Description: BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention
Operation of the multifunction multifunction machine and the multifunction multifunction machine
Related to the automation of setting various functions.  For example, a facsimile (FAX) function and the like.
Multiple functions, such as
And the multi-functional devices they can use on a single device
It can be called a multifunction peripheral. Such a multifunctional composite
FAX function and printer function for digital copier
), The setting of each function is
From the control panel of the
Be done. The function settings at that time are usually set by the user.
It is performed by manual operation.  There are many multifunction MFPs.
Functions are added, and they can be used in combination.
One of the major features is that it can be cut. But those machines
The setting of the functions is complicated and imposes a considerable burden on the user.
Also, if a terminal can be connected to the multifunction device and remote setting is possible,
However, this feature is also limited to setting functions from the terminal.
It cannot be fully utilized because of the world. That is,
There are the following problems in the use environment of multi-function MFPs in
there were. (1) A multifunctional MFP is connected to an end on a network.
When controlling from the end, the display environment of the control panel of the MFP
Since the display environment differs from the terminal, all functions of the MFP
Difficult to set on the side. (2) Complex function setting of a multi-function MFP
For example, fax transmission / reception, printout, image capture
Setting of combination processing such as canning and memory access
Is a tedious task for ordinary users and burdensome.
Good. The present invention has been made in view of the above circumstances.
The first purpose is to make it easy to set functions from the terminal.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a multifunction MFP. A second object of the present invention is to provide a user
By providing a multifunction MFP that automates the function setting process
is there.  A third object of the present invention is to provide a function from a terminal.
Easy setting and function setting process by user
Is to provide a multi-function multifunction machine in which the above is automated. Means for Solving the Problems In order to achieve the first object,
For example, in the multi-function MFP of the present invention, the control panel
Software that creates the display environment
Can be downloaded to
Display environment similar to the control panel (graphic user
Surface) or look (look and feel)
Is formed on the display of the terminal. In order to achieve the second object,
In the multifunctional MFP of Ming, the procedure of various function setting operations is set in advance.
After programming, each program has a specified header (access
Code) and stored in memory. In order to further achieve the third object,
In the multi-function MFP of the invention, the control panel display environment is created.
Download software to terminals on the network.
To display the same display environment as the control panel of the multi-function MFP.
In addition to being formed on the terminal display,
The procedure for the fixed operation is programmed in advance, and
It is stored in memory with a fixed header. The multi-function MFP according to the first object is, for example,
Connected to terminal with directional cable. Device display
At any time, check the display status of the control panel of the multifunction MFP.
Can be displayed. Many devices with keyboard / mouse operation on terminal
Operate the control panel of the MFP (remote control from the terminal)
Work). In the multi-function MFP according to the second object,
From the control panel or the terminal display, select the desired registration
Select a function setting operation that has already been performed.
Seth). Then, the header of the selected operation is added to the system.
The program in memory that is entered and corresponds to this header
Is executed. Complex and complicated function setting operation
Is performed automatically by the system. In the multi-function MFP according to the third object,
Compatible function settings of MFPs can be programmed on the terminal side
And specify the execution of programmed actions
Makes it easy to use complex function combinations of multi-function MFPs
it can. An embodiment of the present invention will be described below with reference to the accompanying drawings.
System (terminal is
Networked digital copier)
You. FIG. 14 shows a multi-function according to an embodiment of the present invention.
Multifunction machine (digital copier which is a multifunction multifunction machine) 1
FIG. 2 is a schematic configuration diagram showing a partial structure. This digital copying machine 1 is used to
Scanner 30 for reading information, printer engine 40
Including others. The scanner 30 places an original O to be copied.
Document table 120 to be placed and placed on this document table 120
Light source 140 that illuminates the scanned original O,
Photoelectrically converting the reflected light from the illuminated original O
CCD sensor 312 that converts reflected light into image signal
are doing. The printer engine 40 is connected to the scanner 30.
Image signal read from an external device (described later)
FAX 70, terminal 80, etc.)
First, image information is output on copy paper P as a recording material.
Function as an image forming unit. On the side of the light source 140,
A reflector for efficiently focusing the illumination light on the original O
130 are arranged. In addition, the light source 140 and the CCD
Between the original O and the CCD sensor 312
The light path through which light (reflected light from the original O) passes
A plurality of mirrors 13a, 13b, 13c for folding, and
To focus the reflected light on the condensing surface of the CCD sensor 312
Lens 15 is disposed. An original O is placed on the upper part of the original placing table 120.
