JP2003271331A - Print control method and print processing system and information processor - Google Patents

Print control method and print processing system and information processor

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JP2003271331A
JP2003271331A JP2002067537A JP2002067537A JP2003271331A JP 2003271331 A JP2003271331 A JP 2003271331A JP 2002067537 A JP2002067537 A JP 2002067537A JP 2002067537 A JP2002067537 A JP 2002067537A JP 2003271331 A JP2003271331 A JP 2003271331A
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Shigeki Kuroda
Hidekazu Morooka
Makoto Tomita
信 冨田
秀和 師岡
茂樹 黒田
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Canon Inc
キヤノン株式会社
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(57) [Summary] [Problem] Even when proxy printing occurs, it is possible to select a proxy printer without analyzing the attributes of the document over all pages on the print control system side, and realize a significant speedup of the printing process. A print control method, a print processing system, and an information processing apparatus. When performing print control based on print setting information input from a group printer driver 603 associated with a plurality of printer drivers, attribute information of a drawing command issued via an OS is analyzed, and the group printer is analyzed. The driver 603 generates general-purpose print data based on the drawing instruction, the job control print service module 622 generates print instruction information based on the print setting information and the analysis result, and generates the general-purpose print data and the print instruction. A general-purpose print file is generated based on the information, and a print instruction for general-purpose print data is issued to each of the plurality of printer drivers based on the print instruction information, and the print device 105 performs printing.

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Description: BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION [0001] 1. Field of the Invention
Print control that performs print processing in response to drawing commands from
Method, print processing system and information processing apparatus, and information
A program for performing a printing process executable by the information processing device;
And store the program in a computer-readable manner
It relates to a storage medium. [0002] In recent years, network equipment has been generally used.
And a large number of personal computers (PCs)
Printers are now connected. Net like this
When printing in a work environment, one printer
An error occurred in the printer for the sent document
Automatically occurs, switch to another printer.
Known printing system (error printing system)
I have. [0003] By the way, a general printer driver is generally used.
Basic setting information required for normal printing (for example,
Information on the number of copies and whether double-sided printing is possible)
Store it in the area called the common area (Public DEVMODE)
I have. The information set in this area is different printer
Setting items can be read and written by vendors.
You. On the other hand, as a function unique to each printer, for example,
For example, staple function, punch function, and bookbinding print function
The extension area of the driver setting information (extended DEVM
ODE), and the setting information of this area is stored in the printer
The format differs depending on the vendor. [0005] However, the problem to be solved
In older systems, the spooled job is
Because the PDL job depends on the printer,
Linter is a model that can handle the same PDL job
Limited. In addition, staple, punc
When optional functions such as h and color are set
If the proxy printer does not have that function,
The printed document is also unintended by the user,
Printing may be performed. [0006] In order to prevent this, in the event that substitution occurs,
On the print control system side, the document once converted to PDL
Document attributes that span all pages for the document
The printer options required for printing.
After grasping the proxy function, the proxy printing system
The printer must be determined, and this process
This has led to a significant drop in performance. [0007] The present invention has been made in view of the above problems.
Even if proxy printing occurs, print control
No analysis of document attributes across all pages on the system side
Can select a substitute printer, and greatly speed up the printing process
Control method, print processing system and information for realizing image processing
A processing device is provided. [0008] To solve this problem,
A print control method according to the present invention includes a plurality of printer drivers.
Entered from the associated group printer driver.
Print control method for performing print control based on modified print setting information
, Attribute information of a drawing command issued via the OS
Attribute information analyzing step of analyzing the
Print data generator that generates general print data based on
Step, the print setting information and the attribute information analysis step.
Create print instruction information based on analysis results
Print instruction information creating step, and the generated general purpose
General-purpose printing based on print data and the print instruction information
Generic print file generation step to generate a file
It is characterized by having. Here, the husband of the plurality of printer drivers
To the general-purpose print data based on the print instruction information.
Further comprising a print instruction step for issuing a data print instruction.
You. Further, the general-purpose print data and the attribute information are identified by identification information.
Further comprising a notification step of giving a notification by adding
The printing file generation step is a general-purpose based on the identification information.
Generate a print file. Also, the print setting information is
Demonstrates output methods including color / monochrome distributed output
The print instruction step includes the print setting information.
Report contains output method information for color / monochrome distributed output
Color output according to the attribute information
Printer driver or pre-processor that supports monochrome distributed output
Instruct the printer driver to print. Further, the attribute information includes:
Provided as page attributes in page units. The genus
Sex information analysis step includes all page attributes
Generate document attributes and generate the generic print file
In the step, the document information is used as print instruction information.
In the general-purpose print file, and the output destination printer
If proxy printing occurs because printing is not possible, the document
Printing device that determines the printing destination device using the print attribute
The method further includes a determining step. Also, printer driver knowledge
An ID acquisition step of acquiring another ID;
Ability acquisition to acquire the ability of all printer drivers used
Setting the setting items for the output destination printer
Setting step. The output destination printer
Is a printer that registers printers connected to the system
The list with the highest priority is targeted. In addition,
In the force acquisition step, the part of the extended area of the driver setting information
Capability can be acquired up to minutes and driver user interface
Function-controllable driver ”or
Ability to determine whether it is an external "function uncontrollable driver"
Read out the force. [0010] The print processing system of the present invention comprises a plurality of print processing systems.
Group printer associated with the printer driver
Print control based on print setting information input from the driver
Print processing system that is issued via an OS
Attribute information analyzing means for analyzing attribute information of a drawing instruction
General-purpose for generating general-purpose print data based on the drawing command
Print data generating means, the print setting information and the attribute information
Print instruction information based on the analysis result of the
Printing instruction information creating means to be generated, and the generated general-purpose mark
General-purpose print file based on the print data and the print instruction information.
General-purpose print file generating means for generating a file,
Print instruction information for each of a number of printer drivers
For instructing printing of the general-purpose print data based on the
Printing instruction means. Here, the general-purpose print data and the attribute information
And notification means for notifying the user with identification information.
The general-purpose print file generating means is configured to generate
Generate a generic print file. The print setting information is
Output method including at least color / monochrome distributed output
Indicating the print setting information.
Report contains output method information for color / monochrome distributed output
Color output according to the attribute information
Printer driver or pre-processor that supports monochrome distributed output
Instruct the printer driver to print. Further, the attribute information includes
Provided as page attributes in page units. The genus
The gender information analysis means includes a document including all page attributes.
And a general-purpose print file generating unit.
Uses the general-purpose document information as print instruction information.
Stored in the print file and the output destination printer cannot print
When proxy printing occurs, the document attribute is used.
Means for determining a substitute printing apparatus.
Have more. Also, the ID of the printer driver is obtained.
ID acquisition means, and all printers using the identification ID
Ability acquisition means for acquiring the ability of the driver and an output destination
Setting means for setting the setting items of the printer.
The output destination printer is a printer connected to the system.
The printer with the highest priority in the printer list
set to target. In the ability acquisition means, the driver setting
Capability can be acquired up to the extended area of information and drivers
"Function controllable, user interface controllable
Driver "or other" driver with uncontrollable functions "
Read the ability to determine whether Further, the information processing apparatus of the present invention comprises a plurality of pre-processing devices.
