JP3631068B2 - Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and storage medium storing computer-readable program - Google Patents

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JP3631068B2
JP3631068B2 JP31287099A JP31287099A JP3631068B2 JP 3631068 B2 JP3631068 B2 JP 3631068B2 JP 31287099 A JP31287099 A JP 31287099A JP 31287099 A JP31287099 A JP 31287099A JP 3631068 B2 JP3631068 B2 JP 3631068B2
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孝治 中桐
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[0001]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a storage medium storing a computer-readable program, and particularly to a technique for combining a plurality of print requests into one print job in a host computer. .
[0002]
[Prior art]
Conventionally, when printing one document (document data) generated by an application in a host computer, a plurality of prints set in advance by a printer driver are usually set for one print job generated from the document. A set of print setting attributes consisting of setting items is defined.
[0003]
Also, software having a “collective print” function for storing document data instructed to be printed by an application in a client (host computer) without outputting it to the printer, and sending a plurality of document data to the printer as a single job. There is.
[0004]
A user prints print jobs generated by a plurality of applications, for example, application A suitable for creating a document, application B suitable for creating a table, application C suitable for creating a drawing, etc. However, the “collective printing” function only combines a plurality of print jobs into one print job, and is instructed to perform collective printing, and in the order in which the data is spooled for collective printing. Since it is also output during printing, the user has to spool to the output page, and there is a problem in that it is inconvenient. For example, if you want to print a document, drawing, document, table, document and one document at a time, create the first page with application A, spool it, create the second page with application B, spool it, The third page must be created again by application A, spooled, the fourth page created by application C, spooled, and the fifth page created by application A, which had to be spooled.
[0005]
Also, if you want to see a preview of the data to be printed in one, you can see the preview provided by each application, but it reflects the multiple print settings set in the printer driver I could not see.
[0006]
Furthermore, when a plurality of files are to be printed together as a single print job, there is no means for providing the user with the finishing designation for the combined job, and the preview function in that case is provided. There is a problem that there is nothing to have, and there is a problem that it is impossible to know how to actually print out by a printing apparatus unless printing is performed.
[0007]
Further, when the page layout function (N pages / sheets) is used on the device side using “collective printing”, the same page layout processing can be performed for a plurality of jobs. It was impossible to combine print jobs with different layouts for each print job.
[0008]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
As described above, the conventional “summary printing” is merely continuous printing, and it has not been possible to create one print job using different layouts for each page.
[0009]
Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide a mechanism that can combine print jobs having respective print setting information.
[0010]
Also, when multiple print jobs each having print setting information are combined to create one combined job, if the settings for printing are originally scattered, some settings should be unified. It is necessary to have a mechanism, and in the case of automatic unification, the purpose is to provide a mechanism for knowing what has been unified by changing what.
[0011]
In addition, a function that manages and edits multiple print jobs in units of jobs, for example, a function that rearranges the print order in units of jobs regardless of the printing order, or a print job from among combined jobs in units of jobs. An object of the present invention is to provide a function of deleting a job and returning a combined job to an original single job.
[0012]
It is another object of the present invention to provide a mechanism for editing a print job in units of logical pages, for example, deleting unnecessary pages.
[0013]
It is another object of the present invention to provide a mechanism for editing a combined job in units of pages and returning it to the original single job.
[0014]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
An information processing apparatus of the present invention that achieves the above object has the following configuration.
[0015]
That is, an information processing apparatus that generates print data to be transmitted to a printing apparatus, converts data to be printed generated by an application into a print job in an intermediate code format, and print setting information of the data to be printed Intermediate code conversion means for temporarily storing the data in association with each other, and a combination instruction for combining a plurality of intermediate code format print jobs corresponding to a plurality of different data to be printed converted by the intermediate code conversion means into one combined job And a combination instruction unit that analyzes the print setting information of the plurality of temporarily stored print jobs when the combination instruction unit performs a combination instruction to make a plurality of print jobs into one combined job, Judging means for judging whether or not the setting contents that can be set only for one print job are different among the plurality of print jobs; A confirmation message display for displaying a confirmation message to unify the setting contents when it is determined by the determining means that only one setting content can be set for one print job is different among a plurality of print jobs. And a setting unifying unit for generating print setting information for a combined job in which only one setting can be set for one print job after the confirmation message is displayed by the confirmation message display unit. Have.
[0016]
Further, the confirmation message display unit analyzes the print setting information of the plurality of print jobs to be combined, and if the information that can be set only for one print job is different, A confirmation message for confirming whether or not to combine print jobs is displayed.
[0017]
The intermediate code format print job is temporarily stored as a page drawing file for each page.
[0018]
The print setting information for the combined job is added with information for specifying a page drawing file to be laid out on a physical page.
[0019]
The print setting information is temporarily stored as a print setting file for each print job.
[0020]
The image processing apparatus further includes preview display control means for controlling to display a preview based on the print setting information of the print job or the combined job.
[0021]
Further, the image processing apparatus further includes order control means for operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job and changing the order of the print jobs.
[0022]
Further, the image processing apparatus further includes job deletion means for operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job and deleting a specific print job.
[0023]
Further, the apparatus further includes job dividing means for dividing the combined job into a plurality of print jobs before combining.
[0024]
The image processing apparatus further includes job duplicating means for causing the print job or the combined job to be designated and creating a duplicate of the designated print job.
[0025]
Further, the print job or the combined job further includes setting initialization means for returning an initial state at the time of creating intermediate code format data that is a basis of the job based on the print setting information.
[0026]
Further, the image processing apparatus further includes page editing means for deleting a designated page for the logical page in the print job or the combined job.
[0027]
The printer further includes print data generation means for generating print data to be transmitted to the printing apparatus based on the intermediate code format data temporarily stored by the intermediate code conversion means.
[0028]
The intermediate code format temporarily stored by the intermediate code conversion means is converted into a rendering instruction that can be interpreted by the OS rendering means, and the rendering command generation means outputs the rendering command from the application via the OS rendering means. The received print command is further transferred to the intermediate data converting means, and the print command received from the drawing command generating means via the OS drawing means is further provided with a print command allocating means for passing to the print data generating means.
[0029]
The drawing command is a GDI function, the printing command is a DDI function, and the print data is a printer language.
[0030]
Further, the other solution of the present invention is realized by a method for controlling the apparatus, a storage medium storing a program, or a computer program.
[0031]
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
[First embodiment]
Hereinafter, examples suitable for applying the present invention will be described.
[0032]
FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating the configuration of a printer control system according to an embodiment of the present invention. As long as the function of the present invention is executed, a system in which processing is performed by being connected via a network such as a LAN or WAN, whether it is a single device or a system composed of a plurality of devices. Even so, the present invention can be applied.
[0033]
In the figure, the host computer 3000 performs document processing in which graphics, images, characters, tables (including spreadsheets), etc. are mixed based on the document processing program stored in the ROM 3 program ROM or the external memory 11. The CPU 1 includes a CPU 1 to be executed, and the CPU 1 comprehensively controls each device connected to the system bus 4. The ROM 3 program ROM or external memory 11 stores an operating system program (hereinafter referred to as OS) which is a control program of the CPU 1, and the ROM 3 font ROM or external memory 11 stores the above-mentioned document processing. Font data to be used is stored, and various data to be used when the document processing is performed is stored in the data ROM of the ROM 3 or the external memory 11. The RAM 2 functions as a main memory and work area for the CPU 1.
[0034]
A keyboard controller (KBC) 5 controls key input from a keyboard 9 or a pointing device (not shown). A CRT controller (CRTC) 6 controls display on a CRT display (CRT) 10. A disk controller (DKC) 7 is a hard disk (HD), floppy disk (FD), etc. for storing a boot program, various applications, font data, user files, edit files, a printer control command generation program (hereinafter referred to as a printer driver), etc. The access to the external memory 11 is controlled. The printer controller (PRTC) 8 is connected to the printer 1500 via the bidirectional interface (interface) 21 and executes communication control processing with the printer 1500.
[0035]
Note that the CPU 1 executes, for example, an outline font development (rasterization) process on the display information RAM set on the RAM 2 to enable WYSIWYG on the CRT 10. The CPU 1 opens various windows registered based on commands instructed by a mouse cursor (not shown) on the CRT 10 and executes various data processing. When executing printing, the user opens a window relating to print settings, and can set the print processing method for the printer driver including printer settings and print mode selection.
[0036]
The printer 1500 is controlled by the CPU 12. The printer CPU 12 outputs an image as output information to a printing unit (printer engine) 17 connected to the system bus 15 based on a control program stored in the program ROM of the ROM 13 or a control program stored in the external memory 14. Output a signal. Further, the control program of the CPU 12 and the like are stored in the program ROM of the ROM 13. The font ROM of the ROM 13 stores font data used when generating the output information. In the case of a printer that does not have the external memory 14 such as a hard disk in the data ROM of the ROM 13, the data is stored on the host computer. Information to be used is stored.
[0037]
The CPU 12 can communicate with the host computer via the input unit 18 and can notify the host computer 3000 of information in the printer. The RAM 19 functions as a main memory of the CPU 12, a work area, or the like, and is configured to be able to expand the memory capacity by an optional RAM connected to an expansion port (not shown). The RAM 19 is used as an output information expansion area, environment data storage area, NVRAM, and the like. Access to the above-described external memory 14 such as a hard disk (HD) or IC card is controlled by a memory controller (MC) 20. The external memory 14 is connected as an option and stores font data, an emulation program, form data, and the like. Reference numeral 18 denotes an operation panel described above, on which switches for operation, LED indicators, and the like are arranged.
[0038]
The external memory 14 described above is not limited to one, and a plurality of external memories 14 are provided. In addition to the built-in font, a plurality of external memories storing an option card and a program for interpreting a printer control language having a different language system can be connected. May be. Further, an NVRAM (not shown) may be provided to store printer mode setting information from the operation panel 1501.
[0039]
FIG. 2 is a configuration diagram of typical print processing in a host computer to which a printing apparatus such as a printer is directly connected or connected via a network. The application 201, the graphic engine 202, the printer driver 203, and the system spooler 204 exist as files stored in the external memory 11, and when executed, are loaded into the RAM 2 and executed by the OS and modules using the modules. It is a program module. Further, the application 201 and the printer driver 203 are the FD of the external memory 11 or a CD (not shown)? It can be added to the HD of the external disk 11 via a ROM or a network (not shown). The application 201 stored in the external memory 11 is loaded into the RAM 2 and executed. When printing is performed from the application 201 to the printer 1500, the graphic that is similarly loaded into the RAM 2 and executable. Output (drawing) is performed using the engine 202.
