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JP5439433B2
JP5439433B2 JP2011121036A JP2011121036A JP5439433B2 JP 5439433 B2 JP5439433 B2 JP 5439433B2 JP 2011121036 A JP2011121036 A JP 2011121036A JP 2011121036 A JP2011121036 A JP 2011121036A JP 5439433 B2 JP5439433 B2 JP 5439433B2
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  The present invention relates to an image forming apparatus that executes printing based on print data received from an external apparatus.

  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, there is known an image forming apparatus that includes a display unit that displays information received from an external device and an operation unit that receives an operation by a user (see Patent Documents 1 to 3).

  The image forming apparatus described in Patent Document 1 is an image forming apparatus connected to a host device as an external device. This image forming apparatus stores a unique message such as an error message and a user-defined message such as an error message created by the user on the host device. When a message display request is received, the unique message and user-defined message are stored. Any one of the messages is displayed on the display unit of the image forming apparatus itself.

  The image forming apparatus described in Patent Document 2 is a multifunction peripheral connected to a host computer as an external apparatus. This multifunction device displays a message registered in the host computer on the screen of the multifunction device itself.

  The image forming apparatus described in Patent Document 3 is an image forming apparatus such as a copying machine connected to a PC as an external apparatus. This image forming apparatus displays messages such as schedule information such as conference guidance, message information, and weather forecasts created by a user on a PC on the display of the image forming apparatus itself.

Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 11-249781 JP 2001-358877 A JP 2004-345161 A

  However, in the conventional image forming apparatus, the information received from the external apparatus can be displayed on the display unit. However, when the print data addressed to the user who is logged in to the image forming apparatus is received from the external apparatus. There is a problem that printing based on the print data cannot be executed in accordance with an instruction from the user via the operation unit.

  Therefore, the present invention provides an image forming apparatus capable of executing printing based on print data addressed to a logged-in user received from an external apparatus in accordance with an instruction from the user via an operation unit. With the goal.

  An image forming apparatus according to the present invention includes a display unit that displays information, an operation unit that receives an operation by a user, a printer that executes printing based on print data, and the user's operation via the operation unit. Login receiving means for receiving login, print data receiving means for receiving the print data from an external device, display control means for controlling display by the display unit, and print control means for controlling printing by the printer The display control means determines the presence of the print data when the print data received by the print data receiving means is data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance means. The print control means displays the print data received by the print data receiving means on the display unit. In the case where the data is addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the in-accepting means, the printer is caused to execute printing based on the print data in response to a print instruction via the operation unit. To do.

  With this configuration, the image forming apparatus of the present invention displays on the display unit that print data exists when the print data received from the external apparatus is data addressed to the logged-in user. Printing based on the print data addressed to the logged-in user received from the apparatus can be executed in response to an instruction from the user via the operation unit.

  The display control unit of the image forming apparatus of the present invention may be configured such that the print data received by the print data receiving unit is data addressed to the user whose login is received by the login receiving unit. Information for operation for receiving the instruction may be displayed on the display unit.

  With this configuration, the image forming apparatus of the present invention can easily instruct a user to print based on print data addressed to a logged-in user received from an external device.

  The image forming apparatus of the present invention may further include a user information transmitting unit that transmits user information, which is identification information of the user whose login is received by the login receiving unit, to the external device. good.

  With this configuration, the image forming apparatus of the present invention transmits the user information of the logged-in user to the external apparatus, so that print data addressed to the logged-in user is transferred from the external apparatus to the image forming apparatus in real time. The possibility of being transmitted can be improved.

  An image forming apparatus program according to the present invention includes an image forming apparatus including a display unit for displaying information, an operation unit to which an operation by a user is input, and a printer that executes printing based on print data. A login acceptance step for accepting the user's login via the operation unit; a print data reception step for receiving the print data from an external device; a display control step for controlling display by the display unit; A print control step for controlling printing, wherein the display control step is the data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance step. The image forming apparatus displays the presence of the print data on the display unit. The print control step includes the step of: when the print data received by the print data reception step is data addressed to the user whose login has been accepted by the login acceptance step. It is a step of causing the printer to execute printing based on the print data in response to a printing instruction via the operation unit.

  With this configuration, the image forming apparatus that executes the image forming apparatus program of the present invention displays that print data exists when the print data received from an external apparatus is data for a logged-in user. Therefore, printing based on the print data addressed to the logged-in user received from the external device can be executed in accordance with an instruction from the user via the operation unit.