Printer driver associated with the group printer driver
Perform print control based on print setting information input from printer
An information processing device connected to the print processing system,
Analyzes attribute information of a drawing command issued via the OS
General-purpose printing based on attribute information analysis means and the drawing command
General-purpose print data generating means for generating data;
Based on the setting information and the analysis result of the attribute information analysis means
A print instruction information creating means for creating print instruction information;
In the generated general-purpose print data and the print instruction information,
Generic print file based on a generic print file
File generation means and each of the plurality of printer drivers.
Of the general-purpose print data based on the print instruction information
Print instruction means for issuing a print instruction.
And Here, the general-purpose print data and the attribute information
And notification means for notifying the user with identification information.
The general-purpose print file generating means is configured to generate
Generate a generic print file. The print setting information is
Output method including at least color / monochrome distributed output
Indicating the print setting information.
Report contains output method information for color / monochrome distributed output
Color output according to the attribute information
Printer driver or pre-processor that supports monochrome distributed output
Instruct the printer driver to print. Further, the attribute information includes
Provided as page attributes in page units. The genus
The gender information analysis means includes a document including all page attributes.
And a general-purpose print file generating unit.
Uses the general-purpose document information as print instruction information.
Stored in the print file and the output destination printer cannot print
When proxy printing occurs, the document attribute is used.
Means for determining a substitute printing apparatus.
Have more. Also, the ID of the printer driver is obtained.
ID acquisition means, and all printers using the identification ID
Ability acquisition means for acquiring the ability of the driver and an output destination
Setting means for setting the setting items of the printer.
The output destination printer is a printer connected to the system.
The printer with the highest priority in the printer list
set to target. In the ability acquisition means, the driver setting
Capability can be acquired up to the extended area of information and drivers
"Function controllable, user interface controllable
Driver "or other" driver with uncontrollable functions "
Read the ability to determine whether Also, the group
Items displayed on the printer driver user interface
Are specified in advance, and the setting of the output destination printer is
If there is an item corresponding to the specified item, the setting item is displayed.
Display means to be displayed and the user of the group printer driver
If there is no setting item in the interface,
Advanced settings for advanced settings from the user interface
Means. Further, the display means displays the setting item.
Items and extensions in the print driver common settings storage area
Classify based on the items in the setting storage area and output printer
If the driver is a "function controllable driver",
Displays setting items and extended setting items, and displays
Driver ", only the common setting items are
On the interface. In addition, the detailed setting means
The destination printer driver is a "function controllable driver".
Items that can be set with the group printer driver
Is a user interface that is grayed out or hidden.
Display is performed by performing face control. Also, the detailed setting means
Indicates that the output destination printer driver is
If the setting is "Iva", output the common setting items
Display with the settings set in the destination printer driver, and output
On the user interface of the destination printer driver.
If a change is made to an item, the driver user
When closing the interface, use the group printer driver
Outputs the information of the set items to the output destination printer driver.
Overwrite the common setting items and set the user
Does not reflect setting changes on the interface. Also, the attribute
The information analysis means uses a text
For drawing objects such as objects and drawing objects
Analyze based on the added attribute information. In addition,
Attribute is based on the attribute information analysis result for each page.
The settings of staple, punch, color, etc. obtained are printed.
If it appears in any of the page attributes of the document,
The attribute is determined as "present". Also, the group pre
Drawing command received from the application by the printer driver
Command, print instruction command and attribute judgment
Sent to the general-purpose print file generating means as packet information.
And the general-purpose print file generating means transmits the received
Construct a general-purpose print file from the packet information. Also, a control program for the information processing apparatus of the present invention is provided.
Is a group that has multiple printer drivers associated with it.
Based on the print setting information input from the printer driver.
Information processing connected to a print processing system that controls printing
Control program for the physical device, which is issued via the OS.
Attribute information analysis step to analyze attribute information
And general-purpose print data based on the drawing command.
General-purpose print data generating step,
Based on the analysis result of the attribute information analysis step,
A print instruction information creating step for creating print instruction information;
Based on the generated general-purpose print data and the print instruction information,
Generic print file to generate a generic print file
Generating step, and for each of the plurality of printer drivers
The general-purpose print data based on the print instruction information
And a print instruction step for giving a print instruction
It is characterized by. Here, the attribute information analysis step includes:
Generate document attributes that include all page attributes
And generating the general-purpose print file.
Print information as print instruction information in the general-purpose print file.
And printing on behalf of the destination printer cannot be performed.
Printing, use the document attribute to print
The method further includes a proxy printing device determining step of determining a device.
You. Further, the control program is read out by a computer.
Provided is a storage medium characterized by being stored as possible. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Preferred embodiments of the present invention are described below.
An embodiment will be described. <Example of Configuration of Information Processing System of Present Embodiment>
FIG. 1 shows an information processing system according to an embodiment to which the present invention can be applied.
FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a system. Note that this system
One or more client computers in the system
It is assumed that several are connected. In the figure, reference numerals 102, 103, and 104 denote
Client computer (hereafter, client)
Network cable such as Ethernet (registered trademark).
Connected to the network 106 by the
Various programs such as application programs can be executed
And print data corresponding to the printer language
Printer driver with a function to convert to
You. Note that the client supports multiple printer drivers.
Shall be ported. Reference numeral 101 denotes a server of the present embodiment (hereinafter referred to as a
Server, and the network cable
Is connected to the network 106,
Used files can be stored in the network 106
Monitoring the usage status of Print server 101
Is a plurality of printers connected to the network 106.
Data. As a hardware configuration, a client
102 to 104 and the print server 101 are both shown in FIG.
A general information processing device as described later may be used.
The print server and print server correspond to their respective roles.
Executable print control program that performs different controls
Have been. The print server 101 is a client
You can also have the function of the default at the same time. The print server 101 in the present embodiment
Further comprises client computers 102, 103,
A print page containing print data for which a print request was issued from
Function to store and print jobs, and
Job information without print data from
Information, and manages the printing order.
Send print job containing print data to client
The function of notifying permission, the
Get status and print job information
Function to notify the computer 102-104
I have it. Reference numeral 105 denotes a network as a print control device.
Network printer (not shown).
Connected to the network 106 through the
Including print data sent from the client computer
Analyze print jobs and create dot images one page at a time
Convert and print. Reference numeral 106 denotes a network.
Int computer 102-104, print server 1
01, connected to the network printer 105 and the like. <Hardware of the information processing apparatus of the present embodiment
A configuration example> FIG.
104 and information processing used as the print server 101
FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a processing device. In addition, this implementation
In the embodiment, the client computers 102 to 10
4 and the print server 101 are similar or equivalent hardware.
Hardware configuration, each with a special hardware configuration
It does not matter. In FIG. 2, reference numeral 200 denotes a control of the information processing apparatus.
CPU, which is a control means, and a hard disk (HD) 2
Application programs and programs stored in the
The printer driver program, OS, and network of this embodiment
And executes a network printer control program and the like.
