JP2003177879A - Information processor and job connecting method for the same device - Google Patents

Information processor and job connecting method for the same device

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JP2003177879A
JP2003177879A JP2001374592A JP2001374592A JP2003177879A JP 2003177879 A JP2003177879 A JP 2003177879A JP 2001374592 A JP2001374592 A JP 2001374592A JP 2001374592 A JP2001374592 A JP 2001374592A JP 2003177879 A JP2003177879 A JP 2003177879A
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Yoshinao Kitahara
Junji Sato
Jun Yokobori
純二 佐藤
義奈朗 北原
潤 横堀
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Konica Corp
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(57) [Summary] [PROBLEMS] To make it possible to combine a plurality of print jobs,
It is possible to obtain the output in the format intended by the operator. SOLUTION: A job combination determining means for determining whether or not a job can be combined based on a job attribute, and a combination disable notification for notifying a combination disable when a result of the determination by the job combination determining means is not possible. Means and part or all of the job attributes of the job to be combined are operated by the operator.
A job attribute excluding unit to be excluded or a job attribute changing unit to be changed is provided. [Effect] Job attributes can be deleted or changed by an operator's operation to enable combination, and the range of jobs that can be combined can be expanded.

Description

Detailed Description of the Invention

[0001]

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to an information processing apparatus capable of managing and processing a plurality of jobs, and further managing and processing the plurality of jobs, and a job combining method in the apparatus. It is about.

[0002]

2. Description of the Related Art Most of recent information processing apparatuses equipped with an image forming apparatus are equipped with a large-capacity memory or a storage medium such as an HDD and store job data relating to a plurality of jobs in these memories or storage media. Enables the management and processing of multiple jobs. The information processing device is
It is provided as a device that enables you to read and copy images and documents by having a scanner, or you can connect it to a computer with a printer cable, network, etc.
It is provided as a printer that prints documents, images, etc. created by various applications on the computer, and may be provided as a multi-function peripheral having a plurality of these functions. Further, some of the above information processing apparatuses are provided with a job combining function that allows data created by different applications or data read by a scanner to be combined and output collectively. By using this job combination function, it is possible to collect various types of data and obtain usable data, printed matter, and the like as conference materials and presentation materials.

By the way, the job data is accompanied by job attributes such as print setting information necessary for forming an image by the image forming apparatus or for printing out. The job attribute is usually made up of a plurality of setting item information, for example, information such as output paper type, output tray position, single-sided / double-sided printing setting, number of copies, binding margin, original image quality, and staple setting. It is included. Further, the job attribute is given for each job, and the job attribute often differs depending on the job. Therefore, when combining jobs using the job combination function described above, the job attributes differ from each other,
Moreover, different job attributes may conflict with each other.
In such a case, even if an attempt is made to combine jobs to perform a printout or the like, there arises a problem that a single printed matter is not organized or the output process itself cannot be performed. Therefore, in the conventional information processing apparatus, when the job attribute of the job to be combined is prohibited based on the job characteristics of the basic job, the job is not allowed to be combined, or the job is not combined. The problem described above is avoided by forcibly matching the job attribute of the job to be executed with the job attribute of the basic job (for example, Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2000-134394).

[0004]

However, in the former method in the conventional apparatus, the jobs that can be combined are limited because the jobs cannot be combined even when only a small part of the job attributes are prohibited. In this case, there is a problem that jobs cannot be combined. Further, in the latter method, the job attributes are matched with the job attributes of the basic job regardless of the operator's intention, so that the appearance of the output printed matter obtained as a result of the job combination is not intended by the operator. There is a problem that it may happen.

Further, there is a case where it is desired to add a job attribute to a job in which job attributes are forcibly matched and combined as described above or a combined job in which job attributes have no restrictions and are combined without problems. However, depending on the additional job attribute, a new job attribute may not be added due to the job attribute attached to the already combined job data, and the combined job may not be output in a desired appearance. For example, it is difficult to add a job attribute such as an inter-sheet that changes the page order after combining job data for printers with a specified page order, which limits the output format of the combined job. There's a problem.

The present invention has been made in view of the above circumstances, and when a job attribute of a job to be combined includes a job attribute that prohibits job combination, a job attribute that causes a combination failure is excluded or An object of the present invention is to provide an information processing apparatus and a job combining method for the apparatus, which can be changed to obtain a combined job having a job attribute intended by an operator. Another object of the present invention is to provide an information processing apparatus and a job combination method for the apparatus, which makes it possible to add a new job attribute that is not included in jobs to be combined.

[0007]

In order to solve the above problems, in the information processing apparatus of the present invention, the invention according to claim 1 is
A storage unit that stores job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes, a job selection unit that selects a job to be combined from the plurality of jobs stored in the storage unit, and a target of selection by the job selection unit. A job combination determination means for determining whether or not a job to be combined with a selected job can be combined based on the job attribute, and a combination impossible notification is given when the result of the determination by the job combination determination means is combination impossible A combination impossible notification means, and a job attribute exclusion means for temporarily or permanently excluding at least a part of the job attributes of the jobs to be combined by the operation of the operator,
Job combining means for combining a plurality of jobs that can be combined and selected by the job selecting means into one job.

