JP2014178962A - Printing system, client terminal, program, and recording medium - Google Patents

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JP2014178962A
JP2014178962A JP2013053420A JP2013053420A JP2014178962A JP 2014178962 A JP2014178962 A JP 2014178962A JP 2013053420 A JP2013053420 A JP 2013053420A JP 2013053420 A JP2013053420 A JP 2013053420A JP 2014178962 A JP2014178962 A JP 2014178962A
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Yu Yamashita
祐 山下
Naoyuki Urata
直之 浦田
Kanna Iinuma
環奈 飯沼
Kenichi Fujioka
健一 藤岡
Yukihiro Hayakawa
幸宏 早川
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To print each page range in an independent print setting even when a user sets the same exception page setting for consecutive plural ranges of pages in a print job.SOLUTION: In a client PC1 constituting a printing system, an input can be executed by an input part 11 on a display screen by a display part 12 according to each function of a printer driver 15. Thereby, as an exception page setting in a print job, a print setting different from a print setting set for the print job is available for each range of specified pages in the print job. When consecutive plural ranges of specified pages have the same print setting as the exception page setting, it is selectable between an independent print setting for each of the consecutive plural ranges of specified pages and a print setting for making the consecutive plural ranges of specified pages as a series of ranges of specified pages, and printing of the print job is instructed according to an exception page setting of the selected print setting.

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  The present invention relates to a printing system, a client terminal for creating a print job, a program for causing a computer to function as each unit of the printing system, and a computer-readable recording medium on which the program is recorded.
  In recent years, there has been an increasing need for “production printing” in which various types of corporations, government offices, schools, and other business establishments print a small amount of various kinds of printed matter as many times as necessary. In some cases, the printed matter itself produced by the production printing is used as a product.
Therefore, printers for production printing are desired to be able to print not only simple printing such as office printing by conventional copying machines and page printers, but also high-value-added printed matter. Therefore, for example, printing can be performed with different types of print media, print settings, and the like for each page.
In this case, a function called exceptional page setting or special page setting (hereinafter referred to as “exception page setting”) is provided as a function for causing the printer to print with different print settings for each page.
This exceptional page setting is a function for applying a print setting different from the print setting set for the print job for each specified page range in a series of print jobs. A setting operation can be performed by the information processing apparatus.
The page range can be set by specifying a start page and an end page.
Exception page settings include, for example, various print conditions such as paper settings, duplex printing settings, staple settings, punch settings, folding settings, print position adjustment settings, color / monochrome settings, and image rotation settings. The setting can be different from the setting of.
  On the other hand, as a technique for combining a plurality of print jobs to be printed by a printer, Patent Document 1 combines each document data into one print job when a plurality of document data is designated and combined. An information processing apparatus having a function is disclosed.
However, with the conventional exception page setting function of the printing system, even if the user individually sets the same exception page for two consecutive page ranges in a single print job, the printer driver sets the two page ranges. It was automatically combined into one.
Therefore, when the user wants to set the same exception page by dividing the page range, the user cannot perform the setting as intended and cannot print the printed matter as expected.
This problem will be described with reference to FIGS.
In this example, 11 pages of document data are printed on both sides up to the 5th page with the 3rd page as the front, and the 10th page is displayed as the front (front). This is an example when it is desired to perform double-sided printing.
On the exception page setting screen as shown in FIG. 16 on the user interface (display) of the information processing apparatus, the user inputs “3, 5, 6 to 10” as the page range in the page range setting area (combo box) 70. To do. Next, the user inputs “duplex printing” in the duplex / single-sided print setting area (combo box) 71 and then clicks an “OK button” to set these.
However, the printer driver of the information processing apparatus has the same duplex printing set for the page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages by the exception page setting function, and the two page ranges are continuous. Judging and combining the two page ranges into one.
Then, the list display screen after the exception page setting shown in FIG. 17 is displayed in the setting content display area 72 as a page range of 3 to 10 pages in which double-sided printing is set as an exception page setting.
  If the printer executes printing with the setting contents as it is, the printing result is continuous double-sided printing up to 10 pages with the third page as the front (front) surface as shown in FIG. The numbers shown in the figure are page numbers, and the large numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 indicate the page numbers on the front (front) surface of the paper, Small numbers of 8 and 10 indicate page numbers on the back side of the paper.
As described above, the exception page setting function in the information processing apparatus in which the conventional printer driver is installed cannot always perform the print setting as intended by the user, and cannot print the printed matter as expected. was there.
In addition, in the technique described in Patent Document 1, a plurality of print jobs can be printed individually or collectively, but in one print job, an exception page can be set, In that case, it is impossible to prevent the above-described problem from occurring.
  The present invention has been made in view of the above points, and even if the user sets the same exceptional page for a plurality of continuous page ranges in one print job, each page range is printed with individual print settings. The purpose is to be able to.