A document holder 17 that is in close contact with the table 120 is arranged.
You. The original presser is larger than the size of the digital copying machine 1.
Or a semi-automatic document, depending on
Auto Feeder (SDF) or Auto Document Feeder
It can be replaced with a header (ADF) or the like. The printer engine 40 rotates in a predetermined direction.
A cylindrical photosensitive drum 22 that is configured to be
You. After the drum 22 is charged to a predetermined potential, the drum 22
The laser diode 416 is irradiated with a light beam.
Then, the electric potential of the drum surface area irradiated with the light beam becomes
And an electrostatic latent image is formed. Around the photosensitive drum 22, a photosensitive member
A charging device 24 for applying a predetermined potential to the drum 22;
Signal from the processing unit 108 or printing from the terminal 80
Exposes a laser beam modulated on / off according to the signal
A laser unit 26 for outputting to the body drum 22;
Photosensitive drum by the laser beam from the laser unit 26
A developer (toner) is supplied to the electrostatic latent image formed on the ram 22.
And a developing device 28 for supplying
The toner image on the photosensitive drum 22 is transferred to the recording material feeding unit 3.
Transfer device 33 for transferring to paper P fed from sheet 4
Are arranged in order. It should be noted that the photosensitive drum 22 is
A photoconductor is provided downstream of the copying apparatus 33 in the feed direction of the paper P.
The toner remaining on the surface of the drum 22 is removed and the toner is removed.
Of the potential generated on the photosensitive drum 22 by the laser beam
A cleaner unit 32 for erasing changes is arranged.
You. The toner concentration is detected inside the developing device 28.
An output toner concentration sensor 28a is provided. Also
At the top of the developing device 28, toner is supplied to the developing device 28
A toner hopper 29 is provided. This toner
The toner roller 2 for replenishing the rotating toner is
9a is provided. Rotation of this toner roller 29a
A predetermined amount of toner is supplied to the developing device 28 in accordance with the time.
It is supposed to be. Between the developing device 28 and the transfer device 33,
The sheet P on which the toner image has been transferred from the photosensitive drum 22 is transferred.
A recording material feeding unit 34 for feeding the recording material 33 toward the copying device 33 is provided.
Is placed. Further, in the downstream side of the transfer device 33, the toner
The sheet P on which the image has been transferred is separated from the photosensitive drum 22.
To fix the toner image on the paper P
Device 38, and between the fixing device 38 and the transfer device 33
And transports the paper P toward the fixing device 38.
Transfer device 36 is disposed. The digital copying machine 1 is further shown in FIG.
An operation unit control panel 20 is provided. This control path
The channel 20 is provided, for example, in a part of the main body of the scanner 30.
Is done. The operation panel 20 is a program for instructing the start of copying.
Lint key 205 and image output from digital copier 1
Force conditions (number of copies or prints and enlargement /
Specify the reduction ratio, or specify the partial copy, and
Multiple pushbutton switches (or
Transparent touch on the screen of a color CRT or LCD
Input device 206 provided with a sensor panel) and various
Includes enter key 207 to confirm the settings
You. As will be described later, the network is connected to the digital copying machine 1.
On the bitmap display of the connected device
Are the same as various operation keys / switch groups as shown in FIG.
Graphic user interface (GUI)
Is done. The user of this terminal can, for example,
Use your finger in place of your finger to
Various function settings of digital copier 1
Can be.  The terminal user may also be
To avoid having to enter the function settings every time
Program the combination processing procedure of the desired function setting
(Details can be found using the flowchart.
See below). The created program is a digital copier
1 (or the terminal). Desired function
When using a combination of settings, the user must
Program to call the corresponding function setting
Can be automatically executed. FIGS. 12 and 13 show a multi-function multifunction peripheral (end).
The digital copying machine 80 connected to the network 80
1 shows an example of an internal configuration. The entire multi-function multi-function device includes a control panel CP
U200, scanner CPU 300, printer CPU 40
0, controlled by the main CPU 100. Main C
The PU 100 includes a control panel CPU 200, a scanner CP
Communication with U300 and printer CPU 400 (information
Exchange) to control these (communication data D
20, D30 and D40). The control panel CPU 200 shown in FIG.
