation with the user; a display operation device having a display function, for receiving a user operation; and an image forming unit for forming an image in response to a user instruction received through the display operation device. The multifunctional image forming apparatus receives an input operation by the user through the display operation device, displays a screen in accordance with the input operation and, in addition, executes a user registration process for the service provided by the server through communication with the server through the communication device, and displays a screen thereof.11-22-2012
20120268763INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PDL DATA CONVERSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus that converts PDL data into PDL data having a hierarchical structure is provided. The information processing apparatus acquires the number of records in PDL data and creates a template including nodes in a record layer, which correspond to records in a one-to-one relationship and are equal to the number of records, based on the number of records. The information processing apparatus inputs PDL data and acquires relational information indicating the relation between a page and a record both included in PDL data. The information processing apparatus adds nodes in a lower layer of the record layer, which are linked with the nodes in the record layer included in the created template, and sets attribute information about PDL data to each of the nodes in the lower layer of the record layer. The information processing apparatus maps each page included in PDL data to each node in the lower layer of the record layer based on relational information.10-25-2012
20120268761PAPER FEEDING APPRATUS FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A paper feeding apparatus for an image forming apparatus and a method of the same are disclosed. The paper feeding apparatus for an image forming apparatus, the paper feeding apparatus comprises a paper pick-up unit adapted to pick up a paper sheet from a paper stack in a paper cassette; a paper transfer unit adapted to transfer the paper sheet in a paper transfer path; an image sensor adapted to detect whether there is an image on a first side of the paper sheet, the first side facing the image sensor when the paper sheet is transferred in the paper transfer path; and a paper reverse unit adapted to reverse the paper sheet through a paper reverse path when the image sensor detects an image on the first side of the paper sheet.10-25-2012
20120268764APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPRODUCING DOCUMENT IMAGES - An apparatus for reproducing document images is provided. The apparatus includes an image-capturing device, a processing module, an operation interface and an image-output device. The image-capturing device captures a first-side image and a second-side image of a first sheet of a document and produces first-side image data and second-side image data correspondingly. The processing module receives the first-side image data and second-side image data and determines whether the image data contain a blank image. The processing module processes the image data contains a non-blank image into image reproduction data. The image-output device receives the image reproduction data and outputs a corresponding image.10-25-2012
20120268762DOCUMENT WITH AN INTEGRATED DISPLAY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THE SAME - A method of manufacturing a document (10-25-2012
20100103443IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus and a control method thereof, the control method of an image forming apparatus which transmits and receives facsimiles through a first line and a second line including detecting a facsimile transmitting and receiving error of a first facsimile unit and a second facsimile unit which are respectively matched to the first line and the second line; and switching the first line to be matched to the second facsimile unit if the facsimile transmitting and receiving error is detected in the first facsimile unit. With this, if an error happens to one of a plurality of facsimile cards, a telephone number matched to the facsimile card having the error is automatically switched to a facsimile card normally operating, thereby normally performing a facsimile function.04-29-2010
20100060922IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME - A MFP stores document type information and a contact destination of an approver in association with each other. When the MFP receives a job execution request from a communication apparatus, the MFP transmits an approval request for output of an electronic document to the contact destination. When the output of the electronic document is approved, the MFP executes any one job among printing, mail transfer, web publication, and facsimile transmission.03-11-2010
20100060921IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus, an image forming system including the same, and a control method of the image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus including: an output unit; a scanning unit to scan a damaged bank note and generate image data therefrom; and a controller to calculate an area of the damaged bank note using the generated image data of the scanned damaged bank note and to control the output unit to output damaged bank note information including the calculated area of the damaged bank note and/or an exchangeable value of the damaged bank note corresponding to the area of the damaged bank note.03-11-2010
20110267635IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD MITIGATING EFFECTS OF PIXEL CORRECTION WHILE COMPENSATING FOR SHIFT IN SCANNING POSITION - An image forming apparatus has a scanning unit capable of forming a plurality of lines of an image simultaneously by scanning, in a main scanning direction, laser beam that has been emitted from a plurality of laser emitting devices. The apparatus has a memory for storing an error characteristic, in a sub-scanning direction with respect to an ideal scanning line in the main scanning direction, of a scanning line scanned by the scanning unit. A line on which image data is read out is changed over in accordance with a line changeover position in the main scanning direction based upon the error characteristic and a revised pixel position in the main scanning direction in the image data.11-03-2011
20110267634IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a creation unit that creates a preview image showing a print output state regarding a target image of printing processing, and an input/output unit that displays a screen including a preview display region as a display region of the preview image and a re-set item display region as a display region of a menu image having a setting item for re-set regarding the printing processing, and accepts a setting change input regarding the setting item for the re-set in the menu image. The creation unit recreates the preview image based on setting contents after a setting change, the setting contents being accepted with regard to the setting item for the re-set. The input/output unit displays the recreated preview image on the preview display region.11-03-2011
20080239360Quick edit and speed print capability for a stand-alone ink jet printer10-02-2008
20110222097INPUT DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - When a quantity of light of a liquid crystal back light falls below a predetermined value, a detecting section of an input device outputs to a first control section a failure-detected signal indicating that a failure occurred in the liquid crystal back light of an operation panel. When a touched area is inputted from a touch panel after the failure-detected signal was inputted, the first control section, referring to a failure time table, transmits setting information corresponding to a display area that includes the touched area to a second control section of an image forming apparatus.09-15-2011
20110199629DISPLAY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING INFORMATION - On a touch-panel display of an image forming apparatus, a function selecting area and a preview area are displayed next to each other. On the function selecting area, a function setting menu is displayed in one display mode among an icon mode in which only a group of icons are displayed, a regular mode in which a group of icons and a group of texts are displayed, and an express mode in which a group of icons, a group of texts and a group of function setting buttons are displayed. In the icon mode, detailed preview information is displayed on a large preview area, and in the express mode, detailed function selecting information is displayed on a large function selecting area.08-18-2011
20110199628DISPLAY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING INFORMATION - On a touch-panel display of an image forming apparatus, pieces of information are displayed divided into five areas, that is, a system area , a function selecting area , a preview area , an action panel area and a task trigger area , of which arrangement is kept unchanged even when operational modes are switched. With such an arrangement, the same or similar pieces of information are displayed on an area arranged at the same position even in different operational modes.08-18-2011
20120170071INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DEVICE INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain pieces of identification information sent from devices mutually connected via a network, a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the pieces of identification information which are obtained by the obtaining unit and sent by using mutually different protocols are identical with each other, that the devices which send the pieces of identification information are identical with each other, and a display unit configured to integrate information related to the devices determined to be identical with each other by the determination unit and display the information on a display apparatus.07-05-2012
20100271650DATA PROVIDING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A data providing method comprises performing contactless communication with a mobile device brought close to the relay, selecting an appropriate workspace that is appropriate for unique information representing the status of the contactless communication with the mobile device from a plurality of workspaces that collects a plurality of information related to each task, sending information of the selected appropriate workspace to the mobile device by the contactless communication, and allowing the mobile device to access the appropriate workspace in response to an access request for the appropriate workspace from the mobile device.10-28-2010
20100271649DIGITAL IMAGE PRINTING A JOB INCLUDING MONOCHROMATIC AND COLOR IMAGES - Separate multicolorant and monochromatic digital image marking engines are operated concurrently for print jobs having both monochromatic and color images. The marked multicolorant image sheets are batch printed and held in a sheet buffer and interspersed in sequence with the monochromatic marked sheets without interrupting the faster monochromatic marking engine or requiring multiple unnecessary run cost increasing start up and shut down cycles of the multicolorant marking engine.10-28-2010
20080231879IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus including a data inputting part for inputting image data, a document recognizing part for recognizing the image data as a document, a document storing part for storing document data corresponding to the document recognized by the document recognizing part, and a stored document managing part for managing the document data stored in the document storing part is disclosed. The image processing apparatus has a document analyzing part configured to analyze the input image data, a text writing part configured to obtain an analysis result from the document analyzing part and write the analysis result in a text format, a part configured to associate the analysis result to the document data stored in the document storing part and register the analysis result in correspondence with the document data, and a part configured to search for a target document by referring to the registered analysis result.09-25-2008
20120057186IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANAGING IMAGE DATA, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus is provided with a mass storage that stores a file of an image read with a scanner in association with a file name for distinguishing the file from other files, a file search portion that carries out a search for files of images containing a keyword specified by a user, and a file name updating portion that updates a file name of a file selected, by the user, from among files found out by the search to the keyword.03-08-2012
20120170067CONTROL DEVICE, RECORDING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR A CONTROL DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Plural recording devices that are compatible with different commands are controlled. The host computer 07-05-2012
20080273218Image Processing Apparatus, Control Method Thereof, and Program - Raster image data is converted into block vector image data corresponding to blocks each having a predetermined size by segmenting the raster image data into the blocks with the predetermined size and executing vectorization processing. The input raster image data is converted into a block vector image. The converted block vector image is stored in a storage means. Transfer of the image data as a processing target in the apparatus is controlled to output the raster image data obtained by rasterizing the stored block vector image data.11-06-2008
20120293822DEVICE TO EDIT DOCUMENTS FOR PRINTOUT AND METHOD THEREOF - A device and method of editing documents created in different application programs and stored in a storage unit of a printer to create a new document according to a minimum unit.11-22-2012
20120194837SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD - Information about a user is sent to a server from a device to perform authentication. A scan document generated by scanning a paper document is sent to the server from the device to request registration thereof. If the scan document, the registration of which has been requested from the device, has a size that exceeds free space in a contract area, the server extracts a document that meets a save condition from documents that should be stored in the contract area. The server then moves the extracted document from the contract area into a temporary area so as to register in the contract area the scan document the registration of which has been requested from the device. The server notifies a predetermined destination of information about the document moved into the temporary area.08-02-2012
20120194838IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes an image reading unit that reads image data corresponding to one line of an original document with a line period, a first transfer unit that transfers the image data, the image data being read by the image reading unit and being input to the first transfer unit, a transfer control unit that controls the first transfer unit to transfer the image data, and an image forming unit that forms an image on a medium on the basis of the image data transferred by the first transfer unit. The transfer control unit controls the first transfer unit to transfer the image data corresponding to one line of the original document every time when a predetermined time period passes which is shorter than a time length of the line period.08-02-2012
20080291481Facility for Processing Printed Matter and Method for Processing Printed Matter - A facility for processing printed matter has at least one feed device for printed matter and at least one handling station. A system control unit is provided. At least one reading station is positioned in a transport path of the printed matter, wherein the at least one reading station supplies information correlated with the printed matter as signals to the system control unit and, based on the signals, the system control unit at least partially automatically adjusts the facility for a job to be performed.11-27-2008
20080304091IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - In an image forming apparatus, an image formation process is performed on image data in units of print jobs in a print mode of either one of a single-color print mode and a color print mode, the print mode is controlled to become the color print mode from the first page of the image data to a page of a designated page number, the print mode is controlled to become either one of the single-color print mode and the color print mode in a case where the designated page number is reached, and the designated page number is changed based on the number of the print jobs in a case where the image formation process reaches a designated number of times.12-11-2008
20080304092INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT SETTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus having a printer driver installed thereon and configured to be in communication with a printing apparatus includes a setting changing unit configured to generate an instruction to the printer driver to change a setting value for default setting information stored in the printer driver described in a setting file for instructing changing of a setting value for the printer driver.12-11-2008
20080304090INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus capable of adding or deleting an application without modifying other components is disclosed. A disclosed Multi Function Peripheral includes an application layer having plural applications each executing a process with settings unique to each application, plural jobs each having settings common to the applications and representing a receipt of a request for the application process with respect to the corresponding application, and an application control layer collectively managing the plural jobs and issuing an instruction to execute the application process received by the job to the application capable of executing the application process received by the job based on managing the plural jobs.12-11-2008
20120293821INSTRUCTION ACCEPTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INSTRUCTION ACCEPTING METHOD - Between a digital multi-function peripheral for processing data, and one or a plurality of memory devices for giving an instruction for the digital multi-function peripheral to process data, when the memory device(s) contacts a display surface of a display section of the digital multi-function peripheral, the digital multi-function peripheral accepts a first instruction concerning authentication and a second instruction concerning processing of the data based on a contact position, in this case, acquires first identification data stored in the memory device(s) concerning the first instruction and second identification data stored in the memory device(s) concerning the second instruction, and when the first identification data and the second identification data do not coincide with each other, invalidates the accepted second instruction.11-22-2012
20080309958Image Reading Apparatus, Facsimile Apparatus And Copying Apparatus - An image reading apparatus includes a plurality of light emitting units, an activation unit, a plurality of light receiving units and a determination unit. The determination unit retrieves at least one output signal from the plurality of light receiving units in accordance with a predetermined retrieving procedure each time each of the plurality of light emitting units is activated, and determines, based on the at least one output signal, whether or not at least one of at least one of the plurality of light emitting units and at least one of the plurality of light receiving units is normal. The predetermined retrieving procedure is configured such that at least one output signal is retrieved from a part of the plurality of light receiving unite in response to an activation of at least one of the plurality of light emitting units.12-18-2008
20080266589Image forming device - An image forming device includes a printing unit configured to print images on a recording sheet, a page number acquiring unit configured to acquire a common page number which is common among a plurality of files subject to be printed, a page extracting unit configured to extract a page of image from page data contained in each of the plurality of files based on the common page number acquired by the page number acquiring unit, and a print control unit configured to control the printing unit to print a plurality of images respectively extracted from the plurality of files, which are extracted by the page extracting unit, on a page of a recording sheet.10-30-2008
20080239359Image Forming Device - An image forming device is provided with a print data retrieving unit configured to retrieve print data from the external storage, and an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording sheet based on the print data. If the modifying information representing modification of at least one of a command and data, which constitute the print data, is stored in the external storage, the print data is read out. A modifying unit modifies the at least one of the command and the data of the print data based on the modifying information. The image forming unit forms the image based on the modified print data.10-02-2008
20080316517INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with printers includes: an application to set printing setting information as a document to be printed; a printer driver to generate printing data by employing the printing setting information specified by the application and the document; a determining unit to determine whether the printing setting information to be set using the printer driver is included in the printing setting information set using the application, using selected printer attributes and printing setting information set using the application; and a display to display information relating to printing settings to be set using the printer driver of the selected printer in a case the determining unit determines that the printing setting information to be set using the printer driver is included. If a printer is selected which cannot be controlled by a binding application, the binding application displays items to be set with a printer driver.12-25-2008
20120033241IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING E-BOOK THEREOF - A method of producing an electronic book (e-book) including displaying a selection screen including pre-stored document data, when a selection of a plurality of document data is received through the selection screen, displaying at least one menu applicable to the selected document data, when a selection of a menu to produce an e-book from among the menus is received, producing the e-book and displaying an edit screen to edit the produced e-book, and, when the produced e-book is edited with the edit screen, producing the e-book including the plurality of document data according to the editing.02-09-2012
20120033243Management device of an image forming apparatus - A management device for an image forming apparatus including a status data collection unit where multiple types of status data are received from the image forming apparatus and stored in a status database, a target data creation unit where multiple types of target data are created based upon the multiple types of status data, a first stage determination unit where the multiple types of target data are identified as being above or below reference values set for each type, and a second stage determination unit where a weight value set for each status data type is attached to the determination results of the multiple types of status data of the first stage determination unit and as a whole of the multiple types of status data determined with majority logic for abnormal occurrence prediction.02-09-2012
20080291482Color Page Printer - There is provided a color page printer including a print engine operable by a color mode for executing color printing and a monochrome mode for executing monochrome printing, and a control unit for controlling the print engine to generate a printed paper having a content corresponding to received print data. The control unit is a unit equipped with a print number output section for outputting numbers of surfaces printed by a color mode and a monochrome mode of the print engine respectively as a number of color prints and a number of monochrome prints in an engine counter mode, numbers of surfaces printed based on print data for which color print is specified and print data for which monochrome print is specified respectively as a number of color prints and a number of monochrome prints in a driver specified counter mode, and a number of printing surfaces whose printed result was color and a number of printing surfaces whose printed result was monochrome respectively as a number of color prints and a number of monochrome prints in a real counter mode.11-27-2008
20080285065Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus which has a double-side copying function, including: at least either one of an original document detection section that detects a size of an original document, and an original document size setting section that sets a size of the original document as required; an original document top position setting section that sets a top position of the original document as required; a binding direction setting section that sets a binding direction of the original document and a binding direction of an output sheet as required; an output size setting section that sets a size of the output sheet as required; a print magnification ratio setting section that sets a print magnification ratio as required; and a copy region determination section that sets a copy region with reference to a top left corner of the original document, the top left corner being identified when the original document is placed such that the top position thereof is upward.11-20-2008
20080231878INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - When an operation mode of an image forming apparatus returns from an energy-saving mode to a regular operation mode, a CPU of a main system outputs a power control signal set to High, and determines the necessariness of information display on an LCD of an operation unit control system to output a starting mode selection signal set to High when the result of the determination is positive. A CPU of the operation unit control system detects the state of a power control signal, and detects mode return from the energy-saving mode depending on the result of the above detection. The CPU of the operation unit control system also detects the state of a starting mode selection signal, and determines the necessariness of information display on the LCD depending on the result of the detection to carry out a display process depending on the result of the determination.09-25-2008
20120293823SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRINTER EMULATION - A system and method are provided for accurately emulating a printer on a computing device that is not connected to the printer. The computing device is provided with firmware and programming code that interfaces with the firmware for a customized printing operation. The firmware is provided with the printer and the computing device. The programming code is provided with the computing device, and the computing device runs the programming code. The programming code interfaces with the firmware provided with the computing device and causes the computing device to emulate the printer, when the printer runs the programming code. The computing device and the printer are not connected.11-22-2012
20120293819INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND RELAY SERVER - An information processing system includes an information processing device, an image forming device, an authentication server performing authentication of a user and a relay server receiving an authentication request from the image forming device and establishing data communication with the authentication server. The information processing device attaches authentication information set in advance in a printer driver to the print job and sends to the image forming device, while sending user information indicating that the user is successfully authenticated in the authentication server to the relay server. The relay server identifies the user information received from the information processing device based on the authentication information included in the received the authentication request and establishes data communication with the authentication server based on the identified user information, thereby verifying if the user is a registered user and sending the response to the authentication request to the image forming device.11-22-2012
20120293818IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus, which is provided with a display device including a plurality of segments, registers a number having digits larger than the digits that can be displayed on the display device as a specific symbol other than numbers from 0 to 9 to be displayed on the display device including the plurality of segments, and controls the display device including the plurality of segments to display the registered arbitrary number when the display device including the plurality of segments is instructed to display the specific symbol.11-22-2012
20120293817FAILING NOZZLE DETECTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, FAILING NOZZLE DETECTING METHOD, AND MEDIUM RECORDING COMPUTER PROGRAM - A failing nozzle detecting apparatus includes a reference image generating unit that generates plural pieces of reference image data with pixel positions along a transporting direction respectively shifted by different offsets based on image data, and a scanning unit that scans an image on the print medium relatively transported by the transporting unit to generate scanned image data. The failing nozzle detecting apparatus selects reference image data to be used in comparison with the scanned image data from the plural pieces of reference image data. The failing nozzle detecting apparatus detects a failing nozzle from the plurality of nozzles based on the comparison of the scanned image data with the selected reference image data.11-22-2012
20120293816PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus comprises: a plurality of analysis units configured to correspond respectively to PDL types indicating a plurality of types of page description languages; a unit configured to determine one of the plurality of analysis units to be used for analysis processing, based on a PDL type of the PDL data; a unit configured, in a case where analysis processing is performed using the determined analysis unit and if the number of times that a specific command has been detected in a predetermined range of the PDL data exceeds a predetermined threshold value, to suspend the analysis processing for the PDL data and to issue an alert; a unit configured, after an alert has been issued, to accept an instruction indicating whether to continue or cancel the analysis processing for the PDL data.11-22-2012
20110007335IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS ICONS IN A SELECTABLE STATE ACCORDING TO DRAFT SETTING DIRECTION - A draft size detecting function detects a size and a setting direction of a draft set in a scanner which reads an image of the draft, a display unit displays, in a selectable state, an icon corresponding to the draft setting direction detected by the draft size detecting function, and displays, in a non-selectable state, an icon which does not correspond to the draft setting direction detected by the detecting function among a plurality of icons to designate a direction of the image in the draft, and the image direction corresponding to the selected icon is set as the direction of the image in the draft, in a case where the specific icon is selected from the selectable icons displayed in the display unit.01-13-2011
20090190154Image Forming System and Method, Management Apparatus, and Recording Medium - An image forming system includes one or more image forming apparatuses and a management apparatus. The management apparatus includes: a software component retention part configured to retain one or more software components in a storage unit, the software components each being configured to generate output format data in a data format interpretable by a printer engine of a corresponding one or more of the image forming apparatuses from application data; a determination part configured to determine, based on the specified image forming apparatus, one of the software components to be used to generate the output format data corresponding to the specified image forming apparatus; and a transmission part configured to transmit the generated output format data to the specified image forming apparatus. The specified image forming apparatus includes an image forming part to form a predetermined image on an image forming medium based on the transmitted output format data.07-30-2009
20080285066Image processor and image processing method - An image processor is disclosed that includes an input part to which image data to be subjected to image processing are input; an input control part configured to control the inputting of the image data to the input part; an output part configured to output the result of the image processing; an output control part configured to control the outputting of the image data from the output part; and a processing control part configured to control processing of the image data, the processing control part being to be connected between the input control part and the output control part through multiple transmission parts. The processing control part is connected to one of the transmission parts which one transmission part is subsequent to the input control part when the output setting of the image data output from the output part is changed.11-20-2008
20080285064Document Processing Device, Document Processing Method, and Electronic Mail Processing Device - To realize e-mail capable of modifying contents by itself.11-20-2008
20090021758IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus stores an input image and an image ID for identifying the image in association with each other, stores a medium ID for identifying a recording medium on which the image is printed n, a unit ID for identifying a print unit having a plurality of recording media, and an image ID of an image included in the print unit in association with each another, detects a plurality of medium IDs from at lease one recording medium, obtains image IDs of all images included in the print unit identified by the unit ID associated with the medium ID, obtains images associated with obtained image IDs, and outputs obtained images.01-22-2009
20100141976INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine whether structured data including layout information and image information is in a predetermined format, and a rendering unit configured to perform rendering of the image information without using the layout information when the determination unit determines that the structured data is in the predetermined format, and to perform rendering of the image information using the layout information when the determination unit determines that the structured data is not in the predetermined format.06-10-2010
20090180133Image processing apparatus, image processing control method, program, and storage medium - An image processing apparatus comprises a print request data stream reception unit for externally receiving a print request data stream, a print job controller for controlling a print job of interpreting the print request data stream and executing image formation, and a filter for executing a data process to the print request data stream and thus generating the processed print request data stream. The image processing apparatus sends the print request data stream received by the print request data stream reception unit to the filter through a first interface, and sends he processed print request data stream generated by the filter to the print job controller through a second interface.07-16-2009
20090190153IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a setting section, a setting display section, a determination section, a change section, and an incompatible option display section. The setting section sets image formation functions, which include first and second functions. The setting display section displays a single or plurality of options on each of setting screens. The single or plurality of options is set as a setting condition for each function. The setting screens respectively correspond to the functions. The determination section determines if a combination of options is incompatible. The change section changes a display form of the option of the first function when the determination section determines that the combination is incompatible. The incompatible option display section displays a setting screen of the option of the second function when the option of the first function is selected after the display form of the option of the first function is changed.07-30-2009
20090190151IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided that presents information for a function relevant to an operation performed by a user using a waiting time. The image forming apparatus displays information relevant to the operation when a user directly operates a multifunctional apparatus to execute a job and includes a relevant information presenting portion that stores function information explaining the function relating to the setup information for executing the job in a storage portion, obtains the function information to be presented in association with the job from the storage portion to display if a processing amount of a job in execution is greater than a predetermined amount. A size of the processing amount of the job is determined depending on the number of sheets or copies to be printed.07-30-2009
20090190152DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an apparatus having a document reading portion for reading an image of a document on a document platen, by reading an image of a document on a display screen using an area sensor, it's not necessary to set a document for reading on the platen so that the document is prevented from being left behind, and even when a document on the platen and the document sticks out of the platen to extend over the screen, it is possible to prevent the document on the screen is erroneously read. When detecting a document on the platen and detecting that an object on the screen does not have a standard size by the area sensor, a control portion of the apparatus controls so that the document reading portion reads the image of the document on the platen and the area sensor is prohibited from reading the image.07-30-2009
20090128842Image processing apparatus, copier, and image processing method and program - An image processing apparatus that generates printing data comprising a scanner mechanism that reads an image of a document to set the read image as image data; a printing-pixel number distribution grasping member that sets a band as one unit, and grasps distribution of the number of printing pixels in a main scanning direction of the serial printer in every band; a processing-band setting member that sequentially sets each band as a processing band; a reference position setting member that sets an analyzing band, obtains a cumulative value and sets a start reference position when the cumulative value exceeds a predetermined range, and obtains a cumulative value and sets a end reference position when the cumulative value exceeds the predetermine range; and a printing-data generating member that generates printing data by setting a printing area based on the start reference position and the end reference position.05-21-2009
20090086245IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming device includes a density detector that detects image density, and a memory that stores information relating image density to dot size. When a dot size is specified, the image forming device automatically obtains the corresponding image density from the information in the memory, prints a test pattern, compares its density with the density corresponding to the specified dot size, and adjusts an image forming parameter until the density corresponding to the specified dot size is obtained. Dot size can be accurately adjusted in this way without the need for elaborate measuring equipment. In particular, the size of dots used to embed invisible information in images can be accurately controlled.04-02-2009
20120062923Electronic Device, Control Method for an Electronic Device, and Recording Medium - An electronic device that supports multiple command systems embodies a function for switching from one to another of the multiple command systems regardless of the specifications of the command system being used. A hybrid device 03-15-2012
20090161138IMAGE READING APPARATUS, MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - This invention is directed to a method capable of performing appropriate under color removal in image original reading. According to this method, under color removal of the original is performed as follows. A printing medium without any printed image is read by primary and complementary color readings. A brightness signal distribution is generated by converting, using a provisional table, each of image data generated by the reading methods. The lowest one of signal levels is selected from each of the distributions. In correspondence with each of the primary and complementary color readings, a conversion table is formed, which converts the image data to make a pixel value corresponding to the selected lowest one of the signal levels to a value representing white. Under color removal of the image data is performed using a corresponding conversion table in accordance with the reading method of the image original.06-25-2009
20090161139IMAGE READING APPARATUS, MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - This invention is directed to provide a method capable of performing filter processing suitable for each of different image reading methods. This method includes the steps of causing a light emitting unit to sequentially irradiate an image original with light components of three primary colors and read the image original, and causing the light emitting unit to simultaneously irradiate the image original with one of three different color combinations, which includes two of the light components of three primary colors, and read the image original. The method further includes the step of processing image data obtained based on the reflected light received by the light receiving unit after changing a filter to be used for image processing depending on whether reading of the image original is primary color reading or complementary color reading.06-25-2009
20090161136COST EFFECTIVE IMAGE PATH FOR MULTIPLE OFFICE APPLICATIONS - A method and apparatus for configuring an image path of an image processing apparatus is herein described. The image processing apparatus includes at least an input terminal or scanner for inputting or scanning document into image data and an output terminal or printer for printing documents. The method includes selecting one of a plurality of output modes using a selection device associated with the image processing apparatus. Based on the selected output mode, an image path among a plurality of image processing elements of the apparatus is selected among a plurality of image paths. Each image path corresponds to one of the plurality of output modes. After a document is scanned with the scanner into image data, the image data is processed with the processing elements in the selected image path, and output or printed based on the processed image data.06-25-2009
20110216343COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A communication apparatus, which has a normal power consumption mode and a power saving mode lower in power consumption than in the normal power consumption mode and which is connected to a network via a network interface device, communicates with a device on the network via the network interface device. The communication apparatus acquires capability information indicating a communication capability of the device, and based on acquired capability information, determines a communication mode to be used when the network interface device communicates with the device under a condition that the communication apparatus has shifted to the power saving mode, and when the communication apparatus shifts from the normal power consumption mode to the power saving mode, sets the determined communication mode as a communication mode to be used when the network interface device communicates with the external device.09-08-2011
20090128841System and method of operating a raster image processor - A page that is designated by a page description language representation is printed using first and second print units, wherein each print unit prints a portion of the page. A first RIP rasterizes the page description language representation to generate a first raster image representation that is printed by the first unit. A second RIP rasterizes the page description language representation to generate a second raster image representation that is printed by the second unit.05-21-2009
20090141299PROGRAM STORABLE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus has a first execution environment that can interpret and execute a first-format instruction for controlling the image forming apparatus, and a second execution environment that can interpret and execute a second-format instruction defined by a format that does not depend on a type of the image forming apparatus, realized in the first execution environment. The image forming apparatus includes control means for controlling processing of starting execution of the first-format instruction from the second execution environment, using a second-format predetermined instruction, recognition means for recognizing, when interpreting the second-format instruction by executing application software in the second execution environment, whether or not an instruction string to be executed is the second-format predetermined instruction, and control means for controlling the image forming apparatus by starting and executing the first-format instruction via the second-format predetermined instruction when the recognition means has recognized that the instruction to be executed is the second-format predetermined instruction, and for controlling the image forming apparatus so as to execute the second-format predetermined instruction in the second execution environment when the recognition means has recognized that the instruction to be executed is not the second-format predetermined instruction.06-04-2009
20130120779IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, OPERATION DEVICE, AND HUMAN DETECTING DEVICE - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section that forms an image on a recording material; an operating section that is operated by a person; a first detecting portion that detects a person in a predetermined first area; a second detecting portion that detects the person in a second area that is smaller than the first area, the second area being separated from the first area or a portion of the second area overlapping the first area when viewed from above; and a switching unit that switches between a first condition in which the image forming apparatus consumes a first amount of electric power and a second condition in which the image forming apparatus consumes a second amount of electric power.05-16-2013
20080316518Image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus includes a display, a retrieving unit, a process display unit, a process receiving unit, a process storing unit, a thumbnail display unit, and a thumbnail designating unit. The retrieving unit retrieves image data. The process display unit displays on the display a plurality of candidate image processes to be performed on the image data. The process receiving unit receives an instruction indicating a selected image process selected from among the plurality of candidate image processes. The process storing unit stores the selected image process. The thumbnail display unit displays a thumbnail image corresponding to the image data on the display. The thumbnail designating unit designates a thumbnail image. The thumbnail display unit displays a processed thumbnail image that represents a result of the selected process performed on the image data corresponding to the designated thumbnail image.12-25-2008
20120069377IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS DISPLAYING KEY FOR SETTING ITS OWN FUNCTION - An image processing apparatus implements a plurality of functions and includes a display device. The plurality of functions include a function belonging to a first group and a function belonging to a second group. A selection accepting unit accepts selection of any of the first group and the second group. A first display control unit causes the display device to display on a display screen, a plurality of first keys corresponding to respective functions belonging to the first group, regardless of which of the first group and the second group has been selected. A second display control unit causes, when the second group is selected, the display device to display in a second region of the display screen other than a first region where the first keys are displayed, second keys corresponding to respective functions belonging to the second group.03-22-2012
20120069376MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS - A multifunction apparatus includes: a second storage section for storing display image data for displaying an image on the display section, the second storage section storing the display image data corresponding to the processing target image data; and an apparatus control section for generating location information indicating a location of the display image data. Further, in accordance with operation screen data including the location information, a web browser section obtains the display image data indicated by the location information from the second storage section and performs the display section to display an operation screen including an image indicated by the display image data.03-22-2012
20120069373Image Formation Apparatus, Display Method, And Computer Readable Recording Medium Storing Display Program - An image formation apparatus is configured to display a category object indicating each of a plurality of categories in a selectable manner, accept selection of a first category among the plurality of categories, display a function object indicating each of functions corresponding to the selected first category among the plurality of functions in a selectable manner, accepting a setting related to a first function among functions corresponding to the first category, determining whether the setting of a second function corresponding to a second category other than the first category has changed or not in response to a setting entered related to the first function, and when a setting of the second function corresponding to the second category has changed, displaying information indicating that the setting of the second function has changed.03-22-2012
20120069371IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image information processing apparatus including an operating panel on which an operating screen is displayed is provided. The image information processing apparatus includes a storage to store, therein, a first type application and a second type application. The first type application implements a process that includes capturing information from the image information processing apparatus or an external device. The second type application implements a process excluding the capturing. The image information processing apparatus also includes a determination portion to determine, when an information device capable of displaying the operating screen is communicably connected to the image information processing apparatus, whether or not the information device corresponds to a predetermined operational device, and a program transfer portion to download the first type application onto the predetermined operational device, and to download the second type application onto the information device not corresponding to the predetermined operational device.03-22-2012
20120069370IMAGE INPUT OUTPUT APPARATUS - An image input output apparatus includes an image reading portion arranged to be freely opened and closed for reading an image and an image forming portion for forming a print image, so that the image input output apparatus capable of reading and printing the image. The image input output apparatus further includes a power supply portion for supplying power to each of the image reading portion and the image forming portion independently, and a detection portion for detecting whether the image reading portion is opened or closed. The power supply portion is arranged to become a first power save mode, in which the power supply portion reduces power supplied to the image reading portion when the detection portion detects that the image reading portion is opened.03-22-2012
20120069368IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND POWER-SAVING MODE SETTING METHOD OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Certain embodiments provide an image forming apparatus including an image scanning unit, an image forming unit, a power source, a storage device, a setting section, and a control unit. The power source can supply power to the image scanning unit and the image forming unit. The storage device stores mode setting information including fixing unit offsetting information for setting a fixing unit off mode or fixing unit off cancellation information for cancelling the fixing unit off mode in which power supplied to the image forming unit is further lowered than power necessary when the image forming unit forms the reproduction image. The setting section causes the storage device to store the mode setting information. The control unit executes the fixing unit off mode based on the fixing unit off setting information stored in the storage device at least when power is supplied to the image scanning unit.03-22-2012
20120069367PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - In a printing apparatus, a method of controlling the same, and an information processing apparatus, a job for printing front cover image data, main body image data, and back cover image data is received. In the case where the received job is designated to bound printed sheets using rings, the image data is arranged into the printing order of main body image data, front cover image data, and back cover image data or the printing order of back cover image data, front cover image data, and main body image data, after which printing is executed based on the image data in the arranged printing order.03-22-2012
20120069366Method and apparatus to provide enhanced printing for newly launched devices in a universal printer driver - A system for interfacing a universal print driver with a print device after the universal print driver is deployed. The system includes a universal print driver interfaced with a network and at least one associated print device. A repository stores a set of device compatibility packs (DCPs) for each of the at least one associated print device interfaced with the universal print driver. The universal print driver is adapted to search the repository for a DCP if the associated print device is unsupported by the print driver.03-22-2012
20080316520Image input and output system, method and recording medium - An image input and output system is provided in which a common operation screen for a plurality of image output devices having different attributes is displayed. Based on attribute information of each of printers, the server generates a signal for generating an operation screen, and transmits the signal to the scanner. At the scanner, image data is inputted, and a common operation screen, which is generated based on the signal for generating the operation screen, is displayed on a display panel. When information designating the printer and information relating to an output format of an image is inputted from the display panel, the inputted information and the image data are transmitted to the server. The server transmits, to a designated printer, the image data and the information relating to the output format of the image, which are transmitted from the scanner, and images are outputted.12-25-2008
20090185211TIME MEASURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The present invention teaches and claims an image forming apparatus using a time measuring apparatus to accurately measure the time in which the image forming apparatus stays in one or more modes. The image forming apparatus comprises a first CPU which outputs a pulse signal to a receiving second CPU. The second CPU calculates, by using the received pulse signal, a timer error of a second clock signal. The time measuring apparatus measures time in one or more modes based on the second clock signal and then corrects the measured time using the calculated timer error.07-23-2009
20090141300IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus including: an image processing section that processes an original image, and outputs the processed original image; an operating section that a user operates; a reading-and-displaying section disposed in the operating section, and has a function of reading control information as an image and has a function of displaying the read control information; an instruction input section disposed in the operating section, and receives an instruction regarding an original image; and a controller that controls operations of the image processing section, the reading-and-displaying section, and the instruction input section, wherein the controller instructs the reading-and-displaying section to read the control information, acquires the control information from a result read by the reading-and-displaying section, and instructs the image processing section to process the original image and to output the processed original image, based on the acquired control information and/or the instruction received by the instruction input section.06-04-2009
20090059259SINGLE PASS DOCUMENT HANDLER WITH OPTIMIZED PERFORMANCE AND EXTENSIBLE DESIGN - System and methods providing image reading devices having rated throughput capacity substantially equal to half of the rated throughput capacity of the associated printer module. The system includes a plurality of image reading devices, associated buffer storage devices, and a printer module arranged in a fashion allowing for maintaining throughput capacity while reducing overall costs. The image reading devices have individual rated throughput capacities that are substantially equal to half the rated throughput capacity of the printer module in duplex. The output from the image reading devices are loaded into buffer storage devices, from which the printer module is sequentially loaded from the buffer storage devices. The buffer storage devices allow for downgrading the rated throughput capacity of at least some of the image reading devices to approximately half of the associated printer module, thus, allowing for reduced manufacturing and operating costs, and advantageously using commercially available units.03-05-2009
20090213403Printer Job Language Suspension - A method is provided for temporarily disabling printer job language (PJL) commands in a printer device. In a printer device, an electronically formatted print job is accepted with embedded PJL commands. The method parses the print job, and in doing so, differentiates a first PJL command and a PJL disable command. The print job is automatically processed (as is conventional), while temporarily ignoring the first PJL command in response to the PJL disable command. In one aspect, the printer differentiates the first PJL command enveloping the print job, and the PJL disable command enveloping the first PJL command envelope.08-27-2009
20090213409IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Provided is an image processing apparatus 08-27-2009
20090027710IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image-forming apparatus includes a reception unit adapted to receive setting information that defines designation of a storage area and a process to be executed, a setting unit adapted to set the process to be executed for the designated storage area based on analysis of the setting information, an access right setting unit adapted to set an access right to access the second data, a managing unit adapted to manage the designated storage area and the second data with the set access right in association with each other, and an execution unit adapted to execute the process set in the storage area for the submitted first data and the second data that is associated with the storage area and has the set access right.01-29-2009
20110222091POSTSCRIPT STREAM INTERPRETER WITH INTEGRATED PAGINATION - Systems and methods presented herein provide for the processing of PostScript print jobs that are not DSC compliant. A single stream of a PostScript data is processed and divided into multiple streams (e.g., page objects), each comprising data operable to render an individual page. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving the PostScript data stream and identifying object tokens in the PostScript data stream. An object token is operable to generate a PostScript object or execute a PostScript operation. A portion of the object tokens may be operable to define page boundaries in the PostScript data stream. The method also includes analyzing the object tokens to parse the object tokens into a plurality of page objects, separating the page objects into a plurality of data paths, and parallel processing the page objects through the data paths to rasterize the PostScript data stream on a page by page basis.09-15-2011
20110222096INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR UNINSTALLING PRINTER DRIVER, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An uninstaller extracts a print setting included in only a printer driver to be uninstalled, deletes information relating to the extracted print setting from all presets (a preset description file) to be registered in an OS, extracts a default value of print setting items for all print queues other than a print queue corresponding to the printer driver to be uninstalled, deletes information relating to the preset which does not differ in the print setting from the extracted default value from the preset description file, and uninstalls the printer driver.09-15-2011
20110222092METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LIFTING AN ELEVATOR PLATE OF A MEDIA TRAY IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for lifting an elevator plate of a media tray in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a request to print a print job using stacked media from one of one or more media trays, initiating lifting of the leading edge of the elevator plate so that the stacked media may be received by the one or more feeder rollers, initiating printing of the requested print job from the one of one or more media trays, determining if the amount of stacked media in the one of the one or more media trays is less than a predetermined amount, wherein if it is determined that the amount of stacked media in the one of the one or more media trays is less than the predetermined amount, initiating lifting of both of the leading and trailing edge of the elevator plate so that the stacked media may be received by the one or more feeder rollers.09-15-2011
20090244586IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CHARGING METHOD - An image forming apparatus include: a supply source that supplies image data formed in page units; a blank-paper detecting unit that discriminates whether the image data includes a blank page; an image forming unit that removes the blank page in the image data and forms an image on the basis of the image data other than the blank page; and a counter that counts a total number of pages of the image data supplied from the supply source and counts the number of valid pages obtained by excluding the blank page from the total number of pages. The image forming apparatus performs charging on the basis of a count value of the number of valid pages and displays the total number of pages and the number of the blank pages on a display unit using an output of the counter such that the total number of pages and the number of the blank pages can be compared.10-01-2009
20090244587IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus acquires latest date/time information out of date/time information stored in the storage medium when image files are stored in a storage medium which stores image files containing date/time information that indicates date and time when generated. The image processing apparatus stores an image, adding the acquired date/time information to the image files. The image processing apparatus, when image files stored in the storage medium are output in order of date and time, arranges images in the order in reference to date/time information later added to the image files, in addition to date/time information initially contained in image files.10-01-2009
20090244583IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR FORMING IMAGE, AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus that picks only necessary pages up from a plurality of originals and copies after aligning in an order of pages so as to reduce a work burden on a user is provided. The image forming apparatus having a copy function includes an identification information extracting portion for extracting identification information (page number and heading information) which identifies originals from image data of read originals, a selecting portion for displaying the extracted identification information and accepting the identification information selected by the user as a target for image formation, and an output portion for printing image data excluding the identification information from the image data of the target for image formation accepted by the selecting portion. Here, the identification information is preferably formed with code information.10-01-2009
20090244582METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVED PRINTING SYSTEM SHEETSIDE DISPATCH IN A CLUSTERED PRINTER CONTROLLER - Methods, systems, and apparatus for improved dispatching of sheetsides in a high-speed (e.g., continuous form) printing environment using multiple, clustered processors in a print controller. Features and aspects hereof utilize a stochastic mathematical model of multiple processors (compute nodes) each adapted to RIP (rasterize) raw sheetside data provided to it. The model utilizes stochastic estimates of the probability of RIP execution time to select a preferred processor of the controller and dispatches the sheetside to the preferred compute node identified as providing best probability of meeting required deadlines for RIP completion time of a raw sheetside.10-01-2009
20090051955Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes a receiving unit for receiving image information including first user information; a detection unit for detecting the first user information from the image information; an input unit for inputting second user information and a process; a comparison unit for comparing the first user information with the second user information; and a control unit for limiting an input through the input unit when the comparison unit determines that the first user information is different from the second user information.02-26-2009
20130215443DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A device management system for managing a plurality of image forming apparatuses each having a power save mode in which electric power is supplied from a battery includes: a process accepting unit configured to accept a process request issued to a first image forming apparatus of the image forming apparatuses; a mode determining unit configured to determine whether the first image forming apparatus is in the power save mode; a search unit configured to, when the first image forming apparatus is determined to be in the power save mode, search the image forming apparatuses for a second image forming apparatus that is not in the power save mode; and a request transfer unit configured to transfer a command to perform a process according to the process request to the second image forming apparatus.08-22-2013
20130215445STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD - In a case where a parameter received from an application is a first parameter, an information processing apparatus receives data included in the parameter as string type data, converts the received data into binary data, and transmits the converted data to a printing apparatus. In a case where the received parameter is a second parameter, the information processing apparatus transmits data corresponding to the second parameter to the printing apparatus.08-22-2013
20130215448Machine-readable data pattern associated with physical defects on printable media supply - Information includes at least a location of each physical defect on a printable media supply. A machine-readable pattern associated with the information is added to the printable media supply.08-22-2013
20090086248Image Processing Apparatus and Control Program for Image Processing Apparatus - An image processing apparatus is provided which includes a reading unit configured to read image data of a double-page original having a binding part, an output unit configured to generate output based on the image data, and a processing unit. The processing unit is configured to identify and remove shadow data corresponding to a portion of a shadow area in the image data, determine whether two-dimensional code data is included in the image data, and control the removal of the shadow data in the image data when the two-dimensional code data is included in the image data.04-02-2009
20090086246INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An information processing device configured to be connected with an image forming device includes a connection mode detecting unit detecting what kind of a connection mode is established between the information processing device and the image forming device, an operation mode setting unit setting one of a normal mode in which the image forming device performs the image forming operation without user certification and a secure mode in which the image forming device performs the image forming operation after successful user certification, as an operation mode in which the image forming device is controlled to perform an image forming operation, depending on the kind of the connection mode detected, and a driver installing unit installing a driver into the information processing device such that the driver controls the image forming device to perform the image forming operation in the mode set by the operation mode setting unit.04-02-2009
20090051951MULTIPLEX SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A multiplex system such as copying system is supplied capable of improving read speed. The multiplex system comprises a scanner to read manuscript and generate image data, and a printer to print the image data generated by the scanner; in the scanner, a scan page data storing section stores the image data; in the printer, a scanner controlling section controls status information of the scan page data storing section, and outputs a read instruction of one page manuscript to the scanner on the basis of the status information.02-26-2009
20090051952IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SCREEN GENERATING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes a display unit configured to display a user interface screen inclusive of an operation screen, a display image information extracting unit configured to extract display image information from an information carrier medium having the display image information embedded therein, the display image information including an operation-purpose display image to be displayed on the operation screen, position information indicative of a position of the operation-purpose display image on the operation screen, and operation information indicative of an operation associated with the operation-purpose display image, and a user interface screen generating unit configured to generate a user interface screen based on the display image information extracted by the display image information extracting unit, the user interface screen having the operation-purpose display image that is placed at the position indicated by the position information and is associated with the operation indicated by the operation information.02-26-2009
20090051956Multifunctional printer - An image processing apparatus 02-26-2009
20090051954PRINT CONTROL DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PRINTER DRIVER - A print control device has a group of filters including at least two functional filters which execute a modifying process for modifying print job, a filter configuration storage that stores configuration information of the functional filter group, a filter execution unit which retrieves functional filters based on the filter configuration information and causes the retrieved functional filters to execute a modifying process of the print job data. The functional filter group includes a specific functional filter for modifying the print job data by adding additional information. The specific functional filter includes a conversion formula acquiring unit which acquires a conversion formula for converting the additional information corresponding to the modifying process executed by the other functional filters, and an additional information arranging unit for determining an arrangement of the additional information with respect to the print job modified by the other filters based on the conversion formula.02-26-2009
20090080010IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus of this invention causes a user to select a function to be executed by the image forming apparatus and determines the priority order of a document based on the selected function, the storage location of the document, and the attribute information of the document. A document is searched for based on the selected function. The list of documents selected from documents found by a search unit is displayed based on the determined priority order. If the search unit has found documents having the same contents, a document having a highest priority order is displayed in the list.03-26-2009
20110228306IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND PROGRAM - An image processing device which encodes sequentially input image data, includes: a data converting unit that performs a preliminary process for encoding and converts the input image data into a predetermined data type to generate converted data; and an encoding unit that encodes the converted data using a predetermined Huffman table and constructs a new Huffman table on the basis of the converted data when a predetermined relationship is not satisfied between the input image data and preceding image data which is previously input and processed, and encodes the converted data using the new Huffman table constructed when encoding the preceding image data when the predetermined relationship is satisfied.09-22-2011
20120069375PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A LAN control unit receives print data from a client device or the like. An input job storage unit registered on a hard disk a series of PDL commands included in the print data received. An input job queue management unit registers print job specifying information specifying a print job represented by the print data received to the end of an input job queue. A PDL interpretation/execution unit successively executes from the head of the series of PDL commands stored on the hard disk device. When it is determined that the PDL command that has been executed is a re-execution unnecessary command, the PDL interpretation/execution unit overwrites the PDL command stored on the hard disk with a NOP command.03-22-2012
20090086244IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes the following elements. An image data reading unit reads image data stored in a storage medium. An image forming unit forms an image on a recording medium on the basis of the read image data. A billing information generating unit charges a fee for the number of formed images. A test-indication adding unit adds test-indication data indicating a test image to the read image data. A test-print production instructing units instructs the image forming unit to form a test image on the basis of the image data with the test-indication data being added thereto. The billing information generating unit is configured to charge no fee when a test image is formed in response to an instruction provided by the test-print production instructing unit.04-02-2009
20090086238Methods for Determining Document Characteristics from PDL Data - Methods and computer-readable media containing instructions for controlling computer systems consistent with embodiments of the present invention provide for a method for determining document characteristics from page description language (“PDL”) data. In some methods for determining document characteristics from PDL data, the PDL data is translated into final printable data. Document characteristics may be extracted and stored using information obtained during the translation of the PDL data into final printable data. Extracted document characteristics may be displayed in a graphical format, allowing users to make accurate estimates of the resources needed for print jobs.04-02-2009
20090086239Approach For Generating Print Data Using A Multi-Document Print Driver - A multi-document print driver allows a user to combine and edit application data containing content generated by multiple application programs in different formats. The multi-document print driver processes the application data from the application programs and generates a single print job that includes the content from the multiple applications and conforms to a common data format. A user may then edit the print job by re-arranging and/or deleting the content from the multiple applications. The multi-document print driver converts the print job from the common data format into a format that is compatible with a target printing device and sends the converted print job to the target printing device for printing. Thus, the final print job sent to the target printing device may include the content from the multiple applications according to an order and arrangement designated by the user and does not include the content that the user deleted.04-02-2009
20090086243Multi-Function Printer - A multi-function printer includes an image forming unit and a scanner unit. The image forming unit includes a body casing, a developing unit having a developing roller extending in a lateral direction, a developer cartridge provided on one side of the axis of the developing roller and detachably attached to the body casing, a discharge tray, a side cover, a support unit for supporting the developer cartridge such that the developer cartridge is detachably attached to a front side of the body casing, a sheet feeding tray detachably attachable to the front side of the body casing, and a discharge unit provided on the front side of the body casing and discharging sheet on which an image is formed to the rear side of the body casing. The scanner unit is provided above the image forming unit having a predetermined space opened on the one side therebetween.04-02-2009
20090086237Systems and Methods for Document Printing - Systems and methods consistent with described embodiments provide a method to specify printer configurations for individual document pages and to print the document in accordance with the printer configuration specified for each individual document page. In some methods for printing documents, at least one filter includes printer configuration information that may be applied to a document on a page-by-page basis to filter at least one of a plurality of document pages in a document. In some embodiments, the filter is applied to a PDL description of the document on a page-by-page basis to generate a page-by-page filtered PDL description of the document and the filtered PDL description is sent to a printer for printing.04-02-2009
20120140258APPARATUS FOR DEALING WITH A CODE AND A CONTROL METHOD OF THE APPARATUS - One aspect of the present invention relates to copying a paper document including no information in the original user information area and also no information in the latest user information area. Another aspect of the present invention relates to copying document including no information in the original user information area but some information in the latest user information area.06-07-2012
20090086249IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORD MEDIUM - An image formation device capable of forming a plurality of reduced images on an output medium comprises an input data acquisition unit which acquires input data, a recognizability judgment unit which judges whether each reduced image to be formed corresponding to each piece of input data acquired by the input data acquisition unit is recognizable to a user or not based on the input data and size of the reduced image to be formed, and a reduced image formation unit which forms the reduced images that are judged to be recognizable by the recognizability judgment unit on the output medium while prohibiting the formation of the reduced images that are judged to be unrecognizable by the recognizability judgment unit.04-02-2009
20090086241IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - An image forming apparatus including: an image processing section which creates print data to be outputted out of complex original document data including both character data and diagram data in a single page of data; and an image forming section which outputs the created print data onto a sheet, wherein the image processing section determines divided character data and divided diagram data in the complex original document data, to be outputted; creates character print data by enlarging the divided character data and attaching position information in the complex original document data; creates diagram print data by enlarging the divided diagram data and attaching position information in the complex original document data; and creates position information attached print data in which the position information of the divided character data and the divided diagram data are attached to the complex original document data.04-02-2009
20090086242COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - The quality of an image read from a degraded image of an original document can be improved. Hence, a specific pixel of an image is selected, and additional information to be added to the image is generated from the position information and color information of the selected pixel. The image of an original document is read, position information and color information added to the original document are extracted, and the color information of a pixel corresponding to the position information is acquired from the read image. The color of the read image is corrected based on the extracted color information and the acquired color information.04-02-2009