[0040]
The graphic engine 202 similarly loads the printer driver 203 prepared for each printing apparatus from the external memory 11 to the RAM 2, and sets the output of the application 201 in the printer driver 203. Then, the GDI (Graphic Device Interface) function received from the application 201 is converted into a DDI (Device Driver Interface) function, and the DDI function is output to the printer driver 203. Based on the DDI function received from the graphic engine 202, the printer driver 203 converts it into a control command that can be recognized by the printer, for example, a PDL (Page Description Language). The converted printer control command is output as print data to the printer 1500 via the interface 21 via the system spooler 204 loaded into the RAM 2 by the OS.
[0041]
In addition to the printing system comprising the printer and host computer shown in FIG. 2, the printing system of this embodiment has a configuration in which print data from an application is temporarily spooled with intermediate code data as shown in FIG.
[0042]
FIG. 3 is an extension of the system shown in FIG. 2 and has a configuration in which a spool file 303 composed of an intermediate code is generated once when a print command is sent from the graphic engine 202 to the printer driver 203. In the system shown in FIG. 2, the application 201 is released from the printing process when the printer driver 203 has converted all print commands from the graphic engine 202 into printer control commands. On the other hand, in the system shown in FIG. 3, the spooler 302 converts all print commands into intermediate code data and outputs the intermediate code data to the spool file 303. The latter usually requires less time. In the system shown in FIG. 3, the contents of the spool file 303 can be processed. As a result, it is possible to realize functions that the application does not have, such as enlargement / reduction or printing by reducing a plurality of pages into one page with respect to print data from the application.
[0043]
For these purposes, the system of FIG. 2 has been extended to spool with intermediate code data as shown in FIG. In order to process print data, settings are made from a window provided by the normal printer driver 203, and the printer driver 203 stores the setting contents in the RAM 2 or the external memory 11.
[0044]
Details of FIG. 3 will be described below. As shown in the figure, in this expanded processing method, the dispatcher 301 receives a DDI function that is a print command from the graphic engine 202. When the print command (DDI function) received by the dispatcher 301 from the graphic engine 202 is based on the print command (GDI function) issued from the application 201 to the graphic engine 202, the dispatcher 301 stores it in the external memory 11. The spooler 302 is loaded into the RAM 2 and a print command (DDI function) is sent to the spooler 302 instead of the printer driver 203.
[0045]
The spooler 302 analyzes the received print command, converts it into an intermediate code for each page, and outputs it to the spool file 303. The intermediate code spool file stored in units of pages is referred to as a page drawing file (PDF). Further, the spooler 302 acquires processing settings (Nup, double-sided, staple, color / monochrome designation, etc.) relating to print data set for the printer driver 203 from the printer driver 203, and creates a spool file 303 as a job unit file. Save to. this job The setting file stored in the unit is referred to as a job setting file (which may be simply referred to as SDF: Spool Description File). This job setting file will be described later. The spool file 303 is generated as a file on the external memory 11, but may be generated on the RAM 2. Further, the spooler 302 loads the spool file manager 304 stored in the external memory 11 into the RAM 2 and notifies the spool file manager 304 of the generation status of the spool file 303. Thereafter, the spool file manager 304 determines whether printing can be performed in accordance with the contents of the processing settings relating to the print data stored in the spool file 303.
[0046]
When the spool file manager 304 determines that printing can be performed using the graphic engine 202, the despooler 305 stored in the external memory 11 is loaded into the RAM 2, and is described in the spool file 303 with respect to the despooler 305. The intermediate code page drawing file is instructed to be printed.
[0047]
The despooler 305 processes the page drawing file of the intermediate code included in the spool file 303 according to the job setting file including the processing setting information included in the spool file 303, regenerates the GDI function, and converts the GDI function again via the graphic engine 202. Output.
[0048]
If the print command (DDI function) received by the dispatcher 301 from the graphic engine 202 is based on the print command (GDI function) issued from the despooler 305 to the graphic engine 202, the dispatcher 301 is not the spooler 302. A print command is sent to the printer driver 203.
[0049]
The printer driver 203 generates a printer control command including a page description language based on the DDI function acquired from the graphic engine 202 and outputs the printer control command to the printer 1500 via the system spooler 204.
[0050]
Further, FIG. 3 shows an example in which a previewer 306 and a setting change editor 307 are arranged in addition to the extended system described so far to enable preview, print setting change, and combination of a plurality of jobs.
[0051]
In order to perform print preview, print setting change, and combination of a plurality of jobs, the user first designates “Store” in the pull-down menu which is a means for performing “designation of output destination” in the printer driver properties shown in FIG. There is a need. If you want to see only the preview, you can also select “Preview” as the destination designation.
[0052]
The contents set in the properties of the printer driver in this way are stored as a setting file in a structure (called DEVMODE in Windows OS) provided by the OS. The structure includes, for example, a setting for whether to store in the spool file manager 304 during the processing settings included in the spool file 303. The spool file manager 304 reads the processing settings via the printer driver, If the store is specified, the page drawing file and the job setting file are generated and stored in the spool file 303 as described above, and the spool file manager window screen pops up as shown in FIG. Listed jobs are displayed. FIG. 16 shows an example in which four jobs are spooled, and a job can be operated by pressing a menu bar or a menu icon immediately below it. The number of operations on the menu bar and menu icon is the same. The operation type is “Print” with the job selected, “Save and print” to leave the spool file of the intermediate code as it is, and “Job” to see the output preview of the job considering the print settings. "Preview", "Delete" to delete the intermediate code spool file, "Duplicate" to generate a copy of the intermediate code spool file, "Combine" to combine multiple intermediate code spool file jobs into one job , “Divide” to divide the combined job into a plurality of original jobs, “job editing” to change the print settings (layout settings, finishing settings, etc.) of the single job or combined job, Move to the top ”, move the print order of a job one step forward,“ move up ”, set the print order of a job one by one There are eleven operations more "move down one", "last movement" of the printing order of a job to last.
[0053]
When a preview of a single job or a combined job is designated on the spool file manager window screen (FIG. 16), the previewer 306 stored in the external memory 11 is loaded into the RAM 2 and is sent to the previewer 306. Instruct to perform the preview processing of the intermediate code job described in the spool file 303.
[0054]
The previewer 306 sequentially reads the page drawing file (PDF) of the intermediate code included in the spool file 303, processes it according to the content of the processing setting information included in the job setting file (SDF) stored in the spool file 303, and generates a graphic. A GDI function is output to the engine 202, and the graphic engine 202 outputs drawing data to its own client area, thereby enabling output on the screen.
[0055]
The graphic engine 202 can perform appropriate rendering according to the designated output destination. From this, the previewer 306 can be realized by processing the intermediate code included in the spool file 303 according to the content of the processing setting included in the spool file 303 and outputting using the graphic engine 202, similarly to the despooler 305. It becomes. In this way, the processing settings set in the printer driver are stored in the spool file 303 as a job setting file, and the data of the page drawing file is processed and output based on the job setting file, so that the actual drawing data is obtained. If printing is specified, and Nup (N page logical pages are reduced to one physical page) is specified, if double-sided printing is specified, bookbinding printing is specified. If a stamp is designated, a print preview close to that output by the printer can be provided to the user accordingly. Note that the preview function of application software such as conventional document creation is drawn based on the page settings in the application, so the print settings in the printer driver are not reflected and the actual printout is performed. It was not possible to make the user recognize the preview.
[0056]
By performing the preview process as described above, a large preview of the print processing settings included in the spool file 303 is displayed on the screen by the previewer 306 as shown in FIG. The window 306 is closed, and control is transferred to the spool file manager window screen (FIG. 16).
[0057]
If the user performs printing in accordance with the contents displayed by the previewer 306, the spool file manager 304 issues a print request by instructing “print” or “save and print”. As described above, the print request is processed by the despooler 305 based on the job setting file to generate a GDI function and is transmitted to the graphic engine 202, and a print command is sent to the printer driver 203 via the dispatcher 301. And printing is performed.
[0058]
Next, setting change using the setting change editor 307 will be described.
[0059]
As a realization method, it is possible to set a job designated as “Store” in FIG. The spool file manager 304 is popped up by the same flow, and the spooled jobs are displayed in a list. When “job editing” is designated on the window screen (FIG. 16) of the spool file manager and a setting change instruction is issued, the setting change editor 307 stored in the external memory 11 is loaded into the RAM 2 and the setting change editor is loaded. Instruct 307 to display the current or default processing settings. Then, a job setting screen as shown in FIG. 18 is displayed.
[0060]
The setting change editor 307 acquires the job setting file of the job for which “job editing” is specified from the spool file 303, and based on the setting items specified in the job setting file, the default value of the job setting screen in FIG. To change. In the example shown in FIG. 18, the job setting file of the job designated as “job editing” designates the number of copies: 1 copy, the printing method: single-sided, the stapling: none, the layout: 1 page / sheet, and the like. Become.
[0061]
This setting change editor 307 also processes the page drawing file of the intermediate code included in the spool file 303 according to the contents of the processing setting included in the job setting file stored in the spool file 303, and uses the graphic engine 202 to manage its own client. By outputting to the area, it is possible to output a small preview on the screen shown in FIG.
[0062]
Here, it is possible to change or modify the contents of the processing settings included in the job setting file stored in the spool file 303. At this time, items that can be set in the printer driver 203 may be held in the user interface on the setting change editor 307 or the user interface of the printer driver 203 itself may be called. As shown in FIG. 18, the fraction, printing method (single-sided, double-sided, bookbinding printing), stapling (saddle finisher, etc.), page layout, arrangement order, etc. can be specified. Most of the items that can be specified in the driver can be reset. However, it is not permitted to change settings relating to print quality such as resolution and graphic mode.
[0063]
The change item changed here is authenticated in accordance with the authentication request on the setting change editor 307, and control is transferred to the spool file manager 304. If the change is certified, the print setting change is saved, but instead of saving it in the original job setting file, a new job output setting file used for job editing etc. is generated and saved Will do. Details of the job output setting file will be described later with reference to FIG.
[0064]
If the user performs printing according to the setting change contents as in the confirmation by the previewer 306, a print request is issued on the spool file manager 304. The print request is transmitted to the graphic engine 202, a print command is sent to the printer driver 203 via the dispatcher 301, and printing is executed.
