JP4317162B2 - Print server, print management server, printing device, print system, print data storage method, print management method, print method, and program - Google Patents

Print server, print management server, printing device, print system, print data storage method, print management method, print method, and program Download PDF

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JP4317162B2
JP4317162B2 JP2005173276A JP2005173276A JP4317162B2 JP 4317162 B2 JP4317162 B2 JP 4317162B2 JP 2005173276 A JP2005173276 A JP 2005173276A JP 2005173276 A JP2005173276 A JP 2005173276A JP 4317162 B2 JP4317162 B2 JP 4317162B2
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  According to the present invention, when print data is temporarily stored using a print server and printing is performed, printing is performed from the printing apparatus by making a print request for the temporarily stored print data from a desired printing apparatus. The present invention relates to control of a printing system that can be made possible.

  Conventionally, a so-called “pull print (accumulated printing)” printing system that enables a user to output print data from the printing apparatus by making a print request to the print data temporarily accumulated on the server from the printing apparatus. Has been proposed. Accordingly, the user can output print data from a desired printing apparatus instead of outputting to a specific printing apparatus when printing from an application.

For example, Patent Document 1 discloses a conventional pull print system, which discloses a mechanism for printing by designating a temporarily stored print job from the printing apparatus side. Specifically, when the print data is stored in the job server from the client terminal, an identification number is created by the job server and notified to the client terminal. Then, the user can output from the printer connected to the print server by inputting the identification number from the print server connected to the printer to be output later and making a print request to the job server. is there.
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  However, the system described in Patent Document 1 enables output from a desired printer. However, when a considerable number of users use this mechanism to collectively manage print jobs with a job server. Not only does the amount of print job data stored in the job server become enormous, but it also has the problem that print request processing from the user becomes frequent, increasing the load on the job server and deteriorating the response. Yes.

  In order to solve this problem, for example, it may be possible to install a plurality of job servers. However, if the system of Patent Document 1 is applied as it is, a job for specifying a print job of the job server from the print server may be used. A problem arises in that a server must be appropriately selected to make a print request to the job server, and the user must know which job server the print job is in.

An object of the present invention, stored in the print server to the specified print data during printing, and consolidated in the printing management server for bibliographic information print data, the print data stored in the print server of a desired print A print server, a print system, a print management server, a printing apparatus, a print data storage method, a print management method, a printing method, and a program that can be easily output from the apparatus.

The present invention, via a predetermined communication medium 1 or a plurality of information processing apparatuses, print server, and capable of communicating the print server with multiple printing devices, storing the print data received from the information processing apparatus Generated by the storage means, bibliographic information data generation means for generating bibliographic information data including information specifying the storage location of the print data stored in the storage means and bibliographic information of the print data, and the bibliographic information data generation means Bibliographic information data transmitting means for transmitting the bibliographic information data to the print management server; and bibliographic information data transmitted by the bibliographic information data transmitting means for storing and managing the bibliographic information received from the printing apparatus. Based on the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the information data, the print server storing the print data is specified. Together, the relative specified print server, from the printing management server having a function of outputting the printing apparatus and a printing command signal specifying the print data receiving means for receiving the print command signal, the receiver received by means on the basis of the printing apparatus and a printing command signal the specifying the print data, characterized that you and an output means for outputting the print data to which the designated for the designated printing device And

The present invention, together with storing the print data received from the information processing apparatus in the storage means, based on a print command signal specifying the printing apparatus and print data received from the printing management server, which is the designated to one or more print servers outputting the print data to which the designated to the printing apparatus, the print command signal to a print server capable of transmitting, received from the print server, storing the print data and bibliographic information data storing means for storing and managing bibliographic information data including bibliographic information of the information for specifying the print server and the print data, the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the storage management received from the printing apparatus based on the print request signal, the print server to identify the print server that stores the print data, and the specific In contrast, and having a print instruction signal output means for outputting a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data.

Furthermore, the present invention stores the print data received from the information processing apparatus in a storage unit, and also specifies the specified print based on a print command signal specifying the print apparatus and print data received from the print management server. one or more print servers outputting the print data to which the designated for apparatus and stores bibliographic information data including bibliographic information of the information and the print data specifying the print server for storing the print data as well as managing, on the basis of a print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the storage management received from the printing apparatus, together with specifying the print server that stores the print data, which is the specific relative print server, the print management service that outputs a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data A print requesting means for transmitting a print request signal of print data corresponding to bibliographic information data stored and managed in the print management server to the print management server; in response to a print request signal, receives the printing data sent from the print server based on said print command signal print data specified is transmitted to the print server which is stored in the print request signal from the print server and having a printing means for performing print processing.

In addition, the present invention is a print system including one or more information processing apparatuses, one or more print servers, a print management server, and a plurality of printing apparatuses that can communicate via a predetermined communication medium. there are, the print server, bibliography comprising storage means for storing the print data received from the information processing apparatus, the bibliographic information of the information and the print data specifying the storage location of the print data stored in the storage means Bibliographic information data generating means for generating information data, bibliographic information data transmitting means for transmitting bibliographic information data generated by the bibliographic information data generating means to the print management server, a printing apparatus received from the print management server, and based on the print command signal specifying the print data, the outputs of the specified print data to the designated printing device Are those having a power unit, the print management server stores bibliographic information data including bibliographic information of the print data information and the corresponding identifying a print server for storing the print data received from the print server identification and bibliographic information data storing means for managing, on the basis of a print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the storage management received from said printing device, said print server that stores the print data and, with respect to the specified print server, which has a print instruction signal output means for outputting a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data, the printing apparatus, the print server A print request signal for print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data stored and managed by the print management server is sent to the print management server. And request means, in response to the print request signal, transmitted from the print command the print server based on the signal transmitted from the print server to the print server print data specified is stored in the print request signal And print processing means for receiving print data and performing print processing.

According to the present invention, the bibliographic information data of the print data batch storage managed by the print management server, the print data itself, and store the print server, further, for the print data output to the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus based on the print command signals print management server issues in response to a print request from, the print server that stores the requested print data is executed, facilitates print data stored in the print server from the desired printing device It is possible to construct a flexible pull print environment that can be output to

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Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings.

  FIG. 1 is a system configuration diagram illustrating an example of a configuration of a print system to which a print server, a print management server, and a printing apparatus according to the present invention can be applied.

  As shown in “Office A” in FIG. 1, the print system of the present embodiment includes one or more client PCs 100 (for example, for each user), one or more print servers 200 (for example, installed for each floor), One or a plurality of MFPs 300 (for example, installed on each floor), a print management server 400, one or a plurality of login service PCs 500 (for example, installed on each floor), and a directory service server 600 configure a local area network (LAN) 700. It is the structure connected via this.

  A print driver is installed in the client PC 100, and print data can be transmitted to the print server 200 or the like via an application program and stored in a predetermined storage location (spool area) of the print server 200.

  The print server 200 can generate bibliographic information data corresponding to the print data received from the client PC 100, transmit it to the print management server 400, and store it in a predetermined storage location of the print management server 400.

  The print server 200 also controls transfer of print data stored in the predetermined storage location to the multi-function device 300 based on an LPR command (command for instructing LPR printing) received from the outside.

  The print management server 400 includes a bibliographic information DB (shown in FIG. 11 described later), receives bibliographic information (bibliographic information corresponding to print data accumulated in the print server 200) transmitted from the print server 200, and It is stored and managed by the bibliographic information DB. Further, the print management server 400 stores an IC card authentication table (shown in FIG. 22 described later), and performs authentication processing using the IC card authentication table in response to an authentication request by the IC card from the multifunction device 300. I do. Furthermore, the print management server 400 issues a print data print instruction to the print server 200 in response to a print request from the multifunction device 300 (print data print request corresponding to the bibliographic information managed in the bibliographic information DB). .

  The login service PC 500 is a login user ID and password (for example, a login user name (user ID) of Microsoft Windows (registered trademark)) of the client PC 100 stored and managed by the directory service server 600 as a login service of the MFP 300. , Password) based authentication processing (SSO (Single Sign-ON)), for example, a personal computer equipped with a Canon security agent.

  The directory service server 600 includes hardware resources such as servers, clients, printers, and the like existing on the network, and attributes of users who use them (login user ID and password of the client PC 100 (for example, Windows (registered trademark) of Microsoft Corporation)). The login user name (user ID) and password), and access rights, etc., are centrally stored and managed, for example, a server equipped with an Active Directory function.

  In the print system according to the present embodiment, the “office A” having the above-described configuration is connected to one or more client PCs 100, one or more print servers 200, one or more multifunction devices 300 via a LAN 700. A configuration in which one or a plurality of “offices B” having the above configuration is connected via the WAN 800 may be used.

  Hereinafter, the hardware configuration of the information processing apparatus applicable to the client PC 100, the print server 200, the print management server 400, the login service PC 500, and the directory service server 600 illustrated in FIG. 1 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a hardware configuration of an information processing apparatus applicable to the client PC 100, the print server 200, the print management server 400, the login service PC 500, and the directory service server 600 illustrated in FIG.

  In FIG. 2, reference numeral 201 denotes a CPU that comprehensively controls each device and controller connected to the system bus 204. Further, the ROM 202 or the external memory 211 is necessary to realize a BIOS (Basic Input / Output System) or an operating system program (hereinafter referred to as an OS) that is a control program of the CPU 201 and a function executed by each server or each PC. Various programs to be described later are stored.

  A RAM 203 functions as a main memory, work area, and the like for the CPU 201. The CPU 201 implements various operations by loading a program or the like necessary for execution of processing from the ROM 202 or the external memory 211 into the RAM 203 and executing the loaded program.

  An input controller 205 controls input from a keyboard (KB) 209 or a pointing device such as a mouse (not shown). A video controller 206 controls display on a display device such as a CRT display (CRT) 210. In FIG. 2, although described as CRT 210, the display device is not limited to the CRT, but may be another display device such as a liquid crystal display. These are used by the administrator as needed.

  A memory controller 207 is connected to the hard disk (HD), flexible disk (FD), or PCMCIA card slot for storing a boot program, various applications, font data, user files, editing files, various data, etc. via an adapter. The access to the external memory 211 such as a compact flash (registered trademark) memory is controlled.

  A communication I / F controller 208 is connected to and communicates with an external device via a network (for example, the LAN 700 shown in FIG. 1), and executes communication control processing on the network. For example, communication using TCP / IP is possible.

  Note that the CPU 201 enables display on the CRT 210 by executing outline font rasterization processing on a display information area in the RAM 203, for example. In addition, the CPU 201 enables a user instruction with a mouse cursor (not shown) on the CRT 210.

  Various programs to be described later for realizing the present invention are recorded in the external memory 211 and executed by the CPU 201 by being loaded into the RAM 202 as necessary. Furthermore, definition files and various information tables used when executing the program are also stored in the external memory 211, and a detailed description thereof will be described later.

  Next, the hardware configuration of the controller unit that controls the multifunction peripheral 200 shown in FIG. 1 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a hardware configuration of the controller unit of the multifunction peripheral 200 illustrated in FIG.

  In FIG. 3, reference numeral 316 denotes a controller unit which is connected to a scanner 314 functioning as an image input device and a printer 312 functioning as an image output device, while being connected to a LAN (for example, the LAN 700 shown in FIG. 1) or a public line (WAN). By connecting to (for example, PSTN or ISDN), input / output of image data and device information is performed.

  In the controller unit 316, reference numeral 301 denotes a CPU, which is a processor that controls the entire system. A RAM 302 is a system work memory for the CPU 301 to operate, and is also a program memory for recording a program and an image memory for temporarily recording image data.

  A ROM 303 stores a system boot program and various control programs. A hard disk drive (HDD) 304 stores various programs for controlling the system, image data, and the like.