02 stores information, files, etc. necessary to execute the program.
Performs control to store temporarily. Reference numeral 201 denotes a ROM serving as storage means.
The section includes programs such as a basic I / O program and a document processor.
Font data and template data
Various data such as data are stored. 202 is a temporary storage means
A certain RAM, the main memory of the CPU 200,
Functions as rear and so on. Reference numeral 203 denotes a file as storage medium reading means.
A floppy (FD) disk (FD) drive
5 through the FD drive 203 as shown in FIG.
The program stored in the FD 204 as a storage medium
Can be loaded into the computer system.
Wear. The storage medium is not limited to the FD, but may be a CDROM,
DR, CDRW, PC card, DVD, IC memory car
, MO, memory stick, etc. 204
A floppy disk (FD) as a storage medium
Computer-readable program
It is a storage medium. Reference numeral 205 denotes one of the external storage means.
Hard disk (HD) that functions as
Application program, printer driver program
Program, OS, network printer control program
And related programs are stored. Furthermore, spool
The spooler, the means, is secured here. Spool means
Means the client spooler on the client
In a print server, it is a server spooler.
In the print server, the job received from the client is
Table for storing the
It is generated and stored in the external storage means. A keyboard 206 is an instruction input means.
Yes, the user
In addition, the operator or the administrator sends data to the print server.
Device command, etc.
You. Reference numeral 207 denotes a display as display means, and a key
Commands input from the board 206 and printer status
Or the like. Reference numeral 208 denotes a system bus, which is a client.
Of data in computers that are
That governs it. An input / output means 209 is an interface.
And information via the interface 209.
The processing device exchanges data with an external device. The configuration of the information processing apparatus is an example.
Yes, and is not limited to the configuration example of FIG. example
For example, the storage location of data and programs depends on their characteristics.
It is also possible to change with ROM, RAM, HD, etc.
You. FIG. 3 is a memo of the RAM 202 shown in FIG.
It is a figure showing an example of a remap, loading from FD204
The network printer control program to be executed is R
Memory loaded and executable in AM 202
It is a map. In this embodiment, the network printer
Data and related data directly from FD204
An example is shown in which the program is loaded into the RAM 202 and executed.
In addition, the network printer control program operates
Each time the network printer control program
Is HD205 installed from FD204
Then, the data may be loaded into the RAM 202. or,
Medium for storing the network printer control program
Means CDROM, CDR, PC card, DV in addition to FD
D, an IC memory card may be used. Furthermore, this net
Work printer control program stored in ROM 201
Be configured as part of the memory map
However, the program can be directly executed by the CPU 200.
Software that realizes the same functions as the above devices
To be configured as an alternative to hardware devices
Can also. The network printer control program
May be simply called a print control program.
You. The print control program, on the client,
Change the print destination of the print job or change the print order
And a program for performing control for giving a further instruction.
On the other hand, in the print server, the order
Request to change the print destination or print end of the print job
Includes programs for notifying you. Also this
Print control program of the present embodiment for performing such control
Is the module installed on the client,
Separate modules installed on the print server
Or one print control program
Depending on the environment in which it is run,
It may function as a print server. Ah
Or a single computer with client features
Modules that function as print servers and modules that
And at the same time or at the same time
It is also possible to simulate parallel operation by division. Reference numeral 301 denotes a basic I / O program.
When the power of the information processing device is turned on, the HD 205
OS reads the RAM 202 and starts operating the OS.
IPL (Initial Program Loading) function
This is the area that contains programs that have
302, an operating system (OS);
03 is a network printer control program, RAM
It is stored in an area secured on the storage 202. 304 is related
Data stored in an area secured on the RAM 202.
You. Reference numeral 305 denotes a work area in which the CPU 200
An area for executing the data control program is secured. FIG. 4 shows a memory of the FD 204 shown in FIG.
It is a figure showing an example of a map. In FIG. 4, reference numeral 401 denotes data information.
402 is directory information, 402 is directory information,
Reference numeral 403 denotes a print control program described in the present embodiment.
Network printer control program 404
Related data. Network printer control program
The program 403 is based on the flowchart described in the present embodiment.
In this embodiment,
Client and server have the same configuration
You. FIG. 5 shows the FD drive 203 shown in FIG.
FIG. 7 is a diagram showing a relationship between
The same components as those in FIG. 2 are denoted by the same reference numerals. Figure
5, the FD 204 includes a thread described in the present embodiment.
Network printer control program and related data
Has been delivered. <In the information processing system of the present embodiment,
Software configuration example> Here, terms in the present embodiment
The technical meaning of multiple printers
A virtual printer that virtually bundles
Group printers, bundled printers are member printers
Data for group printers and member printers.
Copy the corresponding printer driver to each group printer driver.
And a member printer driver. Group printer (group printer driver)
Update the member printer (member printer driver).
If it is specifically defined in the
Format file based on drawing instructions generated by
Generate data to generate (general-purpose print file)
The virtual driver is called a group printer driver. Soshi
Job control print service 622,
Generating a page description language based on a format file
For this purpose, a print instruction is issued to each individual printer.
Each other printer is called a member printer. On the other hand, in this embodiment, the application
Windows (registered trademark)
Drawing command (generally D)
DI or GDI) or EMF (En
enhanced MetafileFormat: extension
File description language to generate and describe page description language
Printer driver that outputs to
Driver, the device at this time is called a normal device,
Distinguish from loop printers and member printers. OS
Is not limited to Windows
It can be applied to any OS with image commands
Not even. Also, distinguishing it from a printer which is a device
Combination of printer driver and printer output port
Is sometimes called a printer. For example, in FIG.
Logical Port (Job Control Port Monitor 62
Specify the combination of 1) and group printer driver
Is called specifying a group printer.
I do. In the proxy printing process, a proxy candidate is
Printers are called member printers.
Destination printer used stores member printers
The member printer list has the highest priority. This
Priority is the driver user interface (UI: User
Interface), the list of member printer driver names
Display, and the display order can be changed by the user's instruction.
are doing. FIG. 6 shows a client server of the present system.
In the model, general words such as Microsoft Word (registered trademark)
Including drawing commands issued from typical applications.
Which print jobs are in the print job control system?
FIG. Normally, when a print instruction is given, the application
The application program generates a series of drawing commands via the OS.
The generated drawing command via a printer driver.
After converting to a certain format, Windows Spooler (Windows
Spooler). Windows Spooler allows users to
Port monitor selected and indicated through the user interface
The print job data to the printer device
Take the procedure to send to. In this embodiment, the user
Port monitor 62 for print job control system
1 (hereinafter abbreviated as job control port monitor)
Instruct printing. The application program 601 is a series
Is generated via the OS. Generated via OS
Group printer driver 6 that has received the drawing command
03 is a general purpose document for generating a general purpose print file.
Generate document data and print to printer device
Instead of the traditional port monitor that sends job data,
Print job data to the job control port monitor 621
Send as Also, printer driver interface
Paper size, staple indication etc. set via
The print setting information is also transmitted to the job control port monitor 621.
It is. The job control port monitor 621 is a printer
General-purpose print document data as job data.