20120140255APPLICATION LAUNCHER APPARATUS - Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for managing application functionalities of a multi-function apparatus.06-07-2012
20110228304IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image forming apparatus includes an electric power mode control unit that switches an electric power mode between a normal mode in which a job is executed and an electric power saving mode in which no job is executed and power consumption is lower than the normal mode; an electric power mode acquiring unit that acquires electric power mode information of the image forming apparatus, and electric power mode information of at least one other image forming apparatus connected thereto through a network; and a job control unit that, when the image forming apparatus receives a request to execute a job in the electric power saving mode, outputs the request to execute the job to the at least one other image forming apparatus that is in the normal mode based on the electric power mode information of the at least one other image forming apparatus.09-22-2011
20090086247IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image reading apparatus for reading a document by causing an image sensor having a plurality of light receiving pixels to scan the document including an encoder configured to output pulses according to rotation of a motor, a generating unit configured to generate a read synchronizing signal for the image sensor based on the pulses, an obtaining unit configured to obtain first shading data corresponding to at least two data accumulation time points from the image sensor, and a storage unit configured to store the first shading data, wherein a function is generated with second shading data corresponding to a read data accumulation time point and is corrected on the basis of the first shading data.04-02-2009
20090213408Print Controlling Device, Method to Control Printing, and a Computer Usable Medium Therefor - A print controlling device operated on a multi-task operating system to process application data according to a printer driver is provided. The print controlling device includes an input device, a display device, a modifying system to modify the application data into a printable format, a communication interface, an output device determining system to determine to which devices between the printing device and the display device the printable-formatted data is output, an activating system to activate a displaying program in a separated operating task from the currently-executed operating task having been executed for the printer driver, a transmission system to transmit the printable-formatted data to the printing device, and a terminating system to terminate the currently-running operating task for the printer driver when the activating system activates the displaying program in the separated operating task.08-27-2009
20090213407IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In a data processing method, import request data transmitted from a client is received. By comparing the application list against information indicating license settings of the application that are stored in advance, a determination is made as to whether or not the processing specified in a workflow is executable. A temporary workflow list is created, and a determination is made as to whether or not the upper limit for the registerable workflow number and data size is exceeded. When it is determined as registerable, execution data for executing respective workflows and display data for controlling display included in the temporary workflow list are acquired from the client, and the display is controlled so as to display the executable workflow and the inexecutable workflow in a fashion such that the executable workflow and the inexecutable workflow can be identified.08-27-2009
20080316519Image input and output system, method and recording medium - An image input and output system is provided in which a common operation screen for a plurality of image output devices having different attributes is displayed. Based on attribute information of each of printers, the server generates a signal for generating an operation screen, and transmits the signal to the scanner. At the scanner, image data is inputted, and a common operation screen, which is generated based on the signal for generating the operation screen, is displayed on a display panel. When information designating the printer and information relating to an output format of an image is inputted from the display panel, the inputted information and the image data are transmitted to the server. The server transmits, to a designated printer, the image data and the information relating to the output format of the image, which are transmitted from the scanner, and images are outputted.12-25-2008
20120194840IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of operation modes. An image reading section reads image information from an original document. An image recording section records the image information on a recording medium. An electric power supply supplies electric power to the image reading section and the image recording section. A controller controls the electric power supply. When the image forming apparatus is operating in a first operation mode where the image recording section is involved, if the controller receives anew operation command that involves the image recording section, the controller drives the image recording section to operate in a second operation mode where the image forming apparatus operates at a lower speed than in the first operation mode.08-02-2012
20110228305MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL SELECTING APPARATUS AND MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL SELECTING METHOD - A multifunction peripheral selecting apparatus for selecting a multifunction peripheral which is capable of controlling a power supply condition to a plurality of units and executing a plurality of functions each requiring different units, including: an acquisition section which acquires the power supply condition by each of the plurality of units of the multifunction peripheral; a memory section which previously stores required unit information indicating a correspondence relation between a function and units required for executing the function; an input section which receives a designation of the function; a selection section which selects a suitable multifunction peripheral for executing the designated function from a plurality of managed multifunction peripherals, based on an acquisition result by the acquisition section and the required unit information stored in the memory section; and a notification section which notifies a user of the selected suitable multifunction peripheral.09-22-2011
20090244585INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PRINTER DRIVER PROGRAM - When a setting corresponding to a setting item for generating a banner sheet for banner printing by the printer driver of the printer is made, print setting information including information representing that a banner sheet is to be generated is generated in accordance with the setting. Based on the generated print setting information, banner data for generating a banner sheet is generated. Information for using the generated banner data as banner data for print data, printing of which is designated by the application, is additionally described in the print setting information.10-01-2009
20090213404METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POPULATING A FORM WITH INFORMATION - A method for populating form with information includes providing an image of a form, identifying at least one blank area on the image of the form, displaying the image of the form, selecting the blank area, filling the blank area with information, and mapping the information and the position of the information on the image of the form.08-27-2009
20090213405IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDING SCAN DATA ALONG WITH ADVERTISEMENT DATA - When a user selects not to insert advertisement data into scan data when transferring the scan data from an MFP to a Web server, the MFP converts the advertisement data into an HTML format to transfer to the Web server in association with the scan data. Accordingly, a PC accessing the Web server displays a Web page showing contents of the advertisement and information including an icon functioning as means for requesting download of the scan data. The scan data inserted with no advertisement data is downloaded to the PC by operating the icon.08-27-2009
20090213406IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE - When transmitting a document file stored in a box of a device such as an information processing device to an image processing device via a network, reduction in transfer time of a document file is aimed at. The image processing device has a unit for reading a document and for generating original image data, and a unit for inputting transfer size information of a bitmap. The image processing device transmits the transfer size information in addition to a data transfer request of the document file to another device in accordance with document file information including data about the document from at least part of an area of the original image data. The image processing device extracts at least part of the original image data in accordance with metadata contained in the document file received, and converts the original image data extracted to vector data.08-27-2009
20110228302SELF-POWERED USER INTERFACE PROVIDING ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS - An apparatus comprises a housing and at least one functional component operating on power from an external power source. The functional component is connectable to the housing. In addition, a graphic user interface assembly is connectable to the housing. The graphic user interface assembly comprises a dedicated power supply used exclusively by the graphic user interface assembly. The graphic user interface assembly displays instructions explaining how to connect the functional component and the graphic user interface assembly to the housing prior to when the functional component is connected to the external power source.09-22-2011
20110228303IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLYING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a reading unit reading an original document and generating image data; a power source unit supplying power to the reading unit; a power source switching signal output unit outputting a switching signal for switching between supply and shut-off of the power for any one of an image pickup element and an image processing unit; a measuring unit measuring a power stopping time while the power is shut off; a judging unit determining whether to carry out only a first initial setting when the measured power stopping time is less than a predetermined time and whether to carry out both the first initial setting and a second initial setting when the measured power stopping time is the predetermined time or more; and an initial setting unit carrying out only the first initial setting or the second initial setting also upon the determination by the judging unit.09-22-2011
20090251717IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - An image processing device configured to add, to a first image, a second image, includes an image acquiring unit configured to acquire the second image to be added, a segment sectioning unit configured to section, into a plurality of segments, an image forming area in which the first image is allowed to be formed on a sheet, a segment specifying unit configured to specify, from the plurality of segments, at least one segment into which the second image acquired is to be added, a size determining unit configured to determine a size of the second image such that the second image fits within the at least one segment specified, and an image combining unit configured to create a combined image by adding the second image of the determined size to be formed in the at least one segment to the first image to be formed in the image forming area.10-08-2009
20090219558IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A digital multifunction peripheral has a copy mode for printing an image scanned by a scanner on a sheet using a printer, a network scan mode for transmitting the image scanned by the scanner to an external apparatus through a network interface, and a facsimile mode for transmitting by facsimile the image scanned by the scanner through a facsimile interface. The digital multifunction peripheral erases the same area from image data as an area on the outside of an original document image irrespective of processing contents in plural image processing units that subject the image scanned by the scanner to image processing according to operation modes. The digital multifunction peripheral performs processing corresponding to an operation mode using image data from which the area on the outside of the original document image is erased and that is processed by the image processing unit corresponding to the operation mode.09-03-2009
20090219557METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SIMULATING THE OPERATION OF AN IMAGE CONVERSION DEVICE - A method is provided for simulating the function of an image conversion device, comprising steps of reading input image data, recording the physical transformations of the base elements in at least one process step, emulating a predetermined number of processes, recording the final states of the base elements, collecting the base elements states following the last simulation step, transforming said collection into the simulation file and printing or displaying said simulation file. A system for implementing the method is also provided.09-03-2009
20090219556PAPER DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, PAPER DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A paper document processing apparatus includes: a document image acceptance unit that accepts an image acquired; a document image recording unit that records a document image in a storage; an attribute information acquisition unit that acquires attribute information based on the document image; an acquisition result evaluation unit that evaluates whether an acquisition result of the acquired attribute information is affirmative or negative; a medium output unit that outputs information indicating a scan status of the paper document that is formed on a medium while specifying the document image for which the acquisition result of attribute information is evaluated negative; a medium acceptance unit that accepts the information formed on the medium; and an attribute information reacquisition unit that reacquires the attribute information of the document image by specifying the document image in accordance with the accepted information.09-03-2009
20120105889IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a reading mechanism having an original placement portion on which an original document is placed for reading an image; a recording mechanism having a medium supply tray on which a recording medium is set, the recording mechanism being disposed in such a manner that a longitudinal direction of the medium supply tray is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the original placement portion; an angular casing that houses the reading mechanism and the recording mechanism while stacking the reading mechanism and the recording mechanism vertically; and a cartridge holder that houses an ink cartridge and is disposed in a space located at a corner position of the casing below the reading mechanism and surrounded by a circumferential wall of the casing and a side wall of the medium supply tray.05-03-2012
20120105888Image Forming Apparatus, Non-Transitory Computer-Readable Recording Medium for Storing Image Forming Program, and Image Forming Method - An image forming apparatus includes an area setting unit, a reading unit, a number recognizing unit, and a number determining unit. The area setting unit is configured to set a reading area on the basis of a page number. The reading unit is configured to read image data in the reading area. The number recognizing unit configured to recognize a number from a result of reading by the reading unit. The number determining unit is configured to compare results of recognizing of two consecutive pages by the number recognizing unit, determine the presence of consecutive numbers, and determine one of the consecutive numbers as the page number.05-03-2012
20120105887IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMATION SYSTEM USING THE SAME - An image formation apparatus configured to execute print processing, includes an information storage configured to store print-limit information and notification-destination information set for each user. The print-limit information includes at least one of a print condition and a limit on a printable amount. A user-information acquisition unit is configured to acquire print-instructing-user information, which is information on a print-instructing user instructing a print-executing user to execute printing. An information-acquisition unit is configured to acquire, from the information storage, the print-limit information and the notification-destination information corresponding to the print-instructing-user information acquired by the user-information acquisition unit, and a notification unit is configured to notify the print-instructing user of a result of print control by the print controller, based on the notification-destination information acquired by the information-acquisition unit.05-03-2012
20120105886OPERATION DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND OPERATION METHOD - An operation device including: a touch screen; 05-03-2012
20120105885IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING NETWORK COMMUNICATION - An image forming apparatus having at least a normal mode and an energy saving mode of less energy consumption than the normal mode includes: a main controller executing image processing in the normal mode and stopping operation in the energy saving mode; energy saving controller controlling the image forming apparatus in the energy saving mode; nonvolatile storage unit connected to the main controller; volatile storage unit connected to the main controller and the energy saving controller; and network communication unit connected to the energy saving controller to perform network communication. The nonvolatile storage unit stores a MAC address with which the energy saving controller controls the network communication unit. The main controller writes the MAC address stored in the nonvolatile storage unit into the volatile storage unit during startup of the apparatus. The energy saving controller controls the network communication unit based on the transferred MAC address.05-03-2012
20120105884INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus of the present invention is provided with input means for inputting a job, selection means for selecting circuit configuration data corresponding to a type of the job input by the input means from a plurality of circuit configuration data stored in the storage means, reconfiguration means for reconfiguring the circuitry of the data processing means using the circuit configuration data selected by the selection means, and control means for causing the data processing means whose circuitry has been reconfigured by the reconfiguration means to execute the job input by the input means.05-03-2012
20090316177IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Attachment of a USB memory is sensed and whether the USB memory can be recognized or not is determined based on data information output from the USB memory. When the USB memory cannot be recognized, an emulation transition screen is displayed. Thereafter, when an instruction to start transition to an emulation mode is given, an emulation mode transition instruction signal and an IP address of an MFP on a network are output. Receiving the input of the emulation mode transition instruction signal, an emulation mode start-up/end unit starts up the emulation mode.12-24-2009
20090316176IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Attachment of a USB memory is sensed and whether the USB memory can be recognized or not is determined based on data information output from the USB memory. When the USB memory cannot be recognized, an emulation transition screen is displayed. Thereafter, when an instruction to start transition to an emulation mode is given, an emulation mode transition instruction signal and an IP address of an MFP on a network are output. Receiving the input of the emulation mode transition instruction signal, an emulation mode start-up/end unit starts up the emulation mode.12-24-2009
20090257075Image Forming Apparatus - When received facsimile data is TSI-transferred, an image forming apparatus selects one box from a table which includes at least one of a box to which a number of a transmission source is assigned as a name and a box to which a part of a number of a transmission source and a symbol attached to the front or last of the number are assigned as a name. In the case where the selected box has the name in which the symbol is added to the front of the part of the number, a last number of a number indicated by data included in the TSI, which has the number of digits identical to those of the part of the number, is compared with the part of the number for all digits. As a result of the comparison, in the case where they match each other, the apparatus transfers the received facsimile data according to transfer setting of the box.10-15-2009
20100149571METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED CALL ASSISTANCE FOR MALFUNCTIONS IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method for automated call assistance for malfunctions in an image production device may include receiving a signal from a user interface requesting call assistance, transmitting the call assistance request to an automated call assistance processing unit along with customer and image production device identification information, receiving a signal from the automated call assistance processing unit to identify one or more malfunctions, identifying one or more malfunctions, transmitting the one of more identified malfunctions to the automated call assistance processing unit, receiving a signal from the automated call assistance processing unit to perform one or more diagnostic tests on the image production device, performing the one or more diagnostic tests, transmitting the results of the one or more diagnostic tests to at least one of the user interface and the automated call assistance processing unit, receiving instructions from the automated call assistance processing unit concerning one or more remedies for the one or more malfunctions, and implementing the received instructions concerning one or more remedies.06-17-2010
20100149577IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus including a selecting unit adapted to select an information processing apparatus displayed by a displaying unit, and a transmitting unit adapted to transmit data generated when the reading unit reads an original document in accordance with a reading setting specified by the selected information processing apparatus in accordance with identification information included in notification information transmitted from the information processing apparatus.06-17-2010
20100149572METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDING FOR MULTI-POINT DOCUMENT STORING, ACCESS, AND RETRIEVAL - A method and a system for storing, accessing, and retrieving data, the printing system including a plurality of multifunction devices (MFDs) in operable communication with a network, the plurality of MFDs configured to be positioned in different geographical locations; and a memory device for automatically storing the data generated by the plurality of MFDs; wherein an authorized user is enabled to print a document via a print request from a first MFD of the plurality of MFDs and then retrieve the document at any of the other MFDs on the network without re-sending another print request from the first MFD.06-17-2010
20100177334Information processing apparatus and storage medium storing printer driver program - A computer-readable storage medium storing a printer driver program is disclosed. The printer driver program causes a computer to draw and display a printer configuration image. The printer driver program includes an optional accessory information obtaining code unit for obtaining optional accessory information on optional accessories attached to a printer; a storage code unit for storing a printer image, optional accessory images, and image layout information including intermediate optional accessory information indicating optional accessories placeable between each optional accessory and the printer; an order determining code unit for determining an order of drawing the optional accessory images based on the optional accessory information and the intermediate optional accessory information; and a configuration image drawing code unit configured to draw the printer configuration image by arranging the optional accessory images relative to the printer image according to the determined order and the image layout information.07-15-2010
20120194845METHOD FOR TRANSFORMING AND TRANSPORTING PRINTER DATA OVER THE INTERNET IN A SECURE AND RELIABLE MANNER - A method for managing a plurality of printers connected to a network, the method comprising the following steps: scanning the network to obtain printer usage data from the plurality of printers wherein scanning is performed by at least one scan module wherein the at least one scan module gathers printer usage data from a plurality of printers and transmits the gathered printer usage data to a patrol application; receiving the scanned data at the patrol application and compiling the scanned data into a single form; dispatching the single form from the patrol application to a server; and removing the single form from the patrol application if the single form was successfully dispatched to the server.08-02-2012
20080309960IMAGE DATA GENERATING DEVICE, IMAGE DATA GENERATING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - Upon receiving a scan command via an operation panel 12-18-2008
20100157344SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MINIMIZING RE-IMAGING PROCEDURES FOR AN IMAGING DEVICE - A method for minimizing re-imaging procedures for an imaging device is disclosed. A first set of imaging instructions for a hard copy of a document is received at an imaging device. The hard copy of the document is scanned in accordance with the first set of imaging instructions to create image data. The image data is retained in memory at an identified location until a purging event occurs. A second set of imaging instructions is received at the imaging device. It is then determined whether the hard copy of the document has been removed from the processing path of the imaging device since the scanning occurred using at least one sensor. If the hard copy of the document has not been removed, imaging output is produced in accordance with the second set of instructions using the image data without rescanning a hard copy of the document.06-24-2010
20100014109METHOD TO REDUCE UNPRINTED SUBSTRATE WASTE DURING DIGITAL PRINTING - A method for printing more than one print job on a web based printer divides the web into logical print zones. Print jobs are assigned to different print zones by a multiplexer. The width and length of the print zones can vary during the printing as function of the print jobs. The method reduces the waste of unprinted substrate.01-21-2010
20090316175Approach For Updating Usage Information On Printing Devices - A printing device includes a user interface, a print module, memory and a device agent. The device agent is configured to modify usage information stored in the memory of the printing device. Based on values in the usage information, one or more processes operating on the printing device may be suspended. If so suspended, a user may contact an administrator who operates the device agent to modify the usage information, and permit the one or more processes to resume.12-24-2009
20120194836IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes: a device that performs a mechanical operation; a device control unit that controls the mechanical operation of the device; a process control unit that establishes communication with the device control unit and controls a process related to the device under the established communication; and an activation method setting unit that sets information on an activation method which is performed when the device control unit activates the device. The device control unit is provided with a unit that refers to information, which is set by the activation method setting unit before the communication is established by the process control unit, on an activation method of the device after a predetermined time elapses, and activates the device based on the reference information related to the activation method of the device.08-02-2012
20120194842IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - According to the present invention, a user can switch an operation condition of an image processing apparatus while confirming a power saving effect. To this end, the image processing apparatus determines usage status of a print mode, determines an operation condition to be changed based on the determined usage status, and determines the electric energy to change if the operation condition is changed. The image processing apparatus shows the user the operation condition to be changed and how much the amount of electric energy is changed.08-02-2012
20120194844PRINT SETTING SERVER, DOCUMENT PROCESSING SERVER, PRINT SYSTEM, AND PRINT SETTING METHOD - According to the present invention, a print setting server connectable with a document processing server is provided, where the print setting server provides a print setting screen that depends on functions of a printer model through the Web, and a detailed print setting screen that depends on a printer is provided to a client. The client can enter print settings through the print setting screen. In this manner, print setting depending on a printer model is realized in a cloud print service.08-02-2012
20100165375IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus implements appropriate image processing on image data stored in a storage unit of the image processing apparatus easily and efficiently, and distributes the image data to an external apparatus. An image format conversion unit implements image processing such as resolution conversion processing, filter processing, γ correction processing, and halftone processing on image data stored in an HDD serving as an image data storage unit so that the image data conform to conditions, such as image quality and format, specified by an external client apparatus. The image-processed image data are then distributed to the external client apparatus.07-01-2010
20100165374INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a storage device, a selection unit, a registration unit and a setting unit. The storage device is configured to store an execution condition that associates setting items which are set for execution of a process with setting values for the setting items. The selection unit selects, from among the setting items, a part of the setting items. The registration unit registers, in the storage device, the part of the setting items selected by the selection unit and setting values for the part of the setting item as an execution condition. When the execution condition stored in the storage device is selected in setting setting values for setting items to execute a process, the setting unit sets a setting value for a setting item corresponding to the selected execution condition to the setting value stored in the storage device.07-01-2010
20100149574Image forming apparatus, authentication method, and program - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus that include a personal identification method acquisition unit that extracts an identification method for identifying an operator from a first image scanned by an image scanning unit; a verification information extraction unit that extracts verification information with respect to personal identification information of the operator from the first image; a personal identification information acquisition unit that acquires the personal identification information in accordance with the identification method; a verification unit that verifies the acquired personal identification information with the verification information; and an authentication unit that authenticates the operator based on authentication information of the operator extracted from the first image when the personal identification information matches with the verification information.06-17-2010
20100149570APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RESTRICTING FILE OPERATIONS - An information processing apparatus determines whether a particular operation on a first file, for example, is restricted or not. The information processing apparatus also restricts the particular operation on a second file related to the first file if the particular operation on the first file is restricted.06-17-2010
20100177335IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH OPTIONAL DEVICES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A method of controlling an image forming apparatus, and an image forming apparatus to perform the method, the method including transmitting a pulse signal from a controller to a first optional device, setting an identification (ID) of the first optional device according to the received pulse signal, and incrementing the pulse signal and transmitting the incremented pulse signal so as to be received by a potential additional optional device07-15-2010
20090086240Method of controlling an unmanned automatic terminal for printing images and unmanned automatic terminal applying the method - Provided are methods of controlling an unmanned automatic terminal for printing images and unmanned automatic terminals applying the methods. Various embodiments of the method include performing a print mode operation in which images are printed and deposited into a depository and later performing a pick-up mode operation in which the printed images are released under a predetermined condition. According to embodiments of the present invention, the user may pick up the printed images at a desired time without waiting around for the terminal to finish printing the images.04-02-2009
20100157343PRINT FUNCTION LIMITING METHOD AND PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS - A setting information editing unit of a printer driver changes the print setting of an input print job. Upon changing the print setting, a print function is limited by inhibiting selection of the print function provided by the printer driver in accordance with a print authorization processed by a print authorization processing unit. Since the resetting process after inputting the print job to a print control apparatus is also subjected to print function limitation, the print function can be limited upon print job input. Hence, consistent print function limitation can be done.06-24-2010
20100157348PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND DEVICE DRIVER FOR CONVERTING COMANDS FROM ONE FORMAT TO ANOTHER - In order to allow any device to use a graphics device interface (GDI) driver without having to modify it once the GDI driver has been developed, the GDI driver is configured to create a spool format in a next-generation print path (NGPP) graphics engine specification and to convert drawing data in the spool format in the NGPP graphics engine specification into a page description language (PDL) by using an NGPP driver.06-24-2010
20100182628IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image scanning apparatus includes: a platen; scanning unit configured to scan an image from the document placed on the platen; and document retaining parts provided at positions corresponding to at least two sides of the platen and configured to prevent the document from curling away from the platen.07-22-2010
20100188683IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image processing device is provided. The image processing device includes a scanner to scan an image formed in a scannable area which is allocated on a sheet, an image obtainer to obtain a processible image formed in the scannable area and scanned by the scanner, a judging unit to judge as to whether the processible image obtained by the image obtainer includes an identifying image, which qualifies a predetermined authentication criterion, and a function controller to activate a predetermined function of the image processing device, which processes the processible image obtained by the image obtainer, when the judging unit judges that the obtained processible image includes the identifying image therein.07-29-2010
20100188681PRINT SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A print system is provided that is capable of supporting various print parameters enabling the saving of printing materials such as sheets and toner and comprehending a saving status of the printing materials to prompt a user to save the printing materials. If a print parameter set by a user is a print parameter contributing to saving of printing materials such as sheets and toner, a PC transmits identification information identifying a user of the PC and an eco-point predetermined for the print parameter along with print data to an image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus transfers the identification information and the eco-point received along with the print data to a server apparatus. The server apparatus receives and the identification information and the eco-point transmitted from the image forming apparatus counts/records in association with each other.07-29-2010
20100188682IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image processing device is provided. The image processing device includes a scanner to scan an image formed on a sheet, a first image obtainer to read and obtain a first image being a processible image formed in a first area, the first area being allocated on the sheet, a second image obtainer to read and obtain a second image formed in a second area, the second area being allocated on the sheet separately from the first area, a judging unit to judge as to whether the second image obtained by the second image obtainer is qualifies a predetermined authentication criteria and is identical to a predetermined identifying image, and a function controller to activate a predetermined function of the image processing device, which processes the processible image obtained by the first image obtainer, when the judging unit judges that the second image is identical to the predetermined identifying image.07-29-2010
20100157346METHOD AND PROGRAM TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY PRINT SETTING DEVICE WHICH SETS PRINT SETTING ITEM - When the printer selected by a user is judged to be one that has been searched out with using functional conditions, a PC as a print setting device reflects the functional conditions used as the search condition in the initial values of the print setting items for that printer.06-24-2010
20130215441PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A printing control apparatus includes an acquiring unit, a storage unit, a specifying unit, a setting unit, and a transmitting unit. The acquiring unit acquires information concerning a printer driver name in accordance with a received print instruction. The storage unit stores a table in which the printer driver name and definition information which defines a setting location of authentication information in a DEVMODE structure are associated with each other. The specifying unit specifies the setting location of the authentication information in accordance with the acquired information concerning the printer driver name and the table stored in the storage unit. The setting unit sets the authentication information in the specified setting location. The transmitting unit generates print data having the authentication information in accordance with setting content of the DEVMODE structure in which the authentication information has been set, and transmits the print data to an output destination printer.08-22-2013
20130215442COMMUNICATION DEVICE ALLOWING PROXY RECEPTION OF DATA DIRECTED THERETO, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A communication device that allows a proxy reception device to perform proxy reception of data directed to the communication device. The communication device establishes a SIP protocol-based session through a call controller connected to a network and performs data communication. The communication device holds proxy reception device destination information representing an IP address of the proxy reception device that performs proxy reception of data transmitted to a SIP URI of the communication device, and registers, into the call controller, registration information comprised of communication device destination information and proxy reception device destination information according to which the communication device sends proxy reception instruction information that instructs to perform proxy reception to the proxy reception device.08-22-2013
20130215444INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A next generation application issues a status information request for acquiring status information from a print device. A next generation driver executes status information acquisition processing from the print device and generates coupled information by coupling the acquired status information each time the status information is acquired to thereby determine whether or not a specific code was acquired based on the coupled information. When the specific code was not acquired from the image forming device, the next generation driver determines whether or not the number of execution times of status information acquisition processing is within a threshold value. The next generation driver acquires information corresponding to a status designated by the status information request from the coupled information when the next generation driver determines that the number of execution times of the status information acquisition processing exceeds the threshold value and responds the information to a requesting unit.08-22-2013
20130215446FUNCTION RESTRICTION RELEASE SYSTEM OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, FUNCTION RESTRICTION RELEASE METHOD OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - It can confirm candidates of functional parts that can be selected as a function restriction release target, and can select the functional parts of the function restriction release target prior to receiving a release code. A mobile terminal sends registration information, which includes a MAC address acquired from a multifunction device, to a server. An authentication process of the compound device is performed in the server. After that, an additional function selection screen is displayed in the mobile terminal based on the data sent from the server. The user controls the mobile terminal to select additional functions and to send additional function selection information, and a payment process is performed for the server. The release code is sent from the server to the mobile terminal. The multifunction device releases the function restriction of the corresponded functional parts based on the release code.08-22-2013
20130215447PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus according to the present invention can change according to a type of a job whether to switch storage units within a group in accordance with an amount of sheets reaches a certain amount.08-22-2013
20100157345SYSTEM FOR AUTHORING EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS - An assessment authoring system implemented by an operative set of processor executable instructions configured for execution by at least one processor includes a user interface and an assessment generation component. The user interface communicates user input and the assessment generation component receives the user input from the user interface. The assessment generation component generates an assessment data structure for printing on a multifunction device. The printed assessment includes a marking region adapted to receive a human marking. The system may utilize a model or rubric that can be used to score the human marks when are processed by image processing.06-24-2010
20100225944Online printing method and service - The invention is of an online printing service that following the completion of registration and initial setup, installs a printer on the user's computer. The printer is a print manager and user interface program that receives the print command, manages the upload of files to the online service provider's servers and manages the order of prints. The main idea of this invention is the accessibility of this printer from every application and from every “Print” menu item while working on the computer. This includes selecting the “Print” menu item after right-clicking on a file name, selecting the “Print” menu item from the “File” menu in Windows Explorer and clicking the “Print” button or selecting the “Print” menu item within applications. The printer thus behaves like a local printer with the ease of use and accessibility of local printing but with the quality and convenience advantages of online printing.09-09-2010
20100220346IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH POWER SUPPLY CONTROLLER - A power supply method for an image forming apparatus according to the invention includes: calculating a frequency of use of an associated unit that shares a power source with an image forming unit, for each associated unit; setting power supply to the associated unit from the power source to ON-setting or OFF-setting for each associated unit in accordance with the frequency of use; and controlling the power supply to the associated unit for each associated unit in accordance with the ON-setting or the OFF-setting at the time of starting the image forming unit.09-02-2010
20100253961IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an image reading portion for reading an image of an original to generate image data; a printing portion for printing the image on a medium according to the image data; a missing page determining portion for determining whether a missing page of the original occurs according to the image data generated with the image reading portion; and a discharge position control portion for discharging the medium corresponding to the missing page of the original to a specific discharge position different from that of other medium.10-07-2010
20100225946APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANAGING PRINT SETTINGS DATA, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An apparatus and method of managing print settings data, and a recording medium storing a program for managing print settings data are provided. The print settings data is managed by printer driver, logical printer, group of users, or user, using a directory structure under a file system of an operating system.09-09-2010
20100225945MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A management apparatus has a determination unit which determines, from a plurality of logs included in the log information, a plurality of similar logs based on information included in the logs. The management apparatus also has a difference log generation unit which generates, from the information included in each log, a difference log having information in a smaller amount than in an original log for the plurality of logs determined to be similar by the determination unit. The log management unit manages, as logs based on one print request together, the plurality of logs determined to be similar by the determination unit, and manages, as the difference log generated by the difference log generation unit, some of the plurality of logs determined to be similar by the determination unit.09-09-2010
20100225949RETRIEVE INFORMATION BY SENSING DATA ENCODED ON A CARD - A method of retrieving information using a device is disclosed. Data encoded on a surface of the print medium is read using a sensor module of the device. The data encodes a print media identifier which uniquely identifies the print medium and position data with respect to the surface of the print medium. The print media identifier and the position of the sensor module relative to the surface of the print medium are determined from the data encoded on the surface. Finally, information is retrieved from a database. The information is indexed by the print media identifier, a region with respect to the surface of the print medium, and an identity of the device, the position of the sensor module being within the region.09-09-2010
20100225947IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The image forming system includes an image forming apparatus; a detection apparatus that detects a user who enters or exits a room where the image forming apparatus exists; and an administration server that judges a security level of the room based on a detection result drawn by the detection apparatus. The image forming apparatus selects a print mode based on the security level judged by the administration server and performs printing by the selected print mode.09-09-2010
20100238477INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NETWORK SETTING METHOD - A print window is displayed by an application, and a printer name is selected by a user. When the printer name is selected, OS loads printer driver to cause the printer driver to execute print processing. Then, the printer driver performs change processing of an output port in initialization processing when needed, and outputs printing information to an image forming apparatus.09-23-2010
20100238478IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing system that executes plural functions with respect to image data, the image processing system including: a decision unit that decides whether or not a function among the plural functions is authorized to be executed with respect to the image data; and a notification unit that identifiably notifies an authorized function, which is authorized to be executed with respect to the image data, and an unauthorized function, which is not authorized to be executed with respect to the image data, decided by the decision unit.09-23-2010
20100238476FACSIMILE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - Disclosed is a facsimile system having first and second devices interconnected via a network. The first device allows a user to issue a facsimile transmission request, and the second device receives this facsimile transmission request and executes a facsimile transmission to a transmission destination. The first device has a determination unit for determining a caller telephone number based upon the user who issued the facsimile transmission request. The second device has a notification unit for notifying the transmission destination of the caller telephone number, which has been determined by the determination unit, when the facsimile transmission to the transmission destination is executed by the second device based upon the facsimile transmission request from the first device.09-23-2010
20110058204PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - A printing control apparatus is provided. The printing control apparatus includes a user interface to set a printing option for a document to be printed, an extraction unit to determine whether the set printing option is a printing option for pre-processing, a generation unit to generate a setting file corresponding to the pre-processing printing option if the printing option is the pre-processing printing option, a conversion unit to convert an XPS file into an enhanced XPS file that includes the generated setting file, and a controller to transmit the enhanced XPS file to the image forming apparatus.03-10-2011
20110058202METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MATCHING DISTRIBUTED USERS WITH DISTRIBUTED MULTI-FUNCTION DEVICES - A method and system for matching distributed users with distributed MFDs is disclosed, which incorporates a MFD cloud, a back end unit, and a client application. The MFD cloud is composed of a large number of geographically distributed MFDs and can be logically divided into a public cloud and a private cloud. The back end unit maintains a persistent state of each MFD associated with the MFD cloud. The client application permits the distributed users to submit a rendering job in association with a job criterion to the back end unit which responds with a sorted list of nearby available MFDs that meet the job criterion. The user can select a MFD from the list and turn-by-turn directions from a user's current location to the selected MFD can be provided for collecting the rendering job. The system data can be kept current by periodically sending a status associated with each MFD.03-10-2011
20110058201METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING PARTS IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for identifying parts in an image production device may include receiving a request to print a print job from a user, determining the print job specifications, detecting identification devices of parts that are installed in the image production device and extracting the corresponding part identification information, determining if the detected parts are the parts that have been identified for the determined print job specifications based on the extracted part identification information, wherein if one or more detected parts that are installed in the image production device are the parts that have been identified for the determined print job specifications, processing the print job, otherwise, notifying the user that the installed parts are not the parts that have been identified for the determined print job specifications, and prompting the user to elect to replace the installed parts, change the print job specifications, or proceed with the print job.03-10-2011
20100149576IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a technique that can prevent an increase in power consumption due to intermittent execution of print jobs with low execution priorities and contribute to a reduction in CO06-17-2010
20120194843METHOD OF CHANGING POSITION OF MENU IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO CHANGE POSITION OF MENU - A method of changing a position of a menu in an image forming apparatus includes displaying a screen of a first mode user interface having menus for a use of a function of the apparatus, selecting any one menu of the first mode user interface, shifting the selected menu to a second mode user interface, and deleting the selected menu from the screen of the first mode user interface, adding and displaying the selected menu to a screen of the second mode user interface When the first mode is a user mode, the second mode is a manger mode, and when the first mode is the administrator mode, the second mode is a user mode.08-02-2012
20120194841COMPUTER READABLE INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A computer readable information recording medium stores a printing control program. The printing control program, when executed by one or plural processors, functions of a first conversion function part configured to derive data of a form of page description language converted from printing data, based on the printing data; a second conversion function part configured to disassemble the data of the form of page description language converted from the printing data and data to be inserted into the data of the form of page description language converted from the printing data, and derive disassembled printing output data, based on data of a form of job definition format associated with the printing data and the data of the form of page description language converted from the printing data; and a transmission function part configured to transmit the disassembled printing output data to a printer apparatus.08-02-2012
20120194839IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus having: a reader section for reading image data of a document; a printer section for printing the image data read by the reader section as a toner image on a sheet of a print medium; and a cooler section; wherein the printer section comprises a tray for receiving the sheet with the toner image printed thereon; wherein the reader section has an opposed surface opposed to the tray; and wherein the cooler section sucks air outside the printer section and the reader section, sends the air along the opposed surface and blows the air to the sheet being fed to the tray.08-02-2012
20100208283Apparatus, method, system, and computer program product for creating operation definition file, and image forming apparatus - An operation-definition-file creating apparatus includes a setting data file in which setting data of a setting item that is to be set in an MFP is defined. A creating unit creates, on the basis of the setting data, an operation definition file in which an operation for reflecting the setting data in the MFP is described and a saving unit saves the created operation definition file in an external storage medium.08-19-2010
20100118326INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, RECORDING MEDIUM AND PRINTER - There is provided an information processing apparatus including: a memory storing a first descriptor indicating that the information processing apparatus operates as a storage device, a second descriptor indicating that the information processing apparatus operates as another device different from the storage device, and a driver which is used by the host apparatus in order to control the information processing apparatus as the other device in accordance with a given standard; a communication unit which, at the start of communication with the host apparatus, transmits the first descriptor to the host apparatus and communicates with the host apparatus in such a manner that the host apparatus is capable of accessing the driver; and a changing unit for changing the descriptor that the communication unit transmits to the host apparatus to the second descriptor after the driver has been accessed from the host apparatus.05-13-2010
20100165373INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus having plural information processing functions includes a storage unit, a specification unit a function specifying unit, a setting unit, and an execution unit. The storage unit stores at least one execution condition in which plural setting items for the plural information processing functions, and setting values for the respective setting items, are associated with one another. The specification unit specifies any one of the execution condition. The function specifying unit specifies an information processing function. The setting unit sets the setting values of at least one setting item of the specified execution condition, which setting item can be set in the specified information processing function, as the setting values of a corresponding at least one setting item of the specified information processing function. The execution unit executes the specified information processing function based on the set setting values.07-01-2010
20090290184CORRECTION INFORMATION CREATION DEVICE, IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE, CORRECTION INFORMATION CREATION PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM AND CORRECTION INFORMATION CREATION METHOD - A correction information creation device including: a recording head; a rotating body; a first detector that detects a period of a pulse signal generated in accordance with rotation of the rotating body; a first calculation section that calculates a period of a clock signal; a second detector that detects a space between corrective images that are formed synchronously with a period of the clock signal, while the rotating body is being rotated at a predetermined rotation speed, by two sets of image formation elements of the recording head; a second calculation section that calculates a distance between a measurement position of a peripheral surface of the rotating body and the axial center of the rotating body; and a memory that stores the calculated distance to serve as information for correcting the period of the clock signal.11-26-2009
20100118327All-in-One Device with Integrated Monitor - An all-in-one device including a printer and an image capture unit disposed substantially within a housing, the image capture unit including a transparent platen and capturing an image of a media sheet positioned against the platen. The platen is substantially vertically positioned along a front portion of the housing. The image capture unit may further include a lid that is movable relative to the platen between open and closed positions, and a video monitor integrated within an outer surface of the lid and sized to serve as a monitor for a computing device.05-13-2010
20100118324INFORMATION PROCESSOR AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processor for executing multiple applications including an external application under a control of an operating system, includes: a executing section that executes the external application in an isolated environment based on user identification information that is under the control of the operating system and allocated to the external application.05-13-2010
20100110464MULTI-FUNCTION PERIPHERAL DEVICE WITH SCANNING CUSTOMIZATION - An MFP device that is capable of scanning a document and displaying to the user a plurality of options whereby the user can modify the scanned image using the MFP controls. The options can be displayed to the user either via a display or by printing a document with the various options for the user to select graphically and the re-scan the document so as to provide the selection to the MFP device.05-06-2010
20100033746Document management device and document management method with identification, classification, search, and save functions - The present invention provides a document management device including a file receiving device for receiving a document; an optical identification device for performing optical identification on a non-textural content in the received document; a feature mark identifier for setting up a feature mark for the document; and a database for storing the document, which can be output from the database directly or through the file receiving device. The present invention also discloses a document management method. The device and method of the present invention have functions of identification, classification, search, and save.02-11-2010
20100118325CONTROL BOARD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes a communication interface to receive a job, and a control board including a plurality of dedicated processors to support their respective functions and a serial interface connected each of the plurality of dedicated processors. The control board controls one of the plurality of dedicated processors corresponding to a received job to perform the received job. Accordingly, the functions of the image forming apparatus are effectively operated and may be performed in parallel with one another.05-13-2010
20090116051Multifunction Printer and Method for Displaying Warning of Multifunction Printer - A multifunction printer has a plurality of functions and is configured to perform one of the functions selected as a selected function by a user. The multifunction printer includes a warning display section, a selector and an operation status manager. The warning display section is configured to display warning information of an operation status of each of the functions. The selector is configured to be operated by the user so as to select one of the functions as the selected function. The operation status manager is configured to manage the operation status of each of the functions. The operation status manager is configured to display the warning information on the warning display section caused by the operation status of the selected function only.05-07-2009
20090284779IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A first apparatus which does not mount any metadata generation unit generating metadata used to specify image data from the image data, and a second apparatus which mounts the metadata generation unit are connected via a network in the image processing system. The first apparatus stores image data. The first apparatus requests the second apparatus to generate metadata associated with the stored image data, and the metadata generation unit mounted in the second apparatus generates metadata. The first apparatus requests the second apparatus to retrieve image data using the generated metadata, and a retrieval unit mounted in the second apparatus executes a high-level retrieval.11-19-2009
20110211212DOCUMENT PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION USING CUSTOMIZED PROCESS PRINT DRIVERS - Systems and methods for automated processing and distribution of documents using a customized print driver. The customized print driver is accessed using a program application running on an Internet-enabled or networkable device. Unlike conventional print drivers which output print file from an application program to, for example, a laser printer, the customized print drivers combine a print file from the application program with specific processing and distribution parameters or preferences (i.e., a macro). The macro includes, among other things, preferences related to transport medium, transport options, and contact information. By combining the print file of the application program with the macro using a customized print driver, documents are able to be electronically prepared, processed, and distributed efficiently and with minimal user intervention.09-01-2011
20100195132PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A storage medium for storing a program that switches a plurality of printing apparatuses by changing a port of a logical printer for printout and is executed by a computer having a storage unit configured to associate the port with device settings for storing it, the computer comprising a reflecting unit configured to acquire the stored device settings corresponding to the changed port to reflect the stored device settings in the device settings held by the logical printer if the port is changed; and a changing unit configured to change print settings so as not to be inconsistent with the device settings to be reflected by the reflecting unit.08-05-2010
20100195131INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD - To reduce the workload involved in rearranging and printing a Web page in a desired layout, style sheets for realizing desired print layouts are saved in association with the URLs of Web pages, and when subsequently printing a Web page having the same domain name or a similar URL, a print layout to which a saved style sheet has been applied is presented as a candidate, and applied when printing the Web page.08-05-2010
20090073478IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to an embodiment of the present invention, in an apparatus in which an operation panel is provided from a main body via a column, the column is located on a side of the main body and is hollow, and a harness from the main body is located in the column.03-19-2009
20090073480Image Reading Apparatus and Image Forming Apparatus - An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit, a first guide member, a second guide member, a light adjusting member and a light adjusting control unit. The reading unit reads an original document. The first guide member places the original document thereon when the reading unit reads the original document. The second guide member is disposed opposite to the first guide member. The light adjusting member is disposed between the first guide member and the second guide member and adjusts permeation of light irradiated from the reading unit. The light adjusting control unit controls in such a manner to adjust the light permeating through the light adjusting member when the reading unit reads the original document.03-19-2009
20090073477IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a first log conversion unit configured to execute gradation conversion processing for copying on an image signal generated by reading an original, an output-signal converting unit configured to generate an output signal from the image signal subjected to the gradation conversion processing for copying and output the output signal to an output apparatus, a second log conversion unit configured to be provided independently from the first log conversion unit and execute gradation conversion processing for specific original detection on the image signal generated by reading the original, and a specific-original detecting unit configured to detect whether the original is a specific original from the image signal subjected to the gradation conversion processing for specific original detection.03-19-2009
20090073476PRINTING APPRATUS AND SYSTEM - A printing system includes a print device having a paper tray and a sensor disposed adjacent to the paper tray, the sensor being configured to sense a feature formed on a paper that resides in the paper tray; and a computer connected to the print device, the computer including a printer driver for driving the print device, the printer driver processing data provided from the sensor and generating positional information indicating a position of the feature on the paper, the computer system further including a display monitor to display the position of the feature on the paper so that the position of the feature on the paper can be discerned before printing operation.03-19-2009
20100220348IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING WEB SERVICE FUNCTIONS - The object of the present invention is to provide an image forming apparatus that can transmit and receive data without any process part of an application corresponding to various communication protocols and easily add a communication protocol and an application. An image forming apparatus according to the present invention includes connection request mediation means for, in response to a connection notice from a plurality of communication protocol daemons to transmit and receive data in accordance with respective different communication protocols, mediating connection instead of the communication protocol daemons by informing the application that a connection request is provided to the communication protocol daemons and a shared memory being used for delivery of received data and transmitted data between the application and the plurality of communication protocol daemons and being shared by the communication protocol daemon.09-02-2010
20130128297Method for Controlling Advertisement-Attached Copying - An image forming apparatus includes following components. A printing device prints on a recording medium. A reading device reads an image from an original document. An advertisement storage unit stores an advertisement. An advertisement-printed medium holding unit holds an advertisement-printed medium. An advertisement-printable medium holding unit holds an advertisement-printable medium. A copy control unit controls copying and enables the printing device to print the image on the recording medium. The copy control unit performs, in response to an instruction for advertisement-attached copying, one of the following: i) advertisement-printable medium copying in which the stored advertisement is printed on the advertisement-printable medium, and ii) advertisement-printed medium copying in which the advertisement-printed medium is used if a specific condition is satisfied.05-23-2013
20120033242PRINTING PRESS CENTRAL CONTROL UNIT - A printing press central control unit and method is disclosed. The central control unit has at least one combined display and operating unit which serves to display objects on the one hand and to enter commands and/or operators on the other hand, such that the combined display and operating unit has a multi-touch screen in combination with a display screen.02-09-2012
20100220345IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a first read device configured to read a first surface of an original document in a main scanning direction and to produce a first band data. The image forming apparatus further includes a second read device configured to read a second surface of the original document in the main scanning direction and to produce a second band data during the reading of the first surface by the first read device. The image forming apparatus still further includes an image data processor configured to produce printing band data by combining the first band data with the second band data, during the reading of at least one of the first surface and the second surface. Moreover, the image forming apparatus includes a printing device configured to start printing an image of the printing band data produced by the image data processor on a printing sheet, during the reading of at least one of the first surface and the second surface.09-02-2010
20090168090VIEWER METHOD AND VIEWER DEVICE - A viewer method and a viewer device capable of more rapidly reproducing desired screen data are provided. An input of character string is accepted in an input accepting unit, a title name saved in a screen data saving section is searched based on the input character string, and an instruction is made to a reproduction unit to jump to and reproduce arbitrary screen data based on the search result. Therefore, the desired screen data can be more rapidly reproduced by inputting a character string corresponding to the desired screen data.07-02-2009
20110032559DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A method is provided that restricts execution of a job where a finished sheet which is specified in a job, and another finished sheet that is fed, do not match each other. The method for controlling a data processing apparatus for causing a post-processing apparatus to execute post-processing on a print product output by executing printing based on print data received from an information processing apparatus includes inputting image data generated by reading a sheet to be post-processed, receiving checking data for checking an image of the sheet, and restricting, if the checking data does not match the input image data, execution of the post-processing.02-10-2011
20110116120IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a scanner unit to read an original document, an image data storage unit to store read image data, a print unit to print out the image data, a sheet insertion designation unit to perform a sheet insertion processing and a sheet insertion control unit. The user performs execution designation of the sheet insertion processing by the sheet insertion designation unit before a reading job of a first original document. When the execution of the sheet insertion processing is designated and a reading job of a specified original document is ended, the sheet insertion control unit requests the user to select a mode of the sheet insertion processing, and creates page data for performing the sheet insertion in the mode designated there. The printout including the page data for the sheet insertion is performed collectively after reading jobs of all original documents are ended.05-19-2011
20110109930PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - A printing control apparatus is provided. A printing control apparatus includes a storage unit to store a plurality of documents, a user interface (UI) unit to select a plurality of documents from among the plurality of documents stored in the storage unit, an XPS file conversion unit to convert each selected document into an XPS file, an XPS file processing unit to combine the converted XPS files into a single XPS file, and a communication interface unit to transmit the combined XPS file to the image forming apparatus. Therefore, a user can combine documents made by diverse application programs into a single document, and divide specific pages in a document as a separate document.05-12-2011
20090109461Portable electronic faxing, scanning, copying, and printing device - A lightweight, battery operated, portable, personal electronic device capable of faxing, scanning, printing and copying media as a standalone device or in cooperation with other electronic devices including PCs, mobile telephones, PDAs, etc. is provided. The device automatically detects the presence of fax-capable devices and reconfigures the software for compatibility with the fax-capable device eliminating the need for user programming. The device's ergonomic design, intrinsic physical stability, and same side paper feeds and user interface provide use in work areas having limited space. The device includes unidirectional, independent pathways for original and recording media such that paper jams are minimized. Portability is maximized through innovative power management software and hardware.04-30-2009
20090109463MULTI-FUNCTION PERIPHERALS - A multi-function peripheral includes a casing, a scanning module and a printing module. The casing has a recording media path. The scanning module is located on the recording media path for selectively scanning recording media fed into the casing from the recording media path. The printing module also is located on the recording media path for selectively printing the recording media. The recording media are then discharged out of the casing through the recording media path. Thus the multi-function peripheral can reduce the number of elements, simplify replacement of the inkjet cartridge of the printing module, reduce the dimensions, lower the element cost and diminish the complexity of the mechanisms.04-30-2009
20090109462IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus is provided that holds counter information obtained by integrating a consumption of a consumable that depends on usage of service provided by the image forming apparatus. A log corresponding to the usage of the service is set in job log information with a synchronization flag set off. The log in the job log information, for which the synchronization flag is set off, is set on. The counter information and the job log information are output after the synchronization flag for the log having the synchronization flag set off has been set on.04-30-2009
20110109931DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - The present invention provides a data processing apparatus having a programmable logic and a method for controlling the apparatus. If it is determined that the reconfiguration of the programmable logic is necessary, register setting data for reconfiguring the programmable logic is supplied to the programmable logic. The programmable logic reads out circuit information from a memory storing the circuit information in accordance with the register setting data and reconfigures a function of the programmable logic. A CPU transfers the register setting data to the programmable logic and then transfers data to be processed by the programmable logic whose function has been reconfigured, to the programmable logic.05-12-2011
20100302572IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM - Function information related to a plurality of kinds of functions arranged in a first image forming apparatus is acquired. The acquired function information is displayed. A desired function is designated from the displayed functions. A document containing the identification information is read on the basis of the designated function. The read document image is transmitted to the first image forming apparatus through a network. The identification information of original data corresponding to the document image is received from the first image forming apparatus through the network.12-02-2010
20130135643INTERMEDIATION SERVER AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE - An intermediation server may receive one notification from a communication device. The one notification may include a plurality of identification information for identifying a plurality of target data to be communicated between the communication device and a specific server. The intermediation server may prepare a plurality of demand-creation data corresponding to the plurality of target data, and supply the plurality of demand-creation data to the communication device. Each of the plurality of demand-creation data may be necessary for the communication device to create one communication demand, and include timing information related to a timing at which the demand-creation data has been prepared. The intermediation server may prepare first demand-creation data, and then prepare second demand-creation data under a condition that the communication device has created a first communication demand by using the first demand-creation data and has sent the first communication demand to the specific server.05-30-2013
20130135646OPERATOR GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME - An operator guidance system includes a detection unit, a control unit, and an operation indicator. The detection unit is disposed in an image forming apparatus to output a combination of detection signals, and includes one or more media sensors, and one or more opening sensors. The one or more media sensors are disposed along a media conveyance path to output a media detection signal. The one or more opening sensors are disposed adjacent to an openable structure to output an opening detection signal. The control unit is connected to the detection unit to determine guidance to be provided to an operator based on the combination of detection signals, and includes a memory and a controller. The operation indicator is connected to the control unit to indicate the identified operation to the operator.05-30-2013
20130135651PRINTING APPARATUS AND READING METHOD - A sheet on which a pattern is formed in a plurality of rows is conveyed toward downstream at least until an area having the formed pattern reaches an area to be dried by a drying unit. Subsequently, with respect to the pattern, reading by the reading unit for each row included in the plurality of rows and step-feeding of the sheet toward upstream are repeated. A sheet area to be conveyed to a reading area by step-feeding is forcibly dried by the drying unit before reading the sheet area.05-30-2013
20130135652IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - When a job setting storing portion 05-30-2013
20130135653OPERATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE - An operating device of the disclosure includes: a plurality of operation keys; and a processing unit executing a process corresponding to a pushed operation key from among the operation keys, the processing unit executing a process corresponding to a specified operation key when the processing unit detects that the specified operation key and an operation key located near the specified operation key from among the operation keys are pushed at the same time.05-30-2013
20130135654IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - There is provided a method for properly placing a document on a reference position of a document positioning plate. The method for controlling an image reading apparatus for reading a document placed on a document positioning plate includes acquiring an image of an image-readable region including the document positioning plate, detecting a document to be read in a vicinity of a reference position for reading the document which is placed on the document positioning plate, and controlling a display unit to display an image of a first region of the document positioning plate in a case where the document is not detected, and controlling the display unit to display an image of a second region in the vicinity of the reference position in a magnification that is greater than a magnification for displaying the image of the first region in a case where the document is detected.05-30-2013