According to a second aspect of the present invention, there is provided an information processing apparatus, a storage unit for storing job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes, and a job for selecting a job to be combined from the plurality of jobs stored in the storage unit. A selection unit, a job combination determination unit that determines whether or not the job to be selected by the job selection unit can be combined with the already selected job, and the job combination determination unit. In the case where the result of the determination in the above is uncombinable, the uncombinable notification means for notifying the uncombinable state, the job attribute changing means for temporarily or permanently changing the job attribute of the job to be combined by the operation of the operator, and the job Job combining means for combining a plurality of jobs which can be combined and which are selected by the selecting means into one job.

According to a third aspect of the present invention, there is provided the information processing apparatus according to the first or second aspect, wherein the job combination determination means is based on a job attribute of a job already selected for combination. The possibility of job combination is determined by whether or not the selected job includes the reference job attribute and the prohibited job attribute.

According to the invention of an information processing apparatus described in claim 4, in the invention described in any one of claims 1 to 3, the not-combining notifying means performs a notification for specifying a job attribute that is prohibited when combining. It is characterized by being able to.

According to a fifth aspect of the present invention, there is provided the information processing apparatus according to any one of the first to fourth aspects, further comprising a display section for displaying a notice by the unlinkable notice means.

According to a sixth aspect of the present invention, there is provided the information processing apparatus according to any one of the first to fifth aspects, wherein the job selecting means cannot select a job which cannot be combined by the job combination determining means. It is characterized by being

According to the invention of an information processing apparatus described in claim 7, in the invention described in any one of claims 1 to 6, a job attribute adding means for adding a new job attribute to the job to be combined or the combined job is provided. It is characterized by being provided.

According to the invention of an information processing apparatus described in claim 8, in the invention described in any one of claims 1 to 7, storage means for storing job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes, and storage in the storage means Selection means for selecting a job to be combined from a plurality of registered jobs, and job attribute exclusion for temporarily or permanently excluding at least a part of the job attributes of the combined job or the combined jobs by an operator's operation Means, a job attribute adding means for adding a new job attribute to a combined job or a combined job, and a job combination for combining a plurality of combinable jobs selected by the job selecting means as one job Means and are provided.

According to a ninth aspect of the present invention, there is provided the information processing apparatus according to any one of the first to eighth aspects, wherein the job selecting means records the jobs selected to be combined in a list. The desired job can be excluded from the list.

According to the invention of an information processing apparatus as described in claim 10,
The invention according to any one of claims 1 to 9 is characterized in that the job combining means includes a job combining method selecting means capable of selecting a job combining method.

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 11 is
The invention according to any one of claims 1 to 10 is characterized in that a plurality of input means are provided, and the job data and the job attribute are obtained from the respective input means.

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 12 is
In the invention of claim 11, one of the plurality of input means is a scanner for reading a document, and one of the other input means is a computer for creating printer data.

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 13 is
In the invention according to any one of claims 1 to 10, the job data is image data, and the job attribute is print setting information.

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 14 is
The invention according to claim 13 is characterized by comprising an image forming means for forming an image based on the job data.

According to the invention of an information processing apparatus described in claim 15,
The invention according to any one of claims 1 to 14, further comprising: a data compression unit that compresses the job data by a predetermined compression method, and a data decompression unit that decompresses the compressed job data in a printable manner. And

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 16 is
The invention according to any one of claims 1 to 15 is characterized in that the storage means can store compressed job data.

According to the invention of an information processing apparatus described in claim 17,
The invention according to any one of claims 1 to 16 is characterized in that the storage means is an HDD.

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 18 is
The invention according to any one of claims 1 to 17 is characterized by comprising a memory for temporarily storing the job data.

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 19 is
The invention according to claim 18 is characterized in that the memory can store compressed job data.

The invention of an information processing apparatus according to claim 20 is
The invention according to claim 18 or 19 is characterized in that the job data temporarily stored in the memory can be stored in the storage means.

According to the invention of an information processing apparatus described in claim 21,
The invention according to any one of claims 1 to 20 is characterized in that a combined job storage unit for storing combined job data together with job attributes is provided.

According to a twenty-second aspect of the present invention, in the invention according to any one of the first to twenty-first aspects, a part or all of means constituting the information processing apparatus is connected via a network. Characterize.

According to a twenty-third aspect of the present invention, there is provided a job combining method for an information processing apparatus, comprising a step of receiving an operation of selecting a job to be combined from a plurality of stored jobs, and a job attribute of a job to be selected for job combining. Analyzing, determining that the job cannot be combined when the job attribute of the basic job has a prohibited job attribute, and determining that the job can be combined when the job attribute of the basic job has any other job attribute; When a step determines that the job cannot be combined, a step of notifying the job combination, a step of accepting an operation of excluding or changing at least the prohibitive job attribute of the job attributes of the job determined to be the job uncombined, Combining a plurality of selected jobs into one job.

According to a twenty-fourth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a job combination method according to the twenty-third aspect, wherein in the step of receiving the operation for selecting the jobs to be combined,
After accepting an operation for selecting a job and determining whether or not the job can be combined, the step of enabling the job that is determined to be combinable and disabling the job that cannot be combined is included. Characterize.

According to a twenty-fifth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a job combination method according to the twenty-third or twenty-fourth aspect, wherein in the combination prohibition notification, a job determined to be uncombinable and a prohibited job attribute are included. It is characterized in that it is specified and displayed on the display unit.

