JP2008070835A - Image forming apparatus, finished image formation method, finished image formation program and information recording medium - Google Patents

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JP2008070835A
JP2008070835A JP2006251904A JP2006251904A JP2008070835A JP 2008070835 A JP2008070835 A JP 2008070835A JP 2006251904 A JP2006251904 A JP 2006251904A JP 2006251904 A JP2006251904 A JP 2006251904A JP 2008070835 A JP2008070835 A JP 2008070835A
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To provide an image forming apparatus that allows an operator to confirm a detailed finished image by generating a finished image that displays a preview image of a post-process applied to a medium together with the image.
An image forming apparatus that performs post-processing after an image is formed on a medium on which an image is formed, the control unit controlling the post-processing unit that performs the post-processing; An image forming apparatus comprising: a finished image generating unit that generates a finished image of a medium after post-processing.
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  The present invention relates to an image forming apparatus, a finished image generation method, a finished image generation program, and an information recording medium.

  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, there is an image forming apparatus technology that allows an image of an image formed on a medium in an image forming apparatus to be displayed on an operation panel or the like before formation and checked by an operator.

  For example, in Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2006-126401 (Patent Document 1), an operator selects an object from an image on a preview screen on which a finished image is displayed. The technology of an image forming apparatus that forms and outputs the image is disclosed.

Also, for example, in Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2006-41947 (Patent Document 2), an image forming apparatus that indicates an item by inputting an operation representing an item such as processing for an image output on a displayed preview screen. Technology is disclosed. Furthermore, even if the input operation is ambiguous or inappropriate, Patent Document 2 displays an item with a high recognition score on the screen as a pop-up menu, and displays the finish by indicating the item. It is possible to perform an input intended by the operator without performing complicated operations on the operation panel on the image.
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  However, in the technique disclosed in Patent Document 1, an image formed on a medium is displayed as a finished image, but “post-processing” is performed on the medium after the image is formed. The display is not considered. The post-processing executed on the medium is, for example, a binding process such as stapling, punching, saddle stitching, or bookbinding. Post-processing is also possible, such as adding a stamp to add a predetermined image to the image, adding embossing or the like as an image expressed by making irregularities on the medium, or adding an image expressed by a plurality of fine holes, etc. Processing is also included.

  Further, in the technique disclosed in Patent Document 2, when the input operation is ambiguous, for example, a display for guiding the operation of a staple or a punch hole is performed as an operation guide. The display of staples or punch holes applied to the medium and the position of the image formed on the medium is not considered.

  The present invention has been invented in order to solve these problems in view of the above points, and generates a finished image that displays a preview of a post-processing image applied to a medium together with an image. An object of the present invention is to provide an image forming apparatus in which an operator can confirm a detailed finished image.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention employs the following configuration.

  An image forming apparatus according to the present invention is an image forming apparatus that performs post-processing after an image is formed on a medium on which an image is formed, and includes a control unit that controls the post-processing unit that performs the post-processing; And finished image generating means for generating a finished image of the medium after the post-processing is performed.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that generates a finished image for displaying a preview image of post-processing applied to the medium together with the image.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention further includes image part holding means for holding image part information relating to an image part used by the finished image generating means, and the finished image generation is performed. The means may be configured to generate the finished image based on the image, the medium information, and the image part information.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that holds information related to image parts used for a finished image.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image part holding means of the image forming apparatus of the present invention is configured to hold the image part and position information of the image part on the finished image. Can do.

  Accordingly, an image forming apparatus that holds image parts and position information thereof can be provided.

  In order to achieve the above object, the position information held by the image part holding unit of the image forming apparatus of the present invention includes a basic position of the image part on the medium and an adjustment value determined with respect to the basic position. It can comprise so that it may contain.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that holds a basic position of an image part and an adjustment value from the basic position.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention may further include an adjustment value input unit that inputs the adjustment value.

  Thereby, an image forming apparatus for inputting an adjustment value can be provided.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention further includes an image that rotates the image according to the transport direction when the direction in which the image is formed differs from the transport direction of the medium. Rotating means may be provided, and the finished image generating means may be configured to change the position of the image part on the finished image according to the rotation direction of the image.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that changes the position of the image part on the finished image according to the rotation of the image.

  In order to achieve the above object, in the image forming apparatus of the present invention, when the image is further formed on the back surface of the medium, the finished image generating means is configured to perform the above processing on the finished image corresponding to the back surface of the medium. The position of the image part can be determined according to the position where the medium is bound and the direction in which the image is formed.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that generates a finished image including image parts in correspondence with a case where an image is formed on the back surface of the medium.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention further includes a finished image display means for displaying the finished image, and the finished image generating means is displayed on the finished image display means. When the finished image is enlarged or reduced, the image part and the position information can be changed in accordance with an enlargement or reduction ratio.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus corresponding to enlargement or reduction of the display of a finished image including image parts.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention can be configured such that the image part holding unit holds the image part information for each type of post-processing.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that holds image part information for each type of post-processing.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention further includes post-processing input means for inputting the type of post-processing, and the finished image generating means is input to the post-processing input means. The image part information corresponding to the type of post-processing that has been performed can be selected.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that selects image part information according to the type of post-processing processing input from the post-processing input unit and generates a finished image.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus of the present invention further includes the above-described image forming apparatus when the image forming apparatus is activated or when a new post-processing unit is connected to the image forming apparatus. A post-processing type acquiring unit that acquires a type of post-processing executed by the post-processing unit, and the finished image generating unit can be configured to select the image part corresponding to the type of post-processing; .