  In order to achieve the above object, the printing system according to the present invention performs, as an exceptional page setting for one print job, a print setting different from the print setting set for the print job for each designated page range in the print job. When the same print settings are made for a plurality of consecutive specified page ranges as the above exception page setting by the exception page setting means and the exception page setting means, the print settings are set by separating each of the consecutive specified page ranges. Selection means for enabling selection of whether or not to perform print setting as a series of designated page ranges, and means for instructing the print job to print according to an exception page setting in which the print setting is selected by the selection means It is characterized by that.
  According to the printing system of the present invention, even if the user sets the same exceptional page for a plurality of continuous page ranges in one print job, each page range can be printed with individual print settings.
1 is a configuration diagram showing an embodiment of a printing system according to the present invention. FIG. FIG. 3 is an explanatory diagram of an outline of processing when the printer illustrated in FIG. 1 prints a print job with an exception page set. FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing a hardware configuration of the client PC shown in FIG. 1 and main functions of the control unit according to the present invention. FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a hardware configuration of the print server illustrated in FIG. 1 and main functions of the control unit according to the present invention. It is a flowchart which shows the operation procedure when the user of a client PC sets an exception page, and the one part processing procedure of the client PC according to the operation.
FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating an example of a user interface screen for setting an exception page displayed by a display unit of the client PC illustrated in FIG. 3. FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating an example of a user interface screen on which the display unit of the client PC illustrated in FIG. 3 displays a list of print jobs for which exception page settings have been set. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure from when a client PC displays a user interface screen for setting an exception page to when print job data is transmitted to a print server. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a processing procedure when a print server receives a print job from a client PC. 10 is a table showing an example of setting contents of print settings and exception page settings in a print job when a page break function is disabled.
It is explanatory drawing of the example of printing based on the setting content shown in FIG. 10 is a table showing an example of setting contents of print settings and exception page settings in a print job when a page break function is enabled. It is explanatory drawing of the example of printing based on the setting content shown in FIG. FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating a part of a job ticket format for print setting and exception page setting when the page separation function illustrated in FIG. 10 is disabled. FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a part of a job ticket format for print setting and exception page setting when the page separation function illustrated in FIG. 12 is enabled.
It is a figure which shows an example of the screen of an exceptional page setting displayed on the user interface of the conventional printing system. It is a figure which shows an example of the screen of the exception page setting list displayed on the user interface of the conventional printing system. It is explanatory drawing which shows the example of the printing result which performed the exceptional page setting in the conventional printer (printing apparatus).
Hereinafter, embodiments for carrying out the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.
FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing an embodiment of a printing system according to the present invention. In this printing system, a plurality of client PCs 1 and a print server 2 are communicably connected via a network 3 such as a local area network (LAN). The print server 2 is communicably connected to the printer 4 via a communication line 5.
  In this embodiment, each client PC 1 is a client terminal, and is an information processing apparatus such as a personal computer or an information terminal directly used by each user. The print server 2 uses a server for a production printer called a digital front end (DFE). The print server 2 includes a display for screen display and a keyboard for input operation. The printer 4 is a printing apparatus. In this embodiment, the printer 4 is a production printer that can print high-value-added printed matter at high speed. The network 3 and the communication line 5 include not only wired communication but also wireless communication if mutual communication is possible.
  Each client PC 1 creates a print job, which is a print command including print data such as a document to be printed by the printer 4 and a job ticket including settings of the print settings and exception page settings, by an input operation by the user. Then, the print job is transmitted to the print server 2 via the network 3.
  The print server 2 interprets the job ticket of the print job received from each client PC 1. Based on the interpretation, print result preview display data reflecting the print settings set for the entire print job and the exception page settings for each specified page range is generated, and the preview display data is displayed on the display. Further, after the preview display, the print job is transferred to the printer 4.
The printer 4 is a printing apparatus for production printing that can perform monochrome and color single-sided and double-sided printing, and post-processing such as stapling, punching, and folding on printed paper.
The printer 4 executes printing by applying various print settings and exceptional page settings for each designated page range based on the print job transferred from the print server 2.
In the printing system shown in FIG. 1, there is one print server 2, but in an actual printing system, for example, a plurality of print servers 2 each assigned a managed client PC 1 are connected to the network 3. May be. Further, as the client PC 1, a mobile terminal such as a personal digital assistant (PDA), a smartphone, or a tablet terminal can be used instead of a personal computer.
Next, with reference to FIG. 2, an outline when the printer 4 in this printing system prints a print job with an exception page set will be briefly described as compared with the case of offset printing.
FIG. 2 is an explanatory diagram of an outline of processing when the printer 4 shown in FIG. 1 prints a print job with an exception page set. As described above, the exceptional page setting is a function that can change a page specified by a print job to a print setting different from the print setting for the entire print job.