Connected to and stored in M202 and RAM 204
Display control program and display control data
Based on the detection of the switch operation state on the display 60,
Information, turning on / off the display LED, and other display control
Has become. The scanner CPU 300 is a main CPU 1
It is controlled by communication with 00. This CPU 300
Programs stored in the ROM 302 and the RAM 304
Mechanism parts of the scanner 30 based on the
(Mechanism control unit 30 for controlling motors, solenoids, etc.)
6. ADF (Auto Document Feeder) 308,
Converging section (for inputting coordinates) 310, CCD for reading original image
312 converts the analog image signal into a digital image signal.
ADC (Analog / Digital Conversion Circuit) 31
4. SHD (shading correction circuit) 316, line
The memory 318 and the like are controlled. Read by scanner 30
The received original image data D318 is stored in the line memory 318.
Are sent to the system basic unit 10. The printer CPU 400 is also the main CPU 10
It is controlled by communication with 0. This CPU 400
Programs stored in OM 402 and RAM 404
And the mechanism of the printer engine 40 based on the data
Parts (motor, solenoid, switch, etc.) 406, saw
410, large cassette feeder (LCF) 408,
Drives laser modulation circuit 412 and laser diode 416
Control of the laser drive circuit 414 and the like. Pre
Image data D412 to be output by the
From the system basic unit 10 to the laser modulation circuit 412
Swelling. The main CPU 100 shown in FIG.
Program and data for controlling CPU 100
110 and RAM (main memory) for storing data
500 are connected. In addition, the CPU 100
Where to send the data D318 read by the scanner 30
Also, which data should be sent to the printer engine 40?
Buffering of switching data is performed together with switching.
Data switching / buffer memory circuit 104 is connected
You.  The CPU 100 further controls the image data.
An image processing unit 108 for performing various processes;
A compression / expansion circuit 106 for performing compression / expansion, and a compression / expansion circuit
Compressed memory 10 for storing data compressed by 106
7 and a page for storing image data for each page of printout.
Display on the memory 116 and the display 60
Display memory 118 for storing data for
Printer code that expands code data from
Controller 90 and the code data on the display memory 118.
Font ROM 112 for expanding the
Used when developing character data on the memory 116
Print font ROM 114 and hard disk drive
502 and optical disk drive 504 and FAX
Interfaces with adapter 70 and terminal 80
And an I / F controller 102. Next, the system shown in FIGS.
The flow of the image data to be performed will be described. (1) Analog operation read by the CCD 312 of the copy operation scanner 30
The image signal is converted to digital image data by the ADC 314.
After the A / D conversion, the SHD circuit 316
Correction. After that, the digital
The transfer timing of the digital image data is adjusted.
13 to the data switching / buffer memory 104
(D318). Send to data switch / buffer memory 104
The obtained digital image data is processed by the image processing unit 108.
Filtering, trimming, masking, mirror image, italic,
Subject to image processing such as enlargement and reduction. This image was processed
The image data is transferred to the data switching / buffer memory 104 again.
Through the laser modulation circuit 412 of the printer engine 40
(D412). Modified by laser modulation circuit 412
The adjusted laser drive data is supplied to the laser drive circuit 414.
After that, it is sent to the laser diode 416. Laser die
The light 416 emits light based on the laser drive data.
You. (2) Print data from print operation terminal (personal computer) 80
Is stored in the page memory 116 and then
Controller 90 and data switching / buffer memory 10
4, the laser modulation circuit 412 of the printer engine 40
(D412). Print data of page memory 30
The laser modulated by the laser modulation circuit 412 corresponding to the
The laser drive data is passed through the laser drive circuit 414 to the laser
Sent to Iode 416. The laser diode 416
Light is emitted based on the laser drive data. (3) Scanner operation CCD 312 → ADC 314 → SHD3 of scanner 30
16 → line memory 318 → data switching / buffer memo
Terminal 104 in the order of
Scanner computer 80)
Is sent. (4) Image data compression / expansion (4-1) Image data is compressed in the following two flows.