20130135655IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SIGNAL OUTPUTTING APPARATUS, AND SIGNAL OUTPUTTING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes a function unit to perform one or more functions of the image forming apparatus; and a control unit to control the function unit to perform the functions of the image forming apparatus, wherein the control unit includes: a first signal generator to generate a first signal comprising a control signal to control the function unit; a second signal generator to generate a second signal comprising a pulse signal with a predetermined high frequency; a synthesizer to generate a third signal by synthesizing the first signal and the second signal during an edge period of the first signal; and an outputter to output the third signal.05-30-2013
20130135657IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes: a display and a display controller that controls the display to display thereon a page. When a first processing is currently performed on the page, the page includes: a first part, on which the first processing has not yet been performed; and a second part, on which the first processing has already been performed. When a second processing is currently performed on the page, the page includes: a third part, on which the second processing has not yet been performed; and a fourth part, on which the second processing has already been performed. The display controller controls the display to display the first part and the second part in different display modes. The display controller controls the display to display the third part and the fourth part in different display modes.05-30-2013
20110128564IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus configured to execute functions determines whether an another apparatus can operate a target function, enables display used for causing a user to input an instruction for causing the other apparatus to operate the target function when the other apparatus can operate the target function, transmits information used by the other apparatus in order to operate the target function, to the other apparatus, in response to input the instruction, and accepts an operation from the other apparatus, being inputted on the other apparatus by using the information, and executes the target function. In response to input the instruction, the display control unit controls a default screen so as to being capable of newly operating for executing a function. The function execution unit accepts an operation related to a function different from that being operated from the other apparatus and being executed, and executes the different function.06-02-2011
20110242573Facsimile Device, Computer Readable Recording Medium Storing Control Program Code for Facsimile Device, and Control Method for Facsimile Device - A facsimile device includes a communication unit, an analysis unit, and a printing unit. The communication unit is configured to receive, as reception data, both print-scheduled data to be printed and transfer-scheduled data to be transferred to an external device. The analysis unit is configured to analyze a target data portion of the reception data that requires an analysis in order to form an image. The printing unit is configured to print a printable part of the reception data. If at least one of a first error indicating that the communication unit did not receive part of the transfer-scheduled data as the reception data and a second error indicating that the analysis unit has failed in analyzing part of the target data portion corresponding to the transfer-scheduled data has occurred, the printing unit refrains from printing the reception data corresponding to the transfer-scheduled data.10-06-2011
20110249285IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, LINKING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming system includes: an image forming apparatus; and a linking apparatus that is linked with the image forming apparatus. The linking apparatus is operable in any of a plurality of modes including a first mode of contacting the image forming apparatus and executing a specific operation and a second mode of not contacting the image forming apparatus for a purpose of executing the specific operation. The image forming apparatus includes a mode shift command unit that, when the image forming apparatus shifts to a power saving mode, notifies the linking apparatus of a shift command indicating that the linking apparatus should be shifted to the second mode. Moreover, the linking apparatus includes: an operation mode control unit that shifts the linking apparatus to the second mode based on the shift command; and an access control unit that, after the shift to the second mode, prohibits the contact with the image forming apparatus, which is performed for the purpose of executing the specific operation.10-13-2011
20090066988Image Reading Apparatus and Method, and Computer-Readable Recording Medium - An image reading apparatus includes a reading image unit that reads an image data of a document; a memory that writes the image data obtained by the reading image unit in a space region of the memory; a memory managing unit that determines whether the space region larger than a predetermined memory size of the memory exists; and a reading operation control unit that manages reading image operation and interruption of the reading image unit for a reading section of the document having a unit data size corresponding to an amount of the image data being writable in the predetermined memory size; wherein the memory management determines whether or not the space region larger than the predetermined memory size exists in the memory.03-12-2009
20090066986IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An MFP includes a printing portion, a print pattern setting portion, a print pattern conversion portion that carries out conversion into a set print pattern for each color composing the image data having undergone a gradation change when printing is carried out at a gradation different from that of input image data, a display portion that displays a preview of the converted image data, and an image processing portion that lets a user give an instruction on whether or not to execute printing of the image data after a preview of the image data is displayed. When no instruction to execute printing is given, the print pattern setting portion causes the display portion to display a plurality of other print patterns different from a print pattern added to the image data to let the user select a desired print pattern out of the plurality of other print patterns.03-12-2009
20090066985Email pay-for-print system - Email pay-for-print system that affords users greater flexibility and transparency in billing. In one aspect, the invention comprises at least one mobile computing node, at least one printing node and a server node communicatively coupled with the mobile computing node and the printing node, wherein the server node receives via email a print job from the mobile computing node, transmits to the mobile computing node in response to the print job an email quotation for the print job comprising price information determined based at least in part on a cost analysis of the print job and, after receiving from the mobile computing node an acceptance of the quotation, transmits the print job to the printing node for outputting.03-12-2009
20110019219DIGITAL COMBINED APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND DIGITAL COMBINED APPARATUS SYSTEM - This invention relates to a digital combined apparatus including an operation panel, a reader/writer which writes/reads data on/from a recording medium, and a controller which controls the operations of the operation panel and reader/writer. When the reader/writer reads out ID information of the user from the recording medium on which at least the ID information is recorded, the operation panel displays a user authentication window which prompts the user to input a password for identifying himself or herself.01-27-2011
20110026062INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a selection unit configured to select a mode of processing to be executed when a power supply state of the information processing apparatus is shifted from a first power supply state to a second power supply state, a determination unit configured to determine time necessary for executing the processing based on the mode selected by the selection unit, an execution unit configured to execute the processing in the mode selected by the selection unit, and a control unit configured to control the execution unit to execute the processing again when the processing has not been completed within the time determined by the determination unit.02-03-2011
20110026061Host device with universal image scanning device driver and driver management method thereof - A host device and a driver management method of the host device are provided. The driver management method of the host device includes searching for at least one image scanning device connected to the host device, displaying a list of the at least one image scanning device found as a result of searching, selecting one of the at least one image scanning device from the displayed list, generating a user-specified driver for the selected image scanning device, and adding the generated user-specified driver. Therefore, it is possible to simplify the use of a universal image scanning device driver.02-03-2011
20110026060Hose device, image reading apparatus, and method of controlling image reading apparatus using host device - A host device, an image reading apparatus, and a method of controlling the image reading apparatus using the host device are provided. A method of controlling an image reading apparatus using a host device includes receiving input of at least one scanning function for an image reading apparatus to be used, searching for at least one image reading apparatus connected to the host device, extracting at least one image reading apparatus supporting the at least one scanning function based on the search result, displaying a list of the extracted at least one image reading apparatus, and displaying a driver user interface (UI) corresponding to a selected image reading apparatus when an image reading apparatus to be used is selected from the list. Therefore, the user may select a desired image reading apparatus with greater ease.02-03-2011
20110128565IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An includes a determination unit, a reading unit, a transmission unit, a receiving unit, and a printing unit. The determination unit is configured to determine an external apparatus corresponding to a user authenticated by an authentication unit for authenticating a user, as an external apparatus to be used in a plurality of the external apparatuses. The reading unit is configured to read a document and generate image data. The transmission unit is configured to transmit the generated image data to the determined external apparatus. The receiving unit is configured to receive image data from the external apparatus, where image processing is performed to the image data in the external apparatus. The printing unit is configured to print using the received image data.06-02-2011
20110043842Information processing apparatus - Provided is an information processing apparatus including a printer portion performing a printing process. The printer portion has a sheet-discharge outlet for discharging a sheet, an opening-closing door for opening and closing the sheet- discharge outlet, the door performing an opening/closing operation for the sheet-discharge outlet through rotation of a rotation shaft disposed to an end portion of the door, and an opening-closing door lock mechanism that maintains the sheet-discharge outlet in a closed state by a weight of the door in the case where the information processing apparatus is set to a second position different from a first position that is a printing position of the apparatus where printing is performed by the printer portion, the second position being a position where the weight of the door is applied toward the end portion of the rotation shaft.02-24-2011
20110019218NETWORK DEVICE - In a network device, a first response unit responds to a check request using state information saved in a storage unit in a case where a save time of the state information does not exceed a first predetermined time when the check request of the operation state of the network device is received in the normal mode, and causes an updating unit to update the state information and responds to the check request using the updated state information in a case where the save time exceeds the first predetermined time. A second response unit responds to the check request using the state information saved in the storage unit when the check request is received in the power saving mode. The updating unit updates the state information when transitioning from the normal mode to the power saving mode.01-27-2011
20110043845INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A document ID is recorded in an operation log, and an operation ID and document ID are recorded in a job log. The job log and operation log are set such that they can be searched in association with each other. An operation log record associated with a designated document record is read and added to a result list (S02-24-2011
20110043844DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A document management apparatus according to the present invention includes a management unit configured to manage a document, a request unit configured to request an image processing apparatus to generate an operational element that instructs execution by a reading unit for replacement of the document, a reception unit configured to receive data generated by the reading unit from the image processing apparatus in response to an operation of the operational element by a user of the image processing apparatus, and a replacement unit configured to execute processing for replacing the document managed by the management unit based on the data received by the reception unit.02-24-2011
20110043841Host apparatus and method to share favorite image reading apparatuses thereof - A host apparatus and a method to share favorite image reading apparatuses thereof are provided. The method to share favorite image reading apparatuses of a host apparatus includes registering at least one of searched image reading apparatuses to a list of favorite image reading apparatuses; selecting at least one of the registered favorite image reading apparatuses to be shared; activating a sharing function to share the selected favorite image reading apparatus; transmitting the list of favorite image reading apparatuses to or receiving a list of favorite image reading apparatuses from another host apparatus of which the sharing function is activated. Therefore, a universal driver may share a list of favorite image reading apparatuses.02-24-2011
20110043843INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus according to the present invention can display necessary information in the order according to an identified user even if a display area for displaying information is limited. The information processing apparatus includes a display unit configured to display a plurality of messages, a storage unit configured to store priority order information for indicating a priority order of each of the plurality of messages to be displayed on the display unit by associating with each user, an identifying unit configured to identify a user, and a display control unit configured to control a display order of each of the plurality of messages to be displayed on the display unit according to the priority order indicated by the priority order information associated with the user identified by the identifying unit.02-24-2011
20110116118IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CALIBRATION FUNCTION - An image forming apparatus with a plurality of reading units, which is capable of easily adding a recording sheet type usable for calibration. Calibration is executed using a specific recording sheet. Gradation patterns are formed on a recording sheet of a sheet type to be added, and are read by a reader unit. A first conversion table is configured based on information on the read image. A second conversion table is configured based on the first conversion table. When the reader unit is used to perform calibration using the added recording sheet, image forming conditions are set based on information on the image read by the reader unit and the first conversion table, and when the color sensor is used, the image forming conditions are set based on information on the image read by the color sensor and the second conversion table.05-19-2011
20110242569SERVER - A server may store original data. One of a plurality of setting screens corresponding to a plurality of printers may be generated based on the original data. Each of the plurality of setting screens may be for permitting the user to designate a content of each setting item matching a print condition that a corresponding printer is capable of performing. The server may acquire specific printer identification information for identifying a specific printer from a terminal device, store target data of a print target and supply specific data, which is for representing a specific setting screen corresponding to the specific printer, to the terminal device. The server may acquire setting information indicating a designated content of each setting item designated by the user via the specific setting screen and supply to the specific printer print data according to the target data and the designated content of the each setting item indicated by the setting information.10-06-2011
20090033972Image forming apparatus - A disclosed image forming apparatus performs communications in a non-contact manner with a mobile terminal device storing print information. The image forming apparatus stores, in association with each other, identification information for identifying a reading unit configured to read the print information, function information indicating a function of processing the print information, and function setting information indicating process contents of the function; reads the print information stored in the mobile terminal device with a reading unit disposed in the image forming apparatus at a position according to the function information and the function setting information; acquires the stored function information and function setting information associated with the identification information held by the reading unit that has read the print information; and processes the print information based on the acquired function information and function setting information.02-05-2009
20090033971IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXTRACTING AN EMBEDDED MARKING IMAGE - An image processing apparatus and an associated an image processing method and computer readable storage medium are provided. The image processing apparatus includes an image reading module, an image data storage module, a registration module, an analyzing module, and an image processing module. The image reading module can read a document image. The image data storage module can store the document image. The registration module can register marking images by respectively encoding marking information into the marking images. The analyzing module can extract an embedded image from the document image and to perform an analysis of the embedded image that includes comparing the embedded image to the marking images registered in the registration module. The image processing module can compose an output image based on the document image stored in the storage module and a result of the analysis of the embedded image performed by the analyzing module.02-05-2009
20100149578PRINTER FORMATTER IN A CABLE - A printer cable that is configured for coupling to a printer having an enclosure and a printer port. The printer cable includes a first connector for connecting to the printer port and a second connector for coupling to a host device (e.g., a personal computer (PC)). The printer cable includes a printer formatter for providing formatting services to the printer via the first connector. Since the printer formatter is integrated into the printer cable, the printer formatter is external to the printer enclosure and is easily removable and configurable by a user.06-17-2010
20110080604METHODS AND STRUCTURE FOR SUBSTANTIALLY AUTOMATED DEVICE CAPABILITIES FILE GENERATION USING XML SCHEMA - Methods and apparatus for substantially automatically generating a device capabilities file for a device in a printing environment. Features and aspects hereof provide for providing an XML schema (XMLS) file representing the available features of the device and then substantially automatically generating a device capabilities file from the XMLS file. The XMLS file may be substantially automatically generated by appropriate computing tools based on provided JDF job tickets for the device or may be generated by any other means and provided for generation of the device capabilities file. The device capabilities file may be generated by parsing the hierarchical tree structured XMLS file to identify attributes and elements therein. Each attribute is then translated to a corresponding device capabilities entry representing the available features of the device and setting values for each feature to generate the device capabilities file.04-07-2011
20100165372Endorsement printing by building characters - A document processor receives a document to be processed and captures data from the document. The document processor includes a plurality of processing devices and conveys documents past the plurality of processing devices to allow the processing devices to perform operations on the documents. A programmable endorser prints an endorsement on a document as the document is processed. The programmable endorser includes a plurality of character segments in the form of various shapes such that the endorsement is printed by building characters from the character segments.07-01-2010
20110085192INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SECURELY SHARING PERSONALIZED INFORMATION - There is disclosed an apparatus capable of suitably deleting information of, e.g., an operation environment that is personalized in a given apparatus and handled in another apparatus and remains in it, thereby improving the operability and security. An information processing apparatus receives personalized information set in another information processing apparatus and stores the personalized information. A user who requests access to the stored personalized information is authenticated. A user who has passed authentication can obtain an operation environment based on the personalized information. Upon logout of the user or after the elapse of a predetermined time after access, the stored personalized information is erased.04-14-2011
20120243019SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The sheet feeding apparatus is controlled so as to temporarily stop driving of a separation part that feeds sheets from a sheet container while separating the sheets one by one by means of a feeding roller and a retard roller, after passage of a predetermined period of time from the sheets being fed out. Then, when the temporarily-stopped driving of the separation part is resumed, the detection part detects whether or not a sheet exists in a separation nip part formed by the feeding roller and the retard roller, and if the detection part determines that a sheet exists, a second motor makes the retard roller temporarily rotate in a sheet feeding direction.09-27-2012
20110075181Data processing device - To provide a technology enabling a terminal device to use various functions provided in a data processing device without the use of a device driver. A multifunction device executes a process for implementing a function indicated by instruction data when such instruction data is stored in a shared area of the RAM. Here, the shared area of the RAM in which the instruction data is stored can be recognized by a personal computer connected to the multifunction device as a storage area that can be accessed through the file system, which is a function provided as a standard feature of the operating system. Accordingly, operations of the multifunction device can be controlled from the personal computer end simply by storing instruction data in the shared area via the operating system, eliminating the need for a special device driver to control the operations of the multifunction device.03-31-2011
20110242572PAGE DESCRIPTION DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, PAGE DESCRIPTION DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - With respect to an object for stroking a path existing in page description data, the configurations of a plurality of line elements formed along the path are estimated based on a path construction operator and a dotted line pattern determining operator. The path construction operator is replaced with a plurality of path construction operators depending on the configurations of the line elements.10-06-2011
20110242570IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED THEREWITH - This image reading apparatus, includes: a first retaining member that retains a lens unit; a second retaining member that retains a sensor unit; and a positioning member that sets a relative position between the first retaining member and the second retaining member, wherein the positioning member comprises: a first concave portion that is sagged from a first contact surface to be in contact with the first retaining member; and a second concave portion that is sagged from a second contact surface to be in contact with the second retaining member, and the positioning member is fixed to the first retaining member and the second retaining member by an adhesive filled in the first concave portion and the second concave portion.10-06-2011
20110242568DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In the conventional technique, it was impossible to execute processings up to an arbitrary processing among a series of registered processings depending on the situation from time to time. Thus, the only option in such a case was to newly register a new workflow depending on the need changing depending on time. To solve this, a series of registered processings are displayed as a menu so that a user can select up to which processing in the series of processings should be executed. A not-selected remaining processing can be executed by the user by allowing the user to later select a document once subjected to operations.10-06-2011
20110242566SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING FUNCTION BASED OBJECT OPERATIONS IN INTERPRETED PAGE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGES - Methods for optimizing the processing of function based object operations in interpreted page description languages are presented. In some embodiments, the method comprises parsing the PDL document to identify a function based operator in the PDL document; generating program code in a programming language, wherein the program code is functionally equivalent to the function based operator; compiling the program code to generate a shared object and dynamically linking the software that performs the document processing functions to the entry point of the shared object; and invoking the shared object associated with the function based operator when the function based operator is processed.10-06-2011
20110242565PRINTER CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method for controlling a printer comprises, spooling a file including a hierarchy of a print ticket attached with a fixed document and a fixed page, in response to a print job, creating print data from a spooled file, detecting a printing error at the printer, determining, using a CPU, required printing features for the print job based on the print ticket in the spooled file, and displaying candidate printers to be redirected based on the result of the determining.10-06-2011
20110242564PRINTER CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method for controlling a printer comprises, spooling a file including a hierarchy of print ticket attached with remaining fixed document and fixed pages, in response to a print job, creating print data from a spooled file, detecting a printing error at a printer, modifying the spooled file by including printing type information and page information where printing error occurred, and redirecting the spooled file modified by the modifying step to another printer driver.10-06-2011
20090323096INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An obtaining unit obtains, from a connected apparatus, performance data related to a function of the apparatus. If it is determined the apparatus includes a plurality of functions based on the obtained performance data, information of individual processes related to the plurality of processes is divided in the obtained performance data. The individual processes are used to generate a workflow.12-31-2009
20110128563AUTOMATIC DEVICE-INDEPENDENT ADAPTATION OF PAGE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGE DATA STREAMS - A system and methodology are described herein that enable a network with a plurality of independent computers, with differing print drivers having generated various otherwise potentially incompatible page description language print jobs, to successfully interface with a centralized printer system through a plurality of lines by virtue of on-the-fly adaptation of the page description language stream job headers before the jobs go to a subsequently designated print device. The header is consumed and parsed to mitigate print-stream header differences by transforming the header commands into page description language commands and imbedding the page description language commands in the original page description language data, and therefrom sending on a resulting pure page description language stream. The resulting pure page description language stream is necessarily a modification of the original page description language data, designed to produce a result compliant with the request as manifest in the originating header.06-02-2011
20100220344IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An embodiment of an image reading device may include a light source, an image reading unit, a drive control unit, a white reference member, a chromaticity detecting unit, a reference value storage unit, a chromaticity change calculating unit, and/or a control unit. An embodiment may include a photoelectric conversion element that reads an image illuminated by the light source. In some embodiments, may measure the chromaticity of a white reference member. In some embodiments, a reference value storage unit may store a reference value representing the chromaticity of an image. In an embodiment, a control unit may control an operation of the device according to the calculated amount of chromaticity change. An embodiment may include measuring the luminous intensity of a light source and storing a reference value representing the luminous intensity of the light source. Some embodiments may include making adjustments to images.09-02-2010
20100220347METHOD, APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIA FOR CONFIGURING A PRINTER DRIVER - A method and apparatus for configuring a printer driver where default settings of a printer on which a job is to be printed are queried by a printer driver of a client computer. The default settings can be, for example, stored in the printer itself, or in a storage medium or in a database in some other location that is accessible to the client computer. Depending on the default settings of the printer, default settings of the driver are configured.09-02-2010
20110085191IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes: a data acquisition unit which acquires image data as a processing target; an image processing unit which carries out image processing with a processing content based on setting information, to the image data; plural output processing units which output the image data processed by the image processing unit, by different output methods from each other; a setting information acquisition unit which acquires the setting information; a determination unit which determines an output method that is selectable for the image data to which the processing with the setting content indicated by the setting information acquired by the setting information acquisition unit is carried out, of the plural output methods used by the plural output processing units; and a selection candidate display unit which displays a list of information indicating the output method that is determined as selectable by the determination unit.04-14-2011
20110085193IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus (04-14-2011
20110063648Secured Document Transmission - Systems and methods for securing a document for transmission are discussed. In one embodiment, a document is checked for an indication of confidentiality. The document is then passed to a secure driver, in response to a finding of the indication of confidentiality. The document is passed to a non-secure driver, in response to a failure to find the indication of confidentiality. The document is then transmitted after processing by the secure driver or the non-secure driver.03-17-2011
20110242567Information Processing Apparatus and Computer Program for Information Processing Apparatus - An information processing apparatus connectable to a printing apparatus which prints an image on a recording medium, including: a display; a storage device which stores an application program which generates an image data of the image as a display data to be displayed on the display, and a printer driver which generates a driver data to be transmitted to the printing apparatus based on the display data generated by the application program; a controller which includes a display-data acquiring section which acquires the display data from the application program, a driver-data acquiring section which acquires the driver data from the printer driver, and a comparing section which compares the display data acquired by the display-data acquiring section and the driver data acquired by the driver-data acquiring section, and the controller displays a comparison result by the comparing section on the display.10-06-2011
20090323095IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method and apparatus of forming an image includes reading an original with a first resolution. An original is read with a second resolution which is different from said first resolution. The image information read with the first resolution and the second resolution is converted into image information of a third resolution for image forming. An image is formed with the third resolution based on the image information converted by the conversion.12-31-2009
20090168089IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - A plurality of images stored in a storage medium are classified into image groups. The number of images stored in the storage medium is compared with a threshold value determined based on the number of classified image groups and the number of images included in each image group. An image group selection sheet or a print specification sheet is printed depending on a result of the comparison. Thus, it is possible to automatically determine an optimum type of sheet for use by a user to select images and print the determined type of sheet without printing a large number of sheets.07-02-2009
20100053657METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A PRINTED PRODUCT IN ACCORDANCE WITH A PRINT JOB - Until now, manual sorting of a print job and corresponding media on which printing is to take place has been necessary in order to assign them to printing presses provided for that purpose, if required properties of the printed product were to be achieved with different machines and components. That is simplified by a method for producing a printed product in accordance with a print job in which a rule set having at least one rule is provided, by which reference objects are assigned to lists based on input variables and output variables. The printed product is produced on corresponding printing systems in accordance with the output variables. An apparatus for carrying out the method includes a job splitter for splitting up the lists in accordance with the rule sets, and an assignment module for assigning the lists to corresponding printing systems.03-04-2010
20120243025APPLICATION SERVICE PROVIDER SERVER, DATA SERVER, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - An application server, a data server, and a printer are connected to one another via a communication network. The application server executes application software. Then, the application server generates print data for printing an interim result or final result of processing performed by the application software, and sends the print data to the data server. The data server provides the supplied print data to the printer. The printer performs printing in accordance with the provided print data.09-27-2012
20120243020IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINT SETTING UNIT, AND MAKING PRINT SETTING METHOD - An image forming apparatus of the embodiments includes a display section, an input section, a controller, and a printing section. A plurality of first images in the form of sheets and a plurality of second images targeted for printing. The input section acquires information about a position designated by a user, the position being within a display region of the display section. The controller detects that one or two or more of the plurality of second images are selected on the basis of the information about the position. In response to release of the selected second image on one of the plurality of first images, the controller makes setting such that the released second image is categorized in one group, and makes print setting for each group. The printing section prints the second image on a sheet on the basis of the print setting made by the controller.09-27-2012
20120243023OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, LIGHT CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An optical scanning device controls outputs of laser beams with high accuracy by correcting the nonlinearity of a current-light characteristic. An electric current supply unit supplies a bias current or a driving current to a semiconductor laser. A detection unit detects light amount of the laser beam. A control unit controls the driving current based on the light amount detected. A constant current generation unit generates constant currents. A calculation unit derives an n-th degree approximate expression (n≧2) of a current-light characteristic based on the light amount by emitting a specific light emitting section according to the constant currents, and calculates a light emission start current start current for the specific light emitting section using the expression. A bias current generation unit generates the bias current based on electric current values obtained from results of light controls for other light emitting sections and the expression.09-27-2012
20120243016CONTROLLER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM, AND CONTROL METHOD - A controller includes: a history storage unit that stores a history of setup information when executing a function of an image forming apparatus; an acquisition unit that when a first function is selected on a menu screen having a first display region where a screen for selection of a function of the image forming apparatus is displayed, acquires the history of setup information when executing the first function from the history storage unit; a display control unit that lists the history of the setup information, which is acquired from the history storage unit, in a region other than the first display region on the menu screen; and an execution unit that executes the first function using setup information selected by a user from the history of the setup information listed.09-27-2012
20110249286DOCUMENT DATA ACCESS - Disclosed are methods and apparatus for accessing data from electronic documents stored as print streams are disclosed. In one embodiment, an electronic document conforming to one of a plurality of print formats is obtained. The electronic document is parsed according to the one of the plurality of print formats to generate an intermediate data structure conforming to an intermediate format such that the electronic document is converted to the intermediate format, wherein the intermediate format is different from the plurality of print formats. One or more rules are applied to obtain data for a plurality of regions of the electronic document from the intermediate data structure. The data for the plurality of regions of the electronic document that has been obtained from the intermediate data structure is stored or provided, thereby enabling a report to be generated using at least a portion of the data for the plurality of regions that has been stored or provided.10-13-2011
20100053658IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, MAINTENANCE SYSTEM, AND JOB CONTROL METHOD - To reduce downtime due to maintenance of an image processing apparatus as much as possible.03-04-2010
20100067033IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ACTIVATION CONTROL METHOD - An image forming apparatus activates target devices including connected devices and internal devices, and executes a requested process. The image forming apparatus includes an acquiring unit configured to acquire information pertaining to the connected devices, information pertaining to a startup method of the image forming apparatus, and information pertaining to maximum usable power of a power supply unit of the image forming apparatus; a specifying unit configured to verify what the target devices are and specify a corresponding activation pattern based on the information acquired by the acquiring unit, wherein the corresponding activation pattern is specified among plural activation patterns that have been set in advance, each of the plural activation patterns defining activation timings of the target devices; and an activation control unit configured to control activation of the target devices in accordance with the corresponding activation pattern specified by the specifying unit.03-18-2010
20100134819REMOTE CREATION OF PRINTER INSTANCES ON A WORKSTATION - Remotely installing a new printer in a printers folder on a client workstation that communicates via a network with a control point terminal by, in the control point terminal, performing an operation to add the new printer in the printers folder of the client workstation, and in response to the operation being performed, the control point terminal transmitting identification information of the new printer being added to an agent in the client workstation, and in the client workstation, the agent receiving the identification information from the control point terminal, in response to receiving the identification information of the new printer, the agent automatically obtaining printer configuration information and print driver information based at least in part on the received identification information, the agent automatically configuring the printer and installing a print driver based on the obtained printer configuration information and print driver information, and the agent creating a locally managed instance of the printer. The operation may be simply selecting the new printer and the workstation that the printer is to be added to. The printer configuration information and the print driver information may be automatically obtained from a remote device on the network, such as an FTP server, and a port for communication with the printer may be automatically created. The unique identifier may be a network address of the printer, such as an IP address, a printer name, a DNS name or a NetBios name, and the printer may be a virtual printer, rather than an actual printer installed on the network.06-03-2010
20100134818DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTER NETWORK SYSTEM, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM THEREOF - A data processing apparatus is disclosed, including: a virtual printer driver and a plurality of remote drivers. The virtual printer driver receives a print request through the network, creates an intermediate file as a page image from print data corresponding to the print request, has a remote driver corresponding to output destination printer information corresponding to the client computer or a user of the client computer create output data for a remote printer, and has the remote printer output the output data. The remote driver is called by the virtual printer driver, creates the output data including RAW data from the intermediate file, and has the remote printer selected through the network print out the output data.06-03-2010
20100134817METHOD FOR LIMITING ADDRESS SETTING OPERATION AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - There is described an address setting limitation method and a computer readable storage medium storing a computer executable program, each of which is to be employed in a system in which an address for indicating a data storing/referring destination is settable and makes it possible to improve a usability and convenience of the user while maintaining security aspects of the system. The method to be employed in the system in which an address for indicating a storing/referring destination of a data is settable, includes: displaying a first screen on which a first address established in advance by a manager is displayed; and displaying a second screen from which a user establishes a second address; wherein both the first address and an inputting area, from which the second address to be ranked at a hierarchy level lower than that of the first address is settable, are displayed on the second screen.06-03-2010
20100134816SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROL OF MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERALS - Systems and methods for automation of multi-function peripheral devices (MFPs) are disclosed. MFPs are configured to identify MFP users and to obtain one or more preferences associated with the identified users. Such preferences may be configured in advance and may provide instructions that allow the MFP to automatically scan and distributes documents provided to the MFP by the user with limited to no user input after user identification. The user preferences may further specify one or more document services to which scanned documents are transmitted. Examples of document services may include, but are not limited to, storage devices and servers, as well as output devices, such as fax and printer devices.06-03-2010
20100321715METHODS AND STRUCTURE FOR PRESERVING NODE ORDER WHEN STORING XML DATA IN A KEY-VALUE DATA STRUCTURE - Methods and apparatus for processing XML data in a printing system by translating the XML data into corresponding entries in a key-value data structure that includes information regarding the original order of the XML nodes in the XML data. In one exemplary embodiment, XML nodes in a JDF job ticket are processed by a parser program in the printing system to translate the XML node into entries of a Postscript dictionary data structure. A key value in each entry encodes the ordinal position of the corresponding printing parameter in the JDF job ticket.12-23-2010
20100208284INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus with a printer driver, which generates print data to be output to an image forming apparatus, corresponding to a plurality of image forming apparatuses registers a compound setting that information indicating output destinations corresponding to the plurality of image forming apparatuses and a plurality of print settings are combined, and sets information indicating an output destination included in the compound setting to the printer driver.08-19-2010
20100208285IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device for obtaining image data and forming an image includes a functional limitation part configured to set a functional limitation for a function provided by the image forming device; a batch operating part configured to register a series of the functions as one batch operation; a judging part configured to judge whether or not the batch operation registered by the batch operating part is executable when the functional limitation part adds a new limitation to or changes setting contents of the functional limitation; and an alternative operation generating part configured to generate an alternative batch operation that is an alternative of the batch operation when the batch operation is judged inexecutable.08-19-2010
20110075176PRINTER CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTER CONTROL METHOD, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printer control apparatus controls plural kinds of printers by use of a universal printer driver which is capable of communicating with the plural kinds of printers via a network and which is capable of supporting the plural kinds of printers. According to the printer control apparatus, a control section causes display means to display a printer list of the plural kinds of printers and a window for accepting an input for selecting available printers from the plural kinds of printers included in the printer list. Thus, a user is allowed to use only printers selected as the available printers. This makes it possible to easily restrict use of an unintended printer while benefiting from a universal printer driver's advantage.03-31-2011
20110075183PRINT AND SCAN SHARING PAPER PICK AND PAPER MOTION CONTROL IN A MULTI-FUNCTION PRINTER - A multi-function printer having a compact size and portable configuration while providing printing, scanning and copying functionalities is disclosed herein. The multi-function printer includes a printer assembly and a scanner assembly configured to cooperatively utilize the same pick and paper movement systems along a common feed or paper path to perform these printing, scanning and copying functions. Thus, the disclosed multi-function printer may require a less complex paper movement and control system which, in turn, reduces the printer's overall weight while increasing its flexibility and/or portability.03-31-2011
20110075180IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT INSTRUCTS OUTPUT OF READ IMAGE DATA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which is capable of reducing time and labor to configure detailed settings of an output-side device at a read-side device. A controller unit selects an output-side device, requests the selected output-side device to transmit information on output settings, receives the requested information on the output settings and limiting conditions on the reading settings for executing the output settings, executes reading of image data based on the reading settings with the received limiting conditions, and transmits the read image data and the information on the output settings to the output-side device.03-31-2011
20090097050Display Device, Printing Apparatus, Method to Display Contents in Storage Devices and a Computer Usable Medium Therefor - A display device to display contents representing data files stored in at least one external memory device attached to the display device is provided. The display device includes at least one connection interface through which an external memory device is attached to the display device, a judging unit to judge as to whether an external memory device is attached to one of the at least one connection interface, a list creation unit to create a list of data files which are stored in the external memory device according to the judgment made by the judging unit, a timer to measure a predetermined period, and a display control unit to display the list created by the list creation unit based on the data files stored in the external memory device which is attached to the display device before the predetermined period elapses.04-16-2009
20090027712IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: a display unit; an operation unit; a printing unit; a storage unit which stores print data of the printing target image; a control unit which generally controls the display unit, the operation unit, the printing unit, and the storage unit. When the operation unit accepts an instruction to display a preview image, the control unit: controls the display unit to display the preview image for a user to verify the content of the printing target image, on the basis of the print data stored in the storage unit; classifies the whole area of the preview image into a text area and a picture area; and controls the display unit to display an image of the text area prior to an image of the picture area, and then to display the image of the picture area.01-29-2009
20090027713MULTI-FUNCTION IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A multi-function image processing apparatus includes a system control unit that receives an image processing job sent over a network by a requesting device, and that controls operation of the image processing apparatus. The apparatus includes an image recording unit that performs a printing operation. The apparatus also includes a scanner that scans data provided to the apparatus. The apparatus further includes an image processing unit that receives scan data from the scanner, that performs image processing on the scan data, and that outputs image-processed scan data to the image recording unit for printing of the image-processed scan data. The apparatus also includes an interface unit that transfers image data between the image processing unit and the system control unit in at least one mode of operation of the image processing apparatus. The image processing unit includes a first FIFO and a second FIFO for bypassing the interface unit under certain situations.01-29-2009
20090027711IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a selection section which selects a print target to be printed; an input section which inputs a print job for printing the print target selected by the selection section; an instruction section which instructs to continue the print job; and a printing section which executes a trial printing of printing a part of the print job including a plurality of pages input by the input section as a trial page, and thereafter, restarting and finishing the print job in response to that the instruction section instructs to continue the print job.01-29-2009
20090027709IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A front-side image and a back-side image of a document are read using a plurality of image sensors mounted on a transfer path and are displayed on a display unit implemented by a touch screen, and a subsequent process of an image to be processed according to a selection of a user is performed. Accordingly, a user convenience in view of an operation to process a read image is improved.01-29-2009
20090027708APPARATUS AND METHOD TO RETRIEVE PRINT OPTIONS FROM PRINT FILE - An apparatus and a method of retrieving print option from a print file include a converting unit to convert a document to print and print options set for the document to print into a print file recognizable at an image forming apparatus, and a driver control unit to retrieve the print options from the print file.01-29-2009
20120120436REMOTE PRINTING - A remote printing method includes extracting content of a device view caused to be displayed by a first device. The extracted content is communicated to a second device remote from the first device so that the second device can format the extracted content for printing.05-17-2012
20120120433SCANNING-PRINTING INTEGRATED APPARATUS - A scanning-printing integrated apparatus is disclosed. The scanning-printing integrated apparatus comprises a first channel. The first channel comprises a scanning channel (05-17-2012
20120120432CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus 05-17-2012
20120120430Method and apparatus for linking designated portions of a received document image with an electronic address - A method and apparatus for receiving document images including portions linked to one or more electronic addresses. The linked portion of the document is identified using a predetermined visual attribute, such as bold-face text, or delimiters to mark the portion. The document image is then transmitted using, e.g., existing apparatus for transmitting images, such as a facsimile machine. An electronic address associated with the identified portion of the document is also transmitted using existing techniques, such as by touch-tone telephone. The address may be a voice telephone number, facsimile telephone number, World Wide Web address, or any other address with which communication can be established. At the receiving end, both the document image and electronic address are received. Pattern matching is performed on the document image to identify the portion with the predetermined attribute as a linked portion. The received electronic address is then correlated with the linked portion. When the document image is displayed on, e.g., a computer screen, the linked portion is visually identified so that the recipient can access the electronic address by, e.g., clicking on the portion using a mouse. Communication may then be initiated by the recipient with the entity associated with the electronic address.05-17-2012
20120120429SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RENDERING LABELING SERVICE PRINTS WITH PRINT ENGINE PARAMETERS - A system and method for automatically rendering labeling service prints with print engine parameters. An auto-labeling application can be configured in association with a print engine controller for labeling the service prints with the print engine parameters via a built-in marker integrated with a fault multi-function device. A portable inline marker can also be separately attached to a baffle assembly of the fault device and connected to the print engine controller via a connector in order to receive the print engine parameters from the print engine controller. A setup routine configured with the auto-labeling application can be employed to customize the service print labels in a modular format and the parameters can be appended to each other based on the information required to troubleshoot the fault multi-function device. Such an approach effectively provides labeling of the service prints with enhanced service proficiency and customer satisfaction and reduces service time with respect to the fault multi-function device.05-17-2012
20120120428SCANNING PATCHES TO PROVIDE PRINTER CALIBRATION DATA - A method of providing calibration data for a printer includes printing a calibration target using the printer, the target including first and second patch sets, each patch set including a plurality of test patches. An operator scans one or both sets using an external scanner to provide scanned patch data. A processor automatically determines which set(s) have been scanned. Calibration data are automatically generated for the printer using the scanned patch data.05-17-2012
20110075184COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE OUTPUT METHOD - A color image forming apparatus and an image output method capable of producing a PDL output without interfering with the execution of a calibration procedure is provided. A main controller rasterizes PDL data from a network on a DRAM as image data. The main controller determines whether or not a calibration procedure is being executed. If it is determined that the calibration procedure is being executed, a production of a PDL image output is put in a queue until the calibration procedure is completed. If it is determined that the calibration procedure is not being executed, the image data on the DRAM is transferred to a printer portion at an appropriate timing so that the printer portion may produce a printed page of the image data.03-31-2011
20110075182Methods and Apparatus for Print Job Submission - Methods and apparatus are provided for submitting an electronic document to a printing system that includes a print controller having an input port and a print queue. Methods in accordance with this invention include coupling a portable media device to the input port, the portable media device including an electronic document and automatically copying the electronic document to the print queue. Apparatus in accordance with this invention include a portable media device that includes an electronic document. The portable media device is adapted to be coupled to the input port of the print controller, and the print controller is adapted to automatically copy the electronic document to the print queue.03-31-2011
20110075178MULTI-FUNCTION APPARATUS - A multi-function apparatus includes a body, an image reading unit, a document cover and a locking member. The image reading unit is movable between a closed position and an opened position. The document cover is movable between a closed position and an opened position. The locking member is movable to a first position and a second position and includes a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion. In response to a movement of the document cover to the opened position, the locking member moves to the first position and locks the image reading unit to the closed position. In response to a movement of the image reading unit to the opened position, the locking member moves to the second position and locks the document cover to the closed position.03-31-2011
20110075177IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A system is provided in which printer driver update work is not required, and in addition, print queue creation work can be hidden. When a virtual printer driver is installed, a generic printer driver is installed in the system without creating a print queue. Then, for execution of printing, the installed generic printer driver is used to create the print queue, and a print job is input to the print queue.03-31-2011
20110069337PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - When multiple print jobs that include banner printing are combined and prescribed manipulation settings are specified, data for banner printing is processed separately of the multiple items of print data and the multiple items of print data are combined into a single item of print data, and newly created data for banner printing and the print data that has been combined is output. As a result, it is possible to avoid problems that arise from the combining of jobs for which banner printing settings and settings for finishing processing or layout processing have been made concurrently, and a user can be provided with the optimum printout by adapting processing in accordance with circumstances.03-24-2011
20120200877INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - An installer of the driver B according to the present invention searches a print queue of the driver A corresponding to a printer controlled by the install target driver B, determines whether an output destination of the searched print queue is a remote printer, and if it is determined that the output destination of the print queue is the remote printer, ends install processing without making an update request for the print queue to the operating system.08-09-2012
20120200876COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Communication systems, communication apparatus, and image processing apparatus, which connect with communication apparatus are disclosed herein. The communication apparatus includes a first memory, which stores first additional information; an additional-information notifying portion, which notifies the image processing apparatus of the first additional information; and a second transmitter, which transmits image data transmitted from a first transmitter to the destination apparatus. The image processing apparatus includes a second memory, which stores second additional information; an information generator, which generates third additional information; and the first transmitter, which adds the third additional information generated by the information generator to the image data and transmits the image data comprising the third additional information to the communication apparatus. The third additional information includes the first additional information notified by the additional-information notifying portion and the second additional information stored in the second memory.08-09-2012
20120200875Pattern Based Scan Batch Separation - Pattern based scan batch separation is disclosed. A method includes receiving from a user specification of a pattern in a document set, sensing pages, scanning the pages, applying the pattern specification to the pages to create a group of documents, the group of documents including a plurality of documents separated according to the pattern specification. A group of documents is stored in a destination location. The method may be implemented as instructions such as software or firmware and may be performed by a multifunction peripheral (MFP).08-09-2012
20120200879PRINTING STRUCTURE OF MEDIUM SURFACE ON WHICH DOT PATTERN IS FORMED BY PRINTING, PRINTING METHOD, AND ITS READING METHOD - With the aim of realizing an easy and inexpensive method of realizing a “stealth” dot pattern, whose presence on a medium surface is not visually recognizable, merely through minor improvements in the existing printing technology, the present invention provides dots which form a dot pattern by printing these dots using an ink of any color reactive in the infrared or ultraviolet wavelength range on a medium surface on which a dot pattern is to be formed, for use with a dot pattern reading system that irradiates infrared or ultraviolet light on a medium surface having a dot pattern provided thereon, recognizes the dot pattern by reading the reflections of the light with an optical reading means, converts the dot pattern into the corresponding data, and outputs the text, voice, images and so forth contained in the data.08-09-2012
20120200878TERMINAL DEVICE - A communication device has a process unit, a network interface, a communication interface, an interface control unit, a device control unit, and a relay unit. The network interface communicates with a terminal device connected to a network. The communication interface communicates with a locally connected peripheral device. The interface control unit controls the communication interface and transmits control data to the peripheral device, the control data being for controlling the peripheral device. The device control unit generates the control data for the peripheral device in accordance with an instruction entered from the processing unit, and transmits the control data to the interface control unit. The relay unit extracts the control data for the peripheral device from a packet received by the network interface, and transmits the control data to the interface control unit.08-09-2012
20110149323INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An information processing apparatus provided with a display unit includes a status information display unit configured to display status information of a job present in a print queue via the display unit, an acquisition unit configured to acquire setting information of the job present in the print queue, and a job determination unit configured to determine, based on the setting information acquired by the acquisition unit, whether the job is a job to be output to a printing apparatus. The status information display unit displays, without displaying status information of a job determined not to be output to the printing apparatus by the job determination unit, status information of a job determined to be output to the printing apparatus by the job determination unit via the display unit.06-23-2011
20110037992IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus having, in addition to a printing function, at least one of a copying function, a scanner function, and a facsimile function includes a setting-file generating unit configured to collect data concerning setting items necessary for the operation of the functions of the image forming apparatus and encrypt data of a predetermined setting item to generate a setting file, and a setting-file reflecting unit configured to decrypt the data of the predetermined setting item on the basis of the generated setting file and restore the setting items necessary for the operation of the functions.02-17-2011
20110255110FOLLOW-ME PRINTER DRIVER - A method and system for follow-me printing, including a data-processing apparatus and rendering device in communication with a network. A user can elect a print request to be rendered at any one of the rendering devices, upon user authentication. A Follow-Me Printer Driver can be installed on a data-processing device in order to create a job ticket upon initiation of a print request. The job ticket can be sent to a designated rendering device and shared with all of the rendering devices connected to the network. The job ticket can then be retrieved at a destination rendering device upon a user authentication and a user selection of the print request. The job ticket can then be released for rendering at the destination rendering device.10-20-2011
20100245877IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus, including: an input module configured to input an image and first character data, the first character data being associated with the image; a template database module configured to store a template, the template including information of an operation associated with second character data; a determination module configured to determine the template according to the first character data and the second character data; and a job server module configured to execute the operation included in the template for the image.09-30-2010
20110249284AUTOMATED ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED - Disclosed are methods and apparatus for generating accessible documents. In one embodiment, an initial document in a print format is obtained. The print format of the initial document is identified as one of a plurality of print formats. A parser corresponding to the one of the plurality of print formats is applied such that the initial document is parsed according to the print format of the initial document. An intermediate document that conforms to an intermediate format is generated based upon results obtained from applying the parser. A template for converting the intermediate document into an accessible document is obtained. The template is then such that an accessible document corresponding to the initial document is generated, wherein the accessible document includes a plurality of tags that designate an order of a plurality of regions of the accessible document.10-13-2011
20110149325METHOD OF MANAGING FILES OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO PERFORM THE METHOD - A method of managing files of an image forming apparatus having a display unit and connectable to at least one storage medium including a document box is provided. The method includes connecting the storage medium to the image forming apparatus, determining if an information file corresponding to document box exists in the storage medium, searching for at least one file stored in the at least one document box corresponding to the information file in response to determining that the information file exists, and displaying at least one of the searched file and the document box on the display unit.06-23-2011
20100097626METHOD AND MULTI-FUNCTION MACHINE HAVING THE CAPABILITY OF DISPLAYING COMMERCIAL CONTENT - A method and a multi-function machine are provided for displaying commercial content and advertisements on the display screen when it is idle. The multi-function machine is of the type having the capability of scanning, copying and electronically transmitting documents. In particular, the multi-function machine includes a scanning assembly; a printer; a display; and a display content management module for managing commercial content received via at least one network connection for displaying by said display; and at least one processor configured to control said display to display said commercial content received via the at least one network connection and managed by said display content management module.04-22-2010
20090296126IMAGE FORMING METHOD USING UNIVERSAL PRINTER DRIVER AND DEVICE FOR PERFORMING THE IMAGE FORMING METHOD - Provided are an image forming method using a universal printer driver and a device for performing the image forming method. According to the method, printing data may be output through an image forming device supporting a desired printing option, without checking printing options of image forming devices whenever the printing data is to be output, by providing a user interface displaying printing options supported by image forming devices connected to a host device in which a universal printer driver is installed; selecting at least one printing option from the provided user interface; and selecting on of the image forming devices determined to support the selected printing option and outputting printing data through the selected image forming device supporting the selected printing option.12-03-2009
20080246984IMAGE DATA CREATION METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus for creating image data, comprises a setting unit adapted to set an operation condition of a print unit, a generation unit adapted to generate image data having undergone distortion correction by using distortion correction information corresponding to the set operation condition, and a transmission unit adapted to transmit the generated image data and information of the operation condition to the print unit.10-09-2008
20090153894Image Forming System and Method of Controlling Image Forming Apparatus - A trial mode in which the number of trials is limited can be set for a network printer function and a network scanner function of an image forming apparatus. Then, the use of one of the network printer function and network scanner function of the image forming apparatus for which the trial mode has been set is permitted in accordance with a use request from a user.06-18-2009
20080316516IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PREVENTING UNJUST COPYING - An image processing apparatus including an image input module configured to input a document image; a detect module configured to detect whether copy control information is provided with document image data of the document image; a transfer module configured to transfer the document image data through a network in case the detect module detects the copy control information; an edit module configured to edit the document image data, and create an edited image according to the copy control information; and an image output module configured to output the edited image.12-25-2008
20080309959Printing and Printers - A method of printing a document using one of a plurality of print modes, the method comprising: 12-18-2008
20110211213Printing System, Print Data Generating Device, Multi-Function Device, and Non-Transitory Recording Medium - In a printing system, a print data generating unit generates print data of an original image that includes a first image and a bar code that stores a second image and a predetermined information piece. A first printing unit prints the original image on a first recording medium based on the print data. The predetermined information piece is to be written in the first recording medium for retrieving the second image from the bar code. A reading unit reads an image of the first recording medium on which the original image is printed. A controller determines whether the read image includes a written information piece that is written in the first recording medium and matches the predetermined information piece stored in the bar code. When the controller determines affirmatively, a second printing unit prints the second image retrieved from the bar code on a second recording medium.09-01-2011
20080252918Control apparatus, program, computer-readable storage medium, imaging apparatus control system, and control method - In acquiring setting information from a user, a multifunctional apparatus can be switched between (i) a first input mode in which an operation panel displays a setting window and accepts an operation from the user and (ii) a second input mode in which a printing section prepares an entry sheet on which setting information is written to be designated and a scanner section reads the entry sheet on which the setting information has been written. A control server controls such multifunctional apparatuses, and includes: an input mode selecting section for selecting either of the two input modes in accordance with a predetermined condition when the multifunctional apparatus acquires setting information from a user; and a command generating section for generating a control command for instructing the multifunctional apparatus to acquire setting information in the input mode selected by the input mode selecting section. This makes it possible to provide a user-friendly input environment.10-16-2008
20080252917APPARATUS FOR CREATING PRODUCTS, METHOD OF CREATING PRODUCTS, AND PROGRAM - A product-creating apparatus is disclosed. The product-creating apparatus includes: an image acquisition portion acquiring image data; a product-creating portion creating products using the image data; a manipulation input portion permitting one to perform manipulations for making settings to create the products using the image data and to perform a specifying manipulation for selecting a method of reception from immediate reception of the products and later reception; and a control portion.10-16-2008
20080204784MULTIFUNCTION IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE MULTIFUNCTION IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A multifunction image processing apparatus having a plurality of functions including at least an image transmission function includes a job execution unit executing a job for any of the functions; an output unit outputting result information after execution of a job for the image transmission function, the result information containing information indicating a result of the execution; a macro execution unit causing the job execution unit to execute a job on the basis of macro data indicating the at least one of the plurality of functions and order of executing the at least one of the plurality of functions; and a control unit causing the output unit not to output the result information after the job is executed if the job is for executing the image transmission function and the macro data indicates that there is a function to be executed after the execution of the image transmission function.08-28-2008
20080204785IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS DISCLOSURE INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD AND DISCLOSURE INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a disclosure information setting unit configured to set disclosure information including information on a disclosure target related to an area of a storage unit and information on a disclosure time, a disclosure information transmission determination unit configured to determine, based on the disclosure time information, whether the disclosure information is transmitted to the disclosure target, and a disclosure information transmission unit configured to transmit the disclosure information to the disclosure target based on the disclosure target information when the disclosure information transmission determination unit determines that the disclosure information is transmitted to the disclosure target.08-28-2008
20080204783IMAGE DATA PROCESSING DEVICE - An image data processing device includes a plurality of image data treating units, a storing unit, and a setting unit. The plurality of image data treating units treats image data. The storing unit stores a plurality of conditions relating to a property of image data to be treated by each of the image data treating units. The setting unit is configured to set a condition in the storing unit to each of at least two of the image data treating units at a time. The conditions set to the at least two of the image data treating units is associated with one another so that the at least two of the image data treating units treat image data with same concept of processing.08-28-2008
20110164268IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus to which a program can be added includes a display control part to display a Web page and a memory part to store a character string indicating a script corresponding to the program. A judging part judges whether a script contained in the Web page corresponds to the program by using the memory part. A process execution part causes the program to process the script, which is judged to correspond to the program by the judging part.07-07-2011
20110051169Image Processing Device - An image processing device includes an input section to which scan data is input, a text identifying section which identifies whether the scan data is text document-based, an output format identifying section which identifies whether the scan data is ink jet output-based upon the text identifying section identifying the scan data as being text document-based, and an image processing section which carries out different kinds of image processing on the scan data in accordance with a result identified by the output format identifying section.03-03-2011
20110051168IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MANAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREIN PROGRAM FOR MANAGING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: a designation-information acquiring unit configured to acquire processing condition designation information for designating processing conditions for image formation processing; a first weight-value acquiring unit configured to acquire a first weight value used for weighting in charging processing for the image formation processing, the first weight value corresponding to the processing condition designation information acquired by the designation-information acquiring unit; a charging-value calculating unit configured to calculate, using the first weight value acquired by the first weight-value acquiring unit, a charging unit value used for calculation of a charging amount for the image formation processing; a second weight-value acquiring unit configured to acquire, in limiting processing for limiting the image formation processing to a predetermined processing amount set in advance, a second weight value used for calculation of a subtraction value subtracted from the predetermined processing amount and corresponding to a processing amount of image formation processing to be executed, the second weight value corresponding to the processing condition designation information acquired by the designation-information acquiring unit; a subtraction-value calculating unit configured to calculate the subtraction value on the basis of the second weight value acquired by the second weight-value acquiring unit; and a first determining unit configured to determine whether a total of the subtraction value exceeds the predetermined processing amount.03-03-2011
