JP4965767B2 - Image processing apparatus and control method thereof - Google Patents

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JP4965767B2
JP4965767B2 JP2001097033A JP2001097033A JP4965767B2 JP 4965767 B2 JP4965767 B2 JP 4965767B2 JP 2001097033 A JP2001097033 A JP 2001097033A JP 2001097033 A JP2001097033 A JP 2001097033A JP 4965767 B2 JP4965767 B2 JP 4965767B2
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[0001]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus that can be used by connecting to a computer network to which a plurality of computers can be connected, and a control method therefor.
[0002]
[Prior art]
Conventionally, in order to notify a user of various states of an image processing apparatus such as a copying machine or a facsimile apparatus, various displays are performed on a display device included in an operation panel provided in the apparatus main body.
[0003]
In addition, the host computer can be connected to these devices, and the status of the device can be displayed on the display on the host computer without going to the front of the device by original application software installed on the host computer. Proposed.
[0004]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
By the way, in recent years, a plurality of functions such as copiers, printers, facsimiles, etc. have been realized with a single device, and the state of such a device is displayed on a host computer. In order to notify the user, complicated software to be installed on the host computer must be designed, and every time the device configuration is changed, software on the host computer side must be newly designed. It was a heavy labor.
[0005]
On the user side, different application software must be activated for each device, which causes problems such as complicated operations and a heavy load on the host computer.
In addition, when the user makes various settings or gives various operation instructions to the device, there is a problem that it is difficult to learn the operation method that is different for each device.
[0006]
An object of the present invention is to provide an image processing apparatus and a control method therefor that eliminate the above-described problems.
[0007]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
In order to achieve the above object, in order to achieve the above object, The image processing device has the following configuration: Prepare.
[0008]
In other words, the image processing apparatus of the present invention is an image processing apparatus that can communicate with an external device, and reads a document to generate image data, a storage unit that stores the image data, and a plurality of storage units. Management means for managing box names set for each of a plurality of boxes and information relating to image data including at least the number of pages of the image data, and a list of the plurality of boxes together with the box names The first web page to be displayed on the web browser of the external device and a list of image data stored in one of the plurality of boxes together with information on image data including at least the number of pages of the image data A second web page to be displayed on the web browser of the external device; A third Web page for displaying a list of contents of each page of the image data on a Web browser of the external device; Generating means for generating
The first web page and the second web page And the third web page Transmitting means for transmitting to the external device; The second Web page is link information to be displayed in association with each of the image data, and the link information for displaying the third Web page corresponding to the image data; To further display an input unit capable of selecting a plurality of image data of the image data and an instruction unit for instructing printing of the image data selected by the input unit on the Web browser of the external device Web page The
[0012]
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings.
[0013]
[First Embodiment]
In the first embodiment, in a system in which an image processing apparatus and a host computer are connected via a transmission medium such as a network, the history of an image output job that has been input to an image output device of the image processing apparatus and output as an image is hosted. It can be acquired and displayed on a computer.
[0014]
FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating the overall configuration of the system according to the present embodiment. The image processing apparatus 200 includes a scanner unit 2070 that is an image input device, a printer unit 2095 that is an image output device, a control unit 2000 that includes a CPU, a memory, and the like, an operation unit 2012 that is a user interface, and the like. . The scanner unit 2070, the printer unit 2095, and the operation unit 2012 are connected to the control unit 2000, and the control unit 2000 is connected to a LAN 2011 or the like to which TCP / IP can be applied, and generates a Web page (HTML file) as a Web server. Then, data transmission is performed via a WWW (World Wide Web) network by HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol). In addition, other image processing apparatuses 220 and 230 having the same device configuration as the image processing apparatus 200 are connected to the LAN 2011. The image processing apparatuses 220 and 230 have scanner units 2270 and 2370, printer units 2296 and 2395, and operation units 2212 and 2312, which are connected to the control units 2200 and 2300, respectively. (Since these image processing apparatuses have the same configuration, the image processing apparatus 200 will be described as an example unless otherwise specified.)
Reference numeral 10 denotes a host computer (personal computer), which is connected to a network such as a LAN 2011 via a network connection unit. Many image processing apparatuses can be connected without being limited to three. Since the host computer 10 operates as a Web client, a Web browser is installed as will be described later, and display based on an HTML file received from the image processing apparatus is performed on a display provided in the host computer. The host computer 11 has the same configuration as the host computer 10. Many host computers can be connected without being limited to two. (Since these host computers have the same configuration, the host computer 10 will be described as an example unless otherwise specified.) FIG. 2 shows a control unit such as the image processing apparatus 200 according to the first embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows the software structure mounted in FIG.
[0015]
A user interface (hereinafter referred to as UI) 1501 is a module that mediates between a device and a user operation when the operator performs various operations and settings on the image processing apparatus using the operation unit 2012. In accordance with the operation of the operator, this module transfers input information to various modules to be described later, and requests processing or sets data.
[0016]
Reference numeral 1502 denotes an address book (Address-Book), that is, a database module for managing a data transmission destination, a communication destination, and the like. The contents of the address book 1502 are detected as an operation from the operation unit 2012 using the UI 1501, and data is added, deleted, and acquired, and data transmission / communication destination information is given to each module described later by the operator's operation. It is what is used.
[0017]
Reference numeral 1503 denotes a Web server module (Web-Server module), which is used to notify management information of the image processing apparatus in response to a request from a Web client (for example, the host computer 10). This management information includes an integrated transmission unit (Universal-Send module) 1504 described later, a remote copy scan module (Remote-Copy-Scan module) 1509 described later, a remote copy print module (Remote-Copy-Print module) 1510 described later, It is read via a control API (Control-API) 1518 described later, and notified to a Web client via an HTTP module 1512, a TCP / IP communication module 1516, and a network driver (Network-Driver) 1517 described later. The Web server module 1503 creates information to be passed to the Web client as data in a so-called Web page (homepage) format such as an HTML format. Java, CGI program, etc. are used as needed.
[0018]
An integrated transmission unit (Universal-Send module) 1504 is a module that manages data distribution, and distributes data designated by the operator via the UI 1501 to an instructed communication (output) destination. When an operator instructs the generation of distribution data using the scanner function of the image processing apparatus, the scanner 2070 of the image processing apparatus is operated via a control API 1518 described later to generate data. . A module 1505 is executed when a printer is designated as an output destination in the integrated transmission unit 1504. Reference numeral 1506 denotes a module that is executed when an e-mail address is designated as a communication destination in the integrated transmission unit 1504. Reference numeral 1507 denotes a module that is executed when a database is designated as an output destination in the integrated transmission unit 1504. A module 1508 is executed when an image processing apparatus similar to the present image processing apparatus is designated as an output destination in the integrated transmission unit 1504.
Reference numeral 1509 denotes a remote-copy-scan module. The output destination of image information read by the scanner 2070 using the scanner function of this image processing apparatus is connected to another image processing apparatus connected via a network or the like. The printer 2295 and the printer 2395 are modules that perform processing equivalent to the copy function realized by the image processing apparatus alone (the scanner 2070 and the printer 2095). Reference numeral 1510 denotes a remote-copy-print module, which stores image information obtained by using another image processing apparatus (image information read by the scanner 2270 or the scanner 2370) connected via a network or the like as an input source. This is a module that performs processing equivalent to the copy function that is realized by the image processing apparatus alone by outputting it with the printer 2095 using the printer function of the image processing apparatus. Reference numeral 1511 denotes Web pull print (Web-Pull-Print), which is a module that reads information on various home pages on the Internet or an intranet by specifying a URL and prints it with the printer 2095.
