JP2004287686A - Time appointment processing device, method and system - Google Patents

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JP2004287686A
JP2004287686A JP2003077243A JP2003077243A JP2004287686A JP 2004287686 A JP2004287686 A JP 2004287686A JP 2003077243 A JP2003077243 A JP 2003077243A JP 2003077243 A JP2003077243 A JP 2003077243A JP 2004287686 A JP2004287686 A JP 2004287686A
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Ryoji Matsumura
Takaaki Sugiyama
隆明 杉山
亮治 松村
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Abstract

A time specification processing apparatus, a time specification processing method, and a time specification processing system capable of changing a job issuance method as necessary and executing a job at a specified time.
A client PC (10) determines whether a designated printer is a printer having a time designating function when a user designates time designated printing, and if the designated printer is a printer having a time designating function, sets the execution time. Specify and issue a print job to the specified printer. If the designated printer does not have the time designation function, a print job is issued to the designated printer when the execution time comes. If the time designation processing server 50 is found, the print job is issued to the time designation processing server 50 to perform the job issuing process. When the designated printer is in the power saving mode, the time required for canceling the power saving of the designated printer is acquired, and the adjustment process is performed.
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Description

[0001]
TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a time specification processing apparatus, a time specification processing method, and a time specification processing system, and more particularly to a time specification processing apparatus that issues a job so that a specified device can execute a job at a specified time. , A time specification processing method, and a time specification processing system.
[0002]
[Prior art]
There is an increasing demand for starting fax transmission processing and printing processing at specified times. In response to such requests, recently, facsimile machines and printers equipped with a time designation function, such as a time-specified fax transmission function and a delayed print function, that automatically execute processing when a designated time comes. Alternatively, various devices such as a multifunction peripheral are provided. Further, there is also an application that causes the device to execute a job at a specified time by issuing a job to the device when the server replaces the client PC or the client PC itself issues a time specified by using the scheduler function. Are known.
[0003]
In addition, as an apparatus for performing quick printing without delaying printing start in the power save mode, for example, a user sets a time zone for frequent printing or determines a time zone for frequent printing by the user, and There is known an image forming apparatus that cancels a power save mode (for example, see Patent Document 1).
[0004]
In addition, as a device that automatically preheats a fixing unit such as a fixing roller at an optimal time, for example, an output request time is monitored, a time zone in which output is frequently requested is calculated, and the calculated output request is calculated. 2. Description of the Related Art There is known an image forming apparatus that preheats a fixing unit before a long time period (for example, see Patent Document 2).
[0005]
Further, as a device that outputs the acquired information at the output start time specified by the user, for example, the CPU determines the designation state of the output start time for the acquired information, and immediately outputs the acquired information to the printing unit. 2. Description of the Related Art A print control device that controls output at a specified time is known (for example, see Patent Document 3).
[0006]
[Patent Document 1]
JP 2001-38991 A
[Patent Document 2]
JP 2001-235966 A
[Patent Document 3]
JP-A-2000-137591
[0007]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
However, some devices have a time designation function and some do not, and the above-described conventional image forming apparatus and print control apparatus cannot change the job issuing method depending on the device. There is a problem.
[0008]
Further, when the server substitutes for the processing of the client PC, there is a problem that the same application as that of the client PC needs to be installed on the server in advance. Furthermore, when the substitute job is a printing process, there is a problem that print attributes unique to the user such as the job owner name and print settings unique to the client PC may be lost.
[0009]
Further, even when the job is issued at the time designated by the client PC, if the designated time is reached when the device is in the power saving mode, the job is transmitted to the device at that time. Even if issued, the job may not be executed at the specified time. For example, when a print job is executed by the printer, the start of the printing process is delayed by the time required for canceling the power saving (warm-up time), so that the printing may not be performed at the time intended by the user. This problem occurs even in a device having a time designation function.
[0010]
Further, even when the time of the clocks built in each of the device, the server, and the client is shifted, a problem occurs that the job is not executed at the time intended by the user.
[0011]
Such a problem is not considered at all in the conventional image forming apparatus and print control apparatus described above.
[0012]
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention has been made to solve the above-described problem, and has an advantage in that a job issuing method is changed as necessary and a job can be executed at a designated time. It is intended to provide a designated processing system.
[0013]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
In order to achieve the above object, a time specification processing apparatus according to claim 1 is a device for automatically executing a job when a device specified to execute the job reaches a specified time. Determining means for determining whether the device is a device having a designation function; and, when the device is determined to be a device having a time designation function, specifying an execution time for the device and executing the job. Job issuing means for issuing the job to the device when the execution time comes when the device is determined to be a device having no time designation function. It is configured.
[0014]
Further, according to the time specification processing method of the present invention, the device designated to execute the job is a device having a time designation function of automatically executing the job when the designated time comes. A determining step of determining whether there is a device, and when it is determined that the device is a device having a time specification function, issue the job by specifying an execution time for the device, and And a job issuance step of issuing the job to the device when the execution time comes when it is determined that the device does not have the time designation function.
[0015]
According to the first and eighth aspects of the present invention, it is determined whether the device designated to execute a job is a device having a time designation function of automatically executing a job at a designated time. Is determined. If it is determined that the device is a device having a time specification function, a job is issued with the execution time specified for the device. If it is determined that the device does not have the time designation function, a job is issued to the device when the execution time comes.