  An operation unit interface (operation unit I / F) 307 is an interface unit with the operation unit (UI) 308 and outputs image data to be displayed on the operation unit 308 to the operation unit 308. The operation unit I / F 307 serves to transmit information (for example, user information) input by the system user from the operation unit 308 to the CPU 301. Note that the operation unit 308 includes a display unit having a touch panel, and various instructions can be given by a user pressing (touching with a finger or the like) a button displayed on the display unit.

  A network interface (Network I / F) 305 is connected to a network (LAN) and inputs / outputs data. A modem (MODEM) 306 is connected to the public line 231 and inputs / outputs data such as FAX transmission / reception.

  Reference numeral 318 denotes an external interface (external I / F), which is an I / F unit that accepts external inputs such as USB, IEEE 1394, printer port, and RS-232C. In this embodiment, for reading an IC card required for authentication The card reader 319 is connected to the external I / F unit 318. The CPU 301 can control reading of information from the IC card by the card reader 319 via the external I / F 318, and can acquire information read from the IC card. The above devices are arranged on the system bus 309.

  Reference numeral 320 denotes an image bus interface (IMAGE BUS I / F), which is a bus bridge that connects the system bus 309 and an image bus 315 that transfers image data at high speed, and converts the data structure.

  The image bus 315 is configured by a PCI bus or IEEE1394. The following devices are arranged on the image bus 315.

  A raster image processor (RIP) 310 develops vector data such as a PDL code into a bitmap image. A printer interface (printer I / F) 311 connects the printer 312 and the controller unit 316, and performs synchronous / asynchronous conversion of image data. A scanner interface (scanner I / F) 313 connects the scanner 314 and the controller unit 316 and performs synchronous / asynchronous conversion of image data.

  An image processing unit 317 performs correction, processing, and editing on input image data, and performs printer correction, resolution conversion, and the like on print output image data. In addition to this, the image processing unit 317 performs image data rotation and compression / decompression processing such as JPEG for multi-valued image data and JBIG, MMR, MH for binary image data.

  The scanner unit 314 illuminates an image on paper as a document and scans it with a CCD line sensor, thereby converting it into an electrical signal as raster image data. The original paper is set on the tray of the original feeder, and when the apparatus user gives a reading start instruction from the operation unit 308, the CPU 301 gives an instruction to the scanner 314, and the feeder feeds the original paper one by one to read the original image. I do.

  The printer unit 312 is a part that converts raster image data into an image on paper. The method is an electrophotographic method using a photosensitive drum or a photosensitive belt, and ink is ejected from a micro nozzle array directly on the paper. There is an inkjet method for printing an image, but any method may be used. The activation of the printing operation is started by an instruction from the CPU 301. The printer unit 312 has a plurality of paper feed stages so that different paper sizes or different paper orientations can be selected, and has a paper cassette corresponding thereto.

  The operation unit 308 has an LCD display unit, and a touch panel sheet is pasted on the LCD. The operation unit 308 displays an operation screen of the system. When a displayed key is pressed, the position information is displayed on the operation unit I / F 307. To the CPU 301 via The operation unit 308 includes, for example, a start key, a stop key, an ID key, a reset key, and the like as various operation keys.

  Here, the start key of the operation unit 308 is used when starting a document image reading operation. At the center of the start key, there are two color LEDs, green and red, which indicate whether or not the start key can be used. Further, the stop key of the operation unit 308 functions to stop the operation in operation. The ID key of the operation unit 308 is used when inputting the user ID of the user. The reset key is used when initializing settings from the operation unit.

  The card reader 319 reads information stored in an IC card (for example, Sony FeliCa (registered trademark)) under the control of the CPU 301, and reads the read information via the external I / F 318. The CPU 301 is notified.

  With the configuration as described above, the multifunction peripheral 300 can transmit the image data read from the scanner 314 to the LAN 700 and print out the print data received from the LAN 700 by the printer 312.

  Also, the image data read from the scanner 314 can be faxed to the public line by the modem 306, and the image data received by fax from the public line can be output by the printer 312.

  The overall flow of pull printing in the printing system of this embodiment will be described below using FIG.

  First, the premise for executing pull printing of this embodiment will be described.

  First, a normal printer driver is installed in each client PC 100 and a logical printer is added (shown in “monochrome printing” 601 and “color printing” 602 shown in FIG. 6 described later). In this logical printer, the print destination (print port) is set in the print server 200 (shown in FIG. 5 described later).

  When the user gives a print instruction to the logical printer added to each client PC 100 and whose print destination is set in the print server 200, the pull print of this embodiment is executed.

  The overall flow of pull printing according to this embodiment will be described below.

  FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram illustrating the entire flow of pull printing in the printing system of the present embodiment.

  As shown in FIG. 4, first, the user logs in to the client PC 100 ((1) -1), and the print destination (print port) is designated to the print server 200 from the application program executed on the client PC 100. A print instruction is issued to the logical printer ((1) -2).

  In response to this print instruction, the application program of the client PC 100 transmits data to the printer driver via the graphic engine. The printer driver of the client PC 100 generates print data based on data received from the application program via the graphic engine. Then, the client PC 100 connects to the print server 200 using the LPR protocol, transmits the generated print data ((2) -1), and stores a predetermined storage location (preset in the print server 200). (Spool area) ((2) -2). The file name of the print data stored in the predetermined storage location of the print server 200 will be described later. The print server 200 does not transmit to the printing apparatus even if the print data is stored in the predetermined storage location.

  Next, the print server 200 extracts (generates) bibliographic information data from the print data received from the client PC 100 and stored in the predetermined storage location ((2) -3). The bibliographic information data is transmitted to the print management server 400 and stored in a predetermined storage location (a preset directory) of the print management server 400 using a file sharing mechanism on the network ((3) -1 ). The file name of bibliographic information data stored in a predetermined storage location of the print management server 400 will be described later.

  The print management server 400 monitors the predetermined directory, and when the bibliographic information file is stored in the predetermined directory from the client PC 100, the bibliographic information file is analyzed and the bibliographic information is stored in the bibliographic information DB (of the print management server 400). Registered in the external storage device) ((3) -2).

  When the multifunction device 300 detects an IC card that can be read by the card reader 319, the multifunction device 300 reads the personal authentication information in the IC card, and transmits the read personal authentication information to the print management server 400 as an authentication request (( 4) -1). The personal authentication information is information used for authentication and may be a manufacturing number of the IC card.

  When the print management server 400 receives the personal authentication information from the multi-function peripheral 300, the print management server 400 performs authentication processing of the personal authentication information based on the IC card authentication table stored on the external storage device of the print management server 400, and the authentication result. Is returned to the MFP 300 ((4) -2). If the authentication process is successful, the login user ID of the client PC 100 is transmitted as the authentication result.

  Next, upon receiving an authentication result (login user ID of the client PC 100) indicating that the authentication has succeeded from the print management server 400, the multifunction device 300 transmits a print data list request to the print management server 400 ((5)). -1). Note that the print data list request includes the login user ID of the client PC 100.

  When the print management server 400 receives the print data list request from the multi-function peripheral 300, the print management server 400 searches the bibliographic information DB by using the login user ID included in the print data list request and obtains the print data list corresponding to the login user ID. It is generated and returned to the MFP 300 ((5) -2).

  When the MFP 300 receives the print data list from the print management server 400, the MFP 300 displays the print data list on the UI of the operation unit 308. When the user selects print data and gives a print instruction, the multi-function device 300 transmits a print request (output instruction) for the selected print data to the print management server 400 (6). This print request includes the login user ID of the client PC 100 and the print data time stamp.

  When the print management server 400 receives a print data print request (output instruction) from the MFP 300 (6), the bibliographic information of the print data for which the output instruction has been issued, the login user ID of the client PC 100, and the print data time A search is performed from the bibliographic information DB using the stamp as a key, the print server 200 storing the corresponding print data is identified from the searched bibliographic information, and a print instruction for the corresponding print data is transmitted to the print server 200 ( 7). The print instruction is a print command including the corresponding print data file name.

  When the print server 200 receives a print instruction from the print management server 400, the print server 200 transmits print data to the multi-function apparatus 300 by the LPR protocol based on the print instruction and causes the multi-function apparatus 300 to print (8).

  When the MFP 300 receives print data from the print server 200, the MFP 300 executes print processing. When the printing process is completed, the multi-function device 300 transmits a print completion notification of the completed printing process to the print management server 400 (9).

  Hereinafter, the setting of the print destination (print port) in the logical printer will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 5 is a diagram showing an example of a port setting screen in the logical printer installed in the client PC 100 shown in FIG.

  In FIG. 5, reference numeral 401 denotes a printer name or IP address setting field. In this setting field, the computer name of the print server 200 or the IP address of the print server 200 (“192.168.1.1” in the example shown in FIG. 4) is set. . As a result, the print destination (print port) of the logical printer is set in the printer server 200.

  Reference numeral 402 denotes a protocol setting column, and the LPR protocol is set in the logical printer of this embodiment. Reference numeral 403 denotes an LPR queue name setting field. A queue name is set in this LPR queue name setting field 403. In the logical printer of this embodiment, “PDL name (print data storage directory) −output device model name” is set. The “PDL name (print data storage directory)” corresponds to a printer description language name or a printer control language name used when generating print data with a printer driver corresponding to the logical printer. The “PDL name (print data storage directory)” is used as a print data storage directory in the print server 200. That is, the print server 200 of the present embodiment stores print data for each PDL.

  The “output device model name” corresponds to the model name of the printer driver corresponding to the logical printer. The “output device model name” is used when the print server 200 generates a print data file name. That is, the print server 200 according to the present embodiment can manage the print data file name for each model name of the printer driver.

  For example, when “PDL name (print data storage directory)” is “qStore” and “output device model name” is “qPrint”, the queue name set in the LPR queue name setting field 403 is “qStore-qPrint”. "

  Hereinafter, with reference to FIG. 6, a print instruction on an application program operating on each client PC 100 shown in FIG. 1 will be described.

  FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram illustrating an example of a print screen of an application program that operates on the client PC 100 illustrated in FIG. 1, and is displayed on the display unit under the control of the CPU of the client PC 100.

  In FIG. 6, reference numeral 610 denotes a printer selection unit for selecting a logical printer for printing from logical printers set in the client PC 100.

  In the printer selection unit 610, “monochrome printing” 601 corresponds to a logical printer whose printing destination (printing port) is set in the print server 200, and is used when generating monochrome print data. “Color printing” 602 corresponds to a logical printer whose printing destination (printing port) is set in the print server 200, and is used when generating color print data.

  When one of the logical printers is selected by the printer selection unit 610 and the OK button 605 is instructed by a pointing device or the like ((1) -2 in FIG. 4), the application program converts the data for printing to the printer. The data is transmitted to the printer driver corresponding to the logical printer selected by the selection unit 610 via the graphic engine. Then, the printer driver first receives data from the application program (via the graphic engine), and generates print data based on the data received from the application program. Then, the printer driver connects to the print server 200 set as the print destination (print port) of the logical printer using the LPR protocol, and transmits the generated print data ((2) -1 in FIG. 4). And stored in a predetermined storage location (spool area) of the print server 200 ((2) -2 in FIG. 4). At this time, the above-described queue name (queue name set in the LPR queue name setting field 403) is notified to the print server 200 by the LPR protocol.

  Note that the printer driver not only generates print data based on the output of printing and drawing commands instructed by the application, but also a function for setting print settings for controlling functions of the printer driver and printer (user interface). And a function for storing the print settings in an external storage device for each installed logical printer. The print settings are stored in the DevMode structure in the case of Windows (registered trademark) of Microsoft Corporation in the United States. This DevMode structure stores various settings including default operating conditions related to logical printers, such as functions that can be used by the printer, layout settings, finishing settings, feed / discharge settings, and print quality settings (including color mode). In order to do so, it is defined by Microsoft Corporation in the United States, and is stored in an external storage device for each installed logical printer. Note that the print data generated by the printer driver includes control information and PDL data generated from the print settings and the like.

