JP2012084046A - Device driver, controller and control method - Google Patents

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JP2012084046A
JP2012084046A JP2010231414A JP2010231414A JP2012084046A JP 2012084046 A JP2012084046 A JP 2012084046A JP 2010231414 A JP2010231414 A JP 2010231414A JP 2010231414 A JP2010231414 A JP 2010231414A JP 2012084046 A JP2012084046 A JP 2012084046A
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To facilitate change of setting items which can be controlled by a printer driver.SOLUTION: A printer driver 50 includes a UI screen selection unit 62 for determining setting items which can be set for functions of a printer 180 and a UI screen generation unit 64 which generates a setting screen based on the determined setting items and displays the generated setting screen. Based on first setting items determined by the UI screen selection unit 62, the UI screen generation unit 64 displays a generated first setting screen, and moreover, if second setting items are determined by the UI screen selection unit 62, the UI screen generation unit 64 generates a second setting screen based on the second setting items and displays the second setting screen in place of the first setting screen.

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  The present invention relates to a device driver, a control apparatus, and a control method.

The device driver is software for controlling the function of a device such as a printer with a computer. Users can control device functions by incorporating device drivers into their computers.
In recent years, as the functionality of devices increases, the number of functions that can be controlled by a device driver has increased, and accordingly, the setting items of the device driver have increased. An installer has been proposed that determines the items during installation.

JP 2003-44238 A

  However, since the setting items that can be controlled by the device driver are determined at the time of installation of the device driver, the setting items determined at the time of installation cannot be changed later. Accordingly, the user needs to determine the setting items when uninstalling and re-installing the installed device driver. Therefore, it takes time and effort to change the setting items controlled by the device driver. Therefore, the present invention has been made in view of the above problems, and an object thereof is to easily change setting items that can be controlled by a device driver.

  SUMMARY An advantage of some aspects of the invention is to solve at least a part of the problems described above, and the invention can be implemented as the following forms or application examples.

[Application Example 1]
The device driver according to this application example generates a setting screen based on the setting item determination function that determines setting items that can be set for the function of the device, and the determined setting item, and the generated setting screen A setting screen generation function for displaying the setting screen, and when the first setting item is determined by the setting item determination function, the setting screen generation function performs the first setting on the basis of the first setting item. When the second setting item is determined by the setting item determination function, the setting screen generation function displays the second setting screen based on the second setting item. Generating and displaying the second setting screen instead of the first setting screen.

  According to such a function, when the first setting item is determined by the setting item determination function, the setting screen generation function generates and displays the first setting screen based on the determined first setting item. In addition, when the second setting item is determined by the setting item determination function, the setting screen generation function generates a second setting screen based on the determined second setting item, and the first setting screen Instead, the second setting screen is displayed. Therefore, when a setting item is determined by the device driver, a setting screen is generated based on the determined setting item and displayed instead of the setting screen displayed so far. Can be easily changed.

[Application Example 2]
In the device driver according to the application example, the setting item determination function stores information regarding the determined setting item, the setting screen generation function reads the stored information, and the setting screen is based on the read information. Is preferably generated.

  According to such a function, since the information regarding the determined setting item is stored, the stored information can be read and generated when the setting screen is generated by the setting screen generation function.

[Application Example 3]
In the device driver according to the application example, the setting item determination function may be configured such that, when one group is selected from a plurality of groups in which a plurality of the setting items are combined, the setting item included in the one group. May be determined.

[Application Example 4]
In the device driver according to the application example described above, the setting item determination function causes the user to determine following registration of the device when the device is registered for the first time with a computer, and thereafter, according to a request from the user. It is preferable to be determined accordingly.

  According to such a function, the setting items determined when the device is registered for the first time can be determined again in response to a request from the user.

[Application Example 5]
In the device driver according to the application example, the setting item determination function is determined based on user attribute information when the device is registered to a computer for the first time, and thereafter is determined according to a request from the user. May be.

[Application Example 6]
The control device according to the application example generates a setting item determination unit that determines setting items that can be set for the function of the device, and generates a setting screen based on the determined setting item, and the generated setting screen A setting screen generating unit for displaying the setting item, and when the first setting item is determined by the setting item determining unit, the setting screen generating unit performs the first setting based on the first setting item. When the second setting item is determined by the setting item determination unit, the setting screen generation unit displays the second setting screen based on the second setting item. Generating and displaying the second setting screen instead of the first setting screen.