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that selects image part information according to the type of post-processing executed by the post-processing unit and generates a finished image.

  In order to achieve the above object, the image forming apparatus according to the present invention further includes the image part including a staple image, a punch hole image, a saddle stitch image, a bookbinding image, and an image added by a stamp. It can be configured to be any one of an image, an image formed by unevenness of a medium, or an image formed by fine punch holes.

  Accordingly, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that generates a finished image corresponding to any one of processing by a stapler, a punch, a saddle stitcher, a bookbinding device, a stamp device, an embossing device, or an image generator with a fine hole. Can do.

  In order to achieve the above object, a finished image generating method according to the present invention provides a finished image in an image forming apparatus that controls post-processing means for performing post-processing after an image is formed on a medium on which an image is formed. The generation method may include a finished image generating step for generating a finished image of a medium after an image is formed and the post-processing is performed.

  In order to achieve the above object, the finished image generating method of the present invention is further characterized in that in the finished image generating step, the image, the information on the medium, and the image part information relating to the image part are held. The finished image can be generated based on the image part information stored in the holding means.

  In order to achieve the above object, the finished image generation method of the present invention further rotates the image according to the transport direction when the direction in which the image is formed differs from the transport direction of the medium. An image rotation step may be included, and the finished image generation step may be configured to change the position of the image part on the finished image according to the rotation direction of the image.

  In order to achieve the above object, the finished image generating method of the present invention further includes the step of generating the finished image on the finished image corresponding to the back side of the medium. The position of the image part may include a back surface image part position determining step that is determined according to a position where the medium is bound and a direction in which the image is formed.

  In order to achieve the above object, a finished image generation program according to the present invention provides a finished image in an image forming apparatus that controls post-processing means for performing post-processing after an image is formed on a medium on which an image is formed. In the generation program, the computer can be configured to function as a finished image generating unit that generates a finished image of a medium after an image is formed and the post-processing is performed.

  In order to achieve the above object, the finished image generating program according to the present invention further includes an image part in which the finished image generating means holds the image, information on the medium, and image part information relating to the image part. The finished image can be generated based on the image parts held by the holding means.

  In order to achieve the above object, the information recording medium of the present invention provides a finished image generation in an image forming apparatus that controls post-processing means for performing post-processing after the image is formed on the image forming medium. An information recording medium storing a program, wherein the computer is caused to function as a finished image generating means for generating a finished image of the medium after the image is formed and the post-processing is performed. The program can be stored.

  In order to achieve the above object, the information recording medium of the present invention further includes an image part holding unit in which the finished image generating unit holds the image, the medium information, and the image part information relating to the image part. A finished image generation program that generates the finished image based on the image parts held by the means may be stored.

  According to the image forming apparatus of the present invention, by generating a finished image that displays a post-process image applied to a medium together with the image, an image formation that allows an operator to confirm a detailed finished image. An apparatus can be provided.

Hereinafter, the present embodiment will be described with reference to the drawings.
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(Outline of configuration of copying machine of this embodiment)
FIG. 1 is a diagram for explaining an outline of the configuration of the image forming apparatus according to the present embodiment. In FIG. 1, a copying machine is described as an example of the image forming apparatus. The copying machine 1 in FIG. 1 includes a scanner 10, an operation board (hereinafter referred to as “operation panel”) 20, a double-sided drive unit 33, a finisher 34, a paper feed bank 35, a large capacity paper feed tray 36, and a printer 100.

  The scanner 10 is means for optically reading an image formed on a medium or the like. The operation panel 20 includes means for inputting an instruction of a job to be executed by the copying machine 1 and means for displaying the status of the copying machine 1. The double-sided drive unit 33 is means for inverting the medium when an image is formed on the back side of the medium. The finisher 34 is a means for performing post-processing on the medium on which the image is formed. The post-processing executed on the medium includes, for example, binding processing such as stapling, punching holes, saddle stitching, or bookbinding. The post-processing may also be processing such as adding a predetermined image to the image, adding an image expressed by making the medium uneven, or adding an image expressed by a plurality of fine holes.

  The paper feed bank 35 and the large-capacity paper feed tray 36 are means for storing a medium for forming an image. The printer 100 is an engine unit that forms an image.

  The image forming apparatus of the present invention is not limited to a copying machine, and may be an apparatus having a function of forming an image on a medium or the like.

(Configuration diagram of processing unit of copier of this embodiment)
FIG. 2 is a configuration diagram of a processing unit of the image forming apparatus 2 of the present embodiment. The image forming apparatus illustrated in FIG. 2 includes a user interface unit 201, a control unit 202, an application logic unit 203, a device service unit 204, a device unit 205, and a crosscut unit 206.

  The user interface unit 201 has a function of receiving an input such as an instruction from the operator and displaying the state of the image forming apparatus 2 and the like to the operator, and includes a communication server 207 and a local UI 208. The communication server 207 communicates with other devices connected via a network or directly, receives instructions input from other devices, and transmits the status of the image forming apparatus 2 to the other devices. To do. The local UI unit 208 is, for example, an operation panel directly connected to the image forming apparatus 2, and is a means for receiving an instruction from the operator and displaying the state of the image forming apparatus 2 to the operator. is there.

