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358 - Facsimile and static presentation processing

358100100 - STATIC PRESENTATION PROCESSING (E.G., PROCESSING DATA FOR PRINTER, ETC.)

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20130044343SERVER SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A server system comprises acquisition unit that acquires print data from a document management server based on information for acquiring the print data using received first authorization information without executing the authentication processing based on authentication information; transmission unit that issues second authorization information which permits an access to a cooperation server by executing authentication processing based on the authentication information transmitted from the printer management server, and transmits the second authorization information to the printer management server; and providing unit that provides, to the printer, the print data acquired by the acquisition unit or another print data generated based on the acquired print data without executing the authentication processing based on the authentication information in response to reception of a print data acquisition request from the printer which receives the second authorization information.02-21-2013
20130044344ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Upon receiving an instruction to execute a function from a user, it is determined whether the user who issued the execution instruction has logged in in the case where the function needs data that is set on a user-by-user basis, and if the user has logged in, data that has been set for the logged-in user is given to the corresponding function processing unit, and the instructed function is executed. In the case where the use who issued the execution instruction has not logged in, once the user has been authenticated, the data that has been set for the user is given to the corresponding function processing unit, and the instructed function is executed.02-21-2013
20110176161IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND BILLING DESTINATION SETTING METHOD IN THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus comprises: a controller storing therein a billing destination to which a fee for printing processing is charged, the controller operable to receive, from a user via an operation panel, an instruction for executing the printing processing while the user is logged in and to charge, to the billing destination, the fee for the execution of the printing processing; a card reader operable to receive a new billing destination while the user is logged in, without intervention of the operation panel, wherein when receiving the new billing destination, the controller updates the billing destination to the new billing destination by storing the new billing destination.07-21-2011
20120162693IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE AND COMPUTER ACCESSIBLE STORAGE STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image recording device is provided with a first memory which is a volatile memory, a second memory, an input unit through which authentication information is input, an authentication judging unit. The recording unit is controlled to print an image on the printing sheet based on the drive data, which is converted from the image data stored in the first memory or the second memory and is stored in the first memory or the second memory. The drive data or the image data is stored in each of the first memory and the second memory is transmitted therebetween. The image recording device further includes a restricting unit capable of restricting power supply to the converting unit and the first memory in a sleep mode.06-28-2012
20120162691IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a storage unit, a print accepting unit, an image forming unit, a determination unit, a display control unit and a print control unit. The determination unit determines whether any print data accepted by the print accepting unit include both print data retaining print setting information and print data not retaining any print setting information. The display control unit causes a display message about invalidation of the print setting information retained in the print data, upon a determination that the accepted print data include both print data retaining the print setting information and print data not retaining any print setting information. The print control unit invalidates the print setting information retained in the print data accepted by the print accepting unit and causes the image forming unit to print based on the print data, after the message is displayed by the displayed.06-28-2012
20110205575IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF THE SAME - When a sheet P is jammed after start of a print job, it is determined whether an automatic resumption mode for automatically resuming the print job is set. When a determination result of this determination is affirmative, the print job is resumed after the jam is released. When the determination result is negative, the print job is stopped.08-25-2011
20100079786SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND DISPLAYING PRINTER STATUS - A data processor includes a communication unit, a customized data acquiring unit, a storing unit, a status data acquiring unit, and a display unit. The communication unit performs data communication with an electrical equipment. The customized data acquiring unit acquires customized data. The storing unit stores fixed data and the customized data acquired by the customized data acquiring unit. The customized data is correlated with the fixed data. The status data acquiring unit acquires status data from the electrical equipment via the communication unit. The display unit displays the fixed data and the customized data. The fixed data and the customized data are in association with the status data acquired by the status data acquiring unit.04-01-2010
20100149582Printing on Pre-Tagged Media - A method performed in a telecommunication device is disclosed. Document information is printed onto a plurality of print areas with a printer of the telecommunication device. Each of the print areas is encoded with identity data which differentiates the print areas from each other. The identity data is sensed with a sensor incorporated in a media feed path of the printer. The identity data and the document information are then transmitted to a computer system with a transmitter of the telecommunication device where the document information printed on respective print areas is associated with the identity data of the respective print areas.06-17-2010
20130044345CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A control apparatus controls a processing apparatus that executes predetermined processing. The control apparatus includes a determination unit that determines whether when executing the predetermined processing, the processing apparatus is in a state in which the processing apparatus has been powered on again after power supplied to the processing apparatus has been stopped, an input unit that, when the determination unit has determined that the processing apparatus has been powered on again, performs notification to cause a user of the processing apparatus to input authentication information to authenticate the user and inputs the authentication information in accordance with a user instruction based on the notification, and a permission unit that permits execution of the predetermined processing by the processing apparatus in accordance with the authentication information input by the input unit.02-21-2013
20130044346INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An information processing apparatus that executes a job in accordance with an instruction from a web application of a web server and a method of controlling the information processing apparatus are provided. Error screen information and the web application and/or the job that is received from the web application are associated and stored in a memory. Information in the memory is updated for association of error screen information that indicates an error during job execution with another application other than the web application, and the error screen information that indicates the error is displayed in front of a screen for the other associated application based on the information.02-21-2013
20130044347APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF INSPECTING IMAGE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE INSPECTION CONTROL PROGRAM - An inspection apparatus, inspection system, inspection method, and inspection control program stored in a recording medium, each of which sets a reference point in a master image and a read image read from a printed image, which is to be used for detecting the positional shift between the read image and the master image, based on determination whether a pattern previously added to the printed image for detecting the positional shift is available or can be used to effectively detect the positional shift.02-21-2013
20100007908IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which is capable of flow easily and efficiently resuming an interrupted processing. The image processing apparatus executes a processing flow for sequentially carrying out a plurality of processes. When execution of the processing flow is interrupted due to occurrence of a power failure, the image processing apparatus creates a recovery processing flow for carrying out yet-to-be-executed ones of the processes included in the processing flow, after restart of the image processing apparatus, and executes the created recovery processing flow.01-14-2010
20080259378IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The invention relates to an image forming apparatus capable of operating in a normal mode and a power-saving mode, and includes a control unit that includes a CPU and a memory, operates, in the power-saving mode, the CPU in a low power consumption state, and operates the memory in a self-refresh mode to hold data, and a power source circuit that supplies a power source voltage to each unit of the image forming apparatus in the normal mode, and stops power supply to a circuit unit whose operation is not required in the power-saving mode. When a return factor to the normal mode from the power-saving mode occurs, the control unit distinguishes whether a return to the normal mode is to be made.10-23-2008
20110194135Print View With Easy Page Removal - A computer readable medium having a computer program which when installed on a computer having applications which can be commanded to print and which place pages in a print queue, causes a print command to result in a display of pages and which permits a user to remove any of said displayed pages from said print queue by a sequence of mouse clicks.08-11-2011
20130077125PRINT RELAY SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A print relay system includes a confirmation unit configured to check, in response to reception of a print instruction from a user apparatus, whether print information associated with second printer information that corresponds to a user who operates the user apparatus, of the second printer information included in printer management information, has been received from the print service, or whether a print job has been generated based on the print information. The print relay system further includes a transmission unit configured to transmit, in response to the confirmation unit confirming that the print job has been generated based on the print information associated with the second printer information that corresponds to the user, information including location information of the print job via the user apparatus to the image forming apparatus that executes the generated print job.03-28-2013
20130077124Secure mobile printing method and system - A secure mobile printing method and system allow a user to unlock remotely submitted print jobs without having to remember job identifiers and without imposing onerous barcoding requirements on printer firmware or requiring the user to scroll through a list of print jobs on a printer's front panel display screen. An exemplary method, performed on a mobile device, comprises initiating a print job, assigning a job identifier for the print job, selecting a printer for the print job, sending to the selected printer the print job and the job identifier whereby the print job is locked on the selected printer, imaging a printed printer identification code (PIC) on an exposed surface of the selected printer, resolving the printed PIC image to the job identifier, and sending to the selected printer the job identifier whereby the print job is unlocked.03-28-2013
20090122331Facsimile machine - A communication rate management section reads out a communication rate at the time of occurrence of a communication error related to a destination machine having been selected by a user, based on stored information in a communication history table, when starting image data communication with the destination machine, the communication rate management section also calculating a communication rate with the destination machine in consideration of having a decrease by at least one level or more from the read-out communication rate, and having a facsimile communication section execute communication processing with the destination machine at the calculated communication rate. As a result, the frequency of occurrence of communication errors can be suppressed as much as possible.05-14-2009
20100118329Image forming apparatus and image forming method - An image forming apparatus includes: a LAN I/F for communication with external devices through a network; a printer engine for executing printing; an HDD for storing file name and transmission source information of printed data; a CPU executing, if the LAN I/F receives a print instruction of data having the same file name and same transmission source as data stored in the HDD, a program for detecting wasteful printing, based on match rate of the received data with respect to the printed data and on accumulated number of printed copies related to the transmission source; and an engine I/F for transmitting data and the like to the printer engine, under the control of CPU.05-13-2010
20100073704IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device includes a processor configured to process image data, an image forming unit configured to perform image formation based on the image data processed by the processor, a cover configured to, when being opened, allow an external access to the image forming unit therethrough, a detector configured to detect whether the cover is opened, and an interrupting unit configured to, when determining with the detector that the cover is kept opened for a first time period, interrupt the processing of the image data by the processor.03-25-2010
20100073703IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS CONNECTED TO POWER SUPPLYING DEVICE CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING POWER VIA DATA COMMUNICATION LINE, CONTROL METHOD PERFORMED BY SAME IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM EXECUTED BY SAME IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - A message displaying area displays a message “DATA HAS BEEN RECEIVED”, which indicates that a print instruction has been received, as well as a message “CONDUCT AUTHENTICATION”, which urges a user to enter identification information. On the other hand, an input area displays a form in which a “username” and a corresponding “password” are to be entered. Specifically, a display presents an entry screen for identification information, including messages indicating that a print instruction has been received and authentication is required.03-25-2010
20130083348PRINTING DEVICE - A first acquiring section acquires, at first timing after a print job is received and before a print instruction is given, first print data located at a reference location indicated by reference information of data included in the print job, and stores the first print data in a storage section. A second acquiring section acquires, at second timing when the print instruction is given, second print data located at the reference location. A difference determining section determines whether the second print data are different from the first print data. A necessity determining section determines whether the second print data are necessary, when the second print data are different from the first print data. A printing section prints the second print data when the second print data are necessary, and prints the first print data when the second print data are unnecessary.04-04-2013
20130038892IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device analyzes a drawing command read from a memory and performs a halftone processing function to image data. In the image processing device, a drawing command analysis unit analyzes a drawing command, a full set of drawing commands is registered in a drawing command table, and an error processing command is stored in an error processing command storing unit. When the drawing command analysis unit detects a command error indicating that a drawing command read from the memory is not registered in the drawing command table, an error processing executing unit executes the error processing command stored in the error processing command storing unit and performs an error processing function.02-14-2013
20130038893INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a request-frequency calculating unit, an acceptable-frequency calculating unit, and acceptance/rejection determining unit. The request-frequency calculating unit calculates a request frequency corresponding to a processing request relating to image formation with reference to any one of multiple pieces of frequency information, which is broken down by process category of an image forming process and stored in a predetermined storage unit, selectively. The acceptable-frequency calculating unit calculates an acceptable frequency corresponding to the processing request from acceptable-processing-amount information stored in a predetermined storage unit. The acceptance/rejection determining unit determines whether or not to accept the processing request by comparing the request frequency with the acceptable frequency.02-14-2013
20130038891COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING MULTIPLE PULSE SIGNALS, TRANSMISSION CIRCUIT, RECEPTION CIRCUIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A communication system includes a transmitter and receiver. The transmitter includes a detector configured to detect an error amount of an edge position of a pulse signal caused by sampling; and a multiplexer configured to include a value indicating the detected error amount in a multiplexed signal. The receiver includes a demultiplexer configured to demultiplex the multiplexed signal and output a value indicating an amplitude of the pulse signal and the value indicating the error amount of the pulse signal; and a corrector configured to correct an edge position of the pulse signal using the error amount of the pulse signal, where the edge position is obtained from the value indicating the amplitude of the pulse signal output from the demultiplexer.02-14-2013
20130083347METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PHYSICALLY SECURING A HOST DEVICE - A method for physically securing a first host device upon a detection of a change in an external environment. The method includes initializing the first host device, the first host device having an application, which performs the following steps: creates a neighbor cache table for monitoring a network connection between the first host device and one or more second host devices; monitors the external network connections between the first host device and the one or more second host devices; and upon determining a change in an external environment between the host device and the one or more second host devices, securing the host device from processing jobs and/or requests from the one or more second host devices.04-04-2013
20130033720CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM - The effort required to develop a device object is reduced. A host computer 02-07-2013
20130033721INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, BUTTON PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing system includes an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a registration unit configured to register a library, and an instruction unit configured to instruct the image forming apparatus to generate a button for accessing the registered library when the registration unit registers the library. The image forming apparatus includes a generation unit configured to generate the button for accessing the library from the image forming apparatus according to an instruction from the instruction unit, and a control unit configured to display the button generated by the generation unit on a display unit, and to access the library in response to selection of the displayed button.02-07-2013
20130033719POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A power supply control device includes a photoelectric conversion unit to convert light energy to electricity, and a power supply control signal output unit driven by power converted by the photoelectric conversion unit and configured to detect a change in lighting intensity at an installation environment of the power control device based on an output voltage of the photoelectric conversion unit to output a power control signal which causes power of an external device to start up or shut down to the external device.02-07-2013
20100046022MARKET-SPECIFIC CREDENTIAL AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - A batch of printed credentials each including a polyoptic region including a respective image separately determined during production according to biographic or other information unique to the credential holder, as well as system and a method for producing such credentials. The respective images of the credentials in the batch may convey targeted marketing information. The production process uses credential data retrieved from a data store to print the plurality of customized credentials on a single medium where each credential on the single medium includes an image field based on dynamic data relationships of retrieved credential data.02-25-2010
20100079784Dynamic facsimile transcoding in a unified messaging platform - Facsimile transcoding is dynamically invoked for devices that do not support T.38 fax protocol. In this way, a unified messaging platform can process facsimiles from endpoints that are not T.38 capable without using without digital signal processor resources. Dynamic fax transcoding can be performed at a session border controller, allowing transcoding resources to be engaged only for non-T.38 endpoints rather than for all calls on an interface.04-01-2010
20120206756IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus determines one of a plurality of parameters as a parameter used for line width correction of an image based on a comparison between the images of the straight lines obtained by reading printed straight lines subjected to line width correction using the plurality of parameters and an image of a straight line as a reference image which is to be obtained by reading the straight line printed in a predetermined line width.08-16-2012
20100110471COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A communication apparatus connected with an image processing apparatus including a reading unit for reading an image on a document to generate image data based on the read image. The communication apparatus receives from the image processing apparatus a process definition file defining details of reading processing to be performed by the reading unit and details of transmission processing for transmitting the image data generated by the reading unit, and the image data generated by the reading unit according to the definitions described in the process definition file. The communication apparatus transmits the received image data according to the definitions described in the received process definition file. When an error occurs in image data transmission, the communication apparatus determines whether to notify the occurrence of the error to a source of the process definition file depending on details about the error occurring. When the communication apparatus determines that it is necessary to notify the occurrence of the error to the source of the process definition file as a result of the determination, the communication apparatus notifies the occurrence of the error to the source of the process definition file.05-06-2010
20130027737IMAGE-FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE, AND IMAGE-FORMING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD - An image-forming system comprising an image-forming device and a portable terminal. The image-forming device has a state-detecting part and a panel part that includes a plurality of light-emitting elements, the panel part adapted such that a turned-on/turned-off pattern of the plurality of light-emitting elements is switched, and optical signals destined for the portable terminal and including information on the state of the image-forming device. The portable terminal has an image-capturing part, a storage part for storing an application, a display part for displaying an image and a screen, and a processing part a processing part for identifying, based on the application, the information on the state of the image-forming device included in the optical signals from image data obtained as a result of the image-capturing part capturing an image of the panel part, and for displaying, the state of the image-forming device on the display part.01-31-2013
20130027738Network scanner for global document creation, transmission and management - A network scanner, communication protocols, and client and server programs and are provided which provide an improved way to transmit legally binding documents, obviating the need for outmoded, legacy fax transmissions. Using the network scanner, a document may be scanned and transferred directly into any shared folder inbox residing on any computer attached to the Internet. Enhanced server systems and network communications and messaging protocols are provided that are more practical to use than email for sending documents such as executed legal documents or other documents requiring robust integrity and authenticatability. Similarly, the inventive network scanner, server systems and communication protocols provide improved ways to perform large file transfers and to manage bandwidth to minimize problems associated with uploading/downloading large files as attachments to/from email servers and for enabling user control over VoIP quality during file transmission sessions.01-31-2013
20130027736IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a screen information storage part to store, on a user basis, the screen information of an operation screen containing a shortcut for calling an application; a shortcut creating part to, in response to receiving a request for a job of the application, create a job shortcut for executing the job based on the information of the requested job, and make a request for updating the screen information of a user having requested the job; a screen management part to, in response to receiving the screen information updating request, add information of the created job shortcut to the screen information of the user; a user management part to authenticate and manage the user; a screen creating part to create the operating screen containing the job shortcut based on the screen information of the managed user; and a display part to display the created operating screen.01-31-2013
20130208298INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING PRINT DRIVER MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS - An information processing apparatus connected to a printing apparatus includes a database configured to associate and manage a command identifier and a maintenance command, an acquisition unit configured to acquire from the database the maintenance command corresponding to a command identifier designated by an application and acquired via a spooler according to a port monitor that functions based on an expansion file, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the acquired maintenance command to the printing apparatus according to the port monitor that functions based on the expansion file.08-15-2013
20120182571CONTENT-AWARE IMAGE QUALITY DEFECT DETECTION IN PRINTED DOCUMENTS - A method has been developed for detecting defects in printed images. The method includes operating a printer to print a first printed image and a second image, where the second image is a duplicate of the first printed image. The method further includes generating image data that correspond to the first printed image and the second printed image, and identifying image defects using differences between the image data generated for the first image and the image data generated for the second image.07-19-2012
20130070281PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - It is determined whether a password for a secure print function has been appended to print data, which is to be reprinted, that has been stored in a memory for storing this print data received from a host computer. A prescribed period of time up to the moment of data deletion regarding the print data for which it has been determined that the secure print password has been appended thereto is set to be different from a prescribed period of time up to the moment of data deletion regarding the print data for which it has been determined that the secure print password has not been appended thereto.03-21-2013
20130070283Image Forming Apparatus Which Controls the Number of Jobs that can be Executed Simultaneously - An image forming apparatus includes: a job control unit configured to impose an execution restriction on a job if the number of simultaneously-executed jobs on a function-to-function basis reaches an upper limit value; a guaranteed job count setting unit configured to set a guaranteed job count, wherein the guaranteed job count provides a guaranteed number of simultaneously-executable jobs on a function-to-function basis; and a shared job count setting unit configured to set a shared job count that can be allocated in common to respective functions, which provides the number of simultaneously-executable jobs.03-21-2013
20130070282IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD PERFORMED IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - When, during execution of a job, an operation/display control unit detects a job execution stop command given by an operation display unit, and receives a command to display a list of jobs in an execution standby state from the operation display unit, the operation/display control unit displays a job list screen on the operation display unit, without accepting an input of authentication information from the operation display unit and without passing authentication conducted by an authentication control unit. When the operation/display control unit accepts a command to delete a job in the execution standby state from the operation display unit, the operation/display control unit accepts an input of authentication information, and a job control unit executes deletion of the job in the execution standby state or change of setting of the job in the execution standby state after successfully passing authentication with the authentication control unit using the authentication information.03-21-2013
20130070280PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - Print data is always stored securely in printing to prevent printing of the print data by another person in reprinting without being aware by the user of whether to storage it securely. To accomplish this, print data received from a data processing apparatus is stored, and print processing is executed. When reprinting of the stored print data is instructed after printing, input of authentication information for reprinting is requested. When authentication information input in accordance with the request and authentication information of the stored print data coincide with each other, print processing based on the stored print data is executed.03-21-2013
20130070284MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR MANAGING USAGE OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A management apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus for managing usage of the image forming apparatus is disclosed. The management apparatus includes a user data storage part for storing user identification data and use restriction data corresponding to the user identification data, and a use restriction data acquiring part for acquiring the use restriction data corresponding to the user identification data.03-21-2013
20130070279PRINTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A first memory section stores secret keys that are identical to secret keys stored in a cartridge. A second memory section stores history information relating to a history of usage. A secret-key selecting section performs a secret-key selecting operation of selecting, based on the history information, a specific secret key from among the secret keys. A first-authentication-information generating section encrypts a random number based on the specific secret key, thereby generating first authentication information, which is stored in a third memory section. A transmitting section transmits first identification information for identifying the specific secret key and the random number to the cartridge. A receiving section receives second authentication information generated at the cartridge by encrypting the random number based on a secret key identified by the first identification information. An authenticating section compares the first and second authentication information, and authenticates the cartridge if the both authentication information match.03-21-2013
20130070278PRE-AUTHORIZATION OF PRINT JOBS IN A PRINTING SYSTEM - Systems and methods are provided for pre-authorizing print jobs. The system detects that a printer has entered a secure printing mode that prevents incoming print jobs from printing until credentials have been entered at a console of the printer. The system also receives a print job, receives credentials associated with the print job that identify a user, and determines from the credentials that the user is authorized to use the printer. Additionally, the system is able to transmit the print job to the printer along with a bypass instruction directing the printer to disregard the secure printing mode for this print job.03-21-2013
20130070277DETECTION OF IMAGE QUALITY DEFECTS IN GLOSS - A method for detecting gloss non-uniformities on printed documents is provided. The method includes printing a test pattern using a print engine, the test pattern having gloss; directing one or more light beams, using an illuminator, onto the test pattern to produce at least generally specular reflectance; scanning the test pattern, using a linear array sensor, to obtain image data, the image data corresponding to the generally specular reflectance from the test pattern; and enhancing contrast of the image data to facilitate detection of image quality non-uniformities in the gloss in the test pattern.03-21-2013
20130088744IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus has at least one measurement unit, disposed on a respective power-supply line extending from a first power source to a respective at least one operation module disposed in the image forming apparatus, configured to measure power consumption at the at least one operation module; and a power-saving unit configured to shut down the power supply from the first power source to the at least one operation module to set the image forming apparatus to a power-save mode, wherein the image forming apparatus is configured to shut down power supply to the at least one measurement unit, when the power-saving unit sets the image forming apparatus to the power-save mode.04-11-2013
20130088738IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming system includes plural image forming apparatuses that form images, and a second memory that stores user identification information for identifying a user and apparatus identification information for identifying an image forming apparatus storing image data corresponding to the user identification information so as to be correlated with each other, wherein each of the image forming apparatuses includes a first memory, a reception component, a first acquisition component, a second acquisition component, a storage controller, and an image forming component that forms an image corresponding to image data acquired by the first acquisition component or the second acquisition component.04-11-2013
20130088745IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus includes an engine unit to execute an image forming job, a determination unit to repeatedly determine whether the image forming apparatus is in a standby state or not, based on whether the standby state to wait for execution of the image forming job is maintained for a predetermined time or not, and a controller to control the image forming apparatus to operate in a first power saving mode if it is determined that the image forming apparatus is in the standby state, wherein, in the first power saving mode, information stored in a volatile memory is copied to an internal memory and operation frequencies of a CPU, the volatile memory, and an intellectual property are lowered. Accordingly, power consumption in the standby state is reduced in a stepwise manner.04-11-2013
20130088740IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - When a nongenuine product is used as a replacement part of an image forming apparatus, addition of specific image information to recording paper is prohibited, thereby preventing leakage of an important document. The image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion for forming an image, and a nongenuine product judging portion for judging whether or not a toner cartridge as a replacement part of the image forming portion is a nongenuine product. A printer driver of an information processing apparatus prohibits, when the toner cartridge of the image forming portion is judged as a nongenuine product, addition to recording paper a watermark, copy prohibition information or trace information that is purposely added as the specific image information on a print condition input screen with recognition of an important document by a user.04-11-2013
20130088739METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING PRINTING OPTION - A method of setting printing options at a host apparatus using a LINUX-based operation system (OS), the method including displaying at least one printing option providing text input for a user from among printing options provided by an image forming apparatus connected to the host apparatus; receiving setting information regarding printing options selected by a user from among the at least one printing option as text input; and storing the setting information with the corresponding printing options.04-11-2013
20130088742POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD - A power supply control apparatus to control a power supply to each unit disposed in an image processing apparatus has a primary power supply unit to supply primary, a primary power detector, a transformer to convert the primary power to secondary power for each unit in the image processing apparatus, and a comparing unit that compares the detected primary power and a threshold value for the primary power set in advance and to output a signal corresponding to a comparison result. The comparing unit outputs a signal indicating that a power plug connectable to the external power source is incompletely inserted when the detected primary power is less than the threshold value.04-11-2013
20130088743IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus that operates according to given operational conditions, comprising: a target power consumption receiving unit configured to receive a target value for power consumption; an option receiving unit configured to receive options selected by a user from among a plurality of options defining the operational conditions; a basic data storage unit storing therein basic data for each of the options; a calculation unit configured to calculate the estimated power consumption from the basic data according to the options selected by the user; an excess informing unit configured to inform the user when the estimated power consumption is greater than the target value; and an alternative option informing unit configured to inform the user of an alternative option when the estimated power consumption is greater than the target value, the alternative option reducing the estimated power consumption to be equal to or less than the target value.04-11-2013
20130088741COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - In a system including a communication apparatus having a facsimile function and a relay apparatus connected to the communication apparatus via a communication network, a user directly operates the communication apparatus, thereby preventing the communication apparatus from executing inefficient processing in the entire system. The relay apparatus controls the facsimile function of the communication apparatus that has established communication with the relay apparatus to enable transmission and reception of image data. Furthermore, the relay apparatus restricts execution of the facsimile function of the communication apparatus other than facsimile transmission of the image data transferred from the relay apparatus.04-11-2013
20090303517IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMATION CONTROLLING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PERFORMING THE IMAGE FORMATION CONTROLLING METHOD - An image forming apparatus including a controller generating image data and a print control signal and outputs the image data and the print control signal together with a print request; and an engine driving print process devices to perform print processing according to the image data. Upon receipt of the print request, the engine initiates the print process devices to print an image according to the image data. When receiving no next print request within a predetermined waiting time, the engine inquires the controller whether there is a next page image to be printed. When receiving a response from the controller such that there are next page image data, the engine sets a predetermined second waiting time while stopping termination of the print process devices for the predetermined second waiting time.12-10-2009
20120218588PRINTING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND PRINTING MANAGEMENT METHOD - According to this invention, a printing management system which manages a log of a print job includes a creation unit which creates log information for specifying a print job on the basis of issued print job data, a save unit which saves the log information created by the creation unit in a save location corresponding to the log information in a storage unit, a determination unit which determines, in accordance with a request to access the log information saved in the save unit, whether to permit or reject the access request, and an access unit which reads log information subjected to the access request when the determination unit determines to permit the access request.08-30-2012
20120218587PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus that can process, as a single job, a plurality of records each including a plurality of pages determines whether error information is included in an inspection result acquired from an inspection apparatus, before terminating print processing of each record. Then, if a job control unit determines that the error information is included, the printing apparatus does not perform print processing for a record that follows a print processing completed record and displays a print instruction screen that includes record information generated from the inspection result on a display unit.08-30-2012
20090040546PRINTER CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method used by printing apparatus executing a job based on a print setting accepted via an operation unit including accepting a stop instruction for stopping a print operation for the job via the operation unit and displaying a setting screen reflecting a print setting made for the job for which the print operation is stopped, in response to acceptance of a stop instruction.02-12-2009
20130135658PRINTING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus enabling prevention of unauthorized access from an external apparatus. The printing apparatus receives print data from an external apparatus through wireless communication, and determines whether or not the received print data has authentication information added thereto. When it is determined that the print data has authentication information added thereto, the image data is printed depending on reception of the authentication information from a user. Further, it is determined whether or not the level of security of an encryption method employed in the wireless communication is lower than a predetermined security level. When the print data does not have authentication information added thereto and when the level of security is lower than the predetermined security level, the printing apparatus restricts printing based on the received print data.05-30-2013
20110058210IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When attribute information for a user has been acquired by authentication using an authentication apparatus, a restriction on a useable function is imposed according to the attribute information. When a fee has been collected by a fee collection apparatus, a restriction is imposed on preset functions. In either of these cases, use of the image forming apparatus by another user is prohibited until use by the first user in the useable state is finished.03-10-2011
20130057901CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A control apparatus which makes it possible to realize a configuration for processing a plurality of print jobs efficiently without waste while meeting needs for performing a glossing process on prints. When a sheet printed in a first process is fed from a sheet feeder, the printing apparatus executes a second printing process for processing the fed sheet. When an interrupting factor occurs during execution of the second printing process to cause interruption of the processing, the interrupted processing is resumed on condition that the interrupting factor is removed. A resuming method of resuming the processing is determined based on contents of the processing in the second process.03-07-2013
20130057900DEVICE COOPERATION SYSTEM, FUNCTION PROVIDING METHOD - A first device includes a determining unit for determining a first number allocated to the first device and a second number allocated to a second device, a first storage for storing a first possible amount that the user can output with the first device, a first output unit for outputting an object of the first number, when the first number is less than the first possible amount, and a first update unit for updating the first possible amount according to an output number output by the first device. The second device includes a second output unit for outputting an object of the second number, when the second number is less than a second possible amount, and a second update unit for updating the second possible amount according to an output number output by the second device, only when authentication of the user is successful.03-07-2013
20130057899IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: an operation input acquiring section which acquires operation input instructing temporary data of an image process object generated temporarily to be overwrote and erased with predetermined data; a temporary data erasing section which performs an erasing process in which the temporary data to be overwrote and erased with predetermined data; a temporary data management section which manages in a predetermined storage area temporary data management information including at least information of whether or not the temporary data is erased; a temporary data management information acquiring section which acquires from the predetermined storage area the temporary data management information; and a display control section which displays on a screen the information of whether or not the temporary data is erased in the temporary data erasing section, correlated with history information of the job corresponding to the temporary data, based on the temporary data management information.03-07-2013
20130057895IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SECURE NETWORK SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR UPDATING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION - An image forming apparatus registers, when certificate information has been updated, the updated certificate information in an authentication server, and after the registration has been finished, transmits an event notification indicating that the certificate information has been updated to a printer server. The printer server re-acquires cached certificate information in response to this notification, and then again caches the certificate information.03-07-2013
20130057896IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital MFP includes a dual I/F storage unit including two different interfaces: an external interface (RFID) and an internal interface (bus). When the power of the digital MFP is turned ON, in steps S406 and S407, if a main controller of the digital MFP determines that license information has been written in the dual I/F storage unit from a portable terminal while the power of the digital MFP was OFF, then in step S5408, the main controller validates a function of the digital MFP corresponding to the license information, by using the license information.03-07-2013
20130057894POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING POWER SUPPLY CONTROL PROGRAM - Disclosed is a power supply control apparatus including plural processing units, a mobile body detection unit, a determination unit, a transition unit, a mobile body confirmation unit, and a controller that controls the transition unit such that states of all of the processing units transit to the powered-off state when a result of confirmation in the mobile body confirmation unit represents absence and controls the transition unit such that the states of the plural processing units selectively and individually transit to the powered-off state when a result of confirmation in the mobile body confirmation unit represents presence.03-07-2013
20130057898IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPORTING PEER-TO-PEER CONNECTION AND METHOD OF MANAGING SECURITY BASED ON SIGNAL INTENSITY THEREOF - A method of managing security of an image forming apparatus that supports a P2P connection based on a signal intensity includes: measuring an intensity of a signal transmitted from an external wireless device by the image forming apparatus; and controlling an access of the wireless device by the image forming apparatus based on the measured signal intensity.03-07-2013
20130057897IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPORTING PEER-TO-PEER CONNECTION AND METHOD OF FORMING IMAGES BY AUTHENTICATING USER THEREOF - A method of performing an image forming operation through a user authentication of an image forming apparatus that supports a peer to peer (P2P) connection includes: receiving and storing user identification information and an image forming operation by the image forming apparatus; receiving a P2P connection request from an external wireless device by the image forming apparatus for a user authentication; receiving device information from the wireless device by the image forming apparatus that is P2P connected to the wireless device, and performing the user authentication by using the received device information and the stored user identification information; and when the user authentication is succeeded, performing the image forming operation by the image forming apparatus.03-07-2013
20110013217METHOD OF EMBEDDING OPTICAL SECURITY FEATURE USING VIRTUAL PRINTER AND SECURITY FEATURE SERVICE - A method for embedding an optical security feature in a digital document with a virtual printer and a security feature service and then sending the digital document to a hardware printer.01-20-2011
20110013216APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - The system according to the present invention includes: a portable storage medium which can store data and job data regarding a job to be executed by the image processing apparatus; an information processing apparatus which can record and read the job data in the portable storage medium to be executed by the image processing apparatus; and at least one image processing apparatus which can read and update the job data stored in the portable storage medium. The image processing apparatus reads the job data stored in the portable storage medium and executes image processing based on the job data. In addition, when the job data is interrupted during its execution, the image processing apparatus can add data which indicates that the job is interrupted in the job data or record the data which indicates that the job is interrupted to be related with the job data. The image processing apparatus reads the job data which includes the data indicating that the job is interrupted and resumes the job from the interrupted state. The data which indicates that the job is interrupted may be recorded to be related with the job data separately from the job data.01-20-2011
20110013215Image forming apparatus, image forming system, and image forming method - A printer includes a communicating unit that receives a print job being a unit of execution of a printing process of a first printing protocol and a second printing protocol. The first printing protocol contains a series of process instructions and print data that allow the printing process to be performed from an interrupted point when the printing process is resumed after being interrupted. The printer also includes a print processing unit that performs the printing process by executing the print job, and a priority processing unit that preferentially selects a print job of the first printing protocol related to the interrupted printing process when receiving a print job of the first printing protocol related to the interrupted printing process and a print job of the second printing protocol after the printing process of the print job of the first printing protocol is interrupted.01-20-2011
20090268228METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OF PRINTING DATA AND PARTICULARLY FOR MIRRORING PRINTING ORDERS - In a method or system for reception from a sender of a print data with a print job by a print server of a first printing system from a sender, with the print server of the first printing system acknowledging to the sender correct receipt of a predetermined data unit of print data according to a predetermined protocol. With the print server of the first printing system copying the print data to a mirror print server of a second printing system separate from the print server of the first printing system before execution of the respective acknowledgement for the predetermined data unit, and automatically using as a print server for continued execution of the print job given problems in storage of the print data on the print server of the first printing system, said mirror print server of the second printing system.10-29-2009
20090268227IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USER AUTHENTICATION - An image forming apparatus includes a user authentication function that authorizes a user to operate saved print data with a password without requiring an input of the password while ensuring a security level. When a user is going to operate a document by using the image forming apparatus, and if the user logged in the image forming apparatus is a creator of the document, the image forming apparatus performs control not requiring the user to input an operation password for print data. Moreover, by managing information on users who have unlocked the operation password as document information, the image forming apparatus also performs control not requiring even users other than the creator of the document to input the operation password if the users have unlocked the operation password ever before.10-29-2009
20090268226IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus that converts image data into print data to print is provided. The apparatus includes a conversion unit configured to generate first print data and second print data from the image data using an error diffusion method, and a printing unit configured to print the second print data. The conversion unit converts the image data into the first print data using the error diffusion method, generates constraint data specifying the non-print pixels in the first print data as non-print pixels in the second print data, and converts the image data into the plurality of pieces of second print data, each piece of second print data being used in one of the plurality of passes, through an error diffusion method that uses the constraint data. The printing unit forms an image by printing, in each of the plurality of passes, the second print data.10-29-2009
20090268225Image Forming System and Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming system includes an information processing unit, an image forming apparatus that communicates with the information processing unit, a first memory unit that stores setting information of printing restriction on the image forming apparatus, a printing unit that executes a printing process of a print job in accordance with the setting information, a detection unit that detects a change request of the setting information, a job judging unit that judges whether there exists a print job in processing when the detection unit detects the change request, and a first permitting unit that permits change of the setting information in accordance with the change request when the job judging unit judges that there exists no print job in processing.10-29-2009
20090268224AUTHENTICATION PRINTING TECHNIQUE - The authentication printing technique of the invention obtains attachment information regarding attachment of a preset device, such as a hard disk drive, to a printing apparatus. In response to a request for a printing operation with the printing apparatus, the authentication printing technique refers to the obtained attachment information and restricts an authentication printing process according to the attachment information of the preset device. The authentication printing process externally receives print data and prints the received print data on completion of a preset authentication operation. This arrangement effectively reduces the potential for leakage of information from the device attached to the printing apparatus.10-29-2009
20090268223METHOD OF AUTHENTICATING CONTENT PROVIDED TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO PERFORM THE METHOD - A method of authenticating at least one piece of content provided to an image forming apparatus in which at least one consumable is disposed includes determining whether the at least one consumable includes authentication information of the at least one piece of content, displaying the at least one piece of content on a user interface according to a license policy corresponding to the authentication information, selecting at least one piece of content from the at least one piece of content displayed on the user interface, and executing the selected at least one piece of content.10-29-2009
20120224215PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PHOTO-DIRECT PRINTING APPARATUS - In a printing system in which a digital camera (DSC) and PD printer apparatus are directly connected via a USB, and image data is transmitted from the DSC to the PD printer apparatus and printed, Capability of the PD printer apparatus is transmitted from the PD printer apparatus to the DSC after communication procedures are established by an application (NCDP) installed in the PD printer apparatus and DSC. The PD printer apparatus is caused to execute print operation in accordance with print conditions set by the DSC on the basis of the transmitted Capability.09-06-2012
20120224214INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a web browser which receives screen data from a web server on a network and display a screen based on the screen data, and a storage unit which stores a script used to acquire information stored in an external apparatus on the network. The information processing apparatus determines whether the screen to be displayed by the web browser is an information input screen for receiving an input of information from a user, and executes the script stored in the storage unit in response to the determination in which the screen to be displayed by the web browser is the information input screen.09-06-2012
20120224213IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - In a case of deleting a two-dimensional code for personal information protection, job control information within line two-dimensional code is deleted together, leading to being incapable of obtaining tracking information or performing job control. A control unit deletes tracking information within the extracted additional information, that is, in a case where the tracking information includes first tracking information and second tracking information, deletes the second tracking information. The control unit changes the job control information within the extracted additional information to job prohibition. An encode unit encodes the additional information to generate a two-dimensional code. When the control unit detects that a memory receives the two-dimensional code including the updated additional information and a document image, in a memory the two-dimensional code and the document image are combined to generate a document image to which the two-dimensional code is added.09-06-2012
20130063762SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A FAX CONVERTED INTO ELECTRONIC FORMAT - A fax conversion system for determining a measure of the number of pages transmitted by fax to or from a plurality of users, comprising: means for converting the transmitted pages into a format that can be output electronically rather than in hardcopy, means for counting the number of pages within an individual fax transmission, means for associating said fax transmission with a respective one of said plurality of users, and means for determining a measure of the total number of pages transmitted by fax to or from each of said plurality of users. The system may determine a measure of an equivalent number of trees saved, or the number of carbon credits gained, by not producing hardcopies of transmitted pages.03-14-2013
20130063758IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - Provided is an image processing apparatus including a readout unit that reads out an image, a grant unit that grants a right to receive image information provided to a communication destination through a wireless communication, in response to a request from the communication destination, the image information representing the image read out by the readout unit, and a providing unit that provides the image information by transmitting the image information to the communication destination through the wireless communication, when the communication destination exercises the right granted by the grant unit in a state where a wireless communication connection to the communication destination is established.03-14-2013
20130063761IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION SETTING SYSTEM - An image processing apparatus includes a storing unit that stores setting information for operating the image processing apparatus; and an updating control unit that sends a request for obtaining predetermined differentiated setting information, which is a part of a set of setting information stored in a data processing apparatus in a differentiated manner in accordance with a predetermined differentiating criterion, to the data processing apparatus via a network, obtains the predetermined differentiated setting information from the data processing apparatus via the network and controls to update the setting information stored in the storing unit by the obtained predetermined differentiated setting information.03-14-2013
20130063759SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS, SERVICE PROVIDING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A service providing apparatus includes the following elements. A communication unit communicates with an external terminal apparatus. An operation unit is used by a user for performing an operation. A notification unit notifies a user of information. A login controller receives a login request of a user from the operation unit or from an external terminal apparatus via the communication unit, and determines whether to permit the login. Upon receipt of a login request from a second user when a first user has already logged in, the login controller notifies the first user of occurrence of the login request via the communication unit or the notification unit, and permits the login of the second user in accordance with a notification received from the first user via the communication unit or an operation performed by the first user with the operation unit.03-14-2013
20130063757INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR INFORMATION PROCESS - An information processing apparatus includes a transmission component that transmits transmission target information to a transmission destination, a generation component that generates a transmission result screen based on a result of a transmission by the transmission component, a storage component that stores relation information between the transmission result screen and a transmission history performed by the transmission component, and a transmission result screen display component that specifies the transmission history corresponding to the transmission result screen based on the relation information, and displays the transmission result screen along with the specified transmission history.03-14-2013
20130063760NETWORK PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINT SERVER, DATABASE DEVICE AND NETWORK PRINTING METHOD - In a system including a client, a print server, an image forming device and a database, when the print server verifies a certificate transmitted from the image forming device upon performing TLS communication, verification of certificates that are registered in advance with the database is accelerated. A search key, which is for acquiring information of a desired image forming device from data stored in the database, is set in the print server. Certificate information is registered with the database in association with the search key. In this way, the certificate information can be searched for using the search key and verification can be accelerated.03-14-2013