[0016]
Thus, the job issuing method is changed depending on whether or not the device designated to execute the job has the time designation function, so that the job can be executed at the designated execution time.
[0017]
According to a second aspect of the present invention, in the first aspect of the present invention, the apparatus further includes a power saving mode determining unit configured to determine whether the device is in a power saving mode. Is determined, the job is issued to a device without the time designation function at a time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time.
[0018]
According to the second aspect of the present invention, it is determined whether the device is in the power saving mode, and when it is determined that the device is in the power saving mode, the execution time of the device having no time designation function is determined. A job is issued at the time when the time required for canceling the power saving is subtracted.
[0019]
If the device without the time designation function is in the power saving mode, the power saving cancellation is started when the job is issued. Therefore, by setting the time at which the job is issued to the time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time, the device cancels the power saving at the time at which the job is issued. At the execution time, the power saving cancellation is completed and the job can be executed.
[0020]
According to a third aspect of the present invention, in the first aspect of the present invention, the apparatus further includes a power saving mode determining unit configured to determine whether the device is in a power saving mode. If it is determined that the job is issued, the execution time specified for the device having the time specification function is corrected to a time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time, and the job is issued. is there.
[0021]
According to the third aspect of the present invention, it is determined whether or not the device is in the power saving mode, and when it is determined that the device is in the power saving mode, the execution time specified for the device having the time specifying function is set. The job is issued after being corrected to a time obtained by subtracting the time required for the power saving cancellation from the execution time.
[0022]
As described above, by setting the execution time designated for the device having the time designation function to the time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving cancellation from the execution time, the device can start the power saving cancellation at the corrected execution time. The power saving cancellation is completed just at the execution time before the correction, and the job can be executed.
[0023]
According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, in the first aspect of the present invention, a power saving mode determining unit that determines whether the device is in a power saving mode, and the device cancels the power saving mode from an external device. Power saving cancellation determining means for determining whether or not the device is capable of saving power, and when it is determined that the device is in the power saving mode and is capable of canceling the power saving mode from an external device, the power saving is determined from the execution time. Power saving canceling means for issuing a power saving canceling command to the device at or before the time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling.
[0024]
According to the fourth aspect of the present invention, when it is determined that the device is in the power saving mode and the external device can release the power saving mode, the time is calculated by subtracting the time required for the power saving release from the execution time. When or before that time, a power saving cancellation command is issued to the device.
[0025]
In this way, the device starts the power saving cancellation when the power saving cancellation instruction is issued when the power saving cancellation instruction is issued at or before the time obtained by subtracting the time required for the power saving cancellation from the execution time. The power saving cancellation is completed at or before the execution time, and the job can be executed at the execution time.
[0026]
According to a fifth aspect of the present invention, in the first to fourth aspects of the present invention, when the time of the device having the time designation function is different from the time of its own device, the job issuing unit may The job is issued to the device by adjusting the execution time of the job so as to be the execution time based on the time of the own apparatus.
[0027]
Accordingly, when the time of the device is different from the time of the time designation processing device, the time at which the device executes the job is adjusted to be the execution time based on the time in the time designation processing device. The job can be executed exactly at the execution time based on the time in the designated processing device.
[0028]
Here, the time in the own device (time designation processing device) means a time indicated by a system clock or the like of the time designation processing device.
[0029]
As a method of adjusting the time at which the device executes the job to be the execution time based on the time at the time designation processing device, for example, adding or subtracting the difference between the device time and the time designation processing device time The execution time itself may be corrected by subtraction, the job may be issued to the device by specifying the corrected execution time, or the job may be specified by specifying the difference between the device time and the own device time as a correction value. It may be issued, and there is no particular limitation.
[0030]
7. The time specification processing device according to claim 6, wherein the device specified to execute the job is a power saving mode determining unit that determines whether the device is in a power saving mode, and determines that the device is in a power saving mode. And a job issuing unit that issues the job to the device at a time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving from the execution time specified in advance.
[0031]
In the time specification processing method according to the ninth aspect of the present invention, a power saving mode determining step of determining whether a device designated to execute a job is in a power saving mode, and determining that the device is in a power saving mode. A job issuance step of issuing the job to the device at a time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving from the execution time specified in advance.
[0032]
In the invention according to claims 6 and 9, when it is determined that the device designated to execute the job is in the power saving mode, the time required for canceling the power saving is subtracted from the execution time designated in advance. A job is issued to the device when the specified time comes.
[0033]
Accordingly, the job issuance time is changed according to whether or not the device designated to execute the job is in the power saving mode, so that the job can be executed exactly at the execution time. In other words, when the device is not in the power saving mode, the job is issued at the execution time specified in advance, so that the job can be executed at the execution time. When the device is in the power saving mode, the job is issued at the execution time minus the time required for canceling the power saving, not the execution time specified in advance. Can be started, and at the execution time, the power saving cancellation is completed and the job can be executed.
[0034]
8. The time specification processing device according to claim 7, wherein the device specified to execute the job is a power saving mode determining unit that determines whether or not the device is in a power saving mode. Power saving cancellation determining means for determining whether or not the device can be canceled, and when it is determined that the device is in the power saving mode and the device can cancel the power saving mode from an external device. Power saving cancellation means for issuing a power saving cancellation command at or before the time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving cancellation from the execution time specified in advance, and the device when the execution time comes. And a job issuing unit for issuing the job.
