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

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20080285072Printing apparatus and printing method - A printer includes a print document receiving unit 11-20-2008
20130044354INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, PRINTING CONDITION SETTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PRODUCT WHICH DISPLAY A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF A SHEET INCLUDING PARAMETERS WHICH HAVE BEEN SELECTED - The CPU of a personal computer displays a list of one-click icons, each representing one or a plurality of printing functions, in the icon display area, and selects one one-click icon from the list of the one-click icons displayed in the icon display area, to automatically set a plurality of printing functions corresponding to the selected one-click icons.02-21-2013
20130044353PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - It is determined to cause the printing apparatus to print when the printing apparatus receives a first print job which is issued and does not cause the printing apparatus to print. When it is determined to cause the printing apparatus to print, the print control apparatus controls the printing apparatus to print an image corresponding to a second print job for causing the printing apparatus to print based on the second print job.02-21-2013
20130044352IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANAGING INFORMATION THEREOF - An electronic apparatus includes a job processor to perform a job of the image forming apparatus, a storage unit to store apparatus use information on a user of the image forming apparatus and job performance of the job processor, a determination unit to determine whether the user is changed or not, and a controller to delete the apparatus use information on a previous user if it is determined that the user is changed.02-21-2013
20130044349METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINING REMOTE PRINTER CHARACTERISTICS - A system and method automatically detect parameters of a printer on a network having an unknown profile, to create a useable profile for the printer having the unknown profile by querying, via a predetermined protocol between a network administrator processor and the printer having the unknown profile, a first state of the printer on the network, a state of the printer being defined by values associated with a plurality of parameters of the printer, the first state being defined as a first set of values associated with the plurality of parameters of the printer having the unknown profile. The network administrator processor communicates, via a communication protocol, a first set of instructions to the printer to change the state of the printer having the unknown profile from a first state to a second state by causing a value associated with the plurality of parameters to change; and queries, via the predetermined protocol, the second state of the printer having the unknown profile, the second state being defined as a second set of values associated with the plurality of parameters, and a third state of the unknown printer, the third state being defined as a third set of values associated with the plurality of parameters The network administrator processor identifies parameters associated with the state of the printer having the unknown profile by comparing the first state of the unknown printer to the second state of the printer having the unknown profile and the third state of the printer having the unknown profile; and creates a useable profile for the printer having the unknown profile based upon the identified parameters.02-21-2013
20130044350Cloud-Based Address Processing - Mail processing systems and methods. A method includes receiving a plurality of mailpieces in the mail processing system and associating a unique identifier with each of the plurality of mailpieces. The method includes obtaining destination address information for each of the plurality of mailpieces and comparing the destination address information with a potential move table to determine destination addresses for which there is a potential change of address. The method includes sending the destination address information to a change of address (COA) server and receiving COA results from the COA server. The method includes printing destination information on each mailpiece according to the COA results.02-21-2013
20110176172INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a generation unit configured to determine, when a user inputs the number of images to be laid out on one side of a print sheet and an image magnification rate with an input operation via an input screen, an image size based on an image reduction rate for laying out the input number of images on the print sheet and the input image magnification rate, and generate print data for laying out images having the determined size on one side of the print sheet.07-21-2011
20110176168INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, JOB PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In an information processing apparatus providing to a client device a portal page in which a plurality of portlets is aggregated, the information processing apparatus, a retaining unit retains print position information for specifying printed information in each of the plurality of portlets and a designation unit designates a print-designated portlet as a print object from the plurality of portlets aggregated in the portal page and a determination unit determines whether unprinted information is contained in information required for printing the print-designated portlet based on the information required for printing the print-designated portlet designated by the designation unit and the print position information and a creation unit creates a print job in such a manner that the unprinted information of the portlet is printed when the determination unit determines that the unprinted information is contained in information required for printing the print-designated portlet.07-21-2011
20120200886IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Disclosed is an image forming system including: an output image reading control section reading an image formed on each of output materials to generate output image data when the image is formed on paper and the output materials are obtained by printing-out based on job data in which a plural-copy-execution number is set; a storage section storing output image data of an output material generated by the output image reading control section as comparison image data; a comparison section comparing, with the comparison image data, output image data of another output material generated after the comparison image data is stored, to judge whether the output image data is identical with the comparison image data; and an operation control section suspending an operation related to the printing-out based on the job data when the comparison section judges that the output image data is not identical with the comparison image data.08-09-2012
20120200883DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Disclosed is a system in which a device which can measure a power consumption amount and a management apparatus which manages the device are connected to a network. In the device, a power consumption amount of the device is obtained by a power meter, and whether or not the power consumption amount of the device was normally measured is determined. The device notifies the management apparatus of information which associates at least the obtained power consumption amount with the determination result. In the management apparatus, the notification from the device is received, and the power consumption amount of the device is estimated and corrected with reference to the received determination result.08-09-2012
20120200881IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a receiving unit that receives print control information input by a user, a unit that stores, in a memory, the print control information received by the receiving unit, and a print controller that causes a printing unit to print an image representing an image to be printed on a sheet to be imaged on the basis of the print control information stored in the memory when a predetermined operation is performed. The print control information includes first information indicating whether the sheet to be imaged is an envelope and second information indicating the size of the sheet to be imaged.08-09-2012
20080285073WORKFLOW EXECUTION SYSTEM, WORKFLOW EXECUTION METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND WORKFLOW PROXY EXECUTION PROGRAM - In a workflow execution system, work control information for executing a work assigned to one of a plurality of image processing apparatuses connected to a network; workflow execution information indicating which works of a workflow have been executed; and information indicating an image processing apparatus on the next tier, are stored in a portable recording medium. When the work is executed by a proxy image processing apparatus, it is judged from the information stored in the portable recording medium whether or not the work can be executed by the proxy image processing apparatus, and if it can be executed, the work is executed based on the information stored in the portable recording medium. When proxy execution of the work is completed, workflow execution information including the execution result and image information are stored in the portable recording medium and transmitted to the image processing apparatus on the next tier.11-20-2008
20110181914PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTER DRIVER - A printing apparatus having an input unit through which a print-job is input; a printing unit, which executes the print-job input through the input unit, and which prints an image onto a recording medium; a connecting unit that is connectable to a removable storage medium; and a control unit, which reads identification information of the print-job from the connected removable storage medium when the removable storage medium is connected to the connecting unit, and which causes the printing unit to execute the print-job identified by the read identification information with priority over at least one print-job that starts being input to the input unit at a time earlier than when the print-job identified by the read identification information started being input.07-28-2011
20120162711IMAGE READING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image reading apparatus requests an external apparatus to transmit a reading instruction. When reading the document according to the reading instruction transmitted from the external apparatus in response to the request, if a reading method for reading the document placed on a document positioning plate without conveying the document is used, the image reading apparatus displays, every time one page of the document is read, a confirmation screen for allowing a user to confirm whether to end reading the document irrespective of whether a format of a single-page file is specified or where a format of a multi-page file is specified as a format of a file to be generated from the read document.06-28-2012
20120162709DATA ADMINISTERING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, DATA ADMINISTERING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING DATA ADMINISTERING PROGRAMS - A data administering apparatus configured to be connected to a plurality of information processing apparatuses and to administer information which is transmitted from the plurality of information processing apparatuses and relates to an image forming apparatus, includes: a communicating section to receive power-off information which is transmitted from the plurality of information processing apparatuses and is used to turn off a power source of the image forming apparatus, and a control section to administer a number of times of power-off of the image forming apparatus based on the power-off information received by the communicating section.06-28-2012
20120162699METHOD FOR PRINTING COMPRESSED IMAGES - A method for printing an image of a compressed hierarchical image format file determines a number of layers to be extracted from a codestream of the compressed hierarchical image format file needed to realize a predetermined printing requirement with respect to printing the image of the compressed hierarchical image format file. Information, identifying the number of layers needed to be extracted from the codestream to realize the predetermined printing requirement, is embedded. The number of layers identified by the embedded information is extracted from the codestream and the image is printed based upon the number of layers extracted from the codestream.06-28-2012
20110205587OPERATION PANEL FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING OPERATION PANEL - An operation panel includes: a display that displays a plurality of setting items for use of a function of the image processing apparatus on a screen; an item selection key that allows a user to select from the plurality of items displayed on the screen of the display; and a plurality of value setting keys that allow the user to set a value for the item selected using the item selection key. And the display further displays a first display area that serves to know which one is currently selected among the plurality of items using the item selection key and a second display area that serves to know which one to use to set a value for the item among the plurality of value setting keys.08-25-2011
20130044351GRAPHICAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - Technology is described for a handheld device with multimedia content recording and printing (“the described technology”). In various embodiments, the described technology can capture and record images, video, and sound, e.g., by using an image capture sensor and/or scanner. In various embodiments, the described technology can print various types of images, e.g., photographs, postcards, legal documents, and so forth.02-21-2013
20090310178IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM - An image forming device for executing an authentication print job including: a communication interface unit for receiving print data; a job data holding unit for holding job data based on the print data for the authentication print job; a user authentication unit for outputting the result of the user authentication to a control unit; a job execution unit for executing a job based on the job data; a job list generating unit for generating a list of the authentication print jobs; a display unit for displaying the list; and the control unit for, in receiving the result of the user authentication, acquiring a number of the authentication print jobs of the user authenticated by the user authentication, wherein, when the number is greater than or equal to a predetermined number, the control unit causes the job list generating unit to generate the list of the authentication print jobs of the authenticated user, the display unit to display the list, and the job execution unit to execute the authentication print job of the authenticated user.12-17-2009
20090195833Printer For Duplex Printing With Transfer Rollers - A printer is provided having a print media feed mechanism for feeding print media along a feed path, opposed transfer rollers for simultaneously contacting both sides of the print media as the print media is fed along the feed path, and printheads for printing on the transfer rollers so that material printed on the transfer rollers is simultaneously transferred to both sides of the print media by the transfer rollers.08-06-2009
20090195832Online Image Processing Systems and Methods Utilizing Image Processing Parameters - The present invention allows for online image processing. A sample embodiment of the system comprises an Image Processing Means with one or more predetermined graphical layers, residing on the Image Processing Means. The Image Processing Means has the ability to obtain one or more substitute layers and repeat a set of predetermined steps using predetermined layers, substitute layers, and image processing parameters to create a new image. A sample embodiment of the method comprises the steps of determining graphical layers (predetermined graphical layers), steps (predetermined steps), and image processing parameters for creating an image. A substitute layer maybe obtained from a remote User. The predetermined steps may be repeated using predetermined graphical layers and the substitute layer, thus, creating a new image. The image may be further delivered to the User. Described systems and methods may allow users to create complex digital images using remote servers, without the use of graphical tools on the user's computer. Even users without substantial technical or artistic skills may create complex digital images.08-06-2009
20090195830PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT PROCESSING METHOD, SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A CPU of an image forming apparatus, such as a color electrophotographic copying apparatus, reads print step information from a memory, such as a USB memory, that stores print image data and print step information relating to a plurality of print steps for producing a print of the print image data and a progress state of the print steps. The CPU updates the progress state of the print steps stored in the memory subsequent to the print step being performed by a printer in the image forming apparatus, displays a next print step to perform based on the read print step information, and controls the printer. The image forming apparatus thus avoids leaks of the print data, and prevents useless printing and erratic job processing. Thus, even an inexperienced operator can provide sophisticated high quality print service using the image forming apparatus.08-06-2009
20090195829PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A dummy driver in a terminal server determines whether an interface that cannot be used by a printer driver which is directly accessed by an application needs to be used in a print setting set by the application. If the dummy driver determines that the interface which cannot be used by the printer driver needs to be used, the dummy driver generates a print setting using a print setting that does not need to use a unique interface. Then, validation of the print setting is performed by a printer driver in a client and the print setting is replaced with a print setting of on a common interface. Then, the printing process is executed by the print setting generated by the printer driver in the client.08-06-2009
20090195826Communication Apparatus - A communication apparatus includes: a reading unit which reads original document data from a read target original document having plural pages, on a page-by-page basis; a transmission unit which transmits original document data read by the reading unit; an acquisition unit which wirelessly acquires identification information capable of identifying a set of pages to be transmitted by the transmission unit in one communication, from a wireless tag attached to each page of the read target original document; an identification unit which identifies whether a combination of pages of the read target original document corresponds to a combination of pages of a specific set original document based on the identification information; and a transmission controller which controls the transmission unit to transmit the original document data from the read target original document based on a result of the identification unit.08-06-2009
20090195825PRINTER - A printer is provided with a receiving device, a storage device, a printing device, a cancel input device and an invalidating device. The receiving device is configured to receive a print command. The storage device is configured to store an association of print data and a print command receiving time at which the print command has been received by the receiving device. The printing device is configured to print the print data. The cancel input device is configured to input a cancel command. The invalidating device is configured to invalidate printing of the print data associated with the print command receiving time that is earlier than a cancel input time at which the cancel command has been input.08-06-2009
20090195824IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device connected to a network includes a data administration unit, a creation source information generation unit, a raster data generation unit and a printer unit. The data administration unit stores printing data in a memory unit and generate identification data that identifies the printing data stored in the memory unit. The creation source information generation unit generates creation source information that specifies the own device as a creation source. The raster data generation unit rasterizes the printing data and generates raster data with the creation source information. The raster data with the creation source information includes the rasterized printing data, the identification data and the creation source information. The printer unit prints the raster data with the creation source information on a printing paper.08-06-2009
20090195820Information Processing Apparatus, Program and Information Processing Method - An information processing apparatus including: 08-06-2009
20090195819Information Processing Apparatus and Program - An image processing apparatus includes: an operation section which accepts a job setting operation; a memory section which memorizes an element of a job set through the operation section; a display section, and a controller, wherein the controller is configured to control the display section to display a plurality of jobs so as to display elements memorized in the memory section of the plurality of jobs on the display section, accept selecting elements from two or more jobs of the plurality of jobs through the operation section, and generate a new job including the elements selected.08-06-2009
20090195817DOCUMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In a document processing system, whether processing of a workflow specified by a cancellation instruction is in execution is determined based on whether identification information of the workflow specified by the cancellation instruction coincides with that of a workflow associated with document data. When the processing of the workflow corresponding to the cancellation instruction is in execution, the processing of the workflow is canceled. When the processing of the workflow is not in execution and the contents of processing to be executed by another image forming apparatus are designated in a selected workflow, the cancellation instruction is transmitted to the other image forming apparatus specified based on the log information.08-06-2009
20090195816IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - It is analyzed whether print data includes first image data common between pages and second image data different between pages. When a specific discharge device is designated as a discharge device for discharging a printing medium printed based on the print data, and it is analyzed that the print data includes the second image data different between pages, print processing is controlled not to print the second image data.08-06-2009
20090195815IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME - When an instruction to shut down an image forming apparatus is provided, a list of tasks is generated and displayed based on the characteristics and operation state of each task. If an instruction to cancel a displayed running task is provided, processing of the task is canceled and shutdown processing is performed. Thus, user convenience can be improved by displaying whether or not the running tasks are cancelable when an instruction to shut down the image forming apparatus is provided.08-06-2009
20090195813Image forming apparatus management system and image forming apparatus management method - An image forming apparatus carries, an image apparatus management apparatus or a client apparatus carries out authentication of a user based on user information input by an operator, the user information is then used by the image apparatus management apparatus to obtain a toner save rate of the user, which is then transmitted to the image forming apparatus or another image forming apparatus which then carries out an image forming process based on the toner save rate.08-06-2009
20090195811METHOD FOR PRINTING TEXT-ONLY CONTENT OF PDF DOCUMENTS - A method for printing only text objects within a PDF document is described. PDF data is transmitted from a host computer to a printer, along with job information that specifies a text-only mode. If printer controller detects that the text-only mode is specified, it interprets only the text objects within the PDF data. As a result, only text objects are printed on the recording medium, and the graphics and image objects are not printed. The interpretation step preserves position, font, size, and style (e.g. bold, italic, underline) of the text objects. Representation may be generated and printed on the recording medium to indicate the presence of graphics or image objects in the original PDF document.08-06-2009
20090195810PRINTER DRIVER APPARATUS AND METHODS - Disclosed are methods of controlling operation of a printer, apparatus and computer-readable medium. The embodiments control operation of a printer by receiving a print command from a user, in response to the received print command, displaying to a user a print user interface including selectable editing settings, the selectable editing settings including settings for varying attributes of a document to be printed, the editing settings for varying formatting of the document to enhance editing by hand of the printed document; receiving from a user a selection of the editing settings; and controlling printing of the document to print on the printer by varying formatting of the document using the selected editing settings.08-06-2009
20110188073Image processing apparatus, image processing system, and computer-readable recording medium thereof - An image processing apparatus is disclosed, including: a managing part, a use amount storing part, a setting part, and a determining part. The managing part manages a group threshold of a group including multiple members allowed to use the function for a use amount of the function. The use amount storing part stores a value of the use amount for each member. The setting part allocates the group threshold to the multiple members based on a value of a priority for each member in the group, and sets a member threshold for each member. The determining part determines whether a restriction concerning a use of the function is applied to a process of a use request, based on a result from comparing the value of the use amount with the member threshold for the request originator in response to the use request of the function.08-04-2011
20110188069Print Job Processing - Processing print jobs on a computer which comprises generating a first print ready job file by a first print module based on an input print job file and generating a second print ready job file by a second print module based on the input print job file. The first print ready job file is compared to the second print ready job file, and if there is at least one difference between the first print ready job file and the second print ready job file, the input print job file is forwarded to a PSP (printer service provider) that is configured with the first print module or the second print ready job file is forwarded to a PSP that is configured with the second print module.08-04-2011
20090323099PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTER DRIVER PROVIDING USER INTERFACE FOR GENERATING OUTPUT FILES - A printing method is described that allows the user to conveniently either print a document, or generate an output file from it in a desired image file format and save the file for late use, or both at once. The user opens a document using an application, and issues a print request. From the print dialog box, the user chooses to set printing preferences. The print preferences dialog box includes an “output file” tab allowing the user to specify whether an output file is to be generated, specify an output file format, specify a destination for saving the output file, and specify whether hard copies of the document are to be printed on the printer. The method may be implemented as a part of a printer driver program.12-31-2009
20130044348LABELING INSERTED PAGES WITHIN PRINT PREVIEWS OF A PRINT JOB - Systems and methods are provided for labeling inserted pages within a print preview of a print job. The system receives print data comprising logical pages, and receives instructions for inserting pages among the logical pages of the print data. The system further receives a request for a print preview for the print data, identifies inserts for the print data based on the instructions, rasterizes the logical pages of the print data and the inserts to generate sheet images for the print preview, and includes non-printing marks in the sheet images for the inserts that distinguish the inserts from rasterized logical pages of the print data. The system further transmits the sheet images of the print preview.02-21-2013
20100014118IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image forming system capable of determining whether a detected communication speed reaches a communication speed needed for printing the received printing data successfully according to printing ability of an image forming apparatus. A detection unit detects a communication speed of wireless communication executed between the image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus. An obtainment unit obtains a communication speed needed so that the image forming apparatus successfully prints the print data that is received by using wireless communication according to a printing ability of the image forming apparatus. A determination unit determines whether the communication speed detected by the detection unit reaches the communication speed obtained by the obtainment unit or not. A notification unit notifies a user that the detected communication speed is insufficient when the determination unit determines that the communication speed detected by the detection unit does not reach the communication speed obtained by the obtainment unit.01-21-2010
20090201534METHOD FOR GENERATING SIMULATED INSERT SHEETS FOR A PRINT JOB - A printing method is described where, when a print job requires printing multiple copies of a document and a simulated insert sheet option is selected as a part of the print job requirements, simulated insert sheets are automatically generated and inserted between the printed copies that are outputted to the output tray of the printer. The simulated insert sheets are printed using the same paper as the document. The simulated insert sheets may be numbered, and may include a printed pattern extending to an edge of the sheets. The layout and content of the simulated insert sheets may be specified by the printer driver or the printer itself. The method can also be used with copiers when making multiple copies of an original document. Further, simulated insert sheets can be used to separate groups of pages within a single document, such as chapters or sections.08-13-2009
20080259399Print control apparatus, print control system and print apparatus - A print control apparatus in which a plurality of print apparatuses having a hold print function are caused to hold print data, and the print data of other print apparatuses other than a print apparatus print-instructed by a user is deleted, is provided. A print server is connected to the plurality of printers having a hold print function through a network. The print server includes a print data transmission portion that transmits print data received from a PC to printers to cause the printers to hold the print data, and a print data deletion instruction portion that, when a print notification of the print data is received from any one of the plurality of the printers, instructs other printers other than the printer to delete the print data.10-23-2008
20080259398Printing system, print data creation apparatus and computer-readable control program for the print data creation apparatus - A print data creation apparatus connectable to a printer for printing on a print medium to create print data to be printed by the printer, the print data creation apparatus includes a display device that displays a variety of information, a setting alteration screen display control device that displays a setting alteration screen used to change settings of the printer, a setting file storage device that store a setting file including setting information to be referred by a printer driver, a setting file alteration device that changes contents of the setting file stored in the setting file storage device based on the settings of the printer changed, an update information creation device that creates update information which updates firmware of the printer in response to a change in the setting file, and an update information transmission device that transmits the update information created to the printer.10-23-2008
20080259397PRINT MANAGING SERVER, PRINT MANAGING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A print managing server is connected to a plurality of printers through a network and stores print data which can be printed by the printer in combination with user information. The print managing server has control means for controlling execution of a command including the user information which is received from the printer. The control means controls in such a manner that when the command is received, if a printing process corresponding to the user information included in the command is being executed for the other printer, the printing process which is being executed is stopped for the other printer and a process corresponding to the command is executed.10-23-2008
20080259396PRINT SYSTEM AND PRINTER DEVICE FACILITATING REUSE OF PRINT DATA - A print system includes a communication path, a client device which transmits print data to said communication path, a host device connected to said communication path, and a printer device which prints the print data after receiving the print data from said client device via said communication path, and automatically sends the print data together with printer output information to said host device via said communication path, said printer output information including keywords for identifying said print data.10-23-2008
20080259395Print Control Device, Printing Device and Computer-Readable Recording Medium - A print control device comprises a print data generating unit which generates print data in units of jobs from incoming data. The print data generating unit includes: a layout information generating unit which generates layout information specifying layout in a printable area based on sheet size and the number of pages of the job; a memory that stores an image to be formed on a sheet; and an arrangement unit which generates cascade print data by reducing each page of the job and successively placing and overlaying the reduced pages in the memory corresponding to the sheet size based on the layout information generated by the layout information generating unit.10-23-2008
20080259394Printing System and Printing Device - A printing device is provided with a first storage configured to store a time-designated first print job, a judging unit configured to judge whether to change the print time of the first print job to allow interruption of a second print job which is different from the first print job based on a predetermined condition is met and a printing unit configured to execute a printing operation based on judgment of the judging unit.10-23-2008
20080259391RECORDING SYSTEM, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING DEVICE - Recording data generated by a recording data generation PC (10-23-2008
20080259390INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AS WELL AS PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus which makes it possible to improve user operability in selecting a desired one from a plurality of image processing apparatuses by selecting functions of the image processing apparatuses. A virtual printer driver acquires function information on a plurality of printers existing on a network. One printer is selected as a default printer from the printers. Configuration items associated with functions of the default printer, and configuration items associated with functions of the other printers are displayed on a configuration screen in a manner selectable by a user. The configuration items associated with the functions of the printers except the default printer are displayed such that a printer equipped with a function associated with each of the configuration items can be identified by the user. Print data is transmitted to one of the printers, based on a configuration item selected by the user.10-23-2008
20080259389PRINTING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM AND PROGRAM - A printing apparatus capable of, when a predetermined finishing process is set in performing job combination, executing the finishing process at consistent settings by properly performing an inhibition process corresponding to the finishing process. When a predetermined finishing process is set as an entire setting of job combination, the system inhibits excluding, from targets of the predetermined finishing process, a predetermined job corresponding to the predetermined finishing process among a plurality of jobs associated with job combination.10-23-2008
20080259388Multifunction system and multifunction apparatus - A multifunction system is provided that is capable of preventing unauthorized copying and the like of an image printed on a print material against the will of a user who has created the print material. The multifunction system includes: a printing apparatus having a printing unit printing on a prescribed recording medium a combined image formed by combining an image based on image information with an output-restriction image relating to restriction on output of the print material; and a reading apparatus having an image reading unit reading, responsive to a reading instruction, the combined image printed on the prescribed recording medium, an image analyzer unit analyzing the output-restriction image included in the combined image read out by the image reading unit, and an output determination unit determining, on the basis of an analyzed result generated by the image analyzer unit, as to whether the image based on the image information can be output.10-23-2008
20080259386Printing system, image forming apparatus, server, and information processing apparatus - A printing system prevents mistakes such as that a printed paper sheet printed by requesting from a PC to an image forming apparatus is left in an ejected-paper tray. The image forming apparatus transmits to the server printing execution result information that includes the serial number and the time and date of the printing. The server manages the state of unfetch of the printed paper sheet using a fetch flag in a printing record list created based on the printing execution result information, changes the fetch flag from “unfetched” to “fetched” when information indicating that the printed paper sheet has been fetched is sent from the image forming apparatus.10-23-2008
20080259385COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECEPTION PROCESSING METHOD - A communication apparatus which is capable of preventing transmitted data from being illegally viewed or tampered with. Image information to be transmitted is input via an operating display section. A system controller determines whether or not confidential transmission of the input image information has been designated by the user. When it is determined that confidential transmission of the input image information has been designated, a network controller encrypts the input image information using IPsec and transmits the encrypted image information, whereas when it is determined that the confidential transmission of the input image information is not designated, the network controller transmits the input image information without encrypting the same.10-23-2008
20080259384IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A system is capable of performing a processing flow based on a definition file which designates a plurality of tasks each of which can be performed by a function provided by an image forming apparatus and an order of performance of a plurality of tasks. The system includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a definition file of the processing flow specified by a user, a determination unit configured to select one of a plurality of image forming apparatuses to perform each task included in the processing flow based on candidate information included in the definition file of the processing flow, and a performing unit configured to perform each task included in the processing flow using the image forming apparatus selected by the determination unit. The candidate information includes information on a user device that is set corresponding to each user as information for determining the image forming apparatus that performs the task.10-23-2008
20080259383FACSIMILE MACHINE, METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, AND COMPUTER DATA SIGNAL - A facsimile machine, includes: a receiving unit that receives facsimile image information via a public circuit; an information extraction unit that extracts search information from the facsimile image information received by the receiving unit; an acquisition unit that acquires image information searched from a communication network connected to the facsimile machine, based on the search information extracted by the information extraction unit; and a print unit that prints the image information acquired by the acquisition unit.10-23-2008
20080259382IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store information about an other image processing apparatus different than the image processing apparatus that operates with the image processing apparatus, an acquiring unit configured to acquire function information indicating a function provided by a first image processing apparatus, and a control unit. In the control unit, in a case that a comparison result of the comparing unit indicates that the first image processing apparatus includes at least one function not provided by the image processing apparatus, information about the first image processing apparatus is stored in the storage unit, and in a case that a comparison result of the comparing unit indicates that the first image processing apparatus doesn't include at least one function not provided by the image processing apparatus, information about the first image processing apparatus is not stored in the storage unit.10-23-2008
20080259381Production print capacity display for process optimization - A system automatically processes current capacity and optimal capacity for at least one printing system for use in deterring current billing, optimal billing and operating cost. A data-processing apparatus (CPU) associated with a printer and an optimization module operable together to optimize current capacity and optimal capacity, and determine current billing, optimal billing and operating cost information. Information is optimized for use at a client (local or remote) and for display in a single graphical user interface. Data is used to optimize print system usage.10-23-2008
20080259380Approach for implementing locked printing with unlock via a keypad - 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.10-23-2008
20080259379METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CLASSIFYING A JOB IN A PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT - A method and system for processing a job in a production environment includes a knowledge base containing multiple product intents. Each product intent includes parameter requirements and/or parameter restrictions for producing a finished product. The method and system receive a product description that includes desired properties of a proposed job, and use a semantic reasoning, system to infer which of the product intents in the knowledge base corresponds to the product description.10-23-2008
20100079802IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus capable of processing image data having plural pages includes a page designation unit, a page extraction unit, and an output unit. The page designation unit receives designation of a page to be printed. The page extraction unit extracts page data in a unit of pages from the image data based on the page designated through the page designation unit and page information included in the image data. The output unit outputs the page data extracted by the page extraction unit.04-01-2010
20110194147IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus which can avert wasteful processing of disconnection from and reconnection to the same host when a currently-connected host and a host that should be connected next are the same. When a print request is received from one of a plurality of hosts, host information indicative of the host is registered so that an order of print requests can be identified. Connection and disconnection to and from the hosts are carried out according to the host information. Printing is carried out based on print data received from the hosts. When a host as a source of a print request received next after a print request from a currently-connected host is the same as the currently-connected host, print data is received from the currently-connected host, and then print data corresponding to the next print request is received from the currently-connected host without disconnecting from the currently-connected host.08-11-2011
20110194146PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The printing order is controlled so that printouts are obtained from an image forming apparatus in the order in which the printing client transmitted print jobs. For this purpose, a print job received by the image forming apparatus is captured at the communication packet level and the date & time of starting reception of the print job is managed in a job list. When a print job of interest is input to a print queue manager, it is determined whether there is a previously input job, reception of which has not completed. If so, the previously input job is waited, and when the previously input job is input entirely, the previously input job is registered in a print queue. Subsequently, the print job of interest is registered in the print queue.08-11-2011
20110194145IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - The present invention provides a technology allowing a user to selectively print a web page for a mobile terminal or for a PC. To accomplish this, an image processing apparatus connected to a mobile terminal and a web server accepts designation information, which designates how a web page is printed, when both a first web page for a mobile terminal and a second web page for a non-mobile terminal are present in the web page, receives page information containing the URL of the first web page from the mobile terminal, obtains the second web page corresponding to the first web page from the web server, and executes any one of printing of the first web page, printing of the second web page, and printing of both the first web page and the second web page, according to the accepted designation information.08-11-2011
20110194144DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY METHOD OF THE DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE - A display input device includes a storage unit which stores a program for controlling to display a screen for setting a set item that is selected and registered in advance by calling, an input unit which accepts a setting input, and a display unit which displays a combination image in which a position display image for indicating a current position of the display in the program when the program is called, and a screen number display image indicating the number of setting screens that are displayed or have been displayed for setting the set item included in the program are combined, for each set item included in the program, arranged in the display order of the set item in the program.08-11-2011
20110194143MONITORING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, SYSTEM INCLUDING THESE DEVICES CONNECTED AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE SAME - A monitoring device for an image forming device receives from the image forming device usage information indicating a history of manipulations by a user and reduction information indicating that the image forming device is operating in a reduction mode. When having received reduction information, the monitoring device determines the priority of maintenance work on a function the provision of which has been halted indicated by the reduction information, registers the determined priority in a management table in association, and outputs the registered reduction information and associated priority. When the received usage information indicates a manipulation with respect to a function the provision of which has been halted indicated by the received reduction information, the priority corresponding to the reduction information is determined to be relatively higher than when there is no manipulation with respect to the function the provision of which has been halted indicated by the received reduction information.08-11-2011
20110194142PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A printing apparatus according to the present invention comprises a generation unit configured to generate intermediate data based on a print job containing at least one or more reusable data and variable data for each of the reusable data, a conversion unit configured to convert the intermediate data generated by the generation unit into image data, and a storage unit configured to select at least one of the intermediate data of the reusable data and the image data of the reusable data according to a range in which the reusable data is reused, and store the selected data as a cache.08-11-2011
20110194141FRAMEWORK THAT SUPPORTS DRIVERLESS PRINTING - The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates driverless printing. This system includes a discovery component configured to identify accessible printers and to facilitate selection of an accessible printer, wherein the discovery component is also configured to obtain capability information from accessible printers. The system also includes a transport component configured to transport data to the selected printer, wherein the transport component is also configured to obtain capability information from the selected printer. Finally, the system includes a page-description-language component configured to generate printer data for the selected printer based on obtained capability information for the selected printer.08-11-2011
20110194140WALK-UP PRINTING WITHOUT DRIVERS - The disclosed embodiments provide a system that supports printing from a computing device. During operation, the system uses a discovery protocol to identify printers that can be accessed by the computing device. Next, the system receives a selection of a printer that can be accessed by the computing device. The system then generates printer data for the print job. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. The system can use a driverless printing technique, which involves obtaining printer capability information from the selected printer and generating printer data for the selected printer based on the printer capability information. Alternatively, the system can use a printer-specific driver for the selected printer to generate the printer data. The system can also send the print job to a cloud, which includes one or more servers that provide a printing service, so that the cloud can generate the printer data. Finally, the system sends the generated printer data to the printer.08-11-2011
20110194139Printing Structured Documents - Print objects (08-11-2011
20110194138CONTROL POINT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR SENDING FAX DATA USING FAX DATA TRANSMISSION FUNCTION OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus is requested by a connectable control point to execute a fax job, and includes a communication interface which is requested by a connectable control point to execute a fax job, and receives content corresponding to the fax job; a TTI generation unit which generates a terminal identification (TTI) corresponding to the fax job; an image processor which generates a fax image using the generated TTI and the received content; and a fax unit which transmits the generated fax image08-11-2011
20110194136PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND DEVICE - A print control method and device, wherein the method includes: monitoring a print system port, storing a print task at a preset memory address in the form of job file when the print task exists at the print system port; querying the memory address on schedule, determining the target job file when there is a job file storing at the memory address; querying the printer state, if the printer is idle, sending the target job file; when the printer is in a state of failure, feeding a failure state prompting information back. The solution queries the printer work state before the job file is sent, feeds the prompting information back when the printer occurs failure, detects the print process state of job files, and performs a processing for failure when a print fails. Through the solution, users can know the states of job files in time and missing or omitting of a job file is avoided.08-11-2011
20090195822JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A job processing apparatus which processes job data in cooperation with another job processing apparatus is provided. The job processing apparatus comprises an analysis unit configured to analyze a processing status of predetermined job data, and a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with the analyzed processing status, whether the job processing apparatus has an operation authority to the job data. The job processing apparatus also comprises a prohibition unit configured to prohibit an operation of the job data when the job processing apparatus is determined not to have the operation authority.08-06-2009
20110310431IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a window manager which switches an operation screen to be displayed on a display unit and a Web browser which displays an operation screen of an external application on the display unit together with a “return” button used to allow a transition to an operation screen previously displayed on the display unit. The Web browser manages history information indicating a display history on the display unit since an operation screen of an internal application which was displayed on the display unit before that operation screen was switched to the operation screen of the external application. Furthermore, when the “return” button is pressed, and a transition destination of the operation screen is the operation screen of the internal application, the Web browser notifies the window manager of a screen switch request required to display the operation screen of the internal application on the display unit.12-22-2011
20110310430DEVICE DETECTING NON-RETRIEVED FORMS IN PRINTER - Disclosed is a device to detect in a printer the presence of non-retrieved printed receipts or order bills, which includes an infrared detection lamp and an alert circuit. The infrared detection lamp includes an emitting lamp and a receiving lamp. Both are provided at a paper discharge port of a printer and wherein a line perpendicular to the paper discharge port bisects the angle formed by the light rays from the emitting lamp and the receiving lamp. The receiving lamp is connected to the alert circuit and activates the alert circuit when it receives a signal from the emitting lamp. The device can emit a notification signal when a printed item is not retrieved, thus ensuring speed and continuity in kitchen operations, improving work efficiency, and shortening customer wait time.12-22-2011
20130077131INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus that functions as a client of a distributed file system is provided, in which the image forming apparatus includes: a distributed file system process part for mounting a file system of a server apparatus on the image forming apparatus to enable the image forming apparatus to access the file system of the server apparatus as the distributed file system of the image forming apparatus; and a storing process part for accessing the file system of the server apparatus and storing, in the file system, information that is stored in a storage unit used by the image forming apparatus.03-28-2013
20130077130PRINTING CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSOR - A printing control system includes a transmission part configured to transmit data from an information terminal to an image processor; an analysis part configured to analyze the data received from the information terminal; a format determining part configured to determine the data format of the received data based on the analysis result of the analysis part; a conversion requesting part configured to, in response to the format determining part determining that the data format of the received data is convertible into print data printable in the image processor, transmit the received data to a data converter and request the data converter to convert the received data into the print data; and a printing control part configured to print the print data returned from the data converter in response to the request of the conversion requesting part.03-28-2013
20130077129ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MESSAGE SERVER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING - An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a messenger unit through which an image forming apparatus having an account address is selected as a dialogue partner, a user interface through which a file to be printed in the selected image forming apparatus is selected; and a controller which controls the messenger unit to transmit a dialogue message including the selected file and account information of the image forming apparatus to the message server.03-28-2013
20130077128PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A printing system includes a print data generating apparatus, a printing apparatus, a print instruction apparatus, and a print data processing apparatus. The print data generating apparatus includes a receiving unit that receives a print instruction, a print data generating unit that generates print data, a storing unit that stores the print data, a notifying unit that transmits notification information, and a transmitting unit that transmits the print data. The printing apparatus includes a requesting unit that requests the print data generating apparatus to transmit the print data. The print instruction apparatus transmits the print instruction to the print data generating apparatus. The print data processing apparatus includes a requesting unit that requests the print data generating apparatus to transmit the print data, a receiving unit that receives the print data, a unit that processes the print data, and a transmitting unit that transmits the processed print data.03-28-2013
20130077126CONFIGURING A MODULAR PRINTING SYSTEM - A method for configuring a modular printing system is disclosed. The system has a plurality of modules that are configured to be selectively interconnected to form different printing system configurations. The method includes providing printing system modules and associated configuration information for each module; selecting and interconnecting modules to produce a particular printing system configuration and communicating the associated configuration information for the selected modules to a system controller; and using the system controller to automatically determine a printing system configuration that includes operational parameter ranges for at least one of the selected modules. The method further includes storing the printing system configuration so that the modular printing system is ready to operate.03-28-2013
20130077127MANAGING NETWORK CONNECTIONS - In one embodiment, a message is received at a network-connectable printer, from a first computer system via a first communication protocol. In response to receipt of the message, a connection between the printer and the network is established via a second communication protocol. A print job is received at the printer via the connection. The print job is caused to print at the printer. The connection is terminated after the print job is printed.03-28-2013
20090122337HOST APPARATUS FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE PRINTING METHOD THEREOF - An image printing method of a host apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus, the method includes selecting an image to be successively printed over a plurality of recording pages, disposing the image to be successively printed on at least one of top, bottom, right and left positions of at least one of the plurality of recording pages, generating printing data of the image to be successively printed over the plurality of recording pages, and transmitting the printing data to the image forming apparatus.05-14-2009
20090122335IMAGE EDITING APPARATUS - An image editing apparatus includes a storage unit arranged to store, along with image data, index data as an index of the image data. In the index data, a character string extracted from the image data and area information indicating an area that includes the character string are recorded in association with each other. The image editing apparatus also includes a filter setting unit arranged to set filter setting information including information regarding a filter pattern that is applied to the area, and an image editing unit arranged to edit the image data based on the area information and the filter setting information.05-14-2009
20090122344Image processing apparatus and control method thereof - An image processing apparatus, connected to a display apparatus so as to receive an image containing characters and to output the received image at a reduction rate which is set, includes a character size determination unit which determines a character size of an image which is received, a display control unit which displays a reduction rate-related setting screen for performing a reduction rate-related setting which is related to the reduction rate to the display apparatus on the basis of the determined character size so that a recommended reduction rate-related setting in which a character size of an output image is in a predetermined range and a non-recommended reduction rate-related setting which is other than the recommended reduction rate setting can be distinguishable from each other, and a reduction rate-related setting receiving unit which receives the reduction rate-related setting using the reduction rate-related setting screen.05-14-2009
20090122333COOPERATIVE JOB FLOW CREATING APPARATUS, COOPERATIVE JOB FLOW CREATING METHOD, SERVICE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVICE PROCESSING METHOD, MANAGEMENT SERVER, FLOW CONVERSION METHOD, JOB FLOW EXECUTION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - To create a job flow having machine type dependence and commonly usable among different types of devices, a CPU of a client PC displays first task information relating to tasks usable in a first print processing device and creates a first task cooperative job flow executable in the first print processing device. Then, the CPU of the client PC creates definition information of the first task cooperative job flow based on an edit instruction entered using the first task information. Furthermore, the CPU of the client PC produces definition information of a second task cooperative job flow executable in a second task processing device based on the definition information of the created first cooperative job flow as well as based on second task information relating to tasks usable in the second print processing device.05-14-2009
20090122343Transmission terminal, information output device, and content transmission system - Prior to transmission of content data, a personal computer 05-14-2009
20090122342Information processing system, program, recording medium, and history information displaying method - When a transmission history such as a job is displayed, specific information is quickly retrieved from the transmission history by displaying an image included in the transmission history as a thumbnail. An information processing system includes an MFP that includes a function of transmitting image data and a client PC that instructs transmission of the image data to the MFP and the MFP and the client PC are connected to each other through a network. The client PC includes an HDD that stores therein, for each transmission job, a transmission history that includes image data that the client PC instructs the MFP to transmit, a history data creating portion that creates a thumbnail image by converting the image data of the stored transmission history into a thumbnail, and a display data control portion that causes the thumbnail image created by the history data creating portion to be displayed.05-14-2009
20090122339COMMUNICATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF ORGANIZING DUPLICATED ADDRESS BOOK RECORDS - A communication device includes a storing section, a determining section, and a storage controlling section. The storing section is configured to store a plurality of communication contact data, each communication contact datum including a set of a plurality of data entries identifying a single communication contact. The determining section is configured to determine whether any two or more of the plurality of communication contact data stored in the storing section include common data entries. The storage controlling section is configured to store the set of data entries included in the communication contact data determined to have common data entries in the storing section as a single communication contact datum when the determining section determines that there exists a plurality of communication contact data including common data entries.05-14-2009
20130135671IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit which forms an image based on a JOB; a display operation unit which enables a display and an operation for the JOB; and a control unit which manages the JOB and controls the image forming unit and the display operation unit, wherein the control unit arranges a predetermined number of JOBs on one screen according to a reservation order to be output in the display operation unit, displays a list switched of a page or scrolled by an instructing operation of a user, updates the display of the displayed list, selects the JOB in the displayed list by the instructing operation of the user, executes the instructing operation for the selected JOB, and maintains at least the selected JOB displayed on the screen to be displayed on the screen.05-30-2013
20100073722Image forming system and image forming method - An image forming system including an image reading apparatus and a printing apparatus connected to the image reading apparatus through a communication line, in which the image reading apparatus includes a font information acquiring unit which acquires font information indicating a type of a font installed on the printing apparatus, a print data generating unit which generates desired print data by using the font information acquired from the font information acquiring unit, and a print data transmitting unit which transmits the print data generated by the print data generating unit to the printing apparatus, and in which the printing apparatus prints out the desired print data on the basis of the print data transmitted from the print data transmitting unit.03-25-2010
20120176642INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An information processing system includes an information management apparatus that accepts image generation requests and an image generation section that generates image data, which is provided independently of the information management apparatus. The information management apparatus issues a job ID in response to a print request from a client, and transmits the job ID and a URL of the image generation apparatus to the client. Based on the URL, the client directly requests the image generation apparatus for image data corresponding to the job ID.07-12-2012
20090323116COMMUNICATION DEVICE HAVING THE CAPABILITY OF PERFORMING INFORMATION EXHANGE BETWEEN A FACSIMILE MEDIUM AND AN ELECTRONIC INFORMATION MEDIUM SUCH AS AN E-MAIL MEDIUM - A communication device allows a user to get access from the outside via an external public line to obtain e-mail data stored in a device connected to an internal system via a computer network such as a LAN without causing a reduction in security. More specifically, the communication device is connected to a LAN via a LAN I/F and also connected to the public line via a line I/F. If the communication device receives a remote operation command via the public line, a CPU of the communication device gets access to a post office of an e-mail server so as to get e-mail data in accordance with the remote operation command. The obtained e-mail data is converted to facsimile image data and transmitted by means of facsimile to a specified destination.12-31-2009
20100118339COMMUNICATION TERMINAL ADAPTED TO DIRECT DIAL-IN SERVICE AND METHOD OF ESTABLISHING POLARITY - A communication terminal supporting direct dial-in service that can accurately establish polarities of station lines and prevent erroneous operation has a direct dial-in connection function of push-button method, and includes: a polarity determining circuit determining polarities of a pair of station lines; a primary acknowledgement signal transmitting circuit responsive to a reception of a call signal after the polarity determining circuit detected reversal of polarities of the station lines, for transmitting a primary acknowledgement signal to a line; an extension designation signal detecting circuit for detecting, after transmission of the primary acknowledgement signal by the primary acknowledgement signal transmitting circuit, reception of an extension designation signal from an exchange, and a polarity establishing circuit responsive to detection by the extension designation signal detecting circuit of the extension designation signal, for establishing polarities of the pair of station lines determined by the polarity determining circuit.05-13-2010
20100118340PRINTING SYSTEM AND SERVER THEREFOR - A printing system includes a server and a plurality of printing devices connected with the server via a network. A maximum number of printable sheets is set for each of the printing devices. Upon receipt of a print request, when determining that a remaining number of printable sheets is insufficient, a first printing device issues a transfer request to the server. In response to the transfer request, the server selects a second printing device that cedes at least part of the maximum number of printable sheets therefor, based on respective frequencies of printing operations of the printing devices other than the first printing device, and issues a transfer instruction to each of the first printing device and the second printing device, the transfer instruction causing the first and second printing devices to increase and decrease their maximum numbers of printable sheets, respectively.05-13-2010
20100118337PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT JOB PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Device capability information associated with a print job is specified, and it is determined whether the specified device capability information is valid in a printing system. If it is determined that the specified device capability information is valid, print processing is done. If it is determined that the specified device capability information is invalid, it is further determined whether the printing system can execute the print job. Then, execution of the print processing is controlled.05-13-2010
20130083350CONTENT RETRIEVAL VIA ASSIGNMENTS - In one embodiment, a first assignment is received. The first assignment is an assignment of a category tag to first content accessible via a first printer application. A second assignment is received. The second assignment is an assignment of the category tag to second content accessible via a second printer application. The first and second assignments are stored. Functionality to facilitate retrieval of content via the assignments is provided to a network-connected printer. A request to print selected content from among the first and second content is received. Responsive to the request, the selected content is retrieved, raster processed, and sent to the printer.04-04-2013
20130208308IMAGE CAPTURE UNIT AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM USED IN COMBINATION WITH SAME - An image capture unit and computer readable medium used in combination therewith is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, the image capture unit includes an image capturing sensor, a visual display, an instance of the computer readable medium, and circuitry for integrating functionalities thereof. The computer readable medium causes sensor data received from the image capturing sensor to be processed. The sensor data includes a plurality of image tiles and position indicating data defining a respective relative position of each one of each image tiles. Each one of each image tiles includes data representing a discrete portion of visual content. The computer readable medium causes a feedback image be displayed on the visual display. Displaying the feedback image includes correlate the relative position of each one of each image tiles with at least one other image tile that has previously generated and displayed.08-15-2013
20100073726INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS, AND THEIR CONTROL METHOD - This invention relates to a printing apparatus or information processing apparatus, which is connected to a peripheral device management apparatus and holds updatable resource data. The printing apparatus or information processing apparatus asynchronously receives an output job and resource data used upon processing the output job from the peripheral device management apparatus connected to it. Upon receiving the resource data, reception of a new output job after the reception of the resource data is stopped. When it is determined that the process of a print job, which has already been received and queued, is complete, the held resource data is updated by the resource data received by a reception unit.03-25-2010
20100073725Optimized Printing Of Electronic Documents - Approaches for the optimized printing of electronic documents are provided. The approaches are applicable to a wide variety of contexts and implementations and include generating an estimated processing time for an electronic document and reporting the estimated processing time back to a client device. Generating an estimated time to process includes processing at least a portion of the print data. Further, the approaches include re-ordering a processing queue based on the estimated processing time for the electronic document, and additionally based on an in-queue time for each print data in the processing queue. Further, any user-designated priority may be factored into the re-ordering of print data in the processing queue, or in the alternative, bypass the optimization process entirely. These approaches may be implemented on a printing device, a print server, a client device or any other device capable of utilizing these approaches.03-25-2010
20100073723PRINTING METHOD AND APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND MULITMEDIA APPARATUS - A printing method and apparatus, a print control method, and a multimedia apparatus are provided. The printing method includes receiving a multimedia file or additional information of the multimedia file from a multimedia apparatus; interpreting the multimedia file or the additional information of the multimedia and obtaining at least one item included in the additional information; and printing the obtained at least one item.03-25-2010
20100073721SCANNER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - A scanner, an image forming apparatus including the same, an image processing method of the scanner and a printing method of the image forming apparatus. The image processing method includes acquiring an environment image, acquiring a main scan image by scanning a document on a flatbed, and extracting a document image from the main scan image using the environment image when the document is scanned with the cover in an open position.03-25-2010
20100073720PRINT SYSTEM FOR CONFERENCING AND PRINT METHOD THEREOF - A print system for conferencing includes a plurality of print apparatuses that are provided in a plurality of conference locations and interconnected via a network; a storage that registers in itself, data of conference material and information of prospective attendees from the respective conference locations; and a detector that detects the start of a conference. Each of the print apparatuses obtains and records the registered data of conference material and information of prospective attendees from the conference location where the print apparatus is provided, then prints as many copies of conference material as the number of the prospective attendees, if the start of a conference is detected.03-25-2010
20100073719FACSIMILE APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A mechanism for reserving a line for use in facsimile transmission before issuance of a user's instruction to execute facsimile transmission is provided. To accomplish this, when a user has initiated settings for facsimile transmission (step S03-25-2010
20100073718SALES DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORE PRINTER SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A sales data processing apparatus is connected to another one or more sales data processing apparatuses and a plurality of printers via a communication network. Printer identification information and address information on the communication network is set on each printer. The sales data processing apparatus includes: a communication section to transmit and receive data to and from the printers and another one or more sales data processing apparatuses; a storage section to store a printer network table in which printer identification information and address information, for each printer are associated with one another; an inquiry section to transmit inquiry data for requesting the printer identification, information and address information set on each printer, to each printer; and an update section to update the printer network table when the printer identification information and address information are received from each printer in response to the inquiry data.03-25-2010
20100073717REAL-TIME SYNCHRONIZATION OF FRONT AND BACK SIDE PRINTING IN DOUBLE-SIDED WEB PRINTING - A system and a method for synchronizing printing of images on both sides of a web in a double-sided web printer includes a method including printing a first image on a first side of the web by a first printing device; printing a second image on a second side of the web, opposite the first side, by a second printing device; sensing a position of the web, relative to the second printing device, by a web position measuring device; real-time communicating an electronic printing position signal, representative for the printing position of the first image on the web, between the first printing device and the second printing device; and printing the second image synchronized to the first image based on the electronic printing position signal and the position of the web relative to the second printing device.03-25-2010
20100073716Method and Apparatus for Forming a Document Set - A method for forming a document set is described. The document set is formed from rectangular sheets and includes an envelope sheet and at least one insert sheet where the at least one insert sheet and the envelope sheet are selected from a range of industry standard rectangular sizes. The method further includes the steps of printing the envelope sheet with envelope information, the envelope information including a unique code identifier and also printing each of the at least one insert sheets with insert information, the insert information including a unique code identifier and then collating the envelope sheet and the at least one insert sheet to form the document set.03-25-2010
20100073715IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING PRINTING OPERATION THEREOF - A method of processing a printing operation in an image forming apparatus in which a plurality of printing jobs are processed in a single printing job includes generating connection information to unify a plurality of printing jobs, changing the plurality of printing jobs to a single printing job using the connection information, and printing data corresponding to the single printing job.03-25-2010
20100073714IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, MANAGEMENT SERVER, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing system that can remove users' burden in implementing services by external devices. The image processing device includes the information receiver that receives a list of internal and external service identifiers each of which identifies a corresponding internal and external service, the reception unit that displays the list, receives a selection of an internal or external service identifier, and receives a designation of object image data, and the data transmitter that transmits the selected external service identifier and the designated object image data. The management server includes the information storage unit that stores the list, the information transmitter that transmits the list, the data receiver that receives the external service identifier and the object image data, and the requester that transmits the external service identifier and the object image data to the external device and requests to implement the external service identified by the external service identifier.03-25-2010
20100073713APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM TO TRANSFER DOCUMENT - A document transfer method, document transfer apparatus and document transfer system. The document transfer method includes transferring a document and metadata required to request an additional transfer of the document from a sending device to a receiving device, editing the transferred metadata to request an additional transfer of the document, storing the edited metadata in the receiving device, and additionally transferring the document based on the stored metadata by the sending device.03-25-2010
20100073711METHOD OF MONITORING A SEQUENCE OF DOCUMENTS - A method of monitoring a sequence of documents passing along a transport path is described. The method including: operating a radiation transmitter with a control signal at a first, working, level to cause radiation at a first intensity to impinge on one side of a document as it passes an inspection position in the transport path; receiving at a radiation receiver, radiation from the transmitter that has passed through the document, the radiation receiver generating an output signal with a level related to the intensity of the received radiation; and monitoring the output signal to detect the presence and/or a characteristic of the document. A calibration process is carried out between successive documents, the calibration process including: operating the radiation transmitter with a control signal at a second, calibration, level to cause radiation at a second intensity less than the first intensity to be transmitted towards the receiver, and adjusting the level of the resultant output signal from the receiver to a predetermined value.03-25-2010
20100073710INFORMATION-PROCESSING DEVICE, AN INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND A STORING MEDIUM - An information-processing device includes: an execution unit that executes a first part of a process, based on process instruction data representing a process including a first part and a second part of the process, the first part and the second part of the process performed by the information-processing device and an external device, respectively; an instruction unit that instructs the external device to execute the second part of the process; a receiving unit that receives data from the external device regarding the history of the second part of the process; and a memory that stores data regarding the history of the first part of the process and data received by the receiving unit.03-25-2010
20100073709METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR ENCODING GRAPHICAL PRIMITIVES - Encoding a graphical element for processing can utilize an edge pair format in which the graphical element is divided into multiple objects, where each object contains exactly two edges which do not cross or self-intersect. Another format is a run-length encoding (RLE) format in which the graphical element is divided into multiple lines, where the RLE format includes an X start position, a Y start position, a length of a first of the lines, and, for each subsequent line, indications of right and left edge steps relative to the immediately proceeding line.03-25-2010
20100073724PLUG-IN SOFTWARE PROGRAM, FUNCTION EXTENSION METHOD, AND FUNCTION EXTENSION DEVICE - A paper size that can be created using an application software program (hereinafter abbreviated as an application) operating on a computer often has a maximum value, and maximum values differ from application to application. Thus, in order to obtain a printout of a size larger than the maximum paper size of an application, cumbersome operations have been needed such as calculating a paper size (including an aspect ratio) while taking the maximum paper size of the application into consideration, setting the paper size in the application, and calculating and setting an enlargement ratio of a printer driver.03-25-2010
20100073712PRINT JOB ASSIGNMENT METHOD ALLOWING USER-PRIORITIZATION - An automatic job assignment method implemented in a print job management apparatus for processing print jobs in a multiple-printer print shop environment described. Each print job is processed by comparing the printing requirements of the job with capabilities of the printers to find one or more candidate printers that can satisfy all job requirements. Then, from all such candidate printers, one printer is selected by evaluating real-time conditions of the printers, such as wait time, device status, periodic maintenance (PM) count, operation history, job ticket history, etc., and the print job is submitted to the selected printer. The real-time conditions and the order in which they are evaluated are set by the operator. The process can also be run in an alternative mode where one of the candidate printers is selected based on a pre-defined fixed priority preference.03-25-2010
20100073708OPERATION APPARATUS, PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An operation apparatus includes: an execution request unit that requests a processing apparatus, which executes a predetermined processing, to execute the predetermined processing; a first receiving unit that receives a notification, from the processing apparatus to which the execution of the predetermined processing is requested, that the execution of the predetermined processing can not be requested due to generation of an error; and a register unit that registers, in a case where the notification is received by the first receiving unit, information that the processing apparatus can not be used, in association with the processing apparatus.03-25-2010
20100073706PRINTING OF PROOF COPY WITH REDUCED RESOURCE USAGE IN A PRINT SHOP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A proof copy printing method implemented in a print shop. When a user desires to print a proof copy of a print job while reducing resource usage, the user activates a GUI screen, which allows the user to conveniently set multiple parameters that will achieve reduced resource usage. When printing the proof copy, the values set on the GUI screen are used to temporarily override the corresponding parameter values specified in the job ticket without modifying the job ticket itself. When the user desires to print the job normally, the user activates the GUI screen to cancel the proof mode. The system then prints the job using the job parameter values specified in the job ticket.03-25-2010
20100073705PRINT JOB ASSIGNMENT METHOD ALLOWING USER-PRIORITIZATION - An automatic job assignment method implemented in a print job management apparatus for processing print jobs in a multiple-printer print shop environment described. Each print job is processed by comparing the printing requirements of the job with capabilities of the printers to find one or more candidate printers that can satisfy all job requirements. Then, from all such candidate printers, one printer is selected by evaluating real-time conditions of the printers, such as wait time, device status, periodic maintenance (PM) count, operation history, etc., and the print job is submitted to the selected printer. The real-time conditions and the order in which they are evaluated are set by the operator. The process can also be run in an alternative mode where one of the candidate printers is selected based on a pre-defined fixed priority preference.03-25-2010
20100073707SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING VIRTUAL CLOUD PRINTING - A streaming printer that facilitates virtual cloud printing may include a network interface that receives engine-ready data from a cloud computing grid. The streaming printer may also include a raster input storage that temporarily holds the engine-ready data that is received via the network interface. The streaming printer may also include an engine cache storage that persistently holds the engine-ready data. The streaming printer may also include an output engine that outputs the engine-ready data.03-25-2010
20100039666RECEIPT ISSUING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR A RECEIPT ISSUING DEVICE, PRINTING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR A PRINTING DEVICE - A receipt issuing device, control method for a receipt issuing device, printing device, and a control method for a printing device can eliminate issuing unnecessary receipts without requiring changing the application of the host device. A transaction information reception unit 02-18-2010
20090195828COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A communication apparatus is provided. The communication apparatus includes: a reading unit which reads original document data from a page of a transmission original document; a transmission unit which transmits original document data read by the reading unit to a designated destination; an acquisition unit which wirelessly acquires identification information capable of identifying a specific original document transmitted by the transmission unit in one communication from a wireless tag attached to each of a plurality of pages of a target original document; and an extraction unit which extracts the specific original document from the target original document based on the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit.08-06-2009
20130038903IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit that stores a plurality of print jobs, a job reception unit that receives a print job selected from the plurality of print jobs stored in the storage unit, an operation-type reception unit that receives an operation type of the print job when the selection of the print job is received, and a selection unit that automatically selects the print job as an operational target from the plurality of print jobs based on the operation type received by the operation-type reception unit.02-14-2013
20130038905SCANNING-PRINTING INTEGRATED MACHINE FOR LOTTER TICKET PRINTING AND CASHING - The invention discloses a scanning-printing integrated machine for lottery ticket printing and cashing, comprising a first passage connected with an external paper inlet, a second passage connected with a paper house, a third passage connected with a paper outlet, and a control device, wherein a paper outlet of the first passage and a paper outlet of the second passage meet together at the third passage, at least one pair of delivery rollers is arranged in the first passage, a first printing mechanism and a paper cutting mechanism are arranged in the second passage, a scanning mechanism and a second printing mechanism for printing mark information on a medium are in sequence arranged in the third passage, wherein the control device judges the validity of the medium according to medium images collected by the scanning mechanism, and controls the printing operation of the second printing mechanism according to the judgment result. The scanning-printing integrated machine of the invention can not only achieve printing and cashing of the lottery tickets, but also detect the integrality of the printed contents.02-14-2013
20130038902INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus, which stores attribute data of a job executed by an image processing apparatus, and reference information of image data associated with the job in a storage device as a job log, saves image data corresponding to reference information in the storage device as cached data. Then, the apparatus acquires image data corresponding to reference information included in a job log from the cached data in the storage device, and outputs a job log appended with the acquired image data to an external system.02-14-2013
20130038904Network 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.02-14-2013
20130038900PROCESSING A FILE FOR PRINTING - Methods and systems are disclosed for processing a file having a plurality of pages for printing by: for each page in the file, determining whether to perform a trapping function on that page; and distributing the pages in the file among a plurality of parallel raster image processors based on the determination for each page of whether to perform the trapping function.02-14-2013
20130038897PRINTING DEVICE DISCOVERY - A method for printing device discovery includes, with a server system on a network, sending out a broadcast request to determine network addresses for printing devices on the network, interrogating the printing devices to determine characteristics of the printing devices, categorizing the printing devices based on the characteristics, and providing a list of classified printing devices to a client device on the network in response to a request from the client device.02-14-2013
20130038899REMOTE PRINT PREVIEW GENERATION - A print preview is displayed for a printer on a network. A selection of a document to be printed by the printer is accepted, and a request for the selected document is sent from the printer to a remote print preview service. There is a determination of whether the printer supports a native print preview function capable of displaying a visually acceptable print preview on a display unit of the printer. If the printer supports such a native print preview function, the printer requests the remote print preview service to generate a native print preview compatible with the capabilities of the printer and to transmit the generated native print preview to the printer. If the printer does not support such a native print preview function, the printer requests the remote print preview service to generate a print preview for an alternate display device, and to transmit the generated print preview to the alternate display device.02-14-2013
20130038901FACSIMILE APPARATUS - There is provided a facsimile apparatus which includes a scanning section, an operating section which inputs a facsimile number, a first communication section which is connected to a communication line, a first communication control section which controls the first communication section, a first storage section in which information of the remote apparatus has been stored, a first judgment section which judges whether or not information of the remote apparatus corresponding to a first facsimile number is stored in the first storage section, a re-input section which inputs a second facsimile number when the information of the remote apparatus is stored in the first storage section. When the first judging section judges that the information of the remote apparatus is stored in the first storage section, or when the first facsimile number and the second facsimile number are same, the facsimile apparatus transmits facsimile data to the remote apparatus.02-14-2013
20130038898CONFIGURABLE LOCKED PRINTING - Techniques are provided for generating and updating locked print data. An apparatus receives from a first device, document identification data that identifies an electronic document to be printed. In response to receiving the document identification data that identifies an electronic document to be printed, a print preview and a release code for the electronic document are generated. The apparatus sends the print preview and the release code to the first device. The apparatus receives, from a printing device, the release code and print criteria that indicate one or more portions of the electronic document to be printed. The one or more portions of the electronic document comprise less than the entire electronic document. In response to receiving the release code and the print criteria from the printing device, the apparatus provides, to the printing device, print data that includes the one or more portions of the electronic document.02-14-2013
20130038894Method of sending data over a computer network - A method and apparatus for transmitting data, such as class 1, 2, or 3 facsimile image data streams, over Internet Global Area Networks. In one embodiment of the invention related to the transmission of facsimile data, a first device converts local facsimile image data streams into electronic data streams, transmits the data stream over the network, to a second device at the remote facsimile machine which reconverts the electronic data to facsimile image data and prints it out on said remote facsimile machine.02-14-2013
20130038896DIRECT PRINTING FROM MOBILE DEVICES USING A NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC) DEVICE - In accordance with aspects of the present disclosure, a method, product, apparatus and system is disclosed. The method includes coupling a print device to a printer, wherein the print device comprises a memory arranged to store information including a printer driver associated with the printer; coupling a mobile device to the print device; receiving a document stored on the mobile device; converting the document to a format suitable to be printed by the printer using the print driver; and transmitting, by a transmitter, the document to the printer.02-14-2013
20130038895MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND PRINTER HAVING A PARTICULATE SENSOR FOR AIR QUALITY MONITORING - A mobile communication device includes a wireless transceiver to provide voice communications and a particulate sensor that indicates the amount of particulates detected by the sensor. Control logic in the mobile communication device causes data indicative of the sensor signal to be transmitted through a wireless transceiver. A printer is also disclosed that includes a particulate sensor to monitor air quality at the printer.02-14-2013
20130083352IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT READING METHOD - An image reading apparatus includes: an operation unit; a setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of operation modes, in which different processing is executed for a document, in accordance with an operation content of the operation unit; a reading unit configured to read the document in response to a reading execution request from the operation unit; and a control unit configured to control the reading unit whether or not to execute a reading preparation operation before the reading execution request is made depending on the set operation modes set by the setting unit.04-04-2013
20130083351METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING PRINT ON DEMAND JOBS BY MAINTAINING CUSTOMER ORDER RECORDS WITH CONTENT IDENTIFICATION OF PRINTED ARTICLES - A method and system for managing print job through a process that includes the steps of receiving a print job order for printing a multiplicity of articles, processing the multiplicity of articles to create an identification (ID) for each article, and determining whether an article ID stored in a database matches any of the new IDs of the multiplicity articles. If a matching article ID does not exist, then keeping the article and storing the ID of the kept article in the database. If a matching article ID exists, then removing the article from the print job, and repeating the above steps until all of the multiplicity of articles are processed accordingly. When printing the job, only the remaining articles are printed.04-04-2013
20090262382Network System, Cable Set, and Method and Program for Controlling Network System - A network system is provided with a cable set having a nonvolatile memory module mounted thereon, and a printer connected by the cable set. The printer is provided with a set information read means for reading set information for performing initial setting of itself from a nonvolatile memory module of the connected cable set, and an initial setting means for performing initial setting based on the read set information.10-22-2009
20100060931Document management system - This disclosure discloses a document management system comprising: a scan apparatus provided with an optical reading device configured to optically read a paper medium to be processed and to create image data corresponding to said paper medium; a radio frequency identification (RFID) label producing apparatus configured to produce an RFID label to be affixed onto said paper medium, having a tag communication device that carries out radio communication to an RFID tag circuit element provided with an IC circuit part storing information and a tag antenna that transmits and receives information in reading by said optical reading device; and a database configured to store said image data corresponding to said paper medium and tag identification information of said RFID tag circuit element provided at said RFID label corresponding to said paper medium in association with each other, provided inside said scan apparatus or separately from said scan apparatus.03-11-2010
20130033725INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus determines whether a file exists in a path specified by a specific command if it is determined that the specific command for reading another file is described in a GPD file, and displays a print setting screen based on the GPD file and the file in the specified path if it is determined that the file exists in the path specified by the specific command, or ignores the specific command and displays a print setting screen based on the GPD file if it is determined that the file does not exist in the path specified by the specific command.02-07-2013
20130033724CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A control apparatus, which controls a processing apparatus for processing recording media and includes a storage unit configured to store medium number information indicating a number of recording media processable altogether by the processing apparatus, includes a counting unit and a control unit. The counting unit counts a number of recording media processed by the processing apparatus for each processing. The control unit determines whether the counted number of recording media reaches the number indicated by the medium number information. In response to determining that the number of the recording media counted by the counting unit reaches the number indicated by the medium number information, the control unit changes the medium number information stored in the storage unit to expanded medium number information indicating a number of recording media larger than the number indicated by the stored medium number information and processable altogether by the processing apparatus.02-07-2013
20130033727PRINTING SYSTEM, SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing system, responsive to a request from an image forming apparatus, applies general-purpose print setting to print setting information of a printer driver in the image forming apparatus specified in the request, applies dedicated print setting using a ticket in a print job stored in a storage device to the print setting information to which the general-purpose print setting has been applied, reflects the print setting information of the printer driver to which the dedicated print setting has been applied, on the print setting information in the print job, generates a print job including the reflected print setting information in the print job and print data in the print job, and outputs the generated print job to the image forming apparatus.02-07-2013
20130033726PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD - A client apparatus, after inputting a print job to a print service server apparatus, delivers a multicast message including information relating to an execution apparatus that executes the print job and information relating to a proxy apparatus managed by the print service server apparatus that manages the execution apparatus. When an image output apparatus receives the message, the image output apparatus determines whether the apparatus itself executes the print job or requests the proxy apparatus to execute the print job for the apparatus itself, based on a content of the message. If the image output apparatus determines to request the proxy apparatus to execute the print job for the apparatus itself, the image output apparatus requests the proxy apparatus to execute the print job.02-07-2013
20130033722SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING CONTENT TO A PERIPHERAL DEVICE - One example discloses a system for providing content to a peripheral device including a memory for storing computer executable instructions and a processing unit for accessing the memory and executing the computer executable instructions. The computer executable instructions include a composite application to invoke, in response to a user-input at a peripheral device, a predetermined set of print applications from a plurality of print applications stored in a cloud server, the composite application to provide content from the plurality of print applications to the peripheral device.02-07-2013
20130033723METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY RECOMMENDING RULES BASED ON DESIRED PRINT CRITERIA - A method and system for automatically creating and recommending a set of optimal rules based on a desired print criterion. A print governance application can be configured with respect to a rendering server to analyze one or more rendering jobs submitted within a specified time period by considering each rendering job attributes in order to collect a rendering data. A desired print criterion can be entered by an administrator in order to manage the rendering job behavior. The collected rendering data can be analyzed to dynamically create the set of optimal rules by a rules engine in order to achieve a desired level of reduction with respect to each user based on the desired print criterion. The rules can be accepted by default and/or presented to the user for acceptance with an equated level of reduction. Such an approach provides the best fit rule to automatically reduce print output costs and lower paper wastage.02-07-2013
20100046031Printer With Vertical Media Flow Path - A printer is disclosed. The printer includes a print media supply station for storing print media. The printer further includes a print engine station arranged to receive print media from the print media supply and to print on the print media. A binding assembly station is also included which is configured to apply adhesive along an edge of each sheet of print media after printed upon, and to compile the print media into a bound stack. A receptacle station receives the bound stack. The print media supply station, the print engine station, the binding assembly station and the receptacle station are arranged vertically.02-25-2010
20100046030Method of Performing 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 media identifier is determined from the data and a digital copy of a document is retrieved, the digital copy being associated with the print media identifier and including 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.02-25-2010
20100046028HOST APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING DATA PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus for shortening an engine driving start point, includes an interface to receive printing data including a first page of a printable document as rasterized data and page information from a host apparatus; an engine unit to perform printing; and a main controller to print the rasterized data first by driving the engine unit using the page information in response to the printing data received through the interface. Thus, the printing speed is enhanced.02-25-2010
20100046032Method for Ensuring Reliable Transmission of DCN Signal by a Gateway - A method for ensuring reliable transmission of a DCN signal by a gateway is disclosed. When acting as a sending gateway, the gateway packs a DCN signal detected into an IFP packet and sends the IFP packet to the IP side, then, reports a fax end event to a Soft Switch after a designated delay period; and the Soft Switch issues a State Switching Command for switching the two gateways back to voice state after receiving the fax end event. When acting as a receiving gateway, the gateway modulates a DCN signal detected and sends the modulated DCN signal to a receiving facsimile machine; if a switching command issued by a Soft Switch is received during sending the DCN signal, the gateway delays the switching; if the gateway has not received a switching command after the DCN data is sent, the gateway initiatively reports a fax end event.02-25-2010
20100046025Tape printer - A CPU in a control circuit part powers off a tape printer when a pressing signal is continuously input from a power switch during a predetermined time on condition that the tape printer is connected to a LAN, in other words, on condition that a LAN connection signal is input from a communication control circuit part. Also, the CPU powers off the tape printer at the almost same time when the pressing signal is input from the power switch on condition that the tape printer is not connected to the LAN, in other words, on condition that the LAN connection signal is not input.02-25-2010
20100046024METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A FRANKING MARK, AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD - There is provided a method and system for the production of a postage indicium, whereby the postage indicium is made available to an operating unit using an intelligent document. An exemplary method comprises making a query as to whether the postage indicium has already been printed before in response to the document being opened. The exemplary method also comprises checking whether there is access to a network as part of a checking step. The exemplary method additionally comprises printing the postage indicium via a program for controlling printing if a network connection exists between a franking client and a franking server, and if, on the basis of a query to the franking server, it is ascertained that that postage indicium has not been printed before.02-25-2010
20100046023CLIENT DEVICE TO SET JOB PROFILE AND METHOD THEREOF - A client device to set a job profile for an image forming apparatus, the client device including: a driver unit to receive job option information from the image forming apparatus; and an application program unit to execute an application program for generating a user interface (UI) that provides a job profile corresponding to the received job option information. If the job profile is selected through the UI, the driver unit controls the image forming apparatus to perform a job by applying the job option information corresponding to the selected job profile. Accordingly, a user can easily perform the job setting.02-25-2010
20100046027IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CLIENT, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD IN IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus, a client, an image forming system and a control method in the image forming system, the system including: an image forming apparatus and a client connected to the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes an embedded web server storing data on a plurality of executing windows respectively corresponding to a plurality of display items of the image forming apparatus. The client includes a display unit and a selection unit to select at least one display item to be displayed from among the plurality of items provided by the image forming apparatus. Accordingly, the client displays, through the display unit, the executing window based on data on an executing window corresponding to the display item of the web server.02-25-2010
20100046026IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming method and image forming apparatus for printing a print data file provided from an external device such as a cellular phone or a universal serial bus (USB) memory device. The image forming apparatus displays the print data file, sets a print profile of the print data file based on a user's input, prints the print data file based on the print profile, and shares the print profile with the external device.02-25-2010
20100123930WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - A technique is provided that enables efficient determination of the executability of a workflow while considering changes in processing target data that are sequentially processed in the workflow. A workflow management apparatus includes: a processing result acquisition unit which acquires information about processed data that is processed in a processing unit of plural processing units; an execution condition acquisition unit which acquires information about an execution condition of processing in a processing unit located downstream from the processing unit for which the information about the processed data is acquired by the processing result acquisition unit; and an executability determination unit which determines whether or not the processed data with its information acquired by the processing result acquisition unit can be processed in a processing unit located downstream from the processing unit in which the processed data is processed, on the basis of the information about the execution condition acquired by the execution condition acquisition unit.05-20-2010
20090174903METHOD AND SYSTEM OF REMOTE MONITORING OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A method and system for monitoring and controlling machines, such as printers, copiers, facsimile machine and other image forming machines. A server is used for transmitting and communicating information among machines and computers. The server acquires, after machine installation, reference values and during operation, current condition information. The server evaluates this information with the reference values such that a response to the machine may be executed remotely. The server also may update the reference values which change during operation.07-09-2009
20100103462FACSIMILE APPARATUS THAT CAN TRANSFER IMAGE DATA RECEIVED AS AN E-MAIL MESSAGE TO ANOTHER FACSIMILE APPARATUS - A facsimile apparatus that receives an e-mail message through a local area network, stores image data contained in the e-mail message in a data storage unit, converts the image data stored in the data storage unit into image data that a facsimile terminal can properly handle, and transfers the converted image data to the facsimile terminal. The facsimile apparatus accordingly can transfer the image data contained in the received e-mail message to the facsimile terminal even if the facsimile terminal cannot receive e-mail messages.04-29-2010