20130063756METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING AND DISPLAYING PRINTING DEVICE ENERGY SAVINGS - A system and method for determining and displaying energy saving information associated with a printing device, including a processor and a computer-readable non-transitory storage medium operably connected to the processor. The computer-readable non-transitory storage medium contains a set of instructions that, when executed, instruct the processor to determine a first energy usage by the printing device in a normal operating mode, determine at least one second energy usage for the printing device in at least one energy saving mode, compare the first energy usage and the at least one second energy usage, determine at least one energy savings based upon the comparison, and cause the at least one energy savings to be displayed.03-14-2013
20100123920IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - In a push scan of a web services on devices (WSD) scan service, an information terminal apparatus performs a registration request to receive a service from a reading apparatus. A name of the information terminal apparatus is included in the registration request command, and a user can select the name of the information terminal apparatus as a destination of scan data when executing the push scan from the reading apparatus. However, at this point of time, a user name which is logging on the information terminal apparatus cannot be recognized. For this reason, a requisition command of an operation start request is issued to the information terminal apparatus on a network before the information terminal apparatus as a destination of image data is selected through a display unit of the reading apparatus. Therefore, a log-on user name extracted from a command including the log-on user name transmitted from the information terminal apparatus can be displayed on the display unit.05-20-2010
20130163029DEVICE-RESIDENT WEB SERVICE USING LIMITED OPERATIONAL CONDITION DATA TO PRODUCE CORRECTIVE SOLUTION TO OPERATIONAL PRINTER ERROR - Methods and systems detect an operational error of a printing machine and execute a printer device-resident web service to cause a processor of the printing device to send trap data to an external computerized device through a network. The processor responds to a limited request made by the external computerized device with operational condition data only from identified ones of printing device sensors. The external computerized device provides a corrective solution to prevent the operational error from recurring. The processor alters at least one setting of the printing machine as directed by the corrective solution.06-27-2013
20130163030METHOD, SYSTEM, AND TERMINAL FOR PRINTED MATTER SECURITY - Disclosed are a system and a method for printed matter security. A method for printed matter security according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes: receiving policy information, information of a monitoring application program, and pattern information of personal information from a security server; inserting a printing interruption module in the monitoring application program when the monitoring application program corresponding to the information of the application program is executed; storing a content of a printing request by interrupting the printing request of the monitoring application program by the printing interruption module; verifying whether the personal information is included in the content of the printing request, using the pattern information; and performing an information protection function corresponding to the policy information when the personal information is included in the content of the printing request.06-27-2013
20130163031IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an authentication processor, a registration unit, and a print unit. The authentication processor performs a process for user authentication with respect to a user in response to an authentication request from the user. The registration unit registers the image forming apparatus with a print service system on a network as a printer to be used by the user by transmitting, to the print service system, a registration request including user information of the user and information about the image forming apparatus in the case where the user authentication has been successfully performed. The print unit receives, from the print service system, a print instruction to print an electronic document and executes printing in response to the print instruction.06-27-2013
20130163032IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus comprises: a detection unit which detects the abnormal condition of the image forming apparatus; a storage unit which stores, as history information, information about a type of the abnormal condition and an occurrence situation of the abnormal condition in a case where the detection unit detects the abnormal condition; a determination unit which determines whether an occurrence frequency of the abnormal condition which has newly occurred is higher than a predetermined frequency; and a notification unit which, in a case where an abnormal condition has newly occurred and the determination unit determines that the occurrence frequency of the abnormal condition which has newly occurred is higher than the predetermined frequency, stops the image forming apparatus and notifies the user of trouble information for making a repair request by the user.06-27-2013
20130163027SECURE FEDERATION OF CLOUD PRINT SERVICES - A method and system are disclosed for federation among cloud print services. Based upon identification data and location data received from a user device, a primary cloud print service determines the best document processing device for output of a document. The primary cloud print service uses trusted relationships with other cloud print services, established via secure sharing of information, to allow for transparent printing across clouds to any device registered by the user or available and proximate to the user's location.06-27-2013
20130163028ACCESSING CURRENT DATA BY USING CODE IMAGES - Techniques for accessing current data by using code images are described herein. In one aspect, a unique reference is generated in a computer system to a set of report parameters, and transformed to a scannable code image embedded in a document. In further aspect, the code image embedded in the document is captured at a smart device. A scanned copy of the code image or the extracted reference contained by the code image is sent to the computer system. A data report created based on the set of report parameters is executed in response to the receiving of the reference. In yet another aspect, the result from the execution of the data report is exposed to a consumer through an indicated output channel.06-27-2013
20090237706IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image processing unit performs an image processing operation and further performs a setting operation causing a power load as a power load operation. A first control unit controls the image processing unit. A second control unit controls an operation of the first control unit by communicating with the first control unit. An interrupting unit interrupts the power load operation at a first timing after the first control unit is activated when the image processing apparatus is turned on. A resuming unit resumes the power load operation interrupted by the interrupting unit at a second timing.09-24-2009
20090237705Error notification method, data distribution apparatus, and recording medium - Disclosed is an error notification method of a data distribution system that includes the steps of when detecting an occurrence of an error, referring to an error notification condition table in which an identifier of an error notification condition and an identifier of an occurrence frequency correspond to each other to specify the identifier of the occurrence frequency corresponding to the identifier of the error notification condition of the error; referring to an occurrence frequency table in which the identifier of the occurrence frequency and information on a frequency number and an occurrence interval correspond to each other to acquire the information on the occurrence number and the occurrence interval corresponding to the identifier of the occurrence frequency; and determining whether an error notification is sent based on the information on the occurrence number and the occurrence interval.09-24-2009
20090237704PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTENT-RECORDED DISK MAKING APPARATUS, KIOSK TERMINAL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - Provided herein is a printing apparatus having a frame image take-in means which takes in a plurality of frame images at a predetermined interval from a content file as recorded target including image information on an optical disk medium, a frame image discriminating means which discriminates whether each of the taken-in frame images is appropriate for printing on a label face by comparing each of the frame images taken in by the frame image take-in means with prior and following frame images thereof and using a discriminating result whether differences between the taken-in frame images and the prior and following frame images thereof are small, a label print data generating means which generates label print data to be printed on the label face of the optical disk medium based on frame images discriminated as appropriate for printing on the label face by the frame image discriminating means, and a label print means which prints the label print data generated on the label face of the optical disk medium.09-24-2009
20090015857IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes: a display that displays a normal operational screen and information other than the normal operational screen; a personal information acquiring unit that acquires personal information of a user from his or her identification information stored on a storage medium; and a controller that controls post-processing based on the personal information acquired by the personal information acquiring unit and the information other than the normal operational screen to be displayed by the display.01-15-2009
20090009791IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING FORGERY - Conventionally, it is impossible to securely and efficiently implement the judgment of specific images. In order to solve this task, an image processing apparatus according to the present invention is characterized in including an input unit (in these embodiments, this corresponds to, for example, the interface unit in FIG. 01-08-2009
20090009790IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - There is provided an image forming device, comprising: a print unit configured to form an image on a recording medium in which a memory device is embedded; a detection unit configured to detect a condition of the memory device embedded in the recording medium, the detection unit being positioned on a downstream side in a feeding direction with respect to the print unit; and a notification control unit configured to provide notification concerning the condition of the memory device, in response to a fact that the detection unit detects that the memory device embedded in the recording medium is defective.01-08-2009
20090009789IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - With widely-used standard techniques (RSS, HTTP, and Basic authentication), there is realized a function of storing electronic document data via a network, a function of notifying a user of an update status of the electronic document data through the RSS, and a function of printing the electronic document data through a Web browser.01-08-2009
20120113457NETWORKED THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING - Three-dimensional fabrication resources are improved by adding networking capabilities to three-dimensional printers and providing a variety of tools for networked use of three-dimensional printers. Web-based servers or the like can provide a single point of access for remote users to manage access to distributed content on one hand, and to manage use of distributed fabrication resources on the other.05-10-2012
20120113456INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes an accepting unit, a memory, a controller, and a switch unit. The accepting unit accepts an identifier and a storage site information item representing a storage site for storing a usage amount information item representing a usage amount. The memory stores one or more identifiers and plural storage site information items in association with each other. The controller performs, if the accepted identifier matches one of the stored identifiers and if the accepted storage site information item matches one of the stored storage site information items, control so that the usage amount information item is stored in the storage site represented by the storage site information item. The switch unit switches, if a different storage site information item is accepted when the storage site is a target, the storage site as the target to the storage site represented by the different storage site information item.05-10-2012
20120113455IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing device includes an analysis result reception unit, an inclination reception unit, a date and time reception unit, a date and time extraction unit, a determination unit, an adjustment unit, an information image generation unit, and an output unit. The analysis result reception unit receives an analysis result of an information image scanned by an information image scan unit. The inclination reception unit receives inclination when the information image scan unit scans the information image. The date and time reception unit receives a date and time when the information image scan unit scans the information image. The date and time extraction unit extracts a date and time when the information image scanned by the information image scan unit is printed. The determination unit determines whether or not to adjust a size of a pixel cluster constituting the information image.05-10-2012
20110019221IMAGE PROCESS SYSTEM - A image process system is supplied that comprises a printer 01-27-2011
20120236356IMAGE 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.09-20-2012
20120236355ELECTRONIC DEVICE, DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An electronic device connected to at least another electronic device, the electronic device including a reception unit configured to receive an obtaining command, and an obtaining unit configured to obtain device data retained in at least one of the electronic device and the other electronic device. The device data includes log data indicating a process performed by at least one of the electronic device and the other electronic device, scan data indicating data scanned by at least one of the electronic device or the other electronic device, and setting data indicating data set to at least one of the electronic device and the other electronic device by a user. The device data obtained by the obtaining unit includes at least the scan data and the setting data.09-20-2012
20130188217SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ONLINE COUPON PRINTING - A method and system that facilitates a coupon aggregator website that receives coupon objects corresponding to one of a plurality of distinct plug-ins stored on a plurality of remote servers. Each distinct plug-in is used in printing the coupon object corresponding to the plug-in. The method and system also facilitate hosting a batch installer. The batch installer corresponds to the distinct plug-ins stored on the remote servers. The method and system send the batch installer to the client computing device in response to a request from the client computing device. The batch installer causes one or more remote servers to send its plug-in to the client computing device, causes the installation of each sent plug-in on the remote computing device; and sends a coupon object to the client computing device in which the sent coupon object corresponds to one of the plug-ins installed on the client computing device.07-25-2013
20120086973IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME - An image forming apparatus includes: a combining unit configured to combine a document image and a coded image; a setting determining unit configured to determine whether a setting for combining a document image including a previously combined coded image and an other coded image is made when a reproduction of the document image is instructed; and a prohibiting unit configured to prohibit the combining unit from combining the document image including the previously combined coded image and the other coded image according to the setting when the result of the determination indicates that the setting is made.04-12-2012
20100171974IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ERASING IMAGE DATA - An image forming apparatus includes an image data input unit configured to take in image data, an image data memory unit configured to save image data, a data output unit configured to output the image data in a specific format, and an image data erasing unit configured to erase the image data saved in the image memory unit after output processing by the data output unit is completed. The image data erasing unit requests the user to make a selection as to whether or not an erasing manipulation for image data as an erasure object is executed, and erases the image data by an erasing method at a different security level according to the selection in response to a selection request.07-08-2010
20100171973PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT SERVER, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - A client terminal transmits a request to a printing apparatus for a registration web page for registering, in a print server, a printing apparatus used in a print service provided by the print server. The printing apparatus collects configuration information of the printing apparatus in response to reception of the request, and creates link information which contains the collected configuration information and is used to access the print server. The printing apparatus then generates a registration web page containing the created link information, and transmits it to the client terminal. The print server receives the configuration information of the printing apparatus transmitted from the client terminal via the registration web page transmitted to the client terminal. The print server creates printing apparatus information which associates the configuration information with user information of the user of the client terminal, and manages it in a storage medium.07-08-2010
20110096348IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING OPERATION CONDITIONS OF FUNCTIONAL UNIT - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit forming an image on a medium based on image data; a first storage storing image forming conditions; an input device storing image forming conditions set by a user input setting the image forming conditions in the first storage; a second storage storing a history of input operations by the user; a registering device registering, if the history stored in the second storage satisfies a predetermined condition, the image forming conditions stored in the first storage as image forming conditions that can be called by a unique identifier; and a calling device, responsive to a user input designating an identifier, the corresponding image forming conditions from the registering device and storing in the first storage.04-28-2011
20110279850RECORDING CONTROL DEVICE, RECORDING SYSTEM, RECORDING CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM EXECUTED BY A CONTROL UNIT THAT CONTROLS THE RECORDING DEVICE - A printer that detects an error when a host computer does not send a timer reset command for a specific time is connected to a host computer. The host computer outputs a timer reset command to the printer using an application execution unit function, and causes the printer to print data processed by the application program. A timer reset command is sent to the printer when the application execution unit outputs a timer reset command and when a print job for printing the data is sent to the printer.11-17-2011
20110279849IMAGE DISPLAYING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAYING METHOD, AND IMAGE DISPLAYING PROGRAM - An image displaying apparatus includes a control unit and a display unit. The image displaying apparatus is connected to an image reading apparatus that includes a multifeed detecting mechanism. The control unit includes a display control unit that displays (i) an image of a medium which is read by the image reading apparatus and in which multifeed is detected by the multifeed detecting mechanism and (ii) a multifeed detected portion detected by the multifeed detecting mechanism on the display unit.11-17-2011
20110128567Replacement Printer Cartridge Chip With A Microcontroller With An Encrypted Memory Device - The invention is a replacement printed circuit board or chip that allows a printer to utilize a replacement printer cartridge. The printed circuit board has an encrypted memory device and a microcontroller, wherein the microcontroller is programmed to intercept the request from the printer for the unique lot number data and to provide the appropriate unique lot number data to the printer in response to the request. The encrypted memory device is programmed just like the custom original equipment manufacturer encrypted memory device, and, with the exception of providing the unique lot number data to the printer, communicates with the printer just as the original equipment manufacturer encrypted memory device would.06-02-2011
20100202007IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - The image forming apparatus holds related restriction information associated with function restriction information for restricting the use of a function provided within the network. With the related restriction information, when the image forming apparatus receives a job that executes a reading function and a transmission function, it displays, for a transmission source user, a settings screen for setting job operation settings in which restrictions held in the function restriction information and the related restriction information have been reflected. Furthermore, the image forming apparatus generates and transmits a send file in which the restrictions imposed on the transmission destination user have been reflected by using the job operation settings set via the settings screen, the function restriction information and the related restriction information.08-12-2010
20100202006Approach for Securely Printing Policy-Enabled Electronic Documents - An approach is provided for securely printing policy-enabled electronic documents. According to the approach, a determination is made at a client device whether policy-enabled printing has been specified for a particular electronic document. If policy-enabled printing has been specified for the particular electronic document, then a determination is made whether a print driver, installed on the client device for supporting printing for a particular printing device, is configured to support policy-enabled printing. Also, a determination is made whether the particular printing device is currently configured to support policy-enabled printing. The particular electronic document is allowed to be processed at the client device for printing only if both the print driver is configured to support policy-enabled printing and the particular printing device is currently configured to support policy-enabled printing.08-12-2010
20120287459LOCATION-BASED PRINT AUTHORIZATION FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTERS - Three-dimensional fabrication resources are improved by adding networking capabilities to three-dimensional printers and providing a variety of tools for networked use of three-dimensional printers. Web-based servers or the like can provide a single point of access for remote users to manage access to distributed content on one hand, and to manage use of distributed fabrication resources on the other.11-15-2012
20120188582IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - In order to vary a threshold value for performing an error diffusion process depending on a pixel position, a threshold value matrix configured to have pluralities of rows and columns is prepared. In this case, pieces of data in the threshold value matrix are arrayed such that average values in the respective rows and average values in the respective columns are almost the same value. If such a threshold value matrix is used to perform the error diffusion process, the dot sparseness and denseness do not occur with a period of the matrix, and therefore the pattern or sweeping phenomenon specific to the error diffusion can be suppressed.07-26-2012
20100265531SECURE PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTER DRIVER DEVICE AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus at first stores only a process request of a secure print job and authentication information relating to the secure print job which take up only a tiny part of a storage area of a job. Upon receiving operation information indicating the authentication information stored in the job memory, the image forming apparatus receives a print data relating to the secure print job associated with the authentication information from a user terminal and prints it.10-21-2010
20120002234Approach For Securely Printing Electronic Documents - An approach is provided for securely printing electronic documents using a portable media. The approach is applicable to a wide variety of contexts and implementations and includes secure direct printing of electronic documents, secure direct printing of electronic documents with remote user authentication and secure printing of electronic documents with remote data management. The particular information provided on the portable media varies, depending upon the implementation. Furthermore, the approach provides varying degrees of security and may be used in conjunction with conventional printing of electronic documents.01-05-2012
20120099138DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND PROGRAM - A data processing device transmits a control command and print data to an image forming device. When a main controller causes a communication controller to transmit the print data to the image forming device, the main controller causes a memory part to save a setting data at least until the main controller receives a notification of print process completion, and causes a display part to display, for example, a copy count change screen that displays settings of the print data that is changeable by the input part.04-26-2012
20120099136LOG INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, WHICH MANAGES JOB HISTORY PERFORMED BY USER - A log information management apparatus acquires a card ID from an IC card to set a remaining processing flag to the IC card. The log information management apparatus determines whether the remaining processing flag is set to the IC card before the remaining processing flag is set after the card ID is acquired. The log information management apparatus cause an image forming apparatus to perform a job, and causes a storage device to store a job history based on completion of the performance of the job. The log information management apparatus writes a job history relating to the card ID in the IC card in which the remaining processing flag is determined to be set. The log information management apparatus releases the remaining processing flag after writing the job history.04-26-2012
20120008160IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A browser unit controls a communication unit in response to an operation to an operating unit, and acquires Web content from a Web server. The Web content is displayed on a display unit under control in accordance with display control information based on the Web content acquired by the browser unit. When a print instruction of the Web content is operated to the operating unit, a print-data generating unit generates print data for performing printing in page units based on the display control information for the Web content. The print data is supplied to a printing unit, where it is printed on a paper. Because the print data is generated based on the display control information for causing the Web content to be displayed, the Web content displayed on a screen can be printed in page units.01-12-2012
20120105903NETWORKED THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING - Three-dimensional fabrication resources are improved by adding networking capabilities to three-dimensional printers and providing a variety of tools for networked use of three-dimensional printers. Web-based servers or the like can provide a single point of access for remote users to manage access to distributed content on one hand, and to manage use of distributed fabrication resources on the other.05-03-2012
20120105899ELECTRIC ENERGY CONSUMPTION CONTROL SYSTEM, ELECTRIC ENERGY CONSUMPTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An electric energy consumption control system that is capable of maximizing convenience to users while controlling the system so that the electric energy consumption of the entire system in a period falls within a target electric energy. An electrical apparatus transmits electric energy consumption of a job with a user name to a control apparatus through the network. A restrictive period setting unit of the control apparatus starts a restrictive period when the electric energy consumption of the entire system is beyond a restriction starting value, and finishes it when the electric energy consumption of the entire system is below a restriction release value. A job restriction unit restricts the job of the user concerned when the accumulated electric energy consumption of the user is beyond the reference value in the restrictive period.05-03-2012
20120105901DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SERVER APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION MEDIUM CONTROLLER - According to one embodiment, an information management server apparatus transmits processing result information that includes management register information including a child management ID when traceable duplication request information received from an information medium controller satisfy an access control policy and a permission policy. On the basis of the processing result information, the information medium controller outputs document print data that includes the child management ID tag and an electronic data body, and management register data including the management register information. When a paper document printed by the document print data is collected after being distributed, the information medium controller transmits a collection completion update request including the child management ID read from the paper document by an exclusive reader. On the basis of the child management ID in the collection completion update request, the information management server apparatus updates the status information to “collected”.05-03-2012
20110286030IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An object is to provide a user with various options on a processing method of an original document including a code image. To accomplish the object, the image processing apparatus includes a decoding section for extracting information by decoding the code image contained in the original document image, and a decision section for making a decision according to selection of the user as to whether to output the original document image or the information extracted by the decoding section.11-24-2011
20110286029DATA PROCESSING METHOD IN NETWORK SYSTEM CONNECTED WITH IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - When an ID card (11-24-2011
20110286028IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a printer, a wireless device, an authentication information reader, an authentication device, and a processor. The printer forms an image on an image forming medium. The wireless device receives signals sent from an external device. The authentication information reader reads authentication information from a user operating the image forming apparatus. The authentication device authenticates the user by the authentication information read by the authentication information reader. If the wireless device receives signals sent from the external device, the processor starts warming up of the image forming unit, also, if the authentication device succeeds in user authentication, the processor causes the printer to form an image on the image forming medium in response to the user's request.11-24-2011
20110286027IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an action part that processes an image; a user interface part; a power measurement part that measures power consumed by the image processing apparatus; and a control part that controls the action part and the user interface part, and controls power supply to the action part and the power measurement part. The control part obtains information of the power measured by the power measurement part and displays the information on the user interface part.11-24-2011
20110286026JOB HISTORY INFORMATION AUDIT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND AUDIT METHOD - An apparatus comprises a unit configured to acquire identification information for identifying a document management server from a cooperation server; a data reception unit configured to receive data including information concerning a job from a printing apparatus, a unit configured to determine; based on the received data and the identification information, whether document data of the received data is document data; a unit configured to store the received data when the determination unit determines that the document data is document data managed by a first document management server; a unit configured to transmit the received data to the cooperation server when the determination unit determines that the document data is carry-in document data which is not managed by the first document management server; a unit configured to receive the instruction associated with permission/inhibition of printing; and a unit configured to transmit the instruction associated with permission/inhibition of printing.11-24-2011
20110286025METHOD OF AUTHENTICATING A PRINT MEDIUM WITH PLURALITY OF CODED DATA PORTIONS - A method of using a mobile device to authenticate a print medium before completing printing onto the print medium, the mobile device including processing means, a printhead and a sensor, the print medium comprising a substrate, the method comprising the steps of: using the sensor to sense coded data provided on a surface of the substrate, the coded data having a plurality of coded data portions; using the processing means to interpret the plurality of coded data portions to authenticate the print medium; and in the event the authentication step is successful, using the printhead to print onto the print medium.11-24-2011
20110299109IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes an error processing unit, a communication unit and an output unit. The error processing unit generates error information corresponding to detection of an error. The communication unit transmits the error information to a management apparatus and receives a diagnosis result from the management apparatus. The output unit outputs the diagnosis result.12-08-2011
20110299108Image processing system and image processing apparatus - An image processing system includes a first image processing apparatus and a second image processing apparatus connected to the first image processing apparatus. The first image processing apparatus includes a reader reading image data, a storage storing job information, a request unit transmitting a job request as a job to the second image processing apparatus to execute the job corresponding to the job information based on a job execution scheduling, and an introducing unit introducing the job information to the second image processing apparatus. The second image processing apparatus includes a receiver receiving the job request from the first image processing apparatus as the job, a job executing unit executing the job corresponding to the job information, a determining unit determining whether to acquire the job information based on the job execution scheduling, and an acquiring unit acquiring the job information based on a determined result from the determining unit.12-08-2011
20100214591Image data processing apparatus - A control unit of an image data processing apparatus executes a program including the step (S08-26-2010
20110292431PRINTER WITH IN-LINE SCANNER - A printing apparatus for variable pre-printed stock stores customer data and two or more different pre-printed stocks. A scanner scans the printed area of the pre-printed stocks and produces tray stock information identifying the stocks. Received electronic customer orders include the customer data and selection data for one or more of the pre-printed stocks. A controller receives the tray stock information and the electronic customer orders for matching the tray stock information to the electronic orders to produce print instructions. A printer receives the print instructions and prints the customer data corresponding to the match onto pre-printed stocks identified by the match.12-01-2011
20110292432IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD FOR A DISPLAY PORTION OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is an image forming apparatus including: a connection portion for performing communication with a keyboard; and a display portion for performing displaying of disabled keys when the keyboard is connected to the connection portion, the disabled keys being unusable keys among keys provided to the keyboard.12-01-2011
20110134458Printed matter examination apparatus, printed matter examination method, and printed matter examination system - A printed matter examination apparatus includes a master data acquiring unit configured to acquire master data that is data for printing and contains code information that is converted for printing; a code information acquiring unit configured to acquire unconverted code information; a code information recognition unit configured to recognize the converted code information from the acquired master data; and a code information examination unit configured to compare the converted code information recognized by the code information recognition unit with the acquired unconverted code information and determine that the converted code information is incorrect when the converted code information is not identical to the unconverted code information.06-09-2011
20090002743METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALLOWING PACKET IN NETWORK IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A method of allowing a packet in a network image forming apparatus includes setting user account information corresponding to the plurality of network interfaces, determining allowability of a received packet by using information included in the received packet and the set user account information, and when the received packet is allowable, performing an operation corresponding to the received packet. Accordingly, in an image forming apparatus installing a plurality of network interfaces, not only allowability of each interface to each user but also a type of protocol provided to each user can be setup. Consequently, an environment that can use an interface in various forms according to each user can be provided.01-01-2009
20110007338INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus stores first setting information included in a received first print job. If a second print job has been received within a predetermined time period since a timing of reception of the first print job, if the second print job is a print job related to the first print job, and if second setting information included in the second print job is different from the stored first setting information, a CPU of the information processing apparatus stores the first setting information as printing error information. The CPU searches for printing error information that is the same as third setting information included in a third print job from among stored printing error information. If printing error information that is the same as the third setting information has been extracted, the CPU displays a screen for prompting a user to verify the third setting information on an operation unit.01-13-2011
20110007340IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An apparatus for receiving a variable print job having a plurality of records including page information of a plurality of pages, and based on the page information, outputting an output product including a master object and a variable object includes a reception unit for receiving a print job, an output unit for executing output processing for outputting the received print job as the output product, a detection unit for detecting an error occurring during the output processing, and a control unit, when the print job in which an error is detected is the variable print job, interrupting the output processing of the record, and restarting output processing from a page included in a record following the record in which the error is detected.01-13-2011
20090161140USER INTERFACE FOR INTERACTIVE GRAPHICAL JOB RECOVERY - In response to a printing system fault or controller restart, a printing system print controller may present an interactive graphical job recovery user interface. The user interface may present one or more images that the print controller believes have printed successfully and/or a next page image scheduled to be sent by the print controller to the printing system print engine for printing. The user interface may allow a printing system operator to scroll forward and/or backward through the set of page images arranged in their respective print order until the user interface displays the correct page image that the print operator can confirm has printed correctly, based on an inspection of the print job. The print controller may resume the print job by sending to the print engine the page image from the stored image repository that follows the image confirmed by the printing system operator to have successfully printed.06-25-2009
20100033750 Method and Apparatus for Detecting an Inconsistency in Dual Sided Printing - A dual engine printer comprises two print engines, and identical spread data is forwarded to each of the print engines, although each engine prints only one side of the sheet. Each print engine comprises a signature extractor for extracting a signature representative of the spread data it receives, and the printer is able to compare the two signatures to verify that the spread data is identical. The printer is thus able to detect data corruption or alternatively, if the signature extraction is synchronized with the print engage, the printer can verify that both sides are being printed on the same sheet.02-11-2010
20100033752PRINTER CONTROL METHOD AND A PRINTER - A printer and reprinting control method do not reprint when an error accompanied by no damage to the actual printing area or print image on paper occurs so that consumables are not wasted. The printer 02-11-2010
20100033751IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - An image formation apparatus including: a state indicator which informs of a current system state to an outside; a system state manager which manages the system state; and an alert controller which controls the state indicator according to the system s identified by the system state manager, wherein if the system state manager identifies that the system state is in a power off inhibition state, the alert controller causes the state indicator to inform a user of the power off inhibition state.02-11-2010
20100091316METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURING AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for configuring an image production device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a signal to scan a document containing one or more coded objects, scanning the object coded document, decoding the one or more coded objects from the scanned object coded document into feature identification data, matching the feature identification data to one or more corresponding image production device features, and enabling the one or more corresponding image production device features on the image production device.04-15-2010
20110216348DEVICE CONTROL APPARATUS, DEVICE CONTROL PROGRAM, AND SERVER - A device control apparatus includes: a usage instruction acceptance unit that accepts a usage instruction for a device; a determination unit that determines whether or not the device is a registered device that has been registered in a server based on registration information obtained from the server, and determines whether or not the device is a loaner device for the registered device based on loaner device information; a notification unit that performs a notification prompting a user to register the device as a registered device in the server; a prohibition unit that prohibits the device from being used in accordance with the usage instruction; and a permission unit that permits the device to be used in accordance with the usage instruction.09-08-2011
20110216347PRINTER SERVER, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A print server configured to acquire temporary identification information used for uniquely identifying device identification and user identification from temporary identification information stored in a storage area according to a print instruction including device identification information used for identifying a device and user identification information used for identifying a user, and searches for and acquires a print job including the temporary identification information out of spooled print jobs, and provides the acquired print job including the temporary identification information to the device.09-08-2011
20110216346Control Device, Control Method For A Control Device, And Recording Medium - When a communication port is occupied by a recording control unit, the communication port can be released as needed without causing an error or problem. A communication control unit 09-08-2011
20110216345VALIDATION OF PRINT JOBS USING BITMAPPED IMAGE - A method and apparatus capture bitmapped images of pages of a print job that have been raster image processed by a digital front end of a printing device (while they are being printed by the printing device). The bitmapped images are captured from the printing device's buffer using a computerized device potentially positioned within the printing device. The computerized device collects image data from at least one predetermined area of the bitmapped images of the pages and performs optical character processing on the image data to identify characters and numbers within the bitmapped images. The computerized device processes the characters and numbers into accumulated data for the pages of the print job. Then the computerized device compares the accumulated data to expected data to validate whether the print job printed correctly.09-08-2011
20090190156IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus is provided that includes a storage unit configured to store print data which is received from a host, a generation unit configured to read the print data which is stored in the storage unit and generate an intermediate code, and an image forming unit configured to form an image according to the intermediate code which is generated by the generation unit. The image forming apparatus also has a restriction unit that is configured not to restrict execution of a specific print function if a processing unit configured to process the print data by interactively communicating with the host is not installed in the image forming apparatus, and is configured to restrict execution of the specific print function if the processing unit configured to process the print data by interactively communicating with the host is installed in the image forming apparatus.07-30-2009
20120188581APPARATUS FOR MANAGING OUTPUT OF ENCODED IMAGE-ADDED DOCUMENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In a digital multifunction peripheral having a function of preventing unauthorized duplication, a situation is prevented in which a document to which encoded images having contradictory contents are added is created. An apparatus having a control unit configured to perform detection processing of an encoded image for a document image and add a different encoded image to a document image form which an encoded image is detected by the detection processing and output the document image, characterized in that the control unit does not perform output of a document image to which the different encoded image is added upon receipt of an instruction not to perform the detection processing from a user.07-26-2012
20120188580INSERTION OF PRINTER OPERATOR INSTRUCTIONS ONTO SEPARATOR PAGES IN A PRINT SHOP ENVIRONMENT - Systems and methods are provided for notifying operators of tasks to perform on printers by inserting operator instructions onto separator pages that are placed between print jobs. One embodiment is a print server that includes a control system and a page generator. The control system is operable to identify a print job, and to identify an operator instruction for the print job indicating a physical task for an operator to perform on a printer before the print job is printed. Also, the control system holds the print job responsive to identifying the operator instruction. The page generator generates a separator page comprising the operator instruction that indicates the physical task to perform on the printer, and transmits the separator page for printing to inform the operator of the task before the print job is printed.07-26-2012
20110170130INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - An information processing apparatus manages distributed processing by a plurality of devices which are connected to a computer network and have a power-saving mode. The apparatus includes a retriever, arranged to retrieve device information and operation states of the plurality of devices, and a selector, arranged to select target devices of the distributed processing based on at least one of the device information and operation states.07-14-2011
20100007907METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ATTEMPTED SECURE PRINT JOB RELEASE NOTIFICATION - A method and apparatus for notifying a user of an attempted secure print job release from an image production device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a secure print job and secure print job instructions from a user, wherein the secure print job instructions include at least a pass code and the user's contact information, determining if a pass code has been entered for the user's secure print job, wherein if it is determined that a pass code has been entered for the user's secure print job, determining if the entered pass code is correct, wherein if it is determined that the entered pass code is correct, sending a signal to print the secure print job and notifying the user in accordance with the user's contact information that the secure print job has been printed, otherwise, notifying the user in accordance with the user's contact information that an unauthorized user attempted to print the secure print job.01-14-2010
20100085592IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND WARMING UP METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus having a plurality of operations and a warming up method thereof, the image forming apparatus including: a user interface to receive a setting of a usage right of a user for a plurality of operations of the image forming apparatus and a login of the user while the image forming apparatus is in a power save mode; and a controller to perform a warming up for at least one operation corresponding to the usage right according to the login.04-08-2010
20110267639PRINTER AND PRINTER CONTROL METHOD - Described are a printer and a method of controlling it, in which discarding received data and clearing data from a receive buffer is started when an off-line error occurs and the printer goes off-line. When the printer returns on-line, a control unit causes a data receiving unit to stop discarding said received data and causes sending a clear response as an on-line status report telling the host computer that the printer is returning on-line.11-03-2011
20110267638FRAUD DETECTION IN A POSTAGE SYSTEM - A method and system for processing and printing shipping labels having postage is described. In one configuration a postage dispensing system allows a shipping label reprint for a relatively short period of time. In another configuration, the system offers a refund after the second unsuccessful print attempt and logs the label identifier as an invalid identifier. If the print is successful, the identifier is logged as a successful identifier. The system occasionally receives identifiers that have been processed in the mail stream and reports fraud if an unexpected identifier is present.11-03-2011
20100039659IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUTHORIZED PERSON INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing system includes an authorized person information management apparatus and an image processing apparatus, the authorized person information management apparatus including: a first reception unit; an authorized person information storage unit; an authorized person information acquisition unit; and a first transmission unit; the image processing apparatus including: a reading unit; a second transmission unit; a second reception unit; and an output unit.02-18-2010
20090147292Apparatus, system, and method for image processing - A confidential document is generated by encoding distribution destination information specifying a destination to which the confidential document will be distributed.06-11-2009
20100118328PRINT MANAGEMENT METHOD, COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH PRINT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, AND PRINT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - The print management method according to the present invention comprises: (a) recognizing an occurrence of a fault in a printing apparatus which has been designated to print a document; (b) making a judgment as to whether or not a color page is included in the document when the occurrence of the fault in the printing apparatus is recognized; (c) determining a start page for a substitute printing apparatus to start printing the document, which serves as a substitute for the printing apparatus, based on the judgment result of step (b); and (d) designating the substitute printing apparatus to print the document from the start page determined in step (c).05-13-2010
20100141981IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH USER AUTHENTICATION - An image forming apparatus spools normal print requests received from external equipment as normal print jobs which are sequentially executed by a printer, spools a private print request received from an external equipment in a spooler as a private print job executed by a printer in response to an instruction by a user who has requested the private print, and changes a normal print job in an execution waiting state of the user which is spooled in the spooler to a private print job of the user in response to a request from the user authenticated by a user authenticating portion.06-10-2010
20090207434IMAGE OUTPUT SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING OPERATION PROGRAM - An image output system includes a computer and a complex machine connected to the computer. A password generating section of the complex machine, in a case where a user ID transmitted from a transmitting section of the computer is stored in a HDD, generates a password which is different from the user ID, and the transmitting section transmits the password generated by the password generating section. A controller, in a case where the password received by a password receiving section and the password transmitted from the password transmitting section to the computer, controls an image forming section to output image data which is not combined with electronic watermark information by an electronic watermark information combining section.08-20-2009
20100128299PREVENTION OF UNAUTHORIZED COPYING OR SCANNING - A method for embedding “no-scan” or “no-copy” information in a document border includes encoding information as a plurality of data carrying dot pair patterns. For each page of a document to be rendered, the method includes determining whether the border area is blank. If found not blank the border area is cleared. Each of the plurality of data carrying dot patterns is embedded in the blank border area of the document page. The document page with the embedded data carrying dot patterns is then rendered, where each data carrying dot is too small to be visually noticeable.05-27-2010
20120033246APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR SIZE DETECTION - An apparatus includes a size detector configured to detect a size of an original on a contact glass when an angle of a pressing plate is within a predetermined range, a storage element configured to store information of the detected size of original, a reader configured to read the original on the contact glass, using the information of the stored size of the original, after a log-on, and a storage updater configured to update the stored size of the original, along with a log-off.02-09-2012
20090284782COPY-FORGERY-INHIBITED PATTERN DENSITY PARAMETER DETERMINATION METHOD, COPY-FORGERY-INHIBITED PATTERN IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING - A primary test printing process of a plurality of copy-forgery-inhibited pattern images generated by changing one or both of print densities of the latent-image and background-image parts in a first pattern on the basis of a predetermined parameter is performed. The user selects one copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image which has the latent-image and background-image parts with approximate print densities from the plurality of copy-forgery-inhibited pattern images generated by the primary test printing process. A secondary test printing process of a plurality of copy-forgery-inhibited pattern images generated by changing one or both of print densities of the latent-image and background-image parts in a second pattern on the basis of the parameter used to determine the print densities of the latent-image and background-image parts of the selected copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image is performed. The user selects one copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image which has the latent-image and background-image parts with approximate print densities from the plurality of copy-forgery-inhibited pattern images generated by the secondary test printing process, and the parameter of the selected copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image is determined as a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern density parameter.11-19-2009
20110199631AUTOGRAPH SYSTEM - Apparatus for use with a plurality of marks and by a user is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a storage facility, an interface facility and a delivery facility. The storage facility, in use, is in receipt of mark data records, each of said mark data records being representative of a respective one of said plurality of marks. The interface facility is adapted to permit said user to identify: a selected one of said plurality of marks; and a destination. The delivery facility is adapted to, using the mark data record of the selected mark, deliver a copy of the selected mark to the destination. The destination can be an e-mail address, the copy can be delivered by means of an electronic file and the mark can be a signature.08-18-2011
20100085593METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTION POLICY ENFORCEMENT ON FAX - According to a first aspect of the present invention, a method for enforcing a distribution policy with respect to information transmitted from a sending fax machine to a recipient fax machine as fax traffic is presented. The method comprising defining an information distribution policy with respect to the fax traffic, then monitoring the fax traffic in accordance with the distribution policy, where the monitoring comprising: (i) de-modulating the fax traffic being monitored into a digital stream; (ii) reconstructing from the digital stream a graphic image representing at least part of the information within the fax traffic; and (iii) analyzing information within the reconstructed image, and then applying the distribution policy with respect to the analyzed fax traffic.04-08-2010
20110267637AUTOMATIC REGISTER CONTROL SYSTEM WITH INTELLIGENT OPTICAL SENSOR AND DRY PRESETTING FACILITY - A print processing system for introducing dry register presetting among a plurality of print stations prior to mounting web on the printing device in all conditions before starting a print job; and also automatically controlling print registration using intelligent sensor(s) for minimizing disturbances caused due to transmission losses and distortion in transfer of analog signals. The intelligent sensor is capable of detecting and evaluating the register errors as well as initiating the correction commands in response to self-evaluated register errors. The print processing system is capable of comprehensively compiling, monitoring and displaying the real-time data including all the local machine parameters, print misregistration values and the performance for each printing station. The method of achieving dry presetting and controlling the print misregistration is also provided.11-03-2011
20090257077DEFECT AVOIDANCE IN DIGITAL PRINTING - A method of digital printing in which, upon sensing a defect area in a page image in the marking process or on the printed media, the page image is reconfigured to rotate, translate, change print jobs, or reduce the number of pages printed concurrently to avoid the defect area and continue the printing process without interruption utilizing the available non-defect area.10-15-2009
20100123921PRINTER CAPABLE OF REFUSING RECEIPT OF PRINTED MATERIALS SENT FROM AN UNINTENDED SOURCE - A printer (05-20-2010
20090201526INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM - An information processing apparatus includes an application that encrypts document data using a public key of a spooler and stores the document data encrypted as a spool file. A printer driver decrypts the encrypted document data using a secret key of the spooler and performs rendering to generate print data. Subsequently, the application decrypts the print data using the public key of the printing apparatus. The printing apparatus decrypts the encrypted print data using the secret key of its own.08-13-2009
20110170131IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD - An image forming apparatus that executes a waiting print job and charges for the execution of the waiting print job. The waiting print job is inputted by a user and is kept from being executed until an execution instruction is inputted in the image forming apparatus by the user. The image forming apparatus includes: an allocation part that analyzes the waiting print job when the waiting print job is inputted, determines a billing amount therefor based on a result of the analysis and allocates, for the waiting print job, a budget amount equivalent to the determined billing amount; and an execution part that performs the execution when the budget amount has been allocated. When the waiting print job is inputted, the allocation part performs the allocation regardless of whether the execution instruction is inputted.07-14-2011
20110170129PASSWORD SETTING DEVICE FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PASSWORD SETTING DEVICE - A password setting device for an image forming apparatus includes: an image reading unit which reads image information on a document; an image forming unit which forms an image on a sheet based on image data read by the image reading unit; an acceptance unit which accepts setting of a password used for user authentication; a determination unit which determines whether the password accepted via the acceptance unit violates prohibition information of the password or not; and a notification unit which notifies a user of information to prompt the user to change the password when it is determined by the determination unit that the password violates the prohibition information.07-14-2011
20090296128INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SUCH INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present invention can provide an efficient cancellation of a restriction on a stamp print process without the need for the user to request the manager for a temporary cancellation of the restriction on the stamp print process by phone or orally. The information processing apparatus makes a request for a temporary cancellation of the stamp print process specified in the first policy, and thereby acquires a second policy created outside based on the request. Then, the information processing apparatus temporarily cancels the stamp print process specified in the first policy, based on the second policy.12-03-2009
20090296130IMAGING 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.12-03-2009
20090262381Information processing device, multifunction printer, external authentication system for multifunction printer, and storage medium - In an external authentication system for a multifunction printer according to the present invention, a USB device management section, according to an instruction from a USB device management section instructing section, (i) performs a virtualization process for virtually connecting an information processing device to a user information reading device which is locally connected to a multifunction printer, (ii) manages a status of the connection between the information processing device and the user information reading device; and a multifunction printer association management section associates the multifunction printer controlled by the information processing device with the user information reading device which is locally connected to the multifunction printer. This allows providing a system in which an information processing device can control a plurality of multifunction printers, and carry out user authentication by controlling, via a communication network, USB devices for reading user information which are locally connected to the multifunction printers, respectively.10-22-2009