  The image forming apparatus of the present invention can execute printing based on print data addressed to a logged-in user received from an external device in accordance with an instruction from the user via the operation unit.

1 is a block diagram of a network system according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the MFP shown in FIG. 1. It is a block diagram of PC shown in FIG. 2 is a flowchart of the operation of the PC shown in FIG. 1 when requesting user information of a logged-in MFP user from the MFP. 2 is a flowchart of the operation of the MFP shown in FIG. 1 when display information is received. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of display information displayed on the display unit illustrated in FIG. 2 in S123 illustrated in FIG. 5. 3 is a flowchart of the operation of the MFP shown in FIG. 1 when print data is received. It is a figure which shows an example of the information displayed on the display part shown in FIG. 2 in S144 shown in FIG. It is a figure which shows an example of the information displayed on the display part shown in FIG. 2 in S145 shown in FIG. 2 is a flowchart of the operation of the MFP shown in FIG. 1 immediately after the MFP user logs into the MFP.

  Hereinafter, an embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

  First, the configuration of the network system according to the present embodiment will be described.

  FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a network system 10 according to the present embodiment.

  As shown in FIG. 1, the network system 10 includes an MFP (Multifunction Peripheral) 20 that is an image forming apparatus, and a PC (Personal Computer) 30 that is an apparatus external to the MFP 20. The MFP 20 and the PC 30 are communicably connected to each other via a network 11 such as a LAN (Local Area Network) or the Internet.

  FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the MFP 20.

  As shown in FIG. 2, the MFP 20 includes a control unit 21 that controls the entire MFP 20, a storage unit 22 that is a storage device such as an EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) that stores various data, and a user. An operation unit 23 that is an input device such as buttons for inputting various operations according to, a display unit 24 that is a display device such as an LCD that displays various information, and a printer 25 that is a printing device that executes printing on paper. A scanner 26 that reads an image from a document, a fax communication unit 27 that is a fax device that performs fax communication with an external facsimile apparatus (not shown) via a communication line such as a public telephone line, and the network 11 Outside And a network communication unit 28 which is a network communication device that communicates with other devices.

  The control unit 21 includes, for example, a CPU (Central Processing Unit), a ROM (Read Only Memory) that stores programs and various data in advance, and a RAM (Random Access Memory) used as a work area of the CPU. ing. The CPU is configured to execute a program stored in the ROM or the storage unit 22. The ROM stores display information that is information to be displayed on the display unit 24.

  The storage unit 22 includes an image forming apparatus program 22a that is a program for the MFP 20, user information 22b that is identification information of the user of the MFP 20 (hereinafter referred to as “MFP user”), and a login for the MFP user. The password 22c is stored. The user information 22b and the password 22c are stored in the storage unit 22 for each MFP user. In addition, the storage unit 22 can store display information 22 d to be displayed on the display unit 24 and print data 22 e to be printed by the printer 25.

  The image forming apparatus program 22a may be installed in the MFP 20 at the manufacturing stage of the MFP 20, or may be installed from a storage medium such as a CD (Compact Disk) or a DVD (Digital Versatile Disk), or from the network 11 on the MFP 20. It may be additionally installed.

  The control unit 21 executes the image forming apparatus program 22 a stored in the storage unit 22, thereby receiving log-in accepting means 21 a that accepts login of the MFP user via the operation unit 23 and display information 22 d from the PC 30. Display information receiving means 21b for receiving, print data receiving means 21c for receiving print data 22e from the PC 30, display control means 21d for controlling display by the display unit 24, print control means 21e for controlling printing by the printer 25, and It functions as a user information transmission unit 21f that transmits user information 22b of the MFP user whose login is received by the login reception unit 21a to the PC 30.

  FIG. 3 is a block diagram of the PC 30.

  As shown in FIG. 3, the PC 30 includes a control unit 31 that controls the entire PC 30, a storage unit 32 that is a storage device such as an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) that stores programs and various types of data, and a user An operation unit 33 that is an input device such as a mouse and a keyboard for inputting various operations, a display unit 34 that is a display device such as an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) for displaying various information, and an external device via the network 11 And a network communication unit 35 that is a network communication device that communicates with the apparatus.

  The control unit 31 includes, for example, a CPU, a ROM that stores programs and various data in advance, and a RAM that is used as a work area of the CPU. The CPU is configured to execute a program stored in the ROM or the storage unit 32.