20100103454Image Forming Method, Image Forming Apparatus, and Image Forming System - An image forming method includes: dividing input image data; transmitting first divided data to a first image processing unit; transmitting second divided data to a second image processing unit; image-processing the first divided data transmitted to the first image processing unit; image-processing the second divided data transmitted to the second image processing unit; and forming an image based on the first divided data image-processed by the first image processing unit and the second divided data image-processed by the second image processing unit.04-29-2010
20100103460PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A printing apparatus is caused to print an image in which elements included in a document are arranged on a page by a print control method. The document, which includes the elements and information for arranging the elements, is acquired. An element disposed on an edge of the page is detected from among the elements included in the acquired document. The printing apparatus is caused to print an image in which the elements included in the document are arranged on the page and in which the element disposed on the edge of the page is expanded to a predetermined output area.04-29-2010
20100103455IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a light source which irradiates an original with light, an imaging unit which images by condensing reflected and scattered light from the original via a plurality of reflecting mirrors and imaging mirrors, and a photoelectric conversion unit which converts, into an electrical signal, the reflected and scattered light imaged by the imaging unit. The imaging unit is an imaging optical system which is adjusted such that the difference between the spectral characteristic at an end portion in the main-scanning direction of the image reading apparatus and that at the central portion in the main-scanning direction becomes 5% or less at the peak wavelength of the light source.04-29-2010
20100097652Method Of Printing A Compressed Image Having Bi-Level Black Contone Data Layers - A method of printing a compressed image includes the steps of receiving the image, having a bi-level black data layer and a continuous tone (contone) CMYK data layer, from an image host; expanding the image by decompressing the two data layers in parallel; halftoning the contone CMYK data layer into bi-level CMYK data layer; compositing the bi-level black data layer over the bi-level CMYK data layer to form a composited bi-level CMYK image; separating the color planes of the composited bi-level CMYK image, and separating each color plane into even and odd pixels; storing the odd and even pixels of each color plane in respective odd and even FIFOs for each color; and printing the composited bi-level CMYK image with a pagewidth printhead onto a print medium.04-22-2010
20100097645INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREOF - An information processing apparatus searches for an apparatus that has a transmission destination that can be accessed from an image forming apparatus on a network when a transmission destination of file transmission processing cannot be accessed from the image forming apparatus, generates a process flow including processing in which the image forming apparatus transmits a file to the transmission destination in the apparatus found through the search and transmits the generated process flow to the image forming apparatus, and generates a process flow including processing for moving the file from the transmission destination in the apparatus found through the search to a designated transmission destination and stores the generated process flow in the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus executes the generated process flow when the end of the processing is notified from the image forming apparatus.04-22-2010
20100027054COMPUTER NETWORK INCLUDING A PRINTER CONTROL DEVICE WITH WEB SERVER INTERFACE AND RELATED METHODS - A computer network may include at least one network printer, a plurality of network computers for generating print jobs for the at least one network printer, and a network print server coupled to the plurality of network computers for queuing the print jobs for the at least one network printer. Moreover, the computer network may further include at least one printer control device coupled between the network print server and the at least one network printer. The at least one printer control device may be configured to provide remote access to the at least one network printer via the World Wide Web (Web) using a Web communications protocol, communicate the print jobs from the network print server to the at least one network printer, and isolate the network print server from remote access communications formatted in the Web communications protocol.02-04-2010
20090273808RESUBMISSION TO ALTERNATE PRINTERS TO HELP EFFICIENT PRINTING AND SPACE PLANNING - A method starts when a print job is received from a workstation. The print job includes user printing options and an identification of an initial printer. The method ranks the abilities of the available printers to process the print job to identify the best printer for the print job according to, among other items, printer proximity. If the initial printer identification creates a print policy violation, the method presents a question/statement to the workstation (to the user through the workstation) regarding whether the print job should be redirected to the best printer and provides an automated resubmit option at the workstation. If the resubmit option is activated, the method automatically submits the print job to a different available printer, without requiring the user to manually input the printing options.11-05-2009
20100110485IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD - An image processing apparatus which has a reading unit configured to read an image of a document and generate image data acquires a process definition file which defines a content of reading processing to be executed and a content of transmission processing for transmitting the generated image data, causes the reading unit to execute the reading processing to generate image data according to a definition described in the acquired process definition file, requests an external apparatus to transmit the generated image data according to the definition described in the acquired process definition file, adds, to the acquired process definition file, a description for causing the external apparatus to execute processing for notifying a result of the transmission by the external apparatus, and makes the request by transmitting, to the external apparatus, the generated image data and the process definition file to which the description is added.05-06-2010
20100110489IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME BASED ON SPEECH RECOGNITION, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming apparatus includes a speech input unit that collects a sound including an ambient sound and a speech from a user for operating the image forming apparatus, a speech recognizing unit that recognizes the speech from collected sound, and an operation control unit that changes, when speech recognizing unit recognizes the speech, an operation state of the image forming apparatus.05-06-2010
20100110483IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus prints print image data including both a duplex printing instruction and a simplex printing instruction while reducing or eliminating the development of a sheet interval. When it is determined that a print request includes both a duplex printing instruction and a simplex printing instruction, the maximum number N of transfer sheets that can be placed on a transport path is determined, and an order of output of print images is determined based on the maximum interleave number N. A blank sheet image is inserted in accordance with a switch timing from duplex printing to simplex printing.05-06-2010
20100110472SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING A PRINT JOB IN A PRINTING SYSTEM - There is disclosed a system and method of processing a document corresponding with a printable format in a print path. A browser, communicating with a user interface (having a display) and a network, is used to access a services interface, the services interface including at least one selectable service available by way of the network. A browser activating system, communicating with the browser and a print driver, is used to open the browser to display the at least one selectable service of the services interface on the user interface display. Responsive to selecting the at least one selectable service from the displayed services interface, the at least one selectable service is applied to the document corresponding with the printable format.05-06-2010
20100110481HOST APPARATUS CONNECTED TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME AND MODIFYING METHOD OF BACKGROUND FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A host apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus, an image forming system including the same and a modifying method of a background for the image forming apparatus, the modifying method including: receiving identification (ID) information of at least one image forming apparatus; determining whether to modify the background by the host apparatus with at least one ID information; and transmitting at least one modifiable background corresponding to at least one image forming apparatus if a modification of the background is to be performed. Thus, the host apparatus connected to the image forming apparatus to determine whether to modify a background according to ID information of the image forming apparatus, transmit the modifiable background to at least one image forming apparatus according to the result can save time and costs as well as providing convenience to a user.05-06-2010
20080266593Image document creation - Embodiments for creating image documents are disclosed.10-30-2008
20130128305SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING AN ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT - Methods, devices, and computer-readable storage media are provided. Some embodiments of the invention include an image processing device displaying on a display of the image processing device a machine-readable code, wherein information encoded in the machine-readable code is usable by a mobile computing device to establish a communication session between the mobile computing device and the image processing device. In some embodiments, the mobile computing device reads the machine-readable code, obtains the information by decoding the machine-readable code, and establishes the communication session using the information. In some embodiments, during the communication session, the image processing device receives a scan command, scans a physical document in response to the scan command, and sends an electronic document representing the scanned physical document to the mobile computing device.05-23-2013
20120262755IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a connection unit that is connected to an external storage device, an image reading unit that reads image data to be stored on the external storage device at least, a controller that controls power to be supplied to the image reading unit by selecting between a standard mode and a power-saving mode consuming power less than in the standard mode. When the external storage device is connecting to the connection unit while the power-saving mode is selected, the controller determines whether the external storage device is enable to be written or not. The controller supplies power to the image reading unit in the standard mode if the controller determines the external storage device is enable to be written, or supplies power to the image reading unit in the power-saving mode if the controller determines the external storage device is not enable to be written.10-18-2012
20090185222Planar Mapping of Graphical Elements - Planar rendering is described. In an implementation, a method includes approximating a shape that corresponds to an overlapping portion of at least one graphical element that is translucent with another graphical element. A color is computed for the approximated shape from respective colors of each of the graphical elements and the translucence of the at least one graphical element. The approximated shape having the computed color is formed into a communication for output to a printer.07-23-2009
20130135673INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, PRINT SERVER, PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An information processing device sends a print job to a print server for applying a printing rule to the print job. The information processing device comprises: a print job generation part for generating the print job; a display part for displaying a printing rule application result showing a result of application by the print server of the printing rule; a manipulation input part for receiving an entry of an instruction as to whether or not to continue a process relating to the print job with the printing rule application result being displayed; and a print job control part for making the process relating to the print job terminate in response to entry of the instruction to refuse continuation of the print job process, while making the print job process continue in response to entry of the instruction to permit the continuation of the print job process.05-30-2013
20080278741SCOPE-BASED XPS FILTER DRIVER CONFIGURATION TO PERFORM DYNAMIC OPERATIONS - A filter pipeline framework is provided for a printer driver including a plurality of filters. The framework includes a logical page filter configured to perform operations on logical pages within a first thread; a document level filter configured to perform document level operations within a second thread; a job level and physical page filter configured perform job level operations and physical page operations within a third thread; and a command managing unit configured to generate and manage commands compiled in command lists for the filters. Print ticket processing is performed at the beginning of the filter pipeline in the logical page filter. And further, each filter simultaneously runs within its own thread to perform a specific scope of operations defined for each filter.11-13-2008
20100110493Printer - A printer, which is configured to be connected communicably with a storage device, includes a printing unit configured to print one or more pages with images formed thereon, based on print data, a thumbnail creating unit configured to create thumbnail image data corresponding to each of the pages to be printed by the printing unit, a storage controller configured to store, into the storage device, the thumbnail image data created by the thumbnail creating unit, and a print controller configured to, responsive to the thumbnail image data being successfully stored into the storage device, control the printing unit to print a page corresponding to the thumbnail image data successfully stored.05-06-2010
20090135446DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM TRANSMITTING DATA TO PRESTORED DESTINATION ADDRESS, ADDRESS MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, ADDRESS MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND ADDRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - In order to facilitate updating of information on a destination of data, a data communication system includes a server and an MFP capable of communicating with each other. The MFP transmits to the server an update requesting signal including a source address of an e-mail received from another apparatus and related information on the source, transmits an address request to the server and receives user address data from the server, and transmits data to at least one destination address included in the received user address data. The server stores the user address data having destination addresses and related information on the destinations associated with each other, and in receipt of the update requesting signal from the MFP, rewrites the related information associated with the source address included in the update requesting signal by the user address data with the related information included in the update requesting signal.05-28-2009
20130070299MAINTENANCE DEVICE AND MAINTENANCE METHOD - According to one embodiment, a maintenance device includes a first interface, a second interface, and a processor. The first interface is configured to acquire setting information read by a reading unit configured to read the setting information from the information processing device. The communication unit is configured to acquire statistical information concerning the setting information from an external device via a network. The processor is configured to compare the setting information to the statistical information and evaluate the setting information based on a comparison result.03-21-2013
20100027055Image forming apparatus and preview display method - An image forming apparatus is provided that is capable of, in displaying a preview of image data to be output, confirming a confirmation point in accordance with an operation mode immediately without performing a user operation such as enlarging, reducing or shifting. The image processing apparatus (illustrated as a digital multi-functional peripheral) is capable of operating in each of a plurality of operation modes. The image forming apparatus is provided with an image display portion such as a touch panel for displaying a preview of image data and a set value storage portion such as control memory for storing a display set value in displaying a preview image at first on the image display portion for each operation mode.02-04-2010
20100027049RECEIVING STATION FOR MOBILE HOST EQUIPMENT, AND METHOD OF SHARING RESOURCES USING THE STATION - The invention relates to a receiving station (02-04-2010
20130027746IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, PORTABLE TERMINAL, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS IDENTIFYING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing system comprises a portable terminal and multiple image processing apparatuses. The portable terminal comprises: a determining portion which determines a target identification operation proving the identify of a target image processing apparatus; a display which displays information about the target identification operation; and an instructing portion which instructs the multiple image processing apparatuses to return answer information. The multiple image processing apparatuses each comprises: a detector which detects that the operation corresponding to the target identification operation has been performed; and a transmitter which transmits to the portable terminal, the answer information and apparatus information. Then the portable terminal further comprises: a receiver which receives the answer information and the apparatus information; and an identifying portion which identifies the target image processing apparatus based on the answer information and the apparatus information.01-31-2013
20130027744APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF OUTPUT DISTRIBUTION, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING OUTPUT DISTRIBUTION CONTROL PROGRAM - An output distribution system extracts user-specific information from job data that is generated in response to an output request, obtains terminal-specific information that identifies a terminal that is associated with a user specified by user-specific information, and transmits drawing data of the job data to an output destination determined based on the identified terminal.01-31-2013
20130027747CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - In an image processing system, when a user request is received from a client apparatus, an image processing management apparatus determines whether the user request can be processed by the image processing system to generate a determination result, and generate an instruction indicating how the image processing system should operate based on the determination result.01-31-2013
20130027745IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND OPERATIONAL PANEL PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY - An image forming apparatus, a method of controlling the same and an operational panel printed circuit board, in which if a user requests a job before a main control part is completed with booting, additional information about performing the requested job is received in advance while the main control part is being completed with booting, and the additional information received is stored in a job queue such that the additional information is transferred to the MCB part when the MCB part is completed with booting, thereby improving the user experience and the operation speed.01-31-2013
20130027742IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an installation section, a control board, a first connection terminal provided on an outer surface of the control board, a first electrical connection member provided on the installation section and electrically connected to a point of reference potential, a substrate installable in the installation section in a thickness direction of the control board, an external connection terminal provided on the substrate and externally exposed, a second connection terminal provided on a first surface of the substrate and connected to the first connection terminal when the substrate is installed into the installation section, and a second electrical connection member provided on a second surface of the substrate. The second electrical connection member makes contact with the first electrical connection member and is electrically connected to the point of reference potential via the first electrical connection member when the substrate is installed into the installation section.01-31-2013
20130027741PRINTER REGISTRATION - Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to registration of a printer. It is determined that the printer is within a range of a mobile device. A short-range wireless link is established between the printer and the mobile computing device. Registration information is transmitted to a printing platform.01-31-2013
20130027743APPLICATION DELIVERING SYSTEM - An application delivering system includes an image forming apparatus that stores list information including plural sets of information, each including an item indicating a function capable of being provided by the image forming apparatus, and ID of an application program which is necessary to use the function in correspondence with the item indicating the function; an information terminal that determines whether it is necessary to obtain the application program to use a desired function of the image forming apparatus selected by a user among the functions indicated by the items included in the list information and sends a request for delivering the application program including ID of the application program to the application delivering server; and an application delivering server that stores application programs in correspondence with ID and delivers the application program identified by the ID included in the request to the information terminal.01-31-2013
20130027740IDENTIFYING NEWLY CONNECTED PRINTERS - In one embodiment, actual usage data is obtained for a printer connected to a network. The actual usage data is compared to a usage model for a newly connected printer. The printer is identified as newly connected in response to determining the actual usage data is consistent with the usage model. Information that the printer is newly connected is displayed.01-31-2013
20130027739PRINTING OF ENCRYPTED PRINT CONTENT - Encrypted print content is to be decrypted to produce decrypted print content. The decrypted print content is then printed.01-31-2013
20090128855Method and apparatus printing e-mail - An e-mail printing method and its apparatus print an e-mail directly received from an e-mail sender. A printing apparatus is designated as/assigned a domain name, thereby providing a print destination. The print-destination domain name is included in the e-mail by the e-mail sender and the e-mail is transferred to the e-mail printing apparatus as designated by the e-mail sender using the print-destination domain name. Accordingly, a receiving mail server is bypassed, allowing quick/direct printing of the e-mail in real time, and eliminating an e-mail printing failure caused by malfunctioning of the receiving mail server.05-21-2009
20130208314IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A scroll distance in a scroll display performed during a preview display of a print job to which a specific printing method is specified is set to be shorter than a scroll distance in a scroll display performed during a preview display of a print job to which the specific printing method is not specified.08-15-2013
20130208309REMOTE OPERATION SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, REMOTE OPERATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A remote operation system comprises an image forming apparatus and a remote operation apparatus. The image forming apparatus has an operation input part including a touch panel and a hardware key and a transmission part for transmitting synthesizable area information indicating a synthesizable area in a candidate screen (first screen) of the remote operation screen to the remote operation apparatus. The first screen is a screen including a touch panel area and a hardware key area, and the synthesizable area is defined in the synthesizable area information as an area not including a hardware key image. The remote operation apparatus generates a second screen by synthesizing an additional image to be added to the first screen into the synthesizable area of the first screen on the basis of the synthesizable area information and displays the second screen on the display part as the remote operation screen.08-15-2013
20100328723IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A system accurately performs function restriction on a user-by-user basis, even in the case of an image processing function that is realizable with use of a plurality of apparatuses. To accomplish this, the image processing system includes a user restriction information management apparatus that has function restriction information and an image processing apparatus that has related restriction information. The image processing apparatus performs a user-designated function based on restriction content of the function restriction information and the related restriction information. There are cases where a restriction function, which is a function that is restricted by the function restriction information, can be realized by combining a plurality of other functions that are different from the restriction function, and related restriction information refers to information for restricting the usage of such other functions.12-30-2010
20100328719SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUSTAINABLE PRINTING - A sustainable printing system includes an advertisement record having an information relating to a printable advertisement, a user record having information relating to a particular user, a printer for generating a visual output on a paper, a user interface in communication with the printer, the user interface including a processor for configuring the visual output generated by the printer in response to a comparison between the advertisement record and the user record.12-30-2010
20100328716PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - A print processing apparatus comprises the image processing unit including a plurality of image processing sections that correspond respectively to the plurality of kinds of image processes; a generation unit configured to generate a preview image based on a result of processing by the image processing unit; a display unit configured to display the preview image generated by the generation unit; a use-situation identification unit configured to identify a use situation of the image processing sections; and a selection unit configured to select a preview method from among a plurality of preview methods for generating the preview image, according to the use situation identified by the use-situation identification unit, the selected preview method using an image processing section that is available in the identified use situation of the image processing section.12-30-2010
20100328712COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A communication apparatus including: a requiring section which transmits a requirement for establishing a state in which and the communication apparatus and a first communication apparatus are communicable with each other via an internet line, to the first communication apparatus via the internet line; a communication establishing section which establishes the state; a calling section which transmits a dial signal to an exchanger via the telephone line and calls a to-be-called apparatus, when the communication establishing section has established the state; a notifying section which transmits a notification about calling of the communication apparatus, to the first communication apparatus via the internet line after the calling section has called; a receiving section which receives an acknowledgment signal transmitted via the internet line from the first communication apparatus having received the notification; and a communication controlling section which controls the communication with the to-be-called apparatus via the telephone line.12-30-2010
20100328711PRINT SYSTEM, PRINTER, AND PROGRAM - A print system provided with an information processor and a printer communicably connected to the information processor. The information processor comprises a transmit section for transmitting a plural sets of print data. The printer comprises a receiving section for receiving the print data transmitted from the transmit section; a storage section for storing the print data received by the receiving section; a printing section for printing the print data stored in the storage section; a determination section for determining whether the printing by the printing section is completed or not; and a control section for controlling the printing section not to print the print data transmitted as the second set when the printing of the print data transmitted as the first set is completed, and to print the print data transmitted as the second set when the printing of the print data transmitted as the first set.12-30-2010
20130083361DISPLAY METHOD FOR DRIVERS - A display method for drivers is provided that executes according to printing instruction on an application, retrieving data from the application, and converting the retrieved data into printing data readable with an image forming apparatus. The display method includes the steps of executing a first driver according to the application, displaying functional information of the first driver on a display screen for the executing first driver, and displaying information regarding a second driver different from the executing first driver together with the display screen for the executing first driver. The display method allows a user to effectively select whether to acquire the second printer driver, and further allows one of the printer drivers to correspond to the image forming apparatus.04-04-2013
20130083359IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR FORMING IMAGES - Image forming apparatuses are connected to a network. Each image forming apparatus communicates with remaining ones of the image forming apparatuses. An image forming section forms an image in accordance with the image information. A memory stores management information, the management information including an item of information about one of remaining ones of the plurality of image forming apparatuses. The one of remaining ones of the plurality of image forming apparatuses holds the image information therein. An information management section performs a synchronization processing in which the management information in the plurality of image forming apparatuses is updated to become identical. An image formation controlling section obtains the image information held in the one of remaining ones of the plurality of image forming apparatuses identified by the item of information, and drive the image forming section to form the image in accordance with the obtained image information.04-04-2013
20130083360PRINTING DEVICE CAPABLE OF CANCELING PRINT JOB, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The printing device is a printing device having a reception part receiving print data, a print job information storage storing print job information of the print data, an image data conversion part concerting the print data to image data, a print queue generation part generating print queue information administrating the print data on the basis of page upon conversion from the print data to image data, a print job ID storage storing the print job ID at the time of an order when job cancellation is ordered, and a control part comparing the print job ID stored in the print job ID storage with the print job ID at the time of execution in execution of job cancellation and cancelling the print job ID when the print job IDs are equal. The printing device allows job cancellation to be specified without multiple panel operations in ordering job cancellation order.04-04-2013
20130083358Image Processing Device and Portable Terminal - An image processing device configured to establish bidirectional communication with a portable terminal using short-range wireless communication includes: a processor; and a memory that stores computer-readable instructions therein. The computer-readable instructions may cause the image processing device to transmit first selection information to the terminal during a first communication session, the first selection information including information representing a plurality of first setting options for image processing carried out by the device; receive first item data from the terminal during a second communication session established after the first communication session is disconnected, the first item data representing a particular first setting option designated by a user of the terminal from among the plurality of first setting options; and carry out particular image processing in accordance with the particular first setting option represented by the first item data.04-04-2013
20130083355INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing system includes a print server that generates print data and a data processing device that processes the print data. The print server transmits the generated print data to the data processing device. The data processing device generates processed data by processing the print data transmitted from the print server. The data processing device transmits the processed data to the print server. The print server transmits the processed data as new print data to a printer.04-04-2013
20130083354IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image recording apparatus, including: a housing; an image recording portion held by the housing; a control board having a mounting face and disposed in the housing such that the mounting face extends along a perpendicular plane perpendicular to a height direction, a control circuit for controlling the image recording portion being provided on the control board; and a communication board having a mounting face and disposed in the housing such that the mounting face extends along the perpendicular plane, such that the communication board is distant from the control board in a direction along the perpendicular plane, and such that the communication board is located within a height range ranging to the control board from a distal end of a highest one of mounted components mounted on the control board, an interface circuit to be connected to a telephone line being provided on the communication board.04-04-2013
20130083353IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROCESSING SERVER - An image forming system is provided including a data server, an image forming apparatus, and a processing server. The image forming apparatus includes an information acquisition section configured to acquire identification information, and a first transmission section configured to send the identification information to the processing server. The processing server includes a print data acquisition section configured to acquire an identified print data identified through the identification information, a processing treatment section configured to carry out the processing treatment for the identified print data, and a second transmission section configured to transmit a processed data processed by the processing treatment section to the image forming apparatus.04-04-2013
20130083356NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM AND PRINT PROCESSING METHOD - This disclosure discloses a non-transitory recording medium storing a print processing program for executing steps comprising: an instruction determining step for determining whether or not there is an input of a printing instruction; an identification information determining step for determining whether or not there is a plurality of sets of the identification information registered; a first printer determining step for attempting to perform information transmission and reception with one first printer for which a printing operation history log that satisfies a predetermined condition, and determining whether or not information transmission and reception are possible with the first printer; and a first print data transmitting step for transmitting desired print data associated with the input of the printing instruction to the first printer in a case where the determination is made in the first printer determining step that information transmission and reception are possible with the first printer.04-04-2013
20130083357Portable Terminal - A portable terminal configured to wirelessly communicate with an image processing device. The portable terminal may include a processor, a display unit, and a memory. The memory may be configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the portable terminal to: receive first selection information from the image processing device, the first selection information including information which represents a plurality of first setting options; display a first selection screen on the display unit of the portable terminal in accordance with the first selection information; and select a particular first setting option from among the plurality of first setting options based on movement of the entire portable terminal.04-04-2013
20100157361IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus, receiving and processing data transmitted from an image processing apparatus, includes a determination unit, first requesting unit, first analysis unit, second requesting unit, second analysis unit, and image forming unit. The determination unit determines whether or not the data are receivable. The first requesting unit requests the image processing apparatus to transmit first data where the determination unit determines that the data are not receivable. The first analysis unit analyzes the first data received from the image processing apparatus. The second requesting unit requests the image processing apparatus to transmit second data serving as image information corresponding to the first data based on an analysis result provided by the first analysis unit. The second analysis unit analyzes the second data received from the image processing apparatus. The image forming unit forms an image based on an analysis result provided by the second analysis unit.06-24-2010
20100157357IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING CLUSTER PRINTING FUNCTION, IMAGE PRINTING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD - An image printing apparatus includes an image printing unit which prints an image and has a cluster printing function in which a print job is shared with at least one other printing apparatus over a network. A registration unit registers in the memory unit paper type information of a recording sheet to be used in the print job. A communication unit receives over the network paper type information of recording sheets in each of the plurality of other image printing apparatuses. A determination unit selects at least one candidate image printing apparatus from among the plurality of other image printing apparatus based whether the paper type information received by the communication unit matches the paper type information registered in the memory unit. The image printing apparatus, during cluster printing, shares the print job with the at least one candidate image printing apparatus.06-24-2010
20130083349METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING PRINT ON DEMAND JOBS WITH REMOTE CACHE - A method and system for managing print job through a process carried out by an online web-store server. The process includes the steps of receiving a print job order by a web-store server, and checking a remote cache via a network to determine whether a PDF file is stored therein. If the matching PDF file does not exist, then the server generates a new PDF file containing the sequence of articles and transmits the new PDF file to the print server, and saves the new PDF file in the remote cache. If the matching PDF exists, then the stored PDF is retrieved from the remote cache, and the print server uses the retrieved PDF file to print the print job without the web-store server creating the new PDF file or transmitting the new PDF file to the print server.04-04-2013
20120182579PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - According to this invention, the date range can be intuitively designated by designating up, down, left, and right directions, and images stored in a storage medium can be easily restricted to images which may be subjected to printing. In order to restrict images stored in a memory card on the basis of the date, a region for inputting the start date of the date range is displayed at the upper portion of a display window on a display device, and a region for inputting the end date is displayed at the lower portion. One of the regions is designated and selected with up and down direction keys. A date in the selected region is changed with left and right direction keys. Images having storage dates between the start date and the end date are decided as printing target candidates.07-19-2012
20120182578DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A document transmission apparatus reduces troublesome labor of an operator when transmitting document data, inputted from a scanner or the like, by various transmission methods such as electronic mail, facsimile, remote printing and file transfer. An address book containing a receiver and a plurality of transmission methods for transmitting document data to the receiver is generated. Upon transmission instruction, an appropriate transmission method is selected by the receiver, then document data is converted into data of an appropriate data format, and the converted data is transmitted. Further, a notice of transmission indicating that the document data has been transmitted is transmitted to the receiver of the document data by a method different from the transmission method of the document data. Thus, the document data can be reliably delivered to the receiver.07-19-2012
20120182577DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A display control apparatus and a control method for controlling display of a display unit are provided. The display control apparatus detects an orientation of the display unit and controls a display of the display unit in accordance with the detected orientation of the display unit. The screen of the display unit is divided into a first display area, where a display layout is changed in accordance with the orientation of the display unit, and a second display area where a display layout is not changed in accordance with the orientation of the display unit. The display control unit makes the second display area display a first window which changes in accordance with a function to be executed, and makes the first display area display a second window which does not change in accordance with a function to be executed.07-19-2012
20120182576IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS, GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION TRADING SYSTEM AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION TRADING METHOD - A control unit displays on the display unit, when a device and a life cycle phase for which an acquisition equivalent and an actual equivalent are desired to be acquired are selected on a selected screen displayed on a display unit and a “SEND” icon is manipulated, the acquisition equivalent, the actual equivalent and a comparison result between them which are received from a server. When a user refers to the comparison result displayed on the display unit and manipulates a “SEND STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT” icon on a settlement screen, the control unit sends a statement of account to the server.07-19-2012
20120182575SCANNING SYSTEM, PRINTING SYSTEM, SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD - A scanning system comprises a server, scanner, and terminal, the server including: a reception unit configured to receive a scan setting and a start instruction from one of the scanner and the terminal; a storage unit configured to store the scan setting and to issue the identification information; a determination unit configured to determine which of the scanner and the terminal has transferred the scan setting and the start instruction; and a processing unit configured, when the determination unit determines that the scanner has transferred the scan setting and the start instruction, to transfer the scan setting and the start instruction to the scanner, and when the determination unit determines that the terminal has transferred the scan setting and the start instruction, to cause the storage unit to store the scan setting and to transfer, to the scanner, identification information indicating the stored scan setting.07-19-2012
20120182574COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - A communication system is provided. In a communication system, when consumables mounted on an image forming apparatus main body are determined as greenhouse gas emission right-granted consumables by a computation unit, an image forming apparatus acquires contribution content information regarding greenhouse gas reduction corresponding to emission right allowance information recorded in a recording unit of the consumables from a connection unit and displays the acquired contribution content information on a display unit.07-19-2012
20120182573PRINT SUPPORT APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINT SUPPORT PROGRAM - Disclosed is a print support apparatus that makes it possible even for a client, who has no document creation/editing application program and no printer driver, to implement a printing operation easily and safely by employing the SaaS. The print support apparatus, which is to be installed in a user's inhouse network being connectable to the Internet, includes: a detecting section to detect a printer coupled to the user's inhouse network; a notifying section to notify a print service server of information for specifying the printer above-detected; an acquiring section that accesses a predetermined storing destination site, in which print data created from document data by the print service server by executing a printer driver corresponding to the printer above-detected, is stored, so as to acquire the print data from the predetermined storing destination site concerned; and a data transferring section to transfer the print data to the printer above-detected.07-19-2012
20120182572MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT SERVER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND MANAGEMENT METHOD - An image forming apparatus transmits, when a function which cooperates with a function providing apparatus is added, information on the added function to a management server, and changes a failure monitoring setting according to the returned monitoring condition. If a failure occurs, the image forming apparatus generates, if the failure is attributable to the function providing apparatus, failure information indicating that the failure is attributable to the function providing apparatus, and otherwise, the image forming apparatus generates failure information on the failure to transmit to the management server. Upon receiving the information on the added function from the image forming apparatus, the management server returns the monitoring condition corresponding to the added function to arrange for maintenance of the image forming apparatus. If the failure is attributable to the function providing apparatus, the management server does not arrange for maintenance of the image forming apparatus.07-19-2012
20130050744AUTOMATED PHOTO-PRODUCT SPECIFICATION METHOD - An apparatus for digitally analyzing a plurality of digital images and for classifying each digital image into one of a plurality of image types such that the plurality of digital images includes images classified into a plurality of different image types. An electronic file is coupled to the processing system and comprises a predefined image-type distribution. The processing system automatically selects digital images from the plurality of digital images to form a collection of digital images whose image distribution matches the predefined image-type distribution.02-28-2013
20130070300METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STORING AND REFERENCING PARTIAL COMPLEX RESOURCES USING OBJECT IDENTIFIERS IN A PRINTING SYSTEM - A print control unit coupled with a printer, the print control unit having host to provide partial resource components to a complex resource generator, the partial resources components including printing instructions. The complex resource generator to generate a shell representing a complex resource, generate a partial complex resource having the partial resource components, the shell to hold the partial complex resource, and store the partial complex resource to be referenced later.03-21-2013
20130070297INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROVIDING PROGRAM - An information providing apparatus sends an image forming instruction to an image forming apparatus to cause the image forming apparatus to form an image to generate image data and transmit the image data to the information providing apparatus, stores the image data received from the image forming apparatus in a memory area of a memory, and stores identification information that uniquely identifies the image data and information indicating the memory area to which the image data is stored in association with each other to generate management information in the memory.03-21-2013
20130070295IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes: an HDD for storing a plurality of pieces of transmission destination information in correspondence with a short-cut key for instructing image transmission; an operation unit displaying the short-cut key and detecting selection of the short-cut key; and a control unit displaying the plurality of transmission destinations stored in correspondence with the short-cut key if a prescribed condition is satisfied. The operation unit receives a selection operation of selecting a piece of transmission destination information from among the displayed plurality of pieces of transmission destination information, and the control unit determines the selected piece of transmission destination information to be the transmission destination of image transmission made by the selection of the short-cut key. Even if a plurality of transmission destinations are registered with the short-cut key, erroneous transmission to an unintended destination can be prevented.03-21-2013
20130070298DISPLAY CONTROLLING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - If the adding command accepting unit accepts command to add error guidance from the job controlling unit, the item adding unit adds data for the error guidance to display item list in the display item list storing unit. If it is necessary to display the error guidance in screen currently displayed, the page data generating unit adds data for the error guidance to page data of screen currently displayed. If items of reserved jobs and scanning guidance related to the reserved jobs do not fit in the page by the addition, the page data generating unit removes data for those items from the page data for screen currently displayed, and stores the removed data as items laid out in the next page. The display controlling unit displays the job list screen on the control panel based on the page data.03-21-2013
20130070296INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, JOB PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND JOB PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus is operable to be connected to a first external apparatus and one or more second external apparatuses. The first external apparatus receives and stores therein a job and first identification information. The one or more second external apparatus transmits second identification information to the first external apparatus, acquires and executes the job associated with the first identification information specified based on the second identification information. The information processing apparatus includes: a job transmitting unit that transmits the job and the first identification information to the first external apparatus; a requesting unit that requests state information from the first external apparatus; and a state receiving unit that receives state information, indicating a first stage in which the job is accumulated in the first external apparatus and a second stage in which the job is executed, as the state information.03-21-2013
20130070292IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes plural page description language processing units and a job management unit. Each of the page description language processing units corresponds to one of different page description languages. The job management unit performs management to select one of the page description language processing units, the selected page description language processing unit serving as a currently processing page description language processing unit, and to cause only the currently processing page description language processing unit to process a print job. Each of the page description language processing units includes a raster image creating unit and a raster image transferring unit. The job management unit includes a first queue, a second queue, a reception-time adding unit, an image-creation-time adding unit, a first instruction unit, a second instruction unit, a third instruction unit, a controller, and a job-being-processed list memory.03-21-2013
20130070290PRINTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus includes a print section that performs printing according to print data, a registering section that registers in advance an information processing apparatus creating and transmitting print data in response to a print instruction from a user, and storing print data that has not been received by a transmission destination in a memory, a determination section that determines whether the print data that has not been received by the printing apparatus is stored in the registered information processing apparatus, when the printing apparatus changes from a data-reception state to a non-data-reception state, a request section that requests the information processing apparatus, in which the print data is determined to be stored, to transmit the stored print data, and a controller that controls the print section to perform printing according to the print data transmitted in response to the request, when the print data is received.03-21-2013
20130070294PRINT DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM - A print data processing system includes plural main interpretation devices that interpret print data described in a page description language and generate print image data to be supplied to a printer, auxiliary interpretation devices that interpret the print data, generate print image data to be supplied to the printer, and are not powered on when the plural main interpretation devices are powered on, and an allocation device that divides the print data in prescribed units and allocates interpretation processing of divided print data of the respective units to the plural main interpretation devices, wherein the allocation device includes a load evaluation unit that evaluates the loads of the plural main interpretation devices, and a power-on unit that, when the loads of the plural main interpretation devices evaluated by the load evaluation unit exceed a prescribed on threshold value for activating the auxiliary interpretation devices, powers on the auxiliary interpretation devices.03-21-2013
20130070293Computer-Readable Storage Medium Storing Image Processing Program - A storage medium storing an image processing program executed by a computer of an information processing device, wherein the program permits the computer to function as: a read-data receiving section to receive read data formed by a reading device on the basis of a reading condition; a read-data storage control section to store the received read data in a storage section; a change-command sending; section to send, to the reading device, a change command of the reading condition on the basis of a change direction where the change direction is received after the reading has started; and a converting section to convert, on the basis of the reading condition corresponding to the change command, read data stored after reading has started, wherein the receiving section receives read data formed on the basis of the reading condition after the change command has been sent, where the change command is sent.03-21-2013
20130070291IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A non-transitory computer-readable medium having a computer program stored thereon and readable by a computer, the computer program, when executed by the computer, causes a computer to perform operations including: a process of displaying a setting screen; a process of getting information about a correspondence function from a managing unit, the managing unit managing a display condition including an execution condition, which is satisfied when a specific instruction is designated by a user through the setting screen, and the functions in association with each other, and the correspondence function being associated with the display condition; and a process of, when the display condition is satisfied when a specific instruction is designated, displaying related information relating to the correspondence function on the display unit by using the got information relating to the correspondence function.03-21-2013
20130070288INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, REGISTRATION DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing system includes following elements. A first management device manages, for each user, information on a function of a printer that the user is permitted to use therein. A second management device accepts registration of a virtual printer for a set of a printer and a function used in the printer, and manages the registered virtual printer. A registration device registers a virtual printer in the second management device. The registration device identifies a user and a printer regarding a print request, acquires a function that the identified user is permitted to use in the identified printer from the first management device, and registers a virtual printer for a set of the identified printer and the acquired function in association with the identified user. The second management device processes, upon receiving a print instruction from the user, the print instruction based on the corresponding printer and function.03-21-2013
20130070287ENGINE OPTIMIZATION - Techniques are provided that include a workflow that optimizes print job execution by automatically categorizing and sorting requests into different configurations, respectively, for print operators, regular users, and the like.03-21-2013
20130070289IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a receiving unit, a first drawing unit, a second drawing unit, a comparing unit, and a notifying unit. The receiving unit receives image data to be printed. The first drawing unit creates print data by converting image data expressed in a first page description language into image data expressed in a second page description language in the case of checking whether or not output results obtained from different drawing schemes are different from each other. The second drawing unit creates print data directly from the image data expressed in the first page description language in the case of checking whether or not output results obtained from different drawing schemes are different from each other. The comparing unit compares, in units of pixels, two types of print data. The notifying unit performs notification of a comparison result generated by the comparing unit.03-21-2013
20130070286METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR LOAD LEVELING IN A PRINT SHOP - A method and system for managing print shop workflow determines whether variations in print shop workflow may be reduced by shifting one or more customers' scheduled orders to different time periods. By shifting an order from one time period to another, the system may reduce variability in demand levels over time, thus helping increase overall system efficiency. To do this, one or more customers are selected as candidates for print shop order rescheduling. The system identifies customer orders that, if moved to other time periods, will most reduce demand level variations. A user may accept the system's recommendations, or the system may present a user with several alternative load leveling options for selection. The system may then cause the orders to be printed based on the load leveling proposal and the user's selection.03-21-2013
20130070285METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR BALANCING MACHINE LOAD - Methods and systems of balancing job assignments to a plurality of machines are disclosed. A computing device receives multiple jobs each having a job size and determines a job order for the jobs based on each job's job size. A machine order is determined for a plurality of machines based on a setup time and a processing rate associated with each machine. The computing device assigns one or more jobs to each machine based on the job order and the machine order such that a maximum total processing time for the machines is minimized. A total processing time for each machine is determined based on the number of jobs and the cumulative job size of the jobs assigned to the machine, and the setup time and the processing time associated with the machine. The maximum total processing time is the largest of the total processing times for the machines.03-21-2013
20130050761PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS - Upon designating bookbinding print, preview images are displayed in a layout after bookbinding. When “store” of intermediate data is designated in a print process, a spooler (02-28-2013
20130050753PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus receives a transmission request of information to be used by an information processing apparatus to transmit an image to the printing apparatus via an image processing apparatus from the information processing apparatus including the image. The printing apparatus transmits the information to the information processing apparatus if the transmission request is received. Then, the printing apparatus acquires the image that the information processing apparatus transmits using the information and prints the acquired image.02-28-2013
20130050754SERVER DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND ORDER ACCEPTING METHOD - A server device includes a print history database; an information adding unit for adding, as invisible information, first information for specifying image data and second information about a server address; a first print data transmitting unit for transmitting, to a print server, the image data to which the invisible information is added; an image storage unit for storing image data which corresponds to the first information; a list generating unit for generating a list of the print product based on a print history of the image data specified by the first information read from the invisible information by a terminal device; a selected information receiving unit for receiving product specifying information that specifies the print product selected from the list of the terminal device; and a second print data transmitting unit for transmitting the print data on the print product specified by the product specifying information.02-28-2013
20130050743System and Method of Print Job Retrieval from the Cloud - A method for print job retrieval from the cloud includes sending one or more files to a storage location, receiving the storage location identifier where the one or more files is stored, encoding the storage location identifier into a barcode, scanning the barcode, decoding the barcode to obtain the storage location identifier, retrieving the one or more files from the storage location and processing the one or more files.02-28-2013
20130050752IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PEFORMING POWER-SAVING CONTROL - An image forming apparatus includes a communication unit configured to communicate with a server apparatus, a power supply control unit configured to repeat power supply to the communication unit, and an inquiry unit configured to make an inquiry to the server apparatus about whether to turn on a second power supply unit that energizes a controller that controls the image forming apparatus, each time the communication unit becomes communicable with the server apparatus by the power supply control unit, wherein the power supply control unit repeats power supply to the communication unit for each of a plurality of predetermined time periods, until receiving a response to turn on the power of the second power supply unit from the server apparatus in response to the inquiry by the inquiry unit.02-28-2013
20130050751INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An information processing apparatus according to this invention, when accepting an instruction to execute a job based on a history of a previously executed job, identifies settings allowed to be reflected to the job to be executed based on the instruction from among settings of the previously executed job. The information processing apparatus executes the job based on the instruction according to the settings obtained by reflecting the identified settings to default settings of the job to be executed.02-28-2013
20130050742ADAPTIVE RASTERIZED DATA MANAGEMENT FOR MULTI-MEMORY SYSTEMS - Systems and methods are provided for implementing adaptive rasterized print data management. The printing system is able to acquire a print job and instructions for printing multiple copies of the job. The control unit is also able to initiate processing of a first copy of the print job, to instruct a Raster Image Processor (RIP) to rasterize a data segment of the print job, and to determine a transfer time to transfer the rasterized data segment to a marking engine if it were stored at the first memory. Further, the control unit is able to determine a threshold value, and to facilitate storage of the rasterized data segment at the second memory if the transfer time is greater than the threshold value.02-28-2013
20130050741SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRINTING FROM PORTABLE DEVICES - An imaging forming system and method are disclosed having a print engine, a signal detector and a communication module for communicating with portable devices and printing documents therefrom. A user intent to print from a portable device is ascertained based on a signal strength of each portable device. The signal strength detected determines when each portable device is within a proximate area of the system. If a portable device is within the proximate area for a predetermined period of time, the system operates to print the document.02-28-2013
20130088747BRAILLE-TO-BRAILLE FACSIMILE MACHINE USING IMAGE PROCESSING - A Braille-to-Braille facsimile machine implemented process scans an original Braille document, obtaining an image of the original Braille document. The image of the original Braille document is processed, producing an extracted Braille image and duplicating formatting of the original Braille document to produce a copy of the original Braille document. The copy of the original Braille document is sent, via a communications link and received. The copy of the original Braille document is then printed.04-11-2013
20130088749METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL LINK SPEED OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A method of controlling a link speed in an image forming apparatus to reduce power consumption of the image forming apparatus by changing the link speed of the image forming apparatus, the method including establishing a link between the image forming apparatus and an external device in a normal mode of the image forming apparatus, determining whether a network environment of the image forming apparatus, which is reconfigured by changing a speed of the established link, satisfies at least one predetermined condition, and disabling a function of changing the speed of the established link in a sleep mode of the image forming apparatus, based on a result of the determining.04-11-2013
20130088751JOB MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, JOB CONTROL SYSTEM, AND JOB CONTROL METHOD - A job management apparatus is connected via an external network to a job control apparatus in a first network and an information processing apparatus in a second network that is different from the first network. The job control apparatus is configured to send a job to an execution apparatus that is in the first network and executes the job. The job management apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive jobs from the information processing apparatus; and a management unit configured to temporarily store the received jobs in a storage area in association with execution areas where the jobs are to be executed and to send, to the job control apparatus, one or more of the jobs associated with an execution area corresponding to an installation area where the job control apparatus is installed in response to a request from the job control apparatus.04-11-2013
20130088750PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing apparatus including: a connecting unit connected to a management server; a receiving unit configured to receive a print instruction from the management server; a determining unit configured to determine whether there is another printing apparatus having a same name as a name of the printing apparatus among a printing apparatus connected to the management server in response to receiving the print instruction; an acquiring unit configured to acquire a print job; a printing unit configured to perform printing relative to the print job; an instructing unit configured to instruct start of the printing relative to the print job; and a print prohibiting unit configured to prohibit the printing relative to the print job from being performed until the instructing unit instructs the start of the printing if the determining unit determines that there is the other printing apparatus.04-11-2013
20130088748IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an image data memory, a transmitting unit, a receiving unit, an edit information converting unit, and an image editing unit. The image data memory stores image data. The transmitting unit transmits related image data related to the image data to an external terminal apparatus. The receiving unit receives first edit information from the external terminal apparatus, the first edit information representing details of edit that has been performed on the related image data. The edit information converting unit converts the first edit information to generate second edit information, the second edit information representing details of edit that is to be performed on the image data. The image editing unit edits the image data by using the second edit information.04-11-2013
20100002256IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An object of the present invention is to provide an image forming apparatus and an image forming method by which image data are prepared for performing image processing at high speed and while saving memory. Vector data are generated from data scanned by a scanning unit. In this process, a printing direction is determined from a content input from an operating unit or information on an outputting device. If the printing direction and the scanning direction differ, control of an order of the data is performed to prepare a document after rotation.01-07-2010
20100002255IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus connected to a network in which a plurality of devices having a transmission request reception function for transmitting a transmission-requested image to a designated destination is installed and including an address book used for registering destination data indicating the designated destination includes an address registration unit configured to register, in the address book, transmission request destination data designating one of the plurality of devices and the destination data in association with each other, an address designation unit configured to designate the destination data registered by the address registration unit, an image designation unit configured to designate an image to be transmitted, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the image designated by the image designation unit and the destination data designated by the address designation unit to the device designated by the transmission request destination data associated with the destination data.01-07-2010
20090237717Printer and information managing system - A printer includes: a print unit performing a printing operation; and a control unit having an operating system and a device driver installed in an operating system layer, a first application installed in an application layer other than the operating system layer so as to transmit and receive information to and from the print unit through the device driver, a transmission information acquiring module installed in the operating system layer so as to acquire transmission information which is information based on the information transmitted and received between the first application and the print unit through the device driver, and a second application installed in the application layer so as to receive the transmission information and to output processing information which is information based on the input transmission information.09-24-2009
20100134827METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSFERRING DATA BETWEEN AT LEAST TWO PROCESSING UNITS OF A PRINTER OR COPIER SYSTEM - In a method to transfer data between at least two processing units of a printing or copying system, processing information to be transferred between the at least two processing units is split up into first data and second data, the first data comprising at least form-related paper travel information for which a real-time processing is required, and the second data comprising processing information for which a real-time processing is not required. The at least two processing units are connected via a real-time-capable data transmission path for transferring the first data. The at least two processing units are also connected via a switched network connection that provides at least one physical layer to transfer data. The switched network connection is utilized to transfer the second data.06-03-2010
20090323115SCAN-TO-EMAIL WITH EXPORT LIMITATIONS - A scan-to-email function in a networked scanner device checks a destination email address entered by the user at the local user interface of the scanner against pre-programmed criteria for allowed email addresses. If the destination email address does not fulfil the criteria, the scan-to-email process is automatically stopped.12-31-2009
20090316190IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINT SERVER, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM - If a user's instruction concerning at least one of print interruption and print cancellation is received by one of a plurality of printers while a print job is being executed split among the plurality of printers, a command for causing other printer that is executing printing processes based on the print job corresponding to the printing to execute a processes corresponding to the instruction is issued from the one of the plurality of printers.12-24-2009
20100265536Image processing method and image processing device - An image processing method for managing output jobs that are output to a plurality of logical devices includes: a storing step for storing the output job in a storing part for each plurality of logical devices; an output job managing step for managing the output job stored in the storing part; a grouped information selecting step for selecting grouped information for grouping the output job; and a display control step for displaying the output job stored in the storing part in a grouped manner based on the grouped information.10-21-2010
20100265534VISUALIZER AND JOB CONTROL DIRECTOR FOR PRINTING SYSTEMS - A system is utilized to view and configure one or more print job scenarios within a print system. A preference module allows a user to select one or more preferences related to a print job in view of a job set and one or more limitations related to hardware within the print system. A rules component creates one or more rules for use within the print system to output a hard copy based at least in part upon the preferences selected via the preference module. A scheduler receives one or more rules from the rules component and configures the print system to execute the print job according to the preferences and/or the rules. A visualizer displays a scenario associated with each print system configuration, wherein the preferences and the rules can be edited to create one or more scenarios for execution of the print job.10-21-2010
20090310174DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A selector selects one or more than one document files among those recorded in a memory, according to an instruction issued by a user, and a judgment portion judges whether by the simplified mode or the detailed mode the selected document file data should be outputted, according to an output condition that is determined in advance. And then, according to the judgment result, an output portion is controlled so that the selected document file could be outputted by the simplified mode or the detailed mode.12-17-2009
20130088746Mechanism for Previewing Secure Print Jobs - A computer generated method disclosed. The method includes receiving a print job data stream, determining if the print job data stream comprises a secure print job, and inserting a control operator to designate a secure print job data stream if the print job data stream comprises a secure print job.04-11-2013
20130088752IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A scanner that provides WSD standard scan service does not allow the notification and identification by a client PC of scan parameters, such as a resolution and a reading range, that are selected by a user in push scan on a panel, for example, attached to the scanner body. This prevents the push scan with the user-specified scan parameters. Accordingly, an event that temporarily limits the scanning functions is issued to inhibit the specification of parameters excluding user-specified scan parameters from a client PC. Thus, the client PC can instruct the scanning with the user-specified parameters, and the push scan requested by the user can be implemented. The limitation is valid only to the destination client of the push scan.04-11-2013
20090109474IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes an input unit configured to obtain image data and to perform an input process on the image data to produce input image data, an input filter configured to control the input process performed by the input unit, an output unit configured to perform an output process on processed image data, an output filter configured to control the output process performed by the output unit, a process filter connecting between the input filter and the output filter to control processing of the input image data, and another output filter configured to control an output process for storing given image data and conditions concerning outputting of the given image data in a storage unit. The other output filter is coupled to one of the input filter and the process filter in response to receiving an instruction to store the given image data.04-30-2009
20090109473INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An application obtains printer capability information from a printer driver. Subsequently, the application obtains the text string information corresponding to a function based on the printer capability information obtained from the printer driver. Subsequently, the application performs instructions for displaying the characters of the function displayed on a printer driver screen using the characters of the obtained text string information.04-30-2009
20090109470DATA TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A data transmission apparatus acquires transmission processing information that includes a transmission destination for transmitting data, notification information related to transmission of data to the transmission destination, and a notification destination for notifying the notification information. The data transmission apparatus transmits data to the transmission destination included in the transmission processing information, and notifies the notification information to the notification destination included in the transmission processing information.04-30-2009
20090109467SYSTEM FOR GENERATING PRINT DATA PROVIDING INTERACTION WITH COMPUTER SOFTWARE - A system for enabling user interaction with computer software. The includes a computer system for determining information related to an interactive element, determining an identity indicative of the interactive element, determining a layout defining an arrangement for at least one of coded data indicative of the identity and the information, generating print data indicative of the identity, layout and information, transferring the print data to a printer which prints a form in response thereto by printing the information coincident with the coded data, receiving indicating data indicative of the interactive element from a sensing device which senses the coincident coded data to generate the indicating data, identifying, using the indicating data, the interactive element, and performing an action associated with the interactive element.04-30-2009
20090303542PRINTER FOR PRINTING INTERACTIVE FORMS - A printer is provided having an interface for receiving print data, a printhead for printing a form, using the received print data, by printing information related to at least one interactive element associated with the delivery of a greeting card, and coded data at least partially indicative of the at least one interactive element, at least some of the coded data being coincident with the information, a transceiver for receiving indicating data from a sensing device, the sensing device when placed in an operative position relative to the information, sensing at least some of the coded data and generating indicating data using the sensed coded data, the indicating data being at least partially indicative of the at least one interactive element, and a processor for transferring the indicating data to a computer system to allow the indicating data to be interpreted.12-10-2009
20090303541SYSTEM FOR PRINTING AND INTERACTING WITH A DOCUMENT - A system for printing and interacting with a document. The system comprises a computer system, a printer connected to the computer system and an optically imaging pen. When the computer receives a request for printing the document, it allocates a document identity and determines coded data for the document. The printer prints the document including visible information and the coded data. The printed document is interactive with respect to the optically imaging pen, which reads the coded data and sends corresponding data to the computer system for interpretation. The sent data may be used to generate an e-mail.12-10-2009
20090303540IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATING METHOD IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus according to the invention prevents communication with computers connected via a network from being uniformly restricted, and restricts the communication with the computers in accordance with a kind of received data or a kind of data process.12-10-2009
20090303539USER INTERFACE FEEDBACK USING SCANNER LIGHT SOURCE - An image forming apparatus includes a scanning region and a user interface region adjacent to the scanning region. In the user interface, a first illuminated indicator corresponds to a function of the image forming apparatus. A light source is operable to illuminate an object in the scanning region. A first light conveying member is coupled to the illuminated indicator and operable to receive light from the light source.12-10-2009
20090303538IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD - According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided an image communication apparatus comprising a first FAX communication unit configured to make communications with a partner apparatus according to a first FAX communication function using a public telephone network, a second FAX communication unit configured to make communications with a partner apparatus according to a second FAX communication function using an IP network, an accepter unit configured to accept an operation designation of the first and second FAX communication functions, and a limiter unit configured to limit the first and second FAX communication functions based on the operation designation accepted by the accepter unit.12-10-2009
20090303537INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - When a user selects an existing image forming apparatus and a virtual image forming apparatus, a job log acquisition unit acquires a job log from the selected existing image forming apparatus. A simulation unit calculates a processing speed of the existing image forming apparatus and a processing speed of the virtual image forming apparatus. The simulation unit performs job processing using the virtual image forming apparatus, and acquires a job log. The simulation unit compares the job log of the existing image forming apparatus and the job log of the virtual image forming apparatus, calculates a replacement effect, and outputs the replacement effect.12-10-2009
20090303536IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - After a printing process of multiple copies starts, a process on print data received from a host starts. In a continuous process, a process of performing printing on the basis of generated image data and a process of once accumulating processed image data in an external image forming device, reading the accumulated image data, and printing the image data are dynamically switched therebetween. If the time for reading the image data accumulated in the external image forming device and processing the image data is longer than the time for printing generated image data in the continuous process, the process of performing printing on the basis of the generated image data is selected.12-10-2009
20090303535DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD - There is provided a technology of realizing adequate management of a version number suitable for the actual contents of each of the documents without imparting respective IDs to a plurality of documents which are management objects.12-10-2009
20090303534PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A printing apparatus performs a printing process for a printing job including at least one print data and a series of process commands from a host apparatus. A session setup unit sets up a session with the host apparatus and other printing apparatus. A status obtaining unit obtains a status of the other printing apparatus that is in session with the printing apparatus. Upon performing the print process, a job synchronizing unit maintains a synchronization of the print job with the other printing apparatus that is in session with the printing apparatus.12-10-2009
20090303533ADVERTISING APPARATUS WITH HOOK - A hook apparatus includes a front side and a back side. A hook extending from the front side is included for hanging objects. A shelter structure extends from the front side positioned around and apart from the hook. The shelter structure may serve as a second hook for hanging objects. A communications device extends from the body, at least a portion of which is above and spaced apart from the shelter structure. The back side of the hook apparatus is adapted to be secured to a surface. An interface adapter plate between the back side and the mounting surface may be provided to enable the securing. The communications device includes a display device that is either passive or capable of interactive communication of information. The apparatus may be operationally coupled to a remote server to alert vendors to deliver purchased products, services, and/or to provide emergency services to the user.12-10-2009
20090303531SYSTEM, SERVER, SERVER CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention provides a system that registers, in a second information processing apparatus, device information unique to a peripheral device capable of connecting to a first information processing apparatus, wherein the first information processing apparatus includes an addition unit configured to add, to the device information, information indicating whether the device information was manually inputted to the first information processing apparatus in response to operations of a user or was automatically inputted to the first information processing apparatus by the peripheral device, and the second information processing apparatus includes a registration unit configured to register, in the database, device information to which has been added the information indicating the device information was automatically inputted, and device information to which the information indicating the device information was manually inputted has been added and that has been determined to not yet be registered in the database, in association with user information.12-10-2009
20090303530Image processing apparatus and image processing method - The image processing apparatus has a confidential printing function of saving image data transmitted from an information processing apparatus once to perform printing in accordance with print instruction given by predetermined operation input to the image processing apparatus. When print instruction for the image data saved in the image processing apparatus is given, output characteristics comparing portions compare output characteristics of the image processing apparatus at the time when the image data was saved with output characteristics of the image processing apparatus at the time when print instruction was given. If it is determined that there is a difference of a predetermined value or more between the compared output characteristics, the image processing apparatus regenerates image data to be printed based on the output characteristics of the image processing apparatus at the time when printing was instructed.12-10-2009
20090303529Network system and printer driver - A network system includes a print server to which a printer is connected, a file server, and one or more client terminals, wherein the print server, the file server, and the one or more client terminals are connected together on a network. The client terminal includes a printer driver that controls the printer, a first setting file in which setting information of the printer driver arranged in a first folder, in which the printer driver is arranged, is stored, and a second setting file in which the setting information arranged in a second folder other than the first folder is stored. When the setting information is newly created or changed, a third file in which the setting information is written is arranged in the file server. In addition, address information of the third file that is arranged in the file server is stored in a memory area of the print server.12-10-2009
20090303526DOCUMENT DATA UPDATE INFORMATION CREATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT DATA UPDATE INFORMATION CREATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A document data update information providing system has a document data accumulation apparatus and an image forming apparatus interconnected via a network. The document data accumulation apparatus creates update information of document data selectively among those accumulated in the document data accumulation apparatus, by an update information creator. The image forming apparatus transmits a request for update information of document data, thereby obtains the selectively created update information and displays it on a display.12-10-2009
20090303525IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT MANAGES CHARGING - An image forming apparatus analyzes a specified job to identify processing operations composing a process and a processing amount such as the number of copies and obtains unit prices set for the respective processing operations, from a charging map associated with a user who is an issuer of the job. By set documents being scanned, the number of documents are identified and charges are calculated based on the number of documents, the number of copies, and the obtained unit prices. The calculated charges are presented. When, at that stage, an instruction to perform the job is made, a copying process is performed. Then, after the copying process, charges are calculated based on the actual number of copies made and the unit prices.12-10-2009
20090303524Operation control program, operation control method, image forming apparatus, and memory resource allocation method - An operation control program controls a computer provided in an image forming apparatus to serve as: a service section which discriminates an operation of a service requested by a user, and constructs a job corresponding to the operation by selecting one or a plurality of job scenarios prepared in advance as constituting element of the job and using the selected job scenario; and a job performing section for executing sequentially a processing indicated by each job scenario constituting the job constructed by the service section.12-10-2009
20090303523PRINTING PROCESSES AND PRINTED PRODUCTS - A system for generating an electronic document for use in a printing process is described. The electronic document comprises a plurality of printable sheets, and each printable sheet comprises an array of printable regions. The system comprises receiving means arranged to receive content for each of a plurality of users and assigning means arranged to assign a selection of printable regions for each user in dependence on the received content for each user and to assign the content for each user amongst the selection of printable regions assigned to that user. The system is arranged to receive the content and assign a selection of printable regions such that the content for each user, varies across the selection of printable regions assigned to that user.12-10-2009
20090303520PARTS IN A PRINT JOB REFERENCED BY MULTIPLE PARENTS - A method for sharing printing elements (12-10-2009
20090303519PRINTING CONTROLLER, GUI DISPLAY METHOD, PRINTER DRIVER, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A printing controller having a printer driver configured to display a GUI using language-dependent files containing the display character strings of corresponding languages is disclosed. The printing controller includes a compressed language-dependent file into which the language-dependent files are compressed, a language selection part configured to cause one of the languages which one is used by the printer driver to be selected, and an expansion part configured to expand one of the language-dependent files related to the selected one of the languages from the compressed language-dependent file. The printer driver displays the GUI using the one of the language-dependent files expanded by the expansion part.12-10-2009
20090303518IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an image processing apparatus and an image processing system which facilitate management against unauthorized use by creating a job log according to a usage status of a user. A creation section creates a different job log for each individual user. The job log has storage conditions of image data included in the job log set according to a storage level. The storage conditions are a color of an image, a resolution of the image data and whether or not necessary to create OCR data of the image data. To increase efficiency of a follow-up research by using such a job log, the storage level of the image data relating to the user having performed unauthorized use is raised.12-10-2009
20100271661PRINTER DRIVER, RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PRINTER DRIVER SETTING METHOD - Update initial set values set by a manager are able to be obtained each time a printer driver is activated and changing of a setting such as changing of printing conditions due to ecology-printing etc., and changing of an option configuration such as a large capacity cassette is reflected promptly and reliably. The printer driver includes an access portion which accesses an MFP storing initial set values of the printer driver in each activation, a set value comparing portion which compares initial set values set to the printer driver and initial set values stored in the MFP, and a set value selecting portion which selects either initial set values of the printer driver or initial set values of the MFP based on a comparison result.10-28-2010
20120218604SERVICE RETRIEVAL METHOD - A method for searching a device that provides a service from a network connecting a plurality of devices includes detecting whether a document has been set on a scanner. In response to detecting that the document has been set on the scanner, the method searches a device that provides a service which can be used in cooperation with the scanner from among the plurality of devices. In response to detecting that the document has not been set on the scanner, the method searches a device that provides data to be processed from among the plurality of devices.08-30-2012
20120218603PRINTERS AND PRINTER SYSTEMS HAVING CELLULAR INPUT/OUTPUT - A method includes accessing a cellularly configured printer with a cellular device; and cellularly sending the printer an indication of a resource that is to be printed by the printer, said resource comprising a network-accessible resource that does not reside on the printer and which the printer is to retrieve.08-30-2012
20120218595INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, PRINT SYSTEM, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - An information processing system may include at least an image processing device and includes a receiving unit, a specifying unit, an acquiring unit, and an adjusting unit. The receiving unit receives a print request and identification information. The specifying unit specifies a queue corresponding to image forming device based on the identification information. The acquiring unit acquires the number of jobs stored in the specified queue. The adjusting unit adjusts the number of print services depending on whether the number of acquired jobs is equal to or larger than a predetermined value for the number of jobs set in the identification information and depending on whether the number of print services that process the jobs stored in the queue is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value for the number of print services set in the identification information.08-30-2012
20120218602INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RELATED METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a display control unit, a receiving unit, and a switching unit. The display control unit helps set information on printing product post-processing to be performed. The receiving unit receives a print instruction. If the post-processing apparatus is selected, the switching unit performs distributed transmitting processing on an image forming apparatus and the post-processing apparatus in response to the print instruction such that, print data is transmitted to the image forming apparatus and post-processing data is transmitted to the post-processing apparatus. If the post-processing apparatus is not selected, the switching unit performs the transmitting processing on the image forming apparatus in response to the print instruction such that both the print data and the post-processing data are transmitted to the image forming apparatus. The post-processing apparatus specifies the post-processing data transmitted with identification information in response to identification information being input in the post-processing apparatus.08-30-2012
20120218601METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF A DATA BUS, AND DATA BUS SYSTEM - For operation of a data bus to which multiple bus participants each with a respective serial number are connected, a new bus participant is connected. A request bus message is generated by the new bus participant containing a preliminary participant identification number. The request bus message is arbitrated in the data bus by means of the identification number. A final participant identification number is assigned for the new bus participant having fewer digits than the serial number of the new participant. The final participant identification number is used for further bus messages by the new bus participant. During an initialization bus messages are used with an identifier in which a complete serial number is entered as the identifier. After the initialization a different type of bus message is used that has a shorter identifier.08-30-2012
20120218600PRINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD - A print management system may include at least one client device for generating print jobs, and a plurality of print servers for storing print job information based upon the generated print jobs. The print servers may cooperate to share the print job information therebetween. At least one printing station may retrieve the shared print job information, and selectively print print jobs based thereon.08-30-2012
20120218599PRINT PROCESSING METHOD, PRINT RELAY SERVER, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When information about an image forming apparatus is registered in a print service environment, to perform reservation printing, a relay virtual printer determines whether a print job acquired from a print service is reserved, and reserves a print job as a reservation print target after a user selects a bookmarklet and issues an instruction to perform the reservation printing.08-30-2012
20120218598IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When a web server generates a preview screen, the web server transmits conversion information (e.g., an image size) for generating a preview image to a multifunction peripheral (MFP). The MFP generates converted image data using the conversion information, and transmits the converted image data to a web server.08-30-2012
20120218597IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a receiving unit; a printing unit; a power feed unit including a non-power saving mode and a power saving mode, the power feed unit configured to change the mode; an input unit configured to receive an input of a switching instruction; a switching unit configured to switch the mode from the non-power saving mode to the power saving mode when a stop condition is satisfied, the switching unit configured to switch the mode when the switching instruction is input; and a change unit configured to change the stop condition to a second condition which is more likely not to be satisfied than a first condition, after the mode is changed from the non-power saving mode to the power saving mode and when the mode is switched from the power saving mode to the non-power saving mode by the switching instruction.08-30-2012
20120218596Non-Transitory Computer Readable Recording Medium Storing Print Management Program, Print Management Device, Print Management Method, And Print System - Disclosed is a non-transitory computer readable recording medium that stores a print management program causing a computer to function as a job progress status display unit that divides job progress statuses of a print job into plural categories and displays plural of the categories so that each of the categories can be selected; and a job list display unit that selects and lists first print jobs in a first job progress status from a first table that stores job progress statuses of print jobs. The job list display unit selects first functions corresponding to the first job progress status of the listed first print jobs from a second table that stores functions corresponding to the divided job progress statuses, and displays icons. Here, each of the icons accepts execution of corresponding one of the selected first functions.08-30-2012
20120218594METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FULFILLING A CUSTOMER'S PRINT JOB NEEDS BY SELECTING AND ASSIGNING THE PRINT JOB TO ONE OR MORE QUALIFIED PRINTERS FROM A GROUP OF PARTICIPATING PRINTERS - A system and method for fulfilling a customer's print job needs through a process carried out by an online platform. The process includes the steps of receiving the print job with particular requirements from the customer, and retrieving from database profiles of a multiplicity of participating print shops to determine which print shop or print shops can handle the print job by matching all of the particular requirements. If it is determined that there is one print shop suitable to handle the print job by best matching all of the particular requirements, then assign the print job to the one suitable print shop. If it is determined that more than one print shop is needed to handle the print job, then split the print job and assign the split print job to a plurality of suitable print shops that together can best match all of the particular requirements of the print job.08-30-2012
20120218591WORKFLOW GENERATION IN A PRINT SHOP ENVIRONMENT - Systems and methods are provided for generating workflows for incoming print data. The system generates a workflow for a print job based upon rules defined for the print shop. The system receives a print job for a customer. The system also stores rules, defined for customers, that describe logical relationships of activities at a print shop. Different combinations of the rules may be used to generate different workflows of print shop activities. The system identifies rules defined for the customer, identifies activities available at the print shop, and generates a workflow for the print job based on the rules defined for the customer, the available activities, and a job ticket of the print job, wherein the workflow comprises an ordered set of activities. The system also directs the resources of the print shop to perform the activities of the workflow.08-30-2012
20120218590WORKFLOW REGENERATION IN A PRINT SHOP ENVIRONMENT - Systems and methods are provided for regenerating workflows for print jobs at a print shop in response to changed conditions. The system identifies a first workflow of print shop activities for a print job, and directs resources of the print shop to perform the activities of the first workflow. The system also stores rules that describe activities at the print shop. Further, the system detects a triggering event and halts processing of the first workflow. The system identifies rules defined for the customer, identifies activities available at the print shop, and generates a second workflow for the print job based on the changed condition, the rules defined for the customer, the available activities, and a job ticket of the print job. The system further directs the resources of the print shop to perform the activities of the second workflow.08-30-2012
20120218589DOCUMENT PROCESSING JOB CONTROL VIA A MOBILE DEVICE - Techniques are provided for allowing a user to create a document processing job (e.g., a print job, a scan job, a copy job, fax job) at a mobile device instead of at a document processing device, such as a printer, scanner, or copier. A cloud service interacts with the mobile device to retrieve job settings data from the mobile device. The cloud service generates a job identifier, associates the job identifier with job settings associated with the job settings data, and sends the job identifier to the mobile device, which displays the job identifier to the user. The user later enters the job identifier at the document processing device, which, in turn, uses the job identifier to request the job settings from the cloud service. The cloud service identifies the job settings based on the job identifier and sends the job settings to the document processing device.08-30-2012
20110007348PROCESS DETERMINING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESS DETERMINING SYSTEM, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM, AND PROCESS DETERMINING METHOD - A process determining apparatus includes: an instruction image acquiring unit that acquires an instruction image for instructing a process to be performed on a document image read from a medium having the document image formed thereon; and a determining unit that, when the instruction image acquired by the instruction image acquiring unit is not identified with any of a plurality of registered images to which processes are allocated, determines a process allocated to one of the plurality of registered images that is similar to the instruction image as the process to be performed on the document image read from the medium.01-13-2011
20090040556IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Correction for eliminating deformations of an image to be output from an image apparatus is executed while suppressing the processing load on the host computer side. A host computer acquires deformation information used to designate read addresses according to deformations of a scan line from a laser beam printer. A CPU (02-12-2009
20090040554System and method of processing print order requests - This invention relates to a system and method of processing print order requests in a print system comprising a central print controller, a plurality of remote print customers and a plurality of remote print suppliers, the central print controller being connected to the plurality of remote print customers and the plurality of remote print suppliers by way of a communications network. Print customers transmit their print order requests to one central print controller. The central print controller will have information relating to a number of print suppliers stored in the central print controller database and can ascertain which of the print suppliers is the most suitable print supplier for executing a particular order. The central print controller is able to obtain the different protocols and data formats used in the proprietary database systems of the print supplier from its own central print controller database and may then format the print order request into a format suitable for receipt by the print supplier.02-12-2009
20090040553INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - There are provided an information processing apparatus capable of reducing power consumption more than ever without deteriorating processing efficiency in the apparatus as a whole, an image forming apparatus, and a method for controlling the information processing apparatus. When the operation mode is in a sleep mode or an energy save mode at the time of receiving a facsimile data by a FAX modem, an instruction is made not to an image processing chip but to an IO chip to perform image processing for the received facsimile data. The IO chip performs the image professing using an LCDC (Liquid Crystal Display Controller). During this time, main control sections such as an SoC is remained in the non-energized state.02-12-2009
20090040551COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A communication system may be provided with a first communication device and a second communication device. The first communication device may send the identification information stored in a first storage device to the second communication device. The first communication device may output status information included in combination information sent from the first communication device, and update the stored contents of the first storage device such that identification information included in the combination information is stored in the first storage device. The second communication device may obtain status information concerning a status of the second communication device, and update the stored contents of a second storage device such that the latest combination data including the latest status information and new identification information is stored in the second storage device. The second communication device may send the latest combination information to the first communication device in a case where the received identification information is not identical to the identification information included in the latest combination information, and prohibit the sending of combination information to the first communication device in a case where the received identification information is identical to the identification information included in the latest combination information.02-12-2009
20090040550DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND DATA GENERATION METHOD - When a feeding amount for multi-pass printing is changed, the purpose related to an image quality using a binary data generation pattern can still be attained by, for example, a density pattern method. Specifically, a multi-pass printing mode is identified, and a density pattern selection matrix associated with a cycle of binary data generation is selected in accordance with the selected printing mode. That is, a density pattern selection matrix employed for binary data generation using a density pattern is changed to a size corresponding to the feeding amount designated by the selected printing mode. Thereby, a phenomenon that a unit used for image processing to gain a predetermined purpose related to an image quality does not match a unit area used for a printing operation is avoided, and an image printing purpose using a binary data generation pattern can be appropriately attained.02-12-2009
20090040549Image Forming System, Image Forming Apparatus, Image Forming Method and Computer-Readable Medium - Disclosed is an image forming system comprising: a data processing apparatus; and an image forming apparatus, which are connected to each other through a communication line, and according to a print instruction transmitted from the data processing apparatus, the image forming apparatus performs an image forming on a sheet specified by the print instruction, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises: a setting section; a communication section; and a transmission control section, and the data processing apparatus comprises: a communication section; a registration section; and a printer driver section.02-12-2009
