JP2005096381A - Printing device, printing system, and computer program - Google Patents

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JP2005096381A
JP2005096381A JP2003335860A JP2003335860A JP2005096381A JP 2005096381 A JP2005096381 A JP 2005096381A JP 2003335860 A JP2003335860 A JP 2003335860A JP 2003335860 A JP2003335860 A JP 2003335860A JP 2005096381 A JP2005096381 A JP 2005096381A
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Processing such as printing can be performed more efficiently than before.
A print data receiving unit 101 that receives user print data 71 together with setting information 72 indicating an access right, and a print processing unit 103 that performs printing based on the received print data 71. The print data storage unit 105 that stores the print data 71 in association with the setting information 72, the designation information of the print data 71 that the user wants to use among the print data 71 stored in the print data storage unit 105, and the user of the user A user input unit 109 for inputting a name, and an access for determining whether or not the user with the input user name has an access right to the print data 71 to be used based on the setting information 72 corresponding to the print data 71 If it is determined that the access right has been determined by the permission determination unit 104, the use of the print data 71 is permitted. It is provided to Deny the print data 71, a print control unit 102, a.
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  The present invention relates to a printing system and a printing apparatus using a network.

  Conventionally, several systems for sharing resources such as hardware or data among a plurality of devices on a network have been proposed.

  For example, according to the system described in Patent Document 1, a user can connect to a network printer from a client via a network and perform printing. At this time, the operation of the generated print job can be performed from another client.

  According to the system described in Patent Document 2, the user can register his / her document in the document database. Furthermore, the document can be used by other users having a predetermined access right.

  In the system described in Patent Document 3, a server and a printer are connected via a network, and a dedicated database for each user is provided in the server. The user can use the data stored in his / her own dedicated database on the server in his / her printer.

  As described above, it has been proposed that a plurality of devices on the network share one printing device (printer), use a server as a storage means for own data, or share data among a plurality of users. Yes. As a result, each user can print the shared data by the shared printing apparatus, and the system resources can be saved.

However, when there is a print request for the same data, the same processing must be performed many times in the printing system. Therefore, it is desired that processing such as printing be performed more efficiently.
JP 2000-89924 A JP 2001-222525 A JP 2001-34430 A

  In view of such problems, an object of the present invention is to enable processing such as printing to be performed more efficiently than in the past.

  The printing apparatus according to the present invention includes a print data receiving unit that receives user print data together with access right information indicating an access right of the print data, a print unit that performs printing based on the received print data, and a print The print data used for the printing is stored in association with the access right information received together with the print data, and the user wants to use the print data stored in the print data storage. Input data for inputting designation information of print data and user identification information for identifying the user, and print data related to the designation information inputted together with the user identification information by the user indicated by the inputted user identification information Is determined based on the access right information corresponding to the print data. If the access right determining means determines that the user has the right to access the print data, the access right determining means permits the use of the print data by the user; otherwise, the print data by the user is used. And print data management means for rejecting the use of the print data.

  Preferably, it has affiliation information receiving means for receiving affiliation information indicating which group the user belongs to from the server, and the access right information indicates an access right given to the ensemble The access right determination unit performs the determination based on the affiliation information received by the affiliation information reception unit of the user indicated in the user identification information input by the input unit.

  Or, it has affiliation information storage means for storing affiliation information indicating which group the user belongs to, the access right information indicates the access right given to the group, The access right determination means performs the determination based on the affiliation information stored in the affiliation information storage means of the user indicated by the user identification information input by the input means.

  According to the present invention, processing such as printing can be executed more efficiently than before. According to the second to fourth aspects of the invention, it is possible to more efficiently determine whether or not access to print data is possible.

  FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating an example of the overall configuration of a printing system 100 according to the present invention, FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating an example of a hardware configuration of the multifunction device 1, and FIG. 3 is a functional configuration of the multifunction device 1 and the directory server 2. 4 is a diagram illustrating an example of the user information database DB1, FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating a correspondence relationship between the access right ID and the content of the access right, and FIG. 6 is setting information set in the print data 71 FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating an example of the print data selection screen HG1.