Can be (A) CCD 312 → ADC 314 → SH
D316 → line memory 318 → data switch / buffer
Memory 104 → (image processing unit 108 as necessary) → pressure
Compression / expansion circuit 106 → compression memory 107 (b) terminal (personal computer) 80 → printer
Controller 90 → (page memory 11 if necessary
6) → (image processing unit 108 if necessary) → compression / expansion
Circuit 106 → compression memory 107 The compressed data is transmitted via I / F controller 102
Hard disk drive 502, optical disk drive
504, FAX adapter 70, and terminal (persona
The I / F controller 102 sends the compressed data
As well as sending normal uncompressed data
it can. (4-2) The image data is divided into the following two
Can be extended. (I) Compression memory 107 → compression / expansion circuit
106 → (image processing unit 108 if necessary) → (necessary
Data switching / buffer memory 104) → page menu
Mori 116 Other (ii) ｛Hard Disk Drive 502, Optical Disk
Drive 504 or FAX adapter 70｝ → I / F
Controller 102 → compression / expansion circuit 106 → (necessary
Image processing unit 108) → (data switching as required)
/ Buffer memory 104) → page memory 116 and others (5) Display data operation The display memory 11 is displayed on the display 60 of the apparatus shown in FIG.
The data stored in 8 is displayed. This display memory 1
18, "scanner 30 → data switching / buffer memo"
１０４104 → image processing unit 108 → display memory 118 ”
Image data flowing from the scanner 30 is stored in the
You. The main CPU 100 operates as a display phone.
The data in the ROM 112 into the display memory 118
Then, character data such as characters are displayed on the display 60.
Is displayed. Further, the main CPU 100 controls the printing format.
Data of the event ROM 114 on the page memory 116
By opening, character data such as characters can be scanned.
The image data can be combined with the image data from the computer 30. FIG. 1 shows a multi-function according to an embodiment of the present invention.
Multiple terminals 80 are connected to the multifunction peripheral (digital copier) 1
This shows how the workpieces are connected. That is, the digital copying machine 1 is connected to the node N1
Is connected to the network line 2 via
Is a multiple terminal (personal computer with GUI display environment)
Computer, etc.) 80 via nodes N2 and N3 respectively
It is connected. The digital copying machine 1 has various functions.
An operation unit / control panel 20 for setting, and a panel
Various settings (input by the user) input from the
Panel operation and switch / button operation etc.)
Input from the main CPU 100 and the panel 20
The setting information into communication data of a predetermined format
The hardware 102 and others are included. (This conversion
The hardware 102 is, for example, an I / F controller of FIG.
And is incorporated in a part of the controller 102. The display environment of the control panel 20 of the digital copier 1 is as follows.
Created by dedicated application software
This application software uses line 2
Can be downloaded to each terminal 80 via
You. Each terminal 80 has a CP for controlling its own operation.
U800 and digital copier 1 via line 2
Display environment application software and settings
Conversion software that converts fixed information etc. into a form that can be handled by the terminal 80
Software 802 and this conversion software 802
E which is the basic software to run on U800
Memory 80 storing operating system (OS)
4 and a keyboard / key for inputting information at each terminal 80
Mouse 806 and bits indicating information handled by each terminal 80
Map display 808 and various data / programs
Hard disk drive (HDD) 810 for storing
Contains. Here, the conversion software 802 is used to copy
Display environment of control panel of terminal 1 and display environment of terminal 80
Differences (resolution differences, display size differences, control parameters)
The appearance of the panel display and the window / icon in the terminal GUI
Process to absorb the differences in the appearance of
On the display 808 of the terminal 80, the same control as in FIG.
Create a GUI for the panel operation environment. The conversion software 802 is provided by the copier 1
OS 804 display environment application software
Application software so that it can run on
Modify output interface etc. as appropriate (patches
Hit). The conversion software 802 is a personal computer.
Commonly used in computers and workstations
Software that provides a multi-window environment
Has a function similar to. Such software is known
Technology (for example, on UNIX (registered trademark) which is a general-purpose OS)
The source code of the X Window System running on Windows
Then, the screen of FIG. 15 is output to one of the windows).
It can be done, but the specifics are quite complicated
Therefore, only the function will be described here. Briefly, the network system shown in FIG.
In the stem, the following operation is performed. (A) The CPU 100 of the copying machine 1
Change setting information (operation of touch panel and buttons)
To the replacement hardware 102 and convert it with this hardware
The obtained setting information is transmitted to each terminal 80 on the network line 2.