20090040548IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - The operation mode of an image forming apparatus is determined. An information request transmitted from the information processing apparatus is received. On the basis of the determined operation mode, identification information containing the identifier of at least one of a plurality of image forming units provided in the image forming apparatus is transmitted in response to the received information request.02-12-2009
20090040547Adaptive automatic printing - Adaptive automatic printing methods and systems allow a user to modify print settings for an automatic print job after sending the job, after which the job is output under the modified print settings without any requirement to resend the job. Accordingly, if a user discovers after sending an automatic print job that an improper or suboptimal print setting has been used, the user can correct the problem without having to resend the job and, in some embodiments, without having to return to the client node.02-12-2009
20130057913IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPORTING PEER-TO-PEER CONNECTION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING JOB AUTHORITY THEREOF - A method of controlling job authority of an image forming apparatus that supports a P2P connection includes: storing a profile of a wireless device that is P2P connected to the image forming apparatus in the image forming apparatus; receiving and storing job authority information corresponding to the profile; when the wireless device requests the image forming apparatus to execute an operation, setting a job authority of the wireless device by using the profile and the job authority information; and checking the job authority of the wireless device by the image forming apparatus, and executing the requested job when the wireless device has the authority to perform the requested job.03-07-2013
20090091793PRINTER FOR PRODUCE COOLING AND STORAGE APPARATUS - A printer for use in an apparatus for storing and cooling produce is provided. The printer has a printer module, collector and page binder. The printer module is provided in a compartment door of the apparatus and has a media store storing pages of media in a vertically disposed manner and a pagewidth printhead arranged vertically beneath the media store for printing on the vertically disposed pages of media as they pass the printhead from the media store. The collector is provided in another compartment door of the apparatus at an interface of the compartment doors to receive the vertically disposed printed pages and hold the printed pages in the vertically disposed manner. The page binder is positioned between the printer module and collector for binding multiple printed pages by applying adhesive to each printed page as it passes from the printhead without interrupting their movement past the printhead.04-09-2009
20090091785Printing Apparatus And Printing Method - The present invention is intended to prevent appearance of streaks in head scanning direction at the joint of print data of the image to be printed. Print data composed of a multiplicity of dot information is supplied to a printing head having a plurality of dot forming elements arrayed along a sub-scanning direction. The printing head and the printing medium relatively move in main scanning direction and sub-scanning direction each other, and an image is printed on the surface of the printing medium. In the print data supplied by every main scanning action of the printing head, a deformed data portion of concave and convex shapes of waveform are formed, for example, so that dots may not be arrayed parallel continuously in the main scanning direction of the printing head, at the joint of the ends of the sub-scanning direction. The concave and convex shapes at the joint side of the print data, and the concave and convex shapes at the joint side of other print data adjacent to the print data are printed in mutually fitted state.04-09-2009
20090091784Controlling Program and Image Forming Apparatus - There is described a network system that includes a plurality of image forming apparatuses, which are coupled to each other through a network, and each of which makes it possible to output guidance by emitting an audible voice from an image forming apparatus located in the vicinity of the specific user who has instructed any one of the other image forming apparatuses to implement a print job. Each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses includes: a communication section to bilaterally communicate information with other image forming apparatuses; an authenticating section to authenticate whether or not the specific user resides in a peripheral area of the image forming apparatus concerned; and a voice outputting section to output the guidance for the specific user by emitting the audible voice.04-09-2009
20090091783PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing device is connected to a host apparatus and a lower level printing device. When the printing device receives printing target data from the host apparatus, it sends the same printing target data to the lower level printing device. A printing unit prints the printing target data on a recording medium on a page by page basis. A data-delete command issuing unit, for each printed page printed by the printing unit, issues a print data deleting command to the lower level printing device to instruct the lower level printing device to delete a portion of the printing target data corresponding to the printed page.04-09-2009
20090091782IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming device includes an image forming section, a connection section, a request receiving section, an illegality detection section, a notice section and a web page creation section. The image forming section performs image formation on a medium. The connection section communicates with an information processing device. The request receiving section receives a request from the information processing device through the connection section. The illegality detection section detects an illegal access to the request receiving section through the connection section. The notice section notifies, to the information processing device, a detection result by the illegality detection section through the connection section.04-09-2009
20090091780PRINTING CONTROL METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM - An object of the present invention is to provide a printing control method and a printing controller which are capable of performing high-quality printing in a short period of time, and which are capable of reducing human error. To achieve this end, the printing control method is used to control a printing system, which is equipped with a server to store printing data which contains platemaking data and related information, a printing machine equipped with a plurality of printing presses, a terminal unit for acquiring the printing image data and outputting command information to the printing machine, detectors for detecting a state of a printed page, and controllers for controlling the printing presses based on the printing data and detection information. In a pre-printing step, the operating conditions of the printing machine are loaded from the server, a supply of ink is preset based on the printing data, one of a plurality of sets of data for selection is selected as printing data, platemaking data is displayed on a display unit, and the state of arrival of the platemaking plate data to the terminal unit and the data that arrived are confirmed. In a printing step, feedback control employing the detection information is performed based on the data sent from the terminal unit.04-09-2009
20090091779PRINT MODULE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT UNIT, INK SUPPLY UNIT, PRINT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention provides a print module, an information processing device, a print system, a print unit, an ink supply unit, a print method and program, all capable of quickly and easily meeting demands for a print medium size change, particularly to increased sizes, while at the same time coping with demands for faster printing speed. To this end, this invention constructs the print heads (04-09-2009
20090091792Method for Delivering Greeting Cards - A method for delivering a greeting card using a form in which information relating to at least one interactive element associated with the delivery of a greeting card, and an identity indicative of the at least one interactive element are determined, print data indicative of the information and the identity is generated, and then transferred to a printer. The printer is responsive to the print data to print the form including the information and coded data relating to the at least one interactive element, the coded data being coincident with the information. This allows a sensing device placed in an operative position relative to the information to sense at least some of the coded data and generate indicating data using the sensed coded data.04-09-2009
20090091790COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH WIRELESS PEN AND RELAY PAIRING - A computer system includes a printer configured to print visible information and invisible coded data tags on print media. A pen-type device includes an image sensor configured to sense the data tags and wirelessly transmit associated sensed data. A relay is configured to receive the transmitted data. One or more servers are interfaced to the relay, and are configured to process the received data from the relay and to perform an action based upon the received data.04-09-2009
20090091789IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a reading unit, a printing unit, a control unit configured to control a reading job for causing the reading unit to execute reading processing and a printing job for causing the printing unit to execute print processing, and a setting unit configured to perform setting as to whether to permit execution of a second job while a first job is in execution, wherein the first job is one of the reading job and the printing job, and the second job is the other of the reading job and the printing job. The control unit controls the reading job and the printing job based on the setting performed by the setting unit.04-09-2009
20090091788IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS, IMAGE SENDING SYSTEM AND IMAGE SENDING METHOD - An image sending system including a server and a plurality of image sending apparatuses. The server (i) receives sending method specification information specified by a receiver and indicating a sending method for image data addressed to the receiver, (ii) records the sending method specification information and an identifier of the receiver in association with each other, (iii) and receives updated sending method specification information and rewrites the recorded sending method specification information with the updated sending method specification information. Each image sending apparatus (i) receives a selection of an identifier of a receiver of image data to be sent, (ii) obtains from the server the recorded sending method specification information and identification of the receiver, and (iii) when the identifier of receiver in the received selection matches the obtained identifier of receiver, sends the image data 04-09-2009
20090091787IMAGE FORMATION SYSTEM AND APPLICATION PROGRAM INSTALLATION METHOD - In an image formation system in which a plurality of image forming apparatuses operates cooperatively as a single virtual device, an instruction is accepted that designates an application to be installed and an apparatus as the destination for installing the application. Based on the functions of the plurality of image forming apparatuses that constitute the virtual device, it is determined whether or not the application to be installed operates on the apparatus that is the installation destination. In accordance with the determined result, an apparatus as an installation destination for installing the application and an installation method are displayed to allow selection of the apparatus as the installation destination and the installation method.04-09-2009
20090091786Controlling Program and Image Forming Apparatus - There is described a network system that includes a plurality of image forming apparatuses, which are coupled to each other through a network, and each of which makes it possible to output voice guidance from an image forming apparatus located in the vicinity of the specific user who has instructed any one of the other image forming apparatuses to implement a print job. Each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses includes: a communication section to bilaterally communicate information with other image forming apparatuses; an authenticating section to authenticate whether or not the specific user resides by the image forming apparatus concerned; and a voice outputting section to output the guidance for the specific user by emitting the audible voice; wherein, when the print job is suspended, select one of the image forming apparatus to carry the voice guidance to the specific user and output the guidance again.04-09-2009
20090091778System and Method for Printing Forms - A method, computer program product, and printing system for selecting an identifier chosen from a plurality of identifiers defined within a storage device of a printing system. A form is selected that is chosen from a plurality of forms defined within the storage device of the printing system. The selected form is modified to associate the selected form with the selected identifier, thus defining a modified selected form.04-09-2009
20110058220COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD - In implementing data transfer using noncontact close proximity transfer, the user operability is improved. The invention includes a communication system having a DSC and printer. Each of the DSC and printer includes a noncontact close proximity transfer function unit which executes, when the DSC and printer are located within a communicable range, connection processing for establishing a connection state in a first communication layer, a print image transfer processing unit which executes, when the connection state in the first communication layer is established, authentication processing for checking whether a connection state in a second communication layer has been established, and executes, when authentication fails, connection processing for establishing the connection state in the second communication layer, and a link control unit which transfers data when authentication succeeds or when the connection state in the second communication layer is established.03-10-2011
20110058219Printer driver, information processing apparatus, and computer program product - A printer driver includes: a receiving unit that receives an event for requesting a printer to perform a process; a command generating unit that generates, when the receiving unit has received the event, a command for causing the printer to execute the event based on a script in which a process for generating the command is written; and an outputting unit that performs control to output the command generated by the command generating unit to the printer.03-10-2011
20110058211PRINT 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.03-10-2011
20130057915PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus for performing printing under control of a head controller which receives image data, and which is connected to a print head for printing. The head controller includes an image data shaping unit for shaping the image data into print data corresponding to the print head, a sequence information generating unit for generating sequence information, based on the print data, showing operation at a time of printing by the print head, a data guarantee information adding unit for adding data guarantee information to the print data and the sequence information, for error detection based on the print data and the sequence information, a readout unit for reading print information including the print data, the sequence information, and the data guarantee information, and an information inspecting unit for inspecting propriety of the print information based on the data guarantee information and the sequence information read by the readout unit.03-07-2013
20130057912IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPORTING PEER-TO-PEER CONNECTION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PEER-TO-PEER CONNECTION THEREOF - A method of controlling a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection of an image forming apparatus that supports the P2P connection includes: receiving in the image forming apparatus a P2P connection request from an external wireless device; checking a device type of the wireless device by the image forming apparatus; determining whether the device type corresponds to connection restricted device types; and when the device type is the connection restricted device type, blocking a P2P connection to the wireless device by the image forming apparatus, and when the device type is not the connection restricted device type, P2P connecting the image forming apparatus to the wireless device.03-07-2013
20130057917DEVICE COOPERATION SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, FUNCTION PROVIDING METHOD - A device cooperation system includes a first device including an acquiring unit for acquiring image data, an output condition receiving unit for receiving output conditions used by the first and second devices when outputting the image data, a first important document determining unit for determining whether first important information is included in the image data, a first operation information recording unit for recording operation information of a first output unit when it is determined that the first important information is included in the image data, and a second device including a second operation information recording unit for recording operation information of a second output unit when the determination result indicating that the first important information is included in the image data is acquired from the first device.03-07-2013
20130057914IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH CONTROL PROGRAM FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus has: a display unit that can switch and display a plurality of operation screens, including an operation screen to display elements constituting the operation screen in three dimensional display; a storage unit that stores image data of a page image; a receiving unit that receives a command to display the page image in the display unit; and a display control unit that, when the command is received by the receiving unit and an operation screen for displaying the page image, among the plurality of operation screens, is displayed in the display unit, generates the page image based on the image data that is stored in the storage unit, on the operation screen, as an image for two dimensional display.03-07-2013
20130057904INDUSTRIAL INKJET PRINTER WITH DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS - A supply cable of a printing head of a continuous inkjet printer, including means for supplying fluids to the head, means forming a bidirectional digital serial link in order to transmit digital data between the head and the means for driving the printer, and low voltage power supply means, as well as a circuit for a printing head of a continuous jet printer and a method for transmitting data to the printing head.03-07-2013
20130057916IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an accumulating unit to accumulate documents, a document selecting unit to receive selection of the accumulated documents to be printed, a screen displaying unit to display on a display unit a printing condition setting screen including default values for selecting plural of the accumulated documents and a list of setting items when the selection received by the document selecting unit indicates plural of the accumulated documents, a reset receiving unit to receive selection of the setting item to be changed and resetting of a default value of the selected setting item, a reset control unit to change a content of the setting item into a resetting content when the setting item is resettable or allow the content to remain unchanged when the setting item is not resettable, and a printing unit to print the accumulated document, the setting item of which is reset.03-07-2013
20130057911IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a storage unit that is accessible from an external device even if the image forming apparatus is in a power off state, a setting unit configured that sets information on an installation status of the image forming apparatus, and a control unit that, according to the information on the installation status set by the setting unit, enables writing, in the storage unit, of information corresponding to the information on the installation status from information used by the image forming apparatus at a plurality of timing points.03-07-2013
20130057906DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A device management apparatus which manages a device and a terminal which remotely uses the device, the apparatus comprises a log acquisition unit configured to acquire a log of the device; a usage location specification unit configured to specify a location of the terminal at the time of use of the device based on the log acquired by the log acquisition unit; and a generation unit configured to generate information of an area where the device is used, based on the location of the terminal at the time of use of the device which is specified by the usage location specification unit.03-07-2013
20130057910IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The image forming apparatus management system includes type decision means for determining the type of the user terminal as a notification target, based on movement frequency of the user terminal; notification target decision means for determining which user terminal is likely to be using each of the image forming apparatuses, based on position information on the user terminal and position information on the image forming apparatus, according to the type of the user terminal determined by the type decision means, and thereby judging the user terminal that is likely to be using the image forming apparatus, as a notification target to be notified of a power status of the image forming apparatus; and power status notification means for sending power status notification to the user terminal judged as the notification target, when the power status of the image forming apparatus is changed.03-07-2013
20130057905WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SETTING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - A control apparatus that controls a wireless communication setting in an information processing apparatus such that the setting can easily be set, without the provision of an additional device in the information processing apparatus. A PC as a control apparatus is USB connected to a printer as an information processing apparatus having a wireless communication function, and controls the setting of wireless communication between a wireless access point and the printer. The printer and the wireless access point are instructed via a USB interface and via a wired LAN by the PC to start the setting of wireless communication. When receiving from each of the printer and the wireless access point a setting result notification that represents a result of execution of the setting of wireless communication, the PC causes a display unit thereof to display the setting result notifications.03-07-2013
20130057903INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In an information processing apparatus, information concerning the data format of a document designated by a terminal apparatus and a data format compatible with the image forming apparatus are received in accordance with an instruction from a user, and a connection route, of a plurality of connection routes to the image forming apparatus designated by the user and the terminal apparatus, which allows the image processing apparatus to process the document data is selected based on the received data format of the document and the data format compatible with the image forming apparatus. The terminal apparatus displays the selected connection route.03-07-2013
20130057902SPONSORED FACSIMILE TO E-MAIL TRANSMISSION METHODS AND APPARATUS - A method for sending an e-mail message comprises receiving a transmission instruction page, entering a plurality of text entries from a user on the transmission instruction page to form a filled-in transmission instruction page, wherein the plurality of text entries includes an e-mail address, and sending a facsimile to a facsimile server, wherein the facsimile includes the filled-in transmission instruction page and one or more pages of a document, wherein the facsimile server converts the facsimile into an e-mail attachment, wherein the facsimile server sends the e-mail message including a service provider indicator and the e-mail attachment to the e-mail address, wherein the facsimile server optically derives the e-mail address from the transmission instruction page of the facsimile, and wherein facsimile server need not know the e-mail address prior to receiving the facsimile.03-07-2013
20130057918APPARATUS COOPERATION SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND FUNCTION PROVIDING METHOD - An apparatus cooperation system including first and second apparatuses connected via a network to share a function, the first apparatus including a first counting unit counting a number of the output objects output by the first output unit based on a first counting rule, the second apparatus including a second counting unit counting a number of the output objects output by the second output unit based on a second counting rule. Further, when an output condition to output the image data by the first apparatus and the second apparatus is accepted, the first counting unit counts a total number of the output objects output by the first output unit and the second output unit based on the first counting rule.03-07-2013
20120307306SERVER APPARATUS THAT ENABLES EASY USE OF IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUSES, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An arrangement for enabling a user to easily use an image input apparatus. A server apparatus capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus creates a list of image input apparatuses found through a search by the information processing apparatus, and provides the list to the same. The server apparatus provides script information including information for configuring operation settings of an image input apparatus selected from the provided list, to the information processing apparatus, and transmits a job message to the same, for causing the image input apparatus to operate according to the operation settings, in order to cause the information processing apparatus to transfer the job message to the image input apparatus. Image data input by the operation of the image input apparatus according to the job message is acquired via the information processing apparatus, and is stored in the server apparatus.12-06-2012
20120307296INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention is directed to preventing a user from losing sight of a parameter that the user is currently set. To solve the problem, there is provided an information processing apparatus or a display control method for, when detecting that a node in a structure display area is selected by a user's operation, specifying a tab of setting associated with the selected node via a management unit and displaying the tab in a detailed setting display area, and when detecting that a tab in the detailed setting display area is selected by a user's operation, specifying a node associated with the selected tab, via a management unit and displaying the node in a selected state in the structure display area.12-06-2012
20130057919IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus acquires communication setting information for communicating with an image processing apparatus by a second communication unit via a first communication unit. In accordance with the acquired communication setting information, communication by the second communication unit is established to execute, via the second communication unit, an image processing service provided by the image processing apparatus. When establishment of communication is detected, an operation window display request for executing the image processing service is transmitted via the second communication unit. The image processing apparatus receives the operation window display request from the information processing apparatus via the second communication unit. In accordance with the received operation window display request, an operation window for executing the image processing service is displayed. Image processing for input image data is executed on the basis of the settings set via the displayed operation window.03-07-2013
20130057908IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPORTING PEER-TO-PEER CONNECTION AND METHOD OF MANAGING ADDRESS BOOK THEREOF - A method of managing an address book of an image forming apparatus that supports a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection includes connecting the image forming apparatus to an external wireless device in the P2P connection method through a wireless local area network (WLAN); operating a soft access point (AP) module of the image forming apparatus so that the image forming apparatus operates as an AP; allocating an internet protocol (IP) address to the wireless device by driving a dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server unit (DHCP server) of the image forming apparatus; and registering the wireless device connected to the image forming apparatus in the address book, which stores wireless devices that are connectable to the image forming apparatus, with the allocated IP address.03-07-2013
20130057907NETWORK APPARATUS WITH FAX FUNCTION - A network apparatus with fax function is provided. The network apparatus includes a fax modem, a Wide Area Network (WAN) interface, a Local Area Network (LAN) interface, and a processing unit. The fax modem receives or transmits fax data. The WAN interface is connected to an external network, the external network uses an external Internet Protocol (IP) address, and the network apparatus is addressed by using a legal IP address on the external network. The LAN interface is connected to an internal LAN, and the internal LAN uses a private IP address. The processing unit works as an operation core of the network apparatus. An electronic device connected to the internal LAN shares the legal IP address of the network apparatus on the external network through the network apparatus. Thus, the network apparatus has a fax function, and the cost is further reduced.03-07-2013
20110038001PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, A COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INSTRUCTIONS OF A COMPUTER PROGRAM THEREOF, AND AN IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE - A printing control method for a processing device transmitting a first and second document data to an image formation device, the first and second document data including first and second print parameters respectively, each of the first and second print parameters being set by a setup window of a printer driver, includes obtaining the first print parameters of the first document data if printing the first document is instructed, storing the first print parameters in a memory, obtaining the second print parameters of the second document data if printing the second document is instructed after printing the first document is instructed, determining whether or not the second print parameters are equal to the first print parameters, and displaying an information that the second print parameters are equal to the first print parameters on a displaying unit, if the second print parameters are equal to the first print parameters.02-17-2011
20110037998FACSIMILE APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A facsimile apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a first registration unit. The acquisition unit acquires a transmission source number and a reception number of a facsimile reception document. The first registration unit acquires use restriction information corresponding to the transmission source number and the reception number acquired by the acquisition unit from a first storage unit for storing first correspondence relation information in which use restriction information of documents and transmission source numbers and reception numbers of facsimile communication are associated with each other, and registers second correspondence relation information in which the use restriction information and the facsimile reception document are associated with each other in a second storage unit for storing correspondence relation information between documents and use restriction information.02-17-2011
20130057909PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COPING WITH DIFFERENT PRINT SETTINGS FROM THOSE THEREOF, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus incapable of changing print settings when executing printing, which is improved in user-friendliness when the print settings are different from the settings of the printing apparatus. The printing apparatus include an NVMEM storing setting information indicating predetermined respective settings for setting items for use in printing. A controller unit receives job information including image data to be printed, from a server. When the received job information includes setting information configured at the server, the setting information is caused to be temporarily stored in a RAM of the server. Some of the setting information configured at the server is stored in the NVMEM, and then the image data is printed according to the setting information.03-07-2013
20120188605PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM AND PRINT APPARATUS - A print control apparatus in which a plurality of print apparatuses having a hold print function are caused to hold print data, and the print data of other print apparatuses other than a print apparatus print-instructed by a user is deleted, is provided. A print server is connected to the plurality of printers having a hold print function through a network. The print server includes a print data transmission portion that transmits print data received from a PC to printers to cause the printers to hold the print data, and a print data deletion instruction portion that, when a print notification of the print data is received from any one of the plurality of the printers, instructs other printers other than the printer to delete the print data.07-26-2012
20120188602PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, PRINT SERVER, CONTROL METHOD OF THE PRINT SERVER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A print server includes a registration unit configured to register a virtual printer according to a printer registration request received from a information processing apparatus, a storage unit configured to store printer information about the virtual printer registered by the registration unit, and a notification unit configured to notify the printing apparatus of a printer registration notification indicating that the virtual printer is registered by the registration unit, wherein the printer information is acquired by the printing apparatus which receives the printer registration notification.07-26-2012
20120188599IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, PRINT DATA MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINT DATA MANAGEMENT DEVICE - An image forming system includes: an information processing apparatus; a print data management device; and an image forming apparatus communicably connected each other. The print data management device includes a print data managing unit that manages and stores the print data transmitted from the information processing apparatus, a request print data transmission unit that transmits the print data to the image forming apparatus in response to a request from the image forming apparatus, a history information generating unit that generates history information for the print data, a history information acquiring unit that, from the image forming apparatus, acquires at least the history information added with the identification information from among the history information relating to print output stored in the storage medium of the image forming apparatus, and a history information managing unit that manages and stores the history information into the storage medium.07-26-2012
20090021777Print System - A print system capable of accepting a print request over a network, having a simple configuration, and easy to use. The print system includes a digital camera (01-22-2009
20090296150IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - At an extended function server side, user information is received, and a user authentication process is executed. When the authenticity is established, an extended function table is read out, and an extended function list is generated in correspondence with users, based on the extended function table. Then, determination is made as to whether there is an extended function list set in correspondence with a user When there is an extended function list set in correspondence with a user, the extended function list is transmitted. At the MFP side, the extended function list transmitted from the extended function server is received. Then, the received extended function list is registered.12-03-2009
20110199638OPERATION CONSOLE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE OPERATION CONSOLE - An operation console used in relation to an apparatus as an object of control operated by a user operation includes: a display device having a display area for displaying information to the user; an input device for the user to input a request; and a display control device displaying, if a request for displaying specific information on said display device is input through the input device, the specific information on the display device. The input device includes a plurality of operation buttons for inputting a plurality of requests, corresponding to respective requests, arranged in the vicinity of the display area. Among the plurality of operation buttons, an operation button corresponding to the request for displaying the specific information is provided closest to the display device.08-18-2011
20090066994METHOD AND SYTEM FOR REMOTE MANAGEMENT OF PRINT DEVICES - A method of controlling a print device using an instruction corresponding to a command received from a remote location. A second server may transmit a query directed to a first server. The second server may be prevented from receiving unauthorized communication from the first server by a firewall. If the first server has a relevant command available, the second server may receive a response to the query. The response may include the relevant command. The second server may determine a print device for which the command is relevant. An instruction corresponding to the relevant command may be sent from the second server to the print device. Communication between the print device and the second server may not be restricted by the firewall. The printing device may implement the instruction. If the first server does not have a relevant command available, the transmitting may automatically repeat until the first server has a relevant command available.03-12-2009
20090284790INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT THAT CAUSES THE APPARATUS TO EXECUTE THE METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes a communication unit to communicate with an external device, a receiver to receive a signal from an identification information transmitter that transmits at least one of identification information of a user of the external device and identification information of the external device, a measurement circuit to measure strength of a received signal, a storage unit to store correlation data between a relative distance to the identification information transmitter and the strength of the received signal, a calculation circuit to calculate from the field intensity of the received signal the relative distance based on the correlation data, an operation controller to control operation of the information processing apparatus based on a result of calculation of the relative distance, and a correction unit to correct the correlation data based on the field intensity of the received signal from the identification information transmitter disposed at a predetermined range.11-19-2009
20100053683Universal Imaging Cartridge Chip - Provided is a universal imaging cartridge chip capable of activating a plurality of types of imaging machines. In one embodiment, the universal imaging cartridge chip interprets a signal to identify a type of imaging machine. The universal imaging cartridge chip then selects the correct data for the identified imaging machine from the universal imaging cartridge chip data base. The imaging machine may then be activated with the correct electrical handshake and other required data. In another embodiment, the universal imaging cartridge chip contains the correct electrical handshake and other required data to activate a plurality of imaging machines, and communicates the correct electrical handshake and other required data to the imaging machine.03-04-2010
20130094058IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is an image forming apparatus. The apparatus includes: a job input unit inputting a job; a job storage storing the job input by the job input unit; a link setting unit linking a new job input from the job input unit and the stored job stored in the job storage, or linking each independent job stored in the job storage; a storage section storing link information indicating the link of jobs set by the ink setting unit; a control section executing predetermined processes based on the link information stored in the storage section; and a print section printing the job.04-18-2013
20090273802IMAGE OUTPUT SETTING CONTROL SYSTEM, IMAGE OUTPUT SETTING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT INSTRUCTION APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SERVER, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM AND COMPUTER DATA SIGNAL - An image output instruction apparatus includes an output condition reception section and an output instruction section. The output condition reception section receives, for each predetermined range of a document to be output, a setting of an output condition concerning an image output process. The output instruction section provides a first output instruction to a first image forming apparatus based on the output conditions for the respective predetermined ranges received by the output condition reception section.11-05-2009
20110013229Imaging Device and Method of Controlling the Same - An imaging device that receives a data stream including bit-map data and commands from a host device is configured to first process a received real-time processing disable command and then to process the data stream including the bit-map data. In another aspect, an imaging device is controlled to receive a real-time processing disable command, and then to receive and process a data stream including bit-map data and commands. In another aspect, an imaging device is controlled to receive a real-time processing enable command, then to receive and process a different real-time command.01-20-2011
20110013228PRINTING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A remote proofing system (01-20-2011
20110013227PRINTING USING MULTIPLE PAPER SOURCES - Management of multiple paper sources during printing is provided. A setting screen allows setting a page layout indicating a number of pages to be arranged on a single face of a sheet of paper. An additional setting screen having different setting items allows setting of multiple paper feed sources for a single print job where the paper feed sources include a paper feed source for the first page of the print job and another paper feed source for a page different from the first page. The page layout may be changed in accordance with an operation on a page image indicating a set page layout when the additional setting screen includes the page image. In addition, both setting screens may be provided by a single printer driver.01-20-2011
20110013226Print Configuration Engine for Enabling Online Printing of Projects Created in an Online Collage-Based Editor - A print configuration engine implemented in software residing on and executable from a digital medium, the print engine integrated with a graphics user interface (GUI) for creating and editing photo-based projects over a data network, the print engine including a communications link to a compatible print server and printer connected to the data network, a print queue for queuing printing tasks, and an image tiling module. The print engine automatically senses if the pixel size of an image is greater than a pre-defined image size threshold for high resolution printing and if so tiles the image and saves the individual image tiles to memory for later reconstitution.01-20-2011
20110013225Print Configuration Engine Integrated with an Online Collage-Based Editor - A print configuration engine implemented in software residing on and executable from a digital medium, the print engine integrated with a graphics user interface (GUI) for creating and editing photo-based projects over a data network, the print engine including a communications link to a compatible print server and printer connected to the data network, a print queue for queuing printing tasks, and an effects filter size-reduction module. The print engine automatically senses via the effects filter size-reduction module if the area of a filter is greater than a pre-defined threshold and if so produces a smaller filter embedded into a bitmap image after which the bitmap image is scaled back up to the filters original size.01-20-2011
20110013224Image Forming Apparatus, Image Forming System, and Server - An image forming apparatus includes a first image data storage unit that (i) stores user identification information and image data in association with each other, (ii) acquires, upon reception of a leaving signal regarding a specific user from an entering/leaving information management device that manages entering/leaving of a user with respect to an area in which the image forming apparatus is installed, the image data having a security level equal to or higher than a first predetermined level associated with the user identification information of the specific user stored in the first image data storage unit, (iii) saves the acquired image data to a server, and (iv) erases the original image data from the first image data storage unit.01-20-2011
20110013223Communication Control Method and Control Program - In a communication environment in which multiple virtual port drivers use a single communication port, a communication control method enables a first virtual port driver and a second virtual port driver that is occupying the communication port to communicate through the same communication port. The communication control method includes executing a communication process in which the first virtual port driver emulates a specific communication port in communication with a first device driver to which the first virtual port driver corresponds. At least when the second virtual port driver occupies the communication port, the communication control method executes a communication process in which the first virtual port driver emulates, for the second virtual port driver, the second device driver to which the second virtual port driver corresponds.01-20-2011
20110013221Methods and Systems for Processing Print Jobs - Disclosed is a method for processing print jobs, comprising: determining whether a second print job being processed by an RIP is needed to pause and whether a third print job being processed by a print device is needed to pause according to a priority of a first print job requesting to be printed; storing, where the second print job is needed to pause, a processing state of the second print job and processing the first print job by the RIP; storing, where the third print job is needed to pause, a processing state of the third print job, and printing the first print job by the print device; resuming the processing for the second print job according to the stored processing state of the second print job after the first print job is processed by the RIP; and resuming the processing for the third print job according to the stored processing state of the third print job after the first print job is printed by the print device. According to the present invention, it is possible to proceed with pauses continuously, save costs and simplify manual operations.01-20-2011
20110013220APPLICATION SERVER FOR USE WITH A MODULAR IMAGING SYSTEM - Systems and methods are disclosed for managing autonomous detector and imager subsystems communicating as nodes on a network. In an embodiment, an application server is provided which coordinates use of the autonomous imager and detector subsystems so that appropriate combinations of imagers and detectors are used for particular imaging applications. In another embodiment, the performance of a detector subsystem may be automatically evaluated prior to use, such as by one or more automated routines that monitor or measure factors related to detector performance. Additional systems, methods, and devices are also disclosed.01-20-2011
20110013219SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS OF FORWARDING A PRINT JOB USING A JOB TICKET - A method, apparatus, and system for forwarding a print job. The method includes transmitting, by a client device, a request to print a locked print job, which includes a print job and 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 forward the print job included in the locked print job to at least one other printing device communicatively coupled to the printing device is generated. The job ticket is transmitted to, and received by, the client device. The print job is forwarded to the at least one other printing device.01-20-2011
20110013218SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATED DOCUMENT PROCESSING AMONG DEVICES HAVING DIFFERING FUNCTIONALITY - The subject application is directed to coordinating document processing operations among devices having differing functionality. A document is received into a first document processing device that has a first set of processing functions. A display is generated on the first device that includes indicia of an available document processing operation having a function of a first set and a secondary function of a second device, with any secondary function outside the first set. Selection data is received of an operation having functions from the first set and one or more secondary functions. Operation of the first device is controlled by a controller operable to control the functions of the first set by the first device on the document. The document is communicated to the second device following completion of any first set functions. The document processing operation is completed by the second device via completion of any secondary functions.01-20-2011
20090073484Hospitality Digital Photo Processing - A process for providing printed photos from memory cards via network from a hotel room using a memory card reader, device to display photo(s), and a display. The on screen menu system of the photo viewer or PPV system allows for selection, processing, and billing of the photos.03-19-2009
20090268247SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ON-LINE PLANNING UTILIZING MULTIPLE PLANNING QUEUES - Features described herein relate to concurrently processing multiple batches of job requests for one or more machines and/or components thereof, using a plurality of job planning queues. Each batch of job requests is allocated to a planning queue, and each planning queue comprises an unplanned subqueue that stores unplanned jobs, an unsent subqueue that stores planned jobs waiting to be executed, and a sent subqueue that stores planned jobs that have been output to the machine(s) for execution. A job planner and related components determine which unsent subqueue has the fewest planned jobs at a given point in time, and selects an unplanned job from the unplanned subqueue in the same planning queue as the identified unsent subqueue. The planner then generates a plan for the selected job and inserts the planned job into the unsent subqueue for eventual output to the machine(s) for execution. In this manner, the unsent subqueues for each planning queue are maintained with substantially equal numbers of planned jobs ready for execution, which improves throughput by ensuring that all machines and/or associated components are kept busy.10-29-2009
20090268246Method of Enabling or Disabling Verification Process - A method is provided of enabling or disabling a verification process of a first entity in response to a predetermined event. The first entity has at least one associated bit-pattern and at least one variant key. Each variant key has been generated by applying a one way function to: a base key; and one or more of the at least one bit-patterns, respectively; or one or more alternative bit patterns. Each alternative bit-pattern is based on one of the at least one bit-patterns. In the method, it is determined that the predetermined event has happened, and at least one of the first variant keys is enabled or disabled in response to the predetermined event.10-29-2009
20090268245IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus for managing a memory device having a plurality of storage areas including a storage area storing out-of-use information and a free area storing no information, the image processing apparatus comprises memory control unit adapted to determine whether or not there is a storage area storing the out-of-use information based on a request for storing information and determining the storage area storing the out-of-use information as an area for storing the information, in a case where the storage area exists; and information writing unit adapted to overwrite generated information to the storage area determined by the memory control unit.10-29-2009
20090268244Print output apparatus and print output system - The present invention includes an offset processing section that performs offset processing for shifting a sheet to be outputted in a sheet width direction, a banner output section that prints a job attribute of a print job on a sheet, a job attribute determination section that determines the job attribute of the print job, and a control section that sets offset processing or banner output in the unit of a job attribute or in the unit of a job. When a job attribute of a preceding print job and a job attribute of a subsequent print job are different, offset processing and banner output are executed. When the job attribute of the preceding print job and the job attribute of the subsequent print job are the same, any one of offset processing and banner output is executed. Thereby, printed sheets can be easily obtained in the unit of a job attribute such as in the unit of a user.10-29-2009
20090268243Method and Apparatus for Sending and Receiving Facsimile Transmission over a Non-Telephonic Transmission System - An interface is provided for connecting a standard telephone line and/or a standard facsimile machine with a distributive communication network interface such as a personal computer, whereby facsimile signal present on the telephone line or at the facsimile machine may be transmitted via the Internet to a remote station without the use of long distance or international telephone signal carriers. The facsimile signal may be sent or received via the network using the network, without interfering with the capability to receive and send facsimile signals in the normal manner via a standard telephone line.10-29-2009
20090268242PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING APPARATUS - In a printing system, a first apparatus transmits, to a printing apparatus, a printing instruction containing location information indicating the location of printing content on a network. When receiving the printing instruction, the printing apparatus updates the location information contained in the received printing instruction in accordance with a medium setting indicating a recording medium on which printing is to be performed, and issues a request for printing content corresponding to the updated location information through the network. In response to the request from the printing apparatus, a second apparatus transmits the printing content corresponding to the updated location information to the printing apparatus through the network, and the printing apparatus receives the printing content and performs printing of the printing content on the recording medium. Accordingly, printing content suitable for a printable region of a medium on which printing is to be performed can be easily acquired and printed.10-29-2009
20090268241METHOD OF CONTROLLING A PRINT JOB AND A TERMINAL DEVICE USING THE SAME - A method of controlling a print job using a universal print driver of a terminal device connectable to a plurality of image forming apparatuses. The method can include selecting one of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, selecting pre-stored printing options of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, determining whether the pre-stored printing options are available on the image forming apparatus for which the universal print driver is selected, and displaying that the pre-stored printing option is unavailable, if at least one of the pre-stored printing options is unavailable. Therefore, a user can easily recognize information regarding unavailable pre-stored printing options.10-29-2009
20090268240IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus that converts image data into print data is provided. The apparatus includes a conversion unit configured to generate first and second print data from the image data using an error diffusion method, each piece of second print data corresponding to one of the plurality of passes; 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 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 with the constraint. The printing unit prints the second print data in each of the plurality of passes.10-29-2009
20090268239INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus determines whether a combination of print setting data and drawing data is a standard combination. The information processing apparatus converts the drawing data into drawing data of another format or converts the drawing data into image data if the combination of the print setting data and the drawing data is determined not to be the standard combination.10-29-2009
20090268238Image Forming System, Image Forming Apparatus, and Job Management Program - An image forming system for communicably connecting a data processor and an image forming apparatus can include a registration unit for registering a print job based on a print request, a printing unit for conducting print processing based on a print job registered in the registration unit, an authentication unit for, when the print job is a locked job with an unlocking condition, prohibiting print processing of the locked job until the unlocking condition is fulfilled, and a prohibition unit for prohibiting print processing of a normal job, which is registered in the registration unit after registration of the locked job, without the unlocking condition.10-29-2009
20090268237Image Processing System, Printer Driver, Scanner Driver, Printing Device and Reading Device - An image processing system, a computer readable medium, a printing device and a reading device are provided. The image processing system includes an operation unit which inputs commands; a setting unit which performs setting processing for setting, in accordance with commands from the operation unit, a performance condition including an independent setting item, the independent setting item comprising first and second fields for setting different values, respectively, for the front side and the back side of a sheet material; and a performance unit which processes the front side and the back side of the sheet material in accordance with the performance condition set by the setting unit. The printing device includes a print unit that performs double-sided printing on a sheet material; the operation unit; the setting unit; and a control unit that controls the print unit to perform double-sided printing in accordance with the print condition.10-29-2009
20090268236Printing System and Printer Driver - In a printing system, in response to a request for duplex printing of print object data, the control portion of an information processing apparatus executes a first printing process according to a first printer driver, to generate first printing data and print information based on the print object data. The first printing data is used by a first printing apparatus for printing on the first surface of a recording medium. The control portion further executes a second printing process according to a second printer driver, to generate second printing data based on the print information. The second printing data is used by a second printing apparatus for printing on the second surface of the recording medium.10-29-2009
20090268235TERMINAL APPARATUS FOR PRINTER DRIVER PACKAGE FORMATION AND PRINTER DRIVER PACKAGE FORMATION METHOD - A method of generating a printer driver package, the method including: receiving a command to generate the printer driver package; collecting data to be included in the printer driver package in response to the command; and generating the printer driver package based on a printer driver pre-installed in the terminal apparatus using the collected data. Accordingly, a printer driver package is generated using the updated or modified printer driver, so user convenience can be improved.10-29-2009
20090268234METHOD FOR CHANGING PRINTER DRIVERS IN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - The information processing apparatus according to the present invention is an information processing apparatus comprises a determination unit that determines whether a combination of a source application and a destination printer driver is a combination of a first type application and a first type printer driver or a combination of a second type application and a second type printer driver; and a changing unit that changes the printer driver properties referenced by an operating system to properties value that satisfies the combinations in the event that the determination unit determines that the source application and the destination printer driver are neither of the combinations.10-29-2009
20090268233METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INVENTORY CONTROL OF SECURE STOCK IN FEEDERS AND FINISHERS - A method and system for auditing security stock usage including displaying one or more data on a graphical user interface (GUI); extracting a first set of information into a first log file from the one or more data displayed on the GUI; commencing a print run on a printer; extracting a second set of information into a second log file after the print run terminates; and determining a number of sheets of security stock used from the first log file and the second log file.10-29-2009
20090268231SYSTEM AND METHOD OF FORECASTING PRINT JOB RELATED DEMAND - A system and method are provided for performing forecasting with respect to total demand data (including two or more demand components) collected in a print production environment. Each demand component (comprising a set of demand component related points corresponding with a first time scale) may be processed in such a way that a demand component related point can be forecasted with demand component related points corresponded with the second time scale. Both the forecasted demand component related point and demand component related points corresponded with the second time scale can then be corresponded with the first time scale.10-29-2009
20090268230COMPENSATION SYSTEM FOR PRODUCTION PRINTING ENVIRONMENT - A system is provided for planning compensation for a document processing arrangement including a plurality of document processing related cells with each document processing related cell including a plurality of document processing related devices functioning cooperatively to create a cell throughput. In practice, a processor may be instructed to read both a stored functional description of each device in at least one of the plurality of document processing related cells and a set of job processing related information. Responsive to such reading, the processor performs a simulation with the simulation being used to generate a simulated throughput value representative of a predicted output of the at least one of the plurality of document processing related cells within a time interval. In turn, compensation for an operator responsible for operating the at least one of the plurality of document processing related cells is varied on the basis of the simulated throughput representative of the predicted output of the at least one of the plurality of document processing related cells within the time interval.10-29-2009
20090268229Multifunction Peripheral Browser Control for Application Integration - A multi-functional peripheral (MFP) browser having integrated scan, print, and/or e-mail functionality may be integrated within a system and support methods of scanning, printing and e-mailing via the MFP display.10-29-2009
20090066996Printing System, POS System, Connection Device, Control Method of Printing System, and Program Therefor - A printing system has an interface unit (03-12-2009
20090059292IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, STORAGE MEDIUM, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND METHOD SUITABLE FOR THE PRINTING SYSTEM - There is provided an image forming apparatus capable of realizing a trial printing function that minimizes unnecessary consumption of time and supplies. Images that are inputted are accumulated in a memory. An output mode is set and a setting is made as to whether trial printing is to be carried out in the output mode or not. A CPU provides control to read out a corresponding image from the memory according to the set output mode and form the readout image on a sheet. When it is determined that the trial printing is to be carried out during image formation according to the set output mode, the CPU provides control to set the number of trial print pages according to predetermined conditions and carry out the trial printing for the set number of trial print pages.03-05-2009
20120224224PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus according to the invention includes a reception section configured to receive a print job; a display section configured to display information relating to the received print job; and a printing execution section configured to execute printing based on the received print job. Further, the display section is further configured to, if a print job in an execution state exists, display information relating to a print job in a first display mode, and if a print job in a pausing state exists, display information relating to a print job in a second display mode which is different from the first display mode.09-06-2012
20120224223PRINTER AND DATA WRITING METHOD IN THE PRINTER - A printer includes a print unit, a conveying unit, an antenna unit and a moving unit. The print unit is configured to print on a recording medium having a wireless tag. The conveying unit is configured to convey the recording medium along a conveying path to the print unit. The antenna unit is disposed on the conveying path and configured to write data to the wireless tag by radiating electromagnetic waves. The moving unit is configured to move the antenna unit on the conveying path in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the recording medium is conveyed.09-06-2012
20120224222Computer Readable Information Recording Medium Storing Print Job Editing Program, Print Job Editing Apparatus, Print Job Editing Method And Printing System - A capability obtaining part obtains information of a capability of an apparatus that is connected with the computer or a capability of an apparatus that is used in a printing process in which the computer is used; a determination part determines, when the capability obtaining part has obtained the information of the capability of the apparatus, functions that become invalid, from among functions that have been set in a received print job, based on the information of the capability of the apparatus and printing conditions that a print job editing program has; and a display part displays a list of the functions that become invalid, and is used to confirm a cancellation of the setting of the functions that become invalid.09-06-2012
20120224221NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PRINT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, PRINT MANAGEMENT DEVICE, PRINT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PRINT SYSTEM - A non-transitory computer readable recording medium that stores a print management program causing a computer to function as a retrieval unit that retrieves information about first functions of an image forming device and information about second functions of plural second devices; and a determination unit that determines whether the second functions of the second devices can process a print job, when the first functions of the image forming device cannot process the print job. Here, the image forming device and the second devices are connected to a print system including the computer. When the determination unit determines that the second functions of the second devices cannot process the print job, the print management program constrains the second functions of the second devices from being utilized.09-06-2012
20120224220PRINTING MANAGEMENT DEVICE, PRINTING MANAGEMENT METHOD, PRINTING SYSTEM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium includes a printing management program, which, when processed by a computer, causes the computer to function as a scheduling unit configured to schedule a print job in an image forming apparatus, the print job having a printing capability that matches a printing capability set in the image forming apparatus; and a capability change job generator configured to generate a capability change job having an instruction to change the printing capability set in the image forming apparatus. When the capability change job generated by the capability change job generator is scheduled in the image forming apparatus, the scheduling unit schedules the print job having the printing capability that matches the printing capability changed by the capability change job after the capability change job.09-06-2012
20120224219PAGE DESCRIPTION DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, PAGE DESCRIPTION DATA PROCESSING METHOD, PRINT PRODUCING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - It is judged whether a dashed line pattern needs to be divided into a plurality of auxiliary dashed line patterns or not based on the configuration of the dashed line pattern. If it is decided that the dashed line pattern needs to be divided, an operator group which is descriptive of the dashed line pattern is replaced with a plurality of operator groups which are descriptive of the auxiliary dashed line patterns, respectively.09-06-2012
20120224218PRINTING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, PRINTING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, PRINTING MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing management program is disclosed. The program causes a computer to function as a printing job accepting unit which accepts a printing job from a pre-process within a printing process; a printing setting change accepting unit which accepts, from a user, a change of a printing setting which is set for the accepted printing job; a specifying unit which specifies a pagination setting for the printing job that is set in the pre-process; and a warning unit which provides a warning on a change of the printing setting depending on the specified pagination setting.09-06-2012
20120224217DEVICE AGENT FOR DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING AND PRINTING - Systems and algorithmic processes directed to first and second image processing devices connected to a network for distributed processing/printing. The first device receives a print job from a user device, and divides the print job into a plurality of portions of the print job which require image processing prior to printing. These portions are then transmitted to a number of the second devices which are compatible with distributed processing/printing and which are in an idle status mode. The second devices process the portions by, for example, rasterizing the portions, and then transmit the rasterized portions back to the first device. The first device assembles the rasterized portions into an assembled print job which is ready for printing. The first device prints the assembled print job or transmits the assembled print job to another networked device for printing, facsimile transmission, email transmission or storage.09-06-2012
20120224216PRINTER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WORKING WITH INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A printing system including: a print management system that includes a first type of printer, and a printer management client device that periodically reads data about first type of printer from the first type of printer; and an environment management system that includes an integration device that periodically retrieves the data about the first type of printer from the printer management system, a data storage unit that receives the data about the first type of printer from the integration device, and a second type of printer that provides data about the second type of printer to the data storage unit, wherein the second type of printer has a management function that is configured to provide the data about the second type of printer to the data storage unit in the environment management system, and the first type of printer does not have the management function.09-06-2012
20130063784PRINTING SYSTEM WITH IN-LINE FINISHING - A printing system includes a printing station; a finishing line controller for controlling operation of one or more finishing devices arrangeable in-line with the printing station and a first communication link between the printing station and the controller for communicating job commands from the printing station to the finishing line controller to be translated into finishing action commands by the finishing line controller and communicated to said one or more finishing devices.03-14-2013
20130063783IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORING MEDIUM - To enable data in a WWW server on a network to be directly obtained without passing through an information processing apparatus and to reduce a load which is applied to the network when the data obtained from the WWW server is printed, a digital copier has a function, namely, a Web Pull Printing function for actively accessing to the WWW server, obtaining data of an HTML format in the WWW server, and printing by a self printer. A Web print request to the digital copier by the user is executed through a print utility which is operating on a client.03-14-2013
20130063782IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus configured to allow a plurality of installed applications to be executed includes a storage unit configured to include a storage area storing information about the plurality of applications, and a registration unit configured to receive the application information about the application from an external apparatus without involving the application and to register the received application information into the storage area, wherein the application information includes identification information for identifying the application and usage information to be used by the application.03-14-2013
20130063779APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSIGNING PRINT JOB - An apparatus for assigning a print job is provided. The apparatus includes a detector configured to detect an ambient temperature of each of a plurality of areas, said each of the areas including at least one printer and at least one air conditioning system; a selection portion configured to select a printer included in a suitable area of the areas, the suitable area being an area where the ambient temperature detected is lower than a predetermined temperature; and an issuing portion configured to give a print job to the printer selected.03-14-2013
20130063781MULTIPRODUCT PRINTING WORKFLOW SYSTEM WITH DYNAMIC SCHEDULING - A method for end-to-end printing, including entering into service level agreements with each of a plurality of partner systems that enable customers to order personalized print products, wherein a service level agreement designates maximum delays for finishing customer print orders, receiving customer print orders transmitted from the plurality of partner systems, each print order specifying at least one personalized print product, serializing the print orders into a plurality of work items, each work item corresponding to a part of a personalized print product that is to be printed on printable material, dynamically assigning priorities to the work items, dynamically advancing the work items through a plurality of print processing states, wherein each processing state processes work items in order of their priorities.03-14-2013
20130063778IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing system includes an image processing apparatus; an information processing apparatus configured to transmit an instruction on image processing to the image processing apparatus; a power supply apparatus configured to supply power to the image processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a first transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the power supply apparatus, start instruction to start power supply to the image processing apparatus when an execution instruction is received, and a second transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the image processing apparatus, the execution instruction and execution information needed to perform a process when a communication with the image processing apparatus is enabled. The power supply apparatus includes a power control unit configured to start power supply to the image processing apparatus when the start instruction is received.03-14-2013
20130063780LABEL PRINTER - A label printer comprises input means operable by a user to input label data. The label printer also has display means and control means configured to receive said input label data from the input means. The control means is arranged to control the display to display an image of a label defined by said input label data in a label display area. The control means is configured to cause the display to display said image of the label such that a first dimension of the image of the label is decreased with respect to the corresponding dimension of said display area so that all of said image of the label is displayed in said display area.03-14-2013
20130063777INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing system that includes: a job execution apparatus; an information processing apparatus configured to send a job to the job execution apparatus; and an information management apparatus configured to store log information of the job, the information processing apparatus including: a job sending unit configured to send identification information of each job to the job execution apparatus with the job; and a first log sending unit configured to send the log information of the job to the information management apparatus by including the identification information into the log information, and the job execution apparatus including: a second log sending unit configured to include the identification information into the log information of the job, and to send the log information to the information management apparatus, wherein the information management apparatus integrates pieces of log information having common identification information, and stores the integrated log information.03-14-2013
20130063773IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF INPUTTING E-MAIL THEREAT - A method of inputting e-mail addresses at an image forming apparatus, the method including accessing a server storing member information about members who have contacted a user online, by using log-in information of the user; receiving the member information stored in the server from the server; generating a list of e-mail addresses of the members by using the received member information; and updating an address book stored in the image forming apparatus by using the list of generated e-mail addresses.03-14-2013
20130063776PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTER, PRINT SERVER, AND METHOD THEREOF - There is provided a printing system including an information processing apparatus in which a model-specific printer driver is not installed. The information processing apparatus includes a display unit and a transmission unit. The display unit controls display of an extended print setting screen for specifying a model-specific printer function using information acquired from a print server based on configuration information from a printer. The transmission unit transmits print data to the print server. The print server includes an issuing unit configured to issue a print job to the printer using print data and a print ticket containing a setting specified through the extended print setting screen.03-14-2013
20130063772MANAGEMENT SERVER, METHOD OF MANAGING WORKFORM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A management server is provided. The management server includes a user interface to receive an input of a plug-in corresponding to a job of an image forming apparatus to generate a workform, which defines a job performing order of the image forming apparatus, and to receive an input of an execution start condition of the plug-in, a workform generator to generate a workform based on the input plug-in and the execution start condition, and a communication interface to transmit the generated workform to the image forming apparatus.03-14-2013
20130063775IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING ACTUAL-SIZE PREVIEW, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus which enables a user to set the size of a sheet and/or configure an aggregation setting while checking the size of an image to be obtained when the image is actually printed on the sheet. The image forming apparatus sets the size of a sheet for image formation, and further sets aggregation printing. When setting the size of the sheet, an image is displayed for actual-size preview, in association with each of sizes of the sheet which can be set for image formation. When the aggregation printing is to be set, an image is displayed in the same size as a size of the image assumed when formed on the recording medium, in association with each of numbers of pages which can be set for the aggregation printing.03-14-2013
20130063774Method And Device For Printing A Scheduled Print Job - A method and apparatus for printing a scheduled 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 scheduled print job to the printing device. The scheduled print job include print data and schedule data corresponding to a scheduled time the print data is to be printed. The printing device obtains the print job from cloud storage or from local storage depending on a storage selection indicator, and executes the scheduled print job at the scheduled time. A determination is made as to whether the scheduled print job was printed successfully at the scheduled time. Further, a message indicating whether the scheduled print job was printed successfully, based on the determination, is sent to a predetermined device.03-14-2013
20130063768Automated Least Cost Facsimile Routing - The present specification discloses devices for faxing documents. In an exemplary embodiment, the device has at least one processor in data communication with a memory, a memory for storing programmatic instructions, where, upon execution by the processor, the programmatic instructions: 1) cause a display to show at least one data field, 2) receive alphanumeric strings that have been inputted into the at least one data field, 3) analyze at least one of the alphanumeric strings, 4) based on the analysis, determine a code, and 5) dial the code prior to dialing any portion of the alphanumeric strings.03-14-2013
20130063767Presenting Devices as Applications - One or more management components mediate a bi-directional interaction between applications. The components mediate interaction between a first application such as a word processing, video conference, or multimedia application, and a second application that is a virtualization of a physical device such as a printer, camera, or multimedia device. Further, embodiments also support a second application that provides an interface to a service provider, online business, and the like. The management component(s) may function as part of an operating system (OS), allowing the OS to mediate the interaction, and enable greater flexibility and a richer user experience, including presenting a common user experience for the interaction and/or acting as a broker to present a experience generated from the second application. Embodiments also include a unified application programming interface (API) to allow applications to interact with each other via the management component(s) of the OS.03-14-2013
20130063771APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR UPLOADING IMAGE FILE OF APPARATUS TO SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICE - An apparatus and a method for uploading an image file of the apparatus to a social network service (SNS) site are provided. The method includes displaying history information on a user interface (UI) screen, which is displayed on a display unit of the apparatus, through an application executed in the apparatus, selecting an image file displayed in the history information, selecting an SNS site, and uploading the selected image file to the selected SNS site. The history information is generated by the application so as to correspond to an image file. The image file may be generated through the image scanning apparatus and uploaded to the SNS site, generated through the image scanning apparatus and not uploaded to the SNS site, or stored in a storage unit of the apparatus and uploaded to the SNS site.03-14-2013
20130063769INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information management apparatus includes the following elements. A generator generates a circulation document including an e-document and document identification information thereof. A job information registration section extracts and registers job information, and also specifies and registers a due date of the job. A history information registration section registers the obtained document identification information and operation history information indicating a type and a time of operation performed on the circulation document. An output section specifies document identification information associated with job information that is at least partially identical to the job information associated with the obtained document identification information and associated with operation history information indicating that a job has been completed. The output section then generates information indicating a probability that the job will be completed by the due date or a probability that the job will not be completed by the due date, and outputs the generated information.03-14-2013
20130063770CRUM CHIP AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATING MUTUALLY, AND METHOD THEREOF - An image forming device is provided. The device includes a main body which includes a main controller controlling operations of the image forming device, a consumable unit mounted on the main body to enable communication with the main controller, and a CRUM chip which is provided in the consumable unit and stores usage information of the consumable unit and characteristics information The main controller and the CRUM chip transmit and receive signals which include data and integrity detection data between each other. The integrity detection data is generated by accumulating and reflecting integrity detection data included in a previous signal.03-14-2013
20130063765PAGE COMPLEXITY ANALYZER - A printing system having a print engine, the printing system includes a print engine capable of printing an image on a media; an input buffer adapted to store processed elements of pages for pages to be printed; an assembly means adapted to assemble ready to print pages from the elements of pages; an estimator adapted to estimate complexity of pages assembly according to the elements of pages in the estimated page; a transmission interface for transmitting the ready to print pages to the print engine and to transfer an image to the media; and a speed control element for controlling a speed of the print engine wherein the speed is set according to the estimated complexity of pages assembly.03-14-2013
20130063764METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING STATISTICAL THROUGHPUT CONTROL IN A PRINT SHOP - A method of determining a probability of a set of print jobs being completed within a time period may include receiving a schedule associated with a set of print jobs. The schedule may include a sequence in which the set of print jobs is to be processed, a mean processing time associated with each print job in the set, and a standard deviation of a processing time associated with each print job in the set. The method may include determining a probability that a print shop will complete processing of the set of print jobs within a time period based on the mean processing time and standard deviation associated with each of the print jobs in the set that has not been processed and displaying the probability on a display device.03-14-2013
20130063766PAGE COMPLEXITY ANALYZER - A method for estimating complexity of pages and controlling printing speed of a printing machine wherein the speed is set according to the estimated complexity of pages, the method includes the steps of processing pages elements; storing the processed pages elements in an input memory; estimating complexity of pages assembly according to the processed elements of pages in the estimated pages; assembling the pages from the elements of pages comprised in the estimated pages to produce ready to print pages; transmitting the ready to print pages to a print engine for printing; and setting the print engine speed wherein the speed is selected according to the estimated complexity of pages assembly.03-14-2013
20130063763INTEGRATED PRINTING AND NETWORK ACCESS DEVICE - The present disclosure relates generally to an integrated multi-function device that is capable of both connecting to a wide area network via wired Ethernet or cellular connection and providing network connectivity to one or more devices within an internal network as part of a wireless mesh network. In some embodiments, the multi-function device may be an enhanced multi-function printing device, such as a network printer, scanner, copier, fax machine, or combination of such devices. The multi-function printing device may act as a gateway device by connecting to a WAN, such as the Internet. The multi-function printing device may further provide network access to other devices in a LAN, such as desktop and laptop computers, office telephones, cellular telephones, multimedia devices, and other printing devices, using a wireless protocol, such as the IEEE 802.11 standard.03-14-2013
20080266594Method for Generating Print Jobs in a Printing System, Method for Sorting Print Jobs in a Printing System, Computer Program Product and Printing System for Carrying Out Said Methods - In a method or printing system for generation of document processing jobs, control parameters for the document processing jobs are read from different sources and stored in a control file. Priorities are associated with the sources. In the event specific control parameters are present in a plurality of the sources, control parameters from the sources that have a highest priority are stored in the control file. Also in a method or printing system for sorting of print jobs, a check of specific directories as to whether a file belonging to a new print job has been generated is repeatedly implemented. A job identification number is associated with each new print job, the job identification numbers for print jobs stored in a specific group of directories being respectively generated chronologically. A plurality of print jobs are sorted corresponding to the job identification numbers.10-30-2008
20090262392Printer drive, printer driver program recording medium, print data importing device, print data importing program recording medium, and installer recording medium - One embodiment of a printer driver according to the present invention includes a document data obtaining means for obtaining document data indicated by a received print instruction, a conversion means for converting the obtained document data into print data written in page description language, a transmission-use data generation means for obtaining application information indicating an application program that issued the print instruction and inserting the application information into the print data and a transmission means for transmitting the print data into which the application information was inserted to a printer device.10-22-2009
20120194861COMPUTER READABLE INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PRINTING SETTING EDITING PROGRAM, PRINTING SETTING EDITING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SETTING EDITING METHOD - A computer readable information recording medium stores a printing setting editing program which when executed by one or plural processors, performs functions of a part configured to display on a display unit a job editing screen page including a preview area displaying preview images, sheet by sheet, obtained from modifying given data according to a printing setting and an exception page setting area used for setting an exception for the printing setting by sheet; and a part configured to apply information, indicating that the exception for the printing setting has been set, to a preview image, of the preview images being displayed in the preview area, which preview image corresponds to a sheet for which the exception for the printing setting has been set, and display the information.08-02-2012
20120194850METHOD AND SYSTEM TO PRINT WITH SETTINGS PROFILES - In one embodiment, a first profile of printing settings is created at a server system. Data indicative of a capability of a first printer is received at the server system. A second profile of printing settings specific to the first printer is created at the server system, the second profile including portions of the first profile consistent with the capability. A first print job is received at the server system over a web. The print job is caused to be printed at the first printer in accordance with the second profile.08-02-2012
20100123928IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus of the present invention includes: a reliability determining section which determines, with respect to each of the plurality of document images, reliability of coincidences of respective predetermined directions with a first reference direction, the first reference direction being a predetermined direction which points on a basis of an upward direction of or a downward direction of the information image; and a display control section (i) which divides the plurality of document images into groups so that document images, having a same direction whose reliability value is the highest, belong to a same group, and (ii) which causes a display device to display preview images for the respective groups, each of the preview images indicating at least one document image in each of the groups. In a case where one group contains a plurality of document images, a preview image containing the plurality of document images is displayed. With this arrangement, a user can easily check page orientation of the plurality of document images.05-20-2010
20100123923IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF TRANSFERRING IMAGE DATA, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming apparatus includes a storage section to store compressed data obtained by compressing image data, an output image memory having a deployment area in which the compressed data transferred from the storage section are deployed, a transferring control section to control transferring of the compressed data from the storage section to the output image memory, an expansion section to obtain the compressed data deployed in the deployment area of the output image memory to expand the obtained compressed data, and a print engine to which the expanded data are supplied. In the mage forming apparatus, the transferring control section controls the transferring of the compressed data to be transferred from the storage section to the output image memory based on capacity of the deployment area of the output image memory and a size of the compressed data.05-20-2010
20100123934IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing system includes an image processing apparatus and an information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus transmits to the image processing apparatus, a job and storage location information indicating a storage location of base data of data included in the job, collectively. Receiving the job and the storage location information, the image processing apparatus records the job and the storage location information in a memory, with interconnections between them.05-20-2010
20090244602Image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus includes an input control unit, a processing unit, an output control unit, a first sending unit, and a second sending unit. When an output request including a unique identifier and a data generation condition of image data is received, the first sending unit writes the image data corresponding to the unique identifier in the processing unit. The processing unit compares the image data written by the first sending unit with the data generation condition thereby determining a processing condition, processes the image data based on the processing condition, and outputs the processed image data to the output control unit via the second sending unit.10-01-2009
20130163049IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH REAL SIZE PREVIEW FUNCTION, METHOD OF DISPLAYING IMAGE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus having a preview function which enables a user to select a desired area of a print image and is capable of providing a real size preview of the area selected by the user. A bird's eye preview unit displays the image by changing a size of the image, to a size which enables the whole image to be displayed on a display unit. A real size preview unit performs real size preview display of the image. A real size preview display area-setting unit accepts a setting of a preview display area of the image for being displayed by the real size preview display, from the image displayed by the bird's eye preview display. The real size preview unit displays an image within the set preview display area on the display unit.06-27-2013
20130163050IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus has a direct print function by which application data is obtained from an external device so that image formation is performed. The image forming apparatus includes an obtaining unit, a classification unit, a discarding unit, a storage unit, an image processing unit and an image forming unit. The obtaining unit obtains the application data. The classification unit classifies the application data into use data used for the image formation and no-use data not used for the image formation on the basis of a predetermined setting related to the image formation. The discarding unit discards the no-use data. The storage unit stores the use data. The image processing unit generates print data on the basis of the stored use data. The image forming unit performs the image formation on the basis of the print data.06-27-2013
20130163051COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A communication apparatus configured to communicate with an external apparatus includes a recording unit configured to record content data on a removable recording medium, a transmission unit configured to transmit the content data to the external apparatus, a selection unit configured to select a mode from among a plurality of modes including a setting mode and a transmission mode, a determination unit configured to determine whether the removable recording medium is in an attachable and detachable state, and a control unit configured to control communication with the external apparatus, wherein, in a case where the selected mode is the setting mode when it is determined by the determination unit that the removable recording medium is in the attachable and detachable state, the control unit does not stop communication with the external apparatus.06-27-2013
20130163052PRINT SYSTEM - A print system is capable of processing a print order of image data through a network. The print system includes an information device operable to store image data, and an order reception server connected to the information device through the network. The information device sends print information specifying print content including image data to be printed to the order reception server with which a communication is established prior to a formal placing of a print order. The order reception server, when completing a reception of the print information, recognizes that the print order is completed, provides an order number for identifying the print order, and sends the order number to the information device.06-27-2013
20130163044IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming system comprises a portable terminal includes a communication interface for carrying out communication and a storage device for storing a utilization policy recorded a function which can be utilized by a user and an image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit for forming an image on a recording medium, a communication interface for carrying out the communication, a function table for storing a setting which can be utilized by each function and a control unit for retrieving the function table according to the utilization policy received from the portable terminal, generating capability information that the function which should be provided is selected and sending the capability information to the portable terminal, wherein the portable terminal generates a user interface according to the received capability information.06-27-2013
20130163045PRINTING SERVER, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PRINTING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a printing server includes a communication unit, a storing unit, an information-file generating unit, and a control unit. The communication unit communicates with an information processing apparatus that outputs a printing job, another printing server, and a printing apparatus. The storing unit receives the printing job transmitted from the information processing apparatus and stores the printing job. The information-file generating unit generates, on the basis of the printing job, an information file for managing the printing job stored in the storing unit. The control unit transmits the information file generated by the information-file generating unit to the other printing server via the communication unit and, if receiving, via the other printing server, a printing job request from the printing apparatus that communicates with the other printing server, transmits the printing job stored in the storing unit to the printing apparatus.06-27-2013
20130163046MAINTENANCE METHOD AND MAINTENANCE APPARATUS OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A maintenance method of an information processing apparatus comprises: acquiring a machine information including an identification information identifying a machine of the information processing apparatus, a group name classifying the machine as an isolated group and the setting value information of multiple setting items of the machine through an external storage apparatus, acquiring a statistical data of the setting item generated for each group based on the setting value information of multiple information processing apparatuses, comparing the machine information with the statistical data according to each setting item whose group name matches, and generating an evaluation information denoting the propriety of the setting value of the machine and displaying the evaluation information from a display processing unit on a display unit.06-27-2013
20130163047IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM CONTAINING PROGRAM - An image forming system includes a plurality of image forming apparatuses, a determining unit, and a control unit. The image forming apparatuses are connected in series in a paper conveyance direction, and include first and second image forming apparatuses. The second image forming apparatus is disposed downstream of the first image forming apparatus in the paper conveyance direction. The determining unit determines whether image data is front-side data or back-side data at a time of duplex printing. The control unit controls the first image forming apparatus to print an image based on the back-side data, and controls the second image forming apparatus to print an image based on the front-side data.06-27-2013
20130163048IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus includes a printing data reception unit, an identification information creation unit, an identification information transmission unit, an HDD, an image forming unit, an identification information acceptance unit, and a controller. The printing data reception unit receives from a communication terminal device printing data including printing target data and its printing accompanying information with a predetermined protocol. The identification information creation unit creates identification information upon receiving the printing data. The identification information transmission unit transmits identification information to the communication terminal device. The HDD stores the printing data. The identification information acceptance unit accepts input of the identification information. The controller makes the image forming unit print the printing target data corresponding to the input identification information.06-27-2013
20130163039MOBILE TERMINAL, OUTPUT CONTROL SYSTEM, AND DATA OUTPUTTING METHOD FOR THE MOBILE TERMINAL - According to an embodiment, provided is a mobile terminal, that includes: an operation display unit that displays information and receives operation input; an operation detection unit that detects operation of the operation display unit; a motion detection unit that detects a motion of the mobile terminal; a data selection unit that selects data to be output; an output destination determining unit that determines an external apparatus serving as an output destination of the selected data; and an output instruction unit that gives an instruction of outputting the data to the external apparatus when the motion is detected by the motion detection unit.06-27-2013
20130163040Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus of the present disclosure includes a first processing unit; a second processing unit configured to perform a process different from a process performed by the first processing unit; and a non volatile memory device in which a shared root file system has been stored, the shared root file system mounted by a kernel for the first processing unit and a kernel for the second processing unit.06-27-2013
20130163041SERVER APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM,INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - The object is to enable configuration data, including a setting value of a setting item adopted as a local prioritized setting, to be carried over to a new image processing apparatus when replacing an image processing apparatus with the new one. The object is achieved by generating, as the setting value of the setting item adopted as the local prioritized setting, the value of virtual configuration data of a replacing apparatus using the value of virtual configuration data of an image processing apparatus specified as a replacement target.06-27-2013
20130163042FACSIMILE APPARATUS, FACSIMILE SYSTEM, AND HOME GATEWAY - According to one embodiment, there is provided a facsimile apparatus connected to a home gateway, which is connected to an IP telephone network, via a communication line, the facsimile apparatus including a facsimile-signal detecting section configured to detect a facsimile identification signal in an incoming signal and a controller configured to instruct, when the facsimile identification signal is not detected in the incoming signal, using an SIP, the home gateway to perform a transfer operation for connecting a telephone set connected to the home gateway and a telephone set on an outgoing call side connected to the IP telephone network.06-27-2013
20130163043IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus comprises an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording medium, a communication interface configured to connect with a network and a control unit configured to stop sending an advertising packet indicating the existence thereof if an aggregate server for storing documents is detected based on the advertising packet received via the communication interface.06-27-2013
20130163034VENDOR SELECTION METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIDE FORMAT PRINTING - A wide format digital printing system communicates with vendor specification and price databases to determine which vendors are capable of performing a wide format digital printing project. When the system determines which vendors have presses that are capable of performing the job, the system automatically determines a price for the job based on vendor rate card data for individual aspects of the job, such as number of impressions, substrate types, and finishing activities. The price is presented to the buyer for one or more vendors, and the buyer may select a vendor based on the presented price and vendor information.06-27-2013
20130163035IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - Provided is an image forming device including a modifying unit that individually modifies plural items of setting information held in an own device, a specifying unit that specifies an item of the setting information which is not modified by the modifying unit, a communication unit that communicates with an external device, an acquiring unit that acquires reference setting information corresponding to each of the plural items of the setting information from the external device via the communication unit, and an updating unit that updates the item of the setting information specified by the specifying unit based on the reference setting information acquired by the acquiring unit.06-27-2013
20130163036PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINT SYSTEM, PRINTING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A printing apparatus includes a first memory, a second memory, a first obtaining section, a second obtaining section, and a retrieving section. The first memory stores information concerning a registrant who has registered the printing apparatus as a print destination with a holding apparatus. The second memory stores information concerning an instructor who provides an instruction instructing the holding apparatus to hold print data that is to be used in printing performed by the printing apparatus. The first obtaining section obtains obtainment information. The second obtaining section obtains print-data identification information. The retrieving section retrieves, from the obtainment information, obtainment information which includes the print-data identification information and which is to be used to obtain print data that is held by the holding apparatus in accordance with the instruction and that is to be used in printing performed by the printing apparatus.06-27-2013
20130163037JOB-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND A JOB PROCESSING METHOD - A job-processing method route a print job to one of a plurality of printers in a job-processing apparatus. Each printer has a low-power state and a powered-up state. The method comprises: determining a destination printer from print data included in the print job; determining whether or not the destination printer is in the low-power state; if the destination printer is in the low-power state, selecting at least one alternative printer; determining the state of the at least one alternative printer; and, if the alternative printer is in the powered-up state, re-routing the print job from the destination printer to the alternative printer for printing.06-27-2013
20130163038PRINT RELAY DEVICE, PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT RELAY DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A print relay device acquires printer information which is registered in a print service server and is linked to a user. In order to cause an image forming device to receive a print job from the print service device via the print relay device, the print relay device specifies printer information that is not registered in the print relay device from among the acquired printer information, and additionally registers the specified printer information in the printer information which is registered in the print service server and is linked to the user.06-27-2013
20130163033Order of Print Queue - An image forming system and a method to order at least two print jobs in a print queue of an image forming system are provided herein. The method ranks the at least two print jobs set in the print queue based on at least one print characteristic. The method resets an order of the at least two print jobs in the print queue based on the rank, such that a first page of a second print job is ordered prior to a last page of a first print job.06-27-2013
20090237733System For Delivering Greeting Using Interactive Form - A system is provided for delivering a greeting using an interactive form. The system has means for generating print data to include an interactive element associated with the delivery of the greeting card and an identity indicative of the interactive element, and means for transferring the generated print data to a printer. The printer is responsive to the received print data to print the form with the interactive element and coded data encoding the identity coincident with the interactive element such the interaction with the printed interactive element using a sensing device enales sensing of the coded data.09-24-2009
20090237732PRINT CONTROL METHOD, PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING COMPUTER-EXECUTABLE PRINT DATA PROCESS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEMORY MEDIUM - Display control is made so as to obtain an optimum setting picture plane in accordance with a change in designation of an outputting method of a distribution printing, a multiple-address printing, an automatic substitute printing, or the like without allowing the user to be conscious thereof.09-24-2009