[0065]
Also, on the spool file manager window screen (FIG. 16), it is possible to specify that a plurality of print jobs are combined and printed as one print job. This is also premised on a job for which “store” is specified as the output destination in the printer driver properties shown in FIG.
[0066]
When the user combines print jobs, first, the printer 201 is called from the application 201, and a store is selected from the user interface as shown in FIG. As described above, this selection causes the spool file 303 to be stored, and the spool file manager window screen (FIG. 16) pops up as shown in FIG. The spooled job is displayed in a list on the spool file manager window. By performing the same operation from the application 201, a list of a plurality of jobs is displayed on the spool file manager 304.
[0067]
Here, when a plurality of jobs are selected and “join” is specified, the setting change editor 307 stored in the external memory 11 is loaded into the RAM 2, and the first job on the list or the setting change editor 307 is loaded. Instructs to display the default processing settings. Then, a combination setting screen as shown in FIG. 18 is displayed. Here, the setting change editor 307 is used as the combination setting screen, but another module may be used.
[0068]
The setting change editor 307 processes the page drawing file of the intermediate code included in the spool file 303 according to the contents of the processing setting included in the job setting information stored in the spool file 303, and all the specified jobs as combined jobs are processed. By outputting the job to its own client area using the graphic engine 202, output on the screen is performed. At that time, a small preview of all jobs selected in the preview area shown in FIG. 18 is possible. When generating a combined job, a job output setting file is generated by expanding the job setting file of each single job. This job output setting file is also generated when job editing is performed. One job output setting file can be generated for one job, and one job is also generated for a combined job.
[0069]
Here, each job can be displayed with the processing settings before combining, or can be displayed after being changed and corrected to a unified processing setting as a combined job. At this time, items that can be set in the printer driver 203 may be held in the user interface on the setting change editor 307 or the user interface of the printer driver 203 itself may be called.
[0070]
As described above, the combined job and the changed change item are authenticated in accordance with the authentication request on the setting change editor 307, and control is transferred to the spool file manager 304. As a result of these operations, a plurality of previously selected jobs are displayed as one combined job on the spool file manager window.
[0071]
If the user performs printing according to the setting change contents as in the confirmation by the previewer 306, a print request is issued on the spool file manager 304. The print request is transmitted to the graphic engine 202, a print command is sent to the printer driver 203 via the dispatcher 301, and printing is executed.
[0072]
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of a color laser printer having a double-sided printing function, which is an example of the printer 1500.
[0073]
This printer forms an electrostatic latent image by scanning the photosensitive drum 15 with a polygon mirror 31 with laser light modulated with image data for each color obtained based on print data input from the host computer 3000. Then, the electrostatic latent image is developed with toner to obtain a visible image, and this is transferred to the intermediate transfer body 9 for all colors to form a color visible image. Further, this color visible image is transferred to the transfer material 2, and the color visible image is fixed on the transfer material 2. The image forming unit that performs the above control includes a drum unit having a photosensitive drum 15, a primary charging unit having a contact charging roller 17, a cleaning unit, a developing unit, an intermediate transfer body 9, a paper cassette 1, and various rollers 3, 4, 5, 7, a transfer unit including the transfer roller 10, and a fixing unit 25.
[0074]
The drum unit 13 is configured integrally with a photosensitive drum (photoconductor) 15 and a cleaner container 14 having a cleaning mechanism that also serves as a holder for the photosensitive drum 15. The drum unit 13 is detachably supported with respect to the printer main body, and can be easily replaced in accordance with the life of the photosensitive drum 15. The photosensitive drum 15 is configured by applying an organic photoconductor layer to the outer periphery of an aluminum cylinder, and is rotatably supported by the cleaner container 14. The photosensitive drum 15 rotates when a driving force of a driving motor (not shown) is transmitted. The driving motor rotates the photosensitive drum 15 in a counterclockwise direction according to an image forming operation. An electrostatic latent image is formed by selectively exposing the surface of the photosensitive drum 15. In the scanner unit 30, the modulated laser light is reflected by a polygon mirror that rotates in synchronization with the horizontal synchronizing signal of the image signal by the motor 31 a, and irradiates the photosensitive drum through the lens 32 and the reflecting mirror 33.
[0075]
The developing unit includes three color developing units 20Y, 20M, and 20C for developing yellow (Y), magenta (M), and cyan (C), and black ( And a single black developing device 21B that performs the development of B). The color developing units 20Y, 20M, and 20C and the black developing unit 21B include a sleep 20YS, 20MS, 20CS, and 21BS, and coating blades 20YB, 20MB, 20CB, and 21BB that are in pressure contact with the outer periphery of each of the sleeps 20YS, 20MS, 20CS, and 21BS. And are provided respectively. The three color developing devices 20Y, 20M, and 20C are provided with application rollers 20YR, 20MR, and 20CR.
[0076]
The black developing unit 21B is detachably attached to the printer main body, and the color developing units 20Y, 20M, and 20C are detachably attached to the developing rotary 23 that rotates about the rotation shaft 22, respectively.
[0077]
The sleep 21BS of the black developing device 21B is arranged with a minute interval of about 300 μm, for example, with respect to the photosensitive drum 15. The black developing device 21B conveys the toner by a feeding member built in the device, and imparts a charge to the toner by frictional charging so as to be applied to the outer periphery of the sleep 21BS rotating in the clockwise direction by the coating blade 21BB. Further, by applying a developing bias to the sleep 21BS, the photosensitive drum 15 is developed according to the electrostatic latent image, and a visible image is formed on the photosensitive drum 15 with black toner.
[0078]
The three color developing devices 20Y, 20M, and 20C rotate with the rotation of the developing rotary 23 during image formation, and the predetermined sleeps 20YS, 20MS, and 20CS have a minute interval of about 300 μm with respect to the photosensitive drum 15. Will face each other. As a result, the predetermined color developing devices 20Y, 20M, and 20C are stopped at the developing position facing the photosensitive drum 15, and a visible image is created on the photosensitive drum 15.
[0079]
At the time of color image formation, the developing rotary 23 rotates every rotation of the intermediate transfer member 9, and the developing process is performed in the order of the yellow developing device 20Y, the magenta developing device 20M, the cyan developing device 20C, and then the black developing device 21B. The transfer body 9 rotates four times to sequentially form visible images with yellow, magenta, cyan, and black toners. As a result, a full-color visible image is formed on the intermediate transfer body 9.
[0080]
The intermediate transfer member 9 is configured to contact the photosensitive drum 15 and rotate as the photosensitive drum 15 rotates. The intermediate transfer member 9 rotates clockwise when forming a color image and is visible four times from the photosensitive drum 15. Receive multiple images. Further, the intermediate transfer member 9 simultaneously transfers a color visible image on the intermediate transfer member 9 onto the transfer material 2 by contacting a transfer roller 10 described later at the time of image formation and sandwiching and conveying the transfer material 2. At the outer periphery of the intermediate transfer member, a TOP sensor 9a and an RS sensor 9b for detecting the position in the rotation direction of the intermediate transfer member 9, and a density sensor for detecting the density of the toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer member. 9c is arranged.
[0081]
The transfer roller 10 includes a transfer charger that is supported so as to be able to come into contact with and separate from the photosensitive drum 15, and is configured by winding a metal shaft with a medium resistance foamed elastic body.
[0082]
As shown by a solid line in FIG. 4, the transfer roller 10 is separated downward so as not to disturb the color visible image while the multiple color visible image is transferred onto the intermediate transfer body 9. After the four color visible images are formed on the intermediate transfer body 9, the transfer roller 10 is shown by a dotted line in the drawing by a cam member (not shown) in accordance with the timing of transferring the color visible image to the transfer material 2. It is located above indicated by. As a result, the transfer roller 10 is pressed against the intermediate transfer member 9 via the transfer material 2 with a predetermined pressing force, and a bias voltage is applied to transfer the color visible image on the intermediate transfer member 9 to the transfer material 2.
[0083]
The fixing unit 25 fixes the transferred color visible image while conveying the transfer 2, and a fixing roller 26 for heating the transfer material 2 and a pressure roller for pressing the transfer material 2 against the fixing roller 26. 27. The fixing roller 26 and the pressure roller 27 are formed in a hollow shape, and heaters 28 and 29 are incorporated therein, respectively. That is, the transfer material 2 holding the color visible image is conveyed by the fixing roller 26 and the pressure roller 27, and the toner is fixed on the surface by applying heat and pressure.
[0084]
The transfer material 2 after fixing the visible image is then discharged to the paper discharge unit 37 by the paper discharge rollers 34, 35, and 36, and the image forming operation is completed.
[0085]
The cleaning unit cleans the toner remaining on the photosensitive drum 15 and the intermediate transfer member 9, and waste toner or toner after the visible image formed on the photosensitive drum 15 is transferred to the intermediate transfer member 9. The waste toner after transferring the four color visible images created on the intermediate transfer member 9 to the transfer material 2 is stored in the cleaner container 14.
[0086]
The transfer material (recording paper) 2 to be printed is taken out from the paper feed tray 1 by the paper feed roller 3 and conveyed so as to be sandwiched between the intermediate transfer member 9 and the transfer roller 10 to record a color toner image. Then, the toner image passes through the fixing unit 25 and is fixed. In the case of single-sided printing, the conveyance path is formed so that the guide 38 guides the recording paper to the upper paper discharge unit, but for double-sided printing, the path is formed so as to guide to the lower-side duplex unit.
[0087]
The recording sheet guided to the duplex unit is once fed to the lower part of the tray 1 (conveying path indicated by a two-dot chain line) by the conveying roller 40 and then conveyed in the reverse direction, and is sent to the duplex tray 39. On the double-sided tray 39, the front and back sides of the sheet placed on the sheet feeding tray 1 are reversed, and the front and back are reversed in the transport direction. Double-sided printing can be performed by transferring and fixing the toner image again in this state.
[0088]
FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing the process of the page unit storage step in the generation of the spool file 303 in the spooler 302.
[0089]
First, in step 501, the spooler 302 receives a print request from the application via the graphic engine 202. In the application, a dialog for inputting print settings as shown in FIG. 8 is displayed, and the print settings input from this dialog are passed to the spooler 303 from the printer driver. The setting input dialog shown in FIG. 8 includes setting items such as 801 for determining the number of logical pages to be laid out on one physical page.