For example, color printing or monochrome printing, paper setting, single-sided printing or double-sided printing setting, print position adjustment setting, image rotation setting, post-printing sort setting, staple setting, punch setting, and folding setting One or more of these can be arbitrarily changed and set for each designated page range.
The setting contents of this exceptional page setting are included in the job ticket that the printer 4 receives together with the print data as a print instruction. This job ticket also includes print settings that apply to the entire print data.
Here, the print settings for the entire print job are the settings for color printing all pages on A4 paper, and print data with a job ticket attached with exception page settings for some pages is printed. An example will be described.
FIG. 2 shows only the page data of the 1st to 5th pages including the 2nd to 4th pages in which the exceptional page is set among all the page data of this print job in the job ticket. The page data for the sixth and subsequent pages are not shown on the assumption that only the print settings for the entire print job are set.
In the job ticket for this print job, the page data 50 for the first page and the page data 54 for the fifth page are set with the settings for color printing on A4 paper, which is the print setting for the entire print job.
  Also, exceptional page settings for monochrome printing are set in the page data 51 of the second page and the page data 52 of the third page. In the page data 53 of the fourth page, an exceptional page setting for performing Z-folding after color printing on A3 paper is made. Since the page data 51 and 52 have the same exception page settings, they are indicated by hatching within the frame.
A printer 4 shown in FIG. 1 is a printer for production printing used in print on demand (POD) or the like, and a printing apparatus and a post-processing apparatus are connected in one line.
As shown in FIG. 2, the printer 4 prints the first page in color on A4 paper when printing page data 50 to 54 based on the job ticket of the print job described above. Next, the second and third pages are each printed in black and white (monochrome) on A4 paper, and the fourth page is printed in color on A3 paper, and then the A3 paper is Z-folded by a paper folding machine as a post-processing device. Then, the fifth page is color-printed on A4 paper. If stapling is set for this print job, the bookbinding machine, which is also a post-processing device, staples the first to third page sheets, the Z-folded sheet, and the fifth page sheet.
In this manner, the printer 4 can create a printed matter in one process for a print job including a job ticket having the setting contents of the exception page setting described in FIG.
Therefore, according to this printing system, it is possible to quickly create high-value-added printed matter with different print settings for each page.
On the other hand, since the printing apparatus and the post-processing apparatus are independent from each other in offset printing, when printing a print job similar to the print setting and exception page setting described with reference to FIG. The printed material is created by performing the above process.
First, the printing apparatus performs the following steps 1 to 3.
1. Color-print the first and fifth pages on A4 paper.
2. Color print the fourth page on A3 paper.
3. Print black and white (monochrome) on the A4 paper for the second and third pages respectively.
Thereafter, a paper folding machine as a post-processing device performs the following four steps.
4. Z-fold the A3 paper color printed on the fourth page.
Finally, a bookbinding machine, which is also a post-processing device, performs the following five steps.
5. Bind all pages.
In this way, offset printing requires five steps, and it takes time to create a high-value-added printed matter with different print settings for each page.
Next, with reference to FIG. 3, the hardware configuration of each client PC 1 and the main functions according to the present invention in its controller will be described.
As shown in FIG. 3, each client PC 1 shown in FIG. 1 is a client terminal using a personal computer including a control unit 10, an input unit 11, a display unit 12, and a communication unit 13 as a hardware configuration.
  The control unit 10 includes a CPU, a ROM, a RAM, a hard disk device (HDD), and the like. Then, the CPU reads various programs in the ROM, expands them in the RAM, and then operates according to the various programs (selectively executes the various programs as necessary). Thereby, the entire client PC 1 is controlled.
The input unit 11 is an input device such as a keyboard and a pointing device, and allows a user to input various types of operation information such as print settings and exception page settings.
The display unit 12 is a display device such as an LCD, and displays a user interface screen such as print settings and exception page settings to the user.
The communication unit 13 transmits the print job data generated by the control unit 10 to the print server 2 via the network 3.
Next, functions of the control unit 10 will be described.
The HDD of the control unit 10 also stores programs for the application 14, the printer driver 15, and the port monitor 16. The CPU of the control unit 10 executes processing such as document creation by developing and operating the application 14 in the RAM.
Further, the CPU of the control unit 10 operates by expanding the program of the printer driver 15 in the RAM. Accordingly, the functions of the graphical user interface (GUI) unit 20, the preview display unit 21, the data storage unit 22, the job ticket generation unit 23, and the drawing unit 24 are realized.
Further, the CPU of the control unit 10 realizes the function of the data transfer unit 25 by operating the program of the port monitor 16 in the RAM.
The GUI unit 20 displays on the display unit 12 a user interface screen for print setting and exception page setting that is started up when a print request is received from the application 14. In addition, the GUI unit 20 requests the preview display unit 21 to perform a simple preview display of a print result based on the contents set on the user interface screen for print setting and exception page setting.
In response to a request from the GUI unit 20, the preview display unit 21 displays a simple preview display on the display unit 12 of an image indicating a print result based on the contents set by the print settings and the exception page settings.