[0035]
The time specification processing method according to claim 10, wherein the power saving mode determining step determines whether or not the device specified to execute the job is in the power saving mode, and the device switches the power saving mode from an external device. A power saving cancellation determination step of determining whether the device is a device that can be canceled, and, if the device is in a power saving mode and it is determined that the device can cancel the power saving mode from an external device, A power saving cancellation step of issuing a power saving cancellation command at or before the time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving cancellation from the specified execution time, and executing the job for the device at the execution time. And a job issuing step for issuing.
[0036]
According to the seventh and tenth aspects of the present invention, when the device designated to execute the job is in the power saving mode and it is determined that the external device can release the power saving mode, A job is issued to the device at the time when the time required for canceling the power saving is subtracted from the execution time specified in advance or before the power saving canceling instruction is issued, and when the execution time is reached.
[0037]
In this way, the device starts the power saving cancellation when the power saving cancellation instruction is issued when the power saving cancellation instruction is issued at or before the time obtained by subtracting the time required for the power saving cancellation from the execution time. Since the power saving cancellation is completed at or before the execution time and the job is issued at the execution time, the job can be executed at the execution time.
[0038]
The time specification processing system according to claim 11, wherein, when a job is received, a device specified to execute the received job receives the job at the specified execution time. A server for issuing, a determination unit for determining whether the device is a device having a time specification function of automatically executing a job when a specified time is reached, and If it is determined that the device has the execution time, the job is issued by designating the execution time to the device, and if it is determined that the device does not have the time designation function, And a job issuing unit for issuing the job by designating the execution time to the server.
[0039]
In the invention according to claim 11, when the server receives a job, the server issues the received job to a device designated to execute the received job at a designated execution time. I do. The client terminal determines whether the designated device is a device having a time designation function of automatically executing a job when the designated time comes. If it is determined that the device is a device having a time specification function, the job is issued with the execution time specified for the device. If it is determined that the device does not have the time designation function, the job is issued to the server by designating the execution time.
[0040]
That is, if the device is a device having a time designation function, a job is issued from the client terminal by designating the execution time, and the device executes the job when the execution time comes. If the device does not have the time specification function, the job is issued to the server that can issue the job at the specified execution time, and the job is issued from the server to the device at the execution time. The job is executed.
[0041]
Therefore, in any case, the job can be executed at the designated execution time. After the client terminal issues a job to a device or a server, the application for issuing the job at the client terminal can be terminated, or the power of the client terminal can be turned off.
[0042]
According to a twelfth aspect of the present invention, in the invention according to the eleventh aspect, when the server determines that the device is in a power saving mode, the server sends the execution time to a device having no time designation function. The job is issued at the time when the time required for canceling the power saving is subtracted from the time.
[0043]
In this manner, by setting the time at which the job is issued to the time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time, the device starts canceling the power saving at the time at which the job is issued. At the designated execution time, the power saving cancellation is completed and the job can be executed.
[0044]
In the invention according to claim 13, in the invention according to claim 11, when the server determines that the device is in a power saving mode and is a device that can release the power saving mode from an external device, The power saving cancellation command is issued at or before the time obtained by subtracting the time required for the power saving cancellation from the execution time.
[0045]
In this way, the device starts the power saving cancellation when the power saving cancellation instruction is issued when the power saving cancellation instruction is issued at or before the time obtained by subtracting the time required for the power saving cancellation from the execution time. The power saving cancellation is completed at or before the execution time, and the job can be executed at the execution time.
[0046]
According to a fourteenth aspect of the present invention, in the invention according to any one of the eleventh to thirteenth aspects, the job issuing unit includes a device having the time designation function when the device is in a power saving mode. The job is issued by correcting the execution time specified for the job to a time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time.
[0047]
As described above, by setting the execution time designated for the device having the time designation function to the time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving cancellation from the execution time, the device can start the power saving cancellation at the corrected execution time. The power saving cancellation is completed just at the execution time before the correction, and the job can be executed.
[0048]
According to a fifteenth aspect of the present invention, in the invention according to any one of the eleventh to fourteenth aspects, when the time of the client terminal is different from the time of the server, The job is issued to the server by adjusting the time at which the server issues the job so as to be the execution time based on the time at the client terminal.
[0049]
Accordingly, when the time of the server is different from the time of the client terminal, the time at which the server issues the job is adjusted so as to be the execution time based on the time at the client terminal. The job can be executed just at the reference execution time.
[0050]
Here, the time at the client terminal refers to a time specified by a system clock or the like of the client terminal.
[0051]
As a method of adjusting the time at which the server issues the job so as to be the execution time based on the time at the client terminal, for example, the execution is performed by adding or subtracting the difference between the server time and the client terminal time. The time itself may be corrected and the job may be issued to the server by specifying the corrected execution time, or the job may be issued by specifying the difference between the server time and the client time as a correction value. Well, there is no particular limitation.
[0052]
According to a sixteenth aspect of the present invention, in the first aspect of the invention, the server and the client terminal are configured to execute the job before the server issues the job to the device. The device is set as a shared device.