20090296129PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system including a printing apparatus and an image processing apparatus executes a job when it is appropriate, by reading a plurality of documents printed by the printing apparatus using the image processing apparatus and performing authentication by checking a plurality of pieces of acquired information against each other.12-03-2009
20090279117PRINTING CONTROL SYSTEM, VIEWING TERMINAL, AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing control system that comprises a viewing terminal including print request transmission device that transmits content identification information and printing apparatus identification information to the printing apparatuses, a plurality of printing apparatuses including authentication request transmission device that transmits user identification information, the printing apparatus identification information, and the content identification information to the authentication server, and an authentication server including authentication information storage device that stores authentication information associated with a permission condition for printing the content for each combination of the user and the printing apparatus, authentication determination device that determines, whether to permit printing the content identified by the content identification information for the combination of the user and the printing apparatus, the determination being based on the authentication information, and print command information transmission device that transmits print command information to the printing apparatus identified by the printing apparatus identification information.11-12-2009
20110199632FACSIMILE DEVICE AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR FACSIMILE PRINTING - It is intended to provide a facsimile device and a program product for facsimile printing capable of surely making a user know receipt of an irregular e-mail such as an error mail or the like, without requiring extra volume of memory, while preventing waste of paper. When an e-mail is received, there is detected whether a printing mode is set or a not-printing mode is set for a body part of an e-mail in #08-18-2011
20090086251METHOD AND ARTICLE FOR DETERMINING USE OF CONSUMABLE ITEMS IN AN IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE - An image-forming device and method for determining use of consumable items therein includes a consumable item memory storing a substantially unique identifier designating the consumable item as one of a starter item and a normal item. A computer program retrieves the identifier from the consumable item memory and determines whether to allow formation of images using the consumable item based on whether the consumable item is a starter item or a normal item.04-02-2009
20100290074INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSOR AND SIGNAL TRANSMITTING DEVICE - The information processing system includes: an information processor operating in an active state and a power saving state consuming less power than the active state, and recovering to the active state by receiving a signal in the power saving state and processing information in the signal; a signal transmitting device transmitting a signal to the information processor; and a communication line establishing communication between the information processor and the signal transmitting device. The signal transmitting device transmits the signal after appending, to a predetermined region inside the signal, the identification information for identifying a processing content of the signal. The information processor specifies the processing content from the identification information when receiving, in the power saving state, the signal, recovers to the active state where power is supplied to a functional unit to execute the processing content, and starts processing on information stored in a data region of the signal.11-18-2010
20120268771MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PRINTER DEVICE DISPLAYING FAULTED SHEETS - An image processing apparatus has a control section, at least one sheet conveying system, at least one image conversion section and a user interface section having an associated display. The image conversion section includes a scanning function and/or a printing function, wherein the sheet conveying system is for conveying a sheet from an input section, past the image conversion section to an output section. In reaction to a paper jam in the sheet conveying system, resulting in sheets remaining in that conveying system after the same has come to a stop, the control section determines those sheets remaining in that conveying system, and shows thumbnail images thereof on the user interface display as an aid for an operator to remove those sheets. The last sheet correctly processed or the first sheet to be processed after clearance of the jam may be shown on the display.10-25-2012
20110205573IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SHUTTING DOWN POWER SUPPLY IN SAFE - In an image processing apparatus, a power control part shuts down power supply after a power shutdown condition is established. A prescript safe state transition part performs a prescript safe state transition process to shift previously set prescript parts to a predetermined safe state. A priority safe state transition part performs a priority safe state transition process to shift previously set priority parts to the safe state. A transition process control part causes the prescript safe state transition process to be executed before execution of the priority safe transition process, and causes the priority safe state transition process to be executed when a predetermined transition change condition is established in the prescript safe state transition process. The power control part shuts down the power supply after the completion of the prescript safe state transition process.08-25-2011
20110199630PRINTER AND PRINTING METHOD USING THE SAME - A printer includes a memory configured to store a message to be displayed in a help display mode to handle an error detected in an execution mode and to store a setting mode in which a setting program associated with the message is performed, a display configured to display the message, an operation unit configured to receive a user's operation, and a mode switching unit configured to switch an operation mode from the help display mode to the setting mode associated with the message if the operation unit receives a specified operation while the message is displayed in the help display mode.08-18-2011
20120268769PRINT RELAY SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A print relay system determines whether a printing function (capability) of an image forming apparatus corresponding to user authority setting has been registered in a printing service. Having determined that the printing function has been registered, the print relay system enables other users having the same authority to share the printing function (capability) of the image forming apparatus registered in the printing service.10-25-2012
20120268770IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF TRANSFERRING ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY OF AUTHENTICATION PRINT DATA - An image forming apparatus includes a print administration unit for printing authentication print data; a server unit for providing a service; an authentication unit for controlling the server unit; and a notification transmission unit for transmitting a notice. The authentication unit obtains individual identification information. The server unit controls the external operation unit to display the authentication print data and an input screen. The print administration unit rewrites the identification information. The notification transmission unit transmits a first notification to the authority transferred person. After the authentication print data is printed, the notification transmission unit transmits a second notification to the authority transferred person and the print data creating person.10-25-2012
20110205572IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - More complex processing control is performed based on a plurality of image codes included in an original document. An image processing apparatus wherein if an analysis result of a first image code included in the original document includes information indicating scanning prohibition, a second image code included in the original document is analyzed, and wherein if an analysis result of the second image code includes information indicating conditional scanning prohibition, scanning of the original document is permitted in accordance with the condition.08-25-2011
20110267636IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - If an MFP has not received setting information from a server at startup, it refers to setting information stored in a nonvolatile storage unit which stores setting information received in the last operation. This enables the MFP to start with some functions available in accordance with the last setting information referred to, while the MFP waits for reception of setting information at startup.11-03-2011
20100284032IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING OPERATING INFORMATION MANAGING FUNCTION - An image forming device includes a power source unit, motors supplied with and driven by electric power from the power source unit, and a control device for controlling the motors' operations. A CPU in the control device monitors presence/absence of power supply from the power source unit. When power is cut off during image forming, the CPU causes regenerative braking of the motors. The regenerated power is voltage-converted by a second DC-DC converter in the power source unit and supplied to the control device for continuously driving the CPU, which in turn backs up operating information. This eliminates inconsistency between the actual life status and the backed-up information when power is off, with no need of frequent backup during image forming. It is thus possible to provide the image forming device which can reliably manage operating information even if power supply to the motors is stopped during printing.11-11-2010
20080239362COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PRINT IMAGE GENERATING PROGRAM AND PRINT IMAGE GENERATING METHOD - A print image generating program is capable of printing information that discourages fraudulent distribution of printed documents, irrespective of the type of printer. A print image generating apparatus has an application, a printer driver, a print management unit, and a virtual driver, and is designed to add tracking information that discourages distribution of printed documents when print data is printed. The print management unit monitors print requests from the application. When detecting a print request which was output from the application to the printer driver, the print management unit acquires and interrupts the print request destined for the printer driver. When the virtual driver receives a command from the print management unit, it acquires print data and tracking information, and generates tracking print image data by adding the tracking information to the print data, and gives the generated data to the printer driver.10-02-2008
20110205571IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing device includes an acceptance section, an information acquisition section, a generating section, and an output section. The acceptance section accepts image data to be processed. The information acquisition section acquires plural pieces of information relevant to copy-restriction images and corresponding to plural kinds of copying devices configured to detect corresponding copy-restriction images. A target image is prevented from copying when a given piece of the information corresponding to a given kind of the copying devices and embedded in the target image is detected by the given kind of the copying devices. The generating section generates a formation-target image by embedding, in the image data, the copy-restriction images corresponding to the plural piece of information acquired by the information acquisition section. The output section outputs the formation-target image generated by the generating section.08-25-2011
20100134823IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes an input unit inputting image data, a memory having a storage region for storing the image data inputted by the input unit, a printer printing the image data in response to an user's instruction of printing the image data stored in the storage region, a transmitting unit transmitting set information indicating setting of the storage region to an other image processing apparatus, and a control unit controlling the transmitting unit not to transmit the set information to the other image processing apparatus when a pass word for accessing the storage region is included in the set information, and to transmit the set information to the other image processing apparatus when the pass word for accessing the storage region is not included in the set information.06-03-2010
20120293825IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, A COMPUTER, AND A COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH A CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus connected to a first network has a log notification part that transmits a communication failure log in response to a connection from a computer connected to a second network. The communication failure log contains status information planned to be transmitted by an image forming apparatus that is connected to the first network, to a computer to which the image forming apparatus failed in a connection, or location designation data for designating a location in the first network where the status information is stored. The computer has a log receiving part for receiving the communication failure log transmitted from the image forming apparatus, and a status information notification part for transmitting the status information or the location designation data contained in the received communication failure log to other computers connected to the second network.11-22-2012
20100027046AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING AUTHENTICATION PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON - Print data including a provisional registration command is received. When the print data including the provisional registration command is received, an authentication code is obtained. The authentication code is stored in a user information DB. Provisional registration data is obtained from the user information DB. Then, a list of provisional registration data is displayed. It is determined whether the provisional registration data is selectively input or not. If the provisional registration data is selectively input, user information in which IC card information or biological information and the authentication code are associated with each other is transmitted to an authentication server. The authentication server executes a process of registering the received user information.02-04-2010
20080304094IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A control unit to set a priority level to operate the audio replay function so that the priority level is higher in an abnormal operation of the apparatus than in a normal operation of the apparatus is provided in the image forming apparatus 12-11-2008
20100002249Locked Print With Intruder Detection And Management - A printing device includes a user interface, a print module and a locked print module. The locked print module is configured to examine a plurality of print data received by the printing device to determine whether locked printing is specified for any electronic documents contained in the plurality of print data. If locked printing is specified for any of the electronic documents contained in the plurality of print data, then the corresponding print data is stored on the printing device and not processed for printing. The locked print module is further configured to verify password data with respect to user identification data. If the password data is not successfully verified with respect to the user identification data, then the locked print module causes print data that is both stored on the printing device and associated with the user identification data to be deleted from the printing device.01-07-2010
20120293824IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET JAM TREATMENT METHOD FOR THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming apparatus according to the embodiment includes a display section configured to display information or an inquiry, an input section configured to receive an input from the operator; and a control section configured to display, when the sheet jam occurs, an inquiry concerning a situation of the occurrence of the sheet jam on the display section and a method to eliminate a cause of the sheet jam estimated on the basis of input in response to the displayed inquiry.11-22-2012
20080212124IMAGE TRANSFERRING APPARATUS - An image transferring apparatus for transmitting image data to a file server has an image input unit allowing input of image as the image data, a memory section for storing the image data, and registration and transmission information of the image data, and a communication controller for transmitting the image data stored in the memory section to the file server. The communication controller has a judgment unit for making a judgment based on the registration and transmission information of the image data as to whether communication condition of the image data is normal or not. The communication controller transmits a request for deleting the image data to the file server in a case where the judgment is made that the communication condition is not normal during transmission of the image data stored in the memory section to the file server.09-04-2008
20080316523IDENTIFICATION CARD MANUFACTURING SECURITY - In a method of authorizing a supply for use with a printing system, a supply is provided having a memory containing a first and second codes and supply-specific data, which uniquely identifies the supply. The first code, the second code and the supply-specific data are retrieved from the memory of the supply. The first and second codes are translated using the supply-specific data. The translated first code is compared to a third code and the translated second code is compared to a fourth code. Use of the supply with the printing system is authorized when the translated first code corresponds to the third code and the translated second code corresponds to the fourth code. Use of the supply with the printing system is prevented when either the translated first code does not correspond to the third code, or the translated second code does not correspond to the fourth code.12-25-2008
20100265530IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit configured to form images based on image data transmitted from information processing apparatus of users including registered users and unregistered users; a setting unit configured to set permission information for each user based on a log of the image forming and limit information; a first judging unit configured to determine whether user identification information is attached to image data; a second judging unit configured to determine, based on the permission information that is set for an unregistered user, whether to permit execution of image forming of the image data, when the first judging unit determines that the user identification information is not attached to the image data.10-21-2010
20100265529CONTROL FOR DISPLAY OF MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF A PRINTABLE DOCUMENT FOR LOCKED PRINT - An approach is provided for implementing locked printing on a printing device with control of the display of multiple versions of locked print data. The printing device includes a locked print process that determines whether the names of two or more locked print jobs stored at the printing device are the same. In response to determining that the respective names of the print jobs are the same, the locked print process causes to be displayed, on the user interface, a group print job name representing the two or more print jobs, instead of causing to be displayed the names of the print jobs individually. Embodiments also include printing the print data of a selected print job when a user requests that the print data associated with the group print job name be printed, and allowing a user to view the print jobs associated with the group print job name.10-21-2010
20110007339PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing control apparatus includes a connection unit configured to be connectable to a plurality of networks, a storage unit configured to store a power supply control status corresponding to each of the plurality of networks and indicating either an on or off state, a change unit configured to change the power supply control status for each network, and a control unit configured to control a power supply of an image forming apparatus based on the power supply control status of the plurality of networks.01-13-2011
20110007337APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF PREDICTING FAILURE OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An apparatus, system, and method of predicting failure of a fixing device of an image forming apparatus are provided. Based on a plurality of sheet transfer time values of the fixing device, a first characteristic value that is an average value of the plurality of sheet transfer time values, and at least one of a second characteristics value that indicates the variance of the plurality of sheet transfer time values and a third characteristics value that indicates the maximum value of the plurality of sheet transfer time values are calculated. Using a determination result generated based on the first characteristics value and the at least one of the second and third characteristics values, failure of the fixing device is predicted.01-13-2011
20110007336IMAGE REGISTRATION DEVICE, IMAGE REGISTRATION SYSTEM, IMAGE REGISTRATION METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image registration device includes: an associated image acquisition unit that acquires an associated image associated with a document image read from a medium on which the document image is formed, a predetermined process being to be performed on the document image; and a registration unit that registers the associated image acquired by the associated image acquisition unit with the associated image being assigned to the predetermined process.01-13-2011
20080278739IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus having: a replacement part that can be replaced; an operation and display section; an image forming section that forms an image on a sheet; a power supply section that supplies power to said image forming section; a storage section that stores a procedure of replacing said replacement part; and a control section, wherein said control section carries out, upon input instruction of said replacement part to be replaced from said operation and display section, a display operation of the replacement procedure of said replacement part on said operation and display section and an ON/OFF control of said power supply section.11-13-2008
20100265532IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which is capable of realizing security improvements without degrading the usability. A user is authenticated, and an operation screen accepting an operation input from the user is displayed. A job is executed according to an instruction of the user authenticated by the user authenticating unit. It is determined whether or not the job of which execution is instructed by the user, is being executed when the user authenticating unit authenticates the user. A first operation screen through which the user inputs an instruction for the job in execution is displayed when the job executing unit is executing the job, of which execution is instructed by the user, whereas another operation screen through which another user inputs an instruction for another job is displayed when not.10-21-2010
20100141980WORK FLOW SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus capable of executing a work flow according to setting information indicating a processing content for combining a plurality of functions and executing the functions as a series of processings, includes: an obtaining unit configured to obtain function restriction information indicating a function whose execution is restricted among a plurality of functions provided to the image processing apparatus; a function identification unit configured to identify a function executed by the image processing apparatus and a function executed by the other apparatus on the basis of the setting information; and a decision unit configured to decide whether execution of the work flow based on the setting information is restricted on the basis of the function restriction information and the function executed by the image processing apparatus and the function executed by the other apparatus identified by the function identification unit.06-10-2010
20100271652IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus comprises a print section, an accepting section for accepting a print request, and a control section which causes the print section to execute printing on the basis of a print request accepted by the accepting section and judges whether or not the image forming apparatus is busy when a print request is accepted by the accepting section. When the control section judges that the image forming apparatus is busy, the control section prohibits an execution of at least a part of printing based on a print request.10-28-2010
20090190155Printing system - A personal computer identifies a target of a printing error in a printer. At this time, the personal computer identifies the target of the printing error in the printer as a print file, based on an identification code obtained together with status information which represents error information. The personal computer waits for the printer to restore the error. The personal computer determines whether or not the printer has restored the error based on the status information obtained from the printer on a regular basis or when driven by some event. Next, the personal computer retransmits the print file thus identified to the printer. Alternatively, the printer re-receives the print file.07-30-2009
20090161142Positional Error Detection Method and Apparatus, and Computer-Readable Storage Medium - A positional error detection method forms, on a belt which is transported in a transport direction, positional error detection marks for detecting a positional error between image positions of first and second colors, detects the positional error detection marks on the belt, and computes the positional error based on the detected positional error detection marks. The positional error detection marks include first and second marks which are inclined in mutually opposite directions with respect to the transport direction, and third marks which are perpendicular to the transport direction.06-25-2009
20100141979SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRINTING DOCUMENTS HAVING A COPY DETECTION PATTERN - A method of printing a document includes generating commands in a computing device that include: (i) commands for printing based on document data, and (ii) an identification of a determined portion of the document data that is to be used in generating a printed copy detection pattern. The method further includes sending the printer control commands to an intermediate electronic device that stores a key, generating copy detection pattern data using the determined portion of the document data and the cryptographic key, and generating modified printer control commands that include commands for printing a first document portion based on the document data and a second document portion including the printed copy detection pattern based on the copy detection pattern data. Finally, the modified printer control commands are sent to a printing device. Also, a system is provided for implementing the method.06-10-2010
20100141978Image processing device and image processing system - An image processing device includes a plurality of printers (Pr06-10-2010
20090180134DEVICE FOR CORRECTING IMAGE DATA READ WITH IMAGE SENSOR - An image processing device is provided which corrects error pixels without using a line buffer even in the case of using an image sensor with a structure having a plurality of sensors arranged in series. It has a detecting component for detecting the presence or absence of a factor of black line and Kth error pixel correcting processing components each for receiving the Kth pixel signal among the pixel signals output in N divisions, and for correcting error pixels. When the factor of black line is detected at a boundary between Kth and (K−1)th division outputs, the Kth error pixel correcting processing component notifies the (K−1)th error pixel correcting processing component of neighboring pixel information about the error pixels, and the (K−1)th error pixel correcting processing component corrects the error pixels at the boundary in response to the neighboring pixel information notified and the (K−1)th pixel signal.07-16-2009
20110205574CONTROLLING A CONFIGURATION OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A method and system for printing documents based on Java commands. A Java printer receives page layout requests and converts the requests into a rasterized image which is transferred to a recording medium. Page layout can be interactively modified. The Java printer also monitors print requests and is configurable using a World Wide Web interface.08-25-2011
20110205570PRINTER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - According to one embodiment, a printer includes a sensing unit configured to detect biometric information of a user, and an authentication unit configured to authenticate the user identified by the detected biometric information. The printer further includes a determination unit configured to determine product-related processes which the authenticated user is authorized to execute, and an execution unit configured to execute the determined product-related processes.08-25-2011
20090161143IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - A monitoring server that monitors an image forming apparatus and detects an error if any has occurred thereon, identifies a type of firmware that has caused the error, and issues an instruction for replacing a version of the identified type of firmware. The image forming apparatus issues, to a transmission server, a request for transmitting a replacement version of the identified type of firmware. The transmission server refers to a firmware version list table to determine another type of firmware whose version is to be replaced in association with the replacement version of the identified type of firmware. The transmission server transmits the replacement version of the identified type of firmware and the determined another type of firmware to the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus receives each firmware transmitted from the transmission server and applies the received firmware to the image forming apparatus.06-25-2009
20090161141Printing Management Information Together with Image Data - An image forming apparatus includes an image receiving unit configured to receive image data, a sender identifying unit configured to identify a sender of the received image data, a check unit configured to check whether the identified sender corresponds to a predetermined sender, a management information providing unit configured to provide management-purpose image data obtained by encoding management information for controlling at least one of a transmission operation for transmitting an image scanned from a printout and a copy operation for copying an image scanned from a printout, and a print unit configured to print the management-purpose image data together with the received image data in response to a check result by the check unit indicating that the identified sender corresponds to the predetermined sender.06-25-2009
20110026068CONFIGURING APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM - If connection to an output apparatus is detected, a configuring apparatus acquires information about the output apparatus. If disconnection of communication connection with the output apparatus is detected, the configuring apparatus makes various configurations based on the acquired information. If communication connection with the output apparatus is detected again after the configuration, the configuring apparatus transmits the configured information to the output apparatus.02-03-2011
20110026067IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - An image forming apparatus capable of being used for a longest possible time period without the need for a user to determine the necessity of part replacement. In a case that a conveyance roller or other part whose consumption degree exceeds a prescribed value is used for a job set by the user, an MFP displays to the user candidates for alternative process using an alternative path in which the conveyance roller or other part is not used and a candidate for alternative process to perform a low-speed process (S02-03-2011
20130120784PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A system comprises an image forming apparatus and a server, the image forming apparatus including: a receiving unit which receives the series of data from the server; a transfer unit which transfers a plurality of print jobs included in the series of data to a printing unit; and an accepting unit which accepts a cancel instruction for the series of data from a user, wherein when the receiving unit accepts the cancel instruction while receiving the series of data, the receiving unit discards the plurality of print jobs until termination data is received, and when the transfer unit accepts the cancel instruction while transferring the series of data, the transfer unit cancels transfer of the plurality of print jobs to the printing unit, and instructs the printing unit to cancel printing of a transferred print job.05-16-2013
20130120786IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND MEMORY MEDIUM - An object of the present invention is to solve dissatisfaction of the user who can not take out the source data in a case where a code image in the original can not be decoded. In order to accomplish the above object, the invention provides an image processing apparatus comprising code image detection unit that determines whether or not an code image is included in the original image data, code image decoding unit that decodes the code image to extract source data if it is determined that the code image is included by the code image detection unit, and synthesizing unit that encodes information obtained by decoding a partial area of the code image and overlaying encoded information on the area where the code image is included, if the code image decoding unit is successful in decoding only the partial area of the code image.05-16-2013
20120069383Image Processing System and Imaging Object Used for Same - An imaging technology having high reproducibility of a document and making image correction possible, without being influenced by a way of placing the document or a position of a camera, and irrespective of paper color and despite of damage of a corner portion. By printing positioning symbols on document paper in advance when the document is photographed by a digital camera or a portable phone with a camera, such as a smart phone, and by processing the image based on these positioning symbols, image processing having high reproducibility of the document and making image correction (keystone correction) possible can be implemented irrespective of paper color and even when there is damage to a corner portion of the paper.03-22-2012
20120069382IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS SCREEN ON DISPLAY UNIT USING BROWSER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that is capable of, even in a case where browser screens are forcefully changed when the image processing apparatus changes in status during operation by a user, continuing operation through a screen displayed until just before the change of the browser screens when the image processing apparatus is restored. The status of the image processing apparatus is detected, and a screen is created according to the detected status of the image processing apparatus. The screen is displayed as a new tab when the image processing apparatus changes in status.03-22-2012
20120069380IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ENCODED WITH DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes a communication portion to communicate with a portable information device, an operation accepting portion into which an operation by a user is inputted, a display portion to display an image, an operation screen transmission portion to transmit, in response to a request being received from the portable information device, an operation screen corresponding to the request received among a plurality of operation screens for accepting an operation to the portable information device via the communication portion, and a display control portion to display at the display portion in response to transmission of the operation screen an operation unnecessary image which does not require the user to input an operation into the operation accepting portion.03-22-2012
20120069379IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When receiving a notification indicating that the communication is performed using an encrypted communication protocol, a display unit displays a screen based on screen information so as to display a second icon which indicates that a web server uses the encrypted communication protocol to communicate with an external server and is different from a first icon indicating that a browser uses the encrypted communication protocol to communicate with the web server.03-22-2012
20090141301PRINTING DEVICE - A printing device for printing on an image-receiving sheet includes an output unit for outputting printed image-receiving sheets to a finishing device. An interface is configured to connect to the finishing device. The interface is arranged for receiving an error signal from the finishing device. A communication unit outputs an error message to a user of the printing device. A control unit controls, when an error signal is received from the finishing device via the interface, a finisher error recovery procedure, wherein an error message is output to the user of the printing device by the communication unit. The error message contains the information that a number N of image-receiving sheets shall be removed from the finishing device, and the number N of the last printed image-receiving sheets are printed again. The number N is pre-configured in the control unit independently of the error signal received from the finishing device.06-04-2009
20090059268IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - The image forming apparatus decodes a two dimensional code within an image and obtains a password; stores the image in a storage unit if the password thus obtained matches a password entered through an operating section; and when an instruction is given by a user to display the image stored in the storage unit on a display unit of the image forming apparatus, performs a control to display the image on the display unit of the image forming apparatus without requesting an entry of the obtained password, and when an instruction is given by a user to display the image stored in the storage unit on a display unit of an external device, other than the display unit of the image forming apparatus, performs a control to request an entry of the obtained password for displaying the image on the display unit of the external device.03-05-2009
20080316522IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an image forming apparatus that includes a first system and a second system, wherein the permission/prohibition of access to a storage unit provided in the first system is controlled appropriately based on a signal transmitted from the second system, and a control method thereof. To accomplish this, the image forming apparatus of the present invention includes the first system and the second system, and permits access to the storage unit only when executing a program that includes a predetermined process to activate the apparatus using an external storage apparatus.12-25-2008
20080316521Systems and methods for managing facsimile documents - Systems and methods for managing facsimile documents can be utilized to ensure a faxed document or any portion of a faxed document is not lost. An amount of printing material available to a printing device can be determined. Based on the determined amount of printing material available, an incoming facsimile document can be printed or stored to memory to ensure that data is not lost. Similarly, an amount of available memory within a printing device can be determined to ensure that facsimile data being stored to memory is not lost due to a memory limitation. Utilizing the systems and methods disclosed, facsimile documents can be interactively managed so that information is not lost due to printing material or memory limitations.12-25-2008
20090213410IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A detector detects a first key information piece embedded on one side of one sheet or more than one respective sheets from which image data is read out by a reader, and a second key information piece embedded on the other side thereof or on another sheet. And a comparator 08-27-2009
20110222101IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH POWER CONTROL UNIT - An image processing apparatus includes a platform and plugins installed in the platform to cause devices to perform functions, wherein the platform includes a power control unit to control supply of power to the devices and a first power control interface to transmit to the plugins an advanced notice of shutdown, wherein each of the plugins includes a second power control interface to receive the advanced notice of shutdown and a power processing control unit to make a preparation for shutdown in response to the advanced notice of shutdown received through the second power control interface, and to send information about the preparation to the power control unit through the second power control interface, wherein the power control unit controls supply of power to at least one of the devices based on the information about the preparation received from at least one of the plugins.09-15-2011
20110222099VERIFICATION APPARATUS, JOB TICKET VERIFICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An apparatus for verifying whether or not processing of a received job ticket is feasible in a printing apparatus, comprises: a unit which holds capability information associated with capabilities included in the printing apparatus and verification information associated with verification items respectively for the capabilities; a unit which generates, based on user identification information, which is defined for each user who designates execution of the processing of the job ticket and indicates available functions in the printing apparatus and verification items for the user, and the capability information, printer capability data indicating feasible capabilities of the user in the printing apparatus; a unit which generates verification policy data indicating feasible verification items of the user for the job ticket; and a unit which verifies based on the printer capability data and the verification policy data whether or not the processing of the job ticket is feasible in the printing apparatus.09-15-2011
20130215450IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes a first designation unit configured to designate a power-off task of shutting down the image forming apparatus in a designated period, a second designation unit configured to designate a setting task of executing a setting process for setting a setting item of the image forming apparatus in a designated period and a restart process for restarting the image forming apparatus after the setting process, and a task control unit configured to control execution of the designated power-off task and the designated setting task. The task control unit is configured to, if the power-off task is designated, perform control to change processing of the power-off task and the setting task according to which of the processes of the setting task a period that an end of the designated period of the power-off task reaches corresponds to.08-22-2013
20090086253IMAGE PROCESSOR, PRINTING SYSTEM, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processor includes: a resuming unit that allows a printing device to resume an interrupted printing process; and an output processing unit that carries out an output process of resuming information including the reduced image of an image of a page in which the printing process is resumed and the information of the page in which the printing process is resumed.04-02-2009
20090086252Method and system for policy based monitoring and blocking of printing activities on local and network printers - A method and system for data loss prevention controls and protects sensitive data from being printed in an unauthorized manner. A method for controlling printing activities implemented in a computer system comprises intercepting a print job comprising print data intended for a printer driver, delaying performance of the print job, analyzing content of the print data to determine whether to allow or cancel the print job based on a security policy, and resuming or canceling the print job based on the analysis of the content of the print data.04-02-2009
20090051959IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - There are provided an image forming apparatus which is capable of efficiently performing necessary actions to thereby reduce downtime. At least one job can be registered. Image formation is performed according to the at least one registered job. Action objects are detected on which actions necessary for the image forming apparatus should be taken.02-26-2009
20090051958Image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus includes an image forming unit, power supplier, power controller, memory, signal transmission unit and transmission timer. The image forming unit forms an image based on image data from a plurality of host devices. The power supplier supplies power to a power system including the image forming unit. The power controller controls the power from the power supplier to the power system. The memory stores a usage amount of each host device. The signal transmission unit transmits a response request to a host device having at least a predetermined usage amount. The transmission timer counts a first time period from a transmission of the response request. The power controller halts the power from the power supplier to the power system when determining, based on the first time period, that a reply to the response request is not transmitted from the specific host device for a predetermined period.02-26-2009
20090051957INK JET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An ink jet image forming apparatus includes a reset correction unit to restrict a heater driving time so as to prevent a heater from being damaged due to overheating when an error occurs in a system clock. The reset correction unit may determine that an error occurs in the system clock if a discharging voltage of at least one charging circuit, which performs a charging operation using the system clock, is decreased to a reference voltage. In this case, the reset correction unit can generate a reset signal having an initial state such that the heater is no longer driven.02-26-2009
20110228312IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus, including: an apparatus body; a cartridge containing a recording material; a cartridge installing section which is provided in the apparatus body and to which the cartridge is removably installed; a first communication section which is provided in the apparatus body; a second communication section which is provided in the cartridge and which communicates with the first communication section by using a near field communication; a light source which is provided in the apparatus body and emits light to illuminate the cartridge installing section; an installation/removal detector which is provided in the apparatus body and detects whether or not the cartridge is installed to the cartridge installing section; and a controller which controls the light source and the first communication section.09-22-2011
20090097053PRINT PROCESSING SYSTEM AND PRINT PROCESSING METHOD - At the time of processing on print data created by a client computer, in a case where a server computer obtains information that should be notified to the client computer, the server computer adds a message to the print data to be sent to a device. In a case where the print data is added with the message, the device creates the message to be sent to the server computer. The server computer sends the message to the client computer. The client computer displays an image based on the message.04-16-2009
20090097052IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A halftone screen applicable to an electrophotographic printer is created. Hence, minimum and maximum sizes of a halftone dot and a cluster size are input. When the halftone-dot size reaches the minimum size, the number of blackened pixels in the halftone dot is calculated. When the halftone-dot size is smaller than the minimum size, or when the number of blackened pixels doesn't reach the cluster size, and the halftone-dot size is smaller than the maximum size, the halftone dot is. When the number of blackened pixels becomes equal to or larger than the cluster size or when the halftone-dot size reaches the maximum size, a halftone screen is partitioned into polygons to have centroids of the halftone dots as kernel points. Then, each halftone dot is grown by blackening pixels to have the centroid as the center of growth.04-16-2009
20090097051IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In the image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, an operation time measuring section that measures elapsed time that elapses from the point of time when the image forming apparatus arrives at its operable state and a controller that stops operations of the image forming apparatus when the elapsed time measured by the operation time measuring section arrives at a prescribed time are provided, whereby, a life span of the image forming apparatus influenced by temporal changes can be judged precisely, independently of the hours of operation of the image forming apparatus, and operations can be stopped.04-16-2009
20090213412IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND IMAGE SUPPLYING APPARATUS - An image processing system is provided in which an image supplying apparatus is connected to a plurality of image processing apparatuses via a network, where at least one image processing apparatus executes processing requested by a user for image data supplied from the image supplying apparatus. The image supplying apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine whether the image data requests a security condition, a decision unit configured to decide on the security condition, a search unit configured to search the plurality of image processing apparatuses for an image processing apparatus which is capable of executing the processing requested by the user and satisfies the security condition, a display unit configured to display the image processing apparatus detected by the search unit so as to allow the user to select the image processing apparatus, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data to the image processing apparatus.08-27-2009
20090213411PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING METHOD, COMPUTER, PRINTER AND DATA OUTPUTTING SYSTEM - A data outputting system includes a computer and an output apparatus which outputs data. The computer includes an intermediate file generating unit which converts a file of a processing object into an intermediate file which is in a form not depending on a model of the output apparatus. The output apparatus includes a data generating unit to convert the intermediate file into data which is in a form corresponding to a model of the output apparatus.08-27-2009
20110228311Image Forming System and Image Forming Method for Collectively Supporting Output Data Formats and Authentication Methods - A multifunction peripheral (MFP) transmits read data (user identification information) obtained by a reader to a user-manager server device via a network. The user-manager server device specifies a data format of the read data, converts the data format into another data format to specify a user ID corresponding to the read data, performs a user authentication using the user ID, and transmits authorization information corresponding to a logged-in user. Further, the MFP receives the identification information corresponding to the logged-in user by a user authentication method specified by authentication setting data, and transmits the identification information to the user-manager server device. The authentication setting data is updated by the master authentication data stored in the user-manager server device. The user-manager server device performs the user authentication using the identification information, and transmits the authorization information corresponding to the logged-in user.09-22-2011
20110228309PRINT JOB INFORMATION MANAGING DEVICE, PRINT JOB INFORMATION MANAGING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A print job information managing device of the present invention has: an authentication request instruction adding section that adds, to a print job, an authentication request instruction that expresses whether or not authentication is needed at a time of printing; a transmitting section that transmits the print job to a printer; and a notification section that, when the authentication request instruction has been added to the print job transmitted by the transmitting section, notifies a printing recipient that the print job has been transmitted.09-22-2011
20110228307PRINTER DIAGNOSES USING DISPLAYED CANDIDATE DEFECT IMAGES - Methods and systems receive printing symptoms from a user into a graphic user interface and receive system information from a printing device exhibiting the printing symptoms. The method analyzes the printing symptoms using a diagnostic inference system operating on a computerized device operatively connected to the graphic user interface to produce candidate component defects. The method outputs diagnostic recommendations containing the candidate component defects to the user. The diagnostic recommendations include at least one representative image of a printing defect corresponding to each candidate component defect, and probabilities of correctness of the candidate component defects displayed alongside the representative image.09-22-2011
20090244588COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The communication apparatus including: a communication unit communicating with external apparatuses via a communication line; a notification unit notifying, from the communication unit, the external apparatuses of stop of electric power supply to a controller controlling operation, when electric power supply to the controller is stopped; an identification information memory for storing identification information of one of the external apparatuses when, after the notification unit makes the notification, the notification unit again makes the notification to the one of the external apparatuses upon receipt of a signal from the one of the external apparatuses; and a signal processor processing a signal received from any of the external apparatuses by the communication unit. The signal processor discards a signal, when a transmission source of the signal is one of the external apparatuses having the identification information matching the identification information stored in the identification information memory.10-01-2009
20090257079INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF - An information processing method of an information processing apparatus that receives a job ticket, includes performing a function according to the job ticket, and determining whether a notification that the process has normally ended is received. In one embodiment, if it is determined that the notification is not received, a JDF analysis/correction unit may search for a confirmed subsequent function in the system based on a system map, and can determine whether there is another apparatus including the subsequent function in the system based on the search result. If the JDF analysis/correction unit determines that there is another apparatus including the subsequent function, the job ticket is updated and transmitted to the subsequent apparatus, along with input data.10-15-2009
20090219561IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus reads an original to which a restriction item such as copy restriction is embed to input image data. The image processing apparatus restricts an image processing on the input image data which involves a loss of the embedded information on the restriction item to maintain a state where the restriction item is embedded for the output. Alternatively, the image processing apparatus outputs the image data of a format where the restriction information is added to the input electric data.09-03-2009
20090219560IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, HARDWARE SELF-DIAGNOSING METHOD, AND HARDWARE SELF-DIAGNOSING PROGRAM - A hardware self-diagnosing method for performing a hardware self-diagnosis of an image forming apparatus includes reading a set value stored in a memory unit of the image forming apparatus; performing the hardware self-diagnosis of the image forming apparatus in a detailed diagnosis mode at intervals determined by the set value stored in the memory unit; and performing the hardware self-diagnosis of the image forming apparatus in a simplified diagnosis mode in between the intervals at which the hardware self-diagnosis is performed in the detailed diagnosis mode. The set value may be a period of time or a number of recording media outputted by the image forming apparatus.09-03-2009
20090219559UNIT USING OS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A chip mountable on a customer replaceable unit monitory (CRUM) unit used in an image forming job includes a central processing unit (CPU) to perform cryptographic data communication with a main body of an image forming apparatus, using an operating system (OS) of the CPU. The security of a unit on which the chip is mounted can thereby be reinforced and random changes of data of the unit can be prevented.09-03-2009
20090244590IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus detects whether a sub board, which performs image processing, is in a processing-disabled state. If it is detected that the sub board is in the processing-disabled state, the image forming apparatus activates a virtual environment on a main board, which performs information processing, to allow an image processing unit configured to perform the image processing to run on the virtual environment. The image forming apparatus transfers data processed by the image processing unit to the sub board when the sub board comes into a processing-enabled state and then prints and outputs the data via a print engine.10-01-2009
20120105902SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING TRANSACTIONS BY MEANS OF PRINT MEDIA THAT INCORPORATE ELECTRONIC RECORDING AND TRANSMISSION MEANS - A system and method for enabling automatic electronic, telephonic, and Internet transactions through print media, as well as providing value that flows to a supplier for the service of enabling such transactions. The transactions can utilize print media that can include electronic recording media and counterfeit protection, where the electronic recording media can identify suppliers of the media, providers of the service promoted by the electronic media, and can set a value for a supplier, such as a print media supplier or facilitator.05-03-2012
20120105898CONTROL APPARATUS, STATE DETECTION METHOD OF CONTROL APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - A control apparatus includes a state change detection unit configured to detect a state change of a particular unit and to output a state change information indicating the state change; a state detection unit configured to detect a state of the particular unit; a storage unit operable with electricity supplied by a battery and configured to store information indicating that the state change information was input; and a control unit operable with electricity supplied by a power supply different from the battery configured to determine whether the information indicating that the state change information was input is stored in the storage unit during the off-state of electricity supplied by the power supply and, when it is determined that the information is stored, to acquire the state detected by the state detection unit.05-03-2012
20120105897PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system that performs printout based on encrypted, submitted data includes a printing apparatus including a decrypting unit that decrypts the submitted data; and an editing apparatus that accepts an editing operation to be performed on the submitted data. The editing apparatus transmits an execution instruction for performing a process of creating an image for editing used for the editing operation, to the printing apparatus. In response to the execution instruction, the printing apparatus performs a process on an image obtained by decrypting the submitted data using the decrypting unit, and thereby creates a non-equivalent decrypted image as the image for editing, and transmits the non-equivalent decrypted image to the editing apparatus, the non-equivalent decrypted image being a decrypted image non-equivalent to a printed material related to the submitted data. The editing apparatus displays the non-equivalent decrypted image as the image for editing.05-03-2012
20120105894Avoiding Redundant Printing - A method, system, and computer usable program product for avoiding redundant printing are provided in the illustrative embodiments. An application executing in a data processing system receives a request to print a document. A determination is made whether a valid shared print of the document is available, the valid shared print being a hard-copy of the document that is currently within a validity period and is available for sharing among multiple entities. The shared valid print is requested from a current owner of the shared valid print. If the request is successful, possession of the shared valid print is changed in a prints repository from the current owner to a new owner and a new printing of the document according to the request to print the document is suspended.05-03-2012
20090316180INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus configured to transmit print data to a printing apparatus to perform printing includes a determination unit configured to determine whether a selected complex print setting including a plurality of setting values requires resolution of a conflict of setting values, and an execution unit configured to execute print processing using the setting values without performing conflict resolution of the setting values, if the determination unit determines that the complex setting does not require the conflict resolution of the setting values, and execute print processing using the setting values that have undergone the conflict resolution of the setting values, if the determination unit determines that the complex setting requires the conflict resolution of the setting values.12-24-2009
20090257078IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM - An image forming device which is arranged to execute an authentication print job. The image forming device includes: a communication interface unit which receives print data; a job data holding unit which holds job data for the an authentication print job based on the print data; a job execution unit which executes a job based on the job data; an authentication unit; a user authentication unit which outputs a user authentication result; a control unit which instructs a start of execution of the authentication print job to the job execution unit based on the user authentication result; and an instruction generation unit which outputs to the control unit an instruction to change a setting with respect to the authentication print job based on an input of a user authentication result, wherein: the instruction generation unit outputs the instruction to change the setting with respect to an authentication print job in an execution state or an execution queuing state based on the input of the user authentication result that is received in an after user authentication period; and the control unit executes a process of changing the setting based on the instruction.10-15-2009
20100149581INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A first information processing apparatus receives file information from a second information processing apparatus when the second information processing apparatus is switched to a power saving state. When the first information processing apparatus receives a file information acquisition request, which is directed to the second information processing apparatus from another apparatus, the file information that has been received from the second information processing apparatus is sent to the other apparatus. The first information processing apparatus acquires by proxy a file that is to be stored in the second information processing apparatus and sends the file acquired by proxy to the second information processing apparatus when the second information processing apparatus is restored to the normal power state.06-17-2010
20100149580JOB PROCESSING SYSTEM, JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In a job processing system, usage restriction information is managed for restricting user usage of functions of a job processing apparatus. An information processing apparatus acquires usage restriction information corresponding to a first operator instructing generation of job data, and writes the usage restriction information into job data to be transmitted to the job processing apparatus. The job processing apparatus checks whether or not the usage restriction information is written in the job data received from the information processing apparatus, and when the usage restriction information is confirmed, processes the job data in accordance with the usage restriction information, and when the usage restriction information is not confirmed, processes the job data in accordance with usage restriction information of a second operator instructing execution of a job in the job processing apparatus.06-17-2010