  Next, the operation of the network system 10 will be described.

  In the following, the control unit 31 of the PC 30 can send and receive information to and from the MFP 20 via, for example, a web browser displayed on the display unit 34. Note that the control unit 31 may transmit / receive information to / from the MFP 20 by a method other than the web browser.

<MFP user login>
When the combination of the user information 22b and the password 22c registered in advance in the storage unit 22 is input via the operation unit 23, the login receiving unit 21a of the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 corresponds to the user information 22b. An MFP user login is accepted.

<Display of user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user>
FIG. 4 is a flowchart of the operation of the PC 30 when requesting the MFP 20 for user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user.

  When the control unit 31 of the PC 30 is instructed via the operation unit 33 from the user of the PC 30 (hereinafter referred to as “PC user”) to request the MFP 20 for user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user. The process shown in FIG. 4 is executed.

  As shown in FIG. 4, the control unit 31 requests the MFP 20 for user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user via the network communication unit 35 (S101).

  Here, when the user information transmission unit 21f of the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 receives a request for the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user from the PC 30 via the network communication unit 28, the user information transmitting unit 21f of the logged-in MFP user User information 22b, that is, user information 22b of the MFP user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance means 21a is transmitted to the PC 30 via the network communication unit 28.

  Next, the control unit 31 of the PC 30 receives the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user transmitted from the MFP 20 via the network communication unit 35 (S102), and the received user of the logged-in MFP user The information 22b is displayed on the display unit 34 (S103), and the process shown in FIG.

  Therefore, the PC user can recognize the logged-in MFP user from the user information 22 b displayed on the display unit 34.

  Note that the PC user sends the setting information of the MFP 20 and the status information of the MFP 20 other than the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user to the PC 20 in the same manner as the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user. The setting information of the MFP 20 and the status information of the MFP 20 can be recognized. Here, the setting information is information set in the MFP 20 such as the paper size of the tray of the MFP 20. The status information is information indicating the status of the MFP 20 such as a status during printing.

<Display of display information 22d in real time>
As described above, the PC user who has recognized the logged-in MFP user inputs display information 22d addressed to the logged-in MFP user via the operation unit 33, and transmits the input display information 22d to the MFP 20. Can be input to the PC 30 via the operation unit 33.

  When this instruction is input, the control unit 31 of the PC 30 associates the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user with the display information 22d, and then displays the display information 22d associated with the user information 22b on the network. The data is transmitted to the MFP 20 via the communication unit 35.

  Note that the transmission of the display information 22d from the PC 30 to the MFP 20 may be executed by an e-mail addressed to the MFP 20. When executed by an e-mail addressed to the MFP 20, a password for causing the MFP 20 to process the display information 22d may be set in the subject field of the e-mail.

  FIG. 5 is a flowchart of the operation of the MFP 20 when the display information 22d is received.

  When receiving the display information 22d via the network communication unit 28, the display information receiving unit 21b of the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 executes the process shown in FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 5, the display information receiving unit 21b stores the received display information 22d in the storage unit 22 (S121).

  Next, the display control unit 21d of the control unit 21 determines whether or not the display information 22d stored in S121 is information addressed to the logged-in MFP user (S122). Here, the display control unit 21d uses the user information 22b associated with the display information 22d as the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user, that is, the MFP usage for which login is accepted by the login acceptance unit 21a. If it is the user information 22b of the user, it is determined that the display information 22d is information addressed to the logged-in MFP user. On the other hand, when the user information 22b associated with the display information 22d is not the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user, the display control unit 21d sends the display information 22d to the logged-in MFP user. It is determined that the information is not.

  If the display control unit 21d determines in S122 that the display information 22d is information for the logged-in MFP user, the display control unit 21d displays the display information 22d stored in S121 on the display unit 24 (S123). The process shown in FIG.

  If the display control means 21d determines in S122 that the display information 22d is not information addressed to the logged-in MFP user, the process shown in FIG. 5 is terminated. In this way, the PC user always transmits display information 22d addressed to any MFP user to the MFP 20 via the PC 30, and stores the display information 22d in the MFP 20 as shown in FIG. Can do.

  FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of the display information 22d displayed on the display unit 24 in S123.

  As shown in FIG. 6, the display information 22 d may be displayed on the display unit 24 so as to overlap the already displayed screen. The display information 22d may be displayed in a semi-transparent state, for example. The display information 22d shown in FIG. 6 includes a close button 41 and a delete button 42.