The data storage unit 22 receives the setting contents of the print setting and the exception page setting from the GUI unit 20 and stores them in the HDD or RAM.
The job ticket generation unit 23 reads the setting contents of the print setting and exceptional page setting stored in the HDD or RAM by the data storage unit 22, generates a job ticket reflecting the setting contents, and sends the job ticket to the drawing unit 24.
The job ticket generation unit 23 sets the exception page setting in which the same print setting is set for each of a plurality of page ranges continuous to the document data to be printed. Create a job ticket that combines the ranges into one.
However, when the setting is made so that each page range is divided, a job ticket in which each page range is separately generated is generated.
The drawing unit 24 reads the document data stored in the HDD or RAM by the data storage unit 22, and creates page description language (PDL) data that is print data from the document data. Then, the job ticket received from the job ticket generation unit 23 is sent to the port monitor 16.
The port monitor 16 mediates exchange of data between the printer driver 15 and the communication unit 13, and the data transfer unit 25 receives a print instruction based on the PDL data and the job ticket received from the drawing unit 24 of the printer driver 15. Send to.
Next, with reference to FIG. 4, the hardware configuration of the print server 2 and the main functions of the control unit according to the present invention will be described.
As shown in FIG. 4, the print server 2 illustrated in FIG. 1 is a computer including a control unit 30, an input unit 31, a display unit 32, and a communication unit 33 as a hardware configuration.
The control unit 30 includes a CPU, a ROM, a RAM, and a hard disk device (HDD). Then, the CPU reads out the control program in the ROM, expands it in the RAM, and then operates according to the control program (selectively executes the control program as necessary). Thereby, the entire print server 2 is controlled.
The input unit 31 is an input device such as a keyboard or a pointing device, and inputs various operation information to the control unit 30.
The display unit 32 is a display device such as an LCD, and displays information such as a list of print jobs received from each client PC 1, print settings for each print job, previews of print results reflecting exception page settings, and the like.
The communication unit 33 manages communication with each client PC 1 and the printer 4 and receives a print job transmitted from each client PC 1 via the network 3. Further, the print data reflecting the exception page setting is transferred to the printer 4 through the communication line 5.
In addition, the CPU of the control unit 30 develops the control program in the RAM and operates, whereby each function of the data acquisition unit 40, job display unit 41, job ticket analysis unit 42, preview display unit 43, and data transfer unit 44 is obtained. Is realized.
The data acquisition unit 40 receives and acquires the print job transmitted from the client PC 1 from the communication unit 33. The job display unit 41 displays a list of print jobs acquired by the data acquisition unit 40 on the display unit 32.
The job ticket analysis unit 42 reads the job ticket of the print job acquired by the data acquisition unit 40, and analyzes the setting contents of the print setting and the exception page setting from the job ticket. Then, preview display data of the print result is created from the analysis result and PDL data which is print data of the print job, and is sent to the preview display unit 43.
The preview display unit 43 displays on the display unit 32 a preview of the print result reflecting the print settings and the exception page settings based on the preview display data received from the job ticket analysis unit 42. The data transfer unit 44 sends the print job acquired by the data acquisition unit 40 to the communication unit 33. The communication unit 33 transfers this print job to the printer 4.
As a result, the printer 4 prints the PDL data in which the print settings of the job ticket and the exception page settings are reflected by the print job.
Next, an operation procedure when the user of the client PC 1 sets an exception page will be described with reference to FIG.
FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing an operation procedure when the user of the client PC 1 sets an exception page and a part of the processing procedure of the client PC 1 according to the operation. Hereinafter, each procedure will be described step by step. In the following description and FIG. 5, step is abbreviated as “S”.
First, in S1, the user performs an operation for opening an exception page setting user interface screen with the input unit 11 on the print setting user interface screen displayed on the display unit 12 of the client PC 1 shown in FIG. .
Next, in S2, the user inputs a page range for setting an exception page in the page range input field of the user interface screen for exception page setting by using the input unit 11 of the client PC 1 shown in FIG. In S <b> 3, the user uses the input unit 11 to input the exception page setting for the page range on the exception page setting user interface screen.
In step S4, the user presses an OK button for closing the user interface screen for setting an exception page by using the input unit 11. As a result, the print settings including the page range and the exceptional page settings are stored in the client PC 1.
In step S5, the display unit 12 of the client PC 1 displays an exception page setting list on the user interface screen for print settings.
Thereafter, in S6, the user presses a print start button for the input unit 11 of the client PC 1 to issue a print command.
When the print start button is pressed, the client PC 1 creates PDL data, which is print data of document data to be printed, and a job ticket for print settings and exception page settings. Then, the print job including the PDL data and the job ticket is transmitted to the print server 2.