  According to such a configuration, when the first setting item is determined by the setting item determination unit, the setting screen generation unit generates and displays the first setting screen based on the determined first setting item. In addition, when the second setting item is determined by the setting item determination unit, the setting screen generation unit generates a second setting screen based on the determined second setting item, and the first setting screen Instead, the second setting screen is displayed. Therefore, when a setting item is determined by the device driver, a setting screen is generated based on the determined setting item and displayed instead of the setting screen displayed so far. Can be easily changed.

[Application Example 7]
The control method according to this application example includes a first setting item determination step in which a first setting item that can be set for the function of the device is determined, and a first setting based on the determined first setting item. A first setting screen generating step for generating the setting screen and displaying the generated first setting screen; and a second setting item that can be set for the function of the device is determined. A setting item determining step, a second setting screen is generated based on the determined second setting item, and the generated second setting screen is displayed in place of the first setting screen. And a setting screen generation step.

  According to such a method, when the first setting item is determined, the first setting screen is generated and displayed based on the determined first setting item, and the second setting item is further displayed. When determined, a second setting screen is generated based on the determined second setting item, and the second setting screen is displayed instead of the first setting screen. Therefore, when a setting item is determined by the device driver, a setting screen is generated based on the determined setting item and displayed instead of the setting screen displayed so far. Can be easily changed.

The figure which shows the hardware constitutions of the control apparatus which concerns on embodiment of this invention. FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a functional configuration of a printer driver. The figure which shows an example of a UI screen selection part. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of a print setting UI screen. 5 is a flowchart showing a flow of processing for determining and displaying a print setting UI.

  Hereinafter, description will be given with reference to the drawings.

(Embodiment)
FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating a hardware configuration of a computer 10 that is a control device. The computer 10 includes a CPU (Central Processing Unit) 130, a memory 100, an I / O unit 135, an input device 145, a monitor 150, and a storage device 140 as hardware, which are connected by a bus 155.
The CPU 130 performs various processes and controls according to the computer program. The memory 100 stores computer programs and data, and temporarily holds them. An I / O (Input / Output) unit 135 exchanges data and the like with various peripheral devices. The input device 145 is assumed to be a keyboard or a mouse, and receives an instruction from the user. The monitor 150 assumes a CRT or a liquid crystal display and displays an image. The storage device 140 assumes a hard disk device or an SSD (Solid State Drive) and stores various data and computer programs.

A printer 180 that is one of the devices is connected to the computer 10 via an I / O unit 135. In this embodiment, the printer 180 assumes an ink jet system. The connection method between the computer 10 and the printer 180 is not limited, and may be connected via USB (Universal Serial Bus), or may be connected via a network such as a wireless LAN (Local Area Network).
The computer 10 realizes management of each hardware and interface with a user by an operating system (OS) 110 which is software. The OS 110 is constructed on the computer 10 by the CPU 130 executing the OS program.

In addition, an application program and a printer driver program are installed in the computer 10 in advance and stored in the storage device 140. The application program and the printer driver program are read from the storage device 140 according to an instruction from the CPU 130, transferred to the memory 100, and then executed, whereby the application 120 and the printer driver 50 are built on the computer 10. The
The application 120 has a function of causing the computer 10 to perform processing such as word processing and graphics.
The printer driver 50 is one of device drivers, and has a function of controlling the functions of the printer 180 connected to the computer 10 and generating print data according to the functions of the printer 180.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a functional configuration of the printer driver 50. The printer driver 50 includes a print setting UI (User Interface) 60 for a user to perform print settings, and a print processing unit 70 that generates a print job.
The print setting UI 60 is a user interface for the user to make print settings for the printer driver 50, and includes a UI screen selection unit 62 and a UI screen generation unit 64.

  The UI screen selection unit 62 is a setting item determination unit, and has a function (setting item determination function) for the user to select and determine the configuration of the print setting UI screen to be displayed when the user performs print settings. The UI screen selection unit 62 is displayed on the monitor 150 after the user first installs the printer driver 50 and selects the printer 180 to be used. In the present embodiment, when the user sets the printer driver 50 and selects the printer 180, the installation processing unit 114 of the OS 110 performs an installation process for the printer driver 50 and a selection process for the printer 180. When these processes are completed, the installation processing unit 114 displays the UI screen selection unit 62 on the monitor 150. The user selects a print setting item (first setting item) to be displayed on the print setting UI screen so as to be settable via the UI screen selection unit 62. The selected print setting item is reflected on the print setting UI screen (first setting screen) and displayed as the UI screen of the printer driver 50.

  Further, even after the installation of the printer driver 50 is completed and the printer 180 to be used is determined, the user causes the UI screen selection unit 62 to be displayed on the monitor 150 as necessary, and the print setting item (second setting item). Can be selected. The selected print setting item is reflected on the print setting UI screen (second setting screen) when the UI screen of the printer driver 50 is displayed next time.