[0019]
Reference numeral 1512 denotes an HTTP module, which is used when the image processing apparatus communicates by HTTP, and provides a communication function to the Web server module 1503 and the Web pull print module 1511 by a TCP / IP communication module 1516 described later. Reference numeral 1513 denotes an lpr module that provides a communication function to the printer module 1505 in the integrated transmission unit 1504 described above by a TCP / IP communication module 1516 described later. Reference numeral 1514 denotes an SMTP module, which provides a communication function to the E-mail module 1506 in the integrated transmission unit 1504 by a TCP / IP communication module 1516 described later. Reference numeral 1515 denotes an SLM, that is, a Salutation-Manager module, which is connected to the database module 1517, the DP module 1518, the remote copy scan module 1509, and the remote copy print module 1510 in the integrated transmission unit 1504 by a TCP / IP communication 1516 module described later. Provides communication functions.
[0020]
A TCP / IP communication module 1516 provides a network communication function to the various modules described above using a network driver 1516 described later. Reference numeral 1517 denotes a network driver that controls a portion physically connected to the network.
[0021]
A control API 1518 provides an interface with a downstream module such as a job manager (Job-Manager) 1519, which will be described later, to an upstream module such as the integrated transmission unit 1504. Dependency between upstream and downstream modules It will reduce the relationship and increase the applicability of each. A job manager 1519 interprets processing instructed from the various modules described above via the control API 1518 and gives instructions to the modules (1520, 1524, 1526) described later. Further, the job manager 1519 centrally manages various jobs executed in the image processing apparatus including control of FAX jobs.
[0022]
Reference numeral 1520 denotes a codec manager (CODEC-Manager) that manages and controls various compression / decompression of data in the process instructed by the job manager 1519. Reference numeral 1521 denotes an FBE encoder module (FBE-Encoder), which compresses data read by a scan process executed by a job manager 1519 and a scan manager (Scan-Manager) 1524 described later in the FBE format. Reference numeral 1522 denotes a JPEG codec module (JPEG-CODEC), which is a JPEG of read data in a scan process executed by the job manager 1519 and the scan manager 1524 and a print process executed by the print manager 1526. JPEG expansion processing for compression and print data is performed. Reference numeral 1523 denotes an MMR codec (MMR-CODEC). In the scan process executed by the job manager 1519 and the scan manager 1524 and the print process executed by the print manager 1526, the data read from the scanner is compressed by MMR and sent to the printer. MMR expansion processing for print data to be output is performed.
[0023]
Reference numeral 1524 denotes a scan manager (Scan-Manager) that manages and controls scan processing instructed by the job manager 1519. A SCSI driver 1525 performs communication between the scan manager 1524 and the scanner unit 2070 to which the image processing apparatus is internally connected. Reference numeral 1526 denotes a print manager (Print? Manager) that manages and controls print processing instructed by the job manager 1519. An engine interface (Engine-I / F) 1527 provides an I / F between the print manager 1526 and the printer unit 2095. Reference numeral 1528 denotes a parallel port driver, which provides an I / F when the Web pull print 1511 outputs data to an output device (not shown) via the parallel port.
[0024]
Next, details of the Address Book 1502 will be described. This Address Book 1502 is stored in a non-volatile storage device (non-volatile memory, hard disk, etc.) in the image processing apparatus 200, and in this, the characteristics of other devices connected to the network are described. . For example, those listed below are included.
・ The official name and alias name of the device,
・ Device network address,
・ Network protocol that can be processed by equipment,
-Document formats that can be processed by the device,
・ Compression type that can be processed by equipment,
・ Image resolution that can be processed by the device,
-Paper size, paper feed stage information,
Folder names that can store documents in the case of a server (computer) device Each application described below can determine the characteristics of a delivery destination based on the information described in the Address Book 1502.
[0025]
With reference to this address book 1502, the image processing apparatus 200 can transmit data. For example, the remote copy application discriminates resolution information that can be processed by the device designated as the delivery destination from the Address Book 1502, and compresses the image binary image read by the scanner using the known MMR compression in accordance therewith. It is converted into a known TIFF (Tagged Image File Format), passed through the SLM 1515, and transmitted to the printer device on the network. Although not described in detail, the SLM 1515 is a kind of network protocol including device control information called a known salutation manager.
[0026]
FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a detailed configuration of hardware of the image processing apparatus.
[0027]
The control unit 2000 is connected to a scanner 2070 that is an image input device and a printer 2095 that is an image output device, and on the other hand, is connected to a public line (WAN) 2051 that is a LAN 2011 or a general telephone line network. A controller that inputs and outputs information.
[0028]
A CPU 2001 is a controller that controls the entire system. A RAM 2002 is a system work memory for the operation of the CPU 2001, and is also an image memory for temporarily storing image data. A ROM 2003 is a boot ROM, and stores a system boot program. An HDD 2004 is a hard disk drive that stores system control software and image data as shown in FIG. An operation unit I / F 2006 is an interface unit with an operation unit (UI) 2012 and outputs image data to be displayed on the operation unit 2012 to the operation unit 2012. Also, it serves to transmit information input by the user of the image processing apparatus from the operation unit 2012 to the CPU 2001. A network 2010 connects the image processing apparatus to a LAN 2011 and inputs / outputs information in a packet format. A modem (MODEM) 2050 connects the image processing apparatus to the public line 2051, and performs input / output by demodulating / modulating information. The above devices are arranged on the system bus 2007.
[0029]
An image bus interface (Image Bus I / F) 2005 is a bus bridge that connects a system bus 2007 and an image bus 2008 that transfers image data at high speed and converts a data structure. The image bus 2008 is composed of, for example, a PCI bus or IEEE1394.
[0030]
The following devices are arranged on the image bus 2008. A raster image processor (RIP) 2060 analyzes the PDL code and develops it into a bitmap image. The device I / F unit 2020 connects the scanner 2070 serving as an image input / output device via a signal line 2071 and the printer 2095 via a signal line 2096 to the control unit 2000, respectively, for synchronous / asynchronous image data. Perform conversion. A scanner image processing unit 2080 corrects, processes, and edits input image data. A printer image processing unit 2090 performs correction, resolution conversion, and the like according to the printer 2095 for print output image data to be output to the printer 2095. The image rotation unit 2030 rotates the input image data and outputs it. The image compression unit 2040 performs JPEG compression / decompression processing on multi-valued image data, and JBIG, MMR, and MH compression / decompression processing on binary image image data.
[0031]
FIG. 4 shows the appearance of the image processing apparatus according to this embodiment having the above-described configuration.
[0032]
The operation unit 2012 is an operation unit for various displays and manual operation by the user, and will be described in detail later.
[0033]
A scanner 2070 as an image input device illuminates an image on a book-like or sheet-like original placed on a platen, scans (main scans) a CCD line sensor including a plurality of light receiving elements, and also uses a mirror or the like. Are converted into electrical signals as raster image data having a predetermined resolution (pixel density) in the main scanning direction and the sub-scanning direction in accordance with the designated input form. When using the document feeder 2072, one or a plurality of sheet-shaped documents are set on the tray 2073, and when the apparatus user issues a reading instruction from the operation unit 2012, the controller CPU 2001 gives an instruction to the scanner 2070, and the feeder 2072 2072 automatically conveys originals one by one to the original table and reads an image on the original. At this time, the optical system may be fixed and read while moving the document.