  As shown in FIG. 1, a printing system 100 according to the present invention includes a multifunction device 1, a directory server 2, a terminal device 3, a communication line 4, and the like. The multifunction device 1, the directory server 2, and the terminal device 3 can be connected to each other via the communication line 4. As the communication line 4, the Internet, an intranet, a public line, a dedicated line, or the like is used. As a communication protocol, TCP / IP, FTP, HTTP, IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) or the like is used.

  The multifunction device 1 is a device that aggregates functions such as a copying machine, a printer, a scanner, a FAX, or a document server, and is sometimes called an MFP (Multi Function Peripherals). As shown in FIG. 2, the multifunction device 1 includes a CPU 1a, a RAM 1b, a control circuit 1c, a communication device 1d, a nonvolatile memory 1e, a magnetic storage device (HDD) 1f, a printing device 1g, a scanner 1h, a touch panel 1j, and the like. Consists of.

  The control circuit 1c is a circuit for controlling each of these parts constituting the multifunction machine 1. The communication device 1d is a device for exchanging data with the directory server 2, the terminal device 3, or a device external to the printing system 100.

  The magnetic storage device 1 f includes a print data receiving unit 101, a print control unit 102, a print processing unit 103, an access enable / disable determining unit 104, a print data storage unit 105, a user information acquisition unit 106, and a print data transmission as shown in FIG. Programs and data for realizing functions such as the unit 107, the user authentication unit 108, and the user input unit 109 are installed. These programs or data are loaded into the RAM 1b as necessary, and the programs are executed by the CPU 1a.

  As the nonvolatile memory 1e, a read-only ROM, a rewritable EEPROM, a flash memory, or the like is used. A part or all of the program or data stored in the magnetic storage device 1f may be stored in the nonvolatile memory 1e. Alternatively, some or all of the functions shown in FIG. 3 may be realized by a processor (control circuit 1d).

  The directory server 2 manages information regarding users who use resources in the printing system 100. A so-called PC server or UNIX (registered trademark) server is used as the directory server 2. The directory server 2 is installed with an operating system (OS), programs, and data for realizing functions such as a user information storage unit 201, a user information search unit 202, and a user information transmission unit 203 as shown in FIG. Has been.

  As the terminal device 3, a personal computer, a workstation, a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), or the like is used. A program and data such as a driver (printer driver) for controlling the operating system and the multifunction device 1 are installed in the terminal device 3.

  Hereinafter, the processing contents of each unit of the MFP 1 and the directory server 2 and the terminal device 3 shown in FIG. 3 will be described.

  The user information storage unit 201 of the directory server 2 has a user information database DB1. As shown in FIG. 4, the user information database DB1 stores user information 73 indicating the user name, password, department, group, job title, and the like for each user who uses the printing system 100. The user name is used as identification information for identifying each user. Therefore, a unique user name is assigned to each user so as not to overlap with those of other users.

  The user information search unit 202 searches the user information database DB1 or the like for information such as the user information 73 requested by the user information acquisition unit 106 of the multifunction device 1. The user information transmission unit 203 transmits the retrieved information to the multifunction device 1.

  The user authentication unit 108 of the multifunction device 1 performs user authentication of a user who intends to use the multifunction device 1 in the following procedure. First, the user operates the touch panel 1j (see FIG. 2) of the multifunction device 1 or his / her terminal device 3 connected to the multifunction device 1, inputs his / her user name and password, and logs into the multifunction device 1. Request.

Then, the user authentication unit 108 of the multifunction device 1 accesses the directory server 2 and stores user information having the same user name and password as the input user name and password in the user information database DB1 (see FIG. 4). It is confirmed whether 73 exists. When it is confirmed that such user information 73 exists, the user is authenticated as a legitimate user, and the login of the user to the multifunction device 1 is permitted. If such user information 73 does not exist, it is assumed that the user is an incorrect user and login is rejected.
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The user of the terminal device 3 who has been able to log in combines a document created using application software such as word processing software, spreadsheet software, or CG software, or a document obtained from an external server via the Internet. It can be printed on paper by the machine 1. The printing process is performed according to the following procedure.

  When the user inputs a print command to the terminal device 3, the terminal device 3 converts the document data to be printed into print data 71, which is print language data corresponding to the multifunction device 1, by the printer driver. To the multifunction device 1.