  Note that the above-described function (user interface) for performing print settings is displayed on the display unit by the control of the CPU of the client PC 100 when the property button 603 in FIG. 6 is pressed.

  Hereinafter, the user interface (print setting screen) of the printer driver program operating on each client PC 100 shown in FIG. 1 will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 7 is a schematic diagram illustrating an example of a user interface (print setting screen) of a printer driver program that operates on the client PC 100 illustrated in FIG. 1, and is displayed on the display unit under the control of the CPU of the client PC 100. In the user interface, the above-described various print settings can be performed. Here, the color mode setting will be described as an example.

  In FIG. 7, reference numeral 701 denotes a color mode setting field, and “monochrome” or “color / monochrome automatic switching” can be selected and set with a pointing device or the like. When “monochrome” is set here, print data is forcibly generated in monochrome. Further, in the case of “monochrome”, information of “forced monochrome output mark“ ON ”that is valid only for a color printer” is included in the control information in the generated print data.

  When the color mode setting field 701 is set to “color / monochrome automatic switching”, color print data or monochrome print data is generated based on the determination of the printer driver based on the data received from the application.

  Reference numeral 702 denotes an OK button, and reference numeral 704 denotes an apply button. When these buttons are instructed by a pointing device or the like, the printer driver stores the print settings set by the user interface in the above-described DevMode structure.

  Reference numeral 703 denotes a cancel button. When this button is instructed by a pointing device or the like, the printer driver discards the print settings set in the user interface and ends the user interface.

  The LPR data processing operation in the print server 200 shown in FIG. 1 will be described below with reference to FIGS.

  FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing an example of a first control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention, and corresponds to the LPR data processing in the daemon program of the print server 200 shown in FIG. Note that the processing in this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print server 200 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S101 to S109 indicate steps.

  FIG. 9 is a diagram showing an example of the directory structure of the spool area in the printing system of the present invention.

  In FIG. 9, reference numeral 830 denotes a storage parent directory (eg, spool), which corresponds to the head directory of the location (spool area) where the print data received by the print server 200 is stored. Under this storage parent directory 830, a print data storage location directory is generated for each PDL name. In the example shown in FIG. 9, a print data storage location directory 1 (eg: qStore1) 840, a print data storage location directory 2 (eg: qStore2) 850,.

Under each print data storage location directory, a Temp folder for storing print data before bibliographic information extraction and an error data folder for storing print data for which bibliographic information data extraction has failed are generated. For example, in the example shown in FIG. 9, a Temp folder 841 and an error data folder 842 are generated under the print data storage location directory 1 (eg, qStore1) 840. Further, a Temp folder 851 and an error data folder 852 are generated under the print data storage location directory 2 (for example, qStore2) 850. Each step of FIG. 8 will be described below.

  When the CPU of the print server 200 starts the daemon program corresponding to the flowchart of FIG. 8, first, in step S101 of FIG. 8, the initial setting file is read. In this initial setting file, the LPD port number to be monitored (“515” by default), the path of the parent directory for storing the LPR data (print data) (the path to the “storage directory” 830 shown in FIG. 9), etc. The information of is described.

  Next, in step S102, the CPU of the print server 200 monitors whether there is an LPR connection request, and continues monitoring until there is an LPR connection request.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S102 that there is an LPR connection request, the process proceeds to step S103. In step S103, the CPU of the print server 200 generates a unique sequence number (SEQNo.) Used for the print data temporary storage file name.

  Next, in step S104, the CPU of the print server 200 acquires the LPR queue name “PDL name (print data storage directory) −output device model name” (for example, qStore1-qPrint1) from the LPR connection request, and acquires the acquisition. The “PDL name (print data storage directory)” (example: qStore1) and “output device model name” (example: qPrint1) are acquired separately from the LPR queue name.

  In step S105, the CPU of the print server 200 generates a print data file name used for storing print data. The print data file name includes the “connection time stamp (year / month / day / hour / minute / second / millisecond)” for which the LPR connection request was made, the “output device model name” acquired in step S104, and the “unique” generated in step S103. "SEQNo." For example, “Connection timestamp (Year / month / date / minute / second millisecond; YYYYMMDDhhmmssddd)” is “July 29, 2004, 21:14:01, 015 millisecond” and “Output device model name” is “qPrint1”. When the “unique SEQ No.” is “0001”, the generated print data file name is “20040729211401015qPrint1-0001.prs”.

  Next, in step S106, the CPU of the print server 200 determines whether or not the LPR communication is completed. If the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S106 that the LPR communication has not ended yet, the directory of the print data storage location information acquired in step S104 (for example, the print data storage location information directory 1 (qStore1 )), The print data is saved in the Temp folder (Temp folder 841) in (840) ((2) -2 in FIG. 4), the process returns to Step S106, and the end of the LPR communication is monitored. In step S107, if the directory of the print data storage location information and the Temp folder do not exist, the directory is generated.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S106 that the LPR communication has already ended, the process proceeds to step S108. In step S108, the CPU of the print server 200 determines whether or not the LPR communication has ended normally. If it is determined that the LPR communication has ended normally, the process returns to step S102 to monitor the LPR connection request.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S108 that the LPR communication has not ended normally (abnormally ended), the process proceeds to step S109. In step S109, the CPU of the print server 200 deletes the print data from the Temp folder (for example, the Temp folder 841) that stores the print data in step S107, returns the process to step S102, and monitors the LPR connection request.

  The bibliographic information data extraction processing operation in the print server 200 shown in FIG. 1 will be described below with reference to FIGS.

  FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing an example of a second control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention, and corresponds to the bibliographic information data extraction processing in the print server 200 shown in FIG. Note that the processing in this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print server 200 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S201 to S207 indicate each step.

  FIG. 11 is a diagram showing the configuration of a bibliographic information file in the printing system of the present invention.

  As shown in FIG. 11, the bibliographic information file includes “user (owner) ID”, “print data storage computer name / IP address”, “model name of LPR queue name (eg, qPrint)”, “print data path ( (Full path including file name) ”,“ document name of print data ”,“ number of copies ”,“ number of pages ”,“ one side or both sides ”,“ paper size ”,“ Job identifier ”,“ printer model (example: qPrint) ” Includes a forced monochrome output mark that is valid only for color printers.

  Here, the “user (owner) ID” indicates the login user ID of the client PC 100. “Print data storage computer name / IP address” indicates the computer name or IP address of the print server 200 that stores the print data. The “print data path” indicates a path from the storage parent directory 830 in which the print data is stored. For example, “spool \ qStore1 \ ...”.

  “Document name of print data” indicates the document name of print data. Further, “number of copies” indicates the number of copies of the print data. “Number of pages” indicates the number of pages per copy. Furthermore, “single-sided or double-sided” indicates whether single-sided printing or double-sided printing is set.

  “Paper size” indicates the size of paper to be printed. “Job identifier” indicates an identifier of a print job generated by the printer driver. Furthermore, “Forced monochrome output mark that is valid only when the printer model (eg qPrint) is a color printer” indicates that the color mode setting of the printer driver (color mode setting field 701 shown in FIG. 7) is set to “Monochrome” when creating print data. "Is set or not.

  Hereinafter, each step of FIG. 10 will be described.

  When the CPU of the print server 200 starts the daemon corresponding to this flowchart, first, in step S201 in FIG. 10, the initial setting file is read. In this initial setting file, information such as the computer name (or IP address) of the print management server 400 and the path of the bibliographic information data storage folder shown in FIG. 1 is described.

  Next, in step S202, the CPU of the print server 200 causes each Temp folder (in the example shown in FIG. 9, Temp folders 841, 851,...) Existing under the storage parent directory 830 shown in FIG. Whether or not new print data is stored is monitored until the new print data is stored ((2) -2 in FIG. 4).

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S202 that new print data is stored in any Temp folder, the process proceeds to step S203. In step S203, the CPU of the print server 200 extracts bibliographic information data (each data in the bibliographic information file shown in FIG. 11) from the print data in the Temp folder ((2) -3 in FIG. 4). For example, when the print data is described in PostScript, the bibliographic information file is generated by extracting from the postscript tag information.

  In detail, the information to be extracted includes “user (owner) ID”, “document name of print data”, “number of copies”, “number of pages”, “one side or both sides”, “ The information corresponds to “paper size”, “Job identifier”, and “forced monochrome output mark that is valid only when the printer model (eg, qPrint) is a color printer”. The “print data storage computer name / IP address” in the bibliographic information file is the computer name / IP address of the print server 200 itself. The “print data path” in the bibliographic information file is generated assuming that the print data exists in the print data storage location directory one directory above the Temp folder in which the print data obtained by extracting the bibliographic information data is stored. . For example, in the case of print data “20040729211401015qPrint1-0001.prs” stored in the Temp folder 841 shown in FIG.

  Next, in step S204, the CPU of the print server 200 determines whether or not the bibliographic information data has been successfully extracted in step S203, and if it is determined to be successful, the process proceeds to step S205. In step S205, the CPU of the print server 200 moves the print data extracted from the bibliographic information data in step S203 from the Temp folder to a print data storage location directory that is one level above the Temp folder. For example, it is moved from the Temp folder 841 shown in FIG. 9 to the print data storage location directory 1 (eg, qStore1) 840.

  In step S207, the CPU of the print server 200 transmits the extracted bibliographic information data to the print management server 400, and stores it in a predetermined storage location of the print management server 400 using a file sharing mechanism on the network. It is stored as a bibliographic information file (FIG. 11) ((3) -1 in FIG. 4). Note that the file name of the bibliographic information data stored in a predetermined storage location of the print management server 400 is a file name specified from the print server 200 (for example, “connection time stamp (extracted from the print data file name) Date / month / second / millisecond)) + "user (owner) ID" .inf). When the corresponding print data file name is “20040729211401015qPrint1-0001.prs” and the “user (owner) ID” is “UserA”, the bibliographic information file name is “20040729211401015UserA.inf”. The CPU of the print server 200 returns the process to step S202, and monitors the storage of new print data in the Temp folder.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S204 that the bibliographic information data has not been successfully extracted (failed) in step S203, the process proceeds to step S206. In step S206, the CPU of the print server 200 moves the print data that failed to extract the bibliographic information data in step S203 from the Temp folder to the error data folder in the same row as the Temp folder. For example, the data is moved from the Temp folder 841 shown in FIG. 9 to the error data folder 842. The CPU of the print server 200 returns the process to step S202, and monitors the storage of new print data in the Temp folder. In step S206, a notification indicating that there is a bibliographic information extraction error may be notified (for example, e-mail notification) to an administrator registered in advance.

  The bibliographic information file monitoring process in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 will be described below with reference to FIGS.

  FIG. 12 is a flowchart showing an example of a third control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention, and corresponds to the bibliographic information file monitoring processing in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S301 to S307 indicate each step.

  FIG. 13 is a diagram showing an example of the configuration of a printer group table in the printing system of the present invention. This printer group table is composed of, for example, a text file in CSV format, and is stored in the external memory of the print management server 400.

  As shown in FIG. 13, items of “model name”, “output control information”, “color group No”, and “monochrome group No” are stored in association with each other in the printer group table.

  The “model name” corresponds to the “output device model name (eg, qPrint)” of the printer driver (also referred to as a printer model name). In addition, “output control information” can print (or permit printing) print data generated by the printer driver in a state where “monochrome” is set in the color mode setting field 701 shown in FIG. The model is “”, and the model that cannot be printed (or is not permitted to print) is “Y”. That is, “Y” is limited as output control.