20110051167IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus comprises a main body, a post-processing device, an objective working section, a light source and a shade member. The post-processing device is disposed freely displaceable between a retracted position at which it is received by an intra-body paper discharge section of the main body and a protruded position at which it is drawn to one side face side. The objective working section is disposed on an upstream side face of the post-processing device in the drawing direction of the post-processing device.03-03-2011
20110051166IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING PLURALITY OF CONTROL UNITS - An image processing device includes a plurality of control units and an accepting unit. The plurality of control units are configured to execute each of a plurality of functions regarding image data, and include a first control unit and a second control unit. The accepting unit accepts a user's selection indicating a function selected by a user. When a control capability of the first control unit has decreased, the second control unit sets the selected function executable and sets the functions other than the selected function unexecutable.03-03-2011
20110051165Information processing apparatus presenting recommended optional function to image forming apparatus, image forming apparatus communicable with the information processing apparatus, and image forming system including these - In an MFP having various and many functions and part of the functions introduced as optional functions, in order to appropriately introduce an optional function related to a frequently used function, a CPU of the MFP executes a program including the steps of; receiving and storing information of an optional function recommended for a standard function used frequently, from an FSS server computer (S03-03-2011
20110051164Printing system - A printing system according to this invention includes a display, a storage section, a determination section, and a control section. The display is capable of displaying an ECO mode recommending screen which recommends a plurality of ECO modes for selection. The storage section is configured to store therein a characteristic of a printing data item unsuited for ECO mode printing. The determination section is configured to determine whether or not a printing data item is suited for the ECO mode printing. The control section causes the display section to display the ECO mode recommending screen in response to a determination made by the determination section that the printing data item is suited for the ECO mode printing and then start a printing process in response to a printing instruction given by a user.03-03-2011
20110051163SECURE PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT USING MACHINE-READABLE MARKINGS IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method for secure print job management using machine-readable markings in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a signal to print a secure print job from a user, identifying the user, generating a machine-readable marking based on the identification of the user, storing the secure print job and the generated machine-readable marking, receiving a signal to release the secure print job, retrieving the generated machine-readable marking, scanning the user's machine-readable marking, determining if the information encoded in the user's machine-readable marking matches the information encoded in the generated machine-readable marking; wherein if it is determined that the information encoded in the user's machine-readable marking matches the information encoded in the generated machine-readable marking, printing the secure print job.03-03-2011
20110116119DATA UPDATING DEVICE AND PRINTER DEVICE - A data updating device with which the amount of time required to update data in a flash memory can be shortened and reductions in the life of the flash memory can be suppressed. The data updating device modifies a description content of record unit data that are described in a markup language and stored in a flash memory, and includes: a reserved word modifier for modifying a bit of a binary representation of character strings constituting the reserved words from 1 to 0 when a request is issued to update a description sandwiched between reserved words and corresponding to a record; and a data adder for additionally recording, in the flash memory, the record corresponding to the description sandwiched between the reserved words and including the part modified in accordance with the request.05-19-2011
20110134457IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of functions including a function of executing an operation involving use of a consumable, a selecting unit that selects one function from the plurality of functions, a detector that detects a remaining level of the consumable and a controller. The controller is operable to switch displayed contents to information corresponding to the one function when the one function is selected, instruct execution of an operation corresponding to the changed displayed information, display a warning indication when the remaining level of the consumable is not more than a predetermined level, determine whether the selected one function is the function of executing the operation involving use of the consumable, and inhibit the switching the displayed contents when one function is selected and is determined to be the function of executing the operation involving use of the consumable while the warning indication is displayed.06-09-2011
20110134455IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS06-09-2011
20110134456MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER, MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER CONTROL SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A multifunction printer includes a display section, a web browser section for operating in accordance with software for a web browser, and a second web server section for operating in accordance with software for a web server. The web browser section causes the display section to display an operation window indicated by image data received from a first web server section, and notifies the second web server section of a control instruction to control the multifunction printer, which instruction is entered into the operation window. The multifunction printer further includes a device control section for controlling the multifunction printer in accordance with the control instruction of which the web browser section notifies the second web server section. This allows controlling the multifunction printer via the operation window received from an information processing apparatus even when a firewall is constructed between the information processing apparatus and the multifunction printer, and also allows easily customizing the operation window.06-09-2011
20110134454INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An information processing apparatus which processes print information including inputted serial number information and arbitrary information includes: a serial number processing unit which carries out serial number processing to update the serial number information in ascending order or in descending order; a storage unit which stores the print information as a target of the serial number processing; an editing unit which carries out editing processing of the arbitrary information of the print information that is serial number-processed; a display unit which displays the print information that is inputted and edited; and a display control unit which compares at least two or more pieces of the print information that is stored, and displays the print information from which a different part of the arbitrary information is erased, at the time of displaying the print information after the serial number processing is executed twice or more for the editing processing.06-09-2011
20110134451METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ROOT CAUSE OF PROBLEMS IN MEMBERS OF A FLEET OF MULTI-FUNCTION DEVICES - A distributed data mining system and method for determining root cause of problems associated with a MFD cloud. The MFD cloud may be configured to include a fleet of networked MFDs within an enterprise firewall to perform data analytics in real time. High frequency data with describing the state of each MFD can be captured and stored locally in a file system (distributed or not). The high frequency data may be acquired at regular intervals and/or in response to a specific event with a much higher cadence and finer granularity than currently practiced. A distributed data mining module associated with the enterprise firewall may then continuously analyze the data stored within the cloud to identify actual, pending or, difficult to detect problems based on available computational cycles of idle MFDs in the network. The data associated with the problems may then be securely transmitted to a back-end unit to verify and propagate the results of the analysis of the problems more rapidly.06-09-2011
20100182627PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - This invention is directed at preventing unnecessary processing and CPU load of a PC when always printing via a printer driver, and avoiding the omission of a printer driver function when always performing direct printing. When using a printer having a direct printing function, which of printing via the printer driver and direct printing is to be done is determined in accordance with print settings of each print job, and then printing is executed. A function to be implemented by the driver among set functions is determined (S07-22-2010
20100182626PRINTER AND METHOD FOR PRINTING - A printer includes a data receiving unit, a print mechanism, a print controlling module and a power management module. The data receiving unit is capable of receiving a file from a client. The print mechanism is used for printing out the file into hard copy. The print controlling module is connected to the print mechanism for processing the file. The power management module is capable of detecting activity of the data receiving unit and supplying power to the printing controlling module and the print mechanism. When no file is received by the data receiving unit for a predetermined time, the power management module is capable of cutting off the power to print management module and the print mechanism.07-22-2010
20120062922IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE CONTROLLING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In an image forming device having a plurality of functions, a power measuring unit measures a power consumption of the image forming device, a power consumption computing unit computes a power consumption for execution of one of the plurality of functions based on the measured power consumption, a storage unit stores a target power consumption range for each of the plurality of functions, a measuring mode selecting unit selects one of a measuring mode and a non-measurement mode, and a power consumption estimation unit generates an estimated power consumption for execution of one of the plurality of functions in the non-measurement mode. The measuring mode selecting unit selects the measuring mode when the estimated power consumption in the non-measurement mode is beyond a target power consumption range for a corresponding function from the storage unit.03-15-2012
20120062927RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING AND CUTTING CONTROL METHOD - A printer includes a transport section which transports a medium, an image recording section which records and lines up a plurality of images in longitudinal direction of the medium based on an image data set which includes a plurality of image data, and a cutting section which obtains image sheets with one image at a time recorded thereon due to cutting of the medium in a width direction of the medium, where the cutting section is provided with a leading edge cutting section which cuts once at a position on a downstream side in the transport direction with regard to a first image out of the plurality of images, and a between-image cutting section which cuts twice at each position between two adjacent images out of the plurality of images where a predetermined margin has been provided.03-15-2012
20120147402USER IDENTIFICATION FOR SCANNING APPARATUS - A scanning apparatus includes a transparent platen on which an item can be placed for scanning; a light source configured to emit light through the transparent platen to reflect off the item; a photosensor array that is movable to receive light reflected from successive portions of the item and convert the reflected light into electrical signals; a controller for providing digitized data from the electrical signals to form a digitized image of the item; and a lid including a first position such that the lid covers the transparent platen; a second position such that the lid does not cover the transparent platen; and a door that is configured to expose a portion of the transparent platen when the lid is in the first position.06-14-2012
20110255113Document Tag Based Destination Prompting and Auto Routing for Document Management System Connectors - Systems and methods for electronic document routing using a multifunction peripheral are disclosed. An electronic document including a document tag is accepted. A document tag is automatically identified using optical character recognition within the electronic document. The document tag is then displayed to the user. The electronic document is stored in a storage location for the electronic document previously associated with the document tag or in a user-input storage location in response to a prompt.10-20-2011
20110255111Virtual Print Job Preview And Validation - Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for previewing and submitting print jobs.10-20-2011
20110096347IMAGE FORMING DEVICE THAT SETS INITIAL VALUE OF PRINTER OPERATION MODE ACCORDING TO MANAGEMENT MODE - An image forming device has a printer capable of selectively setting a first operation mode to print an image on a medium and a second operation mode to print an image on the medium, the first operation mode being different from the second operation mode, and a display unit which displays an operation screen, and sets an initial value of the operation mode of the printer to the second operation mode, in a case where a management mode is designated to manage only the number of pages printed in the first operation mode by the printer for each division to which each user belongs. The image forming device displays in the display unit that the printer is brought into the second operation mode based on the initial value of the operation mode of the printer in an initial state.04-28-2011
20110096346Parallel Printing System - A printing system comprised of a printer, a plurality of processing nodes, each processing node being disposed for processing a portion of a print job into a printer dependent format, and a processing manager for spooling the print job into selectively sized chunks and assigning the chunks to selected ones of the nodes for parallel processing of the chunks by the processing nodes into the printer dependent format. The chunks are selectively sized from at least one page to an entire size of the print job in accordance with predetermined splitting factors for enhancing printer printing efficiency.04-28-2011
20110080606PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PRINTING PROGRAM - According to an embodiment, a printing apparatus includes: an image reading unit configured to optically read an original document; a setting unit configured to set a printing mode; and a controller configured to execute, on the basis of the printing mode set by the setting unit, a multi mode for continuously printing image data of the original document read by the image reading unit in a first printing mode and a second printing mode different from the first printing mode.04-07-2011
20110080603Document Security System and Method for Authenticating a Document - A document security system for documents having an electronic data storage device (EDSD) includes a printing device, a first optical scanner associated with the printing device, an electronic data storage device writer, an electronic data storage device reader, and a second optical scanner associated with the electronic data storage device reader. The optical scanners detect, capture and analyze a speckle pattern on a scanned surface of a page of the document and transmits page data related to the speckle pattern of each page of the document. The documents are marked by scanning each page of an unmarked document with the first optical scanner and storing the page data for each page of the document on the document EDSD. The document is verified by scanning each page of a marked document with the second optical scanner, reading the page data stored in the document EDSD, and comparing the stored document page data to the scanned document page data.04-07-2011
20100110465METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR HANDLING FILES FOR MFPS UTILIZING EXTERNAL SERVICES - An exemplary embodiment of a system and method provides a determination of when a file/document format native to a device such as a multifunction peripheral (MFP) device should be handled natively by the MFP (default behavior) or preprocessed by an external service.05-06-2010
20100214587JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - The following processes are executed in order to restrict an execution of a job based on job data formed by using a driver other than a specified device driver. The device driver which formed the received job data is specified. Whether or not use of the device driver is permitted is discriminated. If it is decided that the use of the device driver is not permitted, the execution of the job based on the received job data is restricted.08-26-2010
20100214588INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus that lightens the workload for a serviceman or an administrator who imports setting information into the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes an operation section via which the user can input data. The apparatus stores setting information containing a plurality of settings required for operation control and discriminating information on each setting for discriminating whether the setting is of a common setting item or of an apparatus-specific setting item, changes the discriminating information on each setting of the setting information, according to a specific instruction given by the user via the user interface, and externally outputs the stored setting information.08-26-2010
20100214586INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An information processing apparatus having multiple operating systems is disclosed. Among the multiple operating systems, a first operating system, the startup time of which is short, controls a particular device, and a second operating system, the startup time of which is longer than that of the first operating system, controls the emulated particular device.08-26-2010
20110273735Document Reading Apparatus And Document Reading Method - A print mode selecting unit configured to select a print mode based on user input to be either a normal print mode or a saving print mode including print settings associated with less paper consumption than the normal print mode, a document reading unit configured to read documents in a document containing unit and to generate read images, a document detecting unit configured to detect documents in the document containing unit, a confirmation window displaying unit configured to display a confirmation window having a mode change button based on a detection result from the document detecting unit, and an image forming unit configured to form output images from the read images based on the print mode. The confirmation window displaying unit determines whether the confirmation window is to be displayed based on the print mode, and the print mode selecting unit selects the normal print mode in response to an input through the mode change button.11-10-2011
20110001997SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDING INFORMATION TO AN N-UP PRINT - Systems and methods of adding information to an N-Up output document. The systems and methods include a user interface of a printer driver that can prompt a user to enter information about an accessed original document to be printed as N-Up. The entered information relates to specific page images, N-Up pages, as well as to the N-Up document itself. A printer can print an N-Up output document with both the page images and the associated entered information. The entered information is displayed either in proximity to the respective components, or in a list which provides a reference for a viewer.01-06-2011
20120206749OBLIQUELY MOUNTED MOTOR ON SCAN BAR ASSEMBLY - A scan bar assembly includes a scan element including a length direction; and a motor including an axle, wherein the axle of the motor is not parallel to the length direction of the scan element.08-16-2012
20120206753IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming apparatus includes: an original conveying unit that conveys an original; an original scanning unit that scans the original conveyed by the original conveying unit so as to generate an image of the original; a plotter unit that draws the image on a recording medium; an abnormality detecting unit that detects an abnormality in the plotter unit; and a control unit that, when the abnormality detecting unit detects the abnormality in the plotter unit, shuts off first power supply to the original scanning unit, and sets a first conveying speed of the original by the original conveying unit to be higher than a second conveying speed when the original is scanned by the original scanning unit.08-16-2012
20100157347MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR THE SAME - A multifunction peripheral that can set appropriate criteria of security levels for another device, and improves usability while lowering a risk of data alteration, information leakage and the like by including a holding part 06-24-2010
20100079782INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM USED THEREIN - A computer readable storage medium storing a computer-executable installation program is for installing, on an information processing, device which is connectable with a peripheral device in a plurality of connection modes, software including at least one device driver for the peripheral device upon setting installation mode to each connection mode. The installation program includes first detecting the peripheral device connected with the information processing device, second detecting the connection mode of the detected peripheral device, determining whether or not at least one device driver for the detected peripheral device has been installed on the information processing device in accordance with the detected connection mode, and automatically setting the installation mode to the detected connection mode to install the device driver in accordance with the detected connection mode if at least one device driver has not been installed on the information processing device in accordance with the detected connection mode.04-01-2010
20100079781DOCUMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - This invention is directed to a document processing system and control method thereof. The system includes a document database for storing a plurality of items of document data. When scanned image data or facsimile-received image data is input, document data related to the input image data is specified among the plurality of items of document data, based on metadata contained in each document data, and the importance of the specified related document data is updated.04-01-2010
20100067032DATA INPUT/OUTPUT SYSTEM, DATA INPUT/OUTPUT SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD AND DATA INPUT/OUTPUT SYSTEM CONTROL APPARATUS - In a data input/output system having a plurality of input devices and a plurality of output devices, a display can be performed with a consistency maintained between an input parameter used to establish the operational condition of an input device to be used for data input and an output parameter used to establish the operational condition of an output device to be used for data output, and thereby the data input/output system, a data input/output method and a data input/output system control apparatus can be provided, wherein an optimum establishment of setting items which are related to a combination between input and output devices required in a case where a multiple of input and output devices are connected to one another can be easily done with reliability by use of a minimum number of operations and thereby eliminating erroneous operations.03-18-2010
20100067031System and method for identifying a genuine printed document - A system and method for verifying that a document is included in a document management system is disclosed. This system and method includes radio frequency scanning at least a portion of the document, generating document data dependently upon the radio frequency scanning, comparing the generated document data to stored document data, the stored document data generated dependently upon a prior radio frequency scanning of at least a portion of the document, and outputting an indication of the document being included in the document management system as determined by the comparing.03-18-2010
20100067034DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING A PRINTER DRIVER FOR CHANGING AN OUTPUT DESTINATION - An application mounted in a data processing apparatus creates a document and issues a print request of the document. A printer driver receives the print request and creates print data by setting a format of the document as a specific format of model dependency, and changes a default output destination of the print data into a changed output destination. A spooler receives the print data and sends the print data to one of a plurality of image forming apparatuses designated by the changed output destination through a network interface.03-18-2010
20110261384IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREIN - In an image processing apparatus having a first image processing unit for operating at a first clock signal and a second image processing unit for operating at a second clock signal having a second frequency which is higher than the first frequency, if image data is supplied from the first image processing unit to the second image processing unit, the second clock signal is supplied to the second image processing unit when intra-line image data of the image data is being transmitted and pixel data to be processed in the image data exists. If the intra-line image data is being transmitted and no pixel data to be processed in the image data exists, no clock signal is supplied to the second image processing unit.10-27-2011
20110261385PRINTING APPARATUS, JOB PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING SYSTEM, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - A job processing method in a printing system having a printing apparatus which can accept a plurality of kinds of print jobs, wherein a print stop request of a print job which is to be printed by the printing apparatus is enabled by a user via a user interface section; and if a print job which is an object of a print stop is a print job which requires printing for a plurality of copies, the print stop processing of the print job is enabled by the printing apparatus in the print stop processing method based on a request from a user inputted via said user interface section in a plurality of kinds of print stop processing methods which can be executed in the printing apparatus.10-27-2011
20100141977COMPOUND APPARATUS - A compound apparatus is supplied in which in which the manuscript reading apparatus easily moves and rotates. In the compound apparatus 06-10-2010
20110134452HOST APPARATUS CONNECTED TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SETTING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREOF - A setting information management method of a host apparatus which is communicatively coupled to a plurality of image forming apparatuses that include setting information, the method including selecting at least two image forming apparatuses, receiving at least one setting item and a setting value corresponding to the setting item of the setting information from the selected image forming apparatuses, displaying the at least one received setting item and setting value for each of the selected image forming apparatuses; comparing and displaying the at least one setting item and setting value of the selected image forming apparatuses according to a comparison option, selecting at least one of the displayed setting item and setting value to be updated, and changing at least one of the setting item and the setting value of at least one of the selected image forming apparatuses.06-09-2011
20110149327INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT SETTING REFLECTION METHOD PERTAINING TO AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus that includes a first graphics processing unit for converting graphics data output from an application to first print information, and a conversion unit for converting the first print information to a second print information configured to be processed by a second type printer driver that is not a first type printer driver. The information processing apparatus further includes a setting unit, a recommendation unit, and a generation unit. The setting unit sets print setting information per an instruction received through a setting window when the second type printer driver is called for printing, for which a conversion processing by the conversion unit is required. The recommendation unit recommends the first type printer driver when the second type printer driver is called for printing. The generation unit generates print data in accordance with the first type printer driver and the print setting information.06-23-2011
20110149329PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - When a user enters control information for controlling a printing device, the information is stored in a user information storage unit. All combinations of items of the control information capable of being set by the user and values of items incapable of being set by the user, these having been selected so as to be the optimum values for the combinations, are stored as preset values in a combined information storage unit. An information storage unit compares a value in the user information storage unit with a value in the combined information storage unit. If a combination for which agreement is achieved is found in the combined information storage unit, this value is stored in a printing information storage unit and transmitted to the printing device. Thus, an optimum value can be selected and sent to the printing device even with regard to an item incapable of being selected by the user.06-23-2011
20110149328INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - When a document is to be edited and the edited document is to be output to a printing apparatus, a printing apparatus to be used is designated. Either of the first mode in which all predetermined setting items stored in a storage medium in advance are selected, and the second mode in which, of the predetermined setting items, setting items controllable by the designated printing apparatus are selected is set. Setting items to be selected are determined based on the designated printing apparatus and/or set mode. The document is so controlled as to enable editing it on the basis of contents set in the selected setting items.06-23-2011
20110149326INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - It is determined whether a combination of an output requesting application and a printer driver designated as an output destination is a combination of the first application and first printer driver or a combination of the second application and second printer driver. When it is determined that the combination of the output requesting application and the printer driver is neither of these combinations, confirmation information to confirm whether to execute a print process is output.06-23-2011
20110149324Image Forming Device - An image forming device for printing print data received from a terminal device through a communication network; the image forming device including an acquiring unit, a storing unit, a determining unit, and a print control unit. The acquiring unit acquires terminal identification information of the terminal device from the terminal device to install a printer driver. The acquired terminal identification information is stored in the storing unit. When the print data is received and determination is made by the determining unit that the terminal identification information contained in the received print data does not match the terminal identification information stored in the storing unit, the print control unit accepts a print instruction from a user and executes printing of the received print data according to the print instruction.06-23-2011
20110149322METHOD OF EXECUTING ADDITIONAL EXTENDED FEATURE OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO PERFORM THE SAME - A method of executing an additional extended feature of an image forming apparatus, includes receiving an application from an external storage medium, the application corresponding to the additional extended feature, installing the received application using one operating system of the plurality of operating systems, selecting the additional extended feature from a menu showing at least one application installed in the image forming apparatus, and executing an application corresponding to the selected additional extended feature using an operating system corresponding to the selected additional extended feature.06-23-2011
20110149321Image forming apparatus and function performing method thereof - A function performing method of an image forming apparatus which includes at least one function and is connected to at least one host apparatus, the method including: setting a resources table corresponding to an assignment of resources to at least one function of the image forming apparatus; storing the set resources table; receiving a job command to perform the at least one function; assigning resources to the input function according to the set resources table; performing the function by using the assigned resources, and the function including at least one of scan, copy, print, fax transmission and reception and direct print functions. With this, an image forming apparatus forms a user-defined resources table assigning resources in consideration of a user environment and improves user' satisfaction.06-23-2011
20110164269IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a display unit and a plurality of applications. Based on a transitionable application list including screen transitionable applications, GUI parts for selecting the screen transitionable applications are displayed on an application screen of the display unit. When a GUI part is selected on the application screen, a screen transition is made to an application screen of the selected application, based on the transitionable application list that excludes the selected application.07-07-2011
20110188064Printer control apparatus, printer control method, printing system, and storage medium - A printer control apparatus includes: a printer search section that conducts a search for printers connected to the network, acquires printer information indicative of the printers thus extracted by the search, and causes the printer information thus acquired to be stored in a printer information storage section; a network information acquiring section that acquires network information for determining whether or not a second network connected to the printer control apparatus this time is identical to a first network connected to the printer control apparatus previous time and that causes the network information thus acquired to be stored in a network information storage section; and a printer information acquiring section that acquires the printer information from the printer search section by causing the printer search section to conduct the search in a case where the network information of the second network is different from the network information of the first network, the printer information acquiring section, and acquires the printer information from the printer information storage section without causing the printer search section to conduct the search in a case where the network information of the second network is identical to the network information of the first network. Consequently, printing can be speedily started.08-04-2011
20110188065INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus in which a preset associated with a driver is registered, comprises a preset acquisition unit that acquires information regarding a preset registered in the information processing apparatus; a function acquisition unit that acquires information regarding a function of a printer that corresponds to a driver associated with the preset; a determination unit that compares information regarding a plurality of presets and determines whether or not the presets have the same parameter for a common setting item; and a registration unit that, if a function related to a setting item that is a difference included in only one of the presets is not held by a printer that corresponds to a driver associated with the other presets, registers only the preset including the setting item that is the difference in the information processing apparatus in association with a plurality of drivers associated with the plurality of presets.08-04-2011
20110188063METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NETWORK PRINTING WITH USER SELECTABLE SETTINGS - Methods and systems for network printing using user selectable printer settings for a variety of configurations of printing systems and finishers. A printing system such as a multi-function printer/device receives user input providing a document identifier (e.g., a release code) identifying a document stored in a network storage server. The printing system also identifies a finisher unit associated with the printing system. The printing system sends the document identifier and a finisher identifier to a print server. The print server determines available printer settings associated with the identified finisher unit and transmits a presentation to the printing system prompting the user to select a desired printer setting. The selected printer settings are transmitted to the print server. The print server retrieves a copy of the identified document and modifies the copy based on the selected printer setting. The modified copy of the document is sent to the printing system to be printed.08-04-2011
20110188062EXPANSION DIFFICULTY PREDICTION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method and system for predicting expansion difficulty and an expansion time required to perform print-time imaging operations. A print-ready compressed file may be generated by raster image processing of a job description file associated with a rendering job provided by a digital front end. The expansion time with respect to one or more expansion processes may be predicted by a linear equation during assembly of the compressed file. The linear equation may be formulated based on measured compression statistics that relate to profile data within the compressed file. The total expansion time with respect to the rendering job may be then computed by summing the results of the linear equations. The expansion time to perform the print-time imaging operations may be compared with an available time based on an image output terminal speed to improve performance of raster image processing.08-04-2011
20090174889METHOD TO PREVENT COUNTERFEIT AND MULTI-FUNCTION PRINTER USING THE SAME METHOD - A method of preventing counterfeiting an object document in a multi-function printer, the method includes discriminating the document, determining whether a job on the discriminated document is prohibited, and printing the document of which front and back sides are different in a duplex-printing start position in the case that the job on the document is prohibited.07-09-2009
20100027044DEVICE TO EDIT DOCUMENTS FOR PRINTOUT AND METHOD THEREOF - A device and method of editing documents created in different application programs and stored in a storage unit of a printer to create a new document according to a minimum unit.02-04-2010
20100027041IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus including a plurality of functions corresponding respectively to a plurality of device drivers includes a communication unit configured to communicate with an information processing apparatus according to a universal serial bus standard, a storage unit corresponding to a storage class defined by the universal serial bus standard, a determination unit configured to determine whether device information corresponding to one function among the plurality of functions has been received from the information processing apparatus, and a sending unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the device information has been received, send information based on the device information to the information processing apparatus via the communication unit.02-04-2010
20120147409METHOD OF CONTROLLING USER INFORAMTION AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A method of controlling user information for an information processing apparatus includes the steps of a process of an application program requesting user information controlling unit to obtain an item of said user information, and said user information controlling unit providing the obtained item of said user information to said process. The user information controlling unit obtains the user information requested by the process of an application program and provides the user information to the process. Accordingly, the user information can be shared by the application programs and centrally controlled.06-14-2012
20120147408IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a reading mechanism having an original placement portion on which an original document is placed for reading an image; a recording mechanism having a medium supply tray on which a recording medium is set, the recording mechanism being disposed in such a manner that a longitudinal direction of the medium supply tray is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the original placement portion; an angular casing that houses the reading mechanism and the recording mechanism while stacking the reading mechanism and the recording mechanism vertically; and a cartridge holder that houses an ink cartridge and is disposed in a space located at a corner position of the casing below the reading mechanism and surrounded by a circumferential wall of the casing and a side wall of the medium supply tray.06-14-2012
20120147407PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus comprises a movement unit which moves a carriage incorporating a print head along a carriage shaft arranged in a main scanning direction, and a conveyance unit which conveys a printing medium in a sub-scanning direction perpendicular to the main scanning direction. The printing apparatus stores image data. The image data is divided into a plurality of first image data in the main scanning direction and the sub-scanning direction, and is read out. Predetermined image processing is executed based on the first image data and first image data adjacent to the first image data in the sub-scanning direction. Second image data is extracted, based on information about a deflection of the carriage shaft in the sub-scanning direction, from the first image data for which the image processing has been executed. The extracted second image data is transferred to the print head.06-14-2012
20120147405IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus including a first memory unit configured to store screen transition information in which a screen transition of applications is described in a hierarchical structure; a second memory unit configured to store conditional information in which UIs for previous screens and posterior screens are associated for each screen; a display unit configured to display the screen transition in the hierarchical form based on the screen transition information; and a customization control unit configured to control customization based on the conditional information corresponding to a screen to be customized and update the screen transition information when the screen transition displayed in the display unit is customized.06-14-2012
20120147403IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - If pixel segment insertion/extraction control by random number control which is uniform irrespective of a type of image data is performed, in the case of a character or diagram, main scanning positions where the pixel-segment insertion/extraction is executed become discontinuous in a sub-scanning direction, and image quality deteriorates. To solve the above problem, there is provided an image forming apparatus having: a unit for dividing an image into a plurality of areas in the main scanning direction; a unit for setting a reference area for performing pixel segment insertion/extraction control in each of divided areas; and a unit for deciding a position where the pixel segment insertion/extraction control in each of the divided area, in accordance with attribute information of image data in the set reference area.06-14-2012
20090244584TWO-SIDED PRINT DATA HANDLING - According to one embodiment, a computer implemented method of printing data is provided, the method comprising identifying whether a single- or a double-sided printer is operatively connected to the computer, identifying whether single- or double sided media is installed in the printer, and selecting a mode of operation for the printer based on whether it is identified as a single- or a double-sided printer and whether single- or double-sided media is identified as being installed therein. Variations are provided.10-01-2009
20120147404Printing Control Apparatus, Printing Apparatus, And Computer Program Product - A printing control apparatus includes a print commanding unit that sends a notice of printing data and printing start command to a printing unit on sheets supplied from a normal tray or a bypass tray. The print commanding unit includes a condition determining unit that determines whether a sheet supplying condition set with respect to the printing data and a status of the printing unit satisfy a condition for the bypass tray; a checkup screen display unit that displays a checkup screen relating to the sheet supply from the bypass tray in a case where it is determined that the condition is satisfied; and a notice permitting unit that permits a notice of a printing start command in a case where a notice indicating agreement for printing is received.06-14-2012
20120147406IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A user is enabled to make different selection as to whether or not to include a blank page for each data processing. A storage portion stores setting information indicating whether or not to perform data processing of image data with a blank page excluded for each data processing, and a control portion judges whether or not each data processing is processing performed with a blank page of the image data excluded based on the setting information stored in the storage portion, and executes first data processing which is judged as processing performed with the blank page excluded by excluding the blank page as well as executes second data processing which is judged as processing performed without excluding the blank page concurrently with the first data processing by including the blank page.06-14-2012
20120147401MULTI-FUNCTION IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A method of recording workflows for a multi-function image forming apparatus such as a multi-function printer including receiving a selection of an operation. The operation is at least one of a printing, a faxing, a scanning, and a copying operation performed by a multi-function image forming apparatus. The method further includes receiving a selection of a first preference associated with the first operation. A workflow is generated and stored which includes the first operation and the first preference. The workflow is subsequently used to perform the selected operation (with first preference) on a document positioned on an input feeder of the multi-function image forming apparatus. A computer-readable medium and multi-function image forming apparatus having recordable workflows are also described.06-14-2012
20120307280IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT TRANSFERS IMAGE DATA TO SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An arrangement that reduces the burden on a user for transferring image data to one or more server apparatuses. An image processing system includes a first server which stores image data transferred via an information processing apparatus, and a second server which stores image data to be transferred to the first server. The first server provides an access script to the apparatus, for use in accessing the second server. The second server provides a list of stored image data items and a transfer script for use in transferring image data to the first server, to the apparatus. When requested to provide image data selected from the list, the second server provides the requested image data to the apparatus. The apparatus transfer the image data provided by the second server to the first server.12-06-2012
20120307279Image Forming Apparatus Displaying Information that is Received from an External Device and is Directed to a User - An image forming apparatus includes a display device, an operation device, an information-for-display reception unit, and a display control unit. The display device displays information for display. The operation device is receives input of an operation by a user. The information-for-display reception unit receives the information for display from an external device. The display control unit controls the display device, and causes the display device to display the information for display when the information for display received by the information-for-display reception unit is directed to the user.12-06-2012
20120307277INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR TRANSFERRING IMAGE DATA, SERVER APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING TRANSFERRED IMAGE DATA, AND CONTROL METHODS AND STORAGE MEDIA THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus that makes it easy for a user to input an image from an image input apparatus. The information processing apparatus executes a search script received from a server apparatus to thereby obtain identification information for identifying the image input apparatus, transfers the identification information to the server apparatus, and executes a scan script sent from the server apparatus in reply to the identification information to thereby display a scan setting screen. The information processing apparatus transmits to the server apparatus a scan setting message when scan settings are made on the screen, receives a scan job message transmitted from the server apparatus in reply to the scan setting message, gives a scan job command to the image input apparatus to cause the image input apparatus to execute scanning, and transfers image data received from the image input apparatus to the server apparatus.12-06-2012
20120307276IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - If the RIP processing time of a specific page of a plurality of pages in a processing block exceeds a predetermined time, the RIP processing of the specific page is not yet completed, and the RIP processing of pages preceding the specific page is already completed, an image processing apparatus sets a processing block that includes only the RIP processing completed pages preceding the specific page. The number of pages included in the newly set processing block is less than a predetermined number of pages.12-06-2012
20120307275DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A novel data processing apparatus makes adding, deleting, and changing of modification rules easy. This data processing apparatus includes an output destination type determining unit 12-06-2012
20120038940Mobile Printing Solution - A computer-implemented method and system for printing electronic documents. The method includes receiving a printing request from an application executed on the mobile device, via a socket connection conforming to a standard network communications protocol, the printing request generated from a print preview by the application. The method includes retrieving application data from the printing request. The method includes populating a print template with the retrieved application data, the print template including application data placeholders and print commands, the print commands being in a language of a printer device connected to the mobile device, wherein the retrieved application data replaces the application data placeholders. The method includes forwarding the populated print template to the printer device, the print commands instructing the printer device to print a document where the application data is presented according to the print template.02-16-2012
20110304871IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, PRINTING DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PRINTING DATA GENERATION METHOD - Disclosed is an image formation apparatus, comprising: a reception section to receive PDL data; an image processing section including a plurality of operation sections, each of which executing a task performing processing by a page or a task performing processing by a band to generate printing data based on the PDL data; a control section to analyze the PDL data to obtain the number of printing pages, the control section dynamically setting the number of the operation sections assigned to each of the task performing the processing by the page and the task performing the processing by the band in accordance with the obtained number of the printing pages; and a printing section to form an image on a printing medium based on the generated printing data.12-15-2011
20110304872IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NETWORK SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus including a storage section which holds a job instructed by a user and data to be used for the job, a display section which displays that the job is present based on an association between the job held in the storage section and the user who instructed the job, and a control section which permits the display section to display that the job associated with the user who instructed the job is present based on the association with the user who instructed the job held in the storage section.12-15-2011
20110304870NON-PRINT MODE IN A MULTIFUNCTION PRINTING DEVICE - A multifunction print device and a method of using the multifunction device is disclosed. The multifunction print device includes a user interface comprising at least one input mechanism configured to transmit a user request to enter at least one of a print mode and a non-print mode; a plurality of elements configured to be in either an active or inactive state, wherein the elements comprise one or more first elements configured to perform printing functions and one or more second elements configured to perform non-printing functions; and a control system configured to, in response to a user request to enter non-print mode, switch the one or more second elements from an inactive state to an active state while keeping the one or more second elements in an inactive state.12-15-2011
20120099131Image forming apparatus and control method thereof - An image forming apparatus includes a display device that displays an input screen image and a touch-panel arranged on the display device, and has a trial copy function of producing, when instructed to produce multiple copies of a document, a copy or copies to allow the user to confirm that the copy or copies are well. When the trial copy function is designated and a copy start key displayed on the input screen image is pressed, the image forming apparatus produces one copy or copies of the document, erases the copy start key from the input screen image, and displays a trial copy key, a trial end key and a balloon including help information. Since keys related to the trial copy are displayed in place of normally displayed keys, operation errors can be reduced and the user can easily execute the trial copy function.04-26-2012
20120099129IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a control unit equipped with a touch panel display and a control unit-side controller. The control unit includes multiple image display modes supporting functions of editing image data. The control unit side controller includes an image display mode selecting function which, when the user selects a desired function, selects an image display mode that is most suitable for the user's desired function, from the multiple image display modes, in accordance with the user's control operation of selecting a function and displays a frame corresponding to the selected image display mode, on the touch panel display.04-26-2012
20120099128Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes a document reader, a storage for storing image data, an image output unit and a control unit. The control unit includes a display image generator for generating a display image, a display panel and a control unit-side controller having a function of presenting the display image based on the image data input in a preview representation and an output processing function of implementing an output process. As the output processing function, two schemes are provided: a first output scheme wherein, when image data has been input through the input unit, the images are output after displaying the images to be output in a preview representation on a display panel, and a second output scheme wherein, when image data has been input through the input unit, the image is directly output without displaying the image to be output in a preview representation on the display panel.04-26-2012
20120099132Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus to form an image on a recording medium is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a housing, an image forming unit, an image reader unit, an ejecting space to catch the recording medium, a pickup opening to expose the ejecting space, and a frame assembly to hold the image forming unit and the image reader unit. The housing includes an operation unit, which is configured to form an upper edge of the pickup opening. An enhancement member extending along a widthwise direction to bridge over the ejecting space is arranged in a lower position in the operation unit. The frame assembly includes a first support member and a second support member, which are arranged in widthwise ends of the ejecting space. The enhancement member is connected to the first support member and to the second support member at the widthwise ends thereof.04-26-2012
20120069374PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A conversion unit converts a command part of an image inclusion command into an internal command. A first memory unit stores an image non-inclusion command and the internal command converted by the conversion unit. A second memory unit stores an image data part of the image inclusion command. A restart page number memory unit stores restart page number information when a print process being executed is interrupted in order to execute an interruption print process. When restarting the interrupted print process, a control unit executes control to read out the internal command and the image non-inclusion command stored in the first memory unit up to the page indicated by the restart page number information, and from the page indicated by the restart page number, further executes control to read out from the second memory unit the image data part following the internal command read out from the first memory unit.03-22-2012
20120069372IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CHARGING SYSTEM, CHARGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus may include a generation unit, a calculation unit, and a storing unit. The generation unit generates, from job data, image data independent of a model of the image processing apparatus. The calculation unit calculates charging information about contents included in the image data and charging information about additional information added to the image data. The storing unit stores the charging information about the contents and the charging information about the additional information for each charging destination stored in a storage unit.03-22-2012
20120038943DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT SIZE DETERMINING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a document reading apparatus includes plural sensors that are arranged to face a document table and detect a document placed on the document table, a sensor drive unit to power on a first sensor among the plural sensors and to power on a next sensor in a previously set sequence according to a detection result of the first sensor, a size determination unit to determine a size of the document based on a detection result of the document obtained by the powered-on sensor, and a control unit that, when the size of the document can be determined before all of the plural sensors are powered on, stops power supply to a remaining sensor.02-16-2012
20120038942IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - Certain embodiments provide an image forming apparatus including a determination part, a display part, an image processing part, an image forming part, an inversion conveyance part, a finishing part and a main control part. The determination part determines whether image data is digital book data. If the image data is the digital book data, the display part displays a digital book print mode. The image processing part arithmetically processes the digital book data. The image forming part forms an image on a sheet. The inversion conveyance part inverts the sheet on one side of which the image is formed and conveys the sheet to the image forming part. The finishing part finishes the sheet to which the image is formed. The main control part automatically controls at least one of the image processing part, the inversion conveyance part and the finishing part specified based on the digital book print mode.02-16-2012
20090190150On-Demand Print Driver - An on-demand print driver application queries a printing device for configuration data that specifies current capabilities of the printing device. The on-demand print driver application generates a print driver data file based upon both a set of basic capabilities common to multiple printing devices and the current capabilities of the printing device. The on-demand print driver application generates a print driver for the printing device that includes at least the print driver data file, a UI module and a rendering module. The UI module is configured to use the print driver data file to generate a graphical user interface that allows a user to select printing options and settings. The rendering module is configured to use the print driver data file to process application data generated by an application program, such as a word processor, and generate print data that conforms to a format supported by the printing device.07-30-2009
20120038941IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes: an input section configured to input information to be printed; a first printing section configured to perform printing with a toner unerasable by an erasing device; a second printing section configured to perform printing with a toner erasable by the erasing device; and a control section configured to control the image forming apparatus to print, using the first printing section, at least a keyword stored in a storing section in advance among the information to be printed input by the input section and control the image forming apparatus to print, using the second printing section, information not printed by the first printing section.02-16-2012
20110075179IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS AUTHENTICATION, AUTHENTICATION METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that can perform authentication even in a case where a card reader for use in authentication fails when providing services for a user by performing authentication. When a failure of the card reader that inputs identification information is not detected, authentication is performed in a first authentication process using the identification information input by the card reader. When a failure of the card reader is detected, authentication is performed in a second authentication process using information of an image read by a scanner of the image processing apparatus. When authentication performed in the first authentication process or the second authentication process is successful, usage of the image processing apparatus is permitted.03-31-2011
20120154839PAPER-FEEDING DEVICE AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PRINTERS - A paper-feeding device and a multi-functional printer are provided. The paper-feeding device includes a base, a driving axle, a position-limiting element and a retaining element The base has a first assembling portion. The driving axle, the position-limiting and the retaining elements are all in the base. The position-limiting element has a second assembling portion and two position-limiting portions on radial directions of the second assembling portion between the inserting portion and the body. The retaining element includes a swing frame, a paper-separating element and a spring. The body of the swing frame is located between the two position-limiting portions. The first and second pivoting portions coaxial and connect the body are pivoted respectively to the first and second assembling portions. The inserting portion of the paper-separating element is sheathed by the body and the separating element leans against the driving axle.06-21-2012
20110063647IMAGE-FORMATION CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE-FORMATION CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A device includes: a receiver receiving a displacement of an image formation target area in a sub-scanning direction from a reference position on a continuous form with side portions having holes and with a page boundary per a length; a calculator calculating marker lengths of markers marking upper and lower ends of a page of the continuous form based on the displacement, a shortest distance to the holes from the page boundary, and a reference length for when the displacement is not specified for the markers; another calculator calculating start positions of the markers based on the displacement, the distance, the reference length, and a length of the target area in the sub-scanning direction; and a controller performing, with respect to an apparatus, control of the image formation of the markers in the side portions from the start positions over the marker lengths.03-17-2011
20110063646RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND FUNCTION SIMULATION METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A computer readable recording medium has a simulation program installed on an information processing apparatus to allow the information processing apparatus to simulate one or more than one function of an image processing apparatus. The simulation program includes: an actual process library that allows the information processing apparatus to simulate one or more than one function of the image processing apparatus, by making the information processing apparatus execute processing just like the image processing apparatus, according to a command from an application program that is installed on the information processing apparatus to make the image processing apparatus execute processing; and a virtual process library that allows the information processing apparatus to simulate one or more than one function of the image processing apparatus, not by making the information processing apparatus execute processing just like the image processing apparatus, according to a command from the application program.03-17-2011
20110063645IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMATION SUPPORTING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE FORMATION SUPPORTING METHOD - When an initial communication program is started, a handheld device searches for image forming apparatuses within its communicable range. Then, upon receiving a response of that inquiry from an image forming apparatus, the handheld device requests the image forming apparatus for an image-forming-apparatus control program for handheld devices according to a predetermined determination condition. The image forming apparatus then responds to the inquiry from the handheld device and sends to the handheld device the image-forming-apparatus control program for handheld devices that has been stored in a memory device. Upon receiving the image-forming-apparatus control program for handheld devices, the handheld device stores it in a memory unit, terminates the execution of the initial communication program, and executes the image-forming-apparatus control program for handheld devices.03-17-2011
20110317199PRINTER SERVER-TYPE PRINTING SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, a printer server-type printing system includes a printer server and a digital multifunction device. The printer server includes a first communication unit, a first control unit, and a memory. The first control unit determines whether or not an SSL is used for one or more print jobs received from an information processor through the first communication unit. When the SSL is used, the memory sets the print jobs as an SSL print jobs, and when the SSL is not used, the memory sets the print jobs as a normal print jobs. The digital multifunction device includes a second communication unit, an input unit, and a second control unit. The input unit receives an input of one or more a target print jobs. The second control unit requests the target print jobs input in the input unit to the printer server through the second communication unit.12-29-2011
20110317197PRINTER SERVER TYPE PRINT SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, a printer server type print system includes plural digital multi-function peripherals, an information processing apparatus and a printer server. The information processing apparatus includes a display unit, an input unit and a first control unit. The display unit is configured to display information of the plural digital multi-function peripherals. The input unit is configured to accept setting of at least one digital multi-function peripheral allowed for outputting among the plural digital multi-function peripherals. The first control unit is configured to transmit a print job including information of the digital multi-function peripheral allowed for outputting. The printer server includes a memory and a second control unit. The second control unit is configured to manage the print job stored in the memory.12-29-2011
20100253962SIGNAL CONVERSION APPARATUS - Provided is a signal conversion apparatus which is connected between a transmitting terminal which transmits printable printing contents according to an analog FAX protocol and a home gateway.10-07-2010
20120044514Image reading device and image forming apparatus incorporating same - An image reading device that can be incorporated in an image forming apparatus includes a housing including a first housing member having a document reading area and a second housing member attached to the first housing member, a document reading unit disposed inside the housing to read a document while moving in a sub-scanning direction of the housing, a document reference line formed on the first housing member to position the document placed on the document reading area in the sub-scanning direction, and a reference position detector positioned on a plane surface of a square that extends perpendicular to the document reading area along a main scanning direction of the document reference line to detect a reference position of the document reading unit as the document reading unit moves in the sub-scanning direction.02-23-2012
20120044517IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING SHORTCUT KEYS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus prevents setting content not adapted to the capability of the image processing apparatus from being registered when registering a shortcut key for the image processing apparatus using e-mail. A user interface displays a shortcut key on a screen and allow a user to input an instruction therethrough. An execution of a function or a setting for the execution is registered onto the shortcut key. Capability information representing a capability of the apparatus itself is stored. An e-mail including content to be registered onto the shortcut key and capability information used when the user specifies the content is received. If it is determined the content included in the received e-mail should be registered onto the shortcut key based on the capability information included in the received e-mail and the stored capability information, the content included in the received e-mail is registered onto the shortcut key.02-23-2012
20120044516MEDIA SEPARATOR, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A media separator includes air nozzles and separation plates to form a row of members, and is configured to separate a sheet conveyed from a fixing nip formed of a fixing member and a pressure member. In such a media separator, the plurality of air nozzles and at least one separation plate are disposed along a longitudinal direction of the fixing device, and the plurality of air nozzles are disposed at both lateral ends of the row of members in the longitudinal direction of the fixing device, whereby waving of the edge of the sheet in the printing of frequently used sheet can be prevented and the occurrence of jam may be prevented, and a stable sheet separation and conveyance can be realized.02-23-2012
20120044515IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - In an image reading apparatus, based on image data obtained by reading a white image, detection is performed of an abnormal pixel based on a foreign substance adhering to a reading position of an original and data indicating a position of the abnormal pixel is outputted, then image data obtained by reading an original is corrected based on that data, and detection of the abnormal pixel is carried out immediately prior to reading of a first original, and a correction process based on data indicating a position of the abnormal pixel is carried out on image data obtained by reading a second original following on from the first original.02-23-2012
20120002232IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A display control method in an image processing apparatus to which a post-processing apparatus for performing post-processing on an output sheet is connectable includes storing, in a storage unit, image data and detailed information concerning a setting of post-processing to be set in the image data, and displaying, in a list, image data corresponding to each page stored in the storage unit, a result of output of each page, which reflects the setting of post-processing, and the detailed information of each page corresponding to the result of output.01-05-2012
20120002230Image forming apparatus, image forming method, image forming program, and recording medium - An image forming apparatus includes a feeding delay control unit to control a delay in feeding image formation media to a conveying unit and a counting unit to count a number of image formation media discharged to a discharge tray. When a count value of the counting unit reaches a threshold, the feeding delay control unit causes a feeding unit to switch a feeding mode from a small spacing mode, in which a next image formation medium is fed while a previously-fed image formation medium is on a conveying path, to a large spacing mode, in which an image formation medium is fed after a previously-fed image formation medium is discharged from the conveying path. When a number of image formation media on which images have been formed is smaller than a upper limit, the feeding mode is returned from the large spacing mode to the small spacing mode.01-05-2012
20120002229METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CUSTOM SPOOL PAGE PRINTING - A method and a printer for post-submission and post-rendering custom spooled page printing of a raw print file sent directly to the printer without a printer driver or print application. Embodiments of the method and printer implement a process that includes the steps of sending a raw print file directly to a printer and the printer receiving the raw print file for direct printing, rendering the raw print file by the printer's interpreter, after all pages of the raw print file are spooled, pausing the printer's print engine, providing page printing options on the printer's control panel to allow a user to select pages to be printed, and after receiving the user's page selection, starting the print engine to print only the pages selected by the user.01-05-2012
20090086250MODULAR PEN-LIKE DEVICE HAVING CAMERA, EFFECTS AND PRINTER MODULES - A modular pen-like device is provided having a camera module for capturing images, an effects module for applying visual effects to the captured images, and a printer module for printing the captured and visually effected images. The modules have respective, generally cylindrical bodies configured to be assembled together so that the assembled body of the modular pen-like device is generally cylindrical.04-02-2009
20120008157IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NETWORK SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, an image reading apparatus including a first reading section configured to photoelectrically convert and output image information on a first surface of an original, a second reading section configured to photoelectrically convert and output image information on a second surface located on a rear surface of the first surface of the original, and a multiplexing and transfer section configured to multiplex an output signal output by the first reading section and an output signal output by the second reading section and output a multiplexed signal to a single image processing section.01-12-2012
20120008156IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH OBLIQUE PLANE FOR SUPPORTING ORIGINALS - An image-processing apparatus is disclosed and includes a platform casing, a movable image-capturing device, and an operation panel. The platform casing includes a scan plane and an oblique plane for supporting an original. The oblique plane is disposed at a first side of the scan plane. The movable image-capturing device is movably installed in the platform casing for capturing an image of the original placed on the scan plane. The operation panel is connected to the platform casing and disposed at a second side of the scan plane. Thereby, a user may effortlessly operate the image-processing apparatus to scan a bound document.01-12-2012
20120008158DISPLAY OPERATION DEVICE HAVING FUNCTIONS DISTINGUISHED BY COLORS OF OPERATION BUTTONS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS ADOPTING THE DISPLAY OPERATION DEVICE - A display operation device includes: a display-integrated operation panel; a first UI component display device displaying a read start key; a read activating device responsive to a user operation of the read start key, for starting a document reading process; a second UI component display device, responsive to activation of the document reading process, for displaying a read stop key in place of the read start key; and a reading process stopping device, responsive to a user operation of the read stop key, for stopping execution of the reading process. When reading ends, an additional read key is displayed in place of the read stop key. The background color of read stop key is selected to be much different from the background color of read start key, and the background color of additional read key is selected to be analogous to the background color of read start key.01-12-2012
20120057188IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - When a monochromatic copy mode is to be executed, a control section sets a read mode in a scanner section so as to enable the scanner section to read an image at high speed by means of only a line sensor K, sets in an image processing section an image process that can print monochromatic image information, which is sent from the scanner section, with a single black color in the printer section, and sets in the printer section a monochromatic print mode that can print a black image at high speed, thereby controlling a monochromatic copy operation.03-08-2012
20120013931MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS - A multifunction apparatus includes an application information storage section in which, for each of a plurality of applications, (i) identification information for identifying the each of the plurality of applications and (ii) function information indicating what function(s) has been previously carried out in a cooperation process carried out by the multifunction apparatus and the application in cooperation with each other, are stored, and a device control section which determines, when the device control section receives an instruction to start a cooperation process, whether or not Condition A is satisfied, the device control section causing, if Condition A is satisfied, a switching operation for switching an image forming section from a waiting mode to a normal operation mode to be started, Condition A: function information associated with identification information indicating the selected application indicates a specific function which causes the image forming section to operate.01-19-2012
20120013929IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, there is provided a complex-type image forming apparatus capable of achieving both convenience and power saving by registering necessary functions in advance for each user, reading the registered function when an individual user is authenticated, and feeding power to a device corresponding to the registered function.01-19-2012
20120013933METHOD FOR OPERATING PRINTING PROCESS - A method for operating a printing process on a printer is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: a) installing a software application into a computer; b) operating a printer connected to the computer to browse files thereof through the software application; c) selecting a file to be printed; d) placing a printing command for the file from the printer to the computer; and e) executing a printing task from the computer to the printer.01-19-2012
20120013932PRINT PLUG-IN ISOLATION - In embodiments of print plug-in isolation, a print system input can be received at a print system, and the print system input can be redirected from the print system to an isolation module that isolates one or more print plug-ins from the print system. The print system input can be processed at the isolation module with the one or more print plug-ins to generate print plug-in output, and the print plug-in output can then be communicated back to the print system from the isolation module.01-19-2012