  Then, the print data receiving unit 101 of the multifunction device 1 receives the print data 71, and the print control unit 102 generates a print job based on the print data 71. Then, the print processing unit 103 processes this print job, that is, prints a document in accordance with a command from the print control unit 102.

  Further, when the user inputs a print command, the user can specify that the print data 71 is stored in the multifunction device 1 as data owned by the user. Furthermore, it is possible to set (specify) access rights for the print data 71 to be stored as necessary. In the present embodiment, as shown in FIG. 5, five types of access rights are prepared, and the user can designate the access rights by selecting one of them.

  When the designation to save the print data 71 in the multifunction device 1 and the designation of the necessary access right are made, the terminal device 3 is designated with the print data 71, the user name of the user, and the designation to save. The information indicating the access right is transmitted as setting information 72 to the multifunction device 1. The user name and access right in the setting information 72 are described as “SET PJL USERNAME = user-A” and “SET PJL KEYWORD = 1” using a PJL (Print Job Language) command, respectively.

In the multifunction device 1, when the setting information 72 is received together with the print data 71, that is, when there is an instruction to save the print data 71, the print data 71 is stored by being stored in the print data storage unit 105. . At this time, a print data identifier (print data ID) 71 a for identifying the print data 71 is issued and associated with the print data 71. The setting information 72 is stored integrally with the print data 71 as attribute information of the print data 71. For example, when the print data 71 is stored as a file, the file name becomes the print data identifier 71a, and the setting information 72 is stored as attribute information of the file.
[Reuse of documents stored in MFP 1]
The user can reuse the document owned by himself or another user, that is, the print data 71 stored in the print data storage unit 105 of the multifunction device 1. For example, a document can be printed based on the print data 71, or the contents of the print data 71 (document) can be displayed on the touch panel 1j (see FIG. 2) of the multi-function device 1 or on the terminal device 3 of its own. The print data 71 (document) stored in the print data storage unit 105 is used as follows.

  The user input unit 109 acquires a user name input by the user to the terminal device 3 or the touch panel 1j. The user information acquisition unit 106 accesses the directory server 2 and acquires user information 73 of a user who desires use from the user information database DB1. Based on the acquired user information 73 and setting information 72 corresponding to each print data 71 stored in the user authentication unit 108, the access permission determination unit 104 is given an access right to the user. The print data 71 is determined.

  For example, it is assumed that a user with a user name “user-B” (hereinafter referred to as “user B”) logs in to the multifunction device 1. In addition, it is assumed that five print data 71 are stored in the print data storage unit 105, and a print data identifier 71a and setting information 72 are associated with each other as shown in FIG.

  In this case, the access permission determination unit 104 checks the department (department) and group to which the user B belongs from the user information 73 of “User-B” (see FIG. 4), and then saves it in the print data storage unit 105. The access right ID of each print data 71 is checked in order.

  When the access right ID of the checked print data 71 is “1” or “2”, the owner of the print data 71, that is, the user (user name) is further checked, and the user information of the user is obtained from the user information database DB1. 73 is acquired by the user information acquisition unit 106. If the user and the user B belong to the same group of the same unit, it is determined that the user B has the access right to the print data 71. Otherwise, it is determined that the access right is not given.

  Similarly, when the access right ID of the print data 71 is “3” or “4”, the owner (user) of the print data 71 is also checked, and the user information 73 of the user is acquired. When the user and the user B belong to the same part, it is determined that the user B has the access right for the print data 71. Otherwise, it is determined that the access right is not given.

  When the access right ID of the print data 71 is “5”, the owner (user) of the print data 71 is checked, and if the user B is himself, it is determined that the access right is given. If it is not the user B, it is determined that the access right is not given.

  If no setting is made for the access right ID of the print data 71, all user accesses can freely access the print data 71. Therefore, it is determined that the access right is given to the user B.