According to a twenty-sixth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a job combining method for an information processing apparatus, comprising a step of receiving an operation of selecting a job to be combined from a plurality of stored jobs, and a part or all of the job attributes of the combined job. It includes the steps of accepting the operation to exclude, accepting the setting of new job attributes for the jobs to be combined or combined jobs, and combining the multiple jobs selected as combined jobs into one job. Characterize.

A job combining method for an information processing apparatus according to a twenty-seventh aspect is the invention according to any one of the twenty-third to twenty-sixth aspects, in which the selected jobs are displayed in a list in a combining box displayed on the display unit. It is characterized by including a step.

A job combination method for an information processing apparatus according to claim 28 is the invention according to any one of claims 23 to 27, in which an operation of excluding a part or all of the jobs included in the list from the list is accepted. It is characterized by including a step.

That is, according to the information processing apparatus of the present invention as defined in claim 1 or 2, the job selecting means selects the job to be combined from the storing means. At the time of this selection, the job combination determination means determines whether or not the jobs to be selected can be combined, based on the job attributes. In order to select a job, the job may be selected first by instructing the job to be selected by the selecting means, or the operation for selecting the job is performed prior to the selection operation. It may be one.
The operation for selecting a job can be included in the job selecting means.

As a result of the above determination, if the job to be determined cannot be combined with another job that has already been selected as a job to be combined, the uncombinability notification means notifies that the job cannot be combined. To be done. The operator
The job attribute excluding unit can temporarily or permanently exclude a part or all of the job attributes of the jobs to be combined, or the job attribute changing unit can change the job attribute. It is possible to make a job that cannot be combined once by excluding or changing the job attribute, and to select a job that is once judged as uncombinable as a job to be combined in the job selecting means. After that, the plurality of jobs selected by the job selecting means are combined as one job by the job combining means. With the above configuration, jobs that cannot be combined conventionally can be combined, and the target range of jobs that can be combined is greatly expanded. In addition, the job attributes are excluded or changed by the operator, so that jobs are not combined by job attributes not intended by the operator.

According to the job combining method of the present invention as defined in claim 23, an operation for selecting jobs to be combined is accepted, and whether or not the job attribute of the job to be selected includes a prohibited job attribute. It is analyzed and whether or not to combine is determined based on the result. If the combination is not possible, a notification of non-completion is given. Upon receiving this notification, the operator can perform the operation of excluding or changing the prohibited job attribute to bring the job into a joinable state. The jobs selected as jobs to be combined, such as by selecting a job that can be combined, are combined into one job in the step of combining a plurality of jobs.

According to the information processing apparatus of the eighth aspect, the jobs to be combined are selected from the storage means by the job selection means. The operator can temporarily or permanently exclude a part or all of the job attributes of the job to be joined or the joined job by the job attribute exclusion means in preparation for the new addition of the job attribute. The jobs to be combined may be those selected as jobs to be combined or may be excluded from those before selection. After the job attributes are excluded, a new job attribute can be added to the job to be combined by the job attribute adding means or the combined job by the operation of the operator. As a result, a new job attribute intended by the operator is attached to the combined job. The jobs before combining can be combined as one job by the job combining means.

According to the job combination method of the present invention, the operation for selecting the jobs to be combined is accepted. The operator can perform an operation of temporarily or permanently excluding the job attribute of the job selected as the job to be combined in consideration of the job attribute to be added to the combined job. After that, an operation for setting a new job attribute for the jobs to be combined can be performed. The jobs selected as jobs to be combined are combined into one job in the step of combining a plurality of jobs. Further, even in a job combined without setting the above new job attribute, an operation for setting a new job attribute can be performed, and the operation can be accepted and a new job attribute can be attached to the combined job. it can.

The present invention comprises a storage medium for storing job data and job attributes relating to a plurality of jobs,
An HDD can be typically used as the storage medium. However, in the present invention, the storage medium is not limited to the HDD, and other storage media such as MO and DVD can be used. A memory for temporarily storing data can also be used as a storage medium. By using this memory for temporary storage of scanner read data, data compression described later, data decompression during image formation, etc., it is possible to speed up the processing. The data temporarily stored in the memory can be stored in the storage medium.

The job data may be obtained from one input means, but in an information processing apparatus having a plurality of input means, job data obtained from different input means may be mixed. The job data may be data generated by an application or the like as it is, but it is preferable that the job data is preferably stored in the storage unit or the memory after being compressed by the data compression unit. The compression method is not particularly limited in the present invention, and compression can be performed by a known method. The job data that has been compressed and stored is read from the storage unit and expanded by the data expansion unit as needed when forming an image.

Further, the combined job selecting means of the present invention is normally operated by displaying the management name, management number, etc. of the jobs on the display unit so that a plurality of jobs stored in the storage means can be selected. Prepare for human operation. Management name of the job,
The management number and the like can be given when the job data and job attributes are stored in the storage medium. Examples of the display unit include an LCD panel and a display connected to a computer. In addition, the combined job selecting unit usually includes an operation unit for receiving an operation by an operator. As the operation unit, a touch panel attached to the display unit or a mouse or keyboard connected to a computer can be used.

