JP4759436B2 - Image handling apparatus, image processing system, image processing control method, and image processing control program - Google Patents

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JP4759436B2
JP4759436B2 JP2006128554A JP2006128554A JP4759436B2 JP 4759436 B2 JP4759436 B2 JP 4759436B2 JP 2006128554 A JP2006128554 A JP 2006128554A JP 2006128554 A JP2006128554 A JP 2006128554A JP 4759436 B2 JP4759436 B2 JP 4759436B2
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  The present invention relates to an image handling device, an image processing system, an image processing control method, and an image processing control program, and in particular, an image handling device, an image processing system, and an image processing device that include at least one of an imaging unit and a printing unit and an operation panel. The present invention relates to an image processing control method and an image processing control program.

  In recent years, image forming apparatuses such as printers, copiers, scanners, facsimiles, or multifunction peripherals that realize these functions in a single housing have severe restrictions on memory and the like. Each function is realized by application control.

  Among such image forming apparatuses, an API (Application Program Interface) for mounting an application is disclosed, and customization is possible by mounting an application suitable for the user's usage environment after shipment. There is also (for example, patent document 1).

In addition, there is a technique that uses HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) data from an external server for display on an operation panel of the image forming apparatus (for example, Patent Document 2 or Patent Document 3).
JP 2005-269619 A JP 2000-127503 A JP 2002-152458 A

  However, in order to implement a new application based on the published API, it is necessary to be familiar with C language, Java (registered trademark) language, etc., and learning is not always easy. In addition, it is necessary for the image forming apparatus to prepare and develop an execution environment for these new application developments.

  When HTML data is displayed on the operation panel of the image forming apparatus by an application of an external server, the development and management of the application can be performed on the server side, which can improve screen development efficiency. Since it is display data, it is not possible to control the specific hardware used for image generation only by using HTML data for display on the operation panel.

  The present invention has been made in view of the above points, and maintains an efficient screen development and provides an image handling apparatus, an image processing system, and an image providing an interface capable of controlling the specific hardware of the image forming apparatus An object is to provide a processing control method and an image processing control program.

Accordingly, in order to solve the above-described problem, the present invention provides a display unit that displays an input screen on which condition settings for executing image formation can be input based on display control information from an external device that can be connected via a network. An operation panel that receives an execution instruction for executing the image formation; and
Hardware resources for executing the image formation ;
And transmission means for transmitting the execution instruction and accepted by the operation unit and the condition setting entered for the input screen to the external device,
Execution instruction data generated by the external device based on the condition setting and execution instruction transmitted by the transmission unit is received from the external device and interpreted, and image formation based on the execution instruction data is used as the hardware resource. And image forming control means to be executed.

  In such an image handling apparatus, it is possible to provide an interface capable of maintaining the efficiency of screen development and controlling the specific hardware of the image forming apparatus.

  According to the present invention, an image handling apparatus, an image processing system, an image processing control method, and an image processing that provide an interface capable of maintaining the efficiency of screen development and controlling the specific hardware of the image forming apparatus. A control program can be provided.

  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings. FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating a configuration example of an image processing system according to an embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 1, an image processing system 1 includes a multifunction machine 101, a Web server 102, an ASP (Application Service Provider) server 103, and the like, each of which is a network (wired) such as a LAN (Local Area Network) or the Internet. Or any other type of radio).

  The multifunction machine 101 is an image forming apparatus that realizes a plurality of functions such as a copy, a scanner, and a printer with a single housing, and is an example of an image handling apparatus. The multifunction machine 101 includes an operation panel, and an MFP (Multi Function Peripheral) browser as a Web browser for displaying an operation screen on the operation panel based on HTML (HyperText Markup Language) data.

  The Web server 102 is a general-purpose computer on which a function as a Web server such as httpd is implemented. An image formation control application 1021 is mounted on the Web server 102 as a Web application. The image formation control application 1021 generates and returns HTML data as an operation screen to be displayed on the operation panel of the multifunction device 101 in response to an HTTP request from the MFP browser in the multifunction device 101.

  The ASP server 103 is a general-purpose computer on which an image processing application 1031 is installed as an application for providing various services related to image data formed in the multifunction machine 101. For example, the image processing application 1031 accumulates image data scanned by the multi-function peripheral 101 and transferred to the ASP server 103 or distributes it to a designated destination.

  FIG. 2 is a diagram for explaining a software configuration example of the multifunction machine according to the embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 2, the multifunction machine 101 includes various hardware 111, various software 112, and a multifunction machine activation unit 113.

  As the hardware 111 of the multifunction machine 101, there are an imaging unit 121, a printing unit 122, and other hardware 123. The imaging unit 121 is hardware for reading an image (image data) from a read original. The printing unit 122 is hardware for printing an image (image data) on printing paper.