[0090]
In step 502, the spooler 302 determines whether the received print request is a job start request. If it is determined in step 502 that it is a job start request, the process proceeds to step 503, where the spooler 302 temporarily stores the intermediate data. Create a spool file 303 to be stored in In step 504, the spooler 302 notifies the spool file manager 304 of the progress of the printing process, and in step 505, the page number counter of the spooler 302 is initialized to 1. Here, the spool file manager 304 reads job information, processing settings, and the like for the job for which printing has started from the spool file 303 and stores it.
[0091]
On the other hand, if it is determined in step 502 that the request is not a job start request, the process proceeds to step 506.
[0092]
In step 506, the spooler 302 determines whether the received request is a job end request. If it is determined that the request is not a job end request, the process advances to step 507 to determine whether or not a page break is required. If it is determined in step 507 that the page breaks, the process advances to step 508 to notify the spool file manager 304 of the progress of the printing process. Then, the page number counter is incremented, the page drawing file storing the intermediate code is closed, and the next page drawing file is generated.
[0093]
If it is determined in step 507 that the received print request is not a page break, the process proceeds to step 509 and the spooler 302 prepares for writing intermediate code to the page drawing file.
[0094]
Next, in step 510, in order to store the print request in the spool file 303, the spooler 302 converts the print request into an intermediate code of the DDI function. In step 511, the spooler 302 writes the print request (intermediate code) converted in the form that can be stored in step 510 to the page drawing file of the spool file 303. Thereafter, the process returns to step 501 to accept a print request from the application again. The series of processing from step 501 to step 511 is continued until a job end request (End Doc) is received from the application. Further, the spooler 302 simultaneously acquires information such as processing settings stored in the DEVMODE structure from the printer driver 203 and stores the information in the spool file 303 as a job setting file. On the other hand, if it is determined in step 506 that the print request from the application is the end of the job, all the print requests from the application are complete, so the process proceeds to step 512 and the print processing progress to the spool file manager 304. And finish the process.
[0095]
FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing details of the control in the spool file manager 304 between the spool file 303 generation process and the print data generation process described below.
[0096]
In step 601, the spool file manager 304 receives a print processing progress notification from the spooler 302 or the despooler 305.
[0097]
In step 602, the spool file manager 304 determines whether or not the progress notification is a print start notification from the spooler 302 notified in the above-described step 504. If so, the process proceeds to step 603 and print processing settings are made. Is read from the spool file 303 and job management is started. On the other hand, if the print start notification is not received from the spooler 302 in step 602, the process advances to step 604, and the spool file manager 304 is notified of the completion of printing of one logical page from the spooler 302 notified in step 508 described above. Determine if there is. If it is a notification of printing completion of one logical page, the process proceeds to step 605 to store logical page information for this logical page. In the subsequent step 606, it is determined whether printing of one physical page can be started for the n logical pages for which spooling has been completed at this point. If printing is possible, the process advances to step 607 to determine the physical page number from the logical number assigned to one physical page to be printed.
[0098]
Regarding the calculation of the physical page, for example, when the processing setting is such that four logical pages are arranged in one physical page, the first physical page can be printed when the fourth logical page is spooled, and the first physical page is printed. It becomes a page. Subsequently, the second physical page can be printed when the eighth logical page is spooled.
[0099]
Even if the total number of logical pages is not a multiple of the number of logical pages allocated to one physical page, the logical page to be allocated to one physical page can be determined by the spool end notification in step 512.
[0100]
In step 608, in the format shown in FIG. 10, information such as the logical page number constituting the printable physical page and the physical page number is set in the job output setting file (file including physical page information). ) And the despooler 305 is notified that one physical page has been added. Thereafter, the process returns to step 601 to wait for the next notification. In the present embodiment, print processing can be performed even when all the print jobs are not spooled when one page of print data, that is, a logical page constituting one physical page is spooled.
[0101]
On the other hand, if the progress notification is not a print end notification of one logical page from the spooler 302 in step 604, the process advances to step 609, and the spool file manager 304 notifies the job end from the spooler 302 notified in step 512 described above. It is determined whether or not. If it is a job end notification, the process proceeds to step 606 described above. On the other hand, if it is not a job end notification, the process advances to step 610, and the spool file manager 304 determines whether or not the received notification is a print end notification of one physical page from the despooler 305. If it is a print end notification for one physical page, the process proceeds to step 612, where it is determined whether all of the processing settings have been printed. When printing is completed, the process proceeds to step 612, and the despooler 305 is notified of printing completion. On the other hand, if it is determined that printing for the processing setting has not yet been completed, the processing proceeds to step 606 described above. The despooler 305 in this embodiment assumes the number of one physical page as a unit for performing print processing. In step 608, information necessary for printing one physical page is sequentially stored in a file so that it can be reused. If reuse is unnecessary, a high-speed medium such as a shared memory is used. May be implemented in such a manner that one physical page is overwritten one after another to save speed and resources. Further, when the spool progress is faster than the despooling progress or when the despooling is started after the spooling of all the pages is completed, it is not notified in step 608 that page printing is possible for each physical page. Depending on the progress on the despooling side, it is possible to save the number of notifications by setting the notification contents that a plurality of physical pages or all physical pages can be printed.
[0102]
If it is determined in step 610 that the notification is not a print end notification for one physical page from the despooler 305, the process advances to step 613, and the spool file manager 304 determines whether it is a print end notification from the despooler 305. If it is determined that the notification is a print end notification from the despooler 305, the process advances to step 614, and the spool file manager 304 deletes the corresponding page drawing file in the spool file 303 and ends the process. However, if the print end notification is not received from the despooler 305, the process proceeds to step 615 to perform other normal processing and wait for the next notification.
[0103]
FIG. 7 is a flowchart showing details of the print data generation process in the despooler 305.
[0104]
In response to a print request from the spool file manager 304, the despooler 305 reads necessary information (page drawing file and job setting file) from the spool file 303 and generates print data. A method of transferring the generated print data to the printer is as described with reference to FIG.
[0105]
In the generation of print data, first, in step 701, the notification from the spool file manager 304 is input. In the subsequent step 702, the despooler 305 determines whether or not the input notification is a job end notification. If it is a job end notification, the despooler 305 proceeds to step 703, sets an end flag, and proceeds to step 705. On the other hand, if it is not a job end notification in step 702, the process proceeds to step 704, where it is determined whether a print start request for one physical page in step 608 is notified. If it is not determined to be a start request in step 704, the process proceeds to step 710, other error processing is performed, and the process returns to step 701 to wait for the next notification. On the other hand, if it is determined in step 704 that the print start request is for one physical page, the process proceeds to step 705, and the despooler 305 stores the ID of the physical page that can be printed that is notified in step 704. In the subsequent step 706, the despooler 305 determines whether or not the print processing has been completed for all the pages having the physical page ID stored in step 705. If all the physical pages have been processed, the process proceeds to step 707 to determine whether the end flag is set in step 703 described above. If the end flag is set, it is considered that the printing of the job has been completed, the processing end notification of the despooler 305 is notified to the spool file manager 304, and the processing ends. If it is determined in step 707 that the end flag is not set, the process returns to step 701 to wait for the next notification. On the other hand, if it is determined in step 706 that there are still printable physical pages, the process proceeds to step 708, and the despooler 305 sequentially reads and reads the unprocessed physical page ID from the stored physical page ID. Information necessary for generating print data of a physical page corresponding to the physical page ID is read and printing processing is performed. In the printing process, the print request command stored in the spool file 303 is converted into a format (GDI function) that can be recognized by the graphic engine 202 in the despooler 305 and transferred. For the processing setting (hereinafter, N-page printing) in which a plurality of logical pages are laid out on one physical page as in the present embodiment, conversion is performed in consideration of the reduced arrangement in this step. When the necessary print processing is completed, in step 709, the spool file manager 304 is notified of the end of print data generation for one physical page. Then, the process returns to step 706 again, and the process is repeated until print processing is performed for all the printable physical page IDs stored in step 705.
[0106]
The above is the flow of print processing using the dispatcher 301, the spooler 302, the spool file manager 304, and the despooler 305. By performing the processing as described above, the application 201 is released from the printing process at the timing when the spooler 302 generates the intermediate code and stores it in the spool file 303, so that it takes less time than outputting directly to the printer driver 203. . Further, since the spool file 303 is temporarily stored as an intermediate file (page drawing file, job setting file) based on the print settings of the printer driver, the print preview to be actually printed can be recognized by the user, The print jobs generated by the application can be combined and rearranged, and even when the print setting is changed, the user can perform the operation without starting up the application again and performing printing.
[0107]
Here, in print processing using the spooler 302, a job output setting file is generated when the despooler 305 makes a print request to the graphic engine 202, but a job output setting file is also generated when previewing or combining jobs. Is done. The job output setting file is equivalent to the job setting file in the case of a single job, and is generated based on a plurality of job setting information in the case of a combined job. Here, the job output setting file will be described.
[0108]
FIG. 10 shows an example of a job output setting file that stores information constituting the printable physical page generated by the spool file manager 304 in step 608. A field 1001 is an ID for identifying a job, and can be held in the form of the name of a file storing this information or the name of a shared memory. A field 1002 is job setting information. The job setting information includes a structure necessary for starting printing of a job to the graphic engine 202, designation of N page printing, designation of additional drawing such as a page frame, finishing designation such as the number of copies, stapling, etc. Information that can only be set for one job is included. The job setting information 1002 stores as much information as necessary according to the function for the job. A field 1003 is the number of physical pages of the job, and indicates that the physical page information corresponding to this number is stored after this field. In this embodiment, since the number of printable physical pages is notified, the operation is possible without this field. Thereafter, the physical page information is stored in the number of fields 1003 from the field 1004 to the end. The physical page information will be described with reference to FIG.
[0109]
FIG. 11 is an example of job setting information illustrated in the field 1002 of FIG. A field 1101 is the total number of physical pages. A field 1102 is the total number of logical pages. The fields 1101 and 1102 are used when printing the number of pages as additional information in addition to the print data. When printing continues, both fields are provisional values, or the spool file manager 304 postpones the creation of printable physical page information until printing ends. A field 1103 is copy number information for designating how many copies of the print job are to be printed. A field 1104 is used to specify whether or not printing is performed in units of copies when the field 1103 is set to print a plurality of copies. A field 1104 is finishing information such as stapling, punching, Z-folding, and the like, and is specified when a finisher exists in the printer main body or outside. A field 1106 is additional print information, which stores information added to the job, such as decorations such as page frames, additional information such as dates, user names, number of pages, watermark printing, and the like. As the number of functions increases, the number of fields included in the job setting information also increases. For example, when double-sided printing is possible, a field for storing designation of double-sided printing is added.