20090237730PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS - When multiple printing apparatuses which perform tandem printing have been decided, icons of the respective printing apparatuses are displayed on a screen and the number of print copies which has been allocated to each printing apparatus is displayed. A user can see the setting contents at a glance. When the user performs an operation of changing a size of the icons, the display of the number of print copies is changed. Depending on the size of the icons, the number of print copies is changed. In this way, the user does not need to perform operations many times for confirming and setting the tandem printing, and the user can confirm the setting in the tandem printing easily.09-24-2009
20090237729PERIPHERAL DEVICE AND NETWORK SYSTEM - A peripheral device includes a connection portion which is connectable to an information processing device and a storage medium. The connection portion is configured to allow data transfer between the storage medium and the information processing device. The peripheral device further includes a function execution portion that performs a function according to data transferred from the information processing device. The peripheral device still further includes a detection portion that detects a state of the data transfer between the function execution portion and the information processing device. Moreover, the peripheral device includes a notification portion that notifies the information processing device that the storage medium is not connected to the connection portion, irrespective of whether the connection state of the storage medium to the connection portion is connected or not, when the detection portion detects a start of the data transfer between the function execution portion and the information processing device.09-24-2009
20090237728INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus communicable with an image processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus including a transmission unit configured to transmit a job that requests execution of image processing, a switching unit configured to automatically switch a transmission destination of the job to the image processing apparatus during a communication with the image processing apparatus, and a unit configured to revert the transmission destination of the job, after completion of the communication with the image processing apparatus, to a setting before the transmission destination of the job was switched by the switching unit.09-24-2009
20090237726IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, OPERATION RECORDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus including an acquisition unit configured to acquire log data recording operation of the image forming apparatus, a first storage unit configured to store the acquired log data in a volatile memory, a calculation unit configured to calculate a total size of the log data stored in the volatile memory, a determination unit configured to determine whether the calculated total size of the log data has reached a threshold value, a second storage unit configured to store the log data from the first storage unit when the total size of the log data in the first storage unit has reached the threshold value, and a changing unit configured to change the threshold value according to an operation state of the image forming apparatus.09-24-2009
20090237725REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus capable of being remotely controlled by an information processing apparatus via a network includes a request transmission unit configured to transmit a remote control request to the information processing apparatus via the network, a detection unit configured to receive changing information for changing a setting value for the image processing apparatus from the information processing apparatus via the network and detect a content of the change of the setting value based on the changing information, and a display unit configured to display a message for prompting an operator of the image processing apparatus to determine whether to permit changing of the setting value according to the content of the change of the setting value detected by the detection unit.09-24-2009
20090237724PRINT SETTING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT SETTING PROCESSING METHOD - A print setting processing apparatus includes a functional information acquisition unit configured to acquire functional information which is set for each of a plurality of printer drivers, a classification unit configured to classify the functional information into a common item applicable to the plurality of printer drivers and a specified item applicable to at least a part of the printer drivers and display the classified functional information, a generation unit configured to generate integrated functional information including the common item and the specified item, and a transfer unit configured to transfer the integrated functional information to the printer drivers.09-24-2009
20090237723ELECTRIC APPARATUS - When an accepting unit is removed from a main unit, a situation of the main unit is detected whether belonging to waiting situations, operation situations, malfunction situations, or the like. A display part then displays images in accordance with the detected situations. The display part is arranged on the accepting unit that is removable from the main unit. Therefore, it is possible to change images displayed on the display part in accordance with the situations of the main unit at the time when the accepting unit is removed.09-24-2009
20090237722IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus managing a display device and configured to function as a Web client, and a document management apparatus managing document information usable for a process target of the image forming apparatus and list information of the document information and configured to function as a Web server. The document management apparatus is coupled to the image forming apparatus via a communication network.09-24-2009
20090237720IMAGE READING DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR JOB EXECUTION - An image reading device and associated method for job execution are provided. An interrupted job storage unit of the image reading device is configured to interrupt a first job and to store an interrupted job information that relates to the first job in the storage unit when a job setting initiation sheet that indicates an initiation of a second job is received while the first job is being executed. An interruption job confirmation unit is configured to set the second job as an in-execution job when the job setting initiation sheet is received. An interrupted job reading unit is configured to read the interrupted job information that relates to the first job from the storage unit and to set the first job as the in-execution job when a job setting termination sheet that indicates a termination of the second job is received.09-24-2009
20090237719IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system according to the invention includes an image processing apparatus having an editing unit for editing document data into description language data interpretable to a terminal apparatus, an extracting unit for extracting a portion of the description language data as extracted data based on the conversion table for converting a preset command, a converting unit for converting the extracted data to converted data based on the conversion table, and a producing unit for producing transmission data by adding the converted data in a command format to the description language data and includes an image forming apparatus for printing images based the converted transmission data upon removing the comment format. The printing system can reduce a load on the side of the image forming apparatus.09-24-2009
20090237718DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - When reading of the documents set on the document feed tray is given priority by user designation, the documents set on the document feed tray are read first, then the document set on the platen plate is read. When reading of the document set on the platen plate is given priority, the document set on the platen plate is read first, then the documents set on the document feed tray are read. Even when originals are composed of documents that can be set on the document feed tray and an original that cannot be set on the document feed tray, use of the above configuration makes it possible to achieve copying of the originals as one job.09-24-2009
20090237715Network synchronizing system and information processing apparatus - A network synchronizing system includes plural apparatuses. A first apparatus includes a first recording unit to record personal data of one or more users who can use the first apparatus to share the personal data with other apparatuses. A second apparatus includes a first setting unit to record personal data of one or more users who can use the second apparatus; and a first control unit to compare the personal data recorded in the first setting unit and the first recording unit and update the personal data recorded in the first setting unit of the second apparatus with the latest personal data for each user. The first control unit determines that users are the same user when data uniquely provided for the users in the personal data recorded in the first setting unit and the first recording unit are the same.09-24-2009
20090237714Image processing apparatus and image processing method - In a first route, image data from an image reading unit is processed by both a first image processing block and a second image processing block and sent to a storage unit, and in a second route, the image data processed by the first image processing block is stored in the storage unit and image data from the storage unit is processed by the second image processing block and sent to the storage unit. The control unit switches a process of the second image processing block according to a result of a process of the first image processing block, and switches an input source to the second image processing block according to a process content of the second image processing block.09-24-2009
20090237713Print managing apparatus, print managing method, and program - A print managing apparatus is provided, which is able to reduce the possibility of information leakage due to the printed material, without implementing a new function in the network printer. When there is a directive to perform printing, the print managing apparatus generates a release key, incorporates the generated release key in the print data, and transfers the print data to the network printer. Then, the print managing apparatus displays on the display device, a screen prompting for a release key that corresponds to the release key, which is printed on a printed medium together with the print data.09-24-2009
20090237712IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an operation unit that accepts an operation instruction; a printing unit that prints a document image on an image forming medium in accordance with the accepted operation instruction; a print-preview-image generating unit that generates a print preview image of the document image; a display unit that displays on a display screen the print preview image of the document image and an image of a medium frame showing edges of the image forming medium, the print preview image being superimposed on the image of the medium frame; and a control unit that, when a print preview image frame of the document image displayed on the display screen is operated to be moved, enlarges/reduces the print preview image of the document image in accordance with the amount of displacement of the print preview image frame and displays the enlarged/reduced print preview image.09-24-2009
20090237711IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DATA SAVING METHOD FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus comprising: a storage unit for saving administrator data and user data therein; and a user data setting unit for saving a portion of the user data that is different from the administrator data, as the user data in the storage unit.09-24-2009
20090237710METHOD OF TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING DATA BETWEEN IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD - A method of transmitting/receiving data between an image forming device and a portable storage device includes reading information about the portable storage device from the portable storage device when such is connected to the image forming device, transmitting/receiving data with respect to the portable storage device according to the read information, stopping the transmitting/receiving of data when the portable storage device is disconnected during the transmitting/receiving of data, and resuming the transmitting/receiving of data when the portable storage device is reconnected to the image forming device and the disconnected portable storage device and the reconnected portable storage device are the same. When the connection between the image forming device and the portable storage device is lost and the transmitting/receiving of data therebetween is stopped, the transmitting/receiving of data between the image forming device and the portable storage device can resume when the connection is restored.09-24-2009
20090237709INSTRUCTION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, INSTRUCTION INFORMATION MANAGING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - a computer readable medium storing a program causing a computer to execute a process for controlling print mode, the process includes: accumulating successively inputted print instruction information items in an accumulation region until an output instruction to a print device is issued; outputting to the print device in an instructed mode of a first mode and a second mode based on the output instruction. Selected instruction print information items out of the accumulated print instruction information items are outputted in the first mode, and all the accumulated print instruction information items are outputted in the second mode.09-24-2009
20090237708DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A document processing apparatus includes: a storage that stores a manner of a document on which a document processing is performed in a series of tasks; a creating unit that creates an instructing image including an image of information identifying the document, an image of the manner, and an image of a first entry column on which an information indicating that a manner of an actual document is different from the stored manner is entered; an output unit that outputs the instructing image; a receiving unit that receives a read-instructing image corresponding to the instructing image, the read-instructing image being read by an image reading device; an extracting unit that extracts first information entered on a second entry column provided in the read-instructing image and second information identifying the document; and a storage that correlates the first information and the second information, and that stores the correlated information.09-24-2009
20090237707IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, FACSIMILE DEVICE, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM, IMAGE TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND COMPUTER DATA SIGNAL - An image transmission apparatus includes an address instruction unit that is configured to instruct an address of a destination, a transmission interruption instruction unit that is configured to, after transmission to the address of the destination instructed by the address instruction unit is instructed, instruct interruption of the transmission, and a retransmission instruction unit that is configured to, when the transmission is instructed to be interruption by the transmission interruption instruction unit, instruct transmission of a newly fetched image in a state that the address instructed by the address instruction unit is maintained.09-24-2009
20090231625SENDING APPARATUS, RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THESE APPARATUSES, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A sending apparatus transmits a call to a receiving apparatus to send image data. If a response from the receiving apparatus to the call indicates that the receiving apparatus is in a non-receivable status, the sending apparatus secures a communication channel for sending the image data to the receiving apparatus until the receiving apparatus sends a notification that the receiving apparatus has shifted to a receivable status. A receiving apparatus notifies a sending apparatus of a non-receivable status, when the receiving apparatus receives a call to send image data from the sending apparatus while it is in the non-receivable status.09-17-2009
20090231623PROCESSING SYSTEM AND PROCESSING METHOD FOR PROCESSING SYSTEM - When color measurement is performed, a printer driver of a host apparatus 09-17-2009
20090231622DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS - A data transmission apparatus transmits first and second data to transmission destinations, respectively. Upon completion of transmission of the second data, the data transmission apparatus instructs the transmission destination of the first data to confirm transmission processing of the first data that is transmitted before the second data is transmitted.09-17-2009
20090231621ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM - A printer system 09-17-2009
20090231620PRINTING OF PRINTING JOB SAVED IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CHANGED PRINT FORMAT - A job ticket included in a received printing job is analyzed to determine a processing method. The job ticket specifies a print format and the processing method used to output data for printing. When the processing method is determined to be a printing and saving process, the data is outputted for printing by generating printing data based on saving data and the job ticket, and second intermediate data for reprinting is generated from first intermediate data and thus saved. The printing data is a base for the first intermediate data that is a base for data for printing, and reflects the print format. The saving data is included in the received printing job, does not reflect the print format, and is suitable for changing the print format. The second intermediate data does not reflect the print format, and is suitable for changing the print format.09-17-2009
20090231619System, Apparatus, and Method for Outputting Authentication Job - An authentication output apparatus, connected to a job storage device for communication, performs an output operation for outputting an authentication output job and a standard output job. The job storage device stores the authentication output job. The authentication output apparatus performs the output operation by reading from the job storage device the authentication output job relating to a user upon the user being authenticated. The authentication output includes a job receiver that receives the standard output job, a job transferring unit that transfers the received standard output job to the job storage device, an output instruction unit that reads from the job storage device the standard output job related to the user upon the user being authenticated, and an output executing unit that performs the output operation to output the read standard output job.09-17-2009
20090231618IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SETTING OPERATION SUPPORT METHOD AND SETTING OPERATION SUPPORT PROGRAM - The present invention provides a technique to support a setting operation as to a processing performed using identification information of a communication terminal on an associated network, in the communication terminal connected via the network.09-17-2009
20090231617INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - Print data is generated to form an image on a printing medium by superposing a plurality of types of printing materials in some or all pixels of an output image in an order complying with the intensities of the light scattering characteristics of the plurality of types of printing materials. The generated print data is transmitted to a printing apparatus.09-17-2009
20090231616METHOD AND CONVERTER UNIT TO TRANSFER CONTROL INFORMATION BETWEEN AT LEAST TWO PROCESSING UNITS OF A PRINTING OR COPYING SYSTEM - In a converter unit to convert control information to be transferred between at least first and second processing units of a printing or copying system, at least one first data interface is provided according to a first interface standard for exchange of control information between the converter unit and at least the first processing unit. A control signal interface is provided for at least one signal line between the converter unit and the first processing unit, the signal line being associated with one control signal. At least one real-time-capable second data interface according to a second interface standard is provided for exchange of control information between the converter unit and at least the second processing unit. The converter unit converts data conforming to a signal state of the control signal into data according to the second interface standard and conforming to the real-time-capable second data interface. The converter unit outputs the data according to the second interface standard via the second data interface or converts real-time-relevant data supplied to the converter unit via the second data interface into a signal curve of the control signal corresponding to the data and outputs the signal curve via the control signal interface.09-17-2009
20090231615JOB PROCESSING SYSTEM, SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND JOB PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus transmits photographic data of a job operator and identification information of the job operator to a server apparatus. The server apparatus calculates a matching rate for each piece of identification information based on a comparison between photographic data registered beforehand in a storage device and the received photographic data. Then, the server apparatus transfers the calculated matching rate to the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus performs processing based on the matching rate to reduce the data amount of the photographic data of the job operator.09-17-2009
20090231613Image processing apparatus and method of controlling the same - An image processing apparatus that can be connected to a printer includes: an image data storage unit that stores image data of a first data format which can be printed by the printer and image data of a second data format which cannot be printed by the printer; a print image designating unit that allows a user to designate image data to be printed from the image data storage unit; a print job generating unit that generates image data identification information corresponding to the designated image data and generates a print job including the image data identification information; and a print job transmitting unit that transmits the print job generated by the print job generating unit to the printer. When the designated image data is the image data of the second data format, the print job generating unit generates the image data identification information and generates the print job, without converting the second format into the first format.09-17-2009
20090231612Image processing system and backup method for image processing apparatus - Each of a plurality of image processing apparatuses includes a module storing unit that stores therein a registered function module and a backup unit that backs up the stored function module and restores a function module based on backup data of the function module. An external storage device stores therein the backup data of the function module. When an error occurs in a first image processing apparatus, the backup unit of a second image processing apparatus restores the function module corresponding to the first image processing apparatus based on the backup data of the function module stored in the external storage device.09-17-2009
20090231611APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR RECEIVING PRINTING ORDERS - A print order can be placed easily by use of a printing order reception apparatus. A printing order reception apparatus 09-17-2009
20090231610ARRANGING PRINT JOBS FOR PERFECT BOUND IMPOSITION - A method for arranging print job pages for printing by a digital printer and finished in a prefect bound manner including preparing the print job pages (09-17-2009
20090231609Smarter Printing - A print log is provided that stores first print jobs that have been used for printing and that include first settings. A print queue is provided that stores second print jobs that have not been used for printing and that include second settings. First settings from a selected print job in the print log are used as corresponding second settings for anew print job. The new print job is placed in the print queue to be used in response to a printer corresponding to the new print job being available. Another method is disclosed that provides a print log storing print jobs that have been used for printing. A print queue stores print jobs to be used for printing. A new print job is formed from a selected print job in the print log. The new print job is placed in the print queue and is printed.09-17-2009
20090051963MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A management apparatus includes a management unit configured to manage information associating each of a plurality of image processing apparatuses constituting a virtual device with a function executed by the each of the plurality of image processing apparatuses, a control unit configured to provide a display for setting a virtual device as a transmission destination of transmission data, an identification unit configured, if a virtual device is set as the transmission destination of the transmission data, to identify an image processing apparatus that executes a function corresponding to a type of the transmission data from among the plurality of image processing apparatuses constituting the set virtual device based on the information managed by the management unit, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the transmission data to the image processing apparatus identified by the identification unit.02-26-2009
20090046321Print Medium having Coded Surface for Audio data Retrieval - A print medium is provided which has a surface provided with coded data. The coded data is indicative of a print media identifier linked to audio data which is able to be determined using a sensor module of a mobile telecommunications device. The audio data is retrievable from a database using the print media identifier. The coded data includes first coded data in a first format and second coded data in a second format. The first coded data encodes first information and the second coded data encodes second information. At least some of the first information is indicative of the print media identifier and the first format is a linear pattern. At least some of the second information is indicative of the print media identifier and of a two-dimensional coordinate grid, and the second format is a two-dimensional pattern.02-19-2009
20090046320METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORWARDING MEDIA... - A method and apparatus are provided for providing one or more media objects associated with a printed document to a user of a mobile communication device. The method comprises the steps of: providing an electronic file comprising a digital representation of a printed document, wherein the printed document comprises a plurality of printed portions and plurality of printed objects associated with at least some of the printed portions; providing data related to a direct and/or indirect association of the plurality of portions with respective printed objects; associating a plurality of media objects with the plurality of printed objects; receiving a captured image representing at least one part of a portion of the printed document, wherein that portion belongs to the plurality of printed portions; processing the captured image; identifying one or more portions of the printed document whose image has been captured and deriving therefrom the respective associated one or more printed objects; and communicating at least one media object associated with the identified one or more printed objects to the user of the mobile communication device.02-19-2009
20090046318Data Processing Apparatus, Device Controlling Method, and Computer-Readable Recording Medium - A data processing apparatus having a device driver part for controlling a device includes a storing part configured to store device capability data, a receiving part configured to receive a designation of a PrintTicket having setting data indicating control settings used for controlling the device, a determining part configured to determine whether the designated PrintTicket has been fabricated by the device driver part or another device driver part, a first controlling part configured to apply all of the setting data to the control settings in a case where the designated PrintTicket is determined to be fabricated by the device driver part, and a second controlling part configured to compare the device capability data with the setting data and apply at least a part of the setting data to the control settings in a case where the designated PrintTicket is determined to be fabricated by the other device driver part.02-19-2009
20090046317IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION SETTING METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus and a environment information setting method includes a scanning unit to scan a document to generate image data, a communication unit to access a network, and a controller to control the communication unit to retrieve information on a country in which the image forming apparatus is used when the communication unit accesses the network, and to set the environment information of the communication unit according to the country corresponding to the retrieved country information.02-19-2009
20090046315Unified determination of access to composite imaging service - Methods and systems that enable unified determinations of access to composite imaging services. In some aspects, the invention provides a unified predetermination of access to a composite imaging service, e.g., a unified determination made before a print job is sent that an entity is authorized to access all component services of a composite print service. In other aspects, the invention provides a unified contemporaneous determination of access to a composite imaging service, e.g., a unified determination made in early stage processing of a print job that an entity is authorized to access all component services of a composite print service. In either event, such unified determinations save time and system resources relative to fragmented determinations of access to composite imaging services in prior systems that can result in rejection of imaging jobs after substantial processing has already been done.02-19-2009
20090303521METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SHARING OF A USB PRINTER TO ALL CLIENTS - Embodiments herein disclose a method of a client PC virtualizing a USB printer present on the network, only when a print job is given to the client PC and freeing the USB printer as soon as the print job gets over, hence making the USB printer available to other client PCs present on the network. A USB Printer connected to a USB Server in a network can be shared among multiple Client PCs available on the network where the client PCs are running on a Windows platform.12-10-2009
20090027723Printing apparatus - A printing apparatus is supplied, capable of continuing print process by switching to other PDL automatically when error occurs in PDL process execution. In the printing apparatus, an interpreting and making section interprets print data on the basis of language format and makes output use data; a detecting section detects an occurrence of error in the interpreting and making section; a priority order information storing section previously stores priority order information representing a priority order to correspond to each language format information; a reading and selecting section reads out the corresponding priority order information on the basis of the language format information, and selects a change language format on the basis of the priority order information; a changing section changes the print data and the language format information into change print data and change language format information; and a controlling section controls the interpreting and making section to execute an interpretation of the change print data and a making of output use data based on the change language format.01-29-2009
20090027719METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONNECTING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MULTIPLE HOST DEVICES - A method and an apparatus for connecting an image forming apparatus with multiple host devices. The method includes: displaying a user interface in which the image forming apparatus and the host devices are arranged; setting an area in the user interface in which the host devices are to be connected to the image forming apparatus; and connecting host devices positioned in the set area to the image forming apparatus.01-29-2009
20090021779Print management apparatus, print apparatus, print system, computer readable medium and computer data signal - A print management apparatus includes a detection unit, a determination unit and a notification unit. The detection unit detects a specific print command. The determination unit determines a second person who gives another print command. The second person is different from a first person who gives the specific print command detected by the detection unit. The notification unit notifies, to the second person, information for prompting the second person to collect a printed matter that is output in response to the specific print command.01-22-2009
20090021778Approach for processing print jobs on printing devices - An approach is provided for remotely processing locked print jobs. A printing device discovers other printing devices on a network that store locked print jobs. A user enters user identification data and the printing device displays the locked print jobs stored on the other printing devices that are associated with the user. The user selects a particular locked print job. The printing device requests the particular locked print job from the printing device that stores the locked print job and then processes the locked print job locally. An approach is also provided for a printing device to forward print jobs to other printing devices. The printing device discovers other printing devices on a network and the printing attributes of those printing devices. The printing device determines another printing device that is capable of processing a print job and forwards the print job to the printing device for processing.01-22-2009
20090021774WORKFLOW PARTITIONING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A system and method for routing and processing jobs in a production environment considers the setup characteristics of each print job. Each set of jobs may be classified as a first job processing speed set, a second job processing speed set, or another job processing speed set based on the corresponding setup characteristics. First job processing speed sets are routed to a first group of job processing resources, while second job processing speed sets are routed to a second group of job processing speed resources. Each resource group may include an autonomous cell.01-22-2009
20090021773SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT AND ADEQUATE DATA COLLECTION IN DOCUMENT PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTS - A production process performance reporting system may include a plurality of print job processing resources and a computer-readable storage medium containing programming instructions for performing a method of providing a report of performance metrics in a document production environment. The method may include receiving job size information for print jobs and identifying a print job size distribution for the print jobs. Performance metrics such as, job turnaround time and inter-arrival time may be determined. It may be determined whether the print job size distribution exhibits a heavy-tail characteristic and a performance report may be prepared. If the print job size distribution does not exhibit a heavy-tail characteristic, the plurality of jobs may be processed with the print job processing resources based on the performance report.01-22-2009
20090021771Printer Driver Apparatus and Methods - Disclosed are methods of controlling operation of a printer, apparatus and computer-readable medium. The embodiments control operation of a printer by displaying to a user a print user interface including selectable document settings and a default/saved settings control, the default/saved settings control displaying a list of at least one saved default setting and command settings, the at least one saved default setting including selected ones of the document settings, the command settings allowing the user to create additional default settings and to delete the at least one saved default setting, and controlling printing of a document to print on the printer using the saved default setting and the selected ones of the document settings.01-22-2009
20090021770Printer Driver Apparatus and Methods - Disclosed are methods of controlling operation of a printer, apparatus and computer-readable medium. The embodiments control operation of a printer by receiving a print command for printing from a user, displaying a print user interface including selectable document settings, receiving an indication from the user of selected ones of the documents settings, receiving an indication from the user to save the selected document settings as a document default setting, and controlling printing of the document to print on the printer using the document default setting and the selected document settings.01-22-2009
20090021769PRINTER DRIVER, APPARATUS AND METHODS - Disclosed are methods of controlling operation of a printer, apparatus and computer-readable medium. The embodiments control operation of a printer by receiving a print command for printing from a user, displaying a print user interface including selectable document settings, receiving an indication from the user of selected ones of the documents settings, receiving an indication from the user to save the selected document settings as an application default setting corresponding to an application, and controlling printing of documents opened in the application to print on the printer using the application default setting and the selected document settings.01-22-2009
20120229847IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes a generation unit and a preview control unit. The generation unit acquires print information from an input print job and generates a preview image for displaying, on a display unit, a print image of a page to be printed whose print processing by a printing unit is still stoppable. The preview control unit displays the preview image generated by the generation unit on the display unit.09-13-2012
20090009808Setting information transmission/reception system - When a setting relating to the print quality of a printer 01-08-2009
20090009807Information processing apparatus, rule file outputting apparatus, program, and method of determining exclusive relationship between parameters - The propriety of combining received parameters is determined based on a property as a characteristic resulting from the content of processing executed in accordance with each of the parameters. Thus, if the relationship between the parameters incapable of being simultaneously used is defined in terms of the “property,” it is not necessary to define an exclusive relationship between the parameters. As a result, it is possible to easily manage the relationship between parameters added and deleted by a customization operation and existing parameters.01-08-2009
20090009806Image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus is provided to perform setting of setup item(s) assigned to shortcut key(s) as easily as possible.01-08-2009
20090009805PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A PRINTING SYSTEM - Disclosed is a printing system having a data processing apparatus on which printer driver software capable of setting various kinds of print conditions is installed, and a printer for performing a printing operation based on print job data transmitted from the data processing apparatus. The printer driver software provides a user with a setting screen on which various user-selectable setting options for printing are displayed and can visually alter at least one of the setting options from the setting screen based on information about the state of the printer acquired from the printer. The information on the state of the printer includes information on the remaining amount of a consumable item loaded in the printer or an optional device connected to the printer, information on the size of a recording medium loaded in the printer, or information as to whether the optional device is connected to the printer.01-08-2009
20090009804METHOD OF CONTROLLING USER INFORMATION AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A method of controlling user information for an information processing apparatus includes the steps of a process of an application program requesting user information controlling unit to obtain an item of said user information, and said user information controlling unit providing the obtained item of said user information to said process. The user information controlling unit obtains the user information requested by the process of the application program and provides the user information to the process. Accordingly, the user information can be shared by the application programs and centrally controlled.01-08-2009
20090009803Image Forming Apparatus and Computer Readable Recording Medium - An image forming apparatus comprises a display unit; and a display controlling unit that causes the display unit to display a first ready screen and a second ready screen. The first ready screen is displayed when a job can be accepted, and the first ready screen indicates that a job can be accepted and has a first button for detecting operator's input of a request for displaying a screen having first information. The second ready screen is displayed when a job can be accepted after input of the request is detected, and the second ready screen has the first information and has a second button for detecting input of a request for displaying second information other than the first information.01-08-2009
20090009802PRINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS - A print management system may include at least one client device for generating print jobs, and a plurality of print servers for storing print job information based upon the generated print jobs. The print servers may cooperate to share the print job information therebetween. At least one printing station may retrieve the shared print job information, and selectively print print jobs based thereon.01-08-2009
20090009801IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - When a process which does not carry out printing of image data by a print function is designated, based on the setting for the process, a determination is made as to whether a print function restriction setting is to be applied or not. As a result of the determination, when it is determined that the print function restriction setting is to be applied, a predetermined image is merged with the image data.01-08-2009
20090009800IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form an image based on input printing data, a storage unit to store history information of the printing data therein, and a controller to determine whether the inputted printing data is already printed already by using the history information, and to control the image forming unit not to form the image with the printing data already used to form the image among the input printing data if it is determined that the printing data is already printed.01-08-2009
20090009799IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, DEVICE MANAGING METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image forming system capable of providing a connection configuration as that the network function provided by the image forming apparatus can be sufficiently utilized, even when the print controlling apparatus and the image forming apparatus are connected to each other. The image forming system comprises an image forming apparatus and a controlling apparatus which are connected to each other through a network and have different addresses set thereto, respectively. Information, indicating that the image forming apparatus and the controlling apparatus are connected to each other also by a communication medium that is different from the network, is registered in at least one of the image forming apparatus and the controlling apparatus. A searching request for searching an apparatus connected to the network is received. The information registered by the registering unit is responded in a case that the searching request is received by receiving unit. It is displayed that the image forming apparatus and the controlling apparatus are connected to each other by the communication medium, based on the information responded by the responding unit.01-08-2009
20090009798OPTICAL WRITING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND LIGHT QUANTITY CORRECTING METHOD - Disclosed is an optical writing device comprising: a plurality of light emitting diode elements which are arranged in a main scanning direction; and a plurality of radio frequency identification tags which are provided correspondingly to one or more light emitting diode elements among the plurality of light emitting diode elements, each of the plurality of radio frequency identification tags having a light quantity correcting data storage section to store light quantity correcting data for adjusting a light quantity of the one or more light emitting diode elements, and a communication section to perform a wireless communication.01-08-2009
20090009797Print controlling apparatus - The invention relates to a print controlling apparatus for controlling the operation of a printer. The print controlling apparatus according to an aspect of the invention includes: a setting information storing section that memorizes language type information and country area information that are set for the print controlling apparatus; a status acquiring section that acquires status information of the printer; an image acquiring section that transmits the language type information and the country area information to a server when it is necessary to display a status notification screen for notifying a user of the status of the printer on the basis of the acquired status information of the printer, and then acquires image data corresponding to the language type information and the country area information from the server; and a display controlling section that commands an image based on the image data to be displayed in the status notification screen.01-08-2009
20090009796IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING MULTI-PORTS, A HOST DEVICE FOR PROVIDING A COMMUNICATION PORT, AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A COMMUNICATION PORT - A host device to provide a communication port. The host device includes a port information identifying unit which sends a request to an image forming device for port information regarding a plurality of communication ports, and a control unit which uses the identified port information to set one of the communication ports having the highest transmission rate as a connection communication port using the port information regarding each of the communication ports.01-08-2009
20090009794Image processing apparatus capable of tracing printed image, image processing method executed in the image processing apparatus, and image processing program embodied on computer readable medium - In order to store a detailed history of outputting an image, MFP includes an image obtaining portion to obtain an image, an additional information obtaining portion to obtain additional information related to the obtained image, an embedding portion to generate an output image formed by adding the additional information to the obtained image, an output portion to output the obtained image, if additional information is not obtained, and to output the generated output image, if additional information is obtained, and a transmission portion to transmit a history of the obtained image being output to a server. The transmission portion transmits the additional information as a history together with the obtained image, if additional information is obtained, and transmits the obtained image as a history, if additional information is not obtained.01-08-2009
20090009793IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes a display that displays a normal operational screen and information other than the normal operational screen; an alert information creating unit that creates alert information for making a user aware of a trouble occurring; and a display controller that, upon a trouble occurring when information other than the normal operational screen is displayed on the display, operates to display the alert information created by the alert information creating unit on the display, keeping at least some of the information other than the normal operational screen displayed.01-08-2009
20090009792PRINTER FORMATTER IN A REMOVABLE CARD - A method and system for integrating a printer controller with a PC card. This system includes an office machine and a removable PC card that can be operationally coupled with the office machine. The office machine has a rendering engine for rendering images and a PC card slot for operationally coupling to a removable PC card and for receiving print engine ready data (PERD). The PC card slot is coupled to the print engine for providing the PERD thereto. The PC card has a printer formatter for receiving printer formatter ready data and for converting it into PERD and providing printer formatter functions. When the PC card is operationally coupled to the PC card slot, the print engine ready data can be selectively transferred from the PC card to the office machine.01-08-2009
20100085601COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A communication device capable of accessing a network device is provided. The communication device includes a clock, a location information storage to store summary location information, a summary information obtaining system to obtain content summary information, a summary information storage to store the obtained content summary information, a display system to display the information concerning the contents generated based on the content summary information during a predetermined time range, a time range setting system to set the predetermined time range on basis of a source of the content summary information, an extractor to extract the content summary information which is set to be displayed in the display system during the predetermined time range, and a display controller to control the display system to display the information concerning the contents which is included in the extracted summary information.04-08-2010
20120113472COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL PROGRAM OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RELAY APPARATUS - A communication apparatus, a control program of the communication apparatus, and a relay apparatus are provided. The communication apparatus is configured to download electronic data from a server storing a first amount or more of electronic data and to output the downloaded electronic data. The communication apparatus includes an output unit configured to output a second amount of electronic data smaller than the first amount at one time, a download information acquiring unit configured to acquire download information necessary for downloading the first amount of electronic data stored in the server, from the server, a download unit configured to download the second amount of electronic data of the first amount of electronic data from the server, using the download information acquired by the download information acquiring unit. The output unit is configured to output the electronic data downloaded by the download unit.05-10-2012
20120113471COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF RELAY APPARATUS - A communication system includes: a communication apparatus; and a relay apparatus. The communication apparatus includes: a contents-summary-information address request unit; a contents-summary-information display unit; a selection-information transmission unit; a selection-completion notification unit; and a contents get unit. The relay apparatus includes: an order-information addition unit that adds order information of contents to electronic data information; a contents-summary-information address transmission unit that transmits address information of a contents summary information item and the electronic data information, to which the order information is added, in response to a request of transmission of the address information of the contents summary information item; a contents-address get unit that gets the address information of the contents selected based on selection information from the selection-completion notification unit; and a contents-address transmission unit that transmits the address information of the contents got by the contents-address get unit to the communication apparatus.05-10-2012
20120113470INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH CONTROL PROGRAM FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - When an input of a setting execution instruction of test printing at the setting screen is accepted, a setting screen of finalized printing differing from the test printing is displayed at the display. When an input of a setting execution instruction at the setting screen of finalized printing is accepted, a first print job including first print data that is a version of image data converted based on an input of a setting execution instruction of test printing is generated. The generated first print job is transmitted to an image formation apparatus through a transmitter. After the first print job is transmitted, a second print job including second print data that is a version of image data converted based on an input of a setting execution instruction of finalized printing is generated.05-10-2012
20120113469TERMINAL DEVICE, SERVER, SCREEN DISPLAY METHOD, SCREEN CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A terminal device includes a reception control unit which receives a display instruction for displaying of a first screen, and an execution instruction for instructing executing of a function unit, from a server, a display control unit which displays the first screen according to the display instruction, and which displays a second screen according to internal information of the device when the function unit is executing a function; and a transmission control unit. When an operation unit is operated while the first screen is displayed, the transmission control unit transmits a result representing the operation to the operation unit and an identifier identifying the display instruction. When the function unit has executed a function according to the execution instruction, the transmission control unit transmits a result representing an end of the execution and an identifier identifying the execution instruction.05-10-2012
20120113468TERMINAL DEVICE, SERVER, SCREEN CONTROL METHOD, SCREEN TRANSITION METHOD, AND COMPUTE PROGRAM - A terminal device, a server, a screen control method, a screen transition method, and a compute program are provided. The terminal device includes a display unit, plural operation units, a storage unit, and a control unit, and communicates with a server for making a transition of a screen on the display unit. The storage unit stores template information associating an operation unit with a transition instruction for instructing screen transition. The control unit receives instruction information representing any of transition instructions, from the server, and validates an operation unit associated with a transition instruction represented by the received instruction information and transmits operation information representing that the validated operation unit is operated, to the server. The control unit receives new instruction information transmitted from the server, and validates an operation unit associated with a transition instruction represented by the new instruction information.05-10-2012
20120113467IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus may include a web service provider and a web browser. The web service provider includes a control unit to cause a processing unit to perform image processing as a web service according to a request of a web service included in an HTTP response received by a web browser. The web browser includes a first reception unit, a display unit, a transmission unit, and a second reception unit. The first reception unit receives screen data for displaying an operation screen of the image processing apparatus from an external apparatus. The display unit displays the received screen data. In response to an operation from a user being received via the operation screen, the transmission unit transmits to the external apparatus an HTTP request according to the operation received. The second reception unit receives an HTTP response including a request of a web service as a response.05-10-2012
20120113465IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVICE COOPERATION SYSTEM, AND DEVICE COOPERATION METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes an input unit that inputs print conditions; a search unit that searches for image forming apparatuses that can execute the print conditions; a display unit that displays icons of the found image forming apparatuses; a generating unit that generates a print job when an icon corresponding to one of the image forming apparatuses is operated; a sending unit that sends the print job to the one of the image forming apparatuses; and a management unit configured to manage progress situation information of print jobs. When an icon of a second image forming apparatus is operated after a print job is sent to a first image forming apparatus and before the first image forming apparatus completes the print job, print jobs are regenerated to distribute a remaining number of sheets between the first image forming apparatus and the second image forming apparatus.05-10-2012
20120113464RELAY APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATING METHOD - A relay apparatus connected to service providing apparatuses respectively providing services and a communication apparatus that includes an additional-information storage unit configured to store additional information associated with the service and identification information, comprises: a receiving unit configured to receive notification including the service and the user identification information from the communication apparatus; a generating unit generating an output command for outputting, to the relay apparatus, the additional information stored in the additional-information storage unit corresponding to the service and the identification information included in the notification; an output commanding unit transmitting the output command to the communication apparatus; an acquiring unit acquiring the additional information output in response to the output command; a first communication unit configured to perform communication with the service providing apparatus using the acquired additional information; and a second communication unit that transmits, to the communication apparatus, information acquired from the service providing apparatus.05-10-2012
20120113463RELAY APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS OF RELAY APPARATUS - A relay apparatus to be connected through a network to a server apparatus configured to store image data and a communication apparatus configured to acquire the image data from the server and output an image based on the acquired image data, the relay apparatus includes: a first receiving unit configured to receive a request for acquiring location information from the communication apparatus; an acquiring unit configured to acquire the location information for acquiring the image data from the server apparatus upon receipt of the request; and a transmitting unit configured to transmit the acquired location information to the communication apparatus.05-10-2012
20120113462IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus, which is capable of effectively performing a test print with the number of records being smaller than that of all records of variable data printing (VDP), receives a VDP job including a plurality of records, extracts records by deleting items in which different values are set to all records among the items which are set to the plurality of records included in the VDP job and used for printing and by combining records which have the same combination of values set to remaining items by an extraction unit, receives an test print instruction, and prints the records which the extraction unit extracts according to the test print instruction.05-10-2012
20120113461IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING DOCUMENT DATA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus capable of efficiently acquiring pieces of information about document formats used in document services. When an instruction to access a document service is input by a user, the image processing apparatus acquires from the document service a document list for the document service and displays the list on a user interface. When a document is selected by the user from the list, the image processing apparatus acquires document data from the document service and outputs the document data. If the acquired document data cannot directly be output, a format of the document data is converted into a format compatible to the image processing apparatus according to a conversion path. The conversion path is updated, if information about format conversion acquired from the document service differs from that held in the image processing apparatus.05-10-2012
20120113460TRACE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, TRACE INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, TRACE INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A trace information processing apparatus includes: a positional information acquisition unit acquiring positional information pieces respectively indicating positions where elements constituting an electronic document are located in the electronic document; a trace information acquisition unit acquiring trace information pieces respectively indicating traces on which an electronic writing tool has passed in an operation performed plural times in which the electronic writing tool is moved on a medium having the electronic document printed thereon while the electronic writing tool is in contact with the medium; a generation unit generating a trace information group by grouping the trace information pieces; a characteristic information acquisition unit acquiring characteristic information on a position where the trace information group is located in the electronic document; and a determination unit determining one of the elements as one element with which the trace information group is associated, based on the positional information pieces and the characteristic information.05-10-2012
20120113459PROTOCOL FOR INTERACTION BETWEEN WIRELESS DEVICES AND OTHER DEVICES - A proxy software service determines all I/O devices, such as printers, independent of subnet location, on a network by alternative means; provides a network interface on a wireless subnet that can receive and respond to requests; responds to such requests for each I/O device so identified so that the I/O device is available to the wireless device user for device selection; transfers and translates, if necessary, the IPP stream received from the wireless device to the network address of the I/O device so that the I/O device simulates a compliant I/O device; and transfers and translates, if necessary, all necessary status and command messages from the present protocol to the protocol supported by a legacy I/O device. The proxy software service provides network interfaces that exist both on the wireless subnet, as well as the wired subnet on which the I/O devices are connected.05-10-2012
20120113458MOBILE PRINTING FRAMEWORK - A framework for printing files from a portable computing and telecommunication device to a nearby printer. The device includes a Print Service and a Printing System, with the Print Service communicating between an Application operating on the device and the Printing System. The Printing System communicates between the Print Service and the printer. The Printing System determines what printers are nearby and what driver is needed to communicate with that printer. The Printing System can then access the internet to obtain a printer driver if the Printing System does not already contain that printer driver.05-10-2012
20120127528REMOVABLE MEDIA SPINDLE AND ANTENNA ASSEMBLY FOR PRINTER - A removable spindle for use in a thermal transfer printer houses dual RFID reader antennas that are used to read an RFID tag attached to the core of the print media. The information provided by the RFID tag enables the printer to self-calibrate based on the type of media loaded. The antenna design eliminates “null” areas at which the tag cannot be read, and enables the tag to be read around and across the entire length of the printer spindle. The design also allows the media holder to be easily removed from the printer.05-24-2012
20090097059ELECTRONIC FILE APPROVAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An electronic file approval management system includes information terminal devices for a creator creating an electronic file and for an approver approving the file. The device for approver includes an electronic information transmitter-receiver storing and retrieving information with the device for creator, an input unit being input an approval result, a first print data converter converting the file into first print data, a first approval information extractor extracting first approval information, and a key creation unit creating an approval key. The device for creator includes a creation unit creating the electronic file, an electronic information transmitter-receiver for the creator storing and retrieving information with the device for approver, a second print data converter converting the file into second print data, a second approval information extractor extracting second approval information, and an approval key authentication unit determining whether to approve based on collation of the second approval information and approval key.04-16-2009
20080309969Composition engine RFID data store and schema element system - A composition engine for a print shop includes a database having a unique identifier for each electronic data storage device associated with the print shop and print shop data. The composition engine also includes a schema element that associates a set of the data stored in the database with each print job and assigns the set of data to at least one electronic data storage device. The composition engine generates the print job and transmits the print job and the set of data to a printing device of the print shop as page description language. The set of data is stored on the electronic data storage device with a programming device associated with the printing device, the set of data including a unique identifier associated with the electronic data storage device on which the set of data is stored. The print job is printed and the electronic data storage device is attache to or printed on a page of the print job.12-18-2008
20080304100Image Forming Apparatus and Job Information Management Method - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus, including: a first storage section to store a plurality of pieces of job information each having a plurality of data items corresponding to a plurality of items; a second storage section to store read-out definition information in which one or more of the items to be read out from each of the pieces of job information are set; an input section to input an instruction to read out one or more of the pieces of job information; and a control section to extract one or more of the data items corresponding to one or more of the items set in the read-out definition information from each of the one or more of the pieces of job information when the instruction is inputted by the input section, and to output the extracted one or more of the data items.12-11-2008
20080297844Image Processing Apparatus - An image processing apparatus that determines, when performing color calibration, whether or not a calibration chart is usable. A scanning unit acquires image data by optically scanning an original document. A usability determining unit determines, in accordance with conditions for colors indicated by standard image data acquired by scanning the original document, whether or not the original document is usable as the calibration chart. A calibration unit performs, only when the determination is made that the original document is usable as the calibration chart, color calibration by using an image value at a predetermined position indicated by the standard image data.12-04-2008
20120236365APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF PROCESSING PRINTING OPERATION ON HOME NETWORK - An apparatus, a system, and a method of processing a printing operation on a home network that searches an available media storage device upon a request of a printing job of predetermined contents, transmits an address of the searched media storage device, and prints printing contents transmitted to the address are provided. The apparatus for processing a printing function on a home network includes a printing request management unit which processes a printing request transmitted from a printing controller on a home network; a media storage device processing unit which provides information on an available media storage device on the home network when printing job information is transmitted from the printing request management unit; and a printing management unit which downloads predetermined contents stored in the media storage device, and performs a printing job according to the printing request of the printing controller.09-20-2012
20120236364Interactive Television System - A method of providing information to a viewer having a reading device, a television, an input device, and an output device includes transmitting a first digital signal to the reading device. The first digital signal includes information for display on the television. When the reading device receives the first digital signal, the reading device sends a first reading device signal to the television for display to the viewer. The first reading device signal includes information derived from the first digital signal. An output device digital signal is provided to the output device if the viewer sends an input device signal to the reading device by pressing on the input device when the first reading device signal is displayed to the viewer. The output device digital signal includes information for the output device to provide image and/or text related to the information displayed to the viewer.09-20-2012
20120236363RECORDING DEVICE, RECORDING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A RECORDING DEVICE - Jobs can be executed continuously by using buffer efficiently. A printer-side control unit divides an image buffer into blocks of a size that can store at least the image data for the largest image included in the image data of an input job, and writes the image data for one job to one block.09-20-2012
20120236362PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER OF PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM - The present invention improves a power saving effect by dynamically switching a power supply state of a plurality of drawing processing apparatuses. In a printing system including an information processing apparatus configured to receive at the same time a plurality of print jobs requiring drawing processing, a plurality of drawing processing apparatuses capable of switching power saving modes according to the instructions of the information processing apparatus, and a printing apparatus configured to print image information drawn by any of the drawing processing apparatuses, drawing processing on a page basis required for each received print job is allocated to any of a plurality of the drawing processing apparatuses after a series of printing processing for a plurality of the received print jobs is started. A corresponding drawing processing apparatus is instructed to dynamically switch a power supply state.09-20-2012
20120236361PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT SETTING PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING DRIVER PROGRAM THEREFOR THEREIN - For every execution of printing, a first print setting therefor is recorded into a log; as a result of a determination as to whether a second print setting regarding print data targeted for printing is recorded in the log, or not, if it is determined that the second print setting is recorded in the log, and further, the second print setting is not registered in a registration section, a message for advising a user to perform registration of the second print setting into the registration section is displayed; and if it is determined that the second print setting is already registered in the registration section, a message for notifying a user of a fact that the second print setting is already registered in the registration section is displayed.09-20-2012
20120236360PRINTING SYSTEM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A printing system comprises a storage part for storing therein first history information on the number of responsible printing operations of each operator by orderer and second history information on the number of uses of each printer by operator, and a determination part for determining a responsible operator to be in charge of printing of a new print order from a specific orderer and a processing printer to be used by the responsible operator in the printing of the new print order on the basis of the first history information and the second history information.09-20-2012
20120236359INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a management unit, a printer information acquisition unit, a status acquisition unit, a creation unit, and a transmission unit. The management unit manages printer information of a plurality of printers. The printer information acquisition unit acquires, from the managed printer information, printer information corresponding to a login request accepted from a client terminal. The status acquisition unit acquires statuses of printers indicated by the printer information acquired by the acquisition unit. The creation unit creates, based on the printer information acquired by the printer information acquisition unit and the statuses acquired by the status acquisition unit, a screen which can discriminate printers capable of printing at the client terminal. The transmission unit transmits the screen created by the creation unit to the client terminal.09-20-2012
20120236358PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD FOR PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A printing system includes a portable communication device, a printing device and plural transmission channels. The printing device is used for receiving a to-be-printed data from the portable communication device, thereby performing a printing task. The plural transmission channels are selectively in communication with the portable communication device and the printing device for transferring the to-be-printed data to the printing device. The portable communication device includes a controlling unit for judging and setting priority values of the transmission channels and selecting one of the transmission channels as a priority transmission channel according to the priority values of the transmission channels, so that the to-be-printed data is transmitted from the portable communication device to the printing device through the priority transmission channel.09-20-2012
20120236357AUTOMATED PRINT JOB MODIFICATION FOR REDUCED TOTAL AND COLOR PAGE COUNTS - Systems and methods for reducing total and/or color page counts are provided. The systems include a memory, including a print queue, and one or more processors. The processors are programmed to receive a print job. The print job includes a document formatted according to a page description language (PDL). The processors are further programmed to apply one or more formatting fixes to the document and transfer the print job to the print queue. The formatting fixes include at least one of image fitting, text fitting and table fitting.09-20-2012
20110026071DYNAMIC AND REAL-TIME PRINT SCHEMA DOCUMENTS - A method and apparatus is provided for printing to a Web services-enabled printing device. A print driver executing on a client device receives, from the printing device, printing device capability data that specifies a plurality of features and options currently supported by the printing device. The print driver generates a second version of a PrintCapabilities Document from a first version. The PrintCapabilities Document indicates, in XML, a particular print feature and one or more options for the particular print feature that are indicated in the printing device capability data. A user interface may be generated based on the second version. As a result of one or more user (and/or default) selections, a PrintTicket Document may be generated that indicates that an option of the particular print feature is selected. The print driver generates a print job ticket based the PrintTicket Document.02-03-2011
20120268779APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY CONTROL PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a memory provided with a first memory area and a second memory area, and a processor that stores program related data in the first memory area and image related data in the second memory area, separately. When the image processing apparatus is in an energy save mode, the processor shuts down electric power supply to the second memory area storing the image related data.10-25-2012
20120268775PORTABLE STANDALONE CONTROLLER FOR OPTICAL DISC LABEL PRINTERS - A portable standalone controller for optical disc label printers has at least one output port and a processing unit. The at least one output port is for connecting to at least one optical disc label printer. The processing unit connects to the at least one output, receives label content, transmits the received label content to the at least one connected optical disc label printer through the at least one output port and issues at least one printing command to the at least one connected optical disc label printer so the at least one connected optical disc label printer starts to label according to the label content. The controller connects to a computer or an external device only for acquiring the label content. The controller allows users to use the connected optical disc label printer without operating a corresponding computer.10-25-2012
20120268773MECHANISM FOR REMOTELY FACILITATING AUTHORIZATION AND ACTIVATION OF LABORATORY PRINT MEDIA LABELING - A method for remotely facilitating labeling of laboratory media may include placing a user request at a computing system serving as a remote computing system, the user request including print content to remotely facilitate labeling of a laboratory media within a laboratory environment. The laboratory media may include at least one of a media cassette or a media slide to hold one or more laboratory samples. The method may further include communicating the user request from the computing system to a printing device over a network. The printing device representing a local computing system. The method may further include remotely facilitating the printing device to label the laboratory media.10-25-2012
20110043850Image forming apparatus and method of controlling fax thereof - A method of controlling a fax of an image forming apparatus which transmits/receives a fax using a plurality of telephone lines, includes detecting a size of a fax data to be transmitted; checking communication settings of the plurality of telephone lines according to the detection result; detecting whether the plurality of telephone lines are in use; and selecting one of the plurality of telephone lines to transmit the fax data using the communication settings of the telephone lines and whether the telephone lines are in use. An image forming apparatus with a multi-line faxing function capable of transmitting a fax by automatically selecting a telephone line with a favorable communication setting among a plurality of telephone lines, thereby reducing time involved in fax transmission and waste of communication charges.02-24-2011
20080291486Intelligent document composition for mail processing - A data engine collects real-time information associated with the operations of hard copy mail processors. In the example, the data engine also aggregates data relating to one or more phases of electronic document generation, e.g. document composition and/or printstream processing (re-composition). Analysis of the data enables conditions, states or events of one or more of the phases of the mail processing lifecycle to influence the operations and execution of one or more phases in real-time. For example, the data engine can apply processing rules to recommend or dynamically execute action in the document composition or printstream phases, to improve operations in the mail processing facility. Furthermore, the data engine may also provide suggestions for standardizing various steps of mail processing or upgrading of equipment of the mail processing facility, so as to increase overall mail processing effectiveness.11-27-2008
20110032566INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a user with information indicating an executable series of processing among the series of processing including a plurality of processes based on attribute information of acquired image data.02-10-2011
20110032562Greenbooks - A computer architecture that integrates desktop productivity applications with various visualization engines and various output engines allowing visualization, modification and formatting of the ultimate output from the application. Methods for accomplishing content visualization, editing and formatting in light of one or more printing option are also provided. Methods and apparatus are also provided for environmentally-friendly printing in booklet form.02-10-2011
20090237716Printing system - A printing system is provided. A user directs an instruction apparatus to an electronic board in a state where an image of image data to be desirably printed is displayed, and presses a file selection button. While pressing the file selection button, the user directs the instruction apparatus to a printer desirably caused to print, and while directing the instruction apparatus to the printer, the user releases the file selection button. When the print instruction button is pressed while the instruction apparatus being directed to the printer, desired image data is printed from the printer to which the instruction apparatus is directed.09-24-2009
20100128303ENHANCEMENTS TO MULTI-PART JOB PROCESSING - Print jobs often contain logically separable sections that can be processed independently and in parallel. Logical separability is often an aspect of different page sizes, color splits, and finishing. Split nodes can examine the page descriptions in a print job to identify splitting opportunities and to split the print job into multiple partial jobs. The partial jobs can then be separately processed to produce work product that is subsequently combined by a join node. The split and subsequently rejoined print job, if incomplete, can then be subjected to further processing, such as packing and shipping.05-27-2010
20110063659CONTROL METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A control method comprises an item determination step of determining, upon switching of output target printing apparatuses between a plurality of printing apparatuses corresponding to the plurality of printer drivers, whether or not setting items in setting information before switching and setting items according to a printing apparatus after switching include common setting items; a set value determination step of determining whether or not set values in the setting information before switching and default set values of the printing apparatus after switching are different in the common setting items determined in the item determination step; and an output step of outputting, when it is determined in the set value determination step that the set values are different, a message indicating that set values different from the default set values of the printing apparatus after switching are set upon switching of the printing apparatuses.03-17-2011
20120081742DEVICE CONTROL PROGRAM, DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND PRINTER CONTROL DEVICE - A non-transitory, computer-readable medium storing a device control program including instructions for controlling a device based on setting values assigned to each setting item received from an application program, the instructions including the steps of: retrieving at least one setting value batch including data that specifies values for each setting item, wherein each setting item corresponds to an operation of the device; generating a list of values for at least one of the setting items, the list of values including at least one setting value and the at least one setting value batch; receiving a request for the list of values from the application program; upon receipt of the request, providing the list of values to the application program; and receiving a selection of one of the at least one setting value batch from the application program.04-05-2012
20130010327INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A non-transitory computer-readable medium having an information processing program readable by a computer in an information processing apparatus including a connection unit connected to a relay device that a target device is wirelessly connected to, the information processing program causes the computer to perform operations including: storing device specification information for specifying the target device and relay device identification information for identifying the relay device in a storage unit so as to be associated with each other; displaying a plurality of the device specification information stored in the storage unit; accepting the device specification information from the plurality of the displayed device specification information through an input unit; and connecting the connection unit to the relay device identified by the relay device identification information stored in the storage unit so as to be associated with the designated device specification information.01-10-2013
20130016390DOCUMENT TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A document transmission system, which includes a document provider, a document receiver, a storage device, an identifying device, and a transmission system. The document provider is utilized for providing a document having a symbol, which is visually identifiable. The document receiver is utilized for receiving the document, wherein the document receiver has an address. The storage device is configured for storing an address book that that includes the address relevant to the symbol. The identifying device is utilized for identifying the symbol and for mapping the symbol to the address book to obtain the address referring to the symbol. The transmission system is utilized for transmitting the document from the document provider to the document receiver according to the address.01-17-2013
20110299120PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system according to an embodiment includes: plural printers connected to a network; a user terminal connected to the network; and a print server which receives and saves a print job from the user terminal, and which determines plural printer candidates suitable for executing the print job from among the plural printers connected to the network, monitors an operation mode of the plural printer candidates that are determined, and when plural printer candidates include a printer in a sleep mode, shifts the printer from the sleep mode to an normal operating mode via the network.12-08-2011
20110299119IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including: at least one replaceable part constituting the image forming apparatus; and a control section for controlling the replaceable part, wherein the control section is provided with a plurality of replacement standards for one replaceable part, and performs a replacement standard process in conformance to each of these replacement standards.12-08-2011
20100171985IMAGE COMMUNICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image communication apparatus for sending an email attached with image data stores an email address corresponding to the image communication apparatus, and obtains another email address different from the email address corresponding to the image communication apparatus, the other email address corresponding to a user who sends the email. The other email address which is obtained is set to a header part of the email, and the email, of which the header part is set with the other email address, is sent to an email server in accordance with SMTP protocol. The email server is notified of the stored email address through a MAIL command used in the SMTP protocol.07-08-2010
20100171984IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing system which can distribute suitable distribution values to an apparatus that has newly joined the system. Device information on a plurality of already-connected image processing apparatuses among a plurality of image processing apparatuses connected together for communication with each other is obtained. Device information on a newly-connected image processing apparatus among the plurality of image processing apparatuses is obtained. An image processing apparatus that is to distribute common distribution values to the newly-connected image processing apparatus among the already-connected plurality of image processing apparatuses is determined based on the obtained device information.07-08-2010
20100265539PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus and print control apparatus exchange and acquire unique apparatus information. The print control apparatus determines whether it can process data received from an information processing apparatus. When the print control apparatus determines that it cannot process the data, it transfers the data to the printing apparatus based on the acquired apparatus information, and notifies the information processing apparatus that the print control apparatus has not processed the data. The printing apparatus determines whether it can process data received from the information processing apparatus. When the printing apparatus determines that it cannot process the data, it transfers the data to the print control apparatus based on the acquired apparatus information, and notifies the information processing apparatus that the printing apparatus has not processed the data.10-21-2010
20100171983IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INITIAL SCREEN DISPLAY METHOD - An image forming apparatus having functions pertaining to image formation includes: a display unit for displaying a screen corresponding to each function; a storage unit for storing the screens to be displayed on the display unit and start-up factor information, one of the screens stored as an initial screen related to the start-up factor information, the initial screen being displayed at a time of starting up the image forming apparatus; and a control unit for making the image forming apparatus start when the start-up factor information is input from an information obtaining unit in a state where the image forming apparatus is not in operation, for deciding the initial screen to be displayed on the display unit by comparing the input start-up factor information to the start-up factor information stored in the storage unit, and for making the display unit display the decided initial screen.07-08-2010
20100171982PRINTING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF THE PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system, in which an image forming device receives a print job containing PDL data and print settings from a printer server for printing, has a problem that the print setting upon printing an image on a print paper can be changed, but the print setting reflected upon rasterizing the PDL data can not be changed. A printing system is provided with an image forming device comprising an information terminal for generating a print job composed of PDL data and print settings, a printer server to store the print job therein, and an image forming device for printing the print job stored in the printer server, the image forming device rasterizing the PDL data to generate a raster image and printing the raster image according to the print setting, wherein the image forming device can change the print setting before rasterizing the PDL data.07-08-2010
20100171980IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, UNIVERSAL INTERFACE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF USING OPTION UNIT - An image forming apparatus includes a control unit to identify a type of an option unit using pre-stored ID information including information regarding a universal interface to which at least one type of option unit can be connected, a power supply unit, and an option unit connected to the universal interface. A plurality of switches is located along a power supply path between the option unit and the power supply unit. The pre-stored ID information includes the type of the option unit and level of power allowed for the type of option unit. The control unit controls on/off states of the plurality of switches so that power corresponding to the identified type of option unit can be supplied to the option unit. Accordingly, possible damage to the image forming apparatus due to inappropriate connection between the option unit and the image forming apparatus is prevented.07-08-2010
20100171978DELIVERY EXPERT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An automated rule-based system for facilitating delivery of a fax 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 a time-variable set of input conditions which may be determined from one or more of the destination, the source, a database of past delivery attempts, and a human analyst. The actions may include one or more of resubmitting the fax document to the network for a next delivery attempt, cancelling the document, sending a request to the source or destination for additional delivery information, and identifying the destination as a technical problem. The input conditions may include an identification of non-business days and non-business hours.07-08-2010
20100171976Print Job Submission Mechanism - A method disclosed. The method includes a print application determining if capacity is available at a print server to receive print jobs in a print job queue, analyzing the characteristics of the print jobs in the print job queue if there is no capacity available at the print server to receive the print jobs and automatically prioritizing the print jobs in the print job queue based upon the characteristics.07-08-2010
20100171977PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing system includes a printer and a printer server connected to the printer. The printer server is installed with a printer driver for driving the printer. The printer server includes a web control module and a print module. The control module provides a user interface (UI) to a connected client. The control module is capable of receiving a first file in an original format from the client and transmitting the first file to the print module. The print module is capable of transforming the first file in the original format to a second file in a format printable by the printer.07-08-2010
20100171975Focus Image Centering and Printing on a Specified Paper Size - A printing system, which includes a printer and a client computer having executable instructions for creating a print job for producing a large format of an image. The executable instructions include selecting a medium size, displaying an image on a display associated with the client computer, wherein the image is partitioned into a plurality of images, selecting a partition within the plurality of images, and printing the selected partition.07-08-2010
20090195831DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM - There is disclosed a printing system which can limit users who access a hot folder as a common folder, and need not prepare for another server only for user management. In a printing system of this invention, a management server monitors digital data stored in the hot folder, and limits users who can access the hot folder. When the management server detects that print data is input to the hot folder, a user verification dialog is displayed on a computer as a print data input source to make user verification. When the user verification has succeeded, the digital data input to the hot folder is printed using a printer; when the user verification has failed, the print process of the digital data input to the hot folder using the printer is canceled, thereby limiting the user who accesses the hot folder.08-06-2009
20090195814INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Embodiments of the invention relate to an information processing system that is triggered by a detection of a medium removing action, detects a user's action of leaving a sheet discharge tray from which the user has removed the medium, and counts the number of carrying-away users. The information processing system counts as the number of outputting users the number of users who have issued an instruction to output a medium. Based on the number of users who removed and left and the number of outputting users, the information processing system sends a notification prompting to check a carried-away medium or a medium that the user is about to carry away from the sheet discharge tray.08-06-2009
20100225955Print Button Widget - An embodiment of the invention relates to a method including determining when a print button widget on a webpage has been accessed by a user from a communication device accessing the webpage, recording an identity of an online publisher hosting or maintaining the webpage, issuing a print instruction to the communication device for the communication device to create a print job when the print button widget has been accessed by the user, identifying at least one detail of the print job, sending a notification and the at least one detail of the print job to an exchange server, and sharing an online publisher report including the at least one detail of the print job with at least one advertiser09-09-2010
20110279866METHOD OF PROCESSING A PRINT JOB - The present invention is drawn to a method of processing a print job. The method includes encoding a print job post-print processing instructions. The method additionally includes printing the print job including the post-print processing instructions on a media substrate. The post-print processing instructions can be printed with a non-visible ink. The post-print processing instructions can be read, and the post-print processing can be performed according to the instructions.11-17-2011
20110279861Print management systems - A print-management system comprises a plurality of web-submission servers and a print server. Each web-submission server hosts a website configured to allow submission of print jobs to the print management system. The print server is configured to receive print jobs from the plurality of web-submission servers, process the print jobs, and send print jobs to at least one printer to be printed. The print management system is configured to add an identifier to each received print job to identify the web-submission server or website that received the print job. The print server is configured so that print jobs are processed based on the identifiers added to the print jobs.11-17-2011
20130215454THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING - Three-dimensional printing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a system includes a three-dimensional printer and a computing device. The three-dimensional printer has a three-dimensional printing mechanism that is configured to form a physical object in three dimensions. The computing device is communicatively coupled to the three-dimensional printer and includes a three-dimensional printing module implemented at least partially in hardware to cause the three-dimensional printer to form the physical object in three dimensions as having functionality configured to communicate with a computing device.08-22-2013
20100097648DISPLAY CONTOROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A display control apparatus includes a communication control unit configured to control a first communication for receiving a video signal based on image data from a printing apparatus using a first communication protocol for receiving a video signal, and a second communication for sending image data to the printing apparatus using a second communication protocol for sending data to be used for printing. The communication control unit performs control to communicate with the printing apparatus using the second communication protocol in response to a storage medium being connected to the display control apparatus, and performs control to communicate with the printing apparatus using the first communication protocol in response to receiving a notification indicating that a storage medium is connected to the printing apparatus.04-22-2010
20110279869INTERACTIVE DOCUMENT RETRIEVAL METHOD - A method is disclosed which produces a second interactive document. The method starts by a processor receiving first indicating data identifying a page identity of a first interactive document and one or more locations on the first interactive document. The processor uses the page identity to identify a network address of a server storing a first page description. The first page description describes a relationship between visual elements and positions on the first interactive document. The processor then retrieves from the network address, using the locations on the first interactive document, a second page description. The second page description describes a relationship between visual elements and positions on the second interactive document. Finally a print engine is controlled to print visible elements and invisible coded data tags to provide the second interactive document. Each coded data tag encodes a page identity of the second interactive document and location of the coded data tag on the second interactive document.11-17-2011
20110279870DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - In a system in which a facsimile apparatus is connected to a LAN (Local Area Network) to which a plurality of computer terminals are connected, image data obtained by reading an original image by the scanner of the facsimile apparatus under the control of the operation unit of the facsimile apparatus is transmitted to a destination designated by the operation unit. In this operation, if a user ID is designated, transmitted image data and information (destination, transmission time/date, or the like) related to transmission is transferred to the LAN to notify the information to a user corresponding to the user ID. In this manner, data communication performed by a local, operation of the facsimile apparatus and data communication performed by a remote designation from the computer terminal can be managed together.11-17-2011
20110279863SERVER APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS FOR RENDERING RECEIVED DIGITAL CONTENT - Server applications and systems for rendering digital content received from an information apparatus, the systems including a server, one or more server applications enabling multiple concurrent users to log on and access the one or more server applications in separate and protected sessions, and an output device. The server may receive a content object that includes digital content and instructions for manipulating the digital content. The server may further receive one or more job objects including at least one of authentication information, payment information, and subscription information. The server may generate an output data related to the output job, and send the output data for rendering at the output device. The systems may send a confirmation related to the output of digital content to the information apparatus. The systems may also store digital content at a server node over the Internet for use by the information apparatus.11-17-2011
20110279868EFFICIENT PRINTER CONTROL ELECTRONICS - An apparatus (such as a printer) including a combination engine controller circuit board having a integrated circuit (IC) chip configured to process (format) incoming data as well as to control the operations of the apparatus is disclosed. The IC chip is adapted to receive and process data as well as to control the operations of the apparatus. For this reason, the IC chip is referred to as a combined controller IC.11-17-2011
20110279867INKJET PRINTER - In an inkjet printer, a feeding side tension applying means is provided with a feeding side tension adjustment mechanism, which is structured of a feeding side ballast arm that is extended toward a winding side tension applying means and vertically swingable around a rotation shaft perpendicular to a feeding direction of a printing medium and a feeding side ballast member that is attached to a tip end of the feeding side ballast arm, and a winding side tension applying means is provided with a winding side tension adjustment mechanism which is structured of a winding side ballast arm that is extended toward the feeding side tension applying means and vertically swingable around a rotation shaft perpendicular to the feeding direction of the printing medium “M” and a winding side ballast member that is attached to a tip end of the winding side ballast arm.11-17-2011
20110279865SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A MESSAGE ON A REPLACEABLE PRINTING COMPONENT - A method for providing a message on a replaceable printing component of a printing device includes detecting a trigger event, retrieving a message from a memory associated with the replaceable printing component in response to the trigger event, and forming the message on an imaging member of the replaceable printing component, wherein the trigger event comprises an end of a print job, and wherein the message remains on the imaging member after completion of the print job.11-17-2011
20110279864Image forming apparatus that restricts printing of specific information - The objective of the present invention is to provide an image forming apparatus that can print material by which specific information is not revealed without prohibiting printing, even where the printing data contains information that causes problems by printing specific information. By detecting information to be restricted in the printing data and restricting the image formation of the detected information, the image forming apparatus of the present invention can form the image in which the image of the information is not formed. Accordingly, the present invention provides an image forming apparatus that can print material by which specific information is not revealed without prohibiting printing, even where the printing data contains specific information.11-17-2011
20110279862INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In a document processing method for performing print setting in cooperation with a job management server, if it is determined that a starting mode of a setting program is a cooperation mode for processing a print job in cooperation with a server apparatus, a setting screen is displayed based on the identification information of the print job to be processed and the initial setting information of the print job, and if it is determined that the starting mode is not the cooperation mode, the setting screen is displayed based on setting information for starting a setting program.11-17-2011
20110279858Image Forming System, Image Forming Apparatus, Image Forming Method, and Non-Transitory Computer-Readable Recording Medium Encoded with Image Forming Program - An image forming apparatus includes a portion to receive a print job, a portion to generate print data of the print job, a portion to perform prescribed processing on the print data to convert it into processed data, a portion to form an image of the print data or the processed data, a portion to generate first reduction information including a difference in the amount of resources consumed when an image is formed under a print condition included in the print job and when an image is formed under a predetermined print condition, a portion to generate second reduction information including a difference in the amount of resources consumed when an image is formed from the print data and when an image is formed from the processed data, and a portion, when an image is formed from the processed data, to store history information which associates the first and second reduction information with the print job.11-17-2011
20110279857INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An information processing apparatus registers, in a reservation list, transmission reservation data including a transmission start time and a transmission completion time of charging counter information that is a type of operation information to be regularly transmitted according to a predetermined cycle. The information processing apparatus then registers, in the reservation list, with respect to other types of the operation information to be regularly transmitted (e.g., firmware information), transmission reservation data including a transmission start time and a transmission completion time that are determined so that the operation information is regularly transmitted in a different period than regular transmission of operation information corresponding to transmission reservation data already registered in the reservation list. The information processing apparatus controls transmission of the operation information by a regular transmission thread to a management apparatus according to the reservation list.11-17-2011
20110279859IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - In an image forming apparatus which is communicably connected to a management server for managing a scan ticket in which an instruction content for performing reading of a paper document is defined and can issue an instruction concerning printing to accumulated print jobs, when it is judged that the instruction concerning the printing is issued to the designated print job, a generation request of the scan ticket including reading setting for performing the reading of the paper document on which the print job has been printed is transmitted to the management server, a list of the scan tickets obtained from the management server is displayed, the reading of the paper document is performed using the scan ticket selected from list information of the displayed scan tickets, and an image obtained by the reading is transmitted to a transmission destination specified by the scan ticket.11-17-2011
20110279860RECORDING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR A RECORDING SYSTEM - A system in which a recording device is connected to another device can test the functionality of the recording device and test the functionality of the system including the recording device at the same time. A recording system 11-17-2011
20110279856INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COOPERATIVE FUNCTION SETTING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes an application capable of providing a plurality of types of cooperative functions in cooperation with a multi functional peripheral. The information processing apparatus additionally includes a setting unit, a determination unit, an indicating unit. The setting unit performs setting as a setting processing for each cooperative function in response to a user operation via the application. The determination unit confirms if there is at least one cooperative function that is not yet set by the setting unit and is different from the cooperative function subjected to the setting processing, among the plurality of types of cooperative functions, when the setting unit performs setting for one cooperative function, and, if the at least one cooperative function is confirmed, further determines whether the at least one cooperative function is usable via the application. The indicating unit indicates a usable cooperative function determined by the determination unit.11-17-2011
20110279855RETRIEVAL SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A retrieval system comprises an image forming apparatus having a box which is a data storage area and a terminal device for retrieval, which is connected to the image forming apparatus via a network, and retrieves information stored in the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus has a storage part for storing bookmark information including list information of item names of items in an electronic document file stored in the box and a transmission part for transmitting the bookmark information to the terminal device.11-17-2011
20110279854COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - A communication apparatus performs a process for selecting from a plurality of services and displaying a predetermined service, detects whether there is connection with or disconnection from a communication peer, switching, if connection with the communication peer is detected after disconnecting from the communication peer, a service to be selected and displayed, and providing the selected and displayed service.11-17-2011
20110279853JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS AND JOB PROCESSING METHOD - A job processing apparatus includes a reception unit which receives a job, a job management unit which holds the received job and manages a processing order of a plurality of jobs held, a job processing unit which sequentially processes the plurality of jobs in accordance with the processing order, and an acceptance unit which accepts a change request of the processing order for changing to an order in which a first job which is being received is processed to before a predetermined second job among the held jobs. In the job processing apparatus, when the acceptance unit has accepted the change request, the job management unit changes the processing order, and when a turn of the processing by the job processing unit comes to the second job before the processing order is changed in accordance with the change request, the job management unit stops the processing by the job processing unit and changes the processing order.11-17-2011
20110279852IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus having a display unit includes: an operation section configured to generate an operation signal based on a user's contact with the display unit; a posting area display control section configured to display a posting area in which an image is posted on the display unit and displaying previously-generated images in the posting area; an operation detail recognizing section configured to recognize an operation detail on the images posted in the posting area on the basis of the operation signal from the operation section; and a selection section configured to select an image corresponding to the operation detail recognized by the operation detail recognizing section as an operation object.11-17-2011