[0053]
By setting the device as a shared device in this manner, the settings unique to the client terminal are not lost, and the device executes the job as set. In addition, there is no need to install the same application on the server side as on the client terminal side.
[0054]
BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION
Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings.
[0055]
In the present embodiment, a job (hereinafter, referred to as a print job) including print data and a processing instruction to a designated printer is performed so that a print process is executed at an execution time designated by a user. The case of issuing will be described as an example.
[0056]
FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a configuration of a time designation processing system according to an embodiment of the present invention.
[0057]
As shown in the figure, a client PC 10 that issues a job such as a print job, a time designation processing server 50 that substitutes for job issuance, a time-specifiable printer 80 and a time-impossible printer 82 that are devices that execute the print job. Are connected via a network 90.
[0058]
The time-specifiable printer 80 can receive a print job via the network 90 and, when receiving a print job whose execution time is specified, automatically print when the specified time is reached. The printer has a time designation function for executing a job. Further, the time-specifiable printer 80 is provided with a MIB (management information base) (not shown) in which information used for network management and the like are stored. The MIB stores the time required for canceling the power saving.
[0059]
The non-time-specifiable printer 82 is a printer that can receive a print job via the network 90 and starts executing the print job when the print job is received. Not installed. Further, similarly to the time-specifiable printer 80, an MIB (not shown) is provided.
[0060]
FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the client PC 10. As shown in the figure, the control unit 12 includes a transmission / reception unit 14, an input unit 16, a display unit 18, a device information storage unit 20, and a program storage unit 22. .
[0061]
The control unit 12 is configured by a microcomputer including a CPU and a RAM (not shown). The CPU loads the program stored in the program storage unit 22 onto the RAM and executes it.
[0062]
The transmission / reception unit 14 transmits and receives various information and jobs to and from other devices via the network 90.
[0063]
The input unit 16 includes a keyboard, a mouse, and the like, and is operated by a user.
[0064]
The display unit 18 is, for example, a liquid crystal display, and displays arbitrary information.
[0065]
The device information storage unit 20 stores information on devices such as a printer and a facsimile device on the network 90. Specifically, the IP address of each device, information indicating whether each device has a time designation function, and whether or not the external device can release the power saving mode when each device is in the power saving mode The information indicating whether or not each device requires power saving cancellation is stored.
[0066]
Various programs executed by the CPU of the control unit 12 are stored in the program storage unit 22, and a time designation job issuing application 24 is stored as one of them, as shown in the figure. The time designation job issuing application 24 is a client application for issuing a job whose execution time is designated by a user, and is held by a job issuing function 26 for issuing a job, a scheduler function 28 for performing schedule management, and held by another device. A time adjustment function 30 that obtains the time to be executed and adjusts the time; and a time specification processing server search function that searches the network 90 for a time specification processing server 50 that has a scheduler function and can issue a job at a specified time. 32, various functions such as a shared printer creation / deletion function 34 for creating a shared printer and deleting the created shared printer, and a power saving cancellation signal transmitting function 36 for sending a power saving cancellation signal to a device.
[0067]
FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the time designation processing server 50. As shown in the figure, a control unit 52 is provided, and a transmission / reception unit 54, a device information storage unit 56, and a program storage unit 58 are connected to the control unit 52.
[0068]
The control unit 52 is configured by a microcomputer including a CPU and a RAM (not shown). The CPU loads the program stored in the program storage unit 58 onto the RAM and executes the program.
[0069]
The transmission / reception unit 54 transmits / receives various information and jobs to / from another device via the network 90.
[0070]
The device information accumulating unit 56 accumulates information about the device, similarly to the device information accumulating unit 20 of the client PC 10 described above. The information stored in the device storage unit 56 and the information in the device information storage unit 20 of the client PC 10 may be synchronized at a predetermined timing.
[0071]
Various programs executed by the CPU of the control unit 52 are stored in the program storage unit 58, and a time designation job issuing application 60 is stored as one of them, as shown in the figure. The time designation job issuing application 60 is an application for issuing a job received from the client PC 10 to a device, a job issuing function 62 for issuing a job, a time adjusting function 64 for adjusting a time, and a scheduler function for managing a schedule. 66, various functions such as a shared printer creation / deletion function 68 for creating a shared printer and deleting the created shared printer, and a power saving cancellation signal transmitting function 70 for sending a power saving cancellation signal to a device.
[0072]
Next, details of the job issuing process according to the present embodiment will be described.
[0073]
FIG. 4 is a flowchart showing a main routine of the job issuing process by the client PC 10. This routine is performed by the CPU of the control unit 12 executing the time designation job issuing application 24 described above.
[0074]
In step 100, it is determined whether or not the execution time has been specified by the user via the input unit 16 and printing has been instructed. If it is determined that printing has been instructed, in step 102, based on the information stored in the device information storage unit 20, a printer (designated printer) designated as a device to execute printing is a printer having a time designation function. Is determined.
[0075]
When determining whether or not the designated printer has the time designation function, the determination may be made based on the information stored in the device information storage unit 20 provided in the client PC 10 as described above. For example, when similar information is stored in another device, the determination may be made by acquiring the information from that device, or by making a direct inquiry to the designated printer.