Instead of sending it to the printer device 105,
Print control service 622 (hereinafter referred to as job
Control print service). Job system
Your print service 622 converts the print job data
On the other hand, a print job control process described later is performed. Print money for print job control system
623 (hereinafter abbreviated as job control print manager).
Note) indicates that the user is in the job control print service 622.
Checked the status of the print job in the department
User input to operate print jobs
This is a program that provides an interface. Job control
The lint manager 623 has a job control print service.
622 software interface (API: Applic
job control pre-configuration via the
Information and instructions are exchanged with the client service 622. Print job control system server 630
(Hereinafter abbreviated as job control server)
Job control print service 6 on client 102-104
22 is print job data to the printer device 105
Centralized control of the transmission timing of data (scheduling)
are doing. Management Co for print job control system
Console 633 (hereinafter referred to as the job control management console).
Abbreviated as sole) is the software of the job control server 630.
Job control via API for software access
By exchanging information and instructions with your server 630, you can
The entire printing job control system can be monitored. Further, the job control server 630 is a device
Each printer using the information control module 631
It communicates with the device 105 and prints jobs in each printer.
Information about the operation or operation status
To The obtained information is transmitted to the clients 102 to 104
Can be passed to the job control print service 622
Wear. <In the information processing system of the present embodiment,
Operation Example> Next, the group printer in the present embodiment
Printing from the driver 603 will be described. The group printer driver 603 is
A series of drawing commands generated by the application program
Is a general-purpose intermediate file that does not depend on the type of printer device or OS.
Format data (added to the general-purpose document data described above)
To). This general-purpose intermediate format data is
Windows Spooler 604 to Job Control Port Monitor 6
21 (FIG. 6A), the job control print service
(FIG. 6 (b)). Where general purpose intermediate
Format data is built into a generic print file
You. The structure of this general-purpose print file is described later in FIG.
I will describe. The job control print service 622 is
According to the type of job control performed on the print job
To generate a drawing command based on a general-purpose print file.
((C) in FIG. 6), and then the PDL driver 602
Command in PDL format that can be interpreted by the printer device 105
File. In FIG. 6, the job control print service 6
In step 22, the printer-side error
An example of performing proxy printing by detecting
Only the member jobs that were originally scheduled to be printed
For the broken lines, the job created for proxy printing
(FIG. 6 (c)). Raw with PDL driver 602
The created PDL file is Windows Spooler 604, job
Via the control port monitor 621 (FIG. 6 (d)),
Job control print service 622 (see FIG. 6).
(e)). The job control print service 622 stores the job
PDL print job according to the instruction of the control server 630
The data is transmitted to the printer device 105 (see FIG. 6).
(f)). The job control print service 622 is a general
1 according to the instruction of the print instruction in the print file for
One generic print file to multiple print jobs logically
And sent to different printer devices
And send the print job data once sent to another printer.
Or send it back to the device. (C) (d) shown in FIG.
(e) and (f) show the print job data path in such a case.
The road is shown. On the other hand, a general-purpose print file is
Application software
Submits a general-purpose print file directly as a print job
If you want to use
How to pass information to the printer driver 603 and group printing
The processing contents of the data driver 603 are different. As mentioned above
In the case of general applications,
Gives the drawing information to the group printer driver 603.
Windows G, just like a normal printer driver
Call the DI function and the group printer driver 603
A general-purpose print file is generated accordingly. In contrast
Application that creates generic print files directly
If the application already has a generic print file
And supply it to the group printer driver 603.
You. The group printer driver 603 can be
General-purpose print format based on the preset print method
WindowsSpooler6 by rewriting the print instruction inside the file
Send to 04. (Configuration Example of General-purpose Print File) FIG.
FIG. 3 is a diagram showing an example of the configuration of a print file for use. General-purpose print file used in this embodiment
And the print instruction unit 8a (corresponding to the above-described print instruction)
And a comment data section 8b. The print instruction unit 8a
This part describes the document information and print instructions.
You. The document data 8b is stored in the application
Document data into a universal format
And does not depend on printer language or OS type
It has a data format. In other words, app
Application 601 generates a general-purpose print file
It can be said that, specifically, the paper size, N-u
Various print settings such as p and staple settings can be specified.
Print settings (also called job tickets)
Generating a general-purpose print file combined with general-purpose print data
Has functions. The transformation after the application data is transformed
The post-change data (general-purpose print data) includes print resources
Word processor application that can be used as data
The data must be in a format that can be edited again
It is assumed that, among the substantial standard formats, for example, XM
L format and E provided by WINDOWS system
MF format, PDF format by Adobe Systems, SVG
Format can be adopted as general-purpose format general-purpose print data
You. The print instruction section 8a includes a header section 801 and a page.
Information section 802, document attribute section 803, print style
Instruction unit 804, output method designation unit 805, member printer
Number 806, member printer driver name 807, etc.
Has been established. The header section 801 stores the version of this file.
This part stores information such as application identification and file information.
You. The page information section 802 includes the document data section 8b
Number of pages in the document data, size of each page
This is where information is stored. Print style instruction unit 804
Indicates the print page range, number of copies, and document data.
Imposition information (N-UP, bookbinding printing, etc.), stapling instructions,
A part to store information about output format such as punching instructions
It is. The output method designation unit 805 outputs
Stores information such as line printing and normal printing (printing without substitution)
This is the part to do. For stapling and punching instructions
Is specified in Page units (subset stapling, etc.)
There is also. The number 806 of member printers is
The number of member printers associated with the printer driver.
It is the part to put. Member printer driver name 807
Is the section that stores the printer driver name of the member printer.
Minutes. This member printer driver name 807 is
Storage areas as many as the number of member printers 806 described above.
ing. The job control print described with reference to FIG.
In service 622, general-purpose printing intermediate format data
When generating a more general-purpose print file, the group printer
Store the driver settings on the GUI in the print instruction unit 8a
You. In addition, the general information received from the group printer driver
Print intermediate format data for a generic print file.
The process of recording in the document data section 8b is also job-based.
This is executed by the print service 622. (Windows Print System and Print Job Control
Example of system relationship) Next, Pri provided by Windows in Fig. 7
print job between ntSystem and the print job control system.
The relationship between the nodes and the processing outline will be described in more detail. Where the figure
The same functions as those of No. 6 have the same reference numerals, and
Is not described in detail. In FIG. 7, the print job control system 70
0 is the print server 101 on which the control program operates
And the physical machines of clients 102-104
It shows the scope of the print job control system.
Also, the output port managed by the print server (Output
Port) 711 is a client job control print
Proxy Output Port of Service 622
ort) 712 and one port
Proxy output port on each client associated with
All of them are managed in a unified manner. In this embodiment, the actual
Print job data is stored in each client's proxy
It is held at the output port 712. The job control server 630 checks the print job
Job control print without sending the print data itself.
Instructs the service 622 to send only a print job
U. The client's job control
Print service 622 prints print job data
Send to device 105. Next, the print job control system 700
Explain the processing when performing value-added printing such as proxy printing
I do. The print job control system 700 executes
When performing value-added printing such as printing,
User or application 601 is a group
Print the printer assigned to the printer driver 603
A print job must be issued. Job control pudding
The service 622 includes a group printer driver 603.