20120013930IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes, an upper cabinet disposed openably and closably on a main cabinet, reader cover disposed openably and closably on the upper cabinet and covering the image reader when the reader cover is closed and restriction mechanism preventing the reader cover from opening relative to the upper cabinet when the upper cabinet is open relative to the main cabinet. The restriction mechanism includes a first engagement member disposed at the upper cabinet and a second engagement member disposed at the reader cover and engageable with the first engagement member. The reader cover is prevented from opening relative to the upper cabinet when the first engagement member engages with the second engagement member. The second engagement member is urged to project from the reader cover towards the upper cabinet and movable from the upper cabinet to the reader cover.01-19-2012
20120013928IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a document reader, a storage for storing image data, a display image generator for generating a display image, a display panel and a control unit-side controller for giving display guidance on the input status of image data from the document reader, on the display panel. The display panel includes a first display area and a second display area. The control unit-side controller performs control such as to display a display image in the first display area, move the display image displayed in the first display area toward the second display area, and then display the moved one in the second display area.01-19-2012
20120013926INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, INSTALLATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM01-19-2012
20120013925PRINT DOCUMENT CONVERSION APPARATUS, PRINT DOCUMENT CONVERSION METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A print document conversion apparatus includes a plurality of software-based conversion units and a controller. The plurality of software-based conversion units perform a software-based conversion process for converting print document data described in a page description language into page image data having a bitmap image format. Each of the plurality of software-based conversion units requests a hardware-based image processing apparatus that executes specific image processing in the software-based conversion process to execute the specific image processing, and generates the page image data including a result of the image processing executed by the hardware-based image processing apparatus in response to the request. The controller activates an additional software-based conversion unit that performs the software-based conversion process when a state where at least one of the plurality of software-based conversion units waits for the hardware-based image processing apparatus to complete the image processing possibly occurs.01-19-2012
20120057182INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING INFORMATION - An information processing apparatus includes a receiving unit for receiving data; a printing unit for printing the data; a data storage unit for storing the data; a print setting storage unit for storing a print enable setting indicating whether the data received with the receiving unit is printed; and a print control unit for controlling the printing unit to print the data stored in the data storage unit when the print enable setting is not set to print the data and it is determined that a remaining storage capacity of the data storage unit is not sufficient.03-08-2012
20120057181MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL, INFORMATION PROCESSOR, AND MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A multifunction peripheral 03-08-2012
20120057179Image forming apparatus and rendering control method - An image forming apparatus includes a parsing part parsing printing data; plural rendering process parts carrying out a rendering process on the parsed printing data; a band memory to which each of the plural rendering process parts carries out the rendering; a rendering control part carrying out rendering control, based on a parsing result of the parsing part, to cause a predetermined one of the plural rendering process parts to generate intermediate data or carry out the rendering to the band memory; and a data memory storing the intermediate data generated by the predetermined one of the plural rendering process parts. Another of the plural rendering process parts carries out the rendering to the band memory using the intermediate data stored in the data memory.03-08-2012
20120057178System, method, and apparatus for an interactive virtual fax machine - A system, method, and apparatus for a virtual fax machine are provided. In one embodiment, a system for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to display a virtual fax machine based on a script, a server configured to receive at least one electronic document associated with a fax to be sent using the virtual fax machine, and a traditional facsimile machine configured to receive the fax to be sent. In another embodiment, an apparatus for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to locate and execute a script associated with a virtual fax machine, display the virtual fax machine, associate at least one electronic document with a fax to be sent, encode the at least one electronic document to a form suitable for communication over a network, and transmit the encoded electronic document over the network as the fax to be sent.03-08-2012
20120057187INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - Print job data is generated in accordance with a printing instruction from an application. When encryption of the print job data is designated, the generated print job data is encrypted, and the generated or encrypted print job data is output. When a printing apparatus serving as an output destination to which the encrypted print job data is output does not have a decryption function of decrypting the encrypted print job data, the output destination is changed to a decryption apparatus having the decryption function. When designation to save the print job data in the printing apparatus is detected in encryption, the print job is canceled.03-08-2012
20120057185IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING IMAGE THEREOF - An image forming apparatus includes a communication interface unit which allows the print controlling terminal to recognize the image forming apparatus as a printer, a determination unit which determines whether a printer driver of the image forming apparatus is installed in the print controlling terminal, a controlling unit which controls the communication interface unit to receive print data generated by the printer driver, and an image forming unit which prints the received print data, and the communication interface unit, if a printer driver is not installed in the print controlling terminal, controls the print controlling terminal to additionally recognize the image forming apparatus as an external storage medium and provides the print controlling terminal with a printer driver installation program stored in the external storage medium, and a method of performing the same.03-08-2012
20120057183MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL - The multifunction peripheral registers (i) function information indicative of a type of function executed in a past cooperative process in cooperation with an application and (ii) a URL which was being set when an execution start instruction on the function was received from the application so that the function information and the URL are associated with each other. In a case where (i) a first URL, which is identical to a second URL which is currently set, is registered and (ii) a function indicated by function information associated with the first URL requires a warm-up, a device control section starts the warm-up of, an image forming section.03-08-2012
20100110467System and Method of Rasterizing PDF Files using Multiple Processors - A plurality of pages represented by a page description language file are rasterized using a plurality of raster image processors. A server provides instructions for each raster image processor which of the plurality of pages to generate a raster image. The plurality of raster image processors generates raster images for the plurality of pages. A print controller sends press commands to a press controller, wherein the press controller operates a press in accordance with the press commands to print the raster images.05-06-2010
20120206752IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, SOFTWARE PROGRAM, AND CARRIER MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an image processing unit to prepare page-by-page image drawing data by converting image data input to the image forming apparatus, a data storage unit to store the image drawing data prepared by the image processing unit, a page-number obtaining unit to obtain the total number of pages of the image drawing data stored in the data storage unit, an image forming unit to output an image on a recording medium based on the image drawing data, and a data management unit to output the total number of pages and the image drawing data stored in the data storage unit to the image forming unit.08-16-2012
20120206751FONT EMULATION IN EMBEDDED SYSTEMS - A system for printing a document when it includes one or more target fonts that are emulated with at least one substitute font suitable for printing on a printing device. The substitute font appears visually similar to the target font, substantially preserves the original pagination and line breaks of the provided document, and the printing device is capable of printing the substitute font. A table is provided that lists strategies/logic for enabling the printing device to emulate each of a plurality of predetermined target fonts with a substitute font. These emulation strategies may include but are not limited to, identifying at least one of a resident font for the printing device, stretchable font, local font, or downloadable font to be substituted for the non-resident target font in the provided document.08-16-2012
20120206750SCANNING APPARATUS WITH CIRCUIT BOARD OVERLAPPING PLATEN - A scanning apparatus includes: a transparent platen having a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge, the first and second edges being separated along a scan direction; a frame including: a holder for the transparent platen; and a control panel located proximate the first edge of the transparent platen; a scan bar assembly including a scan element; a motor for moving the scan bar assembly along the scan direction; and a circuit board connected to the control panel, the circuit board including: a plurality of electrical components; a first edge located adjacent a side of the frame; and a second edge opposite the first edge, wherein the second edge of the circuit board is configured to overlap the first edge of the transparent platen.08-16-2012
20120206748LANGUAGE MONITOR APPLICATION LAUNCH - An apparatus and method use a language monitor of a print driver to identify a print job related application external to the print driver and to direct one or more processors to launch the print job related application.08-16-2012
20120026526IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT CAUSES PC TO DISPLAY PREVIEW IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing system which makes it possible to confirm a processing result in advance even when an image processing apparatus is not equipped with a display unit that can display a preview image. The image processing system includes a multifunction printer, a server, and a PC, which are interconnected via a network in a manner capable of communicating with each other. The server acquires an image read by the multifunction printer, and generates a preview image which represents an image subjected to image processing. The multifunction printer transmits UI screen information including a link to a URL of the preview image generated by the server to the PC in response to an access from the PC. The PC acquires the preview image stored in the server based on the UI screen information received from the multifunction printer, and displays the preview image.02-02-2012
20120026529IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A finished-image generating unit generates a finished image showing a result of a process performed on a target image according to various function setting items. A finished-image display unit, when the target image extends to a plurality of pages, forms the finished image in a stack, and displays the stacked finished image on a display unit with a page structure image that shows an overall page structure of the stacked finished image. A page moving unit, when one of the pages constituting the page structure image is specified via an operating unit, executes a page moving from a page currently displayed on the display unit to the specified page.02-02-2012
20120026527IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes a housing having a discharge port, a plurality of photosensitive bodies mounted in the housing, a transfer unit to transfer visible images formed on the plurality of photosensitive bodies onto a printing medium, a fusing unit to fuse transferred visible images to the printing medium, and a reverse unit to reverse a moving direction of the printing medium, after the printing medium has passed through the fusing unit. As the moving direction of the printed printing medium is reversed by the reverse unit, the printing medium may be discharged while a printed surface of the printing medium is directed downward, allowing a user to easily draw out the printing medium.02-02-2012
20120026524IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus that can implement a job by effectively employing the charged electric power, generated and stored by the locally-equipped power generator, and can cope with such a job whose urgency level is specifically high. The apparatus includes a job implementing section to implement a job in regard to image data; an electric generator section; an electrical accumulator section; and a controlling section to change a job implementation mode between a first job implementation mode, in which the job is implemented by employing the electrical accumulator section after the electrical accumulator section is sufficiently charged by an electric power generated by the electric generator section, and a second job implementation mode, in which the job is instantaneously implemented by employing an external electric power source, when an amount of electric power charge, stored in the electrical accumulator section, is in short supply for implementing the job.02-02-2012
20120026523PRINTING CONTROL DEVICE, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD IN PRINTING APPARATUS - Commands, which are stored in a queue within controllers in order of acquisition, are transmitted to mechanical I/F units (steps (02-02-2012
20120026522GUI-IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM, GUI-IMPLEMENTATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF GUI-IMPLEMENTATION - A GUI implementation program stored in a non-transitory computer readable recording medium is a program for presenting at least one page of image on a preview screen based on a printing setup for a document comprising a plurality of pages be printed, and causing a computer to execute a process comprising the steps of determining a page turning direction based on a binding position specified as the print setup, which is a position for binding said document as a printed material; and implementing a GUI to the preview screen display, the GUI comprising the page forward turning button with a form to turn a page forward as well as the page backward turning button with a form to turn a page backward, and the GUI being positioned relative to each other according to said page turning directions.02-02-2012
20120026528DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR ADDING DATA CONVERTING FUNCTION, PROGRAM AND MEDIUM - A data processing apparatus is monitoring the first port of itself and the second port of itself. If the data processing apparatus receives data via the second port, it conducts a specific process to the data regardless of a data format of the data so as to convert the data into the data format that can be processed regardless of a data format of the data and sends converted data to the first port.02-02-2012
20120062921Hybrid Device, Control Method for a Hybrid Device, and Recording Medium - A hybrid device that can perform plural operations can switch quickly between operating modes. The hybrid device can perform plural processes on a processed medium based on commands sent from a host computer 03-15-2012
20120062920Image processor and image processing system - An image processor including a memory to store information on the file format and the maximum file size of image data processable by the image processor and image data processable of one or more external devices; a judging device to judge whether image data input to the image processor can be processed by the image processor or one of the external devices in terms of the file format and file size; an image converter; a transfer controller to transfer the input image data to the external device when the input image data cannot be processed by the image processor but can be processed by the external device while transferring the image data to the image converter when the image data can be processed by the image processor; and an output device to output an image based on the image data processed by the external device or the image converter.03-15-2012
20120062924DOCUMENT DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SERVER, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CONFIGURING DOCUMENT DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A server for managing the operation history of document data is characterized by comprising a first saving processing unit configured to save information included in the first information for identifying the original document and information included in the second information for identifying the duplicated document upon receipt of the first information and the second information, and a second saving processing unit configured to save information for identifying the duplicated document in each predetermined group after the saving is performed in the first saving processing unit, wherein the second saving processing unit, when the number of pieces of information for identifying the original document saved by the first saving processing unit is two or more, integrates each group including the same information as the saved information for identifying the original document into one group.03-15-2012
20120062925IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Disclosed is an image forming system including: a plurality of image forming apparatuses provided in a series so that each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses form an image on a sheet of paper, wherein the plurality of image forming apparatuses each include: an image forming section; and a control section which, when a predetermined adjustment condition occurs, stops an image forming operation, performs a predetermined adjustment, resumes the image forming operation after the adjustment is complete, and performs a notification that the adjustment is performed to the other image forming apparatus when the adjustment is performed, and when there is a notification that the adjustment is performed from the other image forming apparatus, the control section stops the driving of the image forming section and puts the image forming section in a driving stopped state while the adjustment is performed in the other image forming apparatus.03-15-2012
20120176637IMAGE COPY DEVICE, IMAGE COPY METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - A double-sided manuscript is scanned and copied without degrading the security level and information leakage due to copy of the manuscript is prevented. When it is instructed to copy a manuscript in which a code indicating copy permission exists on a first side and the code does not exist on a second side, a copy is output, with one side bearing thereon a copied image of the first side and the other side being blank.07-12-2012
20120176635JOB PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - A job processing device capable of preventing a poor communication while keeping the sufficient communication speed. The job processing device is connected to a host, which has a host interface supporting a first connection mode for communicating in a first communication speed and a second connection mode for communicating in a second communication speed being slower, and processes a job transmitted from the host. A device interface has the first and second connection modes. A connection control means changes the device interface from the second connection mode to the first connection mode when the device interface is connected to the host interface in the second connection mode and when a first operation mode for processing a job is shifted to a second operation mode being lower in power consumption. A mode control means shifts to the second operation mode from the first operation mode after changing the connection mode.07-12-2012
20110080605IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image controller includes a FET which stops supply power from a low-voltage power supply to an ASIC (second processing unit) in a power-saving mode and starts the supply power in a normal mode, and a communication line for issuing a notification pertaining to transition from the power-saving mode to the normal mode between the image controller and a CPU(first processing part). The CPU controls the FET so as to start supply power to the ASIC when instructed by the image controller to transition from the power-saving mode to the normal mode through the communication line.04-07-2011
20120154845SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A GENUINE PRINTED DOCUMENT - A system and method for verifying that a document is included in a document management system is disclosed. This system and method includes radio frequency scanning at least a portion of the document, generating document data dependently upon the radio frequency scanning, comparing the generated document data to stored document data, the stored document data generated dependently upon a prior radio frequency scanning of at least a portion of the document, and outputting an indication of the document being included in the document management system as determined by the comparing.06-21-2012
20120154844PRINT CONTROL WITH INTERFACES PROVIDED IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH PRINTING METHODS - Display control is made so as to obtain an optimum setting picture plane in accordance with a change in designation of an outputting method of a distribution printing, a multiple-address printing, an automatic substitute printing, or the like without allowing the user to be conscious thereof.06-21-2012
20120154843PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method used in first and second information processing apparatuses in communication with an image forming apparatus. The method includes a transfer step of transferring print setting information for controlling the image forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus to the second information processing apparatus, an acquisition step of acquiring the print setting information transferred in the transfer step from the second information processing apparatus, an input step of inputting the print setting information acquired in the acquisition step into a printer driver in a form that can be identified by the printer driver; and a print control step of controlling a printing operation by using the print setting information inputted in the input step.06-21-2012
20120154841IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming system includes an input control part and a display control part. The input control part receives an operation input from a user. The display control part selectively displays a setting screen for mode setting and a job list screen displaying a list of jobs. In more detail, the display control part displays the job list screen on the display part when a first instruction which is a display instruction for the job list screen is received during a setting operation period for mode setting. Further, the display control part hides the job list screen and displays an information display screen relating to an operation which is performed during the setting operation period, on the display part, when a second instruction which is a non-display instruction for the job list screen is received while the job list screen is being displayed.06-21-2012
20120154842IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes an address obtaining unit configured to obtain address information of a management apparatus for managing definition information of a process flow from an external storage unit; a process information obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information of a process to be performed by the image forming apparatus in the process flow from the management apparatus based on the address information; a function control unit configured to cause the image forming apparatus to perform the process indicated by the identification information; and a linkage unit configured to send a result of the process to the management apparatus.06-21-2012
20120154840IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, METHODS FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUSES, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus determines whether to execute an image processing function indicated by an execution instruction based on a state of a web browser when the received execution instruction indicates a local use, and executes the image processing function indicated by the execution instruction irrespective of the state of the web browser when the received execution instruction indicates a remote use.06-21-2012
20090135442SCANNING DEVICE HAVING VIRTUAL TRAYS INTO WHICH MEDIA SHEETS ARE LOADED FOR PRINTING COPY JOBS INITIATED AT THE SCANNING DEVICE - A scanning device receives selection of a given tray in relation to which a copy job is to be printed. The given tray is associated with attributes of media sheets loaded thereinto, and is associated with specific printing capabilities of a printing device of which the given tray is physically a part. The given tray is selected from a group of trays including at least virtual trays. Each virtual tray corresponds to a physical tray of a printing device other than the scanning device. The scanning device receives selection of characteristics of the copy job. The characteristics are selected from a group of characteristics encompassing all characteristics supported by the given tray. The scanning devices scans media sheets loaded thereinto to yield a file. The scanning device causes the file to be printed based on the characteristics selected. The file is printed on media sheets loaded into the given tray.05-28-2009
20090135441Controlling Program and Controlling Method - There is described a controlling method to be employed in a printing system that includes: a plurality of image forming apparatuses, each of which is capable of assigning a name to setting information in regard to a printing operation and also capable of registering the setting information in association with the name thereof; and a specific apparatus to be coupled to the plurality of image forming apparatuses. The method includes: acquiring plural sets of setting information, each of which is the setting information registered in each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses in association with the name thereof; determining whether or not at least two of the names assigned to the plural sets of setting information are cognominal; and displaying a message, indicating a fact that the same name is assigned to at least two of the plural sets of the setting information, when the names are cognominal.05-28-2009
20120105893IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus according to the present invention, being capable of communicating with an operation panel provided with a display unit, obtains, from the operation panel, information indicating a display layout for data that is displayed on the display unit. The display layout is set by a direction of the operation panel. The image processing apparatus then generates image data in accordance with the display layout, based on the obtained information, and outputs the generated image data.05-03-2012
20120105892IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD AND IMAGE READING SYSTEM - To keep track of which process each process job currently exits and when it comes in own charge or which job must be processed, it is necessary to use a workflow system on a PC, and this necessitates to move back and force between the PC and the apparatus, thereby leading to the deterioration of the operational efficiency. An object of the invention is to provide a system in which the apparatus and the workflow server are connected, and by moving forward the processing by using the operation unit of the apparatus, the workflow of the operator in the centralized copy room and the print center of the company can be smoothly moved forward.05-03-2012
20120105890INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT SETTING REFLECTION METHOD PERTAINING TO AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes a first type printer driver and a second type printer driver that is different than the first type printer driver, where each driver runs on the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus also includes a display control unit that displays an identification of the first type printer driver as a printer driver suited to create print data based on drawing data in response to a first type application outputting the drawing data, and displays an identification of the second type printer driver as a printer driver suited to create print data based on drawing data in response to a second type application different than the first type application outputting the drawing data. The first and second type printer drivers are used for a printing apparatus.05-03-2012
20120105883System and Method for Document Processing Device Cloning - The subject application is directed to a system and method for cloning of document processing device configurations. The system and method include a first document processing device which has configurable components and is operable for placement in networked data communication with other document processing devices, each including an equivalent set of configurable components with the first document processing device. Registration data corresponding to an identity and address of each of the plurality of document processing devices is stored on a first document processing device. Modified configuration data corresponding to the first document processing device is received and a configuration of the configurable components of the first document processing device is updated in accordance with received modified configuration data. Modification data is communicated to each of the plurality of document processing devices corresponding to the modified configuration data in accordance with the registration data.05-03-2012
20110090525IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING DIVISION AND COLOR MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS - An image forming device including a printer having a plurality of operation modes sets beforehand the number of pages printed by the printer to be counted in a division counter or a division undefined counter for each operation mode of the printer. The image forming device counts, in the division counter corresponding to the division to which the user belongs who has requested the printing, the number of the pages printed in the operation mode in which the number of the pages is set to be counted in the division counter, and counts, in the division undefined counter, the number of the pages printed in the operation mode in which the number of the pages is set to be counted in the division undefined counter.04-21-2011
20110090524Processing apparatus - A multifunctional apparatus comprises a main power board, electricity feed switching section, operating panel and control section. The main power board supplies electric power to a plurality of processing units. The electricity feed switching section allows a user to switch electricity feed status between the main power board and the respective processing units separately. The operating panel displays an icon depicting the apparatus and electricity feed status of the processing units of the apparatus. The control section controls the electricity feed switching section so as to switch electricity feed status to the processing unit of which icon a user touches, and causes to display on the operation panel modes of operation associated with the processing unit. The control section controls the electricity feed switching section so as to switch the electricity feed status to one or more processing units associated with the mode of operation that a user has selected.04-21-2011
20110102826IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT MANAGING SYSTEM, AND DOCUMENT MANAGING METHOD - According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a user information acquiring unit, a scanner, a display, a processing unit, and a printer. The user information acquiring unit acquires user information. The scanner scans a document image added with a tracking ID. The display displays a list of selectable destinations according to the tracking ID extracted from the image scanned by the scanner and the user information acquired by the user information acquiring unit. The processing unit acquires the tracking ID added to a print for destinations selected out of the list of the destinations displayed on the display and acquires print data obtained by combining the acquired tracking ID and the document image scanned by the scanner. The printer prints the print data acquired by the processing unit on a recording medium.05-05-2011
20110102827INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH OPERATIONAL CONTROL PROGRAM IS RECORDED, ELECTRICAL DEVICE, AND OPERATIONAL CONTROL SYSTEM - An information processing device has a parts selection instruction receiving portion that receives from an operator a selection instruction of display object parts to be displayed on a screen for receiving an instruction from an operator. A job selection instruction receiving portion receives from an operator a selection instruction of a job that is executable by an electrical device and is associated with the display object parts indicated by the display object parts selection instruction. An external service selection instruction receiving portion receives from an operator a selection instruction of a service executable by an external device other than the electrical device and associated with the display object parts indicated by the display object parts selection instruction. A screen data generation portion generates screen data of the display screen based on content determined by the parts selection instruction, the job selection instruction, and the service selection instruction.05-05-2011
20110102825IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF CONTROL UNITS - A plurality of control units is configured to control a executing unit to execute each function in one of a plurality of performance modes. Each control unit is configured to be capable of switching an operational state thereof between a running state and a halt state. A plurality of combinations of the operation states for the control units are different from one performance mode to another. At least one control unit of the plurality of control units is in the running state in each performance mode. The plurality of performance modes have different performance levels. A selecting unit selects one of the plurality of performance modes based on the function corresponding to the at least one instruction. The plurality of control units controls the executing unit to execute the function corresponding to the at least one instruction in the one of the plurality of performance modes.05-05-2011
20110032558PDL DATA PROCESSING DEVICE - A PDL data processing device may obtain PDL data including plural sets of drawing part data and a set of deletion part data. The set of the deletion part data may include timing information and data information indicating a target set of the drawing part data of a deletion target. The PDL data processing device may store the PDL data in a memory, create drawing data by utilizing the plural sets of the drawing part data, and delete from the memory the target set of the drawing part data indicated by the data information included in the set of the deletion part data, regardless of the timing indicated by the timing information included in the set of the deletion part data, at a specific timing which is subsequent to the timing indicated by the timing information.02-10-2011
20120300244IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FILE CONVERSION - An image forming apparatus having a file-format conversion function and a method thereof. The image forming apparatus is capable of performing a data communication with an external memory device. The image forming apparatus includes an interface unit to receive a first file from the external memory device and to transmit a second file to the external memory device, and a file converter to convert a format of the first file from a first format into a second format according to information on the first and second files. Thus, the format of the received file can be converted in the image forming apparatus in a simple and speed way.11-29-2012
20120300243AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER, IMAGE READING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - Disclosed are an automatic document feeder capable of moving a pickup device between a standby position and a pickup position and carrying out a document pickup operation by using a single driving source, an image reading device having the same and an image forming apparatus having the same. The automatic document feeder includes a pickup device, a lifting device and a pickup driving device. The pickup device includes a pickup roller to pick up a document sheet. The lifting device moves the pickup device between a standby position and a pickup position. The pickup driving device includes a pickup motor to rotate in a first direction and a second direction. The pickup motor drives the pickup roller by rotating in the first direction, and drives the lifting device by rotating in the second direction.11-29-2012
20120300242METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING A DOCUMENT - The present disclosure provides methods and apparatus for managing a document. An example aspect provides a method of requesting a document to be displayed at a portable electronic device, including: installing at a computer a printer driver for displaying documents at the portable electronic device; creating an association of a portable account identifier with a unique identifier of the portable electronic device; using the printer driver and the association, to transmit the document to the portable electronic device over a network; and transmitting from the computer the document.11-29-2012
20120300241Printing preparation - In an exemplary device implementation, the device includes: a scanner capable of scanning a scanning target to produce an electronic image of the scanning target; and a printer capable of printing an image of the scanning target on a media, the printer including a print engine; wherein the device is adapted to overlap the scanning of the scanning target with preparation of the print engine for printing.11-29-2012
20120300240IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE RECEIVING REQUEST TO STOP ACTIVE JOB - An image processing device includes a conveying unit for performing a sheet conveying operation. The image processing device receives a stop request from a user to stop an active job. When a first kind of job, which is a job in which the sheet conveying operation is performed by the conveying unit in the active jobs, exists in the case the stop request is received, the image processing device stops the first kind of job. When receiving the stop request, the image processing device determines a second kind of job that is different from the first kind of job in the active jobs. The image processing device displays information on the second kind of job to the user based on a determination result.11-29-2012
20120300239IMAGE DATA STORAGE SYSTEM, DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A document reading unit performs a first reading mode for generating image data by reading a document fed by ADF and a second reading mode for generating image data by reading a document set on platen. A first reading receiver receives a first reading instruction to cause the document reading unit to continue reading a plurality of documents in the first reading mode when a jam is detected. A second reading receiver receives a second reading instruction to continue reading the plurality of documents in the second reading mode after the reading of the plurality of documents is continued in the first reading mode by the document reading unit. The document reading unit continues reading the plurality of documents in the first reading mode when the first reading instruction is received and continues reading the plurality of documents in the second reading mode when the second reading instruction is received.11-29-2012
20120300238IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus including an image processing unit, a memory, a setting information writing unit, a printing information writing unit, an image information reading unit, and an instruction unit. The image processing unit dynamically changes a configuration thereof, and performs image processing in accordance with the changed configuration. The memory stores setting information for setting a change of the configuration of the image processing unit, printing information used for image processing to be performed by the image processing unit, and image information generated through image processing performed by the image processing unit. The setting information writing unit writes the setting information to the memory. The printing information writing unit writes the printing information to the memory. The image information reading unit reads the image information from the memory. The instruction unit instructs the image processing unit to start execution of image processing.11-29-2012
20120300237IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - An image formation apparatus includes an image reading control unit and a print control unit . The print control unit includes: a first communication control unit connected to the image reading control unit; and a power supply control unit configured to control power supply to the image reading control unit. The image reading control unit includes: a second communication control unit connected to the first communication control unit. When completing a process to transition to a power save mode in accordance with an instruction from the print control unit, the image reading control unit cuts off the communications through the second communication control unit. After sending the image reading control unit the instruction to transition to the power save mode, the print control unit detects the cutoff of the communications and then cuts off the power supply to the image reading control unit through the power supply control unit.11-29-2012
20120120434MULTIPLE PROCESSOR PRINT DRIVER - A system and method for an adaptable print driver that adapts its behavior to make use of multiple processors when they are available on the host computer. In particular, during installation or initialization of the print driver, the driver will query the operating system for the number and type of processors present. If the print driver detects that multiple processors are present, it will operate in a way that makes explicit use of the multiple processors.05-17-2012
20120120431PRINTING SYSTEM - A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium stores a program that causes a computer to execute the steps of causing a first printer driver to generate first print data in response to receiving an electronic data print instruction, and recording the first print data in a storage unit; sending the first print data to an image forming apparatus connected to the computer via a network, in response to receiving a print data acquisition request from the image forming apparatus; causing a printer driver identified by identification information to generate second print data in response to receiving the identification information identifying the printer driver, the printer driver being compatible with the image forming apparatus, and sending the second print data to the image forming apparatus.05-17-2012
20120300236DOCUMENT FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A document feeding device of the present invention includes: a discharge roller pair that includes a first drive roller and a first idler roller; and a transport roller pair that includes a second drive roller and a second idler roller. Either one of the second drive roller and the second idler roller moves between a contact position where said roller is in contact with the other roller and a separation position where said roller is separated from the other roller. The transport roller pair is disposed on the other side of the discharge roller pair from a discharge tray. The transport roller pair transports a document that has passed through the reading position to the discharge roller pair by positioning said roller at the contact position in a case where the first drive roller rotates forward.11-29-2012
20120314236ARRANGEMENT FOR READING FROM AND/OR WRITING TO FLEXIBLE SHEET MEDIA IN A CURVED CONFIGURATION AND METHOD - A method is described for reading information from and/or writing information to at least one sheet of flexible sheet material. The sheet having a length and a width defining first and second opposing surfaces and opposing lengthwise and widthwise edges. The sheet material is supported in a curved configuration across the width such that the first surface is inwardly oriented with respect to the curved configuration to define a cylindrical shape having the lengthwise edges positioned in a confronting relationship. The sheet is then moved in a direction along a lengthwise path generally parallel to the length and transverse to the direction of curvature, but without rotation about the lengthwise path. At least one of reading information and writing information is performed transversely across the width of the first surface of the sheet material as the sheet material is moved along the path.12-13-2012
20120120435IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus having a display unit for displaying a program which can be executed in the apparatus so as to be identified is disclosed. The apparatus has: an input unit for inputting a program into the image forming apparatus; a display control unit for controlling a process for displaying select keys including a plurality of select keys to instruct a selection of a desired one of a plurality of programs stored in the image forming apparatus onto a display screen displayed on the display unit; and a discriminating unit for discriminating whether the select key to instruct a selection of the program inputted by the input unit can be further displayed onto the first display screen to display the select keys corresponding to the programs registered in the image forming apparatus in response to the input of the program from the input unit or not.05-17-2012
20120162683IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM FOR ORDERING OPTIONAL DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR ORDERING OPTIONAL DEVICE - The image forming apparatus of the present invention includes an image forming main device which has a control section. The control section (a) obtains, from an external device via a communication device, option information indicative of an at least one optional device and eco-information indicative of an amount of greenhouse-gas emitted due to the at least one optional device, (b) controls a display device to display the option information and the eco-information, and (c) sends, to the external device via the communication device, an order for an optional device selected by a user via the input device out of the at least one optional device indicated by the option information displayed on the display device.06-28-2012
20120162682IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus obtains area information indicating target areas to be subjected to image processing from a plurality of image processing servers and judges whether or not their target areas are overlapping each other. The image forming apparatus examines the priority levels set in advance for the image processing servers if their target areas are overlapping each other, then repeats to instruct an image processing server with a lower priority level than another image processing server to adjust the position of its target area until it is judged that the target areas are not overlapping each other. And the image forming apparatus transmits information of the target areas confirmed to be not overlapping each other to the image processing servers, so that the image processing servers can successfully perform image processing on their own target areas according to the information.06-28-2012
20120162681PULL PRINTING SYSTEM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A pull printing system includes a print data receiving part, an apparatus model specification part for extracting information on the printing target apparatus model from the print data, an authentication request target determination part for searching for an apparatus of the same model as the printing target apparatus model and determining the apparatus of the same model to be an authentication request target apparatus, an authentication requesting part for transmitting the authentication information, an authentication result receiving part for receiving an authentication result obtained by the authentication operation, and a storage control part for storing the print data into a pull print storage area on the condition that the authentication information is determined to be valid on the basis of the authentication result.06-28-2012
20120250053METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HANDLING SUB-JOBS - A method of managing a plurality of print jobs executed by an image forming apparatus, which includes: processing a plurality of sub-print jobs that constitute a print job for printing by the image forming apparatus; assigning the plurality of sub-print jobs to a print job management module; managing the processing of each of the sub-print jobs with the print job management module, wherein the print job management module determines based on an estimated time for processing of each of the sub-print jobs, if the print job should be printed first sheet to last sheet with each of the sheets face down or last sheet to first sheet with each of the sheets face up; sending the processed sub-print jobs to a print queue for printing in an order according to the determination result by the print job management module; and printing the plurality of sub-print jobs in the print queue.10-04-2012
20120250052IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE - A method for generating a hardcopy document, including: receiving, by a printer, a direct print request for an Office Open XML (OOXML) document having a plurality of pages; identifying, by the printer, a tag in the OOXML document specifying a multiple page printing feature (MPPF) for the plurality of pages, where the tag is located within a settings xml file of the OOXML document; identifying, by the printer, a first printer setting required to implement the MPPF; invoking, by the printer, the first printer setting on the printer; and generating, by the printer and from the OOXML document, the hardcopy document with the MPPF feature after invoking the first printer setting.10-04-2012
20120250051SCAN BACK CONTROL OF STACKED RECEIVED FAXES - A method of selectively printing facsimiles on an image forming apparatus, the method includes the steps of: receiving incoming facsimiles on the image forming apparatus, each of the incoming facsimiles having one or more pages; printing at least one page of each of the incoming facsimiles; storing an entirety of each of the incoming facsimiles in a memory of the image forming apparatus; selectively printing incoming facsimiles by scanning the at least one page on the image forming apparatus to retrieve the entirety of a selected incoming facsimile from the memory of the image forming apparatus; and printing the entirety of the selected incoming facsimile.10-04-2012
20100290071Information processing apparatus processing function-related information and image forming apparatus including the information processing apparatus or a communication apparatus communicable with the information processing apparatus - In an MFP, use history information collecting functions frequently used user by user and combination information collecting combinations of functions set by users are received from a server and stored in a use history management table and a function combination management table. When a mode is selected by a logged-in user, the use history management table is read and a function highly frequently used by the user is displayed on a touch-panel. When the selected function is established, the function combination management table is read, and a function or functions frequently combined with the established function are displayed on the touch-panel. When a job ends, the selected combination of functions is transmitted to the server.11-18-2010
20100290070IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - Processing is optimized in advance during interpretation of PDL data, so as to accelerating rendering processing during processing associated with image formation. To this end, it is determined whether or not the addition of intermediate data based on PDL data during interpretation to that which is already generated during the processing associated with image formation considerably reduces a speed of the rendering processing.11-18-2010
20120212757MULTIPLE PRINT PROTOCOL CAPABILITY OF A VIRTUAL PRINTER IN A PRINT SHOP ARCHITECTURE - The systems and methods presented herein provide for seamless printer accessibility to clients regardless of the print protocols being used in their respective print jobs. A printing system includes a physical printer and a print process device operable to process a print job from a client system. The print processing device includes a virtual printer operable to detect a print protocol associated with the print job, determine that the print protocol associated with the print job conflicts with the print capabilities of the physical printer, configure the print job with the print protocol of the physical printer based on the print protocol associated with the print job, and process the print job according to the print protocol of the physical printer. In doing so, a protocol converter may map printer commands of the print protocol of the print job to printer commands of the print protocol of the printer.08-23-2012
20100245878IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus is provided, the image processing apparatus including: a dynamic circuit reconfiguring section in which a circuit is dynamically reconfigured; a circuit configuration storing section that stores information of configurations of circuits, the information including a first piece of information that contains a configuration of a circuit singly performing one image processing, and a second piece of information that contains a configuration of a circuit including a compression circuit that compresses image information and performing a plurality of image processings in parallel; and a circuit configuration controlling section that switchingly reads out the first piece of information and the second piece of information from the circuit configuration storing section and that controls the circuit reconfiguration in the dynamic circuit reconfiguring section.09-30-2010
20100245880COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A communication apparatus which prevents one host computer from occupying the apparatus and enables a user of the host computer having sent a processing request thereto to quickly know a processing result. A connection request is accepted from one of a plurality of host computers. In response to the accepted connection request, the host computer having sent the connection request is connected, and a process requested by the connected host computer is executed. Information indicative of the connected host computer is stored. Control is performed such that a reconnection request from the host computer indicated by the stored information is accepted with priority over connection requests from other host computers.09-30-2010
20100245881DATA MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A data management device displays, on a display screen thereof, an external-device image representing an external device and an application screen corresponding to each of applications in execution. The external-device image includes function areas that respectively represent functional units of the external device. The data management device is configured to determine in which, among the function areas, a first position specified on the display screen is included, determine in which, among display areas for the application screens and the external-device image, a second position specified on the display screen is included, and set data corresponding to a function represented by a function area in which the first position is determined to be included, as target data for a process corresponding to a display area in which the second position is determined to be included.09-30-2010
20100245879METHOD TO READ IMAGES AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A method to create a data file in a controller device connected to an image reading apparatus is provided. The method includes receiving an event signal generated in the image reading apparatus based on an instruction, obtaining image data according to receipt of the event signal, judging whether the received event signal is a first event signal in a first operation mode, setting the controller device to operate in a second operation mode, releasing the controller device from the second operation mode when a terminating event occurs, judging whether the received event signal being a non-first event signal is a continuing event signal, and adding the image data obtained according to the non-first event signal being a continuing event signal to the image data obtained according to the first event signal to create a single multiple-paged file when a terminating event occurs.09-30-2010
20120127499PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A print control apparatus may include a determination unit, a division unit, and a rearrangement unit to process print data impositioned by an application program. The determination unit determines whether at least one of an impositioned appearance indicating an arrangement of logical pages in respective physical pages of the impositioned print data, and a print output attribute, which is an attribute of an output of the impositioned print data, satisfies a division condition set in advance. If the determining unit determines that the impositioned appearance or the print output attribute satisfies the division condition, the division unit divides the impositioned print data in logical-page unit. The rearrangement unit rearranges divided logical pages in an order according to the impositioned appearance. If neither the impositioned appearance nor the print output attribute satisfies the division condition, the impositioned print data is prevented from being divided in logical-page unit.05-24-2012
20120314237PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus includes a controller; and an engine including a first printing unit and a second printing unit. Each of the first and second printing units includes a data management unit configured to manage a piece of image data transferred from an upper level apparatus, one or more output units, and an output control unit configured to output an image based on the piece of image data to one of the one or more output units. The controller is configured to receive control information indicating a printing condition from the upper level apparatus, produce print management tables for the respective pieces of image data, on the basis of the control information, cause the upper level apparatus to transfer the pieces of image data to the data management units on the basis of the print management tables, respectively.12-13-2012
20120127504Print Driver For Printing Policy-Enabled Electronic Documents Using Locked Printing - An approach is provided for printing policy-enabled electronic documents using locked printing. A client device includes a user interface, an application program and a print driver. The application program allows a user to generate an electronic document. The print driver corresponds to a particular printing device and is configured to cause a graphical user interface to be displayed on the user interface. The graphical user interface allows a user to specify one or more access policies to be applied to the electronic document. The print driver is configured to generate print data that includes a plurality of print commands which, when processed by the particular printing device, cause a printed version of the electronic document to be generated at the printing device. The print data includes data that indicates the one or more attributes of the one or more access policies that are to be applied to the electronic document.05-24-2012
20120127502Method of performing operations in image forming apparatus, image forming apparatus and image forming system for performing the method - A method of performing operations in an image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus and an image forming system for performing the method. The method includes: determining whether a user selects an input button for performing a predetermined operation on image data obtained by capturing from a host device connected to the image forming apparatus; if it is determined that the input button is selected, determining a current operation mode of the image forming apparatus from among the plurality of operation modes; and performing an operation, which was previously set in correspondence to the operation mode, on the image data, according to a result of the determining.05-24-2012
20120127501Print Data Processing Method, Print Data Processing Device, And Print Data Processing System - A print data processing method can generate print data for duplex printing so that the scanning accuracy of a barcode printed on one side of a receipt is not reduced by a logo or other graphic that is printed on the other side of the receipt. Whether or not a linear barcode or other code data B is contained in the front print data D05-24-2012
20120127500IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANAGING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - When an application is installed in an image forming apparatus, a counter used for the application is identified by using identification information indicating counters used in relation to a function of the application from among a plurality of counter types specified according to a type of the image forming apparatus, and an area for the identified counter is reserved in a storage area in the image forming apparatus.05-24-2012
20120127498PRINTER COMPATABILITY MATRIX - An exemplary method or device determines which print drivers are being used within a printing environment. The method or device identifies a plurality of print queues. Each of the print queues is associated with one of the print drivers. The method or device submits a plurality of test documents to each of the print queues to produce a plurality of page description language (PDL) files. The method or device identifies print drivers that produce different types of PDL files as being non-compatible. If corresponding PDL files produced by different ones of the print drivers in response to the test documents contain all identical header commands (in any order) the method or device identifies the different ones of the print drivers as being compatible. If corresponding PDL files produced by different ones of the print drivers in response to the test documents do not contain all identical header commands, the method or device identifies the different ones of the print drivers as being non-compatible. The method or device produces a compatibility matrix listing which of the print drivers are non-compatible and which of the print drivers are compatible.05-24-2012
20120127505IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, STORAGE MEDIUM, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND METHOD SUITABLE FOR THE PRINTING SYSTEM - There is provided an image forming apparatus capable of realizing a trial printing function that minimizes unnecessary consumption of time and supplies. Images that are inputted are accumulated in a memory. An output mode is set and a setting is made as to whether trial printing is to be carried out in the output mode or not. A CPU provides control to read out a corresponding image from the memory according to the set output mode and form the readout image on a sheet. When it is determined that the trial printing is to be carried out during image formation according to the set output mode, the CPU provides control to set the number of trial print pages according to predetermined conditions and carry out the trial printing for the set number of trial print pages.05-24-2012
20120127503Interface circuit for utilizing a facsimile machine coupled to a PC as a scanner or printer - Printing and scanning methods using a facsimile machine communicating with a computer over a bi-directional direct passive link connected between digital communication ports of the computer and facsimile machine Upon receipt of an instruction at the facsimile machine, the printing method includes receiving digital image data from the computer via the bi-directional direct passive link. The digital image data is processed substantially as it is received at the facsimile machine and printed onto media. Upon receipt of an instruction at the facsimile machine, the scanning method includes scanning content from media provided within the facsimile machine to create digital image data digital image data representative of the content, and providing the digital image data substantially as it is created to the computer via the bi-directional direct passive link. The instructions and digital image data are transmitted in a standard facsimile machine format using standard facsimile machine protocols.05-24-2012
20120162680IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that selects an image output mode from one of a plurality of output modes, the image processing apparatus including: an output mode selection unit that selects the image output mode by sequentially determining whether or not to select an image output mode in accordance with an output mode order allotted to the plurality of output modes, based on a ratio of a classified number of blocks to a reference number of blocks, wherein in a first determination in the output mode order, the reference number of blocks is a total number of blocks of the image, and in a second or subsequent determination in the output mode order, the reference number of blocks is a value that is obtained by subtracting the classified number of blocks in a preceding determination in the output mode order from the reference number of blocks in the preceding determination.06-28-2012
20120162679PRINT SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING PROGRAM - A printing system includes a plurality of printing apparatuses connected with each other via a network including a transfer source printing apparatus having a first printing apparatus that receives print data and a transfer destination printing apparatus having a second printing apparatus. The transfer source printing apparatus is equipped with a process instruction unit for transmitting to the transfer destination printing apparatus in an idle status a processing program and process data for executing a process of generating image data from the print data, and requesting the process to be executed, when the transfer source printing apparatus is not in an idle status when it receives the print data. The transfer destination printing apparatus is equipped with a transmitting unit for transmitting to the transfer source printing apparatus the output data generated from the process data by the process in the process.06-28-2012
20120162684IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image processing apparatus obtains image data of a document in response to an instruction from a user, and processes and outputs the image data thus obtained. The image processing apparatus includes a type detecting unit that detects a type of the document, a processing unit that applies a process to the image data thus obtained based on the instruction from the user, and a controlling unit that starts the processing unit when the type of the document thus detected is a predetermined type.06-28-2012
20120162688ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - According to one embodiment, a deriving operation control device obtains derivation control information and a derivation attribute. A deriving operation propriety determination unit extracts the number of times of previously-performed derivation from the derivation attribute. The deriving operation propriety determination unit extracts the upper limit number of times enabling derivation from the derivation control information and determines that a deriving operation is possible when the number of times of previously-performed derivation is equal to or below the upper limit number of times enabling derivation. A deriving operation execution unit executes the deriving operation.06-28-2012
20120162687DYNAMIC PRINTING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD - Improved techniques which enable a user of a terminal to select a printer, without a priori knowledge of available printers, for printing a print job are provided. A map indicating locations of available printing devices is retrieved from a back-end server based on user information or other information retrieved from the user, and provided to the user terminal for user selection of an appropriate printing device.06-28-2012
20120162686IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION OUTPUT METHOD - In a composite machine provided with a copy mode and a print mode, an operation history of each operation mode is accurately timed and log information concerning an electric power of the composite machine for processing various jobs such as the copy mode and the print mode is prepared based on a timed value,06-28-2012
20120212764IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An MFP is provided with a scanner unit for optically reading a document image; a printer unit for printing image data; a CPU for controlling operation of the MFP according to an operating condition related to reading processing by the scanner unit and/or print processing by the printer unit; a CPU utilization monitoring portion for monitoring utilization of the CPU at the time of performing the reading processing and/or the print processing; and an operating condition restriction portion for restricting, when CPU utilization that is monitored by the CPU utilization monitoring portion is a predetermined value or more, the operating condition related to the reading processing and/or the print processing according to the CPU utilization.08-23-2012
20110181900CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND READING DEVICE - For functions of a multifunction machine for processing of processing items relating to document reading operations and processing items relating to operations other than document reading operations in a case where operation screens for setting content in regard to the processing items in a wizard format display are displayed in the wizard format display, a display order is set in advance for the operation screens for the processing items so that the operation screens for processing items relating to document reading operations are displayed prior to operation screens for processing items relating to operations other than document reading operations.07-28-2011
20110181902DIGITAL MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER AND IMAGE DATA STORAGE SYSTEM - Image data in a specific data format is stored in an external storage device, whereas application software for display, editing, and printing of the image data in the specific data format is not stored in the external storage device but transmitted to an e-mail address of a user or to an IP address of a user's computer. This provides a digital multifunction printer which is capable of storing image data in a removable external storage device and which can store image data in the external storage device in such a manner that the image data is stored with a data format specific to the digital multifunction printer while the image data can be processed by other device without dropping security for the stored image data.07-28-2011
20110181901ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus that is capable of reducing the exchange frequency and increasing the lives of components without increasing a size and a cost. A reading unit reads images of a plurality of sheets of originals continuously. A storage unit stores the images of the originals read by the reading unit. An image forming unit performs image formation on sheets based on the images stored in the storage unit. A control unit controls driving and stopping of the image forming unit. The control unit controls the image forming unit so as to complete the image formation for N sheets by repeating an image forming state, in which the image formation for sheets fewer than N is performed continuously, and a stop state, in which the image formation stops, alternately, when the image forming unit performs the image formation while the reading unit reads N sheets of originals continuously.07-28-2011
20120212760PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus comprises a first installer for installing a driver corresponding to the image output apparatus, wherein the first installer is executed to install, in the information processing apparatus, a first driver and a second installer for installing a second driver, the installed first driver includes: unit configured to generate a first print queue to connect to a first connection port of the image output apparatus; unit configured to transmit an address acquisition request and acquire an address of a second connection port of the image output apparatus; and unit configured to, upon accepting an instruction to generate a second print queue using the print server as a connection destination, launch the second installer to install the second driver, and generate the second print queue, and the launched second installer generates the second print queue using the address of the second connection port that is acquired.08-23-2012
20120212759DEVICE SELECTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME - A device selecting apparatus is provided, which includes a display unit, a communication unit configured to connect the device selecting apparatus communicably with one or more devices therethrough, a controller configured to display, on the display unit, a list of one or more identifiers of the one or more devices, to receive, from a specified device, device information for identifying the specified device via the communication unit, and to perform a selection process to put, into a selected state, an identifier of the specified device identified by the device information received via the communication unit, on the list displayed on the display unit.08-23-2012
20120212765IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD WITH SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS CONTROL FOR CONTINUOUS OPERATION - An image forming method reads a document by a scanner that is a device, provides image data corresponding to a document image, forms an image corresponding to the image data provided from the scanner by a printer that is a device, and detects operating errors of the scanner and the printer. Further, when any operating error is detected, the image forming method stops the operation of the device generating the error and operates the device not generating the error.08-23-2012
20120212763INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE OUTPUT SYSTEM - An information processing device includes: a data generating section generating compatible format data of application data; a selecting section causing selection of an output process among plural types of output processes that can use the compatible format data; a searching section searching image output device(s) connected on a network and extracting just an image output device at least capable of carrying out the selected output process; a disclosure/reception section disclosing the image output device extracted by the searching section and receiving a selection of an image output device serving as a compatible format data transmission destination, an entry of an output setting, and an instruction for executing the output setting; and a command generating section generating a command for causing the selected output process to be executed based on the entered output setting, upon receiving the instruction for executing the output process from the disclosure/reception section.08-23-2012
20120212762DISTRIBUTED PRINTING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND SOFTWARE PROGRAM - A distributed printing system, in which a parent device divides image data into first and second image data, the first image data edited by the parent device itself, and the second image data requested of a child device to edit. The parent device sends the second image data to the child device and requests the child device to edit the second data, and generates first edited image data and sends the first edited image data to the child device. The child device generates second edited image data by editing the second image data received from the parent device, sends the second edited image data to the parent device, and prints out the first edited image data received from the parent device and the second edited image data sequentially. The parent device prints out the first edited image data and the second edited image data received from the child device sequentially.08-23-2012
20120212761IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, SCREEN CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing device includes a setting value storage unit which stores setting values to define operations set up as macros of applications of the image processing device, a screen information storage unit which stores screen information of a list screen in which UI components are displayed for calling the applications and for calling the macros, a macro control unit which outputs a request for editing a macro, the setting values of which are stored in the setting value storage unit, and for editing the list screen, the screen information of which is stored in the screen information storage unit, according to the macro edit request, and a screen information managing unit which edits, when the editing of the list screen is requested, a UI component for calling the macro in the list screen according to the macro edit request to update the screen information.08-23-2012
20120212758PRINTING CONTROL TERMINAL DEVICE AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - A printing control terminal device including an input unit to receive a printing order to request a printing operation for a printing work, a communication interface unit to receive information regarding a resource saving mode from an image forming apparatus, a display unit to display information regarding the received resource saving mode, a printer driver unit to generate printing data for the printing work, and a controller to control the communication interface unit to transmit the generated printing data to the image forming apparatus.08-23-2012
20100027043PRINT CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD - According to the present invention, internal print settings of a document are handed over to hot folder settings. A hot folder manager 02-04-2010
20120133968IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHODS FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUSES, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus displays a screen for designating cooperative processing in which the image processing apparatus and at least one other image processing apparatus cooperate based on externally received information, where if an execution instruction for processing to be executed by the image processing apparatus for the cooperative processing is received, the processing is executed. A screen displaying the status of processing in the at least one other image processing apparatus and a screen enabling designation of subsequent processing to be executed by the image processing apparatus are displayed based on the externally received screen information while the at least one other image processing apparatus is executing processing to be executed by the at least one other image processing apparatus for the cooperative processing after the execution of the processing.05-31-2012
20120133966IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When an MFP receives an operation screen from an external apparatus, it also receives information about specific hardware resource of the MFP to be used for the image processing based on the operation screen. When the image processing cannot be executed using the specific hardware resource of the MFP due to the error that has occurred in the MFP, the error screen is controlled not to be displayed.05-31-2012
20120133965INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus, to communicate with an image processing apparatus, may include a first receiving unit and a first, second, and third transmitting unit. The first receiving unit receives input information based on input to a screen displayed on a web browser included in the image processing apparatus. The first transmitting unit transmits an execution instruction a function to the image processing apparatus based on the received input information. The second transmitting unit transmits to the image processing apparatus designation information for designating which of two screens is to be used as a screen to be displayed during execution of the function. In response to a screen generated by the information processing apparatus being designated, the third transmitting unit transmits screen information for displaying the screen on the web browser included in the image processing apparatus.05-31-2012
20120133964PRINT DOCUMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM, CACHE APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM, AND PRINT DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD - A print document processing system includes a cache apparatus and plural data processing apparatuses. Each data processing apparatus includes an image data creating unit and a reservation request transmission unit. The cache apparatus includes a cache memory, a memory, and an area reservation unit. The image data creating unit creates image data for each document element of print document data. The memory stores use condition information and cache priority of the document element for each document element. Upon receipt of a reservation request for reserving a storage area for image data of a first document element from a data processing apparatus, the area reservation unit reserves the storage area by selecting a second document element, which has a lower cache priority than the first document element and which is currently being used by any of the data processing apparatuses, as a document element to be evicted from the cache memory.05-31-2012