[0110]
FIG. 12 shows an example of physical page information shown in the field 1004 of FIG. The first field 1201 is a physical page number, which is a value used when managing the printing order and additionally printing the physical page number. A field 1202 is physical page setting information. When the layout and color / monochrome can be specified for each physical page, the layout and color / monochrome settings are stored. A field 1203 is the number of logical pages allocated to this physical page. When four pages are allocated to one physical page, an ID indicating 4 or 4-page printing is stored. From the field 1204 onward, logical page information is stored for the number specified in the field 1203. Depending on the number of pages printed from the application 201, the actual number of page data may be smaller than the number of pages specified in 1203. In that case, special data indicating an empty page is stored in the logical page information.
[0111]
FIG. 13 shows an example of physical page setting information 1202. A field 1301 stores the designation of the order in which the logical pages are arranged on the physical page by printing N pages in the order of arrangement of the logical pages on the physical page (from top left to side, top left to bottom, etc.). Depending on the system, the setting of 1301 may be substituted by arranging the logical page information after the field 1204 in the order corresponding to the arrangement order instead of the page number order instead of the arrangement order. A field 1302 is front / back information for double-sided printing, and is used, for example, when aligning binding margins on the front and back. Field 1303 specifies whether the page is a color page or a monochrome page. If the printer has monochrome mode and color mode, you want to print a color page in color mode and a monochrome page in monochrome mode for a document that contains both color and monochrome pages. It is a value used for cases. By having this information, it is possible to change the processing by the color printer for each page as the auto color mode. In other words, the color page rotates four times if the intermediate transfer member (intermediate transfer drum, intermediate transfer belt) or the transfer member (transfer drum, transfer belt) is YMCK for the number of device colors, and the monochrome page rotates only one time for black. This makes it possible to control the transfer. A field 1304 is additional print information, and is used when additional information such as the number of pages and date is printed on a physical page. In the physical page setting information, a field is added according to the function of the system.
[0112]
FIG. 14 shows an example of logical page information indicated by 1204. A field 1401 is an ID of a logical page. By using this ID, an intermediate code of a page drawing file corresponding to the logical page is referred from the spool file 303. It is sufficient that the intermediate code of the logical page can be accessed using this ID, and it may be a file or a memory pointer or may contain the intermediate code itself constituting the logical page. A field 1402 is a logical page number and is used when the logical page number is printed as additional information or as auxiliary information of the logical page ID. The format information in the field 1403 stores various setting items that can be specified in units of logical pages. For example, additional print information such as a page frame and various setting information designated for each logical page such as an enlargement / reduction ratio are stored. If necessary, attribute information for a logical page such as color / monochrome information for each logical page can be stored. On the other hand, the field 1403 is unnecessary in a system in which the setting is switched in units of logical pages or attribute information in units of logical pages is unnecessary.
[0113]
The job output setting file is configured as described above. The job setting file is almost the same as the print format (single side, double side, bookbinding printing), print layout (Nup, poster printing), additional information (watermark, date, user name addition), number of copies, and paper size information. Are arranged as a job, and each physical page is composed of a logical page arrangement order, front or back of double-sided printing, color mode, and the like.
[0114]
Further, FIG. 3 shows an example in which a setting change editor 307 having a job setting change function is arranged in addition to the extended system described so far. In this embodiment, the job setting contents include a single page job, a job setting file, and a combined job, which is included in the job output setting file shown in FIG. Since it is independent of the file 303, the job setting can be changed by recreating the job output setting file. The setting change editor 307 alone or in cooperation with the spool file manager 304 realizes a job setting change function by rewriting a job output setting file or rewriting a part thereof.
[0115]
FIG. 15 is a flowchart showing details of the job setting change processing process in the setting change editor 307.
[0116]
First, in step 1501, the setting change editor reads a job setting file or a job output setting file. The job output setting file is the same file that the previewer 305 and despooler 303 read. In step 1502, the read result is displayed to the user. In step 1503, a dialogue with the user is performed on the user interface as shown in FIG. 18, and the setting contents are changed by specifying the menu described above. This step may be a batch format that changes according to the contents of the setting change written in a file or the like instead of the interactive format. In step 1504, the setting change editor determines whether or not there is a change between the first read content and the currently specified setting content. If the setting contents have been changed, the process proceeds to step 1505 to generate a new job output setting file, notifies the spool file manager of the change, and ends. If it is determined in step 1505 that there is no change, the spool file manager is notified that there has been no change, and the process ends. In this way, a new job output setting file is generated. When the “OK” button is selected on the user interface screen in FIG. 18, the new job output setting file becomes valid, and the old job output setting file is displayed. The file is deleted. Also, instead of changing from the job output setting file, the job setting file of a single job is stored without being deleted. If the “return to initial state” button is selected on the screen of FIG. 18, the new job output setting file is deleted, and the old job output setting file becomes valid and is reflected in the display. In this embodiment, the setting change editor 307 is described as a separate module, but it may be a part of the user interface of the spool file manager 304. The setting change editor 307 does not actually write the changed contents into the job output setting file, but only notifies the spool file manager 304 of only the setting change contents. An implementation format performed on the manager 304 side may be used.
[0117]
FIG. 3 further illustrates an extended system that combines a plurality of print jobs and prints them as a single print job. The extension for despooling and previewing a combined job will be described.
[0118]
Normally, the intermediate format spool file 303 is created for each job. In the case of a single job, the intermediate code of each logical page in the processing target job file is sequentially read and processed, so the logical page ID in the field 1401 is a relative position indicating where each logical page is located in the file. Alternatively, it can be realized with an absolute offset. In the case of a combined job, it is necessary to specify the spool file and page information belonging to the job from the job ID in the field 1401. In this embodiment, the spool file is specified by adding an ID for identifying the spool file to the logical page ID. In this case, only the field 1401 is the main change. This is because if the spool file can be identified, the page portion can be read with the same logic as the processing of a single job. In addition, when the spool file is stored in the form of a separate file for each logical page, there is a mounting form in which the logical page file name is used as the logical page ID of the field 1401 as it is.
[0119]
A user operation flow when actually combining a plurality of documents will be described. FIG. 19 is a flowchart for explaining user operations up to the state listed on the screen of the spool file manager 304.
[0120]
In step 1901, when printing is started from the application, a dialog of the printer driver is opened, and the spooling to the intermediate file format is specified while being operable on the user interface. In the example of the printer driver dialog in FIG. 9, “Store” designation is selected from the combo box 901. Next, the processing proceeds to step 1902, where printing (appears as viewed from the application, not actual printing. In other words, because background printing processing is being performed, the drawing command is output from the application to the graphic engine. As shown in FIG. 16, the spool file manager 304 user interface displays the intermediate data format on the screen so that the user's specification can be accepted in the spooled state in the intermediate file format. The created print job is listed. In this state, the user can select one document from the list and print it, or change the print settings once and check the settings on the screen.
[0121]
In this case, since the user intends to combine a plurality of print documents, the process proceeds to step 1903 to determine whether all the documents to be combined are set to “store” and printed. If there remains a document to be combined that has not been printed (processing for outputting a drawing command to the graphic engine), the process returns to step 1901 to repeat the printing process for other combined documents. If all the documents to be combined have been printed, the process proceeds to the combining process.
[0122]
FIG. 20 is a flowchart illustrating a user operation when combining a plurality of documents listed in FIG.
[0123]
First, in step 2001, the user selects a document to be combined on the user interface shown in FIG. 16 using a pointing device such as a mouse, and the spool file manager 304 determines that a print job of an intermediate data format as a document is received. If selected, the selected state is identified and notified so that the user is notified that the print job has been selected. This is realized by reversing the color around the document icon (FIG. 22). However, since this is a known technique of the OS, a detailed description of the control is omitted. FIG. 22 shows a state where a plurality of documents to be combined (three documents in this example) are selected.
[0124]
From this state, the process proceeds to step 2002, where the user is instructed to combine from the menu, the toolbar, or the like, and when the spool file manager 304 determines that the job combination instruction has been issued from the user, the print job is combined. Here, the present system checks the setting contents of each document from the intermediate file in which the documents to be merged are stored by reading the job setting file, and can set only one for one print job. It is determined whether there is a setting content, for example, information related to finishing. If the setting content is specified, a confirmation message regarding the setting of the merge target document and the merged document as shown in FIG. 23 is displayed. In this embodiment, control is performed so that a setting cancellation message is displayed whenever a setting content that can only be set for one print job is specified. However, the present invention is not limited to this. The setting contents of the print job may be determined, and control may be performed to display a setting cancellation message when setting contents that can only be set for one print job are different among a plurality of print jobs.
[0125]
In the following step 2003, the user confirms this. message The spool file 304 is controlled to display a user interface (FIG. 23) that allows the user to check the contents of the file and select whether to join or not, and determine whether the user has given an instruction to join or not. To do.
[0126]
If it is determined in step 2003 that designation not to combine is made, the process returns to step 2001 to select a document (print job) again. Even going back to step 2001 and returning to the print flow of FIG. 19, even if a new document is printed, the already printed document may be reprinted with the settings changed.
[0127]
If it is determined in step 2003 that the combination is specified, the process advances to step 2004, and the spool file manager 304 uses the setting change editor 307 to control the combination of a plurality of selected print jobs. .
[0128]
In step 2004, as shown in FIG. 24, a combined job icon indicating a combined job combined by the setting change editor is displayed, and display of the user interface is controlled so as not to display job icons indicating a plurality of print jobs before combining. To do.
[0129]
Even when a combined job is generated, the page drawing file and job setting file of each combined print job are still spooled in the spool file 303, and a job output setting file for the combined job is created. There is only. The physical page information in the job output setting file includes information about which page drawing file is to be arranged in which page layout.
[0130]
FIG. 21 is a diagram showing an example of setting unification / rounding when combining a plurality of documents. For simplicity, the setting items are limited to the number of copies and N page printing. The document A is printed with the setting of 5 copies and 4 pages, and the document B is printed with the settings of 2 copies and 1 pages.
[0131]
When combining the document A and the document B, the number of copies is reset to one, the document A portion is set to 4-page printing, and the layout information of the document B is set to 1-page printing. The number of copies can be set to a unit for handling a print job (specified in FIG. 11), that is, only one setting can be made for one print job. The page layout (layout information) is the information held in the settings for individual documents and pages, that is, the physical page information (1203 in FIG. 12) and does not need to be unified. .