General-purpose printing intermediate format data processed by
Received via the job control port monitor 621. Jo
The print control print service 622 controls the general-purpose printing intermediate file.
Generate a general-purpose print file from the format data (Fig. 7
715), the PDL driver is assigned via the Despooler 701.
Job (member job) to another assigned printer
Issue and print. At this time, the Despooler 701 operates as shown in FIG.
Interpret print instruction section 8a of general-purpose print file described in
And the document data of the document data section 88b.
And convert it to Windows GDI and use it as a printer driver
A print instruction is issued to the user, and a print job is issued. example
If the 2-UP instruction is recorded in the print style designation unit 804,
The document data for two pages on one sheet of paper.
Reduce the layout. At the time of proxy printing, the print instruction section
Job to the proxy member printer described in 8a
Issue. Also, the despooler 701 is a member printer.
When submitting a job, the
DEVMODE of the member printer as a print instruction
This DEVMODE is described in the print instruction section 8a.
Update the contents to DEVMODE of each member printer as appropriate.
And generate it. Client-side job control print server
The screw 622 is rendered by the PDL driver 602.
Control the PDL data of each member job
Jobs received via port monitor 621 and received
(PDL data) to the print server
Job data is stored in its own proxy output queue (Prox
(y Output Port) 712. Then, Jo
After receiving the transmission instruction from the
Device 105. (Example of User Interface) Next, this embodiment
Of the common setting area and the extended setting area
Printers with printer drivers with storage space
Print job control system that performs proxy printing
Describes the UI control of the printer driver for
You. FIG. 9 shows a group printer according to this embodiment.
5 is a flowchart illustrating a UI control flow of a driver. The application 601 sends a group pre
When a UI display request is received from the printer driver 603, the processing is stopped.
Proceed to step S91. Step S92 is a print job system.
Using the control system API, output printer and agent
Query for the ID of the member printer driver
Step and identify all applicable printer drivers
ID, and from the ID of the acquired output printer
Reading the capabilities of the output printer driver.
You. Step S93 was read out in step S92.
Acquire driver functions from output printer driver capabilities
Is possible and extends to the extended area of the driver setting information.
So-called "function-controllable dry with UI control
Driver or other driver, ie "function uncontrollable"
Is a step to determine whether the driver is "
If the driver is a "compatible driver", go to step S94.
In the configuration described above, the process proceeds to step S95. In step S94, the group
Items defined as the printer driver UI and output
This is the step to take the function correspondence with the linter driver.
Correspondence is made for basic setting items and extended setting items.
Also, if there is any applicable item at this time, the group printer
Display on the UI, otherwise gray out the item
Then, the items displayed on the UI are set. Step S
95 is an output printer driver for basic setting items only.
Group functions with Iva, and if there are applicable items, group
Display it on the printer driver UI.
Layout display and set the items displayed on the UI.
U. Grayed out display is displayed for extended setting items.
U. FIG. 10 shows the member printer of this embodiment.
FIG. 11 shows the correspondence between the configuration and the settable items.
The correspondence between the item / extended setting item and each setting item is shown. In this embodiment, the common setting items are
Items and extended setting items that exist in the common setting area
Classified and specified as items that exist in the extension setting area
Depends on the OS that operates the print job control system.
If the setting items are classified differently or changed to
May be changed, but the UI control flow of this embodiment is
Needless to say, it works. Step S96 is the same as step S94,
A process for determining whether to set an item that cannot be set in S95.
Step S, the user selects more detailed settings
If so, the process proceeds to step S97. Step S97
Means that there are no setting items on the group printer driver UI
Open the output printer driver UI and make detailed settings
Step. When the output printer driver UI is opened,
The items that can be set with the group printer driver.
Can be set even if the same function is set for both.
Processing is doubled, so the following UI control
Perform alms display. If the output printer is a "function controllable dry
If the setting is "Group", the settings on the group printer driver UI
For items that conflict with items, output printer driver
Items are grayed out so that settings on the UI cannot be performed
Alternatively, UI control is performed as non-display. If the output printer is "a
If the print setting is "
UI display with the settings set in the data driver. After displaying the UI,
No change in the item on the output printer driver UI.
If the driver is closed, the group
Output corresponding to the information of the setting items set by the data driver
Overwrites the common setting items of the printer driver and
Do not allow setting changes on the UI. Also, perform overwrite processing
The setting change on the output printer UI is invalid
It is also possible to perform such a warning display. When all the items have been set,
Proceed to step S98. FIGS. 12 and 13 show a gray-out system of the UI.
A specific example of the non-display control will be described. Double-sided printing of setting items,
The dialog box for bookbinding printing is the section where the UI control was performed.
Minutes. <In the information processing system of the present embodiment,
Example of processing procedure> (Example of processing procedure of group printer driver 603) Next
Next, based on the description given in FIGS.
Printing system of this embodiment using a printer driver
Will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG.
You. FIG. 15 shows the group print in FIGS. 6 and 7.
This is a process showing the process of the data driver 603.
The actual processing of each step in the chart is explained in FIG.
CPU 200 is non-volatile, such as ROM 201 or HD 205
Reads the print control program stored in the memory for storing data
It is realized by executing. Step S161 is a group printer
Displayed on the user interface corresponding to the driver 603.
Application button in response to the input signal of the print button
The print information transmission start process called from the
Respond. Here, sent from the application 601
An incoming drawing command is passed on a Page basis. Next, step S162 is executed in the application
Drawing command sent from the application 601 for all pages
This is a step to determine whether or not the
If the drawing information of the page has been sent, step S166
Move the process to Of course, the highest
If drawing information for the first page is received,
The determination in step S162 is “No”. Step S163 is to start page information transmission.
This corresponds to the process called in the process.
Or, the drawing information (for example, DDI command
Is transmitted from the application 601 via the OS.
When displaying the page, separate the drawing information from the page
Process to determine whether a page start command has been sent
Corresponding to the Then, the page is opened in step S163.
If it is determined that a start command has been sent,
Is advanced to step S164. In step S164, the print instruction section 8a
Generation of print instructions to be written, determination of page information
General purpose document written in the document data section 8b
Generation, packetization and packet transmission processing
Is applied. Details will be described later with reference to FIG.
Then, after the processing of step S164, step S16
The process proceeds to the process of step S165.
Whether the end-of-page information indicating the end has been sent or paraphrased
If the reception of drawing information for each page has been completed
Is performed. If processing is ongoing, step
The process proceeds to immediately before S164 to continue the process. Page end information
Is determined to have been sent, the process proceeds to step S16.
Return to 2 again. Returning to the description of FIG. 15, step S164
In step SS165, the page information end determination process is performed.
Is performed. Here, as a result of the determination, the processing is completed.
If so, the process proceeds immediately before step S162, and
If the processing of the page has been completed, the process proceeds to step S166.
No. On the other hand, in step S162, a determination of "Yes" is made.
If it is determined, the process proceeds to step S166, and
In step S166, it is determined in step S164.