  The control unit 202 has a function of controlling jobs executed by the image forming apparatus 2 and includes a parameter unit 209 and an activity unit 210. The parameter unit 209 is a unit that holds parameters relating to a job or the like executed by the image forming apparatus 2, and the activity unit 210 is a processing unit for executing a job based on the state of each processing unit of the image forming apparatus 2. Is a means for selecting and controlling them.

  The application logic unit 203 includes a unit having a function of executing processing related to an image executed by the image forming apparatus 2. The application logic unit 203 includes an input processing unit 211, a processing processing unit 212, an output processing unit 213, and a data management unit 214.

  The input processing unit 211 is a unit that converts image data input to the image forming apparatus 2 from a format corresponding to the image input unit to a format processed by the processing unit 212. The input processing unit 211 may also be provided for each image input unit included in the image forming apparatus 2.

  The processing unit 212 is a unit that performs image processing such as rotation, enlargement, and reduction on the data converted into a predetermined format by the input processing unit 211. The processing unit 212 may be provided for each image processing to be realized.

  The output processing unit 213 is a unit that converts image data into a format corresponding to the image output unit when the image forming apparatus 2 outputs an image. The output processing unit 212 may be provided for each image output unit included in the image forming apparatus 2.

  The data management unit 214 is means for storing or managing image data processed by the image forming apparatus 2. The data management unit 214 may be configured as a control unit of a hard disk device, for example.

  The device service unit 204 has a function through the exchange of image data between the application logic unit 203 and the device unit 205. The device service unit 204 may also exchange image data between processing units included in the application logic unit 203. The device service unit 204 is configured as a memory unit, for example.

  The device unit 205 includes an image input unit, an image output unit, a storage unit, or a communication unit included in the image forming apparatus 2. The device unit 205 includes a device 217, and the device 217 is, for example, an image input unit, an image output unit, a storage unit, or a communication unit. The device 217 includes, for example, a hardware unit that realizes a function and a control unit that controls the hardware. The device 217 further corresponds to each hardware included in the image forming apparatus 2.

  The cross cut unit 206 has a function used jointly by each processing unit from the user interface unit 201 to the device unit 205.

  When the configuration shown in FIG. 2 is realized by a computer, a finished image generation program stored in a storage means (not shown) is executed by a CPU of a computer (not shown) read out and expanded in a RAM or the like. Good. The storage means in which the finished image generation program is stored is a hard disk drive (not shown), a memory such as a ROM, and a light or magnetic disk such as a DVD that can be inserted into the drive (not shown).

(Image data and operation command flow)
FIG. 3 is a flow of image data and an operation command when the image forming apparatus 2 in FIG. 2 performs a copy job. In FIG. 3, the flow of image data is indicated by thick arrows, and the flow of operation commands is indicated by thin arrows. The processing unit is described in a rectangle, and the image data is described in a rounded rectangle.

  In FIG. 3, the input processing unit 211 converts the format of image data read by a scanner from a paper document into a predetermined format, and generates an input image. The predetermined format may be, for example, a format expressed in an RGB color space, and may be irreversibly compressed, but a format that is not compressed is preferable. The input image is accumulated in the storage area.

  Next, the processing unit 212 performs predetermined processing corresponding to copying on the input image to generate an output image. The predetermined processing is, for example, color correction. The output image is accumulated in the storage area. Note that the storage area in which the input image is stored and the storage area in which the output image is stored may be provided in the same storage unit, or may be the same storage area.

  Next, the output processing unit 213 converts the data format of the output image into a format corresponding to the printing process. The format corresponding to the printing process is, for example, a data format expressed in the CMYK space. The image data converted into the data format expressed in the CMYK space is formed on a medium by a printing process and output.

  On the other hand, a finished image is generated by adding a display element to the output image and performing processing for display on the local UI unit 208. The finished image is displayed on the local UI unit 208.

  The means for displaying the finished image is not limited to the local UI unit 208 but may be a display device controlled by a device such as a personal computer connected by the communication server 207.

  In the above copying job, the control unit 202 controls each processing unit.

(Functional configuration diagram of the image forming apparatus of the present embodiment)
FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a functional configuration of the image forming apparatus according to the present exemplary embodiment. The image forming apparatus 3 in FIG. 4 includes a user interface unit 201a, a control unit 202a, an application logic unit 203a, a device service unit 204a, and a device unit 205a.

  The correspondence between each processing unit of the image forming apparatus 2 in FIG. 2 and each function of the image forming apparatus 3 in FIG. 4 is as follows. The user interface unit 201 corresponds to the user interface unit 201a. The control unit 202 corresponds to the control unit 202a. The application logic unit 203 corresponds to the application logic unit 203a. The device service unit 204 corresponds to the device service unit 204a. The device unit 205 corresponds to the device unit 205a. Therefore, the description regarding the outline of these functions is omitted.

  The application logic unit 203a includes a finished image generating unit 70 that is a function that is always used in the present embodiment. The application logic unit 203a may also include an image part holding unit 71 and an image rotation unit 72.

  The finished image generating means 70 is means for generating a finished image of an image formed on the medium by the image forming apparatus 3. The finished image generation means 70 may be included in the output processing unit 213.

  The finished image has, for example, a rectangle representing the shape of the medium and an image formed in the rectangle. The finished image further includes an image part that is an image in a form formed on the medium by post-processing when post-processing is performed after the formation of the image.

  Note that post-processing performed on the medium includes, for example, staple processing such as staple, punch hole, saddle stitching, or bookbinding. The post-processing may also be processing such as adding a predetermined image to the image, adding an image expressed by making the medium uneven, or adding an image expressed by a plurality of fine holes.