20120194848IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus which is capable of performing more appropriate control of access to files which grant different access rights on a versions basis. The image forming apparatus is communicably connected to a file server. In a system controller of the image forming apparatus, a reading control section reads an original to thereby generate image data. The reading control section extracts version information on the original from the generated image data. Then, the system controller identifies, out of at least one version of an original file stored in the file server as electronic data corresponding to the original, a version that permits the image forming apparatus to perform image formation, based on the extracted version information on the original.08-02-2012
20120194847IMAGE TESTING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM - An image testing apparatus compares output image data of an image which has been output onto a recording medium and original image data which has been read from an original and is used to output the image onto the recording medium, and determines an output state of the image. The image testing apparatus includes an output mode obtaining part configured to obtain an output mode designated by a user; a testing item setting part configured to set, according to the output mode obtained by the output mode obtaining part, an item for which the output state of the image is changed, as a testing item; and a testing part configured to test the output state of the image for the testing item which is set by the testing item setting part.08-02-2012
20120194846IMAGE READING SYSTEM AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading system and an image reading apparatus are provided. The system or apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read a still original, a selecting unit configured to select one of a plurality of image data of a first area acquired by reading the first area a plurality of times, the first area being a partial area of the original, and a generating unit configured to generate a file storing a first image data which is the image data of the first area selected by the selecting unit, and a second image data which is image data acquired by reading a second area of the original different from the first area by the reading unit.08-02-2012
20090262380CONCURRENT IMAGE AND DIAGNOSTIC PATTERN PRINTING - Print image-quality defects are diagnosed by printing an image and one or more diagnostic patterns concurrently.10-22-2009
20090257076Method of document protection - This invention relates to a method for preventing a copy of document, belonging to a technical field of entire copy protection of document. In the prior art, for some important documents, specially the secret ones, the reproduction of this kind of document is usually prohibited by its owner because of the security. But the technique in the prior art can not solve the problem of preventing unauthorized reproduction. The method of the present invention is intended to embed a shading pattern under the original image of anti-copy document by an application program installed in the copy device, and decide whether the document can be copied legally or not. By the method of present invention, it is possible to detect the watermark information of the anti-copy document accurately and quickly, and prevent the reproduction of the anti-copy document thoroughly. Moreover, an additional memory space is no need.10-15-2009
20090316179IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The present invention relates to an image formation apparatus that discards a job on elapse of an auto clear time. In the case a job is interrupted due to an insufficient balance to pay the fee for the job, the image formation apparatus judges whether the cause of the interruption can be eliminated in a short time or it takes a long time to be eliminated. If the cause takes a long time to be eliminated, the image formation apparatus extends the auto clear time to prevent the job from being discarded for the reason that the user does not have enough time to pay an additional fee.12-24-2009
20100149579METHODS AND STRUCTURE FOR AUTOMATED DEVCAPS FILE VERIFICATION - Methods and structure for verifying information in a device capabilities (DevCaps) file associated with a printing system. A job ticket generator generates test job tickets based on the DevCaps file and transmits the generated tickets to a job ticket validator. The validator validates that each received ticket can be correctly executed by the printing system. The generator accesses the DevCaps file to determine features configured on the printing system and possible values for each of the specified features. The validator returns a success or failure signal and the results of each test job ticket may be logged. An error status indicates an error in the DevCaps file relative to the present configuration of the printing system. The validator may be operable within the printing system such as a PostScript program executed by the printer controller or may be operable in a computer system coupled with the generator.06-17-2010
20090122332Image forming apparatus, print control method, and computer-readable storage medium storing program code for executing the control method - An image forming apparatus capable of both normal printing and special-purpose printing includes a first identification unit, a second identification unit, and a selection unit. The first identification unit identifies a type of print data. The second identification unit identifies a type of print material. The selection unit selects a print resource in accordance with a combination of the type of print data identified by the first identification unit and the type of print material identified by the second identification unit. The selection unit selects the print resource so as to prevent unauthorized printing from being performed when the print data is for special-purpose printing.05-14-2009
20100157349CATEGORIZED SECURE SCAN TO E-MAIL - A document identifier is added to print data sent to a printer connected in a network. Each page of the resulting printed document contains the document identifier, and the document identifier is associated with a security level and added to a database connected to the network. When a user later issues a scanning command to scan the document, the document identifier is obtained from the scan data and transmitted to a server. The server compares both the user and the document identifier to the database and depending on the results, either permits the scan operation to complete or aborts. If the scan operation is completed, the scan data is sent each of a set of one or more destinations that (1) are directed by the user and (2) has an appropriate security level to receive the scan data.06-24-2010
20100002248Print 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.01-07-2010
20100157350IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - To detect with high accuracy a particular pattern hardly disturbing eyesight by identifying a pixel where paper fiber cannot be identified, as a particular pattern pixel on the basis of an result of an of paper fiber from a particular color pixels. An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a paper fiber identification unit configured to identify paper fiber from an original read signal, a particular color pixel identification unit configured to identify a particular color pixel from the original read signal, a particular pattern detection unit configured to identify a pixel where paper fiber cannot be identified, as a particular pattern pixel on the basis of an identification result of the paper fiber identification unit from the particular color pixel, and a control unit configured to control the image processing apparatus in accordance with a result of the particular pattern detection unit.06-24-2010
20090116052SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAVING AND RESTORING A SETTING FROM AN INTERRUPTED PROCESS - In one version of a system according to the present invention, an MFP device and a storage server are connected to each other via a network. A user authentication is performed to acquire user information. Job information associated with the user information is acquired from the storage server. When scanning or printing is interrupted, scan or print setting information set before the interruption, and optionally the image data scanned before the interruption, are acquired. The MFP device performs the scanning or printing based on the setting information acquired from the storage server at the time of restart.05-07-2009
20100188684METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFICATION OF SCANNING/TRANSFERRING OF CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT - A method and system provided for identification of scanning/transferring of confidential documents using digital imaging devices, such as copiers, scanners printers fax machines and the like. When an imaging process is initiated, image of the document is send to a local OCR (scan) or remote server to perform OCR optical character recognition function. Thus converted document will be searched automatically by the system for keywords to determine the confidential nature of the document. In addition the device will store user details, process details (scan, copy, fax, email etc.), destination details etc., when processing of confidential documents occurs.07-29-2010
20100014110Image forming system having use restriction function based on document format to be printed and use restriction method in the system - An image forming system includes: a data receiving unit for receiving data to be printed and an identifier of a user who demanded printing of the data; a determining unit for determining whether or not a document represented by the data received by the data receiving unit is in accordance with a predetermined format; and a print controller for permitting or restricting printing of the data, depending on the result of determination by the determining unit.01-21-2010
20100002250MANAGEMENT OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS BASED ON USER AUTHENTICATION - An image forming apparatus connected via a network with an authentication server for user authentication based on biometric information about a user. The image forming apparatus is also connected with a managing server for managing an operation of the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes a transmission unit transmitting the biometric information about the user to the authentication server, a reception unit receiving use limit information corresponding to the biometric information about the user from the managing server, and a control unit controlling the operation of the image forming apparatus based on the use limit information.01-07-2010
20120033244Data relay apparatus, print control method, and computer program product - A data relay apparatus includes a connecting unit that connects an information processing apparatus to an image forming apparatus; a print control unit that receives output data from the information processing apparatus, produces print data based on the output data, and outputs the print data to the image forming apparatus; an information extracting unit that retrieves, from the output data, trigger data instructing execution of processing and extracts information within a preset data range subsequent to the trigger data; a setting unit that sets the data range according to an instruction from outside; a processing unit that executes the processing based on the trigger data and the information within the data range; a log-information generating unit that generates log information about the processing executed by the processing unit; and a log-information output unit that outputs the log information.02-09-2012
20100188685Communication Device - A communication device may be provided with a main control unit, a condition storage unit, and a sub control unit. The sub control unit may judge, in a case where data is received while the main control unit is being in the sleeping state, whether the sleeping state is to be maintained by referring to a condition stored in the condition storage unit. The sub control unit may release the sleeping state in a case where a negative judgment is made. When object data is received, at least one of the main and sub control units may register a new condition in the condition storage unit. The registration of the new condition is executed in a case where the sleeping state of the main control unit would be released although the sleeping state of the main control unit should not be released under a presumption of the object data being received while the main control unit is being in the sleeping state.07-29-2010
20110235086IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS - The invented image forming apparatus includes an image data production condition production section for producing an image data production condition, an image data output condition production section for producing an image data output condition, and an image data management section for obtaining the image data production condition and the image data output condition in response to an output demand of the image data, for outputting the image data in a case where the image data production condition coincides to the image data output condition, for obtaining a password of the image data in a case where the image data production condition does not coincide to the image data output condition, for outputting the image data in a case where the designated password is entered at a time of image production, and for not outputting the image data in a case where anything other than the designated password is entered at the time of image production. With the invented image forming apparatus, the user's manipulability is much improved as ensuring the security09-29-2011
20080204786INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An object of the invention is to improve convenience in using a system capable of recording electronic data in association with time information. To achieve this object, an information processing apparatus of this invention includes a display control device which displays, on a display device together with a time line, time information which is obtained from a timer and associated with electronic data recorded by a recording control device, and a processing device which determines on the basis of the time information associated with the electronic data whether a count of the timer was corrected, wherein if it is determined that the count of the timer was corrected, the display control device displays, on the display device together with the time line, information representing correction contents of the time information.08-28-2008
20120062931IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, USER RESTRICTION METHOD AND USE HISTORY GENERATION METHOD - An image forming apparatus is provided, in which the image forming apparatus includes a user database in which user identification information for identifying an user of the image forming apparatus is registered, an operation panel for receiving a key operation input, a secure program used for determining whether a user service can be provided on the basis of the user identification information in the user database and another user identification information input by the user.03-15-2012
20130215449IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus operates in a first power state, a second power state returnable to the first power state by a return instruction, or a third power state power-saved as compared with the second power state. The image forming apparatus comprises: a controlling unit to transition the power state of the image forming apparatus to the first power state, the second power state or the third power state; and a power-supply switch to cut off power supply to the image forming apparatus by being turned off by an internal mechanical relay driven by a manual operation or controlling from the controlling unit, wherein the controlling unit controls to turn off the power-supply switch after transitioning the power state from the second power state to the third power state.08-22-2013
20100225951IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which, when an error occurs during communication with a host computer, gives a higher priority to reconnection to the host computer connected at the time of occurrence of the error than to connection to another host computer. A CPU of the apparatus accepts processing requests from the host computers. When accepting a processing request from a host computer, the CPU causes the apparatus to connect to the host computer. If occurrence of an error is detected during communication with the host computer, the CPU controls the connection such that reconnection to the host computer connected at the time of occurrence of the error is given priority over connection to another host computer.09-09-2010
20100225952IMAGE RETRIEVAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE RETRIEVAL PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM - An image retrieval apparatus includes: an image storage section that stores two or more photographic images and receives an access for the photographic images; an access detection section that detects an access for the photographic images stored in the image storage section; an access image analyzing section that analyzes a subject of the photographic image detected in the access by the access detection section to determine a word associated with the subject; and an image retrieval section that retrieves a photographic image associated with the word determined by the access image analyzing section, of said two or more photographic images.09-09-2010
20100238482IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PRINTING A PLURALITY OF MANUSCRIPT DATA SETS IN PRESCRIBED ORDER BASED ON COMPOSITION GUIDELINE DATA - An image processing device acquires composition guideline data containing information specifying a plurality of manuscript data sets and the printing order of the data sets. The image processing device accesses an external device based on composition guideline data to acquire at least one of the manuscript data sets from that external device via communication. A print instruction is issued such that the plurality of manuscript data sets specified by composition guideline data, including the acquired manuscript data set, are printed in the order indicated by composition guideline data. Thus, a plurality of manuscript data sets may be easily printed in a prescribed order based on composition guideline data.09-23-2010
20100238480PRINT PROCESSING SYSTEM, PRINTING PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING PROCESSING PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A terminal apparatus for preparing a print job based on a document file prepared using an application and transmitting the print job to a printing apparatus is devised. The terminal apparatus includes a verification-use information receiving unit, a storage destination control unit, an information retrieval and attachment unit, and a data transmission unit. The verification-use information receiving unit receives verification information to be attached to the print job. The storage destination control unit controls a storage destination of the verification information received by the verification-use information receiving unit. The information retrieval and attachment unit reads out the verification information from the storage destination and to attach the read-out verification information to the print job. The data transmission unit transmits the print job, to which the verification information is attached by the information retrieval and attachment unit, to the printing apparatus.09-23-2010
20100225950IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image forming apparatus associates a plurality of pieces of user information with a single user identifier, and furthermore, stores keys corresponding to keys that are used for signing in association with the respective pieces of user information. Furthermore, when a user uses the image forming apparatus, jobs for which user information attached to the jobs matches user information that is identified when the user uses the image forming apparatus are extracted, signature verification is performed on respective pieces of signature data attached to the extracted jobs, using the keys held in a user information table, and jobs that are successfully verified are further extracted and listed.09-09-2010
20100238479Image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus is capable of transmitting its status information to a remote apparatus. A job receiving section receives an image outputting job from an external apparatus. An image outputting section outputs an image based on the image outputting job. A notification destination information memory stores notification destination information including a first notification destination for a first output device and a second notification destination for a second output device. A communication section sends status information about the image outputting section to the first and second notification destinations. When the image outputting section is outputting the image, if the status information is outputted from the image outputting section, the communication section sends the status information to the first output device. If job receiving section receives another image outputting job when the status information exists, the communication section sends the status information to the second output device.09-23-2010
20100238481IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus that enables a user who is restricted in use of a function to use the restricted function easily and exactly only for a specific process flow. A function restriction unit restricts execution of a function of the image processing apparatus based on restriction information set for every user. A process-flow generation unit generates a process that is achieved by combining a plurality of functions as a process flow according to an instruction from a user. An authentication unit authenticates the user according to his user account. A storage unit stores a process flow that is generated by the process-flow generation unit according to an instruction from an authenticated first user as a process flow on which a second user who is restricted in use of at least one of functions included in the process flow can issue an execution instruction to an execution unit.09-23-2010
20100253964IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS IN PULL PRINTING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - In a pull printing system, it is possible to perform an alternate print with appropriate security and in consideration of loads on a server while securing convenience of the user requesting a third party for the alternate print. An image processing apparatus in the pull printing system comprises a user authentication unit configured to confirm authority of an alternate process to a first user during login, a bibliographic information managing unit configured to acquire bibliographic information of print data stored in a storage server by a second user from a bibliographic information server for displaying the print data corresponding to the second user and a log information managing unit configured to acquire a log of an operation of the alternate process executed by the first user to the print data corresponding to the second user.10-07-2010
20110058208PRINT SYSTEM IN WHICH A TERMINAL USES A PRINT DEVICE THROUGH THE INTERNET - A print system, in which a terminal uses a print device through the Internet to cause the print device installed in a local network to print, includes a user checking unit configured to check whether a user is a user authorized to use the print device in the local network, an operation page providing unit configured to provide an accessible operation page to the user upon determining that the user is a user authorized to use the print device, and a print controlling unit configured to cause the print device to print according to access control information associated with the user in response to a print request received through the Internet, the print request being made by the terminal by using a printer driver of the print device, the terminal being situated outside the local network, and the printer driver being installed by use of the operation page.03-10-2011
20110058209TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A transmission apparatus includes a unit which writes command data indicating a content of a processing to be executed by an electronic device into a first data code, a unit which writes an error detection code of the first data code into a bit string of one bit through (N−1) bits in a second data code having a bit number N which is the same as the first data code, a unit which writes an extension code relating to an operation of the electronic device into another bit string formed of the remaining bits, and a unit which transmits a remote control signal in which the first data code and the second data code are combined to the electronic device.03-10-2011
20110058207IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DETERMINING A PRINT RESTART TIME AFTER MAINTENANCE - In an image forming apparatus, a setting part sets a first waiting time, which lasts from a completion of an ejecting operation of one sheet of recording paper to a start of supply of a subsequent sheet in a one-side printing or a second waiting time, or a second waiting time, which lasts from a completion of ejecting operation of one sheet of recording paper to a start of resupply of the one sheet of recording paper in both-side printing. A determining part detects a difference in time length between the first or second waiting time, a maintenance time required by a head maintenance operation and a cap timer time, which is a time during which a nozzle of the recording head is allowed to be maintained in an uncapped state, and determines a time of restarting a printing operation after execution of the maintenance operation based on the detected difference.03-10-2011
20100245882DEVICE FOR IMAGING A FLAT OBJECT AND PRINTING MATERIAL PROCESSING MACHINE HAVING THE DEVICE - A device for imaging a flat object, for example a paper sheet in a printing machine, includes a light source, preferably an LED row, a lens and an image sensor. An observation angle between the object plane and lens axis is flat, that is to say less than 45°. The light source illuminates the flat object in a first, near region with light of a first wavelength and illuminates the flat object in a second, far region with light of a second wavelength. The first wavelength is shorter than the second wavelength, preferably being blue and red spectral regions. The first region is disposed nearer the image sensor than the second region. The device permits the so-called chromatic aberration of the lens to be utilized to advantageously reduce the tilt angle of the image sensor required by the so-called Scheimpflug condition. A printing machine having the device is also provided.09-30-2010
20100253966PRINTING SYSTEM FOR VALIDATING PRINTING CONSUMABLE - A printer system includes a printer and a printing consumable detachably mounted on the printer. The printer has a first integrated circuit which generates a random number, reference information using the random number and a secret key. The printing consumable has a second integrated circuit which generates validation information using the random number and the secret key received from the first integrated circuit. The printer also has processing circuitry configured for receiving the reference information from the first integrated circuit; receiving the validation information from the second integrated circuit; and comparing the reference information and validation information so as to validate the printing consumable device for use with the printer.10-07-2010
20100165376PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A printing system includes an order management server configured to receive printing orders placed from a plurality of order placement location apparatuses via a network and to distribute the received printing orders to the plurality of printing location apparatuses via the network. Each printing location apparatus includes a notification unit configured to notify a printing order estimated time. The order management server includes a storage unit configured to store a plurality of printing orders placed from the order placement location apparatuses, an updating unit configured to update printing order estimated time information from each printing location apparatus, a determination unit configured to determine a printing location apparatus or apparatuses to which to distribute the plurality of printing orders according to a content of each printing order and the printing order estimated time information, and a transfer unit configured to transfer the printing orders to the printing location apparatus or apparatuses determined by the determination unit.07-01-2010
20110176159ABNORMALITY DETECTING DEVICE FOR ROTATION BODY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An abnormality detecting device for a rotation body includes: a rotation body rotating while coming in contact with a sheet transported at a predetermined speed; an output unit outputting pulses of a number in proportion to a rotation amount of the rotation body; an acquisition unit acquiring periodic information associating a position of the rotation body during a single rotation and a period of each of the pulses corresponding to the position with each other, the periodic information being acquired based on the plural pulses outputted from the output unit along with the rotation of the rotation body at the predetermined speed; a memory storing the periodic information as reference periodic information; and an abnormality detector detecting an abnormality occurred in at least one of the rotation body and the output unit based on the reference periodic information and new periodic information acquired after the reference periodic information is acquired.07-21-2011
20090279118PRINTING CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS - A printing control system comprises a viewing terminal, an authentication apparatus, and a printing apparatus. The viewing terminal includes an user identification information acquisition device that acquires user identification information, a print command device that issues a command to print the content, a print command transmission device that transmits the user identification information and content identification information to the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus includes an approval request transmission device that transmits the user identification information and the content identification information to the authentication apparatus, the authentication apparatus includes an approval information storage device that stores approval information that is associated with approval conditions for approving printing, an approval determination device that determines whether to approve printing of the content for the user who is identified based on the approval information, and a print data transmission device that transmits the print data for the content to the printing apparatus.11-12-2009
20100195133LICENSING METHOD FOR USE WITH AN IMAGING DEVICE - A licensing method includes the steps of establishing a licensing vendor; providing an imaging device that uses an imaging media in forming printed images on print media, the imaging media including an initial supply amount of an imaging substance; associating a usage license with at least one of the imaging device and the imaging media, the usage license defining a first usage threshold at which a consumer is prompted to acquire a new license; and providing a license monitoring mechanism communicatively coupled with the imaging device, the license monitoring mechanism performing the steps of tracking an amount of usage of the imaging media by the imaging device; determining whether the amount of usage of the imaging media by the imaging device has reached a usage threshold; and upon reaching the usage threshold, then prompting the consumer to acquire the new license from the licensing vendor.08-05-2010
20090323097INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM THEREOF - A printing system and its control method are provided allowing flexible function restrictions during print job execution even with an image forming apparatus incapable of highly advanced functions such as interpreting functional restriction information, etc. The invention is applied to a printing system where an information processing apparatus and a plurality of image forming apparatuses are connected via a network. The information processing apparatus transmits a print job assigned access restriction information, the information indicating whether or not to authorize the execution of the print job, only when an image forming apparatus or output destination of the print job is capable of interpreting such access restriction information. When an image processing apparatus is not capable of interpreting access restriction information, the information processing apparatus deletes access restriction information, but reflects restriction contents of the information in the data for the print job, and transmits the resultant job.12-31-2009
20090073481Method and system for external preprocessing of service requests directed to a sleeping node - Methods and systems for external preprocessing of service requests to avoid unnecessary wakeup of a sleeping node and improve power savings. An exemplary method comprises receiving from a sleep capable node a redirected service request; and selecting, depending on a service request type of the service request, among transmitting to the sleep capable node a wakeup request and providing to a client node a service requested in the service request without transmitting to the sleep capable node a wakeup request. In some embodiments, the selecting step comprises selecting among transmitting to the sleep capable node a full wakeup request, transmitting to the sleep capable node a partial wakeup request and providing to the client node a service requested in the service request without transmitting to the sleep capable node a wakeup request.03-19-2009
20090073483PRINT INSTRUCTION APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINT INSTRUCTION METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - The print instruction apparatus is provided with: a reception unit that receives a print request for printing an electronic document; a determination unit that determines whether or not particular information is associated with the electronic document; and an instruction unit that instructs a printing apparatus to temporarily store print information about the electronic document and impose restriction on printing on the basis of the print information until an operation device of the printing apparatus is operated, in the case where the determination unit determines that the particular information is associated with the electronic document.03-19-2009
20090073482IMAGE-PROCESSING DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND METHOD - There is provided an image-processing device having a receiving unit that receives first variable print data including a plurality of records and designation information designating a rendering program; an image generation unit that performs the image generation process in which the rendering program is executed with regard to the plurality of records included in the first variable print data to generate output images corresponding to each of the plurality of records, wherein when an error occurs because of a first record of the plurality of records during generation of an output image corresponding to the first record, the image generation unit continues the image generation process by changing a record to be processed from the first record to a record which is to be processed later than the first record; and a variable print data generation unit that generates second variable print data including the first record.03-19-2009
20100220349IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus performs a user authentication process and performs a private print process according to a request from an authenticated user. When the user requests interruption of the private print which is now performed or it is detected that the user has left a place near the image forming apparatus while the private print is being performed, the image forming apparatus interrupts the private print which is now performed and stores a print state at the interruption time. Further, the image forming apparatus performs a user authentication process and re-starts the private print which is interrupted in response to a re-start request from the authenticated user.09-02-2010
20080304095PRINTER MONITORING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A printer monitoring apparatus includes a setting unit configured to set a display mode of a warning or an error related to a peripheral device, a determination unit configured to determine whether the warning or the error has previously occurred, a display unit configured to display the warning or the error in a case where the warning or the error has previously occurred, and a processing unit configured to continue a process or cancel a process according to the warning or the error based on whether the warning or the error has previously occurred.12-11-2008
20110109932POWER 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.05-12-2011
20100302573INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus receives from a client apparatus a print request including authentication information of a user, and a judging part judges whether a printing related to the print request is enabled using the authentication information, and a sending part sends to the client apparatus information indicating that printing is prohibited when the judging part judges that the printing is not enabled. A recording part records print data and print attribute information received from the client apparatus in a related manner with respect to the print request if the judging part judges that the printing is enabled, and a sending part sends the print data to an image forming apparatus in response to a request therefrom.12-02-2010
20130135659IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ENERGY SAVING MODE LEARNING FUNCTION AND CONTROLLER THEREFOR - An energy saving setting unit controls an image forming apparatus that makes a transition to a power saving state if a transition time passes without any prescribed operation in a normal state, and it includes: a unit for storing specific day information distinguishing a normal operation day and a specific day; an auto pattern updating unit determining the transition time in a normal operation day based on past operational status of the normal operation day of the image forming apparatus; a specific day pattern registering unit receiving and storing setting of the transition time of the specific day; and a switching unit, switching the state of conduction of the image forming apparatus using the transition time determined by the auto pattern updating unit and the stored transition time, on the normal operation day and on the specific day, respectively, based on the specific day information.05-30-2013
20130135660IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus 05-30-2013
20130135661IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Image forming apparatus and system include a searcher and a search responder, wherein the searcher transmits a first search-message notifying first identification-information and first group-confirmation-information to other image forming apparatuses, receives a search-response-message notifying second identification-information, and to store the second identification-information notified by the received second search-response-message in the storage. The search responder receives a second search-message notifying third identification-information for identifying any of the second image forming apparatuses and second group-confirmation-information for confirming a second apparatus-group to which any of the second image forming apparatuses belong from any of the second image forming apparatuses, and to transmit a first search-response-message for notifying the first identification-information to a transmission originator of the received second search-message, when the second apparatus-group confirmed by the second group-confirmation-information notified by the received second search-message is the same as the first apparatus-group to which the first image forming apparatus belongs.05-30-2013
20130135662IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus of the present disclosure includes a print queue, a job writing unit, a print execution unit, a connected-state detection unit, and a maximum-number-of-storable-pages changing unit. The print queue stores print jobs on a page basis. The job writing unit writes the print jobs into the print queue. The print execution unit executes print on a recording medium based on a page from the print queue, and suspends execution of the print in a case in which a print job other than a print job of currently executed printing is cancelled. The connected-state detection unit detects a connected state of extension devices affecting a length of a conveyance path of the recording medium. The maximum-number-of-storable-pages changing unit changes a maximum number of storable pages, that can be stored in the print queue, and changes the maximum number of storable pages, based on the connected state detected.05-30-2013
20100302574JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When it is judged that a predetermined operation for eliminating a cause for stopping a job is being executed, a following job is restricted from being executed prior to a stopped job. A control method for controlling a job processing apparatus for storing received jobs in a storage unit and sequentially executing the stored jobs includes determining, when a cause for stopping the job to be executed is generated, whether a state in which the cause for stopping the job is not eliminated has continued for a predetermined time, executing, when it is determined that the state in which the cause for stopping the job is not eliminated has continued for the predetermined time, a following job that follows the job is executed prior to the job, judging whether a predetermined operation for eliminating the cause for stopping the job is being executed, and restricting, when it is judged that a predetermined operation for eliminating the cause for stopping the job is being executed, the following job is restricted from being executed prior to the job.12-02-2010
20100315665IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND METHOD - In a system in which a plurality of image forming devices are connected on one or more image processing devices through a network, efficiency of image formation is improved by assigning priority, or by ordering, the image forming devices according to power consumption and wait time. An image forming device is selected according to one of the power consumption and the wait time.12-16-2010
20110026064IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Disclosed is an image processing system including a user management unit that manages login and issues an authentication ticket to an image forming apparatus; a task request unit that makes an image processing request with an addition of the authentication ticket; a detection unit that detects whether the image processing request is authorized; a task processing unit that makes the image processing request with an addition of user information accompanied by identification information; a task management unit that stores a task in a task queue and receives an inquiry about the task; one or more image processing units that acquire the processible image processing request to perform the image processing; a storage unit that stores image data processed by the one or more image processing units; and an acquisition unit that specifies a location where the processed image data are stored and acquires the image data.02-03-2011
20110026065PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM - A printing system includes a job management server and multiple remote print stations. The print stations have user input capability, and a user may enter identification information and request that a document stored by the job management server be printed at the print station.02-03-2011
20110026063IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DETERMINING METHOD - As provided with a first reading section and a second reading section for reading both surfaces of a document, an image reading apparatus respectively calculates gamma correction values in gamma correcting sections and correction factors in color correcting sections, and corrects colors of criteria images being read by the first reading section and the second reading section in accordance with sample data stored on a storing section in order to substantially match the colors of both criteria images. In addition, the image reading apparatus utilizes an distinctive color range common for the both surfaces which defines a color about a distinguishing pattern, in order to determine whether images of both surfaces contain the distinguishing pattern or not.02-03-2011
20110026066IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, ENCRYPTED JOB EXECUTION METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - This is to provide an image processing apparatus and others capable of ensuring security by shortening the connecting time of an external recording medium when a plurality of jobs including target data pieces encrypted with shared keys and the shared keys encrypted with a user's public key are executed. A job including a target data piece encrypted with a shared key and the shared key encrypted with a user's public key are received and stored in a job storage. To execute the plurality of jobs stored therein, the encrypted shared keys included in the respective jobs are decrypted with a secret key by the external recording medium. After completely obtaining all the plurality of decrypted shared keys, the target data pieces are decrypted with their matching decrypted shared keys, and then the jobs are executed.02-03-2011
20110128566IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, HOST APPARATUS, AND SECURITY COPY METHOD THEREOF - A security copy method of an image forming apparatus includes generating scan data by scanning a document including predetermined additional information, determining whether to security-print the document by using the additional information of the generated scan data, determining whether the scan data include color information corresponding to the security area, and printing the scan data excluding a security area corresponding to the color information from the scan data according to the determination result. With this, the image forming apparatus minimizes the amount of the security information included in a bar code or mark and enables a simple print process.06-02-2011
20090066989IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus includes a determination unit that determines whether data indicating setting an operation mode of the image forming apparatus to an auto-restart prevention mode is received from an information processing apparatus. If such data is received, a setting unit stores the data in a mode storage unit whereby an operation mode of the image forming apparatus is set to the auto-restart prevention mode.03-12-2009
20110019220IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Even when an image output is prohibited, an image forming device, an image forming method and a program are provided that can track an evidence of attempt to perform the image output. Output prohibition information and tracking information for tracking a user are acquired from an image of a scan document. The image output of the scan document is prohibited according to the acquired output prohibition information, and the acquired tracking information is stored as a log.01-27-2011
20120033245IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - Provided are an image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus and a mobile terminal, and a control method of controlling the image forming apparatus. Wireless communication is enabled between the mobile terminal and the image forming apparatus owing to receipt of print data and account information, which is for placing the image forming apparatus in a state in which wireless communication is possible, from the information processing apparatus. After wireless communication is enabled, the image forming apparatus receives authentication information from the mobile terminal and, if this authentication information corresponds to the account information, start printing based upon the print data received from the information processing apparatus.02-09-2012
20110116121IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - There is provided an image forming system that automatically discharges paper sheets other than poorly fed ones without making an emergency stop, even when poor paper feeding is caused due to a paper jam or the like. At paper feeding, information showing poor paper feeding is transmitted when the poor paper feeding is detected in supplying the paper sheets. At image forming, a determination is made whether the paper conveyance in forming the image is continued or stopped when an instruction, based on the information showing the poor paper feeding. At paper discharging, a determination is made whether the paper conveyance in discharging the paper sheets is continued or stopped when an instruction, based on the information showing the defective conveyance.05-19-2011
20090033974Image Forming System and Image Forming Apparatus - In an image forming system, a server includes (a) a transmitting/receiving unit that receives consumable-goods shortage information and consumable-goods stock information via a network and transmits the consumable-goods stock information and stock retrieval information for retrieving the consumable goods via a network, the consumable-goods shortage information indicating a shortage of consumable goods in an image forming apparatus, the consumable-goods stock information indicating an available stock in an image forming apparatus, and (b) a management control unit that causes the transmitting/receiving unit to transmit the stock retrieval information to the other image forming apparatuses than one of the image forming apparatuses that transmits the consumable-goods shortage information to the server, and causes the transmitting/receiving unit to transmit the consumable-goods stock information obtained from the other image forming apparatuses as a result of retrieving the consumable goods via the network.02-05-2009
20110019222METHOD FOR MONITORING A PRINTER - A method is disclosed to monitor print job status. A list of available printers is determined, and network printers or local printers are determined. The printer status is queried before sending data to a printer. Meta-information is inserted into the print data to know when a document starts to print and when the document finishes printing. The printer is queried regarding status of the print job as well as printer status.01-27-2011
20110085194LOG INFORMATION PROCESS DEVICE, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATIS, AND LOG INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A log information processing device includes an authentication unit, a memory, and a control unit. The authentication unit authenticates a user. The memory stores a first log information about a job which is requested by the user. The control unit replaces a first data included in the first log information with a second data to form a second log information. The second data is related to the first data. The control unit instructs to transmit the second log information to an external apparatus.04-14-2011
20110211217PRINTING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD - A printing system including plural devices can appropriately stop normally operating devices in a short time when a problem occurs in any one of the plural devices. The printing system has devices that execute processes for printing on printing paper, device control units that control the devices and a central control unit that centrally controls the devices. When a problem is detected in one device, the central control unit sends, as a command for a process to be executed immediately, a stop device command for stopping the other device to the device control unit that controls the device in which a problem is not detected. The device control unit that receives the stop device command executes a process based on the stop device command with priority over processes based on other commands, and stops the device.09-01-2011
20110085195IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NETWORK SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus including, a storing section configured to store a user name and a password of an authenticated user, an image processing section configured to execute processing instructed by the user, and a managing section configured to permit operation of the image processing section according to the user name and the password of the accessing user.04-14-2011
20110242574HARDCOPY DOCUMENT INTEGRITY - A method for restricting duplication of a hardcopy document, including: displaying, in response to a request to print a document from a user application, a graphical user interface (GUI); receiving, in response to displaying the GUI, a plurality of print settings and a plurality of copy restrictions selected from the GUI by a user; generating a copy code by encoding the plurality of copy restrictions; generating a print job for the document based on the copy code and the plurality of print settings; and sending the print job to a print queue to generate the hardcopy document, where the hardcopy document includes a machine-readable version of the copy code, and where the copy code restricts duplication of the hardcopy document by a copier after the copier identifies the machine-readable version of the copy code on the hardcopy document.10-06-2011
20110090527IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus comprising: an applied amount calculation unit which calculates an amount of applied toner of the print image data and an amount of applied toner of the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image data; a determination unit which determines, based on the amounts of applied toner calculated by the applied amount calculation unit, whether the sum of the amounts of applied toner of the print image data and the copy-forgery-inhibited image exceeds a predetermined amount of applied toner; and an applied amount control unit which, in a case where the determination unit determines that the sum of the amounts of applied toner exceeds the predetermined amount of applied toner, restricts the amount of applied toner of the print image data to prevent the sum of the amounts of applied toner from exceeding the predetermined amount of applied toner.04-21-2011
20100014111Image Forming Apparatus and Image Forming Method - In a case where a client user is already registered in a database server, user authentication is executed. Specifically, login to a network with use of a username and a password is executed and an authentication server carries out an authentication process, or authentication with use of a user certificate is executed and the authentication server carries out the authentication process. If the authentication process by the authentication server is completed, image forming apparatus information including position information is displayed on the client user and the client user is permitted to execute network connection.01-21-2010
20100053661JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - A job processing apparatus that is capable of recording an execution history of a job appropriately for each user even if a user does not spontaneously instruct a change of a user who operates an apparatus by a key operation etc. A receiving unit receives an operation of a user via an operation unit. A determining unit determines, when the receiving unit receives an operation, whether a user who performs the operation is identical to the user who has operated the operation, without inputting information for specifying the user. A control unit controls, when the determining unit determines that the user who performs the operation is not identical to the user who has operated the operation unit, so as not to keep an execution history of a job that is instructed to execute as an execution history of the user who has operated the operation.03-04-2010
20100067037INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method for controlling an information processing apparatus capable of receiving access from an external apparatuses, the method including: determining whether access from the external apparatus is permitted based on biometric information; instructing a printing unit to print a permit including the biometric information; receiving the biometric information included in the printed permit from the external apparatus; and permitting access from the external apparatus if it is determined that access from the external apparatus is permitted based on the received biometric information in a case where an access request is received from the external apparatus.03-18-2010
20100053660IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - The present invention provides an image formation apparatus that reconstructs and prints a document based on document data written in a markup language. The image formation apparatus arranges, by using browser software, text data included in the document data within a page of the document, and acquires image data from servers and arranges the image data within the page of the document. If the image formation apparatus fails to acquire one or more pieces of the image data, it judges whether each of the pieces of image data is important or not according to the attribute information of the image data. If judged negatively, the image formation apparatus executes printing of the document reconstructed based on the text data and/or the acquired pieces of image data. If judged affirmatively, the image formation apparatus cancels the printing of the reconstructed document.03-04-2010
20100321718IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus communicates with an information apparatus through wireless communication. The image forming apparatus determines whether data received from the information apparatus is in an e-mail format. When it is determined that the received data is in an e-mail format, the image forming apparatus displays a letting screen for letting a user select forming an image of the e-mail text or forming an image of an attached file. When it is determined that the received data is not an e-mail format, the apparatus displays a setting screen for setting an image forming condition, upon reception of the data.12-23-2010
20100134822PRINT APPARATUS, PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT METHOD, JOB PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - In order to maintain high security of a job that requires a high security level even after a print interrupt factor has been removed, and to achieve both the effect of maintaining high security of a job that requires a high security level even after the print process is interrupted, and the effect of improving the productivity of jobs other than a job of this type, when a print apparatus which can process a plurality of print jobs including a print job of a first type and that of a second type restarts a print operation of a print job, which is interrupted in the print apparatus, and when the print job is a print of the first type, the print apparatus is controlled to execute an authentication process, and then allowed to restart the print operation of the print job. When the print apparatus restarts a print operation of a print job, which is interrupted in the print apparatus, and when the print job is a print of the second type, the print apparatus is allowed to restart the print operation of the print job without executing the authentication process.06-03-2010
20100134820IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An accumulating unit accumulates image data of an original read by a reading unit. A combining unit combines the image data accumulated in the accumulating unit in a single printing sheet according to a predetermined copy mode. An output unit prints and outputs the image data according to the copy mode. An input unit receives an input of a read instruction. When a total number of originals read by the reading unit is smaller than a total number of originals specified in the copy mode and when the input unit does not receive an input of the read instruction within a predetermined time, a discard determining unit discards the image data accumulated in the accumulating unit, and finishes a printing process.06-03-2010
20100321717IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING BETWEEN SECURITY MODES - An image forming apparatus is provided with a determination portion that, in response to operation for giving instructions to enhance a security level thereof, determines whether or not a job is kept which is not to satisfy security requirements after the enhancement, an execution portion that, if the determination portion determines that such a job is kept, performs predetermined processing for satisfying the security requirements on the job with execution of the job ensured, and a security mode switching portion that, if the determination portion determines that such a job is kept, enhances the security level after the execution portion finishes the predetermined processing, and, if the determination portion determines that such a job is not kept, enhances the security level promptly.12-23-2010
20100321716IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - This invention provides an image processing system in which upon reception of a predetermined event associated with a job executed by another image processing apparatus, an image processing apparatus that received the event suitably controls subsequent processes. To accomplish this, this invention provides an image processing system where the first and second image processing apparatus are connected to be able to communicate with each other, the first image processing apparatus accepts, when the second image processing apparatus notifies the first image processing apparatus of occurrence of the predetermined event, an instruction for a job in which the predetermined event has occurred, from the user-authenticated user, and can send the accepted instruction to the second image processing apparatus.12-23-2010
20110096350PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PRINT SYSTEM - In this invention, a combined job obtained by combining a plurality of jobs is authenticated as a single job. According to the arrangement of this invention, when print jobs are to be spooled, these jobs are transferred from a dispatcher to a spooler where the jobs are combined. Upon reception of a print instruction, the print job is read out from a spool file, transferred from a despooler to a graphic engine again, and transferred from the dispatcher to a printer driver. At this time, the printer driver issues an authentication request in printing to a job accounting client. Thus, only one authentication request suffices for one combined job.04-28-2011
20100208286Image Processing Apparatus and Control Method of the Same - An image processing apparatus for performing a predetermined job, includes: an operation panel; and a panel controller, wherein the panel controller detects whether a user operation received by the operation panel is a job starting operation or a reference/change operation and determines whether or not the user operation is an operation which is an object of user authentication, and the panel controller performs first authentication control of, when the job starting operation is received, requiring the user authentication and permitting starting of the job after authentication success, and performs second authentication control of, when a first reference/change operation is received when not in the authentication permission mode, requiring the user authentication, permitting the first reference/change operation after authentication success, and transferring to the authentication permission mode, and in the authentication permission mode, permitting the first reference/change operation and terminating the authentication permission mode in response to an termination operation.08-19-2010
20110075188PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A print control apparatus includes: a setting unit that sets a determination condition for adding authentication information necessary for performing print processing based on received print data; a determination unit that determines whether or not the received print data matches the determination condition set by the setting unit; and an adding unit that, if it is determined by the determination unit that the print data matches the determination condition, adds the authentication information to the print data.03-31-2011
20110075187IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - To delete unnecessary blank page(s) without changing a desired output layout requested by a user, a CPU of a controller unit sets fixed page image data, as image data of a plurality of consecutive pages whose relationship is to be fixed, among image data of a plurality of pages of a document read by a scanner unit. Further, the CPU detects image data corresponding to blank page(s) from the image data of the plurality of pages, and counts the number of pages of image data corresponding to the blank pages existing between the fixed page image data. Then, to determine an output layout of image data, the CPU deletes image data corresponding to all blank pages existing between the fixed page image data if the number of pages is an even number, and the CPU deletes image data corresponding to an even number of blank pages that are present between the fixed page image data if the number of pages is an odd number.03-31-2011
20110075186IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD PERFORMED BY IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus according to the present invention includes a sub communication unit that receives an association process request using wireless communication and executes an association process and includes a main communication unit that performs wireless communication in accordance with association information that is used in the association process and in accordance with setup information that is setting information on wireless communication that can be set for each system of the association process request.03-31-2011