[0034]
The printer 2095, which is an image output device, is a part that converts raster image data 2096 from various input sources into an image for visualization on paper, and is based on electrophotography using a photosensitive drum or a photosensitive belt. There are a system, an ink jet system that prints an image directly on a sheet by ejecting ink from a micro nozzle array, and any system may be used. Note that the printing operation is activated by an instruction from the controller CPU 2001.
[0035]
The printer 2095 has a plurality of paper feed stages so that different paper sizes or different paper orientations can be selected, and there are paper cassettes 2101 and 2102 and a paper deck 2103 corresponding thereto. The user pulls out each cassette or opens the deck cover to replenish paper. Information such as the size of the paper loaded in each cassette and deck is transmitted to the controller CPU 2001 by sensors provided in the cassette and deck. A paper cassette and deck corresponding to the designated output form are selected and fed. A paper discharge tray 2111 receives paper that has been printed. Further, when it is desired to sort, the paper that has been printed as necessary is discharged to a sorter 2104 having a plurality of bins. When the paper is discharged to the sorter 2104, the paper can be subjected to processing such as stapling or punching.
[0036]
FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an appearance of the operation unit 2012.
[0037]
The operation unit 2012 includes a liquid crystal display unit (LCD display unit), a plurality of hard keys, and an LED display.
[0038]
A touch panel sheet 2019 is affixed to the LCD display unit 2013 on a liquid crystal screen, and displays a system operation screen and soft keys. When the displayed keys are pressed, position information is transmitted to the controller CPU 2001.
[0039]
As hard keys, a start key 2014, a stop key 2015, an ID key 2016, a reset key 2017, and the like are provided.
[0040]
A start key 2014 is used to start a document image reading operation. At the center of the start key 2014, there is a green and red two-color LED display section 2018, which indicates whether or not the start key 2014 is in a usable state. Red lighting indicates that pressing of the start key 402 is not accepted, and green lighting indicates that pressing of the start key 2014 is accepted. A stop key 2015 serves to stop an operation in operation. The ID key 2016 is used when inputting the user ID of the user. A reset key 2017 is used to initialize settings from the operation unit 2012.
[0041]
FIG. 6 is a diagram showing the contents of the basic screen displayed on the LCD display unit 2013 of the operation unit 2012.
[0042]
As shown in the figure, the functions provided by the image processing apparatus 200 are divided into six large categories of Copy / Send / Retrieve / Tasks / Management / Configuration, and these are displayed at the top of the operation screen 2013 6. This corresponds to the two main tabs (COPY / SEND / RETREIVE / TASKS / MGMT / CONFIG) (3011-3016). By pressing these main tabs, switching to the screen of each category is performed. If switching to another category is not permitted, the display color of the main tab will change, and pressing the main tab will not respond.
[0043]
[COPY] is a function for performing normal local copying using the scanner 2070 and printer 2095 of the own machine, and printers 2295 of other similar image processing apparatuses 220 and 230 connected to the scanner 2070 of the own machine via a network. , 2395 are used to switch the screen when performing a function of copying a document (remote copy).
[0044]
[SEND] is used to switch the screen when performing a function of transferring an image of an original placed on the scanner 2070 of the own apparatus to an e-mail, a remote printer, a fax, a file transfer (FTP) and a database, and a plurality of destinations. It is possible to specify.
[0045]
[RETRIEVE] acquires external data via a network or the like, and switches the screen when performing a function of printing with the printer 2095 of the own apparatus. It is possible to use WWW, electronic mail, file transfer and fax as data acquisition methods.
[0046]
[TASKS] automatically processes data sent from outside, such as fax and Internet print, and switches the screen when performing various settings for creating and managing tasks for periodically retrieving.
[0047]
[MANAGEMENT] manages jobs, address books, bookmarks, and document account information.
[0048]
In [CONFIGURATION], make settings related to your device (network, clock, etc.).
[0049]
FIG. 6 shows the [COPY] screen.
[0050]
FIG. 7 is a block diagram for explaining the control operation of the operation unit 2012 of the image processing apparatus according to the present embodiment.
[0051]
As described above, the operation unit 2012 is connected to the system bus 2007 via the operation unit I / F 2006. A CPU 2001, a RAM 2002, a ROM 2003, and an HDD 2004 are connected to the system bus 2007. The CPU 2001 generally controls access to various devices connected to the system bus 2007 based on a control program stored in the ROM 2003 and the HDD 2004, and receives input information from the scanner 2070 connected via the device I / F 2020. And an image signal as output information is output to the printer 2095 connected via the device I / F 2020. A RAM 2002 functions as a main memory and work area of the CPU 2001.
[0052]
User inputs from the touch panel 2019 and various hard keys 2014 to 2017 are acquired by the CPU 2001 via the input port 20061. The CPU 2001 generates display screen data based on the acquired operation content and the control program described above, and outputs the display screen to the LCD display unit 20 via the output port 20062 that controls the screen output device. Further, the LED display 2018 is controlled as necessary.
[0053]
Next, a remote UI (remote user interface) which is a characteristic function in the present embodiment will be described.
[0054]
The remote UI is a function for acquiring and setting information such as the state of the apparatus from the outside of the image processing apparatus, or performing operations such as printing and transmission (Universal-Send). The user can use the function of the remote UI by accessing the apparatus from a host computer (10, 11) such as a personal computer connected to the network using a web browser. As a result, an operation to be performed from the operation unit 2012 can be performed from a remote host computer.
[0055]
As shown in FIG. 2, a Web server 1503 is operating inside the apparatus, thereby enabling communication using HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol). The Web server 1503 can operate a CGI (Common Gateway Interface) program activated by a request from a client. The HDD 2004 in FIG. 3 stores a resource file group and a page template file group, which are used in the remote UI. The resource file is an HTML (Hyper Text Makeup Language) file or an image file used for page display. The template file is a file used to create a page that is referred to by the CGI program.
[0056]
In order to access this apparatus, the user directly inputs a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) into a web browser or selects a link in which the URL is embedded. The web browser transmits an HTTP command specifying a desired URL via a communication path such as the LAN 2011. The Web server 1503 receives this HTTP command, analyzes the HTTP command, and performs an operation corresponding thereto.
[0057]
If the request from the web browser of the client is not a CGI request, the resource specified from the above resource group is transmitted to the web browser and the process is terminated.
[0058]
If the request from the web browser is a CGI program, the corresponding CGI program is activated. The CGI program can receive a query parameter at startup, and a value designated by the user from the browser is passed.
[0059]
In response to the request, the CGI program requests the main body for operations such as acquisition / setting of device information and print output. Further, the CGI program creates a page to be transmitted using a template file corresponding to the page. In the template file, there is a part where the description is changed using the acquired information, so that the contents of the page according to the state at that time can be created.
[0060]
On the other hand, the calling-side web browser displays the page returned from the apparatus on the display of the host computer and shows it to the user. In the above-mentioned page returned to the web browser, the user's input is checked. If it is not appropriate (for example, an unacceptable value is input), script code for prompting the input is included again.