  Further, it is indicated that the models having the same “color group number” can print color print data with each other (or are permitted to print). In addition, when the models having the same “monochrome group number” are used, it is possible to print the monochrome print data with each other (or print is permitted). If there is no “color group number” or “monochrome group number” in the corresponding model, “” is stored respectively.

  The above-described printer group table in FIG. 13 can be freely set by the administrator, so that compatibility between models and printing permission can be managed.

  Hereinafter, each step of FIG. 12 will be described.

  The CPU of the print management server 400 waits until the preset monitoring time is reached in step S301 in FIG. 12, and if it is determined that the preset monitoring time has been reached, in step S302, a predetermined storage location is stored. Whether or not a bibliographic information file is stored is determined.

  If the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S302 that the bibliographic information file is stored in a predetermined storage location, in step S303, any of the stored bibliographic information files (FIG. 11). ) Is opened, and the process proceeds to step S304.

  In step S304, the CPU of the print management server 400 analyzes the bibliographic information file and acquires a color attribute from the model name by referring to the printer group table (FIG. 13). For example, when the model name is “xRC1”, as shown in FIG. 13, the color group number is “C1”, the monochrome group number is “M1”, and “C1M1” is acquired as the color attribute. When the model name is “xRC4”, as shown in FIG. 13, the color group number is “C4”, the monochrome group number is “”, and “C4” is acquired as the color attribute.

  Next, in step S305, the color attribute acquired in step S304 and each data read from the bibliographic information file are read and registered in the bibliographic information DB (shown in FIG. 14) ((3) -2 in FIG. 4). Details of the registration process of each data in the bibliographic information DB will be described later. Note that if registration fails, the CPU of the print management server 400 controls to store in the back folder in the external storage device of the print management server 400. At this time, a message indicating that a bibliographic information DB registration error has occurred may be notified (for example, e-mail notification) to a previously registered administrator's notification destination.

  Next, in step S306, the CPU of the print management server 400 deletes the bibliographic information file registered in the bibliographic information DB in step S304, returns to step S302, and monitors the presence or absence of the next bibliographic information file.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S302 that the bibliographic information file is not stored in a predetermined storage location, the process proceeds to step S307, where it is determined whether there is an end instruction, and the end instruction is received. If it is determined that there is not, the process returns to step S301 and waits until the next monitoring time.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S307 that there is an end instruction, the process ends.

  The bibliographic information DB of this embodiment is shown in FIG.

  FIG. 14 is a data configuration diagram showing an example of the data configuration of the bibliographic information DB in the print system of the present invention.

  As shown in FIG. 14, the records of the bibliographic information DB of the print management server 400 are “time stamp”, “user ID”, “IP address / computer name”, “print data path (full path including file name)”. , “Color attribute”, “Document name”, “Number of copies”, “Number of pages”, “Paper size”, “Simplex / Duplex”, “Job identifier”, “Color mode”, “Model name”, “Status” Consists of

  In the “time stamp”, the “time stamp” included in the bibliographic information file name is stored. The “user ID” stores “user (owner) ID” described in the bibliographic information file. Further, “IP address / computer name” stores “print data storage computer name / IP address” described in the bibliographic information file. Further, “print data path (full path including file name)” described in the bibliographic information file is stored in “print data path (full path including file name)”.

  The “color attribute” stores the color attributes (consisting of a color group number and a monochrome group number) acquired by referring to the printer group table (FIG. 13) in step S304 of FIG. For example, when the model name of the LPR queue name in the bibliographic information file is “xRC1”, the color group number is “C1”, the monochrome group number is “M1”, and “C1M1” is color as shown in FIG. Stored in attribute.

  Furthermore, “document name of print data” described in the bibliographic information file is stored in “document name”. The “number of copies” stores the “number of copies” described in the bibliographic information file. Further, “number of pages” described in the bibliographic information file is stored in “number of pages / copy”.

  Further, “paper size” described in the bibliographic information file is stored in “paper size”. In “single side / double side”, “single side or double side” described in the bibliographic information file is stored. Furthermore, “Job identifier” described in the bibliographic information file is stored in “Job identifier”.

  Also, in the “color mode”, when the color group number of the above color attribute is not “”, the forced monochrome output that is valid only when the printer model (eg, qPrint) is a color printer described in the bibliographic information file. When the “mark” is “ON”, it is converted into information indicating “color mode” “OFF”, otherwise it is converted into information indicating “color mode” “ON” and stored. On the other hand, when the color group number of the color attribute is “”, information indicating “color mode” “OFF” is stored in “color mode”.

  In the “status”, one of the statuses of “waiting for printing instruction”, “printing completed”, and “deleted” is stored as the printing state of the corresponding print data. When bibliographic information data is registered in the bibliographic information DB, “printing instruction waiting” is stored because no printing instruction has been issued yet.

  Hereinafter, with reference to FIGS. 15 to 22, a pull print process in the multifunction peripheral 300 shown in FIG. 1 will be described.

  FIG. 15 is a flowchart showing an example of a fourth control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention, and corresponds to the pull print processing in the multifunction peripheral 300 shown in FIG. Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 illustrated in FIG. 1 loading the program stored in the ROM 303 or the HDD 304 onto the RAM 302 and executing the program. In the figure, S401 to S425 indicate each step.

  16 to 20 are schematic diagrams of screens displayed by the control of the CPU 301 on the display unit of the operation unit 308 of the multifunction machine 300 illustrated in FIG.

  Further, FIG. 21 is a data configuration diagram illustrating an example of a data structure of a command transmitted from the multi-function device 300 illustrated in FIG. 1 to the print management server 400.

  FIG. 22 is a data configuration diagram showing an example of the data structure of the IC card authentication table stored in the external storage device of the print management server 400 shown in FIG.

  Hereinafter, a description will be given according to the flowchart of FIG.

  First, in step S401, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 controls to display the default display screen (FIG. 16) on the display unit of the operation unit 308. In step S402, the card reader 319 causes an authentication card (IC card) to be displayed. It is determined whether or not it has been detected.

  If the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S402 that the card reader 319 has detected the authentication card (IC card), the card reader 319 reads data in the authentication card (IC card) in step S403. Then, the card manufacturing number stored in the authentication card as the identification ID is acquired.

  Next, in step S404, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 sends the IC card authentication request command (FIG. 21C) including the command identifier of the IC card authentication request command and the card manufacturing number acquired in step S403 to the print management server 400. ((4) -1 in FIG. 4), and the process proceeds to step S405. Note that the IC card authentication table shown in FIG. 22 is stored in the external memory of the print management server 400, and the print management server 400 performs the authentication process based on the card manufacturing number of the IC card received from the multifunction device 300. It can be carried out.

  Next, in step S405, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines an authentication result returned from the print management server 400. If it is determined that an authentication result indicating an authentication error has been returned, in step S406, When the error display screen (FIG. 17) is controlled to be displayed on the display unit of the operation unit 308 and the OK button 1401 is pressed on the error display screen, the process returns to step S401 and the default screen is displayed again. To do.

  On the other hand, if the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 acquires the login user ID of the client PC 100 as the authentication result returned from the print management server 400 in step S405, it determines that the authentication is successful (authentication OK). The process proceeds to step S415.

  On the other hand, if it is determined in step S402 that the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 has not detected the authentication card (IC card) by the card reader 319, the keyboard input button 801 is pressed on the default screen in step S407. It is determined whether or not (there is a keyboard input instruction). In step S407, if the CPU 301 of the multi-function device 300 determines that a keyboard input instruction has been given, control is performed to display the key input screen shown in FIG. 18 on the display unit of the operation unit 308.

  In step S409, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 waits for input of the user ID and password on the key input screen, and when detecting input of the user ID and password on the key input screen, the process proceeds to step S410. To proceed. Specifically, when there is an input instruction to the user ID 901 and the password 902 on the key input screen, the CPU 301 of the multi-function apparatus 300 controls display of a keyboard screen (not shown) on the display unit of the operation unit 308 and displays the keyboard screen. When the user ID 901 and the password 902 are entered using the login button 903 or the top screen button 904 as a return button is pressed, the process proceeds to step S410.

  Next, in step S410, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines whether or not the top screen button 904 as a return button has been pressed. If it is determined that the top screen button 904 as a return button has been pressed, The processing is returned to step S401, and the display of the default screen is controlled again.

  On the other hand, if the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S410 that the top screen button 904 as the return button has not been pressed, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 presses the login button 903 in step S411. If it is determined that the login button 903 has not been pressed, the process returns to step S409.

  On the other hand, if the CPU 301 of the multifunction device 300 determines in step S411 that the login button 903 has been pressed, the CPU of the multifunction device 300 in step S412, the user ID and password entered in the user ID 901 and password 902, respectively. Is transmitted to the directory service server 600 as an authentication server via the login service PC 500.

  Next, in step S413, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines an authentication result returned from the directory service server 600 via the login service PC 500, and determines that an authentication result indicating an error in authentication has been returned. In step S414, an error display screen (not shown) is controlled to be displayed on the display unit of the operation unit 308. When the OK button is pressed on the error display screen, the process returns to step S401, and the default screen is displayed again. Control display.

  On the other hand, if the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S413 that an authentication result indicating that the authentication was successful is returned as the authentication result returned from the print management server 400, the process proceeds to step S415.

  Next, in step S415, the CPU 301 of the multifunction peripheral 300 sends the command identifier and user ID of the print data list request command to the print management server 400 (the user ID returned from the print management server 400 during the authentication process). Or a user ID transmitted to the directory service server 600), a printer model name (a printer model name of the multifunction device 300 (corresponding to the “output device product name (eg, qPrint)” of the printer driver)) (FIG. 21A) is transmitted to the print management server 400 ((5) -1 in FIG. 4), and the process proceeds to step S416.

  Next, in step S416, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines whether or not the print data list data returned from the print management server 400 has been successfully received, and determines that reception of the print data list data has failed. In this case, the process proceeds to step S417, and an error display screen (not shown) is controlled to be displayed on the display unit of the operation unit 308. When the OK button is pressed on the error display screen, the process proceeds to step S418, and the empty screen is displayed. The print data list data screen (FIG. 19, where print data list 1001 is blank) is displayed on the display unit. In another embodiment, an empty print data list data screen may be displayed without displaying an error. In this case, although not shown in the flowchart, when the screen switching button 1002 is continuously pressed twice on the print data list screen, the CPU 301 of the multifunction peripheral 300 again prints a print data list request command (FIG. 21 ( It is assumed that a)) is transmitted to the print management server 400.

  On the other hand, if the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S416 that the print data list data returned from the print management server 400 has been successfully received, the process proceeds to step S418, and the received print data list data is received. Is controlled to be displayed on the display unit of the operation unit 308, and the process proceeds to step S419. Although not shown in the flowchart, if it is determined in step S416 that the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 has received a message indicating no data from the print management server 400 instead of the print data list data, in step S418. Then, control is performed to display an empty print data list data screen on the display unit of the operation unit 308, and a message screen with no data (not shown) is displayed on the empty print data list data screen. Then, when the OK button is pressed on the message screen without data, the screen without data is closed, and control is made to proceed to step S419.

  Note that the print data list screen shown in FIG. 19 corresponds to a user who has logged in to the multifunction device 300 and print data that can be printed by the multifunction device 300 (for details, print on the multifunction device 300). It corresponds to a screen for displaying a list of processable (or bibliographic information data corresponding to print data permitted to be printed).

  Next, in step S419, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 waits for input of print data selection, print instruction, deletion instruction, screen switching instruction, etc. on the print data list screen, and detects input on the print data list screen. Then, the process proceeds to step S420.

  In step S420, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines whether screen switching is instructed by the screen switching button 1002 on the print data list screen. If it is determined that screen switching is instructed, the process proceeds to step S421. , Control to display another processing screen (FIG. 20) on the display unit of the operation unit 308, and shift to another processing.