In addition, the combined job selecting means can display a box on the display unit in order to improve the operability, and a list of jobs selected as jobs to be combined can be displayed in the box. In the list, it is desirable that some or all jobs can be excluded from the list or the order of the list can be changed. Further, the combined job selection means entrusts the job combination determination means, which will be described later, with the determination as to whether or not the jobs selected for selection can be combined. In the combined job selection means,
It is desirable that only jobs that are determined to be combinable by the job combination determination means be selectable, and jobs that are not combinable are not selectable.

The job combination determination means of the present invention preferably determines whether or not the job to be combined includes a prohibitive job attribute, based on the job attribute of the job already selected. Determine whether or not to combine.
Whether or not the job attribute is prohibited can be determined by preliminarily defining a rule that is prohibited for each job attribute and determining that the job attribute is prohibited when the rule is met. The rules can be made into a database and stored in a ROM or a storage medium included in the information processing apparatus of the present invention. In addition, what is the job attribute is prohibited,
The attributes that conflict with each other, such as single-sided printing and double-sided printing, are listed first, but job attributes that are not preferable to be mixed can be prohibited, and can be appropriately determined by the operator or the provider of the information processing apparatus. You can The job combination determination means determines whether or not the job can be combined based on the attributes of the job based on the presence or absence of the prohibition. The job combination determination means is
Preferably, the determination result is transmitted to the job selecting means. When the combination is not possible, the determination result indicating that the combination is impossible is transmitted to the combination impossible notification means.

The unbonding notification means gives unbondable notification in response to the unbondable determination result. The notification method is not particularly limited, and it can be performed by issuing a warning sound when the job selection means selects a job or displaying a message indicating that the job cannot be combined on the display unit. In addition,
It is also possible to make a notification so that the job attribute that causes the unbinding cannot be specified. For example, when displaying a list of job attributes, the job attribute that causes the unbinding is displayed so as to be distinguishable from other job attributes (color difference, presence / absence of shading, marking display, etc.).

The job attributes of the jobs to be combined can be excluded by the job attribute excluding means, and can be changed by the job attribute changing means. The removal or modification usually targets the job attributes related to the job that is decided to be combined and cannot be combined, but it can also target the job attributes related to the job already selected as the job to be combined. Alternatively, it may be one before being selected as a job to be combined.

The job attribute excluding means can exclude at least a part of the job attributes, and by excluding the forbidden job attributes, the job attributes can be combined with other jobs. The job attributes may be excluded temporarily when the jobs are combined, or may be excluded permanently. In the temporary exclusion, the job attributes stored in the storage unit are maintained as they are. On the other hand, when the job attribute is permanently excluded, the exclusion result is reflected in the storage unit. Therefore, when the job attribute of the job is read again from the storage unit, the excluded job attribute is read.

The job attribute changing means can change some or all of the job attributes. When changing the attribute, the job attribute must be changeable by having a plurality of options.
By changing the prohibited job attribute to a non-prohibited job attribute, it becomes possible to combine a job with the job attribute with another job. Further, the change of the job attribute can be temporary or permanent like the above-mentioned removal.

Further, in the present invention, it is possible to provide a job attribute adding means for adding a new job attribute to the job to be combined or the combined job. It is desirable that the job attribute adding unit presents the job attributes that can be added so that the operator can appropriately select them. For example, a job attribute that can be added can be displayed in the list of job attributes associated with the job so that the job can be selected. Note that the job attribute adding means prohibits the addition of the job attribute when the addition of the job attribute cannot be added due to a prohibition between other job attributes already attached to the job. It is also possible to provide a notifying means for notifying the job attribute that occurs.

The above-mentioned job attribute excluding means, job attribute changing means, and job attribute adding means usually have an operation section for receiving the operation by the operator. As the operation unit, a touch panel attached to the display unit, a mouse or a keyboard connected to a computer can be used as in the operation unit of the combined job selecting unit described above.

The jobs selected by the job selecting means are combined by the job combining means. Preferably, it is executed by a combination execution operation by the operator. In combining jobs, normally, job attributes for a combined job are generated and job data are combined. The job data may be combined by sequentially combining a plurality of job data, or may be combined by appropriately selecting a combining method. The selection of the combining method can be performed by the job combining method selecting means. The job combination method selection means is configured so that, for example, a possible combination method is presented so that the operator can appropriately select it. It is desirable that the selectable coupling method is stored in advance in the ROM or the storage medium included in the information processing device as data and is readable. The combining method selecting unit usually includes a display unit that presents the combining method and an operating unit that receives an operation of an operator. As the display unit and the operating unit, the display unit and the operating unit such as the above-described job selecting unit can be used. The job combining unit combines a plurality of jobs based on the combining method selected by the job combining method selecting unit.

The job data and job attributes of the combined job can be managed and processed in the same manner as a normal job, and can be stored in, for example, the combined job storage means. As the combined job storage means, an HDD, a memory or the like may be separately prepared, but it is preferable to use the above-mentioned storage means or memory.

As described above, the information processing apparatus of the present invention is usually provided with an image forming means and is provided as a scanner, a copying machine, a printer or a composite machine thereof, but the present invention is not limited to these configurations. Not something. For example, the plurality of the respective means may be connected and dispersed in a network or the like without being incorporated in one device. In short, any means may be used as long as it is configured so that the means can be combined to exert their functions. Further, the information processing apparatus of the present invention may not include the image forming means, and is configured to send data used for image formation to the image forming means via a network, a cable or the like. May be.