  As the software 112 of the multifunction machine 101, there are various applications 131 and various platforms 132. These programs are executed in parallel on a process basis by an OS (Operating System) such as UNIX (registered trademark).

  The application 131 includes a copy application 141 that is a copy application, a printer application 142 that is a printer application, a scanner application 143 that is a scanner application, a facsimile application 144 that is a facsimile application, and a network file application. The network file application 145 and the MFP browser 181 are installed.

  The MFP browser 181 is the above-described MFP browser, acquires HTML data from the Web server 102 in FIG. 1 via the library 136 that is a library that realizes a client function in HTTP communication, and displays the HTML data on the operation panel. Let The MFP browser 181 can further interpret a script (program in a script language) described in the HTML data, and can control the hardware 111 of the multifunction peripheral 101 according to the script. That is, the MFP browser 181 interprets not only a script that can be interpreted by a general-purpose Web browser, but also a script (for example, a scan execution command) extended to control the hardware 111 of the multifunction peripheral 101. Thus, the MFP 101 is caused to execute image processing.

  The application 131 can be developed using a dedicated SDK (software development kit). An application 131 developed using the SDK is called an SDK application. As the dedicated SDK, “CSDK” for developing the application 131 in C language and “JSDK” for developing the application 131 in Java (registered trademark) language are provided. An application 131 developed using CSDK is called a “CSDK application”, and an application 131 developed using JSDK is called a “JSDK application”. 2 also includes a CSDK application 146 and a JSDK application 147. 2 further includes a JSDK platform 148 as software 112 that mediates between the JSDK application 147 written in the Java (registered trademark) language and the other software 112 written in the C language.

  In the present embodiment, MFP browser 181 is an application implemented as a CSDK application.

  The platform 132 includes various control services 151, a system resource manager 152, and various handlers 153. The control service 151 includes a network control service (NCS) 161, a facsimile control service (FCS) 162, a delivery control service (DCS) 163, an engine control service (ECS) 164, a memory control service (MCS) 165, and an operation panel control service. There are (OCS) 166, a certification control service (CCS) 167, a user directory control service (UCS) 168, and a system control service (SCS) 169. As the handler 153, there are a facsimile control unit handler (FCUH) 171 and an image memory handler (IMH) 172.

  The process of the NCS 161 mediates network communication. The FCS 162 process provides a facsimile API. The process of the DCS 163 performs control related to the distribution processing of the stored document. The process of the ECS 164 performs control related to the imaging unit 121 and the printing unit 122. The process of the MCS 165 controls the memory and hard disk drive. The process of the OCS 166 performs display control related to the operation panel. The process of the CCS 167 performs control related to authentication processing and billing processing. The process of the UCS 168 performs control related to management of user information. The process of the SCS 169 performs control related to system management.

  A virtual application service (VAS) 135 exists as software 112 that mediates between the application 131 and the platform 132. The VAS 135 operates as a server process using the application 131 as a client, and also operates as a client process using the platform 132 as a server. The VAS 135 has a wrapping function that hides the platform 132 when viewed from the application 131, and plays a role of absorbing version differences associated with version upgrades of the platform 132.

  The multifunction machine starting unit 113 is executed first when the multifunction machine 101 is powered on. As a result, an OS such as UNIX (registered trademark) is activated, and the application 131 and the platform 132 are activated. These programs are stored in the hard disk drive or the memory card, and are reproduced from the hard disk drive or the memory card and activated in the memory.

  FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating a hardware configuration example of the multifunction peripheral according to the embodiment of the present invention. The hardware 111 of the multifunction machine 101 includes a controller 201, an operation panel 202, a facsimile control unit (FCU) 203, an imaging unit 121, and a printing unit 122.

  The controller 201 includes a CPU 211, ASIC 212, NB221, SB222, MEM-P231, MEM-C232, HDD (hard disk drive) 233, memory card slot 234, NIC (network interface controller) 241, USB device 242, IEEE 1394 device 243, and Centronics device. 244.

  The CPU 211 is an IC for various information processing. The ASIC 212 is an IC for various image processing. The NB 221 is a north bridge of the controller 201. The SB 222 is a south bridge of the controller 201. The MEM-P 231 is a system memory of the multifunction machine 101. The MEM-C 232 is a local memory of the multifunction machine 101. The HDD 233 is a storage of the multifunction machine 101. The memory card slot 234 is a slot for setting the memory card 235. The NIC 241 is a controller for network communication using a MAC address. The USB device 242 is a device for providing a USB standard connection terminal. The IEEE 1394 device 243 is a device for providing a connection terminal of the IEEE 1394 standard. The Centronics device 244 is a device for providing a Centronics specification connection terminal. The operation panel 202 is hardware (operation unit) for an operator to input to the multifunction device 101 and hardware (display unit) for an operator to obtain an output from the multifunction device 101.