20080266602Label producing apparatus - This disclosure discloses a label producing apparatus that produces a label with print, comprising: a feeding device that feeds a print-receiving tape or a base tape thereto; a printing device that performs printing on the print-receiving tape; a first command input part that inputs a first command signal for providing instructions from an external source; a second command input part that inputs a second command signal from an external source; and a control portion that controls said at least one of devices for working based on the first or second command signal.10-30-2008
20080266598APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN IMAGE-PROCESSING DEVICE, COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHOD FOR UPDATING AN ITEM OF CONFIGURATION INFORMATION FOR CONTROLLING AN IMAGE-PROCESSING DEVICE, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND MEANS FOR CONTROLLING AN IMAGE-PROCESSING DEVICE - From an image-processing apparatus that can communicate via a network, updated configuration information is received, and configuration information for display is not updated based on the received configuration information so that an item to be processed is not reflected in configuration information of an item manually set by a user, and the configuration information for display is updated based on the received configuration information so that an item to be processed is reflected in the configuration information of an item that is not manually set by the user. Accordingly, the configuration information can be manually set while effectively using the configuration information received from the information-processing apparatus.10-30-2008
20110128581IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - To a multi-functional peripheral, an external terminal is connected by an external user who performs a remote operation or remote monitoring of an operation for the operation screen. The multi-functional peripheral has a specific user determination portion which determines whether or not the external user who has made the connection is a remote monitoring user who performs remote monitoring, and when the external user who has made the connection is not the remote monitoring user, an operation screen during connection displaying information to show that the external terminal is being connected is displayed, and when the external user is the remote monitoring user, a normal operation screen without the information to show that the external terminal is being connected is displayed.06-02-2011
20110128575DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM - A display apparatus displays a list of functions for application software; stores one or more display modes for disposing setting information in a display component for each of the functions; receives the selected function, generates the one or more display modes of the display component of the function while disposing the setting information in the one or more display modes of the display component and generates a display mode list screen that displays a list of the one or more display modes of the display component of the function; and receives the display mode selected from the display mode list screen, and displays, based on size information of the display component of the display mode, a disposing place candidate for disposing the display component of the display mode on a screen on which the display component of the display mode is to be disposed.06-02-2011
20110128573INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS CONTENTS FROM WEB SERVER AND DISPLAYS SAME ON DISPLAY UNIT, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus that, when contents are obtained from a reliable Web server set in advance, hides an address bar so as to make effective use of a display region of an operation unit in displaying the contents. Contents corresponding to a designated address are obtained from a Web server. The obtained contents are analyzed and displayed on a display unit. The designated address is displayed on the display unit. Obtainment control is provided such that when the designated address is a specific address, obtainment of contents is permitted, and when the designated address is not the specific address, obtainment of contents is inhibited. When contents are displayed while the obtainment control is being carried out, an address is hidden, and when contents are displayed while the obtainment control is not being carried out, an address is displayed.06-02-2011
20090316195MULTI-DIMENSIONAL DATA REGISTRATION INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING ARRAY-ARRANGEMENT DEVICES - A multi-dimensional data registration integrated circuit is configured for driving array-arrangement devices. The array-arrangement devices comprise a plurality of first hierarchy sets, each which comprises a plurality of second hierarchy sets. The multi-dimensional data registration integrated circuit comprises a first hierarchy address selection circuit, a second hierarchy address selection circuit and a data supply circuit. The first hierarchy address selection circuit scans the first hierarchy sets, and selects a unit of the first hierarchy sets to activate it. The second hierarchy address selection circuit scans the second hierarchy sets. The data supply circuit writes a plurality of data into each designated unit of the second hierarchy sets according to the scanning sequence of the second hierarchy address selection circuit.12-24-2009
20120188584Document imaging node with internal web server execution environment - An imaging node hosts a web server execution environment that exports document imaging services using server-side scripting. The web server execution environment receives Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) requests from a web browser and runs server-side scripts that resolve HTTP requests to native imaging services. A native imaging execution environment then executes the resolved native imaging services. Moreover, the web server execution environment can run server-side scripts that resolve HTTP requests to non-native imaging services and invoke the resolved non-native imaging services remotely as required.07-26-2012
20120188588MODIFICATION OF POST-PRINT INSTRUCTIONS FOR DOCUMENTS OF PRINT JOBS ALREADY WITHIN AN ADF SYSTEM - Systems and methods for modification of post-print instructions. The system includes a data center and a post-printing system. The data center is operable to receive a first print job that includes a plurality of documents and a first post-print instruction defining how the documents are processed after printing. The data center is also operable to receive a request that one or more documents in the print job be processed according to a second post-print instruction, and to extract the document(s) from the print job to generate a second print job. The second print job includes the extracted document(s) and the second post-print instruction defining how the document(s) are processed after printing. The post-printing system is operable to process the remaining documents of the first print job according to the first post-print instruction, and to process the document(s) of the second print job according to the second post-print instruction.07-26-2012
20120188585SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UPDATING PRINTING DEVICE CAPABILITIES - Systems and methods that generate initial printing device capabilities data including one or more initial printing device capabilities based on the initial print ticket markup language data, receive second print ticket markup language data, generate updated printing device capabilities data including one or more updated printing device capabilities based on the second print ticket markup language data, and generate one or more changed printing device capabilities markup language data based on the initial printing device capabilities data and the updated printing device capabilities data, wherein the one or more changed printing device capabilities markup language data includes one or more changed printing device capabilities that indicate differences between the one or more initial printing device capabilities and the one or more updated printing device capabilities.07-26-2012
20090237721PRINTING METHOD TO LOAD FILTER DYNAMICALLY AND RECORDABLE MEDIUM WITH PROGRAM TO EXECUTE THE PRINTING METHOD AND HOST APPARATUS - A printing method which dynamically loads a filter, a recordable medium with a program to execute the printing method, and a host apparatus. The printing method uses filter setting information having at least one filter corresponding to a print option of a print document, the printing method can include selecting a print option, changing the filter setting information corresponding to the print option, and applying the printing option according to the changed filter setting information and transmitting print data.09-24-2009
20090310180IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE WHICH PERFORMS SETTING OF DEVICE BASED ON INFORMATION ACQUIRED - When a user uses an image processing device, the image processing device accesses a private PC of the user connected to a network to request acquisition of environmental information. A printer driver in the private PC collects various settings (including desktop theme, application settings, and device driver settings) from within the private PC. The settings are transmitted to the image processing device. The image processing device, based on the acquired setting information, changes the panel display, application settings, and others. This simplifies setting of the image processing device.12-17-2009
20090310181DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR DEVELOPING AND DELIVERING PHOTOGRAPHS - Methods, systems, and computer program products for delivering a hard copy print of a captured image are disclosed. A photo medium containing a captured image and a recipient address are received. A photofinishing location is selected based on the recipient address. Electronic data representing the photo medium is sent to a photofinisher associated with the photofinishing location. A photofinisher produces a hard copy print from the electronic data. The photographic print is delivered to a recipient at the recipient address.12-17-2009
20090310177IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus, to which an accessory device is connectable, includes a control unit configured to control the image forming apparatus to start a preparation operation in which an image forming unit can form an image in response to a power supply, and a storage unit configured to store a connecting state between the image forming apparatus and the accessory device. The control unit determines, in response to the start of the power supply, whether the accessory device has been connected to the image forming apparatus before the power supply is stopped, with reference to information stored in the storage unit. Then, the control unit controls the image forming apparatus to start the preparation operation without waiting for the receiving of the information about the accessory device therefrom if the accessory device has not been connected to the image forming apparatus.12-17-2009
20090310175PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - When a printing device is in a state in which a printing process of a print job including at least one print data and a series of process commands from a host apparatus cannot be executed, a printing processing unit transfers a printing right corresponding to the print job that is left unprinted to other printing device. When the printing device is in a state in which the printing process can be executed and if the printing right corresponding to the print job that is left unprinted is transferred to the printing device from the other printing device, the printing processing unit executes the printing process.12-17-2009
20090310173IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, VOICE GUIDE METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes: a data memory that stores in itself voice guide data pieces; a voice output portion that outputs the voice guide data pieces stored in the data memory; and a controller. The controller prohibits a first voice guide data piece from being outputted according to a job by the voice output portion, while a second voice guide data piece is being outputted according to another job thereby.12-17-2009
20100265542IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The invention provides an image processing device capable of restarting a print job in process without involving a user when a network interruption in the course of receiving the print job is reconnected.10-21-2010
20100202021METHOD OF CREATING PRINTED INTERACTIVE DOCUMENT - A method of creating a printed interactive document using a printer connected to a computer. The method includes the steps of: (a) receiving a print request for the interactive document at the computer; (b) sending a request for a unique document identity to a server in response to the print request; (c) receiving the unique document identity from the server; (d) indexing the document with the unique document identity and archiving the indexed document in a database; (e) sending the unique document identity and the document to the printer; and (f) printing the graphic content of the document together with coded data coincident with the graphic content onto a substrate so as to create the printed interactive document. The coded data identifies the unique document identity and a plurality of locations on the substrate.08-12-2010
20100202020DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - In a document processing system, a client PC transmits a request to generate a document for which multiple printing is to be prevented to a document generating server. The document generating server receives this request, and determines whether this request is one for generating the document for which multiple printing is to be prevented. Depending on the result of this determination, the document generating server appends a display for unauthorized printing to the document, and appends a button for printing operation in order to carry out printing of the document.08-12-2010
20100202019PROCESS EXECUTING METHOD, PROGRAM THEREOF, AND PRINT INSTRUCTING DEVICE - Provided is a method of executing a process by a driver by using a storing unit that has a first region capable of storing data and a second region capable of storing data with lower generality than the first region. The method includes storing a print-related value that is a value relating to print in the second region when an excess instruction that instructs the print-related value to be a value that exceeds a predetermined value is given, and giving a print instruction to a printing apparatus by using print setting information including a print-related value stored in the first region at non-storing time when the print-related value is not stored in the second region and giving a print instruction to the printing apparatus by using print setting information including a print-related value stored in the second region at storing time when the print-related value is stored in the second region, in a case of giving a print instruction to the printing apparatus.08-12-2010
20100202018IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER-SAVING CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREIN POWER-SAVING CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes: a setting unit configured to cause a storage medium to store, among signals acquired via a network, a signal that is, if acquired, set as a trigger for execution of return processing for returning, from an energy saving state in which one or plural predetermined functions are halted, one or more of the halted functions to a usable state; a signal acquiring unit configured to acquire a signal via the network; a signal determining unit configured to determine whether the signal acquired by the signal acquiring unit is a signal stored as the signal set as the trigger for the return processing; and a function control unit configured to return, on the basis of the determination by the signal determining unit, the one or more of the halted functions to the usable state.08-12-2010
20100202017APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING COST ALLOCATION OF MAINTENANCE CONSUMABLE - At least the following process is performed in order to properly allocate a cost of a consumable used for other than jobs. An amount of the consumable used for other than jobs is determined, and a cost of the consumable corresponding to the determined amount of the consumable is allocated to costs of a plurality of jobs executed.08-12-2010
20100202016INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR PROCESSING IN AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus is provided, to which a printer is connected via a network. The device receives print setting information for a document from said client device, a component configured to preserve the received print setting information and a flag which is set for each user in order to show whether a user connected via said printer printed said document or not, transmits print setting information of a document to said printer according to said flag, wherein the document is not printed by a user connected via said printer, and when a user instructed said printer to print the document which was not printed according to the transmitted information and printing according to the instruction resulted in success, updates said flag to show that the user has printed the document and transmits information for changing a display form of the setting information for the document.08-12-2010
20100202010METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRINTING A WEB PAGE - A method and system for printing a web page include converting the web page content to an image and segmenting the image into a plurality of regions. At least one of the regions is selected, and the selected region is printed.08-12-2010
20100202015IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Each page in document images is divided into regions. Attribute information is assigned to each divided region. Character recognition is performed for a region having a caption attribute, thereby obtaining character information. Metadata of an object is extracted from a region containing an expression synonymous with the character information. Even when the object and metadata exist in different pages, the metadata is associated with the object. The document image is transmitted for each page. Finally, the metadata is transmitted.08-12-2010
20100202014PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing system which is capable of reducing the possibility of the operation of a printing apparatus being stopped due to an error or a paper jam. The printing system includes a plurality of printing apparatuses and an information management server for managing the printing apparatuses. A printing apparatus stores processing result information on print data received from a host PC, and sends the processing result information to the information management server. The information management server manages the processing result information, and determines information for determining an alternate printing apparatus based on the processing result information, in response to an inquiry from the printing apparatus. Then, the information management server sends the information for determining an alternate printing apparatus to the printing apparatus. The printing apparatus sends the print data to the alternate printing apparatus, based on the information sent from the information management server.08-12-2010
20100202013PRINT APPARATUS, A METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING, AND A PROGRAM - A print server (08-12-2010
20100202012IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM - A set value output circuit includes a first output unit and a second output unit. The first output unit outputs a signal input to a first input when a first timing signal is input to a second input, and continues to output the signal until a next first timing signal is input. The second output unit outputs the signal input to a third input when the second timing signal is input to a fourth input, and continues to output the signal until a next second timing signal is input. A selection unit inputs a selected timing signal as the second timing signal to the fourth input. A control unit inputs the first timing signal to the second input, so that a set value for an image to be formed next is output during image formation using the signal output from the second output.08-12-2010
20100202011IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus is provided and includes: a memory that stores discrimination information and a setting value group associated with the discrimination information, the setting value group including a plurality of first setting values for carrying out processing and; a setting unit that sets second setting values needed for image processing, in which a portion of the first setting values in the setting value group associated with the discrimination information is set as at least a portion of the second setting values; and a processing unit that carries out image processing according to the second setting values.08-12-2010
20100202009Print Job Submission With Sleep Mechanism - A method disclosed. The method includes a print application determining if capacity is available at a print server to receive print jobs in a print job queue, transmitting the print jobs if there is no capacity available at the print server; and entering a sleep mode for a predetermined sleep interval if there is no capacity available at the print server.08-12-2010
20100202008COMPREHENSIVE PRINT JOB SKELETON CREATION - A method and apparatus for efficient processing a page description language (“PDL”) data stream lacking page independence is described. The method and apparatus includes applying a single parsing pass for a PDL job and detecting PDL job producers by creator sniffer (08-12-2010
20090207449SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE MONITORING OF PRINT SYSTEMS - A system and method for remotely monitoring and servicing user's print system including the ability to diagnose a problem with a user's print system based on properties monitored from such system and creating a query that predicts the source of the problem based on past history for this print system and other user's print systems.08-20-2009
20090207448Communication Terminal Device and Communication System - A communication terminal device includes a communication unit, an archive determination unit, an archive data creating unit and an interface unit. The communication unit receives data from another communication terminal device. The archive determination unit searches whether or not archive information is included in the data received by the communication unit to determine whether or not the received data is archive data. When the archive determination unit determines that the data is not archive data, the archive data creating unit processes the data into archive data by adding archive information to the data. The interface unit transmits the archive data to another different communication terminal device.08-20-2009
20090207444Printer and control method for a printer - A printer enables selecting the process used for printing to the end of the print data when a no-paper state occurs during printing. The printer 08-20-2009
20090207441Job Processing Apparatus and Method for Controlling the Job Processing Apparatus - A job processing apparatus includes a first job-receiving section that receives a panel operation job produced by operating a control panel in a mode, and a second job-receiving section that receives non-panel operation jobs other than the panel operation job. A control panel mode-identifying section is also provided to identify which mode the control panel is in when the second job-receiving section receives any one of the non-panel operation jobs. A non-panel operation job-identifying section identifies which non-panel operation job has been received by the second job-receiving section. An execution timing control section controls when the non-panel operation job received by the non-panel operation job-receiving section is executed, according to the identified non-panel operation job and the identified mode of the control panel.08-20-2009
20090207435IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE SCANNING METHOD - An image scanning apparatus according to the invention includes: a scanning unit configured to scan each of plural images from plural originals that are inputted; a rotation designating unit configured to designate rotation of the plural images that are scanned, so that an orientation of the plural images that are scanned coincides with a desired image orientation; a first image rotating unit configured to rotate the image that is scanned, in accordance with the designated rotation of the image; an orientation determining unit configured to determine whether the image orientation rotated by the first image rotating unit coincides with the desired image orientation or not; and a second image rotating unit configured to, for an image determined as not coinciding by the orientation determining unit, further rotate the orientation of the image so that the orientation coincides with the desired image orientation.08-20-2009
20090207438Print system - A print system according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a plurality of client computers, one or a plurality of print servers that store jobs received from the client computers in a memory unit and process the jobs, a plurality of printers that receive a job from the print servers and perform print processing and a network that the client computers, the print servers and the printers are connected to. On receipt of a job from the client computer, in order to notify that the job received from the client computer is stored in the memory unit, the print server transmits job information of the received job to the printers on the network.08-20-2009
20110286037CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A reception processing unit provided in a document processing system receives a document data processing request from a user device. A division processing unit divides document data corresponding to the processing request and generates divided document data. A document processing unit performs document processing for the divided document data, and a coupling processing unit combines the document-processed divided document data. A resource management unit increases or decreases the number of the division processing units, the document processing units, and the coupling processing units in response to the processing status of each thereof.11-24-2011
20110299122IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - In a system provided with an information processing apparatus for requesting a job, an image forming apparatus for processing the job, and a server for managing the job, it is enabled to request a job from the information processing apparatus for execution even when the server is down at least to a status where the job can not be received. The image forming apparatus is provided with a detecting portion for detecting that the server is down, a direct receiving portion for, when it is detected that the server is down, directly receiving a target job to be processed by the image forming apparatus from the information processing apparatus, and a distributing portion for, when it is detected that the server is down, distributing a message or an e-mail including information indicating that the server is down to the information processing apparatus or a user of the information processing apparatus.12-08-2011
20110299110CLOUD-BASED PRINT SERVICE - A print server may include an application manager configured to receive a print request over a network from an application executing on a device, and configured to provide, over the network, a print dialog to a user of the application, the print dialog configured to provide for a selection of at least one printer associated with a user account of the user and thereafter receive a selected printer from the selection. A format converter may be configured to receive a print job designating the selected printer, the print job including print data and print characteristics expressed in a first format, and configured to convert the print job from the first format into a printer-specific format associated with the selected printer. A print job router may be configured to route the print job over the network from the print server to a print client associated with the selected printer, for printing by the selected printer, using the printer-specific format.12-08-2011
20120002236IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - An image formation apparatus includes: a controller operable to control a transition among a normal mode to operate the image formation apparatus, a first power saving mode in which electric power less than the normal mode is supplied, and a second power saving mode different from the first power saving mode in which electric power less than the normal mode is supplied; and an abnormality detector configured to detect an abnormality in the image formation apparatus. On the basis of the detection result of the abnormality detector, the controller controls transition to either the first power saving mode or the second power saving mode.01-05-2012
20120099153IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine coordinate of a region in a web page having a plurality of elements in a structured document, the display region being specified by a user, an extraction unit configured to extract image data corresponding to the coordinate determined by the determination unit in the web page, an output unit configured to output an image based on the image data extracted by the extraction unit, wherein, when the region specified by the user is a part clipped out of an element in the web page, the extraction unit extracts image data of the part of the element corresponding to the coordinate determined by the determination unit04-26-2012
20120099151IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming system includes a first image forming apparatus located upstream and a second image forming apparatus located downstream in a sheet conveying direction to perform a both-side printing operation. The system further includes a control section for judging whether a predetermined processing step serving as a judgment criterion has been completed with respect to an image to be formed on a subsequent sheet in each of the apparatuses, and for performing a control to start image forming operation on the subsequent sheet when judging that the predetermined processing step has been completed, and a processing step serving as the judgment criterion for the image to be formed in the second image forming apparatus is located in a step prior to a processing step serving as the judgment criterion for the image to be formed in the first image forming apparatus.04-26-2012
20120099150INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - When a new application is filed in a workflow system, designation of image data to be attached to data included in the application is accepted. Then, when the image data to be attached to the data is insufficient, a scan ticket to be used when generating the image data to be attached to the data is generated. It is designated in the scan ticket to which data the generated image data is to be attached, and then the generated image data is actually attached to the data by a server apparatus according to such information.04-26-2012
20120099149PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTER - A printing system includes: a first printer; and an information processing apparatus configured to register a print job in the first printer. The first printer comprises: a decision unit configured to decide a selection condition for selecting the print job to be printer; a determination unit configured to determine whether the print job corresponding to the selection condition decided by the decision unit is registered in a second printer; and a notification unit configured to notify a user of identification information of the other printer if the determination unit determines that the print job corresponding to the selection condition is registered in the second printer. The first printer to which the print job is registered starts printing in response to a print instruction.04-26-2012
20120099148PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Before transmitting a print job to a printing apparatus, a CPU of a print processing apparatus determines whether paper information designated in the print job has been registered in a paper information database of the print processing apparatus. If the paper information has not been registered, the CPU extracts paper information similar to the paper information designated in the print job from those stored in the paper information database of the print processing apparatus. Furthermore, the CPU copies information about the dependency on the printing apparatus, which is included in the extracted paper information (printer dependency information) to the paper information designated in the print job. Then, the CPU registers the paper information designated in the print job, to which the printer dependency information has been copied, in a paper information database of the printing apparatus and transmits the print job to the printing apparatus.04-26-2012
20120099145ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Managing commands that have not been executed is simplified while maintaining a state in which real-time commands can be executed. A printer 04-26-2012
20120099144Image forming apparatus and method for forming an image thereof - An image forming apparatus and method are provided. The image forming apparatus includes a communication interface unit that receives print data, an image forming unit that forms an image on a print paper, and video controllers that convert received print data into data processable by the image forming unit. The image forming apparatus includes a selection unit that selects one video controller from among the video controllers, and a control unit that controls the selection unit to selectively provide the received print data to one of the video controllers so that the received print data is processed in the video controllers in parallel by job or page.04-26-2012
20120099143PRINTING AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, PRINTING DEVICE, DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A printing authentication system includes an identification information storage unit, a providing unit and a specifying unit. The identification information storage unit stores, as an identification information set, plural pieces of user identification information given to a same user. If authentication is valid with regard to an authentication request accompanying specific user identification information, the providing unit reads out a specific user identification information set including the specific user identification information from the identification information storage unit and provides the specific user identification information set. If user identification information, associated with print data, of a requester who requests printing of the print data matches any one of the user identification information constituting the specific identification information set, the specifying unit specifies the print data as a printing target.04-26-2012
20120099141IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processing device includes plural conversion units that convert a print document into raster data, a determination unit that determines the number of conversion units to be operated on the basis of the number of pages of an obtained print document, and a control unit that performs control so that only conversion units corresponding to the number determined by the determination unit among the plural conversion units are operated.04-26-2012
20120099140PRINTER WITH AUDIBLE SIGNAL - Methods and systems begin when a printing device receives a print job. The methods and systems identify a document type within the print job using a processor of the printing device. The methods and systems also determine if the document type requires an audible alarm using the processor. The methods and systems print the print job using a printing engine of the printing device. If the document type requires the audible alarm, the methods and systems produce an audible alarm using a speaker of the printing device after the printing is complete.04-26-2012
20120099139SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ADAPTIVE LOT SIZING IN CELLULAR MANUFACTURING - The present application presents a new and improved system and method of enhanced Lean Document Production (LDP), which employs cellular manufacturing concepts. The LDP process incorporates an auto-splitting algorithm and/or an earliest completion route algorithm to generate an operation schedule.04-26-2012
20090316181PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM AND PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIA - [Task] When data is printed to a printing device from a computer, the printing is approved or not approved according to the data contents.12-24-2009
20110286040IMAGE EDITING APPARATUS, IMAGE EDITING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Page description language data are imposed according to entered imposition information. The imposed page description language data are converted into raster-format data by an RIP process. Page data depending on a plurality of page areas are clipped from the raster-format data. The clipped page data are mapped onto respective model areas corresponding to the page areas on a determined three-dimensional shape model thereby to generate three-dimensional preview data of a print. A three-dimensional preview image of the print is displayed based on the three-dimensional preview data.11-24-2011
20110286044INFORMATION DISTRIBUTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information distributing apparatus obtains a serial number input from the image forming apparatus and information regarding an apparatus connected to the image forming apparatus. The information distributing apparatus determines permission or inhibition of distribution with respect to each program specified by the serial number.11-24-2011
20110286043FORM PROCESSING SYSTEM, OCR DEVICE, FORM CREATION DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - There is provided a form processing system including a form creation device and an OCR device, wherein the form creation device includes a layout generation unit that generates layout information denoting a layout of a form and a layout transmission unit that transmits the layout information generated to the OCR device, and the OCR device includes a layout acquisition unit that acquires the layout information transmitted from the form creation device and an OCR processing unit that performs OCR processing on image data of the form read by a scanner, based on the layout information acquired.11-24-2011
20110286042FORM PROCESSING SYSTEM, FORM CREATION DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - There is provided a form processing system including a form creation device and a printer, wherein the form creation device includes a layout generation unit that generates layout information denoting a layout of a form, a drawing instruction unit that causes a drawing performing unit in the printer to generate referential image data which corresponds to at least part of the generated layout information, based on the generated layout information, and an image transmission unit that transmits the generated referential image data to an OCR device, and the printer includes the drawing performing unit that generates the referential image data in accordance with an instruction from the drawing instruction unit.11-24-2011
20110286041MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A management apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive file information about a file input into a folder, a transmission unit configured to generate print job information including the file information and transmit the print job information to an image forming apparatus that is associated with the folder in advance, a job monitoring unit configured to monitor whether printing of a job corresponding to the file information included in the print job information by the image forming apparatus has finished based on printing progress information received from the image forming apparatus, and a folder management unit configured to, if printing of the job is determined by the job monitoring unit to have finished, delete the file information corresponding to the job from the folder.11-24-2011
20110286039RECORDING MEDIUM STORING SCREEN CONTROLLING PROGRAM, DELIVERY SYSTEM AND SCREEN CONTROLLING METHOD - A screen controlling program representing a sequence of instructions including outputting an acquisition request of a contents type, included in one or plural bibliographic information pieces which are defined in a storage destination of image data indicated by a storage information piece, to a document controlling server if the storage information is received from an image forming apparatus; generating, if the one or plural contents types are received from the document controlling server, selection screen data for selecting the received contents types; sending the generated selection screen data to the image forming apparatus; generating setup screen data for setting one or plural bibliographic information pieces included in the selected contents type if the selected contents type is received from the image forming apparatus; and sending the generated setup screen data to the image forming apparatus.11-24-2011
20110286033PRINT MANAGEMENT DEVICE, PRINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, PRINT MANAGEMENT METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A print management device includes: a receiving unit that receives a print instruction to perform print of an electronic document on recording media; a canceling unit that cancels the print caused to be performed by the print instruction received by the receiving unit, in accordance with a canceling instruction of the print by an operator; and a recording unit that records the number of the recording media or the number of faces of the recording media, if the print caused to be performed by the print instruction received by the receiving unit is canceled by the canceling unit, the print on the recording media being canceled.11-24-2011
20110286036INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus of the present invention includes an obtaining unit; a receiving unit; a generating unit; and an output unit that outputs to the printer the command generated for each of the request. The obtaining unit obtains a specification of commands to output to a printer; the receiving unit receives a request for a process to be executed for the printer; the generating unit generates a predetermined command corresponding to a type of the request and the specification obtained when the request is received; and the output unit outputs to the printer the command generated for each of the request.11-24-2011
20110286035INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SAME - A server executes a job related to image processing, and receives a job log including attribution information for the job from a device that formed the image to thereby form an external image URL that is recorded position information in the server for the image log related to the image. The server adds the external image URL to the job log to generate a new job log that is recorded in a storage unit, and then executes a transmission command for the image log on the device, and receives the image log from the device. Then the server records information including the new job log and the image log as log information in the storage unit.11-24-2011
20110286034Information processing apparatus and non-transitory computer-readable recording medium - An information processing apparatus is disclosed, including an application, a user interface part, a storage part, an image processing part, and a sending part. The application issues a drawing instruction and outputs drawing data. The user interface part performs a print setting with respect to the drawing data. The storage part stores a setting file in which parameters of an allocation process are set. The image processing part performs the allocation process on the drawing data based on the setting file read out from the storage part when the print setting using the setting file is determined by the user interface part. The sending part sends the drawing data on which the allocation process is performed by the image processing part, to an output destination.11-24-2011
20110286032SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A CAUSE OF LATENESS OF A PRINT JOB IN A PRINT PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT - A system for determining a cause of lateness of a print job may include a computing device and a computer-readable storage medium in communication with the computing device. The computer-readable storage medium may include one or more programming instructions for identifying a late print job, identifying a plurality of document production stations that processed at least a portion of the late print job, determining an associated contribution value representing a contribution of the document production station to the lateness, determining sources of the lateness, displaying a first visual depiction that visually depicts a measure of a contribution of each of the identified document production stations to a collective lateness of the print shop, receiving a user selection of one of the document production stations and a time period, and displaying a second visual depiction of one or more print jobs processed by the document production station during the time period.11-24-2011
20110286031Mechanism for Tracking Printer Resource Objects - A method is disclosed. The method includes receiving print job data at a printing system, tracking resource objects in print job data while the print job data is rasterized to generate rasterized print data and updating a count of resource objects for print job data confirmed as printed.11-24-2011
20110286045System, Method and Production Tickets for Print Management - Disclosed herein is a method of preparing production tickets that involves selecting order data from at least a first data field in an ordering system, feeding the selected order data to a workflow management system, and generating a production ticket for a print production job using at least a portion of the selected order data to name the print production job. One embodiment employs a join identifier to include several related files on the same production ticket. Corresponding configuration tools and workflow management systems also are disclosed.11-24-2011
20110292446IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus has a network interface unit for communication with an electronic mail server via a communication network, a main control unit that entirely controls the image forming apparatus and does not operate in a power-saving mode, and a sub control unit that inquires of the electronic mail server in the power-saving mode about whether an electronic mail addressed to the image forming apparatus is stored in the electronic mail server. When such an electronic mail is stored in the electronic mail server, the sub control unit activates the main control unit. The main control unit shifts the image forming apparatus from the power-saving mode to a normal mode, and acquires the electronic mail from the electronic mail server. An image forming unit forms an image on a recording medium based on an attachment file attached to the electronic mail acquired by the main control unit.12-01-2011
20090279129HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHIC PLOTTING PROCESS AND ARRANGEMENT FOR TRACING A HIGH-RESOLUTION COMPUTER-STORED GRID IMAGE ON A FLAT PHOTOSENSITIVE CARRIER - In a partial image, certain image dots are deflected optically in x direction with reference to imaginary undeflected image dots, and the x deflection of an image dot is less than the length of the side of an image dot. The image is traced by a light-controlling unit (preferably a semiconductor chip with tilting-mirror elements) with light-controlling elements arranged similar to a matrix. A computer program loads the light-controlling unit with a control pattern for tracing each partial image.11-12-2009
20110299125ASSOCIATION OF A PORTABLE SCANNER WITH INPUT/OUTPUT AND STORAGE DEVICES - A device identifier is scanned with a portable scanner and communicated to a service provider. The service provider associates the device with the portable scanner. Information is scanned from a printed source and communicated to the service provider and subsequent information is received in response at a device identified by the device identifier. In some embodiments, a communication session identifier is scanned with a portable scanner and communicated to the service provider rather than (or in cooperation with) the device identifier.12-08-2011
20110299124Distributed Computer Architecture and Process for Document Management - A system and/or method enables a typical PC user to add electronic paper processing to their existing business process. The system and/or method extends the notion of copying from a process that involves paper going through a conventional copier device, to a process that involves paper being scanned from a device at one location and copied to a device at another location. In its more sophisticated form, the system and/or method can copy paper from a device at one location directly into a business application residing on a network or on the Internet, or visa versa. The system and/or method is software that manages paper so that it can be electronically and seamlessly copied in and out of devices and business applications (such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes) with an optional single-step operation. The system and/or method can reside on a PC, LAN/WAN server, digital device (such as a digital copier), or on a web server to be accessed over the Internet.12-08-2011
20110299123IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - In an image forming apparatus being capable of executing a specific copy job to perform copy processing in cooperation with an external apparatus, when cancel of the specific copy job is instructed before completion of printing by a printing unit, the external apparatus is notified of the cancel of the specific copy job, and printing based on processed image data received by a reception unit is canceled.12-08-2011
20110299121INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing device for installing and executing an application program which enables at least one of a plurality of information processing functions comprises: a storage part for storing functional restriction information configured for each of a plurality of users is defined; an obtaining part for obtaining, based on the functional restriction information, common functional restriction information in which restriction on use of at least one of the plurality of information processing functions except for a common available function commonly available for all the plurality of users is defined; a determination part, in installation of the application program, for determining whether or not a command contained in the application program enables an unavailable function restricted with the common functional restriction information by analyzing the command; a rewrite part for rewriting the command; and an installation part for installing the application program containing the command rewritten by the rewrite part.12-08-2011
20110299118IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, RECORDING MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A technique to give a more suitable screen to a user even when functions that can be executed by an image forming apparatus are provided by a linked external apparatus. A comparison unit of the external apparatus compares information about first functions of the external apparatus with information about second functions of the image forming apparatus. A determination unit of the external apparatus determines functions used by the image forming apparatus among the first functions based on a comparison result. A screen information sending unit of the external apparatus sends screen information used for setting the functions determined to the image forming apparatus. A functional information sending unit of the image forming apparatus sends the information about the second function to the external apparatus. A display unit of the image forming apparatus displays a screen for setting the first functions based on the screen information received from the external apparatus.12-08-2011
20110299117APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS JOB DATA TO TERMINAL, TERMINAL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A apparatus (cloud) that transmits job data to a terminal (MFP), which is capable of causing the terminal to execute a job without wastefully consuming electric power immediately after completion of job data processing. The cloud generates job data, and determines whether or not the MFP is in a first state in which the MFP cannot process the job data immediately. Further, the cloud stores information on a time period required for the MFP to shift from the first state to a second state in which the MFP can process the job data immediately. The cloud transmits an instruction for causing the MFP to shift from the first state to the second state, to the MFP, based on a time period required for generating the job data, and the time period indicated by the information.12-08-2011
20110299115IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING USER INFORMATION - An image forming apparatus configured to be connected to one or more apparatuses through a network includes a user information storing unit to store local-apparatus user information about one or more users of the image forming apparatus, an apparatus information storing unit to store information indicative of the one or more apparatuses, a user information acquiring unit to acquire remote-apparatus user information from the one or more apparatuses indicated by the information stored in the apparatus information storing unit, and a user information integration unit to merge the local-apparatus user information and the remote-apparatus user information to generate display-purpose user information to be displayed on a screen, and to transmit the local-apparatus user information to the one or more apparatuses with a request to generate display-purpose user information.12-08-2011
20110299114PRINT SERVER, PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD - A print server is linked through a communication network to a client device for sending PDL data, and an image forming apparatus provided with a RIP section for creating raster data by rasterizing the PDL data and a printer section for executing printing according to the raster data. This print server is provided with at least a RIP section for creating raster data by rasterizing the PDL data received from the client device, and a control section that compares the time to be taken before output when the PDL data received from the aforementioned client device is sent to the image forming apparatus with the time to be taken before output when the raster data created by the RIP section of the printer server is sent to the image forming apparatus, whereby the data whose length of time before the output is shorter is sent to the image forming apparatus.12-08-2011
20110299113IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus receives identification information from the information processing apparatus, which has generated settings relating to a copy job to be executed in the image forming apparatus. The identification information indicates the settings of the copy job. The image forming apparatus displays multiple items of received identification information, notifies the information processing apparatus of identification information selected by a user, receives setting values of the copy job corresponding to the selected identification information, the setting values being transmitted from the information processing apparatus in response to the notification, determines whether the image forming apparatus is capable of executing the copy job based upon the setting values, and outputs the result of the determination.12-08-2011
20110299112CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR PROCESSING DOCUMENT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SAME - A front-end processing unit provided in a document processing system receives a request in relation to document processing from an image forming apparatus, and produces a divided job by dividing the document processing job into a unit capable of parallel processing in response to the received request details. The front-end processing unit determines an execution order for each of the divided jobs, and then stores the divided jobs in a plurality of queues. The back-end processing unit obtains a divided job from the queue according to the determined execution order of divided jobs, and executes document processing by executing the obtained divided job, and then returns the document processing result to the image forming apparatus.12-08-2011
20110299111PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING METHOD - An image forming apparatus which configures a printing system in which a server, comprises: a generation unit configured to generate, as plug-in information, information that associates a user interface provided by the image forming apparatus with the application provided by a server; a holding unit configured to hold the generated plug-in information; a sending unit configured to send the plug-in information to the information processing apparatus when the plug-in information has not been registered in an information processing apparatus; and a providing unit configured, when direct printing is designated, to provide, as the user interface to the information processing apparatus based on the plug-in information held by the holding unit, a direct print screen for accepting a print setting corresponding to the application that has generated print data to be printed.12-08-2011
20090201545FACSIMILE TRANSFERRING SYSTEM - A facsimile transferring system is supplied capable of preventing a paper on which facsimile data transferred from his/her work place is printed from leaving as it is at a place where the destination person does not exist. In the system, an entering/leaving room managing equipment and a facsimile apparatus are furnished at plural places respectively; and a transfer/notification processing server transfers received facsimile data to one of the facsimile apparatus on the basis of entering/leaving room management information, wherein the transfer/notification processing server includes a destination person whereabouts managing section that specifies a whereabouts place of destination person of the received facsimile data on the basis of entering/leaving room management information, and a facsimile apparatus controlling section that transfers the received facsimile data to the facsimile apparatus furnished at the whereabouts place of the destination person on the basis of a control of the destination person whereabouts managing section.08-13-2009
20090201530PRINT JOB SEPARATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - An apparatus and method are disclosed for separating print jobs. Print jobs may be separated by alternating between outputting entire print jobs in straight and askew orientations. Print jobs may also be separated by outputting jobs in a straight orientation and outputting a separator page between each print job in an askew orientation. In one embodiment, separator pages may be input from a specified input tray that may contain sheets of a different color than that used for print jobs.08-13-2009
20090201527Operations panel and image forming apparatus - An operations panel is disclosed that comprises plural operations blocks attached to a main body of an electronic apparatus; a selection information output unit that outputs a selection information item indicating a selection item selected in the operations block; a display operations block that is removably attachable to the main body, including a display unit that shows display selection items used for selecting operational functions, a selection detecting unit that detects the selected display selection item, and a display control unit that causes the display unit to show the selection items corresponding to the operations blocks together with the display selection item when the display operations block is removed from the main body; and a selection information retrieving unit that retrieves, as the selection information item, a selection result detected by the selection detecting unit of the display operations block removed from the main body.08-13-2009
20090128843Application-based profiles of printer driver settings - A method for managing printer driver settings using application-based profiles, comprising: applying the print settings for the application using application-profile name table and print settings table, and applying selective lock-in print settings process based on the user's administrative privilege status.05-21-2009
20110292434MULTIPLE SHEET MEDIA PICK DETECTION - Methods and apparatus pertaining to scanning or copying documents are provided. Sheet media are individually transported away from an input location. Optical scanning of the sheet media is initiated in accordance with detecting the passage of leading edges of the sheet media. Electronic signals resulting from the scanning are automatically analyzed to detect trailing edges of overlapping sheet media. A user notification is issued if a multiple sheet pick event is detected. A user can resume scanning or copying of a multiple sheet document at the location where the multiple sheet pick occurred.12-01-2011
20110292437METHOD FOR PRINTING A SET OF IMAGES - Methods for operating a printer are provided. In one aspect, a method has the steps of receiving image data and production data for printing a set of images with each image having a defined size and shape, determining a finishing configuration of a finishing system; and determining a priority setting between an output rate priority and an efficiency priority. The images are organized for printing on the receiver in the defined sizes and shapes based upon the determined priority and the finishing configuration and the images are printed on the receiver as organized. The receiver is finished to provide prints of the images each having the defined size and shape for that image.12-01-2011
20080204803PRINTER FOR COMMUNICATING COMMANDS WITH HOST DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAID PRINTER - Provided is a printer which receives inquiry information relating to the print setting sent from a host devices sends to the host device reply information based on its characteristic information in response to the received inquiry information, receives print setting information sent from the host device based on the reply information, requests print object data to the host device in accordance with the received print setting information, receiving the print object data sent from the host device in accordance to the request, and prints the received print object data. Thereby, the present invention enables a host device to make a printer print document data in the host device without requiring conventional printer drivers.08-28-2008
20110141517PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM - Disclosed is a printing system in which any one of plural printers implements a print job outputted by a print instructing apparatus, without employing an exclusive apparatus that controls the plurality of printers so as to determine a processing destination printer. The printer serving as one of the plural printers acquires a print job stored in a storage device and is capable of implementing the print job. The storage device stores the print job received from the print instructing apparatus, therein, and receives accesses from the plural printers. The printer includes: a detecting section to access to the storage device so as to detect the print job stored in the storage device; an acquiring section to acquire the print job detected by the detecting section from the storage device; and a processing section to implement the print job acquired by the acquiring section.06-16-2011
20110141516DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - A method for transferring image data to be transferred is switched depending on whether print setting is performed to image data transferred from a data processing apparatus. The the control method includes performing print setting to image data to be transferred to the image forming apparatus, determining whether the print setting is performed to the image data according as the data processing apparatus becomes communicable with the image forming apparatus, and controlling the data processing apparatus to transmit the image data and the print setting to the image forming apparatus in a case where it is determined that the print setting is performed, and transmit the image data to be printed according to the print setting set by the image forming apparatus to the image forming apparatus in a case where it is determined that the print setting is not performed.06-16-2011
20110141515IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The invention provides an image forming apparatus comprising: a combining unit configured to combine an image data and a form image page-by-page; an image forming unit configured to make the image combined by the combining unit to be formed using a print unit for forming the image data and a print unit for forming the form image; an obtaining unit configured to obtain the number of pages of the form image stored in the storage unit; and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not formation of the same number of images as the number of pages of the form image obtained by the obtaining unit has been finished, wherein the image forming unit stops the print unit for forming the form image after the determination unit determines that formation of the same number of images as the number of pages of the form image has been finished.06-16-2011
20110141510SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT ROUTING OF SCAN FILES - The subject application is directed to a system and method for intelligent routing of scan files. Scan data is received from a scan of an associated tangible document from a scanner and character data is extracted via optical character recognition. Data corresponding to a plurality of preselected character sets is stored in memory, each character set associated with at least one routing option set, each routing option set including at least one data routing option stored associatively therewith. Extracted character data is compared to the character sets so as to output at least one corresponding routing option. At least one visual element corresponding to the routing option is displayed on a display and selection data corresponding to the displayed element is received from a user via a user input. A selected routing option received from the associated user is isolated and the scan data is routed to a destination in accordance with received selection data.06-16-2011
20110141513DOCUMENT USE MANAGING SYSTEM, DOCUMENT USE MANAGEMENT METHOD, TEMPORARY USE LICENSE ISSUING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT USING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A temporary use license issuing apparatus includes a communicating unit, an instruction receiving unit, and an issuing unit. The communicating unit communicates with a document use managing apparatus storing pieces of management information prescribing scopes of operation authority of respective users over documents and manages users' operations on documents according to the pieces of management information. The instruction receiving unit receives, from a user, an instruction to issue a temporary use license for a document. The issuing unit issues the temporary use license containing document identification information of the document to which the issuance instruction is directed, and operation authority information indicating a scope of operation authority over the document, the operation authority indicated by the operation authority information being within a scope of the operation authority of the user over the document which is prescribed by the management information.06-16-2011
20110141512MEDIA ACCESS CONTROL ADDRESS INSTALLATION FOR TANDEM PRINT ENGINE CONFIGURATIONS - The present disclosure provides a method of assigning media access control (MAC) addresses to image paths for a printing system. The method comprises: initializing a MAC address to each image path board in the printing system wherein the printing system includes at least two print engines each having an image path board; 06-16-2011
20110141511Printer Settings Customization Mechanism - A method disclosed. The method includes receiving printer settings from a plurality of printers, generating one or more settings profiles based upon the received printer settings; downloading a settings profile to a new printer upon installation; and customizing a graphical user interface (GUI) based upon the downloaded settings profile.06-16-2011
20110292445IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image processing apparatus includes a near field communication (NFC) unit that establishes, when a portable terminal device comes near the NFC unit, wireless communication with the portable terminal device; a short-range communication unit that has a larger wireless communication coverage than that of the NFC unit, establishes, after the wireless communication has been established and connection setting information has been received via the NFC unit, wireless communication with the portable terminal device by using the connection setting information; a data processing unit that performs data processing on data received via the short-range communication unit; a printer unit that prints out the processed data; and a control unit that controls, when the data received via the short-range communication unit is determined to contain data about image processing control, processing performed by the data processing unit or the printer unit in accordance with the data about image processing control.12-01-2011
20110292443IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including an image forming unit which executes a predetermined image forming process to a paper, a control section which controls so as to receive reservations of a plurality of jobs, so as to execute the plurality of jobs in a predetermined order and to make the image forming unit carry out the image forming process to the paper in each predetermined interval, so as to continuously executed the plurality of jobs without interrupting the image forming process in each predetermined interval, so as to stop the image forming process in each predetermined interval until a reserved job be in a state where the image forming process is startable when a predetermined continuous execution not-feasible condition is met when starting an execution of the reserved job and a display section which displays an execution order of the plurality of jobs which are received by the control section so as to be specified.12-01-2011
20110292442PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, STORAGE APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD - An image forming apparatus which configures a printing system includes an application server which has a function of editing and storing document data, and provides the document data in response to a request; the image forming apparatus having a plurality of functions including a printing function; a data generation apparatus which generates, from the document data, print data printable by the image forming apparatus; and a storage apparatus which stores data having undergone processing by the image forming apparatus, the apparatuses being communicable with each other via a network, comprising: recording unit configured to record, as difference data, a setting difference upon setting change of print data; and transmission unit configured to execute processing for the print data, and transmitting a completion notification of the processing together with the difference data.12-01-2011
20110292441IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND SETTING AUTOMATION METHOD - An image reading apparatus includes a paper type sensor that detects a paper type of paper, a control unit, and a reading unit that performs an image reading. The control unit includes a mode setting unit that sets a mode of the image reading performed by the reading unit based on the paper type detected by the paper type sensor.12-01-2011
20110292440PRINTING CONTROL DEVICE, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A printing control device includes a web page data acquiring portion configured to acquire web page data of a prescribed web page from the web server and a display configured to display the prescribed web page. The printing control device further includes an extraction portion configured to extract data for constituting a duplication object. The printing control device still further includes a print data creation portion configured to create print data for forming at least two duplicated images of the duplication object based on the extracted data. Moreover, the printing control device includes a printing instruction portion configured to instruct the printing unit to form an image on the recording medium based on the created print data.12-01-2011
20110292435PRINTER WITH IN-LINE SCANNER - A printing apparatus for variable pre-printed stock comprises storage for customer data, a variety of different pre-printed stocks, printer trays for holding the pre-printed stocks, a scanner for scanning the printed area of each of the pre-printed stocks and for producing tray stock information identifying each of the pre-printed stocks, storage for electronic customer orders, each electronic customer order including one or more of the customer data and selection data for one or more of the pre-printed stocks, a controller for receiving the tray stock information and the electronic customer orders, for matching the tray stock information to the electronic customer orders to produce a match between each pre-printed stock and corresponding tray stock information and for producing print instructions for the match, and a printer for receiving the print instructions and for printing the customer data corresponding to the match onto the matched pre-printed stock.12-01-2011
20110292433PRINT WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT - A method for managing print workflow performed by a physical computing system includes, with an add-on application executed by the physical computing system, interfacing with a printing-capable application executed by the physical computing system; with the add-on application, interfacing with hardware components of a printing device; and with the add-on application, providing additional printing related functionality to the printing-capable application.12-01-2011
20130215469SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SCANNING - A scan request is received. In response, a command is sent to an image scanner to scan media. A scanned image of the media is received from the image scanner according to the command.08-22-2013
20090027716MULTI-HEAD PRESS DATA DELIVERY RATE CONTROL - In a printing method and systems, segments of a first print job are distributed to respective downstream processors and are processed to provide printable frames, which are stored in respective print queues. Each print queue supplies a respective one or more printheads. The printable frames are sequentially printed on a continuously transported receiver. A maximum printing duration of each of the print queues is computed periodically during the printing. The transport speed is regulated to trend the maximum printing durations toward a predetermined baseline. The sending of a second print job to the downstream processors is delayed, while processing of the first print job is completed. The delaying is counter to the regulating and reduces the print queues of the first print job non-uniformly relative to the baseline.01-29-2009
20110292439Image processing apparatus and Image Processing method - An image processing apparatus includes a first determination part that determines whether an image in which a feature image is embedded is to be modified when the image is printed, based on the image and a state of the image processing apparatus; and a second determination part that determines a condition for avoiding the modification determined by the first determination part.12-01-2011
20110292436METHOD FOR SELECTING ONE OF A PLURALITY OF PRINT MODES FOR PRINTING A DOCUMENT AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A method and a print apparatus are described. The method and the print apparatus allow for selecting from a plurality of print modes a print mode for a whole page of a document to be printed dependent on a print material coverage of the whole page of the document to be printed.12-01-2011
20110199644IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - An image forming system has an image forming apparatus which has a printing unit which can perform a printing process of data of a storage unit which can store data of a plurality of jobs and which has a conveying unit which can convey a sheet from the print unit to a sheet processing device which can perform sheet processing, including at least a gluing process, for sheets from the printing unit, the system comprising: a controller adapted to permit a predetermined process related to the gluing process when the job to be processed is a job which meets a predetermined condition, and to inhibit the predetermined process related to the gluing process when the job to be processed is not a job which meets the predetermined condition, thereby overcoming obstacles to realization of an image forming system capable of a gluing process.08-18-2011
20110299116PRINT INSTRUCTION DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINT INSTRUCTION METHOD - According to one embodiment, there is provided a print instruction device including an acquisition section, a calculation section, a display section, and a transmission section. The acquisition section acquires recommended setting corresponding to user information from an image forming apparatus. The calculation section calculates the amount of consumption of the Quota value by a print process according to the recommended setting that the acquisition section acquired from the image forming apparatus. The display section displays the recommended setting acquired by the acquisition section and the amount of the Quota value consumed by the print process according to the recommended setting, calculated by the calculation section. The transmission section transmits print data including a print setting content instructed by a user to the image forming apparatus after the recommended setting is displayed on the display section.12-08-2011
20100277765INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - The present invention realizes a network printing system capable of accumulating and chasing printed data. Further, by providing a job chasing function on the printer driver side, detailed setting can be done to extract history information of the job chasing function. The detailed setting to extract history information to chase a job can be done only by a specific administrator or user so that the job can be reliably chased, whereas the administrator or user can obtain desired history information. Accordingly, a precise jog chasing system can be established.11-04-2010
20100284035METHOD OF STORING PRINT DATA, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM TO PERFORM THE METHOD - A method of storing print data, the method including selecting storage of the print data, receiving user identification information corresponding to the print data, certifying the user identification information by using user identification information that is stored in the image forming apparatus in advance, determining whether at least one document box corresponding to the user identification information exists in the image forming apparatus, and storing the print data in the at least one document box.11-11-2010
20090103124IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MOBILE DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - This invention further improves the operability of a mobile device by changing the operation screen of the mobile device in accordance with the operation status of the mobile device or that of an image forming apparatus in a communicable state when the mobile device and image forming apparatus become communicable with each other. When it is detected that the mobile device exists within a range of a predetermined short distance, status information is acquired from the mobile device to determine whether a file is selected in the operation screen of the mobile device. Information which designates an operation screen to be displayed on the mobile device is transmitted on the basis of the determination result.04-23-2009
20090103128JOB PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - It is confirmed whether or not a job that instructs the execution of multiple processes using the XML language includes a process that cannot be executed by a job processing unit, and in the case where it has been confirmed that the job includes a process that cannot be executed by the job processing unit, the job processing unit is caused to execute a process that the job processing unit is capable of executing from among the multiple processes. Processes that cannot be executed by the job processing unit are ignored, cancelled, or processed according to a pre-set specification.04-23-2009
20090168103Information Processing Device, Information Processing Method and Computer-Readable Record Medium - An information processing device equipped with a data generating unit which generates print data from original data based on setting information (information on parameters which are selected in regard to multiple setting items, respectively) comprises an object generating unit which generates an object corresponding to possible setting information and a display control unit which makes a display unit display the objects which have been generated by the object generating unit while relatively increasing display level of relevant objects (objects relevant to an application that generated the original data) compared to other objects.07-02-2009
20080212132IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes an image reading unit that reads an image, the image comprising an image printed on a printing sheet, and a first demarcation line added by a writing tool and demarcating a region of the image, a demarcation line extracting unit that extracts the first demarcation line from the image read by the image reading unit, and an image extracting unit that extracts the region of the image demarcated by the first demarcation line from the image as an extracted image.09-04-2008
20080239388Information processing apparatus and computer usable medium therefor - An information processing apparatus having a request receiving unit to receive a request issued from a client device for event information, a destination device determining unit to determine the client device which issued the request as a destination device of the event information, a destination device information storing unit to store first destination device information which specifies the destination device, an event information providing unit to provide the event information to the destination device according to the first destination device information, a first cancellation unit to invalidate the first destination device information when delivery of the event information failed, and a second cancellation unit to invalidate second destination device information, which specifies the identical destination device according to the removal of the first destination device information when the second destination device specifying the identical destination device is detected in the destination device information storing unit, is provided.10-02-2008
20090002746Apparatus For Communicating With A RFID Tag, Tape Cartridge And Tag Tape - There are included an antenna transmitting and receiving information through a radio communication with a RFID circuit element, a signal processing circuit and a transmission portion of a radio frequency circuit configured to execute write or read of information with respect to an IC circuit part of the RFID circuit element, a tape-feeding-roller drive shaft for feeding out a base tape from a first roll, a cutter configured to cut the base tape fed out by this tape-feeding-roller drive shaft to a predetermined length to produce a RFID label, a print head making a print in a predetermined print region of the base tape, and a control circuit configured to control this print head so as to be capable of being switched between the print in a forward direction and the print in a rotation direction inverting this forward direction with respect to a predetermined print region.01-01-2009
20090002760Method for Mobile and Pervasive Output - Pervasive output capability is provided so that an information apparatus can pervasively output digital content to an output device regardless of the processing power, display screen size and memory space of the information apparatus. This allows small mobile devices with limited display, processing power, and memory to be able to output a digital document (e.g., PDF, HTML, PowerPoint etc) in its full original richness, without resorting to downsizing, truncating, reducing, clipping or otherwise altering the original document. A data output service method for rendering at an output device output content managed from an information apparatus may include obtaining by wireless communication from the information apparatus at least part of a document object relating to the output content, obtaining at least part of an output device object with one or more attributes relating to the output device, and providing the document object and the output device object to a server application operated on a server that is distinct from the information apparatus and the output device, and generating with the server application output data relating to the output device. The output data may then be provided to the output device for rendering the output content as the data output service.01-01-2009
20090002759Information Processing System, Information Processing Unit, Control Method, Program and a Recording Medium - An information processing system includes a plurality of information processing units wirelessly communicating with each other, each of which includes a distribution data receiving section for receiving distribution data to be distributed to each of the information processing units from an information processing unit that has received the distribution data among the plurality of information processing units, a destination selection section for selecting an information processing unit that has not received the distribution data as a destination information processing unit for the distribution data from among the plurality of information processing units, and a distribution data sending section for sending the distribution data to the information processing unit selected by the destination selection section using a frequency band that is not used by another information processing unit while the other information processing unit is sending the distribution data to still another information processing unit.01-01-2009
20090002752PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - A printing control apparatus to store print data in a storage area from a print application and to send the print data to a print apparatus. The printing control apparatus includes a control unit to send, when a billing code is set in a first received print data, the print data to the print apparatus and to control, when no billing code is set in the first received print data, an order of the print data so that subsequent data is sent before (or instead of) the first received print data, a display control unit to display a list of the print data received from the print application, and a setting unit to select one or more print data from the list of the print data displayed by the display control unit to set a billing code according to input by a user. Related methods are also disclosed.01-01-2009
20090002745BI-DIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PRINTER AND CLIENT - A method of enabling bi-directional communication in a point and print (PnP) architecture between a printer and a client includes initiating a PnP installation to receive a printer component at the client from a printer server. The printer component is received at the client from the printer server and a spooler process is enabled on the client to load the printer components on the client. A new thread, which executes in the context of the spooler process such that the new thread inherits the system access token from the spooler process, is used to copy the printer component to the system folder on the client. From the new thread, the printer component is registered and executed from the system folder in an elevated system context.01-01-2009
20090002744Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing System, and Control Method Therefor - This invention uses a storage device more effectively than ever before to store image data in a predetermined storage device for future security chasing. A determination unit (01-01-2009
20080291483Method for Obtaining Status, Printer Driver and Information Processing Device - A method for obtaining a status is disclosed in which a server computer and a client computer connected to a network share a printer connected to the server computer, and the client computer enables two-way communication and obtains status information of the printer via the server computer without depending on an operating system.11-27-2008
20090279134Data Transmitting Apparatus, Data Transmitting Method, and Recording Medium Capable of Transmitting Image Data to Specific Destination by Simple Operation - A destination input screen is displayed, and it is determined whether a start button is depressed. If the start button is depressed, it is determined whether a destination is already input on the destination input screen. If the destination is input on the destination input screen before the start button is depressed, the input destination is set. A scan and transmission processing is executed. If the destination is not input on the destination input screen when the start button is depressed, a registered destination is set to the destination.11-12-2009
20100079799Media Processing Device, Control Method for a Media Processing Device, and a Control Program for a Media Processing Device - A media processing device and a control method therefor separate the control unit that detects state changes and the control unit that controls executing processes according to a state change. The media processing device has a label printer 04-01-2010
20100079798IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus which performs variable printing in accordance with print data containing a fixed object and a variable object determines whether the fixed object overlaps another fixed object. When the image processing apparatus determines that the fixed object overlaps the other fixed object, the image processing apparatus generates data by performing the first image forming processing to combine the fixed object and the other fixed object or the second image forming processing to process the fixed object or the other fixed object. The image processing apparatus stores the generated data. The image processing apparatus extracts the stored data, combines it with the variable object to generate print data, and outputs the print data.04-01-2010
20100079793SYSTEM, SERVER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention provides a server which distributes firmware to an image forming apparatus, the server including a determination unit configured to determine whether the firmware distributed to the image forming apparatus is released now, and a transmission unit configured to, when the firmware determined by the determination unit not to be released now has not been applied to the image forming apparatus, transmit instruction information containing an instruction to prevent application of the firmware to the image forming apparatus, and when the firmware determined by the determination unit not to be released now has been applied to the image forming apparatus, transmit instruction information containing an instruction to obtain either of alternative firmware and downgrade firmware to the firmware and apply the obtained firmware.04-01-2010
20100328709SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE, SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A supply control device includes: a deciding unit that decides an order of plural containers that supply recording media to an image-forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium; a specifying unit that specifies one of the plural containers; a determining unit that determines for each of the plural containers whether recording media stored in the container are available for forming an image, in the order decided by the deciding unit, in which the container specified by the specifying unit is set as a starting point; and a supply unit that retrieves a recording medium from a container whose recording media have been determined by the determining unit to be available for forming an image, and supplies the recording medium to the image-forming unit.12-30-2010
20100265541Output Instruction Apparatus and Output Instruction Program - A computer readable recording medium storing an output instruction program for giving output instructions to multiple types of devices, wherein the output instruction program causes a computer to function as a control section which: displays an output setting screen divided into a common setting area for setting a common items common to the multiple types of devices, and an individual setting area for each device type for setting individual items set for each device type, when the output setting screen for setting an output conditions for the multiple types of devices is displayed on the display section; and, generates the output setting information which applies the output conditions set in the common setting area to all the device types, and applies the output conditions set in the individual setting area of each device type to the each device type.10-21-2010
20100265540PRINTING SYSTEM, SCREEN GENERATION METHOD OF USER INTERFACE OF PRINTER DRIVER EXECUTED IN PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus and print control apparatus acquire apparatus information required to specify each other's apparatuses by exchanging them. An information processing apparatus determines with reference to a database which stores data to be set in a printer driver and information indicating acquisition source of the data in association with each other whether data to be set in the printer driver is acquired from the printing apparatus or print control apparatus. The information processing apparatus acquires data from the determined printing apparatus or print control apparatus and causes the acquired data to be reflected in the settings of the printer driver.10-21-2010
20100265537PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS (PCI-E) SIGNAL TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A PCI-E signal transmission apparatus and an image forming apparatus using the same are provided. The PCI-E signal transmission apparatus includes a controller board, and at least one unit board which is connected to the controller board through a differential signal transmission cable, which uses a PCI-E protocol, to transceive data. Therefore, it is possible to transmit a signal using an inexpensive cable at a high speed.10-21-2010
20100265535METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING GREETING CARDS DISTRIBUTED WITH ELECTRONIC COMMERCE TRANSACTIONS AS PICK TICKETS - A method, system and apparatus enables on-line selection and personalization of greeting cards over a computer network. The printed personalized greeting card can be shipped alone, or in conjunction other items as a single entity, and serves as any of: 1) a direct source of information for generating a shipping label or an intermediate document used for matching/picking multiple items, 2) as a reference to a file containing data defining the shipping label or packing list used for matching/picking multiple items, 3) as the source of information for generating any of a gift card, gift certificate or addressed envelope that is matched/packaged with the card, 4) as a reference to a data file containing information for enabling generation of a gift card or gift certificate that is matched/packaged with the card, and/or 5) as the actual medium on which the recipient/shipping address is printed.10-21-2010
20100265533IMAGE TRANSMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF TRANSMITTING IMAGE - An image transmitting device for transmitting an image from an image source device to an image output device includes a second connecting interface, an image receiver, a first memory, a wireless transmitter, a processor, and a switch. The image source device includes a first connecting interface, and the image output device includes a wireless receiver. The second connecting interface is connected to the first connecting interface by a cable. The image receiver is used for receiving the image from the image source device. The first memory is used for storing the image received by the image receiver. The wireless transmitter is used for communicating with the wireless receiver and for transmitting the image from the first memory to the image output device. The switch is used for switching on or off the second connecting interface and for driving the processor to switch on or off the image receiver.10-21-2010
20110007353IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A disclosed image forming apparatus includes a filter detection part that detects the filter when the external medium is connected; a filter identification information obtaining part that obtains filter identification information that identifies a filter set by a user from filter setting information when print data subject to printing is received, wherein the filter setting information regarding the filter is added to the print data; a first output part that outputs the print data to the filter via the input/output interface, in accordance with the filter identification information; an input part that inputs the print data on which a predetermined process has been carried out by the filter via the input/output interface; and a second output part that outputs the print data on which the predetermined process has been carried out by the filter to a page description language module.01-13-2011
20110007355APPARATUS, METHOD, SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING PRINT STATUS - According to one embodiment, a print status setting apparatus includes a unit configured to display a print setting screen for acquiring a print status of a document, a unit configured to acquire a print status set value via the print setting screen, a unit configured to generate, from the print status set value, first print information represented by a language used by a printing apparatus for print processing, a unit configured to display, on the basis of the first print information, a preview screen to change a print status for each of pages, a unit configured to acquire a print status change set value to change the print status for each of the pages, a unit configured to generate second print information obtained by changing the first print information with the print status change set value applied thereto, and a unit configured to output the second print information.01-13-2011
20110007345Mechanism for Synchronizing Documents for Multi-Print Processing - A printing system is disclosed. The printing system includes a first printer to print a first type of data to a medium and to print machine readable data on the medium including a unique identifier (ID), a database to store variable data information associated with the ID and a second printer to read the barcode to acquire the ID, retrieve the variable data from the database using the ID and print the variable data to the medium.01-13-2011
20110007342NETWORK BASED PRINT DRIVER CONFIGURATION - What is disclosed is a novel system and method for configuring a client print queue in a networked printing environment. In one embodiment, a client print queue corresponding to a server print queue is initialized on a client device. The server print queue is configured with a default location of a configuration file that contains at least one print queue configuration parameter. In response to a command at the client device to utilize the client print queue, the client device receives the default location of the configuration file and retrieves at least one print queue configuration parameter from the configuration file. The client print queue is then configured, also in response to the command at the client device to utilize the client print queue, according to the retrieved at least one print queue configuration parameter.01-13-2011
20090190171APPROVAL WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An approval workflow management system capable of preventing a mismatch from being caused between a document of which the contents have been confirmed for approval, and an electronic document stored in a file server, for approval, thereby enhancing the reliability of an approval workflow. The approval workflow system is formed by connecting client computers, MFPs, a file server, and an approval information management server to a network. When an MFP receives a request for printing a file, from the client computer, the MFP requests the file server to restrict editing the file, and the approval information management to approve the file. When the approval information management server notifies the MFP that approval of the file has been successful, the MFP requests the file server to cancel restriction of editing the file.07-30-2009
20090161145SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REPRODUCING AN IMAGE USING A MULTI-FUNCTION PERIPHERAL (MFP) - System and method for reproducing an image using a multi-function peripheral (MFP) is disclosed. In one aspect, the method comprises receiving a source page at a MFP, wherein at least a portion of the source page is to be reproduced. The method further comprises displaying an editable electronic image of the source page in a display of the MFP along with a measuring element indicating the size of the editable image.06-25-2009
20100079806Image forming device, image forming system and image forming method - An image forming device includes an image forming unit in communication with a printing data memory unit and configured to print first and second printing data on a front side of a recording medium, and a recording medium re-feeding mechanism unit configured to re-feed the recording medium to the image forming unit to enable the image forming unit to over-print one of the first printing data and the second printing data on the front side of the recording medium at the image forming unit.04-01-2010
20100033760INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A information processing apparatus includes a transmission unit configured to transmit data to the outside based on a set transmission address, a reception-unit configured to receive address data for setting the transmission address from an information terminal via a communication medium, and a display unit configured to display, when the address data received by the reception unit contains a plurality of addresses, a selection screen for prompting a user to select an address to be set as the transmission address among the plurality of addresses according to reception of the address data, and a setting unit configured to set, when a number of addresses contained in the address data received by the reception unit is one, the address as the transmission address without displaying the selection screen.02-11-2010
20100033757Image Processing Device, Print Data Generating Method, and Recording Medium - Provided is a print data generation method of generating print data, which is described by a predetermined printer description language and used in a predetermined printing apparatus, by using an image processing device. The method includes receiving first print data, which is described by the predetermined printer description language and generated by a device driver used for printing of the printing apparatus, from the device driver. In addition, the method also includes generating second print data, which is obtained by processing image correspondence data as data corresponding to at least portion of an image part of the received first print data.02-11-2010
20100033756Image communication apparatus, image communication method, and computer program product - An image-data receiving unit receives image data from other image communication apparatus. A storing unit stores therein the image data. An output unit outputs the image data stored in the storing unit. A reading unit reads the image data output by the output unit. An extracting unit extracts a difference between the image data read by the reading unit and the image data stored in the storing unit. A determining unit determines whether the difference extracted by the extracting unit satisfies a predetermined condition. A control unit controls a transmission of a message to other image communication apparatus based on a result of determination by the determining unit.02-11-2010
20100033755Image forming apparatus, image processing apparatus, and image forming system - An image forming apparatus and an image processing apparatus form N copies of image data that fit a single physical page of print medium. A data receiving section receives print data from an external apparatus. An image reducing section produces a first item of image data based on the print data by reducing a size of an image that corresponds to the print data by a factor of N, N being an integer greater than 1. An image data producing section produces a second item of image data containing N copies of the first item of image data, the N copies of image data fitting a single physical page of print medium. An image printing section prints the second item of image data on the single physical page of print medium.02-11-2010
20100033754Layout print system, method for viewing layout document, and program product - There is provided a layout print system including a storage storing electronic data sets having unique document IDs, and a printing image generating apparatus generating printing image data based on the stored electronic data sets. The printing image generating apparatus includes an acquisition section acquiring the electronic data sets, an identification section identifying a document form type for the electronic data sets, a weight value determination section determining weight values for the electronic data sets, and a printing image generating section generating a printing image data by arranging the electronic data sets on a layout template based on the weight values and attaching identification information to the electronic data sets. The layout print system further includes a printer printing the printing image data, and a display apparatus including an information identification reader reading the identification information on a printing medium and displaying a desired one of the electronic data sets.02-11-2010
20080309970IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus capable of outputting image data by a plurality of output methods includes storing image data, managing output restriction information corresponding to a predetermined region of the stored image data, executing output restriction processing of the image data corresponding to the predetermined region based on the output restriction information of one of the plurality of output methods, selecting one of the plurality of output methods when the image data is output, and outputting the image data on which the output restriction processing is executed by the selected output method.12-18-2008
20090296141PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING REAL-TIME COMMAND USING THE PRINTING APPARATUS - There are provided a printing apparatus and a method for processing real-time commands using the same. The printing apparatus is able to be stably operated without any mechanical troubles such as degraded performance of the printing apparatus, which are caused when real-time commands are analyzed and processed on a receive interrupt routine, by detecting real-time commands from data transmitted from the host computer, separately storing the detected real-time commands in a real-time command buffer and processing the stored real-time commands in preference to the other data.12-03-2009
20100033763COMPUTER NETWORK SCANNING - A computer network scanning system and method for fulfilling a scan order using at least one scanner node on a computer network. The computer network scanning includes at least one computer terminal adapted to receive input for the creation of the scan order, at least one order entry server computer configured to create and distribute the scan order, and at least one scanner node, each scanner node configured to process scan orders set to or received by the scanner node. The computer network scanning method includes the steps of creating a can order, submitting he scan order to a scanner node, processing he scan order at the scanner node, and updating the computer network scanning system of the completion of the scan order.02-11-2010
20100033761PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS - Upon designating bookbinding print, preview images are displayed in a layout after bookbinding. When “store” of intermediate data is designated in a print process, a spooler (02-11-2010
20100033758IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming system wherein, when there is an instruction to print a plurality of copies of the same image, a plurality of copies to be printed are allocated to each of a plurality of printers and distributed printing is performed, with this image forming system including a distributed print control device wherein, if it has been determined that confirmation printing in which each of a plurality of image forming apparatus prints only one copy cannot be performed normally in at least one of the printers, a plurality of copies to be printed are allocated to each of the printers having been determined to have performed normal confirmation printing, out of a plurality of printers, whereby distributed printing is performed.02-11-2010
20100033753SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE REDACTION OF SCANNED DOCUMENTS - The subject application is directed to a system and method for selective redaction of scanned documents. A tangible document is scanned so as to generate electronic image data, and an image of the tangible document is generated on an associated touch screen display in accordance with the electronic image data. Tactile input is received on a first area of the touch screen corresponding to a first perimeter portion of a selected redaction boundary area and on a second area of the touch screen corresponding to a second perimeter portion of the selected redaction boundary area. Image data is then obfuscated corresponding to the selected redaction boundary area. The touch screen display is updated such that image data is hidden in the selected redaction boundary area, and image data inclusive of obfuscated image data in the selected redaction boundary area is stored in an associated memory.02-11-2010
20120062951PRINTER AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An input unit inputs RAW data. An image generating unit generates an image from the RAW data using a demosaicking processing. A print unit that prints the image.03-15-2012
20120062946PRINT SERVER, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, CLIENT TERMINAL, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A print server comprises: a list request receiving unit configured to receive, from a client terminal, a printer list request containing information indicating a printer capable of printing; an acquisition unit configured to send a request to a printer to acquire a status indicating whether the printer can print, thereby acquiring the status; and a sending unit configured to send, to the client terminal that has sent the printer list request, printer list data described in a format for display on a Web browser of the client terminal using the status of the printer that has been acquired by the acquisition unit, wherein when the acquisition unit cannot acquire the status of the printer, the sending unit sends the printer list data containing a command which allows the Web browser of the client terminal to inquire a status of a printer whose status cannot be acquired.03-15-2012
20090279120PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDICATING THE PRINT STATUS OF AT LEAST ONE IMAGE OF A PRINT SEQUENCE - A printing system and method are provided for indicating the print status of a print job, including the print status of individual images of a print sequence having a plurality of images. The printing system and method provide for a printer and a computing device adapted to be connected to each other in order for the computing device to generate and transmit the print sequence having at least one image to the printer for printing thereof. The printing system and method further provide for a display for displaying the at least one image of the print sequence via at least one user interface. The at least one user interface is configured for displaying at least one identifier identifying the print status of the at least one image. The at least one user interface displays the at least one image of the print sequence as a plurality of thumbnails.11-12-2009
20100091318SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTIPLE QUEUE OPTIONS FOR A SINGLE LOGICAL PRINTER - Systems and methods for managing multiple spool options for a single printer. A spool option is associated with a print job. The spool option specifies whether the associated print job is ready to print or specifies a scheduled time to print the print job. The print job and its associated spool option are sent to a single logical printer defined in the system. The print job is queued in a queue based on the spool option. In an exemplary embodiment, a first queue is used for print jobs that are ready to be printed and second queue is used for print jobs having spool option specifying a scheduled time to print. Both queues are managed by job spooler functions associated with a single printer in the computing system to eliminate the problems of defining multiple logical printers for different queuing/spool options.04-15-2010
20100091320Front Panel Display Recordation - A system and method are provided for printing a screenshot displayed on a multifunctional peripheral (MFP) front panel. At an MFP front panel display, the method presents a screenshot, and an MFP processing unit stores the screenshot in a tangible memory medium. In response to recording a print screen command at a front panel user interface (UI), the MFP processing unit extracts the screenshot from memory and converts the extracted screenshot into a cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black) (CMYK) printable format recognized by a print engine. Then, an MFP print engine prints a screenshot hardcopy.04-15-2010