[0054]

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION An embodiment of the present invention will be described below with reference to the accompanying drawings. FIG. 1 shows a network configuration including an information processing apparatus of the present invention. The information processing apparatus 1 of the present invention includes a scanner 2,
It is offered as a multifunction machine that functions as a copier and printer. CP for internal control and data processing
The U10, the memory 11, and the HDD 12 as a storage unit are built in. Reference numeral 6 is a finisher for post-processing (sorting, stapling, etc.) the printed output, 7 is a network controller compatible with Ethernet (registered trademark), and a LAN cable 20 is connected to the network controller 7. Network controller 7
Controls communication with other devices via the LAN cable 20. The LAN cable 20 further includes a server 2
1, client computers 23, 24, etc. are connected. Further, the server 21 has a built-in HDD 22 that can function as a storage unit of the present invention, and further has a function as a management server that controls the information processing apparatus 1, and the information processing apparatus 1 It has a function as a data server for sending job data and job attributes. Each of the client computers 23 and 24 can control the information processing apparatus 1 via the server 21, and can send job data and job attributes to the information processing apparatus 1 via the server 21.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram conceptually showing the structure of the information processing apparatus 1. The internal path connected to the network controller 7 is connected to the CPU 10, the memory 11, the HDD 12, and the ROM 13 storing a program executed by the CPU 10, and further includes an LC
A display unit 14 composed of a D panel and an operation unit 15 are controllably connected. The operation unit 15 includes operation buttons 150 provided near the display unit 14 and a touch panel provided on the display unit. The display unit 14 and the operation unit 15 are controlled by the CPU 10, and the operation information of the operation unit 15 is given to the CPU 10. Further, the scanner 2 is connected to the path, and the image forming apparatus 16 which is an image forming unit is further connected. The finisher 6 is connected to the image forming apparatus 16.
Further, the ROM 13 stores job attribute data that can be set by the information processing apparatus 1, and also stores relational data of mutually prohibited job attributes. Further, an NVRAM may be mounted and the data may be rewritably stored in the NVRAM.

The CPU 10 and the program execution function stored in the ROM 13, the display unit 14, and the operation unit 15 are used to select the job selection unit, the job combination determination unit, the combination impossible notification unit, and the job attribute exclusion unit according to the present invention. It comprises a job attribute changing means, a job attribute adding means, a job combining means, a data compressing means, and a data expanding means.

The processing steps in one embodiment of the present invention will be described below. First, the HDD 12 stores job data and job attributes relating to a plurality of jobs (three jobs in this embodiment), and management data is given to each and stored. In storing a job, data may be stored by different operators, and in such a case, the password can be stored so that another person cannot use the data. When the information processing apparatus 1 is started up, the program stored in the ROM 13 is read by the CPU 10 and executed, the initial screen is displayed on the display unit 14, and the information processing apparatus 1 is in a standby state for receiving an operation.

FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of the display section 14 and the operation buttons 150. One of the operation buttons is assigned to the mode button 151. This mode button 1
When 51 is pressed by the operator, the CPU 10 detects the pressing and starts the mode selection process, displays the mode selection screen on the display unit 14 as shown in FIG. 4, and is ready to accept the operation on the touch panel. . When the function button 141 on the touch panel is pressed, the scanner function operates and the scanner 2 reads a document or the like. This data can be saved as job data in the HDD 12 or the HDD 22 of the server 21 by pressing the function button 142 on the touch panel to perform a save operation. Further, a document, an image, etc. created by an application on the server 21 or the clients 23, 24 can be sent to the information processing apparatus as job data. At that time, the job data can be stored in the HDD 12 or the HDD 22 of the server 21 as described above. In addition,
When saving the data, the job data is stored in the CPU 10.
It is stored after being compressed in a predetermined manner by the program executed in.

When the process button 143 relating to image reading is selected on the touch panel, the process of reading job data from the HDD 12 or the HDD 22 of the server 21 is started. When job data is stored in both the HDD 12 and the server 21, a process of instructing which of the HDD 12 and the HDD 22 of the server 21 to select as the read destination is performed. In this embodiment, the HDD 12 is used. Since the selection instruction processing is not performed, the reading processing is further continued because the data is stored only in.
When the password is set when storing the job data, a message for inputting the password is displayed on the display unit as shown in FIG. 5, and the password input from the touch panel is prompted. When the password is input on the screen and the collation result is correct, the next process, that is, the job combination process is started. The processing will be described based on the flowchart of FIG.

In the job combining process, the management data regarding a plurality of jobs is read from the HDD 12 and the data is displayed on the display unit 14 as the job list 160 as shown in FIG. 7 (step S1). The display unit 14 also displays a message unit 161 that prompts an operation and a combining box 162 that displays jobs to be combined. In this state, the display portion of the job name displayed in the job list 160 is assigned to the instruction button for instructing the target of job selection, and is waiting for the operation input by the operator (step S2). When the "return to password setting screen" button 163 is pressed in this state, the combining process is ended as an end instruction (steps Sa1 and sa).
2).