  Each application such as the MFP browser 181 is recorded in the memory card 235 or the HDD 233, and the function is realized by being processed by the CPU 211.

  FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating an example of the operation panel. In FIG. 4, the operation panel 202 includes a touch panel 311, a numeric keypad 312, a start button 313, a reset button 314, a function key 315, and an initial setting button 316. The touch panel 311 is hardware (touch operation unit) for inputting by a touch operation and hardware (screen display unit) for obtaining an output by screen display. The numeric keypad 312 is hardware for inputting numbers by operating keys (buttons). The start button 313 is hardware for performing a start operation by a button operation. The start button 313 is provided with an LED lamp 317. The LED lamp 317 is a lamp for notifying whether or not execution of the application selected by the function key 315 can be started (start). If the conditions for starting are not met, the LED lamp 317 is displayed in red. Lights up green when is ready. Therefore, the user recognizes that the start button can be pressed when the LED lamp 317 is lit in green. The reset button 314 is hardware for performing a reset operation by a button operation. In the function keys 315, applications (for example, a copy application 141, a printer application 142, and a scanner application 143) are assigned to each key (button). Therefore, when any one of the function keys 315 is pressed, the initial screen of the application assigned to the function key 315 is displayed on the touch panel 311. The initial setting button 316 is hardware for displaying an initial setting screen by button operation.

  Next, details of the MFP browser 181 will be described. FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating a functional configuration example of the MFP browser. 5, the MFP browser 181 includes an engine unit 502, a script processing unit 503, an image library 504, a file control unit 505, an image conversion unit 506, a screen construction unit 507, an operation panel data generation unit 508, an event processing unit 509, and the like. Has been. In the figure, HTML data 600 is HTML data transferred from the Web server 102.

  The engine unit 502 is the heart of the MFP browser 181, interprets (parses) HTML and JavaScript (hereinafter simply referred to as “script”) in the HTML data 600, and is defined by HTML. The screen construction unit 507 is instructed to construct an operation screen, and the script processing unit 503 and the file operation unit 505 are instructed to execute processing defined in the script.

  The script processing unit 503 executes processing related to image processing among the processing defined in the script in the HTML data 600. The image library 504 is a library that provides a function interface for each application such as copying, scanning, or printing. For example, the script processing unit 503 implements functions such as copying, scanning, and printing by calling the image library 504.

  The file operation unit 505 performs file operations that occur during script execution, file operations for caching the HTML data 600, and the like.

  When the HTML data 600 includes image data, the image conversion unit 506 converts the image data into a displayable format.

  The screen construction unit 507 generates operation screen layout information in HTML interpreted by the engine unit 502.

  The operation panel data generation unit 508 converts the layout information generated by the screen construction unit 507 into a data format or control command that can be interpreted by the OCS 166, and outputs the converted information to the OCS 166. The OCS 166 displays an operation screen on the touch panel 311 of the operation panel 202 based on information from the panel data generation unit 508. In other words, since the layout information generated by the screen construction unit 507 is based on a general-purpose format, the operation panel data generation unit 508 is configured so that the layout information is adapted to the touch panel 311 of the operation panel 202 of the multifunction peripheral 101. Is converted.

  The event processing unit 509 detects an event generated by an input to HTML data displayed on the touch panel 311 or an operation on another button (such as a start button 313) on the operation panel 202, and the occurrence of the event is detected by the engine unit. Notify 502 etc.

  Hereinafter, scan processing will be described as an example of processing by the image processing system 1. The scanning process here includes not only the reading of the original but also the distribution of the read image data.

  FIG. 6 is a sequence diagram for explaining the processing procedure of the scan processing.

  When the MFP 101 is turned on and the MFP browser 181 is activated, the engine unit 502 of the MFP browser 181 transmits an HTTP request related to a URL of an initial screen set in advance to the Web server 102 via the web www 136. (S101).

  The image formation control application 1021 of the Web server 102 returns HTML data corresponding to the URL to the MFP browser (S102). In general, the initial screen is a login screen or an application selection screen, but here, HTML data (hereinafter referred to as a “scan condition setting page”) for displaying a scan condition setting screen is returned for convenience. Suppose. Therefore, the MFP browser 181 interprets the definition in HTML on the scan condition setting page and causes the touch panel 311 to display the scan condition setting screen.

  FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating a display example of the scan condition setting screen. In FIG. 7, the scan condition setting screen 601 displays a resolution button 6011, a document type button 6012, a document size button 6013, a density button 6014, a compression method button 6015, a distribution destination button 6016, and the like. Each button is a button for displaying a screen for setting each condition. Specifically, on the scan condition setting page, each button is associated with a URL of HTML data for setting a condition corresponding to the button as a link.