20100091322IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus and image forming method therefor, the image forming apparatus including: a communication interface to receive an XML paper specification (XPS) file; an XPS emulator unit to replace redundancy of the received XPS file with a parsing object and to render the XPS file in which the redundancy has been replaced; and a controller to output the rendered XPS file. Accordingly, resources used to output the XPS file are reduced.04-15-2010
20100091324PRINTING SETTING APPLICATION PROGRAM, PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM, PRINTING SETTING APPLICATION APPARATUS, AND PRINT SETTING APPLICATION METHOD - A print setting display device includes: a print job data acquiring section which acquires print job data representing printing targets classified in accordance with a plurality of classification units; and a print setting acquiring section which acquires setting completion information representing print settings corresponding to the classification units; and a display control section which allows a predetermined display unit to display information representing the printing targets, the classification units, and the setting completion information.04-15-2010
20100091325FIELD DATA CENTER - The present invention provides, among other features, a device and method for removably enclosing other devices. This device is ruggedized and mobile while also providing protection to the other devices from harsh conditions. Further, this device may integrate and/or contain electronics capable of providing power to other devices. The power components should be able to receive power from an AC or DC source and output, to one or more devices, AC and/or DC. This device is adapted for use in the agricultural harvesting process.04-15-2010
20100091326Printing System, and Printing Method and Recording Medium - A printing system is provided which includes a printer, a job control section that supplies print job data to the printer, and a determination section that determines whether to execute printing of the print job data. In the printing system, the job control section generates determination information, which is information relating to printing the print job data, before the print job data are supplied to the printer. In the printing system, the determination section determines whether to execute printing of the print job data depending on the determination information and information relating to the status of the printer. In the printing system, the job control section supplies the print job data to the printer, when the determination result shows that the printing is possible.04-15-2010
20100091328Printing Apparatus, Data Storage Medium, Interface Device, Printer Control Method, And Interface Control Method - An interface device backs up printer settings and operating history data of printer so that the settings and history data can be easily restored. A nonvolatile memory 04-15-2010
20100091329COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - This invention provides a first communication apparatus, which makes a facsimile communication via a packet communication network and can describe different contents image header information each including a date, time, source information, destination information, and the like in image data having a predetermined number of pixels upon sending the image data to a plurality of destinations, and a communication method. This invention also provides a second communication apparatus which makes a facsimile communication via a packet communication network and has a first mode in which image header information such as a date, time, source information, destination information, and the like can be described in image data having a predetermined number of pixels and can send the image data, and a second mode in which image data having one of various resolutions and an indefinite number of pixels can be sent.04-15-2010
20090195827RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A radio communication device and multifunction device are provided. The radio communication device includes a radio communicating unit which receives data according to a radio communication method using one of a plurality of radio channels provided in a frequency band and changes the radio channel according to a period; a data processing unit which performs processing using the data; a communication status determining unit which determines, for each channel, whether a communication status of the radio channel is good; a ratio changing unit which changes a ratio of setting a good channel whose communication status is determined as good, and a ratio of setting a not-good channel whose communication status is determined as not-good; and a setting unit which sets either the good channel or the not-good channel as the radio channel in the radio communication method according to the ratios changed by the ratio changing unit.08-06-2009
20090195821IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND MEDIUM STORING AN IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM THEREOF - An image forming apparatus for storing document data for which output setting data is set comprises an acquisition unit configured to acquire device configuration information of the image forming apparatus and device configuration information of a print post-processing apparatus which is connected to the image forming apparatus and has a paper transport path not connected to the image forming apparatus; a change unit configured to change the output setting data of the stored document data using the device configuration information acquired by the acquisition unit; and a processing unit configured to process the document data using the output setting data changed by the change unit.08-06-2009
20090195812Printing information service system and method based on RFID technology - A printing information service system and a method of providing printing information, based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The system and method retrieve a printing status of a user of a printer, locate the user from among users each having a RFID card by determining whether personal identification information stored in the RFID card of the user is acquired depending on a communicating distance between the RFID reader equipped in the printer and the RFID card of the user, and provide information by displaying the printing status of the user identified by the personal identification information, on the printer, when the personal identification information is acquired as a result of the determining. The system and method provide printing information to different locations of the user, and individually informs the print completion status, thus greatly improving the convenience of printing by the user.08-06-2009
20090296139Selection of image data for output - Either image data or image generation record information is analyzed to determine an image quality parameter relating to image quality, and an output target decision regarding selection of image data as an output target is performed on the basis of the image quality parameter.12-03-2009
20110216368APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR EDITING IMAGES FOR A PHOTO ALBUM - For generating photo albums on events such as weddings, the photo albums can always be generated in the same quality. A professional photographer photographs the bride and groom on a wedding. Images are read from a developed film and stored in a file server. A template used for generating a photo album is added with composition information representing composition of images to be inserted in image insertion areas therein. When an operator selects one of the images to be inserted in any one of the image insertion areas with reference to an editing screen having a catalog display field and a template display field, processing information representing a magnification ratio and/or a trimming position is generated based on the composition information so that the selected image has the composition appropriate for the image insertion area. The selected image is processed according to the processing information.09-08-2011
20110216367Method and Apparatus for Providing Backup Font Support for Missing Device Glyphs - The present invention provides a method and apparatus in a data processing system for printing characters. Data received includes glyphs for output on an output device, wherein the glyphs are to be output using a selected device font. Monitoring for unsupported glyphs in the selected device font is performed. In response to detecting a glyph unsupported by the selected device font, a back up system font is used to output the glyph to the output device.09-08-2011
20110216363REMOTE CONTROLLER, PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD - A remote controller including a connector to which a storing medium storing printing data to be printed is connected. The remote controller may further include a read unit which reads the printing data from the storing medium connected to the connector. The remote controller may further include a transmission unit which transmits the printing data read by the read unit to a printing apparatus.09-08-2011
20110216364RECEPTION NOTIFYING APPARATUS AND RECEPTION NOTIFYING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a reception notifying apparatus includes a management unit, a reception unit, a processing unit, and a notification unit. The management unit manages notification party information used to give a notification of file reception. The reception unit receives a file. The processing unit processes the received file based on file control information attached to the received file. The notification unit gives a notification of the processing result of the received file based on the notification party information.09-08-2011
20110216358MAINTENANCE SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a management apparatus includes an acquisition unit, a determination unit, a storage unit, a selection unit, and an output unit. The acquisition unit acquires any one of simple data or detailed data including the simple data from a plurality of image processing apparatuses. If the detailed data is acquired, the determination unit determines maintenance data to be applied to the image processing apparatus which is an output source of the detailed data. The storage unit stores the maintenance data in association with related data included in the detailed data. If the acquisition unit acquires the simple data, the selection unit selects the maintenance data associated with the related data similar to the acquired simple data. The output unit outputs the maintenance data as the data for update with respect to the image processing apparatus which is an output source of the simple data.09-08-2011
20110216360IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OUTPUT THEREOF - An image forming apparatus and method control an output by using a preview identifying an output result. An output of a document is controlled after identifying a result of the output by using a sample image preview and a real image preview of the document with an option set.09-08-2011
20110216359MAINTENANCE SCHEDULING SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE CREATING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a management apparatus includes a setting unit, a data converting unit, and a maintenance scheduling unit. The setting unit sets a relation value indicating a relation between the number of operations in an image processing apparatus to be subjected to maintenance scheduling and data indicating the live of a consumable in the image processing apparatus. The data converting unit converts, using the relation value, the number of operations acquired from the image processing apparatus into the data indicating the life of the consumable in the image processing apparatus. The maintenance scheduling unit creates a maintenance schedule for the image processing apparatus using the data indicating the life of the consumable in the image processing apparatus calculated by the data converting unit.09-08-2011
20110216355COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING PRINTER DRIVER, PRINT CONTROL DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING PRINTER SEARCH PROGRAM - A computer readable recording medium recording a printer driver in which the printer driver makes a computer function as a device including a search unit which searches for printers that can be used for printing and a printer information storage unit which stores predetermined information relating to at least some of the printers out of the searched printers, in which the search unit executes searches having the printers of which the predetermined information is stored as a search range.09-08-2011
20110216356PRINT PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SETTING PRINT MODE - A print processing device includes: a display device that displays a print preview of a print document; a plurality of application programs; an application specifying part that specifies the application program which is used to compose the print document; a print mode setting part that stores print mode setting information; an application determining part that determines whether or not the application program specified by the application specifying part is a program that is likely not to provide to the print mode setting part a print orientation information in correspondence with the print document as actually printed; a print preview display method deciding part that determines a display method of the print preview based on a determination result by the application determining part; and a print preview displaying part that displays the print preview according to the display method decided by the print preview display method deciding part.09-08-2011
20110216351IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes: a print command receiving unit that receives print command information indicating a print command; an authentication determination unit that determines whether or not the print command information received by the print command receiving unit includes authentication requirement information indicating that authentication is required upon print processing based on the print command; a determination unit that, when the authentication determination unit has determined that the print command information includes the authentication requirement information, determines whether or not an originator of the print command information and a user who performs the print processing based on the print command information are different; and a notification unit that, when the determination unit has determined that the originator of the print command information and the user who performs the print processing are different, notifies the user who performs the print processing of presence of the print command information.09-08-2011
20110216353Control point and method for controlling print - A control point including a user interface to select an image forming apparatus to perform a printing job among image forming apparatuses connected using a digital living network alliance, a storage unit to store a lookup table which records at least one of information of printing data formats supportable by the selected image forming apparatus and printing time information, a format selector to select a printing data format based on the lookup table, a driver unit to generate printing data according to the selected printing data format, and a communication unit to transmit the generated printing data to the selected image forming apparatus.09-08-2011
20110216350PROVIDING ACCESS TO IMAGES FROM HARDCOPY PUBLICATIONS - A method, device, and system maintain a database of printed publications within a first computerized device. The printed publications each have one or more printable images. The first computerized device receives from a second computerized device (that is operatively connected to the first computerized device) a request for at least one of the printable images within a printed publication within the database. The request has an identifier of the printed publication and at least one page number of the printed publication. The first computerized device transmits display information to the second computerized device to cause the second computerized device to display one or more of the printable images appearing on the page number of the printed publication. The first computerized device receives an image selection from the second computerized device that identifies selected images from among the printable images displayed by the second computerized device. The first computerized device provides the selected images to the second computerized device, or to a printer or print shop.09-08-2011
20110216349DELAYED PRINTING FROM A COMPUTERIZED DEVICE - A user of a computerized device creates an item capable of being printed and stores the item within storage of the computerized device. An instruction to perform delayed printing of the item is received from a user of a computerized device when the user is outside a predetermined physical range of at least one printing device. The computerized device detects when the computerized device is within the predetermined physical range of the printing device and, when this occurs, the computerized device provides the user a printing option to print the item on the printing device. If the user selects the printing option, the methods herein forward the item to a conversion device. The conversion device makes the item print ready so that the item can be printed using the printing device. The methods herein then cause the item to be forwarded from the conversion device to the printing device and printed on the printing device.09-08-2011
20090290189Electronic document managing apparatus - An integrator acquires an electronic document and revised documents revised by different revisers (administrative department, accounting department) in parallel, and makes reference to the electronic document to judge whether each partial document is not disclosed in each revised document with respect to each sub-document in the electronic document. When each sub-document is not disclosed in at least one of the revised documents, whether each sub-document is to be disclosed is determined in regard to each sub-document based on a policy P that specifies disclosure/nondisclosure of each sub-document divided from the electronic document, and a revised document obtained by integrating the revised documents is created based on a determination result.11-26-2009
20090273803Printer, terminal, and printing system - A printer includes a printer memory that stores information, a printer communication device that performs communication with a terminal, a printing device that prints based on print data, a receiving device that receives operating state information, the operating state information indicating that an operating state of the printer is one of a storage device state and a printing device state, the storage device state being an operating state that causes the terminal to recognize the printer as a device capable of using the printer memory, and the printing device state being an operating state that causes the terminal to recognize the printer as a device capable of printing by using the printing device, and a switching device that switches the operating state of the printer to one of the storage device state and the printing device state, based on the operating state information received by the receiving device.11-05-2009
20090213417IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus that prevents fraudulent alteration of the working life of a replaceable unit is provided. The unit includes a first memory that can store the consumed amount of the unit, and a second memory that has a plurality of flags. “OFF” of each of the flags is not changeable to “ON”. The image forming apparatus includes a portion that counts upward a stored value of the first memory associated with use of the unit and the portion initializes the first memory when the stored value of the first memory exceeds the maximal value. The portion changes the state of any one flag in “ON” of the second memory to “OFF”. The image forming apparatus also includes a portion that judges the working life of the unit based on the stored value of the second memory and the portion signals the working life.08-27-2009
20090195818IMAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, IMAGE STORAGE DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image transmission system 08-06-2009
20110261411IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLER AUTOMATICALLY SWITCHING DISPLAYS OF OPERATION PROCEDURE IN ROTATION - An image forming apparatus is provided with a display device for displaying an operation guide to an operator, and a display controller for causing the display device to display an operation procedure comprised of a plurality of operations as the operation guide while automatically switching the respective operations in rotation.10-27-2011
20090201535Posting server, sending terminal, posting server control method, and sending terminal control method - Prior to delivery of content data, SIP servers 08-13-2009
20110170132INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus processes a print job which includes electronic document data containing a shared object to be used wholly in the print job, a non-shared object to be used in part of the print job, and position information on each object, and a job ticket indicating print setting information associated with the electronic document data. The apparatus determines a dividing unit for the electronic document data, based on print attribute information contained in the electronic document data and the print setting information in the job ticket associated with the print attribute information, generates, according to the determined dividing unit, multiple electronic document data items each containing the shared object and the non-shared object associated with the dividing unit, but not including non-shared object unassociated with the dividing unit, and sequentially transmits the generated divided multiple electronic document data items to a printer.07-14-2011
20110216357IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND JOB EXECUTION METHOD - An image processing system comprises a job cooperation server for executing a predetermined processing necessary for execution of a job; an image processing device for cooperating with the job cooperation server and executing the job; an authentication server for executing user authentication and issuing an underlying ticket corresponding to a user and for issuing a ticket to use the job cooperation server based on the underlying ticket; and an information processing device for acquiring and storing the underlying ticket by sending a request for authentication to the authentication server and for acquiring the ticket to use the job cooperation server from the authentication server with the underlying ticket. The information processing device acquires the ticket to use the job cooperation server from the authentication server with the underlying ticket and transmits to the image processing device. The image processing device executes the job through cooperation with the job cooperation server.09-08-2011
20090185223DOCUMENT PRINTING PROGRAM, DOCUMENT PROTECTING PROGRAM, DOCUMENT PROTECTING SYSTEM, DOCUMENT PRINTING APPARATUS FOR PRINTING OUT A DOCUMENT BASED ON SECURITY POLICY - In a document protecting system, a distributor terminal implementing a document protecting program obtains an encryption key to encrypt a document file, associates a print request to the document file, and encrypts the document file by the encryption key. And a user terminal implementing a document printing program obtains a decryption key of document file being encrypted, decrypts the document file based on the obtained decryption key, obtains a print requirement associated with the document file, and executes a printing process so as to satisfy the print requirement.07-23-2009
20100007922IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE CONTROL METHOD - An image forming apparatus which is capable of bringing processing devices, such as sheet feed devices and post-processing devices connected respectively to the image forming apparatus, into operable states in timing optimal for carrying out an image forming job, thereby improving productivity and operation rate of the image forming apparatus as well as saving energy. A print job is analyzed to determine at least one sheet feed device and at least one post-processing device to be used in executing the print job, and states of the determined devices are checked to determine at least one of the sheet feed device and the post-processing device to be caused to start a preparatory operation in advance before the print job is executed. Power supply to the at least one of the sheet feed device and the post-processing device is turned on in timing such that the preparatory operation is completed in time for the start of execution of the print job.01-14-2010
20100007919DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - In a document management apparatus, a document search unit is configured to operate under the control of a main controller to search for document entities and objects from a document information storage unit via a document information operation unit and acquire document entities and objects found in the search operation. A degree-of-association calculator is configured to operate under the control of the main controller to calculate the degrees of association between objects for the objects stored in the document information storage unit and register the calculated degrees of association in a degree-of-association information storage unit via a degree-of-association information operation unit. A degree-of-association information search unit is configured to operate under the control of the main controller to search for degree-of-association information between objects from the degree-of-association information storage unit via the degree-of-association information operation unit and acquire the degree-of-association information found in the search operation.01-14-2010
20100007916INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An information processing system in which a source information processing apparatus is capable of performing a job cooperatively with a destination information processing apparatus, is provided. The system includes an instruction unit configured to cause the source information processing apparatus to submit a cooperative job to the destination information processing apparatus, and a control unit configured to restrict manipulation of the submitted cooperative job at the destination information processing apparatus and to enable the manipulation of the cooperative job according to an instruction from the source information processing apparatus.01-14-2010
20120026550IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus has a plurality of emitters that emit light onto a manuscript surface in a light quantity that is the synthesized light quantity of light emitted from the plurality of emitters. In the image reading apparatus, determination on the abnormality of a reference white data level value at the time of turning on a power supply is carried out through comparison between the reference white data level value with a predetermined absolute value. A normal reference white data level value is stored in a first storing unit, while a comparison white data level value detected at the time of manuscript reading operation is stored in a second storing unit. Then, a differential between the level values stored in the first and second storing units is calculated, and an abnormality determining unit compares the differential with a predetermined threshold to detect the abnormality of an emitter.02-02-2012
20090279123JOB SCHEDULING IN A WORKFLOW ARCHITECTURE - Job schedulers and associated methods of scheduling jobs are disclosed. A job scheduler in one embodiment includes a job queue and a schedule processor. The job queue receives and stores a plurality of jobs to be executed on the devices, such as in a print shop. Each of the jobs defines one or more process to be performed for the job. Each of the processes in a job defines one or more operating parameters for the devices. To schedule the jobs that are stored in the job queue, the schedule processor identifies the processes from the jobs that define one or more common (i.e., the same or equivalent) operating parameters for a device. The schedule processor then schedules the jobs for execution based on the processes that define common operating parameters.11-12-2009
20110194137PAGE PARALLEL RIP WITH INTERLEAVED CHUNKS - Systems and methods are described that facilitate distributing a raster image processing task for an input file (e.g., an electronic document) across a plurality of nodes (e.g., computers) in a network. The input file is received at a first node, which becomes the controlling node and splits the pages of the input file into interleaved chunks such that adjacent pages are allocated to different chunks (i.e., no chunk contains adjacent pages in the document). Chunks are then assigned to different nodes for concurrent raster image processing. Once complete, the processed pages are returned to the controller node, which logically orders the pages into their original sequential order, and outputs the logically ordered, raster image processed pages to a printer, where they are printed.08-11-2011
20100007920IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus capable of efficiently using a removable medium when the removable medium is used instead of a memory provided in the image processing apparatus. The apparatus includes a RAM for storing image data, a removable medium I/F to which the removable medium is coupled, and a CPU. The CPU confirms the remaining capacity of the RAM and determines based on the remaining capacity confirmed during execution of a job and a job operation mode whether the job can be continued by using only the RAM. When it is determined that the job cannot be continued, image data to be saved is selected according to a predetermined priority order, and the selected image data is saved from the RAM onto the removable medium.01-14-2010
20100007918INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus capable of freely and dynamically defining a releasing procedure of a using limitation of an apparatus and an deleting procedure for information held in an apparatus by a manager. An acquisition unit acquires information about an expiration date of the apparatus. A first determination unit determines whether the expiration date expires based on the acquired information. A limitation unit limits use of the apparatus when the expiration date expires. A registration unit registers a specific processing procedure executed by the apparatus as work flow information. A second determination unit determines whether the work flow information has been registered. A third determination unit determines whether a user instructs an execution of the processing procedure when the work flow information has been registered. An execution unit executes the processing procedure under the use limited condition, when the user instructs the execution of the processing procedure.01-14-2010
20090168091METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING EXTENDED PRINTER PROPERTIES - A method for providing extended printer properties to a thin client is described. The method comprises communicating with a print server associated with a printer to scrape or grab an image of an extended printer properties interface for the printer from the print server display. The scraped image is then displayed at the client. User inputs input by a user on the image are then communicated to the print server for application to a print job. Changes to the displayed image, resulting from the user inputs, can be returned to the client. The print job can be transmitted to the print server in portable document format. A print server and a distributed computing network for implementing the method are also described.07-02-2009
20100007910ECONOMIC MODEL FOR PRINTING WITH A PEER NETWORK OF PRINTING DEVICES - At least two printing devices receive a print job from a user that has printing data and printing specifications. Each of the printing devices calculates an ability score based on each printing device's ability to meet each of the printing specifications. The printing devices each output their ability score to the user. The printing devices then receive an indication as to which printing device is the selected print device, and instructions to print the print job are thus sent from the user to the selected print device. Then, the selected print device prints the print job on tangible media to produce a tangible output.01-14-2010
20100110478DOCUMENT PRINTING BY SETTING TIME AND LOCATION BASED ON FACILITY/BUILDING MAP - The subject application is directed to a system and method for location-based document output scheduling. At least one electronic document is first received into an associated data storage. A map is generated on an associated display, which map includes indicia corresponding to alternative facility locations associated with a selected event. The map also includes indicia corresponding to locations of alternative document rendering devices corresponding to the facility. Device selection data is received from an associated user of at least one document rendering device selected from the alternative document rendering devices as well as temporal data corresponding to a time of the selected event. Operation of each selected document rendering device is commenced so as to render the at least one electronic document at a timing corresponding to the temporal data.05-06-2010
20100060928PRINTING METHOD OF ATTACHED FILE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM EMPLOYING THE SAME - An attached file printing method of an image forming apparatus, and image forming apparatus and system employing the same are provided. The attached file printing method of an image forming apparatus includes: determining whether there is a printable attached file in a printing target original document or not; converting at least one of the original document and the attached file to a printing data depending on the determining result; and printing the converted printing data.03-11-2010
20090316196FINISHER AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Disclosed is a finisher to perform finishing processing on a paper ejected from an image forming apparatus, including: a control section to switch an adjustment amount to be used in the finishing processing based on information of paper grain of the paper.12-24-2009
20090316185BILLING AND PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND JOB PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - Under a contention between a copy job and a print job, it is possible that a general user misunderstands that the payment he has made for the copy job is mistakenly used on the print job requested by another user. One solution to avoid such undesirable possibility is to display information indicating that the billing process is correctly done. Yet, the general user may fail to notice the display. In view of this, a billing and printing system prevents occurrence of job contention as long as the balance of payment made by a general user remains. An MFP included in the system does not accept any print job if a balance of received payment remains, and does not accept any payment if there is a queued print job.12-24-2009
20090316186IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING HUMAN-BODY COMMUNICATION FUNCTION AND METHOD FOR AUTHENTICATION IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - When a key input unit or a touch panel is pressed, a control unit identifies the commanded function. Then, the control unit causes a human-body communication unit to start processing for establishing human-body communication with a portable device worn by a user. On receiving user information from the portable device, the control unit makes reference to an authentication table and determines whether or not there is an entry for the received user information therein. Further, the control unit determines whether or not use of the identified function, out of the functions corresponding to the received user information, is allowed. The control unit performs display on the touch panel, according to the result of the determination.12-24-2009
20100085595Method and apparatus for high-speed inkjet printing - Image data for printing an image on a printable medium at high speed with an inkjet printer is received in memory in the form of 512 pixels, or a multiple thereof, wide with a resolution of 360 dots per inch, and saved as an 8 bit color TIFF file with no compression and thereafter stripped into multiple printing columns, one for each color, the columns being positioned in a printing flow order with a spacing between columns of 512 pixels, or a multiple thereof, and then this stripped image data is saved as a four bit bitmap file. The printing medium objects are sequentially conveyed under the printheads whereby the stripped image data is printed onto the printing medium by the inkjet nozzle columns to generate the image. UV ink is employed, together with a UV curing light source to provide high-speed curing.04-08-2010
20090046316IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - There is described an image forming system, which makes it possible to speedily implement the reprinting operation, and to alleviate the burden of the printer controller. The system includes a printer controller to parse a print job described in a Page Description Language so as to generate image data; and an image forming apparatus, configured separately from the printer controller, to implement a printing operation based on the image data. The printer controller applies a first processing to the print job so as to generate multi-value image data and transmits the multi-value image data to the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus applies a second processing to the multi-value image data, received from the printer controller, so as to generate processed image data, serving as printable image data based on which a reproduced image can be directly printed, and implements the printing operation based on the processed image data.02-19-2009
20100110487IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - Disclosed an image forming apparatus including: a nonvolatile storage section to store a print job; an input section for instructing to store the print job in the storage section; a condition setting section to allow the storage section to store a predetermined condition for enabling execution of the print job so that the predetermined condition corresponds to the print job; and a control section to execute the print job stored in the storage section, wherein the control section executes the print job when the control section judges that the predetermined condition stored in the storage section is met.05-06-2010
20110267640MULTIPLE MEDIA TYPE PRINTING - A method for printing including receiving, by a printer, a first page image, a second page image, and a selection for enabling media type substitution. The printer identifies a preferred media type and an alternate media type, where the preferred media type and the alternate media type include a common printable area (CPA), and the first page image and the second page image are modified to match a dimension of the CPA. The printer then selects the preferred media type for printing the first page image. The printer receives a message, after receiving the selection enabling media type substitution, associated with the preferred media type after selecting the first media type. The printer then selects the alternate media type in response to the message and the selection enabling media type substitution, and prints the second page image using the alternate media type.11-03-2011
20090153901IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM - The image forming device capable of executing an authentication print printing includes: a communication interface for receiving job data; a job data property deriving unit for deriving a property of the job by referencing data contained in the job data other than data explicitly indicating to execute/not to execute the authentication print printing and outputting the property as job property data; an authentication print setting deciding unit for deciding whether or not to execute the job as the authentication print printing; an authentication unit; a user authentication unit for outputting the result of the user authentication; and a job executing unit for executing the job related to the job data.06-18-2009
20090153897Method, System and Program Product for Reserving a Global Address Space - A method of operating a data processing system includes each of multiple tasks within a parallel job executing on multiple nodes of the data processing system issuing a respective system call to request reservation, without allocation of backing storage in physical memory, of a global address space defined by a range of effective addresses as global shared memory accessible to all of the multiple tasks within the parallel job. At least two of the tasks within the parallel job allocate global address spaces including a same effective address.06-18-2009
20090153900PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - When an instruction to transfer a print job, which has been issued from a print data source to Device A, to Device B is made, a transfer request for the job is issued from Device A to Device B (06-18-2009
20090153898IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus enables a user to widely select a desired transfer method, in relation to methods of transferring image data to be output to a transfer destination. To accomplish this, the image processing apparatus allows the user to set instruction information for instructing a transfer method of image data, and decides on a transfer method based on the set instruction information if the image data is color data. This transfer method includes a first transfer method of transferring color image data, a second transfer method of converting color image data to monochrome image data and transferring the monochrome image data, and a third transfer method of storing color image data in a storage unit and transmitting a report showing that image data has been received to a transfer destination printer.06-18-2009
20090097057IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An apparatus for executing image processing by a plurality of serially connected image processing modules stores, in memory, set values for the plurality of image processing modules and image data to be processed by the plurality of image processing modules, adds headers to respective ones of the set values and image data that have been read out of the memory and transmits the result to a top image processing module among the plurality of image processing modules.04-16-2009
20090147293SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UTILIZATION OF TRANSFERABLE SETTINGS FOR MULTIPLE DOCUMENT OUTPUT DRIVERS - The subject application is directed to a system and method for utilization of transferable settings for multiple document output drivers. An initial document output driver associated with a document processing application and at least one document rendering device is first accessed. Next, selected document output settings associated with the initial document output driver are then received from an associated user. A save setting instruction is then received from the associated user via the initial document output driver. Responsive to the received save setting instruction, the selected document output settings are stored in an associated data storage. Thereafter, via at least a second document output driver, the saved document output settings are selectively retrieved so as to configure an output of an associated electronic document via the second document output driver.06-11-2009
20090147310IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPRINTING WITH A DESIRED BINDING WIDTH HAVING DIFFERENT PRINT SETTINGS - This invention provides an image processing method and apparatus capable of easily reprinting the same print data in various output forms at a high speed without any large-capacity storage device, in which when a page image corresponding to print data input from an external device is to be generated, the print data is analyzed to generate the page image, print data of at least one job is held, a page image of at least one page that is generated by analyzing the print data is held, and when reprinting is designated, either of the spooled print data and page image is read out to perform reprinting.06-11-2009
20090147302PRINTING METHOD, RECORDABLE MEDIUM RECORDED WITH A PROGRAM TO EXECUTE THE METHOD AND HOST APPARATUS - A printing method includes converting an image data which is created by an application program into an EMF (Enhanced Meta File), storing the EMF converted from the image data, displaying information with respect to the stored EMF, selecting at least one stored EMF of a plurality of stored EMFs, and converting the selected EMF into a printing data.06-11-2009
20090147301HOST APPARATUS FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINTING ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREOF - A printing account management method of a plurality of image forming apparatuses includes: displaying representations of a plurality of image forming apparatuses; generating a printer group including at least two image forming apparatuses selected from the plurality of displayed representations of the image forming apparatuses; and setting account information corresponding to the generated printer group.06-11-2009
20090033996SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EVALUATING PRINT SHOP CONSOLIDATION OPTIONS IN AN ENTERPRISE - A print shop consolidation system including a print shop consolidation management system with an application is provided. The application is used to (1) evaluate, with a set of information, an operational capacity of a first print shop to process both a first group of print jobs and a second group of print jobs, (2) evaluate, with the set of information, an operational capacity of the second print shop to process both the first and second groups of print jobs, and (3) use the evaluations of )1) and (2) to consolidate processing of the first and second groups of print jobs at one of first and second print shops.02-05-2009
20120140268INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus which causes a printing apparatus to print an image to which information is added, includes a causing unit for causing, when a setting is specified for adding information to an image and the information cannot be acquired from a router, the printing apparatus not to print the image, and for causing, when a setting is specified for adding information to an image and the information can be acquired from a router, the printing apparatus to print an image to which the acquired information is added.06-07-2012
20100053682Image processing apparatus, image forming apparatus, image processing method, and computer-readable storage medium containing image processing program - An image processing apparatus of the present invention includes: a blank document determination section determining whether or not input image data is image data of a blank document, regardless of a process mode set for setting a process with respect to the input image data; a storage device storing the input image data in association with a determination result made by the blank document determination section; and a control section (i) reading out the input image data from the storage device and (ii) excluding the input image data determined as image data of a blank document by the blank document determination section, from images to be displayed by the image display device, when the image display device carries out a preview display of the input image data. This configuration makes it possible to carry out a preview display in which a blank document (blank page document) is skipped, without reading the document again.03-04-2010
20120140285CLOUD PRINTER WITH A COMMON USER PRINT EXPERIENCE - One embodiment is a portable electronic device that prints a document to a printer. A common user print experience is displayed regardless of a type of operating system installed on the portable electronic device.06-07-2012
20090073489Communication apparatus - A communication apparatus for transmitting a document to a recipient address specified out of multiple address-book addresses displayed based on address-book data stored in an address book includes a controller configured to control a display order of the address-book addresses displayed in accordance with one transmission-address specifying mode selected out of a plurality of transmission-address specifying modes.03-19-2009
20090201541SYSTEM FOR OPTIMAL DOCUMENT SCANNING - A method of controlling a scanner to improve automatic recognition and classification of scanned physical documents for a document analysis system, which receives and processes jobs containing at least one electronic document from a plurality of users to automatically recognize and classify the job documents into document categories, is disclosed. The method comprises, using a scan control system, obtaining the capability of, and existing scanner settings for, the scanner upon receiving a command to initiate scanning of physical documents; saving the existing scanner settings of the scanner; automatically commanding the scanner to use new scanner settings, wherein the new scanner settings are selected in accordance with the capability of the recognition system; commanding the scanner to begin scanning operation with the new scanner settings; and automatically resetting the scanner settings of the scanner back to the saved existing scanner settings upon completing of the scanning operation.08-13-2009
20090097069EXTENSIBLE FRAMEWORK FOR PARSING VARYING FORMATS OF PRINT STREAM DATA - A method of parsing print stream data including the steps of intercepting a data file from at least a portion of the print stream data, reading at least a portion of the data file and determining if said data file is of a format having subset formats.04-16-2009
20090147297System and method for image editing of electronic product design - Electronic document design systems and methods allowing a user engaged in customizing an electronic product to select an image container and modify the placement, scaling, and displayed portion of an image associated with the image container. Upon user selection of an image container from the product design, an image pane is presented to the user which displays the base image associated with the selected image container and at least one active control on either or both of the image container and the image pane which allow the user to modify which portion of, and how the portion of, the base image appears in the electronic product design. The image editor tool is displayed simultaneously with the product design to allow the user to immediately see the resulting changes in the product design due to modifications, using the active control(s), of the placement or scaling of the selected image container or of the cropping of the base image or magnification of the portion of the base image appearing within the image container.06-11-2009
20090147298Image reading device and printing system - Image reading device, when connected directly with a printer supporting a predetermined communications standard, enables the printer to print an image with a size or a layout desired by a user, irrespective of the internal setting of the printer. The inventive devices comprises an image detecting portion reading an original image, an image data generating portion generating an original image data, an image data outputting portion which outputs an image data with a communication mode which can be received by a printer supporting a predetermined communication standard and which renders an image represented by the image data printable with the printer, and an image modification processing portion modifying the original image data based on an image data for modification obtained by reading a reference image containing a predetermined pattern printed through the printer, and thereby an original image will printed with a desired size or a desired layout.06-11-2009
20090147295PAPER NAME DATABASE IN A PRINT SHOP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A method for managing a print shop system having a plurality of printers connected to a management server is described. A paper name database is maintained on the server and each printer, and contains a plurality of paper name definitions each associating a paper name to a plurality of paper attributes such as paper size, weight, etc. The paper name databases are synchronized with each other. When creating a job ticket on the server, the operator specifies the paper name but does not need to specify the paper attributes. The server generates a job ticket containing the paper name and/or the paper attributes (retrieved from the paper name database using the paper name entered by the operator). When a printer receives a job ticket that contains a papa name, it retrieves the paper attributes associated with the paper name from the local paper name database and executes the job.06-11-2009
20090147300COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM - An computer readable medium storing a program causing a computer to execute a process for controlling printing, the process includes: accepting a first printing instruction; accepting a second printing instruction; storing, when the first printing instruction is accepted, a first print job corresponding to the first printing instruction in a storage unit; and outputting, to a printing apparatus, when the second printing instruction is accepted, both (i) a second print job corresponding to the second printing instruction and (ii) the first print job stored in the storage unit.06-11-2009
20090147296COLLECTING RESOURCE USAGE INFORMATION IN A PRINT SHOP - A method used in a print shop for collecting and tracking the amount of resources used for a print job is described. The print shop includes a plurality of copy production devices such as printers and finishing devices and a server for managing them. Each copy production device collects information regarding actual resource usage for a copy production job, such as the amount of paper used, the amount of toner used, the number of staples used, etc., and provides the information to the server after the job is executed. The server generates total resource usage information for executing the job, and stores the information. The actual perjob resource usage information may be analyzed to enable the print shop to set a price structure that more accurately reflects and ultimately recaptures the cost incurred.06-11-2009
20090316184Printing condition setting apparatus, printing condition setting method, and computer readable recording medium stored with printing condition setting program - A printing condition setting apparatus having a setting parameter data storage unit for storing a plurality of setting parameter data each including at least one setting parameter registered by the user's operation among a plurality of setting parameters specifying printing conditions; a setting parameter data reception unit for receiving the user's selection of one setting parameter data among a plurality of setting parameter data stored in said setting parameter data storage unit; and a setting parameter data call unit for calling up said one setting parameter data selected by the user to display the setting parameters included in said setting parameter data on a specific operating screen.12-24-2009
20110007349INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - According to an aspect of the invention, an information processing apparatus includes a control unit. The control unit changes a power supply state of the information processing apparatus from a first power supply state where a communication function of the apparatus is activated to a second power supply state where the communication function is inactivated based on a given period and a restoration cause, the control unit keeping the power supply state in the second power supply state in the given period, the control unit keeping the power supply state in the second power supply state after the given period when the restoration cause is detected in the given period.01-13-2011
20100128309IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM THEREOF - A past print job is held as a history; selection of a target item by a user, from among a plurality of types of print setting items that are settable for a print job in which print processing of image data will be performed, is received; with respect to the target item, a search is performed for a past print job in which the content of the target item was set; a list of past print jobs is displayed; selection of a print job by the user, from among the list of past print jobs that was displayed, is received; the content of the target item that has been set for the selected past print job is set to the print job of the image data; and print processing of the image data is performed using the print job for which settings have been set.05-27-2010
20100128310Method for Reducing Electromagnetic Emissions in a Multiple Micro-Controller Device - A method for reducing electromagnetic emissions in an electronic device having a multiple micro-controllers includes identifying the number of micro-controllers installed in the electronic device. An operating frequency range of the electronic device is determined based on the operating frequency range of each micro-controller. A frequency spacing for each micro-controller within the operating frequency range of the electronic device is then calculated, and an operating frequency is assigned to each micro-controller. The operating frequency of each micro-controller is separated from the operating frequency of each other micro-controller by at least the frequency spacing. Then, the operating frequency of each micro-controller is set at the assigned operating frequency.05-27-2010
20100128308HOST APPARATUS CONNECTED TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME, AND REMAINING-DEVELOPER DISPLAY METHOD - Disclosed are a host apparatus connecting with an image forming apparatus, an image forming system having the same, and a remaining-developer display method. The remaining-developer display method in a host apparatus connectable with at least one image forming apparatus, the method comprising: receiving remaining-developer information from the at least one image forming apparatus; selecting at least one among sorting items displayed corresponding to the received remaining-developer information as a reference item; and arranging and displaying the remaining-developer information with reference to the selected reference item. With this, remaining-developer information are dynamically arranged and displayed with regard to at least one image forming apparatus, so that a user can easily grasp the amount of the remaining-developer at a glance.05-27-2010
20080309973IMAGE OUTPUT SYSTEM - An output management apparatus which distributes a job composed of a plurality of pages to respective printers and a plurality of image processing apparatuses which print images for each page according to instructions from the output management apparatus are connected via a network. The output management apparatus creates an output map used by the user to collect printed matter from each printer. The output map includes page information on the page outputted to each printer for each printer. The page information is arranged in the output map in output order or printers are arranged in order of collection. Therefore, after a job is distributed and outputted to a plurality of printers in page units, the user can efficiently collect printed matter.12-18-2008
20080266590PAD PRINTING USER INTERFACE DIALOG FOR COPY OR PRINT - A method and graphical user interface for selecting pad printing functions for an image output device. The user interface is provided to a user and displays a pad printing dialog box that enables selection of pad printing output. Selectable pad printing options are displayed, which include the number of sheets per pad and the total number of pads to be output. When the user selection of pad printing and pad printing options are received, the total quantity of sheets to be output based on selected pad printing options and organizing the sheets for pad printing output from the image output device are automatically determined. Availability of pad printing is determined based on finishing options selected.10-30-2008
20080266595Independently-addressable cellular wireless digital network-based fax machine - A fax machine incorporates a receptacle to accommodate the insertion of a cellular data access modem that provides the fax machine with a unique cell phone number so that the fax machine may be accessed in a standard “dial up manner” from any standard fax machine or computer emulating a fax machine.10-30-2008
20080266591Connected offline finishing devices - A print shop includes at least one printing device adapted to print a print job. A central computer is in communication with the printing device. An offline finishing device includes a reader device, adapted to read a job identifier carried on the print job, and a wireless transceiver in communication with the reader device and a central computer wireless transceiver.10-30-2008
20080266600PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A print control apparatus includes a command section for causing a printing apparatus to execute a print job, the print job for printing a print subject image on a sheet, with a mark overlaying the sheet. Furthermore, the print control apparatus includes: an accepting section that accepts a processing condition for an image process of the mark, during a processing condition accepting period, which is set for every print job and is the period before an input of an executive instruction; and an image processing section that performs the image process of the mark in accordance with the processing condition during the processing condition accepting period. This makes it possible to prevent delay in initiation of printing, without excessive consumption of storage capacity of a storage device.10-30-2008
20080266601INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND JOB MANAGEMENT METHOD - An information processing apparatus capable of storing a job transmitted to a printing apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain a job result regarding the job from the printing apparatus, an identifying unit configured to identify an output mode of the job, a reference unit configured to store a storage setting that defines whether to store or delete job data based on a combination of the job output mode and the job result and reference the storage setting, based on the output mode identified by the identifying unit and the job result obtained by the obtaining unit, and a storage control unit configured to store or delete the transmitted job based on the storage setting referenced by the reference unit.10-30-2008
20080266599IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - This invention determines a compression method of printing data in consideration of a printing operation halt time when a low-speed interface is used. An image processing apparatus of this invention, which is connected to a printing apparatus, compresses printing data, and outputs the compressed printing data, determines the interface type, acquires a print waiting time, and determines the compression method of printing data based on the determined interface type and the acquired print waiting time. The image processing apparatus compresses printing data using the determined compression method, and outputs the compressed printing data to the printing apparatus.10-30-2008
20080266596INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus generates print data interpretable by a printing apparatus and transmits the generated print data to the printing apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a setting unit configured to set information identifying a positional relationship between a tab portion of a first tab sheet and a tab portion of a second tab sheet in a state where the first and second tab sheets are stacked, if usage of the tab sheets is designated, wherein the tab sheet is a tab-attached printing paper to be inserted between printing papers based on print data of document information. The information processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine a print start position of a character string to be printed on the tab portion of the first tab sheet and the tab portion of the second tab sheet according to the information identifying the positional relationship set by the setting unit.10-30-2008
20090310179INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS USING LICENSE INFORMATION, METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with an image forming apparatus is provided. The information processing apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive destination information transmitted from the image forming apparatus, a destination determining unit configured to determine the destination of the image forming apparatus by using the destination information transmitted to the receiving unit, a totalizing unit configured to totalize a number of image forming apparatuses associated with the determined destination, an operating-environment determining unit configured to determine the current operating environment based on the number of image forming apparatuses totalized by the totalizing unit, and a function limiting unit configured to limit at least one function of a program presented to the image forming apparatus based on the current operating environment determined by the operating-environment determining unit.12-17-2009
20090310171PRINTING INSTRUCTING APPARATUS, PRINTING INSTRUCTING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Disclosed is a, printing instructing apparatus to instruct printing in an image forming apparatus, the apparatus including: a storage section to store a plurality of pieces of printing setting information, each piece of the information including a plurality of printing conditions regarding a plurality of setting items, respectively; a display section; an operation section to receive a selection of a piece of printing setting information to be applied at the time of printing execution among the plurality of pieces of printing setting information stored in the storage section; and a control section to obtain the selected printing setting information from the storage section, to respectively compare the printing conditions of the setting items in the selected printing setting information with those in reference printing setting information, and to recognizably display information indicating a difference between the selected printing setting information and the reference printing setting information in the display section.12-17-2009
20090310170INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE FOR REPRODUCING CONTENTS INFORMATION - An information processing device includes a plurality of modules for realizing a plurality of functions. The information processing device reproduces contents information and expects information which is to be inputted based on the functions relating to the reproduced contents information. Further, based on the expected information, the information processing device controls operations of at least some of the plurality of modules.12-17-2009
20100118346DOCUMENT RETRIEVAL USING A PRINTED FORM - A method of retrieving a document from a database of hierarchical electronic document versions is disclosed. Each document version is associated with a unique document instance. In the method a search form is printed. The search form includes a search instruction input field relating to at least one parameter of a search to be carried out within the database and a plurality of coded data tags. Each coded data tag encodes a location of that coded data tag on the search form. The coded data tags are sensed by a sensing device as the sensing device is used to handwrite at least one search term on the search form. Data representing the parameter and the at least one search term is generated, with the data representing the at least one search term being generated from the locations of the coded data tags. Next, a search is carried out within the database based on the at least one search term and parameter in order to identify document versions. A results form is printed, with the results form containing data representing the document versions identified in the search and coded data tags. By sensing one or more coded data tags on the results form, the document version associated with the coded data tag sensed on the results form is retrieved and printed.05-13-2010
20100118341PRINTER TERMINAL AND POSTING SERVER - A printer terminal that is connected to a delivery system includes a posting server that delivers contents data for printing a content to the printer terminal through the network; and a relay server that relays setup of a session between the posting server and the printer terminal based on a delivery request from the posting server through the network by using a signaling protocol; through the network.05-13-2010
20080212128IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, NETWORK SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME AND METHOD OF MANAGING PART INFORMATION OF THE SAME - An image forming apparatus, a network system including the same and a management method of parts information of the same capable of matching specific information of an exchangeable part with specific information of the image forming apparatus when the specific information of the exchangeable part is not identical that of the image forming apparatus, is provided. It is determined whether the specific information of the image forming apparatus is identical to that of the exchangeable part. If the specific information of the image forming apparatus is not identical to that of the exchangeable part, at least one specific information of the image forming apparatus or the exchangeable part is changed such that the specific information is identical.09-04-2008
20090310168PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, WEB PAGE PRINTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus is provided with: a job data reception processing portion that receives a command to print a web page and a conditional expression used to search for that web page from a terminal; a print execution processing portion that causes a printing device to print a web page based on the received command; a web browser portion that causes a search engine to search for a web page based on the received conditional expression and receives the results of that search; and a window display processing portion that causes the obtained results to be displayed in a display. The web browser portion furthermore obtains a web page selected by a user from the displayed results, and the print execution processing portion causes the printing device to print the obtained web page.12-17-2009
20090310165AUTOMATIC DETECTION AND RECONFIGURATION OF DEVICES - Described is a technology by which movement of a shared network device (e.g., a printer or storage device) to a different network machine triggers an automatic reconfiguration of the device and/or the network machines, so that those machines remain able to share that device. Configuration data may be pushed to the network machines, pulled by the network machines, and/or provided to a server by which the network machines may access the confirmation data. Reconfiguration may include creating a system user account and modifying the permissions associated with the device so that the other machine has access permission to use the device via the created account.12-17-2009
20090310169IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OF EFFICIENTLY STORING INFORMATION RELATING TO CLIENT APPARATUSES IN NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - A plurality of MFPs are connected to a data transfer system, and one of the MFPs functions as a representing MFP. The representing MFP monitors a connection status of the MFPs and a PC to the data transfer system. Upon detection of a change in the connection status, the representing MFP assigns the PC connected to the data transfer system after the change to each of the plurality of MFPs in an order up to a maximum number of PCs that can be connected, and has information necessary for carrying out data transfer to the PC be stored in the MFPs connected to the data transfer system in a distributed manner.12-17-2009
20090310166PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing system comprising: a terminal device; and a printing apparatus. The terminal device comprises: a job information generation unit for generating job information including identification information on a job issuer, and identification information with respect to the permitted recipient; and a job information transmission unit for transmitting the job information generated by the job information generation unit. The printing apparatus comprises: a permitted recipient information reception unit for receiving the identification information with respect to the permitted recipient; a job information reception unit for receiving the job information transmitted from the job information transmission unit; and a job execution unit for executing a printing process based on the job information including identification information with respect to a permitted recipient, which matches the identification information with respect to the permitted recipient received by the permitted recipient information reception unit, and outputting printed material related thereto.12-17-2009
20100123936INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an information processing apparatus and control method thereof and a storage medium that stores its control program capable of generating a code image with the optimum device in accordance with the amount and/or contents of the information to be encoded, and/or considering the load of the equipment. The information processing apparatus is electrically connected to an image processing apparatus, and includes: a deciding section for deciding on whether to generate a code image by encoding information or to issue a command for causing to generate the code image by encoding the information; and a processing section for generating, when the deciding section decides to generate, the code image by encoding the information and transmitting it to the image processing apparatus, and for transmitting, when the deciding section decides to issue, the command to the image processing apparatus.05-20-2010
20100123935DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD - A document processing apparatus reads document data and carries out a preflight check. In the preflight check, the content of the document is interpreted page by page to determine resources that are needed for output. Then, it is determined for each page whether the resources needed for output are available in a printing system. If a resource that is not available is needed, a warning is issued for the page. If the resources are available, intermediate data for a printed output is generated for the page. Then, a result of the preflight check is output.05-20-2010
20100214607Controller Device - A method of using a controller device for an electronic cutting machine. The method includes associating at least one of cutting operations and printing operations with glyphs, retrieving the glyphs from at least one of memory of a cartridge in communication with the controller device and memory of the controller device, arranging the glyphs in a screen overlay, and rendering the screen overlay on a screen of the controller device.08-26-2010
20100118345INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - In an information processing apparatus having a service mode for a service person to carry out maintenance of the apparatus enters for carrying out the maintenance, a registration page is provided for registering the service person as a service person in charge of the maintenance of the apparatus, and an input page is provided for inputting authentication information required for the service person that is registered in the registration page as a person in charge of the maintenance of the apparatus to enter the service mode.05-13-2010
20100277763INFORMATION EQUIPMENT APPARATUS - An information equipment apparatus provided with: an operation section; a communication section which carries out communication with a terminal apparatus storing identification data of an operator related to an operation in the operation section, by using a human body of the operator as a communication path; and a control section which, in coordination with a detection of the operation in the operation section, executes an identification of the operator based on the identification data by carrying out communication with the terminal apparatus via the communication section, and according to a result of the identification, controls a control operation corresponding to the operation in the operation section.11-04-2010
20100277757PARALLEL PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system comprised of a printer and a plurality of processing nodes wherein each processing node is disposed for processing a job file associated with a print job into a printer dependent format. The system further comprises a replicator component attached to the job file. The job file includes multiple instances of a raster image processing (RIP) wherein each RIP instance proposes to a collector component an RIP image for printing. The collector grants permission to image a page to a RIP proposal observed to the collector and then rejects the same proposals from other RIP components.11-04-2010
20100118334Image forming apparatus with print server function, print server activating method in a network, and computer program product - In a network environment having a plurality of image forming apparatuses connected thereto, an image forming apparatus that can reduce down time related to printing without increasing burden on system construction is provided. An image forming apparatus includes a communication unit communicating with other apparatuses through the network, an image forming unit connected to the communication unit through a bus, a print instruction management unit connected to the communication unit through the bus and capable of transmitting a print request, received through the communication unit, to designated one of the image forming apparatuses connected to the network, and a server setting unit determining, by a prescribed procedure, which of the apparatuses having the print server function connected to the network, to be the print server. The print instruction management unit enables or disables the function of the print instruction management unit mentioned above, in accordance with the determination by the server setting unit.05-13-2010
20100118333PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - After operation histories are appropriately selected and merged, the merged operation history is converted into a job definition file (A) and transmitted to upstream. When resending the job, the designation of the job definition file (A) is added to the original job definition file and transmitted.05-13-2010
20100118330Systems and Methods for Managing Printer Settings in a Networked Computing Environment - Systems and methods for remotely managing printer settings that are associated with a remote printer connected to a client machine. A virtual printer driver, executing on a server, is used to generate and manage generate virtual printer queues associated with remote printers connected to the client machine. Each virtual printer queue intercepts print requests generated by one or more applications executing on the server, these print requests cause the virtual printer driver to either retrieve printer setting information from cache memory, or interrogate the remote printer for printer setting information. The virtual printer driver retrieves printer setting information and associates virtual printer queues with remote printers using the retrieved printer setting information. The virtual printer driver then responds to the print request by generating a graphical interface that incorporates the retrieved printer settings and user-defined printer settings.05-13-2010
20100085599INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DRIVER SETTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus capable of reducing the labor of a user to create at least one definition file for use in installing drivers on respective ones of a plurality of devices. A server connected to printers accepts input/edition of print information necessary to install printer drivers selected by the user on printers, and accepts selection of printers on which printer drivers applied with the input/edited print information are installed. Methods for creating at least one definition file necessary to Install the drivers on the selected printers are presented for selection, and at least one execution file is created in accordance with the selected creation method.04-08-2010
20100128302EXCEPTION PAGE PROGRAMMING FOR BANNER SHEETS - Job tickets with banner descriptions and document descriptions are automatically generated by a print shop's DMS. The banner descriptions and the document descriptions are composed of PDL instructions. Document descriptions can be managed and altered without necessarily affecting the job ticket. The banner page PDL instructions are specially designated so that banner pages can not be managed without also managing the job ticket. Preserving the banner page within a job ticket prevents unwanted side effects from disturbing the print shop's work flow.05-27-2010
20090303543IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus and image processing system make it possible to easily and fast perform electronization processing of reading a large quantity of manuscripts with a plurality of image processing apparatus to generate the images read from the large quantity of manuscripts as a piece of electronic data. To accomplish this, the image processing system is equipped with multi function peripherals (MFP) 12-10-2009
20090207437IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image forming device includes: a processing unit that executes a prescribed process; a user interface unit that displays information related to the executed process, and that receives a setting of content of the executed process; a communication unit that is connected to an external device, that obtains process content information and content of the setting in the user interface unit from the external device, and that obtains operator information; a storage that stores the process content information and the operator information so as to be coordinated with each other; a user specifying unit that specifies a user; and a control unit that controls content of a display specified based on the process content information to be displayed on the user interface unit, and considers content of a setting specified based on the process content information to be received by the user interface unit.08-20-2009
20090207436IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SERVER, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus comprises: a first specifying unit that, in a document of a plurality of sets represented by document data, specifies definite form portions whose images are identical in each set of the plurality of sets; a second specifying unit that, in a document of a plurality of sets represented by document data, specifies variable portions whose images are to be substituted in each set of the plurality of sets; and an output unit that outputs a definite form portion page having an image of the definite form portion specified by the first specifying unit and a variable portion page having an image of the variable portion specified by the second specifying unit.08-20-2009
20090310167IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING PROGRAM - An image formation apparatus includes an acquisition unit for acquiring image data from a server, a display unit for displaying first image data of a first image size based on the image data acquired by the acquisition unit, a printer for printing the image data on a recording medium, a setter for setting a size of the image data printed on the recording medium, and a specification unit for specifying second image data of a second image size corresponding to the first image data so that the printer prints the second image data of the size of the image data set by the setter. The acquisition unit acquires the second image data of the second image size specified by the specification unit. The printer prints the second image data of the size set by the setter.12-17-2009
20100141983SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR NETWORKED PRINT MANAGEMENT - A system, method, and apparatus for networked print management without the presence of print servers. The system, method, and apparatus allow a user to submit documents to a multifunction device for printing. The multifunction device (MFD) is in communication with one or more other MFDs over an application server. The application server acts as a request broker to allow one MFD to print a document on another MFD. The user accesses the MFD to view the submitted documents. The one or more other MFDs send any additional documents to the accessed MFD. The user selects one or more of the user's documents for printing by the accessed MFD. The user can also select the user's documents on the accessed MFD and forward them to a second MFD for printing.06-10-2010
20100118342IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus is connected to a memory unit in which a plurality of images is stored, forms an image which is selected by a user from the plurality of images and forms an index image in which a plurality of images which are not selected by the user is disposed. The image forming apparatus includes a group acquisition unit which acquires a group to which the plurality of image belongs from among a plurality of groups into which images are classified; a history registration unit which associates a formed image with the acquired group to be registered as an image forming history when an image selected by the user is formed; and an image forming unit which determines a group in which an image used in the index image is extracted, among the plurality of groups.05-13-2010
20100118344IMAGE READER, IMAGE READING SYSTEM AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reader and an external terminal are connected to each other through a network. The image reader includes a reading unit, a reception section, a data conversion section, a transmission data generation section and a transmission section. The reading unit reads an image. The reception section receives terminal information from the external terminal. The data conversion section converts image data read by the reading unit into a predetermined data format based on the terminal information. The transmission data generation section adds additional information, which relates to processing of the converted image data, to the converted image data to generate transmission data. The transmission section transmits the transmission data to the external terminal.05-13-2010
20100118336PRINTING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Designation of paper and an operator as intended by an MIS while maintaining automation of job processing was not possible, since management of expendables in a POD device and management of performance information by the MIS were not coordinated. In view of this, the MIS acquires usable print sheet information including division management information from the POD device, and, based on a designation of paper designated by a job and a designation of paper associated with an operator relating to the job, selects appropriate paper that the operator is able to use, from the print sheet information provided by the POD device.05-13-2010
20100118335IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image display apparatus includes a control unit configured to display a content on a display unit, a detection unit configured to detect a printing apparatus located at a predetermined distance or less from the display unit, a calculation unit configured to calculate a position on the display unit of the printing apparatus detected by the detection unit, and a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, data of a content based on the position calculated by the calculation unit among contents displayed on the display unit.05-13-2010
20100118338IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PREVIEW DISPLAY METHOD - An image forming apparatus is provided with a display control portion for displaying a preview image of image data to be printed, and an original bundle-based processing mode is selectable by an operation portion. The display control portion, in the case of displaying a preview image in the original bundle-based processing mode, generates a thumbnail image, from image data read at each subjob, by reducing image data of a top page, and displays a thumbnail image corresponding to each generated subjob arranged as a preview image on a display portion. In addition, for changing a setting, the display control portion, in the case of displaying a preview image in the original bundle-based processing mode, displays a change key for changing only print conditions of a bundle of originals being displayed as a preview image to be selectable on the display portion by the operation portion.05-13-2010
20100118332INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The inconsistencies of the function included in the print setting resolving process is conducted, and information to indicate that the aforementioned print setting is not been changed is added. Then, based on the added information, it is determined whether the information regarding the print setting is changed or not. Here, in case the data related to print setting is added and also the print setting has not been changed, then the process is not conducted. Moreover, in case the data related to print setting is not added or the print setting has been changed, the process is conducted.05-13-2010
20100085594PRINTER-RESIDENT DEFAULT JOB TICKET - A print controller in a printing system includes a storage system that stores a default job ticket. The print controller also includes a reduced-job-ticket interpreter. The print controller receives a printable file from a host system. The reduced-job-ticket interpreter receives a reduced job ticket associated with the printable file and builds a final job ticket using data from the reduced job ticket and the default job ticket. The print controller then prints the printable file in accordance with the final job ticket. In some embodiments, the print controller receives a PostScript printable file from the host system and the reduced-job-ticket interpreter receives a reduced job ticket in JDF format04-08-2010
20090290194APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING SLIDE SHOW FUNCTION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An apparatus for displaying a slide show function and method of controlling the same are disclosed, by which a still image file of a user-specific group can be outputted in the course of performing a slide show function and by which a plurality of still image files can be automatically sorted and stored. The present invention includes reading additional information for at least one or more still image files to which the slide show function is applied, grouping the at least one or more still image files into at least two groups using the read additional information, and if a prescribed key input is received in the course of executing the slide show function, displaying the still image files of the group different from the group to which the currently displayed still image file belongs.11-26-2009
20090213414Printers and Printing - A printer control system (08-27-2009
20090086269Image Forming Apparatus and Image Forming System - An image forming apparatus contains: an internal device that performs a service; a message processing unit that parses a message according to service definition data, the service definition data including syntax definitions of an interface part of the service and designation of a protocol to be used for the service; and a control unit that controls the internal device according to a request obtained from a result of parsing the message by the message processing unit in order to execute the service.04-02-2009
20100265544IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD AND PRINTER DRIVER - When a user activates a printer driver recorded in a memory of an information processing apparatus, a setting screen to configure operation setting for the printer driver's matching image forming apparatus is displayed on a display of the information processing apparatus, and in the setting screen, an instruction portion to give an instruction to show the documents stored in a memory area of the image forming apparatus is shown. And when the user gives an instruction by using the instruction portion, a request to show the documents is transmitted to the image forming apparatus. Receiving the request, the image forming apparatus returns to the information processing apparatus, reference information to select a document among those stored in the memory area. And then, a selection screen to select a document among those stored therein is displayed on the display, based on the reference information received from the image forming apparatus.10-21-2010
20100195146Image communication apparatus and image forming apparatus including the same - A CPU of an image forming apparatus executes a program including: the step (S08-05-2010
20100195145IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image processing apparatus that is capable of reducing a burden on a user when performing an input operation of a unique setting value to an image processing apparatus that is newly added to a system. An acquisition unit acquires a unique setting value from at least one selected from the other image processing apparatuses via the network, the unique setting value being unique to the selected image processing apparatus among setting values set to the selected image processing apparatus concerned. A display unit displays a setting screen that includes a reference area for displaying the unique setting value acquired by the acquisition unit as a reference value, and an input area for inputting the unique setting value that is set up to the image processing apparatus itself.08-05-2010
20100195144PRINT SYSTEM, RECORDING MEDIUM THAT STORES PRINTING PROGRAM CODES AND METHOD OF PRINTING - A print system includes a print server and a first printer. The first printer receives print job data and executes printing. The first printer includes a job-data communication unit that receives the print job data from the print server; a job-processing-result notification unit that provides the print server with page-by-page print completion information; and a transfer request unit that transmits a request to transfer print job data corresponding to interrupted print job to the print server. The print server receives the print job data from a terminal device and includes a job-related-notification communication unit that receives the page-by-page print completion information; a job-data accumulation unit that accumulates the print job data from the terminal device and the page-by-page print completion information along with the print job data; and a job-data transfer unit that transfers the accumulated print job data to the first printer in response to the transfer request.08-05-2010
20110149345PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD - A disclosed print job management apparatus includes a job registering unit configured to associate the print setup information with first identifiers, associate the print data with second identifiers formed by adding predetermined symbols to the first identifiers, record the print setup information and the print data in a job information storing unit, and return the first identifiers to the print requesting unit, a job list providing unit configured to return a list of the first identifiers to an image forming apparatus, a job transferring unit configured to return the print setup information associated with the requested one of the first identifiers and the print data associated with the second identifiers corresponding to the requested one of the first identifiers, and a job changing unit configured to change the print setup information recorded in the job information storing unit with the part of the print setup information.06-23-2011
20100085598IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPLEX JOB EXECUTION METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes: an accepter that accepts a complex job including a plurality of jobs to be executed cooperatively by a plurality of image processing apparatuses including this image processing apparatus itself; a job controller that makes the plurality of image processing apparatuses including this image processing apparatus itself, cooperatively execute the plurality of jobs included in the accepted complex job; a job administrator that administers execution states of the respective jobs included in the complex job and generates job information pieces indicating job details and execution states of the respective jobs; and a memory that records in itself the generated job information pieces.04-08-2010
20120033261TERMINAL DEVICE - A terminal device may be configured to perform a first sending process for sending a first type of data to an external device. The terminal device may be configured to perform a second sending process for sending a second type of data to the external device. The terminal device may be configured to measure time related to a period of duration of the second sending process. The terminal device may continues to perform the first sending process until sending all of the first type of data is completed. The terminal device may continue to perform the second sending process until the time elapses first predetermined time and cancel to perform the second sending process when the time elapses the first predetermined time even if sending all of the second type of data has not been completed.02-09-2012
20100085600IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - There is provided a method for image processing to transfer scanned data of a document read by an image reading apparatus to an application which is operated in an information processing apparatus connected to the image reading apparatus. The method includes obtaining an execution path of an application which is currently operated in the information processing apparatus, and transferring the scanned data to the image reading apparatus by using the execution path.04-08-2010
20120033257INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIA - An information processing apparatus that enables generation of an extended setting User Interface (UI) adapted to various classes devices including a device having low display capability and a device having a WEB browser. The information processing apparatus is connected to an image forming apparatus via a network. A function included in the image forming apparatus is discriminated based on processing capability information. Screen information used for setting an extended function is generated depending on the discriminated function. Extended setting information inputted through a screen displayed on the image forming apparatus based on the generated screen information is received. Image processing based on contents of the received extended setting information is applied to print data received from the image forming apparatus. The image processed print data is transmitted to the image forming apparatus.02-09-2012
20100085597METHOD OF RETRIEVING THE STATUS OF BUSINESS OFFICE APPLIANCES - Status information of one or more business office appliances operating behind a firewall are retrieved remotely by a service management application. The service management application transmits, via electronic mail from a first network behind a first firewall to a second network behind a second firewall, information that identifies the one or more business office appliances. A device management application at the second network receives the information and, based on the information, communicates instructions to one or more business office appliances. The instructions are executed on the one or more business office appliances without requiring re-boot of the business office appliances. Results of executing the instructions are used to generate a response document that is sent back to the service management application and/or to a database on the first network.04-08-2010
20120033255DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE CAPABLE OF INVOKING PROGRAM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND DISPLAY METHOD FOR DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE CAPABLE OF INVOKING PROGRAM - Provided is a display input device including: an input portion for receiving: a designation input for designating a setting screen to be displayed by a program; a job execution start input for starting a job; and a re-invocation input for re-invoking the same program as the executed program; and a control portion for causing, when the program is re-invoked by means of the re-invocation input and the job execution start input, a display portion to display a setting screen that is subsequent, in display order of the program, to the setting screen for which the designation input has been made.02-09-2012
20120033253INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus connected to a print apparatus via a network, comprises: receiving unit configured to receive a plurality of jobs; determination unit configured to determine a priority level of each of the plurality of jobs in an order in which jobs are sent to the print apparatus, based on information of a post-processing step which corresponds to each of the plurality of jobs and is performed after the plurality of jobs are printed by the print apparatus; and sending unit configured to send the plurality of jobs to the print apparatus in accordance with the priority levels in which jobs are sent, which are determined by the determination unit.02-09-2012
20120033252Information Processing Apparatus, Bookbinding Printing Method, and Computer-Readable Medium - An information processing apparatus comprises: a data determination unit configured to determine, using first received data as a reference, whether to add another received data to processing in a single job; a size determination unit configured, when the data determination unit determines to add the other received data in a bookbinding mode in which a plurality of bound products are generated by a single job, to regard, as single tentative image data, a plurality of image data which are generated from different received data and laid out on a single sheet of paper, and to determine whether the single tentative image data fits in the sheet of paper; and a job generation unit configured to generate a job for at least one received data corresponding to image data contained in the single tentative image data determined by the size determination unit to fit in the sheet of paper.02-09-2012
20090207445INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A technique for providing a first information processing apparatus configured to acquire first identification information as information for identifying the information processing apparatus, searching for a second information processing apparatus capable of wireless communication, acquiring a second identification information as information for identifying the second information processing apparatus that was found, comparing the first identification information and the second identification information, changing the first identification information when the first identification information and the second identification information are identical, and notifying when the first identification information is changed.08-20-2009
20090207442Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes a receiving unit that receives image data; an extracting unit that extracts specific information from the image data; a first recognizing unit that recognizes destination information from the specific information; and a control unit that outputs the image data, wherein, when the first recognition unit recognizes a plurality of destination information, the control unit outputs the image data to respective destinations corresponding to each of the plurality of the destination information.08-20-2009
20090207440BILLING SYSTEM, SERVER APPARATUS AND BILLING APPARATUS - A disclosed billing system includes a client apparatus, a multi-functional peripheral, a server apparatus and a billing apparatus. A communication unit of the billing apparatus sequentially transmits first account balance information read from a storage medium to the server apparatus; receives from the server apparatus a copy permission signal which is then transmitted to the multi-functional peripheral; receives from the multi-functional peripheral a copy-output signal regarding a copy output having been performed on the multi-functional peripheral, the copy-output signal being then transmitted to the server apparatus; and receives copy billing information transmitted from the server apparatus according to the transmitted copy-output signal.08-20-2009
20090207439PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTER - A printing system can suppress an increase in the processing load of a printer, and facilitate print management. To accomplish this, a printing system includes an authentication unit with which a printer authenticates a user based on account information the user inputs using a host device, a token generating unit with which the printer generates, after the user has been authenticated by the authentication unit, a token containing print function restriction information by referring to information in which the user, and application and the print function restriction are associated with one another, and transmits the token to the host device, a command generating unit with which the host device receives the token to generate a command containing the print function restriction information, and transmits the command to the printer, and a printing unit with which the printer receives the command and executes printing subject to print function restrictions.08-20-2009
20120033248SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A REMOTE JOB SUBMISSION ACCELERATOR REPORT IN A MULTI-FUNCTION DEVICE - A system and method for generating a remote job submission accelerator report with respect to a network multi-function device. A multi-function device can be configured to receive a job from a mobile communication device via a submission path. A text representation with respect to the submission path and a spatial representation with respect to the text representation can be automatically generated. An accelerator report can be generated based on the text representation and the spatial representation and the report can be added to a cover page of the job. Such an approach effectively enables client-less job submission with respect to the multi-function device.02-09-2012
20090303522SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVELY PRINTING USING A NETWORKED PRINTER - The present disclosure is directed to selective printing of a print job based on the printing capabilities of a networked printer. Print jobs can be sent to a print server and sorted based on various printing requirements. The print jobs can then be sent to printers capable of printing the print characteristics.12-10-2009
20100079803IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is supplied capable of sending error report information to management server address without user information when there is no permission of user. The image forming apparatus, comprising: an image generating section for generating image data; a storing section for storing history information representing history of apparatus operation on the basis of the generated image data; a trouble detecting section for detecting trouble that occurs in the apparatus; a displaying process section that at least displays a screen of respective items contained in history information corresponding to current image data selectively, when trouble is detected; a selection instruction receiving section that receives a selection instruction of respective items from the displayed screen; a generating section that generates trouble report information containing the respective items in the selection instruction; and a sending control section that sends the generated trouble report information to an external apparatus.04-01-2010
20100079797Image Scanner and Image Scanning System - An image scanning system comprising an image scanner and a terminal, wherein the image scanner comprises an image storing unit to store the image data; a terminal designation unit to designate the terminal as a transmission target; a terminal storing unit to record correspondence data to associate the image data with the terminal; an information notification unit to transmit a notification of information concerning image data to the designated terminal; a request receiving unit to receive a request for image data; and an image transmission unit to transmit the image data associated with the designated terminal for which the request has been received, and the terminal comprises: an indication unit to make an indication in response to receipt of the notification; and a request transmission unit to transmit the request to the image scanner when a user operation for requesting image data is received.04-01-2010
20090237731Printing System, Printer and Driver Program - A printing system includes: a printer which generates bitmap data from received print data to perform printing for each predetermined range, generates an intermediate code from the print data to generate the bitmap data from the intermediate code when the print data is expressed by a printer control language, and generates the bitmap data from the intermediate code when the print data is expressed by the intermediate code; and a host device which transmits the print data to the printer to issue a print request. When the printer receives the print data expressed by the printer control language and memory shortage occurs during the generation of the intermediate code, the printer notifies the host device of the memory shortage. The host device receiving the notification generates the intermediate code of the predetermined range in which the memory shortage occurs, and transmits the generated intermediate code as the print data to the printer.09-24-2009
20090284787OUTPUT EFFICIENCY OF PRINTER FORMING IMAGE BY INTERPRETING PDL AND PERFORMING OUTPUT BY USING PRINT ENGINE - A printer according to the present invention receives a PDL via a network. Thereafter, the printer creates metadata by interpreting the received PDL and extracting rendering attribute information used in each page. The printer generates vector data from the PDL. Based on setting information on the printer, the printer generates a display list from the vector data. The generated vector data, display list and metadata are stored in a storage device in the printer in association with each other. Thus, output efficiency is improved.11-19-2009
20090279124METHODS AND STRUCTURES FOR CONVERTING JDF INFORMATION INTO COMMANDS FOR A PRINTER - Methods and structures for processing JDF elements for a printing system by translating JDF elements into corresponding command language strings for output to a printer. The command language strings are associated with a priority value. The generated command language strings are output in an order based on the associated priority values so that the intended semantic and scope of the JDF elements may be maintained in the generated command language strings. The translation may use one or more translation tables to match a JDF element path name for a received JDF element with one or more entries in one or more translation tables. The matching table entries may specify a corresponding command language string and a priority value to be output to a printer. The generated command language strings and associated priority values may be stored in a memory structure to permit output in the desired order.11-12-2009
20100079796COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A communication system includes: a communication device; and a data receiver that is configured so as to be capable of being connected to the communication device. The communication device includes: a content summary receiving unit that is configured so as to be capable of receiving content summary data transmitted from an external device, the content summary data including at least positional data and title data for content data; and a positional data transmitting unit. The data receiver includes a scheduled port querying unit that is configured to transmit to the communication device a query querying the communication device for a scheduled port. The communication device further includes: a scheduled port notifying unit that, upon receiving the scheduled port query from the data receiver, transmits to the data receiver a scheduled port notification indicating the scheduled port. The data receiver further includes: a determining unit that determines whether the scheduled port indicated in the scheduled port notification is available; and an availability notifying unit that transmits to the communication device an availability notification indicating the scheduled port that is determined as being available. The communication device further includes: an active port setting unit that sets the scheduled port indicated by the availability notification as an active port; and an active port notifying unit that transmits to the data receiver an active port notification indicating the active port. The positional data transmitting unit transmits the positional data for the content data to the data receiver through the active port at a prescribed timing and according to the prescribed communication protocol. The data receiver further includes: an active port receiving unit that receives the active port notification from the communication device; and a positional data receiving unit that is configured so as to be capable of receiving, via the active port indicated in the active port notification, the positional data for the content data outputted from the communication device.04-01-2010
20100079801Image Forming Device and Management System for Image Forming - An image forming device includes an image forming unit configured to execute an image formation process to form an image on a recording medium based on an image formation job, and an information writing control unit configured to write history information based on the image formation job into an external storage device connected to the image forming device via a network, wherein the information writing unit writes the information into the external storage device before completion of the image formation process based on the image formation job by the image formation unit.04-01-2010