  When the MFP user presses the close button 41 via the operation unit 23, the display control unit 21d ends the display of the display information 22d on the display unit 24.

  When the MFP user presses the delete button 42 via the operation unit 23, the display control unit 21d ends the display of the display information 22d on the display unit 24. The control unit 21 deletes the display information 22d from the storage unit 22. When inputting the display information 22d via the operation unit 33 of the PC 30, the PC user can specify whether or not to include the delete button 42 in the display information 22d.

  Note that the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 deletes the display information 22d that has been instructed to be deleted from the storage unit 22 when there is an instruction to delete the display information 22d from the PC user via the PC 30. Alternatively, when the deletion timing is specified when the display information 22d is received, the display information 22d may be deleted from the storage unit 22 at the specified timing.

<Printing of print data 22e in real time>
As described above, the PC user who has recognized the logged-in MFP user can input an instruction to transmit print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFP user to the MFP 20 to the PC 30 via the operation unit 33.

  When this instruction is input, the control unit 31 of the PC 30 associates the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user with the print data 22e, and then transmits the print data 22e associated with the user information 22b to the network communication unit. The data is transmitted to the MFP 20 via 35. Here, the control unit 31 may further associate the display information 22 d input via the operation unit 33 and transmit it to the MFP 20 via the network communication unit 35.

  Note that transmission of the print data 22e from the PC 30 to the MFP 20 may be executed by an e-mail addressed to the MFP 20. When executed by an e-mail addressed to the MFP 20, a password for causing the MFP 20 to process the print data 22e may be set in the subject field of the e-mail.

  FIG. 7 is a flowchart of the operation of the MFP 20 when the print data 22e is received.

  When the print data receiving unit 21c of the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 receives the print data 22e via the network communication unit 28, the print data receiving unit 21c executes the process shown in FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 7, the print data receiving unit 21c stores the received print data 22e in the storage unit 22 (S141). Here, when receiving the display information 22d associated with the print data 22e via the network communication unit 28, the display information receiving unit 21b stores the received display information 22d in the storage unit 22.

  Next, the display control unit 21d of the control unit 21 determines whether or not the print data 22e stored in S141 is data addressed to the logged-in MFP user (S142). Here, the display control unit 21d determines that the user information 22b associated with the print data 22e is the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user, that is, the MFP user whose login is received by the login receiving unit 21a. The print data 22e is determined to be data addressed to the logged-in MFP user. On the other hand, when the user information 22b associated with the print data 22e is not the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user, the display control unit 21d is the data addressed to the logged-in MFP user. Judge that is not.

  If the display control unit 21d determines in S142 that the print data 22e is addressed to the logged-in MFP user, the display control unit 21d stores the display information 22d associated with the print data 22e stored in S141 in the storage unit 22. It is determined whether or not there is (S143).

  When the display control unit 21d determines in S143 that the display information 22d associated with the print data 22e is stored in the storage unit 22, the display control unit 21d displays the display information 22d stored in the storage unit 22 on the display unit 24. At the same time, the presence of the print data 22e is displayed on the display unit 24 (S144), and the processing shown in FIG.

  If the display control unit 21d determines in S143 that the display information 22d associated with the print data 22e is not stored in the storage unit 22, the display control unit 21d displays the presence of the print data 22e on the display unit 24 (S145). The process shown in FIG.

  If the display control unit 21d determines in step S142 that the print data 22e is not data addressed to the logged-in MFP user, the process illustrated in FIG. 7 ends.

  FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an example of information displayed on the display unit 24 in S144.

  As shown in FIG. 8, the display unit 24 displays a print button 43 as operation information for receiving a print instruction based on the print data 22e along with the display information 22d. The display information 22d shown in FIG. 8 includes a close button 41 and a delete button 42. The print button 43 displays the presence of the print data 22e. The display control unit 21d may cause the display unit 24 to display a print result preview based on the print data 22e.

  When the MFP user presses the close button 41 via the operation unit 23, the display control unit 21d ends the display of the display information 22d and the print button 43 on the display unit 24.

  When the MFP user presses the delete button 42 via the operation unit 23, the display control unit 21d ends the display of the display information 22d and the print button 43 on the display unit 24. In addition, the control unit 21 deletes the display information 22d and the print data 22e associated with the display information 22d from the storage unit 22. When inputting the print data 22e via the operation unit 33 of the PC 30, the PC user can specify whether or not to include the delete button 42 in the display information 22d.