  Therefore, for example, when the resolution button 6011 is pressed (touched) (S103), the MFP browser 1021 transmits an HTTP request related to the URL linked to the resolution button 6011 to the Web server 102 (S104). The image formation control application 1021 generates HTML data (hereinafter referred to as “resolution setting page”) for displaying a resolution setting screen based on the URL, and returns the resolution setting page to the MFP browser 181 (S105). The MFP browser 181 interprets the definition of the resolution setting page and causes the touch panel 311 to display a resolution setting screen.

  FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating a display example of the resolution setting screen. As shown in FIG. 8, on the resolution setting screen 602, a button is displayed for each resolution. In the resolution setting page, a behavior when the OK button 6021 is pressed is defined. Therefore, when the resolution is selected on the resolution setting screen 602 and the OK button 6021 is pressed (S106), the MFP browser 181 sends a POST message notifying the Web server 102 of the selected resolution based on the definition on the resolution setting page. Transmit (S107).

  When the POST message is received, the image formation control application 1021 records (holds) the resolution included in the POST message in the memory of the Web server 102 and returns a scan condition setting page to the MFP browser 181 ( S108). Therefore, the display screen of the touch panel 311 returns to the scan condition setting screen 601 (FIG. 7) again.

  Thereafter, the user displays a setting screen for other conditions in the same procedure as the resolution setting, and sets the conditions. The exchange between the MFP browser 181 and the Web server 102 is performed in the same manner as in the case of setting the resolution. By this setting operation, for example, the document type (monochrome binary), document size (A4), density (dark), compression method (MF), distribution destination (distribution destination e-mail address), etc. are posted to the Web server 102. Each value is held in the memory by the image formation control application 1021 (S109 to S113). In other words, in the present embodiment, scan conditions are not stored in the multifunction peripheral 101 but are managed on the Web server 102 side. The multifunction machine 101 simply executes processing according to the HTML data transmitted from the Web server 102 and does not know the meaning of the information displayed by each HTML data. As described above, the mounting on the multifunction peripheral 101 side is very simple. This can be said to be an extremely effective mounting method for an embedded device having a severe memory capacity limitation.

  Note that the image forming control application 1021 can grasp the pressed button and the selected scanning condition at any time according to the information posted from the MFP 101 (MFP browser 181). Therefore, the contents of the setting screen for other conditions can be dynamically changed according to the value selected for a certain condition. For example, when the document type is selected as color, binary data compression methods such as MH and MMR are meaningless. Therefore, in this case, the image control application 1021 generates a compression method selection page so that MH and MMR are grayed out on the compression method selection screen.

  It is also possible to provide HTML data for displaying a setting screen according to the performance of the multifunction peripheral 101 of the communication partner.

  When the image formation control application 1021 determines that the information necessary to be set at least in order to execute scanning is complete according to the sequentially transmitted scanning conditions, the start button 313 of the operation panel 202 of the multifunction peripheral 101 is prepared. HTML data including control information for enabling the user to press is sent back to the MFP browser 181 (S114). Specifically, the HTML data includes a script definition for changing the color of the LED lamp 317 of the operation panel 202 from red to green.

  FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating a definition example of a script for changing the color of the LED lamp. In the script 603 shown in FIG. 9, the description “System.LocalCGI.Setting.StartKeyDisable = 1” is an instruction for changing the color of the LED lamp 317.

  For example, in the HTML data including the script 603, it is defined that the script 603 should be executed when the HTML data is loaded into the MFP browser 181 (when an onLoad event occurs). In this case, the engine unit 502 of the MFP browser 181 outputs an instruction to change the color of the LED lamp 317 to the OCS 166 by interpreting the script 603 (S115). The OCS 166 changes the color of the LED lamp 317 to green.

  Depending on the user's usage environment, the start key 313 may be pressed even when nothing is set on the scan condition setting screen after login (the LED may be changed from red to green). In the example, the scan cannot be started until each condition is set and a delivery destination is set.

  When the color of the LED lamp 317 becomes green, the user recognizes that scanning can be started, and presses the start button 313 (S116). An event of pressing the start button 313 is notified to the MFP browser 181. In response to the event, the MFP browser 181 transmits to the Web server 102 an HTTP request for requesting an HTTP request for requesting data defining scan execution instruction content (hereinafter referred to as “scan execution instruction data”). (S117). The image formation control application 1021 generates scan execution instruction data (S118), and returns the scan execution instruction data to the MFP browser 181 (S119).

  Here, the scan execution instruction data will be described. FIG. 10 is a diagram conceptually illustrating a configuration example of scan execution instruction data. In FIG. 10, the scan execution instruction data 604 is data in the HTML format like other HTML data, and includes a script 6041, setting information 6042, an image embedding area 6043, and the like.