20100079795IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus includes an input unit which receives input of image data containing a plurality of drawing objects overlapping each other, a pixel data generation unit which generates a plurality of pixel data corresponding to the respective drawing objects, a pixel data compression unit which compresses the plurality of pixel data into pieces of run-length information corresponding to the plurality of pixel data, a selection unit which selects, based on drawing information of the drawing object, either of composition of the pixel data and composition of the run-length information to be performed, a pixel data composition unit which composites the pixel data, and a compressed pixel composition unit which composites the run-length information.04-01-2010
20100079794IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INPUT METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus and an input method thereof are provided. The input method of an image forming apparatus which includes at least one hard key and a touch screen, including displaying a screen with at least one input selection option on the touch screen, receiving a selection of the at least one hard key and a touch selection of at least one of the input selection options of the displayed screen, and performing an operation corresponding to the received hard key selection and the received touch selection. Thus, a shortcut key using a hard key and a touch screen together may be provided, thereby reducing inconvenience for a user to navigate to a menu and to input data.04-01-2010
20100079792IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - A determining unit calculates an estimated time until drawing data is transmitted to an engine, and transmits the drawing data, a print instruction, and the estimated time to the engine. An activating/terminating unit activates or terminates each unit of the engine. A confirming unit inquires the controller of presence of drawing data of a next page, and acquires an estimated time. An activation/termination controlling unit controls the activating/terminating unit when it is judged that the estimated time is longer than a sum of a time required for activating units of the engine and a time required for terminating the units.04-01-2010
20100079790Systems and Methods for Automating Printer Configuration - Apparatus, systems, and methods consistent with disclosed embodiments permit the automatic configuration of printers based on the generic physical characteristics of print media by using a product code associated with the print media. Printer configuration settings associated with the product code are retrieved and used to automatically configure an input tray holding the media. In some embodiments, the product codes can be scanned using a sensor coupled to the input tray.04-01-2010
20100079788VARIABLE DATA PRINTING METHOD UTILIZING MULTIPLE PRINTERS - A variable data printing (VDP) method is disclosed. The method takes advantage of the capacity of a print shop to increase overall throughput of a VDP production. The shop management software running on a server provides the ability for a print shop operator to divide the VDP production and submit it to multiple printers so that each printer prints different pieces of the production. In one method, the operator enters a division rule to divide the VDP production based on the variable data. In another method, the server automatically determines how to divide the VDP production based on performance of the printers and other the volume of the VDP production.04-01-2010
20090244620IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In order to implement and manage an optimal system in the printing business and POD market, in an image forming system which comprises a plurality of devices including at least one of an image forming device which can print data in a storage unit that can store data of a plurality of jobs including data of a first job and data of a second job which is input after the data of the first job, and a sheet processing device which can execute a sheet process for a sheet printed by the image forming device, a schedule associated with a plurality of work flows including a first work flow that includes a plurality of process steps using a plurality of devices of the image forming system required to complete the first job, and a second work flow that includes a plurality of process steps using a plurality of devices of the image forming system required to complete the second job can be set.10-01-2009
20090244608Image-Output Control Device, Method of Controlling Image-Output, Program for Controlling Image-Output, and Printing Device - An image-output control device includes a detection unit that detects a predetermined image from a target image and an output control unit that outputs menu display, which is a menu display that can receive selection of a process to be performed for the target image and the predetermined image, for each predetermined image detected from the target image to a predetermined output target.10-01-2009
20100091323PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND DOLLY DESIGNATION METHOD - A printing system includes, for example, a printing apparatus which forms an image on a sheet, and a plurality of dollies which are assigned different dolly identification information and used to stack the sheet discharged from the discharging port of the printing apparatus. The printing system also includes a designation unit which designates a dolly to be used for a print job, and an output unit which outputs alert information when the dolly designated by the designation unit is not allocated at the discharging port.04-15-2010
20100091321PHOTO PRINTING DEVICE - A photo printing device includes a microprocessor, operable to receive photo printing data, a printer, configured to print photographs from the photo printing data, an order sorter, having a plurality of moveable bins for receiving prints from the printer, and means for conveying information to a user related to operation of the order sorter.04-15-2010
20100091317METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR SCANNING AND IMPORTING DOCUMENTS - A system, method, and apparatus for scanning and importing documents is disclosed. Specifically, the disclosed system provides a device for scanning documents and importing and forwarding scanned documents based on document identifiers. Documents are received and reviewed for entry into the document management system. An identifier is associated with each document based on the level of available information about the document. An identifier is assigned to each document. Each document with its assigned identifier is scanned. Documents are then imported into the document management system or forwarded to a recipient for additional review. Separator identifiers may be used to increase efficiency. Further, the system may allow certain users to use reporting functions to access information about the document management system and the recipients of documents.04-15-2010
20090161158IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REPLY MAIL GENERATING FUNCTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image forming apparatus includes a mail reception unit configured to access a mail server based on designated mail account information and perform reception of an electronic mail, a mail management unit configured to store the electronic mail received by the mail reception unit in a readable state, a reading unit configured to read a document image and generate document image data, a detection unit configured to detect electronic mail identification information contained in the document image data, a retrieval unit configured to search for an electronic mail corresponding to the electronic mail the mail management unit identification information, and a printing unit configured to perform printing of the electronic mail stored in the mail management unit.06-25-2009
20090251720METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT - A method and apparatus for managing print jobs for a printer is disclosed. The method may include receiving image data for printing a print job, the print job having more than one page and including one or more document and the image data being received only one time for each print job, receiving a signal to print the print job, wherein the received signal indicates that at least one page of the print job is to be printed in a different quantity than other pages in the print job, and printing the print job according to the received signal.10-08-2009
20100079804Printer Having Web Server Function - A printer may comprise a command file storage unit, a receiving unit, a command file sending unit, and a first data sending unit. The command file storage unit may store a command file including a first command, a second command, and a third command. The first command is a command for sending a request for first data. The second command includes design data, and is a command for converting the first data into second data in accordance with the design data. The third command is a command for displaying a web page in accordance with the second data. The receiving unit may receive a request. The command file sending unit may send a response including the command file when a request for the command file is received. The first data sending unit may send a response including the first data when the request for the first data is received.04-01-2010
20110170137PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A printer receives changes to printing conditions by a user when executing reprinting. The printer selects whether to execute reprinting based on application data held in a host computer, or execute reprinting based on printing data held in the printer. If the printer selects executing of reprinting based on application data, the reprint request is sent to the host computer. If the printer selects executing of reprinting based on printing data held in the printer, reprinting is performed based on printing data held in the printer.07-14-2011
20090051966Printing system and printing method - In a client PC, a print object permitted to be printed is specified for each MFP among the created distribution materials, a correspondence table between the object and an ID for identifying an MFP permitted to print the object is prepared, and the distribution materials and the correspondence table are transmitted to a print server. When the MFP transmits a print request and an ID assigned to the MFP to the print server, the print server transmits to the MFP a print object corresponding to the transmitted ID upon receiving the print request. The MFP receives and outputs the object.02-26-2009
20110267645PRINT-DOCUMENT CONVERSION APPARATUS, PRINT-DOCUMENT CONVERSION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A print-document conversion apparatus includes a conversion-module activation section that activates, as a process, a conversion module for performing conversion processing for converting print-document data which is described in a page description language and which includes units of processing into print-image data. The conversion module includes a thread activation part, an assigning part, and a shared cache. The thread activation part activates conversion processing threads. The assigning part assigns the units of processing to the conversion processing threads, and causes the conversion processing threads to perform processing on the units of processing. The shared cache is shared by the conversion processing threads. When a conversion result obtained by converting an object included in the units of processing is stored in the shared cache, each of the conversion processing threads obtains the stored conversion result instead of obtaining the conversion result by converting the object.11-03-2011
20090244618IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE SELECTION METHOD - An aspect of the present invention provides an image processing apparatus, comprising: a monitor which displays various information; an input device with which a user performs an input operation; an identification device which identifies the user who has performed the input operation with the input device; an image reading device which reads images; an image selection device which, according to the input operation with the input device, selects an image which is a predetermined processing target, from the images read by the image reading device, the image selection device identifying a plurality of users who have performed input operations for selecting images, by the identification device, and selecting the image which is the processing target, for each of the users who have performed the input operations for selecting the images; and a processing device which executes a process with the image selected by the image selection device as the processing target.10-01-2009
20090257080SIMPLIFIED WALK-UP PRINT DRIVER INSTALLATION - An apparatus and method for loading and configuring a print driver onto a PC/workstation such that upon completion the PC/workstation is fully enabled to send print jobs to a printer connected on a network includes a unique methodology which eliminates virtually all of the steps, data entry, and decision points that a user would typically encounter. This printer-resident system includes the ability to have the target printer, upon a simple printer front panel pushbutton request, synthesize a complete installer program that is then written to a removable storage device, e.g., USB flash drive. Once written, the storage device is removed from the printer and installed on the user's PC/workstation. The user then accesses the flash drive contents and runs the installer program executable. The installer program, owing to the fact that it was created on the target printer, has all the information needed for a one-click, fully automated installation process.10-15-2009
20100123927IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus for performing wireless communication with an image processing apparatus includes a specifying unit configured to designate, out of a plurality of directories stored in the information processing apparatus, an opened directory before performing wireless communication with the image processing apparatus, a receiving unit configured to receive image data from the image processing apparatus by performing the wireless communication, and a control unit configured to control the image data received by the receiving unit to be stored in the directory designated by the specifying unit.05-20-2010
20090190170Electronic Device And Control Method For An Electronic Device - An electronic device and control method can detect tapping operations on the device housing to control executing processes, and whether tapping operations are accepted can differ by individual print job. The receipt printer has an impact sensor. The control unit of the receipt printer detects tapping while processing print data and while printing when print data containing a wait-for-tapping-operation and cancel printing command is received, and cancels printing when a predetermined tapping operation is detected. When print data containing a wait-for-tapping-operation and start printing command or wait-for-tapping-operation and cut paper command is received, starting printing or the cutting operation of the automatic paper cutter is suspended and tapping is detected. When the predetermined tapping operation is detected, the suspending printing operation or cutting operation starts.07-30-2009
20090190172IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus switches a line of image data, to be read out from a storage unit, to another, depending on a position in the line in a scanning direction such that the curving of a scanning line is offset, and reducing trouble in reading out image data in units of rectangular image data blocks A data processing section performs image processing based on a plurality of rectangular image areas generated by dividing image data stored in a memory section. An image reading unit reads out the image data as the rectangular image areas, and transfers the rectangular image areas to the data processing section. A printer section forms an image by scanning a photosensitive member with irradiation light based on the rectangular image data areas. A DMA controller stores positional information indicative of line-switching positions. The rectangular image data areas are read out according to the positional information.07-30-2009
20090190163Image reading apparatus and method of reading image - An image reading apparatus reads the image of an original document. An original document reading section scans an original document to read the image of an original document. A scanned data producing section produces scanned data based on the image read from the original document. A communication section receives a read command from the external apparatus, the read command containing a first item of identification information and a command to read the image from the original document, and transmits scanned data produced in the scanned data producing section to the external apparatus. A user inputs a second item of identification information through an inputting section. If the first item of identification information and the second item of identification information coincide, then a controller allows the original document reading section to scan the original document.07-30-2009
20130215468PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, PRINTING CONTROL DEVICE AND PRINTING DEVICE - The disclosure provides a printing control method, a printing control device and a printing device. The printing control method comprises the following steps: receiving printing data; acquiring first printing format information of the printing data, wherein the first printing format information includes a first blank space height; acquiring paper-saving parameter information; obtaining second printing format information according to the first printing format information and the paper-saving parameter information, wherein the second printing format information includes a second blank space height; and printing the printing data according to the second blank space height. With the disclosure, a significant paper-saving effect can be achieved during printing.08-22-2013
20090168092JOB MANAGEMENT AND SCHEDULING METHOD FOR NETWORK SYSTEM - A job management and scheduling method for network system, characterized in which a job queue is pre-constructed and a job management module is used to process a job request sent by the application layer. When the job management module determines that the hardware device needed for the job request is available, it would store the job entity into the job queue and output a completion message to the application layer where the job queue executes the stored job entities independently. Based on such a method, the job management module responds to the job request of application layer in a short period of time to enable the application layer to carry out the next job request without waiting. The job queue could adjust the job entity execution order or update the parameter settings according to data dependency, privilege value, or parameter settings to execute the job request quickly and accurately.07-02-2009
20090273804DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An object is to reduce operation load on a user when correcting the positional shift of tab document data with respect to a tab sheet. This invention provides a document processing method of a document processing apparatus, which includes acquiring tab sheet information to be used for printing, determining, based on the acquired tab sheet information and document data containing tab print data to be printed on the tab portion of a tab sheet, whether the tab print data is allocated on the tab portion of the tab sheet, and if it is determined that the tab print data is not allocated on the tab portion of the tab sheet, shifting the tab print data, based on the acquired tab sheet information and the document data containing the tab print data, so as to be allocated on the tab portion of the tab sheet.11-05-2009
20090273806INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT DATA FORMING METHOD, PRINT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND MEMORY MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus for forming print data to be print-processed by a printer is constructed by: designation receiving means for receiving designation of a duplex printing, discriminating means for discriminating the number of pages in the case where data to be printed has been arranged on a recording paper, and command adding means for receiving the designation of the duplex printing by the designation receiving means and, in the case where it is determined by the discriminating means that the number of pages of the recording paper on which the data to be printed has been arranged is equal to an odd number, adding a command to urge a forced paper ejection in the printer lest a blank page of the last page is logically counted in the printer. A print data forming method and a print control program for realizing such an apparatus and a memory medium which stores such a program are provided. When the last page is printed as a blank page in the printer in a duplex printing mode, the print data is formed lest the last blank page is counted up by a counter.11-05-2009
20090273800SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPILING PRINT JOB SEGMENTS OR COMPOSITE PRINT JOBS IN A PRINTING SYSTEM - A system is provided for compiling a multi-part print job. The system is adapted to receive a first print job part at a first print system gateway, and responsive to determining that the first print job part is part of the multi-part job, the first print job segment in memory. A second print job segment is received at a second print system gateway and responsive to determining that the second print job part is part of the multi-part job, the second print job segment in memory. When a selected condition is met, both the first and second print job segments are released from memory for processing as the multi-part print job with an electronic document processing system.11-05-2009
20090097065IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus that can reduce the number of signal lines that can respond to interrupt processing by conducting I/O control that can acquire irregularly generated sensor detection signals. Identification control means of the image forming apparatus uses the data line in the period other than when conducting identification control of the detection means or the drive means to acquire the data of the specified detection means as valid data. Delay of the detection response time to irregularly generated signals can be minimized by using the data line other than when conducting identification control of the detection means or the drive means to acquire irregularly generated detection signals.04-16-2009
20090279139PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT DEVICE, PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - When it is set by a user to use a nearline finisher with priority, if a print job that uses an inline finisher is to be processed, the print job using the inline finisher is divided into a print job to be executed with the inline finisher and a print job to be executed with the nearline finisher. In contrast, when it is set by a user to use the inline finisher with priority, if a print job that uses the nearline finisher is to be processed, a portion to be executed with the inline finisher and a portion to be executed with the nearline finisher are aggregated, thereby converting the print job to a print job for the inline finisher.11-12-2009
20090279138IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing system which makes it possible to find a user-friendly substitute apparatus with ease. The image processing system includes a plurality of image processing apparatuses. An operation history management module collects operation information indicative of details of operations executed in each of the image processing apparatuses and stores the collected operation information as operation history information in a database. Search conditions for searching for a second image processing apparatus to be substituted for a first image processing apparatus, from among the image processing apparatuses, are input via a search condition input screen. A management server searches for image processing apparatuses satisfying the search conditions from among the image processing apparatuses by referring to the operation history information. The management server generates search result screen information for causing a display section of the first image processing apparatus to display results of the search.11-12-2009
20090279130PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROCESSING METHOD - This invention provides a flexible method capable of appropriately determining whether 2-path printing can proceed especially to second-path processing, in order to apply a conventional upper limit management mechanism to a 2-path printing system. According to this invention, when executing 2-path printing, the printing system performs upper limit management based on the sheet count of use for a user. When executing second-path print processing, even if the count of sheets used by the user in first-path print processing has reached an upper limit value, print processing is permitted in second-path print processing.11-12-2009
20090201552DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Provided are a data processing apparatus and method that make it possible to detect improper resource data that has been stored in a printer. The data processing apparatus, which is connectable to an image forming apparatus that refers to resource data when an image is formed, first acquires information relating to resource data that has been stored in the image forming apparatus and stores the information on a hard disk. Next, improper resource data is detected by control exercised by a CPU in the processing apparatus based upon the acquired information relating to the resource data. After prescribed processing is executed with respect to improper resource data that has been detected, information relating to prescribed resource data is provided to the image forming apparatus via a network controller.08-13-2009
20090201551PRINTING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A printing apparatus includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a print setting of document data from a document management apparatus, a determination unit configured to determine whether the document data can be printed using the print setting acquired by the first acquisition unit, an output unit configured to output information about a result determined by the determination unit to the document management apparatus, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the document management apparatus, printing availability determination information about a determined result as to whether document data can be printed with the printing apparatus, a display unit configured to display the printing availability determination information acquired by the second acquisition unit and printing apparatus information on a display apparatus, a third acquisition unit configured to acquire document data designated by a user from the document management apparatus by requesting the document management apparatus to transmit the document data, and a printing unit configured to print the document data acquired by the third acquisition unit.08-13-2009
20090201549Facsimile Machine - A facsimile machine is provided. The facsimile machine includes a first reading unit which reads an image of an original placed on a platen; a second reading unit which reads an image of an original while feeding the original; a transmitting unit which is configured to execute a first transmission operation to transmit the image of the original read by the first reading unit as facsimile data and a second transmission operation to transmit the image of the original read by the second reading unit as facsimile data; a transmission inhibition unit which inhibits the first transmission operation by the transmitting unit; and a release unit which releases the inhibition of the first transmission operation by the transmission inhibition unit.08-13-2009
20090201548PRINTER DRIVER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A printer driver and an image forming apparatus for appropriately combining additional information (such as a stamp) and an original to print the combined image data. The printer driver according to one embodiment of the present invention, relates to a printer driver connected to a printer for registering form data transmitted from the printer driver, and for combining the registered form data and contents data. The printer driver transmits transparent data as form data and a command indicating that the form data is transparent data, to the printer.08-13-2009
20090201544Communication Apparatus and Program Thereof - A communication apparatus includes: a communication section which executes a facsimile communication with a remote communication apparatus; a communication history control section which stores communication history information for each facsimile communication and controls a communication history; a log information storage section which stores log information relating to the facsimile communication by correlating to the communication history information; a code information generation section which generates code information being able to compress and display the log information; a print data generation section which generates print data for printing the communication history information and the code information of the log information correlated to the communication history information on a recording sheet such that the communication history information and the log information are comparable on the recording sheet; and a print section which prints the print data.08-13-2009
20090201543DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A document reading apparatus includes an integral display portion integrally provided with the area sensor portion and a main CPU for controlling screen display of the integral display portion, in which a document placed on a screen of the integral display portion is read by the area sensor portion. The integral display portion has an operation area for displaying various operation keys of the document reading apparatus on its screen, and the main CPU detects an area of the document placed on the screen by the area sensor portion and sets an area other than an area where the document is placed as the operation area of the document reading apparatus.08-13-2009
20090201539ADDRESS BOOK TRANSMISSION PROGRAM, ADDRESS BOOK TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND ADDRESS SERVER - The present invention provides a computer-readable recording medium having recorded therein an address book transmission program for causing a computer, which includes a storage that stores therein one or more pieces of address book data, to transmit the pieces of address book data to a data transmission apparatus, each of the pieces of address book data corresponding to one or more senders, the address book transmission program causing the computer to execute: a receiving step of receiving, from the data transmission apparatus, apparatus information indicating a state of the data transmission apparatus; a reading step of reading a piece of address book data that corresponds to a sender out of the pieces of address book data stored in the storage; a judging step of, based on the apparatus information received in the receiving step, specifying a use mode that shows how the data transmission apparatus uses address book data, and judging whether or not the piece of address book data read in the reading step is appropriate to the specified use mode; an editing step of, if a result of the judging step is negative, editing the read piece of address book data so as to be appropriate to the specified use mode; and a transmitting step of transmitting the edited piece of address book data to the data transmission apparatus.08-13-2009
20090201538Image processing method and image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus processes image data that contains a confidential image portion. The image processing apparatus includes a receiving unit that receives designation of the confidential image portion; a generating unit that generates specification information that specifies the confidential image portion; an adding unit that adds the specification information to the image data thereby generating first processed image data; and an output unit that outputs the first processed image data.08-13-2009
20090201536Posting server, printing terminal, posting server control method, and printing terminal control method - When a printable term is set for content data, a posting server 08-13-2009
20090201532SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING A URL SHORTCUT NAME CORRESPONDING TO A WEB PAGE AND PRINTING THE WEB PAGE WITH THE SHORTCUT NAME - A system and method are provided for creating a URL shortcut name corresponding to a web page and printing the web page with the shortcut name. The system includes a printer in operative communication with a processor configured for accessing a network and the at least one web page identifiable by a corresponding URL; a memory storing a shortcut name corresponding to the URL; and at least one application software module having a set of programmable instructions configured for execution by the processor for enabling said printer to print the shortcut name on a web page printout corresponding to the at least one web page. The system further enables providing the shortcut name in an URL address window of a network browser, determining the corresponding URL from the shortcut name, and accessing the at least one web page using the determined URL.08-13-2009
20090201528METHODS FOR PRINTING MULTIPLE FILES AS ONE PRINT JOB - A method is disclosed for selectively printing multiple PDF files currently open in a PDF viewer (including editor) application. A GUI lists all PDF files currently open within the viewer. A user selects files from the list and specifies page ranges for the selected files. The PDF viewer submits data from the user-selected files to a printer as a single print job. In one implementation, the viewer generates a master PDF file from the selected files and transfers it to the printer. In another implementation, the viewer interprets the PDF data in the selected files into PDL data and transfers it to the printer. In another implementation, the viewer generate a separate PDF file containing selected data for each open PDF file, composes a job ticket using the generated PDF files and transfers the job ticket and the generated PDF files to the printer.08-13-2009
20090201529IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, APPARATUS, METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus connected to a host device via a network. The host device transmits a power-off notification notifying the image forming apparatus on the network that power is to be turned off, together with job information identifying a job, when the host device is powered off. The image forming apparatus searches whether or not there is a job identified by the job information upon receiving the power-off notification from the host device, reads the job identified by the job information out from a job saving unit, transmits the job to the host device and deletes the job that has been transmitted to the host device, from the job saving unit. Further, the host device saves the job transmitted from the image forming apparatus that has received the power-off notification, in a storing unit, and then turns off the power.08-13-2009
20080304105Data management for media production - Systems and methods for authoring, ordering and producing various products are described. A method of ordering a product comprises: receiving a request for a product type, identifying product specification data associated with the product type, presenting one or more options for products characterized by the product specification data, receiving a request for one or more of the presented options, and transmitting product order data associated with the request to a server. A method of producing an ordered product comprises: receiving product order data associated with the authored product, identifying print output data associated with the authored product, generating one or more tables of contents, each table of contents defining one or more components of the authored product, and printing the product components defined by the tables of contents.12-11-2008
20100123931IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming apparatus includes a video controller unit that receives image information to convert the image information into an image signal for image formation, an engine controller unit that controls image formation, a laser driver unit that emits a laser beam, and a plurality of signal lines that connect the video controller unit, the engine controller unit, and the laser driver unit to each other, wherein the laser driver unit detects the laser beam emitted from the illumination element and generates a horizontal synchronization signal which is electrically transmitted via any one of the plurality of signal lines and used as the reference of an image writing timing in response to the detection. Among the signal lines, a signal line for transmitting the image signal or a control signal electrically and a signal line for electrically transmitting the horizontal synchronization signal are used as a common signal line.05-20-2010
20100123926IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The image forming apparatus determines the type of page description language or file format of received print data even if the image forming apparatus is not capable of handling the type of page description language or file format of the received print data. According to the determined result, the image forming apparatus performs control to process the print data or not to process the print data.05-20-2010
20100123925Print device, print system, and method for print operation - A print device according to the present disclosure having a print part for a print operation an image of a print data on a medium includes a memory part configured to memorize a unit price of the medium, and an analysis part configured to analyze whether or not a medium cost determined from the unit price of the medium memorized in the memory part exceeds a predetermined cost, and to create preview data of a print result when the medium cost determined from the unit price of the medium exceeds the predetermined cost.05-20-2010
20100123932IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus capable of preventing unauthorized printing while reducing manager's work load. IP addresses of host computers for which printing should be permitted are registered beforehand in a print permission list. When a print job is received, whether the IP address of a host computer from which the print job has been transmitted is present in the list is determined. If the IP address is not present, the received print job is not printed but stored. Subsequently, when the print job is selected and a print instruction is given, printing is executed. If the print instruction has once been given to the stored print job, the IP address of the host computer is added to the list. Subsequently, printing is executed without any print instruction when a print job is transmitted.05-20-2010
20100123924Data communication device, communication control method, and program - A data communication device includes: a communication execution unit that executes serial communication of an asynchronous type; a bit variance detection block that detects a variance between bits in communication data which the communication execution unit receives from a remote communicating party; a timer that measures a low-level pulse width which is a low-level pulse duration and which is determined with the position of the variance between bits detected by the bit variance detection block; and a control unit that performs transmission speed recognizing processing on the communication data according to the low-level pulse width measured by the timer, wherein based on the confirmation that the low-level pulse width is a low-level pulse width equivalent to a bit width compatible with low-speed communication data, the control unit recognizes the transmission speed for the communication data as a low speed.05-20-2010
20100123922METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SET-POINT SHARING AND PURCHASING - A method and a system for operating one or more printers, including: a first database for managing and storing first content within the system; a second database for managing and storing second content within the system; and at least one network connection for connecting the first database and the second database for allowing the first content and the second content to be shared between the first database and the second database; wherein at least one of the first content or the second content include at least one or more printer profiles.05-20-2010
20090195823DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD - A document management apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive a notification indicating that an icon for a first document has been drag-and-dropped onto an icon for a second document via a display screen, and an application unit configured to apply a print setting stored in the first document to the second document in response to the receiving unit receiving the notification indicating that the icon for the first document has been drag-and-dropped onto the icon for the second document.08-06-2009
20110170139IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CHARGING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CHARGING MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus stores therein a use charging table that shows a charging condition with respect to use of the image processing apparatus and a cooperative job charging table that shows a charging condition with respect to execution of a cooperative job. In the case where a received job is an apparatus job to be executed only by the image processing apparatus, the use charging table is read. Charging processing is performed based on the read charging table, and a remaining amount is calculated. In the case where a received job is a cooperative job to be executed by the image processing apparatus and a service providing apparatus cooperatively with each other, the cooperative job charging table is read, and charging processing is performed with reference to the read cooperative job charging table as necessary.07-14-2011
20090284791IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image processing system includes a first image processing apparatus and a plurality of other image processing apparatuses that are connected with each other via a network. The image processing system includes a sharing unit included in at least the plurality of other image processing apparatuses and configured to store information stored in a storage unit of the first image processing unit to share the information, a determination unit configured to determine an image processing apparatus to use the information to be shared from the plurality of other image processing apparatuses when the first image processing apparatus is not available, and an alternative operation unit configured to perform an alternative operation for a function of the first image processing apparatus using the information shared by the sharing unit of the image processing apparatus determined by the determination unit.11-19-2009
20090284786INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In an information processing apparatus which can edit print data capable of including an image resource, provided is a method which performs suitable image processing on a character stamp image by embedding an image rendering a character string of a stamp and attaching information for distinguishing the embedded image.11-19-2009
20110170136SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CERTIFYING AND AUTHENTICATING CORRESPONDENCE (II) - Described herein is a method and system for certifying contents of a correspondence sent from a sender to a recipient. The method comprises: receiving by an information processor over a communication network an electronic file from a sending workstation associated with the correspondence; receiving over the communication network recipient information that represents the recipient of the correspondence; generating a formatted electronic document from the electronic file, the formatted electronic document including coded information for identifying the electronic document; storing a copy of the formatted electronic document in a database; outputting the formatted electronic document as a physical document; delivering the physical document to the recipient; and retaining the copy of the electronic formatted document stored in the database as a certification of the contents of the correspondence as embodied in the physical document sent to the recipient.07-14-2011
20110170134IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MAINTENANCE METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a log memory, an analysis unit, a determination unit, an extraction unit, and an output unit. The log memory stores error logs. The analysis unit analyzes an error content based on the logs stored in the log memory. The determination unit determines whether or not a notification of the error analyzed by the analysis unit is sent. The extraction unit extracts a log regarding the error for which the notification is sent, from the log memory, if the determination unit determines that the notification of the error is sent. The output unit outputs an error notification to which the log extracted by the extraction unit is attached.07-14-2011
20090284793METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING ORDERS FOR PRINTS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR USE IN THE METHOD AND SYSTEM - Orders for prints of image data are received at an order receipt server connected to a user terminal by way of a network. A plurality of entry web pages each corresponding to one of a plurality of brands are prepared in the order receipt server, and the order receipt server is caused to receive orders for prints under the brand corresponding to the entry web page to which the user terminal is connected.11-19-2009
20090284784Image Processing Apparatus And Method For Controlling Image Processing System - The present invention can provide an image processing system in which a job setting screen is displayed on a local apparatus in consideration of the capabilities of the local apparatus and a remote apparatus when a plurality of image processing apparatuses cooperatively execute a job. To accomplish this, in the present image processing system, the local apparatus acquires function information on the remote apparatus when the plurality of image processing apparatuses executes one job in cooperation. Furthermore, the local apparatus controls the display contents of a setting screen used when an operator sets a job setting in order to restrict a job function based on the acquired function information and function information on the local apparatus itself.11-19-2009
20090147308INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus which is capable of generating XPS data having a data sequence suited to print settings for non-normal-order printing, from XPS data generated as a print spool file for normal-order printing. In the information processing apparatus, a layout filter receives an XPS document from a filter pipeline manager, and acquires print setting information indicative of print settings from the XPS document. Then, the layout filter determines a data sequence for printing based on the acquired print setting information. Then, the layout filter changes layout information described in the received XPS document according to the determined data sequence, and rearranges data files in the XPS document in a sequence determined based on the changed layout information, to thereby generate an XPS document.06-11-2009
20090147309DRIVER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR - A driver management apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive a network entry message sent by unicast according to a search protocol for one-to-one connection from a device connected to a network, a determination unit configured to determine an operation environment in which the device executes a job sent from a client apparatus connected to the network, and an installation unit configured to install a driver for operating the device that has sent the network entry message according to the operation environment determined by the determination unit.06-11-2009
20090147307METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING USAGE OF PRINTERS - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for analyzing usage of printers. A method in accordance with an embodiment includes: obtaining from at least one printer information about a plurality of print tasks performed by each printer, wherein the information about print tasks at least contains information of print requesters, print document attributes, and print time of each of the print tasks; and transforming the information about print tasks into an organizational representation based on information of organizational structure containing the print requesters. In the present invention, entities having a costly pattern are identified by mining historical usage data of the printers, thus driving the redesign of business process associated with the entities, performing print policies optimization on each entity associated with the printers based on the mined historical usage data, thereby reducing unnecessary paper consumption.06-11-2009
20090147303PRODUCING PRINTED PRODUCTS AND ASSEMBLY FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD - The method for producing printed products in which said printed products are composed of printed sheets and for verification of the composition, composition information on at least one printed sheet characterizing said printed sheet with respect to predetermined printed sheet properties is evaluated, whereby during analysis, the composition information of at least one printed sheet is compared to the information of at least one more printed sheet to be assembled using said composition information for production of the same printed product.06-11-2009
20090147306PRINT SYSTEM, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD - Administration such as the administration of the upper limit of a user is performed in an administration server, so as to control printing for each user, and data of a permission list is updated in a printer, so as to perform communication control and interrupt a communication performed for a client apparatus after the job execution.06-11-2009
20090147304INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - The present invention aims that in a printing environment holding only a print instruction and a print data, a printing system capable of updating, changing, correcting, etc. only an additional drawing object is provided by holding an instruction about printing of an additional drawing object (added information) based on the print instruction. In printing out print data on a target page with an additional drawing object added, a job ticket generation means generates a job ticket according to the information about an additional drawing object and instruction information about the printout. Printout means perform printout based on the job ticket generated by the job ticket generating means.06-11-2009
20090147294METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ASSESSING RESOURCE UTILIZATION IN A PRINT PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT - A method of assessing resource utilization in a print production environment may include receiving a plurality of utilization profiles where each utilization profile corresponds to a utilization of a resource in an enterprise. For at least one resource in the enterprise, a computing device may determine a distance between a utilization profile for the resource and a utilization profile for one or more other resources in the enterprise. The computing device may convert one or more distances into at least one visualization, and a report management system may generate a report comprising the visualization.06-11-2009
20090086266PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD - When a print job is interrupted in an in-store terminal due to an error, such as a paper jam and shortage of consumables, or user's instruction, the in-store terminal issues a resumption receipt on which identification information of the interrupted print job is printed. When the user inputs the identification information on the resumption receipt into another in-store terminal that is supposed to resume printing, resumption order information is downloaded from the in-store terminal to the other in-store terminal, thereby immediately resuming the interrupted print job.04-02-2009
20090109484Information processing apparatus and information processing method - An information processing apparatus and an information processing method capable of easily customizing and expanding a function are disclosed. The disclosed information processing apparatus includes a parts controlling unit causing software parts to execute a process based on connecting relationships each related to input/output of information between plural software parts; an image data set acquiring unit, as one of the software parts, acquiring image data set and outputting the acquired image data set to software parts connected to an output of the image data set acquiring unit in the connecting relationships; and an information extracting unit, as one of the software parts, extracting information recorded in a pattern embedded in the image data set input from software parts connected to an input of the information extracting unit in the connecting relationships. The parts controlling unit connects the information extracting unit at the output of the image data set acquiring unit.04-30-2009
20090109479FORM GENERATION SYSTEM AND FORM GENERATION METHOD - Embodiments of the invention relate to a form management system that generates a form ID of the form to be created, on the basis of a form data ID, which is generated based on a template ID generated from a form template and form data to be overlaid thereon. In addition, the form management system may be capable of identifying and managing the form template and the form data for the generated form.04-30-2009
20090109466IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A technology is provided that suppresses a noise that an image forming apparatus makes in the course of an operation thereof from interfering with a user who is watching television. When a printer 04-30-2009
20090290190Priority Order Determination Method and Priority Order Determination Program for Print Job, and Printing System - A priority order determination method for print jobs in a printing system which can execute normal print jobs by submitting the print jobs and confidential print jobs by logging-in after submission of the confidential print job, the method includes: prioritizing a second print job relating to confidential printing over a first print job relating to normal print job, in a case when login for the second print job is requested during printing of the first print job and the second print job has been submitted before the first print job.11-26-2009
20090290186METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING SMART BANNER PAGES FOR USE IN CONVEYING INFORMATION ABOUT A RENDERED DOCUMENT TO A USER - A computer-implemented method and system for conveying information associated with a rendered job is disclosed herein. In general, data can be automatically generated, in response to a request by a user to render a job via a rendering device, wherein the data includes information indicative of the job. Thereafter, the data can be rendered for the user in a displayable format in association with the rendering of the job via the rendering device in order to convey to the user sufficient information indicative of how the job was processed and rendered via the rendering device in the event that the user encounters unexpected processing and rendering of the job.11-26-2009
20090290193IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ACCESS CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING ACCESS CONTROL PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes: a communication interface accessing Web addresses; a memory for storing predetermined addresses; a first determination unit for determining whether the image forming apparatus is in a first state that access of the image forming apparatus is limited to the predetermined addresses or a second state that the image forming apparatus is permitted to access any addresses; a second determination unit for determining whether a designated address is included in the predetermined addresses, when the image forming apparatus is in the first state; and a permission unit for giving to the communication interface permission to access the designated address, when the designated address is included in the predetermined addresses.11-26-2009
20090296149COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION STORAGE DEVICE, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND TERMINAL DEVICE - A communication system, information storage device, management device, and terminal device which enable information transmission which takes into consideration the circumstances on the receiving side, are provided. An external equipment 12-03-2009
20090296144JOB PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - In an image processing method for performing image processing by causing a plurality of image processing apparatuses including a first image processing apparatus and a second image processing apparatus to work in cooperation, an image processing apparatus that issues a job sends an announcement notice informing that the job will be sent to image processing apparatuses designated to perform image processing in cooperation. When excluding the first image processing apparatus designated as a cooperative device from cooperation, an instruction to abort transition of the job is sent to the first image processing apparatus based on the announcement notice. Alternatively, an instruction to abort transition of the job is sent to the second image processing apparatus that transitions the job to the first image processing apparatus.12-03-2009
20090296146MANAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME - A temporary object is registered in a document managing system in advance on the basis information about an object that a user wants to use. Then, when an object is registered by another user, it is determined whether the registered object is a similar object corresponding to the temporary object. If the registered object is a similar object, the user is notified of that fact, and the temporary object in target document data is updated with the similar object.12-03-2009
20090296143JOB PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - In an image processing method in which a plurality of image processing apparatuses perform image processing in cooperation with each other, an image processing apparatus that issues a job sends an announcement notice informing that the job will be sent to image processing apparatuses designated to perform image processing in cooperation. When an image processing apparatus that has received the announcement notice receives a request to display job status from a user, it requests other image processing apparatuses that work in cooperation for job status information based on the announcement notice. Upon receiving responses to the request, the image processing apparatus notifies a user of the job status information.12-03-2009
20090273807Method of Obtaining a Copy of a Previously Printed Document - A method of enabling a user to obtain a printed copy of a document previously printed by the user is provided. A history list of documents previously printed by the user is maintained. A list document is printed at a printer. The list document includes history items from the history list and a user interface element associated with each history item. The user interface element allow is the user to indicate a request for a copy of a previously printed document associated with the history item by sensing the interface element in the printed list document using a sensing device. When request data is received from the sensing device, the copy is retrieved and printed.11-05-2009
20090273805PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT MANAGING METHOD - Each time printing is performed by an MFP, a controller control unit counts up a billing counter value stored in a billing-counter recording unit. Additionally, each time a print job is completed, the controller control unit stores a job history of the print job in a job-history storage unit. A job history of a print job that is in progress at a predetermined counting time is divided into a plurality of job histories and managed by a job-history managing application.11-05-2009
20090273801System and Method for Proximity-Based Printing - A system and method for proximity-based printing are disclosed. A method may include communicating access point proximity information from an information handling system to a print server, the access point proximity information including information regarding the proximity of the information handling system to one or more network access points. The method may also include receiving printer proximity information from the print server, the printer proximity information based at least on the access point proximity information and including information regarding the proximity of the information handling system to one or more printers. The method may additionally include displaying the printer proximity information to a user interface. The method may further include receiving from the user interface a user selection of a printer and communicating the user selection to the print server.11-05-2009
20090262395IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - With reprinting of a print job, in the case that a job ticket strictly defining the output article form is not transmitted, the output article at the time of a first printing and the output article at the time of reprinting may differ, whereby the client may not be able to obtain the desired output article. The present invention provides control to execute reprinting processing employing a setting value used for the actual printing processing.10-22-2009
20090262394Printer Driver and Method of Printing Print Data - A printer driver conserves recording paper by removing blank space formed at the top and bottom of each page when printing. The printer driver 10-22-2009
20090262393Print Control Apparatus and Printing Apparatus - In the case that a control section takes out a print job from an output queue, the control section notifies a terminal device being a transmitting source of the print job of a termination notice that a period to permit to change a print condition related to the print job has been terminated. However, when the control section receives a change request to change the printing condition for the print job before notifying the termination notice, the control section replaces the print job registered in the output queue with a print job having a changed printing condition in accordance with the change request.10-22-2009
20090262390IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING AN OPERATION CONTROL PROGRAM - Devices and methods wherein if a predefined recognition dot pattern designed to prohibit an image data outputting is detected from image data acquired by an image data acquiring unit, outputting of the image data is prohibited, and if a predefined recognition mark to cancel image data outputting prohibition is detected, the outputting of the image data is permitted.10-22-2009
20090262389IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING POWER FROM A PLURALITY OF POWER SOURCES AND CONTROL METHOD PERFORMED IN SUCH IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - If commercial power is received (YES at step S10-22-2009
20090262388IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image forming method and apparatus, the image forming method including: requesting networked image forming apparatuses to perform a user authorization; receiving account information corresponding to the user authorization request, from one of the image forming apparatuses; determining whether to perform an image forming operation, based on the received account information; and performing the predetermined image forming operation, according to the determination.10-22-2009
20090262387IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM AND COMPUTER DATA SIGNAL - An image processing apparatus has a function of processing a plurality of jobs in parallel. The image processing apparatus includes a job processing section, a language information receiving section, a job managing section and a display controlling section. The job processing section processes each job. The language information receiving section receives language information relating to each job. The job managing section manages the plurality of jobs while associating each job with the language information relating to each job. The display controlling section displays display information relating to each job in a language corresponding to the language information relating to each job.10-22-2009
20090262386SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REUSING PROCESSED DATA IN AN IMAGING DEVICE - A method for reusing data in an imaging device is described. An imaging job is received at an imaging device. The imaging job includes file system information and a document in a first format. It is determined whether the document has been previously processed by the imaging device. The document is processed if it was determined that the document had not been previously processed by the imaging device. The processing provides a processed document in a second format. The processed document is saved if it was determined that the document had not been previously processed by the imaging device. A previously saved processed document is reused that corresponds to the document if it was determined that the document had been previously processed by the imaging device.10-22-2009
20090262385SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAVING AND LOADING USER CONFIGURATIONS FOR A MULTI-FUNCTION PERIPHERAL (MFP) - System and method for saving and loading user configurations for a multi-function peripheral are disclosed. In one aspect, a multi-function peripheral (MFP) comprises a storage unit having stored therein a software module. The MFP further comprises a control unit configured to execute the software module to a) retrieve a set of user configurations from a portable storage medium at the MFP, and b) load the retrieved user configurations to the MFP.10-22-2009
20090262384PROCESSING OF ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS TO ACHIEVE POSTAGE OPTIMIZATION - A method is suitable for processing a plurality of electronic documents designated for processing and delivery to a plurality of recipients, each recipient having a zip code associated therewith. Each electronic document is assigned a plurality of attributes, and the documents are sorted into one or more attribute groups based on the attributes, such that the electronic documents of each attribute group share at least one of the attributes. Output groups are then formed from the electronic documents of each attribute group based on the zip code associated with each electronic document, such that the electronic documents of each output group have similar zip codes. The output groups can then be routed to processing sites for processing the electronic documents to form physical documents for delivery to the recipients.10-22-2009
20090262383METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVED MULTI-PROCESSING UTILIZATION IN A PRINTING CONTROLLER - Methods and systems for enhanced parallel processing of data objects in a print job sent to a printing device having multiple processors. The entire print job (or any portion thereof) is spooled by an enhanced driver module on an attached host system and the data objects are re-ordered to allow for improved opportunity for parallel processing of the data objects on the multiple processors of the printing device. Capacity or capability information may be stored in a profile describing desired ordering of data objects to enable opportunity for parallel processing of the re-ordered data objects in the print job. The profile information may be statically configured for the printing device or may be dynamically determined through communication with the printing device.10-22-2009
20090296133NETWORK SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DATA STORING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM RECORDING IMAGE DATA TRANSMITTING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a display, an obtaining unit obtaining second data containing information for identifying the link information having no image data in a corresponding storage position among the plural pieces of link information contained in the first data, a display control unit making the display selectively display first link information having image data in a corresponding storage position and second link information having no image data in the corresponding storage position in different formats based on the second data, and a transmission unit transmitting image data generated by a scanning unit to the corresponding storage position.12-03-2009
20090279137JOB MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, JOB MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An MIS server sends, to a color MFP, a job ticket including information of post-processing apparatuses (in single or combined use), which have abilities to execute post-processing instructed by a print job, along with print contents data. Accordingly, even when the other post-processing apparatus than the apparatus that has been initially scheduled by the operator to be used is actually used, the job ticket needs to be not output again. Therefore, time and efforts required for the operator can be reduced.11-12-2009
20090279133PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD - When the processing of process steps of a print job that includes job definition information showing the process steps of a printing process and information relating to drawing data used in printing is executed by devices, a printing control apparatus connected to the devices determines whether the processing content of a target print job has been changed by the devices from a processing content defined by the job definition information, and, if determined that the processing content has been changed, collects the job definition information defining the changed processing content.11-12-2009
20090279131IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Conventionally, pixel data are converted into the tile sequence. According to this invention, span information or run-length information during conversion into pixel data from vector data such as a display list converted from a page description language is converted into the tile sequence before rendering into pixel data. This can greatly reduce the amount of data temporarily stored for conversion into the tile sequence.11-12-2009
20090279140RELAY DEVICE FOR RELAYING DATA FROM A SENSING DEVICE TO A COMPUTER SYSTEM - A relay device is provided which is configured to relay data processed by a sensing device to a computer system and which has a memory storing an ID of the relay device, a first interface for receiving, from the sensing device, region data of an interactive surface and a sensing device ID, the region data being extracted by the sensing device through sensing coded data on the interactive surface, and a second interface for transmitting the received sensing device ID and the relay device ID to the computer system, receiving, from the computer system, permission to communicate the received region data based on a registration of the sensing device with the relay device recorded in the computer system, and transmitting the received region data to the computer system when said permission is received.11-12-2009
20090279136IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, JOB PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When an image forming apparatus executes printing based on a structured text including page entity information and a structure portion in which a link to the page entity information is set, the image forming apparatus corrects the structure portion of the structured text by deleting a link to a printed page entity if suspending the print of the structured text is instructed.11-12-2009
20090279135IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive information indicating capability of each image forming apparatus from a plurality of image forming apparatuses via a network, a capability determination unit configured to determine, by using the information received by the receiving unit, whether a number of predetermined capabilities of an image processing apparatus that have been implemented, is equal to or higher than a predetermined ratio to the number of a plurality of image processing apparatuses, and a transmission unit configured to transmit, to an image processing apparatus serving as a distribution destination, a combination of information including the predetermined capabilities of the image processing apparatus as a setting, if the capability determination unit determines that the number of the predetermined capabilities of the image processing apparatus that have been implemented, is less than the predetermined ratio.11-12-2009
20090279127Mechanism for data extraction of variable positioned data - A method is disclosed. The method includes generating one or more Tag Logical Elements (TLEs) in a variable location within a page of an Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) document.11-12-2009
20090279121Prioritizing Print Requests for a Configurable Shared Network Printer - A computer implemented method and program product for configuring and prioritizing local network print requests. In one embodiment, a printer shared on multiple networks is configured to a set of parameters defined by an administrator for prioritizing the print requests received from users on a local network. A first print request is received from a first user on a remote network. The first print request originating from the first user on a remote network is printed. A second print request is received from a second user on a local network. A determination is made whether a match to the set of parameters is present. In response to determining a match to the set of parameters is present, the first print request is interrupted in order to print the second print request on the printer. The first print request from the remote network is resumed once the second print request from the local network is completely printed.11-12-2009
20090279119PRINTING SYSTEM WITH DYNAMIC SAMPLE PAGE PREVIEW - A printing system is provided having interactive sample page preview and selection capabilities. An operator or user of a printing system, such as a xerographic copier, laser printer, or multi-function device, may visually confirm the print quality of pages printed by the system by requesting that a sample page, i.e., an extra copy of a page being printed within a print job, be printed and delivered to an alternate output tray for inspection. The present disclosure provides the ability to print the sample and show what was printed as a preview on the screen. The present disclosure additionally provides a preview of the sample page prior to its printing and delivery to an alternate tray. Based upon the previewed image, an operator may choose to print a sample page corresponding to that image, or choose another page. Additionally or alternatively, sample pages may be printed based on temporal criteria and system parameters.11-12-2009
20090279132IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A plurality of scenes included in moving image data stored in a storage medium are detected, still images included in at least two scenes among the plurality of detected scenes are extracted, and images including the extracted still images are printed on the storage medium. The printed images include the plurality of extracted still images in areas corresponding to time periods of the corresponding scenes. As a result, the content of each scene constituting the moving images recorded in a CD or a DVD and a reproducing time period of the scene can be easily figured out by looking at a result printed on the label of the CD or the DVD.11-12-2009
20090168097CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A disclosed control device includes a first unit configured to generate image data of multiple images to be superposed one on the other to form a single image and transmit the image data. The second control unit transmits to the first control unit a horizontal sync reference signal for achieving synchronization of the images in a horizontal direction. Based on the horizontal sync reference signal, the first control unit transmits to the second control unit a transfer clock signal that indicates transmission timing of the image data and an effective area signal that indicates an effective area of the image data. The first control unit asserts the effective area signal for an effective-area-signal assertion period that occurs between two consecutive reference-signal assertion periods during which the horizontal sync reference signal is asserted.07-02-2009
20110199635Printing Method Using Multiple Processors - A method of converting data for printing using a computer is disclosed herein. The computer comprises a first processor having first memory associated therewith and second processor having second memory associated therewith. The method includes converting at least a portion of a page in a printer defined language to a display list using the first processor; transferring the display list to the second memory; converting the display list to at least one bit map using the second processor; and transferring the bit map to the first memory.08-18-2011
20080291493Threshold-based load balancing printing system - Disclosed is a system (11-27-2008
20090284792PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A processing apparatus enabling initial settings to be easily configured as a user desires e.g. upon purchase of the apparatus without unpacking the apparatus from a shipping carton. The processing apparatus comprises a wireless communication unit operable by an AC power supply or a battery, and an EEPROM operable by the AC power supply or the battery and stores initial settings information for the apparatus. An MCU of the processing apparatus determines whether electric power is currently supplied from the AC power supply or from the battery. Further, the MCU determines whether or not power-on history information on the AC power supply has been stored. When the battery is used and no power-on history information has been stored, the MCU rewrites the initial settings information stored in the EEPROM, based on initial settings information received from a dealer's PC by wireless communication.11-19-2009
20090284789INFORMATION DISPLAYING AND PRINTING SYSTEM - An information displaying and printing system that reduces the time to wait for printing of content displayed on a displaying apparatus to complete is provided. An image forming apparatus transmits an image data and an identification information of the image data stored in a registration information database to a displaying apparatus. The displaying apparatus receives an image data and an identification information of the image data, displays the image data, and transmits a print request with the identification information to the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus searches for an identification information coinciding with the identification information received from the displaying apparatus by referring to the registration information database, reads the image data from the registration information database, and prints the image data.11-19-2009
20090284788IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electrophotographic image forming apparatus increases resolution in the main scanning direction. To accomplish this, the image forming apparatus includes a light source having N light-emitting portions each configured to emit a light beam based on an input image signal, an input unit which inputs image data, a signal generation unit which extracts one-scanning image data corresponding to one scanning based on the input image data, and generates N image signals that form one-scanning image data upon composition, and a scanning control unit which scans a single track on a photosensitive body by N light beams emitted by the light source to form a latent image corresponding to one-scanning image data on the photosensitive body.11-19-2009
20090284783IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - There is provided an image forming apparatus that is connected to a plurality of other image forming apparatuses via a network, including a function presenting unit that presents required functions of a job to be transferred from the image forming apparatus a transfer destination candidate presenting unit that retrieves, from among the a plurality of other image forming apparatuses, an image forming apparatus that supports the required functions of the transferred job by comparing the required functions of the transferred job and a function supported by the other image forming apparatuses, and presents the retrieved apparatus and a transfer destination candidate re-presenting unit that presents another image forming apparatus that supports the remaining required functions when one or more of the required functions of the transferred job are de-selected.11-19-2009
20100277761INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INSTALLATION METHOD OF PRINTER DRIVER, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes a print system that is a program for managing a printer driver. The information processing apparatus stores a printer driver module of a general-purpose printer driver constituted by a binary object different from the printer driver in a memory of the apparatus already installed with a printer driver. The apparatus searches registration information of a printer already registered in the print system, and determines whether printer-related information registered in the print system can be used in relation to the searched registration information. The apparatus uses information of a printer queue included in the registration information of the already registered printer and the printer-related information to register a printer that uses the general-purpose printer driver in the print system if it is determined that the printer-related information can be used.11-04-2010
20090290188Reception method for online print ordering system - Disclosed herein is a reception method for an online print ordering system. In the reception method, the case in which a single image file includes various types of print entities is determined to be normal and then composition files are enabled to be created for the respective entities, thereby improving the efficiency of the print ordering system and customers' convenience of use.11-26-2009
20090290192IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An object of the present invention is to provide an image processing apparatus which provides an image with an extended region of a size suitable for performing block processing. In order to achieve the object, the image processing apparatus according to the present invention includes an input unit for inputting image data and printer setting information of the image data; and an extended region computing unit for dividing the image data into a block region and computing an extended region of the divided block region based on the printer setting information. The apparatus also includes a generating unit for generating a processed block region with the extended region added to the block region; and a processing unit for performing image processing on the processed block region produced by the generating unit.11-26-2009
20090290191IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus includes: a radio communication portion that transmits and receives data over radio communication to and from a storage medium in which identification information for user identification is stored; a display input portion that displays a function setting screen and receives a function setting; and a control portion that controls operation of the apparatus and forces the display input portion to perform a display changeover depending on an exposure state of the storage medium if the radio communication portion obtains the identification information from the storage medium.11-26-2009
20090290187ENHANCEMENTS TO VI RECORD JOB TICKETING AND PROCESSING - Job tickets containing scoped instructions can control the processing of a PDL file to produce a data stream that is efficiently processed by a rendering device such as a raster image processor or printer. Job tickets contain instructions for processing a PDL file. A scoped instructions controls processing of only those PDL file sections within a certain scope. Scope can be specified on a per instruction basis.11-26-2009
20090296148Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit for forming a plurality of images on sheets; a receiving unit for receiving job information including identification information for identifying types of the plurality of images and determination information for determining timing of forming the plurality of images on the sheets, from an external instrument; and a control unit for identifying the types of the plurality of images based on the identification information received by the receiving unit, determining the timing of forming the plurality of images on the sheets based on the determination information received by the receiving unit, and allowing the image forming unit to form the plurality of images based on the identified types of the images and on the determined timing.12-03-2009
20090296147IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - There is provided an image forming apparatus which shortens the time taken for circumference detection and measures the circumference at high precision without obstructing downsizing of the apparatus. To accomplish this, the image forming apparatus detects, at an arbitrary timing, the physical pattern of the image-formed surface of a rotation member that changes over time. In the second round, the image forming apparatus detects the second pattern at a timing a predetermined time after the arbitrary timing. By using the detected patterns, the image forming apparatus obtains information associated with the circumference of the rotation member.12-03-2009
20090296145IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method for controlling an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet by transferring an image generated based on input image data onto an intermediate transfer member page by page and further transferring the image transferred onto the intermediate transfer member onto the sheet includes transferring an image of a first page onto the intermediate transfer member based on the input image data, determining whether the image of a second page, which follows the first page, can be transferred side by side with the image of the first page during a time period in which the intermediate transfer member having the transferred image of the first page is rotated to a transfer position for the image of the second page, controlling, if a result of the determination is negative and predetermined information has been received, the image of the second page to be transferred side by side with the image of the first page after rotating the intermediate transfer member at least one revolution after transferring the image of the first page onto the intermediate transfer member, and controlling, if the result of the determination is negative and the predetermined information has not been received, the transferred image of the first page to be transferred onto the sheet, without transferring the image of the second page side by side with the transferred image of the first page, after transferring the image of the first page onto the intermediate transfer member.12-03-2009
20090296142IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Interpret processing of received PDL data and determination whether a command includes group information are performed. CPUs that are available for processing are searched, and based on the group information and information about divided objects, to which CPU each processing of the divided objects is to be assigned is determined. The CPUs to which the processing is assigned convert the received data into intermediate data suitable for processing in a printing unit. The plurality of CPUs are instructed to perform image generation processing based on the generated intermediate data in parallel for each processing unit.12-03-2009
20090296138Image forming apparatus and image forming system - What is disclosed is an image forming apparatus that receives a job of a printing from outside of the apparatus with an instruction of changing a condition of transfer that corresponds to said job and that is valid only for said job. And, the image forming apparatus including: a transferring unit for transferring an image formed with a toner based on said job, a memory section for memorizing, and a setting section for setting a condition of transfer.12-03-2009
20090296151IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In an image forming system, an information processing apparatus (host computer) outputs print data to a printer connected to the apparatus through an interface. The apparatus includes an interface identifying module for identifying the type of the interface, a query module for determining, based on the identified interface type, a quantization method for quantizing print data and/or a compression method, and an image processing module for performing quantization and/or compression on the print data by the determined quantization method and/or compression method. The apparatus outputs, to the printer, the print data processed by the image processing module.12-03-2009
20110170135INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A client personal computer having a hierarchical structure and processing a variable data printing (VDP) document to which metadata can be added includes a UI unit for receiving an instruction to mutually associate a layer of a template corresponding to the VDP document, a print setting editing unit for setting a print setting to the layer of the template according to the instruction, a job ticket output unit for outputting a job ticket including a correspondence relation between the print setting and the VDP document and the print setting, and a VDP job output unit for adding, to the print data, metadata for mutually associating the print setting described in the output job ticket and the layer of the VDP document corresponding to the layer of the template to which the print setting has been set.07-14-2011
20090296140Printer controller - A printer server obtains request information relating to RFID label production of the operator output from a terminal, selects a printer that can deal with tag attribute information of an RFID tag circuit element or communication type information contained in the request information from among a plurality of RFID label printers and outputs a signal corresponding to the request information to the selected RFID label printer.12-03-2009
20090103131MONITORING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR REQUEST PROCESSING - A first image processing apparatus detects pressing of a call button, and issues call-button pressing identifying information serving as request identifying information. The first image processing apparatus searches for another image processing apparatus, and when detecting a second image processing apparatus, the first image processing apparatus transmits the issued call-button pressing identifying information to the detected second image processing apparatus. Furthermore, the first image processing apparatus transmits the call-button pressing identifying information serving as the request identifying information and image processing apparatus identifying information of the first image processing apparatus to a management apparatus. When detecting pressing of a call button of the second image processing apparatus, the second image processing apparatus transmits the call-button pressing identifying information received from the first image processing apparatus and image processing apparatus identifying information of the second image processing apparatus to the management apparatus.04-23-2009
20090103133METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRINT PRODUCTS AND SYSTEM FOR ORDERING PRINT PRODUCTS - A method for producing a print product is described where the product is defined by a master manuscript, ordered by an ordering system for print products and printed according to the print manuscript, in addition, an ordering system is described for print which includes a definition module for defining a product through a master manuscript, and includes a transmission module for transmitting to a vendor for print products and to facilitate the designation of a creator of the master manuscript as a recipient of a commission when the print is ordered through an ordering system on the internet, such that the ordering system initially reads an identification feature of the creator of the master manuscript from the master manuscript, and an order to produce the print product is associated with the creator, and the ordering system includes an identification module, by which a creator of the master manuscript can be identified, and an association module, by which the order can be associated with the creator.04-23-2009
20090103130IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An object of the present invention is to provide an image forming apparatus which can guarantee the originality of a document consisting of a plurality of pages. To achieve the object, an image forming apparatus of the present invention includes an extracting unit that extracts fiber information from paper media; a first storage unit that synthesizes and storing fiber information extracted from pages of a first paper medium consisting of a plurality of pages by using the extracting unit as first fiber information; a second storage unit that synthesizes and stores fiber information extracted from pages of a second paper medium consisting of a plurality of pages by using the extracting unit as second fiber information; and a comparing unit that compares the first fiber information and the second fiber information and determining whether these match each other.04-23-2009
20090103129IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING SAME - A technique of directly and simply operating image data stored in an external storage device using a camera is provided. To accomplish this, an image processing device connectable to a network, comprises a connection unit configured to connect to an imaging device, an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data captured by the imaging device from an external device on the network, in accordance with a user operation on the imaging device, and a display control unit configured to display the image data acquired by the acquisition unit and image data stored in the imaging device in accordance with a display unit of the imaging device.04-23-2009
20090296134IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING JOB - A method of controlling a printing job of an image forming apparatus having an image forming unit. The method of controlling a printing job includes transforming scanned data into printable data, and determining a time to start driving the image forming unit according to the type of data scanned, starting driving the image forming unit at the determined start time, and printing the scanned data transformed into printable data. The time required to perform a printing job is thereby reduced, and scanned data can be output normally.12-03-2009
20090296132METHOD FOR CALCULATION OF AN IMPOSITION LAYOUT - A method for calculating properties of printing elements which are part of a print job includes providing a range (12-03-2009
20100284033SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENABLING SIGNINGS AND DEDICATIONS ON A REMOTE BASIS - A system, method and computer program for enabling signings/dedications on a remote basis is provided. A first computer at a first location is associated with an individual from whom a signature or dedication is required. A second computer at a location where the signing or dedication is required is linked to the first computer so as to provide a two-way audiovisual communication system. The second computer is operate e to receive input from one or more individuals regarding their request for a signature and/or dedication, and to communicate the request to the first computer. The first computer is operable to permit the individual associated with the first computer to review the request, and based on such request provide a signature and/or personalized dedication as an input to an input device connected to the first computer. The first computer transmits the signature and/or personalized dedication from the first computer to the second computer. The second computer is >@5r0+5 to receiving the signature and/or personalized dedication, and provide the signature and/or personalized dedication to a plotting apparatus device connected to the second computer. The plotting apparatus device is >@5r0+5 to apply the signature and/or personalized dedication introduced to the plotting apparatus device to an article, substantially in the handwriting of the individual associated with the first computer, based on the operation of the plotting apparatus device. A computer program for enabling the functions described is also provided. A related method is also disclosed.11-11-2010
20100284039INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION MANAGING METHOD AND PROGRAM - In a copying apparatus, a storage capacity of an HDD which is used in a unique file system can be changed. In a partition area for image data formatted by a general-purpose file system, an area for a virtual unique high speed file system is provided and a reservation file having a data structure which can be used by the unique file system is constructed. A unique high speed file system accesses such an area, thereby enabling functions of the unique high speed file system to be virtually used and enabling information management of the image data to be made.11-11-2010
20100284038DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An apparatus includes a connection unit configured to connect to a network, a switching unit configured to switch a communication speed when data communication is performed via the connection unit, and a limitation unit configured to limit switching of the communication speed to set a fixed communication speed when a connection form of the network is a specific connection form.11-11-2010
20090059279INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus using a management code including a plurality of layers to designate a charging destination in performing charging based on a result of processing performed by an image processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine whether a conflict exists in print setting items corresponding to respective layers included in the management code, and a setting unit configured to, if it is determined that no conflict exists in the print setting items corresponding to respective layers, set, for the print job, a print setting based on the management code and, if it is determined that a conflict exists in the print setting items corresponding to respective layers, set, for the print job, a print setting based the management code and a policy for determining a print setting for the conflicting print setting items.03-05-2009
20100271659IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In accordance with the acceptance of an output instruction to output a single file containing a plurality of images from a user, at least one of the images contained in the file specified to be output based on the output instruction is output. At that time, control is performed so that at least one image is selected from among images associated with each other of the images contained in the file specified to be output based on the output instruction and the selected image is output.10-28-2010
20120268772SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VISUALLY PREVIEWING FINISHED PRINTED DOCUMENT OR PACKAGE - A thin client system and methods are disclosed for previewing a finished printed document or package in which a client computer system prompts a user to select from a predefined list of view positions and allows user selection or entry of view angles, a view position distance, and displayed page number and requests a single still image view of the produced document or package for review by the user.10-25-2012
20090168104PRINTING DEVICE, PRINT CONTROL DEVICE, PRINTING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORD MEDIUM - There is provided a computer-readable record medium storing computer-readable instructions that cause a print control device (for controlling a first printing unit which prints a document image on a sheet) to execute a positional data determination step of determining positional data representing positions of one or more fill-in areas for document image data corresponding to the document image, an addition instruction step of instructing the first printing unit to add an identifier (to be used for acquiring the positional data determined by the positional data determination step) to the sheet, and a print instruction step of instructing the first printing unit to execute the printing of the document image corresponding to the document image data on the sheet to which the identifier is added according to the instruction by the addition instruction step.07-02-2009
20090168100PRINT-JOB DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM, A PRINTER PROGRAM AND CORRESPONDING METHODS - A computer-readable storage medium and computer-implemented method of distributing a print-job including receiving, from a printer, a request to send a print job to the printer, converting the print job from a first format to a second format, sending the print job to the printer in the second format, wherein the second format is compatible with the printer, and wherein the second format is selected from a plurality of different formats depending on the identity of the printer from which the request to send a print job was received.07-02-2009
20110205589STORAGE DEVICE, SUBSTRATE, LIQUID CONTAINER, HOST DEVICE, AND SYSTEM - A storage device includes a storage section, a storage control section that controls access of the storage section, a control section that performs a process of communicating with a host device, and first to k-th (k is an integer of 2 or more) terminals. The control section outputs, to the host device, a response signal to give a notification that the corresponding storage device is connected, through an i-th (i is an integer where 1≦i≦k) terminal among the first to k-th terminals. The control section outputs the response signal to the host device in an m-th (m is an integer where 1≦m≦n) output time period, which corresponds to ID information of the corresponding storage device, among first to n-th (n is an integer of 2 or more) output time periods.08-25-2011
20110205585IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing system including a service platform configured to manage a job related to image processing according to a processing request received via a request receiving program in a distributed environment and one or more computers configured to cause a back-end processing program to process the job, including an execution unit configured to execute a task defined in the job acquired by the acquisition unit under control of the back-end processing program, and a recording unit configured to record information which is a result of processing the task executed by the execution unit and is used to maintain consistency of the image processing system into an area which is protected against writing by the task and managed by the service platform.08-25-2011
20110205578IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF PRIVATE PRINTING - There is provided an image forming apparatus includes: a list transmitting unit configured to transmit a handling user list to the first terminal device; an inquiring unit configured to make an inquiry, when notification indicating that a specified handling user is selected, to a second terminal device to which the selected specified handling user is logging in, the inquiry relating to the handling of the execution of the private print; and a job recording unit configured to record, when notification transmitted from the second terminal device and indicating that the handling of the execution of the private print is agreed to is accepted, identification information for identifying the specified handling user thus agreeing and job data that corresponds to the print request accompanied by the private print instruction in association with each other.08-25-2011
20080212131INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A printing system includes a storage unit (HD) adapted to store a print logs relating to each of a plurality of print data having been printed, the print log including relevant information relating to the print data; a reception unit adapted to receive relevant information relating to print data to be printed; a search unit adapted to search a print log including the relevant information received by the reception unit from the print logs stored in the storage unit; and a display unit adapted to display information indicating a print apparatus that has printed print data corresponding to the print log found by the search unit, which is extracted from the relevant information included in the print log found by the search unit.09-04-2008
20080212133FACSIMILE DELIVERY SYSTEM USING ASSOCIATED IDENTIFIERS - A computer system is provided for delivery of a facsimile using an interactive document printed on a substrate provided for entry of a message using a sensing device. The document includes user information and coded data on a document identity and locations on the document. The sensing device reads the coded data when placed in an operative position relative to the document. The method and computer system allocating and recording an identifier for the document, associating the document with the identifier, causing the document to be printed on the substrate by a networked printer, receiving interaction data representing interaction of the sensing device with the coded data, electronically capturing the message using the interaction data and the recorded identifier and transmitting the message to a designated recipient address for facsimile delivery.09-04-2008
20080212126Printing device and network printing system - To provide a printing device capable of automatically sending pixel map format data for printing to an external computer. Source information of PDL data is held, which can be obtained when the PDL data is received from a print requesting client computer. The PDL data is converted into pixel map format data for printing. The pixel map format data for printing is printed and also converted into general-purpose image format data. The general-purpose image format data and the source information are automatically sent to an image transmission destination client computer specified in advance.09-04-2008
20080212129METHOD FOR MANAGING DOCUMENT DATA AND DATA STRUCTURE - A method is provided which enables to know a location of copied document data without the use of a server or others. Document data that is data used for reconstructing a document is managed by combining, in one document object, the document data along with relationship information for identifying other document data generated by reproducing the document data. Likewise, when a reproduction process is performed, the other document data is managed by combining, in one document object, the other document data along with relationship information for identifying the reproduction.09-04-2008
20100277766PRINT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PRINT SYSTEM - This invention saves a sensed image in a printer in an environment in which a digital camera can directly communicate with a printer, and a sensed image can be directly printed.11-04-2010
20100277760IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - In an image processing apparatus including a plurality of image processing units which perform image processing for image data, packet data containing part of image data and an identifier for identifying an image processing unit is generated. When image processing to be executed by a specific image processing unit identified based on the identifier is switched to another image processing, an image processing unit which has received packet data changes the identifier contained in the packet data, and transfers the packet data containing the changed identifier to another image processing unit.11-04-2010
20110199646IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus may execute a process defined in a job ticket. The image processing apparatus includes a holding unit to hold a job ticket defining a plurality of processes. A display control unit of the image processing apparatus performs control to display, on a display unit, pieces of information about the plurality of processes defined in the job ticket held in the holding unit.08-18-2011
20110199645INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is a problem that operability is not considered for an image forming apparatus in which multiple web applications are installed. An information processing apparatus determines, upon occurrence of an error during execution of a job instructed through a first web application among the web applications, whether or not a first screen corresponding to the first web application is displayed in the frontmost side on the display screen of the display unit and controls a display unit so that when it is determined in the determining step that the first screen is displayed in the frontmost side, the display unit displays a first error screen for notification of the error in the frontmost side, and when it is determined in the determining step that that the first screen is not displayed in the frontmost side, the display unit does not display the first error screen in the foreground.08-18-2011
20110199642PRINTING SYSTEM, JOB PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A printing system includes a receive controller that enables by using a user interface unit an input of an instruction during performing of first print processing with a print apparatus, and an operation controller that enables the print apparatus to perform check processing before completion of the first print processing in the case where the instruction is input, the check processing being second print processing by using print data which is used in the first print processing, the operation controller enabling the print apparatus to continue the first print processing after the second print processing.08-18-2011
20110199641Received document input and output device and input and output method of received document - A received document input and output device connected to a network and using a plurality of communication protocols, the document input and output device communicating documents in various data forms with a plurality of information devices, includes a storing part configured to store the documents received via a communication part; a printing part configured to print the documents; a setting part configured to set management information; and a periodic implementation part configured to control the parts processing the document based on the management information and an output of a clock part configured to count day and time.08-18-2011
20110199640PRINTING APPARATUS, SERVER, PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - A printing apparatus, which is capable of making effective use of the extended setting set up once without performing the extended setting each time, and is capable of improving user's convenience. A printing apparatus is connected to an information processing apparatus that instructs printing execution, is connected to a server via a network, and executes printing according to a print job generated by the information processing apparatus. A request unit requests an extended print setting from the server when receiving a request of the extended print setting that extends a predetermined basic print setting from the information processing apparatus. A holding unit holds extended print setting information showing the extended print setting corresponding to the printing apparatus received from the server in response to the request. A sending unit sends the extended print setting information held by the holding unit to the information processing apparatus.08-18-2011
20110199637OPERATION CONSOLE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE OPERATION CONSOLE - An operation unit of an image forming apparatus having a plurality of operation modes, allowing accurate and easy input by the user requesting switching of display to a screen image allowing selection of an operation mode, includes: a pilot lamp, a touch-panel display, and hardware keys including a power key, an energy-saving key and a home key. The home key that switches the display on the touch-panel display to an operation mode selecting screen image (home screen image) when pressed is provided closer to the touch-panel display than other hardware buttons.08-18-2011
20110199634PRINTING - A method of printing comprising: storing a plurality of sets of linearization data (08-18-2011
20110199633Halftone bit depth dependent digital image compression - Image processing methods and systems wherein a compression strategy for a digital image is determined using a halftone bit depth. In one aspect of the invention, an imaging node comprises a processor, a storage element communicatively coupled with the processor and a print engine communicatively coupled with the processor, wherein under control of the processor the imaging node compresses a digital image in accordance with compression optimization information obtained using a halftone bit depth, stores the compressed digital image in the storage element, retrieves the compressed digital image from the storage element, decompresses the compressed digital image, color converts the decompressed digital image, halftones the color converted digital image and transmits the halftoned digital image to the print engine whereupon the digital image is printed.08-18-2011
20120293841METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING FROM A MOBILE DEVICE - A system and method by which to implement revenue sharing between printer vendors and network service providers or operators. In one example, a method for providing printing access to a mobile device may include acts of requesting information from a printer, receiving the information at a mobile device, providing the information to a communications subsystem of a mobile network operator, based on the information, acquiring a printing capability of the printer, sending the printing capability from the communications subsystem to the mobile device, and upon receipt of the printing capability, if the printing capability is enabled, sending a print request from the mobile to device to the printer. A corresponding apparatus may be used to implement the method, which may be provided as instructions encoded on a computer readable medium.11-22-2012