[0076]
If it is determined in step 102 that the designated printer is a printer having a time designation function (that is, the designated printer is the time-specifiable printer 80), in step 104, the time adjustment function 30 sets the time of the designated printer. Obtain and perform time adjustment processing.
[0077]
Specifically, the time of the designated printer is acquired, and it is confirmed whether or not the acquired time is different from the time of the client PC 10 (that is, the time indicated by the system clock or the like of the client PC 10). If the difference t is added to the execution time specified by the user or subtracted from the execution time, the time at which the print job is executed by the designated printer is set to the execution time in the client PC 10. Adjust the execution time so that For example, if the time on the designated printer is ahead of the time on the client PC 10 by t, the execution time is determined by adding t to the execution time. Conversely, when the time is delayed by t, the time obtained by subtracting t from the execution time is set as the execution time.
[0078]
The adjustment of the execution time may be performed at any time before the job is issued, and is not particularly limited. After the time adjustment, the process proceeds to a subroutine of a time-specifiable job issuing process for issuing a job to a device having a time specifying function in step 106.
[0079]
FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing a subroutine of a time-specifiable job issuing process. This routine is performed using the job issuing function 26.
[0080]
In step 200, the designated printer is accessed to determine whether the designated printer is in the power saving mode. If it is determined that the designated printer is not in the power saving mode, a print job is issued to the designated printer in step 202 with the execution time adjusted in step 104 described above.
[0081]
If it is determined in step 200 that the designated printer is in the power saving mode, the time required for power saving cancellation is acquired from the device information storage unit 20 in step 204. In step 206, the execution time is corrected to a time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the obtained power saving from the execution time adjusted in step 104, and in step 208, the corrected execution time is designated and the print job is designated by the designated printer. Issue to
[0082]
In step 210, the time taken to actually release the power saving is measured and registered in the device information storage unit 20.
[0083]
In the designated printer (time-specifiable printer 80) to which the print job has been issued, the print job is executed when the designated execution time comes. The execution time specified in the print job is a time adjusted by taking the difference between the time of the time-specifiable printer 80 and the time of the client PC 10, and when the time-specifiable printer 80 is in the power saving mode, the power saving cancellation is performed. Therefore, the execution of the print job is started at the specified printer at the execution time specified by the user because the time required for the print job is subtracted.
[0084]
Further, as described above, if the designated printer is the time-specifiable printer 80, a print job can be issued by specifying the execution time before the execution time specified by the user. The time designation job issuing application 24 can be terminated by the PC 10, or the power of the client PC 10 itself can be turned off.
[0085]
Note that the time between the device and the client PC 10 may be adjusted by correcting the execution time itself as described above. However, as another method, the time difference t between the device and the client PC 10 may be adjusted based on the execution time. A job may be issued instructed as a correction value. The device that has issued the job can execute the job at the execution time adjusted with the correction value by the job control function. If there is no influence on the system, the internal clock of the device may be adjusted.
[0086]
Further, when the device is in the power saving mode, as described above, a time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time may be designated as the execution time. May be issued as a correction value. Also in this case, the device that issued the job can execute the job at the execution time adjusted by the correction value by the job control function.
[0087]
Next, a process in the case where the designated printer does not have the time designation function will be described.
[0088]
If it is determined in step 102 in FIG. 4 that the designated printer does not have the time designation function (that is, the designated printer is the printer 82 which cannot designate time), in step 108, a search for a time designation processing server is performed. The function 32 searches the time designation processing server 50 on the network 90. If the time designation processing server 50 is not found in step 110, the process proceeds to step 112 in which a subroutine of a time designation impossible job issuance process for issuing a job to a device having no time designation function is performed. The PC 10 itself performs a process of issuing a print job.
[0089]
FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing a subroutine of the time non-specifiable job issuing process. This routine is performed using the job issuing function 26 and the scheduler function 28.
In step 300, the designated printer is accessed to determine whether the designated printer is in the power saving mode. If it is determined that the designated printer is not in the power saving mode, it is determined in step 302 whether the current time has reached the designated execution time. If it is determined that the current time has reached the execution time, in step 304, the print job is issued to the specified printer without specifying the time.
[0090]
If it is determined in step 300 that the designated printer is in the power saving mode, in step 306, the time required for canceling the power saving is acquired from the device information storage unit 20.
[0091]
Here, the time required for canceling the power saving of the designated printer is acquired from the device information storage unit 20 of the client PC 10. However, if the time required for canceling the power saving is accumulated in another device, the time is taken from that device. It may be obtained, or may be obtained from the MIB of the designated printer.
[0092]
In step 308, it is determined whether or not the current time has reached the time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving cancellation from the execution time. If it is determined that the current time is a time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time, a print job is issued to the designated printer without specifying the time in step 310. In step 312, the time taken to actually release the power saving is measured and registered in the device information storage unit 20.
[0093]
The time at which the print job is issued is the execution time specified by the user when the designated printer is not in the power saving mode, and the time required for canceling the power saving when the designated printer is in the power saving mode. Since the subtracted time is used, in any case, the execution of the print job is started by the specified printer at the execution time specified by the user.
[0094]
When the designated printer is in the power saving mode, by executing the power saving cancellation using the power saving cancellation function 36 in advance, the execution of the print job can be started just at the execution time designated by the user. Hereinafter, a job issuing process using the power saving cancellation function 36 will be described.