  A script 6041 is a script in which a scan execution instruction is defined. The setting information 6042 is information for handling image data obtained by scanning, and is specifically a set of scan condition values set via the scan condition screen. For example, each condition is distinguished by a tag and a value is described. The image embedding area 6043 is a part for associating information (setting information 6042) for handling image data with the image data. As the association, for example, image data may be embedded in the image embedding area 6043, or a pointer (position information) to the image data is described, and the image data may be a separate file. In this case, the correspondence between the pointer and the image data may be managed in a format such as a table at a designation destination designated by a URL described later. In the present embodiment, the former case will be described as an example. At this time, since the image data does not exist, only a start tag and an end tag indicating the image embedding area 6043 are described.

  FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating a script definition example in the scan execution instruction data. In the script 6041 shown in FIG. 11, a description 6041b (“System.LocalCGI.doScan (<URL>,...)”) Is a scan execution function (hereinafter referred to as “doScan ()”) and its definition. Is mounted on the engine unit 502 or the like. In doScan (), scan execution processing and scan image distribution processing are defined. On the other hand, the description 6041a is a definition for enabling a scan condition designated by the user to be referred to in doScan (). In the figure, only settings relating to resolution are described, and other conditions are omitted for convenience.

  By the way, a portion of the scan execution instruction data 604 constituted by the setting information 6042 and the image embedding area 6043 is called format data 6044. The significance of the format data 6044 will be described later.

  For example, assume that the scan execution instruction data 604 defines that the script 6041 should be executed when the scan execution instruction data 604 is loaded into the MFP browser 181 (when an onLoad event occurs). In this case, the engine unit 502 of the MFP browser 181 calls doScan () by interpreting the script 6041 and executes the process defined in doScan (). That is, the MFP 101 executes scanning, and the scanned image data is transferred to a URL (for example, the image processing application 1031 of the ASP server 103) specified as an argument of doScan () (S120, S121). The URL specified as the argument of this doScan () may be determined in advance in the Web server 102, but the destination set as the scan condition may be used as this URL.

  Format data 6044 is used for transferring image data. That is, the MFP browser 181 extracts the format data 6044 from the scan execution instruction data 604 and attaches (embeds) the scanned image data in the start tag and end tag of the image embedding area 6043. Then, the format data 6044 in which the image data is embedded is transferred to the image processing application 1031.

  FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating an example of format data in which image data is embedded. In FIG. 12, the same parts as those in FIG.

  In FIG. 12, format data 6044 has image data of each page of the document embedded therein. In step S121, the format data 6044 having such a configuration is transferred to the image processing application 1031.

  The image processing application 1031 that has received the format data 6044 executes processing according to the format data 6044. For example, the image data is distributed to the distribution destination included in the format data 6044. The format data 6044 also includes the scan conditions for the image data. Therefore, the image processing application 1031 can know the scan condition of the image data, and can deliver the image data after performing further image processing (for example, resolution conversion) according to the scan condition.

  By the way, the format required as the transfer information of the image data is different for each server (the ASP server 103 in the present embodiment), and some requests that meta information in the XML (eXtensible Markup Language) format be transferred. Some require that they be transferred in MIME format. The format data 6044 provides a mechanism for responding to such circumstances in a general manner. That is, if the format data 6044 is generated in advance corresponding to the transfer destination server and stored in the Web server 102, the multi-function peripheral 101 is aware of the formats that the transfer destination can handle and the usage at the transfer destination. This is because it is only necessary to embed image data in the format data 6044 downloaded from the Web server 102 and transfer it.

  FIG. 12 shows an example in which image data for a plurality of pages is transferred at one time. For example, when changing the scan condition for each page, the processing from step S102 onward is performed for each page. May be repeated.

  Next, details of processing performed in doScan () will be described. FIG. 13 is a sequence diagram for explaining a processing procedure in doScan ().

  When the engine unit 502 detects a call to doScan () in the script 6041 in the scan execution instruction data 604, the engine unit 502 issues a scan execution instruction by calling a function of the script processing unit 503 (S201). The scan condition set in the description 6041a of FIG. 11 is specified as an argument of this function. The script processing unit 503 issues a scan execution instruction by calling a function of the image library 504 (S202). Scan conditions are specified in the argument of the function.

  The image library 504 calls the SCS 169, and causes the SCS 169 to check the ready state (whether it is in a usable state) of the imaging unit 121 that is a scanner engine (S203). When it is confirmed that the imaging unit 121 is usable, the image library 504 requests the MCS 165 to secure a memory (page memory) necessary for starting scanning (S204). When the page memory is secured, the image library 504 calls the OCS 166 to display “Reading” on the touch panel 311 (S205). That is, the “reading” display is not based on the HTML data acquired from the Web server 102 but based on a control command generated in the multi-function peripheral 101 during a series of processing procedures for executing a scan. Done. The same applies to an error display and a reading completion display which will be described later.