20120250059IMAGE RECORDING SYSTEM, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER USABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image recording system is provided. The image recording system includes an image recording apparatus, a mobile terminal to wirelessly manipulate the image recording apparatus and including a display device, a receiver to receive a signal from one of the image recording apparatus and the mobile terminal, a distance determining unit to determine a distance between the image recording apparatus and the mobile terminal, a range determining unit to determine a range, which includes the detected distance amongst a plurality of continuously incremental ranges partitioned by a predetermined reference distance originating from the image recording apparatus, a storage to store information concerning a plurality of operation screens associated with the plurality of ranges respectively, and a display controller to control the display device to display one of the plurality of operation screens associated with one of the plurality of ranges, which includes the detected distance.10-04-2012
20120250058PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing control apparatus connected via a network with one or more of image forming apparatuses includes: a power source detection section which detects an image forming apparatus turned on; and a setting section which sets a mode shift time for shifting from a normal power mode to a power saving power mode a power consumption of which is less than a power consumption of the normal power mode of each of the image forming apparatuses; and a notice section which notices the set mode shift time to the image forming apparatus corresponding to the mode shift time, wherein the setting section changes the mode shift time when a plurality of image forming apparatuses which has been turned on is connected with the network, by comparing with a case when the network is connected with only one image forming apparatus turned on.10-04-2012
20120250050Reconfigurable User Input/Output Device - A readily reconfigurable self-contained self-service user input/output including an input/output assembly accessible by a user, the assembly being readily configurable to be used in more than one type of user configuration or application and at least one peripheral device removably secured in a desired position about the periphery of the assembly.10-04-2012
20120250057OPTICAL READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - An optical reading device includes a housing, a document platen member, a scanning unit, a cable and an insulating sheet. The cable includes a first end which is fixed to the scanning unit, a second end which is fixed to the bottom plate and an intermediate portion which is held in surface contact with the bottom plate and curved and deformed according to a reciprocal movement of the scanning unit. The insulating sheet is interposed between the bottom plate and the intermediate portion of the cable. The housing includes a recess formed in the bottom plate. The insulating sheet covers an opening of the recess, the upper surface thereof is in contact with the intermediate portion of the cable and a space is formed between the lower surface of the insulating sheet and the bottom surface of the recess.10-04-2012
20120250056IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine whether a predetermined communication protocol is a type of communication protocol that requires a response to an inquiry command, and a control unit configured not to switch a multitask mode setting if the determination unit determines that the predetermined communication protocol is not a type that requires a response, and to switch, if the determination unit determines that the predetermined communication protocol is a type that requires a response, a multitasking mode setting on the interpretation unit to a single-tasking mode setting to cause the interpretation unit to interpret PDL data by performing single-task processing.10-04-2012
20090059265Image data processing apparatus and method - An image data processing apparatus including: a reader that reads image data included an image file from an external storage medium, the image data being variable-length coded data of image blocks The reader performs a first reading processing for reading the image data in an arrangement order thereof from a storage medium and the data processor performs a boundary information derivation processing based on the image data for obtaining boundary information representing a boundary in a data arrangement in the storage medium between the image data belonging to two image blocks located adjacent in the data arrangement in the storage medium and at mutually different positions in the sub scanning direction. The reader performs a second reading processing for reading the image data from the storage medium in an order determined based on the boundary information and saving them in the storage.03-05-2009
20090059264Multifunctional input/output aparatus, control method thereof, and computer program product - A decoding unit decodes, when original data obtained from an original contains symbolic information that is encoded information of a predetermined operation instruction, the symbolic information to obtain the operation instruction. An executing unit executes an operation indicated by the operation instruction obtained by the decoding unit. A reading unit reads a specific area of the original preassigned for the symbolic information. When the symbolic information is obtained from the specific area, the decoding unit decodes the symbolic information obtained from the specific area.03-05-2009
20090059263IMAGE PROCESSOR - An image forming processor includes a generating unit and a correcting unit. The first characteristic quantity data obtaining unit obtains a set of first characteristic quantity data. The receiving unit receives data of an original image. The second characteristic data obtaining unit obtains a set of second characteristic quantity data based on the data of the original image. The generating unit generates at least one set of image data concerning the first characteristic quantity data. The display unit displays the at least one set of image data to prompt a user to specify one set of image data among the at least one set of image data. The correcting unit corrects the original image by using the set of second characteristic quantity data and a set of first characteristic quantity data that has been used to generate the one set of image data specified by the user.03-05-2009
20090059262IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The one embodiment of present invention provides an image forming apparatus including a memory unit that stores image data, a main control block that causes an image forming section to output an output image onto an output medium on the basis of the image data generated by an image reading section and stored in the memory unit, case members that houses any one of the memory unit and the main control block or both, respectively, and a cooling mechanism that is located in a predetermined position of the case members and guides an air flow that has passes through one case member to the other case member.03-05-2009
20090059261IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INTEGRATED DOCUMENT GENERATING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a vectorizing unit configured to convert bitmap image data into vectorized data; an integrated document generating unit configured to generate an integrated document which includes the vectorized data and metadata; an accompanying information extraction unit configured to extract one or more of accompanying information relating to the bitmap image data from the bitmap image data; a selection unit configured to select accompanying information meeting conditions which have been defined beforehand out of one or more of accompanying information extracted by the accompanying information extraction unit; and a registration unit configured to register the accompanying information selected by the selection unit as the metadata of the integrated document.03-05-2009
20090059260MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL - There is provided a multifunction peripheral having a plurality of functions, including: a phone communication unit having a phone communication function; a communication interface to interface the multifunction peripheral with an external device; a processing unit to control operations of the multifunction peripheral; a judgment unit to judge whether external data received through the communication interface corresponds to data of a first predetermined type; and a conversion unit having a function of converting, without controls by the processing unit, the external data into data of a second predetermined type adapted to the phone communication function in response to a fact that the judgment unit judges that the external data corresponds to data of the first predetermined type, and having a function of converting, without controls by the processing unit, data of the second predetermined type into data of the first predetermined type to be outputted through the communication interface.03-05-2009
20120250055IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a receiving unit to receive imaging processing information indicating how to process raw image data; a storage interface, to which an external storage device is detachably attachable, to access data stored in the external storage device; and a storage controller to store the raw image data and the imaging processing information to the external storage. The raw image data is data unprocessed by an image processing operation conductable using the imaging processing information used as tuning data for processing the raw image data.10-04-2012
20120170070System and Method for Generating an Informational Media Display on a Document Processing Device - The subject application is directed to a document processing device and associated method for generating an informational display on a document processing device. The method includes receiving preselected media content and displaying the preselected media content on a display of the document processing device. The method further includes receiving user identification data and retrieving user-specified media content preference data identifying a user-specified media content preferred by a user associated with the user identification data. The method also includes displaying the user-specified media content on the display of the document processing device in response to receipt of a request to complete a document processing operation using the document processing device.07-05-2012
20120170072DISPLAY DEVICE - A liquid crystal display device 07-05-2012
20120170069Methods and Apparatuses for Creating Authenticatable Printed Articles and Subsequently Verifying Them - A printer with integral scanner obtains a digital signature from an article as it is printed. The integral scanner has a coherent source which directs a light beam to illuminate the article and a detector arrangement to collect data points from light scattered from many different parts of the article to collect a large number of independent data points. The digital signature derived from the data points is stored in a database with an image of what was printed on the article. The authenticity of an article purported to be the originally printed article can be verified by scanning the purported genuine article to obtain its digital signature. The database is then searched, to establish whether there is a match. If a match is found, the image is displayed with the matched digital signature to allow a further visual check that the article is genuine.07-05-2012
20120170065Print Instruction Apparatus and Print Instruction Program - Disclosed is a printer driver which acquires a file in which a printing condition has been stored, creates a print job based on the file, and instructs printing. The driver includes a first function which reads out the printing condition stored in the file, a second function which determines whether the file has been acquired from an external apparatus, and a third function which, (1) when it has been determined that the file has been acquired from an external apparatus, (1-1) checks with a user whether to change the printing condition, (1-2) displays a screen for setting the printing condition, or (1-3) sets a default printing condition in the print job, and (2) when it has been determined that the file has not been acquired from an external apparatus, sets in the print job, the printing condition stored in the file as the printing condition for the file.07-05-2012
20100053659Multi-Function Device - A multi-function device may be connected with a color printer capable of printing in a communicable manner. The multi-function device may be configured to store identification information of the color printer, to color-scan an object to be scanned, to monochrome-print based on first image data representing an scanned object, to allow a user to input an instruction, and to send second image data representing a color-scanned object with the identification information of the color printer as a destination if a predetermined instruction is input.03-04-2010
20120281247MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS - A scanner is mounted on a printer. A printer lid is pivotally mounted to the printer, and is moveable to open and close. A scanner lid is pivotally mounted to the scanner, and is moveable to open and close. A printer locking member and a scanner locking member are pivotally mounted to the scanner. Opening the scanner lid causes the printer locking member to pivot to lock the scanner to the printer. Opening the printer lid causes the scanner locking member to pivot to lock the scanner lid to the scanner. A scanner having a lid is pivotally mounted on a printer. When the lid is pivoted to open, a stopper may pivot together with the lid and abut the scanner, thereby stopping the lid. The stopper may pivot together with the lid and the scanner and abuts the printer, stopping the lid and the scanner.11-08-2012
20120250061IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND PREVIEW IMAGE DISPLAYING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a system control unit, and a display control unit. The system control unit judges whether a setting item that is newly selected on a preview image is mutually exclusive with a setting item that has already been selected on the preview image. The display control unit displays, when the setting items are mutually exclusive with each other, an area corresponding to the setting item newly selected differently from other areas. The display control unit also displays, when the area is selected, why the setting item newly selected cannot be set.10-04-2012
20120176636REAL-TIME CONSUMABLES MANAGEMENT - There is disclosed a method and system for real time consumables management for multifunction peripheral devices. The method includes receiving a consumable insertion notification in response to the insertion of the consumable into a multifunction peripheral device, the insertion notification including a unique identifier for the multifunction peripheral device. The method also includes receiving an update regarding a status of the consumable from the multifunction peripheral device and generating a depletion notification when the update indicates that the consumable has reached a predetermined threshold of depletion. The method also includes processing an order for the consumable in response to the depletion notification, the order using the unique identifier to obtain billing preference data and shipping preference data for the multifunction peripheral device obtained from a database.07-12-2012
20120075655SIMPLIFIED WALK-UP ENABLEMENT OF INTER-BASED, PERSONALIZED ACCESS TO RETAIL IMAGING DEVICES AND SERVICES - An apparatus and method for loading and configuring an imaging device driver to facilitate turnkey remote access via the interne to the complete and explicit feature set and capabilities provided by a specific, user selected, retail imaging kiosk or digital photofinishing system.03-29-2012
20120075653DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE HAVING A PROGRAM FUNCTION, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A PROGRAM FUNCTION, AND DISPLAY METHOD FOR DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE HAVING A PROGRAM FUNCTION - Provided is a display input device including a display portion for displaying a screen for setting a function, a storage portion for storing a program to be invoked and used, and an input portion for receiving inputs of selection of the function and setting of a setting value of the selected function and inputs of registration of the program and invocation of the program, and the display portion performs such security protected display as to inhibit a predefined part of contents of the registered program from being displayed as registered.03-29-2012
20120075651MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Disclose is a management system in which a reason why the user has selected an image forming apparatus that is currently in the power saving mode can be analyzed. The management system includes: plural image forming apparatuses, each of which is provided with a normal consumption mode and a power saving mode; a communication network through which the image forming apparatuses are communicatively coupled to each other; and a storage section that serves as a part of a management server coupled to the communication network or is included in at least one of the image forming apparatuses or another apparatus coupled to the communication network. When one of the image forming apparatuses resumes the normal consumption mode from the power saving mode to implement a job, the storage section acquires information in regard to an operating status of the other image forming apparatus so as to store the information therein.03-29-2012
20120075650IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a document reader, a storage for storing image data, an image output unit and a control unit. The control unit includes: a function setup controller for setting up the image output conditions of output images; a display image generator generating a display image based on image data, a display panel and a control-unit side controller having a function of displaying the display image based on the image data, in preview representation on the display panel. The function setup controller includes an image data sheaf forming function, a section break setup function, an image output condition storing function and an image output executing function.03-29-2012
20120075649METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING PRINT JOB IN PRINTING PLATFORM - A method for processing a print job includes: a) processing printer description language (PDL) image data for a select page of a print job to form raster image data for the select page, processing of the PDL image data and storing the raster image data in a RIP orientation; b) processing the raster image data for the select page to form bitmap image data for the select page, transforming the raster image data from the RIP orientation to a print orientation and storing the bitmap image data in the print orientation; and c) printing the bitmap image data arranged in the print orientation on a target substrate page to form a printed substrate page for the select page of the print job. A printing platform associated with the method includes a storage device, a RIP module, a rotator module, and a print engine.03-29-2012
20110102828IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, an image forming system includes a printing unit and a copying unit. The printing unit selects, during printing on a recording medium, whether printing information or a background is rendered with first dots having a size set in advance or rendered with second dots larger than the first dots and prints the printing information or the background. The copying unit selects, during copying of the recording medium on which the printing information or the background is rendered by the printing unit, whether the first dots rendered on the recording medium are erased or density of the second dots is increased.05-05-2011
20120236350IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus includes a communication part that performs communication with an external device; an image processing part that processes image data that is received by the communication part and that is for forming an image; an image forming part that forms an image of the image data processed in the image processing part; and a power supply controller that controls power supplied to the communication part, the image processing part, or the image forming part. The communication part includes a memory part that stores status information of the image forming apparatus, and a server part that performs communication with the external device, and the power supply controller supplies power to only the communication part in a power saving mode during a standby period, and the server part responds to a status information reference request and a status information update request from the external device.09-20-2012
20100302570Image Forming Device - An image forming device includes a scanner swingable between a closed position to close an upper side of a catch tray of a printer and an opened position to open the upper side of the catch tray, a positioning mechanism having a protruding section formed at one of the printer and the scanner and a recessed section formed at the other such that the protruding section is fitted thereinto in the closed position, and a lock mechanism configured with an engagement hole formed at one of the protruding section and the recessed section and an engagement portion formed at the other so as to hold the closed position by engagement therebetween. When the scanner is swung to the closed position, a contact portion of the protruding section contacts a contact portion of the recessed section before the engagement portion contacts the engagement hole or a region around the engagement hole.12-02-2010
20120218577JOB TICKET TRANSLATION IN A PRINT SHOP ARCHITECTURE - Methods and systems are disclosed to provide conversions from job tickets submitted by clients to normalized tickets in a ticket standard used by the print shop. In one embodiment, a system receives a plurality of print jobs submitted by clients to a print shop. For each of the print jobs, the system identifies extension elements that describe services requested from the print shop. The extension elements are extensions to a job ticket standard used by the print shop. The system maps the extension elements to corresponding standard elements defined in the job ticket standard to generate normalized job tickets for the print shop. The system then transmits the normalized job tickets to a system of the print shop for generating workflows for the print jobs based on the normalized job tickets.08-30-2012
20100007905PRINTER SELECTION APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH PRINTER SELECTION PROGRAM - The PC that functions as a printer selection apparatus (1) displays on the display part at least a portion of the printer information stored on the equipment information storage area that stores information concerning the printers on the network, for example, the printer information concerning the printers for which printings based on instructions from the PC were executed previously, and (2) acquires the printer information via the network when displaying the particular printer information. Upon receiving the designation of the filtering condition for narrowing down a plurality of printers into a short list, the PC displays the printer information concerning the printers that fit the designated filtering condition based on the printer information on which the information acquired via the network is reflected.01-14-2010
20100007904Image forming device, image forming method, printer driver program, and image forming system - The image forming device of this invention includes a control unit and a storage unit. The control unit determines whether or not data for printing which has been inputted while the power save mode is being executed is data for printing to which a control command is appended that commands the reduction of electrical power consumption. If it is data for printing to which a control command is appended, then the control unit does not execute any image forming operation, but instead stores this data for printing with control command appended in the storage unit. However, if data for printing to which no control command is appended is inputted, then the control unit changes over to the operating mode and, after having performed image forming operation for this data for printing to which no control command is appended, performs image forming operation for that data for printing with control command appended within the storage unit, which has the same identification information as the data for printing to which no control command is appended.01-14-2010
20090073479IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - A digital copying apparatus includes a scanner, a monochrome converting unit, an out-of-original detecting unit, a deleting unit, and a printer. The scanner scans an image of an original as color image data. The monochrome converting unit converts the color image data scanned by the scanner into monochrome image data. The out-of-original detecting unit detects an out-of-original area in the monochrome image data provided by the monochrome converting unit. The deleting unit deletes an image of the area determined as out-of-original by the out-of-original detecting unit, in the color image data scanned by the scanner. The printer prints the image from which the image of the out-of-original area is deleted by the deleting unit, onto a recording medium.03-19-2009
20090066984DEVICE SETTING APPARATUS, DEVICE SETTING METHOD, INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - The present invention provides an easy and automatic setting process for an external device regardless of the type of external device connected. Device information is acquired by a device information acquiring unit 03-12-2009
20120224205SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT, IMAGE SCANNER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A signal processing circuit includes a generator, a transmission unit, a control unit, and a mode selector. The generator generates a process-required signal. The transmission unit transmits the process-required signal to a unit disposed after the transmission unit. The control unit supplies respective control signal to the generator and transmission unit. The control unit includes a reference clock generator constantly operated for generating a reference clock signal when the signal processing circuit is operated. The mode selector selects and shifts an operating mode of the signal processing circuit between a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode, the generator and transmission unit are supplied with respective normal control signal from the control unit for a normal operation. In the second mode, the generator is supplied with a control signal different from the normal control signal, and the transmission unit is supplied with the same normal control signal.09-06-2012
20120224204PRINTING MANAGEMENT DEVICE, PRINTING MANAGEMENT METHOD, PRINTING SYSTEM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A disclosed non-transitory computer-readable recording medium includes a printing management program. The printing management program, when processed by a processor, causes a computer to function as a registration receiving unit configured to receive registration of a sheet requirement of first sheets that is specified in a print job, a print job receiving unit configured to receive the print job from a previous process within a printing process, and a print preview display unit configured to reflect the registered sheet requirement of the first sheets in the received print job to display a print preview.09-06-2012
20120224212METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ISSUING TICKETS - The present invention discloses a ticket issuing method, comprising: step a: acquiring the image of a ticket paper for issuing a ticket, recognizing a ticket number from the image acquired and determining the validity of the ticket number recognized, to obtain a valid ticket number; step b: printing on the corresponding ticket paper the ticket issuing information containing the ticket number, when receiving a ticket issuing instruction. The present invention also discloses a ticket issuing device, comprising: an image acquisition unit (09-06-2012
20120257234FACSIMILE APPARATUS - A facsimile apparatus includes a common setting which specifies whether a report regarding facsimile transmission is to be outputted, or not, and a specific setting which specifies whether an output of the report regarding facsimile transmission is to be permitted, or not, for each of at least one destination of the facsimile transmission. Further, the facsimile apparatus determines whether the report related to a facsimile transmission to at least one destination is to be outputted, or not, by applying the specific setting corresponding to the at least one destination in preference to the common setting. Further, if it is determined that the report related to the facsimile transmission to the at least one destination is to be outputted, the facsimile apparatus outputs the report including information related to the facsimile transmission to the at least one destination.10-11-2012
20120224211METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR HANDLING FILES FOR MFPS UTILIZING EXTERNAL SERVICES - An exemplary embodiment of a system and method provides a determination of when a file/document format native to a device such as a multifunction peripheral (MFP) device should be handled natively by the MFP (default behavior) or preprocessed by an external service.09-06-2012
20120188578DATA PROCESSING DEVICE - To provide a technology enabling a terminal device to use various functions provided in a data processing device without the use of a device driver. A multifunction device executes a process for implementing a function indicated by instruction data when such instruction data is stored in a shared area of the RAM. Here, the shared area of the RAM in which the instruction data is stored can be recognized by a personal computer connected to the multifunction device as a storage area that can be accessed through the file system, which is a function provided as a standard feature of the operating system. Accordingly, operations of the multifunction device can be controlled from the personal computer end simply by storing instruction data in the shared area via the operating system, eliminating the need for a special device driver to control the operations of the multifunction device.07-26-2012
20090033973IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, LAUNCHING METHOD OF PROGRAM IN THE APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus which is connected to an external device via a communication unit includes a launching program identification unit which stores launching program information for specifying a program module to be executed upon launching from a plurality of program modules for realizing a plurality of functions, and a program management unit which executes a program module corresponding to the launching program information when the image forming apparatus is activated, on the basis of the launching program information stored in the launching program identification unit. License information containing the identification information and launching program information of the apparatus is acquired from a PC via the communication unit. The launching program information stored in the launching program identification unit is updated on the basis of the acquired license information, thereby changing the program module to be executed upon activating the apparatus.02-05-2009
20090021760IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - An image scanning apparatus is provided. The image scanning apparatus includes a reading unit including a light source and a light receiving element to receive light reflected to generate image data which corresponds to an image formed on an original document, a removable medium attachment unit, a removable medium detecting unit, which detects the removable medium being attached to the removable medium attachment unit, a writing unit to write the image data generated by the reading unit into the removable medium being attached to the removable medium attachment unit, a judging unit to judge as to whether the image scanning apparatus with the removable medium being attached is in a predetermined condition to read the image, and a switching unit to switch the light source on when the judging unit judges that the image scanning apparatus is in the predetermined condition.01-22-2009
20090021759Optical Scanning Device and Printing Apparatus - An optical scanning device includes: an emission unit which emits a light beam; an oscillating mirror which deflects the light beam to reciprocate on a scanning surface; and a controller which controls the emission unit to be on and off to form a pattern of dots in each cell of a plurality of cells defined on the scanning surface, the pattern being formed according to a gradation of the cell and based on a dot-concentrated threshold matrix. The threshold matrix is defined such that the pattern of dots to be formed in the cell includes a plurality of pairs of adjacent dots in a sub-scanning direction. Among the plurality of pairs of adjacent dots to be formed, a number of pairs of adjacent dots which are closer than an interval of adjacent ideal scanning lines is equal to a number of pairs of adjacent dots which are further than the interval.01-22-2009
20120257236SERVER APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A driver management unit of a management server develops non-[1:1] type association information generated in a batch association creation mode into [1:1] type association information. On the other hand, the driver management unit stores association information created in an ordinary association creation mode in a data storage unit without performing the development. Further, the driver management unit transmits a list of the association information stored in the data storage unit to a client in response to a request, and distributes a driver selected from the list to the client in such a way as to create a logical printer of a device that corresponds to the association information selected from the list for the client.10-11-2012
20120257237Capturing Symbolic Information From Documents Upon Printing - An MMR system for publishing comprises a plurality of mobile devices, an MMR gateway, an MMR matching unit, and an MMR publisher. A computer includes a document authoring application, plug-in, and printer driver. The MMR matching unit receives an image query from the MMR gateway and sends it to one or more of the recognition units to identify a result including a document, the page and the location on the page. The list of results and links are sent back to the MMR gateway for presentation on the mobile device. The present invention also includes a number of novel methods including a method for capturing symbolic information from documents and for capturing printer dll functions.10-11-2012
20120257235ACTUATOR, OPTICAL SCANNER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An actuator including a movable portion that swings about a swing axis, a connecting portion that extends from the movable portion and torsionally deforms in response to the swinging of the movable portion, and a support portion that supports the connecting portion, wherein the movable portion is so shaped that the length thereof parallel to the swing axis decreases stepwise with distance from the swing axis in a plan view, and the movable portion, the support portion, and the connecting portion are formed by anisotropically etching a silicon substrate.10-11-2012
20120257233IMAGE READING SYSTEM, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS AND PROGRAMS THEREOF - The image reading apparatus selects a transmission destination information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted, refers to registered information registered in advance in a memory, and when the selected transmission destination information processing apparatus has not been registered as an information processing apparatus for executing the specific scan mode, transmits identification information for identifying the image reading apparatus, and displays a screen for receiving a scan execution instruction on a display when a notification indicating that the transmission destination information processing apparatus is available as the information processing apparatus for executing the specific scan mode has been received.10-11-2012
20120081733IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading device includes: a light source which generates light used for reading an image; a light guide prism which extends in a main scanning direction and guides the light from the light source toward an image reading region; a holding unit which is connected to a part of the light guide prism to hold the light guide prism, has a wall surface distant from at least one end surface of the light guide prism at a position facing the end surface of the light guide prism in the main scanning direction, and has a linear expansion coefficient smaller than that of the light guide prism; and an image sensor which photoelectrically converts reflected light from the image reading region and outputs image data corresponding to the read image.04-05-2012
20120081731PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING METHOD, PRINT SERVER, CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A print server which communicates with an information processing apparatus including a virtual printer driver that generates a print job of an intermediate format independent of a printing apparatus, and a printing apparatus, comprises: a storage unit configured to store the print job of the intermediate format received from the information processing apparatus; a conversion unit configured to convert the print job of the intermediate format stored in the storage unit into a first PDL print job printable by the printing apparatus by using a printer driver of the printing apparatus; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the first PDL print job to save the first PDL print job converted by the conversion unit in the printing apparatus.04-05-2012
20120081730IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - The present invention provides an image processing apparatus that has a Web browser function and is connectable to a server having a Web server function. The image processing apparatus transmits a request to the server, based on a user operation input via a display screen displayed on a browser. In the case where a response from the server to the request has been received normally, the image processing apparatus displays a screen on the browser in accordance with the contents of the response, and in the case where the response has not been received normally, the image processing apparatus displays the execution status of the current job, using information held by the image processing apparatus.04-05-2012
20120081729Method and image forming apparatus to generate user interface screen to be displayed to user accessing the image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes a state management unit to manage state information of the image forming apparatus; a determination unit to determine functions allowable to the user accessing the image forming apparatus according to the state information; a web server unit to generate the user interface screen on which functions are activated according to a result of the determining; and a control unit to control the image forming apparatus to display the generated user interface screen to the user.04-05-2012
20120081728IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A control section attaches a reprinting data mark to FAX image data received in a “Replace Toner” state and then stores the data. Then, a user is prompted to check whether an image of the FAX image data with the reprinting data mark printed most recently has been outputted appropriately. In case of appropriate output, all the FAX image data pieces with the reprinting data marks stored in a storage section are deleted. In contrast, in case of inappropriate output, the FAX image data is stored intact as reprinting data.04-05-2012
20120081727Image forming apparatus and control method thereof - An image forming apparatus and a control method thereof which performs an auto-recovery function, the image forming apparatus including: a housing including a door; an image forming unit mounted in the housing to form an image on a print medium; a medium discharger which discharges the print medium to an outside of the housing; a finisher mounted on the housing to perform a finishing operation; a discharging direction changer which changes a discharging direction of the print medium to guide the print medium to one of the medium discharger and the finisher; and a controller which controls the image forming unit, the finisher and the discharging direction changer, and selectively performs an auto-recovery operation to automatically recover a jam of the print medium depending upon an occurrence location of the jam of the print medium if the jam occurs from a predetermined location of a print medium feeding path.04-05-2012
20120229835IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - An image processing apparatus includes: an input unit that inputs image data; a setting unit that sets, on the input image data, a sub process to be executed simultaneously with or subsequent to a main process; a determining unit that determines whether user specifying information or data type specifying information specifying the input image data inhibits setting or execution of a prescribed sub process on the input image data; and a limiting unit that inhibits setting or execution inhibited for the prescribed sub process, if the user specifying information or data type specifying information inhibits either setting or execution of the prescribed sub process.09-13-2012
20120229836IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH AN IMAGE MEMORY USED BY A PLURALITY OF BOARDS PERFORMING EXPANDED DATA PROCESSINGS, BACKUP PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM READABLE BY COMPUTER - An image processing apparatus for eliminating the necessity of providing a first control board with a power supply unit beforehand for backing up data stored in an image memory, and reducing the cost of the apparatus as a whole. To accomplish this, in an image processing apparatus including a system control board configured to perform image processing, a memory backup function is enabled for an image memory storing data to be processed by the system control board, when a facsimile communication board is connected.09-13-2012
20120229834IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method for image processing executed by an image processing apparatus includes sequentially receiving PDL data and transferring a figure included in the PDL data to processing in a subsequent stage, assigning edge extraction processing as a unit of processing for extracting edge information for each transferred figure, merging the edge information extracted from each figure, spooling the merged data in a tile format as intermediate data, and reading out the intermediate data in the tile format from spooling process and performing processing on each tile to generate a pixel from the intermediate data.09-13-2012
20120229837IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is an image forming apparatus capable of preventing heat in an in-body copy receiving portion from reaching a bottom face of a scanner portion disposed above the in-body copy receiving portion.09-13-2012
20120229833PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus which includes a printer driver for generating a print job of an intermediate data format independent of a printing apparatus of a specific model, comprises: a unit configured to register sheet information set in advance by a user as a user registration sheet; a unit configured to acquire sheet information from setting information of the print job; a unit configured, when the user registration sheet is designated in the acquired sheet information, to acquire information of the registered, user registration sheet, and to set the information of the user registration sheet in the setting information of the print job; and a unit configured to transmit, to a print server, the print job including the setting information in which the setting unit sets the information of the user registration sheet.09-13-2012
20120229832MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL, MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL CONTROL SYSTEM, AND MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL CONTROL METHOD - A multifunction peripheral of the present invention includes: a display section that displays an information display screen; a storage section that stores information display screen setting data including default conditions for preparing the information display screen; and an information display screen preparation section that prepares the information display screen on the basis of the information display screen setting data, the information display screen preparation section (i) changing, in accordance with an instruction received from the server, at least one of the default conditions included in the information display screen setting data, and (ii) causing the display section to display the information display screen prepared on the basis of the information display screen setting data including the change.09-13-2012
20120229831POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A power-supply control device includes a power-supply-state transition control section, body-capable-of-movement detection sections, a time measuring section, a transition-instruction section, and an instruction-provision-time postponement section. The power-supply-state transition control section shifts a state of an operation target section from one state to another state among power-supply states and a non-power-supply state. The body-capable-of-movement detection sections detect a body capable of movement in a region. The time measuring section measures a time over which the operation target section in one of the power-supply states is not used. The transition-instruction section provides, for the power-supply-state transition control section, an instruction for shifting to the non-power-supply state. The instruction-provision-time postponement section postpones an instruction-provision time at which the instruction is provided by the transition-instruction section.09-13-2012
20080259375Adding features to electronic image files mimicking physical output of electronic printing data to assist testing and verification - Electronic printing data is received. The electronic printing data is adapted for a electromechanical print engine of a printing device to form images corresponding to the electronic printing data on physical media. One or more electronic image files are generated from and corresponding to the electronic printing data. The electronic image files mimic physical output of the electronic printing data as images on physical media by the electromechanical print engine. One or more features are added to the images of the electronic image files. The features are added to assist testing and/or verification of one or more of generation of a print job from which the electronic printing data is generated, generation of the electronic printing data from the print job, generation of the electronic image files, and formation of the images corresponding to the electronic printing data on physical media by the electromechanical print engine.10-23-2008
20110122431CONTROL OF A COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A system for controlling a communications device is disclosed. A printer prints on a surface visual information relating to at least one operation of the communications device and coded data portions. Each coded data portion encodes a region identifier which uniquely identifies a region on the surface, and a portion identifier which uniquely identifies the coded data portion. A sensing device placed in an operative position relative to the coded data portions, generate indicating data regarding the region identifier and the portion identifier. A computer system receives the indicating data and determines an operation associated with the region identifier and the portion identifier. Finally, the computer system sends one or more commands to the communications device, thereby effecting the at least one operation.05-26-2011
20110122430IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In the case of transmitting an image data, a controller causes a re-destination storage to store an identification number of a destination. Thereafter, when a user presses a re-destination key long, a display controlling section causes a display device to display a confirmation screen to let the user confirm whether or not to delete the identification number stored as a re-destination. If the user depresses an OK key, a re-destination deleting section deletes the identification number stored in the re-destination storage.05-26-2011
20100328697PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - In the conventional printing application, it is impossible to easily overview which image is printed in which page, so that there is a drawback that a user is required to perform the printing while imagining printing result. An idea for more quickly providing the printing result at the same time when the printing is performed by simple operation has not been sufficiently made. In order to solve the problems, a printing apparatus includes decoding means for, before the an instruction is given, decoding the image to be printed in at least a first sheet with the layout selected by layout selecting means among images selected by image selecting means and printing controlling means for effecting the printing of image data decoded by the decoding means, and a printing method includes steps to be executed in the printing apparatus.12-30-2010
20080297824Data-processing device - A data-processing device is capable of connecting to a storing unit storing a plurality of image files, each of the plurality of image files including image data and additional information. The data-processing device includes a acquiring unit, a creating unit, a determining unit and a recording unit. The acquiring unit acquires the additional information from each of the plurality of image files. The creating unit that creates an annexed information set with respect to each of the plurality of image files. The annexed information set includes the additional information and identifying information corresponding to the additional information, the identifying information identifying the image file. The determining unit determines one of a plurality of pieces of the additional information included in the annexed information sets corresponding to the plurality of image files. The recording unit records, on a recording medium, the image data of the image file identified by the identifying information corresponding to the additional information determined by the determining unit.12-04-2008
20080297823Print Control Device, Printing System and Computer-Readable Recording Medium Storing Printing Program - A print controlling device is provided with an image data processing module configured to apply an image processing operation to an image data, a transmitting module configured to transmit the processed image data which is processed by the image data processing module to a printing device, and a modifying module configured to modify the image processing operation in accordance with the printing device to which the modified image data is to be transmitted.12-04-2008
20080297822IMAGE-PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing system includes a printing unit configured to print an image, a managing unit configured to manage charging information that can be reduced according to print processing performed by the printing unit, and a control unit configured to slow down the print processing performed by the printing unit if an available printing remaining amount indicated by the charging information is less than a predetermined value.12-04-2008
20120320400GENERATION OF EXECUTABLES FOR A HETEROGENEOUS MIX OF MULTIFUNCTION PRINTERS - A computer-implemented method that includes incorporating an entity specification into a business process in response to an input by a user is described. The entity specification describes an element of a document and is associated with the business process. The computer-implemented method also includes determining a multifunction printer (MFP) from a heterogeneous mix of MFPs for implementation of the business process. The MFP has an associated executable language and a graphical user interface (GUI) specification. The computer-implemented method also includes associating the entity specification with an element of the GUI specification. The computer-implemented method also includes generating, from the entity specification and the business process, an executable that conforms to the executable language and the GUI specification and performs the business process when executed by the MFP. The computer-implemented method also includes deploying the executable to the MFP.12-20-2012
20120320399IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH PERFORM SKEW FEEDING CORRECTION - An image forming apparatus that performs accurate skew feeding correction of a sheet by taking into account the difference between the amounts of expansion or contraction of the sheet subjected to fixing processing between positions in the lateral direction. A transfer section transfers an image onto a sheet. An image pickup unit acquires first information on the skew of a leading end of the sheet. A correction unit corrects the attitude of the sheet based on the first information. A fixing device fixes the image transferred onto the sheet. An inversion path inverts the sheet upside down. Another image pickup unit acquires second information on the skew of an end of the sheet. Before transferring an image onto a second surface of the sheet, the correction unit corrects the attitude of the sheet based on the second information and the first information.12-20-2012
20120320396IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming unit is accommodated in a space defined by a frame body. An image reader is disposed above the image forming unit. A first supporting member is secured between an upper portion of the frame body and a bottom portion of the image reader and configured to support the image reader to the frame body in a cantilever manner. A second supporting member is secured on an upper portion of the frame body and configured to receive a bottom portion of the image reader supported by the first supporting member in a cantilever manner.12-20-2012
20120320398COPY MACHINE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH CONTROL PROGRAM FOR COPY MACHINE - The copy machine selects either of a first direction in which a long-side direction of the paper matches the writing sub-scan direction and a second direction in which a short-side direction of the paper matches the writing sub-scan direction, with considering, when the paper is fed in the first direction, the number of documents, the number of copies, the time required for a reading process, the time required for an image forming process, and the time the reading process and the image forming process overlap, and with considering, when the paper is fed in the second direction, the number of documents, the number of copies, the time required for the reading process, the time required for a rotation process, and the time required for an image forming process.12-20-2012
20120320397DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A display device of an image forming apparatus is provided with a display panel, a backlight unit, a storage portion, and a control portion. The display panel is a transmission type display panel and displays display data. The backlight unit emits light to the back side of the display panel. The storage portion stores a plurality of kinds of display data displayed on the display panel and a plurality of kinds of luminance data set up corresponding to each of the plurality of kinds of display data. The control portion reads out from the storage portion the display data to be displayed on the display panel and the luminance data corresponding to the display data, displays the read display data on the display panel, and performs display control for controlling the luminance of the backlight unit based on the read luminance data.12-20-2012
20120262747IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING PROCESSING SETTING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR THE IMAGE FORMING PROCESSING SETTING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: an image acquiring section configured to acquire an image formation target page image; a display control section configured to perform processing for displaying the page image in a preview display area; an operation-input acquiring section configured to acquire a first operation input for designating a first position in a designatable area and a second operation input for designating a second position in the preview display area; a determining section configured to determine which allocation setting area corresponding to which number of page images is designated as an area where processing for setting a number of page images allocated to one sheet is executed; and a setting section configured to apply setting of a number of page images allocated to one sheet to the page image for which the first operation input is performed.10-18-2012
20120327447IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus operates in modes including a normal mode and a power saving mode less in power consumption than the normal mode. The image forming apparatus includes an operation unit for receiving an instruction from a user. The operation unit has an operation region into which a prescribed instruction from the user is input. The image forming apparatus includes a first detection unit disposed corresponding to the operation region for detecting an input into the operation region from the user in the normal mode, and a second detection unit for detecting a human body located near the operation region in the power saving mode. The second detection unit is disposed on a substrate on which the first detection unit is disposed.12-27-2012
20120327449PRINTING APPARATUS COMPRISING SERIES-MODELS SUPPORTING FIRMWARE AND SERIES-MODELS SUPPORTING METHOD - A printing apparatus to perform a printing operation by driving hardware provided thereto according to a printing command received from a user, including a firmware unit to store function information of a plurality of models of the printing apparatus, and selectively perform the function of one of the plurality of models which corresponds to a model index designated as the printing apparatus is initialized.12-27-2012
20120327448PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus includes a printing unit that executes printing based on a print job, and a detector that detects occurrence and removal of an error in the printing apparatus. When removal of an error is detected, the printing unit continues a paused state of the print job paused by the error.12-27-2012
20110019217IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming system according to an embodiment of the present invention includes an air cleaner for cleaning air, an image forming apparatus that is settable to a mode for economizing power, and a control unit that causes a display unit of the air cleaner to display an operating state of the image forming apparatus when the image forming apparatus is set to the mode for economizing power.01-27-2011
20110019216NETWORK MULTIFUNCTIONAL PERIPHERAL - A network multifunctional peripheral enables a desired access target to be more rapidly specified when a user specifies an access target or a storage destination of the data, and includes a control unit arranged to search a storage destination accessible with a plurality of protocols at a predetermined timing, a backup RAM arranged to store a list of searched and acquired accessible storage destinations (browse list), an operation unit arranged to accept an operation from the user, and a display unit arranged to display the browse list stored in the backup when an operation requesting a process involving a specification of the storage destination, for example, an operation such as “scan to CIFS” is accepted.01-27-2011
20120268765LAYOUT EVALUATING APPARATUS - Disclosed is a layout evaluating apparatus including: a detecting unit to detect an action of a user who provides a print instruction to a shared device which is shared by a plurality of users and has a print function, the action being involved with the print instruction; a judging unit to judge importance of a print in the print instruction in accordance with the action of the user, which the detecting unit detects; and an evaluating unit to aggregate the importance of each print with respect to each user and to evaluate an installation place of the shared device in accordance with the aggregated importance of each print with respect to each user.10-25-2012
20110211214Printing System, Print Data Generating Device, Multi-Function Device, and Non-Transitory Recording Medium - In a printing system, a print data generating unit generates first print data of an original image that includes a bar code storing a disposing position and a particular sub-image. The particular sub-image is disposed at the disposing position when the original image is read and processed. A first printing unit prints the original image on a first recording medium based on the first print data. A controller controls a reading unit to read the original image printed on the first recording medium and to retrieve the disposing position and the particular sub-image from the bar code. The controller generates second print data of a processed image in which the retrieved particular sub-image is disposed at the retrieved disposing position. The controller controls the second printing unit to print the processed image on a second recording medium based on the second print data.09-01-2011
20110222098MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - A first image forming apparatus detects a malfunction generated in a functional unit thereof and determines a functional mode that cannot be executed. The first image forming apparatus transmits the functional mode that cannot be executed to a management apparatus. When obtaining the functional mode that cannot be executed, the management apparatus updates a functional mode table. The management apparatus increases a priority of the first image forming apparatus for a functional mode that the first image forming apparatus can execute. Along with this, the management apparatus decreases a priority of a second image forming apparatus that normally operates for the functional mode that the first image forming apparatus can execute. When receiving a job, the management apparatus refers to the updated functional mode table to allocate the job to one of the image forming apparatuses.09-15-2011
20100188680Approach for Using Settings Mismatch Tolerance Levels to Handle Mismatches Between Print Job Settings and Printing Device Settings - An approach is provided for using settings mismatch tolerance levels to handle mismatches between print job settings and printing device settings. A print driver generates a graphical user interface that allows a user to select a print settings mismatch tolerance level from a plurality of print settings mismatch tolerance levels. The print driver determines whether a mismatch exists between a set of print settings specified for the particular electronic document to be printed and a set of print settings specified for a printing device on which the particular electronic document is to be printed. If a mismatch exists, then the print driver performs one or more actions corresponding to the particular print settings mismatch tolerance level to address the mismatch.07-29-2010
20110235082Multifunction Apparatus - A configuration for an image reading device, an image forming device or a multifunction apparatus may include systems and arrangements for routing electrical flexible flat cables to reduce potential damage and noise. The positioning and connection points between various other components including reading portions, hinge members, a control circuit board and the like may also be configured to reduce size, noise and potential for damage.09-29-2011
20110235080IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus including: a control section including a plurality of computing sections, each of the plurality of computing sections to perform language analyzing processing to perform language analysis on PDL data to generate a display list of an object, drawing processing to rasterize an object of the display list, and combining processing to combine data of the rasterized object, to generate printable data based on the PDL data, wherein each of the plurality of computing sections is set to any one of two or more resolutions for rasterizing; the rasterizing in the drawing processing is performed parallel in each of the computing sections at the resolutions set in each computing section; and the combining processing enlarges the data of the rasterized object of a low resolution to the highest resolution and combines the data.09-29-2011
20110235079IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes a print engine that forms an image on an image formation material, and an image data generating unit that generates bitmap image data of the image. The image data generating unit includes plural reconfigurable processing circuits that are capable of performing any of first image processing and second image processing, and a controller that controls the plural reconfigurable processing circuits. The controller changes a reconfigurable processing circuit among the plural reconfigurable processing circuits from a reconfigurable processing circuit that performs the first image processing to a reconfigurable processing circuit that performs the second image processing, or changes the reconfigurable processing circuit from a reconfigurable processing circuit that performs the second image processing to a reconfigurable processing circuit that performs the first image processing, in accordance with an amount of the first image processing.09-29-2011
20110235077IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a first dynamic reconfigurable processor, a second dynamic reconfigurable processor, and a controller. The first dynamic reconfigurable processor is assigned to a first group of image processing operations that are executed regardless of whether or not correction data from a printer is used. The second dynamic reconfigurable processor is assigned to a second group of image processing operations that are executed using correction data from the printer. The controller performs control to execute the first group of image processing operations during interruption of operation of the printer by changing an image processing setting so as to cause the second dynamic reconfigurable processor assigned to the second group of image processing operations to execute the first group of image processing operations.09-29-2011
20110235076PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A processing apparatus includes a processing unit and a first registration unit. The processing unit executes a requested process. The first registration unit registers therein first identification information which identifies another device, in advance. If a request for the process is received from said another device, the processing unit complies with the request without authenticating a user who makes the request on condition that the first identification information of said another device which makes the request is registered in the first registration unit.09-29-2011
20100231947INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An information processing apparatus configured to calculate an in-operation time of an image processing apparatus includes an authentication log acquisition unit configured to acquire an authentication log including information capable of specifying login time and logout time of a login process in the image processing apparatus, a job log acquisition unit configured to acquire a job log including information capable of specifying job start time and job end time of a job processed by the image processing apparatus, and a calculation unit configured to calculate the in-operation time of the image processing apparatus based on a first in-operation period corresponding to a job processing period specified by the job log and a second in-operation period corresponding to a period which does not overlap a job processing period specified from a job log relating to the authentication log, in a login period specified from the authentication log.09-16-2010
20100231946IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE, DISPLAY SCREEN SWITCHING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to an image formation device, a display screen switching method, and a program. Excellent operability with user friendliness is realized by appropriately controlling switching of a display screen without increasing a burden on an operating system. In order to accomplish this, an image formation device 09-16-2010
20100231945IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANAGING DATA - An image forming device executes a plurality of applications, and includes a scan controlling unit configured to instruct an image reading unit to read image data, and store the image data in an image data storage unit according to a request from the application; a display data generating unit configured to generate a display data of the image data stored in the image data storage unit, and store the display data in a display image data storage unit according to the request from the application, the display image data storage unit being inaccessible from the application; a display controlling unit configured to display the display data in a display unit according to the request from the application; and a deleting unit configured to delete the display data from the display data storage unit in response to a termination notice of use of the display data from the application.09-16-2010
20100231944SERVER AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM HAVING THE SERVER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In an information processing system, in which a server and an image processing apparatus are connected via a network, the server determines whether or not a processing request is after an occurrence of an error if there is the processing request from a multi function peripheral, and specifies a multi function peripheral, in which the error has occurred, and a cause of the error if the processing request is after the occurrence of the error. The server defines a flow of a process in accordance with the processing request based on the multi function peripheral and the cause of the error, and transmits UI information for instructing the execution of the defined process to the multi function peripheral. As a result, the multi function peripheral executes a process corresponding to the processing request in accordance with the defined process based on the information instructed by the user based on the UI information.09-16-2010
20110255119IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - The invention provides an image processing apparatus which processes input image data and outputs the processed image data, comprising: a plurality of image processing means including first image processing means with a fixed image processing capability and second image processing means with a variable image processing capability; instruction means for instructing the second image processing means to exhibit the image processing capability corresponding to an operation mode; and control means for supplying the image data to the plurality of image processing means, causing the plurality of image processing means to execute processing corresponding to the operation mode, receiving the image data processed by the plurality of image processing means, and sorting the received image data in accordance with the operation mode, wherein the control means realizes image processing corresponding to the operation mode using at least the first image processing means and the second image processing means.10-20-2011
20110255117IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a microprocessor unit which acquires information about the attribute of a print job from the received print job, determines which method is suitable as a printing method for the print job, performs a first printing method in which a print process is started before a raster image processing (RIP) process on all pages included in the print job is ended or a second printing method in which a print process is started after the RIP process on all pages included in the print job is ended, based on the attribute information, and decides the printing method determined as suitable for the print job as the printing method to be executed on the print job.10-20-2011
20110255116INFORMATION VIEWING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION VIEWING APPARATUS - Disclosed is the information viewing system, which makes it possible to speedily output an image represented by data even when an operation for outputting the image onto a predetermined medium is disabled. The system includes an information viewing apparatus, a supporting device to detachably support the information viewing apparatus and the image forming apparatus onto which the supporting device is mountable. The system is so constituted that, in case that a data writing operation onto the printing medium becomes impossible at the time of commencing or in mid-course of implementing the data writing operation onto the printing medium, while the data writing operation onto the information viewing apparatus is enabled, the image forming apparatus changes the writing destination medium from the printing medium to the information viewing apparatus, in order to continuously implement the data writing operation onto the information viewing apparatus instead of the printing medium, and vice versa.10-20-2011
20110255115INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - With an information processing apparatus configured such that an OS holds a print setting value of a printer, it is possible to change print settings to those that match the user's intention, when a printer to be used is changed. When the user has selected a printer to be used from a plurality of printers through a user interface provided by the OS, a printer driver among a plurality of printer drivers corresponding to the printer used after the change displays a user interface that displays a message to the effect that the printer has been changed. By this user interface, the user is allowed to select one of a plurality of presets held by the OS. After the selection, information of the selected preset is supplied to the OS.10-20-2011
20110255114Image processing device, information management device, information management system, and information management method - An image forming device is disclosed that is able to easily deal with image data stored in plural image forming devices. The image forming device includes an image reading unit that reads image data; a storage unit that stores the image data read by the image reading unit; a printing unit that prints the image data; and an image information transmission unit that transmits at least attribute information of the image data to an information management device through a network, which manages at least the attribute information transmitted from the plural image forming devices.10-20-2011
20120086969MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL - A multifunction peripheral includes: a second storage section which stores state image data for causing a display section to display an image indicative of a state of the multifunction peripheral; and a device control section which generates a URL indicative of a location of the state image data. A web browser section obtains the state image data indicated by the URL from the second storage section in accordance with operation screen data including the URL generated by the device control section, so as to cause an operation screen including a state image represented by the state image data to be displayed in the display section.04-12-2012
20120086967MULTI-FUNCTION PERIPHERAL - A multi-function peripheral includes: a recording unit having a carriage for recording which supports and moves a recording head for performing recording on a recording medium; and an image reading unit having a carriage for reading which supports and moves a reading sensor for reading an image and a driving source which is mounted in the carriage for reading in order to move the carriage for reading. The carriage for reading moves above the carriage for recording, and the driving source of the image reading unit is disposed to overlap with the carriage for recording in an up and down direction at a position deviating from a movement area of the carriage for recording.04-12-2012
20120086966AUDITING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An auditing system that stores job history information of a job to be executed by an image forming apparatus may include a setting unit and an acquisition unit. The setting unit sets page filtering conditions. In response to the page filtering conditions including a setting of a ratio of pages containing image data to be acquired to all pages included in the job to be executed by the image forming apparatus, the acquisition unit randomly acquires image data of a number of pages corresponding to the ratio, from the pages included in the job, as the job history information.04-12-2012
20120086965Image forming apparatus, host apparatus and job performing method thereof - An imaging forming apparatus, host apparatus, and job performing method thereof, the job performing method using target setup in an image forming apparatus supporting at least one function for targeting one host apparatus of a plurality of host apparatuses connected to the image forming apparatus via a network, the method including: receiving, by the host apparatus, input of a user generating a job event using a function by target setup supported by the image forming apparatus; transmitting, by the host apparatus, a use request message corresponding to the job event to the image forming apparatus; receiving, by the host apparatus, a message about whether to make a registration including whether a job targeting the host apparatus is registered in response to the use request message from the image forming apparatus; and displaying whether the job event is registered based on the received message about whether to make the registration.04-12-2012
20120327446SETTING VALUE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, SETTING VALUE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A management apparatus comprises: a holding unit that holds configuration data defined for respective models of a plurality of image forming apparatuses or respective image forming apparatuses; a determination unit that determines whether a value defined in configuration data of a first image forming apparatus exceeds a range settable for a function of a second image forming apparatus; and a generation unit that, when the determination unit determines that the value defined in the acquired configuration data of the first image forming apparatus exceeds the settable range, newly generates configuration data to implement an operation to be executed based on the value defined in the configuration data of the first image forming apparatus by combining at least one other function executable by the second image forming apparatus.12-27-2012
20120327442IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR - Upon generation of a prescribed condition in an image forming apparatus, when a download request of configuration data associated with that condition is sent to a configuration data management apparatus, the requested configuration data of those managed by the configuration data management apparatus are downloaded to the image forming apparatus. Then, the image forming apparatus uses the configuration data downloaded from the configuration data management apparatus as those associated with the condition.12-27-2012
20120327444IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including: an image forming unit to form an image on a paper in an image forming position; a transportation path to transport the paper to the image forming position; an acquisition unit arranged upstream of the image forming position in a paper transportation direction and to acquire a shift amount from an edge reference position to an edge of the paper in a paper width direction perpendicular to the paper transportation direction; a pair of resist rollers arranged upstream of the acquisition unit in the paper transportation direction and capable of swinging in the paper width direction; and a control unit configured to determine an instruction value based on a paper state and the shift amount before the pair of resist rollers moves, and to move the pair of resist rollers in accordance with the instruction value in the paper width direction.12-27-2012
20120327443TERMINAL DEVICE CAPABLE OF REMOTELY OPERATING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THEREIN COMPUTER-READABLE PROGRAM EXECUTED BY TERMINAL DEVICE, AND REMOTE OPERATION SYSTEM INCLUDING TERMINAL DEVICE - An image forming apparatus is configured to output image data including a content to be displayed on an operation panel to a terminal device. The terminal device includes a display unit, a determination unit for determining whether a plurality of images can be displayed on the display unit based on first image data output from the image forming apparatus, a switching unit for issuing a switching command to switch the displayed content on the operation panel to the image forming apparatus in response to the determination that the plurality of images can be displayed, and for obtaining second image data different from the first image data subsequent to the switching command, the second image data being output from the image forming apparatus; and a controller for displaying the first image data and the second image data on the display unit.12-27-2012