When the operator presses the display portion of the job name in the job list 160, it is assumed that the selection target is instructed, and it is confirmed whether or not the job corresponds to the first selected job. (Step S3). If this job is the first job, the job attribute is not analyzed and can be selected (step S6). As shown in FIG. 7, a selection job addition button 164 and a selection job removal button 165 are displayed on the display unit 14, and a job that can be selected by pressing the addition button is selected as a combination job and the combination job is selected. It is added to the combined job list in the box 162 (step S7). FIG. 8 shows a state where one job is selected and added to the combined job list 166 of the combination box 162. When the job in the list 166 is to be deleted, the job display portion displayed in the combined job list 166 is pressed to specify the job, and then the selected job removal button 165 is pressed to select the job from the combined job list 166. Jobs that have been deleted are excluded (step S8, sc1).

On the other hand, when the above-mentioned job is selected,
If the job is not the first selected job, the job attributes are analyzed (step S4).
In the analysis of the job attributes, the job attributes of the already selected job are used as a reference to determine whether or not the job attributes of the selected jobs include prohibitive ones. The data defining the prohibition is stored in the ROM 13, and the data is read from the ROM 13 to confirm whether or not the attribute of the job to be judged is applicable (step S5). When the job attribute of the selected job does not include any prohibitive job, the job can be selected and can be selected as a job to be combined by the operator's operation as described above. On the other hand, if the job attributes include those that are prohibited, a notification that connection is impossible is issued. In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 8, a message indicating that the message portion 161 cannot be combined is displayed. Further, a job check button 167 capable of checking the job attribute is operably displayed on the display unit 14 (step Sb1).

When the job check button 167 is pressed, job attributes including prohibited attributes are displayed in a list on the display unit 14 as shown in FIG. In the display, it is possible to identify the prohibited attributes among the job attributes.
An arrow 170 is displayed on the display portion of the corresponding attribute. In this embodiment, the setting item related to the paper discharge tray corresponds to the prohibited job attribute. The display portion 171 relating to the setting item can accept an operation input, and when the operator presses the portion with a finger as shown in FIG. 10, a removal operation box 172 for removing the attribute is displayed as shown in FIG. It is displayed, and the job attribute can be removed (step Sb2). The removal operation box 172
Then, a temporary delete button 172a for temporarily deleting the job attribute, a delete button 172b for permanently deleting, and a cancel button 172c are operably displayed. The temporary delete button 172a, except when the cancel process is canceled by operating the cancel button 172c,
The corresponding job attribute is deleted with the delete button (step Sb3). In deletion, different processing is performed between temporary deletion and permanent deletion (step Sb4). When the temporary delete button 172a is pressed, the job attribute is deleted only when the job is combined, and when the corresponding job is called from the HDD 12 again, the job before deletion is deleted. The data will be read as including the attribute. With the temporary delete button 172a, after the job is deleted, the target instruction of the job selection becomes possible again (shift to step S2). On the other hand, when the delete button 145b is operated, the corresponding job attribute is deleted, and in order to permanently delete the job attribute, a new job attribute in which the removal is reflected is stored in the HDD 12 (step Sb5). After that, the target instruction for job selection becomes possible again (shift to step S2).

When the prohibited job attribute has another option, the job attribute can be changed in step Sb2. In such a case, when the user presses the display portion of the job attribute that is the rule, a box that prompts the user to select whether to delete or change the corresponding job attribute is displayed. For example, if the prohibited function has a plurality of options (for example, in the paper discharge mode, there are options such as sort / staple / group / non-sort).
You can change these features. In FIG. 12, if you press the display area of the prohibited job attributes,
The change box 173 is displayed on the display unit 14. This box has a delete button 173a and a change button 173b.
And are displayed, and the temporary button, the permanent button, and the cancel button are displayed in the same manner as above. The delete button 173a can remove the corresponding job attribute by the same operation as described above. Change button 173b
By pressing, a plurality of job attributes are displayed and can be selected, and desired attributes can be selected.

After removing or modifying, select whether the removal / modification is temporary or permanent. In the temporary case, the job attribute is removed or changed only in the combining process of the jobs. On the other hand, if it is permanent, the removed or changed job attribute is stored in the HDD 12 as in the case of the above deletion.

When the above-mentioned deletion or change causes the prohibition of job attributes to be excluded, the arrow 170 displayed in FIG. 9 disappears, and jobs can be combined. Then, when the OK button displayed in FIG. 9 is pressed with a finger, the screen of FIG. 7 is restored. If the second job is again instructed to be selected on this screen display, the job combination determination is performed in the same manner this time, but the job attribute does not include any prohibition, and therefore the job can be selected. If a selection instruction is given here, the job can be added to the combined job list 166 in the combination box 162. A job is deleted from the combined job list 166 by selecting the job and pressing the selected job removal button 165 as described above (steps S8 and Sc1). When a plurality of jobs are selected and listed in the combined job list 166 and the image combination button 168 is pressed with a finger (step S9), the job data are combined in sequence. Also,
At this time, it is possible to select a job combining method. For example, a box for displaying the job combination method is displayed, and a list of possible combination methods is displayed in the box so that the job can be selected.