[0061]
By accessing the apparatus using the web browser in this way, it is possible to acquire and set the function / status / holding information of the apparatus from the outside of the apparatus and to operate the apparatus. Information that can be acquired and set by the remote UI includes, for example, device information such as available paper size and remaining amount, information on submitted jobs, document information stored in a storage device, address information such as E-mail and FAX, Settings information related to the network. Further, operations that can be performed by the remote UI include printout and transmission of document information held in the device.
[0062]
FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing a basic processing flow on the client (browser) side (host computers 10 and 11) and the server side (image processing apparatuses 200, 220, and 230). This flowchart is executed by the CPU 2001 based on the flow of processing controlled by the CPU of the host computer based on the browser control program installed on the hard disk of the host computer and the control program for the Web server 1503 stored in the HDD 2004 of the image processing apparatus. The flow of processing to be controlled is shown. The same applies to all flowcharts shown below.
[0063]
The client side first waits for input of a URL from the user in step S101. When the URL is input, the process proceeds to step S102, and an HTTP command is transmitted to the server side.
[0064]
In step S103, the server waits for a response from the server. When a response is received, the HTML document is formatted and displayed in step S104, and one session is terminated.
[0065]
On the other hand, the server side waits for reception of an HTTP command from the client side in step S111, and if received, determines in step S112 whether it is a CGI activation request. If it is a CGI activation request, the CGI parameter is analyzed in step S113, and the CGI program is activated in step S114 to end one session. If it is determined in step S112 that the request is not a CGI activation request, the process proceeds to step S115, and the designated resource file is returned as a response to end one session.
[0066]
In many pages, the display contents change according to the state at that time, so that the device information is acquired in the activated CGI program, HTML is generated from the template file, and returned as a response. Is called. In step S115, the HTML file is not processed, and the designated HTML file is returned as it is.
[0067]
FIG. 9 is a view showing a display example on the browser of the host computer of the page transmitted from the Web server 1503 according to the present embodiment. This screen shows the top page of a remote UI displayed on a general web browser, and the URL of the desired image processing device (http: // followed by the IP address of the image processing device) is entered into the web browser This is a page that is connected to the Web server 1503 and displayed by default when specified in. As shown in the figure, the screen is composed of two frames, an index area 101 and a main area 102. The main site map is displayed in the index area, and a screen corresponding to pressing a button on the map (clicking with a pointing device such as a mouse) is displayed in the main area. When the page is displayed, the session shown in FIG. 8 is repeated a plurality of times, and step S114 and step S115 are executed in the process. In step S104, the host computer 10 displays the HTML file received by a known general-purpose browser as shown in FIG.
[0068]
As shown in FIG. 9, the top page displays general information about the device.
[0069]
In Device Name, an arbitrary device name can be set by the user. If nothing is set, Name Device is used. The product name of the image processing apparatus is registered in advance in Product Name. In Location, the user arbitrarily sets the location where the image processing apparatus is installed. Then, the date and time when this page was last rewritten by the Web server 1503 is displayed. In addition, the status of the printer unit 2095 of this image processing apparatus (remaining amount of toner, the presence of paper, occurrence of jam, etc.), the status of the scanner unit 2070 (cover open, etc.), the status of the FAX function (transmitting, receiving, error) Occurrence), etc. are displayed as character information, and are also displayed by color and also by using an external view of the image processing apparatus. In the comment field, a message set from the browser by the operation unit 1021 or the remote UI can be displayed. The administrator's name can be set, and when this is clicked (clicked), a standard mailer is activated and E-mail transmission is possible. When the support link is clicked (clicked), the support link is connected to the support information page via the Internet of the image processing apparatus. The display state of the browser ("Opening ...", "Document: Done", etc.) is displayed in the bottom column.
[0070]
In addition, the device information page, job status page, box page, address page, user mode page, etc. are arranged in the index area (device button (Device) 103, job status button (Job Status) 104, mail box button (Mail Box ) 105, an address button (Address) 106, and a user mode button (Add. Func.) 107) are pressed (clicked).
[0071]
FIG. 10 is a diagram showing a display example of the job status page displayed after pressing the job status button 104 on the top page.
[0072]
By pressing (clicking) the job status button 104, an HTTP command is transmitted to the image processing apparatus 200 to display the job status page (step S102), and the image processing apparatus 200 that has received the command displays the display contents shown in FIG. The described HTML file is transmitted (step S115).
[0073]
The host computer 10 receives this HTML file and analyzes it to display a page as shown in FIG. 10 (steps S103 and S104). On the job status page, a list of various job statuses currently input into the image processing apparatus 200 is displayed. From the submenu 111 displayed in the index area 101, the type of job to be displayed (Print Job, Copy Job, Send Job, Fax Job, Receive Job (Receive) Job)) can be selected, and a job status list of the selected job type is displayed in the main area 102. FIG. 10 shows a state where a print job is selected in order to display the status of all jobs using the printer unit 2095, and a list of print job statuses is displayed in the main area 102. Further, when the print job log button 112 is pressed, a print job log page is displayed.
[0074]
FIG. 11 is a diagram illustrating a display example of a print job log page.
[0075]
On the print job log page, a list of print job histories submitted after the system is started is displayed. As shown in the figure, a print job history list is displayed in the main area 102. For each print job, a job number 121, a job name 122, a job owner 123, a user ID 124, an end time 125, and a job execution result 126 are provided. Displayed as one record. By pressing the print job type selection button 127, a pull-down menu 131 is displayed as shown in FIG. By selecting a desired print job type from this pull-down menu, it is possible to change the job types displayed in a list in the main area 102. Job types that can be selected include PDL print (PDL print: PDL print such as PC / PCL, LIPS, etc., print processing according to a print request from the host computer), local copy print (Local Copy: scan and print are the same) Universal copy, such as print processing for copy operations performed on the device, remote copy print (Remote Copy: print processing for copy operations performed on another device via a network), received print (Receive Print: FAX / IFAX, etc.) There is a process for printing an image received by the Send function) and a report print (Report Print: a print process for outputting an operation history of a printer or a scanner stored in the apparatus in a report format).
[0076]
It should be apparent that the display of the Web page as shown in FIGS. 11 and 12 is realized by the procedure shown in the flowchart of FIG. 8, similarly to the display of the Web page shown in FIGS.
[0077]
Also, the print job status data displayed in FIG. 10 and the print job log data displayed as shown in FIGS. 11 and 12 are stored in the HDD 2004 every time a print job is executed or accepted in the image processing apparatus 200. And rewritten whenever its state changes. The stored data form is not particularly defined and will be apparent to those skilled in the art, and will not be described in detail.
[0078]
As described above, according to the present embodiment, the Web server 1503 equivalent to that used for providing a homepage on the ordinary Internet or the like is mounted on the image processing apparatus 200, and the image processing apparatus 200, the host computer 11, The HTTP protocol is adopted as the communication protocol between the image processing apparatus 200 and the history information of the image output job received by the image processing apparatus can be transmitted from the image processing apparatus 200 to the host computer 11 as an HTML document. Therefore, the job history can be browsed by the web browser on the host computer 11, so that the user can easily use the same operating environment as that used for browsing a normal homepage without using special application software. Remote operation is possible. And since it is not necessary to start special application software, the load of a host computer can also be reduced. In addition, combined with the versatility of the HTTP protocol, it is possible to configure a system with high connectivity.
[0079]
Then, a job instructed from the operation unit 2012, a job instructed from the host computers 10 and 11 via the LAN 2011, a job received via the LAN 2011, and a job received via the WAN 2051 can be confirmed as a list.