  On the other hand, if the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S420 that screen switching is not instructed by the screen switching button 1002 on the print data list screen, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 prints in step S422. In the data list screen, it is determined whether or not a print instruction has been given by the print button 1003. If the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S422 that a print instruction has been issued, the process advances to step S423 to print the print data selected in the print data list 1001 (as shown in FIG. 21B). , The print request command identifier “1”, the user ID, and the time stamp (s) of the print data selected in the print data list 1001 are transmitted to the print management server 400 ((6) in FIG. 4). Return to processing. If a print instruction is issued when no print data is selected in the print data list 1001, a message to select print data is displayed, and then the process returns to step S415.

  On the other hand, if the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S422 that no print instruction has been given by the print button 1003 on the print data list screen, the process proceeds to step S424, and the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 prints. In the data list screen, it is determined whether or not an erasure instruction is given by the erasure button 1004. If the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 determines in step S424 that an erasure instruction has been issued, in step S425, a request to delete the print data selected in the print data list 1001 (as shown in FIG. 21B). The delete request command identifier “2”, the user ID, and the time stamp (s) of the print data selected in the print data list 1001 are transmitted to the print management server 400, and the process returns to step S415. If an erasure instruction is issued when no print data is selected in the print data list 1001, a message to select print data is displayed, and then control is returned to step S415 as it is. And

  Although not shown in the flowchart of FIG. 15, when receiving an error notification indicating that command reception has failed from the print management server 400, the CPU 301 of the multifunction peripheral 300 retransmits the command to the print management server 400. Control to do.

  Hereinafter, processing in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 will be described with reference to FIGS.

  FIG. 23 is a flowchart showing an example of a fifth control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention, and corresponds to a request processing routine from the multifunction machine in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S501 to S510 indicate steps.

  First, in step S501, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether there is an end instruction. If it is determined that there is an end instruction, the process ends.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S501 that there is no termination instruction, in step S502, it is determined whether reception of a command transmitted from the multifunction device 300 is detected, and the command If it is determined that no reception is detected, the process returns to step S501.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S502 that the reception of the command transmitted from the multifunction device 300 has been detected, whether the command reception has been completed normally (reception OK or not) in step S503. ) Determine whether or not. If the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S503 that command reception has failed, in step S504, an error notification is sent to the multi-function device 300, and the process returns to step S501.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S503 that the command reception has been completed normally (reception OK), the received command is analyzed in step S505.

  Next, in step S506, the process branches to a command-specific process based on the command analysis result in step S505.

  First, if it is determined in step S506 that the command is a printed material list request command, the printed material list request process (details are shown in FIG. 24) in step S507 is executed, and the process returns to step S501.

  If it is determined in step S506 that the command is a print request command, the print request process (detailed in FIG. 26) of step S508 is executed, and the process returns to step S501.

  If it is determined in step S506 that the command is a delete request command, a delete request process (details are shown in FIG. 28) in step S509 is executed, and the process returns to step S501.

  If it is determined in step S506 that the command is an authentication request command, the authentication request process in step S510 (details are shown in FIG. 29) is executed, and the process returns to step S501.

  FIG. 24 is a flowchart showing an example of a sixth control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention, and print data list request processing from the multifunction machine in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 (step S507 in FIG. 23). Corresponding to Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S601 to S611 indicate each step.

  First, in step S601, the CPU of the print management server 400 searches the printer group table shown in FIG. 13 for “printer model name” in the print data list request command (FIG. 21), and the “printer model name”. "Output control (restricted)" and "Color attribute" associated with "" are acquired.

  Next, in step S602, the CPU of the print management server 400 displays the “user ID” in the print data list request command (FIG. 21A) and the “output control (restriction)” and “color attribute” acquired in step S601. ] To search the bibliographic information DB. Hereinafter, a method for searching the bibliographic information DB will be described with reference to FIG.

  FIG. 25 is a diagram for explaining a search method of the bibliographic information DB shown in FIG. Here, in order to simplify the description, “user ID” is omitted as a search condition, and only “output control (restriction)” and “color attribute” are described.

  As shown in FIG. 25, for example, when the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “Y” and “color attribute” is “C1M1”, “C1M1” of “color attribute” in this case. Therefore, Job-No (1), (2), and (9) are candidates. However, since “output control (restriction)” in the search condition is “Y”, Job-Nos (1) and (9) of the color mode “OFF” are not applicable. That is, JobNo (2) is selected as a search result.

  Further, when the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “” and “color attribute” is “C2M2”, Job-No (3) from “C2M2” of “color attribute” in this case. , (4), (10) are candidates. Since “output control (restriction)” of the search condition is “”, JobNo (3), (4), (10) is selected as the search result as it is.

  Further, when the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “” and “color attribute” is “C3M3”, similarly, JobNo (5), (6), (11) are obtained as search results. Selected. Further, when the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “” and “color attribute” is “C4”, JobNo (7) and (8) are selected as search results.

  Further, when the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “” and “color attribute” is “M1”, the color attribute “M1” is changed from “M1” of “color attribute”. Job-No (9) and Job-No (1) having the color attribute “C1M1” and the color mode “OFF” are candidates. Job-No (1) has the color attribute “C1M1” and is the same as Job-No (2), but is not included in the monochrome model candidate of color attribute “M1” because the color mode is “ON”. . Since “output control (restriction)” of the search condition is “”, JobNo (1) and (9) are selected as search results as they are.

  When the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “” and “color attribute” is “M2”, JobNo (3) and (10) are similarly selected as the search results.

  Further, when the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “Y” and “color attribute” is “M3”, the color attribute “M3” starts from “M3” of “color attribute”. Job-No (11) and Job-No (5) of color attribute “C3M3” and color mode “OFF” are candidates. Job-No (6) has the color attribute “C3M3” and is the same as Job-No (5), but is not included in the monochrome model candidate of color attribute “M3” because the color mode is “ON”. . Since the search condition “output control (restriction)” is “Y”, Job-No (5) of the color mode “OFF” is not applicable. That is, JobNo (11) is selected as a search result.

  When the bibliographic information DB is searched under the condition that “output control (restriction)” is “Y” and “color attribute” is “M4”, JobNo (12) is similarly selected as the search result.

  As described above, by searching the bibliographic information DB by “output control (restriction)” and “color attribute”, it is compatible with the printing apparatus that has requested the printed matter list (print processing is possible and / or The bibliographic information corresponding to the print data (for which printing is permitted) can be acquired from the bibliographic information DB. In fact, since the search is further performed using the “user ID” as a condition, only the bibliographic information corresponding to the print data of the user who has requested the print list can be acquired from the bibliographic information DB.

  Hereinafter, the description returns to the flowchart of FIG.

  Next, in step S603, the CPU of the print management server 400 acquires the first data from the search result in step S602.

  Next, in step S604, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether there is data acquired from the search result of the bibliographic information DB. If it is determined that there is data, the number of transfers is determined in step S605. It is determined whether or not (the number of print data lists to be transmitted to the MFP 300) is less than a preset MAX. This determination is made based on the number of print data corresponding to the response character data stored in the buffer. There may be a plurality of print data searched by “user name”, “output control”, and “color attribute”, and the acquired data is processed in units of print data.

  If the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S605 that the transfer number is less than MAX, in step S606, bibliographic information related to the print data is added to the response character string in the buffer provided in the RAM. To do.

  Next, in step S607, the CPU of the print management server 400 displays the “user ID” in the print data list request command (FIG. 21A) and the “output control (restriction)” and “color attribute” acquired in step S601. The bibliographic information DB is searched for, the next data is acquired in step S608, and the process returns to step S604.

  On the other hand, in step S604, the CPU of the print management server 400 has no data acquired from the bibliographic information DB (result of bibliographic information DB search with “user ID”, “output control (limit)”, “color attribute”, If it is determined that data could not be acquired), the process proceeds to step S609.

  If the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S605 that the number of transfers is not less than MAX, the process proceeds to step S609.

  In step S609, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether or not there is response character string data in the buffer provided in the RAM. If it is determined that there is response character string data, in step S610. Then, response character string data (that is, a list of print data) is transmitted (returned) to the multi-function device 300 ((5) -2 in FIG. 4), and the process returns to the flowchart of FIG.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S609 that there is no response character string data in the buffer provided in the RAM, a message with no data is transmitted to the multi-function device 300 in step S611. (Reply) and return to the flowchart of FIG.

  FIG. 26 is a flowchart showing an example of a seventh control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention, and corresponds to the print request processing (step S508 in FIG. 23) in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S701 to S708 indicate steps.

  First, in step S701, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether or not there is an unprocessed time stamp among the print data identification time stamps in the print request command (FIG. 21B). If it is determined that there is still a time stamp that has not been processed, the process proceeds to step S702, and the bibliographic information DB is searched using the time stamp for identification of the print data and the user ID.

  Next, in step S703, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether there is data corresponding to the print data identification time stamp and the user ID in the bibliographic information DB based on the search result in step S702. If it is determined that there is no data corresponding to the time stamp for identifying the print data and the user ID in the bibliographic information DB, the process proceeds to step S704. In step S704, the CPU of the print management server 400 transmits (replies) an error message indicating that there is no data corresponding to the MFP 300, and returns the process to step S701.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S703 that the bibliographic information DB includes the bibliographic information data corresponding to the print data identification time stamp and the user ID, the search is performed in step S705. The status of the bibliographic information data on the bibliographic information DB is changed to “print instructed”.

  Next, in step S706, the CPU of the print management server 400 stores the bibliographic information data acquired from the bibliographic information DB in the print queue of the print output thread provided in the RAM for each task of this flowchart. The process returns to S701.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S701 that there is no time stamp that has not been processed in the print data identification time stamp in the print request command (FIG. 21B), The process proceeds to step S707. In step S707, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether there is data in the print queue. If it is determined that there is data in the print queue, the process proceeds to step S708.

  Next, in step S708, the CPU of the print management server 400 acquires the top bibliographic information data of the print queue, and in step S709, the daemon program in the print server 200 corresponding to the IP address in the bibliographic information data. Is issued by issuing a remote shell (rsh) LPR command (command for instructing LPR printing as shown in FIG. 27) for print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data ((7) in FIG. 4). ).

  FIG. 27 is a diagram illustrating an example of commands issued from the print management server 400 to the daemon program of the print server 200 in the print system of the present invention. In the command shown here, “IP address / computer name” in the corresponding bibliographic information data is “192.168.1.1” and “path name of print data” is “spool \ qStore1 \ 20040729211401015qPrint1-0001.prs”. Corresponds to the case.

  Hereinafter, the description returns to the flowchart.

  Next, in step S710, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether or not the print instruction issued in step S709 has been completed. This determination is made by a “print completion notification” (FIG. 4 (9)) indicating print completion or print failure transmitted from the printing apparatus.

  In step S710, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines that the print instruction has been completed, in step S711, the print data file deletion instruction instructed in step S709 is a file sharing mechanism on the network. The status of the bibliographic information data corresponding to the print data file instructed to be deleted is changed to “deleted”, and the process returns to step S707.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S710 that the print instruction issued in step S709 has not been completed (not printed (printing failure, etc.)), in step S712, step S709 is executed. The status on the bibliographic information DB of the bibliographic information data corresponding to the print data instructed to be printed is changed to “waiting for print instruction”, and the process returns to step S707. If the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S710 that the print instruction issued in step S709 has not been completed (not printed (printing failure, etc.)), that fact is registered in advance. It may be configured to notify (for example, e-mail notification) to the administrator's notification destination. Further, the presence / absence of completion of the print instruction may be recorded in a log stored in the external memory of the print management server 400.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S707 that there is no data in the print queue, the process returns to the flowchart of FIG.

  FIG. 28 is a flowchart showing an example of an eighth control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention, and corresponds to the deletion request processing (step S509 in FIG. 23) in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S801 to S806 indicate steps.