[0095]
FIG. 7 is a flowchart showing a subroutine of a time non-specifiable job issuing process when processing is performed using the power saving cancellation function 36 in addition to the job issuing function 26 and the scheduler function 28.
[0096]
In step 400, the designated printer is accessed to determine whether the designated printer is in the power saving mode. If it is determined that the designated printer is not in the power saving mode, it is determined in step 402 whether the current time has reached the designated execution time. If it is determined that the current time has reached the execution time, in step 404, the print job is issued to the specified printer without specifying the time.
[0097]
If it is determined in step 400 that the designated printer is in the power saving mode, the time required for power saving cancellation is acquired from the device information storage unit 20 in step 406. In step 408, it is determined whether or not the current time has reached the time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time. If it is determined that the current time is a time obtained by subtracting the time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time, in step 410, the designated printer can cancel the power saving mode from an external device (a printer capable of canceling the power saving). ) Is determined from the information stored in the device information storage unit 20. If it is determined that the designated printer is a printer capable of canceling power saving, a power saving cancellation command is transmitted to the designated printer by using the power saving cancellation signal transmitting function 36 in step 412. At step 414, it is determined whether the current time has reached the designated execution time. If it is determined that the current time has reached the execution time, in step 416, the print job is issued to the specified printer without specifying the time.
[0098]
If it is determined in step 410 that the designated printer is not a printer capable of canceling power saving, the process proceeds to step 416, and a print job is immediately issued to the designated printer without time designation.
[0099]
In step 418, the time taken by the designated printer to actually release power saving is measured and registered in the device information storage unit 20.
[0100]
In this subroutine, when the designated printer is not in the power saving mode, a print job is issued at the execution time specified by the user, and when the designated printer is in the power saving mode, the time required for canceling the power saving is subtracted. Power saving cancellation command is sent to the printer before the print job is issued, or the print job is issued at the time when the time required for the power saving cancellation is deducted. The execution of the print job is started at the specified printer at the execution time specified by the user.
[0101]
Next, a description will be given of a case where the designated printer is a printer having no time designation function and the time designation processing server 50 substitutes for the job issuing process of the client PC 10.
[0102]
If the time designation processing server 50 is found in step 110 of FIG. 4, in step 114, the shared printer creation / deletion function 34 is used to instruct the time designation processing server 50 to create a shared printer. Specifically, a shared printer creation instruction including the IP address information of the designated printer is transmitted so that the designated printer is set as the shared printer, and the time designation processing server 50 installs the printer driver. In step 116, the shared printer creation / deletion function 34 also installs a printer driver on the client PC 10 so that the shared printer on the server is used as a port and the designated printer is used as a shared printer.
[0103]
In step 118, the time of the time specification processing server 50 is acquired using the time adjustment function 30, and time adjustment processing is performed. This processing is performed in the same manner as when the time of the designated printer is acquired. That is, it is confirmed whether or not the obtained time of the time designation processing server 50 and the time of the client PC 10 are different, and if they are different, the difference t is added to the execution time designated by the user, or the execution time is The time at which the time designation processing server 50 issues the print job to the designated printer (that is, the time at which the print job is executed by the designated printer) is set as the execution time in the client PC 10. Adjust the execution time. For example, when the time on the time designation processing server 50 is ahead of the time on the client PC 10 by t, the time obtained by adding t to the execution time is set as the execution time. Conversely, when the time is delayed by t, the time obtained by subtracting t from the execution time is set as the execution time.
[0104]
The adjustment of the execution time may be performed at any time before the print job is issued to the time designation processing server 50, and is not particularly limited.
[0105]
After the time adjustment, in step 120, the print job is issued to the time specification processing server 50 by specifying the adjusted execution time.
[0106]
In step 122, it is determined whether or not a job end notification has been received from the time designation processing server 50. If it is determined that the job end notification has been received, in step 124, the shared printer is deleted using the shared printer creation / deletion function 34, that is, the printer driver is uninstalled.
[0107]
Next, the processing of the time specification processing server 50 at which the print job is issued will be described. When a plurality of client PCs 10 exist on the network 90 and print jobs are issued from each of them, or when a plurality of print jobs are issued from one client PC 10, the time designation processing server 50 Jobs will be managed. For this reason, the time specification processing server 50 monitors the execution time Ti of each received job, and when the execution time Ti is reached, issues a print job corresponding to the execution time to the corresponding designated printer.
[0108]
Specific processing will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing a main routine of the job issuing process by the time designation processing server 50. This routine is performed by the CPU of the control unit 52 executing the above-described time designation job issuing application 60.
[0109]
In step 500, it is determined whether a shared printer creation instruction has been received from the client PC 10. If it is determined that a creation instruction has been received, a shared printer is created in step 502 based on the creation instruction. Specifically, this is performed by installing a printer driver. At this stage, the setting of the shared printer is temporarily stopped. After the creation of the shared printer, the process returns to the standby state.
[0110]
If it is determined in step 502 that the instruction to create a shared printer has not been received, it is determined in step 504 whether a print job has been received. If it is determined that the print job has not been received, the process returns to the standby state.
[0111]
If a print job is received in step 504, the scheduler function 66 performs schedule management based on the execution time of the received job.