Next, the exception page setting dialog of the client PC 1 will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 6 is a diagram showing an example of a user interface screen for exception page setting displayed on the display unit 12 of the client PC 1 shown in FIG.
The client PC 1 displays an exception page setting user interface screen as shown in FIG. 6 on the display unit 12 when a print request is received from the user.
The user inputs a page range for changing the print setting of the print job in the page range input field 55 on the user interface screen for exception page setting. FIG. 6 shows an example in which two page ranges “3 to 5” and “6 to 10” are input to the page range input field 55.
In this case, the same exception page setting can be set for the third to fifth pages and the sixth to tenth pages of the print job. Three or more page ranges for changing print settings may be designated.
Then, a check box 56 of “start a new chapter” on the right side of the page range input field 55 selects whether the user turns on (enable) or turns off (disables) the page break function of the exception page setting. It is a check box to do.
Therefore, when the user inputs a check in the check box 56, the page separation function for setting the exception page can be validated for each page range input in the page range input field (combo box) 55. In that case, a job ticket in which each page range is separately generated in the client PC 1 is generated.
  On the other hand, if the user does not input a check in the check box 56, the page separation function of the exception page for each page range input in the page range input field 55 is disabled. In this case, a job ticket is generated in which the page ranges input to the page range input field (combo box) 55 in the client PC 1 are combined into one.
In the user interface screen for exception page setting shown in FIG. 6, if the same print setting is made for a plurality of continuous page ranges as the exception page setting, whether or not the “start new chapter” check box 56 is checked. Depending on how, the setting contents change.
Therefore, the display of the check box 56 and the function of changing the exception page setting by determining whether or not the check box is checked performs print setting by dividing a plurality of consecutive specified page ranges or print setting as a series of specified page ranges. This corresponds to selection means for enabling selection.
To determine whether the page ranges of multiple exception page settings are consecutive, the last page of the exception page setting with the previous page range is adjacent to the start page of the exception page setting with the next page range (continued) It can be done depending on whether or not it is a page.
Exception page settings can be set to color / monochrome (monochrome), paper selection, single-sided / double-sided printing, print position adjustment (ImageShift), rotation (ImageRotation), and the like. Further, as post-printing settings, post-processing settings such as sorting, stapling, punching, and folding can be set. The present invention can be applied when setting any one or more of these, but the effect of selection by the selecting means is great particularly when performing duplex setting or stapling setting.
In the screen shown in FIG. 6, the lower four combo boxes are for setting input related to paper selection, and the uppermost combo box 57 is for setting input for color printing or monochrome printing.
In the initial screen of the user interface screen for setting the exception page, “Follow print job setting” is displayed in all setting input combo boxes as shown in FIG. This indicates that for the page range specified in the page range input field (combo box) 55, all displayed print settings follow the current print job settings.
  In order to change this setting, for example, when the “▼” button 57a of the combo box 57 for color / monochrome (monochrome) setting input is clicked, the combo box 57 expands, and “color” “ A list of contents that can be set, such as “black and white”, is displayed. If you click on any of them, only the contents will be displayed and you will be a candidate for new print settings. The settings relating to the paper can also be made in the same manner by the lower four combo boxes.
If you want to make other types of print settings, such as duplex printing, each time you click the “Edit / Post-Processing” button at the top of the user interface screen for exception page settings, a different type of setting input combo Switch to the screen that displays the box. Similarly, when a single “▼” button on the right of the combo box for setting input of the type whose setting is to be changed is clicked, a list of contents that can be set in the combo box is displayed in a selectable manner.
For example, to set double-sided printing, it is only necessary to click “double-sided” displayed in a combo box for inputting “single-sided / double-sided” settings.
After entering all the necessary print settings for the specified page range, clicking on the “OK button” will confirm all the entered print settings and save the settings in the data storage unit 22 in FIG. Is done.
In this way, the user can make various exception page settings for each designated page range for the current print job, using the exception page setting user interface screen shown in FIG.
This function corresponds to an exception page setting unit that performs, as an exception page setting for one print job, a print setting different from the print setting set for the print job for each designated page range in the print job. These functions are performed by the printer driver 15, the display unit 12, and the input unit 11 of the client PC 1 shown in FIG.
Next, with reference to FIG. 7, display of a list of print jobs for which exceptional pages have been set by the display unit 12 of the client PC 1 will be described. FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating an example of a user interface screen on which the display unit 12 of the client PC 1 illustrated in FIG. 3 displays a list of print jobs for which exception pages are set.
The print job in which the exceptional page setting is made on the user interface screen shown in FIG. 6 has the exception page setting content as shown in the broken line frame 59 of the special page list field 58 on the user interface screen shown in FIG. Listed.
Since this print job has the “Start New Chapter” check box 56 checked on the screen shown in FIG. 6, even if the page range is continuous and the print settings are the same, the list display shown in FIG. So that it is displayed as the specified individual exception page setting.