Document determined in consideration of attribute information of each page
Attribute information packetization and packet transmission processing are executed.
That is, the status is added to Spooler 604 in FIGS.
Document generated and stored in step S175
Packet data in which the default attribute and processing end notification ID are set
(Packet end notification) is transmitted, and the process ends. Next, FIG. 16 will be described. FIG.
15 shows the details of step S164 in FIG.
It is a low chart. Step S171 corresponds to application 6
01 for reading the drawing command sent from
Character codes and outline fonts
TEXT data, JPEG, BIT map data, etc.
TE related to image objects, images and fonts
Step of reading XT decoration data and various drawing commands
It is. Then, in step S172, the finger is
Print instruction attribute information such as specified staples and punches
This is the step of storing the information. In step S172
FIG. 14A shows the state of storing print instruction attribute information.
You. In step S173, the step
The page attribute is determined for the information obtained from step S172.
This is the step of performing
Attribute information (In Windows, GDI commands and DDI commands
), Specifically, color information as an example
Color information, Bitmap color information image Pla
In number and PIXCE information, used for object drawing
Color information from Pen color and Brush style information
This is the step of determining the presence or absence of a report. Step S174 is for application 6
01 and JPEG and BIT files sent via OS
Image data such as backup data, drawing objects and drawing
Step to build general document data from command
It is. Step S175 is the same as that shown in FIG.
Evaluating document attributes based on the
In the page information, color, staple, pu
If there is a document attribute such as nch
In case, the internal flag is set to ON and the appearance of the attribute is stored.
I do. By monitoring each page attribute from time to time,
The document attributes are evaluated at runtime. above
The information of FIGS. 14A and 14B described later will be described later with reference to FIG.
The general-purpose print construction unit 715 issues a general-purpose print file print instruction.
It is used when generating the unit 8a. Note that another embodiment
After all page attributes have been determined,
A form in which the evaluation of the attribute of the element is performed is also assumed. Throb
The storage state of the evaluation result of the document attribute is shown in FIG.
You. Step S176 is the same as that obtained in the previous step.
Print instruction attribute information, page attribute information, general-purpose document
6 and FIG. 7 as packet information.
Equivalent to the step of sending to Windows Spooler 604 as appropriate
I do. The print instruction attribute information is described in FIG.
Includes common setting items and extended setting items described in
And The packet data structure has a data size.
And data contents (print instruction attribute information, page attribute information)
Information, general-purpose document information, etc.) by ID
It consists of a packet header in the format and the actual packet data.
Or “packet header + actual packet data”
Structure is assumed. The transmission of document attribute information is all
Packet transmission of general-purpose document data corresponding to a page
It shall be performed after the communication is over, and will be described with reference to FIG.
This corresponds to step S166. Also, one page
The first packet header in the second row contains the start of packet information.
An ID is set (packet start notification). (Process of Job Control Print Service 622)
Next, the flowcharts of FIGS. 15 and 16 will be described.
6 and 7 after the processing shown in FIG.
Of the print control print service 622 in FIG.
This will be described with reference to a flowchart. In addition, the flowchart
The actual processing of each step in is described in FIG.
CPU 200 is non-volatile such as ROM 201, HD 205, etc.
Read and execute the print control program stored in the storage means
To be realized. FIG. 17 is a flowchart showing the operation in step S164 (S17).
6) and generalized based on the packet data received from S166.
FIG. 6 shows a process of constructing a print file for use in FIG.
And the job control print service 622 shown in FIG.
Print file construction module 715). First, in step S181, the packet
The reception process from reception of the
It is determined whether or not it has been performed. In other words,
Received the packet containing the specified process end notification ID.
This is a step of determining whether or not the operation has been performed. Then, in step S182, the received
By recognizing the attribute ID of the packet data,
Perform data distribution. That is, for each attribute ID,
Information in the relevant part of the print file for
Incorporate document building. That is, step S18
If it is determined that the processing shifts to step 3, the printing of FIG.
Writes information to the appearance instruction unit 804, and
If it is determined that the process proceeds to step S184, the page in FIG.
Write information to the storage information section 802, and
If it is determined that the process proceeds to step S185,
Information in the area of the document data section 8b in the general format 8
Is written. In step S183, a general-purpose print instruction file
The attributes to be embedded in the group printer UI are
Staples, punches and imposition information
The print instruction attribute of the document is printed as described in FIG.
This is set in the instruction sheet (print instruction section 8a). In addition, imposition information
Means that 2UP is specified on the driver UI,
1st and 2nd pages received from packet data
Print fingers so that eyes are treated as 1 Page when printing is performed.
This is the process described in the book. Also, step S184 determines whether the document
Attributes for each Page, specific examples are document
Set the attributes of the color information in the print instruction
This is the step for specifying the imposition information described above.
If not, set the Page attribute after imposition
You. That is, if it is desired to specify 2 Up,
Color of the 1st and 2nd pages received from the data
OR the attributes of the information to either Page
If a color attribute exists, its Page attribute is
And neither page has color information
In the case, the Page attribute is black and white. FIG. 18 shows a print instruction according to the present embodiment.
Is a description example. The attribute ID is general-purpose document data
Corresponding to the case where it is determined that
, A general purpose document is constructed. That is,
General-purpose document sent fragmentally as packet information
Document data in FIG. 8
This is the step of building the unit 8b. Steps S183, S184, S18
5 continues until the packet end notification is received, and after the end notification is received
, The process proceeds to step S186. Step S186 is
According to the document attribute evaluated in step S175
Document that was finally packetized and sent
The attribute is set in the print instruction section 8a (FIG. 8 shows the document
(The attribute setting area is not shown.) In step S187, a general-purpose print file is
This is a step of constructing, and the above-mentioned steps S183, S183
184, print instruction and general-purpose generated in S185
As shown in FIG.
A general-purpose print file of such a form is constructed. Thereafter, the general-purpose print file is printed as described above.
Job in the printing process in the job control system
For example, when proxy printing is performed,
Conditions based on the attribute information set in the document attribute.
The output destination is determined preferentially to the matching substitute printer, and De
Page description on a specified printer via spooler 701
A predicate language is generated and proxy printing can be executed at high speed.
It becomes possible. The flow of FIGS. 15 and 16 described above
By realizing charts, group-printed
Remove general-purpose print data and document attributes from the driver.
And a print instruction unit.
Received, and once constructed a generic print file,
Document data is expanded to memory every page
Since the process of analyzing attribute information can be omitted,
The performance of the printing system can be improved. Also, once SVG, PDF, etc. were adopted,
Inter-format data is sent to the job control print service 622 side
In the packet, and each time the packet is received, the attribute
A form that performs analysis is also envisaged, but once the intermediate form
Perform page attribute determination from the converted attributes of each packet
In such a form, the data in the intermediate format is SVG, PDF,
In the case of XML, it is necessary to parse
System performance. In contrast, this implementation
In the form, it is generated from the application through the OS
Based on drawing commands and object attribute information
Attributes of each packet, page attributes and document attributes
And then build a generic print file.
Significantly improve overall system performance
It becomes possible. (Example of Proxy Printing Process) FIG.