20120327441SCANNERS THAT DISPLAY SETTING SCREENS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEMS COMPRISING SUCH SCANNERS, AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING SUCH SCANNERS - A scanner includes a scanning device, a display, and a control device. The scanning device scans a document, The control device obtains at least one of specification information and status information corresponding to a connection-target device. The specification information may comprise information identifying available functions of the connection-target device. The status information may comprise information indicating a current status of the connection-target device. The control device controls the display to display a setting screen for a scanning and printing process, in which the scanning device scans an image on a document and sends image data corresponding to the image on the document to the connection-target device for printing, when the connection-target device is a printer. The control device determines available options for setting items displayed on the setting screen for the scanning and printing process, based on the obtained at least one of the specification information and the status information.12-27-2012
20120327445INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing method includes acquiring an installed driver set, displaying an input screen for inputting a character string thereto, creating a new driver set by editing the acquired driver set based on the character string input to the input screen, and replacing the installed driver set with the new driver set created by the creating step.12-27-2012
20120327440PROGRAM EXECUTING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A program executing apparatus, includes : a nonvolatile memory that stores a program for activating an equipment and a variable used in the program and sustains the stored program and the variable even though power is not supplied, the program and the variable being able to be read out and written into the nonvolatile memory; and an executing unit that transmits the program and the variable to the nonvolatile memory when the activation of the equipment is instructed at an initial status where the program and the variable are not stored in the nonvolatile memory, and successively executes the program using the variable stored in the nonvolatile memory, and, when the activation of the equipment is re-instructed, executes the program using the variable stored in the nonvolatile memory.12-27-2012
20120327439METHOD FOR SELECTING INTERPRETERS FOR PDF DIRECT PRINTING - A method implemented in a printer for PDF direct printing. The printer includes a PDF interpreter such as APPE (Adobe PDF Print Engine), and at least one other interpreter also capable of interpreting PDF data, such as a PostScript interpreter. The printer automatically selects either APPE or the PS interpreter or both to interpret a PDF document. If the PDF document is PDF/VT, PDF/X-4 or later, then APPE is selected. If the PDF document is not one of these versions but contains transparency data, APPE is selected to interpret the pages containing transparency data, and the other pages may be interpreted using the PS interpreter. If the PDF document is not one of the above versions and contains no transparency data, the PS interpreter is selected. Other factors such as the busy status of the interpreters may be considered in making the selection.12-27-2012
20110279848IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH POWER SAVE MODE LEARNING FUNCTION AND METHOD OF MANAGING POWER SAVE MODE IN THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an auto pattern updating unit for determining transition time for transition from a normal conduction state to a power saving state of each time of day based on job logs, and a display processing unit for displaying the determined state of transition of each time of day on a display unit on hour-by-hour basis. The display device may be an external PC for management, or an operation display panel of the image forming apparatus. For the time of day of which transition time cannot be determined, the shortest time period is allocated. The hour-by-hour transition time is displayed in color-coded manner. The automatically determined transition time may be changed by a user operation.11-17-2011
20110292427IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an output image on a medium based on image information, and a control unit configured to calculate a merit value that benefits a user according to a maintenance work of the apparatus carried out by the user.12-01-2011
20120092689INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus may include a printer driver and a port monitor having a transmission unit, a reception unit, and a pull print command transmission unit. After a print instruction is made to edited electronic data, the printer driver receives and then transmits the electronic data to the port monitor without converting it into print data. The transmission unit receives the electronic data, specific information corresponding to an image forming apparatus, and a printing server uniform resource identifier (URI), and transmits the electronic data to a printing server based on the received printing server URI to cause the printing server to convert the electronic data into print data and a print data URI. The pull print command transmission unit transmits a pull print command including the print data URI received by the reception unit to the image forming apparatus based on the specific information.04-19-2012
20120092688HOSTED PRINT JOB TICKET CONVERSION - A computerized device receives a print job from a printing device. The computerized device is operatively connected to the printing device and to a plurality of different printing devices through a computerized network. Further, the print job has one of many file formats and one of many ticketing types. If the file format and/or the ticketing type of the print job do not match one of many acceptable format types and acceptable ticketing types acceptable to the printing device, the computerized device converts the file format and/or the ticketing type of the print job into one of the acceptable format types and/or the acceptable ticketing types to produce a converted print job. The computerized device sends the converted print job to the printing device over the computerized network to allow the printing device to print the converted print job.04-19-2012
20120287456IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Provided is adding information to various places of document data easily and efficiently according to a request from a user of the moment. A condition specification accepting portion accepts specification of at least one condition from among a plurality of conditions for deciding a place to which a predetermined function is added in the document data; a display portion displays a list of pages each of which includes a place which is matched with the condition of which specification is accepted by the condition specification accepting portion; an adding place setting portion selects a page to which the predetermined function is added from among the pages included in the list displayed by the display portion and sets the place in the selected page matched with the condition of which specification is accepted, as a place to which the predetermined function is added.11-15-2012
20120287452MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL, MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL CONTROLLING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL - A web browser section makes, to a second web server section, a request for acquisition of operation screen data of an application program executed in an information processing device, when an instruction to activate the application program is received. The second web server section transmits the operation screen data of the application program to the web browser section in accordance with and in response to the request for acquisition. The displaying section displays an operation screen in accordance with the operation screen data obtained by the web browser section from the second web server section.11-15-2012
20120287451IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printer interprets the input print data and determines whether or not a rendering command targeted for reusable data included in print data depends on a placement location for placement of the rendering result in a physical coordinate space based on the interpretation result of the PDL data. When the rendering command depends on a placement location for placement of the rendering result in a physical coordinate space, the printer generates cache data without graphic processing for the rendering command targeted for reusable data and stores the generated cache data in a storage unit. When the rendering command does not depend on a placement location for placement of the rendering result in a physical coordinate space, the printer performs graphic processing for the rendering command targeted for the reusable data, generates cache data based on the result of the graphic processing, and stores the generated cache data in a storage unit.11-15-2012
20120133967Universal Device Driver and Device Control Program - A logical device registration process and universal device driver are described. Through use of the universal device driver, a device is registered as a logical device and associated with a first user. The registered logical device is then set as a default device for the user. The process may additionally include a default device setting program.05-31-2012
20120140260METHOD FOR COMPOSING A REFLECTIVITY HISTOGRAM AND REPROGRAPHIC APPARATUS USING THIS METHOD - A method for composing a global histogram of the values of the pixels of a hardcopy original includes a division of a detection area, which may be larger than the original, in stripes. For each of the stripes, a local histogram is made, which is added to a candidate histogram. If the decision is made from the values of the local histogram that a stripe belongs to the original, the candidate histogram is added to the global histogram. In this way, a representative histogram of the original is obtained, even if the white pixels from the original are indiscernible from the white pixels from the cover of the scanner. The method is embodied in an electronic component, including an application specific processing unit.06-07-2012
20120140259PRINT DATA GENERATION DEVICE, PRINT DATA GENERATION METHOD AND MEDIUM - Disclosed is a print data generation device comprising: a storage unit including: a region in which there are temporarily stored data in an intermediate language format between data in a page description language format and print data, and the print data to be generated based on the data in the intermediate language format; and a rasterization region for use at a time when rasterization processing in which the print data is to be generated based on the data in the intermediate language format is executed; and a control unit that includes a plurality of arithmetic operation parts, sets arithmetic operation parts which execute the rasterization processing based on a status of use of the arithmetic operation parts and a status of a free region of the storage unit, and executes the rasterization processing for each of the set arithmetic operation parts.06-07-2012
20120140257IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus capable of performing excellent image formation with a reduced amount of data transfer. The image forming apparatus has a plurality of image processing functions. The image forming apparatus is connectable to an external apparatus having a plurality of image processing functions. The image forming apparatus transmits information indicative of selected at least one image processing function thereof and selected at least one image processing function of the information processing apparatus, to the information processing apparatus. When information indicative of an image processing function to be provided by the information processing apparatus on behalf of the image processing apparatus is received as a result of determination performed by the information processing apparatus based on the transmitted information and predetermined conditions, the image forming apparatus is controlled not to use the image processing function.06-07-2012
20130010318IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - This invention provides an image processing apparatus which keeps energizing some loads to reduce next startup processing at the time of power OFF operation via a switch of the apparatus while stopping power supply to all the loads at the time of power OFF operation by remote control, a control method for the apparatus, and a program. To accomplish this, this image processing apparatus is shifted to the power OFF state upon, for example, receiving an instruction for decreasing power consumption from an external apparatus, and is shifted to the quick OFF state upon receiving an instruction for decreasing power consumption from the external apparatus.01-10-2013
20130010319IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, OUTPUT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus and an output management server. The output management server includes a receiving unit to receive an output data, an analysis unit to analyze the output data and determine a PDL required for outputting the output data, a management unit to determine whether the PDL is available, and a transmitting unit to transmit the output data and an executable file of the PDL to the designated image forming apparatus, when the PDL is determined as available. The image forming apparatus includes a receiving unit to receive the output data and the executable file of the PDL, a control unit to activate the executable file of the PDL and develop the output data, an output unit to output the output data, and a deleting unit to delete the executable file of the PDL, after the outputting of the output data is completed.01-10-2013
20130010316INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus including a printer driver for a printing apparatus that supports a first data format and an application for generating data in accordance with the data format supported by the printing apparatus, comprises: a determination unit that determines whether the printing apparatus supports a second data format; and a transmission unit that transmit, to the printing apparatus, data generated by the application in the second data format that contains data in the first data format as it is if the printing apparatus supports the second data format, and converts data generated by the application in the second data format into the first data format using a function of the printer driver and transmits the converted data to the printing apparatus if the printing apparatus does not support the second data format.01-10-2013
20130010320USER INTERFACE FEEDBACK USING SCANNER LIGHT SOURCE - An image forming apparatus includes a scanning region and a user interface region adjacent to the scanning region. In the user interface, a first illuminated indicator corresponds to a function of the image forming apparatus. A light source is operable to illuminate an object in the scanning region. A first light conveying member is coupled to the illuminated indicator and operable to receive light from the light source.01-10-2013
20130010317PRINTING APPARATUS MANAGING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus management apparatus which is communicatively connected to multiple printing apparatuses and multiple information processing apparatuses and which controls a state for each of the multiple printing apparatuses to restrict the number of multiple printing apparatuses used is disclosed. The printing apparatus management apparatus includes a receiving unit; a calculating unit; a recording unit; an examining unit; a determining unit; a collecting unit; a decision unit which, while deciding to permit usage in order of a printing apparatus with a larger collection result of multiple printing apparatuses within a range not exceeding a predetermined maximum consumed power, decides to set a printing apparatus for which usage is not permitted in a usage prohibition state in which only power needed for communicating with a printing management apparatus is supplied; and a transmitting unit.01-10-2013
20130010321DOCUMENT CAMERA BASED MULTIFUNCTION SCANNER-COPIER-PRINTER-FAX WITH AN AUTOMATIC PAPER FEEDER - Disclosed is a document imaging apparatus that includes a housing, which contains a paper storage tray, a digital image sensing device for capturing an image, an adjustable digital image sensing device stand supported by the housing and supporting the digital image sensing device, and a motorized document removal assembly comprising at least one roller wheel picker and a plurality of rollers, wherein the at least one roller wheel picker can be raised and lowered and is configured to apply a frictional force to a top surface of a single sheet of paper and to transfer the single sheet of paper toward the rollers. Optionally, a fax, copier, and printer and be integrated into the document imaging apparatus.01-10-2013
20130016385MULTI-FUNCTIONAL DEVICE HAVING SCANNER MODULE AND IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SCANNER MODULE - A scanner module comprises an illuminator configured to illuminate a document by emitting light onto the document. The illuminator comprises a light source configured to emit the light and a light guide unit configured to guide the light emitted from the light source to illuminate at least two areas on the document, the center positions of the at least two areas on the document being spaced apart from each other.01-17-2013
20130016387STATUS MONITOR FOR CASINO PRINT SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING METHODS FOR STATUS MONITORING - Systems and methods for monitoring printer status in a networked environment are provided. For each of a plurality of printers, a respective server port device is connected to a communication port of a corresponding printer. Each server port device is adapted to receive real-time printer status information from the corresponding printer. A status monitor is provided for receiving the printer status information from one or more of the server port devices. The printer status information is wirelessly broadcast from the respective server port devices to an IP address of the status monitor. The server port device may comprise a User Datagram Protocol (UDP) status processor for converting the printer status information received from the printer in a first format into a second format for broadcast using a UDP protocol.01-17-2013
20130016383IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAMAANM Iida; ToshihikoAACI Yokohama-shiAACO JPAAGP Iida; Toshihiko Yokohama-shi JP - A method is provided for appropriately controlling, if paper information of a paper to be used in printing is not registered, registration of the paper information and the printing process. An image forming apparatus which stores in a storage area, attribute information of a recording medium used in printing analyzes, before printing, print data, determines before printing the print data whether attribute information matching the acquired attribute information is stored in the storage area, and registers in the storage area the acquired attribute information which is not stored in the storage area.01-17-2013
20130016382SETTING APPARATUS, INSPECTION SYSTEM, SETTING METHOD OF INSPECTION PROCESSING, AND PROGRAMAANM Kitajima; KeisukeAACI TokyoAACO JPAAGP Kitajima; Keisuke Tokyo JP - A setting apparatus of the present invention is useful in simplifying user operation necessary in setting an inspection item necessary in setting a target of inspection processing of a printed product. For example, if a two-sided printing is set by the user, a setting of print misregistration inspection for inspecting print misregistration between the front side and the back side is allowed to the user, however, if a one-sided printing is set by the user, a setting of print misregistration inspection is not allowed to the user.01-17-2013
20130016384SCANNER DEVICE AND MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAMEAANM JO; Yong-KonAACI Suwon-siAACO KRAAGP JO; Yong-Kon Suwon-si KR - A scanner device including: a scanning path on which a scanning member for scanning an image from a document is disposed; a supply path on which a document is supplied to the scanning path; a discharge path on which a document is discharged after scanning of the document on the scanning path has been completed; and a re-supply path that extended to the supply path from a intersection where the scanning path and the discharge path cross so that a document fed along the discharge path in a direction opposite to a document-feeding direction is re-supplied to the supply path after scanning of one side of the document has been completed, wherein one-side guide portions of the supply path, the discharge path, and the re-supply path are integrally formed.01-17-2013
20130016381IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHODAANM SHIMIZU; JunichiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP SHIMIZU; Junichi Kanagawa JPAANM YAMADA; ToshiyukiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP YAMADA; Toshiyuki Kanagawa JPAANM TSUCHIBUCHI; KiyotakaAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP TSUCHIBUCHI; Kiyotaka Kanagawa JPAANM NIINA; HiroshiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP NIINA; Hiroshi Kanagawa JPAANM WAKIYAMA; TetsuyaAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP WAKIYAMA; Tetsuya Kanagawa JP - An image processing apparatus includes an extracting unit that extracts each tablespace image from each page of image data containing plural pages read by a document reading device, a generating unit that generates each table structure data of the tables from each tablespace image extracted by the extracting unit, a discrimination unit that discriminates a connection possibility between the tables based on table structure data of the tables of each page generated by the generating unit, a determination unit that determines a connection sequence for restoring an original table by connecting each of the tables based on the connection possibility between the tables discriminated by the discrimination unit, and a restoring unit that restores data on a single table before division by connecting each of the tables based on the connection sequence determined by the determination unit.01-17-2013
20130016380RECOVERY FROM AN OUT OF STORAGE CONDITION AT A RIP SPOOL FOR STORING RASTER DATAAANM Johnson; Charles D.AACI BoulderAAST COAACO USAAGP Johnson; Charles D. Boulder CO USAANM Ward; DavidAACI BroomfieldAAST COAACO USAAGP Ward; David Broomfield CO USAANM Su; Yung-ChungAACI SuperiorAAST COAACO USAAGP Su; Yung-Chung Superior CO USAANM Morgan; Lisa A.AACI BlackfootAAST IDAACO USAAGP Morgan; Lisa A. Blackfoot ID US - Methods and systems herein provide for recovering from an out of storage condition at a rip spool for storing raster data. In one embodiment, a print controller receives a command to print multiple copies of a print job. The print controller buffers for rasterization multiple copies of print data for the print job, and determines if a rip spool has storage space available to store a complete rasterized version of the print job. If the rip spool does not have storage space available, then the print controller performs a rasterization process on the multiple copies of the print data for the print job, and provides multiple rasterized copies of the print job to a print engine. If the rip spool has storage space available, then the print controller performs a rasterization process on one copy of the print job and discards additional buffered copies of the print data.01-17-2013
20130016386INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DEVICE SETTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEMORY MEDIUM STORING DEVICE DRIVER PROGRAM THEREIN - To provide a print set picture plane which can be easily used and understood by the user, in order to realize a technique for enabling a print setup in another set picture plane to be easily recognized, there is provided an information processing apparatus which is connected to an external device and performs a setup to control the external device by using a plurality of set sheets. In an arbitrary set sheet, various set items are set and a window to visually express the set contents which were set is switched to a window of another set sheet.01-17-2013
20110134453Multifunction printer and recording medium - In a multifunction printer, a web browser section displays in an operation section an operation window indicated by window data obtained from a web server section and notifies the web server section of an application execution instruction entered into the operation window. Then, as soon as the web server section has received the application execution instruction, the content section executes an application corresponding to the application execution instruction and, in accordance with the application, sends a device control section a control command to control at least one of a plurality of functions. Then, the device control section performs control based on the control command as converted by a function disclosure section. This makes it possible to easily add a function regardless of model.06-09-2011
20110157616IMAGE READING APPARATUS, MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER, AND IMAGE READING METHOD - This invention is directed to image reading capable of suppressing EMI unwanted radiation while maintaining image quality. To accomplish this, the following processing is executed when reading an original image by a photoelectric transducer. More specifically, a first driving signal where SSCG spread modulation is applied, and a second driving signal where no SSCG spread modulation is applied are generated from a reference signal. Either the first or second driving signal is selected, and a timing signal for reading the original image is generated based on the selected driving signal. The image signal obtained by the photoelectric transducer is latched using the timing signal. The latched image signal is transferred for subsequent image processing. Upon reading a one-line image original, the second driving signal is selected till the completion of the latch operation, and after the latch operation, the first driving signal is selected for an image signal transfer operation.06-30-2011
20130021633IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY UNIT - An image forming apparatus includes an operation panel to preview an image page by page. The image forming apparatus stores a feature of an image of a page previewed on the operation panel and extracts a regularity from the stored feature of the image. When a feature of an image of a page previewed on the operation panel does not agree with the extracted regularity, the image forming apparatus displays a menu for correcting the feature that does not agree.01-24-2013
20130021635SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING MEDICAL IMAGE DATA ONTO PORTABLE DIGITAL RECORDING MEDIA - This application discloses a system for recording medical image data for production on a portable digital recording medium such as CDs and DVDs. This system includes a parsing software module operatively configured to: (i) receive medical data (ii) identify an end of a particular patient's data (iii) parse patient identification information and study information (iv) store the parsed patient identification information and parsed study information; a job processing software module configured to create a job containing medical data, medical data viewing software, and merge data; a disc writer to receive the job, comprising: a recorder configured to record the medical data viewing software and the medical data within the job; and a printer configured to print patient identification information and the study information on the disc.01-24-2013
20130021634IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, PORTABLE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY METHOD - When a portable terminal shoots a photo of a plurality of image processing apparatuses, a maintenance order is decided based on the respective states of a plurality of image processing apparatuses in a shooting range of the portable terminal. A tag representing the maintenance order is combined with the shot image and displayed on the portable terminal.01-24-2013
20120243024Information Processing Devices and Information Processing Processes - An image processing device includes a preview function including specifying a setting related to printing, generating a first processed image by using a target file by performing image processing corresponding to the specified setting, storing the generated first processed image, displaying the first processed image, and displaying, when the setting is changed, a second processed image that is generated from image processing of the first processed image and corresponds to the changed setting.09-27-2012
20120243022IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING CONTROL APPARATUS - An image processing system has a plurality of image processing apparatuses for performing RIP of a print job in a distributed manner and an image processing control apparatus that controls the image processing apparatuses. The image processing apparatus has a switching unit for switching the operating mode of the image processing apparatus from a normal mode to a power saving mode. And the image processing control apparatus has a control unit for causing unnecessary image processing apparatuses to switch from the normal mode to the power saving mode depending on the progress status of the print job.09-27-2012
20120243021IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A MOVABLE READING DEVICE - An image reading device is movable between a first position and a second position spaced farther apart from an image forming device than the first position, and a regulating member configured to regulate respective positions of two cables maintains, when the image reading device is at the first position, the two cables, respectively, in a bent state in a direction away from each other.09-27-2012
20120243018PERIPHERAL DEVICE USED WHILE BEING CONNECTED TO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A peripheral device is selectively connected to an information processing apparatus including a first operating system and an information processing apparatus including a second operating system whose execution file is incompatible with that of the first operating system. The storage unit of the peripheral device stores a control program to be executed by the information processing apparatus. The control program includes a first control program to be executed on the first operating system and a second control program to be executed on the second operating system. After the peripheral device transmits the control program to the information processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus writes instruction information in the storage unit of the peripheral device in accordance with the control program. The peripheral device operates based on the instruction information.09-27-2012
20120243017CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A control device includes: a search request receiving unit that receives a request to search for a first operation screen registered in a second image forming apparatus connected to a first image forming apparatus; a search unit that searches for the first operation screen among operation screens registered in the second image forming apparatus; a display control unit that controls to display the first operation screen on a display device provided in the first image forming apparatus; a receiver that receives an instruction for the second image forming apparatus having the first operation screen registered therein from a user through the first operation screen displayed on the display device; and a transmitter that transmits the instruction received from the user through the first operation screen to the second image forming apparatus having the first operation screen registered therein.09-27-2012
20080239358MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL - A multifunction device has a plurality of functions and capable of being connected to a computer via a universal serial bus (USB) interface, the computer having an operating system (OS) installed thereon that recognizes the multifunction device as a device having at least one logic unit capable of transferring data according to a USB-compliant system, at least one of the at least one logic unit being a compound logic unit corresponding to two or more specific functions among the plurality of functions. The multifunction device includes: a controlling unit that, when the computer has transferred output data with an actual data section to the compound logic unit, determines which one of the two or more specific functions the transferred output data is for controlling, based on unique standard data included in the actual data section, and that controls the determined function based on the output data, the controlling unit storing unique standard data in an actual data section of input data to be transferred to the computer as a result of controlling the function, the unique standard data indicating from which one of the two or more specific functions the input data is to be transferred, and transferring the input data to the computer as data from the compound logic unit.10-02-2008
20080239357IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INTERRUPTION MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A user-interface unit receives a request from a user. A control unit performs an execution control in response to the request received by the user-interface unit, and during an execution process, performs an interruption process and an authentication process. An application-logic unit provides a plurality of functions related to an image forming process. A device-service unit provides a shared service for the application-logic unit.10-02-2008
20130169988SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF A PRINTER BY USING AN EXTERNAL MEMORY - Provided is printer operation control system and method for a printer having diverse print functions by using an external memory. The external memory is used to store information on the availability of each print function. A reader is provided for reading the information on the availability of each print function stored in the external memory. Further, a function setting unit is provided for setting up the operability of software for each print function based on the information read in the reader. Even further, a controller is provided for controlling the operation of the printer based on the operability of each software set up in the function setting unit.07-04-2013
20080225323METHOD, SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROVIDING ADAPTIVE, SELECTABLE PRINT OPTIONS - A method for providing adaptive, selectable print options. The method includes parsing a document into logical sections, each of the logical sections identified by a reference. The method also includes creating a print map of references identified as a result of the parsing, displaying the print map along with selectable print options, and executing a print operation in response to a selected print option. The selected print option specifies a reference from the print map. A logical section associated with the reference is transmitted to a printer for printing.09-18-2008
20080225322Image forming apparatus and image forming method - An image reading device generates first capability information indicative of an image processing operation that can be performed by an image processing section. An image printing device generates second capability information indicative of an image processing operation that can be performed by an image processing section. An image processing operation arbitrating section decides a combination of image processing operations to be performed by the image reading device and the image printing device and a sequence of the image processing operations based on the first and second capability information. The image processing operation arbitrating section transmits information on the decided combination and sequence to the image reading device and the image printing device.09-18-2008
20080225321IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus including: optical sensor to receive a bias current and to divide the bias current into two output currents, according to positions of a light beam on the optical sensor; and a signal processor to detect horizontal synchronization signals using the output currents, to calculate a positional deviation of the horizontal synchronization signals, and to control a recording time of video data according to the positional deviation.09-18-2008
20080225320SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UNIFIED IMAGING JOB ACCOUNTING - A method for unified imaging job accounting may involve determining one or more imaging operations that are performed as part of processing the imaging job. The method may also involve determining standard rates that are defined for the one or more imaging operations. The standard rates may be applied across multiple imaging jobs that are processed by the imaging device. The method may also involve determining charges to be applied for the imaging job based on the one or more imaging operations that are performed as part of processing the imaging job and also based on the standard rates that are defined for the one or more imaging operations. The method may also involve applying the charges that are determined for the imaging job.09-18-2008
20130141745Imaging Device and Method of Controlling the Same - An imaging device receives from a host device image data and commands including a normal command, an image data command associated with a parameter indicative of a data length of the image data to be processed, and a real-time command to be processed prior to the normal command. The imaging device comprises a receiver configured to receive the image data command and subsequently the parameter from the host device; and a processor configured to process the parameter without processing the real-time command, even if a data sequence identical to a byte stream of the real-time command is included in the image data, after processing the image data command.06-06-2013
20130141744Controlling Device for Multi-Function Device - A controlling device for a multi-function device may acquire specific function information for a specific service providing server from a first storage unit, and acquire specific use information for a specific user from a second storage unit. The controlling device may determine, by using the specific function information and the specific use information, whether or not a usable function exists. The controlling device may execute a process for the multi-function device to receive a service related to the usable function from the specific service providing server in a case where it is determined that the usable function exists, and execute a process for prohibiting the multi-function device to receive a service from the specific service providing server m a second case where h is determined that the usable function does not exist.06-06-2013
20110261381Image Forming Apparatus - An MFP has: a receiving section receiving a FAX reception request and FAX data; and an image forming section capable of forming a color image. When an execution condition for acquisition processing of acquiring information used for adjusting the image forming section is satisfied, the MFP executes the acquisition processing in response to a trigger defined as start or end of processing of a print job. Further, when receiving a FAX reception request in a state that the execution condition for acquisition processing is satisfied, the MFP notifies function information concerning the function of the image forming section (e.g., information indicating that color image formation is not available), to a FAX device of sender.10-27-2011
20110261379SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING PDF ELEMENTS10-27-2011
20130176583PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A processing apparatus includes a provision unit that is connected to a communication unit used to communicate with plural actual apparatuses and a manipulation unit which is used to manipulate the actual apparatuses, that forms virtual image processing functions which control operations of the actual apparatuses based on manipulation of the manipulation unit, and that provides services using the virtual image processing functions, and a control unit that, when an operation execution instruction of the actual apparatuses is given using the manipulation unit, limits the processes which exceed an amount of licenses indicating a previously contracted number of actual apparatuses, throughputs of the previously contracted number of actual apparatuses, or a previously contracted number of virtual image processing functions, and that controls the provision unit such that the services are provided based on the operation execution instruction.07-11-2013
20130176584NETWORK SYSTEM, CLIENT APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - A network system in which a server apparatus is connected to a client apparatus via a network, characterized in that the server apparatus includes transmission means for transmitting identification information used to install a model-specific printer driver corresponding to a printer having undergone shared setting in accordance with a request from the client apparatus, and the client apparatus includes request means for issuing a request for the identification information to the server apparatus to update a basic driver which corresponds to a printer having undergone shared setting in the server apparatus and has been installed by using Point and Print, and control means for controlling installation of the model-specific printer driver by using the identification information transmitted in accordance with the request.07-11-2013
20130176585APPARATUS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, APPARATUS MANAGEMENT METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM - An apparatus management system includes a first apparatus; a second apparatus having an apparatus type different from the first apparatus; and an apparatus management configuration connected via a network with the first apparatus and the second apparatus, and managing the apparatuses. The apparatus management configuration includes a reception part that receives apparatus information that includes apparatus type identifiers for identifying the apparatus types of the first apparatus and the second apparatus; and a control part that carries out control to generate management information according to the apparatus types, based on the apparatus type identifiers.07-11-2013
20130176586IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE DATA TRANSMISSION - An image processing apparatus including a reading unit configured to read an image of a document to generate image data based on the read image acquires a process definition file, which defines a content of reading processing to be executed by the reading unit and a content of transmission processing for transmitting image data generated by the reading unit, causes the reading unit to execute reading processing to generate image data according to a definition included in the acquired process definition file, and, when a plurality of process definition files is selected and the selected plurality of process definition files is instructed to be executed, causes the generated image data to be transmitted according to a definition included in each of the selected plurality of process definition files.07-11-2013
20130176587Image Forming Apparatus - Whether or not allocation to router control is used up is determined. Whether or not CPU utilization allocated to the router control is used up is determined. If it is determined that the allocation for router control is used up, a sub-allocation changing process is executed for changing the CPU utilization. If it is determined that the allocation for router control is not used up, a router control allocation subtracting process is executed.07-11-2013
20130141743Multi-Function Device and Screen Providing Server - A multi-function device may acquire specific use information corresponding to a specific user who uses the multi-function device, request a service providing server to provide a specific service in a case where the specific service among plural types of services is selected by the specific user, and acquire screen information from a screen providing server so as to display a screen according to the screen information. The multi-function device may display a first screen for receiving the specific service from the service providing server in a case where the specific use information indicates that the specific user is allowed to use a specific function related to the specific service, and display a second screen indicating that it is not capable of receiving the specific service in a case where the specific use information indicates that the specific user is not allowed to use the specific function.06-06-2013
20120250062 PRINTING DEVICE FOR PRODUCING FINISHED PRODUCT BY ONE-PASS SHEET-FEED AND OPERATION METHOD OF THE SAME - A printing device for producing finished product by one-pass sheet-feed may include a sheet-conveying unit, stamping-control units, a die-cutting unit, a waste edges removing unit, a blanking unit, a waste removing unit, and a conveying mechanism. The operation method of the device may include transferring a single sheet to the stamping-control units by the sheet-conveying unit, gripping and transferring the sheet to the stamping-control units by a gripper bar, to stamp or indent; transferring the sheet to the die-cutting unit to complete the die-cutting work; transferring the sheet to the waste edges removing unit to remove part of the waste edges; transferring the sheet to the blanking unit to collect all finished product; and transferring the last remaining waste edges to the waste removing unit.10-04-2012
20120250060OPERATION DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD - An operation device according to the present disclosure includes a number of hard keys, a function icon display unit, a condition icon display unit, a function item receiving unit, a function item change unit, a condition item receiving unit, and a setting condition receiving unit. The function icon display unit can display a number of function icons indicating the function item respectively assigned to the number of hard keys. The condition icon display unit can display a condition icon indicating a condition item. The function item change unit changes an assignment to the hard keys from the function item to the condition item. The condition item receiving unit displays a condition icon corresponding to the condition item assigned to the hard key. The setting condition receiving unit receives a setting condition indicated by the condition item corresponding to the hard key for which the selection was received.10-04-2012
20120250054LINE WIDTH MEASURING DEVICE, LINE WIDTH MEASURING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A line width measuring device includes an acquisition unit, an extraction unit, and a generation unit. The acquisition unit that acquires a binary image that is obtained by reading a medium having a line width sample printed thereon with an image reading device, the line width sample representing output characteristics regarding a line width of an image forming device. The extraction unit that extracts a displacement amount of steps that are repeatedly generated in an image corresponding to the line width sample in the binary image by reading the medium with the image reading device in an orientation such that the line width sample has an angle θ (0°<θ<90°) with respect to a main scanning direction of image reading. The generation unit that generates line width information regarding a width of the line width sample by using the displacement amount extracted by the extraction unit.10-04-2012
20130135656System Controlling Device And Image Processing System - A system controlling device having a tree structure includes a data controlling unit that functions as a root device. The data controlling unit is connected to a first image processing unit and a second image processing unit by separate high-speed serial buses. The first image processing unit performs image processing on image data scanned by a scanner, while the second image processing unit performs image processing on image data to be output to a printer. A storage unit is independently connected to the data controlling unit and stores therein image data processed by the first image processing unit and the second image processing unit.05-30-2013
20130135644IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image processing apparatus according to one aspect of this invention receives an instruction for using a first function, receives, from the user, a document orientation to be used for the first function, stores the received document orientation in a storage unit. The image processing apparatus further causes the storage unit to hold the document orientation stored in the storage unit even when the instruction for using the first function is canceled, and uses the document orientation for a second function different from the first function.05-30-2013
20130114096IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - Image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a paper transport unit, a paper position measuring unit, a deviation compensating unit in preparation to image forming, a control unit for controlling the image formation and the deviation compensation, wherein the control unit includes a function that receives the results measured by the paper position measuring unit and compensates the deviation of the paper in accordance with the measured results, wherein, the control unit shifts the paper toward a predetermined position in the direction across the paper transporting direction and shift the image forming position in the main scanning direction in accordance with the predetermined position of the paper, wherein, the control unit decides the predetermined position so that the image area based on the image forming position being shifted does not go out of the range of the image formable area.05-09-2013
20130094044INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTER DRIVER, PRINT SETTING METHOD AND DATA STRUCTURE - The information processing apparatus includes a storage section for storing function information on a function provided in a printing device, and a creating section for creating, based on the function information, a data structure having a data section for storing actual data of a setting value for the function and an index section for storing information for accessing the actual data of the setting value. In addition to the setting value for a printer driver which gives a printing instruction to the printing device, the creating section allows the data section to store a setting value which can be used by a printer driver which gives the printing instruction to a printing device of a different model and/or the printer driver of a different version.04-18-2013
20130094042USER TERMINAL DEVICE FOR PERFORMING SCAN JOB, AND SERVER DEVICE SCAN SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME AND METHODS THEREOF - A scan system is provided. The system includes a server device having at least one scanner driver and a user terminal device which accesses the server device and receives a scanner list, and if a scanner is selected from the scanner list, transfers scanner information about the selected scanner to the server device. The server device may control the scanner to process a scan job, by using a scanner driver corresponding to the scanner information transferred from the user terminal device. Accordingly, the user can use scan service easily by using one scan application, without having to install scan application for each of the scanners at the user terminal device.04-18-2013
20130094045INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a first generation unit configured to generate a first print queue, and a second generation unit configured to generate a second print queue by operating a printer driver corresponding to the first print queue, wherein, after the second generation unit generates the second print queue, a printer list program for displaying printer information, which is printer-related information, displays the printer information about a printer corresponding to the first print queue and does not display the printer information about a printer corresponding to the second print queue.04-18-2013
20130094043IMAGE READING DEVICE AND SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS - An image reading device includes an illuminating means for illuminating a reading position through which a sheet conveyed by conveying means passes, optical reading means for reading reflected light of the sheet illuminated by the illuminating means when the sheet passes the reading position, a white reference plate disposed opposite to the optical reading means with the reading position sandwiched therebetween, and moving structure means for moving a placement position of the illuminating means based on a placement position of the white reference plate, and storage means is included for storing information in a searchable manner.04-18-2013
20130100474IMAGE PROCESSOR AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processor includes a display. The display displays a preset-setting-group selection screen containing a plurality of icons respectively corresponding to preset-setting groups such that one icon is displayed in a manner indicative of a selected state while at least one icon other than the one icon is displayed in a manner that is indicative of an unselected state. When any of set values of a preset-setting group corresponding to the one icon having been displayed in the manner indicative of the selected state, the display displays a preset-setting-group-updated screen containing the one icon displayed in the manner indicative of the selected state on the preset-setting-group selection screen and not containing the at least one icon in the manner indicative of the unselected state on the preset-setting-group selection screen.04-25-2013
20130100477SERVER APPARATUS, CLIENT APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A method and apparatus for controlling the use of a service includes receiving an acquisition request, including user identification information identifying a user, for service identification information identifying a usable service, specifying, based on the user identification information included in the acquisition request, service identification information identifying a service that can be used by the user identified by the user identification information, transmitting the specified service identification information, and transferring, when a print request including the service identification information and print data is received, the print data to a service identified by the service identification information.04-25-2013
20130100473IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus, including: a display device; a coordinate detecting portion which detects a directed coordinate in a display area including a first area in which is displayed a hierarchy image including uppermost-level images and lower-level images; a first display control section; a second display control section to display at least one first button image; and a third display control section, the uppermost-level images including: a first image in which is displayed at least one second button image; a second image in which is displayed at least one third button image; and a third image, wherein, where the directed coordinate is one of coordinates corresponding to the first through third button images, the third control section displays a lower-level image corresponding to a button image corresponding to the directed coordinate, and wherein the first control section executes processing to display the one uppermost-level image so as to be changed.04-25-2013
20130100475IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a screen information storage unit configured to store screen information of a home screen that displays a user interface component list including an application user interface component for accessing an application, a screen generating unit configured to generate the home screen based on the screen information, a display unit configured to display the home screen generated by the home screen generating unit, an image generation control unit configured to issue an instruction to generate a general-purpose image of a document when a request for scanning the document is issued while the home screen is displayed, and an image processing unit configured to generate the general-purpose image based on image data obtained from scanning the document upon receiving the instruction to generate the general-purpose image from the image generation control unit.04-25-2013
20130100472IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming system includes plural image forming devices each of which forms an image corresponding to image data. Each image forming device includes a memory, a determining unit, a selecting unit, a specifying unit, and a transferring unit. The memory stores one or more pieces of image data. The determining unit determines whether or not usage of the memory is larger than a threshold. The selecting unit selects, if the determining unit determines that usage of the memory is larger than the threshold, a piece of image data to be transferred from among the pieces of image data stored in the memory. The specifying unit specifies a specific image forming device to which the selected piece of image data is to be transferred among the other image forming devices. The transferring unit transfers the selected piece of image data to the specific image forming device.04-25-2013
20130114098Portable Multiuse Projector with Fiber Optic Projection - A portable multiuse projector is described. The device includes a fiber-optic projection system which allows the portable multiuse projector to have the capability to copy, scan, print and fax. A personal computer or laptop input allows for presentations, copy, scan, print and fax functions from the convenience of a laptop anywhere and anytime. Moreover, the multiuse projector of the invention is supplied with USB and other ports to accommodate tablet or electronic book presentations, external hard drive and/or mouse or input device usage.05-09-2013
20130114097IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DOCUMENT CONVEYING UNIT - A control unit for controlling a document conveying operation stops the conveyance of a document by a document conveying unit if document(s) is/are placed on a placing portion, the document is being conveyed and an upper structure is not in a closing posture. Further, the control unit stops the conveyance of the document when the trailing end of the document being conveyed has not passed a document reading position and, on the other hand, causes the document to be discharged to a document discharging portion without stopping the conveyance of the document when the trailing end has passed the document reading position if no document is placed on the placing portion, the document is being conveyed and the upper structure is not in the closing posture.05-09-2013
20130114099IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - This invention provides an image processing system and image processing method, which can acquire a document such as a paper document or the like as data of a format that allows easy re-use and re-edit processes. Image information is acquired by scanning a document, and its features are recognized. The image information is converted into character codes, vector data, or a predetermined image format in accordance with the recognized features. In this case, parameters used upon recognizing the features of the image information are variably set, and the operations of the character process, vectorization, and image conversion are controlled in accordance with the set parameters.05-09-2013
20130120783INPUT APPARATUS FOLLOWING TASK FLOW AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An input apparatus includes a command input unit to input a command, a key input unit having at least one key, a navigation key input unit having a rotatable navigation key, and a display panel unit to perform displaying according to manipulation of the command input unit, the key input unit, and the navigation key. In the input apparatus, the command input unit, the key input unit, the navigation key input unit, and the display panel unit are arranged in sequence according to a task flow, so a user-friendly input apparatus can be implemented.05-16-2013
20130169985IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming device includes an image reading unit that reads an image on an original and generates image data, and a file name setting unit that sets time and user identification information of a default file name to time when an image is read by the image reading unit and user identification information of a user instructing the image reading unit to read the image, and gives a set file name to the image data generated by the image reading unit, in a case where the default file name indicated in a form including a character string registered in advance, the time, and the user identification information for identifying a user are received, and the image is read by the image reading unit.07-04-2013
20130169987INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store a plugin that is a program for executing a print process and at least one library that represents a component of the plugin; a generation unit configured to generate an intermediate file that includes image data to be printed and print setting information for the image data; a plugin execution unit configured to execute the plugin that includes the at least one library and to reflect a print setting by the plugin to the print setting information; and an output unit configured to output an intermediate file that includes the image data and the print setting information to which the print setting by the plugin has been reflected.07-04-2013
20130169986IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING OPTION SCREEN THEREOF - A method of displaying an option screen in an image forming apparatus includes determining at least one operation option corresponding each of two or more image forming functions, among image forming functions provided by the image forming apparatus; generating an option screen in which regions for setting the operation options determined with respect to the two or more image forming functions are arranged in a same screen; and displaying the generated option screen through a user interface unit.07-04-2013
20130128300POS System, POS System Control Method, and Recording Media Processing System - A host device includes an application unit that outputs a first command or a second command, a receiving unit that receives the output first command or second command, a command control unit that converts the received first command to a third command, and converts the second command to a fourth command, and a host communication unit that transmits the converted third command or fourth command. A device includes a device reception unit that receives the third command or fourth command, a first operating unit that performs the first operation based on the third command, and a second operating unit that receives the fourth command and performs the second operation.05-23-2013
20130128298IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING OPERATING STATE - An image forming apparatus can change an operating state between a normal mode and a power saving mode having power consumption lower than that of the normal mode. The image forming apparatus sets a detection range based on at least one of an angle of a manipulation panel, existence or non-existence of an output to the sheet discharge unit, and existence or non-existence of placement of the authentication device. The image forming apparatus detects an approach of a human body when the operating state is in the power saving mode. When a sensor detects that the human body approaches the detection range, the image forming apparatus returns the operating state from the power saving mode to the normal mode.05-23-2013
20130128299IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus configured to execute image forming process by using hardware resources. The image forming apparatus includes a processor that executes application software including an image forming process, the application software causing display of one or more display screens. The image forming apparatus includes a display processing unit configured to display one of the one or more display screens on a display, a memory configured to store in association with each display screen, a power status indicating whether each of the hardware resources should be provided power during display of the display screen, a power status determining unit configured to determine which hardware resource should be provided power among the hardware resources, based on the displayed display screen and the power status stored in the memory, and a power control unit configured to provide power to the determined hardware resources.05-23-2013
20130128295Multi-Function Device - According to aspects of the invention, there is provided a multi-function device, which is provided with a housing, an image forming unit accommodated in the housing, and an image scanning unit arranged above the housing. The housing includes a frame supporting the image forming unit, the image scanning unit being secured to the frame and an outer cover attached to outside the frame to form a side wall of the housing. The continuous surfaces extending in an up-and-down direction are defined by at least part of side walls of the image scanning unit and at least part of the outer cover, and first grip portions having first grip faces, which extend from the continuous surfaces toward inside of the image scanning unit, are provided on the side walls of the image scanning unit.05-23-2013
20130128293Print Format Transform Mechanism - A method disclosed. The method includes receiving a Portable Document Format (PDF) print job file, applying a first transform to generate an Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) image print job data stream and applying a second transform to generate an AFP text print job data stream.05-23-2013
20130128296PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - There are provided a printing apparatus, and a control method and a program thereof which, in a case of box-storing a password document, can in advance avoid occurrence of a state where the password document can not be printed depending upon the setting of the printing apparatus. In a case of box-storing a password document, a user is notified at the box-storing that there is a possibility of occurrence of a state where the password document can not be printed depending upon the setting of a printing apparatus.05-23-2013
20130128294SHEET SENSING MODULE AND DUPLEX SCANNING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A sheet sensing module and a duplex scanning apparatus having the sheet sensing module are provided. The sheet sensing module includes a first sensing arm, a second sensing arm, and an electronic sensor. The first sensing arm is partially exposed to a sheet feeding channel of the duplex scanning apparatus. The second sensing arm is partially exposed to an inverting channel of the duplex scanning apparatus. When a document is transferred through the sheet feeding channel to trigger said first sensing arm or the document is transferred through the inverting channel to trigger the second sensing arm, the electronic sensor generates a sensing signal.05-23-2013
20130135650READING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A movable carriage includes a mechanism configured to hold a sensor unit so as to allow the sensor unit to displace with respect to the carriage. The mechanism allows the sensor unit to displace with respect to the carriage in a rotational direction centering on a shaft parallel to a moving direction of the carriage and disposed above a reading area of the sensor unit, and in a vertical direction.05-30-2013
20130135649READING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A movable guide is able to switch an attitude of a supporting surface of the movable guide relative to the reading unit between a first attitude and a second attitude. The second attitude is a state where a side to which the sheet is introduced is open more than in the first attitude. The movable guide is set to the first attitude during reading of the test pattern.05-30-2013
20130141742IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming method of an image forming apparatus includes receiving a setting of a standard paper group to be applied, sensing a size of paper when the paper is placed in the image forming apparatus, determining that the size of the paper is the standard paper size when the sensed size of the paper is a standard paper size within the set standard paper group, and determining that the sensed size of the paper is a size close to the standard paper size greater than a non-standard paper size when the sensed size of the paper is the non-standard paper size within the set standard paper group, and scanning the paper and printing on paper corresponding to the determined size of the paper.06-06-2013
20110216344HARD IMAGING METHODS, HARD IMAGING DEVICE FABRICATION METHODS, HARD IMAGING DEVICES, HARD IMAGING DEVICE OPTICAL SCANNING SYSTEMS, AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE - Hard imaging methods, hard imaging device fabrication methods, hard imaging devices, hard imaging device optical scanning systems, and articles of manufacture are described. According to one embodiment, a hard imaging method includes providing image data corresponding to a hard image to be formed; generating light responsive to the image data; scanning the light to form a latent image corresponding to the hard image to be formed; accessing correction data corresponding to scanning errors of a scan lens intermediate a rotating reflection device and a photoconductor; and modifying the image data using the correction data before the generating, the modifying comprising modifying to reduce the introduction of image errors resulting from the scanning using the scan lens.09-08-2011
20110216341IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing device includes a storage unit, a reading unit, a data processing unit, and a display unit. The storage unit stores registered user identification information and a registered printing parameter. The reading unit reads printing data from a memory device. The data processing unit processes the printing data based on the registered printing parameter in response to detection of input user identification information corresponding to the registered user identification information. The display unit displays a first printing image corresponding to first process completion printing data which is processed using the registered printing parameter.09-08-2011
20130148148IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus includes a control unit configured to cause a document image on a display screen of a display unit to be preview-displayed based on a document image data and cause an icon indicating various sizes of printing papers to be displayed, when a movement manipulation of the icon onto the document image based on a manipulation signal is detected, cause a frame according to a size of a printing paper indicated by the icon to be displayed while overlapping the document image and recognize a region surrounded by the frame as a printing region, and control the print unit such that an image of the printing region is printed on the printing paper indicated by the icon, which is movement-manipulated, when a print instruction is received.06-13-2013
20110222095MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE FOR QUICK EXECUTION OF FUNCTIONS AND EXECUTION METHOD THEREOF - A multifunction device for quick execution of functions thereof includes a processing module, and a scanning unit, a user interface and an output module, all of which are connected to the processing module. The scanning unit performs image acquisition on an original to generate a scan image signal representative of an image of the original. The user interface includes a display unit and an operation interface. The display unit displays a representation image of the scan image signal. The operation interface receives a user input. After the representation image is displayed, the processing module receives a user setting signal containing user input information from the operation interface and generates an output signal according to the user setting signal and the scan image signal. The output module outputs an output result corresponding to the output signal.09-15-2011
20110222094IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus operates in two modes of an energy saving mode and a normal mode. The image forming apparatus includes a shared memory that is capable of being referenced by a network interface card, which is detachably connected to the image forming apparatus, in the energy saving mode and the normal mode of the image forming apparatus; and an apparatus information saving unit that, when an apparatus state of the image forming apparatus is changed, saves image forming apparatus information regarding the apparatus state of the image forming apparatus in the shared memory. The network interface card includes an apparatus information acquisition unit that acquires the image forming apparatus information from the shared memory.09-15-2011
20110222093INFORMATION RECORDING DEVICE, INFORMATION RECORDING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information recording method includes: acquiring plural pieces of file information; acquiring plural pieces of additional information accompanying the acquired pieces of file information; storing the acquired pieces of file information in first or second storage area each having a predetermined capacity for storing the file information. If the pieces of additional information on the acquired pieces of file information indicate the acquired pieces of file information are required to be stored in time order, the acquired pieces of file information are stored into the first storage area in the order of pieces of time information contained in the respective pieces of additional information. If a file capacity of one of the acquired pieces of file information is larger than an empty capacity of the first storage area, the one of the acquired pieces of file information is stored into the second storage area.09-15-2011
20110242571IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read an image of a document set on a reading surface, a pressing plate capable of opening and closing relative to the reading surface, and an operation device provided on an upper surface of the pressing plate and including a plurality of capacitance touch switches each having a backlight. A control unit of the apparatus changes states of the backlights according to operation modes.10-06-2011
20130148145METHOD AND APPARATUS TO BIND PRINT TICKETS TO PRINT JOBS FOR CLOUD AND FOLLOW ME PRINTING WORKFLOWCROSS - A system for managing job tickets includes a first device that is in communication with a server. The first device is adapted to receive as input job parameters for managing a print job. The image forming device is further adapted to encode the job parameters into a job ticket. The first device is further adapted to send the job ticket to the server. The server is adapted to store the job ticket in a folder and obtain the job ticket from the folder when a request for a print job is received at the server. The server is further adapted to apply the job ticket to the print job and transmit a print file including the print job and the job ticket to an image forming device when a print job request is received.06-13-2013
20130148146TRANSMITTING MODULE AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PRINTER USING THE SAME - A transmitting module and a multi-functional printer (MFP) using the same are provided. The transmitting module includes at least two rotating shafts and a transmission belt. Each rotating shaft has at least one oblique cone-trough. The transmission belt surrounds the rotating shafts and rotates along with rotation of the rotating shafts. The transmission belt has a main body and at least one cone positioning structure, in which the cone positioning structure is disposed on a bottom surface of the main body and correspondingly tightly fits in the oblique cone-trough. When being applied to the MFP, the transmitting module provides a scanning or printing function according to configuration relations with other modules.06-13-2013
20130148147TRANSMITTING MODULE AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PRINTER USING THE SAME - A transmitting module and a multi-functional printer (MFP) using the same are provided. The transmitting module includes at least two shafts and a conveyer belt. Each shaft has a circumference surface and multiple first fixing structures, and the first fixing structures are arranged in a row encircling the circumference surface. The conveyer belt encircles the shafts, and the conveyer belt has a body and multiple second fixing structures, where the fixing structures are arranged in a row on a bottom of the body. When the conveyer belt rotates along with the shafts, the second fixing structures engage with the first fixing structures correspondingly.06-13-2013
20130148149IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPORTING WI-FI DIRECT AND METHOD OF ACTIVATING WI-FI DIRECT - A multi-function printer (MFP) supporting Wi-Fi Direct includes a print engine to perform a print operation, a first wireless interface to connect the MFP to an access point (AP) of an infrastructured network, a second wireless interface to Wi-Fi Direct connect the MFP to an external wireless terminal, a soft AP to allow the MFP to perform as an AP when the MFP is Wi-Fi Direct connected, a dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server unit to allocate an internet protocol (IP) address to the wireless device that is Wi-Fi Direct connected to the MFP, a Wi-Fi Direct connection manager to manage the Wi-Fi Direct connection, and an automatic group owner (AGO) manager activate Wi-Fi direct so as to drive the soft AP and operate the MFP as a group owner (GO) when the MFP receives a Wi-Fi Direct activation request.06-13-2013
20130148150IMAGE FORMING DEVICE TO PROCESS JOB USING SET-UP ENTRIES OF OTHER IMAGE FORMING DEVICES AND METHOD THEREOF - An image forming device to receive set-up entry data of external image forming devices, includes an interface portion to relay communications with at least one external image forming device; a communication portion to request set-up entry data to the at least one external image forming device; and a central processing unit to execute a job according to the set-up entry data when the requested set-up entry data is received through the interface portion. The communication portion searches the external image forming devices using a broadcast scheme and requests the set-up entry data according to the search result. Accordingly, functions of the image forming device can be utilized with more convenience and efficiency.06-13-2013
20130148151IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM - This invention provides an image forming apparatus which performs sleep control for a shift to the sleep mode for each function and provides a user-friendly operation system, and a method of controlling the same. To accomplish this, the image forming apparatus sets a shift time until a power state of the image forming apparatus shifts to the low-power state after execution of image formation; and performs control to shift the power state of the image forming apparatus to the low-power state, when the shift time is not more than the predetermined time, before an elapse of the shift time after execution of image formation by the printing function, while shifting the power state of the image forming apparatus to the low-power state, in response to an elapse of the shift time after execution of image formation by the copying function.06-13-2013
20110235078IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a reconfigurable processing unit that performs first image processing on first image data and that performs second image processing on second image data after completing the first image processing on the first image data, and a controller that controls the reconfigurable processing unit. The controller controls the reconfigurable processing unit so that preprocessing for performing the second image processing is performed in parallel with a processing operation on the first image data, the processing operation including the first image processing.09-29-2011
20110249287SYSTEM FOR COPYING INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTS - A system for copying interactive documents is provided having a scanner for scanning a surface of a document so as to copy document content on the document surface and sense coded tags on the document surface, where each tag encodes data an identity of the document and data on the position of that tag on the document, a computer system networked with the scanner for identifying a digital version of the document from the document identity of a sensed tag and determining user input requesting copy content and/or coded data from the computer system on the scanned document using the tag position of the sensed tag, and a printer networked with the computer system for printing a copy of the scanned document incorporating the scanned document content and coded tags and the requested copy content and/or coded data.10-13-2011
20110255118IMAGE READER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME - The present invention provides an image reader apparatus capable of obtaining an image having stable brightness while suppressing an increase of the cost of the apparatus. The image reader apparatus 10-20-2011
20110255112METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONSOLIDATING AND MANAGING RENDERING JOBS - A system and method for consolidating and managing rendering jobs. A folder can be automatically created based on a system username associated with a user upon receiving a personal rendering job and/or a secure rendering job with respect to a rendering device such as, for example, a printer or MFD. The subsequent rendering jobs that are transmitted from that user to the rendering device can be collected in the folder. An authentication process can be performed if the folder includes the secure rendering job in order to authenticate the user. The authentication process can be automatically skipped and the folder can be directly accessed if the folder does not include the secure rendering job. The authentication process can be optionally bypassed if the folder includes both the personal and the secure rendering jobs.10-20-2011