Tell (B) In each terminal 80, the OS / memory 80
4 on the conversion software (conversion hardware of copier 1)
102) 802 is loaded. In addition,
Display application software for the control panel 20 of the copying machine 1
The software is also loaded on the OS / memory 804. (C) Performed by the user at the terminal 80
Various setting information (using a GUI equivalent to the control panel 20)
Mouse input or keyboard settings)
Converted by software 802 and duplicated via line 2
It is sent to the copying machine 1. In the copying machine 1, the conversion hardware 1
02 converts the sent information into a form that you can handle
I do. As a result, the CPU 100 of the copying machine 1
From the control panel 20
Can be treated in the same way as information. That is, the complex function of the multifunction digital copying machine 1
The user sets the function combination setting operation on the control
Instead of using the copy machine every time the copier is used,
The setting operation is programmed in advance using the GUI of the terminal 80.
You can keep it. If you do this, you
When the copier 1 is used, the user
All you have to do is run the program. Then, the desired
The function setting operation is automatically performed. FIG. 2 shows a specific example of the multi-function MFP 1 of FIG.
Show. Here, the data with FAX function and printer function
1 shows a system configuration of a digital copying machine. This multifunctional
The system basic unit 10 of the multifunction peripheral 1 is the CPU 100 of FIG.
And the basics of the system, in addition to the conversion hardware 102
Includes basic software (OS) for controlling operation
You. The system basic unit 10 includes an operation unit (control
Control panel) 20, scanner 30, and printer engine
40 and a storage device (memory, hard disk, etc.) 50
And a display using liquid crystal (such as a touch panel)
0, the terminal 80 and the printer controller 90 are connected.
It is. In the configuration shown in FIG.
The image data of the draft is read and the printer engine
At 40, the read image data (or from FAX)
Image data and print data from the terminal) are printed.
In the printer controller 90, the scanner reading data
From data to image data and data transmission / reception with terminals
Is performed. In the storage device 50, data / program
The ram is saved, and various numbers are displayed on the operation unit control panel 20.
The function is set, and the system basic unit 10
Units (30 to 90) are integrated and managed. The multi-function MFP 1 set by the user
The combination processing of various function settings is performed by the system basic unit 10
Program by software prepared in advance.
The specified access code as a header.
Stored in the storage device. And the saved configuration program
Is detected by access from outside the system basic unit 10.
When called and called, by the called program
Corresponding settings are made automatically and combinations of various function settings
Alignment processing is realized. Setting combinations to be programmed
Is the terminal 8 connected to the control panel 20 or the multifunction device 1
It can be specified from 0. Hereinafter, the process from the terminal 80 is performed.
The method of programming user settings, mainly when
And how to use it (FIG. 8). In the process of FIG. 7, the user of the terminal 80
Each of the multifunction MFPs (digital copiers) 1 on your own terminal
When using the seed function, first, the MFP 1
Application for controlling the operation unit (for displaying the control panel 20)
Download the application software (step
ST10). The bit of the downloaded terminal 80
A GU as shown in FIG.
When “I” is output, the user first inputs the mouse
06 or the like, the control panel G on the display 808 is used.
"Specify programming" from UI display or menu
Is selected (step ST11). Then program work
Window for inputting necessary items (including the contents in Fig. 3)
Is output to the display 808. Here, the user operates the editing machine of the multi-function
Required from the list of functions and input / output functions ((a) in Fig. 3)
Functions are selected in the order of desired processing (step ST1).
2). For example, first, print 1 (c
Select 1), then select reduced copy (a2),
To FAX 70 to multiple destinations (b2)
Select When the above selection operation is completed, the user
(X = 0-9; FIG. 3 (b)
), The CPU 800 of the terminal 80
The end of the user setting is notified. Upon receiving this notice,
CPU 800 of terminal 80 (or CPU 10 of MFP 1)
0) is information input by the user (in the above example, c1
→ a2 → b2) (step ST1)
4). The programming of the user setting is roughly
Software provided in the basic system basic unit 10
A (This software is used for each
(Downloaded to end 80)
ST14: Refer to the flowchart of FIG. 9 for details.
Statement). The program created by this software
The ram is selected by the user from the display as shown in FIG.
Using the selected access code (x) as a header, for example,
Hard disk 810 and / or storage device of terminal 80
Is stored on the hard disk in the device 50 (step ST
16). In the process of FIG. 8, the program
When the setting is called, for example, the operation panel of the MFP 1
From 20, access code (x) corresponding to the user
Is input (step ST20). Then CPU10
0 is the storage device 50 (or the hard disk of the terminal 80)
810), and retrieves the program corresponding to the access code (x).