20120293839IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INSTRUCTION RECEIVING APPARATUS - A storage apparatus, which stores image data, comprises a storage-side transmitting/receiving section transmitting image data to an image processing apparatus and receiving image data from the image processing apparatus. The image processing apparatus, which carries out one or a plurality of processes related to image data, comprises a receiving section having reception areas each of which is provided fore each process for receiving an instruction of the processes; a specifying section detecting a relative position between the storage apparatus and the reception areas and specifying one reception area based on the variation of detected relative position; a processing-side transmitting/receiving section transmitting image data to the storage apparatus or receiving image data from the storage apparatus; and a processing section carrying out a process, corresponding to the reception area specified by the specifying section, on image data which the processing-side transmitting/receiving section transmits or receives.11-22-2012
20120293837RELAY DEVICE, NETWORK SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RELAY DEVICE - A relay device for properly causing an information processing apparatus to process a Web service request from an external apparatus even when a firewall exists between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus or even when the information processing apparatus exists in an environment in which address translation is performed. A mediation application of a mediation apparatus transmits a request corresponding to an operation on an operation screen displayed on an MFP, to a server, and receives a response to the request from the server. The mediation application determines to which of a Web browser and a service provider section of the MFP according to the content of the response. The mediation application transmits the response to one of the Web browser and the service provider section according to a result of the determination.11-22-2012
20120293840DATE-PROVABLE REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR PUBLISHED DOCUMENTS - A system and method are disclosed for rendering published documents tamper evident. Embodiments render classes of documents tamper evident with cryptographic level security or detect tampering, where such security was previously unavailable, for example, documents printed using common printers without special paper or ink. Embodiments enable proving the date of document content without the need for expensive third party archival, including documents held, since their creation, entirely in secrecy or in untrustworthy environments, such as on easily-altered, publicly-accessible internet sites. Embodiments can extend, by many years, the useful life of currently-trusted integrity verification algorithms, such as hash functions, even when applied to binary executable files. Embodiments can efficiently identify whether multiple document versions are substantially similar, even if they are not identical, thus potentially reducing storage space requirements.11-22-2012
20120293831METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING PRINT DEVICE LICENSES USING A CLOUD ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM - A cloud administration system for managing a print device license for a remote print device may include a processing module in communication with a plurality of print devices. The processing module may be located remotely from each of the plurality of print devices. The cloud administration system may include a storage module in communication with the processing module. The processing module may be configured to receive a print device license associated with a print device of the plurality of print devices, store the print device license in the storage module, and transmit the print device license to the print device. The cloud administration system may operate as a shared resource for each of the plurality of print devices. The print device license may include instructions for rendering the print device inoperable if the print device does not receive an approval notification from the cloud administration system within a time period.11-22-2012
20120293838Image Forming Apparatus Using Option Controller for Printing - An image forming apparatus includes a print engine configured to print an image based on raster image data, a main controller configured to execute a process that depends on the print engine, and a relay unit configured to receive the raster image data from an option controller that generates the raster image data, store the raster image data in a memory, receive a control command based on a result of the process that depends on the print engine from the main controller, read the raster image data from the memory in accordance with the control command, and supply the read raster image data to the print engine.11-22-2012
20120293829METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TRACKING AND MANAGING PRINT DEVICE INVENTORY INFORMATION USING A CLOUD ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM - A cloud administration system for managing inventory information for one or more remote print devices may include a processing module in communication with a plurality of print devices. The processing module may be located remotely from each of the plurality of print devices. The cloud administration system may include a storage module in communication with the processing module. The processing module may be configured to receive inventory information associated with a print device inventory item associated with a print device of the plurality of print devices, store the inventory information in the storage module, and enable an application computing device to access the inventory information from the storage module. The cloud administration system may operate as a shared resource for each of the plurality of print devices and the application computing device.11-22-2012
20120293828METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING PRINT DEVICE INFORMATION USING A CLOUD ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM - A cloud administration system may include a processing module in communication with a plurality of print devices. The processing module may be located remotely from each of the plurality of print devices. The cloud administration system may include a storage module in communication with the processing module. The processing module may be configured to receive print device information from at least one of the plurality of print devices, store the print device information in the storage module, and enable an application computing device to access the print device information from the storage module. The application computing device may be located remotely from the processing module. The cloud administration system may operate as a shared resource for each of the plurality of print devices and the application computing device.11-22-2012
20110205584INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus determines whether setting value data corresponding to the identification information of the received printer data is present in a storage unit, stores setting value data containing the identification information, the character string information, and the version information in the storage unit when it is determined that the setting value data corresponding to the identification information of the printer data is not present in the storage unit, and updates the character string information and the version information of the setting value data with those of the printer data when it is determined that the setting value data corresponding to the identification information of the printer data is present in the storage unit, and when the version information of the printer data is newer than that of the setting value data.08-25-2011
20110205586PRINTING SYSTEM, CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM, PRINTING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A cloud computing system includes an input data storage unit, a data input unit, an output data storage unit, and a data extraction unit. When an execution instruction is externally input, the cloud computing system reads data from the input data storage unit and processes the read data. Then, the cloud computing system stores a result of processing of the data on the output data storage unit.08-25-2011
20100103461USER INTERFACE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A user interface which makes it possible to easily and more accurately configure a user mode. The user interface has an application mode configuration screen for configuring settings for an application mode when executing a job and a user mode configuration screen for configuring settings for a user mode before executing the job. When the user mode configuration screen is to be displayed, it is determined whether or not the application mode configuration screen is being displayed. When it is determined that the application mode configuration screen is being displayed, a liquid crystal display displays user mode items related to settings to be configured for the application mode on the application mode configuration screen being displayed.04-29-2010
20100103459IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT NUMBER ADDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a setting unit configured to set adding a document number indicating a copy number and executing a page iterative imposition for imposing a plurality of same pages on a plane of a sheet (i.e., a physical page) and a document number adding unit configured to add different document numbers on logical pages to be imposed on the physical page according to contents set by the setting unit so that a plurality of same logical pages can be imposed on the plane of the sheet (i.e., the physical page).04-29-2010
20100103458Printer And Printer Control Method - A printer that can acquire information related to print job execution can shorten the waiting time between print jobs even when print jobs are received continuously. In a printer that prints according to print jobs, a command interpreting and data conversion unit 04-29-2010
20100103457Image forming apparatus and print system - An image forming apparatus is connected to a plurality of networks including a network connected with an image processor and includes a storer for storing in memory a plurality of address sets each composed of a first kind address of the image forming apparatus and a first kind address of the image processor, and a communication controller to employ the plurality of address sets stored in memory of the storer, for a sequence of trials of connection with the image processor to determine a connectable address set to use for communications with the image processor, as the image processor is adapted for storage of a plurality of address sets each composed of a first kind address of the image processor and a first kind address of the image forming apparatus.04-29-2010
20100103456Apparatus and system of image processing apparatus, and medium storing image processing control program - An apparatus, system, and a method of image processing, and a recording medium including an image processing control program are disclosed. The system allows a user to select one or more image processing condition items, and stores the user selection as item setting information. Based on the item setting information, the system displays an instruction screen which displays an image processing condition specified by the one or more image processing condition items selected by the user.04-29-2010
20100103452METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING PAGE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGE DATA FOR PARALLEL PROCESSING - Provided is a method and apparatus of creating printing data, the method includes: classifying a plurality of objects that are to be printed into a plurality of groups; generating a page description language (PDL) section for each group to include commands for establishing attributes that are to be used in their respective group; and creating PDL data for the objects by combining the PDL sections.04-29-2010
20100103444AUTOMATED PREPRESS METHODS FOR IMPROVING PAGE PARALLEL RIP PERFORMANCE - Systems and methods are presented in which a print job is segmented into multiple parts or chunks prior to facilitate raster image processing by including in each of the parts the print job preamble, one or more page portions, and only those resources required for the page portions, and the generated chunk files are provided to one or more raster image processing components for rendering or printing.04-29-2010
20100103449METHOD OF TRANSMSITTING LOG INFORMATION ON DOCUMENT USING METADATA AND HOST DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME METHOD - There are provided a method of transmitting log information on a document using metadata which can manage log information based on the metadata, and a host device, an image forming apparatus and an image forming system using the same method. The method includes: setting up metadata for receiving log information on a document in a host device; storing the set up metadata and printing data of the document; outputting the document; generating the log information on the document; and transmitting the log information using the metadata.04-29-2010
20100103451IMAGE FORMING DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMPLETING ACCESS OPERATION TO RFID ON RECORDING MEDIUM - There is provided an image forming device that includes a conveyor section, an image forming section, an accessing section and a control unit. The conveyor section conveys recording media in a conveying path, the recording media including a recording medium having a data storage unit attached thereto and a recording medium with no data storage unit attached thereto, the data storage unit storing data or being capable of storing data. The image forming section forms an image on the recording medium. The accessing section is disposed at an access position along the conveying path and accesses the data storage unit to execute an access operation to write data into or read data from the data storage unit. The control section is configured to control the conveyor section and the accessing section to bring the recording medium having passed the access position back to the access position and to access the data storage unit attached to the recording medium which has brought back to the access position to execute a re-access operation to write unprocessed data into or read unprocessed data from the data storage unit, the unprocessed data being such data that remained unprocessed with the access operation.04-29-2010
20100103450IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE DATA CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image forming device connectable to plural external devices controlling image data through a network including: a setup unit configured to set up an identification name and communication identification information for the image forming device and the external devices, the communication identification information having a setup content different based on a communication method; a device information control unit; a registration unit configured to associate the identification name with the communication identification information and to register these into the device information control unit; a source candidate display unit configured to display an identification name list registered in the device information control unit as candidates which can be chosen as a source of the image data; and an acquisition unit configured to acquire the image data from the plural external devices based on the communication identification information associated with the identification name.04-29-2010
20100103447Systems and Methods for Testing a Printer - A method for testing skew in a printer includes receiving at a printer a request to print a test page, and in response to the request, printing a test page. The test page includes (a) a first symbol defining a first symbol boundary and (b) a second symbol sized smaller than the first symbol boundary such that the second symbol fits inside the first symbol boundary when the test page is folded. The relationship between the size of the first symbol boundary and the size of the second symbol corresponds to a predetermined acceptable amount of skew in the alignment of the first and second symbols on the test page.04-29-2010
20100103448METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VOUCHER AND PROMOTIONAL COUPONING SYSTEM - A method and apparatus are provided for the creation and management of promotional coupons or vouchers. When used in a mixed gaming and promotional couponing system, a printer appends printed indicia to printed output when receiving data on an auxiliary port configured for printing promotional coupons. In addition, the printer, upon receiving data on the auxiliary port, may analyze the received data in order to suppress data for generating certain patterns which are not desirable to appear on the printed output. Suppressed data may include text, barcode, graphic, line, and box data used for printing vouchers but not promotional coupons.04-29-2010
20100103446METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRINTING DOCUMENTS WITH SEMI-TRANSPARENT GRAPHICAL ELEMENTS - A method of processing a page for printing includes processing each component of the page, or a portion of the page, into a display list. A plurality of element streams is generated from at least a portion of the display list. Each component of the element streams is identified as being an invariant component or a varying component. For each invariant component, it is determined whether that invariant component has been serialized into at least one of the element streams and, if not, the invariant component is serialized into at least one of the element streams and stored.04-29-2010
20100103445SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING A DOCUMENT WORKFLOW - A method of processing a document workflow includes the initial step of providing a document workflow system including a grid computing system in communication with at least one I/O device. The document workflow system is configured to process at least one print job. The method also includes the step of partitioning the processing of the at least one print job between the grid computing system and the at least one I/O device. The grid computing system is configured to process at least one non-physical component of the document workflow and the at least one I/O device is configured to process at least one physical component of the document workflow.04-29-2010
20100103453PRINTING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE PRINTING SYSTEM - In a printing system that registers a schedule of print jobs before printing and that executes the print jobs in order of registration, a print server receives a print request of print jobs and requests a print device to register the print jobs. The print server abandons the print jobs after the request of the registration of the print jobs. Meanwhile, the print device that has received the registration of the print jobs registers the print jobs in the schedule, and the print device instructs the print server to execute the print jobs according to the schedule. The print server acquires the instructed print jobs, generates print data based on the print jobs, and transfers the print data to the print device.04-29-2010
20110205583IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING INCORPORATING THE SAME - A method for preparing image data for three-dimensional printing in which a digitised (e.g. voxelized) representation of a virtual three-dimensional object (e.g. CAD model) is eroded to create an internal volume for the object. Subsequently, a vector-based surface representation of this internal volume is generated and simply combined with a corresponding vector-based surface representation of the original virtual three-dimensional object to yield a hollowed out model in a format suitable for three-dimensional printing.08-25-2011
20110205581CONFIGURATION DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, PRINTER, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE CONTROL METHOD - An electronic device includes a storage unit that stores configuration data related to the electronic device, a configuration data writing unit that writes configuration data from the storage unit to the external storage device when electronic device power turns off, a configuration data updating unit that, after the configuration data is written to the external storage device, executes a deletion process to delete the configuration data in the storage unit, or an initialization process that resets the configuration data in the storage unit to a default initialization value, a configuration data reading unit that reads the configuration data from the external storage device when electronic device power turns on, a configuration unit that configures the electronic device based on the read configuration data, and a configuration data deletion unit that deletes the configuration data stored in the external storage device after the configuration unit completes configuring the electronic device.08-25-2011
20110205579PRINTER DRIVER DEVICE, PRINT JOB GENERATING METHOD, AND PRINT SYSTEM - Generally, according to an embodiment, a printer driver device includes a print instruction accepting unit which accepts a print start instruction on a print setting screen on an application side, a first display unit, and a job generating unit. The first display unit displays, on a display device, a first display subject corresponding to a detailed registered print setting that is registered in advance, when the print instruction accepting unit accepts the print start instruction. The job generating unit generates a print job based on the registered print setting corresponding to the first display subject when the first display subject is selected by the user.08-25-2011
20100060930PRINTING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USE THEREIN - A data processing device includes a storage section, a path retrieving section, a judging section, and a print job creating section. The storage section stores a path for accessing to a predefined storage area. The path retrieving section retrieves a path of a storage area storing print data to be printed. The judging section judges a relationship between the path of a predefined storage area and the path of a storage area. The print job creating section creates a secure print job containing the print data when the judging section makes a prescribed judgment that the path for accessing to a predefined storage area and the path of a storage area are in a prescribed relationship, the secure print job is transmitted to a printer for printing the print data under a restricted circumstance.03-11-2010
20100060929IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - A digital multi function peripheral as an image forming apparatus reads, if an external storage device is connected to an external interface, a print data file including setting information concerning printing and image data for printing from the external storage device connected to the external interface, receives an instruction for change to a print setting different from a print setting based on the setting information included in the print data file read from the external storage device, and prints, if the instruction for change of the print setting is not received, the image data for printing included in the print data file according to the print setting based on the setting information of the print data file and printing, if the instruction for change of the print setting is received, the image data for printing included in the print data file according to a print setting designated by a user.03-11-2010
20100060926METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING DOCUMENTS - The present disclosure provides methods and apparatus for delivering documents. A web based application server transmits a document to a distribution management system. The distribution management system then translates the document if necessary (e.g., from a spreadsheet to a PDF and a fax) and sends the translated document to one or more destinations such as email inboxes, printers, and fax machines. For fax deliveries, the distribution management system sends the document to a particular client device that is associated with the fax destination. For example, the client device that actually transmits the fax may reside at a company, and the fax machine may be at a customer of that company. In this manner, fax transmissions appear to come from the correct source (not the distribution management system), and transmission charges associated with the fax are incurred by the appropriate company (not the company associated with the distribution management system).03-11-2010
20100060925Controlling Sensitive Information Leakage in Printing - Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to controlling sensitive information leakage in printing. In aspects, one or more interception units sit in the print path(s) of a device. The interception unit(s) receives print data that is generated on the device and extract information from the print data. The extracted information is used to determine whether the print data include sensitive information. If the print data includes sensitive information, a policy is applied and the print data may or may not be forwarded towards a printer. Otherwise, the print data is forwarded towards a printer without applying a policy.03-11-2010
20100060924METHOD, SYSTEM, AND DRIVER FOR VIRTUAL FULFILLMENT - A system for virtual fulfillment is also disclosed. The system has one or more distributed fulfillment devices. The system also has one or more fulfillment controllers coupled to the one or more distributed fulfillment devices. The system further has a client and a virtual fulfillment driver installed on the client. The virtual fulfillment driver is configured to: a) render a document; b) bundle the rendered document into an order for later communication to the one or more fulfillment controllers; and c) communicate the order to the one or more fulfillment controllers. A related method, virtual fulfillment driver, and machine executable instructions embodied on a machine readable medium are also disclosed.03-11-2010
20100134842SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING SHARED PRINTER WITH RFID - A system and method of managing a shared printer with radio frequency identification (RFID) includes at least one RFID chip containing information about task permission for users, an RFID transceiver unit to periodically retrieve information about the RFID chip, a controller to determine whether to output a document based on task permission held by a user associated with the RFID chip retrieved by the RFID transceiver unit, and a printing unit to form images on a printing medium in response to a control signal from the controller. It is possible to allow, for example, printing and facsimile transmission by giving specific permission to each user and allows a manager to inspect a use specification by the RFID transceiver unit. The RFID transceiver unit is included in a printer and periodically retrieves information about an RFID chip and determines whether a document is to be output based on task permission held by a user associated with the retrieved RFID chip.06-03-2010
20100134839IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - The present invention is intended to improve operability of an image processing device by reading a document with multiple pages at a time, changing a page addressed to each destination, and transmitting the page to each destination. In order to achieve this, an image processing device 06-03-2010
20100284034TOY MAILBOX - A toy mailbox for children includes a storage unit and a media processing mechanism. The storage unit includes a door member for closeably opening the storage unit and an ejection slot configured on a portion of the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is coupled to the storage unit, such that the media processing mechanism is capable of dispensing a media sheet having data content printed thereon, into the storage unit through the ejection slot. Opening the storage unit enables children to access the media sheet from within the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is also capable of printing the data content on the media sheet prior to dispensing the media sheet into the storage unit.11-11-2010
20110205576DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - Described herein is a document management system and method comprising associating a graphic image with document processing information with an electronic document and further processing at least one of the graphic image and electronic document in accordance with the document processing information.08-25-2011
20100284037IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS - An image transmission apparatus includes an image input unit, an identification data input unit, a receiving unit, a transmission unit, a transmission permitting unit, and a transmission control unit. The image input unit allows image data to be input therefrom. The identification data input unit allows identification data to be input thereto for permission to transmit the image data input. The receiving unit receives transmission information relating to an image transmission request transmitted from an image transmission requester. The transmission unit transmits the image data input. The transmission permitting unit determines whether or not to permit the transmission of the image data based on the identification data input and the transmission information received. The transmission control unit allows the image data input to be transmitted through the transmission unit where the transmission permitting unit determines to permit the transmission of the image data.11-11-2010
20090268232DIGITAL PRINTING SYSTEM HAVING OPTIMIZED PAPER USAGE - A method for manufacturing printed page products includes defining a plurality of subbatches each comprising one or more of the pages, creating layouts for the pages in the plurality of subbatches, separating the plurality of subbatches into N groups each comprising a total number of pages equal or less than M, minimizing the difference between the total pages in the N groups and M×N, and printing the layouts of the pages on a stack of sheets each configured to contain layouts for N pages. The layouts of the pages in the stack of sheets are positioned in N columns.10-29-2009
20110205590STORAGE DEVICE, SUBSTRATE, LIQUID CONTAINER, HOST DEVICE, AND SYSTEM - A storage device includes a storage section, a storage control section that controls access of the storage section, a control section that performs a process of communicating with a host device, a data terminal, a reset terminal, and a clock terminal. The control section outputs a control signal for setting, to a low potential level, a voltage level of the data terminal pulled up at an m-th (m is an integer where 1≦m≦n) clock cycle, which corresponds to ID information of the corresponding storage device, among first to n-th (n is an integer of 2 or more) clock cycles of a clock which is input to the clock terminal.08-25-2011
20110205582GUIDE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND GUIDE DISPLAY METHOD - A guide display apparatus includes a display portion, an input portion, a guide display portion, a pop-up display control portion, a setting column display portion, and a setting command portion. The guide display portion makes the display portion display a guide screen explaining an operation procedure of an apparatus. The pop-up display control portion makes the display portion display, if the user selects an object on the guide screen displayed by the guide display portion, a pop-up explaining the object while placing a button within the pop-up. The setting column display portion makes the display portion display, if the user operates the button within the pop-up, a column in which to input a setting value of the apparatus. The setting command portion sends the setting value inputted from the input portion in the input column displayed by the setting column display portion to the apparatus.08-25-2011
20110267652PRINT PROCESSING SYSTEM, PRINTER AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A recording medium having recorded therein a program for an information processing apparatus that exchanges information with a printing apparatus and causes the printing apparatus to execute printing, the program causes the information processing apparatus to execute a first print-setting generating and storing step of generating and storing at least one first print setting, a second print-setting acquiring step of acquiring at least one second print setting from the printing apparatus, a third print-setting selecting step of urging a user to select at least one third print setting out of the first print setting and the second print setting, a print-data converting step of converting a print command group issued by application software into respective print data in accordance with the respective third print settings, and a print-data transmitting step of transmitting the respective print data to the printing apparatus and causing the printing apparatus to print the print data.11-03-2011
20110267653IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An information processing apparatus fully utilizing contents available on a network by processing content that cannot be displayed on a built-in browser. A web browser displays in a pop-up fashion a dialog window that queries a user about the process to be performed on undisplayable data if the received data is undisplayable. The user can select between “print” and “send” as an alternative process for the undisplayable data.11-03-2011
20110267651INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes a record level display control unit configured to control a display device to display, as an initial screen, a record level setting screen which includes a record level selection object for receiving, from a user, selection of a record level from a plurality of record levels including the record level estimated by the data analysis unit and in which the record level estimated by the data analysis unit is selected in the record level selection object, a record level selection acquisition unit configured to acquire a record level selected via the record level selection object in the record level setting screen, and a notification unit configured to notify a post-processing unit for performing post-processing subsequent to the print job of the record level acquired by the record level selection acquisition unit.11-03-2011
20110267649COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REFERRING TO TRANSMISSION JOB HISTORY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - A communication apparatus that enables to refer to transmission history information in response to settings of use proprieties for transmission methods. A recording unit records a history of a transmission job executed by the communication apparatus as transmission history information that includes a transmitting destination at least. A setting unit sets a use propriety of each of the transmission methods. A determination unit determines whether reference to the transmission history information is permitted in response to the use propriety of each of the transmission methods set by the setting unit and the transmitting destination included in the transmission history information, when a user instructs to refer to the transmission history information.11-03-2011
20110267643White Space Management Mechanism - A computer generated method disclosed. The method includes examining a print job data stream spooled in a spooled print production file, identifying one or more white space regions within documents in the print production file and inserting content into each of the white space regions.11-03-2011
20110267641Reprographic System Having Bluetooth Support for Offline Finishing Devices and DFA Devices - A reprographic system includes an image output terminal, an external finishing device or an offline finishing device, and Bluetooth11-03-2011
20100128300MOBILE OFFICE SOLUTION - A mobile information technology infrastructure system, including: a server; a broadband network aggregator coupled to the server; at least one wireless communication device coupled to the broadband network aggregator; and a mobile enclosure configured to include the server, the broadband network aggregator, and at least one wireless communication device, wherein the server, the broadband network aggregator, and at least one wireless communication device are aggregated to combine the bandwidth of at least one wireless communication device and to generate information technology services with a single wireless backhaul channel.05-27-2010
20100284036METHOD OF PROVIDING E-BOOK SERVICE AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A method of and a system for providing an e-book service are disclosed. More specifically, the method of providing an e-book service performed by an e-book server is provided by obtaining a printed document image generated according to a print command of a user for a virtual printer of a first user terminal, registering an e-book corresponding to the printed document image in an e-book database, obtaining a request for reading the e-book registered in the e-book database from a second user terminal, and responding to the request for reading the e-book by sending information on the e-book to the second user terminal. Accordingly, by using the virtual printer installed in the user terminal, a more efficient e-book service can be provided.11-11-2010
20080239392IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - An object of this invention is to increase the convenience for a user in setting a print reservation in an image forming apparatus having a time-designated print function. To achieve the object, according to the present invention, a control method of controlling an image forming apparatus communicably connected to a plurality of information processing apparatuses having a browser function includes the storage step of storing print data, the setting step of setting information representing a timing of printing the print data (S10-02-2008
20080239380IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus and a control method thereof configured to input PDL data and render the PDL data into image data to form an image, wherein a rendering speed in rendering the PDL data into the image data and an image forming speed are changeable, and by changing the rendering speed and the image forming speed within a predetermined power consumption, suppresses degradation in image forming speed. When an amount of rendered and stored image data yet to be used for image forming equals or exceeds a first threshold, the speed of an image data rendering process is reduced while image forming speed is increased. Conversely, when the amount of rendered and stored image data yet to be used for image forming equals or falls below a second threshold, the speed of an image data rendering process is increased while image forming speed is reduced.10-02-2008
20080239368Systems and methods for print scheduling - In some embodiments of systems and methods for print scheduling, at least one of a plurality of entries in a request table associated with a printing device is updated with print job related information when a spool associated with a printing device is full. A priority is associated with the entries in the request table and an incoming print job is spooled at the time of a print job request, if the spool associated with the printing device is not full and the entry corresponding to the print job in the request table has the highest priority. Embodiments of the methods disclosed provide for the ordered processing of print jobs in a timely fashion with minimal alterations to existing protocols.10-02-2008
20080239385Image forming device, and method and computer readable medium applicable to the same - An image forming device, which is configured to receive print data from a client via a network and process the print data, includes a print request receiving unit configured to receive a print request transmitted by the client with a protocol through a port of the image forming device, a protocol specifying unit configured to specify a kind of the protocol used in the transmission of the print request, a destination information creating unit configured to create destination information representing a destination to which the print data are to be sent, based on the protocol of the kind specified by the protocol specifying unit, and a destination information sending unit configured to send the destination information to the client with the protocol of the specified kind.10-02-2008
20080239381PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD - This invention improves the operability in a process of compositing print jobs in a business-oriented printer. A client PC (10-02-2008
20080239363COPIER DEVICE CAPABLE OF ELECTRONICALLY STORING AND RECALLING COPIED DOCUMENTS - A method is described for electronically storing images of previously copied documents and recalling them for reprinting later. When a user uses a copier to make a physical copy of a physical document, the document image is stored by the copier, and certain document management information is captured and stored in a document management database to facilitate later recall and reprint of the document images. A document management section, which resides either on the copier or on a server connected to the copier by a network, performs document management functions that allow a user to select a previously copied and stored document for reprinting.10-02-2008
20080239364PORTABLE MEMORY PRINTING DEVICE AND METHOD - A method comprises collecting printing information relating to an electronic document stored on a computer. The printing information comprises printing attributes according to which the electronic document should be printed. In response to input from a user of the computer, the method causes the electronic document and the printing information to be stored on a portable memory device temporarily connected to the computer. The method causes the electronic document and the printing attributes to be automatically supplied to a printing device after the portable memory device is disconnected from the computer and subsequently connected to the printing device. The method causes the printing device to print the electronic document with the printing attributes based solely on the electronic document and the printing information maintained within the portable memory device.10-02-2008
20080239390SYSTEM HAVING SENSING DEVICE FOR INTERACTION WITH COMPUTER SOFTWARE - A system for enabling user interaction with computer software. The system includes a sensing device and a computer system. The computer system generates print data and transfers it to a printer. The printer prints a form by printing information related to an interactive element and coded data indicative of the interactive element in response to the print data. The sensing device has an image sensor for capturing images of the coded data, which is coincident with the information, and a processor for identifying the coded data from the captured images, determine an orientation and position of the coded data, decode the coded data, and generate indicating data using the determined information. The indicating data, which is indicative of the interactive element is used by the computer system to identify the interactive element and perform a corresponding action.10-02-2008
20080239386Network apparatus to be connected with a network - A network apparatus comprises an address storing device, a keyword storing device, an error sensing device, an access device, a search device, and an output device. The address storing device stores an address of a web page on the network. The keyword storing device stores a keyword related to the network apparatus. The error sensing device senses error occurrence in the network apparatus. The access device tries to access the address when the error sensing device senses error occurrence. The search device sends the keyword to a search engine on the network and receives a result of the search when the access device fails to access the address. The output device outputs the result of the search.10-02-2008
20080239379Communication Apparatus - A communication apparatus is provided. The communication apparatus includes an image read unit which reads image data from a transmission document; a transmission unit which transmits data; a tag read unit which wirelessly reads tag data stored in a wireless tag corresponding to the transmission document, the tag data comprising destination data indicating a first destination of the transmission document; an operation unit configured to input a second destination of the transmission document; a comparison unit which compares the first destination and the second destination; and a transmission controller which controls the transmission unit based on a comparison result of the comparison unit.10-02-2008
20080239378Multifunction Peripheral Having A Plurality Of Functions - A multifunction device has a plurality of functions selected from among a printer function, scanner function, facsimile function, and data storage function and capable of being connected to a computer via a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface. The multifunction device includes: a device data outputting unit that outputs information forcing an OS in the computer to recognize the multifunction device as a USB storage class device having a plurality of USB-compliant logic unit numbers (LUNs) when establishing a connection with the computer; and a controlling unit that determines, when output data is transmitted from the computer, which one of the plurality of functions the output data is for controlling, based on the LUN included in the output data, and that controls the determined function based on the output data.10-02-2008
20080239376PRINT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND PRINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A print management apparatus includes: a communication section connected to image forming apparatuses via a network for transmitting a print job to one of the apparatuses, and receiving management information from each apparatus including information about a print function of the apparatus and alternate printing instructions to allow another image forming apparatus perform an alternate printing. A management section creates and stores management data indicating respective states of the apparatuses based on management information received by the communication section. A designating section designates a first of the apparatuses and allows the communication section to transmit a print job to the designated first apparatus, designates a second apparatus to perform an alternate printing with reference to the management data of the management section, and allows the communication section to transmit the print job to the designated second apparatus if an alternate printing instruction is received from the designated first apparatus.10-02-2008
20080239371DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - In a data communication apparatus having a printing function of printing, for example, received emails, and a function of transmitting print completion notifications, if received data is a print completion notification, it may be printed out, but a print completion notification indicating that the printing of the received data has been completed is not transmitted. Then, wasteful transmission of print completion notifications is prevented. Alternatively, the printing itself of the received data is inhibited, which prevents wasteful consumption of printing resources.10-02-2008
20080239370METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IN-REGISTER PROCESSING OF PRINT DATA - In a method and system for processing print data, the print data is displayed on a display device before printing, and the print data is displayed together with a check device or reticule that is displaceable at the display device. Both the print data as well as the check device are processed as transparent layers in a browser, where the check device is a dynamic element. The method and the system make it possible to check the registration precision or, in-register quality both by pages as well as within a page for print data of a print job that is divided into a plurality of pages.10-02-2008
20080239374IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANAGING STORAGE AREA, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image processing apparatus (10-02-2008
20080239375Printing System - A printing system includes an image file standard determining unit, an additional information determining unit, an printing data creating unit, and a printing unit. The image file standard determining unit is configured to determine whether image data subject to printing is created in conformity with a prescribed image file standard. The additional information determining unit is configured to refer to additional information attached to the image data and determine whether the image data is created in a prescribed image data format based on the additional information. The printing data creating unit creates printing data based on the image data that is in conformity with the prescribed image file standard and the prescribed image data format. The printing unit prints an image based on the printing data created by the printing data creating unit.10-02-2008
20090002758Printer - A printer may be provided with a receiving device, a housing portion, a print device, a detecting device, a determination device, and a controller. The receiving device receives a print job including print data and type information specifying the type of print medium. The housing portion houses a print medium that has not been printed. The print device executes a print process that prints an image corresponding to the print data included in the print job on the type of print medium specified by the type information included in the print job. The detecting device detects whether the housing portion is housing the type of print medium specified by the type information included in the print job. The determination device determines whether the print process based on the print job has been started. The controller controls the print device based on information detected by the detecting device and information determined by the determination device.01-01-2009
20090002755INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - From contents of each record of variable data, a post-printing process to the record is predetermined. A time to start the post-printing process is read out of a distribution route running information table. Based on the time, a post-printing process start time (departure time of a truck) is decided every record. A print start time is decided every record in consideration of the decided post-printing process start time (departure time of the truck) and the printing of the record is started at this time.01-01-2009
20090002753ANALYSIS METHOD, ANALYSIS SYSTEM, ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An analysis system for analyzing the usage pattern of a machine operating in accordance with control information transmitted from an information processing apparatus by using an analysis apparatus. The system includes the information processing apparatus and the analysis apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a first transmitting part transmitting control information for controlling the machine to the analysis apparatus. The analysis apparatus includes a receiving part receiving the control information transmitted from the information processing apparatus, an output part outputting the received control information to the machine, a calculating part calculating a load value of the processing on the machine based on the received control information, a storage part storing a total value of the calculated load values of the machine, into a storage section, and a second transmitting part transmitting warning information to the information processing apparatus if the stored total value reaches the reference value.01-01-2009
20090002754IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MANAGEMENT SERVER, SERVICE CONTINUITY SCORE (SCS) CALCULATING METHOD OF MANAGEMENT SERVER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus management server, a Service Continuity Score (SCS) calculating method of the management server, and an image forming apparatus management system. A setup manager sets a priority with respect to items required to calculate an SCS indicative of a normal operation time of an image forming apparatus, an incident manager registers and manages an incident related to the image forming apparatus, and an SCS manager calculates the SCS using the registered incident and the priority set for the items.01-01-2009
20110205577DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY METHOD OF THE DISPLAY INPUT DEVICE - A display input device includes a display unit which displays a plurality of types of functions as set items, a program which is called to control the display unit to display a screen for setting set items selected and registered in advance, a storage unit which stores information about whether or not to display a set item when the program is called as contents of the program, an input unit which accepts an input about whether or not to display the set items when the program is called, and a display control unit which controls the display unit not to display a set item that is determined to be no display.08-25-2011
20110205580DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGED DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A device management system includes a managed device and a device management apparatus. The device management apparatus includes an information acquisition unit requesting device information from the managed device. The managed device includes a storage unit, a first information source managing device information that is available via a communication protocol, a second information source managing device information that is not available via the communication protocol, and an information providing unit providing the requested device information to the information acquisition unit. The information providing unit determines whether an up-to-date version of the requested device information is stored in a storage area of the storage unit and obtains the up-to-date version of the requested device information from the first information source or the second information source if the up-to-date version of the requested device information is not stored in the storage area of the storage unit.08-25-2011
20100097640IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - Image scanning apparatus and method of receiving a new scan job, determining whether the new scan job is a multi-scan job, and when the new scan job is a multi-scan job, individually performing the multi-scan job using the plurality of scan units. Accordingly, in the process of performing a scan job, a user can perform a new scan job without waiting.04-22-2010
20080239382PRINT PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - In order to solve one or more problems encountered in the grouping of print jobs spanning a plurality of servers, a control apparatus within a print processing system includes: a designation unit for designating a plurality of print jobs; a generation unit for acquiring the plurality of print jobs from an applicable server, and generating a combined print job that includes the plurality of print jobs; and a setting unit which, when an error has occurred in the acquisition of the plurality of print jobs, is for setting whether to exercise control so as to execute processing of all of the plurality of print jobs after recovery from the error is achieved, or so as to execute processing of print jobs with the exception of the print job in which the error occurred.10-02-2008
20080239383DATA PROCESSOR SAVING DATA INDICATING PROGRESS STATUS OF PRINTING PROCESS RETRIEVABLE BY CLIENT - A data processor and a host device are bi-directionally communicably connected to each other. The data processor includes a process-executing unit and a progress-status-saving unit. The process-executing unit executes a prescribed process when a process-requested file is written in a prescribed folder. The progress-status-saving unit saves progress status data indicating a progress status of the prescribed process so that the progress status data is retrievable by the host device.10-02-2008
20110199643PRINTERS AND PRINTER SYSTEMS HAVING CELLULAR INPUT/OUTPUT - A method includes receiving, with a printer, a cellular communication from a cellular device that provides an indication of a resource that is to be printed by the printer; accessing, with the printer, a network via which the resource can be retrieved; using the indication to retrieve the resource via the network; and printing the resource.08-18-2011
20110199639OPERATION CONSOLE PROVIDING A PLURALITY OF OPERATION METHODS FOR ONE COMMAND, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE OPERATION CONSOLE, AND METHOD OF OPERATION - In an image forming apparatus including a touch-panel display allowing a touch operation and a gesture operation, in order to enable easy customization of print setting screen image, a CPU of the image forming apparatus executes a program including: the step of displaying the print setting screen image in the custom-set display mode; upon detection by a user input, analyzing an input trajectory; if a request for changing preview display is made by a gesture, storing an icon mode with larger preview area as a custom-setting; and changing the preview on the print setting screen image displayed in the icon mode.08-18-2011
20110199636IMAGE COMBINING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING POSITIONS OF IMAGES - An image combining apparatus, which is connected with a white-board device, and an image projecting device, includes an image outputting section for outputting the projective image data to the image projecting device, an operation section for designating any position on a projected image, an image processing section for generating projective image data for displaying a mark, a memory section for memorizing the coordinate positions of two or more standard points, and an image inputting section for receiving the scanned image data from the white-board device, wherein the image processing section obtains the coordinate positions of the certain marks when the two or more standard points have been designated, the image processing section makes correspondence with the coordinate positions of the certain marks and the coordinate positions of the two or more standard points respectively, whereby the image processing position recognizes the position of the projected image on the viewing surface.08-18-2011
20090033978METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AGGREGATING PRINT JOBS - A computer implemented method of automatically aggregating multiple print jobs is provided. The method includes storing a first print job set comprising a plurality of first type print jobs in memory in which each one of the first type print jobs comply with print job aggregation criteria. If a first selected condition is met, the first type print jobs of the first print job set are aggregated. Second type print jobs failing to comply with the print job aggregation criteria are stored as a second print job set. If a second selected condition is met, a determination as to whether the second type print jobs of the second print job set are aggregatable is made. Responsive to such determination, the second type print jobs of the second print job set may be either aggregated or processed without aggregation.02-05-2009
20090033990PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING - A printing apparatus is configured to perform printing in accordance with a print job and in accordance with a schedule registered before the printing. The printing apparatus includes an authority setting unit configured to, if authority of a user for the print job is authorized, set the authority of the user for the print job; a determination unit configured to, if a command to handle the print job is issued by the user, determine whether the user has the authority to perform the handling based on the authority set by the authority setting unit; and an execution unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the user has the authority, execute a process according to the handling on the print job.02-05-2009
20100128301PRINTING SYSTEM - According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a print system is provided comprising a plurality of networked print engines in communication with one another, a presence detector, and a controller to communicate with the presence detector to determine a user presence and to access usage data of each of the plurality of print engines. The controller combines and shares the user presence and the usage data to adjust operations of the plurality of print engines enabling quick entry to, and quick exit from, power saving mode of at least two of the plurality of print engines.05-27-2010
20090033977METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AGGREGATING PRINT JOBS - A computer implemented method is provided for automatically aggregating multiple print jobs. The method includes: (A) combining first and second print jobs, each of which complies with a print processing related rule, and the combination of the first and second print jobs corresponds with a first print job size value; (B) receiving a third print job corresponding with a second print job size value; (C) aggregating the first, second and third print jobs into an aggregate print job when the third print job complies with the print processing related rule and a combination of the first, second and third print jobs results in an aggregate print job having a third print job size value that is less than a reference print job size value; and (D) producing a print output with the combination of the first print job and the second print job when the third print job complies with the print processing related rule and a combination of the first, second and third print jobs results in an aggregate print job having a fourth print job size value that exceeds the reference print job size value.02-05-2009
20120057200PRINTER - A printer includes a loading unit configured to load a first printing medium including IC tags, which are data-readable/writable by wireless connection, and a printing surface formed on one side of the first printing medium. A conveying unit of the printer conveys the first printing medium, which is being drawn from the loader, along a conveyance path. A wireless reader/writer of the printer is configured to read/write data from/on the IC tags by wireless data communication between the IC tags provided in the first printing medium in the course of conveying the first printing medium. A control unit of the printer, at a point of time when printing on the first printing medium is completed, controls the wireless reader/writer to write information on the number of printing media printed on an IC tag included in a second printing medium subsequent to the first printing medium.03-08-2012
20120170073SYSTEM FOR PREVIEWING AND IMAGING DOCUMENTS - A system for previewing and imaging a document includes an imaging unit having an imaging surface configured to carry the document thereon. The imaging unit also includes an image sensing member configured to capture an image corresponding to the document and an image processing member communicably coupled to the image sensing member to receive the captured image. The image processing member is further configured to convert the captured image to a digital data format. The system further includes a display unit communicably coupled to the image processing member. The display unit includes a user interface configured to exhibit a placement-guiding display object over converted captured image.07-05-2012
20090168102PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system includes a printing device and a printing data processing device. The printing device is configured to perform printing. The printing device includes a status data generating unit that generates status data indicating a status of the printing device. The printing data processing device includes a status text storing unit, a first voicing unit, an acquiring unit, and an inputting unit. The status text storing unit stores status text data corresponding to the status data. The status text data explanatorily indicates the status of the printing device corresponding to the status data with words. The acquiring unit acquires the status text data corresponding to the status data from the status text storing unit. The inputting unit inputs voicing text data that is based on the acquired status text data into the first voicing unit. The first voicing unit voices text based on the inputted voicing text data.07-02-2009
20090168094Recording control device, recording control method, and program - A printer driver for controlling a recording device enables easily and accurately configuring functions of a recording device that functions that are difficult to configure. When information specifying whether the transportation means of the printer 07-02-2009
20090168101DATA PROVIDING SYSTEM AND DATA PROVIDING APPARATUS - A data providing system is provided with a data providing apparatus, a data utilizing apparatus configured to be connected with the data providing apparatus in a communicable manner, and a communication apparatus configured to be connected with the data providing apparatus in a communicable manner. The data utilizing apparatus is configured to send an identification information-sending request to the data providing apparatus, output identification information sent from the data providing apparatus, send the identification information to the data providing apparatus, and utilize data sent from the data providing apparatus. The communication apparatus is configured to allow a user to input the identification information and to designate data specifying information, and send the input identification information and the designated data specifying information to the data providing apparatus. The data providing apparatus is configured to send the identification information to the data utilizing apparatus in accordance with the identification information-sending request sent from the data utilizing apparatus, store the sent identification information, store an association of the identification information and the data specifying information sent from the communication apparatus on a condition that the identification information sent from the communication apparatus has been stored, and send data to the data utilizing apparatus. The data is specified by the data specifying information associated with the identification information sent from the data utilizing apparatus.07-02-2009
20090168098IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - Proposed is an image processing apparatus in which the data processing method is changed over in suitable fashion in accordance with job settings when binding is performed. To accomplish this, the image processing apparatus is such that when stored image data is processed, the output format is determined from a job ticket and processing for dividing image data is controlled in accordance with the output format determined. In accordance with the output format determined, the apparatus changes over the output timing of divided page image data.07-02-2009
20090168105Spooling Strategies Using Structured Job Information - Spooling strategies are described for producing job information that conforms to a hierarchical structure, and then storing the job information in a spool storage. The job information is then retrieved from the spool storage and consumed. The structured job information includes a multi-level hierarchy of nodes, including a job level that represents the entire job, a document level that represents a document to be processed within the job; a rendition level that represents a rendition of the document to be processed; and a page level that represents a page associated with the rendition. In addition, filter logic processes job information based on capabilities of a target entity utilizing the job information.07-02-2009
20080231885DIRECT PRINTING METHOD USING RAM STORAGE FOR SPOOLED PRINTER FILES - In a PDF direct printing method, the printer controller stores PDF direct print data received from a client on a RAM of the printer controller, or partly on the RAM according to a printing order and/or frequency of use if there is insufficient space to stored all the received PDF data. A PDF parser on the client generates a tag for each block of data being transferred based on the content of the block, and transfers the tag with the block. Based on the tag, the printer controller stores each block either on RAM or on disk. The printer controller maintains a memory allocation database to record the memory location where each block is stored on the printer controller. During rendering, the database is accessed to determine the memory location for blocks of data, and the blocks are retrieved from the memory locations for processing.09-25-2008
20080231883USAGE BASED SERVICE SOLUTION - A method of monitoring at least one printing device via a communication network is disclosed. An error identifier and a usability identifier are received from the printing device. The printing device is commanded to display a fault code. A service occurs as a response to the error identifier and the usability identifier. The level of service is dependent on the error identifier and the usability identifier.09-25-2008
20080266597IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Disclosed an image forming apparatus including: an image forming section to form images on sheets based on image data of a document composed of a plurality of document pages; a sheet finishing section to perform sheet finishing to the sheets; a first input section to receive an input regarding divisions of the document pages by the sheet finishing to set the input divisions; a second input section to receive setting of addition of a front cover; and a control section to allow the image forming section to form an image on a first sheet of each of the divisions as the front cover when the first input section sets the divisions of the document pages by the sheet finishing and the second input section sets the addition of the front cover.10-30-2008
20080273220SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROUTING FACSIMILES BASED ON CONTENT - A method for routing a facsimile according to one embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing text of a facsimile for at least one of a meaning and a context of the text; and routing the facsimile to one or more destinations based on the analysis. A method for routing a facsimile according to another embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing a pattern of light and dark areas of a facsimile; correlating the pattern to one or more forms; and routing the facsimile to one or more destinations based on the correlation. Additional systems and methods are also presented.11-06-2008
20080273223Intelligent print/copy management system - An intelligent print/copy management system includes group of computers, an Intranet environment, a print server/MFP server and a printer/MFP; software management function being added into the print/MFP for print server/MFP server to provide basic statistic analysis, monitor and control, and/or security alert while receiving print command from the computer to drive the printer, MFP or scanner to operate thus for a business to manage and specify output functions from printer, MFP, or scanner and further to achieve more efficient print/copy output operation.11-06-2008
20080273221SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROUTING A FACSIMILE CONFIRMATION BASED ON CONTENT - A method for routing a confirmation of receipt of a facsimile or portion thereof according to one embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing text of a facsimile for at least one of a meaning and a context of the text; and routing one or more confirmations to one or more destinations based on the analysis. A method for routing one or more confirmations according to another embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing a pattern of light and dark areas of a facsimile; correlating the pattern to one or more forms; and routing one or more confirmations to one or more destinations based on the correlation Additional systems and methods are also presented.11-06-2008
20080285071Image distribution system via e-mail - The present invention aims to provide a technique allowing the pictographic characters or the face marks to be converted to, for example, the corresponding, but more expressive and more vivid facial image of high picture quality and thereby to achieve compact but smooth and amusing communication.11-20-2008
20080278751Method and System for Communicating Between a Remote Printer and a Server - In order to enable downloading to a mobile printer data items from a server, a method comprising the steps of establishing communication connection end points (“sockets”), communicating with the server, where the communication includes sending a request for authentication to the server, receiving an authentication response, requesting print data portions from the server, receiving the requested print data portions, and notifying the server after each print data portion has been printed. The method also includes the step of terminating their communication connection when a printing session ends or if an error occurs. The method constitutes a printer-server protocol.11-13-2008
20080278753DISPLAY SYSTEM, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTING APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - A display system is provided that can perform suitable procedure display in accordance with the respective operation statuses of a plurality of electronic devices. The display system is formed by connecting an electronic device, a portable terminal, and an information distributing apparatus through a network, and the electronic device has a description tool affixed to the device to indicate the electronic device information of the device and transmits the state information of the device to the information distributing apparatus. The portable terminal acquires the electronic device information of the electronic device from the description tool and transmits it to the information distributing apparatus and displays the returned operation procedure information. The information distributing apparatus registers the received state information of the electronic device and returns the specified procedure display information to the portable terminal based on the electronic device information received from the portable terminal and the registered state information.11-13-2008
20080278747Thermal dye sublimation printer and ink ribbon cassette therefor - A thermal dye sublimation printer to which an ink ribbon cassette having a function of transmitting and receiving data via wireless communication with a printer main body is attached, is disclosed. The thermal dye sublimation printer includes: communication means that transmits and receives data via wireless communication with an ink ribbon cassette; and control means that acquires management information of the ink ribbon cassette stored in the ink ribbon cassette side via the communication means and controls printing processing based on the acquired management information.11-13-2008
20080278754Image processing device, method and computer readable medium for transmitting management information - There is provided an image processing device communicatably connected to a network. The image processing device comprises a storage unit configured to store format information representing a format in which management information should be created; a condition obtaining unit configured to obtain condition information concerning conditions of the image processing device; a management information creation unit configured to create the management information, based on the condition information obtained by the condition obtaining unit, in the format represented by the format information stored in the storage unit; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the management information created by the management information creation unit to an external device.11-13-2008
20080278752IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus which generates intermediate codes by dividing a drawing image into prescribed bands extending in one direction, develops the intermediate codes into a bit image is provided with an expanded image judging unit which judges whether an image to be drawn is an expanded image of a 1-line source image; an image expansion direction judging unit which judges whether an expansion direction of the expanded image is parallel with the band extending direction when the expanded image judging unit judges that the image is the expanded image of the 1-line source image; a drawing data processing unit which converts the expanded image of the 1-line source image into vectors which are a series of rectangular regions of same-color pixels that are arranged continuously when the image expansion direction judging unit judges that the expansion direction of the expanded image is parallel with the band extending direction.11-13-2008
20080278750System And Method For Intelligent Label Printer Control - Methods and systems for intelligently printing labels based on order data are described. One example method includes receiving order data at a receipt printer. The receipt printer may be communicatively connected to a POS terminal adapted to receive or generate the order data from an operator's entries. The order data may then be transmitted to a label printer and processed at the label printer to generate corresponding label data. The label printer may generate the label data with reference to a plurality of pre-defined templates. In addition to or as part of generating label data, the label printer may also generate customer data based on the order data.11-13-2008
20080278742SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZED ROUTING OF DOCUMENT DATA INTERCEPTED THROUGH PORT REDIRECTION - The subject application is directed to a system and method for customized routing of document data intercepted though port redirection. Output data is first received from at least one application via a virtual port and stored into an associated storage. Display data is generated on an associated display representing an electronic document of the output data, as well as document processor display data representing available document output devices. Selection data is then received corresponding to document output devices selected by an associated user. Copy count data representing a number of copies to be output on each selected document output device is then received for each document output device. Output data is then output from the data storage to each selected document output device such that each selected document output device outputs a number of copies corresponding to copy count data associated therewith.11-13-2008
20080278748IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND SCREEN DISPLAY METHOD - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus comprising: a control section; and a display section connected to a system bus, wherein the display section comprises: a display device; a screen data storage section to temporarily store screen data of an operation screen; and a display control section to display the operation screen based on the screen data, and wherein the control section comprises: a storage section to store the screen data of the operation screen; and a controller to transfer the screen data of the operation screen pertaining to a function provided to the image forming apparatus to the screen data storage section through the system bus after a power source is turned on and before the function becomes operable; and to control the display control section to display the operation screen based on the screen data stored in the screen data storage section, after the function becomes operable.11-13-2008
20080278746Controller for mobile and pervasive output - Pervasive output capability is provided so that an information apparatus can pervasively output digital content to an output device regardless of the processing power, display screen size and memory space of the information apparatus. This allows small mobile devices with limited display, processing power, and memory to be able to output a digital document (e.g., PDF, HTML, PowerPoint etc) in its full original richness, without resorting to downsizing, truncating, reducing, clipping or otherwise altering the original document. A data output service method for rendering at an output device output content managed from an information apparatus may include obtaining by wireless communication from the information apparatus at least part of a document object relating to the output content, obtaining at least part of an output device object with one or more attributes relating to the output device, and providing the document object and the output device object to a server application operated on a server that is distinct from the information apparatus and the output device, and generating with the server application output data relating to the output device. The output data may then be provided to the output device for rendering the output content as the data output service.11-13-2008
20080278740Bulk Communications Process Using Multiple Delivery Media11-13-2008
20120194856FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A facsimile communication apparatus for transmitting and receiving image data via a telephone public circuit network is provided. The apparatus includes a first detection unit configured to detect a call signal from the network; a line capturing unit configured to capture the network in response to the detection of the call signal; a second detection unit configured to detect that a voltage value applied from the network has exceeded a threshold after the capture of the network; a protection unit configured to execute a protection function of protecting the apparatus from a voltage applied from the network in response to the detection of an exceeded voltage value; and a control unit configured to control the protection unit to switch from an ON state to an OFF state, after the capture of the network and before reception of image data.08-02-2012
20120194858IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The image forming system of the present invention includes a print job transmitting apparatus and an image forming apparatus, wherein the print job transmitting apparatus includes: a number setting unit for setting the number of recording media; and a transmission unit for transmitting a print job that contains number information indicating the number of recording media; while the image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit for forming images on recording media; a storing unit for storing recording media on which images are formed; a judging unit for judging as to whether or not the number of recording media matches with the number indicated by the number information; and a control unit for discharging recording media to a first discharge destination when it is judged that the numbers match and discharging recording media to a second discharge destination when it is judged that the numbers do not match.08-02-2012
20120194866IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus includes a first storage medium to store a storage target file, without storing storage management information of the storage target filed. The image forming apparatus may also have a controller to control storing the storage management information of the storage target file separately from the storage target file. Therefore, without the storage management information that is indispensable for accessing the storage target file the file is secure regardless of detaching the first storage medium from the image forming apparatus.08-02-2012
20080291485DRIVER APPARATUS, SETTING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, SETTING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - To provide a technique that can contribute to improvement of operability in performing management of setting contents in a driver apparatus that causes an image processing apparatus to execute plural functions executable in the image processing apparatus on the basis of setting contents registered for respective functions.11-27-2008
20080291495PRINTER DRIVER FILTER AND METHOD OF PRINTING WITH THE SAME - A computer device including: a loading unit configured to load an updatable stored print option from a predetermined storage unit; a display unit configured to display a user interface based on the loaded print option; a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from an operator via the user interface, wherein the instruction includes a selected print option; and an executing unit configured to execute the instruction.11-27-2008
20080291494Image processing device and image processing server - An image processing device in which predetermined image processing is carried out on image data, and the image data that has been processed is saved as processing history information, is provided with: a format determination means that determines whether or not the image data is in a specified document format, and a saving means that, when it is judged that the image data determined by the format determination means is in the specified document format, saves format information of the specified document format together with the image data as the processing history information.11-27-2008
20080291492Printer driver program and image forming apparatus - A printer driver comprising: a layout determining section that acquires data of a document page (logical page) and determines a layout of one or more printing pages (physical pages) by allocating a content of the logical page; a re-layout determining section that makes determination whether the determined layout includes an combinable pages or not, based on a ratio of a blank area in the physical page and based on presence/absence of continuity in the contents between the page and the immediately preceding physical page or based on an arrangement characteristic of a non-blank area in the physical page, when one logical page is allocated to plural physical pages; and a page combination control section that causes the layout determining section to determine a combined layout by re-allocating the combinable page and immediately preceding physical page to a single physical page based on the determination.11-27-2008
20080291490METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRINT JOB PROCESSING - Print jobs received at a printer are assigned a reference which is incorporated as a representation of the reference in the printed print job. When the user recovers the printjob, the part of said print job incorporating said representation of said reference. is scanned back into the printer, which is then able to read the representation. By monitoring the time intervening between the printing of the print job and the scanning of the part of the print job incorporating the representation, the system is able to monitor the delay, and in a case where this exceeds a threshold to notify the user accordingly.11-27-2008
20080291488Image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus includes an electronic device, a network and a server. The electronic device has a transmitting unit and a receiving unit, and the transmitting unit provides at least one image data. The network is connected to the electronic device for transmitting the image data. The server is connected to a network for receiving an image data. The server has an image processing unit for detecting a feature of the image data, synthesizing the image data with a media object based on the feature, retrieving the feature to perform one of the synthesis methods with the media object to generate a synthesized image data, and transmitting the synthesized image data to the receiving unit via a network.11-27-2008
20100128307HOST APPARATUS AND SYSTEM TO CONTROL DUPLEX PRINTING AND METHOD THEREOF - A method of controlling duplex printing and a host apparatus and a system for performing the method. The method includes determining whether a number of total printing pages of printing data is an even number or an odd number, generating a printing command with respect to the printing data based on the result of determination, and transmitting the generated printing command and the printing data to an image forming apparatus.05-27-2010
20080304103IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FORMING IMAGES IN RESPONSE TO IMAGE FORMATION REQUEST FROM OPERATION UNIT OR EXTERNAL DEVICE - A multifunctional printer 12-11-2008
20080304104Image processing apparatus and method for processing an image - An image processing apparatus performs authentication of users. A first and second user inputs first and second user information, respectively, through an input section. A controller controls the authentication section to perform first authentication of the first user information, and controls the job execution section to execute the first job if the first authentication is successful. The controller controls the job execution section to halt execution of the first job upon an interrupt by the second user, and to execute the second job when the first job remains interrupted. A memory stores interrupt information indicative of a status of execution of the first job when the interrupt occurs. The controller controls the authentication section to perform second authentication of the first user information after the second job has been completed, and then controls the job execution section to resume execution of the first job if the second authentication is successful.12-11-2008
20080304101SERVER AND PRINTER INTRODUCING METHOD UNDER THIN CLIENT ENVIRONMENT - There is described a server and printer introducing method under the thin client environment, in which the user can easily select such a printer that is located at a position in the vicinity of the client terminal device currently used by the user, from a large number of printers coupled to the network. The server includes: a printer information storage section to store printer-IP addresses, each of which corresponds to each of the plurality of printers, therein; and a control section that compares a client-IP address of the client terminal device with each of the printer-IP addresses so as to yield a comparison result, when the server receives a printer introduction request sent from the client terminal device, and then, selects a specific printer from the plurality of printers, based on the comparison result, so as to send printer information of the specific printer back to the client terminal device.12-11-2008
20080304097SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STAGED PROCESSING OF ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT PROCESSING JOBS - The subject application is directed to a system and method for staged processing of electronic document processing jobs. A plurality of electronic documents, inclusive of setting data representing document processing device operations, are first directed to at least one associated document processing device are received. Processing stages for each received electronic document are then identified based upon the corresponding setting data. Each received electronic document is thereafter communicated to the corresponding identified processing stages. A preselected document processing operation is then sequentially completed via each of the processing stages corresponding to each received electronic document.12-11-2008
20080304096SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADAPTIVE FILTER CHAIN DOCUMENT PROCESSING - The subject application is directed to a system and method for adaptive filter chain document processing. Electronic documents are first received, with each document including processing control data representing a series of document processing operations associated with the corresponding document. The control data associated with each electronic document is then tested. An optimized series of document processing operations is then isolated based upon an output of the testing of the control data. Electronic documents are then routed to an associated document processor for completion of an optimized series of document processing operations.12-11-2008
20100002257IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - Even when vector data contains resolution dependent data, the vector data is generated at a resolution of quality without deterioration even if the vector data is output from any device on a network. When spooling the vector data, an MFP 01-07-2010
20120293827METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING PRINT JOBS USING A CLOUD ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM - A cloud administration system for managing print jobs may include a submission module, a processing module in communication with the submission module and a plurality of print devices, and one or more storage modules in communication with the processing module. The processing module may be located remotely from the plurality of print devices. The submission module may be configured to receive a print job from a source computing device. The source computing device may be located remotely from the submission module. The processing module may be configured to receive the print job from the submission module, store the print job in at least one of the storage modules, and transmit the print job to at least one of the plurality of print devices. The cloud administration system may operate as a shared resource for each of the plurality of print devices and the source computing device.11-22-2012
20120293832PRINT DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A print data processing apparatus performs detection as to whether or not an identical resource is duplicated and described within print data. In a case where there is duplicated description, the duplicated resource is deleted from its second occurrence onward and the print objects are consolidated, the duplicated resources are deconstructed into individual resources and registered in a format that can be referenced in common from multiple print objects.11-22-2012
20120293834INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD - When a job is a non-print job, an information processing apparatus writes dummy data to a printing apparatus during job-end processing. Alternatively, when print data is not written to the printing apparatus during the job-end processing, the information processing apparatus directly instructs a print queue to hide the management information of a non-print job.11-22-2012
20120293836IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image forming apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive data via a network, a printing unit configured to print an image based on the data received from the receiving unit, and a control unit configured to control the receiving unit to refuse a data reception based on a simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) when a toner remaining amount for the printing unit is less than a predetermined value, wherein the printing unit is configured to print, in the case that the receiving unit receives page description language (PDL) data, an image based on the received PDL data even if the toner remaining amount is less than the predetermined value.11-22-2012
20080309971INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - According to the claimed invention, an information-processing apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus, comprises: a setting unit (S12-18-2008
20080309977Method for transforming and transporting printer data over the internet in a secure and reliable manner - A method, apparatus, and computer-readable medium are provided. The method, for example, can—in certain embodiments—include transforming printer data into an extensible markup language (XML). The method can also include encapsulating the transformed printer data. The method can further include transmitting the encapsulated printer data. The transforming the printer data and the encapsulating the printer data can be designed so as to maintain security, reliability, and privacy of the printer data. The method can also, in some embodiments, include capturing complete printer data by reading the encapsulated printer data. The method can further include scanning a network to obtain the printer data, before transforming the printer data into the XML. The scanning can include at least one of the following scans: a simple network management protocol scan, a non shared desktop printers scan, or a jet direct scan. The method can be implemented by a printer service provider configured to monitor printer usage within an enterprise.12-18-2008
20080309976Communication device - A communication device includes an input unit for inputting first image data and additional information; a multi-dimensional code creation unit for creating a multi-dimensional code according to the additional information; a combination unit for combining the multi-dimensional code with the first image data to create second image data; and a transmission unit for sending the second image data.12-18-2008
20080309974PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - There is provided a printing apparatus that can prevent a user from forgetting to set print settings and that can markedly reduce the number of unnecessary prints caused by unsuitable print settings, for example, in a case in which print data such as image data is sent from an image-supplying apparatus to the printing apparatus and in which the printing apparatus prints the print data. The printing apparatus, which receives print data from an image-supplying apparatus and prints the print data, need not start printing image data immediately after the image data is received. An input of print settings is accepted in the printing apparatus, and the image data is printed using the printing settings that have been input.12-18-2008
20080309962SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTENT-BASED ALTERNATE IMAGING - Printing systems and methods are presented for front end processing of an incoming print job in a printing system, in which a single raster image processor instance creates ripped objects from incoming page description language files and one of two or more imagers is selectively activated according to incoming print job logical page content to create raster page images for ripped objects associated with a given logical page of the incoming print job. The imager selection can be made according to cost considerations and color printing capabilities to economize the usage of a higher cost print engine associated with a first imager while ensuring that the imager is associated with a print engine having the capabilities required for the content of the given logical page. In this manner, individual logical pages can be imaged in a single digital front end by a monochrome imager if possible, and other logical pages are imaged by a color imager where needed or where the color requirements cannot be discerned by evaluating the incoming job content. The selection of the imager can also be based on other factors, such as job programming associated with the incoming print job, site policies, image assembly considerations, and sheet ordering considerations.12-18-2008
20080309963PRINT IMAGE MATCHING PARAMETER EXTRACTION AND RENDERING ON DISPLAY DEVICES - Techniques are described for automatic print image matching (PIM) parameter extraction. An original image is captured and PIM parameter data is extracted automatically based on specifics of the original image. At least one automated PIM parameter is calculated automatically from the PIM parameter data. At least one automated PIM parameter is inserted in PIM header information for communication to a rendering device to modify the original image when rendered.12-18-2008
20080309968Adaptive prediction of calibration parameters for color imaging devices - A method of and system for calibrating an imaging device is described herein. An iterative method that attempts to find the best calibration parameters conditional upon an error metric is used. Regression is used to estimate values in a color space where the calibration is performed based upon a training data set. More calculation steps are required than would be for a regression in raw RGB space, but the convergence is faster in the color space where the calibration is performed, and the advantages using boundary conditions in the color space is able to provide improved calibration.12-18-2008
20080309967Method and system for remote access and customization of internally generated printing node status report - Methods and systems for facilitating remote access and customization of internally generated printing node status reports. In some embodiments, the methods and systems advantageously facilitate remote access and customization of internally generated printing node status reports by adapting preexisting features that generate local hard copies of printing node status reports in response to locally initiated commands. Such adaptation enables a printing node to receive, process and respond to remotely initiated requests for printing node status reports in a manner that permits remote customization of the style of printing node status reports.12-18-2008
20080309965Apparatus and method for discovering printers within an enterprise - The invention relate to an apparatus and a method for determining printer usage of all printers in an enterprise to generate accurate sales proposals. The method includes assigning an account for the enterprise and executing a network scan on a computer network to obtain information for all printers attached to the computer network. The method also includes executing a local scan on each computer that is attached to a non-network printer to obtain information for all non-network printers in the enterprise and executing a port scan to obtain information for all non-catalogued printers. The method further includes storing all of the information obtained from executing the network scan, the local scan and the port scan and performing each of the steps above at least during two predetermined times. The method also includes using the information to generate sales proposals for all printer usage within the enterprise.12-18-2008
20080309964INTERACTIVE DEVICE CAPACITY MIMIC AND SYSTEM OVERRIDE - Displays are provided for a graphical user interface including a device capacity mimic in a job manager in a system, such as a xerographic machine. The displays include a visual representation of the available capacity of each of a number of devices for the system, such as each output destination for a printer with multiple output destinations. The device capacity mimic shows the effect of jobs in progress on the available capacity, each job consuming a portion of the available capacity. Using this mimic, the user may, for example, revise the destination of jobs that have been planned but not yet started (e.g., by dragging the job). A mimic view of this information with a graphical user interface for managing the device assignments is provided. Thus, a user may not only view information about the device assignments for jobs, but also control or manage the device assignments for jobs.12-18-2008
20080309961Portable Communication Apparatus, Print System, and Control Method Thereof - In a print system for causing a printer to print an image on the basis of image data supplied from a portable communication apparatus by direct communication between the portable communication apparatus and the printer, the print function of the printer is obtained. When print conditions input by using the UI of the portable communication apparatus cannot be implemented by the print function of the printer, the portable communication apparatus requests a server to execute corresponding processing. A result processed by the server is received, and the printer is caused to print the image.12-18-2008
20090296135IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image forming apparatus to which a composite service that can cause a plurality of devices to collaborate can be set, and in which a currently used control program and an upgraded control program can be stored, includes a determination unit configured to determine whether the composite service is available with a combination of a control program for the image forming apparatus and a control program for another device, and an activation unit configured to activate the control program for the image forming apparatus if the determination unit determines that the other device is usable for the composite service.12-03-2009
20080204804Image processing device - An image scanning device to which an external storage is detachably connected. The image scanning device is provided with an image scanning unit configured to scan an image formed on an original document and generate data representing the scanned image, a data storing unit configured to store the data generated by the image scanning unit in the external storage connected to the image scanning device, a capacity presuming unit configured to presume a necessary capacity which should be available in the external storage for storing the data generated by the image scanning unit prior to storing the data, a comparing unit configured to detect a remaining capacity of the external storage and compare the remaining storage with the necessary capacity presumed by the capacity presuming unit, and a warning unit configured to issue warning if the remaining capacity is less than the necessary capacity.08-28-2008
20080291489Image Processing System - After a print request is made from a personal computer to a multifunction peripheral, when a user who logs into the multifunction peripheral instructs an execution of the print request in the multifunction peripheral, the multifunction peripheral requests the personal computer to transmit image data. Then, the personal computer transmits the requested image data to the multifunction peripheral. The multifunction peripheral executes the printing using the received image data. When the printing is completed, the multifunction peripheral transmits a completion notification indicating that the printing is completed to the personal computer. When receiving the completion notification, the personal computer transmits a completion notification having the same content as the received completion notification to the multifunction peripheral.11-27-2008
20080239389Printer - A printer may be connected with an information processing device in a communicable manner. The printer includes a first command receiving device, a job directory creating device, a storage device, and an address sending device. The first command receiving device receives a job creating command including first print data. The first print data includes a plurality of second print data. The job directory creating device creates a job directory address in the case where the job creating command is received by the first command receiving device, and creates a file address for each of the plurality of second print data included in the first print data. Each of the created file addresses includes the created job directory address as its superior address. The storage device stores the job directory address and the file addresses created by the job directory creating device. The address sending device is capable of sending the job directory address and the file addresses stored in the storage device to the information processing device by using a file sharing protocol.10-02-2008
20080231889METHOD OF PROCESSING DISPLAY - An MFP includes sensors for detecting states of units, a transmitting/receiving unit that receives authentication information of a user ID, and an obtaining unit that obtains manual data and sensor information. The transmitting/receiving unit transmits the manual data and the sensor information to a displaying device that includes a sensor detecting unit, an authenticating unit, a transmitting/receiving unit that transmits the authentication information to the MFP and receives the manual data and the sensor information, and a display controlling unit that controls the received manual data and the sensor information to be displayed on a displaying unit.09-25-2008
20100277756PRINT AND RELEASE PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A print and release print control system and method for optimizing network transmission and processing of rendering jobs. A document for rendering can be sent to a print driver and a print server specially programmed for performing a print and release operation. The print server includes a personal profile, a print job profile, and a profile associated with a network of rendering devices. The print server can send a job placeholder cover page to each of the designated rendering devices based on user preferences. The job placeholder cover page can be released from a selected rendering device by entering a secure release code. The print server can then detect the selected rendering device in which the cover page has been rendered and send the document to the selected printer. The print server can then clean up the cover pages sent to other printers if the submitted document is rendered.11-04-2010
20090316202DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH DOWNLOADS DATA VIA NETWORK, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND DATA PROCESSING PROGRAM EMBODIED ON COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - In order to facilitate designating page data, an MFP includes an operation portion to accept a user operation, the operating portion having a plurality of keys, a data acquiring portion to acquire a Web page written in a markup language, an extracting portion to extract link information included in the acquired Web page, and an assigning portion to assign to at least one of the plurality of keys an assignment command to execute a process on data stored in a link destination which is specified by the extracted link information.12-24-2009
20090316201DISPLAY-INTEGRATED IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - A large-format display is attached to a rear side face of a digital multifunction peripheral in an integrated manner, with a first display screen facing outside and a second display screen facing inside. A device control portion of the digital multifunction peripheral is connected to an external server apparatus via an external network. In this digital multifunction peripheral, various pieces of information managed by the server apparatus are displayed on the first display screen and the second display screen of the large-format display, and when switching the display of the display screens sequentially with time, the display of the first display screen and the display of the second display screen are switched with a time lag.12-24-2009
20110267646IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive an image and a correction instruction with respect to the image; an acquisition unit configured to acquire a history of image processing performed to the image from the image; an update unit configured to update the correction instruction based on the history; and an image processing unit configured to perform processing indicated by the correction instruction updated by the update unit to the image.11-03-2011
20080266592Scheduling system - Described herein is a printing system comprising a plurality of print processing modules which selectively transfer print media therebetween during printing and a system controller that tracks process control protocols of each of the plurality of modules and compares to a scheduled job run and selectively alters a control variable of at least one of the process control protocols thereby preemptively altering initiation of at least one process control protocol to process the job run uninterrupted.10-30-2008
20100290082IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT - A printer includes a first receiving unit that receives a print job containing a printing requirement, where the printing requirement is set as either an indispensable requirement that is indispensable for executing the print job or a desired requirement that is desirable for executing the print job; a second receiving unit that receives, from each of external image forming apparatuses connected to the image forming apparatus via a network, a printability level indicating whether the external image forming apparatus has a printing function satisfying the indispensable requirement or a printing function satisfying the desired requirement; a selecting unit that selects an image forming apparatus that executes the print job from the external image forming apparatuses by checking the printability level; and a print-operation control unit that sends the print job to the selected image forming apparatus and causes the selected image forming apparatus to execute the print job.11-18-2010
20110205593IMAGE HANDLING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESS CONTROLLING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESS CONTROLLING PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image handling apparatus is disclosed, including an operation panel, hardware resources, a transferring part, and an image generation controlling part. The transferring part transfers image handle information input at the input screen to an external apparatus. The image generation controlling part receives and parses image generation information for at least one of the hardware resources to execute an image generation based on the image handle information, from the external apparatus in response to an instruction of the image generation, so that at least one of the hardware resources executes the image generation.08-25-2011
20080278749IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including: an image forming section to form images on sheets; a display section to display an operation screen; an operation section to receive input of a condition of image forming using the operation screen; a storage section to store setting information of image forming input from the operation section; and a control section to control image forming, wherein when a plurality of pieces of setting information of jobs are successively input, the control section stores the plurality of pieces of setting information of the jobs as one piece of setting information of a programming job in the storage section and the plurality of pieces of setting information of the jobs may be read out as the setting information of the programming job.11-13-2008
20080316531Image input and output system, method and recording medium - An image input and output system is provided in which a common operation screen for a plurality of image output devices having different attributes is displayed. Based on attribute information of each of printers, the server generates a signal for generating an operation screen, and transmits the signal to the scanner. At the scanner, image data is inputted, and a common operation screen, which is generated based on the signal for generating the operation screen, is displayed on a display panel. When information designating the printer and information relating to an output format of an image is inputted from the display panel, the inputted information and the image data are transmitted to the server. The server transmits, to a designated printer, the image data and the inform