[0080]
In addition, since the status of jobs input to the image processing apparatus 200 is sorted and displayed according to the type of job, the user can easily check the status of the desired job.
[0081]
In the first embodiment described above, a Web server stored in an image processing apparatus including a scanner unit that is an image input device, a printer unit that is an image output device, a controller unit, and a user interface unit is used. Similarly, an image output apparatus composed of a printer unit and a controller unit can also store a Web server, thereby realizing a remote user interface function and displaying a print job log. In this case, however, the print job type is only PDL printing.
[0082]
[Second Embodiment]
In the first embodiment described above, an example in which a job history is displayed by a Web browser has been described. In the second embodiment, in a system in which an image processing apparatus having an image storage function and a host computer 11 are connected via a transmission medium such as a network, the host computer 11 acquires and displays an image stored in the image processing apparatus. A possible configuration will be described. Note that the hardware configuration of the system and the image processing apparatus according to the second embodiment is the same as that of the first embodiment.
[0083]
In the present embodiment, an area for storing image data in the HDD 2004 is divided into a plurality of areas in advance, and this is referred to as a box. In this box, there are a user box used to temporarily store a document scanned by the user and PDL data sent from the web client, and a system box for storing a received FAX document. There is. Each user box is given a number and can be identified. In the setting screen (not shown), it is possible to set the box name, the password, and the time until the stored data is automatically deleted from the box in the user box. The user can also specify that scanned images and PDL data sent from a web client are stored in a box. Furthermore, the stored document can be transmitted by FAX or electronic mail according to a user instruction, moved to another box, or output to a printer.
[0084]
FIG. 13 is a block diagram illustrating a software configuration of the image processing apparatus according to the second embodiment. In FIG. 13, the same reference numerals are assigned to the same components as those in the first embodiment (FIG. 1). The difference from FIG. 2 is that a box module (Box) 1551 is provided. The box module 1511 stores a scanned image or a PDL print image in the HDD, prints the stored image using a printer function, transmits the image using an integrated transmission (Universal-Send) function, deletes a document stored in the HDD, and groups (to individual BOX). Management functions such as storage between BOX, movement between BOXes, and copying between BOXes. The box module 1551 is provided with a communication function by the HTTP module 1512 and the TCP / IP module 1516.
[0085]
In FIG. 13, the Web pull print module 1511 in the configuration of FIG. 2 is replaced with the box module 1551, but a box 1551 may be simply added to the configuration of FIG.
[0086]
In the above configuration, when the host computer 10 specifies a URL (for example, an IP address) of the image processing apparatus and connects to the image bibliographic apparatus using a general browser, the first embodiment has been described. Thus, the top page of the remote UI as shown in FIG. 9 is displayed. In FIG. 9, when the mailbox button 105 is pressed (clicked), a box page as shown in FIG. 14 is displayed.
[0087]
FIG. 14 is a diagram illustrating a display example of a box page according to the second embodiment.
[0088]
In the box page, a list of boxes currently existing in the HDD 2004 of the image processing apparatus is displayed in the main area 102. The type of box to be displayed (user box (User Boxes), system box (Preset Boxes)) can be selected by the submenu 201 displayed in the index area 101, and the list of the selected boxes is the main area. 102. FIG. 14 shows a state in which a user box is selected, and a list of user boxes is displayed in the main area 102. For each user box, a box number 202, a box name 203, and an all-box document image storage area occupancy ratio 204 of the document image in the box are displayed as one record. Note that the all-box document image storage area occupation ratio 204 is a ratio of the image of the in-box document in the HDD area allocated for storing the box document image. The box number 202 is a link text, and a box content list display page is displayed by selecting a desired link text on the Web browser.
[0089]
FIG. 15 is a diagram showing an example of a box content list display page displayed when box number link text is selected on the box page of FIG.
[0090]
In the main area 102 of the box list display page, a list of box document images included in the designated box is displayed. For each document image, a selection check box 211, document image type 212, document image name 213, document image size 214, document image orientation icon 215, document image page number 216, and last update date and time 217 are displayed as one record. Here, the document image type 212 indicates that the image data is “image data obtained by a scanner” or “image data obtained by developing the received PDL print request into an image box (without printing)” Indicates whether or not Also, check the desired check box 211 and click one of the instruction buttons 219 (Print button, Forward button, Move button, Delete button) to process the selected document as specified. Can do. When the Delete button is clicked, a confirmation screen as shown in FIG. 19 is displayed. In this figure, when the OK button is clicked, the selected document is deleted from the box, and when the cancel button is clicked, the display returns to the display of FIG. Further, the document image name 213 is a link text, and a box document image content display page is displayed by selecting this link text on the Web browser.
[0091]
When the edit button 218 is clicked, a screen (not shown) is displayed, and a box name, a password, a time until the document is automatically deleted, etc. can be set.
[0092]
If an attempt is made to open a box in which a personal identification number is set on the screen shown in FIG. 14, a personal identification number confirmation screen (not shown) is displayed. Here, if the correct password is entered, the screen shifts to the box document display screen shown in FIG. 15. However, if the correct password is not entered, the contents of the box cannot be viewed.
[0093]
FIG. 16 is a diagram showing an example of a box document image content display page displayed when a desired document image name link text is selected on the box content list display page of FIG.
[0094]
In the main area 102 of the box document image content display page, a list of contents of each page of the box document image is displayed. For each page, a page number 221, a color image icon 222, a color image size 223, a monochrome image icon 224, a monochrome image size 225, and the number of image pixels (horizontal × vertical) 226 are displayed as one record. Here, the information about the color image and the monochrome image exists because each page holds both a color image and a monochrome image for the same image. Each image icon is a link image. When one of these link images is selected on the Web browser, the corresponding image data stored in the image processing apparatus 200 is stored on the host computer 10 by the Web server 1503. The image is transferred to a Web browser and an image is displayed. Since the color image is transferred in the JPEG format, it is displayed as it is in the Web browser. Further, since the monochrome image is transferred in the TIFF / MMR compression format, the monochrome image is displayed by an image viewer application started from a Web browser.
[0095]
FIG. 17 is a diagram showing a display example when a preset box (Preset Boxes) is selected. Preset Boxes include MEMORY RX BOX that stores data received by FAX, IFAX, etc., MEMORY TX BOX that stores data transmitted by FAX, IFAX, etc., and here, a display example of MEMORY RX BOX is shown. In the MEMORY RX BOX, a selection check box (Select) 231, a job type (Type) 232, a transmission source user name (User ID) 233, a document image page number (Pages) 234, and a reception date and time (Times) 235 are displayed. The detailed information of the document and the information for each page are displayed by selecting the document, and the contents of the document are displayed by selecting the desired page, as in the user box described above.
The process of transferring the HTML file and the image data described above from the image processing apparatus to the host computer 10 is realized by the procedure described in the first embodiment (the flowchart in FIG. 8).
When selecting and transferring the documents stored in the box, for example, as described in the example of FIG. 17, the Forward button 236 is clicked, and a setting screen for document transfer as shown in FIG. 18 is displayed. Display.
In the display of FIG. 18, the selected document is displayed in the selected document list column 241, and the transfer order can be designated by using buttons 242 to 245. Reference numeral 246 denotes a destination display button, which is clicked to display a destination display screen (not shown). On the destination display screen, registered addresses (FAX number, E-mail address, etc.) are displayed, and a transfer destination can be selected. The destination selected on the destination display screen is displayed in the transfer destination list area 247. Reference numeral 248 denotes an erasing button which is pressed when erasing the selected transfer destination from the transfer destination list. Reference numeral 249 denotes an OK button for executing transfer.