The program is taken out (step ST22). Then CP
When U100 executes the extracted program,
Settings and processing are automatically started (step ST
24). FIG. 9 is a diagram showing the program in the process of FIG.
A specific example of step ST14 will be described. Figure 3 referenced here
Is a list of functions stored in the storage device 50 and the
Access code used when using
An example is shown. FIG. 4 shows the system basic unit 10.
FIG. 5 illustrates a function table used in the storage device 5.
0 (or the hard disk 810)
Illustrating the ram and the corresponding access code, FIG.
Stored in the storage device 50 (or the hard disk 810).
2 illustrates the contents of the user setting program obtained. The program shown in FIG.
Also from the control panel 20 of the multifunction device 1 in the same manner as
However, in the following description, this programming
The case where the processing is performed from the terminal 80 will be mainly described. The input in step ST12 of FIG. 7 has been completed.
That is, in step ST141 of FIG.
The function list of the terminal 1 ((a) of FIG. 3)
Display of spray 808 and / or multifunction device 1
It is displayed at 60. The user has a keyboard / mouse 80
6 (or the buttons on the control panel 20) to display
Select the desired function from the list of functions
(Step ST142). It should be noted that the processing at the terminal 80 and another operation,
For example, continuous copying of a plurality of originals is performed in the multifunction peripheral 1.
If this is the case, this function list is
Is not displayed. No work is being performed on the MFP 1.
If not, the control panel 20 displays the
The state of the gramming operation can be displayed. 2 or more
Work is being done simultaneously on terminal 80
In this case, the ID of the specific terminal
By specifying the number, the program on the specified terminal
The state of the ramming operation can be appropriately displayed on the control panel 20. Now, the user first uses the printer 40.
It is assumed that print 1 is selected. Then, the CPU 80 of the terminal 80
0 (or the CPU 100 of the multifunction device 1)
Function table of unit 10 (FIG. 4; memory 804 of terminal 80)
Or copy the same thing to the hard disk 810
The program name c1 corresponding to print 1
(Step ST143), and stores it in the memory 8 of the terminal 80.
04 (or the memory 500 in the storage device 50).
(See FIGS. 5 and 6). Subsequently, when the user selects the reduced copy,
(Step ST144, No), CPU 800 (or C
PU 100) is obtained from the function table of the system basic unit 10.
Extract the program name a2 corresponding to the reduced copy (S
Step ST143) and store it in the memory 804 (or note
(See FIG. 5 and FIG. 6). Further, the user can send a fax to a plurality of parties.
When selected (step ST144, No), the CPU 80
0 (or CPU 100) is the function text of the system basic unit 10.
Program name b2 corresponding to multiple fax transmission from cable
(Step ST143), and stores it in the memory 80.
4 (or the memory 500) (see FIGS. 5 and 6).
See). When the desired function settings have been completed, the user
Enter key displayed on GUI of display 808
Click the icon with the mouse pointer (or
(Press the enter key 207 of the control panel 20). You
Then, the function selection operation ends (step ST144, YES).
), That effect (function selection end notification)
808 GUI (or multifunction device control panel 20 display)
Play 60) (step ST145). When the function selection operation is completed in this way, FIG.
Program body as shown in (Defining the execution procedure of each function
Is completed. For the completed program, the user
3 displayed on the GUI of the terminal display 808.
Point the relevant part of the numerical display as shown in (b) with the mouse pointer
Or by clicking on the button on the control panel 20.
By pressing the button switch group 206, the desired access
When a code x (any one of 0 to 9) is input,
Step ST146), an A shown in the first row of FIG.
Access code x as a header (c1, a
2, b2) is the hard disk 810 (or the storage device 5).
0). Similarly, the user operates the function shown in FIG.
Scanner import from list, enlarged copy, fax transmission, seal
Press 1 was selected and y was entered as its access code
As a result, the processing shown in FIG.
(D) using such an access code y as a header
1, a3, b1, c1) are the hard disk 810 (also,
Are stored in the storage device 50). FIG. 10 shows the structure of the display environment on the terminal 80.
Construction processing and setting processing of various functions using this display environment
Is shown.  The user of terminal 80 can
For setting various functions of multifunction copier (digital copier) 1
First, from the multifunction device 1 via the line 2
(For displaying control panel 20) Application software
The air is downloaded (step ST30). Application software for operating section control
Is downloaded to the self-terminal 80, this application
The application software is the OS / memory 804 of the terminal.