  First, in step S801, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether or not there is an unprocessed time stamp among the time stamps for identifying print data in the delete request command (FIG. 21B). If it is determined that there is still a time stamp that has not been processed, the process proceeds to step S802, and the bibliographic information DB is searched using the time stamp for identification of the print data and the user ID.

  Next, in step S803, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether there is data corresponding to the print data identification time stamp and the user ID in the bibliographic information DB based on the search result in step S802. If it is determined that there is no data corresponding to the time stamp for identifying the print data and the user ID in the bibliographic information DB, the process proceeds to step S804. In step S804, the CPU of the print management server 400 transmits (replies) an error message indicating that there is no data corresponding to the MFP 300, and returns the process to step S801.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S803 that the bibliographic information DB includes the bibliographic information data corresponding to the print data identification time stamp and the user ID, the search is performed in step S805. The status of the bibliographic information data on the bibliographic information DB is changed to “deleted”.

  Next, in step S806, the CPU of the print management server 400 sends a print data file deletion instruction corresponding to the retrieved bibliographic information data to the IP address in the bibliographic information data using a file sharing mechanism on the network. To the print server 200 corresponding to the above, and the process returns to step S801.

  On the other hand, in step S801, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines that there is no time stamp that has not been processed (all processed) among the time stamps for identifying print data in the delete request command (FIG. 21B). If it is determined, the process returns to the flowchart of FIG.

  FIG. 29 is a flowchart showing an example of a ninth control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention, and corresponds to the authentication request processing (step S510 in FIG. 23) in the print management server 400 shown in FIG. Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print management server 400 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S901 to S904 indicate each step.

  First, in step S901, the CPU of the print management server 400 retrieves user data from the IC card authentication table (FIG. 22) using the card manufacturing number in the authentication request command (FIG. 21C) as a key.

  In step S902, the CPU of the print management server 400 determines whether there is user data in the IC card authentication table (FIG. 22) in the search processing in step S901. In step S903, the login user ID of the client PC 100 is returned to the multi-function device 300 as data indicating that the authentication has succeeded (authentication OK data), and the process returns to the flowchart of FIG.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print management server 400 determines in step S902 that there is no user data in the IC card authentication table (FIG. 22) in the search processing in step S901, the process proceeds to step S904 and authentication fails. Data indicating that the error has occurred (error notification without data) is returned to the multi-function peripheral 300, and the process returns to the flowchart of FIG.

  FIG. 30 is a flowchart showing an example of a tenth control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention, and corresponds to the print server print processing by the daemon program in the print server 200 shown in FIG. Note that the processing in this flowchart is realized by the CPU of the print server 200 shown in FIG. 1 loading and executing a program stored in the external memory on the RAM. In the figure, S1001 to S1003 indicate steps.

First, the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S1001.
Whether or not a remote shell (rsh) LPR command has been received from the print management server 400 is monitored, and if it is determined that it has been received, in step S1002, the received LPR command is executed to execute printing (FIG. 4 (8)). As a result, the print data stored in the print server 200 designated by the LPR command of the remote shell (rsh) is transmitted from the print server 200 to the multifunction device 300 designated by the command, and printed by the multifunction device 300. Is done. That is, the multifunction device 300 receives the print data transmitted from the print server 200 and performs print processing. Note that the multifunction device 300 notifies the print management server 400 as a print completion notification as to whether or not this print processing has been normally completed (FIG. 4 (9)).

  In step S1003, the CPU of the print server 200 determines whether or not there is an end instruction. If it is determined that there is no end instruction, the process returns to step S1001.

  On the other hand, if the CPU of the print server 200 determines in step S1003 that there is an end instruction, the process ends as it is.

  On the other hand, if it is determined in step S1001 that the CPU of the print server 200 has not received the remote shell (rsh) LPR command from the print management server 400, the process proceeds to step S1003.

  Note that the print management server 400 of this embodiment stores a setting file in an external storage device, and stores a “print data retention period” in the setting file. Then, the print management server 400 has a “print data storage period” in the setting file among the bibliographic information data stored in the bibliographic information DB at a predetermined timing (for example, once a day at midnight). If the file is past the “print data storage period”, the print data file deletion instruction corresponding to the bibliographic information data is instructed to be deleted using the file sharing mechanism on the network. Control is performed on the print server 200 corresponding to the IP address in the information data to delete the print data that has passed the storage period of the print data.

  Further, the print management server 400 reads the bibliographic information data whose status is “deleted” from the bibliographic information data stored in the bibliographic information DB at a predetermined timing (for example, once a day at midnight). Control to delete.

  Further, the print management server 400 performs print data list request processing, print request processing, deletion processing, authentication processing, print data deletion processing after the print data storage period, and bibliographic information whose status is “deleted”. Control is performed so that log information of each process such as a data deletion process is stored in the external storage device of the print management server 400.

  In this embodiment, when requesting a print data list from the printer (multifunction device 300), the model name (eg, qPrint) of the printer (multifunction device 300) is included in the list request command, and the requested printer (composite device) The “output control” and “color attribute” corresponding to the model name of the machine 300) are acquired from the printer group table (FIG. 13), and the bibliographic information DB (FIG. 14) is acquired using the acquired “output control” and “color attribute”. The configuration has been described in which the print management server 400 transmits only the bibliographic information of print data that can be printed (or permitted to be printed) by the printer. However, not only the “model name” from the printer but also information on various options of the printer (paper size, sorter, bookbinding machine, stapling device, presence / absence of punching device, etc.) are included in the list request command, and the bibliography is also used using the option information. The information DB may be searched, and the print management server 400 may be configured to transmit only the bibliographic information of the print data that can be printed (or permitted to be printed) by the printer.

  In this configuration, when the bibliographic information data is generated in the printer server 200, print setting information (sort instruction information, bookbinding instruction information, staple instruction information, punch instruction information, etc.) depending on the functions of the printing apparatus described above is also generated. It shall be stored in bibliographic information data.

  As described above, according to the printing system of the present embodiment, only the bibliographic information data is stored and managed by the print management server 400 simply by designating the logical printer with the pull print setting of the present embodiment and instructing printing. The print job (print data) itself is distributed and stored in each print server 200 corresponding to the logical printer instructed to print, and print data output processing to the printer (multifunction device 300) at the time of printing is also performed. Since the processing is performed by each print server 200, it is possible to achieve load distribution in the pull print system without imposing a load on the print management server 400.

  In addition, no matter what print instruction is issued from any client PC 100, any printer (multifunction machine 300) (from either office A or office B) only needs to access the print management server 400 to obtain the client PC 100. Pull printing of print data instructed to be printed from is enabled. In particular, managing the bibliographic information data in one place of the print management server 400 facilitates the address management of the transmission destination of the command set to each multifunction device, and further manages the transmission destination of the bibliographic information file transmitted from the client PC. Is also easier.

  Furthermore, when a print data list is requested from the printer (multifunction device 300), the print management server 400 only displays bibliographic information of print data that can be printed (or permitted to be printed) by the requested printer (multifunction device 300). Since it returns to the printer (that is, bibliographic information data of unnecessary print data is not transmitted), the print data that cannot be printed by the requested printer (multifunction device 300) (printing is not permitted) Since it is not displayed in the print data list, it is possible to prevent the user from instructing to print print data that cannot be printed by mistake.

  Therefore, the administrator can operate the printer system so as to manage compatibility between models and print permission by setting the printer group table shown in FIG.

  As described above, in the pull print system, it is possible to construct a flexible print system that can output print data from a desired printing apparatus while reducing the load on the print server that stores the print data.

  Therefore, centralized management of print data bibliographic information related to stored printing (pull print) by the print management server 400 makes it possible to easily execute a print request from any printing device (multifunction device 300). Distributing the print data storage process and the transmission process to the printer to the print server 200 produces a special effect that the load on each server can be reduced because the process is not concentrated on a specific server.

  Moreover, since the printing system of the present embodiment is pull printing, it is possible to prevent the printed matter from being unloaded.

[Second Embodiment]
In the first embodiment, the print data that the user has instructed to print from the client PC 100 is stored in the print server 200, and the bibliographic information data of the print data is collectively managed by the print management server 400, and printed from the desired multifunction device 300. The configuration in which the data list is called and printed has been described. However, the user scans a desired document with the multifunction device 300, stores the scanned print data in the print server 200, and prints the bibliographic information data of the print data. The management server 400 may be configured to collectively manage and print the print data list from a desired multifunction device 300 for printing. The embodiment will be described below.

  In the first embodiment, when the screen switching button 1002 on the print data list screen shown in FIG. 19 is pressed, the screen transitions to another processing screen (FIG. 20). In the present embodiment, A configuration is made so as to transition to the “original reading and storage printing screen” of the present embodiment shown in FIG. 31 below.

  FIG. 31 is a schematic diagram of a document reading and accumulation printing screen according to the present embodiment, which is displayed on the display unit of the operation unit 308 of the MFP 300 illustrated in FIG. 1 under the control of the CPU 301.

  In FIG. 31, reference numeral 2601 denotes a screen switching button. When this button is pressed, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 controls to display another processing screen (FIG. 20) on the display unit of the operation unit 308.

  Reference numeral 2602 denotes a document reading start button. When this button is pressed, the CPU 301 of the multifunction machine 300 executes the scanning process of the present embodiment of the flowchart shown in FIG.

  FIG. 32 is a flowchart showing an example of an eleventh control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention, and corresponds to the reading processing of the present embodiment in the client PC 100 shown in FIG. Note that the processing of this flowchart is realized by the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 illustrated in FIG. 1 loading a program stored in the ROM 303 or the HDD 304 onto the RAM 302 and executing the program. In the figure, S1101 to S1104 indicate each step.

  First, in step S1101, the CPU 301 of the multifunction machine 300 reads a document placed on a document table (not shown) of the multifunction machine 300 based on the settings on the document reading screen of the present embodiment shown in FIG. .

  In step S1102, the CPU 301 of the multifunction peripheral 300 generates print data based on the settings on the document reading screen of the present embodiment illustrated in FIG. 31 from the document image data read in step S1101.

  Next, in step S <b> 1103, the CPU 301 of the multifunction device 300 connects to a predetermined print server 200 (for example, a print server installed on the same floor as the multifunction device 300) using the LPR protocol, and step S <b> 1102. The print data generated in (1) is transmitted ((2) -1), and is stored in a predetermined storage location (spool area set in advance) of the print server 200 ((2) -2).

  In step S1104, the CPU 301 of the multifunction peripheral 300 waits until the transmission of the print data transmitted in step S1103 is completed. When it is determined that the transmission is completed, the process ends.

  Note that the print data transmitted from the MFP 300 to the print server 200 by the above processing is processed by the LPR data processing shown in FIG. 8 in the same manner as the print data transmitted from the client PC 100.

  As described above, according to the printing system of the present embodiment, any scanner (multifunction device 300) can read an original document, any printer (multifunction device 300) (from business office A, business office). Even from B), by simply accessing the print management server 400, pull-printing of print data read from any MFP 300 can be performed.

  Further, only by reading a document with the multi-function device 300 of this embodiment, only the bibliographic information is collectively stored and managed by the print management server 400, and the print job (print data) itself is set on a predetermined print server 200 (for example, on the same floor). Output processing to the printer (multifunction device 300) is also processed by each print server 200, so that load distribution of the print servers can be realized.

  As described above, it is possible to construct a flexible printing system capable of reading a document with a desired reading device and outputting the original from the desired printing device while reducing the load on the print server for storing the print data. it can.