  In this way, the print data 71 to which the access right is given to the user who has logged into the multifunction device 1 is discriminated from the print data 71 that is not. The print data identifier 71a of the print data 71 to which the access right is given is displayed on the touch panel 1j of the terminal device 3 of the user B or the multifunction device 1 as a print data selection screen HG1 as shown in FIG. Alternatively, a thumbnail (sample small image) may be generated and displayed based on each print data 71. The user cannot know the existence of the print data 71 to which the access right is not given.

  The user selects a data selection button BN1 corresponding to the print data 71 to be used from the print data selection screen HG1, and further uses the print data 71, that is, a process selection button corresponding to either printing or browsing processing. Select BN2. The selected content is acquired by the multifunction device 1 by the user input unit 109.

  Then, the access permission determination unit 104 determines whether or not the user has the authority to execute the selected process for the selected print data 71, and the access right (setting information) set in the print data 71. 72).

  For example, when the user B described above selects the “P2” data selection button BN1 and the “print” processing selection button BN2, the access right ID of the print data 71 corresponding to “P2” is “3”, that is, Since it is “permitted only for browsing” (see FIG. 5), it refuses to execute the printing process and displays that fact on the touch panel 1 j or the terminal device 3. When the “browsing” process selection button BN2 is selected instead of “printing”, since the execution authority is given to the user B, it is permitted to execute the browsing process of the print data 71.

  When the print control unit 102 is permitted to execute print processing for the print data 71 selected by the user, the print control unit 102 generates a print job for performing printing based on the print data 71 and generates the print job. Send to. The print processing unit 103 executes document print processing based on the print job.

  In addition, when the print control unit 102 is permitted to execute the browsing process on the print data 71 selected by the user, the print data transmission unit 107 transmits the print data 71 to the terminal device 3 of the user. To control. At this time, the terminal device 3 displays a print image of the document (sometimes referred to as “print preview”) based on the print data 71. However, when the user is operating the touch panel 1j of the multifunction device 1 instead of the terminal device 3, image formation is performed based on the print data 71, and this is transmitted to the touch panel 1j to display the print image of the document.

  FIG. 8 is a flowchart for explaining an example of the flow of processing in the terminal device 3 when issuing a print command. FIGS. 9 and 10 are printing and saving processing based on the print data 71 received from the terminal device 3 in the multi-function device 1. FIG. 11 and FIG. 12 are flowcharts illustrating an example of the flow of processing for using stored data. Each process shown in FIGS. 8 to 12 is realized by a CPU executing a program stored in a magnetic storage device or a ROM of each device.

  Next, a processing procedure of each apparatus constituting the printing system 100 will be described with reference to a flowchart.

  In FIG. 8, the user of the terminal device 3 first displays a setting screen (driver screen) for executing printing in preparation for printing the document by the multifunction device 1 (# 11). Here, the user designates a document to be printed, and designates whether or not to save the print data 71 of the document in the multi-function device 1 and the access right in that case (“KEYWORD” of the PJL command) as necessary. (# 12).

  When the print data 71 is saved and the necessary access right is designated (Yes in # 13), the driver converts the document data into the print data 71 and instructs the multifunction device 1 to execute printing. (# 14), the setting information 72 is generated by describing the user name and keyword (access right ID) by the PJL command (# 15). Then, a login request is made to the multifunction device 1 (# 16). If the login is successful, the print data 71 and the setting information 72 are transmitted to the multifunction device 1 (# 17). If the login fails, the multifunction device 1 rejects the print execution instruction. Alternatively, the multifunction device 1 performs printing but does not store the print data 71.

  If it is not designated to save the print data 71 (No in # 13), the document data is converted into the print data 71 and a print execution command is issued to the multi function device 1 (# 18). Then, the print data 71 is transmitted to the multi function device 1 (# 17). In this case, the setting information 72 is not transmitted.

  9 and 10, when the multifunction device 1 receives the print data 71 from the terminal device 3 (# 21 in FIG. 9), it extracts the setting information 72 transmitted along with this (# 22). When the setting information 72 is not extracted (No in # 23), only the printing process is executed based on the print data 71 (# 35 in FIG. 10).

  If the setting information 72 is extracted (Yes in # 23 of FIG. 9), the user name is further extracted from the setting information 72 (# 24). That is, the owner of the print data 71 is extracted.