[0132]
The reason why there are some cases where the setting is changed or not changed in this way is described. Generally, there are many types of print settings, but these are classified into one that can exist only in the combined job and one that can exist for each job and page in the combined job. Is the table of FIG.
[0133]
The only setting in the combined job is that it is meaningful to staple the entire job in which the document A and the document B are combined, as in the staple setting. However, if only the portion of the document B is stapled, A setting that loses its combined meaning. On the other hand, when the document A and the document B are simply stapled and output, it is desired to save the settings of the 4-page printing and the 1-page printing set in the original document. Actually, since the setting for printing a plurality of pages on one page is a setting for imposing on the surface of the paper to be printed, it is not necessary to combine the entire job when combining. Such setting items can be mixed even after being combined.
[0134]
The confirmation message in step 2003 requests the user to confirm the setting items to be mixed and the setting items to unify the settings in a system in which the settings can be mixed even after the combination. In FIG. 23 described above, only items whose settings are unified are presented to the user. Since there are many kinds of actual setting items, the confirmation message does not list all items, but only representative ones as shown in FIG. Present The format is easier to use.
[0135]
FIG. 29 is a diagram illustrating the logical structure of the intermediate file. Broadly divided, the setting information portion of the print job and the data of each page of the job are stored. The setting information portion of the print job corresponds to the above-described job setting file (SDF), and in the Windows environment, all items set in the print dialog including information on structures called DEVMODE and PDEVICE are stored. The data of each page corresponds to the above-described page drawing file (PDF), and may have a structure having different entities for each page depending on the system implementation, or a structure in which all are stored in one file as shown in FIG. When combining a plurality of jobs, the SDF unit is scanned from the intermediate file of the target document, the settings are compared, and the settings are unified and rounded.
[0136]
Next, the internal data structure of the joining process will be described. FIG. 27 shows an example of a data structure (job management list) for managing jobs in a state listed on the spool file manager 304. Each time the intermediate file is spooled, the spool file manager 304 adds the ID of the intermediate file to the job management list. The ID of the intermediate file is information that can identify the intermediate file from the ID. For example, if the intermediate file exists in the file system, the file name is used. If the intermediate file exists in the memory, the pointer is used as the ID. It is done.
[0137]
FIG. 28 shows an example of the job management list by the spool file manager 304 when managing combined jobs. In this example, in order to distinguish a combined job from a normal job, one job is represented by a pair of a flag indicating whether the job is a combined job and a job ID. When the flag indicates a normal job, the ID of the intermediate file is stored. When the flag indicates a combined job, an ID for the combined job is stored.
[0138]
Here, since the combined job is managed in the memory, a pointer to a structure representing the combined job is stored. The structure representing the combined job is composed of the number of jobs in the combined job and the ID of the intermediate file of each print job in the combined job. In this way, it is possible to save resources required for job operation by manipulating a logical value such as a job ID instead of directly manipulating an intermediate file in which data is actually stored. . Even when the job combination is repeated, the structure of the intermediate file is preserved, so that it is possible to return to the state when the job is spooled.
[0139]
FIG. 32 is a flowchart showing job operation processing in the spooler 302 and the spool file manager 304.
[0140]
First, in step 3201, the spooler 302 or the spool file manager 304 receives a notification from the user and a print start notification.
[0141]
In step 3202, the spooler 302 determines whether the received notification is a store setting job print notification. If it is determined in step 3202 that the store setting is a print start notification, the process advances to step 3203, and the spool file manager 304 registers the intermediate file ID of the notified print job in the job management list held by itself. In order to accept the next notification, the process returns to step 3201 again.
[0142]
If it is determined in step 3202 that the job print start notification is not a store setting, the process advances to step 3204, and the spool file manager 304 determines whether it is a job combination instruction notification in FIG. If the notification is a combination instruction notification, the process advances to step 3205, and the spool file manager 304 uses the setting change editor 307 to create a combined job structure for managing the combined job.
[0143]
In step 3206, the spool file manager 304 copies all intermediate file IDs of the currently selected job to be combined into the combined job structure created in step 3205. In step 3207, the spool file manager 304 deletes the job copied to the combined job structure from the held job management list, and uses the combined job structure newly created in step 3205 as the job management list. Add to Then, the process returns to step 3201 and waits for the next input.
[0144]
If it is determined in step 3204 that there is no combination instruction, the process further proceeds to step 3208, and the spool file manager 304 determines whether or not it is a job deletion instruction. If it is a job deletion instruction, the process advances to step 3209 to determine whether the job designated for deletion is a combined job or a normal job. If it is determined that the job is a combined job, the flow advances to step 3210 to delete the combined job structure ahead of the pointer registered in the job management list, and the flow advances to step 3211 to delete from the job management list. Delete the created job.
[0145]
If it is determined in step 3209 that the job is not a combined job, the process skips step 3210 and proceeds to step 3211, where the spool file manager 304 deletes the job from the job management list. Then, the process returns to step 3201 and waits for the next input.
[0146]
If it is determined in step 3208 that the instruction is not a deletion instruction, the process advances to step 3212, and the spool file manager 304 determines whether the instruction is a job duplication instruction. If it is determined that the instruction is a job duplication instruction, the spool file manager 304 adds the currently selected duplication target job ID to the job management list. The same applies to the combined job, and the pointer indicating the combined job structure may be copied. However, the simple copying method complicates the management when deleting a job, so it is necessary to store the job reference count in a separate list. Alternatively, the intermediate file or the combined job structure itself may be copied and managed with a different ID. In this case, the management of deletion is simple, but the time required for copying and extra resources for saving the copied intermediate file are consumed, so it is necessary to use them according to the characteristics of the system.
[0147]
Then, the process returns to step 3201 and waits for the next input. If it is determined in step 3212 that the job is not duplicated, the process advances to step 3214, and the spool file manager 304 determines whether it is a job disassembly instruction. If it is determined that the instruction is a job disassembly instruction, the process advances to step 3215, and the spool file manager 304 determines the intermediate file ID held in the combined job structure indicated by the job pointer of the job to be disassembled. Return all jobs to the job management list, delete the job to be disassembled from the job management list, and delete the combined job structure. Then, the spool file manager 304 displays a job icon of the single job on the user interface screen of FIG.
[0148]
Further, before proceeding to step 3215, a message for confirming whether or not the disassembling process may actually be performed may be issued as shown in FIG. Then, the process returns to step 3201 and waits for the next input.
[0149]
Next, a combined job operation will be described. As shown in FIGS. 10 to 14, the data structure used for print preview of the combined job is managed in a configuration of job-paper (front / back) -logical page. The combined job information for configuration is managed in units of jobs as shown in a combined job structure (job output setting file) in FIG. Therefore, in this system, it is possible to perform operations in units of print jobs that constitute a combined job.
[0150]
FIG. 30 shows an example of a user interface for changing the setting of the combined job. A list 3001 displays a list of print jobs included in the combined job. It is possible to change the job order by operating the job order change interface 3002. The top button 3002 is a button for moving the selected print job first (top) in the combined job. The next button is a button for switching the order of the selected print job with the print job one level higher. The next button is a button for switching the order of the selected print job with the next print job. The bottom button is a button for moving the selected print job to the end (bottom) in the combined job. As described above, by operating the order change button, it is possible to change the order of the print jobs in the combined job. That is, spooling was continued with job 1, job 3, and job 5 in application A, which was not possible with the prior art, and then job 2 was spooled in the next application B, and job 4 was spooled in sequence in application C, and the jobs were combined. Later, by operating this order change button, the order of job 1, job 2, job 3, job 4, and job 5 can be aligned, and the operability is greatly improved. As the order is changed, the physical page number (or job ID) of the job output setting file is updated.
[0151]
Further, it is possible to delete a print job from a combined job by operating a job deletion interface indicated by 3003. By deleting the print job, the number of the corresponding physical page or logical page in the job output setting file is updated.
[0152]
FIG. 33 is a flowchart showing a processing flow when the job order is changed and the job is deleted.
[0153]
In step 3310, the spool file manager 304 accepts input from the user.
[0154]
In step 3202, the spool file manager 304 determines whether the input from the user is a job deletion request. If it is determined that the request is a job deletion request, the process advances to step 3303 to determine whether it is the last job in the combined job. If no data exists in the combined job as a result of executing the deletion, the process returns to step 3301 without waiting for the next input. If there is no data as a result of deletion by the process of the user interface, the user may not be able to select deletion from the beginning.
[0155]
If it is determined that there is no data even if the job selected in step 3303 is deleted, the process proceeds to step 3304, and the spool file manager 304 deletes the ID of the job designated for deletion from the combined job structure. (2) of FIG. 31 is an example of a data configuration change in the process of step 3304. In this example, the second job is deleted. The job ID indicating the second job is deleted from the combined job structure, and the jobs lined up thereafter in the empty position Shift . Furthermore, the deletion process is completed by reducing the data holding the number of jobs in the combined job by one.
[0156]
If it is determined in step 3302 that the job deletion request is “inside”, the process advances to step 3305, and the spool file manager 304 determines whether it is an instruction to change the job order. If it is determined in step 3305 that the job order is changed, the process advances to step 3306 to replace the ID with the job that is the destination of the currently selected job to be moved. (1) in FIG. 31 shows an example of a case where the second job is brought to the top by changing the data configuration when the job order is changed. By changing the job ID held at the position of the first job in the combined job structure and the job ID held at the position of the second job, the job order can be changed. If it is determined in step 3305 that the job order is not changed, processing corresponding to the instruction is performed, and the process returns to step 3301.
[0157]
Next, operation in units of pages will be described. A page can be deleted in units of logical pages by the control 3004 in FIG. In this case, the physical page information file is operated. Since a preview is displayed at 3005 in FIG. 30, a physical page information file has already been created from the job management list.
[0158]
FIG. 34 is a flowchart illustrating processing for deleting a logical page in a job. The target job is a combined job, but only the job boundary processing is different, and a single job has the same flow.
[0159]
First, in step 3401, the spool file manager 304 determines whether or not the page to be deleted is the last data of the job. If the deletion causes data to no longer exist in the job, the process ends without performing the deletion process.
[0160]
If it is determined in step 3401 that the page can be deleted, the process advances to step 3402 to search a page corresponding to the logical page selected on the preview from the physical page information file. The process advances to step 3403 to determine whether the file is the last page of the combined job.