  In the present embodiment, a UI screen as shown in FIG. 3 is assumed as the UI screen selection unit 62. That is, the user can select a desired print screen type from among selectable print screen types displayed by selecting “print setting screen type” as shown in FIG. The print screen type is a group in which print setting items to be set are combined in advance, and the user selects one from a plurality of groups. As a result, the print setting item included in the selected group is selected. For example, when the user selects “Easy Print Screen”, the information of the selected print screen type is displayed as shown in (b), and is determined by the user pressing the “OK” button.

  As shown in FIG. 3, the user screen is not limited to a mode of selection from among selectable print screen types, and the print screen type is set to a UI screen selection unit based on skill and authority information based on user attribute information. 62 may be determined. Furthermore, the present invention is not limited to the selection of a print screen type in which setting items are grouped in advance, and may be a mode in which print setting items are individually selected and appropriately arranged on the UI screen. For example, the desired print quality can be selected from “print media”, “print quality”, “left-right reversal”, “color setting”, “brightness / saturation”, “extrusion amount during borderless printing”, “paper width check”, etc. It is also possible to select an item.

  Returning to FIG. 2, the information regarding the print screen type determined in this way is sent to the OS 110, and the UI information management unit 112 of the OS 110 manages the information regarding the print screen type. Here, the mode of management differs depending on the OS 110. For example, when the OS 110 is a Mac OS (registered trademark), it may be stored and managed in the Printing System area, and when the OS 110 is Windows (registered trademark), it is stored and managed in a storage area called DevMode. May be.

The UI screen generation unit 64 is a setting screen generation unit, and a function (setting screen generation) for generating a print setting UI screen for setting printing based on information on a print screen type managed by the UI information management unit 112 of the OS 110. Function). The print setting UI screen generated by the UI screen generation unit 64 is displayed on the monitor 150.
In the present embodiment, FIG. 4 is assumed as the print setting UI screen. That is, (a) is a print setting UI screen that is displayed when the user selects the “easy print screen” print screen type in the UI screen selection unit 62. (B) and (c) are examples of a print setting UI screen that is displayed when the user selects the print screen type of the “preferred photo print screen” in the UI screen selection unit 62, and details regarding colors Settings can be made.

Returning to FIG. 2, the print processing unit 70 includes a print image generation unit 72 and a print job generation unit 74.
The print image generation unit 72 acquires vector image data of an image sent from the application 120, performs image processing on the vector image indicated by the acquired vector image data, and converts the vector image data into an RGB (Red Green Blue) raster image. It has a function. Further, the print image generation unit 72 applies a three-dimensional conversion table (Look Up Table) or an interpolation calculation method to the RGB raster image and converts it into a CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black) raster image. Have. The converted raster image data (raster image data) is sent to the print job generation unit 74.

The print job generation unit 74 converts a command group that can be recognized by the printer 180 based on raster image data and layout information sent from the print image generation unit 72, and creates a print job that describes the converted command group Have The created print job is transmitted to the printer 180 via the spooler, and the printer 180 executes printing based on the print job.
Each functional unit of the printer driver 50 is realized by cooperation of the hardware and software described above.

FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing a flow of processing for determining and displaying the print setting UI 60. When this process is started, first, the CPU 130 determines whether or not the user has instructed the setting of the printer driver 50 (step S200).
If it is determined that the process is an instruction for setting the printer driver 50 by the user (Yes in step S200), the CPU 130 displays a UI screen for installing the printer driver 50, and displays a desired printer driver for the user. 50 is selected, and the printer driver 50 selected by the user is installed in the computer 10 (step S210).

Subsequently, the CPU 130 displays a UI screen for allowing the user to register the printer 180 to be used, registers the printer 180 selected by the user in the computer 10 (step S212), and proceeds to step S222.
On the other hand, if it is determined that the process is not the process instructed by the user to set the printer driver 50 (No in step S200), the CPU 130 determines whether or not the process has been instructed by the user to change the print setting UI 60 ( Step S220).

If the CPU 130 determines that the process is an instruction to change the print setting UI 60 (Yes in step S220), the CPU 130 proceeds to step S222.
In step S222, the CPU 130 displays selectable print setting UI 60 information. The user selects desired print setting UI 60 information from the displayed print setting UI 60 information (step S224).