20110069338PRINT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE CONTROL PROGRAM - A print system which are capable of inhibiting simultaneous use of the encrypted print and the box storage to thereby increase the security of print data. A host computer has an encryption function of encrypting print data, and issues a print job for the print data encrypted by the encryption function. A print server receives the issued print job, and has a decryption function of decrypting the encrypted print data of the received print job. A printer has a storage function of storing the print data decrypted by the decryption function, and outputs the stored print data. At least one of the host computer and the print server inhibits simultaneous use of the encryption function and the storage function.03-24-2011
20110075189Providing Authenticated Communications to a Replaceable Printer Component - A replaceable printer component includes a first memory device and a communication link. The first memory device stores a first secret. The communication link is configured to communicatively link the first memory device to a printer controller when the replaceable printer component is installed in a printing system. The printing system includes a second memory device storing a second secret. The second memory device is communicatively linked to the printer controller. The first memory device is configured to authenticate communications between the first memory device and the printer controller based on the first secret and the second secret.03-31-2011
20120200880IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus comprising, a detector unit configured to detect an event that a user logged in to the image processing apparatus logs out, an query unit configured to be operable when said detector unit detects the event, to query the user whether or not to change a setting of a job under execution, and a control unit configured to be operable when the setting of the job is to be changed as a result of the query made by said query unit, to change the setting of the job and then perform a logout, and, when the setting of the job is not to be changed as a result of the query made by said query unit, to restrict the logout.08-09-2012
20110058206Image forming apparatus and controlling method thereof - An image forming apparatus includes an engine unit to execute an image forming job, a determination unit to repeatedly determine whether the image forming apparatus is in a standby state or not, based on whether the standby state to wait for execution of the image forming job is maintained for a predetermined time or not, and a controller to control the image forming apparatus to operate in a first power saving mode if it is determined that the image forming apparatus is in the standby state, wherein, in the first power saving mode, information stored in a volatile memory is copied to an internal memory and operation frequencies of a CPU, the volatile memory, and an intellectual property are lowered. Accordingly, power consumption in the standby state is reduced in a stepwise manner.03-10-2011
20110249288DELIVERY EXPERT SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Embodiments disclosed herein can facilitate delivery of a document from a source to a destination over a network where an initial delivery attempt has been unsuccessful. Actions to be taken are based upon input conditions which may include a time-variable set of input conditions such as identifying non-business days and/or hours at the destination. The document can be a fax, an email, or a voice mail. The actions may include resubmitting the document to the network for a next delivery attempt, cancelling the document, sending a request to the source or destination for additional delivery information, identifying the destination as a technical problem, or a combination thereof.10-13-2011
20110211215IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - When new image data is received by a communication I/F portion, a determination portion determines whether or not a password set to image data stored in the storage portion coincides with a password set to new image data received by the reception portion. A second image forming control portion does not execute image formation based on the new image data with a first image forming control portion when the determination portion determines that a password set to image data stored in the storage portion coincides with a password set to new image data received by the communication I/F portion.09-01-2011
20110037994IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a data collecting unit configured to collect, every time each kind of processing of the apparatus is executed by a task, information related to the processing and store the information in a volatile memory, an error detecting unit configured to detect an error during the processing, a determining unit configured to determine whether the error detected by the error detecting unit is an investigation target error, a target-information selecting unit configured to select, if the determining unit determines that the error is the investigation target error, storage target information out of information for investigation stored in the volatile memory including individual information representing processing content for each of tasks and common information representing processing contents among plural tasks, and a storing unit configured to store the target information in the nonvolatile memory.02-17-2011
20110037993METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BOOTING AN IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS - An image reproduction apparatus including a power control unit detecting whether an error has occurred in supplying power to the image reproduction apparatus; and a booting control unit selectively cold-booting the image reproduction apparatus based on the detection of whether the error with supplying the power has occurred.02-17-2011
20100253963INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS,JOB PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - When the number of sheets to be used in a job is greater than a limit specified by a user, the user is notified of this fact and is prompted to determine a process associated with the job. When the job is produced, a determination is made as to whether a wasted-printing prevention function is enabled. If the wasted-printing prevention function is enabled, the number of sheets to be used in the produced job is calculated. The calculated number of sheets is compared with the predetermined limit of the number of sheets, and a decision is made as to a process of the job according to a result of the comparison.10-07-2010
20100259778IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - An image processing apparatus which imposes a usage restriction on an included function according to access control information for each user, and executes processing for a permitted user, comprises a setting unit which sets a condition required to release the usage restriction of the included function; a determination unit which determines whether or not a processing request from a user to a usage-restricted function satisfies the condition required to release the usage restriction; a generation unit which generates, when the determination unit determines that the processing request satisfies the condition required to release the usage restriction, restriction release information required to temporarily release a restriction of the usage-restricted function; and an execution unit which releases the restriction of the usage-restricted function based on the restriction release information generated by the generation unit, and executes processing by the function.10-14-2010
20110249289IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND MEMORY MEDIUM - An object of the present invention is to solve dissatisfaction of the user who cannot take out the source data in a case where a code image in the original can not be decoded. In order to accomplish the above object, the invention provides an image processing apparatus comprising code image detection unit that determines whether or not an code image is included in the original image data, code image decoding unit that decodes the code image to extract source data if it is determined that the code image is included by the code image detection unit, and synthesizing unit that encodes information obtained by decoding a partial area of the code image and overlaying encoded information on the area where the code image is included, if the code image decoding unit is successful in decoding only the partial area of the code image.10-13-2011
20100097629DOCUMENT CREATING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM USED FOR THE SAME - A document creating apparatus includes a creation unit configured to create electric data, a request unit configured to request an input of a password to the electric data created by the creation unit, a determination unit configured to determine presence or absence of the input of the password according to the request unit, and a setting unit configured to set an arbitrary character string as the password when the determination unit determines that the password is not inputted.04-22-2010
20100097628PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A printing system that enables to recover documents of a recovery target print job easily without forcing a user to do complicated operations. An information processing apparatus transmits a print job. An image forming apparatus prints out the received print job. A management information storage unit stores management information of a print job to be recovered. A management information transmission unit transmits the management information corresponding to user information. An identifying information input unit receives an input of identifying information for identifying a user. A user information transmission unit transmits the user information determined by authenticating the identifying information. A management information receiving unit receives the management information corresponding to the transmitted user information. A display control unit controls a display unit so as to display a no-outputted print job when an output operation is received, and display a no-recovered print job when a recovery operation is received.04-22-2010
20100067038AUTHENTICATION OUTPUT SYSTEM, DEVICE USING APPARATUS, NETWORK DEVICE, OUTPUT DATA MANAGING PROGRAM, OUTPUT CONTROL PROGRAM, OUTPUT SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION OUTPUT METHOD, AND OUTPUT METHOD - An authenticator includes: network devices performing output; and an apparatus communicably using the network devices. The apparatus includes: first storage storing the output data; second storage storing tickets specifying whether to permit or restrict output data use; and a utilization manager managing output data use. When the authentication succeeds, the manager supplies output data stored in the first storage to any network device, and prohibits supplying output data until a print completion notice is received. When the print completion notice is received, the manager updates the tickets stored in the second storage, and when the tickets satisfy predetermined conditions, the manager prohibits supplying output data. Each network device includes: a receiver receiving output data; and a controller performing output control based on the output data received by the receiver. The controller transmits the print completion notice to the apparatus when the network device completely outputs the output data.03-18-2010
20090316178IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided with a receiving portion receiving an authenticated print job, a storage portion storing image data of the authenticated print job thus received, an authentication information determination portion performing authentication based on an operation performed by the user, and a printer printing an image based on the image data stored in the storage portion when the user has been authenticated. When the operation mode is set to the power-saving mode, the power controller changes the operation mode from the power-saving mode to the power-saving print mode without changing the operation mode from the power-saving mode to the normal standby mode after the user has been authenticated and before the printer performs printing, and the power controller returns the operation mode from the power-saving print mode to the power-saving mode after the printer has performed the printing.12-24-2009
20120033247SIMULTANEOUS DIGITAL IMAGE AND ASSOCIATED IMAGE METADATA PRINTING SYSTEM - An improved imaging system provides for entering, changing and deleting of information specific to a digital image. The details for a digital picture may be printed onto the front side and/or back side of a picture's printed hardcopy while simultaneously printing the digital picture or simultaneously displaying the digital image with its metadata on electronic media such as televisions, desktop, laptop and tablet computer screens, digital picture frames, cell phone, smart phone and telephone displays, public billboards, Internet web pages and x-ray photographs. Examples of a digital picture's details, also known as metadata, include but are not limited to the picture's file name, the photographer's name, a copyright holder's name and a description of the picture, as well as the picture's technical details such as its image format, date, GPS location, focusing mode, metering mode, shutter speed, flash exposure compensation, resolution, ISO sensitivity, white balance, etc. Additionally, a unique image identification code, password protection and encryption, can be assigned to each image and incorporate therein the image metadata.02-09-2012
20110176160IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image formation apparatus having a plurality of function units includes: a first power management unit configured to perform power management; a plurality of components under the power management, provided in each function unit and each supplied with power to implement a corresponding function; and a second power management unit provided for each function unit. The second power management unit is configured to determine whether each component has an operational status satisfying a first predetermined condition, to stop supplying power to the component satisfying the first predetermined condition, if the component satisfies the first predetermined condition, to determine whether the plurality of components have a power supply status satisfying a second predetermined condition, and to change the first predetermined condition in content, if the second predetermined condition is satisfied. The first power management unit sets to a power saving mode the function unit of which components are all unsupplied with power.07-21-2011
20120229838PRINT SERVER, PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A print server comprises: unit configured to acquire an owner name of a user for specifying the user in an output apparatus, the owner name being set in advance in correspondence with user information of the user who issues the print instruction in the print server and being to be set in a print job to be processed by the output apparatus; and unit configured to, when the acquisition unit has acquired the owner name, generate a print job in which the acquired owner name is set as an owner name of the print job, and when the owner name has been neither set nor acquired, generate a print job in which a user name designated in the user information of the user in the print server is set as the owner name of the print job.09-13-2012
20080204787APPARATUS FOR EMBEDDING INFORMATION AND PERFORMING PROCESSING BASED ON EMBEDDED INFORMATION, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - An apparatus and method that allow a user to copy a copy-protected document where copy-protection information is embedded in the document and copy-protection-cancellation information is embedded in a form different from the document, where the copy-protection-cancellation information is used to cancel the copy protection.08-28-2008
20110164270Image forming apparatus and system and method for charging for printing - An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a storage unit which stores information regarding the other image forming apparatuses of the same group as the image forming apparatus and quota information of each user which is shared by the other image forming apparatuses, a controller which, if a job command is input, determines whether to perform a job according to whether the number of copies requested by the job command satisfies the quota information of each user, a function unit which performs the job under control of the controller, a quota information administration unit which updates the quota information of each user stored in the storage unit as the job is performed, and a communication interface which transmits the updated quota information of each user to the other image forming apparatuses.07-07-2011
20110164273PIXEL CLOCK GENERATOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A pixel clock generator includes a frequency divider 07-07-2011
20110164272PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Feed information is acquired from a server using a URL designated from a user of a PC. The feed information is compared with a print condition designated by the user of the PC, to acquire document information that matches the print condition. Out of a plurality of image forming apparatuses registered for users, the image forming apparatus capable of performing printing is selected. Preview of document information acquired according to print setting set in the image forming apparatus is generated. Feed information having the generated preview and information relating to the image forming apparatus capable of performing printing added thereto are transmitted to the PC.07-07-2011
20110164271IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING JOBS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus including, an authenticating unit configured to specify a user, a determining unit configured to determine a permission level given to the user specified by the authenticating unit, and a managing unit configured to manage, according to the permission level determined by the determining unit, information permitted to be disclosed, notified, or displayed to the user specified by the authenticating unit.07-07-2011
20110051173Image forming apparatus, image forming system, information processing apparatus, program, and storage medium - An image forming apparatus includes a receiving unit to receive print data including image to be formed, identification information identifying a print-requesting person, personal identity verification information for verifying identity of person, and execution condition information designating priority between readability and productivity when implementing an information-leak proofed printing; an operation-input receiving unit to receive an input by an administrator; a setting unit to set whether the information-leak proofed printing is mandatory; a personal identity verification unit to verify identity of person when the information-leak proofed printing is mandatory and readability-priority is designated; a watermark embedding unit to generate a watermark-embedded image depending upon a result of the personal identity verification; a text synthesizing unit to generate a composite image by synthesizing text data to image data when the information-leak proofed printing is mandatory, and productivity priority is designated; and a print unit to print the watermark-embedded image or the composite image.03-03-2011
20110051172DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - According to an aspect of the invention, a document management system includes a document state storage unit, a manipulation control unit, a stamp image storage unit, and a state change unit. The document state storage unit stores document state information representing states concerning document validity of electronic documents stored in a document storage unit. The manipulation control unit refuses a request from a user for manipulating one of the electronic documents when the document state information corresponding to the one of the electronic documents indicates that the one of the electronic documents is invalid at present. The stamp image storage unit stores a plurality of stamp images each corresponding to any one of possible states represented by the document state information.03-03-2011
20110051171Image forming apparatus and method thereof - An image forming apparatus is provided, which includes an image forming unit to output print data; a DLNA stack to create a job ID of a print job requested to be executed in response to a print job execution request received from a control point (CP) connected over the DLNA network, and to create a data sink address including a fixed portion and a variable portion to receive a print data of the print job, using the created job ID; a communication interface to transmit the created job ID and the created data sink address to the CP, and to receive print data corresponding to the data sink address from the CP; and a controller to assign the job ID to the received print data and to control the image forming unit to print the print data.03-03-2011
20110051170SYNCHRONIZATION OF VARIATION WITHIN COMPONENTS TO REDUCE PERCEPTIBLE IMAGE QUALITY DEFECTS - A method and system for synchronizing variations in components or subsystems in an image printing system is provided. The method includes identifying a plurality of image quality defects printed by the image printing system by a controller, said image quality defects each occurring with an associated frequency and each being associated with a component or subsystem of the image printing system; determining a phase difference of the image quality defects by the controller; and adjusting operation of each component or subsystem associated with the image quality defects, such that image quality defects are in phase.03-03-2011
20120062929IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming apparatus is provided with a processing unit that performs a predetermined process, a power-supply shutting unit that shuts off power supply to the processing unit when a predetermined door is opened, a voltage detecting unit that detects a decrease in voltage at a point located posterior to the power-supply shutting unit, and a communication control unit that does not initiate communication with the processing unit if the decrease in voltage is detected by the voltage detecting unit before a start of the communication with the processing unit, and judges the just-ended communication as abnormal if the decrease in voltage is detected by the voltage detecting unit after the end of the communication with the processing unit.03-15-2012
20120062928IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WITH ADJUSTABLE IMAGE QUALITY - An image forming apparatus accepts input of transfer sheet identification information, forms an image on a transfer sheet based on a control value corresponding to the accepted transfer sheet identification information, and accepts input of a correction value of the control value and stores the correction value in correspondence with the transfer sheet identification information in a storage unit. The image is formed on the transfer sheet based on the control value that is corrected by the correction value when the control value is stored in correspondence with the accepted transfer sheet identification information.03-15-2012
20110134460PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A printing apparatus according to this invention includes a plurality of paper feed cassettes. Upon receiving a print job which designates a paper feed cassette, the printing apparatus determines whether the paper size of the paper feed cassette designated by the print job that is stored in a memory matches the paper size needed for executing the print job. If the printing apparatus determines that these paper sizes do not match each other, it restricts execution of the print job. If a feeding unit is set while execution of the print job is restricted, the printing apparatus decides the set feeding unit as a feeding source of paper used to execute the print job. The printing apparatus feeds paper contained in the decided feeding unit, and executes the print job.06-09-2011
20110134461PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING RESUMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - There is provided a printing apparatus capable of solving the problem by including a sheet discharge unit configured to discharge data from the first page of the record including a page where a printing error occurs to the page related to the page where the printing error occurs held on a buffer as output products related to the printing error if the printing error occurs, a display unit configured to display on an operation unit a message prompting the removal of the output products discharged by the sheet discharge unit, and a print resumption unit configured to resume printing from the first page of the record including a page where a printing error occurs if the print resumption unit is instructed to resume printing after the display unit displays the message.06-09-2011
20110134459IMAGE FORMING APAPRATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an address book management application which receives from a client PC an instruction as to address data stored in an HDD of an image forming apparatus. When the instruction is a backup instruction, the address book management application acquires the address data from an address data storage area, creates a backup file from the acquired address data, and stores the created backup file in a backup area of the HDD. When the instruction is a restore instruction, the address book management application restores the backup file stored in the backup area, as the address data in the address data storage area.06-09-2011
20110134462IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire data targeted for image processing; a memory unit configured to store the acquired data; an output unit configured to output the data; and an access-right controller configured to provide the data with pre-defined access right when the data are stored by the memory unit, and configured to change the access right when the data are output by the output unit.06-09-2011
20110255122INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus comprises: storage unit configured to store control information serving as information which defines in advance information for controlling a display representing a function for managing a peripheral device, and link information indicating a link destination where each function is provided, and which has an electronic signature to confirm whether falsification has been done; request reception unit configured to receive a request from a peripheral device management unit; link management unit configured to manage link information which is different from the link information contained in the control information and is executed in accordance with a request received by the request reception unit; and execution unit configured to determine a link destination based on the request received by the request reception unit using the link information contained in the control information or the different link information, and executing link processing to the determined link destination.10-20-2011
20110255120PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An apparatus for printing job data, includes a rendering unit configured to rasterize the job data into bitmap data, a print engine unit configured to print the rasterized job data, and a control unit configured to transmit the job data to the rendering unit, to receive the rasterized job data, to transmit the rasterized job data to the print engine unit. The control unit switches between saving the rasterized job data in a spool space and inspecting the job data without saving the job data to the spool space, depending on free space situation of the spool space.10-20-2011
20110255121IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming system comprises an access control part, a storage part, an extraction part, and an acquisition part. The access control part determines whether to allow or prohibit access to a security image in which a password for access control is embedded. The storage part stores sharing member information which is information on sharing members who are users allowed to share the security image and a check image which is an image for check on the security image, being associated with each other. The extraction part for extracts the check image out of one or more images including the check image on the basis of a determination result on coidentity between the security image and each of the one or more images. The acquisition part acquires the sharing member information associated with the check image. Further, the access control part allows a login user who logs in to the image forming system to have access to the security image without requiring the login user to enter the password on condition that the login user is determined to be one of the sharing members on the basis of the sharing member information.10-20-2011
20110075185Image Forming Apparatus, Computer Readable Recording Medium, and Method for Improving the Detection of Input Image Data Formats - An image forming apparatus includes data analyzing units configured to respectively interpret image data in accordance with different corresponding data formats, a drawing processing unit configured to execute a drawing process on the basis of a result of the interpretation, a data format determining unit configured to determine the data format of input image data, to cause a particular data analyzing unit corresponding to the data format to interpret the input image data, and to cause another data analyzing unit to interpret the input image data responsive to a format error being generated while the input image data is being processed using the particular data analyzing unit or the drawing processing unit.03-31-2011
20100110470IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus including: a head; a feeding mechanism; an image reading portion; a test recording controller which controls the head such that a test pattern is recorded on a first area of a first surface of a recording medium and is recorded on a second area of a second surface of the medium; a test pattern reading section which reads the test patterns recorded on the first area and the second area respectively from the second surface and the first surface; a determining section which determines allowable recording densities for the first surface and the second surface; and an image recording controller which controls the head such that, in a two-sided recording, the images are recorded on the first and second surfaces at respective densities equal to or lower than the allowable recording densities respectively for the first and second surfaces.05-06-2010
20100110468SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A FAILURE CONDITION IN AN IMAGE PATH OF AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a system and method for diagnosing a failure condition of an image processing apparatus. When a failure condition is detected in an image path during output of a document, a fault code is issued. The image processing apparatus is then capable of performing an internal diagnosis to generate a diagnostic report, and send the diagnostic report and fault code to an operator at a remote location. The system and method allows one to diagnose a problem or failure condition more quickly and efficiently, thereby cutting down on service time and costs.05-06-2010
20100110469METHOD FOR PRINTING ON AN IMAGING DEVICE - A method for printing a print ready file transmitted by a print client on an imaging device includes creating a print data file associated with the print ready file, where the print data file includes information pertaining to the print ready file and the imaging device. In the method, the print data file is encrypted and transmitted to the imaging device. In addition, the print data file is authenticated in the imaging device and printing of the print ready file is enabled if the print data file is determined to be authentic and the print ready file is invalidated if the print data file is determined to be inauthentic. Also disclosed is an imaging device configured to perform the aforementioned method.05-06-2010
20100097627DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORING MEDIUM - A display control apparatus includes: a memory that stores a plurality of units of correspondence information each indicative of a correspondence between a display region of a display for displaying a message, and a type of the message, with at least one of a number, an arrangement, and a size of the display region differing among the plurality of units of correspondence information; a selection unit that selects a unit of correspondence information stored in the memory; and a display controller that, when display of a message is requested, designates a display region corresponding to the type of the message requested to be displayed based on the correspondence information selected by the selection unit, and displays the message requested to be displayed in the designated display region.04-22-2010
20110096351INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM THEREOF - An information processing apparatus according to this invention acquires function restriction information used to restrict the use of functions of an image processing apparatus. The apparatus acquires job log data of a job which is processed using the functions of the image processing apparatus. The apparatus changes the acquired function restriction information. The apparatus calculates a cost incurred upon using the functions of the image processing apparatus within a designated period, based on unit price information indicating the unit prices of the resources consumed upon using the functions of the image processing apparatus, the job log data, and the changed function restriction information. The apparatus outputs the calculation result.04-28-2011
20100214592Image Processor Having Function for Writing Data to and Reading Data From Storage Unit Attached on Sheet - An image processing device includes a supply unit, a sheet tray, a conveying unit, an image processing unit, an access unit, and a control unit. A sheet having a storage unit is set in the supply unit. The image processing unit performs an image processing operation for reading an image from the sheet or for printing an image on the sheet. The access unit performs an access operation including at least one of a process for reading data from the storage unit and a process for writing data to the storage unit. The control unit determines whether the access operation for the sheet is successfully performed. The control unit further controls the access unit, based on the determination, to perform re-access operation to the sheet for which the access operation results in failure upon resetting the sheet discharged to the discharge tray onto the supply unit.08-26-2010
20100214593MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A management apparatus by which one of facsimile apparatuses that externally receives facsimile data is selected based on current power modes of the facsimile apparatuses. Facsimile data can be transmitted from any of a FAX and MFPs on an IP communication network. One of MFPs which are not in a power saving mode is selected by the management apparatus, and a URI of the selected MFP is registered in an SIP server. When facsimile data whose original transmission destination is an MFP which is in a power saving mode is transmitted, the facsimile data is transferred to and alternatively received by the selected MFP.08-26-2010
20100214589Printing System And Program - A printing system and a program ensuring an improved security. A printing system (08-26-2010
20100123919IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus which, when storing image data generated from a read original document in a connected detachable storage device, when the storage cannot be continued, associates the image data which is not stored with authentication information and stored the image data in a storage section included in the image forming apparatus. When a detachable storage device is newly connected, and authentication information is entered, the image forming apparatus determines whether image data associated with the entered authentication information is stored in the image forming apparatus. If it is determined that such image data is stored in the image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus controls the stored image data to be stored in the newly-connected storage device. On the other hand, if it is not determined that such image data is stored in the image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus controls the stored image data not to be stored in the newly-connected storage device.05-20-2010
20100079785PRINTING SERVICE PROVIDING METHOD AND PRINTING SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM - A client terminal transmits a call request for using a MFP to a call control server. The call control server carries out authentication processing about a user and the MFP in response to the call request. If the authentication processing result is correct, the call control server transfers the call request to the printing service management server. The call request is transferred from the printing service management server to a printing service providing server and then transferred to the MFP via the call control server. Thus, a session of the client terminal and the MFP is established. The printing service providing server carries out processing for providing a predetermined printing service based on the call request from the client terminal.04-01-2010
20100067036BILLING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, BILLING CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Before executing a job, a printer performs an estimation of a billing amount with use of a simplified billing table, and if the estimated billing amount exceeds a balance, execution of the job is cancelled, and if within the balance, the job is executed. After the job is finished, the printer judges whether the estimated billing amount is correct according to detailed job information and a detailed billing table. If an error exists, the printer corrects the error and performs the correct billing.03-18-2010
20100195137INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus including a processor configured to divide print data into a plurality of separated data pieces, and generate a transmitting unit for each of the plurality of separated data pieces. Each of the transmitting units is generated by combining a hash value and the separated data piece, and the hash value for a first transmitting unit is generated using an electronic signature and the hash value for each of transmitting units that is not the first transmitting unit is generated using the previous separated data piece.08-05-2010
20100195136IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING IMAGE FORMATION ON PRINT DATA, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING PLURALITY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUSES, PRINT DATA OUTPUT METHOD EXECUTED ON IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINT DATA OUTPUT PROGRAM PRODUCT - In order to prevent leakage of confidential information, MFP includes a communication I/F to receive print data, an image forming portion to perform image formation on print data, and a CPU to prohibit the image forming portion from performing image formation on the print data before the print data is subjected to image formation by the image forming portion, when a prescribed time has passed since the print data was received or when an input of an instruction to protect the print data is accepted, and to store the print data in a storage device, and to allow the image forming portion to perform image formation on the print data in response to accepting a log-in instruction.08-05-2010
20100195135IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAMS - An information processing apparatus transmits a job, share user information indicating users who are permitted to access a shared folder, and access permission information defining the users' user authority level to use data stored in the shared folder, which is set for the shared folder, collectively to an image processing apparatus. Receiving these information pieces, the image processing apparatus generates job access authority information defining the users' authority level to use the received job, based on the access permission information, and records the job, the share user information and the generated job access authority information in a memory, with their connections.08-05-2010
20100195134PRINTING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A printing system includes an image forming device and an information processing device configured to transmit print data containing a plurality of pages of images to the image forming device and control the image forming device to print the images on sheets based on the print data. The information processing device includes a first transmitter configured to sequentially transmit, to the image forming device, print data of each of a main page and one or more ancillary pages to be printed in connection with the main page, and a second transmitter configured to transmit, to the image forming device, booking information regarding a number of the ancillary pages in association with transmission of the print data of the main page.08-05-2010
20120062930PRINTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING DEVICE - A printing device includes a plurality of data transfer control units which store image data transferred from an upper level device in a storage unit; a plurality of output control units which are provided correspondingly to the data transfer control units and each of which controls printing of the image data stored by a specified one of the data transfer control units; and a print control unit that, when abnormality has occurred in any of the data transfer control units, transmits a transfer instruction on the image data that is to be transferred originally by the data transfer control unit being at fault, to an alternate data transfer control unit among the data transfer control units in which no abnormality has occurred, and instructs an output control unit corresponding to the data transfer control unit being at fault to print image data stored by the alternate data transfer control unit.03-15-2012
20100039660Methods for Universal Data Output - A data output method for rendering at an output device content accessible with an information apparatus, includes obtaining at the information apparatus one or more rasterization parameters corresponding to the output device and conforming at the information apparatus at least part of the data content into one or more output images with said one or more rasterization parameters. An intermediate output data is transmitted from the information apparatus to an output controller that is distinct from the information apparatus and associated with the selected output device, the intermediate output data including said one or more output image. The intermediate output data is converted at the output controller into an output data acceptable for rendering at the output device.02-18-2010
20110261388AUTHENTICATION SERVER, MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS, AND MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS CONTROL SYSTEM - An authentication server 10-27-2011
20110261387INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, NETWORK SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An information processing device includes: a user information obtaining part that obtains user information of users who use an image forming device; and an ID information configuration part that configures an ID for the user information obtained by the user information obtaining part and that configures, for the ID, functional restrictions that are specific for the ID with respect to the image forming device. The ID information configuration part configures, for different user information, IDs that are respectively provided for various functional restrictions.10-27-2011
20110261386IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS - An image transmission apparatus includes a destination setting unit configured to set a transmission destination of image data, a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data to the destination set by the destination setting unit, an authentication unit configured to perform processing for authentication required for the transmission unit to transmit the image data to the destination set by the destination setting unit, a storage unit configured to store a destination table in which authentication information required for the authentication unit to perform the processing for authentication is registered in such a manner that the authentication information is associated with the destination, a selection unit configured to select one of a first authentication mode, in which the authentication unit performs the processing for authentication using the authentication information stored in the storage unit when the transmission unit transmits the image data to the destination set by the destination setting unit, and a second authentication mode, in which the authentication unit performs the processing for authentication using authentication information entered by a user when the transmission unit transmits the image data to the destination set by the destination setting unit, and a limitation unit configured to limit a number of destinations to which the transmission unit transmits the image data when the selection unit selects the second authentication mode.10-27-2011
20110149332METHOD OF SETTING DISPLAY MODE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM TO SET THE DISPLAY MODE - A method of setting a display mode in an image forming apparatus connected to an external apparatus via a network includes logging in to the image forming apparatus, authenticating log-in information according to the logging in at the image forming apparatus, displaying a document box and file stored in the image forming apparatus on a display unit according to the set display mode in accordance with a user corresponding to the authenticated log-in information, and selecting one of the displayed document box and file.06-23-2011
20110149331DYNAMIC PRINTER MODELLING FOR OUTPUT CHECKING - Disclosed is a method (06-23-2011
20110149330Image forming apparatus and error guide offering method thereof - An error guide offering method of an image forming apparatus which includes a display unit to display a user interface (UI) offering an error guide to an error, the method including: detecting the error from the image forming apparatus; determining whether the error occurs from a plurality of locations; determining whether error guides to the error occurring from the plurality of locations have a common procedure; displaying a first error guide to a first error; displaying a second error guide to a second error instead of returning to a standby mode upon a completion of the processing of the error according to the first error guide; processing the second error according to the second error guide, the displaying the second error guide including displaying a common procedure in the first and second error guides. With this, an error guide integrating a common procedure to a plurality of errors occurring from the image forming apparatus efficiently processes the error and reduces waste of time.06-23-2011
20110188067PRE-PAID DOCUMENT PROCESSING DEVICES AND OPERATING METHODS - Document processing devices and methods are presented, in which the device stores a remaining print unit value in its memory that represents the amount of print units currently available to enable the device to perform the document processing operations, and a programmable computer of the device selectively performs document processing jobs for users and decrements the remaining print unit value until the value reaches zero and the device provides for expenditure of print units according to color content and/or coverage levels determined for a given job.08-04-2011
20110188066PROCESSOR SYSTEM WITH PROVISION FOR AUTOMATED CONTROL OF PROCESSING PARAMETERS - The invention relates to processing imaged precursors such as lithographic printing plates. The invention relates specifically to adjusting a processing device for optimal processing performance using a plate recognition system that includes a sensing and authentication subsystem. The processor is automated to make adjustments according to the information provided.08-04-2011
20090174890IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM - The image forming device includes an image data input unit that receives image data of a document; a set password acquisition unit that acquires information regarding a password from the image data received by the image data input unit; an input password receiving unit that starts reception of input of the password before the reception of the image data of all pages of the document is completed by the image data input unit; a password verification unit that performs verification between an input password and a set password; and a job execution unit that cancels execution limit of a job based on a verification result and executes the job, wherein, when the password is set in arbitrary one page of the document, the image data input unit sequentially completes the reception of the image data of the next page of the arbitrary one page of the document, before the input of the password corresponding to the password set in the arbitrary one page is completed by the input password receiving unit.07-09-2009
20100027048IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read a print product and a transmission unit configured to transmit image data of the print product to an external apparatus. The apparatus further includes an inhibition unit configured to inhibit the transmission of the image data based on inhibition information included in the image data. If the image data includes trace information to be used to trace a printer user of the print product in addition to the inhibition information, a control unit acquires the trace information and causes a display unit to perform a display based on the trace information without causing the output unit to transmit the image data.02-04-2010
20100027047PRINTING CONTROL DEVICE, PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - When a selection for canceling a security image is input at a client computer, then a password authentication unit causes a display unit to display a password reception screen, whereby an input password is compared with an authentication password stored in a password storage unit. When the passwords are matching, the print data generation unit of the client computer generates print data without adding a security image to the original data, and outputs the print data to a print server. A control unit of the print server transfers the print data to a printer, a print log acquisition unit acquires print log information from the printer, and the print log information and print data are stored in a print information storage unit.02-04-2010
20100020345IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method is provided for controlling an image forming apparatus provided in a room managed by a management apparatus capable of managing an entry or exit state of a participant who attends a conference and configured to process a print job received from a client computer. The method includes determining whether the room is used by a participant of a conference relating to the print job transmitted from the client computer, outputting the print job in a case where it is determined that the room is used by the participant of the conference relating to the print job, and restricting an output of the print job in a case where it is determined that the room is not used by the participant of the conference relating to the print job.01-28-2010
20120147413SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AND INSPECTING PRINTS HAVING STATIC AND VARIABLE CONTENTS - A system for producing and inspecting prints having static and variable contents includes a printing unit, an inspection unit, and a computation unit. The computation unit integrates print-specific information having static and variable contents in the form of print parameters and inspection parameters into a common JobTicket and routes the JobTicket i) both to the printing unit and to the inspection unit or ii) routes the JobTicket first of all to the printing unit and from the printing unit to the inspection unit, or vice versa. The print parameters are extracted from the common JobTicket and the printing unit uses the extracted print parameters to create prints. The inspection parameters are extracted from the common JobTicket and the inspection unit uses the extracted inspection parameters to inspect the prints.06-14-2012
20120147411IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a function validity information storing unit that stores function validity information including identification information of functions and configurations of the functions that are available or valid in the image forming apparatus; a receiving unit that receives identification information of requested functions to be executed on the image forming apparatus and configuration information of the requested functions from a computer; a determining unit that determines whether the requested functions are valid by examining the identification information and the configuration information of the requested functions with reference to the function validity information stored in the function validity information storing unit; and a display control unit that displays, on a display unit, an option corresponding to a valid function determined to be valid such that the option corresponding to the valid function is distinguishable from an option corresponding to an invalid function determined to be invalid.06-14-2012
20120147412IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AUTHORIZATION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus transmits to an authorization apparatus, in executing a job, condition information related to a process to be performed to a 106-14-2012
20090244591Method and Apparatus for Correcting Geometric Errors While Preserving Defined Information - A method and an apparatus are provided for correcting geometric errors during a transfer of a printing image to a printing material. For the purpose of correction, a raster bitmap is fed to a matrix manipulation device, which distorts the raster bitmap. The problem with the distortion is that areas such as edge marks are also distorted. In order to avoid those undesired distortions, a protected area determining device for determining a protected area within the raster bitmap and/or the master print, and a protective element for preserving the content of a protected area within a raster bitmap, are provided.10-01-2009
20120307283IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - When a user uses one of a plurality of image forming apparatuses from one of a plurality of terminals, an authentication server determines, on a user by user basis, whether he/she is permitted to use each image forming apparatus, and detects if any of the image forming apparatuses is in a troubled state and incapable of executing a prescribed function. If one image forming apparatus is in a troubled state and the user requests another, trouble-free image forming apparatus to execute a job utilizing a function of the trouble-free image forming apparatus, the authentication server permits execution of the job if the user is permitted to use the image forming apparatus in the troubled state. Thus, the user can get a print even if a usually used image forming apparatus is unavailable.12-06-2012
20120307284PRINTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SECURE PRINTING - A printer is communicatively connected to a terminal and a slave. The printer creates a secure printing group, and allows the terminal and slave to join the secure printing group. The terminal generates a print job, and sends the print job to the printer. The printer generates a first inspection message according to the print job, and sends the first inspection message to the terminal. The terminal selects the slave as a printing delegate, and sends a message that is derived at least in part from the first inspection message to the slave. The slave sends a second inspection message to the printer, wherein the second inspection message is derived at least in part from the message sent from to the terminal to the slave, and requests the printer to execute the print job. The printer executes the print job when the second inspection message matches the first inspection message.12-06-2012
20120307282SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS - A sheet feeding apparatus, including: a sheet feeding mechanism; a sheet sensor for detecting, as a detection value, a physical quantity related to a fed sheet; a physical-quantity judgment section for judging whether the detection value falls within a predetermined range; an another-sheet judgment section for judging whether there is another sheet after a sheet to be judged by the physical-quantity judgment section; and a double-feeding judgment section for judging that double feeding has occurred when the physical-quantity judgment section judges that the detection value does not fall within the predetermined range and when the another-sheet judgment section judges that there is another sheet, and judging that the double feeding has not occurred when the physical-quantity judgment section judges that the detection value does not fall within the predetermined range and when the another-sheet judgment section judges that there is no another sheet.12-06-2012
20120307281INFORMATION SECURITY FOR PRINTING SYSTEMS - The disclosed embodiments provide a system for managing use of a printing system. During operation, the system obtains a request for print job information associated with the printing system and/or subscription information associated with subscriptions to events in the printing system. Next, the system obtains an access control policy associated with the request. The system then filters the print job and/or subscription information based on the access control policy and responds to the request with the filtered print job and/or subscription information. As a result, the system may facilitate information security in the printing system.12-06-2012
20120307287IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming system includes a plurality of image forming devices connected in data communication with each other via a network. Each of the image forming devices includes a storage unit, an operational unit, and a controller. If one user logs into a first image forming device among the image forming devices, a controller of the first image forming device checks for the existence of a second image forming device into which the user has logged. If the controller of the first image forming device determines the second image forming device into which the user has logged, the controller transmits a logout instruction of the user to the second image forming device.12-06-2012
20120307286ADMINISTRATION SERVER AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An administration server is capable of authenticating a user. The administration server includes a communication unit for receiving a user authentication request including user identification information and apparatus identification information from an external device; and a server control unit for authenticating the user according to the user identification information to obtain a first result. The server control unit is provided for determining a usage permitted function according to the user identification information to obtain a second result, and for determining whether an apparatus corresponding to the apparatus identification information can be used according to user identification information and the apparatus identification information to obtain a third result. The communication unit is configured to transmit the first result, the second result, and the third result to the external device.12-06-2012
20120307285IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a server apparatus, includes a receiving unit configured to receive a packet from the server apparatus, a determining unit configured to determine whether a packet received by the receiving unit is a specific packet, a power supply control unit which, when the determining unit determines that a packet received by the receiving unit is the specific packet, brings the image forming apparatus into a first power condition which enables the image forming apparatus to start quickly using data stored in a volatile memory, and a start control unit configured to start the image forming apparatus quickly using data stored in the volatile memory.12-06-2012
20120099137PRINTING DEVICE - The printing device 04-26-2012
20120069384METHOD FOR PROCESSING DOCUMENTS ON AN IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS - A method for processing print jobs by an image-processing apparatus includes an output module for receiving output of the print jobs and a control unit configured to maintain a queue of print jobs to be processed. The method includes, for each print job, the steps of printing the print job by the image-processing apparatus, and stacking output of the print job in the output module. The control unit is configured to maintain an output check list and the method further includes the step of, when a recoverable error occurs during processing of the print job, that does not lead to an automatic stop of the processing but is likely to cause faulted pages in the printed output, automatically creating an entry in the output check list, so as to advise an operator to check the possibly faulted pages in the output stack.03-22-2012
20120069381PRINTING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A printing system, in which a printing job based on a same printing target is registered in each of a plurality of printers and one of the plurality of printers performs printing in response to a print instruction of the printing job thereto, the printing system including; a determination unit that determines, when registering the printing job in each of the plurality of printers, a registration destination of the printing job for each of the plurality of printers such that both a printer having the printing job registered in a volatile memory and a printer having the printing job registered in a non-volatile memory exist.03-22-2012
20120069378Automatic print failure detection and correction - Automatic print failure detection and correction are presented. An image is produced on media as it passes through a printer, the image produced by a first print head of the printer. The image is then inspected as it appears on the media for a predefined quality level. When the quality level is unacceptable, remote network notifications can be sent from the printer for proactive maintenance to be performed on the printer. In addition, when the quality level is unacceptable, a copy of the image can be automatically reproduced on an opposite side of the media using a different print head of the printer.03-22-2012
20090153895Image Forming Device, Image Forming Device Terminal, and Program - The present invention provides an image forming device terminal for enhancing the productivity of the image forming process such as printing. An image forming device terminal for instructing execution of a printout process on an image forming device capable of executing an authentication print printing, includes a selection accepting unit which accepts a selection of an image forming device for executing the printout process from a plurality of image forming devices; a determination unit which classifies the selected image forming device to a first type image forming device or a second type image forming device based on whether or not the selected image forming device is a default set image forming device; and a generating unit which generates job data as a printout process of not the authentication print printing in a case where the selected image forming device is the first type image forming device, and generates job data as a printout process of the authentication print printing in a case where the image forming device is the second type image forming device.06-18-2009
20100060923APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - An object of the present invention is to provide an image processing apparatus which can efficiently perform detection and decode processing carried out in parallel for a plurality of kinds of codes. For achieving the above object, an apparatus according to the present invention is an information processing apparatus capable of causing a printing unit to print a first code that can include both of copy prohibition information and copy permission information and a second cod that can include only the copy prohibition information of the copy prohibition information and the copy permission information, wherein the copy prohibition information is included in the first code, when the first code is printed together with the second code by the printing unit.03-11-2010
20110002001PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF EXECUTING CHECK PRINTING - A printing apparatus that facilitate a checking operation of printed matter during printing and can avoid deterioration of quality of the printed matter. A printer unit executes a printing process according to an inputted print job. A determination unit determines, when the print job is interrupted during the printing process of the printer unit, whether the interruption requires a check printing. A control unit controls the printer unit to execute the check printing after removing the interruption of the print job using print data of the print job when the determination unit determines that the interruption requires the check printing.01-06-2011
20120147410METHOD OF IDENTIFYING USER OF SCANNING APPARATUS - A method of operating a scanning apparatus including a transparent platen, a memory, a lid to cover the transparent platen, and a door in the lid, the method includes exposing a portion of the transparent platen through the door in the lid; placing a user identifier into the door in the lid; providing a user identification initiation signal; emitting light from a light source to illuminate the exposed portion of the transparent platen; moving a photosensor array to scan the user identifier through the exposed portion of the transparent platen; providing a digitized image of the user identifier from the scan by the photosensor array; comparing the digitized image to a stored pattern; and authorizing a function of the scanning apparatus if it is determined that the digitized image of the user identifier adequately matches the stored pattern.06-14-2012