  The directory server 2 is accessed and it is checked whether or not the user information 73 corresponding to the extracted user (user name) is stored in the user information database DB1 (# 25). If it is stored (Yes in # 25), the user information 73 is requested to be transmitted (# 26). If not stored (No in # 25), information corresponding to the user information 73 in the multi-function device 1, that is, for authentication of the user used by the multi-function device 1 alone (locally). It is checked whether there is information (# 27). If there is such information (Yes in # 27), this is requested instead of the user information 73 to be requested in step # 26. In this way, the user information 73 of the user or information corresponding thereto is obtained (# 28).

  If neither the user information 73 of the user nor the information corresponding thereto is obtained (No in # 25 and No in # 27), the user is regarded as a guest user and based on the print data 71 Only the printing process is executed (# 35 in FIG. 10). Alternatively, it may be assumed that the user does not have execution authority and the execution of printing is rejected.

  When the user information 73 is obtained (Yes in # 25 or Yes in # 27), it is checked whether a keyword, that is, an access right ID is set therein (# 31). If it has been set (Yes in # 31 of FIG. 10), processing for the case where there is a request for access (use) to the print data 71 later by setting the access right according to the access right ID Conditions are generated (# 32), associated with the print data 71 (# 33), and the print data 71 is stored in a predetermined storage area (the print data storage unit 105 in FIG. 3) (# 34). Then, before or after or in parallel with the processes of steps # 32 to # 34, the document printing process is performed based on the print data 71 (# 35).

  When the print data 71 received from the terminal device 3 is stored in the multi-function device 1 as a result of each of the above processes (Yes in # 36), each user is as shown in FIG. 11 and FIG. The print data 71 can be reused according to the procedure (# 37).

  A user who wants to use the print data 71 stored in the multifunction device 1 operates his / her own terminal device 3 or the touch panel 1j of the multifunction device 1 (see FIG. 2) to request login to the multifunction device 1. The multifunction device 1 performs user authentication of the user, and if the user can confirm that the user is a correct user, the multifunction device 1 allows the user to log in (Yes in # 41 of FIG. 11).

  The multi-function device 1 accesses the directory server 2 and checks whether or not the user information 73 of the logged-in user is stored in the user information database DB1 (see FIG. 4) (# 42). If it is stored (Yes in # 42), the user information 73 is requested to be transmitted (# 43). If it is not stored (No in # 42), it is checked whether there is information for user authentication corresponding to the user information 73 in the multi-function device 1 (# 44). If there is such information (Yes in # 44), this is requested instead of the user information 73 to be requested in step # 43. In this way, the user information 73 of the user or information corresponding thereto is obtained (# 45).

  If neither the user information 73 nor the information corresponding thereto is obtained (No in # 42 and No in # 44), the user is not permitted to use the stored print data 71. . Therefore, an operation menu (hereinafter referred to as “normal operation menu”) in which a button for using the print data 71 is not displayed is displayed on the touch panel 1j or the terminal device 3 (# 46).

  It is checked whether or not the print data 71 is stored in the print data storage unit 105 of FIG. 3 (# 47). If no print data 71 is stored (No in # 47), the normal operation menu is displayed (# 46).

  When the print data 71 is stored (Yes in # 47), the setting information 72 (see FIG. 6) of these print data 71 is accessed (# 48), and an access right is given so as to be shared. It is checked whether there is any print data 71 (# 49). If there is no print data 71 to which the access right is given (No in # 49), the normal operation menu is displayed (# 46). Hereinafter, the print data 71 to which the access right is given so as to be shared is referred to as “shared print data 71K”.

  If there is shared print data 71K (Yes in # 49), the process for generating and displaying the print data selection screen HG1 (see FIG. 7) for selecting the shared print data 71K is as follows. To do.

  Variables m and n are prepared. The variable m is set with the number of shared print data 71K checked in step # 49. In the variable n, the number of data selection buttons BN1 displayed on the print data selection screen HG1, that is, the number of shared print data 71K that can be used by the logged-in user is set. However, here, the variable n is reset to “0” (# 51 in FIG. 12).