On the other hand, if the “Start New Chapter” check box 56 is not checked on the screen shown in FIG. 6, two exceptional page settings having the same print settings are combined into one when the page range is continuous. Is displayed.
This list display function corresponds to a means for displaying a list of exception page settings made for a print job. In addition, as described above, the list display of the contents of the exception page setting clearly indicates whether a plurality of designated page ranges are set to be printed by being separated or set as a series of designated page ranges. indicate.
This function is also performed by the printer driver 15 and the display unit 12 of the client PC 1 shown in FIG.
Next, a processing procedure from when the client PC 1 displays the exception page setting user interface screen to when the print job is transmitted to the print server 2 will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing the processing procedure.
Hereinafter, each procedure will be described step by step. In the following description and FIG. 8, step is abbreviated as “S”.
When the GUI unit 20 detects a request to open an exception page setting user interface screen from the input unit 11 in S11, the printer driver 15 of the client PC 1 shown in FIG. Display the screen. The process of S11 is executed according to the operation of S1 in FIG.
  Next, when the GUI unit 20 detects that the OK button is pressed (clicked) by the input unit 11 in S12, the printer driver 15 closes the exception page setting user interface screen displayed on the display unit 12. Then, the print setting including the page range and the exceptional page setting is stored in the data storage unit 22. The GUI unit 20 causes the display unit 12 to display a user interface screen that displays a list of page ranges set for exception pages of the print job and a list of exception page settings. The process of S12 is executed according to the operation of S4 in FIG.
Next, when the GUI unit 20 detects that the print start button is pressed (clicked) by the input unit 11 in S13, the printer driver 15 causes the job ticket generation unit 23 to execute a job based on the print settings stored in the data storage unit 22. Generate a ticket. Then, the drawing unit 24 generates PDL data of document data corresponding to the print settings stored in the data storage unit 22.
The process of S13 is executed according to the operation of S6 in FIG.
The printer driver 15 sends the job ticket and PDL data to the port monitor 16 in S14.
Accordingly, the data transfer unit 25 of the port monitor 16 transmits a print job including the job ticket and PDL data to the print server 2 in S15.
In this way, the client PC 1 creates a print job including a job ticket and PDL data, and transmits the print job to the print server 2 so that the printer 4 can print it.
This function corresponds to a means for instructing a print job with an exception page setting in which the print job is set to the print setting selected by the selection means.
Next, a processing procedure when the print server 2 receives a print job from the client PC 1 will be described with reference to FIG.
FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing the processing procedure. Hereinafter, each procedure will be described step by step. In the following description and FIG. 9, the step is abbreviated as “S”.
The data acquisition unit 40 in the control unit 30 of the print server 2 illustrated in FIG. 4 acquires the print job transmitted from the client PC 1 received by the communication unit 33 in S21. In step S <b> 22, the job display unit 41 of the control unit 30 causes the display unit 32 to display a list of print jobs received by the data acquisition unit 40.
Next, in step S23, the job ticket analysis unit 42 of the control unit 30 analyzes the print settings and the exception page settings of the job ticket of the print job, and prints the print result and the exception page settings reflected based on the analysis result. Create preview display data. Then, the preview display unit 43 displays a preview on the display unit 32 based on the preview display data.
Thereafter, the data transfer unit 44 of the control unit 30 sends the print job to the communication unit 33 in S24.
The communication unit 33 transfers the print job to the printer 4.
  In this way, the print server 2 can display the print job received from each client PC 1 in the job list, and can also display the print result preview of each print job. Then, after having the user confirm the job list and the preview display, the print job is transferred to the printer 4 for printing.
Next, with reference to FIGS. 10 and 11, an example of printing using a job ticket when the page break function for exception page setting is disabled will be described.
FIG. 10 is a list showing an example of the setting contents of the print settings and the exception page settings in the print job when the page break function is disabled. FIG. 11 is an explanatory diagram of a printing example based on the setting contents shown in FIG.
In the setting contents shown in FIG. 10, single-sided printing is set for the entire print job. In addition, as the exceptional page setting, two continuous page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages and duplex printing are set for each of the page ranges. “Start new chapter” is OFF, that is, the page break function for exception page setting is OFF (invalid).
When the printer 4 prints a print job with a job ticket including such setting contents, since “Start New Chapter” is OFF, two consecutive page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages are Combined into one page range of 3-10 pages.
Therefore, as shown in FIG. 11, pages 1 and 2 are printed on one side and pages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 10 are printed on both sides (odd pages are on the front, even pages are Print on the back). Then, single-sided printing is performed on the 11th and subsequent pages.
In this way, since the page ranges which are different exception page settings are combined for page 5 and page 6, page 6 is printed on the back side of page 5. In the printing example shown in FIG. 11, pages 2 to 11 are shown, and illustration of pages 1 and 12 is omitted.
Next, with reference to FIGS. 12 and 13, an example of printing with a job ticket in the case where the page break function for exception page setting is enabled will be described.