20110063653IMAGE 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.03-17-2011
20110063649PRINTER AND TASK CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a printer includes a direct current power input unit supplied with direct current, a rechargeable battery capable of being charged with the direct current power inputted from the direct current power input unit, and a task priority changing unit capable of determining the operational priority of a charge monitoring task to be higher than the operational priorities of other tasks when the rechargeable battery is being charged with the direct current power inputted from the direct current power input unit, and for determining the operational priority of the charge monitoring task to be lower than the operational priority of at least one of other tasks when the rechargeable battery is not being charged with the direct current power inputted from the direct current power input unit.03-17-2011
20110063650PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A printing system includes a terminal device and a printer device. The terminal device includes a generation module configured to generate image data, a computation module configured to compute check digit data based on the image data, and a transmission module configured to append the check digit data to the image data and transmit the image data with the check digit data appended. The printer device includes a receiving module configured to receive the image data and the check digit data from the terminal device, a decision module configured to decide whether the received check digit data is valid or not based on the received image data and the received check digit data, and a printing unit configured to print an image on a recording medium based on the received image data if the check digit data is determined to be valid.03-17-2011
20110317204REMOTE INK SUPPLY - Apparatus and methods are provided. A supply of ink within a flexible bag is located apart from a printer. A fluid conduit couples the supply of ink to the printer by way of a connecting head. The connecting head includes a pump driven by a mechanical actuator of the printer. Operation of the pump causes a flow of ink from the flexible bag to a printhead of the printer. Pump failure is detected and interpreted as an out-of-ink condition, and user notification and/or cessation of printing operations are automatically performed.12-29-2011
20110317203IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH USER AUTHENTICATION - An image forming apparatus spools normal print requests received from external equipment as normal print jobs which are sequentially executed by a printer, spools a private print request received from an external equipment in a spooler as a private print job executed by a printer in response to an instruction by a user who has requested the private print, and changes a normal print job in an execution waiting state of the user which is spooled in the spooler to a private print job of the user in response to a request from the user authenticated by a user authenticating portion.12-29-2011
20110317202IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus to execute, during processing of a job to be interrupted that is currently being processed, interrupt print processing for starting processing on an interrupting job for which an interrupt instruction is issued based on an interrupt printing instruction, the image forming apparatus includes a generation unit configured to generate image data by performing RIP processing on a print job including at least one page, a printing unit configured to perform print processing based on image data generated by the generation unit, and a control unit configured to, when the RIP processing of the pages included in the interrupting job by the generation unit is finished, control the printing unit so as to stop the print processing on the job to be interrupted and start print processing of the interrupting job.12-29-2011
20110317201DEVICE CAPABLE OF EXTRACTING COPY PROHIBITION INFORMATION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In a copying machine that installs the function of preventing unauthorized copying, when copy prohibition information is extracted, whether output is permitted or prohibited in each of different types of output processing is set, and, when the copy prohibition information is extracted from a document image, if a setting for permitting the output in the output processing in which an output start is instructed is made, the output is performed.12-29-2011
20110317200INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING AN INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - The present invention provides an information processing apparatus including: a first control section that, when execution of printing at a printing device connected via a communications section is instructed, performs control to display at a display section a print settings screen for making settings relating to the printing; a calculation section that calculates an estimated value of power consumption that the printing device will consume if the printing is executed on the basis of the settings relating to printing; and a second control section that, when a pre-specified operation is performed at the print settings screen, performs control to display the estimated value of power consumption and display at the display section an energy saving settings screen for making, of the settings relating to printing, settings relating to energy saving.12-29-2011
20100027045FINGERPRINT SCAN ORDER SEQUENCE TO CONFIGURE A PRINT SYSTEM DEVICE - What is disclosed is a system and method for capturing fingerprint data in an ordered sequence and using the captured sequence to configure a complex multi-function print system device to a set of device specific settings to perform intended workflow processes. Each finger has a unique associated code. A code sequence is associated with each stored set of settings. A user desiring to configure the device scans their fingerprints in a predefined ordered sequence. Settings associated with the entered sequence are retrieved and displayed for user approval. Thereafter, the complex print system device can be easily configured to the displayed settings. Other embodiments are additionally disclosed.02-04-2010
20120044518IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming device provided with a restart unit and a deletion unit. If processing requiring a restart of the image forming device is requested by another terminal device that is connected via a communications circuit, the restart unit causes the image forming device to restart. If the processing requiring the restart is requested by the other terminal device while a service process relating to image processing is being provided by a service process provision device that is connected via the communications circuit, the deletion unit deletes data relating to use of the service process before the image forming device is restarted.02-23-2012
20120002233IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL APPARATUS - There is provided an image forming apparatus that allows image forming processes of a more number of apparatuses with limited power. The image forming apparatus includes: a job acquiring unit that acquires an image forming job giving an instruction to form an image; an electricity consumption amount acquiring unit that acquires the sum of electricity consumption amount in a plurality of apparatuses of which the sum of electricity consumption amount including the electricity consumption amount of the image forming apparatus is limited at a predetermined maximum electricity consumption amount or less; a determining unit that determines whether or not the sum of electricity consumption amount that the electricity consumption amount acquiring unit acquires is equal to or less than a predetermined reference value, which is smaller than the maximum electricity consumption amount; and an image forming process control unit that performs an image forming job that the job acquiring unit acquires, when the determining unit determines that the sum of electricity consumption amount is equal to or less than the reference value.01-05-2012
20110063652Image forming device, control method, and program for image forming device - When a control code detection unit detects a control code, an image storage unit stores the image data of pages that are entered after the page with the control code added thereto. A control code decision unit decides the content of control for the output processing of the image data based on all the control codes detected by the control code detection unit. Then, based on the content of control decided by the control code decision unit, a control unit controls the output processing of the image data stored in the image storage unit.03-17-2011
20110063651Job management system, information processing apparatus, and information processing method - Disclosed is a job management system having plural information processing apparatuses connected to each other via a network capable of transmitting and receiving information. The information processing apparatus include a job control unit that selects one of the plural information processing apparatuses to execute a requested job based on user's registration information and equipment information recorded in the plural information processing apparatuses and causes the selected one of the plural information processing apparatuses to execute the requested job.03-17-2011
20120008159IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming apparatus has the plurality of control units and executes distributed processing in which any one control unit having monitoring execution authority monitors for an abnormal condition in each control unit. Each control unit determines, from its own processing load, monitoring capability information that indicates whether monitoring for an abnormal condition is possible or not. If, in a case where the control unit has the monitoring execution authority, the monitoring capability information does not satisfy predetermined information, then the control unit delegates the monitoring execution authority to another control unit whose monitoring capability information does satisfy the predetermined information.01-12-2012
20100134821Fiscal Printer - A fiscal printer reliably stores and holds, using a simple configuration, the date and time that a fiscal control circuit board is removed from the printer, and provides excellent security so that improper activities can be reliably discovered. The fiscal printer 06-03-2010
20120013935IMAGE DEFECT INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE DEFECT INSPECTION SYSTEM, IMAGE DEFECT INSPECTION METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image defect inspection apparatus includes a supply unit, an acquiring unit, an inspection unit and an adjustment unit. The supply unit supplies a test image corresponding to an inferred image defect regarding an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording material, to the image forming unit to form the test image on the recording material. The acquiring unit acquires a scanned image obtained by scanning the recording material on which the test image is formed. The inspection unit compares the scanned image acquired with the test image and inspects as to whether or not the inferred image defect is in the scanned image. The adjustment unit adjusts a value of a setting item which is defined as an adjust target regarding the inferred image defect, so as to enhance detectability of the inferred image defect in the inspection.01-19-2012
20120013936DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD - A device management apparatus is connected to an image forming apparatus via a first network. The device management apparatus includes a sending unit that sends identification information of the device management apparatus; a monitor unit that periodically acquires status information from the image forming apparatus in response to a request to execute a first process sent by the image forming apparatus that has received the identification information, and records the status information in a storing unit; a diagnosing unit that diagnoses fault prediction of the image forming apparatus based on the status information in response to a request to execute a second process sent by the image forming apparatus from which the status information is acquired; and a transferring unit that transfers, to a remote monitor device via a second network, report information including diagnosis results obtained by the diagnosing unit.01-19-2012
20120013934FEATURE ENABLEMENT WITHIN A PRINTER - In one embodiment, an apparatus that removably connects to a first printer is validated, the validating including comparing first data stored within the apparatus to second data stored within the first printer. A first feature is enabled within the first printer utilizing third data stored within the apparatus. The apparatus is restricted such that the apparatus is no longer operable to enable the first feature within a printer other than the first printer.01-19-2012
20090244589APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An object of the present invention is to reduce influences of showthrough where a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern is visualized after printing. In order to attain the above object, the apparatus of the present invention is provided with determination means for determining whether a setting for printing a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image in which a character portion is rendered to a minor dot portion on both sides of a sheet is made and control means for controlling so that a warning screen is displayed where the determination means determines that the above setting has been made.10-01-2009
20120206758METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR GENERATING AUTHENTICATED DOCUMENTS - The present invention is an apparatus, system and computer program for generating documents that may be validated and authenticated. A hand-writing system may be utilized to produce a replica of handwriting. Such handwriting system may be capable of generating a replica of handwriting that is biometrically accurate in accordance with a specific person's handwriting. The handwriting system may facilitate the integration of a replica of handwriting with one or more documents. The handwriting system may be linked to a printing output device whereby a replica of handwriting may be applied to a document printed by the printer. The handwriting system may incorporate a handwriting tool that may be integrated with the printer so that a replica of handwriting may be facilitated by the handwriting tool during the course of printing a document. Security may be incorporated in the integration of the printer and handwriting system whereby the integration of the handwriting and the document may be unalterable.08-16-2012
20120206757IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR BEING ABLE TO UTILIZE APPLICATION IN WHICH WEB BROWSER IS USED - An image forming apparatus registers a Web application provided by a server. When receiving an instruction to select the registered Web application, the image forming apparatus acquires information for performing the Web application in response to the received selection instruction, and stores the information as cache information. When receiving an instruction to cancel the registration of the Web application, the image forming apparatus cancels the registration of the Web application in response to the received instruction, and deletes the cache information corresponding to the Web application in which the registration is cancelled in the stored pieces of cache information.08-16-2012
20120206755IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including an ASIC provided with two functional modules that are reset together by a reset signal. The image forming apparatus stores data used for processing by the functional modules, detects errors in the functional modules, and monitors an execution state of the functional modules. When detecting an error in one of the functional modules, the image forming apparatus acquires the execution state of the other functional module in which no error is detected. When the other functional module is not currently operating, the image forming apparatus resets the ASIC by a reset signal, and when the other functional module is currently operating, the image forming apparatus suppresses resetting of the ASIC until the other functional module finishes operating and then resets the ASIC by a reset signal.08-16-2012
20120026532POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A power supply device is provided, which includes a first load operating with a first voltage in a normal operation mode, a second load operating with a second voltage lower than the first voltage in the normal operation mode, a third load operating with the second voltage in the normal operation mode and a power-saving mode, and an auxiliary second-voltage generating circuit configured to, when a main supply voltage is supplied from a main power supply circuit and a primary second-voltage generating circuit is forbidden to generate the second voltage with a third-load electric path for carrying therethrough the main supply voltage from the main power supply circuit to the third load without passing through the primary second-voltage generating circuit being broken by a switching circuit, generate the second voltage from the main supply voltage and supply the generated second voltage to the third load.02-02-2012
20120026533IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECORDING USER INFORMATION INTO EXTERNAL RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus capable of recording user information into an external recording medium, while preventing an occurrence of a security problem. The image processing apparatus generates user information about an image processing job, and determines according to predetermined recording medium categories whether security information can be stored into an external recording medium in a case where the user information is recorded into the external recording medium. When determining that the security information cannot be stored into the external recording medium, the image processing apparatus removes predetermined security information from the user information and records the resultant information into the external recording medium.02-02-2012
20120026531DECOLORING DEVICE AND FUNCTION MANAGEMENT METHOD - When the presence or absence of a malfunction is respectively determined in a decoloring section or a separation device, and it is determined that either the decoloring section or the separation device is malfunctioning, only the other is executable.02-02-2012
20120026530AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEVICE MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE - An augmented reality system and method for diagnosing and fixing a fault in a device. A mobile communication device can be operatively connected with a networked rendering device by reading a two-dimensional bar code associated with the rendering device. An image with respect to the rendering device can be captured by an image-capturing unit associated with the mobile communication device. The image can be augmented with additional information and a target area can be highlighted in order to indicate a fault component. An action to be taken with respect to the target area can be displayed on the mobile communication device. Such an approach permits an end user to address the device issue with increased quality of information and accuracy.02-02-2012
20090153896Image Forming Device, Image Forming Device Terminal, Image Forming System, and Program - The present invention provides an image forming device capable of maintaining a security level of a document constant, and an image forming device terminal. The image forming device capable of executing an authentication print printing includes a storage unit for storing a document data file and setting data of the authentication print printing of the document data file; a communication interface for receiving instruction data containing instruction of a process related to the document data file; an authentication print setting determination unit for determining whether to execute as the authentication print printing based on setting data stored in the storage unit; an authentication unit; a user authentication unit for outputting the result of the user authentication; a job executing unit for executing the job; and an authentication print setting registration unit for editing the setting data stored in the storage unit based on the instruction data.06-18-2009
20120026534JOB PROCESSING METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an image forming apparatus capable of processing data of a plurality of jobs that include at least any one of a copy function job, a sending function job and a print function job, when data of jobs currently processed and/or jobs in a waiting state for processing by the image forming apparatus are stored in a storage unit storing a plurality of data at the time an operation relating to powering off the image forming apparatus is performed by an operator, the fact that the jobs currently processed and/or the jobs in a waiting state exist is notified as information that can be confirmed by the operator.02-02-2012
20120206754IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a receiving unit, an executing unit, a log information generating unit, a holding unit, and a transmitting unit. The receiving unit receives and installs one or more program information items for executing a preset process. The executing unit executes the preset process on the basis of at least one of the installed one or more program information items. The log information generating unit generates log information regarding the preset process based on the one or more program information items executed by the executing unit. The holding unit holds a transmission destination of the log information in association with each of the one or more program information items. The transmitting unit transmits the log information to the transmission destination associated with the executed one or more program information items.08-16-2012
20110096352IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ACCESS CONTROL METHOD IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A manufacturer or the like provides consumable products used in an image forming apparatus with distribution information including a most recent license code and then markets the consumable products, and the image forming apparatus performs authentication processing by reading the distribution information from such consumable products. Receiving a connection request from an application executed by a personal computer, the image forming apparatus determines whether connection may be permitted or not by comparing the license code of the application included in the connection request with the distribution information provided to the consumable product.04-28-2011
20110096349Immediate Verification of Printed Copy - Print verification is done by scanning the printed copies, thereby forming a stream of scanned images of the specific pages. Digitized images from the stream are then spatially aligned page by page, line by line and pixel (pel) by pixel (pel) with corresponding digitized images in a stream of source images. The source and scanned images are compared to find pel sequences that are different. These differences represent defects in the printed copies.04-28-2011
20120154849IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided that receives data for an authentication print job from an external terminal connected thereto via a network, receives a user authentication request from a user, and executes the job when the user authentication is successfully performed. The image forming apparatus comprises: a display unit; and a display control unit displaying information related to an amount of time expected to be required for the execution of the job on the display unit when the user authentication is successfully performed prior to completion of the reception of the data for the job.06-21-2012
20120176640IMAGE-FORMING SYSTEM, CRITERION-SETTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image-forming system includes a determining section that, for each type of malfunction in image-forming apparatuses, determines a reference number of occurrences of the type of malfunction based on at least one of (07-12-2012
20120154846DATA FILTERING FOR PRINT SERVICE PROVIDERS - Systems and methods of data filtering for a print service provider (PSP) are disclosed. An exemplary method includes receiving a plurality of print service parameters. The method also includes filtering the plurality of print service parameters, wherein a portion of the received plurality of print service parameters are retained in machine readable format. The method also includes saving the filtered print service parameters for enhancing automatic and manual print production processes.06-21-2012
20120154847IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, UNAUTHORIZED USE PREVENTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a storing unit configured to store comparison data; an analysis unit configured to analyze a print job sent by a requesting user from an information processing apparatus to obtain user information of the requesting user; a comparison unit configured to compare the obtained user information with the comparison data to determine whether registered user information corresponding to the obtained user information is present in the comparison data; and a registration unit configured to register the obtained user information as the comparison data of an authorized user if the registered user information corresponding to the obtained user information is not present in the comparison data. The comparison unit is configured to control execution of a printing process and/or an error process if the registered user information corresponding to the obtained user information is present in the comparison data.06-21-2012
20120154848PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ENCODED WITH IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM - The print server includes: a registration portion to register the image forming apparatus; a spool portion to store a set of print data and user identification information; a virtual data transmitting portion, and a print data transmitting portion. The registered image forming apparatus includes: a distribution control portion to cause the image forming portion to form an image of the print data, and store the received set, and further, when the virtual data is received, store the received virtual data; an authenticated printing portion to, cause the image forming portion to form an image of print data that makes a pair with the user identification information of the authenticated user; and an acquisition request transmitting portion to transmit an acquisition request to the print server.06-21-2012
20090135443IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes an image reading unit that reads an image formed on a recording medium; a copy-prohibited medium detecting unit that detects whether a recording medium is a copy-prohibited medium; and a controller that controls to disable or inhibit copying of an image formed on a recording medium, when it is detected by the copy-prohibited medium detecting unit that the recording medium is the copy-prohibited medium, before the image on the recording medium is read by the image reading unit.05-28-2009
20120105900IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING IMAGES - An image forming apparatus performs a direct printing function. A selecting section selects at least two files from a plurality of files stored in at least one of an internal storage medium and an external storage medium. A human interface receives passwords form a user. A password determining section determines whether the selected files are protected by passwords. A file extracting section extracts the selected files from an internal storage medium or external storage medium. A password verifying section determines whether passwords contained in the selected files and the passwords inputted through the human interface coincide. A printer prints the selected files. A printing controller controls the printer, causing the printer to print at least one of selected files if the password verifying section has determined that the password contained in the at least one selected file and the password inputted by the user coincide.05-03-2012
20120105896IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND THRESHOLD SETTING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: a detecting unit that detects illuminance; a storage unit that stores therein a threshold with respect to the illuminance in accordance with a distance from a light source to the image forming apparatus, the threshold being for switching to an energy-saving mode in which electricity is supplied only to a part of the image forming apparatus or for turning, off a power source; a comparison unit that compares a detected illuminance with the threshold; and a control unit that, if the detected illuminance is equal to or less than the threshold, causes the image forming apparatus to switch to the energy-saving mode or to turn off the power source.05-03-2012
20120105895INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes an allowable output amount storage unit that stores allowable output amounts of respective combinations of a user and a predetermined totalization period; a total output amount recording unit that records total output amounts of the respective combinations of a user and a predetermined totalization period; and a processing unit that receives, from a user, an instruction that designates image forming information and an instruction to perform image formation on the basis of the designated image forming information, and performs image-formation-related processing for the designated image forming information if a value obtained by adding together an output amount of the image-formation-instructed image forming information, a sum of total output amounts of the user, and a sum of output amounts of pieces of particular image forming information specified by the user is smaller than or equal to an allowable output amount of the user.05-03-2012
20110090526IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - This invention provides an image forming apparatus capable of reliably printing security information even when image data of an original document that is obtained by a reading unit contains security information and an area where the security information is not contained is set as a print area, and a control method thereof. To accomplish this, when image data of an original document contains security information, the image forming apparatus extracts image the security information from data, and sets a print target area from an area indicated by the image data of the original document. When an area corresponding to, from which the security information is extracted, is not contained in the set print target area, the image forming apparatus executes printing using the extracted image data corresponding to the security information, and the image data corresponding to the print target area.04-21-2011
20120300247IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TOUCH PANEL - A first terminal device indicates a file based on a first gesture on a touch panel, and upon receipt of a search instruction by a second gesture on the touch panel, transmits search information including the indicated file and user information to an image processing device. The image processing device stores the search information. A second terminal device obtains search information from the image processing device, executes a search operation using the search information, and transmits information that identifies retrieved data to the first terminal device as a search result.11-29-2012
20120300246Token Generation From A Printer - A printing device accesses a certificate stored on the printing device based on validation information obtained from the user. The printing device generates a token based at least in part on the certificate.11-29-2012
20120314239PROTECTING SCANS USING REMOTE SCAN INITIATION MODE AND AUTHORIZATION - Systems and methods allow remote computerized devices to control the scanner of an apparatus through the communications port of the apparatus. Additionally, systems and methods provide a user-selectable remote start option on the graphic user interface of the apparatus and require input of user credentials through the graphic user interface when a user selects the remote start option. The scanner is placed into private mode when a user selects the remote start option, which restricts scanner control to only those of the remote computerized devices that provide the proper user credentials. Further, a user-selectable private mode release option is provided on the graphic user interface, which requires input of the user credentials through the graphic user interface. When scanning, the scanner produces scanned images, which are released through the communications port to only those of the remote computerized devices that provide the proper user credentials. Additionally, in said private mode the user's original documents can, optionally, be protected via a lockable cover controllable by the remote start option.12-13-2012
20100253965IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER-SAVING CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM IN WHICH POWER-SAVING CONTROL PROGRAM IS RECORDED - The image forming apparatus includes: a sleep control unit which, in a normal operation mode in which power is supplied to a fixing device, if predetermined processing is not executed for a preset time or if an instruction to execute shifting to a power-saving mode with lower power consumption than in the normal operation mode is received, makes a shift to a sleep mode with a lower power consumption than in the normal operation mode, in which at least power supply to the fixing device is stopped; and a super-sleep control unit which makes a shift to a super-sleep mode in which a power source of a processor is turned off if predetermined processing is not executed for a shorter time than the preset time after the shift to the sleep mode is made.10-07-2010
20120250067IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming system includes an information management unit, at least one image forming unit, an authenticating unit, a determining unit, an adding unit, a notifying unit, and a controller. The information management unit stores and manages print information. Each image forming unit forms an image on a recording medium in accordance with the print information. The authenticating unit authenticates a recipient of an output result of the image forming unit. The determining unit determines whether or not the print information requires authentication. The adding unit adds authentication information about the recipient to the print information when the print information requires authentication. The notifying unit notifies the recipient of information regarding the print information with the authentication information added. The controller controls the information management unit to transmit the print information to the image forming unit to form an image when the recipient has been successfully authenticated.10-04-2012
20100290076ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a connecting unit configured to be connected with a storage medium that is removable, the electronic device transmitting data with the storage medium that is connected with the connecting unit, a registration unit configured to register information that specifies the media that is permitted to transmit data with the electronic device, and a control unit configured to control whether to permit the electronic device to transmit data with the media that is connected with the connecting unit based on the information that is registered in the registration unit.11-18-2010
20100290075DOCUMENT MANAGING SYSTEM AND DOCUMENT MANAGING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a document managing system includes a user authentication unit configured to acquire user information of a user, a read unit configured to read a manuscript and read manuscript trace information given to the manuscript, a determination unit configured to determine, in case of copying the manuscript, whether the user is authorized to copy the manuscript based on the user information read in the user authentication unit and the manuscript trace information, and an image output unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the user is authorized to copy, output an image including new trace information readable in a read unit along with the manuscript read in the read unit.11-18-2010
20100290073SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS USING A LOCKED PRINT JOB TICKET - A method, apparatus, and system for outputting a locked print job by a printing device connected to a client device over a network. The method includes transmitting, by the client device, a request to print the locked print job, which includes print data that is prohibited from being printed until authentication information is entered into the printing device. The printing device receives the request to print the locked print job. The locked print job and the authentication information are stored in a memory. A job ticket that provides the client device access to manage the locked print job stored in the memory is generated. The job ticket is transmitted to, and received by, the client device. The locked print job is output when the authentication information is entered into the printing device or the locked print job is remotely released by the client device using the job ticket.11-18-2010
20100245883IMAGE SCANNING SYSTEM, IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image scanning system includes (1) an image scanning device, which includes an input unit configured to acquire an instruction by a user, an image scanner configured to scan an image and generate image data and a transmitting unit configured to transmit the image data; (2) a display lock judging unit configured to judge whether a display lock is necessary based on whether a predetermined instruction is acquired by the input unit; and (3) a data processing device which includes a first reception unit configured to receive the image data transmitted by the transmitting unit of the image scanning device, a first display unit configured to display the image data received by the first reception unit and a display control unit configured to control the first display unit so as not to display the image data if the display lock judging unit judges that the display lock is necessary.09-30-2010
20110002003IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus restricts the use of functions on a user-by-user basis as well as easily suppresses the realization of a function that is equivalent to a restricted function by combining other functions. To accomplish this, an image processing system includes an image processing apparatus and an information processing apparatus that includes function restriction information for restricting, on a user-by-user basis, the use of functions provided by an image processing apparatus. Furthermore, the image processing apparatus acquires function restriction information corresponding to an authorized user, and if a function whose use is restricted by function restriction information can be realized by combining other functions, the image processing apparatus restricts the use of the other functions.01-06-2011
20110002002UNIT USING OS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A chip mountable on a customer replaceable unit monitory (CRUM) unit used in an image forming job includes a central processing unit (CPU) to perform cryptographic data communication with a main body of an image forming apparatus, using an operating system (OS) of the CPU. The security of a unit on which the chip is mounted can thereby be reinforced and random changes of data of the unit can be prevented.01-06-2011
20110002000ELECTRIC DEVICE AND ELECTRIC SYSTEM - An electric device is capable of transmitting and receiving data relative to an external device. The electric device includes an error detection unit for detecting an error occurred in the electric device; an error restoration command holding unit for holding an error restoration command to restore the error; and an error analyzing unit for analyzing the error occurred in the electric device and retrieving the error restoration command from the error restoration command holding unit according to an analysis result of the error. In the electric device, when the error detection unit detects the error, the error restoration command is retrieved from the error restoration command holding unit according to an analysis result analyzed with the error analyzing unit.01-06-2011
20110001999DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided is a control method for controlling a data processing apparatus that can be connected to an external apparatus via a network. The control method includes obtaining and displaying a user interface held in the external apparatus. An instruction from a user is received via the displayed user interface. The received instructions are transmitted to the external apparatus. A session for communicating with the external apparatus is reserved when authentication of the user manipulating the data processing apparatus has succeeded. The reserved session is used to execute control to receive from the external apparatus a processing request that corresponds to the instruction transmitted to the external apparatus.01-06-2011
20120127510INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus capable of collecting electronic data efficiently and avoiding sharing highly confidential and secure electronic data with an indefinite number of users. The information processing apparatus is connected to an external apparatus through a network. The information processing apparatus receives electronic data from the external apparatus, registers attribute information related to the received electronic data in association with the received electronic data so that the received electronic data can be retrieved by using the attribute information, and controls the registering unit so as to register the attribute information related to the received electronic data when the received electronic data is not confidential data, and so as not to register the attribute information related to the received electronic data when the received electronic data is confidential data.05-24-2012
20120127508Mechanism for Controlling Secure Print Jobs - A computer generated method disclosed. The method includes receiving a print job, processing the print job data stream, determining if a condition occurs during processing of the print job data stream that matches one or more pre-defined criteria and inserting one or more secure print command lines if a condition occurs that matches one or more pre-defined criteria.05-24-2012
20120127507METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEARCHING FOR MISSING RESOURCES - A method of searching for missing resources associated with an image forming apparatus, which includes the steps of: forwarding a print job having a resource call-out from a host computer to an image forming apparatus; receiving the print job on the image forming apparatus; checking the image forming apparatus for a resource, which has been called out by the print job, and if the resource is not available on the image forming apparatus, obtaining the resource by: sending a request for the resource from the image forming apparatus to a device having the resource; receiving a response from the device having the resource indicating that the resource is a non-sharable resource and including at least one link to where the non-sharable resource can be obtained; and choosing a link having the non-sharable resource and obtaining the non-sharable resource.05-24-2012
20120127506METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEARCHING FOR MISSING RESOURCES - A method of searching for missing resources associated with an image forming apparatus, which includes forwarding a print job having a resource call-out from a host computer to an image forming apparatus; receiving the print job on the image forming apparatus; checking the image forming apparatus for a resource, which has been called out by the print job, and if the resource is not available on the image forming apparatus, obtaining the resource from a device having the resource by: sending a request for the resource from the image forming apparatus to the device having the resource; receiving a response from the device having the resource indicating that the resource is a secured resource requiring user authentication; and obtaining the secured resource by sending the user authentication to the device having the secured resource.05-24-2012
20120127509Activation Code Provided with Discrete Increment of Paper Substrate for Activating Remotely Accessible Printer Controller Software - A system which has an electronic database for entry of an activation code provided with a discrete increment of a printable paper substrate and printer controller software for use with the printable paper substrate which is remotely accessible and which is activated after entry by a user of the activation code into the electronic database. Also, a method for providing the discrete increment of the printable paper substrate to the user, wherein the discrete increment is provided with the activation code which the user enters into the electronic database to activate code to activate the remotely accessible printer controller software for use with the printable paper substrate, as well as a product including the discrete increment of the printable paper substrate along with the activation code to permit the user to activate the remotely accessible printer controller software.05-24-2012
20120162696Print Job Management Based on Energy Pricing and Load - An approach is provided that prints print jobs based on energy demand data. The print job manager, which is a software application running on an information handling system receives a print request, the print request including a print job. The print job manager retrieves energy demand data. The energy demand data corresponds to a power grid that is a power source for a printer accessible from the information handling system. If the energy demand data indicates a a non-elevated energy demand, then the print job is printed on the printer. On the other hand, if the energy demand data indicates an elevated energy demand, then the print request is stored in a storage and the process waits until the energy demand is not elevated, at which time the print job is printed on the printer.06-28-2012
20120162695DELIVERY EXPERT SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Embodiments disclosed herein can facilitate delivery of a document from a source to a destination over a network where an initial delivery attempt has been unsuccessful. Actions to be taken are based upon input conditions which may include a time-variable set of input conditions such as identifying non-business days and/or hours at the destination. The document can be a fax, an email, or a voice mail. The actions may include resubmitting the document to the network for a next delivery attempt, cancelling the document, sending a request to the source or destination for additional delivery information, identifying the destination as a technical problem, or a combination thereof.06-28-2012
20120162694IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a conveyer system, a liquid discharge head with a plurality of nozzles arranged in rows in different positions from one another with reference to a conveying direction at least within a part, a transmitter unit to transmit the image-forming data to the liquid discharge head, a receiver unit to receive the image-forming data, an image-forming data storage unit to store the image-forming data, an error detecting unit to detect a transmission error in the image-forming data, and a controller unit to manipulate the transmitter unit, the liquid discharge head, and the conveying system. The image-forming data with the transmission error detected therein for forming dots in pixel areas in liquid discharged from the nozzles, which are arranged in one of the rows closer to an upstream position with reference to the conveying direction, is transmitted preferentially.06-28-2012
20120162692IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming machine transitions into a sleep mode at a preset time of day, and keeps the sleep mode for a prescribed interval. The image forming machine includes an I/O interface, a printer, a memory, and a controller. The interface inputs a print job. The printer executes a printing of the print job. The memory stores therein an entirety or part of the print job overlapping the interval of the sleep mode, as a hold job. The controller works to have the memory store the hold job therein, and to have the printer operate after an end of the interval of the sleep mode to execute a printing of the hold job stored in the memory06-28-2012
20120162689PRINT CONTROL DEVICE, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A customer PC receives running status information regarding the running status of print processing from a print device, refers to setting information regarding the division of the print job, and determines whether or not a setting for the division of the print job is made based on running status information. When a setting for the division of the print job is made based on running status information, the customer PC collects the records of variable data based on running status information, and divides the print job for each division unit corresponding to the number of records of the collected variable data. Then, the customer PC transmits the divided print job to a print device.06-28-2012
20120162690IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming apparatus of the present invention includes an operation accepting means for accepting an instruction, and a display controlling means for controlling a display section. The display controlling means controls the display section to display at least environmental information, which has been obtained by the image forming apparatus, at predetermined timing at which no instruction corresponding to a job is accepted by the operation accepting means.06-28-2012
20110181905PRINTER AND PRINTER CONTROL METHOD - Described are a printer and a method of controlling it, wherein when an out-of-paper error occurs and printing stops, a control unit clears any data in a receive buffer, and reports the out-of-paper error and print stoppage to a host computer. When a clear buffer command is then received from the host computer, the control unit clears the receive buffer again.07-28-2011
20110181904IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - When data for printing and an authentication code are inputted, a CPU of a printer calculates a number of sheets to be used based on the data for printing. The CPU adds the calculated number of sheets to be used to the management table, based on the inputted authentication code, and rearranges the management table so that a user with a smaller number of used sheets is in a higher place. The CPU executes print processing using the inputted data for printing. The CPU acquires a display name, ranking, and the number of used sheets corresponding to the inputted authentication code from the management table in an RAM to transmit to information technology equipment.07-28-2011
20110181903Operating section structure, image processing apparatus, and information processing apparatus - An operating section structure positioned forward of a document scanning unit. The operating section structure includes: an image display surface; and an authentication device placement surface for mounting a detachable authentication device at an angle different from the image display surface.07-28-2011
20120212766PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A print processing apparatus includes a plurality of processing units configured to deal with a plurality of printing processes, a storing unit configured to store a table in which processing start conditions in the plurality of printing processes are defined based on a distance between a user and the print processing apparatus, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a distance between a position of the user who has issued a print job and the print processing apparatus, and a control unit configured to control the plurality of processing units for the print job based on the table and the acquired distance.08-23-2012
20120133970IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus having a function to cooperatively output, via a cooperative image processing apparatus, document data, including a data sending unit that sends to the cooperative image processing apparatus the document data to be output, for which the total limited number of output times is set, with output setting information including an allocated number of output times for the document data individually allocated for the cooperative image processing apparatus; and a number updating unit that updates the total limited number of output times set for the document data based on the allocated number of output times by subtracting the allocated number of output times from the total limited number of output times, when the data sending unit sends the document data with the output setting information to the cooperative image processing apparatus.05-31-2012
20120133969INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMPTION, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus that is capable of controlling electric energy consumption with sufficient accuracy. An execution unit executes a job. A calculation unit calculates electric energy consumption in a period from a start of execution of the job by the execution unit to an end except a period from interruption of execution of the job by the execution unit to restarting, as electric energy consumption at the time of job execution.05-31-2012
20120314243ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH BACKED-UP MEMORY, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An electronic device is provided that is capable of dealing with data loss from a volatile memory that can be caused when power supply from a device power source is disconnected. Even if there is a setting to retain received data in the volatile memory until a printing instruction is given by a user, the electronic device, e.g., an image forming apparatus, prints received data without waiting for the user's printing instruction in a case where a backup battery voltage is less than a predetermined value.12-13-2012
20120314238AUTOMATED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HOLDING AND AUTHENTICATING A DEVICE CONFIGURATION CHANGE PAYLOAD JOB - A method and system for automatically holding and authenticating a configuration change payload job. An upgrade payload file can be transmitted to a rendering device as a rendering job via a print submission protocol. The upgrade payload file can be detected by a configuration change detection and hold module configured in association with the rendering device upon receiving the rendering job. The rendering job can be automatically held at the rendering device until an authenticated user releases the rendering job. The held rendering job can be also automatically deleted after a predetermined time period. The configuration change detection and hold module can be enabled and/or disabled by the authenticated user in order to prevent an unauthorized and accidental system upgrade and configuration change.12-13-2012
20120314241IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM - This invention provides an image processing apparatus that dynamically changes the display priority of a web browser in accordance with a user authentication state, a method of controlling the same, and a program. To accomplish this, the image processing apparatus sets the display priority of the web browser when it is determined that a user has not been authenticated to be higher than the display priority when it is determined that the user has been authenticated.12-13-2012
20120314240SERIAL RASTER IMAGE PROCESSORS USED FOR ERROR CORRECTION IN A PARALLEL RASTER IMAGE PROCESSOR ENVIRONMENT - Systems and methods are provided for error correction in a parallel RIP environment. The system is operable to receive a print job comprising logical pages, to separate the logical pages into segments, to distribute the segments to parallel RIPs for interpretation and rasterization, and to transmit the segments to a serial RIP for interpretation. The system is further operable to determine that a parallel RIP has encountered a dependency error that prevents the parallel RIP from rasterizing one of the segments, and to instruct the serial RIP to rasterize the one segment responsive to detecting the dependency error.12-13-2012
20100188686IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus according to the invention has a system control unit provided in a body unit having an image forming unit. The system control unit controls the image forming unit and outputs a power off command to the body unit including the system control unit itself if it is determined that a preset power-saving mode transition condition is met. The image forming apparatus has an authentication data reading device which receives supply of power from a power supply path that is different from a power supply path to the body unit, reads authentication data from an authentication medium, and holds the read data. Moreover, the image forming apparatus has a power control unit which turns off the power supply path to the body unit in accordance with the power off command outputted from the system control unit, and turns on the power supply path to the body unit as the authentication data reading device reads the authentication data from the authentication medium.07-29-2010
20120212767DOCUMENT MANAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD CONTROLLING UPDATE OF DOCUMENT DATA - An image forming apparatus is equipped with a scanner for scanning a paper document to thereby convert it to document data; a document memory for storing the document data; and a history memory for holding a history of user operations on the document data in association with whether or not the user operations are being managed as an object of control processing. A user operation upon document data is accepted from a operating unit. If this user operation is being managed as an operation that is not an object of control processing in the history memory, then the document data is processed based upon this user operation.08-23-2012
20120250065METHOD FOR GENERATING OPTICAL CODES FOR A PRINT-CONTEXT - One embodiment provides a system for printing a document from a portable device. During operation, the system captures an image of an optical code that identifies a printing device, wherein the optical code is displayed on a panel of the printing device or is printed by the printing device. Next, the system transfers information identifying the printing device to a remote printing service, thereby allowing the remote printing service to print a document at the printing device.10-04-2012
20120250063RASTER OUTPUT SCANNER WITH BEAM DELAY COMPENSATION TO COUNTERACT JITTER AND WIPER-INDUCED BANDING - Methods and raster output scanner (ROS) systems are presented in which beam delay values are set for an array of ROS light sources based on wiper error and jitter error with column alignment achieved at an alignment location spaced from a center of scan (COS) location toward an end of scan location (EOS) along a fast scan range of operation of the ROS.10-04-2012
20090059267IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF - An image forming system is provided which controls usage of a plurality of image forming apparatuses connected to a network for each user of the image forming system. Usage of the plurality of image forming apparatuses is permitted or prohibited based on information in a disable flag associated with each user.03-05-2009
20090059266Method of automatically controlling print quality in digital printing - A method of automatically monitoring and controlling print quality in digital printing with a first and second scanner capturing an image from different locations in the printing engine. In an exemplary embodiment, a first scanner captures an image from a surface internal to the print engine while an external scanner captures an image from a printed sheet. If the external print image quality is acceptable, the internally captured image is saved as a reference. The system periodically compares internally captured images with the saved reference and provides automatic image correction if the variation from the reference is within a correctable range. If the image variation is not within a correctable range, the system runs a new test print and creates a new reference image.03-05-2009
20120176639INTERNET PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An Internet printing system includes a server computer for maintaining information concerning printers that are registered in the server computer and a client computer for accessing the server computer over the Internet. The server computer provides the client computer with a list of registered printers when responding to a printing request from the client computer. The server computer determines a target printer from among the list of registered printers according to a selection of the client computer. The server computer accepts a print job from the client computer, and then sends the print job to the target printer to print the document.07-12-2012
20120314242DEVICE CAPABLE OF EXTRACTING TWO-DIMENSIONAL CODE, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - The present invention relates to a device having a first determining unit configured to determine whether version information included in a two-dimensional code included in an input image is version information that is supported by the device and a second determining unit configured to determine to prohibit printing of the input image when the included version information is determined to be version information that is not supported by the device or to determine whether to permit or prohibit printing of the input image based on information other than the version information included in the two-dimensional code when the included version information is determined to be version information that is supported by the device. With this arrangement, it is possible to execute processing in accordance with version information included in a two-dimensional code.12-13-2012
20120075659MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND MANAGEMENT METHOD - A management apparatus includes: a receiver that receives, via a network, status data based on control system data for stabilizing image forming from an image forming apparatus formed by image forming units; an inference unit that determines abnormality occurrence symptom, and calculates an index of the abnormality occurrence symptom, of the image forming units based on the received status data; a replacement part information acquisition unit that acquires information including a replacement date from a maintenance management system via the network when receiving a diagnosis request from a terminal of a maintenance person; a judgment table generator that calculates weight information of the symptom determination index value; a integrated diagnostic information generator for the image forming units based on the symptom determination index value and the weight information; and a integrated diagnostic information notification unit transmitting the integrated diagnostic value information to the terminal of the maintenance person.03-29-2012
20120075658IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD THAT CAUSE A JOB EXECUTION SCREEN TO BE DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY OF A TERMINAL APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus that is connected to a network includes a web server, a setting item management unit, and a web server management unit. The setting item management unit is configured to select, when the web server receives a request for job execution screen data from a terminal apparatus that is connected to the network, a job setting item in association with at least one of the terminal apparatus and a user at the terminal apparatus from among all job setting items. The web server management unit is configured to generate the job execution screen data that includes the job setting item selected by the setting item management unit and transmit the job execution screen data to the terminal apparatus via the web server.03-29-2012
20120075657IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus, including: a recording device; discharge trays; a discharge mechanism; detectors; an input device through which is inputted authentication information relating to image data; and a controller including: an image-data reception portion; an authentication-information confirming portion to make a confirmation as to whether the authentication information contains specific information; a confirmation-necessity judging portion to judge whether the confirmation by the confirming portion with respect to the image data is necessary; a selecting portion to select one discharge tray on which the recording medium is not placed, wherein, where the judging portion judges that the confirmation is necessary, the controller permits selection of the one discharge tray, controls the recording device to record the image based on the image data after the confirmation that the authentication information contains the specific information, and controls the discharge mechanism to discharge, to the selected one discharge tray, the image-recorded recording medium.03-29-2012
20120075656IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a receiving unit, a paper information storing unit, an initializing unit, a paper information comparing unit, a temporary stopping unit, and a printing unit. The receiving unit receives print jobs. The paper information storing unit stores paper information preset in the printed page. The initializing unit initializes the paper information stored in the paper information storing unit during a certain period. The paper information comparing unit compares the paper information of the page to be printed in the print job with the stored paper information. The temporary stopping unit temporarily stops printing according to the result of the comparison. The printing unit prints the print data of the page to be printed in the case that the paper information of the page to be printed is the same as the stored paper information or the stored paper information has been initialized.03-29-2012