  By referring to and comparing the user information 73 of the logged-in user (see FIG. 4), the setting information 72 of each shared print data 71K (see FIG. 6), and the user information 73 of the user who owns the shared print data 71K, It is sequentially determined whether or not the access right for the shared print data 71K is given to the logged-in user, and the number of shared print data 71K that can be used by the logged-in user is counted (# 52 to # 55).

  If the variable n is “0” as a result of the count, that is, if there is no usable shared print data 71K (Yes in # 56), the normal operation menu is displayed (# 46). In this case, the shared print data 71K cannot be used.

  If the variable n is not “0”, that is, if there is usable shared print data 71K (No in # 56), a data operation button is additionally displayed in the normal operation menu, and printing is performed when this data operation button is pressed. The data selection screen HG1 is displayed (# 57 to # 59).

  Here, the user selects the data selection button BN1 corresponding to the shared print data 71K desired to be used and the process selection button BN2 corresponding to the usage method (processing method) from the print data selection screen HG1 (# 60). Then, the multifunction device 1 executes the selected process based on the selected shared print data 71K (# 61). As a result, the document is printed on the paper or the print image of the document is displayed on the touch panel 1j or the terminal device 3. When the operation is continued without logging out (No in # 62), the process returns to step # 42 in FIG. 11 to repeat the process.

  According to the present embodiment, print data related to print processing requested by the user is stored in the multi-function peripheral with access rights set as necessary, so that the print data can be efficiently stored and used. . As a result, the printing system as a whole can execute processing such as printing more efficiently than before.

  In this embodiment, a group and a group are used as a group to which a user belongs as shown in FIG. 4 as “sales department first group” or the like, but a section, a staff, or a group may be used. When the printing system 100 is shared by a plurality of companies, the company name may be used.

  In the present embodiment, the user information database DB1 shown in FIG. 4 is provided in the directory server 2, but it may be provided in the multifunction machine 1. When there are a plurality of multifunction peripherals 1 in the printing system 100, the user information database DB1 may be provided in any one of the multifunction peripherals 1 and shared.

Furthermore, this embodiment includes the following inventions.
(1) A multi-function device that includes a FAX transmission unit and a printing unit, and outputs a document by transmitting a FAX by the FAX transmission unit or printing by the printing unit,
Print data receiving means for receiving user print data together with access right information indicating the access right of the print data;
Output control means for causing the FAX transmission means or the printing means to output a document based on received print data; and
Print data storage means for storing print data used for document output in association with the access right information received together with the print data;
Input means for inputting designation information of print data that the user wants to use among print data stored in the print data storage means and user identification information for identifying the user;
The access right information corresponding to the print data is determined as to whether or not the user indicated by the input user identification information has the right to access the print data related to the designation information input together with the user identification information. Based on the access right determination means,
If the access right determining means determines that the user has the right to access the print data, the user is allowed to use the print data; otherwise, the user is denied the use of the print data. Print data management means;
A multi-function machine comprising:

  The invention (1) is implemented as follows, for example. Instead of outputting a document by printing based on the print data 71 transmitted from the user's terminal device 3, the document can be output by transmitting a FAX to a partner designated by the user.

  The user designates the FAX transmission destination telephone number as an output destination on the setting screen (driver screen) for executing printing on the terminal device 3, and prints by sending the print data 71 to the multifunction device 1. Give a command (send command).

  If the FAX number is specified in the received print data 71, the MFP 1 dials the telephone number and transmits the print data 71 instead of printing the document. The transmitted print data 71 can be stored in the print data storage unit 105 (see FIG. 3) and used again, as in the case of printing.

  In addition, the configuration of the entire printing system 100, the multifunction machine 1, the directory server 2, and the terminal device 3, each part, conditions for determination, processing contents, processing order, and the like may be changed as appropriate in accordance with the spirit of the present invention. it can.

  The present invention is particularly useful for efficiently using print data and reducing the processing load of the entire system in an environment where a large number of users share a document.