  The image part is, for example, a staple image in the case of staple processing, an image of a punch hole in the case of punching processing, and a staple used for saddle stitching in the case of saddle stitching processing. In the case of the bookbinding process, the image represents the side of the medium bound by the bookbinding.

  In addition, for example, in the case of a stamp, the image part is an image added as a stamp, and in the case of adding an image expressed by unevenness of a medium, it is an image expressed by the unevenness, and a plurality of fine parts In the case of adding an image represented by a hole, this is the added image.

  The finished image generating means 70 generates a finished image based on the image, the information on the medium, and the information related to the image part. Note that the medium information is, for example, the shape and size of the medium or the conveyance direction of the medium.

  The information related to image parts is, for example, image parts and position information on the finished image of the image parts. In the present embodiment, information relating to image parts is referred to as image part information.

  The image part holding means 71 is means for holding image part information. The image parts holding unit 71 may be included in the data management unit 214, for example. For example, the image part holding unit 71 may be configured as a part or the whole of a hard disk drive, or may be configured as a part or the whole of a ROM or a RAM.

  The image rotation means 72 is a means for rotating the image in accordance with the direction in which the medium is conveyed when the direction in which the image is formed differs from the direction in which the medium is conveyed. When the image is rotated by the image rotation unit 72, the finished image generation unit 70 changes the position of the image part in accordance with the rotation direction of the image.

  For example, in an image forming apparatus in which the relative positional relationship between the post-processing means and the medium cannot be changed when forming an image, when the image is rotated when the image is formed, By rotating the position of the image part in the direction opposite to the image, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that is suitably arranged.

  In addition, for example, in an image forming apparatus that can change the relative positional relationship between the post-processing unit and the medium when forming an image, when the image is rotated when the image is formed, the finish is finished. By not changing the position of the image part in the image, it is possible to provide an image forming apparatus that is suitably arranged.

  The control unit 202a has a control means 60. The control unit 202a may further include a post-processing type acquisition unit 61. The control unit 60 is a unit that selects a processing unit corresponding to a job executed by the image forming apparatus 3 and controls them. The control unit 60 may also acquire the status of the processing unit included in the image forming apparatus 3.

  The post-processing type acquisition unit 61 acquires the type of the post-processing unit included in the image forming apparatus 3 when the image forming apparatus 3 is activated or when a new post-processing unit is connected to the image forming apparatus 3. To do. Thereby, according to the kind of post-processing process, image part information can be selected and a finished image can be produced | generated.

  The user interface unit 201 a includes an input unit 40 and a display unit 50. The input unit 40 is a unit that inputs an instruction of a job to be executed by the image forming apparatus 3. The input unit 40 includes, for example, an adjustment value input unit 41 and a post-processing type input unit 42.

  The adjustment value input means 42 is a means for inputting an adjustment value of the position information of the image part. The adjustment value is, for example, a value used as a correction value for the basic position when the position on the medium on which post-processing is performed differs for each image forming apparatus. If the position on the medium on which post-processing is performed differs for each image forming apparatus, for example, when the image forming apparatus is manufactured, the relative position shift between a plurality of assembled apparatuses may occur. This is a case where the processing position is different for each image forming apparatus.

  The adjustment value input means 42 may also input an adjustment value as a displacement from the basic position when the post-processing means 80 corresponds to the detailed setting of the position where the post-processing is performed. Thereby, for example, when the post-processing is a spelling process, a value for shifting the spelling position can be input when the spelling position and the position where the image is formed overlap, and the shifted value is reflected. An image forming apparatus that generates a finished image can be provided.

  The display unit 50 is a unit that displays the state of the image forming apparatus 3 and the like. The display unit 50 may include a finished image display unit 51. The finished image display means 51 is a means for displaying the finished image generated by the finished image generating means 70. The finished image display unit 51 may display a finished image that has been enlarged or reduced in response to an instruction input from the input unit 40.

  The device unit 205 a includes a post-processing unit 80 and an image forming unit 81. The post-processing unit 81 is a unit that performs post-processing on the medium, and is, for example, a stapler, a punch, a saddle stitcher, or a bookbinding device. The post-processing means also adds a stamp means for adding a predetermined image to the image, an emboss means for adding an image expressed by making the medium uneven, or an image expressed by a plurality of fine holes. Fine hole image addition means or the like may be used. The image forming unit 81 is a unit that forms an image on a medium, and is typically a printer.

  The printer 100 in FIG. 1 corresponds to the image forming unit 81, and the finisher 34 corresponds to the post-processing unit 80.

(Example of finished image)
FIG. 5 is an example of display of a finished image. In FIG. 5, a finished image 302 is displayed on a screen 301 displayed by the display unit 50. FIG. 5 shows an example in which the display unit 50 and the input unit 40 are configured as one operation panel. Therefore, a setting change button 303, a display magnification change button 304, and a copy start button 305 are provided as input means 40.

  The finished image 302 includes an image “R” and image parts 311 and 312. The image “R” is an image formed by the image forming unit 81. On the other hand, the image parts 311 and 312 are images representing staples. The image parts 311 and 312 are respectively arranged at predetermined display positions on the finished image.

(Example of image parts information)
FIG. 6 is an example of image part information. The image part information in FIG. 6 corresponds to the image part used in FIG. In FIG. 6, display element 1 and display element 2 which are two pieces of image part information are associated with the information “on staple” indicating that the stapling process is executed above the medium. Corresponds to the image parts 311 and 312 in FIG.