Run on the terminal display 808 as shown in FIG.
Such a GUI is constructed (step ST32). This GU
When I is constructed, the state of the multifunction device 1 at that time is
4). Based on the acquired status information of the multifunction device,
1 is in use (for example, copying or faxing)
6, Yes), the CPU 800 of the terminal 80
The CPU 100 asks "Function setting by the terminal 80 from now on."
Is made (step ST38). After the reservation is completed, the user enters his / her terminal 80
Using the display environment (GUI) of the display 808
To set various functions of the multifunction device 1 (step ST4).
0). After this function setting is completed (step ST42,
S), the CPU 800 of the terminal 80 is a multifunction device via the line 2
To the first CPU 100 that the reserved settings have been completed
Is sent (step ST44). It is also found that the multifunction device 1 is not in use.
(Step ST36, No), the user
The display environment (GUI) of the display 808 of the terminal 80
The MFP 1 is used without making a reservation in step ST38.
Are set (step ST40). This machine
After the function setting is completed (step ST42, Yes), the terminal 80
CPU 800 of MFP 1 via line 2
A signal indicating that the setting is completed is sent to 00 (step ST4).
4). When the setting end signal is received, the MFP 1
As soon as the current processing is completed (the CPU 100
If not, immediately set the function
(The sequence program shown in FIG.
) Can be executed. FIG. 11 shows a display environment in the processing of FIG.
A specific example of the construction step ST32 and its related processing is shown.
You. That is, the conversion hardware 10 of the MFP 1
2 indicates the current setting state of the operation unit control panel 20;
Convert to communication data of the corresponding format, and
Transfer to each terminal 80 connected to the work line 2 (step
ST50). At the terminal 80 receiving this communication data,
Loads the conversion software 802 into the OS / memory 804
And run this software (step ST5).
2). Then, the operation panel control panel sent from MFP 1
Data of the setting status of the rule 20 is displayed on the display 808
The data is converted into data that can be obtained (step ST54). Thus, the GUI of the terminal display 808 is displayed.
When the current data of the multifunction device 1 is displayed above, the terminal 80
Use the keyboard or mouse 806
Then, a desired function setting is performed (step ST56). When the function setting on the terminal 80 is completed (step
ST58, Yes), by the conversion software 802
And the set combination of functions can
Is converted. The converted communication data is duplicated via the line 2.
Transferred to MFP 1 (step ST60). The conversion hardware 102 of the multifunction device 1 is
When communication data is received from terminal 80, the content is
(Step ST62). MFP 1
CPU 100 of multifunction device 1 corresponding to the converted information
And set the state to the control panel.
Is displayed on the screen 20 (step ST64). As described above, the configuration of the embodiment of the present invention is
According to the description, the digital copier 1 is connected to the multifunction multifunction peripheral.
Operating environment (GU
I) can be made. Then, the user sets the copying machine 1
Copy from your own terminal 80 as if you were operating
Accessing the machine 1 (remote operation from the terminal 80)
Will be possible. In the configuration described above, the bit of terminal 80 is
Enough information to be displayed on the map display 808
It is possible to use the control panel 20 of the multifunction device 1
All settings that can be performed are keyed on the screen of the terminal display 808.
Keyboard cursor operation, mouse operation, etc.
Can be. Operation unit on the screen of the terminal display 808
Since the same settings as the control panel 20 can be performed, digital copying
When the machine 1 is in use for continuous copying of originals,
Send the function settings programmed in 80 to the copier 1 and reserve
You can keep. That is, according to the present invention, a multifunctional composite
Machine (digital copy machine with FAX function, printer function, etc.)
The same content as displayed on the control panel of the
Displayed on the screen of the connected terminal (or host device).
And multifunction device basic functions + extended functions while sitting at the terminal
Available. In recent years, the control panel of the multifunction device 1
Liquid crystal display as a display device that can be used for
Display devices (LCDs) are rapidly being configured and touched
There is a personal computer by using the panel together
Or bitmap display of workstation (GUI)
It is becoming possible to provide the same function as. This
In the case of, the GUI of the terminal / host 80 displays the L
To output the CD display screen, use the LCD display control application.