When the jobs are combined, new management data is given to the jobs, and processing for requesting storage in the HDD 12 or the server 21 is performed (step S1).
0). The stored combined job can be managed as one job and output processed, and can be combined with other jobs. For example, when performing print output, if the job data is compressed, the memory 11 is used to decompress the image forming data, and the image forming apparatus 16 performs the image forming process. The print format at this time,
Post-processing and the like are performed based on the job attributes of the combined job. The image is formed on a predetermined sheet of paper defined by the job attribute, and the sheet is post-processed by the finisher 6 based on the job attribute.

(Second Embodiment) FIG. 13 is a flow chart showing the processing steps of another embodiment. In this embodiment, a new job attribute can be added to the combined job. It should be noted that the description of the processing steps before job combination is omitted. After the jobs are combined in the same manner as in the above-described embodiment, the job attributes that hinder the addition of the job attributes can be removed (step SS1). If an attempt is made to add a job attribute without performing this removal, if the addition is not possible, the addition operation is not accepted and the removal of the job attribute is requested (step SS).
5). As with the above-described embodiment, the job attributes are removed by displaying the display screens in FIGS. 9 to 11 so that desired job attributes or all job attributes can be removed. After the desired job attributes are removed, job attribute addition processing is performed (step SS3). The operator performs an operation of selecting a desired job attribute and adding it (step SS).
4). At this time, it is preferable that the job attributes that can be added are presented on the display screens of FIGS. 9 to 11 so that the operator can appropriately select the presented job attribute and perform the addition operation. After the addition operation is performed, as described above, it is determined whether the job attribute desired to be added can be selected (step SS5). This determination can be made based on whether or not the job attribute to be added is prohibited with respect to the job attribute attached to the combined job, as in the above embodiment. If the addition is not permitted, the addition processing is not performed and the above-described job attribute removal processing is performed again. At this time, it is desirable that the job attribute to be added and the prohibited job attribute are presented together with the combined job. By excluding the prohibited job attribute, the job attribute can be added in the subsequent processing. After it is determined that the job attribute can be added, a new job attribute is added. The combined job to which the new job attribute is added can be managed and processed as one job, as in the above embodiment.

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As described above, according to the invention of the information processing apparatus of the present invention, storage means for storing job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes and a combination of the plurality of jobs stored in the storage means. Job selecting means for selecting a job to be selected, job combination determining means for determining whether or not the job selected by the job selecting means can be combined with the already selected job based on the job attribute, A job combination exclusion means for notifying that the job combination is not possible when the result of the determination by the job combination determination means is not possible, and excluding at least a part of the job attributes of the jobs to be combined by the operator's operation Means or a job attribute changing means for changing, and further, a plurality of jobs that can be combined and are selected by the job selecting means are regarded as one job. Since comprises jobs coupling means for coupling Te, even if you can not bind a plurality of jobs by the job attribute can be coupled to delete or modify the job attributes by operation of the operator.

According to another invention of the information processing apparatus,
Storage means for storing job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes, job selecting means for selecting a job to be combined from the plurality of jobs stored in the storage means, and job attributes of the jobs to be combined or the combined jobs Attribute excluding means for temporarily or permanently excluding at least a part of the job by an operator, a job attribute adding means for adding a new job attribute to the job to be combined or the combined job, and the job selecting means. Since a job combining unit for combining a plurality of jobs that can be combined and selected as a job into one job is provided, a new job attribute is added to the combined job regardless of the job attributes already attached to the combined job. Then, it is possible to print out the combined job or the like according to the appearance intended by the operator.

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[Brief description of drawings]

FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a network configuration showing an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is likewise a block diagram showing an information processing apparatus.

FIG. 3 is also an enlarged view showing a display unit.

FIG. 4 is likewise an enlarged view showing a mode screen of the display unit.

FIG. 5 is likewise an enlarged view showing a password input screen of the display unit.

FIG. 6 is likewise a flowchart showing a job combination process.

FIG. 7 is a diagram showing a display screen on which jobs to be combined can be instructed to be selected.

FIG. 8 is a diagram showing a display screen for instructing selection of jobs to be combined.

FIG. 9 is an enlarged view showing a display screen on which a list of job attributes is also displayed.

FIG. 10 is also an enlarged view showing a display screen on which a list of job attributes is displayed and a job attribute that is prohibited is selected.

FIG. 11 is also an enlarged view showing a display screen on which a list of job attributes is displayed and a forbidden job attribute is removed.

FIG. 12 is also an enlarged view showing a display screen on which a list of job attributes is displayed and processing for removing or changing prohibited job attributes is performed.

FIG. 13 is a flowchart showing a job attribute addition process according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[Explanation of symbols]

1 Information processing equipment 2 scanner 6 Finisher 7 controller 10 CPU 11 memory 12 HDD 13 ROM 14 Display 15 Operation part 16 screen forming device 160 job list 161 Message part 162 combine box 164 Add Selected Job Button 165 Selected job removal button 166 Combined job list 170 arrow 171 Display items related to setting items 172 Delete operation box 173 Delete / Change Operation Box

   ─────────────────────────────────────────────────── ─── Continued front page    (72) Inventor, Kitaro Hara             2970 Ishikawa-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo Konica stock             Inside the company F-term (reference) 2C061 AP01 AP04 AP07 HQ06                 2C087 AA09 AB01 AB06 BA03 BA05                       BB10 BC07 BD07 BD40 BD46                       CB16 DA14                 5B021 AA01 BB09                 5C062 AA05 AB20 AB21 AB42 AC24                       AC58 AF00