  Subsequently, the image library 504 requests the ECS 164 to generate and execute a scan job reflecting the scan condition specified by doScan () (S206). The ECS 164 generates a scan job and outputs a control command for executing the scan job to the imaging unit 121 (S207). In response to the control command from the ECS 164, the imaging unit 121 scans the document (S208). The scanned image data is stored in a page memory secured by the MCS 165. Each time a scan of one page is completed, a scan completion notification is sent to the ECS 164 (S209). The ECS 164 receives the completion notification for each page, compresses the image data on the page memory, and stores the compressed image data in the HDD 233 (S210).

  If a jam (JAM) or the like occurs during the scan, the occurrence of the jam is notified to the ECS 164 (S211), and further, the occurrence of the jam is notified from the ECS 164 to the image library 504 (S212). In this case, the image library 504 causes the OCS 166 to display an error on the touch panel 313 (S213). After the error is cleared, a pop-up display of scanning interruption or resumption is also performed based on the control of the image library 504. When interruption is instructed, the execution of scanning is stopped, and when resumption is instructed, scanning is resumed. Continue execution.

  Upon receiving notification that scanning of all pages has been completed, the ECS 164 notifies the image library 504 that the scan job has been completed (S214). The image library 504 calls the OCS 166 to display “reading complete” on the touch panel 311 (S215), and further notifies the script processing unit 503 of the end of scanning (S216). The script processing unit 503 notifies the engine unit 502 of the end of scanning (S217).

  When the scan is completed, the engine unit 502 acquires the image data stored in the HDD 223 via the file operation unit 505 (S218 to S220), and embeds the acquired image data in the format data 6044 (S221). Subsequently, the engine unit 502 transfers the format data 6044 in which the image data is embedded to the URL specified by the argument of doScan () (S222).

  As is clear from the above, after receiving the scan execution instruction data 604, communication with the Web server 102 is not performed, and the display of the touch panel such as “reading”, error display, and “reading completion” It is performed based on the control in the inside. In the scan process (or print process) or the like, the restart page after canceling the error is mostly dependent on the model depending on the presence / absence of simplex / duplex document, simplex / duplex printing, and finisher. Therefore, it is very complicated to perform error display, pop-up display of interruption or restart, etc. based on HTML data acquired from the Web server 102, and it is efficient to process in the MFP 101. Because. Further, such a model-dependent part is concealed on the multi-function peripheral 101 side, so that the logic or HTML data in the Web server 102 can be commonly used for different models.

  The HTTP request related to the URL of the initial screen is transmitted not only when the MFP browser 181 is activated, but also when the system auto-clear or application auto-clear is performed. The multi-function peripheral 101 has a function called system auto clear because a plurality of applications operate in parallel. When a certain user leaves a specific application (for example, scan), the power is automatically turned on after a certain period of time. The display is returned to the initial screen of the application that is first activated after being turned on (usually set to a copy application and can be changed). In consideration of the case where there is a user who leaves the multi-function peripheral 101 in the middle of using an application, a function called application auto clear is also provided that automatically returns to the initial screen of the application after a predetermined time has elapsed. Therefore, after a while, the MFP browser 181 downloads the scan condition setting page and displays the scan condition setting screen on the touch panel 313 by the application auto-clear function or the system auto-clear function. When any of the function keys 315 on the operation panel 202 is pressed, the MFP browser 181 executes downloading of HTML data for displaying an initial screen of an application corresponding to the pressed key.

  In the above description, the transfer destination of the format data 6044 attached with the image data is the ASP server 103 as an example. However, the transfer destination may be a personal PC or the Web server 102 of the user. When the transfer destination is the Web server 102, it is convenient if the format data 6044 can be transferred in a session already established between the MFP browser 181 and the Web server 102. However, the scan process requires a certain amount of time. As described above, since the display on the touch panel 313 during the scan execution is controlled inside the multifunction peripheral 101, communication with the Web server 102 is not necessarily required. . Therefore, it is possible that the session between the image forming control program 1021 of the Web server 102 and the MFP browser 181 times out.

  Therefore, in order to prevent such timeout, the MFP browser 181 may periodically transmit a dummy HTTP request to the Web server 102. In addition, after receiving the scan execution instruction data 604, the MFP browser 181 transmits an HTTP request for requesting stop of the timer on the Web server 102 side, thereby counting the timeout of the session in the Web server 102 during the scan. May be stopped. In this case, an HTTP request for requesting restart of the timer may be transmitted before or after the transfer of the format data 604.