Download application software to terminal / host
You just need to do it. The screen of the terminal / host 80 is LC
A large amount of information can be displayed more than D,
Information can be easily selected with a cursor or a mouse. This place
Terminal / host 80 and the multifunction device 1
Network 2), and the terminal / host 80
Since the state of the multifunction device 1 is always informed,
Multiple devices from terminal / host 80 on network with environment
Remote control of the MFP 1 becomes possible. Also, as a feature of the multifunction machine, one machine can be used.
Various processes can be performed. The user
MFPs can be used more effectively by combining
However, the operations performed by the user for each process are complicated
Is a heavy burden. According to the configuration of the embodiment of the present invention,
Perform a series of operations for the processing required by the user in advance.
It can be grammed. Then you
The user can perform many simple operations (for example, pressing one button).
Automatically execute complex processing by MFP
Can be. According to the present invention, a terminal connected to a multi-function multi-function device is provided with a multi-function device.
Same as the control panel application
All settings on the multifunction device's control panel
I was able to do it. Therefore, the user who operates the terminal
Can obtain the current status of the MFP from the terminal,
Settings, output destination specification, programmed function setting processing
And so on. At this time, even if the MFP is in use,
Can be sent to MFP as reservation information.
it can. By doing so, all operations on the MFP will be
At the end of the process, the MFP sends a notification of work completion to the terminal
And the reserved processing is automatically started. Terminal user
The user need only confirm the work completion notification from the multifunction peripheral.
For this reason, the user will end the work of the multifunction device in use.
There is no need to wait for
Regular work is released. The multifunction which is a feature of the multifunction machine is used for setting.
It is a heavy burden on the user at the stage, but complicated operations
And save it in memory.
Frees you from setting cumbersome functions that were required for each use
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is an exemplary view for explaining a state in which a plurality of terminals are connected to a multifunction peripheral according to an embodiment of the present invention via a network. FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating a basic configuration of the multi-function multifunction peripheral according to one embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 3 is an exemplary view for explaining a function list stored in the storage device of FIG. 2 and an access code used when the multi-function peripheral is operated. FIG. 4 is a view for explaining a function table used in the basic system of FIG. 2; FIG. 5 is an exemplary view for explaining a program stored in the storage device of FIG. 2 and an access code corresponding thereto; FIG. 6 is an exemplary view for explaining contents of a program set by a user stored in the storage device of FIG. 2; FIG. 7 is a flowchart (remote operation means) for explaining processing for automating the function setting of the apparatus in FIG. 2; FIG. 8 is a flowchart illustrating a procedure for executing a program created by the process of FIG. 7; FIG. 9 is a flowchart (remote operation means) for explaining the contents of a programming step in the processing of FIG. 7; 10 is a flowchart (display environment creation means) for explaining a process of constructing a display environment in the terminal of FIG. 2 and a process of setting various functions using the display environment. 11 is a flowchart (display environment creation means) for explaining the contents of a display environment construction step in the processing of FIG. 10; FIG. 12 shows a control panel, a scanner,
FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an internal configuration of a printer. FIG. 13 is a block diagram illustrating the internal configuration of a system basic unit and a storage device in the apparatus of FIG. 2; FIG. 14 is a diagram exemplifying an internal configuration of the multi-function multifunction peripheral (digital electronic copying machine) shown in FIG. 1; FIG. 15 is a diagram illustrating an operation unit (control panel) provided in the multi-function multifunction peripheral in FIG. 14; [Description of Signs] 1 ... Multifunction MFP / Digital Copier, 2 ... Network Line (Communication Line), N1 to N3 ... Connection Node, 10 ... Multifunction MFP System Basic Unit, 20 ... Operation Unit / Control Panel ( Display environment), 30 scanner, 40 printer engine, 50 storage device (storage means), 60 display, 70 facsimile machine (FAX adapter), 80
... Terminal device (personal computer etc.), 90 ... Printer controller, 100 ... Central processing unit (main CPU / display environment creating means / processing means), 102 ... Conversion hardware / interface controller (display environment creating means), 104 ... Data Switching / buffer memory, 106 ... compression / expansion circuit, 107 ...
Compression memory, 108 image processing unit, 110 ROM, 1
12: font ROM for display, 114: font ROM for printing, 116: page memory, 118: display memory,
500: Main memory (RAM), 502: Hard disk drive, 504: Optical disk drive, 800:
CPU (display environment creation means / remote operation means), 802 ...
Conversion software (display environment creation means), 804: operating system (OS) / memory, 806: keyboard / mouse, 808: display, 810: hard disk drive (storage means).
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