  Each of the two pieces of image part information includes a file name of image data that is an image part, a reference position when displayed on the medium, and a vertical or horizontal display position of the medium. The file name of the image data is “StapleImage.jpg” which is the staple image data. The reference position is a “center”, and is a reference position when an image part is arranged in the finished image, as indicated by a broken line in FIG. The reference position may be “right” or “left” indicating the right end or the left end of the medium in addition to “center”. Furthermore, “top” or “bottom” representing the upper or lower end of the medium may be used.

  5 and 6 show image part information for performing a stapling process on the upper side of the medium. Since the vertical position of the image part is based on the upper edge of the medium, the vertical reference position is the image. Not included in parts information.

  The display position (vertical) is the position of the image part corresponding to the vertical direction of the medium. In the example of FIG. 6, the display position (vertical) of the display element 1 is “10 mm”. Therefore, the staple image is arranged at a position 10 mm from the upper end side that is the reference position.

  On the other hand, the display position (horizontal) is the position of the image part corresponding to the horizontal direction of the medium. In the example of FIG. 6, the display position (horizontal) of the display element 1 is “100 mm”. Therefore, the staple image is arranged at a position 100 mm from the broken line that is the center in the left-right direction of the medium that is the reference position.

  Since the display element 2 can be easily understood from the display element 1, the description thereof is omitted here.

(Example flow of finished image generation processing in a copy job)
FIG. 7 is a flowchart of an example of processing including processing for generating a finished image in a copy job. In FIG. 7, the finished image is displayed on the operation panel 20 before the image read by the scanner 10 is output from the printer 100.

  In step S11 of FIG. 7, the image of the document is read by the scanner 10, and image data is generated. Progressing to step S12 following step S11, the storage means (not shown) stores the data of the image generated in step S11. Progressing to step S13 following step S12, the finished image generating means 70 generates a completed image, which is an image formed on the medium.

  Proceeding to step S14 following step S13, the control means 60 determines whether or not post-processing execution is selected based on an instruction input from the input means 40 or the like. If execution of post-processing is selected, the process proceeds to step S15. If execution of post-processing is not selected, the process proceeds to step S16.

  In step S15 following step S14, the finished image generating means 70 generates a finished image. Progressing to step S16 following step S15, the finished image generated in step S15 or the finished image generated in step S13 is displayed on the operation panel 20 or the like according to an instruction from the control means 60 or the like. It is displayed on the means 51.

  Following step S16, the process proceeds to step S17, and when a copy execution instruction is input from the input means 40 provided on the operation panel 20 or the like, the process proceeds to the copy execution process and ends, and the image or When a process change or the like is input, the processes from step S13 to step S16 are repeated.

(Details of the finished image generation process)
FIG. 8 is a detailed flow of an example of a finished image generation process in step S15 of FIG. In FIG. 8, a process of arranging a plurality of image parts on the finished image is performed. In step S501 of FIG. 8, the counter (n) for the image part is initialized to 1. Progressing to step S502 following step S501, an image part which is the nth display element is added to the finished image. Progressing to step S503 following step S502, the finished image generating means 70 determines whether or not all image parts as display elements have been added. If all have been added, the process proceeds to step S16. If not, the process proceeds to step S502, and the processes from step S502 to step S503 are repeated.

  The number of image parts that are display elements is two in the examples of FIGS. 5 and 6, for example.

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FIG. 9 and FIG. 10 are diagrams for explaining the basic position and adjustment value of an image part, and show an example of stapling processing that is spelling processing. FIG. 9 is a diagram for explaining that the image parts are arranged on the finished image. In the example of FIG. 9, image parts 311 a and 312 a are arranged in a finished image when the image “RRR” is formed on a medium.

  FIG. 10 is an example of image part information including image parts 311a and 312a. The example of FIG. 10 is substantially the same as the example of FIG. 6, but in addition to numerical values, variables added to the numerical values are described in the display position (vertical) and display position (horizontal) information of the display elements 1 and 2. Has been. The position determined by the reference position and the numerical values of the display position (vertical) and the display position (horizontal) is the basic position of the image part, and the variable added to the numerical value is the adjustment value.

  Returning to FIG. 9, the positions of the image parts 311a and 312a are changed from the basic position by α or β in the horizontal direction and γ or θ in the vertical direction, respectively. Thus, for example, the position where the actual post-processing different for each manufactured image forming apparatus is shifted from the basic position determined for each model of the image forming apparatus or the post-processing means can be reflected in the finished image. it can. For example, in the maintenance mode, the administrator who performs maintenance of the image forming apparatus 3 may input the adjustment value from the adjustment value input unit 41 as a deviation from the basic position.

  Further, when the post-processing unit 80 can finely determine the position where the post-processing is performed, the operator inputs the adjustment value from the adjustment value input unit 41, so that the image on the medium and the post-processing are input. A position relative to the position can be suitably determined.

(Finished image when rotating and outputting images)
11 and 12 are diagrams for explaining a finished image when an image is rotated and output. For example, when the direction in which the image is formed is the long side direction of the medium, and when the conveyance direction of the medium is the short side direction of the medium, the image rotating unit 73 rotates the image.