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1. A storage unit for storing job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes, a job selecting unit for selecting a job to be combined from the plurality of jobs stored in the storing unit, and the job selecting unit. Job combination determining means for determining whether or not the job to be selected can be combined with the selected job based on the job attribute, and when the result of the determination by the job combination determining means is uncombinable A non-combining notification means for notifying non-combining,
Job attribute excluding means for temporarily or permanently excluding at least a part of the job attributes of jobs to be combined by an operator's operation, and a plurality of jobs that can be combined and are selected by the job selecting means as one job An information processing apparatus, comprising:
2. A storage means for storing job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes, a job selecting means for selecting a job to be combined from the plurality of jobs stored in the storing means, and a job selecting means for the job selecting means. Job combination determining means for determining whether or not the job to be selected can be combined with the selected job based on the job attribute, and when the result of the determination by the job combination determining means is uncombinable , A non-combination notification means for performing a non-combination notification,
Job attribute changing means for temporarily or permanently changing the job attributes of jobs to be joined by an operator, and a job for joining a plurality of joinable jobs selected by the job selecting means as one job An information processing apparatus comprising: a coupling unit.
3. The job combination determination means uses a job attribute of a job already selected for combination as a reference, and selects a job to be selected as a reference job attribute and a job that is prohibited. 3. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein whether or not to combine jobs is determined based on whether or not an attribute is included.
4. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the uncombination notifying means is capable of making a notification specifying a job attribute that is prohibited when combining.
5. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a display unit that displays a notification by the unlinkable notification unit.
6. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the job selection unit disables selection of jobs that cannot be combined by the job combination determination unit.
7. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a job attribute adding unit for adding a new job attribute to the job to be combined or the combined job.
8. A storage unit for storing job data relating to a plurality of jobs together with job attributes, a job selecting unit for selecting a job to be combined from the plurality of jobs stored in the storage unit, a job to be combined or a combined job. A job attribute excluding means for temporarily or permanently excluding at least a part of the job attributes of the combined jobs by an operator's operation, and a job attribute adding means for adding a new job attribute to the jobs to be combined or combined. An information processing apparatus, comprising: a job combining unit that combines a plurality of jobs that can be combined and that are selected by the job selecting unit into a single job.
9. The job selecting means records the jobs selected to be combined in a list, and can exclude a desired job from the list. Information processing equipment.
10. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the job combining unit includes a job combining method selecting unit that can select a job combining method.
11. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a plurality of input means, wherein the job data and the job attribute are obtained from the respective input means.
12. The information processing apparatus according to claim 11, wherein one of the plurality of input units is a scanner for reading a document, and one of the other input units is a computer for creating printer data. .
13. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the job data is image data, and the job attribute is print setting information.
14. The information processing apparatus according to claim 13, further comprising image forming means for forming an image based on the job data.
15. A data compression unit for compressing the job data according to a predetermined compression method, and a data decompression unit for decompressing the compressed job data in a printable manner. An information processing apparatus according to claim 2.
16. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the storage unit can store compressed job data.
17. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the storage unit is an HDD.
18. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a memory that temporarily stores the job data.
19. The information processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein the memory can store compressed job data.
20. The information processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein the job data temporarily stored in the memory can be stored in the storage unit.
21. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a combined job storage unit that stores combined job data together with job attributes.
22. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein a part or all of the means constituting the information processing apparatus are connected via a network.
23. A step of accepting an operation for selecting a job to be combined from a plurality of stored jobs, and a job attribute of a job to be selected for job combination is analyzed, and a job attribute of a basic job is compared with the job attribute. If the job has a prohibited job attribute, it is determined that the jobs cannot be combined,
Among the job attributes of the job determined to be uncombinable, the step of determining that the job can be combined when the job has other job attributes, the step of notifying that the job cannot be combined in the step A job combining method for an information processing apparatus, comprising: a step of receiving at least an operation of excluding or changing a prohibited job attribute; and a step of combining a plurality of jobs selected as a combined job into one job.
24. In the step of accepting an operation for selecting a job to be combined, an operation for selecting a job is accepted, a judgment is made as to whether or not the job can be combined, and then a job that is judged to be combinable is selected. 24. The job combining method for an information processing apparatus according to claim 23, further comprising the step of enabling a job and disabling a job that is disabled.
25. The information processing apparatus according to claim 23, wherein in the combination impossible notification, a job determined to be impossible to combine and a prohibited job attribute are specified and displayed on the display unit. Job combination method.
26. A step of receiving an operation of selecting a job to be combined from a plurality of stored jobs, a step of receiving an operation of excluding a part or all of job attributes of the job to be combined or the combined job,
A job of an information processing apparatus comprising: a step of accepting a new job attribute setting for a job to be combined or a combined job; and a step of combining a plurality of jobs selected as a combined job into one job. How to combine.
27. The job combination method for an information processing apparatus according to claim 23, further comprising the step of displaying the selected jobs in a list in a box displayed on the display unit.
28. The job combination method according to claim 27, further comprising a step of accepting an operation of excluding a part or all of the jobs included in the list from the list.
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