  As described above, according to the MFP 101 in the embodiment of the present invention, the MFP browser 181 uses display information described in the HTML file and hardware resources unique to the MFP 101 such as a scanner. Since the script for controlling the function can be interpreted, the MFP 101 can be easily customized by the description of the HTML data which is text data, and even when the display on the operation panel is performed with the HTML data. The unique hardware that generates the image can be controlled. Further, since the HTML data is generated or managed in the Web server 102, customization of a plurality of multifunction peripherals 101 can be performed at the same time only by changing on the Web server 102 side.

  The MFP browser 181 only needs to execute processing according to the HTML data downloaded from the Web server 102, and does not need to know the meaning of display information based on the HTML data. Therefore, it is rich in versatility and can flexibly cope with various solutions according to the user environment.

  Further, the multifunction device 101 does not know how to handle image data formed by scanning or the like, and only embeds it in the format data 6044 downloaded from the Web server 102. Therefore, the data format corresponding to the transfer destination is stored in the multifunction device 101. There is no need to be conscious of this, and versatility is maintained in this respect.

  In this embodiment, an example in which HTML data is downloaded from the Web server 102 has been described. However, the HTML data is stored in the HDD 233 of the multifunction machine 101, and the MFP browser 181 stores the HTML data in the multifunction machine 101. The MFP 101 may be controlled based on the stored HTML data. By doing so, it becomes possible to respond to the user's needs such as not wanting to install the Web server 102 separately. In this case, the MFP browser 181 and the Web server program operate as separate threads, and communication between the two may be performed through a loopback port having a local address (127.0.0.1).

  Furthermore, although the scan processing has been described in the present embodiment, for example, the MFP browser 181 controls execution of printing, FAX transmission, or copying based on a script such as doPrint (), doFAX (), and doCopy (). If these functions can be performed, these functions can be easily customized by describing HTML data that is text data, and an image can be generated even when HTML data is displayed on the operation panel. Specific hardware can be controlled.

  The present invention is not limited to the specifically disclosed embodiments, and various modifications and changes can be made without departing from the scope of the claims.

It is a figure which shows the structural example of the image processing system in embodiment of this invention. FIG. 3 is a diagram for explaining a software configuration example of a multifunction peripheral according to an embodiment of the present invention. 2 is a diagram illustrating a hardware configuration example of a multifunction machine according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. It is a figure which shows the example of an operation panel. 3 is a diagram illustrating an example of a functional configuration of an MFP browser. FIG. It is a sequence diagram for demonstrating the process sequence of a scanning process. It is a figure which shows the example of a display of a scanning condition setting screen. It is a figure which shows the example of a display of a resolution setting screen. It is a figure which shows the example of a definition of the script for changing the color of a LED lamp. It is a figure which shows notionally the structural example of scan execution instruction data. It is a figure which shows the example of a definition of the script in scan execution instruction data. It is a figure which shows the example of the format data with which image data was embedded. It is a sequence diagram for demonstrating the process sequence in doScan ().

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 Image processing system 101 Multifunction machine 102 Web server 103 ASP server 111 Hardware 112 Software 113 Compound machine starting part 121 Imaging part 122 Printing part 123 Other hardware 131 Application 132 Platform 133 Application program interface 134 Engine interface 135 Virtual application service 136 libwww
141 Copy application 142 Printer application 143 Scanner application 144 Facsimile application 145 Network file application 146 CSDK application 147 JSDK application 148 JSDK platform 151 Control service 152 System resource manager 153 Handler 161 Network control service 162 Facsimile control service 163 Delivery control service 164 Engine control service 165 Memory control service 166 Operation panel control service 167 Certification control service 168 User directory control service 169 System control service 171 Facsimile control unit Handler 172 image memory handler 181 MFP browser 201 controller 202 an operation panel 203 facsimile control unit 211 CPU
212 ASIC
221 NB
222 SB
231 MEM-P
232 MEM-C
233 HDD
234 Memory card slot 235 Memory card 241 NIC
242 USB device 243 IEEE 1394 device 244 Centronics device 311 Touch panel 312 Numeric keypad 313 Start button 314 Reset button 315 Function key 316 Initial setting button 317 LED lamp 1021 Image formation control application 1031 Image processing application