FIG. 12 is a list showing an example of the setting contents of the print settings and the exception page settings in the print job when the page break function is enabled. FIG. 13 is an explanatory diagram of a print example based on the setting contents shown in FIG.
In the setting contents shown in FIG. 12, single-sided printing is set for the entire print job. In addition, two consecutive page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages are set as exception page settings, and duplex printing is set for each page range. “Start a new chapter” is ON, that is, the page break function for exception page setting is ON (enabled).
When the printer 4 prints print data with a job ticket including such setting contents, since “start new chapter” is on, two consecutive page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages are Individually printed on both sides. That is, as shown in FIG. 11, pages 1 and 2 are printed on one side, pages 3 and 4 are printed on both sides, and page 5 is printed only on one side because there is no back page. Then, pages 6 and 7 and pages 8 and 9 are printed on both sides, and page 10 is printed only on one side because there is no page on the back side. Print on one side of the 11th page.
In this way, pages 3 to 5 and pages 6 to 10 are printed as separate exception page setting page ranges, so double-sided printing once ends on page 5, and double-sided printing starts again from page 6. Become.
Next, with reference to FIGS. 14 and 15, the format of the job ticket with the print settings and the exception page settings shown in FIGS. 10 and 12 will be described.
FIG. 14 is a diagram showing a part of a job ticket format for print setting and exception page setting when the page break function shown in FIG. 10 is disabled.
In the job ticket of FIG. 14, two consecutive page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages are set as exception page settings, and the duplex setting that is the same print setting is set for each page range. This is an example in the case where a check is not entered in the “start new chapter” check box 56 shown in FIG.
In the job ticket in this case, an instruction for combining two continuous page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages into one page range of 3 to 10 pages is described.
  <LayoutPreparationParams RunIndex = “2 to 9” Sides = “TwoSidedFlipY” /> shown in a frame 60 in FIG. 14 is a description of an instruction to combine two consecutive page ranges into one. By setting the above description as a small tag of the LayoutPreparationParams tag in the job ticket, the exception page setting is realized by the job ticket. The RunIndex of this tag indicates the target page number. In JDF notation, it is represented by a 0-based number.
The JDF notation is a document format defined by the international standardization organization CIP4 for integrated process management of prepress / press / postpress.
The LayoutPreparationParams tag in the frame 60 of FIG. 14 describes the page range of 3 to 10 pages as “2 to 9” with 0-based numbers in JDF notation. Sides represents a double-sided setting. When the Sides value is TwoSidedFlipY, the double-sided setting is made with the long side as the axis.
FIG. 15 is a diagram showing a part of the job ticket format for print setting and exception page setting when the page break function shown in FIG. 12 is enabled.
In the job ticket of FIG. 15, two consecutive page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages are set as exception page settings, and the duplex setting which is the same print setting is set for each page range. In this example, a check is input to the check box 56 of “start new chapter” shown in FIG.
In the job ticket in this case, an instruction for setting two consecutive page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages as separate page ranges is described. In FIG. 15, the description surrounded by a frame 61 describes two small tags of the LayoutPreparationParams tag as an instruction to make two consecutive page ranges into separate page ranges.
<LayoutPreparationParams RunIndex = ”2-4” Sides = ”TwoSidedFlipY” />
<LayoutPreparationParams RunIndex = ”5-9” Sides = ”TwoSidedFlipY” />
These two descriptions are entered in the job ticket as small tags of the LayoutPreparationParams tag, thereby realizing exception page setting for each of the two page ranges in the job ticket. In the RunIndex of each tag, the page ranges of 3 to 5 pages and 6 to 10 pages are described as “2 to 4” and “5 to 9” in JDF notation, respectively.
In the printing system of this embodiment, the client PC 1 has the function of the client terminal according to the present invention. On the user interface screen for exception page setting for printing displayed on the display unit of the client PC 1, it is possible to select whether to enable or disable the page break function for exception page setting. Accordingly, if the page separation function of the exceptional page setting is validated, a print command can be output with a plurality of exceptional page settings having the same print setting and continuous page ranges as print settings for each page range.
For example, by saving two exception page settings as separate settings, the two settings can be output to the job ticket. As a result, even if the same print settings are used for the exception page settings in two consecutive page ranges, printing can be performed as separate print settings without being linked.
However, the printer server 2 has not only the client PC 1 but also the function of enabling the exception page setting page separation function to be enabled or disabled or the function of setting the exception page in the job. You may make it let. Alternatively, the printer 4 can be provided with a user interface such as a display and a keyboard, and the printer 4 can have the functions. In that case, the printing system according to the present invention can be configured by only the client PC 1 and the printer 4 or only the printer.
Each of the above-described means or functions of the printing system according to the present invention may be provided somewhere in the printing system, and may be distributed or overlapped.
The program according to the present invention is a program for causing a computer to function as the following means (a) to (c).