  When the MFP user presses the print button 43 via the operation unit 23, the print control unit 21e causes the printer 25 to execute printing based on the print data 22e. This printing may be executed with priority over the waiting print job when there is a waiting print job. The display control unit 21d ends the display of the display information 22d and the print button 43 by the display unit 24 after the print data 22e is printed. Further, the control unit 21 deletes the display information 22d and the print data 22e associated with the display information 22d from the storage unit 22 after printing the print data 22e. However, if the control unit 21 is set not to delete the display information 22d and the print data 22e associated with the display information 22d from the storage unit 22 after printing the print data 22e, the control unit 21 displays The use information 22d and the print data 22e associated with the display information 22d are not deleted from the storage unit 22 after the print data 22e is printed.

  When the PC user gives an instruction to delete the display information 22d via the PC 30, the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 associates the display information 22d with the deletion instruction with the display information 22d. The print data 22e may be deleted from the storage unit 22, or if the deletion timing is specified when the display information 22d is received, the display data is displayed at the specified timing. The information 22d and the print data 22e associated with the display information 22d may be deleted from the storage unit 22.

  Further, when there is an instruction to delete the print data 22e from the PC user via the PC 30, the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 displays the print data 22e that has been instructed to delete and the display data associated with the print data 22e. The information 22d may be deleted from the storage unit 22, or when the deletion timing is specified when the print data 22e is received, the print data 22e is The display information 22d associated with the print data 22e may be deleted from the storage unit 22.

  FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating an example of information displayed on the display unit 24 in S145.

  As shown in FIG. 9, the display unit 24 displays a print button 43 as operation information for accepting a print instruction based on the print data 22e, and a default message 44. The print button 43 displays the presence of the print data 22e. The message 44 shown in FIG. 9 includes a close button 45 and a delete button 46. The display control unit 21d may cause the display unit 24 to display a print result preview based on the print data 22e.

  When the MFP user presses the close button 45 via the operation unit 23, the display control unit 21d ends the display of the print button 43 and the message 44 on the display unit 24.

  When the MFP user presses the delete button 46 via the operation unit 23, the display control unit 21d ends the display of the print button 43 and the message 44 on the display unit 24. Further, the control unit 21 deletes the print data 22e associated with the print button 43 from the storage unit 22. The PC user can specify whether or not to display the delete button 46 when inputting the print data 22e via the operation unit 33 of the PC 30.

  When the MFP user presses the print button 43 via the operation unit 23, the print control unit 21e causes the printer 25 to execute printing based on the print data 22e. This printing may be executed with priority over the waiting print job when there is a waiting print job. The display control unit 21d ends the display of the print button 43 and the message 44 on the display unit 24 after printing the print data 22e. The control unit 21 deletes the print data 22e from the storage unit 22 after printing the print data 22e. However, when it is set so that the print data 22e is not deleted from the storage unit 22 after the print data 22e is printed, the control unit 21 stores the print data 22e after the print data 22e is printed. Do not delete from.

  Note that the control unit 21 of the MFP 20 deletes the print data 22e for which deletion has been instructed from the storage unit 22 when the PC user has instructed the deletion of the print data 22e via the PC 30. Alternatively, when the deletion timing is specified when the print data 22e is received, the print data 22e may be deleted from the storage unit 22 at the specified timing.

<Operation of MFP 20 Immediately After MFP User Logins>
FIG. 10 is a flowchart of the operation of the MFP 20 immediately after the MFP user logs in to the MFP 20.

  When the MFP user logs in to the MFP 20, the login acceptance unit 21a of the MFP 20 executes the process shown in FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 10, the display control unit 21d of the MFP 20 determines whether or not the display information 22d addressed to the logged-in MFP user is stored in the storage unit 22, that is, the display information 22d received in the past. It is determined whether the information is addressed to the logged-in MFP user (S161). Here, the display control unit 21d displays user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user, that is, display information associated with the user information 22b of the MFP user whose login is received by the login receiving unit 21a. When 22d is stored in the storage unit 22, it is determined that the display information 22d addressed to the logged-in MFP user is stored in the storage unit 22. On the other hand, the display control unit 21d displays information for display to the logged-in MFP user when the display information 22d associated with the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user is not stored in the storage unit 22. It is determined that the information 22d is not stored in the storage unit 22. In S161, the display control unit 21d excludes the display information 22d associated with the print data 22e from the determination target.