1 is a diagram illustrating an example of the overall configuration of a printing system according to the present invention. FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating an example of a hardware configuration of a multifunction machine. FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating an example of functional configurations of a multifunction peripheral and a directory server. It is a figure which shows the example of a user information database. It is a figure which shows the correspondence of access right ID and the content of access right. It is a figure which shows the example of the setting information set to print data. It is a figure which shows the example of a print data selection screen. It is a flowchart explaining the example of the flow of a process in the terminal device at the time of issuing a printing command. 10 is a flowchart for explaining an example of a flow of printing and saving processing based on print data received from a terminal device in a multifunction peripheral. 10 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a flow of processing of print data received from a terminal device in a multifunction peripheral. It is a flowchart explaining the example of the flow of a process of utilization of preserve | saved data. It is a flowchart explaining the example of the flow of a process of utilization of preserved data.

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1 Multifunction machine (printing device)
2 Directory server 100 Printing system 71 Print data 72 Setting information (user identification information, access right information)
73 User information (affiliation information)
101 Print data receiving unit (print data receiving means)
102 Print control unit (print data management means)
103 Print processing unit (printing means)
104 Accessibility determination unit (access right determination means)
105 Print data storage unit (print data storage means)
106 User information acquisition unit (affiliation information receiving means)
109 User input section (input means)
201 User information storage unit (affiliation information storage means)
203 User information transmission unit (affiliation information transmission means)

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  1. Print data receiving means for receiving user print data together with access right information indicating the access right of the print data;
    Printing means for performing printing based on the received print data;
    Print data storage means for storing print data used for printing in association with the access right information received together with the print data;
    Input means for inputting designation information of print data that the user wants to use among print data stored in the print data storage means and user identification information for identifying the user;
    The access right information corresponding to the print data is determined as to whether or not the user indicated by the input user identification information has the right to access the print data related to the designation information input together with the user identification information. Based on the access right determination means,
    If the access right determining means determines that the user has the right to access the print data, the user is allowed to use the print data; otherwise, the user is denied the use of the print data. Print data management means;
    A printing apparatus comprising:
  2. Having affiliation information receiving means for receiving from the server affiliation information indicating which group the user belongs to;
    The access right information shows the access right given to the group,
    The access right determination means performs the determination based on the affiliation information received by the affiliation information reception means of the user indicated in the user identification information input by the input means.
    The printing apparatus according to claim 1.
  3. Having affiliation information storage means for storing affiliation information indicating which group the user belongs to;
    The access right information shows the access right given to the group,
    The access right determination means performs the determination based on the affiliation information stored in the affiliation information storage means of the user indicated by the user identification information input by the input means.
    The printing apparatus according to claim 1.
  4. A printing system comprising a printing device and a server,
    The server includes
    Affiliation information storage means for storing affiliation information indicating which group the user belongs to;
    Affiliation information transmitting means for transmitting the affiliation information to the printing apparatus is provided,
    In the printing apparatus,
    Print data receiving means for receiving user print data together with access right information indicating an access right given to the group of the print data;
    Printing means for performing printing based on the received print data;
    Print data storage means for storing print data used for printing in association with the access right information received together with the print data;
    Input means for inputting designation information of print data that the user wants to use among print data stored in the print data storage means and user identification information for identifying the user;
    Affiliation information receiving means for receiving from the server the affiliation information of the user indicated in the input user identification information;
    The access right information corresponding to the print data is determined as to whether or not the user indicated by the input user identification information has the right to access the print data related to the designation information input together with the user identification information. And an access right determination means that is performed based on the received affiliation information of the user,
    If the access right determining means determines that the user has the right to access the print data, the user is allowed to use the print data; otherwise, the user is denied the use of the print data. And a print data management means,
    The printing system characterized by comprising.
  5. A computer program used in a computer for controlling printing means for performing printing based on print data,
    A process of receiving user print data together with access right information indicating the access right of the print data;
    A process for controlling the printing means to execute a printing process based on the received print data;
    A process of storing print data used for printing in a print data storage unit in association with the access right information received together with the print data;
    A process of inputting designation information of print data that the user wants to use among print data stored in the print data storage means and user identification information for identifying the user;
    The access right information corresponding to the print data is determined as to whether or not the user indicated by the input user identification information has the right to access the print data related to the designation information input together with the user identification information. Processing based on
    If it is determined that the user has the right to access the print data, the user is permitted to use the print data; otherwise, the user is denied use of the print data;
    A computer program for causing a computer to execute.
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