[0096]
Reference numeral 250 denotes a document erasure check column, which can select whether or not to erase the data after printing out. If this is checked, the data will be deleted if it is transferred normally. A cancel button 251 returns to the box document display screen (FIG. 17) without performing transfer.
[0097]
Referring to the flowchart of FIG. 8, the flow of processing on the host computer 10 side when transferring the document in the box is displayed in step S101 from the input for calling the screen in FIG. 18 in step S101, and again in step S101 in the box Information input from the image processing apparatus 200 indicating various inputs and responses such as input of a password (when a password is set in a designated box), selection of a document in the box, selection of a transmission destination, etc. As shown, the processes of S101 to S104 are repeated as necessary. When determining the input in S101, the host computer determines whether there is a problem with the parameters input by the user. If there is a problem, the command transmission in S102 is not performed.
The details of the flow of processing after the setting screen for document transfer is displayed are as shown in the flowchart of FIG. That is, after calling the screen of FIG. 18, the processing from S201 to S206 is repeated until the input is completed in S207. Here, the determination in S205 is made by the script code included in the HTML file sent from the Web server. For example, when a character other than a number is input in the field where the number is to be input, S203 Returning to, prompts input again.
[0098]
Next, details of processing on the Web server side will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG.
[0099]
As shown in FIG. 20, after a plurality of exchanges, user authentication by password, presentation of a document list, confirmation of selection, etc. are made for final transfer settings (identification of documents to be transferred, destination information, etc.) When received in step S301, a CGI program for document transfer is activated in step S302, and parameters such as document information and destination information received in S301 are analyzed in step S303. Then, according to the destination specified in step S304, a transfer processing request is made for each to execute the transfer processing using Network 2010 or MODEM 2050.
[0100]
If the transfer process is normally performed, it is determined whether or not the document deletion check column 250 is checked in step S305. If not, the process ends as it is. If it is checked, the corresponding document is deleted in step S306. Erase from the box and end the process.
[0101]
Next, a case where a document stored in the box is selected and printed by the printer unit 2095 will be described.
[0102]
When the Print button is clicked on the screens of FIGS. 15 and 17, the screen shifts to the print setting screen of FIG. 22.
[0103]
As shown in FIG. 22, the selected document is displayed in the selected document list field 261, and the print order can be designated with buttons 262 to 265. Further, the number of prints is specified in the print number specification field 266, the paper feed cassette is specified in the paper supply cassette specification field 267, the double-sided specification field 268 is specified as double-sided, the sort specification field 269 is specified as sort, and the OK button 270 is clicked. Can give instructions.
[0104]
Reference numeral 271 denotes a document deletion check field, which can select whether or not to delete the data after printing out. If this is checked, the data is erased after transfer. A document combination check field 272 is used when printing out a plurality of documents as one job. A cancel button 273 returns to the previous screen (box document display screen) without performing print output.
[0105]
Next, the processing of the web browser when a print output request is made for data in the box from the web browser of the web client using the remote UI function of the image processing apparatus according to the present embodiment will be described.
[0106]
The processing flow will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG.
[0107]
First, in step S201, the web browser receives the HTML file sent from the web server unit 1503 of the image processing apparatus 200. In step S202, the received file is displayed on the screen. The screen displayed here is the print screen shown in FIG. In step S203, the user inputs necessary parameters to the browser, such as designating the number of prints in the print number designation field 266, and presses an OK button 270.
[0108]
In step S204, it is checked whether the parameters set by the user are appropriate. This check is performed by the code of the script included in the file sent from the web server unit 1503. For example, if a non-numeric character has been entered in the field for setting the number of prints (such as a problem in step S205), the process returns to step S203 to prompt the user to input again. If there is no problem as a result of the check (no problem in step S205), an HTTP command is transmitted to the web server unit 1503 to request a print output (step S206).
[0109]
Next, processing of the web server unit 1503 when a print output request for data in the box is made from the web browser will be described.
[0110]
FIG. 23 is a flowchart showing processing of the web server unit 1503 when a print output request is received from the web browser.
[0111]
First, in step S401, the web server unit 1503 receives an HTTP command from the web browser of the web client via the network connection unit 2010. In step S402, the web server unit 1503 starts a CGI program corresponding to the printer output request.
[0112]
Next, in step S403, the activated CGI program analyzes parameters such as the number of prints, print paper, and sort method delivered from the browser. In step S404, parameters are set, the printer unit 2095 is requested to print, and printing is executed. Next, in step S405, it is determined whether or not the document deletion check column 271 shown in FIG. Here, if it is not checked, the processing is terminated as it is. If it is checked, the process proceeds to step S406. After the print output is completed, the data is deleted from the box in the HDD 2004.
[0113]
When the Delete button is clicked on the screen of FIG. 15, 17, etc., the screen moves to a box movement screen as shown in FIG.
[0114]
As shown in FIG. 24, the selected document is displayed in the selected document list field 281. By selecting a destination box in the destination box selection field 282 and pressing an OK button 283, the selected document moves. A cancel button 284 returns to the previous screen (box document display screen) without moving.
[0115]
The processing on the browser side in this case is performed in the same flow as described above.
[0116]
As for the processing on the Web server side, “transfer processing” and “print processing” are set as “move processing”, and the processing related to document erasing is omitted. That is, the information about the designated document and the parameters for the destination box are analyzed, and the storage destination box is changed accordingly.
[0117]
The above operation using the remote UI can be similarly performed from the operation unit 2012.
[0118]
As described above, according to the second embodiment, the Web server 1503 is mounted on the image processing apparatus 200, the HTTP protocol is adopted as the communication protocol between the image processing apparatus and the host computer, and the image processing apparatus The image information stored in the image processing apparatus can be transmitted as an HTML document from the image processing apparatus. In addition, the image stored in the image processing apparatus can be transmitted as an image file from the image processing apparatus to the host computer, and can be browsed and operated by a Web browser on the host computer. . In addition, combined with the versatility of the HTTP protocol, it is possible to configure a system with high connectivity. Note that HTTP is used as a transfer protocol when images stored in the image processing apparatus are transmitted as image files from the image processing apparatus to the host computer. At this time, mime types such as image / TIFF and image / jpeg are added as response headers depending on the type of image.
[0119]
In addition, according to the present embodiment, the user can make a print request from the web browser of the client on the network to store the image data stored in the box in the image processing apparatus, so that the user does not have to go to the front of the image processing apparatus. Similar to the operation from 2012, the image data in the box can be easily printed out.
In addition, since the user can request transfer of image data stored in the box in the image processing apparatus by FAX or E-mail from the web browser of the client on the network, the user does not have to go to the front of the image processing apparatus. Image data can be easily transferred.
[0120]
Further, the user can easily set necessary parameters on the web browser when printing or transferring the image data in the box.
[0121]
In addition, by sending a setting file for setting parameters from the image processing apparatus server to the client web browser, it is not necessary to install a special driver on the client, and a general web browser can be used. .
[0122]
In addition, the setting file is checked for inappropriate settings such as characters other than numbers entered in the number of prints on the browser, and if it is set inappropriately, the user is prompted to enter it again. Therefore, it is not necessary to perform the check on the server side, and the load on the server and the network can be reduced.