(A) Exception page setting means for performing, as an exception page setting for one print job, a print setting different from the print setting set for the print job for each designated page range in the print job.
(B) When the same print setting is made for a plurality of consecutive designated page ranges as the exception page setting by the exceptional page setting means, the plurality of designated page ranges are separated and set for printing. Selection means for selecting whether to set printing as a designated page range.
(C) Means for instructing the print job to be printed by an exception page setting in which the print setting selected by the selection means is set.
This program can also be included in the printer driver program, and if it is installed and operated on the computer of the client terminal, each function described above can be realized.
The program can also be operated as a printing system according to the present invention by installing the program in a computer of a printer itself which is a print server or a printing apparatus.
  It is also possible to provide a recording medium such as a computer-readable CD-ROM, floppy disk, or USB memory in which this program is recorded. The program recorded on the recording medium can be read by a computer such as a client terminal or a print server so as to function as a client terminal or a printing system according to the present invention.
  Although the description of the embodiment has been completed above, the configurations of the client PC, the print server, and the printer described in the embodiment are merely examples, and it is needless to say that various configurations can be made according to applications and purposes. The specific configuration, processing contents, data format, and the like of each unit when implementing the present invention are not limited to those described in the embodiment. Further, it goes without saying that the configurations of the embodiments described above can be implemented in any combination as long as they do not contradict each other.
1: client PC 2: print server 3: network 4: printer 10, 30: control unit 11, 31: input unit 12, 32: display unit 13, 33: communication unit 14: application 15: printer driver 16: port monitor 20 : GUI unit 21, 43: Preview display unit 22: Data storage unit 23: Job ticket generation unit 24: Drawing unit 25, 44: Data transfer unit 40: Data acquisition unit 41: Job display unit 42: Job ticket analysis unit 50 to 54: Page data 55: Page range input field 56: Check box 57: Color / monochrome setting input field 70: Page range setting area (combo box)
71: Double-sided / single-sided printing setting area (combo box) 72: Setting content display area
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  1. Exception page setting means for performing, as an exception page setting for one print job, a print setting different from the print setting set for the print job for each specified page range in the print job;
    When the same print setting is made for a plurality of consecutive designated page ranges as the exceptional page setting by the exceptional page setting means, the plurality of designated page ranges are separately set for printing or a series of designations. A selection means for selecting whether to set print as a page range;
    A printing system comprising: a print instruction according to an exception page setting in which the print job is set to the print setting selected by the selection unit.
  2. The printing system according to claim 1,
    A printing system comprising: means for displaying a list of contents of the exceptional page settings made for the print job.
  3.   The list display of the contents of the exception page setting is displayed so as to clearly indicate whether each of the plurality of specified page ranges is set to be printed in a divided manner or as a series of specified page ranges. The printing system according to claim 2.
  4.   4. The print instruction according to claim 1, wherein the print instruction unit issues a print instruction using a job ticket describing the print settings set for the print job and the contents of the exception page settings. 5. The printing system according to one item.
  5.   Print settings for the exception page settings are color printing or monochrome printing, paper settings, single-sided printing or double-sided printing settings, print position adjustment settings, image rotation settings, post-printing sort settings, staple settings The printing system according to claim 1, wherein the printing system is one or more of a punch setting and a folding setting.
  6. A printing system according to any one of claims 1 to 5,
    A plurality of client terminals that create the print job, a print server that is communicably connected to the plurality of client terminals via a network, and a print that is communicably connected to the print server and transferred from the print server A printing system comprising: a printing device that prints a job.
  7.   The printing system according to claim 6, wherein the exception page setting unit, the selection unit, and the unit that issues the print instruction are provided in the client terminal.
  8. Means for creating the print job;
    Exception page setting means for performing, as an exception page setting for one print job, a print setting different from the print setting set for the print job for each specified page range in the print job;
    When the same print setting is made for a plurality of consecutive designated page ranges as the exceptional page setting by the exceptional page setting means, the plurality of designated page ranges are separately set for printing or a series of designations. A selection means for selecting whether to set print as a page range;
    Means for instructing the print job to be printed by an exception page setting in which the print setting selected by the selecting means is selected.
  9. The client terminal according to claim 8, wherein
    A client terminal, comprising: means for displaying a list of contents of the exception page settings made for the print job.
  10. Computer
    Exception page setting means for performing, as an exception page setting for one print job, a print setting different from the print setting set for the print job for each specified page range in the print job;
    When the same print setting is made for a plurality of consecutive designated page ranges as the exceptional page setting by the exceptional page setting means, the plurality of designated page ranges are separately set for printing or a series of designations. A selection means for selecting whether to set print as a page range;
    A program for causing the print job to function as a unit that issues a print instruction based on an exception page setting in which the print setting is selected by the selection unit.
  11.   A computer-readable recording medium on which the program according to claim 10 is recorded.
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