20100290072PARALLEL VIDEO PROCESSING ARCHITECTURE - The video data is parallel processed allowing for extremely fast video processing or a greatly reduced clock requirement for the video processing circuit. In operation, each video channel reads from main memory. This allows each video channel to track the laser directly. The Parallel video processor receives non-columnar pixel data, such as rows. The videoprocessor may support printers of any width without significantly increasing the size of the system.11-18-2010
20120257238USB Print - There is disclosed a multifunction peripheral device, a method, and apparatus for processing a document from a portable data storage device. The multifunction peripheral device may have a port for receiving a portable data storage device and an input unit to receive user input of a selected function for an electronic document on the portable data storage device. The multifunction peripheral device further comprises a control unit to determine whether the selected function may be performed on each of the plurality of electronic documents and the input unit to receive user input as to a selected electronic document. The multifunction peripheral device is further to perform the selected function on the selected electronic document.10-11-2012
20100302571Image forming system having information processing apparatus controlling guidance display on image forming apparatus - An information processing apparatus includes: an input device receiving an input of information related to a document to be processed in the image forming apparatus and an input determining manner of output from the image forming apparatus as a result of processing of the document; a process request generating device, connected to receive an output from the input device, for generating a process request including guidance information necessary to generate guidance of an operation to be performed by a user in the image forming apparatus, so that the document is output from the image forming apparatus in a manner determined in accordance with an input received by the input device, and output manner specifying information specifying the manner of output of the document from the image forming apparatus; and a transfer device, connected to receive an output of the process request generating device, for transferring the process request generated by the process request generating device to the image forming apparatus.12-02-2010
20120274968SCREEN DISPLAY METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming apparatus is connected to an information processing apparatus via a network. The image forming apparatus transmits setting information contained in a setting screen to the information processing apparatus and receives customized setting information generated by the information processing apparatus based on the setting information, whereby the setting screen is customized by the customized setting information.11-01-2012
20120274967COMPUTER CAPABLE OF SETTING NEW ENVIRONMENT FOR USING NEW ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A computer allowing a user to use, even when the printing device is changed, a new printing device in a state close to a familiar environment of use is provided. The computer includes a determining unit determining whether an existing environment for using another electronic device used for the same usage as the new electronic device has been set in the computer. The computer further includes a setting unit selectively executing a process for setting an environment for using the new electronic device in the computer using the existing environment as a reference, and a process for setting a default setting for using the new electronic device in the computer, depending on a result of determination.11-01-2012
20120274966INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An input recognizer performs a processing of recognizing handwriting input or soft key input, and a processing of calculating a length of a trajectory which a depressing coordinate has moved by repeating acquisition of the depressing coordinate on an input screen in response to an interruption command requesting input recognition. An interruption commander selectively performs a handwriting input mode and a soft key input mode. An input mode switcher sets a mode of the interruption commander to the soft key input mode when a depressing start of a touch panel portion is detected, and switches the mode of the interruption commander from the soft key input mode to the handwriting input mode when the input recognizer recognizes that the length of the trajectory which the depressing coordinate has moved form detection of the depressing start reaches a predetermined value.11-01-2012
20120274965IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus is provided which has an operating panel capable of providing a screen display and a Web browser. The image forming apparatus includes a storage for storing predetermined text that is data to be entered into a text entry box of a Web page; a text entry limiting portion for, when the Web page displayed on the operating panel by the Web browser contains the text entry box, limiting text to be entered into the text entry box to the predetermined text stored in the storage; a display processing portion for, when the text entry limiting portion limits text to be entered, displaying, on the operating panel, a screen for a user to designate the predetermined text as text to be entered into the text entry box; and an operation processing portion for informing the Web browser of the predetermined text designated by the user.11-01-2012
20120274964INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PROFILE - An information processing system including a multifunction peripheral for reading a document according to a profile set by users. A host server stores the profile and a management section registers and deletes the profile. An information processing terminal has a setting processing section for providing the profile being set by the user to the management section. The storage section preliminarily stores an identification code. the setting processing section acquires an identification code for determination and provides the code to the management section prior to profile registration. The management section compares the provided identification code for determination with the identification code for management to register the profile provided by the information processing terminal without a time limit when the codes match or register the profile provided by the information processing terminal with a time limit when the codes do not match to delete the profile when the time limit elapses.11-01-2012
20100309502APPLICATION EXECUTING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, TERMINAL EQUIPMENT, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An application executing method makes an information processing apparatus coupled to an image forming apparatus via a network to execute an application that functions in the image forming apparatus. The application executing method downloads the application from the image forming apparatus by the information processing apparatus, starts the downloaded application by the information processing apparatus, and absorbs differences in an execution environment of the application between the image forming apparatus and the information processing apparatus, by the information processing apparatus, so as to realize functions of the application in the information processing apparatus.12-09-2010
20100309501DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A device management apparatus capable of managing a large number of devices, while suppressing a consumed storage area to a minimum, without restricting an amount of information acquired from management object devices and without restricting the number of management object devices. A network device management program which runs on a multi-functional device serving as the device management apparatus searches for network devices connected to a network, acquires basic information from all of searched devices, acquires additional information only from display object devices whose detail information is to be displayed on a device list screen, and separately displays the basic information and the additional information on a display unit.12-09-2010
20100309500DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Disclosed is a data processing apparatus including an application execution unit that transmits job data; a virtual printer driver unit that is invoked upon receiving the job data from the application execution unit, extracts job information data specifying print setting from the job data, generates a work space to perform image conversion for each job, and generates drawing data of a higher image format from the job data in the work space; and a transmission processing unit that is generated as a private instance corresponding to the job data and instructs a printer driver of a transmission destination, which is determined as the transmission destination corresponding to the job data, to print the drawing data of the higher image format under the print setting specified by the job information data so as to generate output data containing raster data compatible with a printer of the transmission destination.12-09-2010
20100309499IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An MFP is connected with an administrator PC having a printer driver installed thereon through a network to be controlled by the printer driver. The MFP is provided with an image reading portion for optically reading predetermined printed matter to input image data, a printing set value judging portion for judging printing set values when printed matter is printed from input image data, and an initial set value input portion for inputting the judged printing set values as initial set values of a printer driver. The initial set value input portion set printing set values obtained by reading printed matter on an initial set value input screen of a printer driver as the initial set values of the printer driver, and initial set values set to the initial set value input screen are changeable by a user.12-09-2010
20130182271COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM WITH COMMUNICATION PROGRAM STORED THEREON, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes a detection unit, a data acquisition unit, and a communication unit. The detection unit is configured to detect whether or not print target data based on a print job has been created in a format suitable for printing on a predetermined image forming apparatus. The data acquisition unit is configured to acquire, when the detection unit detects that the print target data has been created, the created print target data and accompanying print information extracted from the print job. The communication unit is configured to transmit print data containing the acquired print target data and accompanying print information to the image forming apparatus using a predetermined protocol applicable to the image forming apparatus.07-18-2013
20130182272IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, HOST APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER THEREOF - An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus and a host apparatus. The image forming apparatus counts an idle state time during which the image forming apparatus is not in use, and,when the idle state time reaches a predetermined threshold time, transmits a notice screen display command to the host apparatus. The host apparatus displays a notice screen, and, when a turn on time extension menu is selected on the notice screen, transmits a turn on time extension command to the image forming apparatus. When the turn on time extension command is received, the image forming apparatus resets a timer unit and recounts the idle state time, and, when the turn on time extension command is not received for a predetermined time, is automatically turned off.07-18-2013
20130182273DUPLEX SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A duplex scanning apparatus includes a scan case including a platen glass, a first scanning module disposed inside the scan case, a scanning module moving unit that is disposed inside the scan case perpendicular to the first scanning module and guides a movement of the first scanning module, and an automatic document feeding apparatus disposed on a top side of the scan case to cover the platen glass including a feeding frame in which a document moving route is formed, a scanning module opening formed on an upper side of the document moving route in the feeding frame, a second scanning module disposed in the scanning module opening, and a scanning module adjusting unit formed to rotate the second scanning module at a predetermined angle based on a point of the feeding frame with respect to the scanning module opening.07-18-2013
20130182274IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a main controller board having a control unit corresponding to a basic model of a product, and a sub memory unit configured to communicate with the control unit. The derivative model information, which is related to a derivative model that is derived from the basic model, is stored at the sub memory unit, and the control unit is configured to receive the stored derivative model information by communicating with the sub memory unit. An operation of the image forming apparatus is controlled based on the received derivative model information, thereby supporting a plurality of series models in an integrated manner by use of the main controller board of a basic model without manufacturing a main board for each of the series models of the image forming apparatus while the series models are provided with the functionalities that are similar to each other.07-18-2013
20120281246MULTI-FUNCTIONAL DEVICE HAVING SCANNER MODULE AND IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SCANNER MODULE - A multi-functional device comprising an image forming apparatus to form a printing image and a scanner module to scan an image. The scanner module includes an illuminator to illuminate a light to a document mount, a sensor unit to read an image information of an object placed on the document mount, and an imaging lens to focus the light reflected from the object onto the sensor unit. The illuminator includes a light source to emit light, a light guiding unit and changes a traveling path of the light emitted from the light source to illuminate the document mount, and a guide holder which comprises an installation part where the light guiding unit is installed, and a mounting part where the light source holder is mounted to provide the light source at least one side of the light guiding unit.11-08-2012
20120281245INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printer driver and an advanced UI application are associated with each other during installation, and the advanced UI application is activated in a different process using a COM when the printer driver is called.11-08-2012
20120281244SCANNER APPARATUS, RELATED METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An embodiment of an integrated scanner apparatus, includes a support surface for objects to be scanned, a scanner unit to perform a scanning movement relative to the support surface to capture images of portions of objects to be scanned, and a printer unit carried by a carriage mobile with respect to said support surface, wherein said scanner unit is carried by said carriage carrying said printer unit to be imparted said scanning movement by said carriage.11-08-2012
20130155433PRINTING ON A RANDOMLY ORDERED STACK OF MEDIA - A printing apparatus includes a print media input holder; a print region; at least one media transport element for moving sheets of recording medium from the print media input holder to the print region; and a scan element disposed along a printing path; and a controller including: a first selectable printing mode that includes: using the scan element to determine whether a first side of a sheet of recording medium has marks on it; and printing on the first side of the sheet if it is determined that the first side does not have marks on it; and a second selectable printing mode that does not include determining whether the sheet of recording medium has marks on it.06-20-2013
20130155434SORTING A MEDIA STACK USING A SCANNING APPARATUS - A scanning apparatus includes a scan element disposed proximate a scan window; a document input holder; a document output holder; an automatic document feeder configured to move sheets of media from the document input holder past the scan window for scanning by the scan element; and a controller including: a first selectable mode that includes ordering a randomly oriented stack of recording medium provided to the automatic document feeder; and a second selectable mode that includes scanning images for information content on documents provided to the automatic document feeder.06-20-2013
20130155435MULTI-FUNCTION PRINTER AND INTUITIVE DOCUMENT ALIGNMENT METHOD THEREOF - A multi-function printer (MFP) and an intuitive document alignment method thereof are provided. The provided method includes: installing a first touch strip light-emitting diode (LED) module on a first document alignment boundary of a scan platform of the MFP, and installing a second touch strip LED module on a second document alignment boundary of the scan platform of the MFP, where the first and the second document alignment boundaries are perpendicularly intersected; and controlling, when a top cover of the MFP is opened, the first and the second touch strip LED modules to respectively generate a first and a second predetermined lighting lines, where a default scan area can be defined by the first and the second lighting lines.06-20-2013
20130155436ALTERING A PDF PRINT JOB BASED UPON CRITERIA STORED IN MEMORY OF A PRINTING SYSTEM - Systems and methods are provided for altering the content of a PDF print job. The printing system includes a memory, an interface, and a markup engine. The memory includes criteria for identifying Portable Document Format (PDF) content stored in print jobs, and also includes a mark-up instruction for altering printable PDF content stored in print jobs, where the mark-up instruction references one or more of the criteria. The interface is operable to receive a PDF print job for processing. The markup engine is operable to access the mark-up instruction, to review the PDF print job to identify multiple segments of the print job that each include PDF content that matches the one or more criteria referenced by the mark-up instruction, and to alter the identified segments based on the mark-up instruction.06-20-2013
20130155437IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING CIRCUIT, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus including a reading unit that reads a document, an image forming and outputting unit that performs an image forming and outputting process, a read image transfer circuit that processes and transfers read image information so as to input the read image information to a controller of the image processing apparatus, an output image transfer circuit that processes and transfers output image information so as to input the output image information to the image forming and outputting unit, and a clock oscillator that generates clocks to be supplied to the read image transfer circuit and the output image transfer circuit, wherein the clock oscillator individually alters clock supply states for supplying the clocks to the read image transfer circuit and to the output image transfer circuit, depending on an operating mode of the image processing apparatus.06-20-2013
20130155438IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read a document to generate a document image, a determination unit configured to determine whether rotation processing for rotating the document image is to be performed when printing is performed based on the document image, and a display unit configured to display a print preview representing a printed result, wherein the display unit displays the print preview if the determination unit determines that the rotation processing is to be performed.06-20-2013
20130155439DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A scanner unit changes a first wire included in a pair of wires in Low condition into High condition, sets another second wire in Low condition during the change, and identifies whether a CISM coupled with a resistor is or a CISM coupled with no resistor is by inputting a signal from the second wire afterward. Further, the controller changes the first wire in High condition into Low condition, sets the second wire in High condition during the change, and identifies the CISM by inputting a signal from the second wire. The scanner unit sets the second wire in condition before being changed while changing condition of the first wire so as to prevent an effect of a signal (crosstalk) caused when the condition of the first wire is changed more effectively.06-20-2013
20130155440INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus that positively notifies a notification destination of information to be notified even if a communication protocol is changed before notifying storage of stored data. A notification setting processing section of a document storage notification application sets a protocol for accessing the stored document data from a computer via a network. When document data is stored in a HDD, a mail transmission processing section notifies the computer of storage location information on the document data for accessing the data according to the set protocol. If the set protocol is changed before the storage location information is notified to the computer, a control section causes the mail transmission processing section to notify the computer of storage location information for causing the document data to be accessed using the changed protocol.06-20-2013
20130182275IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image forming apparatus, comprising: an image reading unit configured to read the first image data printed on one side of an original and the second image data printed on the other side of the original; an image forming unit configured to carry out a image forming process for the first and second image data read by the image reading unit and a control unit configured to activate the image forming unit to carry out the image forming process for the first image data when the image reading unit reads a specified area related to the second image data.07-18-2013
20130182276PRINTER WITH SELECTABLE CAPABILITIES - A system comprising a processor and a memory comprising firmware is provided. The firmware is executable by the processor to cause the processor to operate a print mechanism in accordance with a first state associated with a capability of the print mechanism, change the first state associated with the capability to a second state in response to receiving first information from an external interface, and operate the print mechanism in accordance with the second state associated with the capability.07-18-2013
20110279843Apparatus for Controlling Image Formation, Computer Readable Device Having Stored Thereon Computer-Executable Instructions for Forming Images, and Method of Generating Image Formation Setting Information - A computer readable device has stored thereon computer-executable instructions that, when executed, cause a computer to function as a generation module, a setting module and a production module. The generation module is configured to generate a data structure including a first region storing a first image formation condition and a second region for storing location information representing a location of the second region and in which a second image formation condition is written by an application program based on the location information. The setting module is configured to set the first image formation condition in the first region based on the second image formation condition written in the second region by the application program. The production module is configured to produce image formation data based on the first image formation condition stored in the first region.11-17-2011
20130120780IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image processing system includes a server computer and a plurality of image processing apparatuses communicable with the server computer. The server computer has a function of causing the plurality of image processing apparatuses to execute one job in a shared manner, and if power supply/demand situation is good, it causes the plurality of image processing apparatuses to execute one job in a shared manner, and if the power supply/demand situation is tight, it excludes at least one of the image processing apparatuses and causes the remaining image processing apparatuses to execute one job in a shared manner. This reduces power consumption of the image processing system while it is possible to cause a plurality of image processing apparatuses to execute one job such as a cluster printing job.05-16-2013
20130120782IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED IMAGE PROCESSING EFFICIENCY - A multifunctional printer comprises a CCD for reading an image on one side of a document, a CIS for reading an image on the other side of the document, an image processing unit for processing the image of the side read by the CCD or the CIS, and a determining unit (S05-16-2013
20130120781ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, NON-TEMPORARY RECORDING MEDIUM, COMMUNICATION TERMINAL UNIT, AND OPERATION CONTROL SYSTEM - A multifunction peripheral 05-16-2013
20110310425DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM - If a user specifies shutdown of the power supply of an apparatus from a console, another apparatus connected to the same network is notified so as not to issue a request for a new shared job, and it is determined whether a scheduled shared job exists. The display on a display screen is changed in accordance with the result of the determination. If it is determined that a shared job exists, shutdown of the power supply is controlled in accordance with the status of execution of the shared job.12-22-2011
20110310424IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPERATION CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus, which makes it possible to improve the maneuverability and usability of the apparatus concerned. The apparatus includes: a display section to display a screen thereon; a controlling section to form a synthesized image in which position detecting symbols are synthesized with an image onto which the screen displayed on the display section is to be arranged; a storage section to store a table in which the keys and corresponding positions of the keys, arranged on the paper sheet, are correlated with each other, respectively; and a printing section to print the synthesized image onto the paper sheet. When acquiring positional information, the controlling section refers to the table so as to specify a specific key correlated with the positional information, and establishes a status of the image forming apparatus, being same as that established by designating the specific key from the screen.12-22-2011
20110310423IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM AND FUNCTION SETTING METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus having a display section to display screens for setting a function; a control section to form an image where alternatives of a function to be set by transiting plural screens are aggregated and arranged on one page of sheet, and to form a composite image where a position detection code for identifying a position on the sheet is combined with the image; a memory section to store a table which correlates each of the alternatives with a position of each of the alternatives on the sheet; and a print section to print the composite image on the sheet, wherein in cases where the control section acquires position information having been identified by the position detection code on the sheet, the control section refers to the table to identify an alternative corresponding to the position information, and sets a function based on the identified alternative.12-22-2011
20110310422IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, PRINT SETTING METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH PRINT SETTING PROGRAM OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IS RECORDED - In general, according to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a display unit, an operation input unit, a storage unit, a control unit, and an image forming unit. The operation input unit receives an operation input. The storage unit stores function restriction instruction content that disables setting and use of a predetermined function related to printing, so as to correspond to a sheet handling method after image formation. The control unit displays a setting screen for setting each function related to printing and selecting the sheet handling method on the display unit, acquires the function restriction instruction content corresponding to the selected sheet handling method from the storage unit when the sheet handling method is selected, displays the setting screen in which setting and use of the predetermined function are disabled on the display unit on the basis of the acquired function restriction instruction content, and receives print setting on the setting screen. The image forming unit is controlled by the control unit on the basis of the setting received on the setting screen and forms an image on a sheet.12-22-2011
20110310421DOCUMENT CREATION APPARATUS, DOCUMENT CREATION METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The document creation apparatus includes a planned division region data extraction unit that extracts data of a planned division region from document image data for each of all pages of a double-page spread document; a reference data generation unit that generates reference data for the planned division regions based on the extracted data of the planned division regions of all pages; a division determination unit that, if a difference between the reference data and the data of the planned division region is larger than or equal to a preset determination threshold, determines that division is impossible, and if the difference is smaller than the determination threshold, determines that division is possible; and an image division processing unit that, if the determination result is that division is impossible, prints the document image data without dividing the document image data, and if the determination result is that division is possible, divides and prints the document image data.12-22-2011
20110310420IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - When an input value is a standard value which is smaller than a maximum value (for example, 12-22-2011
20110310419Detection Device, Printer, And Control Method For A Detection Device - The time the control device of a small information device spends in an energy conservation mode is maximized to achieve low power consumption while stabilizing measurements. A measurement device that intermittently drives an LED to emit a detection beam and intermittently receives and measures the detection beam by means of a photodetector has a CPU that changes its own operating mode to a sleep mode in which the LED drive state is sustained for the time until the LED drive state stabilizes after driving the LED starts.12-22-2011
20110310418INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM - This invention provides an information processing system which dynamically changes, in accordance with the configuration of a connected image processing apparatus, the operation mode when causing the image processing apparatus to execute a job, and a method of controlling the same. To accomplish this, the information processing system according to the invention includes an MFP capable of executing a job script, an MFP that opens the functions of the MFP to the outside so as to allow controlling job execution externally, and a Web server that creates screen data to be displayed on the operation unit of the MFP. In the information processing system, the MFP notifies the Web server of the device configuration information of the MFP, and the Web server determines, based on the device configuration information, the optimum operation mode when causing the MFP to execute a job.12-22-2011
20110310417PRINTING EVALUATION INFORMATION DISPLAYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING EVALUATION INFORMATION DISPLAYING METHOD FOR PRINTING PRESS - It is an object of the invention to provide a printing evaluation information displaying apparatus and method for a printing press wherein the printing operator can grasp printing evaluation information and printing press operation information to be used as parameters of quality management at the same time. The printing evaluation information displaying apparatus for a printing press 12-22-2011
20130188208Image Registration Method, Recording Medium, and Data Processing Device - Logo data can be easily created and registered in a printer without requiring special knowledge. A host computer executes a dedicated tool starting step that starts a dedicated tool for logo editing when a first printer driver is selected from a printer selection field in a print window of an application; a print data output step that outputs print data generated by the application to the dedicated tool; an image editing step that edits the print data and produces logo data using the dedicated tool; and a registration command step that outputs the logo data and a registration command to register the logo data in a receipt printer using the dedicated tool.07-25-2013
20130188209RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes: an apparatus main body including a recording device that performs a recording operation on a medium; a scanner unit pivotably mounted on a top portion of the apparatus main body and configured to be openable and closable when the scanner unit is tilted; and an operation panel unit provided on the scanner unit so as to tilt together with the scanner unit. When the scanner unit is in a closed position, the operation panel unit defines a front face of the recording apparatus and a lower edge of the operational panel unit defines an ejection port that ejects the medium recorded by the recording device.07-25-2013
20130188210IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING AND READING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING AND READING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - A printing medium on which a read and transport correction pattern whose longitudinal direction extends along the main scanning direction (the direction intersecting the forming and transporting direction) of a printer engine is set as a document M. The printing medium is transported such that the reading and transporting direction extends along the main scanning direction of the printer engine and is read, and read correction information for use in correcting a transport displacement of the document is set on the basis of a result of the reading.07-25-2013
20130188211IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing system includes a plurality of different rasterization processing units, a print image data acquiring unit, and a display image generating unit. The rasterization processing units each perform a rasterization process on print data to generate print image data. The print image data acquiring unit acquires at least one piece of print image data selectively using the plurality of rasterization processing unit. The display image generating unit generates a display image of each of the plurality of print image data.07-25-2013
20120287453IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Since the output destination of accumulated received data cannot arbitrarily be designated in accordance with cancel of a memory reception mode, the memory reception mode cannot be canceled if an error has occurred at the output destination. An image forming apparatus of the present invention, which is capable of facsimile reception, displays a selection screen to cause a user to select the output destination of received data stored in a storage unit in accordance with cancel of the memory reception mode in which facsimile-received data is stored in the storage unit, and outputs the received data to an output destination selected by the user from output destinations displayed in the selection screen.11-15-2012
20110317198IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SHEET DIVERTING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes: plural trays; a reading section configured to convert an image formed on a sheet into image data and cause a storing section to store the image data; an erasing section configured to erase the image formed on the sheet; and a control section configured to acquire the image data from the storing section, determine, using the image data, whether a trace of a staple is present on the sheet, and convey the sheet, from which the image is erased by the erasing section, to any one of the plural trays such that a conveying destination is different according to a determination result.12-29-2011
20110317196PRINT/COPY CONTROL SYSTEM - A print/copy control system including a processing unit which includes a first unit that receives a set of print/copy conditions selected by a user, a second unit that receives a standard set of print/copy conditions of an image forming device designated by the user, a third unit that receives other selectable sets of print/copy conditions of the image forming device, and a display unit that displays a listing of each of the standard set of print/copy conditions of the image forming device, the set of print/copy conditions selected by the user, and the other selectable sets of print/copy conditions of the image forming device for comparison.12-29-2011
20110317195IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an image forming apparatus including a control unit made of a display panel and a touch panel display for providing preview display, the touch panel display includes : a finished state preview controller for displaying the finished state of a hard copy formed by the image forming apparatus, on the display panel; and a confirmatory display controller for displaying preview images for confirmation in a turning manner. The display panel includes a first display area for displaying the finished state of the hard copy, a second display area for displaying a image of the page to be turned for confirmation and a third display area for displaying the images that have been displayed for confirmation, in order in a layered manner.12-29-2011
20110317194CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CHARACTER KEY DISPLAY METHOD - An input device comprises: an operation unit having a display part that can display a plurality of character keys and a touch screen; a subsequent input candidate search unit that, upon detection of contact to an area corresponding to a specific character key in the touch screen, searches among the input candidate string for an input candidate string with a first character being a specific character corresponding to the area thus detected, as a subsequent input candidate string; a subsequent input candidate determination unit that, with regard to the subsequent input candidate thus found, determines a subsequent character following the first character as a subsequent input candidate character; and a display exchange unit that displays a character key of the subsequent input candidate character thus determined, by exchanging with a character key arranged in the vicinity of a character key for the specific character as the first character.12-29-2011
20110317193IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an image forming apparatus including a control unit made of a display panel and a touch panel display and having one-sided image forming mode and dual-sided image forming mode, the touch panel display includes: a finished state preview controller for displaying the finished state of a hard copy; and a confirmatory display controller. The display panel includes a first display area, a second display area and a third display area. The image forming apparatus includes a display position switching controller that switches the position of the image of the page to be turned to be displayed in the third display area, depending on the image forming mode.12-29-2011
20110317191IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus capable of performing control so as to prevent a line registration error from occurring, even if a timing to start counting a positional deviation becomes different between color plane images. A BD identification unit of the image forming apparatus identifies whether a main scanning sync signal is a sync signal for odd-numbered line or for even-numbered line, and outputs a first or second timing edge signal. According to the timing edge signal, a sub-scan timing controller controls an output timing of an image signal to a printer controller. When the top of a page is detected based on the timing edge signal first input from the BD identification unit, the sub-scan timing controller is made enabled. If the first timing edge signal is subsequently input, the image signal output timing is controlled according to the second timing edge signal which is next input.12-29-2011
20110317190IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus, including: an image reading unit configured to continuously read image information from a plurality of originals; and an image forming unit configured to form, on a recording medium at a first speed, an image based on image information of a first original that is read by the image reading unit, wherein, when the image forming unit has completed forming the image based on the image information of the first original before the image reading unit completes reading image information of a second original succeeding to the first original, the image forming unit is decelerated to a second speed lower than the first speed.12-29-2011
20110317189IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus includes an energy saving mode entering process part configured to associate each of plural functions and a minimum necessary energy saving mode of plural energy saving modes to perform the function as first information; and a counting process part configured to count a usage period of time for a used function of the plural functions for each unit period of time. The energy saving mode entering process part is configured to determine which of the plural energy saving modes to enter based on the counted usage periods of time for a present unit period of time and cause the image processing apparatus to enter the determined energy saving mode.12-29-2011
20120002231Image processing apparatus, computer program product, and preview image displaying method - The image data processing apparatus includes a storage unit to store image data having a process setting. The image data processing apparatus includes a selection screen display unit to display the one or more image data stored in the storage unit and to display a selection screen to select whether to use a process content associated with image data selected from the displayed image data if the one segment of image data is used. The image data processing apparatus includes a display control unit to display, on the display device, a preview image reflecting the process content based on the associated process content.01-05-2012
20120013927Data-Processing Apparatus and Data-Processing Method - A data-processing method for being executed by a data-processing apparatus having a storage unit, includes: specifying a type of data or a function that corresponds to a process desired to be executed; reading, from the storage unit, device identification information that is stored in the storage unit in correspondence with the specified type of data or the specified function; and communicating with a device that is identified by the device identification information so as to cause the device to execute the desired process.01-19-2012
20120019852PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT QUALITY, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAME - A printing apparatus includes, a printing unit to execute printing based on first image data, a reading unit to read a sheet on which the printing has been executed to generate second image data, a determination unit to determine whether a printing failure has occurred on the sheet by comparing the first image data with the second image data, and a changing unit to change a determination method used for determining whether the printing failure has occurred. The determination unit executes determination based on the determination method changed by the changing unit. A display unit displays a result of the determination executed by the determination unit using the changed determination method.01-26-2012
20120019851MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A management system that can appropriately manage a list of functions that can be provided by an image forming apparatus configured to provide a function to a client apparatus by utilizing a function provided by a function provision apparatus. An image forming apparatus is configured, if the function list transmission request is received from the management apparatus, to issue an inquiry, to a function provision apparatus which provides a part of the functions provided by the image forming apparatus to the client apparatus to the image forming apparatus, about operation of the function, and if a reply to the inquiry is received from the function provision apparatus, configured to generate and transmit to the management apparatus a function list of functions provided by the image forming apparatus to the client apparatus according to information about a function, among the functions provided by the function provision apparatus included in the reply, which can be provided to the image forming apparatus and according to information about the function that can be provided by the image forming apparatus to the client apparatus. The management apparatus is configured to display the function list when the function list is received from the image forming apparatus.01-26-2012
20130194597OPERATION RECEIVING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An operation receiving apparatus includes an input data display unit, an output data display unit, an operation reception unit, and a setting unit. The input data display unit displays input data. The output data display unit displays output data generated from the input data on the basis of a processing condition. The operation reception unit receives an operation for the input data that is displayed by the input data display unit and an operation for the output data that is displayed by the output data display unit. The setting unit sets the processing condition to be different depending on whether the operation reception unit receives an operation as an operation for the input data that is displayed by the input data display unit or as an operation for the output data that is displayed by the output data display unit.08-01-2013
20130194598PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A print control apparatus includes rendering units performing rendering in response to a print instruction described in a page description language; a print instruction storage unit storing the print instruction for printing pages; a distribution unit sequentially distributing process requests, each specifying which page is to be rendered, and reference information for accessing the print instruction, to the rendering units; and a process request storage unit storing process requests. The rendering units each execute rendering by accessing the print instruction based on the reference information, and extracting a part of the print instruction of a specified page to image data. The distribution unit distributes a process request when there is a rendering unit to which the process request is distributable in ascending order, and, when there is no such rendering unit, stores the process request, and selects and distributes a smallest-page-number process request to one rendering unit.08-01-2013
20130194599READING APPARATUS - A reading apparatus includes an auto document feeder configured to be openable and closable around a hinge with respect to a unit including an image sensor. The auto document feeder includes a roller configured to move a document relative to the image sensor, a motor, a gear train configured to transmit a rotation of a rotational shaft of the motor to the roller, and an encoder unit configured to detect rotation information of the motor, and including a sensor and a code wheel. An orientation of the rotational shaft is substantially parallel to a rotational axis of the hinge, and the gear train is arrayed in a direction of an extension of the rotational shaft. A gear that is a part of the gear train is attached to one end of the rotational shaft, and the code wheel is attached to the other end thereof.08-01-2013
20130194600READING APPARATUS AND READING CONTROL METHOD - A reading apparatus includes an image sensor, a movement mechanism including a motor that relatively moves between a document and the image sensor, an encoder that detects information about the relative movement, and a control unit that controls driving of the motor and reading by the image sensor based on the detection by the encoder, wherein when a read-suspension event occurs during the reading, the control unit performs control such that the reading is continued while decelerating the motor, a relative position of a last read pixel with respect to a read position by the image sensor is monitored based on the detection by the encoder, and the driving of the motor is stopped when the read position is determined to reach a stop position set within the last read pixel, and the motor is driven again to resume the reading with a pixel next to the last read pixel.08-01-2013
20130194601INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Depending on the environment of an operating system, it may be difficult to set print setting information desired by a user, resulting in a decrease in operability for the user. A printer driver activates software that operates in a desktop UI environment, by an additional process which is different from print processing when printing is performed. Accordingly, a print setting screen that can set the print setting information desired by the user is displayed.08-01-2013
20130194602Image Processing Device and Image Processing Unit - An image processing device includes a power supply unit, an operation unit, and an image processing unit. The power supply unit supplies power in first power supply mode or second power supply mode. The operation unit receives power from the power supply unit in first or second power supply mode and accepts an input from a user. The image processing unit receives the power if the power supply unit is in first power supply mode. At least one of the operation unit and the image processing unit determines whether a predetermined condition is satisfied if the power supply unit is in first power supply mode. At least one of the operation unit and the image processing unit is configured to perform a shutoff process to shut off power supply to at least one of electronic components in the image processing device if the predetermined shutoff condition is satisfied.08-01-2013
20130194603Apparatus for Outputting Image, Apparatus for Inputting Image, Computer, Method for Displaying Screen, and Computer-Readable Storage Medium for Computer Program - An apparatus for outputting an image is provided. The apparatus includes a printer; a storage to store screen data on a screen in which a plurality of objects are provided and on which settings regarding a process for printing an image onto paper with the printer are made; an obtaining portion to obtain image data on a target image to be outputted; a display device to display, if a medium to which the target image is outputted is electronic paper, the screen based on the screen data in a manner to hide or not to place an unrelated object which is included in the objects and is not related to the electronic paper; and an output portion to output the image data to the electronic paper based on conditions designated on the screen displayed in such a manner that the unrelated object is hidden or not placed.08-01-2013
20130194604Event Notification System in Which a Terminal is Notified of Events Generated in Devices Via a Network - An event notification system includes a terminal and devices coupled thereto via a network that process jobs provided from the terminal The device includes a database in which a subscription including an event type and a notification address is registered on the basis of a notification registration request from the terminal In the device, an event generator generates an event with event data indicating a status change within the device. Given the status change of a job, a value indicating a requestor of the job process is included in the event data. When the event data includes the requester, an event notification manager sends a notification to the notification address in the subscription including the values of the status change and the requester, and sends the notification to the notification address in the subscription including the value of the status change.08-01-2013
20130194605Image Forming Apparatus that Performs Rectangle Drawing Processing - An image forming apparatus includes: a dot image forming unit executes one of: (i) a default mode of forming a dot image of an entire rectangle by placing an internal dot group corresponding to a fill of an inside a rectangle and a contour dot group corresponding to a contour of the rectangle based on a first dot placement rule and a second dot placement rule, respectively; or (ii) a change mode of forming the dot image of the rectangle by unifying dot placement rules into either of the two dot placement rules and placing the internal dot group and the contour dot group; and an image formation control unit causes, in the change mode, the dot image forming unit to unify the dot placement rules into either of the two dot placement rules and to place the internal dot group and the contour dot group.08-01-2013
20130194606IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image reading device includes a reading portion and a communication portion. The reading portion reads an image. The communication portion performs communications with an external device by using a first class driver and a second class driver simultaneously. The communication portion includes a first transmission portion, a receiving portion, and a second transmission portion. The first transmission portion transmits to the external device, using the first class driver, data that are used for executing an application that enables the external device to issue a command to the image reading device. The receiving portion receives a command to read an image from the external device using the second class driver. The second transmission portion transmits to the external device, in a case where the receiving portion has received the command to read an image, using the second class driver, an image that has been read by the reading portion.08-01-2013
20120026521IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus includes a plurality of control sections each of which performs analysis processing of analyzing data of page description language form to generate intermediate language data and rendering processing of generating rendering data based on the intermediate language data generated by the analysis processing, the plurality of control sections capable of performing the analysis processing and the rendering processing parallely with each other; and a storage section which stores the intermediate language data and the rendering data, and at least any one of the plurality of control sections obtains information with regard to a vacant capacity of the storage section, and at least any one of the control sections discontinues the analysis processing being performed by at least any one control section and performs the rendering processing based on the information with regard to the vacant capacity of the storage section and a predetermined set value.02-02-2012
20120057184FUNCTION EXPANSION METHOD USING PRINT DATA, FUNCTION EXPANSION DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Various functions can be easily added using print data output from an existing application without modifying the existing application program. A function expansion method for executing a process that expands the functions of an application runs on a computer that operates according to an operating system on the operating system kernel layer, executes a specific process according to an application on an application layer, and has one or more communication ports, includes a step of acquiring print data output from the application on the operating system kernel layer, and a step of performing at the application layer a process expanding the function of the acquired print data, and outputs the print data after processing to a suitable communication port.03-08-2012
20120057180Image forming apparatus and method for controlling the same - An image forming apparatus and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The image forming apparatus includes an input unit to generate an administrator scan profile and establish a scan profile policy, and allows the administrator of the apparatus to apply a specific scan profile policy to all users sharing the apparatus using the input unit. The image forming apparatus includes an input unit to perform at least one of generation of a first scan profile and establishment of a scan profile policy, and a controller to perform a scanning operation according to at least one of the first scan profile and the scan profile policy.03-08-2012
20130201505PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A print control apparatus includes a rendering unit, a sending unit, a distribution unit, and a saving unit. The rendering unit performs rendering in response to a print instruction described in a page-dependent page description language where details of a change of a print resource on a certain page are applied to other pages. The sending unit sends the entire print instruction including pages to the rendering unit. The distribution unit distributes, to the rendering unit, a process request specifying which of the pages is to be rendered. The saving unit saves a process state of the rendering unit after rendering a preset page. When executing rendering by extracting the print instruction of the page specified by the distributed process request to image data, if the process request is distributed in descending order, the rendering unit resumes the process state saved in the saving unit, and renders the specified page.08-08-2013
20130201506COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, CENTER SERVER, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - There is provided a communication control apparatus, a center server, and a communication system capable of performing processing during a communication error at low cost without installation of any special functions. The communication control apparatus includes a call control unit which establishes communication connection with another apparatus by using SIP and a transmission and reception control unit which establishes communication connection with a predetermined center server which connects to the NGN if the other apparatus is not compatible with NGN data connection, transmits to the center server a command in which option values including target information of the other apparatus and a reroute processing request are designated, and transmits a file to the center server to cause the center server to transfer a file obtained by converting the file to the other apparatus.08-08-2013
20130201507ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SETTING VALUE ADJUSTEMENT AND SETTING VALUE ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus comprises a storage apparatus configured to store a model-specific setting value information containing a name of machine, a setting item code that is the object for adjusting of the setting value and an outlier determination condition of the setting value, which is predefined every combination the model name and the setting item, and a self-apparatus setting value information containing a setting value of self-apparatus, the setting item code and the setting value, and a control panel configured to display a display unit for displaying the model-specific setting value information and the self-apparatus setting value information every setting item code, and an adjustment value input screen including a input unit for inputting a new setting value.08-08-2013
20130201508Automated File Generation Using a Multifunction Peripheral - There is disclosed multifunction peripheral and a method for automated file generation. The multifunction peripheral includes a network interface for accessing a data source including data to be inserted into a plurality of files generated using a template and the data source and for sending the plurality of files to the output destination. The multifunction peripheral also includes a user interface for receiving identification of template elements within an electronic document and for receiving selection of an output destination for the plurality of files generated using the template and the data source. The multifunction peripheral also includes a controller for generating the template from the electronic document using the identified template elements, for generating a preview of a file generated using the template and the data source, the preview visible on the display device and for generating the plurality of files using the template and the data source.08-08-2013
20130201509CONTROL DEVICE - A control device, which is used for a system including a content server configured to store a plurality of contents and a plurality of printers, includes: a determination unit configured to, when a first instruction for printing a specific content of the plurality of contents is input into a specific printer of the plurality of printers, determine specific print setting relation information relating to a specific print setting that is recommendable for the specific printer to print the specific content in accordance with specific type relation information relating to a type of the specific printer and specific content relation information relating to the specific content; and a print control unit configured to control a print execution unit of the specific printer to print the specific content by using the specific print setting in accordance with the determined specific print setting relation information.08-08-2013
20130201510IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention is directed to an image forming apparatus including a switch configured to shift the image forming apparatus from a power-off state to a first power state.08-08-2013
20130201511IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, OPERATION STANDARDIZATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ENCODED WITH OPERATION STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes an operating portion to output operation identification information in response to acceptance of an operation designated by an operation user, an application portion operative, in response to reception of one of process identification information items, to perform a process of the type corresponding to the received process identification information item, an association portion operative, at the stage when an application program is installed, to associate a plurality of types of processes determined by the application program respectively with sets of one or more operations among a plurality of types of operations, a process specifying portion to specify a process associated with the set of one or more operations specified by the operation identification information item(s) output from the operating portion, and an operation notification portion to output the process identification information of the specified process to the application portion.08-08-2013
20130201512IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a first reception unit configured to receive a first type job via a network, a second reception unit configured to receive a second type job generated based on a user's operation received by an operation unit of the image forming apparatus, a setting unit configured to set a time at which shutdown processing for turning off the image forming apparatus is to be performed, and a control unit configured to, in a case where there is the first type job when the time set by the setting unit is reached, perform the shutdown processing without executing the first type job, and to, in a case where there is the second type job when the time set by the setting unit is reached, perform the shutdown processing with executing the second type job.08-08-2013
20130201513INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD AND PROGRAM OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a printing device includes an input unit for inputting a search condition for searching for a desired printing device, a display unit for displaying at least one printing device that satisfies the search condition, a selection unit for selecting a printing device from the at least one printing device displayed by the display unit, and a setting unit for setting the search condition input by the input unit as a printing setting for the printing device selected by the selection unit in accordance with selection of the printing device by the selection unit.08-08-2013
20130201503FILTERING OF PRINTERS FOR DRIVERLESS PRINTING - The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates the execution of a print job. During operation, the system identifies a set of printers providing a driverless-printing service in proximity to a portable electronic device associated with the print job. Next, for each printer from the set of printers, the system attempts to obtain a protocol key and a set of supported capabilities associated with the protocol key from the printer. If the protocol key and the set of supported capabilities exist for the printer, the system determines an eligibility of the printer for the print job based on the protocol key and the set of supported capabilities. If the printer is eligible for the print job, the system provides the printer to a user of the portable electronic device to enable subsequent selection of the printer for the print job.08-08-2013
20130201504ENABLING ACCESS TO SUPPORTED CAPABILITIES OF PRINTERS PRIOR TO INSTALLING PRINTER-SPECIFIC SOFTWARE FOR THE PRINTERS - The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates use of a printer. During operation, the system obtains, on an electronic device, a set of supported capabilities from the printer. Next, the system provides, to a user of the electronic device, the set of supported capabilities within a workflow for using the printer without installing printer-specific software for the printer. Upon detecting a selection of a supported capability from the provided set of supported capabilities by the user, the system determines if the supported capability requires the printer-specific software. If the supported capability does not require the printer-specific software, the system enables use of the supported capability by the user without using the printer-specific software to provide the supported capability to the user. If the supported capability requires the printer-specific software, the system uses the printer-specific software to provide the supported capability to the user.08-08-2013
20080304093IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus with an image reading apparatus that may suppress the intensity level of radiated noise from the image reading apparatus in an appropriate manner, without disrupting other functions, etc. The movable image reading apparatus comprises a carriage having a light source adapted to expose an original to light, a photoelectric conversion element, and a drive circuit unit adapted to drive the photoelectric conversion element; and a plurality of guide members adapted to movably guide the carriage. The plurality of guide members are individually earthed to a housing of the image forming apparatus through a plurality of earth contacts.12-11-2008
20130201502IMAGE INPUT TERMINAL HAVING WEIGHING PLATEN - A scanner apparatus comprises a transparent platen having a top side and a bottom side opposite the top side, and an optical sensor unit positioned adjacent the bottom side of the transparent platen. The optical sensor unit scans an image of at least one item placed on the top side of the platen to produce an electronic scanned image of the item. Further, a weight sensor unit is connected to the transparent platen. The weight sensor unit senses the weight of the item placed on the top side of the platen to produce an item weight. A processor is operatively connected to the optical sensor unit and to the weight sensor unit. The processor combines the electronic scanned image of the item and the item weight to produce image and weight data, and the processor outputs the image and weight data.08-08-2013
20120062926INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF - An information processing device is provided where document data, which is written in a blog format which includes a plurality of logs using HTML, is acquired via the Internet and an extraction condition such as specification of the category information or specification of the title information is input based on an operation by the user. Then, the acquired document data is analyzed, a log which matches the input extraction condition is extracted out of the plurality of logs included in the document data, and log printing data is created for printing the log by embedding the extracted log into the log printing template written using HTML. That is, when the extraction condition is input for extracting a log which the user desires to print out, log printing data of the log which matches the extraction condition, that is, a log which a user desires to print out, is created.03-15-2012
20130100471COVER SHEETS USED FOR DIAGNOSIS - A method and system collects diagnostic data for use in diagnosing existing and potential image quality issues related to a printer. Document cover sheets and/or electronic versions of the cover sheets are routinely collected, even when there has been no reported image quality issue, to preserve a historical record of the output of the printer over an extended time period. The historical record of the images on the routinely collected cover sheets and/or electronic versions of the cover sheets include data useful in diagnosing existing and potential image quality issues related to substantive pages of the documents processed by the printer.04-25-2013
20130100476IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image reading device includes a light emitting portion, stick-like light guiding member, holding member and case member. An end portion the light guiding member is disposed to face the light emitting portion. The holding member holds the light emitting portion and the light guiding member. The holding member has first and second positioned portions. The first and second positioned portions are formed at one end part and another end part of the holding member in a main scanning direction, respectively. The holding member is attached to the case member. The case member has first and second positioning portions. The first and second positioning portions are formed integrally with the case member. The first and second positioning portions are configured to restrict the inserted first and second positioned portions from moving in a direction transverse to the main scanning direction, respectively.04-25-2013
20120069369DEVICE MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In a device management device, a storage unit stores device information pieces of devices on a network, an acquisition unit acquires a device information piece of one of the devices via the network, and a detection unit compares the device information piece with each of the device information pieces stored in the storage unit, and detects at least one of installation, movement, addition, change, and disposal events with respect to the one of the devices. A transforming unit transforms both identification information of the one of the devices and device information items corresponding to the detected event into data that enables an asset management device to manage the data. A transmission unit transmits the data to the asset management device via the network.03-22-2012
20120075654INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE THAT DISPLAYS A PREVIEW IMAGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A PREVIEW IMAGE, AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING A PREVIEW IMAGE - Provided is an information processing device, including an input device for receiving a specification input for specifying a page for which an image forming apparatus is caused to execute a job, a display for displaying preview images of only a first page and a last page among continuous pages and displaying the preview images of all non-continuous pages that are separate from each other without forming a continuous range when specified pages are the non-continuous pages, and a communication portion for transmitting data for executing a job based on the specified page.03-29-2012
20120075652OPERATION DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND OPERATION METHOD - The operation device according to the present invention includes a touch panel configured to enable selection of a predetermined key contained in a predetermined screen, a function screen display reception unit for displaying a screen including a screen area and a retreat area being an area that is different from the screen area, an operation unit, a screen switching reception unit for displaying an icon key corresponding to the function of the second function screen on the touch panel in a selectable configuration at a predetermined position of the retreat area, a reduced screen display reception unit that displays a first reduced screen key for reducing the first function screen on the touch panel in a selectable configuration in the retreat area, and a function screen switching unit for switching the display of the first function screen in the screen area to the display of the second function screen.03-29-2012
20120081732INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SETTING ITEM SETTING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ENCODED WITH SETTING ITEM SETTING PROGRAM - An information processing system includes a peripheral device at least having a printer function and an information processing apparatus controlling the peripheral device. The peripheral device includes: a display portion; a process execution portion to execute prescribed processing; a storage portion to store user-specific data; and a metadata return portion to refer to the user-specific data in response to reception of a metadata request from the information processing apparatus and to extract and return metadata associated with user identification information included in the received metadata request. The information processing apparatus includes: a first authentication portion to authenticate a user; an execution portion to execute an execution application selected from a plurality of application programs; a metadata request portion to transmit a metadata request; and a reference setting portion to set whether to display a plurality of execution setting items that can be set in the execution application program.04-05-2012
20120086970DIVISION OF RENDERING BLOCK IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus for printing an image of print data includes a generating unit to analyze the print data to generate rendering command data, which includes rendering commands regarding rendering objects for each page, a storing unit to store the rendering command data, and a plurality of rendering processing units to read the rendering command data to execute the rendering commands associated with respective rendering blocks to perform rendering, wherein, upon completing rendering of a first rendering block, a first one of the rendering processing units sends a notice of completion to a second one of the rendering processing units that is performing rendering of a second rendering block, and wherein, in response to the notice, the second one of the rendering processing units divides the second rendering block, and requests the first one of the rendering processing units to perform rendering of part of the second rendering block.04-12-2012
20120086968PRINTING APPARATUS AND OPERATION SETTING METHOD THEREOF - This invention is directed to enhancement of flexibility when connecting an add-in card conforming to the PCI-Express specification. More specifically, the operation mode of the system board of a printing apparatus is configured to cope with both a root-complex and end-point. When an add-in card is inserted into an extension slot, the type of add-in card is discriminated by confirming the ON state of a detection pin. When the inserted add-in card operates as a root-complex, the system board is set to operate as an end-point. When the inserted add-in card operates as an end-point, the system board is set to operate as a root-complex.04-12-2012
20120092693CENTRALIZED PRINT DRIVER DISTRIBUTION IN A DISTRIBUTED PRINTING ENVIRONMENT - Methods, systems, and devices are described for centralized print driver distribution in a distributed printing environment. A set of drivers may be stored at one or more centralized data stores, and distributed to print servers. This distribution may occur on a per-print job basis. Drivers may be automatically removed from the print servers based on certain criteria.04-19-2012
20120092692Information input device, control method thereof and image forming apparatus - An information input device includes a display device that displays an information input screen image and a touch-panel that is arranged on the display device and specifies a designated position on the information input screen image. On a function setting area, a plurality of function setting keys are displayed and, if a flick operation to the right made by the input device on the function setting area is detected, detailed setting items corresponding to each of the function setting keys are displayed on a detailed settings area. Consequently, contents of detailed settings can be displayed at one time in correspondence with each of the function setting keys. Therefore, it becomes possible for the user to easily confirm whether or not function setting is appropriate, and to smoothly select a function.04-19-2012
20120092691IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus connected to an information processing apparatus over a network is provided. When being accessed from the information processing apparatus, the image forming apparatus obtains user information on a user of the information processing apparatus and device information on a functional configuration of the information processing apparatus from data received through communication involved in the access, and stores the user information and the device information. When the operator using an operating panel to operate the image forming apparatus corresponds to the user, the image forming apparatus makes settings a function thereof to be provided to the operator in such a manner that the function is made similar to a function of the information processing apparatus indicated in the device information.04-19-2012
20120092690PRINT SETTING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINT PREVIEW DISPLAY METHOD - According to one embodiment, a print setting apparatus includes: an input section; a display section configured to display a print preview image on which a predetermine marking is rendered; and a control section configured to acquire, from the input section, a coordinate designated by predetermined operation by a user in a display region of the display section and, if the control section detects that the coordinate moves from a rendering region of the predetermined marking, display the preceding page or the next page of a page currently displayed as the print preview image.04-19-2012
20130208291IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - This invention provides an image forming apparatus that introduces a touch input operation in preview for preventing an error output, and suitably controls the touch input operation to prevent an error output caused by the touch input operation, a method of controlling the same, and a program. To accomplish this, the image forming apparatus accepts a touch input operation for scrolling display contents, and when preview for preventing an error output is not being displayed, sets the scroll speed of display contents by the touch input operation to a first speed. When the preview for preventing an error output is being displayed, the image forming apparatus sets the scroll speed of the display contents by the touch input operation to a second speed lower than the first speed.08-15-2013
20130208292IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus that executes a job includes a receiving unit configured to receive a cancel instruction for the job after the job processing is started and before the job is completed; and a control unit configured to perform control, by determining a cause of the cancel instruction received for the job, to switch between a processing in which the job is saved in a saving unit as a job to be re-processed and a processing in which the job is not treated as a job to be re-processed.08-15-2013
20130208293PRINTER DRIVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING THEREIN PRINTER DRIVER - A printer driver includes an assigning unit that assigns a setting value based on storage location information specifying a storage location for each setting value; a compressing unit that converts each of the setting values thus assigned to have a format identifying each storage location, and generates compressed data therefrom; a storage unit that stores each piece of the compressed data compressed by the compressing unit in a storage location specified by the storage location information; a first decompressing unit and a second decompressing unit that decompress the compressed data stored in the storage location; a setting window displaying unit that displays a print setting window using each of the setting values obtained by decompression performed by the first decompressing unit; and a print data generating unit that generates print data using each of the setting values obtained by decompression performed by the second decompressing unit.08-15-2013
20130208294IMAGE FORMATION CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE FORMATION CONTROL PROGRAM - A control device has a preview image data generating unit, a display unit displaying a preview image, an image formation controlling unit forming an image corresponding to the preview image on a recording sheet, and a user operation detection unit detecting a user operation to make modification in the preview image. The modification in the preview image includes at least one of a change of size of a preview image frame in which the preview image is displayed, a change of an area of the preview image frame, an area of the preview image appeared in the preview image frame. A preview image data modifying unit reflects the user operation detected by the user operation detection unit in the preview image data. The image formation controlling unit forms the image on the recording sheet with reflecting the modification made in the preview image data.08-15-2013