[0161]
If it is not the last page, the process advances to step 3405 to further determine whether it is the last page of the job boundary, that is, the job of the elements constituting the combined job. Here, the job boundary is determined only when special processing needs to be performed at the job boundary. As an example of special processing at the job boundary, when the last page of job A is printed on the front side by double-sided printing, it is possible to set whether to print the first page of job B that follows on the back side of the paper. In such a case, depending on the setting, nothing is printed on the back side of the last page and the first page of job B is printed on the front side of the next sheet, or the top side of job B is continuously placed on the back side. There is a process of printing a page or configuring a physical page information file.
[0162]
If it is determined in step 3405 that it is a job boundary, the process proceeds to step 3407, where the job boundary is processed, and the process proceeds to step 3408. If it is determined in step 3405 that the page is not a job boundary page, the process proceeds to step 3408. In step 3408, the spool file manager 304 shifts the next page of the logical page to be processed in order to fill the empty page. Then, the process proceeds to step 3409, the process target page is shifted backward by one, and the process returns to step 3403. When the process proceeds to the final page of the result combination job that is sequentially repeated, it is determined in step 3403 that the page is the final page, and the process proceeds to step 3404.
[0163]
In step 3404, it is determined whether there is no logical page on the last physical page that is the current processing target as a result of shifting the page. If there is no logical page to be displayed on the physical page, the process advances to step 3405 to delete the physical page information itself. If the physical page is not empty, the process is terminated without deleting the physical page.
[0164]
Note that the present invention can be applied to a system composed of a plurality of devices (for example, a host computer, an interface device, a reader, a printer, etc.), or a device (copier, printer, facsimile device, etc.) composed of a single device. You may apply to.
[0165]
Another object of the present invention is to read a program code stored in a storage medium by a computer (or CPU or MPU) of a system or apparatus, which stores a program code of software that realizes the functions of the above-described embodiments. It is also achieved by executing.
[0166]
In this case, the program code itself read from the storage medium realizes the functions of the above-described embodiments, and the storage medium storing the program code constitutes the present invention.
[0167]
As a storage medium for supplying the program code, for example, a floppy disk, a hard disk, an optical disk, a magneto-optical disk, a CD-ROM, a CD-R, a magnetic tape, a nonvolatile memory card, a DVD, an MO, and a ROM are used. be able to.
[0168]
Further, by executing the program code read by the computer, not only the functions of the above-described embodiments are realized, but also an OS (operating system) operating on the computer based on the instruction of the program code. A case where part or all of the actual processing is performed and the functions of the above-described embodiments are realized by the processing is also included.
[0169]
Further, after the program code read from the storage medium is written in a memory provided in a function expansion board inserted into the computer or a function expansion unit connected to the computer, the function expansion board is based on the instruction of the program code. Also included is a case where the CPU or the like provided in the function expansion unit performs part or all of the actual processing, and the functions of the above-described embodiments are realized by the processing.
[0170]
Another object of the present invention is to install a program code of software that realizes the functions of the above-described embodiments in a computer (or CPU or MPU) of a system or apparatus, and read and execute the installed program code. Is also achieved.
[0171]
In this case, the program code itself downloaded and installed by the Internet download service or the like realizes the functions of the above-described embodiment, and the program code itself constitutes the present invention.
[0172]
【The invention's effect】
As described above, the present invention is an information processing apparatus that generates print data to be transmitted to a printing apparatus, and converts the data to be printed generated by an application into a print job in an intermediate code format. Intermediate code conversion means for temporarily storing data in association with print setting information of the data to be A plurality of codes converted by the intermediate code conversion means Combining instruction means for instructing to combine a plurality of intermediate code format print jobs corresponding to different data to be printed into one combined job, and combining the plurality of print jobs into one combined job by the combining instruction means. When a join instruction is given, The temporary storage Analyzing the print setting information of multiple print jobs, only one can be set for one print job Judgment means for judging whether the setting contents are different among the plurality of print jobs, and the judgment means judges that only one setting content can be set for one print job is different among the plurality of print jobs. A confirmation message display means for displaying a confirmation message to unify the setting contents, and a setting in which only one can be set for one print job after the confirmation message is displayed by the confirmation message display means. Content Since there is a setting unification unit that generates print setting information for a combined job that unifies the print job information, a plurality of print jobs having print setting information can be combined. You can confirm with the confirmation message that the settings that can only be set for one print job at the time of combination are unified. Further, it is possible to eliminate the problem of the print setting at the time of the combination.
[0173]
Also, the above Confirmation message display The means analyzes the print setting information of the plurality of print jobs to be combined, and if the information that can be set only for one print job is different, the setting is unified or the print jobs are combined Confirm that you want to select Display a confirmation message Therefore, it is possible to avoid undesired coupling by the user.
[0174]
In addition, since the intermediate code format print job is temporarily stored as a page drawing file for each page, handling of data becomes easy when combining jobs.
[0175]
In addition, since the print setting information for the combined job is added with information for specifying a page drawing file to be laid out on a physical page, the combined job itself does not include drawing data in an intermediate data format such as a page drawing file. Since it is not necessary to have it, the process at the time of joining becomes light.
[0176]
Further, since the print setting information is temporarily stored as a print setting file for each print job, the job becomes cheaper.
[0177]
In addition, since it further includes preview display control means for controlling to display a preview based on the print setting information of the print job or the combined job, it is possible to confirm the print result before printing to the user.
[0178]
In addition, since the apparatus further includes an order control unit that operates a plurality of print jobs in the combined job and changes the order of the print jobs, the user can create the intermediate code without particularly considering the print order, and can always satisfy the user's preference. The order can be determined together.
[0179]
Further, since the apparatus further includes job deleting means for operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job and deleting a specific print job, there is no need to recreate the combined job.
[0180]
In addition, since the job splitting means for splitting the combined job into a plurality of print jobs before combining is further provided, it is possible to return to each single job, so that the user can try generating the combined job with peace of mind. .
[0181]
In addition, since the print job or the combined job is designated and a job duplication unit for creating a duplicate of the designated print job is further provided, even if another job is desired to be included in one job, duplication is made and page control is performed. It becomes possible to do.
[0182]
In addition, the print job or the combined job further includes setting initialization means for returning the initial state at the time of creating intermediate code format data that is the basis of the job based on the print setting information. Operations such as editing can be performed.
[0183]
In addition, since it further includes a page editing means for deleting a specified page for the logical page in the print job or the combined job, the job operation desired by the user can be performed, and the operability and flexibility are improved. To do.
[0184]
In addition, since it further includes print data generation means for generating print data to be transmitted to the printing apparatus based on the intermediate code format data temporarily stored by the intermediate code conversion means, after generating a desired job Allows you to print without restarting the application.
[0185]
The intermediate code format temporarily stored by the intermediate code conversion means is converted into a rendering instruction that can be interpreted by the OS rendering means, and the rendering command generation means outputs the rendering command from the application via the OS rendering means. The received print command is further transferred to the intermediate data conversion unit, and the print command received from the drawing command generation unit via the OS drawing unit is further provided with a print command allocation unit that is transferred to the print data generation unit. Print data conversion means can be used, and even when such a mechanism is provided, the development process can be reduced.
[0186]
Also, the above drawing Since the command is a GDI function, the print command is a DDI function, and the print data is in a printer language, this mechanism can be provided to a general OS.
[Brief description of the drawings]
FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a print control apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a typical print system of a host computer to which a printer is connected.
FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a printing system that temporarily spools an intermediate code before converting a print command from an application into a printer control command.
FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a printer according to the present invention.
FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing processing in the spooler 302;
FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing print control in the spool file manager.
FIG. 7 is a flowchart showing processing in the despooler 305;
FIG. 8 is an example of a print setting screen.
FIG. 9 is an example of a print spool setting screen.
FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating an example of a data format that is passed when the spool file manager 304 makes a physical page print request to the despooler 305;
FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating an example of a data format that is passed when the spool file manager 304 makes a physical page print request to the despooler 305;
FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating an example of a data format that is passed when the spool file manager 304 makes a physical page print request to the despooler 305;
FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating an example of a data format that is passed when the spool file manager 304 makes a physical page print request to the despooler 305;
FIG. 14 is a diagram illustrating an example of a data format that is passed when the spool file manager 304 makes a physical page print request to the despooler 305;
15 is a flowchart showing setting change processing in a setting change editor 307. FIG.
FIG. 16 is an example of a screen that displays a list of print jobs spooled by the spool file manager.
FIG. 17 is an example of a screen of the previewer 306;
18 is an example of a screen of a setting change editor 307. FIG.
FIG. 19 is a flowchart showing a user operation when spooling to the spool file manager 304 as shown in FIG. 16;
FIG. 20 is a flowchart showing user operations during job combination.
FIG. 21 is a conceptual diagram for explaining unification / rounding of settings when combining a plurality of documents.
FIG. 22 is an example of a user interface for selecting a plurality of documents to be combined in order to combine a plurality of documents.
FIG. 23 is an example of a user interface that requests confirmation of unification and rounding of settings at the time of combination.
24 is an example of a user interface indicating that a plurality of documents selected in FIG. 22 are combined.
FIG. 25 is an example of a confirmation message when disassembling a job.
FIG. 26 is an example of classification of a setting that is not unified and a setting that is unified when performing setting unification / rounding when combining.
FIG. 27 is an example of a data structure when the spool file manager 304 manages a plurality of print jobs.
FIG. 28 is an example of a data structure when the spool file manager 304 manages a plurality of print jobs and a plurality of combined jobs.
FIG. 29 is an example of the internal structure of an intermediate file.
FIG. 30 is an example of a screen for editing a combined job.
FIG. 31 is an example of data processing when changing the order of jobs after combining and deleting them.
FIG. 32 is a flowchart illustrating an example of job editing processing in the spool file manager.
FIG. 33 is a flowchart showing an example of processing in the spool file manager 304 when job unit editing processing of combined jobs is performed in the setting change editor 307;
FIG. 34 is a flowchart showing an example of the status of processing in the spool file manager 304 when the setting change editor 307 deletes page units.