Job control print service 622 in print processing
It is a flowchart which shows a processing procedure. First, in step S191, the initially designated
Check that the print device is ready for output.
You. If output is possible, proceed to step S196,
Print data generated from a generic print file on the device
Is output (see the solid lines in FIGS. 6 and 7). The print device specified at the beginning outputs
If it is not possible, the process proceeds to step S192, where general-purpose printing is performed.
The document attribute of the file (corresponding to 803 in FIG. 8)
Is obtained. Next, the document acquired in step S193
Select a printing device that can print the attribute.
Received from the job control server 630 in step S194
Check the status of the selected printing device.
And select a printing device whose status can be printed.
select. In step S196, the selected print
Supported printers from generic print files for devices
The print data (PDL) generated via the driver is
It is output (see broken lines in FIGS. 6 and 7). Note that the present invention is applicable to a plurality of devices (for example, a host
Computers, interface devices, readers, puddings
System), but multiple systems
It may be applied to an apparatus consisting of a single device having a function.
No. Also, as described above, the object of the present invention is to
Software program that implements the functions of the
The storage medium (or recording medium) on which the
Supply to the system or device, and
Computer (or CPU or MPU) is a storage medium
Read and execute the program code stored in
Needless to say, this is also achieved. This place
The program code itself read from the storage medium
The functions of the above-described embodiment will be realized, and
The storage medium storing the program code constitutes the present invention.
Will be. Also, the program read by the computer
By executing the code, the functions of the above-described embodiment can be performed.
Not only is realized, but also the instruction of the program code
Operating on a computer based on the
And some or all of the actual processing
Section, and the function of the above-described embodiment is performed by the processing.
Needless to say, the case where this is realized is included. Further, the program read from the storage medium is read.
Extension card inserted into the computer
And a function expansion unit connected to the computer
After being written to the memory,
Based on the function expansion card or function expansion unit.
CPU or the like performs part or all of the actual processing, and
If the functions of the above-described embodiment are realized by
Needless to say, this is included. When the present invention is applied to the above storage medium,
Of the storage medium corresponding to the flowchart described above.
Program code including the program code
Will be. As explained above, according to the present invention,
Even if proxy printing occurs, the print control system
Side without having to analyze the attributes of the original over all pages.
Selectable linters, greatly speeding up the printing process
Print control method, print processing system, and information processing apparatus
Can be provided. That is, the group printer driver is used.
In a job control system that allows
Printers that can be connected as possible printers
It can be selected without limitation, and the application can be
From the drawing command sent from the application
Group, which has been performed in the past
Receives data output from the printer driver and
All pages on the print control system that performs the printing process
Analysis of the attributes of the original document can be eliminated.
Substitute seal that can significantly increase printing performance
A printing system can be provided.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an information processing system according to an embodiment. FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an information processing apparatus according to the embodiment. FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating an example of a memory map of a RAM 202 illustrated in FIG. 2; FIG. 4 is a diagram showing an example of a memory map of the FD 204 shown in FIG. 5 is a diagram showing a relationship between an FD drive 203 shown in FIG. 2 and an FD 204 inserted therein. FIG. 6 is a block diagram illustrating a print control module configuration of the information processing apparatus according to the embodiment. FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating an example of a data structure of job information managed by a print server. FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an example of the structure of a general-purpose print file. FIG. 9 is a basic flowchart of a UI display of a group member printer driver. FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating items that can be set on a UI of a group member printer driver. FIG. 11 illustrates an example of setting items on a UI of a group member printer driver. FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating a display example of a group member printer driver on a UI. FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a display example of a group member printer driver on a UI. FIG. 14 is a diagram illustrating a storage state of page attribute information and document attribute information. FIG. 15 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a processing procedure of a group printer driver. FIG. 16 is a flowchart showing in detail an example of a processing procedure of step S164 in FIG. 15; FIG. 17 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a processing procedure for constructing a general-purpose print file of the job control print service. FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating an example of a print instruction. FIG. 19 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a processing procedure of proxy printing of the job control print service.

   ────────────────────────────────────────────────── ─── Continuation of front page    (72) Inventor Shin Tomita             3-30-2 Shimomaruko, Ota-ku, Tokyo             Within Non Corporation F-term (reference) 2C061 AP01 HJ08 HL01 HL02 HN05                       HN16 HN18 HN19 HQ14 HQ17                 2C187 AE07 AE11 AE13 AE18 BF04                       GD02 JA07                 5B021 AA01 AA02 BB01 CC02

Claims (1)

  1. Claims: 1. A print control method for performing print control based on print setting information input from a group printer driver associated with a plurality of printer drivers, comprising: An attribute information analyzing step of analyzing attribute information; a general-purpose print data generating step of generating general-purpose print data based on the drawing command; and a print instruction based on the print setting information and the analysis result in the attribute information analyzing step. A print instruction information creating step of creating information; and a general-purpose print file generating step of generating a general-purpose print file based on the generated general-purpose print data and the print instruction information. . 2. The printing method according to claim 1, further comprising a print instruction step for instructing each of the plurality of printer drivers to print the general-purpose print data based on the print instruction information. Control method. 3. A notifying step of notifying the general-purpose print data and the attribute information with identification information, wherein the general-purpose print file generating step includes generating a general-purpose print file based on the identification information. The print control method according to claim 1 or 2, wherein 4. The print setting information includes at least a color /
    The print instruction step includes, when the print setting information includes the output method information of the color / monochrome distributed output, the information corresponding to the color output according to the attribute information. 4. The print control method according to claim 1, wherein a print instruction is issued to a printer driver or a printer driver that supports monochrome distributed output. 5. The print control method according to claim 1, wherein the attribute information is provided as a page attribute for each page. 6. In the attribute information analyzing step, a document attribute including all page attributes is generated. In the general-purpose print file generating step, the document information is stored as print instruction information in the general-purpose print file. 6. The print control method according to claim 5, further comprising: a proxy printing device determining step of determining a proxy printing device using the document attributes when a proxy printing is performed because the output destination printer cannot print. . 7. An ID acquisition step of acquiring an identification ID of a printer driver; a capability acquisition step of acquiring the capabilities of all printer drivers using the identification ID; and a setting step of setting a setting item of the output destination printer. The print control method according to claim 6, further comprising: 8. The print control method according to claim 6, wherein the output destination printer is a printer having the first priority in a printer list for registering a printer connected to the system. 9. In the capability acquiring step, a "function-controllable driver" capable of acquiring a capability up to an extended area of the driver setting information and capable of controlling a driver user interface, or the other "function-controllable" 8. The print control method according to claim 7, further comprising reading a capability for determining whether the driver is a proper driver. 10. A print processing system that performs print control based on print setting information input from a group printer driver associated with a plurality of printer drivers, and analyzes attribute information of a drawing command issued via an OS. Attribute information analyzing means, general-purpose print data generating means for generating general-purpose print data based on the drawing command, and print instruction information based on the print setting information and the analysis result of the attribute information analyzing means. Print instruction information generating means, a general-purpose print file generating means for generating a general-purpose print file based on the generated general-purpose print data and the print instruction information, and the print instruction to each of the plurality of printer drivers Print instruction means for instructing the printing of the general-purpose print data based on information. System. 11. A notifying unit for notifying the general-purpose print data and the attribute information with identification information attached thereto, wherein the general-purpose print file generating unit generates a general-purpose print file based on the identification information. The print processing system according to claim 10, wherein: 12. The print setting information includes at least information indicating an output method including a color / monochrome distributed output,