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  1. Based on display control information from an external device connectable via a network, a display unit for displaying an input screen capable of inputting condition settings for executing image formation, and an execution instruction for executing the image formation An operation panel having an operation unit for receiving
    Hardware resources for executing the image formation ;
    And transmission means for transmitting the execution instruction and accepted by the operation unit and the condition setting entered for the input screen to the external device,
    Execution instruction data generated by the external device based on the condition setting and execution instruction transmitted by the transmission unit is received from the external device and interpreted, and image formation based on the execution instruction data is used as the hardware resource. an image forming apparatus comprising the image forming control means for executing.
  2. The execution instruction data includes a script defining information for causing the hardware resource to execute image formation based on the condition setting ,
    The image forming control unit interprets a script contained in the execution instruction data, the based rather image formed on the script is executed on the hardware resources, and the condition setting a shape made image by the run The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image forming apparatus is associated with each other.
  3. In the execution instruction data , the associated image and transfer destination information are designated,
    The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the image formation control unit transfers the associated image and condition setting based on the transfer destination information.
  4. The image forming apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the execution instruction data includes an area in which an image formed by the hardware resource by execution of the script or reference information to the image is stored.
  5. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the display control information includes HTML data.
  6. The hardware resources among the printing apparatus for printing reader及beauty picture image to read the document on a recording sheet, an image forming apparatus according to claim 1, characterized in that it comprises at least one.
  7. The hardware resource includes a reading device that reads a document,
    The image forming control unit, an image forming apparatus according to claim 1, characterized in that to perform the reading of the originals to said reading apparatus based on the execution instruction data.
  8. An image forming apparatus and the external apparatus Te connected image forming system odor through a network,
    The image forming apparatus includes:
    Based on display control information from the external device, a display unit that displays an input screen in which condition settings for executing image formation can be input, and an operation unit that receives an execution instruction for executing the image formation An operation panel having
    Hardware resources for executing the image formation;
    A first transmission means for transmitting the execution instruction and accepted by the operation unit and the condition setting entered for the input screen to the external device,
    The execution instruction data generated by the external device is received from the external device based on the condition setting and the execution instruction transmitted by the transmission unit , and the image forming based on the execution instruction data is performed on the hardware resource . Image forming control means for
    The external device is
    Second transmission means for transmitting the display control information to the image forming apparatus;
    Generating means for generating execution instruction data for executing image formation based on the condition setting and the execution instruction transmitted by the first transmission means;
    Third transmission means for transmitting execution instruction data generated by the generation means to the image forming apparatus;
    Image forming system comprising: a.
  9. The execution instruction data includes a script defining information for causing the hardware resource to execute image formation based on the condition setting ,
    The image forming control unit interprets a script contained in the execution instruction data, the based rather image formed on the script is executed on the hardware resources, and the condition setting a shape made image by the run The image forming system according to claim 8 , wherein the image forming system is associated with each other.
  10. In the execution instruction data , the associated image and transfer destination information are designated,
    The image forming system according to claim 9 , wherein the image forming control unit transfers the associated image and condition setting to an external device based on the transfer destination information.
  11. The condition setting includes image delivery destination information,
    The image forming system according to claim 9 , wherein the external device distributes the associated image and the condition setting based on the distribution destination information.
  12. The image forming system according to claim 9 , wherein the execution instruction data includes an area in which an image formed by the hardware resource by the execution of the script or reference information to the image is stored.
  13. Based on display control information from an external device connectable via a network, a display unit for displaying an input screen capable of inputting condition settings for executing image formation, and an execution instruction for executing the image formation An image forming method in an image forming apparatus, comprising: an operation panel having an operation unit that receives the image data; and hardware resources for executing the image formation.
    A transmission step of transmitting the execution instruction received by the operation unit and the condition setting entered for the input screen to the external device,
    The execution instruction data generated by the external apparatus based on the condition setting and execution instruction transmitted in the transmission procedure is received from the external apparatus and interpreted, and image formation based on the execution instruction data is performed on the hardware resource . And an image forming control procedure for performing image forming .
  14. The execution instruction data includes a script defining information for causing the hardware resource to execute image formation based on the condition setting ,
    The image forming control procedure interprets a script contained in the execution instruction data, the based rather image formed on the script is executed on the hardware resources, and the condition setting a shape made image by the run The image forming method according to claim 13 , wherein the image forming method is associated with each other.
  15. In the execution instruction data , the associated image and transfer destination information are designated,
    The image forming method according to claim 14 , wherein the image forming control procedure transfers the associated image and condition setting based on the transfer destination information.
  16. The image forming method according to claim 14 , wherein the execution instruction data includes an area in which an image formed by the hardware resource or reference information to the image is stored by executing the script.
  17. The image forming method according to claim 13 , wherein the display control information includes HTML data.
  18. The hardware resources among the printing apparatus for printing reader及beauty picture image to read the document on a recording sheet, an image forming method according to claim 13, characterized in that it comprises at least one.
  19. The hardware resource includes a reading device that reads a document,
    The image forming method according to claim 13 , wherein the image forming control procedure causes the reading apparatus to read a document based on the execution instruction data .
  20. An image forming program for causing an image forming apparatus to execute the image forming method according to claim 13 .
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