  FIG. 11A shows an input image. When the input image in FIG. 11A is output by copying, the output image is required to be formed in the long side direction of the medium. FIG. 11B is an example of a finished image when an image is formed by acquiring a medium from the “A4 portrait” tray of the paper feed bank 35. In FIG. 11B, image parts 311b and 312b are arranged on the short side above the medium, and an image including “secret” representing a secret document and “Matsuda” representing a document creator or a viewer or the like. And an image containing "

  On the other hand, FIG. 11C is an example of a finished image when an image is formed by acquiring a medium from the “A4 landscape” tray of the paper feed bank 35. In FIG. 11C, since the conveyance direction of the medium is different from that in FIG. 11B, the image is rotated 90 degrees to the right and output. However, since the binding means of the post-processing means 80 is fixed in the medium transport direction, in FIG. 11C, the binding processing is performed on the long side of the medium. On the other hand, the direction of the post-processing means is changed according to the conveyance direction of the medium between the image including “secret” representing the secret document and the image including “Matsuda” representing the creator or the viewer of the document. Because it is a specification, it rotates in the same direction as the image.

  As is apparent from FIG. 11C, different finished images are generated when the relative direction between the post-processing means and the transport direction is changed, and when it is not.

  FIG. 12 is an example of a finished image when the spelling process is performed in FIG. FIG. 12 is substantially the same as the example of FIG. 5, but the image parts are arranged in the horizontal direction, which is the long side of the medium, unlike FIG. 5.

  As described with reference to FIG. 11, when the spelling position differs depending on the orientation of the conveyed medium, the finished image including the spelling position is preferably displayed to the operator by displaying the finished image as shown in FIG. Can be provided.

(Details of processing example of finished image generation including image rotation)
FIG. 13 is an example of the process of step S15 in FIG. 7, and is a detailed flow of an example of a finished image generation process including image rotation. In step S511 of FIG. 13, the counter (n) for the image part is initialized to 1.

  Progressing to step S512 following step S511, the finished image generating means 70 determines whether or not image rotation is performed during printing based on a notification from the control means 60 or the like. If the image is rotated, the process proceeds to step S513. If the image is not rotated, the process proceeds to step S514. In step S513 following step S512, the finished image generating means 70 rotates the image and adds it to a rectangle representing the shape of the medium when generating the finished image.

  Progressing to step S514 following step S513 or step S512, the finished image generating means 70 adds an image part which is the nth display element to the finished image. Progressing to step S515 following step S514, the finished image generation means 70 determines whether or not all image parts as display elements have been added. If all have been added, the process proceeds to step S16. If not, the process proceeds to step S516. In step S516, 1 is added to the counter, and the processing from step S514 to step S515 is repeated.

  In the flow of FIG. 13, the finished image is generated so that the shape of the medium matches the transport direction. For example, the finished image is generated so that the long side of the medium always has the vertical direction. May be. In that case, the image element which is the image on the finished image is not subjected to the rotation process, and the position where the image part is arranged is the position rotated in the direction opposite to the rotation direction of the image. The display example of the finished image in FIG. 12 is an example when the position of the image part is rotated.

(Description of the finished image when performing duplex printing)
FIG. 14 to FIG. 16 are diagrams for explaining a finished image when performing double-sided printing. In the case of duplex printing, there is a spelling process as post-processing that differs between the finished image on the front side and the finished image on the back side. 14 to 16, the spelling process will be described.

  FIG. 14 shows double-sided printing performed so that the spelled medium opens in the vertical direction, and FIG. 15 shows double-sided printing performed so that the spelled medium opens in the horizontal direction.

  The finished image corresponding to the surface of FIG. 14 is the same as the finished image when printing on one side, and an image part 313 is added to the finished image 302. On the other hand, the finished image corresponding to the back surface is arranged so that the position of the image part 314 is in the downward direction of the image, unlike the front surface. That is, on the medium, the image on the back side when spelled so as to open in the up-down direction is upside down with respect to the image on the front side.

  The finished image corresponding to the front surface of FIG. 15 is the same as the finished image corresponding to the front surface of FIG. 14, but the finished image corresponding to the back surface of FIG. 15 is different from the image corresponding to the back surface of FIG. The part 315 is arranged so that the position of the part 315 is in the right direction of the image. That is, on the medium, the image on the back surface when it is spelled so as to open in the left-right direction is formed in the same direction as the image on the front surface.

  As is apparent from FIGS. 14 and 15, the position of the image part corresponding to the staple on the back surface when printing on both sides is a line parallel to the side fixed when the medium is opened and passing through the center of the medium. The center is a symmetrical position. Note that the side fixed when opening the medium is, for example, the upper side when opening in the vertical direction, and the left side when opening in the left-right direction, for example.

  When an image is actually formed, an image is formed on the back surface after the image is formed on the front surface of the medium. At that time, the vertical direction is reversed in order to invert the medium. Therefore, when spelled so as to open in the vertical direction, the image is formed in the same direction, but when spelled so as to open in the horizontal direction, the image is formed upside down.

(Details of example of finished image generation processing for duplex printing)
FIG. 16 is an example of the process of step S15 in FIG. 7, and is a detailed flow of an example of a finished image generation process when performing duplex printing. In step S521 of FIG. 16, the counter (n) for the image part is initialized to 1.

  Progressing to step S522 following step S521, the finished image generating means 70 determines whether or not the image is rotated during printing based on the notification from the control means 60 or the like. If the image is rotated, the process proceeds to step S523, and if the image is not rotated, the process proceeds to step S524. In step S523 following step S522, the finished image generation means 70 changes the position of the image part that is the nth display element so as to rotate in the direction opposite to the rotation direction of the image.