    When the print setting information includes the output method information of the color / monochrome distributed output, the print instructing unit outputs a print driver corresponding to the color output or a printer driver corresponding to the monochrome distributed output according to the attribute information. The print processing system according to claim 10, wherein a print instruction is issued. 13. The print processing system according to claim 10, wherein the attribute information is provided as a page attribute for each page. 14. The attribute information analysis unit generates a document attribute including all page attributes, the general-purpose print file generation unit stores the document information as print instruction information in the general-purpose print file, 14. The print processing system according to claim 13, further comprising: a proxy printing device determining unit that determines a proxy printing device by using the document attribute when a proxy printing is performed because the output destination printer cannot print. . 15. An ID acquiring unit for acquiring an identification ID of a printer driver, a capability acquiring unit for acquiring capabilities of all printer drivers using the identification ID, and a setting unit for setting a setting item of an output destination printer. The print processing system according to claim 14, further comprising: 16. The print processing system according to claim 14, wherein the output destination printer is a printer having the highest priority in a printer list for registering a printer connected to the system. 17. The function acquiring means is a "function controllable driver" capable of acquiring a capability up to an extended area of the driver setting information and capable of controlling a driver user interface, or the other "function control impossible". Driver "
    16. The print processing system according to claim 15, wherein the ability to determine whether the print processing is performed is read. 18. An information processing apparatus connected to a print processing system that performs print control based on print setting information input from a group printer driver associated with a plurality of printer drivers, and is issued via an OS. Attribute information analyzing means for analyzing attribute information of a drawing command; general-purpose print data generating means for generating general-purpose print data based on the drawing command; and a print setting information and an analysis result of the attribute information analyzing means. Print instruction information creating means for creating print instruction information; general-purpose print file generating means for generating a general-purpose print file based on the generated general-purpose print data and the print instruction information; Print instruction means for instructing each of them to issue an instruction to print the general-purpose print data based on the print instruction information. The information processing apparatus characterized by. 19. A notifying unit for notifying the general-purpose print data and attribute information with identification information attached thereto, wherein the general-purpose print file generating unit generates a general-purpose print file based on the identification information. 19. The information processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein 20. The print setting information includes at least information indicating an output method including a color / monochrome distributed output,
    When the print setting information includes the output method information of the color / monochrome distributed output, the print instructing unit outputs a print driver corresponding to the color output or a printer driver corresponding to the monochrome distributed output according to the attribute information. 20. The information processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein a print instruction is issued. 21. The information processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein the attribute information is provided as a page attribute for each page. 22. The attribute information analysis unit generates a document attribute including all page attributes, the general-purpose print file generation unit stores the document information as print instruction information in the general-purpose print file, 22. The information processing apparatus according to claim 21, further comprising a proxy printing device determining unit that determines a proxy printing device by using the document attribute when a proxy printing is performed because the output destination printer cannot print. . 23. ID acquisition means for acquiring an identification ID of a printer driver, capability acquisition means for acquiring the capabilities of all printer drivers using the identification ID, and setting means for setting a setting item of an output destination printer. 23. The information processing apparatus according to claim 22, further comprising: 24. The information processing apparatus according to claim 22, wherein the output destination printer is a printer having the first priority in a printer list for registering a printer connected to the system. 25. The function acquiring means, wherein a "function-controllable driver" capable of acquiring a capability up to an extended area of the driver setting information and capable of controlling a driver user interface, or a "function-controllable other" Driver "
    The information processing apparatus according to claim 23, wherein an ability to determine whether the information is read is read. 26. An item to be displayed on the user interface of the group printer driver is defined in advance, and when there is an item corresponding to the setting item of the output destination printer, a display means for displaying the setting item 26. The information processing apparatus according to claim 25, further comprising: a detailed setting unit configured to perform detailed setting of an output destination printer from the user interface when there is no setting item in the user interface of the group printer driver. 27. The display unit categorizes setting items based on items in a common setting storage area of a print driver and items in an extended setting storage area, and sets an output printer driver to a “function-controllable driver”. 27. The information according to claim 26, wherein in the case, the common setting item and the extended setting item are displayed, and in the case of "the driver whose function cannot be controlled", only the common setting item is displayed on the user interface. Processing equipment. 28. When the output destination printer driver is a “driver capable of function control”, the detail setting means performs user interface control such that grayscale display or non-display is performed on items that can be set by the group printer driver, and displays the display. The information processing apparatus according to claim 26, wherein the information processing is performed. 29. When the output destination printer driver is a “driver whose function cannot be controlled”,
    The common setting items are displayed according to the settings set in the output destination printer driver, and when the items are changed on the user interface of the output destination printer driver, the settings are set in the group printer driver when the driver user interface is closed. 28. The information processing apparatus according to claim 27, wherein the information of the set item is overwritten on the common setting item of the output destination printer driver, and the setting change on the user interface of the output destination printer is not reflected. 30. The information processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein said attribute information analyzing means analyzes the attribute information added to a drawing object such as a text object or a drawing object as a drawing command in a page. . 31. The document attributes are staple, punch, c obtained from the attribute information analysis result of the page unit.
    23. The information processing apparatus according to claim 22, wherein when a setting such as "olor" exists in any page attribute of the print document, the attribute is determined as "present". 32. A drawing command, a print command command, and a determination result obtained by attribute determination received from the application by the group printer driver are transmitted to the general-purpose print file generating unit as packet information, and the general-purpose print file generating unit is transmitted. 19. The information processing apparatus according to claim 18, wherein a general-purpose print file is constructed from the received packet information. 33. A control program for an information processing apparatus connected to a print processing system for performing print control based on print setting information input from a group printer driver associated with a plurality of printer drivers, the control program being executed via an OS. An attribute information analyzing step of analyzing attribute information of the issued drawing command; a general-purpose print data generating step of generating general-purpose print data based on the drawing command; and an analysis result of the print setting information and the attribute information analyzing step. A print instruction information creating step of creating print instruction information based on the general-purpose print data and the print instruction information, and a general-purpose print file generating step of generating a general-purpose print file based on the generated general-purpose print data; Indicating the general-purpose print data based on the print instruction information for each of the printer drivers The control program for an information processing apparatus characterized by comprising a print instruction step of causing the instruction. 34. The attribute information analyzing step generates a document attribute including all page attributes, the general-purpose print file generating step stores the document information as print instruction information in the general-purpose print file, 34. The information processing apparatus according to claim 33, further comprising: a proxy printing device determining step of determining a proxy printing device using the document attribute when a proxy printing has occurred because the output destination printer cannot print. Control program. 35. A storage medium which stores the control program according to claim 33 in a computer-readable manner.
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