20110102829IMAGE SIZE WARNING - A method of detecting and indicating to a user of an application for image printing that an image is unsuitable for printing. Unsuitability for printing of an image typically will be triggered when print size and image resolution are mismatched. Novel user interface algorithms assist the user to correctly modify an image in order to satisfy suitability requirements.05-05-2011
20120176641PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PRINTING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus which implements a printing control function for generating printing control information for causing an image forming apparatus to execute printing outputting is disclosed. The information processing apparatus includes a core unit and an extension unit which can be added after the core unit is installed. The information processing apparatus further includes a launch processing unit which launches the extension unit; an extension function operation information requesting unit; an extension function operation information encrypting unit; an extension function operation information decrypting unit; and a printing control information generating unit.07-12-2012
20120257244PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In a printing apparatus, control is performed such that, among buttons displayed by a display means, if while a first button for inputting a setting with respect to a job to be executed by the printing apparatus is in the touched state, a touch operation is furthermore performed on a second button for inputting another setting with respect to the job, the setting indicated by the second button is not performed, and if while the first button for inputting the setting with respect to the job to be executed by the printing apparatus is in the touched state, a touch operation is furthermore performed on a third button for interrupting a print job being executed by the printing apparatus, the print job that is being executed is interrupted based on the touch operation performed on the third button.10-11-2012
20100271653IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ERASING DATA THEREOF - In one embodiment of an image forming apparatus according to the invention, an overwrite-block specifying device specifies equal size blocks so that a storage area in a data storage device is divided into consecutive equal size blocks to be overwritten with overwrite data. The data storage device includes an image data storage area configured to store encrypted image data on a page-by-page basis. An overwrite-data specifying device specifies the value of the overwrite-data whose size is smaller than that of the equal size block. A data erase control device overwrites the equal size blocks with the value of the overwrite-data, on a block-by-block basis.10-28-2010
20100271651IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING JOB PROCESSING PROGRAM CODES, AND JOB PROCESSING METHOD - An image forming apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes a reading unit, authentication unit, job processing control unit, and output unit. The reading unit sequentially performs reading of low jobs making up a high job. The authentication unit stores a user information table in which user information elements on authorized users are registered and sequentially determines whether each low job is proper or improper by verifying a user information element corresponding to the low job against the user information table to carry out authentication. The job processing control unit controls, if a low job is determined to be improper in the determination, an operation of skipping the low job determined to be improper and sequentially performing the reading and determination on subsequent low jobs. The output unit outputs a low job determined to be proper in the determination.10-28-2010
20120188583METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRINTING - According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided a system for printing from a first network to a printer connected to a second network comprising a first server on the first network for receiving a print job, the print job including print code data and user identification data identifying the user on the first network who initiated the print job, the first server configured to transmit the print job over a communication link, a second server on the second network for receiving the print job and user identification data through the communication link, a print server on the second network comprising a database mapping the user identification data of the user on the first network to a user identifier on the second network, and configured to: receive the print job from the second server, receive a request from a printer on the second network to print a print job, the request including an identifier of a user on the second network, identify a received print job associated with the user identifier in the request, and send the identified print job to the printer.07-26-2012
20090021765IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME - An image forming apparatus includes: a combining unit configured to combine a document image and a coded image; a setting determining unit configured to determine whether a setting for combining a document image including a previously combined coded image and an other coded image is made when a reproduction of the document image is instructed; and a prohibiting unit configured to prohibit the combining unit from combining the document image including the previously combined coded image and the other coded image according to the setting when the result of the determination indicates that the setting is made.01-22-2009
20090021766PRINT SYSTEM - A print system is provided that has a plurality of printer units for print processing on a print medium basis and that ejects printed materials, printed by the plurality of printer units, according to a pre-set order. Each printer unit includes peak current calculation means that analyzes a load of received print data, calculates a peak current value that will be required for printing the print data based on the load analysis, and sends the calculated peak current value, as well as a print request, to a controller. The controller compares a total current value of the peak current value, which is sent from the peak current calculation means, and a total current consumption value of printer units in print operation with a maximum current setting value stored in the print system and, based on the comparison result, controls whether or not the print request from the printer unit is permitted.01-22-2009
20090021764IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF APPROPRIATE SECURITY MANAGEMENT - An MFP receives notification of a power state of a networked client apparatus or PC from the PC and updates user management information in accordance with the power state of the PC. The MFP determines a security level in real time in accordance with the state of the power supply of the networked client apparatus that is stored in the user management information, and sets the determined security level for the MFP.01-22-2009
20090021763Recovery from occurrence of a fault condition in digital printing - A method of digital printing in which each of the page images of a print job with a large number of sequential pages to be printed is classified as to the job or document type. Upon occurrence of a fault in printing, upon fault clearance and resumption of printing, only those pages having the same classification as the pages involved in the fault are reprinted in sequence from the fault.01-22-2009
20120257242INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus and method includes determining whether print data is limited in a number of times of printing, determining whether a setting of storing the print data in the information processing apparatus is valid, and stopping transmission of the print data in a case where it is determined that the print data is limited in the number of times of printing and it is determined that the setting is valid.10-11-2012
20120257243INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An issue is solved by determining whether print data includes identification information indicating that there is a target content to which a restriction on a number of times of printing is set, storing determination information for authorizing a reprinting process to be performed when an error occurring in printing the print data as authorization information of the reprinting process, and changing, if it is determined that the identification information is included, the determination information to information indicating not authorizing the reprinting process.10-11-2012
20120257241IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to a constitution of an image processing apparatus which holds a job to be received to a volatile memory and processes the held job, comprising: a non-volatile memory; a setting unit configured to set a transition condition for transitioning a power supply for the volatile memory to an off state and a holding condition for holding a specific job in the non-volatile memory; and a controlling unit configured to save, before transitioning the power supply to the volatile memory to the off state according to the transition condition, the specific job held in the volatile memory to the non-volatile memory so as to satisfy the holding condition, and then transition the power supply for the volatile memory to the off state according to the transition condition.10-11-2012
20120257239METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED DETERMINATION OF EXPIRATION OF AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE THAT IS CURRENTLY IN USE BY A CUSTOMER - A method and apparatus for automated determination of expiration of an image production device that is currently in use by a customer is disclosed. The method may include retrieving values related to a currently used image production device, determining an existing life value based on the retrieved values, retrieving values related to a replacement image production device, determining a replacement value based on the retrieved values comparing the determined existing life value to the determined replacement value, determining whether the currently used image production device should be replaced based on the comparison, and sending a notification that the currently used image production device should be replaced if it is determined that the currently used image production device should be replaced.10-11-2012
20120257240IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A plurality of licenses included in a package license and respectively corresponding to a plurality of applications is stored in a first storage unit, the plurality of applications is stored in a second storage unit, and a product information table associating product information with application information for identifying each of the applications is stored in the second storage unit.10-11-2012
20120262752IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, APPLICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ENCODED WITH APPLICATION CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus having a plurality of application programs installed therein includes a related application starting portion and an integrated display portion. The related application starting portion is operable, in response to a start of a reference application program which is an arbitrary one of the plurality of application programs, to start any related application program that is of the same type as the reference application program among the remaining application programs. The integrated display portion displays, in a selectable manner, a first screen which is output as the reference application program is executed and a second screen which is output as the related application program is executed.10-18-2012
20120262750IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING IMAGE - An image forming apparatus includes plural image forming units of plural colors, each including a print head including plural LED chips aligned in a main scanning direction; a screen angle selecting unit that selects screen angles for the plural colors respectively based on the amounts of skew of the plural image forming units; an image processing unit that performs image processing on input data to be expressed by pixels of the plural colors such that the pixels of the colors have the corresponding screen angles selected by the screen angle selecting unit; a correction amount determining unit that determines a total amount of skew correction based on the amount of skew detected by the skew detection unit, and determines the amounts of skew correction in the sub-scanning direction for predetermined groups of the pixels, based on the total amount of skew correction, for each of the colors.10-18-2012
20120262751IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus equipped with a sleep function and for forming an image using an image forming unit and a control method thereof. The image forming apparatus includes a control unit that controls the image forming unit. When a job is received in a sleep state, a port number of the received job is discriminated, whether or not to perform initialization processing of the image forming unit is determined based on the discriminated port number, and in a case that it is determined that initialization processing of the image forming unit is necessary, initialization processing of the image forming unit is started and thereafter the control unit is controlled to start processing of the job.10-18-2012
20120081735DEVICE AND PROGRAM - A peripheral device configured to be connected to a terminal device, may have a processor, and a memory storing computer readable instructions that, when executed, cause the peripheral device to configured to provide sections. The sections may include a first supply section configured for supplying setting screen data that includes a first set value field and a first cancel button configured for returning a second value in the first set value field to the first value, and a second supply section configured for supplying error screen data that includes a second set value field and a second cancel button configured to cause the setting screen to be displayed on the terminal device in which the first value is displayed in the first set value field instead of the second value.04-05-2012
20120081734IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Provided is an apparatus that includes a generation unit configured to generate image data based on a document read via a scanner unit and a first transmission unit configured to transmit the generated image data to a designated destination. The apparatus includes a transmission server, an instruction unit configured to instruct, according to reception of an uploading request to upload the generated image data to an external server communicable with the apparatus, the first transmission unit to transmit the image data to the transmission server and a second transmission unit configured to acquire the image data transmitted by the first transmission unit according to the instruction from the instruction unit from the transmission server, and transmit the acquired image data to the external server.04-05-2012
20090015858Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method, and Image Processing Program - The image processing apparatus of the present invention includes: a specific pattern detecting unit which detects a background pattern representing additional information from inputted original document image data; an information detecting unit which extracts the additional information represented by the background pattern which is detected by the specific pattern detecting unit; an erase processing unit which erases a prescribed region of the original document image and outputs erase-processed document image data; a re-embedding background pattern generating unit which generates a re-embedding background pattern representing the additional information extracted by the information detecting unit; a background pattern composition processing unit which embeds the re-embedding background pattern into the erase-processed document image data and outputs re-embedded document image data; and a processor which controls the units mentioned above. The apparatus of the present invention is capable of embedding the background pattern again, which has once been lost through the erase function, so as to maintain a background pattern detection rate at a high level.01-15-2009
20100214590METHOD FOR PROTECTING CONTENT OF A FAX CONFIRMATION SHEET - What is provided are a system, method, and computer program product for protecting information displayed on a fax confirmation page. Several embodiments are provided. In one embodiment, for example, a Gaussian kernel is used to blur the digitized image to be printed on the confirmation page. In one method, a large enough blur kernel is selected so that text of a certain size will be rendered illegible. A method is also provided wherein a copy of the first page of the faxed document used to provide the content to be displayed on the confirmation page of the faxed document is stored on a storage device. A character sequence which references the stored original content on the storage media is printed on the confirmation page. A new confirmation page can be reconstructed and printed if it is desirable to have the altered content made visibly legible. Various other embodiments are disclosed.08-26-2010
20120229840IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus, which is capable of preventing increase in power consumption and operating normally in a first electric power mode even when returning to the first electric power mode from a second electric power mode by an unknown return factor. A storage unit stores a destination setting of the image processing apparatus. A shift unit shifts the apparatus from the second electric power mode to the first electric power mode, when a shift factor is detected in the second electric power mode. A set unit sets a re-shift time for re-shifting the apparatus from the first electric power mode to the second electric power mode, according to the destination setting. A re-shift unit re-shifts the apparatus from the first electric power mode to the second electric power mode, when a predetermined event does not occur in the re-shift time in the first electric power mode.09-13-2012
20120229839IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to an image forming apparatus capable of controlling an image forming unit and operating in any one of a plurality of power modes including a first power mode and a second power mode which consumes less power than the first power mode. The image forming apparatus includes an activation unit configured to activate the image forming apparatus, an adjustment unit configured to adjust the image forming unit when the activation unit activates the image forming apparatus, a shift unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus to the first power mode or the second power mode after the activation unit completes the activation of the image forming apparatus, and a control unit configured to control the adjustment unit not to adjust the image forming unit when the shift unit shifts the image forming apparatus to the second power mode.09-13-2012
20100328701Performing an Action Using a Printed Medium - A method of performing an action is disclosed. The method starts by sensing a print medium to obtain data encoded on a surface of the print medium. The data encodes at least a print media identifier. The print medium has a representation of a document printed thereon. The print media identifier is determined from the data and a digital copy of the document corresponding to the representation is retrieved. The digital copy is associated with the print media identifier and includes one or more hyperlinks. The digital copy of the document is displayed and a selection of one of the hyperlinks is received from a user. A predefined action designated by the selected hyperlink is then performed.12-30-2010
20100328700IMAGE 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.12-30-2010
20100328699INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM - In an image processing apparatus, a waiting time until power supply to a storage unit is stopped is suitably set corresponding to a type of input job and a state of power supply to the storage unit when the job has been input. A first waiting time is set if power is not supplied to the storage unit when the job has been input in a case where the input job is a first type of job. A second waiting time is set regardless of whether power is supplied to the storage unit when the job has been input in a case where the input job is a second type of job. Power supplied to the storage unit is controlled to stop when the waiting time has elapsed.12-30-2010
20100328698JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT REALIZES NOTIFICATION APPROPRIATE TO INTENTION OF USER AND USAGE ENVIRONMENT, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A job processing apparatus that enables a user to change conditions for determining whether or not there is a high possibility that a job processing result will not be normal, and thus realizes notification appropriate to user's intentions and usage environment. When a job is to be executed, it is determined whether or not predetermined conditions will be satisfied by executing the job. When it is determined that the predetermined conditions will be satisfied by executing the job, the user is notified that there is a high possibility that an image will not be correctly printed. The predetermined conditions are changed in accordance with an instruction received from the user.12-30-2010
20080297826Printing apparatus - A printing apparatus is supplied, which receives print job; generates print data from the print job; prints the print data; and has an error eliminating method for easily eliminating error when error occurred.12-04-2008
20080297825PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINT RESTRICTION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing system which is capable of preventing print restriction information from affecting the embedding of copy restriction information, thereby being capable of positively performing copy restriction on printed documents. An information processing apparatus includes a print restriction information-receiving section that acquires print restriction information for restricting use of functions concerning printing processing, a copy restriction information-acquiring section that acquires copy restriction information for restricting copying of a document printed based on print data, and a copy restriction information and print restriction information-adding section that adds the copy restriction information and print restriction information to the print data. A management server includes a copy restriction information and print restriction information incompatibility-determining section that determines compatibility between the print restriction information and printing conditions of the copy restriction information, and changes the print restriction information based on a result of determination of the compatibility.12-04-2008
20120320401WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A wireless communication device may receive a first signal from an external device, the first signal being a signal for establishing a wireless connection between the wireless communication device and the external device according to a specific wireless communication scheme. The wireless communication device may judge whether the first signal includes a first type of information or a second type of information. The wireless communication device may cause a display unit to display a displaying screen indicating the authentication information in a case where it is judged that the first signal includes the first type of information, and cause the display unit to display an inputting screen in which the authentication information is to be inputted in a case where it is judged that the first signal includes the second type of information.12-20-2012
20120320403DEVICE CAPABLE OF READING PLURAL DOCUMENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - Provided is a device that prevents unauthorized copying of a document to which copy inhibition information is added.12-20-2012
20120320402IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SHIFTS TO STATE WHERE QUICK ACTIVATION IS POSSIBLE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus capable of shifting to a state where quick activation thereof can be performed in a shorter time period when a power switch is turned off. When the off operation of the power switch is detected, a first state is stored, and when the on operation of the power switch is detected next, the state of the image forming apparatus is shifted to a second state from which the image forming apparatus can return to the first state. When the state of the image forming apparatus is shifted to the second state, time starts to be measured. When the on operation of the power switch is detected in the second state, the value of the measured time is acquired. The image forming apparatus is caused to return to the stored first state depending on the value of the measured time.12-20-2012
20120262748SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DOCUMENTS PROTECTED UNDER A DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SCHEME - A method of printing a document may include receiving a print stream including a document to be printed and a license associated with the document that may include one or more digital rights management (DRM) privileges. The method may include identifying output management operations associated with printing the document, and, for each output management operation determining whether the output management operation violates any of the DRM privileges, in response to the output management operation violating a DRM privilege, assigning a first status to the output management operation, and in response to the output management operation not violating one or more of the DRM privileges, assigning a second status to the output management operation. The method may include assigning the document to a print device that is DRM-compliant and capable of printing the document in accordance with each print attribute, and instructing the print device to print the document.10-18-2012
20120262749IMAGE OUTPUT SYSTEM - An authentication processing portion of an MFP requests user authentication to a server based on user information including at least a user ID input from a mobile terminal apparatus or an operation panel. The server has a user authentication portion which performs the user authentication and a UI instruction portion which specifies, when the user authentication succeeds, a UI image displayed on a display panel of the apparatus for operating the MFP depending on the user ID, and instructs the MFP to display the UI image on the apparatus. The MFP executes image output in accordance with a user operation received from the apparatus through the wireless communication portion in a state where the UI image is displayed on the apparatus.10-18-2012
20120327450METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SECURING AND AUTHENTICATING DOCUMENTS - A method for securing a document, includes: 12-27-2012
20110235085PRINTER WITH ANONYMOUS PRINTER REGISTRATION IN A CLOUD-BASED PRINT SERVICE - A printer may include a registration requester configured to receive an initiation request from a user to initiate a registration of the printer, and further configured to send a registration request to a cloud print service over a network. The printer may include a claim facilitator configured to receive a registration response from the cloud print service over the network, the registration response including a claim code, and further configured to provide, using printer functionality, the claim code to the user. The printer also may include an authentication manager configured to request an authentication credential issued by the cloud print service in response to a matching of the printer with a user account of the user within the cloud print service, the matching based on a receipt of the claim code from the user at the cloud print service, and further configured to receive and store the authentication credential at the printer.09-29-2011
20110235084IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING PATTERN ADDING FUNCTION - An image forming apparatus includes: a storage unit including unique information identify to an apparatus main unit; a setting unit including setting information of the apparatus main unit instead of the unique information; a pattern addition unit that adds an addition pattern based on a unique pattern generated from the unique information or a setting pattern generated from the setting information to image data that is input to the apparatus main unit; an image formation unit that forms a visual image of the image data and an addition image of the addition pattern which is hardly recognized by eyes on a recording medium; and a control unit that changes the addition pattern formed by the image formation unit from the unique pattern to the setting pattern when an error depending on the unique information occurs.09-29-2011
20110235083IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is an image forming apparatus, including: a system control section that performs control of the apparatus; a functional block that forms a part of the image forming apparatus; and a power control section that is communicably connected to the system control section, that controls power supply to the system control section and the functional block, that is provided with data for power control defining with regard to the power supply to the system control section and the functional block by the system control section, and that controls the power supply to the system control section and the functional block based on the data for power control.09-29-2011
20100231951PRINTING APPARATUS TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A printing apparatus terminal connected to a communication network has a printer, which prints printing contents on a printing medium.09-16-2010
20100231950IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image processing apparatus is connected via a network to a terminal device having a recording medium loaded therein, receives a remote login from the terminal device, and executes an image processing job. When an operator who has logged in to the image processing apparatus is the same person as a user who is remotely logged in to the image processing apparatus from the terminal device, the image processing apparatus performs one of operations A and B after the image processing apparatus is granted access permission by the terminal device with use of a network address of the terminal device, which is acquired upon the remote login, the operation A being to acquire an image file stored in the recording medium, the operation B being to cause an image file stored in the apparatus to be stored in the recording medium.09-16-2010
20100231949APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image input apparatus determines whether an image input apparatus that has sent image data is an authorized sender when storing of the image data to a specific storage area is detected. According to a determination result indicating that the image input apparatus is the authorized sender, the image input apparatus applying one or more processes to the image data.09-16-2010
20100231948IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - This invention provides an image forming apparatus to which a distributed control system is applied and which improves error detection accuracy in each control unit. To accomplish this, the image forming apparatus includes a master control unit which controls the overall image forming apparatus, a plurality of sub-master control units which control a plurality of functions required to implement image formation, and a plurality of slave control units which control loads required to implement the plurality of functions. Each slave control unit includes a monitoring unit which monitors the operation of the other active slave control unit and performs an error diagnosis when the slave control unit is inactive.09-16-2010
20120086972SYSTEM FOR HANDLING VALUABLE DOCUMENTS - A system for handling valuable documents is provided that comprises a validator 04-12-2012
20120327453IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - This invention provides an image processing apparatus which can be connected to an information processing apparatus via a communication unit and a control method for the apparatus. The apparatus registers identification information of the information processing apparatus in association with authentication information for authenticating a user. The apparatus acquires, upon reception of a job from the information processing apparatus via the communication unit, the identification information of the information processing apparatus which has transmitted the job and determines whether or not the acquired identification information is registered. The apparatus authenticates the user by using the authentication information registered in association with the identification information when determining that the identification information is registered. The apparatus executes the job when the authentication succeeds.12-27-2012
20120327452INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND MONITORING METHOD - An information processing apparatus includes a control unit to perform control and a communication control unit to operate as a normal mode for transmitting and receiving information concerning the information processing apparatus. At a time of startup of the information processing apparatus, the control unit executes a plurality of processing, and writes information indicating that processing has been completed each time processing is completed. At the time of startup, an operation mode of the communication control unit is shifted to a monitoring mode wherein the communication control unit monitors occurrence of abnormality based on presence/absence of information indicating that processing has been completed. In response to abnormality having occurred, the communication control unit outputs occurrence of the abnormality. In response to certain information being written into the predetermined storage area, the operation mode of the communication control unit is shifted to the normal mode from the monitoring mode.12-27-2012
20120327454INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - State information about whether a printing apparatus can store print data for confidential printing is acquired. When the print data can be stored, secure information and print data are transmitted, and when the print data cannot be stored, the print data is transmitted after performing authentication based on the secure information.12-27-2012
20120327451Method of Transforming an Imaging Machine - An electronic circuit for use with a consumable imaging unit comprises information configured to transform the electronic circuit from a communicated state to a non communicated state, and also transform information in an imaging machine. Additionally, the information of the circuit is configured to alter an identifier of the circuit. The information of the circuit is also configured to point an imaging machine to communicate with a second element of the circuit after the information determines that a first element of the circuit has been altered from its original state.12-27-2012
20120092698DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHOD - A data communication device that can communicate with an external device includes a scanner, a log-in processing unit, a sending unit, and a log-out processing unit. The scanner inputs image data. The log-in processing unit enables a user to log in to the data communication device. The user who logs in to the data communication device can submit an instruction to send image data input by the scanner to the external device. The sending unit sends the image data input by the scanner to the external device. The log-out processing unit enables the user to log out of the data communication device even if sending of the image data is not completed. Even if the user logs out of the data communication device after the user has submitted the instruction and before sending of the image data is completed, the sending unit continues the sending of the image data.04-19-2012
20120092697IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a control section configured to acquire job information including a type, quality, and a quantity of a job executed by the image forming apparatus, user information for specifying a user, and location information, which is address information of a server that executes a counter service for the user, calculate, from the acquired job information, a count value to be used in the image forming apparatus, display an input screen which presents the calculated count value to the user to urge the user to input executability of the job, execute the job when an input for instructing execution of the job is acquired, and transmit the calculated count value to the server.04-19-2012
20120287457IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS DISPLAYING OPERATING PROCEDURE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus that is capable of displaying a user's operating procedure to a user appropriately. A first acquisition unit acquires, when a detection unit detects an error, operating procedure data that shows a user's operation required to release the errors and an operating position at which the user's operation is performed corresponding to the detected error. A second acquisition unit acquires, when a user position differs from the operating position acquired by the first acquisition unit, applicable movement data that urges a user to move to the operating position from the user position. A display unit displays, when the second acquisition unit acquires the movement data, the operating procedure data acquired by the first acquisition unit after displaying the movement data, and displays, when the second acquisition unit does not acquire the movement data, the operating procedure data acquired by the first acquisition unit.11-15-2012
20120140264Approach For Implementing Locked Printing With Unlock Via A User Input Device - An approach is provided for implementing locked printing on a printing device with unlock via a keypad attached to the printing device via an interface. A user may specify for printing print jobs stored at a printing device using a keypad device to enter a job ID associated with a particular print job or a general ID associated with users to release all print jobs associated with a particular user, all print jobs not yet printed, or all print jobs. Print jobs may alternatively be identified by date. The approach may also include a user viewing a list of available locked print jobs on a user interface of the printing device, along with the associated job IDs. The approach may further include the use of a Web server on the printing device to generate and provide a Web page that lists stored print jobs and their associated job IDs.06-07-2012
20120140263IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF AND PROGRAMS - The present invention provides an image processing apparatus and an image processing system that prevent an operation contrary to an operator's intention from occurring due to conflict between instructions from a plurality of input devices, and control methods thereof. To accomplish this, the image processing apparatus of the present invention selects an input device to which a preferential use authority of the image processing apparatus is to be assigned from among a plurality of input devices in communication with the image processing apparatus, assigns the preferential use authority, receives an operation instruction transmitted from the input device, and executes a job in accordance with the received operation instruction.06-07-2012
20120140262IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, PROGNOSIS CRITERION SETTING APPARATUS, PROGNOSIS APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming system includes first and second generation units, a setting unit, and a prognosis unit. For a monitoring item whose detection values, being detected during an image forming operation in an image forming apparatus in which a trouble occurred within a predetermined time period after an operating condition was changed, were changed to an abnormal state, the first generation unit generates characteristic information indicating a variation state of the detection values. The setting unit sets criterion information to predict occurrence of a trouble, based on the generated characteristic information. The second generation unit generates, for the monitoring item corresponding to the set criterion information, characteristic information indicating a variation state of detection values in a target image forming apparatus. The prognosis unit predicts whether a trouble occurs after the operating condition is changed, based on a difference between the set criterion information and the characteristic information generated.06-07-2012
20120140261METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING PRINT GOVERNANCE INTERACTION FOR REMOTE RENDERING APPLICATIONS - A method, system and computer-usable medium for providing print governance interaction with respect to a remote rendering application via an EIP workflow. A rendering job in association with address information of a desired rendering device can be transmitted from a mobile communications device to a mobile print server via a rendering job submission tool. A print governance module configured in association with the mobile print server provides a confirmation code to the mobile device and the confirmation code can be entered via the EIP application configured at the rendering device in order to retrieve the rendering job. A print governance message can be displayed at a user interface of the rendering device if the rendering job activity bypasses a print governance policy. The EIP application further permits a user to make changes to the rendering job activity that bypasses the print governance policy via an option button in order to provide an effective print governance solution in a wide range of remote rendering applications.06-07-2012
20130010322INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - If a change is made in configuration information, an image forming apparatus transmits a configuration data generation request, including the configuration information which has been changed, to a setting value management service. If the image forming apparatus receives an error notification indicating the failure of the configuration data generation request from the setting value management service, the image forming apparatus multicasts a search packet on a network and searches an image forming apparatus storing address information of the setting value management service. Based on a response from the searched image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus transmits a configuration data generation request to the setting value management service that manages the image forming apparatus.01-10-2013
20130010323IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, USER RESTRICTION METHOD AND USE HISTORY GENERATION METHOD - An image forming apparatus is provided, in which the image forming apparatus includes a user database in which user identification information for identifying an user of the image forming apparatus is registered, an operation panel for receiving a key operation input, a secure program used for determining whether a user service can be provided on the basis of the user identification information in the user database and another user identification information input by the user.01-10-2013
20130016388PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUMAANM Amano; HiroyukiAACI Yokohama-shiAACO JPAAGP Amano; Hiroyuki Yokohama-shi JP - A printing apparatus includes an instruction unit configured to issue a print instruction for printing print data stored in a storage device or a print server, a determination unit configured to determine whether authentication information is included in the print data, and a printing unit configured to, when the instruction unit issues the print instruction without performing authentication operation for authenticating a user and when the determination unit determines that authentication information is included in the print data, print the print data in response to an input of the authentication information by the user, and when the instruction unit issues the print instruction after performing authentication operation for authenticating a user and when the determination unit determines that authentication information is included in the print data, print the print data without prompting the user to input authentication information.01-17-2013
20110157618IMAGE DATA TRANSMISSION APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS IMAGE DATA TO DESIGNATED DESTINATION, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image data transmission apparatus that can reliably transmit image data to an archiving destination before transmitting the image data to a set destination. A destination indicative of an archiving destination that manages image data generated by a scanner unit is set, and the image data is transmitted to the archiving destination. A destination to which the image data is to be transmitted is set, and the image data is transmitted to the destination. When the image data has been successfully transmitted to the archiving destination, the image data is transmitted to the destination.06-30-2011
20110157617PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus including: a plurality of reception units, wherein at least one of the plurality of reception units receives a printing job; a printing unit that performs printing based on the printing job received by the at least one of the plurality of reception units; a determination unit that determines a difficulty level of reprinting based on which of the plurality of reception units received the printing job; a setting unit that sets a correction-performing condition based on the determined difficulty level of reprinting, wherein the correction-performing condition becomes easier to satisfy as the determined difficulty level of reprinting increases; and a correction unit that performs a correcting process by causing the printing unit to form a pattern and by correcting an image to be printed based on a result of measuring the pattern, if the correction-performing condition is satisfied when the printing job is received.06-30-2011
20130021639PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM - There is provided a printing apparatus including: a storage section configured to store printing data; an accepting section configured to accept an issuance instruction to issue a password corresponding to the printing data; a password generating section configured to generate a password; an obtaining section configured to obtain a destination corresponding to the printing data; a transmission section configured to transmit the generated password to the destination, on condition that the accepting section accepts the issuance instruction; an input section configured to accept an input of a password by a user; a judgment section configured to judge as to whether or not a password accepted by the input section is coincident with the transmitted password; and a printing section configured to start printing in a case that the judgment section judges that the accepted password is coincident with the transmitted password.01-24-2013
20130021637SPECIFIC PRINT DEFECT DETECTION - An apparatus and method detect defects in a captured image of output from a printing device. The captured image is filtered using a source image for the output, wherein specific defects of interest are detected using the filtered image.01-24-2013
20130021642COST RECOVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WALK-UP OFFICE EQUIPEMENT - A cost recovery system for a multi-functional photocopier device comprising a plurality of workstations interconnected by a communications network, and a controller adapted to control the operation of the device, the controller being connected to the network. The cost recovery system further comprises at least one broker unit operative to communicate with the controller via the network. The broker unit being responsive to requests to reserve the device received from users at the workstations to authenticate the users and to establish temporary cost recovery relationships between the controller and the workstations. Accordingly, a user can reserve the device from any one of is the plurality of workstations and then walk up to the device and perform a job on the device on a basis of a specific cost recovery relationship established by the broker unit between the controller and the respective workstation.01-24-2013
20130021636RESOLUTION OF OUT OF MEMORY CONDITIONS FOR SHARED MEMORY IN A PRINT CONTROLLER - Methods and systems herein provide for efficiently resolving how a rasterizer responds to out of memory conditions when attempting to write raster data to a solid state memory. In one embodiment, a print controller determines that the solid state memory is no longer available for storing raster data. The print controller determines that a process is utilizing the shared memory to complete an operation, where completing the operation frees up a portion of the solid state memory. The print controller suspends the rasterizer from writing raster data to a hard disk, and waits for the process to complete the operation. The print controller then instructs the rasterizer to resume writing raster data to the solid state memory.01-24-2013
20130021641HOST DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SERVER, AND METHOD OF SOLVING ERROR OF IMAGE FORMING APPARTUS - A host device includes a communication interface unit to receive status information from an image forming apparatus, an error processing unit to control the communication interface unit to transmit error information including the status information to the management server if it is determined that the image forming apparatus has an error according to the received status information, and a user interface unit to display a video manual if a URL address providing a video manual to solve an error of the image forming apparatus is received from the management server.01-24-2013
20130021640IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus communicable with a server via a network and a control method for the image processing apparatus. A comment including a request to transmit image data to a particular user is monitored, and upon detection of registration of a comment, authentication data of the image processing apparatus, necessary to transmit the image data to the server, is obtained. The image data is transmitted to the server using the obtained authentication data, and setting is made for sharing with the particular user with respect to the image data.01-24-2013
20130021638Printer Identification and Mobile Printing - Techniques are provided for displaying encoded data that represent a) features and options currently supported by a printing device, b) a printer identifier for the printing device, and c) network service interface data for a network service, wherein the network service interface data allow a mobile device to send print settings selection data and electronic document identification data to the network service; and processing print data and causing a printed version of an electronic document reflected in the print data to be printed by the printing device.01-24-2013
20080239361Printer, Control Program and Printing Device - A printer includes a receiving unit configured to receive a print job; a printing unit which executes a printing process to print an image on a recording medium based on the print job received by the receiving unit; a suspending unit which suspends the printing process based on suspension information added to the print job; an indicating unit which indicates that the printing is in process during suspension of the printing process; and a re-starting unit which re-starts the printing process suspended by the suspending unit.10-02-2008
20130169990POWER SUPPLY UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A power supply unit includes a first power supply configured to supply electric power to a load using electric power supplied from an external power source; a second power supply configured to store the electric power supplied from the external power source and supply the stored electric power to the load; a no-power detecting unit configured to monitor a voltage of the external power source and detect no electric power from the external power source; and an output switching unit configured to switch the electric power to be supplied to the load to the electric power supplied from the second power supply when the no-power detecting unit detects no electric power. A first setting value that is a target output voltage of the first power supply is larger than a second setting value that is a target output voltage of the second power supply.07-04-2013
20080225325Method and system for real-time end-user status and quality monitoring of printing operations - A user connected to a remote printer can choose to activate a print-monitoring feature of the printer as part of the submitted print job. As the job begins to print, the output of the printer is monitored for print quality. If an event occurs during the print job that affects the print job, the user receives real-time notification of the status of the print job. The events can be printer related such as paper jam or print job related such as poor print quality. The user can have an option of reviewing various parts of the print job during the printing process. There can also be an automatic print job out evaluation. If the user accepts the print quality, the printer will continue printing the job. If the user is not satisfied with the print quality, the job is halted and sent to a temporary print buffer. While the job is halted, adjustments are made to either the printer to improve print quality or to the print parameters of the print job to improve print quality.09-18-2008
20080225324IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming system is supplied which is able to prevent the record medium from being taken by other people and to improve the secrecy performance of image data. In the system, an image processing apparatus has an storing section that stores image data to form image, a reading section that reads out the identification information from a carriable medium, an encryption executing section that executes an encryption of the image data based on the identification information, and a transmitting section that transmits the encrypted image data to an image forming apparatus together with the identification information; and the image forming apparatus has a receiving section that receives the image data and the identification information, a reading section that reads out the identification information from the carriable medium, a judging section that judges the received image data based on the identification information, a decryption executing section that executes a decryption of the image data based on the identification information, and an image forming section that performs an image formation of the decrypted image data.09-18-2008
20130141746AD-HOC DISCOVERY AND SELECTION OF PRINTERS FOR PRINT JOBS - The disclosed embodiments provide a system that performs a print job. During operation, the system detects a printer in proximity to a portable electronic device associated with the print job. Next, the system establishes a peer-to-peer connection between the portable electronic device and the printer and uses the peer-to-peer connection to obtain a set of printer attributes from the printer. If the printer attributes match the print job, the system establishes a direct connection between the printer and the portable electronic device and sends the print job to the printer over the direct connection, wherein the print job is executed using the printer.06-06-2013
20130141747MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS AND MOBILE PRINT APPLICATION - Apparatuses, systems and methods that operate to print information and documents stored on a mobile terminal device.06-06-2013
20130176588PRINTER CONTROL METHOD AND A PRINTER - A printer and reprinting control method do not reprint when an error accompanied by no damage to the actual printing area or print image on paper occurs so that consumables are not wasted. The printer reprints the label on which the print image was being formed when a specific error occurs if the error occurred while the inkjet head was forming the print image in the actual printing area of the label. When the non-printing area of the label is passing the printing position of the inkjet head, the print image in the actual printing area that was printed immediately before an error occurs is reprinted only if a specific error is detected, such as a paper jam error or mechanical error with the possibility of damage to the paper or label.07-11-2013
20130141750CHECKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF CHECKING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - After printing has been normally performed, a printed product which has been divided into small portions and discharged to each output tray are stacked in a page order, so that a normal printed product including one set of pages is acquired.06-06-2013
20130141751IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ABNORMALITY DETECTING FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus capable of preventing a controlled object from being controlled based on an error signal. An image forming apparatus is provided with one or more processing units for performing processes concerning image formation and a control unit for controlling the processing units by communicating with the processing units via serial communication or parallel communication. A detection unit detects errors in the serial communication. A count unit counts the number of errors detected by the detection unit. A specifying unit specifies cause of the detected errors when the count value showing the number of errors counted by the count unit is not smaller than a predetermined diagnostic threshold value. A general control unit controls the image forming apparatus to operate or stop the image forming apparatus based on the cause specified by the specifying unit.06-06-2013
20130141752JOB CONTROL APPARATUS, JOB CONTROL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PROCESSING JOB DATA - A job control apparatus for controlling processing of job data by a job processing unit, includes a job control unit that determines whether stored job data which is in correspondence with a user is to be processed by the job processing unit upon a log-in of the user to use the job processing unit as a trigger based on a previously set predetermined condition that allows the stored job data to be processed by the job processing unit upon the log-in of the user.06-06-2013
20130141753INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus that is wirelessly connectable with an external device receives a processing request from the external device via wireless communication, and performs processing corresponding to the processing request. A determination is made whether security settings used in the wireless communication satisfy a predetermined condition, and if the security settings do not satisfy the condition, a security level in the image forming apparatus is set to a predetermined level.06-06-2013
20130141754Image Forming Apparatus And Authentication Method - An image forming apparatus including applications and system side software for providing system side services to the applications is provided, in which the image forming apparatus includes: an authentication module for displaying an authentication screen on an operation panel of the image forming apparatus, wherein the authentication module allows the image forming apparatus to display a screen for using the image forming apparatus instead of the authentication screen if authentication data input from the authentication screen satisfies an authentication condition, and wherein the authentication module is provided in the image forming apparatus separately from the system side software.06-06-2013
20130141748IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an accepting unit, and a controller. The accepting unit accepts an instruction to execute an image forming process. The controller controls the accepting unit so as to prohibit the accepting unit from accepting an instruction to collectively execute multiple image forming processes when a billing device is usable which bills a user for execution of an image forming process and which is incapable of acquiring user identification information for identifying a user.06-06-2013
20130141749INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus which is capable of preventing unauthorized access from an external apparatus, such as a PC, and improving user-friendliness. A wired communication section and a wireless communication section receive requests for acquiring screen data from external apparatuses. When a request is received via wireless communication, a CPU determines whether or not a security method used for the wireless communication is a predetermined security method. When the CPU determines that the security method is not the predetermined security method, the CPU and an operation panel cause screen data responsive to the received request to be transmitted to the external apparatus on condition that a predetermined input operation is performed on the operation panel.06-06-2013
20120250070Image Forming System, Image Forming Apparatus, and Information Processing Device - An image forming system may include an image forming apparatus, an information processing device configured to send print data to the image forming apparatus, and a destination device configured to receive error information sent from the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus may include a control device configured to determine whether the destination device is available to provide notification of the error information. The control device may be further configured to enforce print restriction controls to start the printing operation of the print data received from the information processing device when the destination device is available to provide notification of the error information and to not start the printing operation of the print data when the destination device is not available to provide notification of the error information.10-04-2012
20120250069PRINTING APPARATUS AND ERROR PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - When a simple error for which power off is unnecessary for the error resolution is generated, a movement process is executed without waiting to receive the button operation of the user, when conditions including a paper jam possibility condition are satisfied in a case where a motor error in which the CR motor is generated, a movement process is executed after waiting to receive the button operation of the user, and when the conditions including the paper jam possibility condition are not satisfied even when a motor error is generated, an error display process for a fatal error is performed. In this manner, when the process for a simple error with respect to the generated motor error is executed, the user may perform, for example, removal of the paper that is the cause of the paper jam or the like before the movement process is executed by the button operation.10-04-2012
20120250068IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a memory, an image forming device, an authentication device, and a control device. The authentication device performs user authentication. The control device determines whether the stored job requires user authentication. The control device permits the image forming unit to form an image based on the stored job when the job requires user authentication and the authentication device successfully performs user authentication for the job. The control device permits the image forming unit to form an image based on the stored job without user authentication when the job does not require user authentication. The control device selectively supplies power to the authentication device based on whether the stored job requires user authentication.10-04-2012
20120250066IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SERVER, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming system includes an information management unit, a determining unit, and at least one image forming unit. The information management unit stores and manages print information. The determining unit determines whether or not execution of a printing process regarding the print information is allowed. Each image forming unit prints and outputs print information acquired from the information management unit on a recording medium in accordance with a determination result of the determining unit. The determining unit includes a first authenticating unit and a second authenticating unit. The first authenticating unit performs authentication to determine whether or not execution of processing before printing and outputting the print information on a recording medium is allowed. The second authenticating unit performs authentication after completion of the authentication performed by the first authenticating unit to determine whether or not printing and output of the print information on the recording medium is allowed.10-04-2012
20120250064METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING PREMATURE OR UNNECESSARY REPLACEMENT OF A CONSUMABLE USED IN AN IMAGE PRODUCTION DEVICE - A method and apparatus for preventing premature or unnecessary replacement of a consumable used in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include sensing the removal of the consumable from the image production device, determining if the removed consumable's life span is greater than a predetermined threshold, the predetermined threshold relating to the consumable's expected life span, wherein if it is determined that the removed consumable's life span is not greater than the predetermined threshold, sending a notification to a user at a user interface for the user to enter an identification code, receiving an identification code at the user interface, determining if the correct identification code has been entered, wherein if it is determined that the correct identification code has been entered, permitting operation of the image production device, otherwise, preventing operation of the image production device.10-04-2012