  Progressing to step S524 following step S523 or step S522, the finished image generating means 70 determines whether the finished image corresponds to an image formed on the back side of the medium in duplex printing or the like. If so, the process proceeds to step S525. If not, the process proceeds to step S528.

  In step S525 subsequent to step S524, the finished image generation means 70 determines whether or not duplex printing is performed so that the bound medium opens in the vertical direction. In the case of double-sided printing performed so as to open in the vertical direction, the process proceeds to step S526. Otherwise, the process proceeds to step S527.

  In step S526 following step S525, the position of the image part, which is the nth display element, on the finished image is changed to a position corresponding to the bottom, with the traveling direction of the medium being conveyed upward. On the other hand, in step S527 following step S525, the position of the image part which is the nth display element is changed to a position corresponding to the right in the direction in which the medium is conveyed.

  In step S528 following step S524, step S526, or step S527, the finished image generating means 70 adds the image part that is the nth display element in addition to the image of the finished image to step S526 to step S526. Add to the position changed in S527.

  Progressing to step S529 following step S528, the finished image generating means 70 determines whether or not all display elements have been added. If all the display elements have been added, the process proceeds to step S16, and if any display elements that have not been added remain, the process proceeds to step S530. In step S530, the finished image generating means 70 adds 1 to the counter of the image parts that are display elements, and the process proceeds to step S522. Image parts can be added to the finished image by repeating the processing from step S522 to step S528 by the number of image parts that are display elements.

(Variation of spelling means)
FIGS. 17 to 19 illustrate examples of post-processing, and are examples of finished images corresponding to various spelling processes. FIG. 17A is an example of a finished image corresponding to a spelling process for punching holes, and is an example corresponding to a post-processing apparatus A that is a two-hole punch. FIG. 17B is image part information corresponding to the finished image of FIG. 17A, and includes display elements 1 and 2 corresponding to the two punch holes, respectively. The file name of the punch hole image part is “PunchImage.jpg”. Since the reference position, the display position (vertical), and the display position (horizontal) are the same as those in FIG. 6, description thereof is omitted here.

  FIG. 18A is an example of a finished image corresponding to the post-processing apparatus B that is a four-hole punch. FIG. 18B is image part information corresponding to the finished image of FIG. 18A and includes display elements 1 to 4 corresponding to each of the four punch holes. The part is “PunchImage.jpg” which is the same file as the two-hole punch.

  FIG. 19A is an example of a finished image corresponding to a two-hole punch, which is different from FIG. 17, and is an example in which an image part indicating that the two-hole punch is bound by a ring is added. Since the operator often binds the punched medium with a ring or the like, the operator can more suitably confirm the finished image based on the image of the ring. FIG. 19B shows image part information corresponding to the finished image in FIG. In FIG. 19B, the file name of the image part is “RingImage.jpg”, which is different from FIG. 17B, but the other elements are the same.

(Computer configuration)
FIG. 20 is a configuration diagram of a computer that realizes the image forming apparatus of the present embodiment. The computer in FIG. 20 includes a main processing unit 400, an input device 410, a display device 420, a printer 430, a scanner 440, and an HDD 490. The main processing unit 400 is a main part that realizes the functions of a computer, and includes a CPU 401, a ROM 408, and a RAM 409. The CPU 401 reads the finished image generation program from the ROM 408 or the like and develops it in the RAM 409, thereby executing the finished image generation program of the present invention. A ROM 408 is a non-volatile memory, and holds programs executed by the CPU 401 such as a finished image generation program, parameters necessary for controlling the image forming apparatus, and the like. A RAM 409 is a work memory when the CPU 401 performs processing.

  The input device 410 is a keyboard or the like, for example, and is used when an operator inputs an instruction. The display device 420 displays the status of the computer. The printer 430 is an apparatus that forms and outputs an image on a medium, and the scanner 440 is an apparatus that optically reads an image formed on the medium. The HDD 490 stores a large amount of data such as image data.

  In addition to being stored in the HDD 490 or the ROM 408, the finished image generation program of the present invention may be stored in a recording medium that can be inserted into a drive device (not shown).

Although the best mode for carrying out the invention has been described above, the present invention is not limited to the embodiment described in the best mode. Modifications can be made without departing from the spirit of the present invention.

1 is a configuration diagram of an image forming apparatus according to an embodiment. 1 is a configuration diagram of a processing unit of an image forming apparatus according to an embodiment. 6 is an example of copy processing by the image forming apparatus according to the present exemplary embodiment. 1 is a functional configuration diagram of an image forming apparatus according to an embodiment. 4 is an example of a finished image by the image forming apparatus of the present embodiment. 6 is an example of image part information included in the image forming apparatus according to the embodiment. Example flow of finished image generation processing. A detailed flow of an example of processing of finished image generation. The figure explaining the basic position of an image part, and its adjustment value. An example of image part information including adjustment values. The figure explaining the finishing image in the case of rotating and outputting an image. An example of the finished image of the rotated image. The detailed flow of the example of the process of the finished image generation including rotation of an image. The figure explaining the double-sided printing for opening up and down. The figure explaining the double-sided printing for opening in a horizontal direction. A detailed flow of an example of processing for generating a finished image when performing duplex printing. The figure explaining the finishing image and image part of the spelling process by a punch hole (the 1). The figure explaining the finishing image and image part of the spelling process by a punch hole (the 2). FIG. 6 is a diagram (part 3) for explaining a finished image and image parts of a spelling process using punch holes. Configuration diagram of a computer that realizes the image forming apparatus of the present embodiment