[Third Embodiment]
In the first embodiment, the configuration in which the IC card is used only for user authentication when performing a pull print from the multifunction device 300 has been described. However, the amount data is stored in the IC card (for example, Sony Felica). When performing a pull print from the MFP 300, the IC card so that the amount based on the number of printed sheets and the print attributes (color attribute, type of printing paper), etc. is subtracted from the amount data in the IC card when the printing is completed. The CPU 301 of the multi-function device 300 may be configured to rewrite and control the amount data within.

  Note that the CPU 301 of the multifunction device 300 always detects the IC card from the time of IC card authentication to the completion of printing, and controls to interrupt the processing when the IC card is no longer detected before the printing is completed. .

  In addition, when the user issues a print instruction from the MFP 300, if the amount data stored in the IC card is less than the amount based on the print processing, a message is displayed to charge the IC card. The print processing itself may be controlled not to be performed, or only the number of print processes possible with the amount data stored in the IC card is executed, and then a message is displayed to charge the IC card. You may comprise so that it may control.

  Further, when the printing is started, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 rewrites and controls the amount data in the IC card so that the amount based on the number of prints and the print attribute is subtracted from the amount data in the IC card. Also good.

  In the case of this configuration, when printing fails and printing cannot be completed, a message such as holding the IC card over the card reader 319 is displayed again on the display unit of the operation unit 308, and the IC card is detected by the card reader 319. In this case, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 is configured to rewrite and control the amount data in the IC card so that the fee corresponding to the print data that could not be printed is refunded.

  For example, when the print service using the printing system shown in FIG. 1 is realized, an IC card (for example, Sony Felica (registered trademark)) is distributed to a user who has registered as a member, and each member pays an amount of money to the IC card. Remember the data. Each member causes the client PC to send print data to the print server 200 from home, various bases, or the like (at this time, bibliographic information data of the print data is generated and sent to the print management server 400. That is, the processing of the flowchart shown in FIG. 6 is executed).

  Each member executes the pull print shown in the first embodiment from the convenience store or the multifunction peripheral 300 installed at each base. At this time, the CPU 301 of the MFP 300 that has performed printing rewrites the amount data in the IC card so that the amount based on the printing process is subtracted from the amount data in the IC card used for user authentication.

  As described above, according to the printing system of the present embodiment, printing can be issued from any client PC, from any printer (multifunction machine 300) (from a contracted convenience store, from other locations). However, by only accessing the print management server 400, print data can be pulled from any multifunction device 300, and the amount can be paid as it is with the IC card used at the time of authentication.

  In addition, all the structures which combined the said 1st Embodiment-3rd Embodiment are also contained in this embodiment.

  The various data in FIG. 9, FIG. 11, FIG. 14, FIG. 13, FIG. 21, FIG. 22 and FIG. 25, and other various screen configurations and contents are not limited to this. Needless to say, it is composed of various configurations and contents.

  Although the first to third embodiments have been described above, the present invention can take an embodiment as, for example, a system, an apparatus, a method, a program, or a recording medium. You may apply to the system comprised from an apparatus, and may apply to the apparatus which consists of one apparatus.

  As described above, the print server 200 stores the print data received from the client PC 100, extracts bibliographic information data from the print data, and further extracts the IP address of the print server 200 and the extracted print data. Bibliographic information including bibliographic information, print data path, and the like is transmitted to the print management server 400, the print server 200 stores the received print data, and the print management server 400 further receives the received bibliography. A print server 200 that stores and manages information data, specifies a print server 200 that stores print data based on a print request command from the multifunction device 300, and designates the multifunction device 300 and print data for the print server 200. The print server 200 outputs the command and the print command Based on this, by outputting the print data to the MFP 300, the storage of the print data is distributed to the print server, the bibliographic information of the print data is centrally managed by the print management server, and the load distribution is performed. A system can be constructed.

  The configuration of a data processing program that can be read by each device constituting the print system according to the present invention will be described below with reference to the memory map shown in FIG.

  FIG. 33 is a memory map of a recording medium (storage medium) for storing various data processing programs that can be read by each apparatus (print server 200, print management server 400, printing apparatus 300, etc.) constituting the print system according to the present invention. FIG.

  Although not specifically shown, information for managing a program group stored in the recording medium, for example, version information, creator, etc. is also stored, and information depending on the OS on the program reading side, for example, a program is identified and displayed. Icons may also be stored.

  Further, data depending on various programs is also managed in the directory. In addition, when a program or data to be installed is compressed, a program to be decompressed may be stored.

  8, 10, 12, 15, 23, 24, 26, 28, 28, 29, 30, and 32 in the present embodiment, the host computer is installed by a program installed from the outside. May be carried out. In this case, the present invention is applied even when an information group including a program is supplied to the output device from a recording medium such as a CD-ROM, a flash memory, or an FD, or from an external recording medium via a network. Is.

  As described above, a storage medium storing software program codes for realizing the functions of the above-described embodiments is supplied to the system or apparatus, and the computer (or CPU or MPU) of the system or apparatus stores the storage medium in the storage medium. It goes without saying that the object of the present invention can also be achieved by reading and executing the programmed program code.

  In this case, the program code itself read from the storage medium realizes the novel function of the present invention, and the storage medium storing the program code constitutes the present invention.

  Therefore, as long as it has the function of the program, the form of the program such as an object code, a program executed by an interpreter, or script data supplied to the OS is not limited.

  As a storage medium for supplying the program, for example, a flexible disk, hard disk, optical disk, magneto-optical disk, MO, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, magnetic tape, nonvolatile memory card, ROM, DVD, etc. Can be used.

  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.

  As another program supply method, a browser of a client computer is used to connect to a homepage on the Internet, and the computer program itself of the present invention or a compressed file including an automatic installation function is stored in a storage medium such as a hard disk from the homepage. It can also be supplied by downloading. It can also be realized by dividing the program code constituting the program of the present invention into a plurality of files and downloading each file from a different homepage. That is, a WWW server, an ftp server, and the like that allow a plurality of users to download a program file for realizing the functional processing of the present invention on a computer are also included in the claims of the present invention.

  In addition, the program of the present invention is encrypted, stored in a storage medium such as a CD-ROM, distributed to users, and key information for decryption is downloaded from a homepage via the Internet to users who have cleared predetermined conditions. It is also possible to execute the encrypted program by using the key information and install the program on a computer.

  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) or the like running on the computer based on the instruction of the program code. It goes without saying that a case where the function of the above-described embodiment is realized by performing part or all of the actual processing and the processing is included.

  Further, after the program code read from the storage medium is written to a memory provided in a function expansion board inserted into the computer or a function expansion unit connected to the computer, the function expansion is performed based on the instruction of the program code. It goes without saying that the case where the CPU or the like provided in the board or 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.

  Further, the present invention may be applied to a system composed of a plurality of devices or an apparatus composed of a single device. It goes without saying that the present invention can also be applied to a case where the present invention is achieved by supplying a program to a system or apparatus. In this case, by reading a storage medium storing a program represented by software for achieving the present invention into the system or apparatus, the system or apparatus can enjoy the effects of the present invention. .

  The present invention is not limited to the above embodiments, and various modifications (including organic combinations of the embodiments) are possible based on the spirit of the present invention, and these are excluded from the scope of the present invention. is not.

1 is a system configuration diagram illustrating an example of a configuration of a print system to which a print server, a print management server, and a printing apparatus of the present invention can be applied. FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing a hardware configuration of an information processing apparatus applicable to the client PC, print server, print management server, login service PC, and directory service server shown in FIG. FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a hardware configuration of a controller unit of the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram illustrating an overall flow of pull printing in the printing system of the present embodiment. FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating an example of a port setting screen in a logical printer installed in the client PC illustrated in FIG. 1. It is a schematic diagram which shows an example of the print screen of the application program which operate | moves on the client PC100 shown in FIG. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram illustrating an example of a user interface (print setting screen) of a printer driver program operating on the client PC illustrated in FIG. 1. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a first control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention. 3 is a diagram illustrating an example of a directory configuration of a spool area in the print system of the present invention. FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a second control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention. It is a figure which shows the structure of the bibliographic information file in the printing system of this invention. 10 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a third control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention. 3 is a diagram illustrating an example of a configuration of a printer group table in the print system of the present invention. FIG. It is a data block diagram which shows an example of a data structure of bibliographic information DB in the printing system of this invention. 10 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a fourth control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of a screen displayed under the control of a CPU on the display unit of the operation unit of the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of a screen displayed under the control of a CPU on the display unit of the operation unit of the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of a screen displayed under the control of a CPU on the display unit of the operation unit of the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of a screen displayed under the control of a CPU on the display unit of the operation unit of the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of a screen displayed under the control of a CPU on the display unit of the operation unit of the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is a data configuration diagram illustrating an example of a data structure of a command transmitted from the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1 to a print management server. FIG. 2 is a data configuration diagram illustrating an example of a data structure of an IC card authentication table stored in an external storage device of the print management server 400 illustrated in FIG. 1. 10 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a fifth control processing procedure in the print system of the present invention. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the 6th control processing procedure in the printing system of this invention. It is a figure explaining the search method of bibliographic information DB shown in FIG. 12 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a seventh control processing procedure in the printing system of the present invention. FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an example of a command issued from a print management server to a print server daemon program in the print system of the present invention. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the 8th control processing procedure in the printing system of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the 9th control processing procedure in the printing system of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the 10th control processing procedure in the printing system of this invention. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of a document reading and accumulation printing screen of the present embodiment displayed on a display unit of an operation unit of the multifunction peripheral illustrated in FIG. 1 under the control of a CPU. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the 11th control processing procedure in the printing system of this invention. FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a memory map of a recording medium (storage medium) that stores various data processing programs that can be read (read) by each device that constitutes the print system according to the present invention.

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100 client PC
200 Print Server 300 Multifunction Machine 400 Print Management Server 500 Login Service PC
600 Directory service server 700 LAN
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Claims (24)