[0123]
In the above embodiment, the Web server stored in the image processing apparatus including the scanner unit as an image input device, the printer unit as an image output device, a controller unit, and a user interface unit is used. Similarly, an image storage management device including a controller unit having a storage unit can store a Web server, thereby realizing a remote user interface function and displaying an image.
[0124]
[Third Embodiment]
In the first embodiment, the configuration in which the print job status and the print job log can be displayed using the Web browser has been described. In the third embodiment, a configuration that enables a status change operation of a print job will be described. That is, in the third embodiment, in a system in which an image processing apparatus and a host computer are connected via a transmission medium such as a network, the host computer acquires and displays status information of multiple jobs reserved for output to the image processing apparatus. To do. The hardware configuration and software configuration of the system and the image processing apparatus according to the third embodiment are the same as those of the first embodiment.
[0125]
FIG. 25 is a view showing a display example of a job status page displayed after pressing the job status button on the top page shown in FIG. The display contents of FIG. 25 are the same as those shown in FIG. 10, but reference numerals necessary for the description of the third embodiment are given.
[0126]
As shown in FIG. 25, on the job status page, a list of job statuses currently input into the image processing apparatus 200 is displayed. The type of job to be displayed (print job, copy job, transmission job, FAX job, reception job) can be selected from the submenu 111 displayed in the index area 101, and the job of the selected job type A status list is displayed in the main area 102. FIG. 25 shows a display state in which a print job is selected, and a print job status list is displayed in the main area 102. For each print job, a job status icon 303, job number 304, job status 305, job type 306, job name 307, job owner 308, job size 309, and job reception date 310 are displayed as one record.
[0127]
The job status includes Printing (printing: currently printing job), Waiting (printing waiting: printing starts when the job queues up in the print queue), Pause (pause: printing queue) Even if the order comes, printing will not start but will be skipped to the next job), Lock (locked state: a job queued in the print queue and locked by a password Until this job is selected and a password is entered, printing is not executed. Job types include Print (PDL print), Local Copy (local copy print), Remote Copy (remote copy print), Received (received print), and Report (report print). The jobs waiting for printing are arranged and displayed in order from the top according to the waiting order. A selection button 302 is provided at the left end of each record, and a job of the corresponding record can be selected. Job suspension button 311 (to change the selected job from the Waiting state to the Pause state), job resumption button 312 (to change the selected print job from the Pause state to the Waiting state), job promotion button (to print the selected print job to the print queue) , And a cancel button (deleting the selected print job) 314 are displayed. By using these buttons, a selection button is displayed. The status of the print job selected by 302 can be changed.
[0128]
Each job number 304 is a link text, and selecting this displays a detailed information page of the job of the record.
[0129]
FIG. 26 is a diagram illustrating a display example of a detailed information page of a print job. In the main area 102, detailed information such as reception date / time, reception number, job status, department ID, job name, job owner, number of pages and number of copies is displayed.
[0130]
FIG. 27 is a diagram showing a display example of the Send Job Status page displayed after the Send Job Status button of Job Status is pressed.
[0131]
Jobs in which data to be transmitted remain in the image processing apparatus 200 are displayed as a list. In the list, from the left, a selection check box for specifying processing, a job status icon, a Job ID for identifying the Job, a Status indicating the Job status, a Job Type indicating the Job type, and the specified destination Destinations indicating the number of times, and Time indicating the date and time when the job was received are included.
[0132]
When changing a setting by designating a desired document, a check mark is put in a check box 321 and a setting screen is called.
[0133]
When the Log button 322 is clicked, a Send Job Log list already executed by the image processing apparatus 200 as shown in FIG. 28 is displayed. The list includes Job ID (Re. Job No.) for identifying Job from the left, Result indicating Job execution result, Start Time indicating Job start time, End Time indicating job end time, Dept. ID indicating the specified department for performing departmental management, Job Type indicating the job type, Destination indicating the destination, and F code when sending by specifying the F code, transmission page Pages indicating the number, communication mode at the time of transmission, and End code indicating the error content when the process ends with an error are included. The data shown in this log can be retransmitted after changing the destination.
[0134]
Hereinafter, the flow of processing when executing the job by changing the contents on the above screen will be described.
[0135]
FIG. 29 is a flowchart showing the flow of processing on the Web server 1503 side when changing the contents of a print job on the screen of FIG.
[0136]
First, the user uses the Web browser of the host computer 10 to display the screen shown in FIG. 26, select a desired print job on the screen shown in FIG. In step S510, the Web server unit 1503 receives an HTTP command indicating the instruction content.
[0137]
If it is determined in step S502 that the content of this instruction indicates Pause, the job designated in step S503 is changed to Pause and is reflected in the HTML file. Similarly, the contents of the instruction are determined in steps S504, 506, and 508, respectively, and the job status is changed and reflected in the HTML file in steps S505, 507, and 509 according to the determination results.
[0138]
In step S510, the changed HTML file is transmitted to the host computer 10, and the change is reflected in the display on the Web browser.
[0139]
On the other hand, if it is neither of the above instructions, other processing is executed in S511.
[0140]
FIG. 30 is a flowchart showing the flow of processing on the Web server side when a destination is changed or added to a once sent transmission job.
[0141]
First, the user uses the Web browser of the host computer 10 to specify a desired job on the screen of FIG. 27, and when changing or adding a destination, the user selects a destination in the same manner as in the transfer process described above, When canceling a job, an instruction to that effect is given. In step S601, the Web server unit 1503 receives an HTTP command indicating the instruction content.
[0142]
If it is determined in step S602 that this instruction content indicates a destination change, the destination of the job designated in step S603 is changed and reflected in the HTML file. Similarly, the contents of the instruction are determined in steps S604 and S606, respectively, and the contents of the job are changed in steps S605 and S607 according to the determination results and reflected in the HTML file.
[0143]
In step S608, the changed HTML file is transmitted to the host computer 10, and the change is reflected in the display on the Web browser.
[0144]
On the other hand, if it is not any of the above instructions, other processing is executed in S609.
[0145]
FIG. 31 is a flowchart showing the flow of processing when a once executed transmission job is retransmitted by changing the destination.
[0146]
First, the user uses the Web browser of the host computer 10 to specify a desired job (executed job) on the screen of FIG. 28, and if necessary, changes or adds a destination to instruct re-transmission. In step S701, the Web server unit 1503 receives an HTTP command indicating the instruction content.
[0147]
If the instruction content includes a change of destination in step S702, the destination of the designated job is changed and set in the transmission job (transmission queue). On the other hand, if the destination has not been changed, the transmission job is set in step S704 without changing the destination.
[0148]
FIG. 32 is a flowchart showing the flow of processing when the history of a job that has been executed is deleted from the Send Job Log according to an instruction from the user.
[0149]
First, the user designates a desired job on the screen of FIG. 28 using the Web browser of the host computer 10 and instructs the deletion of the history. At this time, user authentication may be performed so that the other person's history cannot be deleted. In step S801, the Web server unit 1503 receives an HTTP command indicating the instruction content.
[0150]
If it is determined in step S802 that deletion of the history has been instructed, the history of the job specified in step S803 is deleted. If it is determined that there has not been an instruction for deletion, this is skipped.
[0151]
In step S804, the HTML file reflecting the above process is transmitted, and the process ends.
[0152]
The above operations from the remote UI can be similarly performed from the operation unit 2012.