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 Copier 10 Scanner 20 Operation board 33 Double-sided drive unit 34 Finisher 35 Paper feed bank 36 Large capacity tray 40 Input means 41 Adjustment value input means 42 Post-processing type input means 50 Display means 51 Finished image display means 60 Control means 60 After Processing type acquisition means 70 Image generation means 71 Image parts holding means 72 Image rotation means 80 Post-processing means 81 Image forming means 100 Printer 201, 201a User interface part 202, 201a Control part 203, 203a Application logic part 204, 204a Device service part 205, 205a Device unit 206 Cross cut unit 207 Communication server 208 Local UI
209 Parameter holding unit 210 Activity acquisition unit 211 Input processing unit 212 Processing processing unit 213 Output processing unit 214 Data management unit 217 Device 301 Display screen 302 Finished image 303 Setting change button 304 Display magnification change button 305 Copy start button 311, 311 a, 311 b 311c Staple image (right)
312, 312a, 312b, 312c Staple image (left)
313, 314, 315 Staple image (diagonal)
316, 317 Punch hole image 318 Ring stop image 400 Computer main processing unit 401 CPU
408 ROM
409 RAM
410 Input device 420 Display device 430 Printer 440 Scanner 490 HDD

Claims (20)

  1. An image forming apparatus that performs post-processing after an image is formed on a medium on which an image is formed,
    Control means for controlling post-processing means for performing the post-processing;
    An image forming apparatus comprising: a finished image generating unit configured to generate a finished image of a medium after an image is formed and the post-processing is performed.
  2. Image part holding means for holding image part information relating to the image part used by the finished image generating means;
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the finished image generating unit generates the finished image based on the image, the medium information, and the image part information.
  3.   The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the image part holding unit holds the image part and position information of the image part on the finished image.
  4.   The image forming apparatus according to claim 3, wherein the position information includes a basic position of the image part on a medium and an adjustment value defined for the basic position.
  5.   5. The image forming apparatus according to claim 4, further comprising adjustment value input means for inputting the adjustment value.
  6. When the direction in which the image is formed and the conveyance direction of the medium are different,
    Image rotation means for rotating the image according to the transport direction;
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the finished image generating unit changes a position of the image part on the finished image according to a rotation direction of the image.
  7.   When forming an image on the back side of the medium, the finished image generating means determines the position of the image part on the finished image corresponding to the back side of the medium, the position where the medium is bound, and the direction in which the image is formed The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the image forming apparatus is determined according to the requirements.
  8. Finished image display means for displaying the finished image,
    The finished image generating means changes the image part and the position information in accordance with the enlargement or reduction ratio when the finished image displayed on the finished image display means is enlarged or reduced. The image forming apparatus according to claim 2.
  9.   The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the image part holding unit holds the image part information for each type of post-processing.
  10. A post-processing input means for inputting the type of the post-processing;
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 9, wherein the finished image generation unit selects the image part information corresponding to the type of post-processing input to the post-processing input unit.
  11. When the image forming apparatus is activated or when a new post-processing unit is connected to the image forming apparatus,
    A post-processing type acquisition unit that acquires a type of post-processing executed by the post-processing unit;
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the finished image generating unit selects the image part information corresponding to the type of post-processing.
  12.   The image part may be a staple image, a punch hole image, a saddle stitch image, a bookbinding image, an image image added by a stamp, an image image formed by unevenness of a medium, or a fine punch hole. The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the image forming apparatus is any one of images.
  13. A finished image generation method in an image forming apparatus that controls post-processing means for performing post-processing after an image is formed on a medium on which an image is formed,
    A finished image generating method comprising a finished image generating step of generating a finished image of a medium after an image is formed and the post-processing is performed.
  14.   The finished image generating step generates the finished image based on the image part information stored in the image part holding means for holding the image, the medium information, and the image part information relating to the image part. 14. The finished image generating method according to claim 13, wherein the finished image is generated.
  15. When the direction in which the image is formed and the conveyance direction of the medium are different,
    An image rotation step of rotating the image according to the transport direction;
    15. The finished image generation method according to claim 14, wherein in the finished image generation step, the position of the image part on the finished image is changed according to the rotation direction of the image.
  16. When forming an image on the back of the media,
    The finished image generation step includes:
    A back side image part position determining step is provided, wherein the position of the image part on the finished image corresponding to the back side of the medium is determined according to a position where the medium is bound and a direction in which the image is formed. The finished image generation method according to claim 14.
  17. A finished image generation program in an image forming apparatus that controls a post-processing unit that performs post-processing after an image is formed on a medium on which an image is formed,
    Computer
    A finished image generating program that functions as a finished image generating means for generating a finished image of a medium after an image is formed and the post-processing is performed.
  18.   The finished image generating means generates the finished image based on the image, the medium information, and the image part held by an image part holding means for holding image part information relating to an image part. The finished image generation program according to claim 16.
  19. An information recording medium storing a finished image generation program in an image forming apparatus that controls post-processing means for performing post-processing after an image is formed on a medium for forming an image,
    Computer
    A computer-readable information recording medium storing a finished image generation program, which functions as a finished image generating means for generating a finished image of a medium after an image is formed and subjected to the post-processing.
  20.   The finished image generating means generates the finished image based on the image, the medium information, and the image part held by an image part holding means for holding image part information relating to an image part. 20. The information recording medium according to claim 19, wherein a finished image generating program is stored.
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