[Explanation of symbols]
1 CPU
2 RAM
3 ROM
4 System bus
12 CPU
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19 RAM
3000 Host computer
1500 printer

Claims (46)

  1. An information processing apparatus that generates print data to be transmitted to a printing apparatus,
    Intermediate code conversion means for converting data to be printed generated by an application into a print job in an intermediate code format, and temporarily storing the data in association with print setting information of the data to be printed;
    A combination instruction unit for combining a plurality of intermediate code format print jobs corresponding to a plurality of different data to be printed converted by the intermediate code conversion unit into a combined job;
    When a combination instruction for making a plurality of print jobs into one combined job is made by the combination instruction unit, the temporarily saved print setting information of the plurality of print jobs is analyzed, and one print job is analyzed. A judging means for judging whether or not the setting contents which can be set only one are different among the plurality of print jobs;
    A confirmation message display for displaying a confirmation message to unify the setting contents when it is determined by the determining means that only one setting content can be set for one print job is different among a plurality of print jobs. Means,
    A setting unification unit for generating print setting information for a combined job in which only one setting content can be set for one print job after the confirmation message is displayed by the confirmation message display unit ;
    An information processing apparatus comprising:
  2. The confirmation message display unit analyzes print setting information of a plurality of print jobs to be combined, and if only one piece of information that can be set for one print job is different, The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein a confirmation message for confirming whether or not to perform the combination is displayed .
  3. 3. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the intermediate code print job is temporarily stored as a page drawing file for each page.
  4. The information processing apparatus according to claim 3, wherein the print setting information for the combined job is added with information specifying a page drawing file laid out on a physical page.
  5. 5. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the print setting information is temporarily stored as a print setting file for each print job.
  6. 6. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising preview display control means for controlling to display a preview based on print setting information of the print job or the combined job.
  7. 7. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising order control means for operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job to change the order of the print jobs.
  8. 8. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising job deletion means for operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job and deleting a specific print job.
  9. 9. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising job dividing means for dividing the combined job into a plurality of print jobs before combining.
  10. 10. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising job duplicating means for causing the print job or the combined job to be designated and creating a duplicate of the designated print job.
  11. 2. The print job or the combined job further comprises setting initialization means for returning an initial state at the time of creating intermediate code data that is a basis of the job based on print setting information. The information processing apparatus according to 10.
  12. 12. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising page editing means for deleting a designated page for the logical page in the print job or the combined job.
  13. 13. The print data generation means for generating print data to be transmitted to the printing apparatus based on the intermediate code format data temporarily stored by the intermediate code conversion means. Information processing device.
  14. A rendering command generating unit that converts the intermediate code format data temporarily stored by the intermediate code converting unit into a rendering command that can be interpreted by the rendering unit of the OS, and outputs the rendering command;
    A print command received from the application via the OS drawing unit is passed to the intermediate data conversion unit, and a print command received from the drawing command generation unit via the OS drawing unit is passed to the print data generation unit 14. The information processing apparatus according to claim 13, further comprising allocation means.
  15. The information processing apparatus according to claim 14, wherein the drawing command is a GDI function, the print command is a DDI function, and the print data is a printer language.
  16. An information processing method in an information processing apparatus for generating print data to be transmitted to a printing apparatus,
    An intermediate code conversion step of converting data to be printed generated by an application into a print job in an intermediate code format and temporarily storing the data in association with print setting information of the data to be printed;
    A combination instruction step of combining a plurality of intermediate code format print jobs corresponding to a plurality of different data to be printed converted in the intermediate code conversion step into a combined job;
    When a combination instruction for making a plurality of print jobs into one combined job is made in the combination instruction step, the temporarily saved print setting information of the plurality of print jobs is analyzed and one print job is analyzed. A determination step of determining whether or not only one setting content can be set differs between the plurality of print jobs;
    A confirmation message display for displaying a confirmation message to unify the setting contents when it is determined in the determination step that the setting contents that can be set only for one print job are different for a plurality of print jobs. Process,
    A setting unification step for generating print setting information for a combined job in which only one setting can be set for one print job after displaying the confirmation message in the confirmation message display step ;
    An information processing method comprising:
  17. The confirmation message display step analyzes the print setting information of the plurality of print jobs to be combined, and if the information that can be set only for one print job is different, the setting is unified, or the print job 17. The information processing method according to claim 16, further comprising displaying a confirmation message for confirming selection of whether or not to perform the combination .
  18. 18. The information processing method according to claim 16, wherein the intermediate code format print job is temporarily stored as a page drawing file for each page.
  19. 19. The information processing method according to claim 18, wherein the print setting information for the combined job is added with information specifying a page drawing file laid out on a physical page.
  20. 20. The information processing method according to claim 16, wherein the print setting information is temporarily stored as a print setting file for each print job.
  21. 21. The information processing method according to claim 16, further comprising a preview display control step of controlling to display a preview based on print setting information of the print job or the combined job.
  22. 23. The information processing method according to claim 16, further comprising an order control step of operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job to change the order of the print jobs.
  23. 23. The information processing method according to claim 16, further comprising a job deletion step of operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job and deleting a specific print job.
  24. 24. The information processing method according to claim 16, further comprising a job dividing step of dividing the combined job into a plurality of print jobs before combining.
  25. 25. The information processing method according to claim 16, further comprising a job duplication step of causing the print job or the combined job to be designated and creating a duplicate of the designated print job.
  26. 17. The print job or the combined job further includes a setting initialization step for returning an initial state at the time of creating intermediate code data as a basis of the job based on print setting information. 25. The information processing method according to 25.
  27. 27. The information processing method according to claim 16, further comprising a page editing step of deleting a designated page for the logical page in the print job or the combined job.
  28. 28. A print data generation step for generating print data to be transmitted to the printing apparatus based on the intermediate code format data temporarily stored in the intermediate code conversion step. Information processing method.
  29. A drawing command generation step of converting the intermediate code format data temporarily stored in the intermediate code conversion step into a drawing command that can be interpreted by the drawing means of the OS, and outputting the drawing command;
    A print command received from the application via the OS drawing means is passed to the intermediate data conversion step, and a print command received from the drawing command generation step via the OS drawing means is passed to the print data generation step. 29. The information processing method according to claim 28, further comprising an allocation step.
  30. 30. The information processing method according to claim 29, wherein the drawing command is a GDI function, the print command is a DDI function, and the print data is a printer language.
  31. A storage medium storing a computer-readable program executed in an information processing apparatus that generates print data to be transmitted to a printing apparatus,
    An intermediate code conversion step of converting data to be printed generated by an application into a print job in an intermediate code format and temporarily storing the data in association with print setting information of the data to be printed;
    A combination instruction step of combining a plurality of intermediate code format print jobs corresponding to a plurality of different data to be printed converted in the intermediate code conversion step into a combined job;
    When a combination instruction for making a plurality of print jobs into one combined job is made in the combination instruction step, the temporarily saved print setting information of the plurality of print jobs is analyzed and one print job is analyzed. A determination step of determining whether or not only one setting content can be set differs between the plurality of print jobs;
    A confirmation message display for displaying a confirmation message to unify the setting contents when it is determined in the determination step that the setting contents that can be set only for one print job are different for a plurality of print jobs. Process,
    A setting unification step for generating print setting information for a combined job in which only one setting can be set for one print job after displaying the confirmation message in the confirmation message display step ;
    A storage medium storing a computer-readable program.
  32. The confirmation message display step analyzes the print setting information of the plurality of print jobs to be combined, and if the information that can be set only for one print job is different, the setting is unified or the print job 32. The storage medium according to claim 31, wherein a confirmation message for confirming whether or not to perform the combination is displayed .
  33. 33. The storage medium according to claim 31, wherein the intermediate code format print job is temporarily stored as a page drawing file for each page.
  34. 34. The storage medium according to claim 33, wherein the print setting information for the combined job is added with information specifying a page drawing file laid out on a physical page.
  35. 35. The storage medium according to claim 31, wherein the print setting information is temporarily stored as a print setting file for each print job.
  36. 36. The storage medium according to claim 31, further comprising a preview display control step of controlling to display a preview based on print setting information of the print job or the combined job.
  37. 37. The storage medium according to claim 31, further comprising an order control step of operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job to change the order of the print jobs.
  38. 38. The storage medium according to claim 31, further comprising a job deletion step of operating a plurality of print jobs in the combined job and deleting a specific print job.
  39. The storage medium according to any one of claims 31 to 38, further comprising a job dividing step of dividing the combined job into a plurality of print jobs before combining.
  40. The storage medium according to any one of claims 31 to 39, further comprising a job duplication step of causing the print job or the combined job to be designated and creating a duplicate of the designated print job.
  41. 32. The print job or the combined job further includes a setting initialization step for returning an initial state at the time of creating intermediate code data as a basis of the job based on print setting information. 40. The storage medium according to 40.
  42. 42. The storage medium according to claim 31, further comprising a page editing step of deleting a designated page with respect to a logical page in the print job or the combined job.
  43. 43. The print data generation step of generating print data to be transmitted to the printing apparatus based on the intermediate code format data temporarily stored in the intermediate code conversion step. Storage medium.
  44. A drawing command generation step of converting the intermediate code format data temporarily stored in the intermediate code conversion step into a drawing command that can be interpreted by the drawing means of the OS, and outputting the drawing command;
    A print command received from the application via the OS drawing means is passed to the intermediate data conversion step, and a print command received from the drawing command generation step via the OS drawing means is passed to the print data generation step. 44. The storage medium according to claim 43, further comprising an allocation step.
  45. 45. The storage medium according to claim 44, wherein the drawing command is a GDI function, the print command is a DDI function, and the print data is a printer language.
  46. A computer readable program for generating print data to be transmitted to a printing device,
    An intermediate code conversion program code for converting data to be printed generated by an application into a print job in an intermediate code format and temporarily storing the data in association with print setting information of the data to be printed;
    A combination instruction program code for combining a plurality of intermediate code format print jobs corresponding to a plurality of different data to be printed converted in the intermediate code conversion step into a combined job;
    When a combination instruction for making a plurality of print jobs into one combination job is issued by the combination instruction program code, the print setting information of the plurality of temporarily stored print jobs is analyzed and one print job is analyzed. A determination program code for determining whether or not only one setting content can be set for each of the plurality of print jobs,
    Confirmation that displays a confirmation message to unify the setting contents when it is determined by the determination program code that only one setting content can be set for one print job is different among a plurality of print jobs. Message display program code;
    A setting unification program code for generating print setting information for a combined job in which only one setting content can be set for one print job after the confirmation message is displayed by the confirmation message display program code; ,
    A computer program readable and executable by a computer.
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