Next, the CPU 130 stores information on the print setting UI 60 selected by the user, and ends a series of processes.
If it is determined in step S220 that the process is not a process in which the user has instructed to change the print setting UI 60 (No in step S220), the CPU 130 determines whether the process has been instructed to call the print setting UI 60 by the user. Determination is made (step S230).
If the CPU 130 determines that the process is an instruction to call the print setting UI 60 (Yes in step S230), the CPU 130 reads the stored print setting UI 60 information (step S232).

Next, the CPU 130 generates the print setting UI 60 based on the read information of the print setting UI 60 (step S234). Subsequently, the CPU 130 displays the generated print setting UI 60 (step S236), and ends a series of processes.
On the other hand, if it is determined in step S230 that the process is not a process instructed by the user to call the print setting UI 60 (No in step S230), the series of processes ends.

  According to the embodiment described above, since the user can select the print setting UI 60 of the printer driver 50 on the printer driver 50, the print setting UI 60 can be changed according to the skill and usage of the user. Therefore, since the print setting is performed using the print setting UI 60 according to the user, it is possible to reduce erroneous operations during the print setting and improve usability. The print setting UI 60 is not limited to when the user registers the printer driver 50, and can be changed without re-registering the printer driver 50 even after registration. Therefore, the print setting UI 60 can be changed in response to changes in user needs. Can change.

  As mentioned above, although preferred embodiment was described referring an accompanying drawing, suitable embodiment is not restricted to the said embodiment. The embodiment can of course be modified in various ways without departing from the scope, and can also be implemented as follows.

(Modification 1)
In the above-described embodiment, the printer 180 is assumed as the device, and the printer driver 50 that controls the function of the printer 180 is assumed as the device driver. However, the device is not limited, and for example, a scanner is assumed as the device. However, it is also possible to assume a scanner driver as the device driver. Further, the printer 180 may be a multi-function peripheral equipped with a scanner function, the function of the computer 10 may be provided in the multi-function peripheral, and the printer driver 50 may be set in the multi-function peripheral.
Moreover, the apparatus which implements the above methods may be realized by a single apparatus or may be realized by combining a plurality of apparatuses, and includes various aspects.

  DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 10 ... Computer, 50 ... Printer driver, 60 ... Print setting UI, 62 ... UI screen selection part, 64 ... UI screen generation part, 70 ... Print processing part, 72 ... Print image generation part, 74 ... Print job generation part, 100 ... Memory, 110 ... OS, 112 ... UI information management unit, 114 ... Installation processing unit, 120 ... Application, 130 ... CPU, 135 ... I / O unit, 140 ... Storage device, 145 ... Input device, 150 ... Monitor, 155 ... bus, 180 ... printer.

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  1. Setting item determination function that determines the setting items that can be set for the device function;
    A setting screen generating function for generating a setting screen based on the determined setting items and displaying the generated setting screen;
    When the first setting item is determined by the setting item determination function, the setting screen generation function generates and displays the first setting screen based on the first setting item, and further, the setting When the second setting item is determined by the item determination function, the setting screen generation function generates the second setting screen based on the second setting item, and changes to the first setting screen. A device driver that displays the second setting screen.
  2. The device driver according to claim 1,
    The setting item determination function stores information on the determined setting item,
    The device driver, wherein the setting screen generation function reads the stored information and generates the setting screen based on the read information.
  3. The device driver according to claim 1,
    The setting item determination function determines the setting item included in the one group when one group is selected from a plurality of groups in which the plurality of setting items are combined. driver.
  4. The device driver according to any one of claims 1 to 3,
    The setting item determination function, when registering the device to the computer for the first time, allows the user to determine following registration of the device, and thereafter is determined according to a request from the user. Device driver to use.
  5. The device driver according to any one of claims 1 to 3,
    The setting item determining function is determined based on user attribute information when the device is registered to a computer for the first time, and thereafter is determined in response to a request from the user. .
  6. A setting item determination unit that determines setting items that can be set for the function of the device;
    A setting screen generating unit for generating a setting screen based on the determined setting item and displaying the generated setting screen;
    When the first setting item is determined by the setting item determination unit, the setting screen generation unit generates and displays the first setting screen based on the first setting item, and further, the setting screen When the second setting item is determined by the item determination unit, the setting screen generation unit generates the second setting screen based on the second setting item, and changes to the first setting screen. A control device that displays the second setting screen.
  7. A first setting item determining step in which a first setting item that can be set for the function of the device is determined;
    A first setting screen generation step of generating a first setting screen based on the determined first setting item and displaying the generated first setting screen;
    A second setting item determining step in which a second setting item that can be set for the function of the device is determined;
    A second setting screen generating step of generating a second setting screen based on the determined second setting item and displaying the generated second setting screen instead of the first setting screen; A control method comprising:
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