[0112]
In step 506, it is determined whether or not the current time has reached the execution time Ti. If the current time has reached the execution time Ti, the process proceeds to step 508 to share the print job corresponding to the execution time Ti. Release the printer (designated printer) temporarily and issue it. The process of step 506 is performed by executing the above-described non-time-specifiable job issuing subroutine using the job issuing function 62.
[0113]
In the time designation output server 50, as in the client PC 10, either a subroutine that does not use the power saving cancellation signal transmission function 70 of FIG. 6 or a subroutine that uses the power saving cancellation signal transmission function 70 as shown in FIG. May be executed.
[0114]
In step 510, when the print job is completed by the designated printer that has issued the print job, a print completion notification is sent to the client PC 10.
[0115]
In step 512, the shared printer creation / deletion function 68 deletes the shared printer, that is, uninstalls the printer driver.
[0116]
As described above, even if the designated printer is not the time-specifiable printer 80, the time designation processing server 50 can perform the job issuing process of the client PC on behalf of the client PC 10. Therefore, the print job is issued from the client PC 10 to the time designation processing server 50. After this, the time designation job issuing application can be terminated on the client PC 10 or the power of the client PC 10 itself can be turned off.
[0117]
Further, since the designated printer is set as the shared printer, the print job is executed as set without losing the print settings unique to the client PC 10. Further, it is not necessary to install the same application on the time designation processing server 50 side as on the client PC 10 side.
[0118]
Note that the time adjustment between the client PC 10 and the time specification processing server 50 may be performed by correcting the execution time itself on the client PC 10 side as described above. A print job may be issued to the time specification processing server 50 by instructing the time difference t of the server 50 as a correction value of the execution time. With this correction value, the time designation processing server 50 can issue a print job to the designated printer at the execution time adjusted with the correction value t using the time adjustment function 64.
[0119]
By executing the job issuing process described above, the client PC 10 can perform the following processes, for example.
[0120]
If the time designation issuing application 24 is running, a print job is issued to the designated printer when the execution time designated by the user comes (corresponding to step 112 in FIG. 4), and the designated execution time is set. If the application 24 is terminated before it is completed, it is confirmed before the termination that the designated printer is a printer having a time designation function. If the application 24 is a printer having a time designation function, the execution time adjusted in time is designated. Then, the print job is issued to the designated printer (corresponding to steps 104 to 106 in FIG. 4).
[0121]
If the designated printer does not have the time designation function, it searches the time designation processing server 50 and requests the searched time designation processing server 50 for a job issuing process (corresponding to steps 108 to 120 in FIG. 4). ). The time designation processing server 50 issues a print job to the designated printer when the execution time comes.
[0122]
After the printing by the time designation is completed, the time designation issuance application is started on the client PC 10, and it is confirmed whether the print job has been normally completed with respect to the designated printer or the time designation processing server 50. Then, a normal end message is displayed on the display unit 18 of the client PC 10, for example. When the processing is requested to the time designation processing server 50, the shared printer is deleted here (corresponding to steps 122 to 124 in FIG. 4).
[0123]
In the above-described embodiment, when the designated printer is a printer that does not have the time designation function, the time designation processing server 50 is searched to issue a print job. By providing a function for determining in the time designation processing server 50, when a time designation print is designated by the user in the client PC 10, the print job is immediately issued from the client PC 10 to the time designation processing server 50, and the time designation is performed. The processing of the client PC 10 can be performed by the processing server 50 instead. In this case, the client PC 10 creates a shared printer before issuing the print job, adjusts the time with the time specification processing server 50, and then issues the print job to the time specification processing server 50.
[0124]
Further, in the above-described embodiment, an example has been described in which a job is a print job and a device to which the job is issued is a printer. However, in the present invention, the types of devices and jobs are not particularly limited. For example, a device that issues a job may be used as a facsimile machine, and a job such as facsimile transmission with a designated execution time may be issued to the facsimile machine. In the case of a fax transmission job, a warm-up time such as a print job is not required, and thus the process of acquiring the time required for canceling the power saving and adjusting the execution time is unnecessary.
[0125]
【The invention's effect】
The time specification processing device, the time specification processing method, and the time specification processing system according to the present invention change the job issuance method as occasion demands, so that the job can be executed at the specified time.
[Brief description of the drawings]
FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a configuration of a time designation output system according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a client PC.
FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a time designation processing server.
FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating a main routine of a job issuing process by a client PC.
FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a subroutine of a time-specifiable job issuing process.
FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a subroutine of a time non-specifiable job issuing process.
FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating a subroutine of a time non-specifiable job issuing process when processing is performed using the power saving cancellation function.
FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing a main routine of a job issuing process by the time designation processing server.
[Explanation of symbols]
Reference Signs List 10 client PC, 12 control unit, 14 transmission / reception unit, 16 input unit, 18 display unit, 20 device information storage unit, 22 program storage unit, 24 time designation job issuing application, 26 job issuing function, 28 scheduler function, 30 time adjustment Function, 32 time designation processing server search function, 34 shared printer creation / deletion function, 36 power saving cancellation signal transmission function, 50 time designation processing server, 52 control unit, 54 transmission / reception unit, 56 device information storage unit, 58 program storage unit, 60 time designation job issuing application, 62 job issuing function, 64 time adjustment function, 66 scheduler function, 68 shared printer creation / deletion function, 70 power saving cancellation signal transmission function, 80 time designation printer, 82 time designation printer, 90 network

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  1. Determining means for determining whether the device designated to execute the job is a device having a time designation function of automatically executing the job at the designated time,
    If it is determined that the device is a device having a time designation function, the job is issued by designating an execution time for the device, and the device is a device without a time designation function. If determined, a job issuing unit that issues the job to the device when the execution time comes;
    And a time designation processing device.