  1. Via a predetermined communication medium 1 or a plurality of information processing apparatuses, print server, and capable of communicating the print server with multiple printing devices,
    A storage means for storing print data received from the information processing apparatus,
    Bibliographic information data generating means for generating bibliographic information data including information specifying the storage location of the print data stored in the storage means and bibliographic information of the print data;
    Bibliographic information data transmitting means for transmitting the bibliographic information data generated by the bibliographic information data generating means to the print management server;
    The bibliographic information data transmitted by the bibliographic information data transmission unit is stored and managed, and the print data is stored based on a print request signal of print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data received and stored from the printing apparatus. The print command signal from the print management server having a function of outputting a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data to the specified print server. Receiving means for receiving;
    Received by said receiving means, and this and an output means on the basis of the printing apparatus and a printing command signal the specifying the print data, outputs print data to which the designated for the designated printing device A print server.
  2.   The print server according to claim 1, wherein the bibliographic information data includes information for specifying a model of a printing apparatus capable of processing print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data.
  3. The print data, the one or more print data is generated corresponding to the printing device based on the data received from the application program in the information processing apparatus or the printing apparatus based on image data obtained by reading image information from a document, The print server according to claim 1 , wherein the print data is generated in correspondence with the print data.
  4. With storing print data received from the information processing apparatus in the storage means, based on a print command signal specifying the printing apparatus and print data received from the printing management server, said to the designated printing device A print management server capable of transmitting the print command signal to one or a plurality of print servers that output designated print data;
    Received from the print server, the bibliographic information data storing means for storing and managing bibliographic information data including bibliographic information of the information and the print data specifying a print server for storing the print data,
    Based on the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the storage management received from the printing apparatus to identify the print server that stores the print data, to said print server that the particular Printing command signal output means for outputting a printing command signal designating the printing apparatus and the printing data
    Print management server characterized in that it comprises a.
  5. The bibliographic information data, which contains the log Lee N'yuza information for logging Lee in to external devices,
    Based on the list request signal including the log Lee N'yuza information received from the printing apparatus, the bibliographic information data acquisition means for acquiring the bibliographic information data corresponding to said log Lee N'yuza information from bibliographic information data the storage management,
    Print management server according to claim 4, characterized in that it has a <br/> a list returning means for returning the list information bibliographic information data acquired by the bibliographic information data acquiring unit to the printing device.
  6. The bibliographic information data, see contains the information for specifying the model of the process a printing apparatus to print data corresponding to該書journal information data, model information of the list request signal printing apparatus that has transmitted the list request signal Including
    The bibliographic information data acquisition means includes bibliographic information of print data that can be processed by the printing apparatus from the bibliographic information data stored and managed based on the model information of the printing apparatus included in the list request signal received from the printing apparatus. print management server according to claim 5, wherein the acquiring the data.
  7. The bibliographic information data, color compatibility between machine types, the print management server according to claim 6, wherein the includes information indicating a monochrome compatibility.
  8. An authentication table storage means for storing an authentication table showing the correspondence between the log Lee N'yuza information for logging Lee in to the IC card authentication information and external device stored in the IC card,
    In response to an authentication request signal including IC card authentication information read from the IC card received from the printing apparatus, an authentication process based on the authentication table of the IC card authentication information is performed, and the authentication process is successful. as information, the authentication means for reading the log Lee N'yuza information corresponding to the IC card authentication information from the authentication table, and returns to the printing apparatus,
    Print management server according to any one of claims 4-7, characterized in that it comprises a.
  9. The print data received from the information processing apparatus is stored in the storage means, and the designation is made to the designated printing apparatus based on the printing command received from the print management server and the print command signal designating the print data. One or a plurality of print servers for outputting the printed data,
    And stores management bibliographic information data including bibliographic information of the information and the print data specifying the print server for storing the print data, corresponding to the bibliographic information data the storage management received from the printing apparatus based on the print request signal of the print data, along with specifying the print server that stores the print data, print command signal with respect to print server that is the identified, specify the printing apparatus and the print data A printing management server that can communicate with the printing management server,
    Print request means for transmitting a print request signal of print data corresponding to bibliographic information data stored and managed by the print management server to the print management server;
    Print data transmitted from the print server based on the print command signal transmitted from the print management server to the print server storing the print data specified by the print request signal in response to the print request signal. printing apparatus characterized by having a <br/> and print processing means for receiving and printing process.
  10. The bibliographic information data, which contains the log Lee N'yuza information for logging Lee in to external devices,
    Sends a list request signal including the log Lee N'yuza information to the print server, the list information obtaining means for obtaining the list information bibliographic information data corresponding to said log Lee N'yuza information returned from the print server Have
    The print request means selects bibliographic information data stored and managed in the print management server from the list information acquired by the list information acquisition means, and print request signals for print data corresponding to the selected bibliographic information data The printing apparatus according to claim 9, wherein the printer is transmitted.
  11. The bibliographic information data includes information for specifying a model of a printing apparatus capable of processing print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data,
    A list request signal including model information of the printing apparatus itself is transmitted to the print management server, and list information of bibliographic information data including setting information that can be processed by the printing apparatus returned from the print management server is acquired. It has a list of information acquisition means for,
    The print request means selects bibliographic information data stored and managed in the print management server from the list information acquired by the list information acquisition means, and print request signals for print data corresponding to the selected bibliographic information data printing apparatus according to claim 9 or 10, wherein transmitting the.
  12. IC card reading means capable of reading IC card authentication information stored in the IC card;
    The IC card by transmitting an authentication request signal including the IC card authentication information read from the IC card by the reading means, is returned, the authentication request means for acquiring the log Lee N'yuza information corresponding to the IC card authentication information preparative printing apparatus according to claim 10 or 11, wherein the having.
  13. The printing apparatus according to claim 9, wherein the print processing unit performs print processing when an IC card is detected by a card reader.
  14. The IC card stores amount data,
    Rewriting means for rewriting the amount based on the print processing so as to be subtracted from the amount data stored in the IC card when the print processing means performs the print processing;
    The printing apparatus according to claim 13, further comprising:
  15. Message display means for displaying a message when the amount data stored in the IC card is less than the amount based on the print processing in the print processing means;
    The printing apparatus according to claim 14, further comprising:
  16. 16. The printing apparatus according to claim 13, wherein the print processing unit interrupts the print process when an IC card is no longer detected by the card reader.
  17. A print system including one or more information processing apparatuses capable of communicating via a predetermined communication medium, one or more print servers, a print management server, and a plurality of printing apparatuses,
    The print server
    A storage means for storing print data received from the information processing apparatus,
    Bibliographic information data generating means for generating bibliographic information data including information specifying the storage location of the print data stored in the storage means and bibliographic information of the print data;
    Bibliographic information data transmitting means for transmitting the bibliographic information data generated by the bibliographic information data generating means to the print management server;
    Based on the print command signal specifying the printing apparatus and print data received from the print server, which has an output means for outputting the print data to which the designated for the designated printing device,
    The print management server
    And bibliographic information data storing means for storing and managing bibliographic information data including bibliographic information of the print data information and the corresponding identifying a print server for storing the print data received from the print server,
    Based on the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the storage management received from said printing apparatus to identify the print server that stores the print data, the print server that the particular On the other hand, the printing apparatus and a print command signal output means for outputting a print command signal designating the print data,
    The printing apparatus includes:
    Print request means for transmitting a print request signal of print data corresponding to bibliographic information data stored and managed by the print management server to the print management server;
    Print data transmitted from the print server based on the print command signal transmitted from the print management server to the print server storing the print data specified by the print request signal in response to the print request signal. A printing system comprising: a print processing unit that receives and performs print processing.
  18. Predetermined communication medium 1 or a plurality of information processing apparatuses via the print management server, which can communicate with multiple printing devices, the print data in the print server having storage means for storing the print data received from the information processing apparatus An accumulation method,
    Bibliographic information data generating means for generating bibliographic information data including information specifying the storage location of the print data stored in the storage means and bibliographic information of the print data;
    A bibliographic information data transmitting unit transmits the bibliographic information data generated by the bibliographic information data generating step to the print management server;
    The receiving means stores and manages the bibliographic information data transmitted by the bibliographic information data transmission step, and based on the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data received and stored from the printing apparatus, with specifying the print server that stores the print data from the print management server having the print server, which is the specific, a function of outputting the printing apparatus and a printing command signal specifying the print data, the A receiving step for receiving a print command signal;
    Output means, received by the receiving step, and an outputting step of based on said printing apparatus and a printing command signal the specifying the print data, outputs print data to which the designated for the designated printing device print data storage wherein that you run.
  19. With storing print data received from the information processing apparatus in the storage means, based on a print command signal specifying the printing apparatus and print data received from the printing management server, said to the designated printing device A print management method of a print management server capable of transmitting the print command signal to one or a plurality of print servers that output designated print data,
    Bibliographic information data registration unit, the received from the print server, the print data bibliographic information data registration to register the bibliographic information data in the storage means including bibliographic information of the information and the print data specifying a print server for storing Steps,
    Print command signal output means in accordance with the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the registration has been received from the printing apparatus to identify the print server that stores the print data, and the specific the relative print server, the print management method characterized by executing a print command signal output step of outputting a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data.
  20. With storing print data received from the information processing apparatus in the storage means, based on a print command signal specifying the printing apparatus and print data received from the printing management server, said to the designated printing device one or more print servers outputting the specified print data, and stores management bibliographic information data including bibliographic information of the information and the print data specifying a print server for storing the print data, the printing device based on the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the storage management received from, as well as specifying the print server that stores the print data, to said print server that is the specific Can communicate with the printing apparatus and a print management server that outputs a print command signal designating the print data. A printing method in a Do printing apparatus,
    Print request means, and print request step of transmitting a print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data stored and managed in the print server to the print server,
    In response to the print request signal , the print processing means transmits from the print server based on the print command signal transmitted from the print management server to the print server storing the print data specified by the print request signal. printing method and executes the print processing steps <br/> of performing receiving and printing print data.
  21. One or more information processing apparatuses capable of communicating via a predetermined communication medium, one or more print servers having storage means for storing print data received from the information processing apparatus , a print management server, A printing method in a printing system comprising a printing device,
    The print server
    Bibliographic information data generating means for generating bibliographic information data including information specifying the storage location of the print data stored in the storage means and bibliographic information of the print data;
    A bibliographic information data transmitting unit transmits the bibliographic information data generated by the bibliographic information data generating step to the print management server;
    The receiving means stores and manages the bibliographic information data transmitted by the bibliographic information data transmission step, and based on the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data received and stored from the printing apparatus, with specifying the print server that stores the print data from the print management server having the print server, which is the specific, a function of outputting the printing apparatus and a printing command signal specifying the print data, the A receiving step for receiving a print command signal;
    Output means, received by the receiving step, and an outputting step of based on said printing apparatus and a printing command signal the specifying the print data, outputs print data to which the designated for the designated printing device Is to execute,
    The print management server
    Bibliographic information data registration means, bibliographic information data registration step of registering the bibliographic information data in the storage means including bibliographic information of the information and the print data specifying a print server for storing the print data received from the print server When,
    Print command signal output means in accordance with the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data the registration has been received from the printing apparatus to identify the print server that stores the print data, and the specific to the print server, which executes the print command signal output step of outputting a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data,
    The printing apparatus includes:
    Print request means, and print request step of transmitting a print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data stored and managed in the print server to the print server,
    Print processing means is transmitted from the print server based on the print command signal transmitted from the print management server to the print server storing the print data designated by the print request signal in response to the print request signal. And a print processing step of performing print processing upon receiving the print data.
  22. A print server capable of communicating with one or a plurality of information processing apparatuses, a print management server, and a plurality of printing apparatuses via a predetermined communication medium;
    Storage means for storing print data received from the information processing apparatus;
    Bibliographic information data generating means for generating bibliographic information data including information specifying the storage location of the print data stored in the storage means and bibliographic information of the print data;
    Bibliographic information data transmitting means for transmitting the bibliographic information data generated by the bibliographic information data generating means to the print management server;
    The bibliographic information data transmitted by the bibliographic information data transmission unit is stored and managed, and the print data is stored based on a print request signal of print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data received and stored from the printing apparatus. The print command signal from the print management server having a function of outputting a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data to the specified print server. Receiving means for receiving,
    Output means for outputting the designated print data to the designated printing apparatus based on the print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data received by the receiving means.
    Program to function as.
  23. The print data received from the information processing apparatus is stored in the storage means, and the designation is made to the designated printing apparatus based on the printing command received from the print management server and the print command signal designating the print data. A print management server capable of transmitting the print command signal to one or a plurality of print servers that output the printed data;
    Bibliographic information data storage means for storing and managing bibliographic information data including information specifying a print server storing the print data and bibliographic information of the print data received from the print server;
    Based on the print request signal of the print data corresponding to the bibliographic information data stored and managed received from the printing apparatus, the print server storing the print data is specified, and the specified print server is Print command signal output means for outputting a print command signal designating the printing apparatus and the print data
    Program to function as.
  24. The print data received from the information processing apparatus is stored in the storage means, and the designation is made to the designated printing apparatus based on the printing command received from the print management server and the print command signal designating the print data. One or a plurality of print servers for outputting the printed data,
    Print data corresponding to the storage-managed bibliographic information data received from the printing apparatus and storing and managing information specifying a print server storing the print data and bibliographic information of the print data The print server storing the print data is specified based on the print request signal, and the print command signal specifying the print device and the print data is output to the specified print server A printer that can communicate with the management server
    Print request means for transmitting a print request signal of print data corresponding to bibliographic information data stored and managed by the print management server to the print management server;
    Print data transmitted from the print server based on the print command signal transmitted from the print management server to the print server storing the print data specified by the print request signal in response to the print request signal. Print processing means for receiving and printing
    A program to make it function as <br/>.
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