[0153]
As described above, according to the third embodiment, the Web server 1503 is mounted on the image processing apparatus, the HTTP protocol is adopted as a communication protocol between the image processing apparatus and the host computer, and output to the image processing apparatus. It becomes possible to transmit status information of a plurality of reserved output jobs from the image processing apparatus to the host computer as an HTML document. The status of a plurality of output jobs can be viewed and operated by a Web browser on the host computer, and remote operation can be easily performed. In addition, combined with the versatility of the HTTP protocol, it is possible to configure a system with high connectivity.
[0154]
In addition, the user can reconfirm the job status and the destination using the browser, and can change the job destination. Can be changed.
[0155]
In addition, even if the job takes a long time to start transmission after issuing a transmission instruction from the operation unit 2012, the situation can be confirmed at a place away from the apparatus, and the job ends abnormally including an operation error. Even if it is, retransmission processing is possible.
[0156]
Further, even when it is not desired to leave a history of the executed transmission job, the history can be easily deleted from a remote location.
[0157]
In the above embodiment, the Web server stored in the image processing apparatus including the scanner unit as the image input device, the printer unit as the image output device, the controller unit, and the user interface unit is used. Similarly, an image output apparatus including units can store a Web server, thereby realizing a remote user interface function and displaying a print job status. However, in this case, the print job type is limited to only Print (PDL print).
[0158]
Note that the present invention can be applied to a system including a plurality of devices (for example, a host computer, an interface device, a reader, and a printer), and a device (for example, a copying machine and a facsimile device) including a single device. You may apply to.
[0159]
Another object of the present invention is to supply a storage medium (or recording medium) in which a program code of software that realizes the functions of the above-described embodiments is recorded to a system or apparatus, and the computer (or CPU or Needless to say, this can also be achieved by the MPU) reading and executing the program code stored in the storage medium. 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. Further, by executing the program code read by the computer, not only the functions of the above-described embodiments are realized, but also an operating system (OS) 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.
[0160]
As mentioned above, although this invention was demonstrated based on preferable embodiment, this invention is not limited to this embodiment, A various change is possible in the range shown to the claim.
[0161]
【Effect of the invention】
As above The present invention According to this, it is possible to easily refer to the list of boxes in the image processing apparatus and the image data stored in the designated box using a Web browser without preparing special software.
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FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a connection example of a system according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing a software configuration of the image processing apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a hardware configuration of the image processing apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating an appearance of an image processing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an appearance of an operation unit 2012 of the image processing apparatus.
6 is a diagram showing a display screen example of a liquid crystal display unit 2013 in the operation unit 2012. FIG.
FIG. 7 is a block diagram for explaining a control operation of an operation unit 2012 of the image processing apparatus according to the present embodiment.
FIG. 8 is a flowchart showing a processing flow between a host computer (Web browser) and an image processing apparatus (Web server) when executing a remote UI function.
FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 11 is a diagram showing an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 12 is a diagram showing an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 13 is a block diagram showing a software configuration of the image processing apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 14 is a diagram showing an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 15 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 16 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 19 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 20 is a flowchart illustrating a processing flow on the host computer side when a remote UI is executed.
FIG. 21 is a flowchart illustrating a process flow on the image processing apparatus side when a remote UI is executed.
FIG. 22 is a diagram showing an example of a screen displayed on the Web browser.
FIG. 23 is a flowchart illustrating a processing flow on the image processing apparatus side when a remote UI is executed.
FIG. 24 is a diagram showing an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 25 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 26 is a diagram showing an example of a screen displayed on the Web browser.
FIG. 27 is a diagram showing an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 28 is a diagram illustrating an example of a screen displayed on a Web browser.
FIG. 29 is a flowchart illustrating a process flow on the image processing apparatus side when a remote UI is executed.
FIG. 30 is a flowchart illustrating a process flow on the image processing apparatus side when a remote UI is executed.
FIG. 31 is a flowchart illustrating a processing flow on the image processing apparatus side when a remote UI is executed.
FIG. 32 is a flowchart illustrating a process flow on the image processing apparatus side when a remote UI is executed.

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  1. An image processing device capable of communicating with an external device,
    Reading means for reading an original and generating image data;
    Storage means for storing the image data;
    A management unit that divides the storage unit into a plurality of boxes, manages a box name set for each of the plurality of boxes, and information on image data including at least the number of pages of the image data;
    A list of the plurality of boxes and a list of image data stored in one of the plurality of boxes are displayed on the web browser of the external device together with the box name. A second web page for displaying on the web browser of the external device together with information on image data including at least the number of pages, and a list of contents of each page of the image data for displaying on the web browser of the external device Generating means for generating a third Web page ;
    Transmission means for transmitting the first web page, the second web page, and the third web page to the external device ;
    The second Web page is link information to be displayed in association with each of the image data, the link information for displaying the third Web page corresponding to the image data, and the image data A web page for further displaying on the web browser of the external device an input unit capable of selecting a plurality of image data and an instruction unit for instructing printing of the image data selected by the input unit. Oh image processing apparatus according to claim Rukoto.
  2. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1 , wherein information about the image data including at least the number of pages of the image data is displayed on the third Web page.
  3. In the third Web page as information for each of the pages of the image data, the page number, image size, at least one of the number of image pixels according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that it is displayed Image processing device.
  4. In the third Web page, when a specific page is selected by the user from the list of contents of each page of the image data, the image data corresponding to the selected page is displayed on the Web browser of the external device. the image processing apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that.
  5. When a specific box is selected by the user from the list of the plurality of boxes in the first Web page, the second Web page corresponding to the selected box is displayed on the Web browser of the external device. the image processing apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 4, characterized in that.
  6. A receiving means for receiving print data;
    Said storage means in addition to the image data generated by the reading means, the image processing apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 5, characterized in that storing image data based on the print data.
  7. In the second Web page, whether the image data is image data generated by the reading unit or image data based on print data received by the receiving unit is displayed in a distinguishable manner. The image processing apparatus according to claim 6 .
  8. The image processing apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 7, further comprising a printing means for printing the image data.
  9. Wherein information on the image data in addition to the number of pages of image data, the name of the image data, the size of the image data, among the modification date and time of the image data, according to claim 1 to 8, characterized in that includes at least one The image processing apparatus according to any one of the above.
  10. An image processing apparatus control method capable of communicating with an external apparatus,
    A reading process of reading an original and generating image data;
    A storage step of storing the image data in a storage unit;
    A management step of dividing the storage unit into a plurality of boxes, and managing a box name set for each of the plurality of boxes and image data including at least the number of pages of the image data;
    A list of the plurality of boxes and a list of image data stored in one of the plurality of boxes are displayed on the web browser of the external device together with the box name. A second web page for displaying on the web browser of the external device together with information on image data including at least the number of pages, and a list of contents of each page of the image data for displaying on the web browser of the external device A generating step of generating a third Web page ;
    A transmission step of transmitting the first web page, the second web page, and the third web page to the external device ;
    The second Web page is link information to be displayed in association with each of the image data, the link information for displaying the third Web page corresponding to the image data, and the image data A web page for further displaying on the web browser of the external device an input unit capable of selecting a plurality of image data and an instruction unit for instructing printing of the image data selected by the input unit. method of controlling an image processing apparatus according to claim Rukoto Oh.
  11. The program for performing the control method of the image processing apparatus of Claim 10 by computer.
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