  2. The device further includes a power saving mode determining unit that determines whether the device is in a power saving mode,
    The job issuance unit, when it is determined that the device is in the power saving mode, when a time obtained by subtracting a time required for power saving cancellation from the execution time for a device having no time designation function is reached. 2. The time designation processing device according to claim 1, wherein the job is issued to the user.
  3. The device further includes a power saving mode determining unit that determines whether the device is in a power saving mode,
    The job issuing unit, when it is determined that the device is in the power saving mode, a time obtained by subtracting a time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time, the execution time designated for the device having the time designation function. 2. The time designation processing device according to claim 1, wherein the job is issued after correcting the time.
  4. Power saving mode determining means for determining whether the device is in a power saving mode,
    Power saving cancellation determining means for determining whether the device is a device capable of canceling the power saving mode from an external device,
    When the device is in the power saving mode and it is determined that the device can release the power saving mode from the external device, when the time obtained by subtracting the time required for the power saving cancellation from the execution time or before Power saving cancellation means for issuing a power saving cancellation command to the device,
    2. The time designation processing device according to claim 1, further comprising:
  5. When the time of the device having the time designation function is different from the time of the own device, the job issuing unit may set the time at which the device executes the job to an execution time based on the time of the own device. The time designation processing device according to claim 1, wherein the job is issued to the device after adjustment.
  6. Power saving mode determining means for determining whether a device designated to execute a job is in a power saving mode,
    When the device is determined to be in the power saving mode, a job issuing unit that issues the job to the device at a time obtained by subtracting a time required for power saving cancellation from a pre-designated execution time,
    And a time designation processing device.
  7. Power saving mode determining means for determining whether a device designated to execute a job is in a power saving mode,
    Power saving cancellation determining means for determining whether the device is a device capable of canceling the power saving mode from an external device,
    When the device is in the power saving mode and it is determined that the device is a device capable of releasing the power saving mode from an external device, a time obtained by subtracting a time required for the power saving release from a predetermined execution time is set. Power saving cancellation means for issuing a power saving cancellation command when or before
    A job issuing unit that issues the job to the device when the execution time comes;
    And a time designation processing device.
  8. A determination step of determining whether the device specified to execute the job is a device having a time specification function of automatically executing the job when the specified time is reached,
    If it is determined that the device is a device having a time designation function, the job is issued by designating an execution time for the device, and the device is a device without a time designation function. If determined, a job issuing step of issuing the job to the device when the execution time comes;
    A time specification processing method that includes.
  9. A power saving mode determining step of determining whether the device specified to execute the job is in the power saving mode;
    When the device is determined to be in the power saving mode, a job issuing step of issuing the job to the device at a time obtained by subtracting the time required for power saving cancellation from the execution time specified in advance,
    A time specification processing method that includes.
  10. A power saving mode determining step of determining whether the device specified to execute the job is in the power saving mode;
    Power saving cancellation determination step of determining whether the device is a device capable of canceling the power saving mode from an external device,
    When the device is in the power saving mode and it is determined that the device is capable of canceling the power saving mode from an external device, when a time obtained by subtracting a time required for the power saving cancellation from a predetermined execution time or Power saving cancellation process of issuing a power saving cancellation command before then;
    A job issuing step of issuing the job to the device when the execution time comes;
    A time specification processing method that includes.
  11. A server that, when receiving a job, issues a received job to a device designated to execute the received job when a designated execution time is reached; and
    A determination unit configured to determine whether the device is a device having a time specification function of automatically executing a job when a specified time is reached, and that the device is a device having a time specification function. If it is determined, the job is issued by designating the execution time to the device, and if it is determined that the device is a device having no time designation function, the server is A client terminal including: a job issuing unit that issues the job by designating the execution time;
    A time specification processing system including:
  12. The server, when the device is in the power saving mode, issues the job to a device not having the time designation function at a time obtained by subtracting a time required for canceling the power saving from the execution time. The time designation processing system according to claim 11.
  13. The server, when the device is in the power saving mode and is a device capable of canceling the power saving mode from an external device, when the time obtained by subtracting the time required for the power saving cancellation from the execution time or before The time designation processing system according to claim 11, wherein the power saving cancellation instruction is issued to the CPU.
  14. When the device is in the power saving mode, the job issuing unit corrects an execution time specified for the device having the time specification function to a time obtained by subtracting a time required for canceling power saving from the execution time. 14. The time specification processing system according to claim 11, wherein the job is issued.
  15. When the time of the client terminal is different from the time of the server, the job issuing unit adjusts the time at which the server issues the job so that the execution time is based on the time at the client terminal. The time designation processing system according to claim 11, wherein the job is issued to the server by a command.
  16. The time designation processing system according to any one of claims 11 to 15, wherein the server and the client terminal set the device as a shared device before the server issues the job to the device. .
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