20130114102INSPECTION APPARATUS, INSPECTION METHOD, INSPECTION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - There is provided an inspection apparatus. When the inspection apparatus inspects a printed product, whether positional alignment of a print image obtained by reading the printed product and a reference image is to be performed is determined, and in a case where it is determined that the positional alignment is to be performed, the positional alignment is performed and an inspection based on a comparison of the print image and the reference image is executed, and in a case where it is determined that the positional alignment is not to be performed, an inspection based on a number of feature points of the print image is executed.05-09-2013
20130114101IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - This image forming apparatus determines, when a user authentication function of the image forming apparatus is set to be valid and a re-execution function of re-executing an executed job is set to be valid, that the re-execution function can be executed, and determines, when the user authentication function is set to be invalid, that the re-execution function cannot be executed. The apparatus stores job information of an executed job when determining that the re-execution function can be executed. The apparatus permits an authenticated user to handle stored job information when determining that the re-execution function can be executed, the user authentication succeeds, and the authenticated user has execution authority for the job.05-09-2013
20130114100PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD - An information processing apparatus, which is configured to communicate with a server apparatus and an image forming apparatus, comprises a receiving unit configured to receive AR information that includes AR guidance for a first operation of an image forming apparatus, wherein the AR information superimposes the AR guidance on an image that was captured by the information processing apparatus; a display control unit configured to command the information processing apparatus to display the AR guidance to guide a user to operate the image forming apparatus, and an obtaining unit configured to obtain information that originated from performance of the first operation by the image forming apparatus, wherein the receiving unit is further configured to receive AR information that includes additional AR guidance that presents operations for recovering from the error.05-09-2013
20130094048PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING DEVICE - In a system in which printing is performed by attaching electronic data to an electronic mail and transmitting the electronic mail to a printing device, the system includes a terminal, a printing device, and a server. The terminal includes a search-request transmitting unit to transmit a printing-service search request to a network. The printing device includes a search-response transmitting unit to transmit a printing-service search response including an authentication token in a case where the printing device has received the printing-service search request. The terminal further includes a mail transmitting unit to, in the case of transmission of print data using an electronic mail, also transmit an authentication token. The printing device further includes a determining unit to determine whether the authentication token transmitted by the terminal and the authentication token that the printing device holds match, and give, in accordance with a result of the determination, permission for printing.04-18-2013
20130094047SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRINTING DOCUMENTS USING A MOBILE DEVICE - A method of printing a document using a mobile device includes establishing a first connection between a mobile device and a printer using NFC to identify the mobile device to the printer; establishing a second connection between the mobile device and the printer using WiFi; transferring a document from the mobile device to the printer over the second connection using the WiFi; and printing the document using the printer.04-18-2013
20130094046MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MONITORING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD - A monitoring apparatus monitors a job processing status of an image forming apparatus. If it is determined that the image forming apparatus is not processing a job, creation of a snapshot of a sub-set (minimum required charging counter values for charging) is requested from the image forming apparatus. When charging information is transmitted to a management server, if it is determined that a usual full-set (department counter values and charging counter values) of data has not been acquired, the created sub-set is transmitted.04-18-2013
20130094050PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH IS CAPABLE OF EDITING PRINTING DATA, AND A PRINTING METHOD FOR USE WITH THE PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus, including a user input unit which receives a first user command to initiate a printing operation, a display unit which displays information relating to the printing operation, a printing unit which performs printing with respect to printing data, and a controller which controls the display unit to display reference information of the printing data before the printing, and which controls the printing unit to perform the printing according to a second user command.04-18-2013
20130100481IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND WARMING UP METHOD THEREOF - A controlling method of an image forming apparatus includes receiving a wake up command for the image forming apparatus in a power save mode; confirming prestored authority of a user to use a plurality of operations of the image forming apparatus; and selectively performing warming up for at least one operation of the image forming apparatus according to the authority of the user.04-25-2013
20130100479ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An electronic apparatus includes an information presenting part that obtains the job information of a stored first job of a first user who has logged on to the electronic apparatus and the job information of a stored second job of a second user who has authorized the first user to execute the second job from a computer connected to the electronic apparatus, and presents the obtained job information to the first user; and an execution control part that, when one of the first and the second job is selected and instructed to be executed by the first user, obtains the job data of the one of the first and the second job from the computer and execute the obtained job data. The first user and the stored first job are correlated and managed and the first user and the second user are correlated and managed in a predetermined storage area.04-25-2013
20130100478IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING SECURE PRINT FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which is capable of solving a problem that printing cannot be performed due to a shortage of a storage area for image data after rendering of a secure print job, and reducing a wait time from authentication to start of printing. A first storage unit performs rendering on a received secure print job, and stores image data in a storage area. A first transition unit makes the secure print job transit to waiting-for-authentication state. A first suspending unit suspends rendering when a stored image data amount reaches a full capacity during rendering in the waiting-for-authentication state. A second transition unit makes the secure print job transit to a successfully-authenticated state. A second storage unit performs printing on the stored image data, erases the printed image data, starts rendering on a subsequent page, and stores image data obtained by converting the subsequent page.04-25-2013
20130100480PRINTER, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printer performing printing for a cloud print server that provides a print service includes an acquisition unit, a determination unit, a flag enabling unit, a request unit, and a control unit. The acquisition unit acquires a job list from the cloud print server. The determination unit determines presence/absence of a job including a valid PIN code. A valid PIN code indicates that the job is to be secure printed. The flag enabling unit does not enable a suspension flag in response to determining the absence of the job, and enables the suspension flag in response to determining the presence of the job. The request unit requests input of a PIN code if the suspension flag is enabled when the acquisition unit acquires the job list again. The control unit controls printing of the job to be secure printed based on the input PIN code.04-25-2013
20130169992SECURE UPGRADE SUPPLIES AND METHODS - Example secure upgrade supplies and methods are disclosed. A disclosed example secure upgrade method includes receiving a request at an imaging supply (07-04-2013
20130169991Approach For Implementing Locked Printing With Unlock Via A User Input Device - An approach is provided for implementing locked printing on a printing device with unlock via a keypad attached to the printing device via an interface. A user may specify for printing print jobs stored at a printing device using a keypad device to enter a job ID associated with a particular print job or a general ID associated with users to release all print jobs associated with a particular user, all print jobs not yet printed, or all print jobs. Print jobs may alternatively be identified by date. The approach may also include a user viewing a list of available locked print jobs on a user interface of the printing device, along with the associated job IDs. The approach may further include the use of a Web server on the printing device to generate and provide a Web page that lists stored print jobs and their associated job IDs.07-04-2013
20130169989INFORMATION TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING INFORMATION - An information transmission system includes a first image processing device and a second image processing device. The first image processing device includes a memory for storing information associated with each user. In the information transmission system, an authentication unit authenticates a user. A receiving unit receives an instruction for identifying information to be transmitted to the second image processing device, from information associated with the user authenticated by the authentication unit. A transmission unit transmits the information identified by the instruction received by the receiving unit, from the first image processing device to the second image processing device. The authentication unit authenticates a second user with a first user having been authenticated. The receiving unit receives an instruction for identifying the information from information associated with the first user authenticated and information associated with the second user authenticated.07-04-2013
20100277755INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONNECTED TO A PRINTING APPARATUS VIA A NETWORK AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREON A PROGRAM FOR CAUSING A COMPUTER TO EXECUTE GENERATING PRINT DATA IN THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONNECTED TO THE PRINTING APPARATUS VIA THE NETWORK - An information processing apparatus connected to a printing apparatus via a network encrypts print data if identification information is input, and does not encrypt print data if identification information is not input. If identification information is input and the print data has been encrypted, the information processing apparatus sends a print job including the encrypted print data to the printing apparatus via the network; otherwise, the information processing apparatus sends unencrypted print data to the printing apparatus via the network.11-04-2010
20110273738IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus that carries out printing an image based on printing data includes a data storing part configured to receive and store the printing data; a change receiving part configured to receive an input of change information that is used to change printing setting information that is included in the printing data and is set for a designated process to be carried out; and an updating part configured to update the printing setting information included in the printing data that is stored by the storing part according to the change information.11-10-2011
20110273737INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus manages an upper limit value of the number of licenses that can be issued to total multifunction peripheral (MFP)s provided within the system and the number of already issued licenses. If a request for issuing a license that permits the execution of a job has been received from the MFP, the information processing apparatus executes control for issuing the license if the number of already issued licenses does not exceed the upper limit value of the number of licenses that can be issued, when the license is issued. On the other hand, if it is determined that the number of already issued licenses exceeds the upper limit value of the number of licenses that can be issued, the information processing apparatus executes control for issuing no license.11-10-2011
20110273736IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes: a decoding unit; a printing unit; an error detecting unit; and a control unit. The decoding unit decodes code data, which is obtained by encoding image data with a variable-length code on a line-to-line basis, into the image data. The printing unit performs a printing process on the basis of the image data which is decoded from the code data by the decoding unit. The error detecting unit compares a decoding amount indicating the amount of code data decoded in a predetermined range by the decoding unit with a predetermined decoding amount and outputs an error signal when the decoding amount is different from the predetermined decoding amount. The control unit controls the printing unit to stop the printing process when the error signal is output from the error detecting unit.11-10-2011
20110211216IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM HAVING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MEASURING AMOUNT OF MISMATCH STORED THEREON - An image forming device includes an image forming section, a CPU and memory storing executable instructions that, when executed by the CPU, cause the image forming device to provide functions including a data acquisition section, a mismatch correction section and a control section. The data acquisition section is configured to acquire a variation in factor that causes a mismatch of a parameter. The control section is configured to estimate an amount of mismatch of the parameter based on the variation and to send a request for measuring the amount of mismatch to the mismatch correction section when the estimated amount is equal to or larger than a reference value. The control section is also configured to alter at least one of calculation factors used for estimating the amount of mismatch and the reference value according to the measured amount.09-01-2011
20110222103IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANAGING PRINT JOB, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus is configured to access a storage that stores, therein, first associating information indicating a first terminal identifier for identifying a terminal and a first user identifier for identifying a user. The apparatus receives data based on which a print job is to be executed and which contains a second terminal identifier. If the second terminal identifier contained in the data matches the first terminal identifier indicated in the first associating information, then the apparatus executes the print job. Otherwise, the apparatus suspends execution of the print job. The apparatus receives an input of a second user identifier. If the second user identifier matches the first user identifier indicated in the first associating information, and, if the print job whose execution is suspended is selected, then the apparatus stores, into the storage, second associating information indicating the second terminal identifier and the second user identifier.09-15-2011
20110222102IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus including a web server configured to generate an operation screen and a browser configured to receive the operation screen from the web server and to display the operation screen includes an identification unit configured to identify, if a connection request is given to the web server, a requestor of the connection request, a web server authentication unit configured to perform authentication of a user to use the web server, and a control unit configured to, if the requestor is identified as the browser of the image forming apparatus by the identification unit, control the web server to transmit the operation screen to the browser of the image forming apparatus without the web server authentication unit performing the authentication.09-15-2011
20110222100ELECTRONIC DEVICE, USE RESTRICTION METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An electronic device includes a display part, a system control part for designating a display target to be displayed by the display part and switch the display target to another display target, a display control part for instructing the display part to display an operation screen corresponding to the display target designated by the system control part, and a receiving part for receiving a request for initiating the exclusive use of the display part from a use restriction application and receiving a request for terminating the exclusive use of the display part from the use restriction application. In a case where the receiving part receives the request for initiating the exclusive use of the display part, the system control part ceases switching the display target to the other display target until the receiving part receives the request for terminating the exclusive use of the display part.09-15-2011
20080198397IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - An image forming apparatus is equipped with a print unit, a recording medium, a recording medium controller, and a power-saving controller. The print unit performs a printing operation. The recording medium temporarily stores an image and information. The recording medium controller controls the recording medium. The power-saving controller supplied independently with power controls a power-saving function of the image forming apparatus, and independently returns functions of the image forming apparatus from a power-saving state to a normal power state. Furthermore, the power-saving controller returns the print unit and the recording medium controller from the power-saving state to the normal power state when receiving data including a print request through the network unit. Alternatively, the power-saving controller returns the recording medium controller from the power-saving state to the normal power state when receiving data including an access request to the recording medium through the network unit.08-21-2008
20110228310INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND USER INTERFACE GENERATING METHOD - An information processing apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus includes a device information obtaining part that obtains device information from the image forming apparatus; a device information storage part that stores the obtained device information; and a UI control part that generates a user interface for selecting functions of the image forming apparatus. The device information obtaining part transmits a device information obtaining request, to which identification information is attached, to the image forming apparatus, obtains the device information including function use authority information associated with the identification information, and stores the obtained device information in the device information storage part. The UI control part carries out control of displaying selectable icons of the functions on the user interface based on the function use authority information included in the device information stored in the device information storage part.09-22-2011
20110228308METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING A MISALIGNED PAGE - A capability is provided for detecting a misaligned page of a document. A method includes detecting that a page is misaligned and generating a control signal adapted for use in triggering presentation of an alarm indicating that the page is misaligned. A method includes detecting that a page is misaligned and initiating one or more control actions for the misaligned page. These and other methods may be performed on any suitable copy device, such as on a fax machine, a photocopy machine, a scanner, a photograph copying device, a user device, a network device, and the like, as well as devices having combinations of such functionality.09-22-2011
20130148152METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR HANDLING FAX RECEPTION WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF SECURITY - Methods and systems for handling fax reception with a high degree of security are provided. The system's components include a fax machine, an optical character recognition (“OCR”) component, a database, a radio-frequency (“RF”) reader configured to detect associated RF transmitters, a processor, and memory. The OCR component, database, RF reader, processor and memory are all in or around the fax machine. The RF transmitters are each associated with a fax recipient. The database stores information regarding fax recipients. The memory comprises instructions that cause the processor to execute a method. The method involves selectively printing incoming faxes based on one or more of a number of factors. The factors include the recipient of the fax, the location of the recipient with respect to the fax machine, and the degree of confidentiality of the fax. Recipients may also be notified of incoming faxes as well.06-13-2013
20130148153PRINT CONTROL DEVICE, PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM - When a print stop instruction is input in accordance with a user's operation, a stage to stop print is decided among a plurality of stages in accordance with the print condition for print and the print by the print apparatus is stopped at the decided stage. Thereby, print by the print apparatus can be canceled appropriately.06-13-2013
20110235087Multifunctional Peripheral - A multi functional peripheral device could change between a logout state in which a predetermined process could not be performed and a login state which the predetermined process could be performed. The multi functional peripheral comprises a display unit provided with a screen arranged to display the state of the multi functional peripheral, an accepting unit arranged to accept an entry of an identification information to be used to log into the multi functional peripheral, an controlling unit for control of actions of the multi functional peripheral arranged to cause the multi functional peripheral to change from the logout state to the login state when the controlling unit authenticates the identification information accepted by the accepting unit, a light-emitting unit, which is arranged separately from the display unit, arranged to start a light-emitting action when the multi functional peripheral changes from the logout state to the login state and terminate the light-emitting action when the multi functional peripheral changes from the logout state to the login state.09-29-2011
20100290077IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, USER RESTRICTION METHOD AND USE HISTORY GENERATION METHOD - An image forming apparatus is provided, in which the image forming apparatus includes a user database in which user identification information for identifying an user of the image forming apparatus is registered, an operation panel for receiving a key operation input, a secure program used for determining whether a user service can be provided on the basis of the user identification information in the user database and another user identification information input by the user.11-18-2010
20120274975PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINT DATA GENERATOR, PROCESSOR, PRINTING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM - A printing system, including a plurality of printers, a print data generation section for generating print data printable by one or a plurality of the printers, and a decision section for deciding, based on information concerning printing functions of each of the plurality of printers, whether to generate shared print data printable by a plurality of printing functions or to generate dedicated print data printable by a single printing function, wherein the print data generation section generates the shared print data or the dedicated print data based on a result of the decision made by the decision section.11-01-2012
20120274974PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A printing system comprising a printing device and a server configured to perform data communication with the printing device. The printing device comprises a printing unit configured to print an image on a printing sheet, an attachment unit to which a removable medium is removably attached, a first communication interface configured to communicate with the server, and a first controller configured to acquire at least part of data in the removable medium attached to the attachment unit, control the first communication interface to transmit the acquired data to the server, delete the data in the removable medium corresponding to the acquired data. The server comprises a second communication interface configured to communicate with the printing device, a server-side storage configured to store the acquired data, and a second controller configured to store the acquired data received by the second communication interface in the server-side storage.11-01-2012
20120274973IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit; a power supply controller controls the image forming apparatus to operate in a power saving mode, in which supply of power to the image forming unit is cut off, and a normal mode; and a plurality of interfaces that receives a transition command for transitioning from the power saving mode to the normal mode. The power supply controller is configured to perform: an interface-power supply process of supplying power to at least one interface; a determining process of determining whether availability is high or low for an operating interface receiving power supply in the interface-power supply process; and a changing process of changing a power supply target from the operating interface to an idle interface when the availability of the operating interface is determined to be low.11-01-2012
20120274972IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit; a power supply controller controls the image forming apparatus to operate in a normal mode and a power saving mode, in which supply of power to the image forming unit is cut off; and a plurality of interfaces that receives a transition command for transitioning from the power saving mode to the normal mode. The power supply controller performs an interface-power supply process of supplying power to at least one interface; a first change process of changing power supply destinations in the interface-power supply process so as to reduce an amount of power supply in the interface-power supply process; and a second change process of changing the power supply destinations in the interface-power supply process after the first change process so as to further reduce the amount of power supply.11-01-2012
20120274971IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an authentication unit, a communication unit, a function availability data obtaining unit, a usage authorization data obtaining unit, and a display controller. The authentication unit authenticates a user. The communication unit communicates with an external device connected thereto. The function availability data obtaining unit obtains, from a memory, function availability data that defines whether or not a function related to the external device is available. The usage authorization data obtaining unit obtains usage authorization data indicating whether or not the user is authorized to use the function. The display controller causes, when the external device is connected to the communication unit, a display to display a screen related to authentication of the user, an image related to the function, or an image for notifying the user that the function is unavailable, in accordance with the function availability data or the usage authorization data.11-01-2012
20120274970PRODUCING AN IMAGE AND OPTICAL FILE - A method of making a digital image file from a visible first digital image and from a visible second digital image of a machine-readable optical code, wherein the machine-readable optical code encodes information associated with or derived from the first digital image includes using a scanner to scan the visible first digital image and using the scanner to scan the visible second digital image and using a processor to make the digital image file by storing in a memory the scanned first digital image in an image portion and storing the scanned second digital image in retrievable association with the first digital image in an information portion.11-01-2012
20120274969SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONICALLY AUTO-FILING AND RETRIEVING REVERSIBLE WRITE ERASEABLE PAPER DOCUMENTS - An embodiment generally relates to systems and methods for electronically auto-filing and retrieving erasable paper document documents configured for ultraviolet (UV) imaging. A device can automatically generate an electronic version of the erasable paper document and store the electronic version in a database. A user can search the database for the electronic version with identification information associated with the erasable paper document, upon which the systems and methods can retrieve the electronic version of the erasable paper document for the user. The electronic version of the erasable paper document can be re-rendered either as a new erasable paper document, for display to the user, or other renderings.11-01-2012
20100309503METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRINTING DOCUMENTS FROM A PORTABLE DEVICE - One embodiment provides a system for printing a document from a portable device. During operation, the system obtains the document to be printed. Next, the system obtains a document optical code that identifies the document. Subsequently, the system displays the document optical code on the portable device in such a way that the document optical code can be scanned and recognized by a scanner associated with the printer. Next, the system allows the printer to retrieve and print the document based at least on the document optical code.12-09-2010
20120281249IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE - An image processing device comprises an image data input means 11-08-2012
20120281248SYSTEM FOR REMOTE PRINTING OF NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS - In a method of printing a negotiable instrument remotely, a request for the negotiable instrument is received at a host computer system. The request includes at least the monetary amount of the negotiable instrument. Identification information is generated, and information about the negotiable instrument is recorded in a database, including at least the identification information and the monetary amount. A digital file is constructed, including content formatted for printing directly on negotiable instrument stock, and the digital file is sent via an electronic communication interface to a remote location for printing. In some applications, the host computer system may retrieve jurisdiction-specific information from a database for inclusion in the digital file. Such as system may facilitate remote payments such as, for example, for the timely termination of a remote employee in a state that places strict requirements on how final earnings are paid to terminated employees.11-08-2012
20130155443Content-Based Security Processing Using Distributed Scan Management Protocols - A method and apparatus is provided for processing acquired document data, using distributed scan management protocols, according to a security classification of the data. A scanning device through which the document data is acquired includes a distributed scan management service that implements a distributed scan device protocol and a distributed scan processing protocol. In embodiments of the invention, the distributed scan device protocol and the distributed scan processing protocol are implemented using Web services. The distributed scan management service is configured to receive information for post scan processing instructions. The scanning device also includes a scan service configured to scan a document and generate scan data based on the document scan. The scanning device further includes a security handler service that is configured to identify a security classification for the scan data, and perform one or more actions, associated with the security classification, for the scan data.06-20-2013
20130155444METHOD OF PERFORMING IMAGE FORMING OPERATION USING USER INFORMATION AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD - A method of performing an image forming operation using user information, the method including receiving domain information of a user and performing user authentication using the received domain information; receiving a request for the image forming operation after successfully performing the user authentication; querying a lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) server using the domain information used for the user authentication to acquire user information necessary for performing the image forming operation; and performing the image forming operation using the user information acquired by querying the LDAP server.06-20-2013
20130155446IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus comprises a recording medium conveying mechanism configured to feed a recording medium, an image forming unit configured to form an image on the fed recording medium, a communication interface configured to communicate an information with a client computer and a control unit configured to receive a command code defined by expanding an undefined command code and control a printing job in accordance with the command code defined by the expansion.06-20-2013
20130155447ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An electronic device system, an electronic device and a storage medium are provided that prevent processing by a control program stored in a non-certified storage medium.06-20-2013
20130155445IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PERFORMING ERROR NOTIFICATION AND ERROR RECOVERY FUNCTIONS IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A method of performing error notification and error recovery functions in an image forming apparatus includes detecting by one or more sub-processors an error of a main processor for controlling the sub-processors; controlling an interface function of the image forming apparatus if the error is detected; outputting information about the detected error; and recovering the detected error by controlling an operation of the main processor.06-20-2013
20130155442REMOTE MANAGEMENT FOR MULTI-FUNCTION DEVICES - The present disclosure describe a remote management system for a multi-function device (MFD). The system employs a monitoring module, a cellular interface, and a control. The monitoring module monitors parameters of the multi-function device. The cellular interface provides cellular data connection between the MFD and an administrator or a service centre that is remotely located. In addition, cellular interface offers transfer of monitored information to a remote location, and further receive instructions from a remote location. Moreover, the control module executes the instructions received from the remote location from the remote location.06-20-2013
20130155441SCHEDULED AND SECURED CLOUD PRINT SERVICES - Techniques are provided for processing scheduled and secured print requests. In one embodiment, a printing device receives a notification form a network service that a request to print an electronic document has been received. The printing device determines whether the request indicates secure printing of the electronic document. In response to determining that the request indicates secure printing of the electronic document, the printing device prompts, through a user interface, a user for a release code. In response to receiving the release code, the printing device sends the release code to the network service. The printing device receives, from the network service, access data that allows for retrieval of the electronic document. The printing device downloads the electronic document based on the access data received from the network service and generates print data for the electronic document.06-20-2013
20130182277INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - There are provided an information processing apparatus which enables a mobile terminal device to send a print instruction to a printer without adding a dedicated arrangement to the printer, a control method for the information processing apparatus, and a program. To accomplish this, an information processing apparatus communicable with a mobile terminal device and an image forming apparatus receives e-mail from the mobile terminal device, analyzes the e-mail received by the reception unit, and transmits, if the e-mail has an attached file and a print instruction is described in the body field of the e-mail in accordance with an analysis result, image data attached to the e-mail while sending a print instruction to an image forming apparatus designated in the subject field or body field of the e-mail.07-18-2013
20130182278IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND JOB CONTROL METHOD - In accordance with an embodiment, an image forming apparatus comprises a display unit, an input unit, a reading unit and a control unit. The reading unit scans an original sheet. The control unit detects whether or not there is a specific pattern image in the scanned image acquired by the reading unit, prohibits the execution of a job related to the original sheet if the specific pattern image is contained in the scanned image, displays a screen for prompting a specific user to input a password on the display unit and accepts no instruction of the user before acquiring the password from the input unit.07-18-2013
20130182279AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND APPARATUS - An authentication system includes an apparatus and an authentication apparatus configured to perform authentication of a user of the apparatus. The apparatus includes an identification information obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information of the user and an authentication requesting unit configured to send the obtained identification information and group information indicating a group to which the user belongs to the authentication apparatus to request authentication of the user. The authentication apparatus includes an authentication unit configured to search records of identification information associated with the group information to find matching identification information matching the obtained identification information of the user.07-18-2013
20130182280IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit configured to form images based on image data transmitted from information processing apparatus of users including registered users and unregistered users; a setting unit configured to set permission information for each user based on a log of the image forming and limit information; a first judging unit configured to determine whether user identification information is attached to image data; a second judging unit configured to determine, based on the permission information that is set for an unregistered user, whether to permit execution of image forming of the image data, when the first judging unit determines that the user identification information is not attached to the image data.07-18-2013
20130182281DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There are cases where an OS running on an information processing apparatus cannot automatically prompt the user to enter user input information at the time of an output operation. In such cases, where the user cannot enter user input information at the time of an output operation, a device cannot acquire user input information necessary to output print data.07-18-2013
20130182282ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An electronic apparatus including: a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a screen based on screen information, obtained via a network, for executing a function of the electronic apparatus, wherein the display control unit stores, in a storing unit, identification information of a program corresponding to the screen information according to execution of the function of the electronic apparatus based on definition of the screen information.07-18-2013
20130120785IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING USER LOGIN FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus which is capable of improving ease of operation for users and also improving security when destinations are made public. The image processing apparatus is shared by a plurality of users and capable of selecting a destination from a plurality of address books and carrying out file transmission to the destination. It is determined whether or not a user has logged in, and when it is determined that the user has logged in, only personal addresses for the logged-in user are displayed on a display unit. The personal destinations displayed on the display unit are switched to destinations other than the personal destinations according to selection by the user. When it is determined that the user has not logged in, all destinations which are registered in the plurality of address books are displayed on the display unit.05-16-2013
20110310426PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PRINT SYSTEM - In this invention, a combined job obtained by combining a plurality of jobs is authenticated as a single job. According to the arrangement of this invention, when print jobs are to be spooled, these jobs are transferred from a dispatcher to a spooler where the jobs are combined. Upon reception of a print instruction, the print job is read out from a spool file, transferred from a despooler to a graphic engine again, and transferred from the dispatcher to a printer driver. At this time, the printer driver issues an authentication request in printing to a job accounting client. Thus, only one authentication request suffices for one combined job.12-22-2011
20130188212Data Server, Network System, and Upload Method - A data server is connected to an image scanning device via a network. The data server performs the steps of: acquiring location information indicating a location of a service providing device in the network. The service providing device is operated in the network via a web page and the web page includes operating information for instructing the image scanning device to execute a scanning process. The data server also performs the steps of determining an image scanning device to which an operation signal for executing an image scanning process is transmitted, transmitting the operation signal to the determined image scanning device to cause the determined image scanning device to execute an image scanning process, storing scanned data obtained from the image scanning process, and instructing the service providing device indicated by the acquired location information to acquire the scanned data.07-25-2013
20130188213SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING RECENT EXPERIENCE COMMENT AND RECENT ACTIVITY LOG FEEDBACK IN IMAGE FORMING AND MEDIA HANDLING DEVICES - A data centric, cloud architecture for managing image forming device information through interactive communication with customer replaceable unit monitors (CRUMs) associated with customer replaceable units (CRUs) installed in image forming devices is provided. CRUM identifiers and a cloud data objects containing the same unique identifiers are used to aid a supplier or manufacturer in keying individual CRUs to particular installations in printers and/or other image forming devices. This association strengthens the ability to logistically control the CRUs. A cloud administration system is used to track an identifier for a CRU installed in a particular image forming device such as, for example, a printer, to determine whether the CRU identifier matches an associated cloud object identifier for that printer.07-25-2013
20130188214SYSTEM FOR SCALABLE PROCESSING OF FILES IN THE CLOUD - A system for transmission of files, which files are generated by a first user at a first client station, which first client station is connected by a first computer network such as a Local Area Network (LAN) to one or more local servers, which first server performs communication to a number of computer systems connected to the first LAN. Worldwide net scalable files transferring processes without the need for transferring the files over the wide area net, but to retain the user's full access to any file are achieved and storage of large files at a plurality of servers during and after data transmission prevented.07-25-2013
20130188215IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus which communicates with a first terminal device includes a first display unit which displays display data, a storage unit which stores first ability information relating to a display ability of the first display unit, an operation panel management unit which is provided at the first terminal device, obtains second ability information relating to a display ability of a second display unit which displays display data, and compares the obtained second ability information to the first ability information which is stored in the storage unit; and a control unit which determines whether to display display data as a display target on the first display unit, or on the second display unit.07-25-2013
20130188216IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - When an error occurs in communication between an access point and an image processing apparatus, it is determined whether a setting of the access point has been changed. When an error occurs in communication between the access point and the image processing apparatus, the error is notified to a user. If it is determined that the setting of the access point has been changed, resetting of a wireless LAN by a user is awaited, and then, connection between the access point and the image processing apparatus is started.07-25-2013
20120287458IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming system includes uninterruptible power supply apparatuses; image processing apparatuses each connected to a corresponding one of the uninterruptible power supply apparatuses; and a management apparatus that issues, when a fault has occurred in one of the uninterruptible power supply apparatuses, a stop instruction to an image processing apparatus connected to the uninterruptible power supply apparatus. The image processing apparatuses include a first image processing apparatus that develops print information into image information, stores the developed image information, and outputs the stored image information to an image forming apparatus, and a second image processing apparatus that develops the print information into image information and outputs the developed image information to the first image processing apparatus. The management apparatus issues, when the first image processing apparatus is connected to an uninterruptible power supply apparatus in which a fault has occurred, stop instructions to all the image processing apparatuses.11-15-2012
20120002235IMAGE 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.01-05-2012
20120019853PRINTER RESOURCE SHARING IN A MEDIA EXCHANGE NETWORK - A system providing printer resource sharing in a communication network includes a first communication device at a first location, communicatively coupled to a printer resource and to a second communication device at a second location. The first communication device may authenticate the second communication device, and subsequent to the authentication, may enable printing of information content on the printer resource, at a request of a user of the second communication device. The first communication device may authenticate the second communication device based on a signal received from the second communication device. The first and second communication devices and the printer resource may be communicatively coupled via a communication network. The communication network may include a broadband access headend, a cable infrastructure, a satellite network infrastructure, a digital subscriber line (DSL) infrastructure, an Internet infrastructure, an intranet or wired infrastructure, closed communication infrastructure, local area network, and/or a wireless infrastructure.01-26-2012
20130194607SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING RECENT EXPERIENCE COMMENT AND RECENT ACTIVITY LOG FEEDBACK IN IMAGE FORMING AND MEDIA HANDLING DEVICES - A feedback scheme is provided in which a combination of function specific firmware and hardware are used to capture a greater representation of issues experienced by a group of end-users specific to particular product with which the combination of function specific firmware and hardware is associated. Product-resident hardware stores record of product usage, faults, interventions and maintenance associated with a particular time window so that product-generated data can be coupled with user-generated experience feedback. A digitally-recorded description of the issue with which the user was confronted that prompted the feedback, and pertinent time frame product operating data is combined and transmitted to a product monitoring center for compilation, analysis and review.08-01-2013
20130194608IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A power management apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a communication unit configured to receive information on a price of power and communicate with image forming apparatuses, and a control unit configured to control image forming apparatuses to operate at a normal mode and/or a power saving mode by comparing the information received on the price of power with information on a standard price of power. A user may conduct a printing at a desired time to minimize inconvenience. A mode of the power management apparatus is determined according to the price of power such that a plurality of image forming apparatuses are operated at a normal mode when the price of power is low, and at least one image forming apparatuses is operated at a normal mode when the price of power is high, thereby reducing cost and enhancing the efficiency in managing the power.08-01-2013
20130194609PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A printing apparatus, and a control method thereof, stores received print data into a first memory and prints the print data stored in the first memory. The printing apparatus and method, in a case where the print data is job data for which authentication is necessary before printing, store the print data stored in the first memory into a second memory and, and delete the print data stored in the first memory after the print data has been printed, and in a case where the print data is not job data for which authentication is necessary before printing, retain the print data stored in the first memory even after the printing.08-01-2013
20130194610PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In an environment under which there are mixedly an output destination that requires authentication for extracting a printed product and an output destination that does not require the authentication for extracting the printed product, a printed product is subjected to post-processing.08-01-2013
20130194611PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - A power management apparatus determines whether or not a power usage amount is in a state in which printing by an image formation apparatus is to be prohibited, and transmits a printing prohibition command to the image formation apparatus based on a result of the determination so as to prohibit the printing. The image formation apparatus includes a job execution management unit configured to set a printing-prohibited state, in which the printing is prohibited in accordance with the printing prohibition command, and configured to suspend execution of a print job received by the receiving unit during the printing-prohibited state and a printing necessity inquiring unit configured to inquire a transmitting source of a print job, which is suspended by the job execution management unit from being executed, as to whether to perform printing thereof after cancellation of the printing-prohibited state.08-01-2013
20130194612APPARATUS FOR CARRYING OUT A JOB STORED IN STORING PART, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - An apparatus that carries out a job which is stored in a storing part, the storing part storing therein one or more jobs and the jobs stored in the storing part being associated with user identification information, the apparatus includes a specifying information obtaining part configured to carry out a process of obtaining specifying information that is stored in a recording medium and specifies the user information; a carrying out part configured to carry out the job which is associated with the user identification information specified by the specifying information that is obtained by the specifying information obtaining part; and a carrying out process control part configured to carry out control to stop carrying out the job carried out by the carrying out part, when the specifying information can no longer be obtained by the specifying information obtaining part.08-01-2013
20130201514INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus which stores a table in which a destination group and a user having a browsing right to browse the destination group are associated with each other refers to the table based on user information, and displays a list of destination groups for which the user has the browsing right. The apparatus accepts, from the user, selection of a destination group from the displayed list, and displays destinations included in the selected destination group.08-08-2013
20130201515MOBILE DEVICE ACTUATION OF A MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL DEVICE USING NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION - There is disclosed a method of, mobile device for and apparatus for using a mobile device to actuate a multifunction peripheral device using near field communication. The mobile device includes a user interface for receiving a selection of an electronic document and instructions regarding a selected document processing operation to be performed by the multifunction peripheral and for receiving a selection of an electronic address to which the electronic document is to be directed by the multifunction peripheral. The mobile device also includes a first near field communications transceiver for receiving input indicating that the mobile device is within range of a second near field communication transceiver, for receiving communication, at the first near field transceiver from the second near field communication transceiver, indicating that the first near field communication transceiver is ready to accept the electronic document, instructions pertaining to the selected document processing operation, and the electronic address.08-08-2013
20130201516IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus configured to enter in a first power state and a second power state, a reception unit configured to receive a power down command, an operation unit configured to receive an operation of a user, and a control unit configured, if the reception unit receives the power down command, in a case where an elapse time without operating the operation unit is less than a preset time, to execute shift processing for shifting the power state of the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state after elapse of a predetermined time after receiving the data, and in a case where the elapse time without operating the operation unit is equal to or more than the preset time, to execute the shift processing before the elapse of the predetermined time after receiving the power down command.08-08-2013
20120300245INDUCTIVE CHARGING AND DATA TRANSFER BASED UPON MUTUAL DEVICE CAPABILITIES - Illustrated is a system and method to use a printer with inductive charging and data exchange capabilities with a mobile computing device to determining the protocol to be used to automatically wirelessly transmit document data to the printer. The system and method includes identifying a mobile computing device that is proximate to a printer with inductive charging and data exchange capabilities, the mobile computing device including document data to be printed. The system and method further includes establishing an inductive link between the mobile computing device and the printer with inductive charging and data exchange capabilities, the inductive link used to establish mutual communication capability. Additionally, the system and method includes selecting the mutual communication capability common to both the mobile computing device and the printer with inductive charging and data transfer capabilities. Further, the system and method includes transmitting the document data using the mutual communication capability.11-29-2012
20130094049APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image input apparatus determines whether an image input apparatus that has sent image data is an authorized sender when storing of the image data to a specific storage area is detected. According to a determination result indicating that the image input apparatus is the authorized sender, the image input apparatus applying one or more processes to the image data.04-18-2013
20120086971SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION, STORAGE, RETRIEVAL AND REMOTE SIGNING OF AUTHENTICATED ELECTRONIC ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS - Exemplary embodiments include methods of handling stored electronic original information objects that have been created by electronically signing information objects by respective authorized users and transfer agents, submitting signed information objects to a trusted repository system, validating the submitted signed information objects by at least testing the integrity of the contents of each signed information object and the validity of the signature of the respective transfer agent, and applying to each validated information object a date-time stamp and a digital signature and authentication certificate of the trusted repository system that is an electronic vault. One method includes the remote signing of electronic documents without the trusted repository ever releasing the electronic original documents and other information objects that are controlled and protected by the trusted repository system. Other methods include handling information objects that are transferable records according to specified business and government rules.04-12-2012
20120092696STORAGE APPARATUS, HOST APPARATUS, CIRCUIT BOARD, LIQUID CONTAINER, AND SYSTEM - The storage apparatus includes a controller which performs a communication process with respect to a host apparatus; a storage unit in which data from the host apparatus are written; and a storage controller which performs access control with respect to the storage unit. The controller receives a command packet and a data packet from the host apparatus. In the case where the write enable bit of the data packet is set to be in a writing permitted state, the controller performs the update commanding of the address information and the write commanding of the data of the data packet. In the case where the write enable bit is set to be in a writing non-permitted state, the controller performs the update commanding of the address information and does not perform the write commanding of the data of the data packet.04-19-2012
20120092695IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINT JOB CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREOF - Print processing of a variable print job in which pages having identical finishing settings are grouped as subsets of a plurality of pages to be printed in each record is executed for respective records, and a print error is detected. It is determined whether the print error is detected in the first page in the record or in the subset in that record. The print processing for the record is suspended when it is determined that the print error is detected in the first page in the record. The print processing for the subset is suspended when it is determined that the print error is detected in the first page in the subset. When it is detected that the print error is recovered, the suspended print processing is restarted.04-19-2012
20120092694COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A communication device includes: a division unit that divides first data to be transmitted to another communication device via a transmission path including a plurality of lanes into a plurality of second data; a transmission unit that transmits the plurality of second data to the another communication device by distributing them to either one of the plurality of lanes; and an error notification reception unit that receives an error notification when an error is detected from one of the plurality of second data received by the another communication device. When the error notification reception unit receives the error notification, the division unit divides second data, in which an error is detected, into a plurality of third data, and the transmission unit retransmits the second data to the another communication device by distributing the plurality of third data to either one of the plurality of lanes.04-19-2012
20130208295PREDICTIVE FAULT RESOLUTION - A method for predicting failure in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is provided. The method may include using a database to store information relating to the performance of a component function by an ATM component. The information may include normal performance information and fault information. The method may further include using a computational module to calculate a fault rate for the ATM component. The method may also include using a processor to compare the calculated fault rate to a threshold value associated with the component function. In the event that the fault rate exceeds the threshold value, the processor may initiate a request for service of the ATM component.08-15-2013
20130208296IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a storage unit that stores prohibited combination information, a display control unit that displays a user interface screen on a display unit, based on web page data that is received from a web server in the server apparatus, using a web browser that communicates with the web server, a first determination unit that determines, based on the prohibited combination information, whether or not the two or more settings that are prohibited from being combined are included in a plurality of current settings that include a content of change of settings received using the user interface screen, and a storage information control unit that stores a fact that the two or more settings prohibited from being combined are included in the current settings, in predetermined data. The display control unit, via the predetermined data, acquires the fact, and updates the user interface screen.08-15-2013
20130208297IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND PROGRAM - In the case where all print jobs are stored in a nonvolatile storage area such as a hard disc to protect the print job at power-off, normal printing time becomes long. In the case where a power-off request is received, the print job that is executing print processing is stored in the nonvolatile storage area. At this time, the print job and authentication information capable of identifying a print-instructing person are associated with each other and stored.08-15-2013
20130208299PRINTING DEVICE, MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND MANAGEMENT METHOD - A printing device includes an authentication unit, a job input unit configured to receive input of a print job, a printing processing unit configured to perform printing processing for the print job, and an instruction input unit configured to receive input of an instruction on output of a printed matter of the print job. The printing processing in the printing processing unit is controlled in accordance with an instruction from a user successfully authenticated by the authentication unit. The printing device further includes a proxy registration processing unit capable of setting, for the print job, a user different from an issuer of the print job as a user who instructs output of the printed matter, and causes the printed matter to be output when the instruction on output is made by the user set as the user who instructs output of the printed matter.08-15-2013
20130208300IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING IMAGE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image output apparatus includes a display unit configured to display on an operation unit a screen including an object indicating that printing is to be performed from a portable terminal apparatus, a generation unit configured to, when the object included in the screen is selected, generate an information code indicating address information and function information of the image output apparatus or an information code indicating the address information and status information of the image output apparatus, a reception unit configured to receive a print job from the portable terminal apparatus having read the information code, and an output unit configured to output the print job received by the reception unit, wherein the display unit displays the information code on the screen.08-15-2013
20130208301CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF A CONTROL DEVICE, AND A STORAGE MEDIUM - A feature of the recording device is used to shorten the length of time that a wireless communication link with a recording device is not established for a control device that communicates wirelessly with a recording device when a wireless communication link can be established. A communication control unit 08-15-2013