  When the display control unit 21d determines in S161 that the display information 22d addressed to the logged-in MFP user is stored in the storage unit 22, the display control unit 21d displays the display addressed to the logged-in MFP user stored in the storage unit 22. The usage information 22d is displayed on the display unit 24 as shown in FIG. 6 (S162).

  The display control unit 21d determines in S161 that the display information 22d addressed to the logged-in MFP user is not stored in the storage unit 22, or terminates the processing in S162, and prints to the logged-in MFP user. It is determined whether or not the data 22e is stored in the storage unit 22, that is, whether or not the print data 22e received in the past is addressed to the logged-in MFP user (S163). Here, the display control unit 21d prints the print data 22e associated with the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user, that is, the user information 22b of the MFP user whose login is received by the login receiving unit 21a. Is stored in the storage unit 22, it is determined that the print data 22 e addressed to the logged-in MFP user is stored in the storage unit 22. On the other hand, if the print data 22e associated with the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user is not stored in the storage unit 22, the display control unit 21d prints the print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFP user. Is not stored in the storage unit 22.

  If the display control unit 21d determines in S163 that the print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFP user is stored in the storage unit 22, the print data addressed to the logged-in MFP user stored in the storage unit 22 is displayed. It is determined whether the display information 22d associated with 22e is stored in the storage unit 22 (S164).

  If the display control unit 21d determines in S164 that display information 22d associated with the print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFP user stored in the storage unit 22 is stored in the storage unit 22 in S164, FIG. As shown in FIG. 10, the display information 22d stored in the storage unit 22 is displayed on the display unit 24, and the presence of the print data 22e is displayed on the display unit 24 (S165), and the processing shown in FIG. To do.

  If the display control unit 21d determines in S164 that the display information 22d associated with the print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFP user stored in the storage unit 22 is not stored in the storage unit 22 in S164, the print data The existence of 22e is displayed on the display unit 24 as shown in FIG. 9 (S166), and the process shown in FIG. 10 is terminated.

  If the display control unit 21d determines in S163 that the print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFP user is not stored in the storage unit 22, the process illustrated in FIG.

  As described above, the MFP 20 displays on the display unit 24 that the print data 22e exists when the print data 22e received from the PC 30 is addressed to the logged-in MFC user. Printing based on the received print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFC user can be executed in accordance with an instruction from the MFC user via the operation unit 23.

  In addition, the MFP 20 causes the display control unit 21d to display the print button 43 as operation information for accepting a print instruction based on the print data 22e on the display unit 24. Therefore, the logged-in MFC use received from the PC 30 is used. Printing can be easily instructed to the MFC user based on the print data 22e addressed to the user.

  Further, since the MFP 20 transmits the user information 22b of the logged-in MFP user to the PC 30, the possibility that the print data 22e addressed to the logged-in MFC user is transmitted from the PC 30 to the MFP 20 in real time is improved. Can do.

  In the above description, the case where print data 22e addressed to a specific MFP user is transmitted from the PC 30 to the MFP 20 has been described. However, print data 22e addressed to all users of the MFP 20 is transmitted from the PC 30 to the MFP 20. This also applies to the case where The print data 22e addressed to all users of the MFP 20 can be realized by not associating user information 22b of a specific MFP user.

  In the above description, the print data 22e is manually transmitted from the PC 30 to the MFP 20 by the PC user. However, the PC 30 automatically transmits at least one of the setting information of the MFP 20 and the status information of the MFP 20. The PC 30 may automatically transmit the print data 22e to the MFP 20, such as automatically transmitting the print data 22e obtained from the MFP 20 and based on the acquired information to the MFP 20.

  The image forming apparatus of the present invention is an MFP in the present embodiment, but may be an image forming apparatus other than the MFP, such as a printer dedicated machine.

  The external device of the present invention is a PC in the present embodiment, but may be a device other than a PC.

20 MFP (image forming apparatus)
21a Login accepting means 21c Print data receiving means 21d Display control means 21e Print control means 21f User information transmitting means 22a Image forming apparatus program 22b User information 22e Print data 23 Operation section 24 Display section 25 Printer 30 PC (external device) )

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  1. A display unit for displaying information, an operation unit for inputting an operation by a user, a printer for executing printing based on print data, and the print data and display information for display on the display unit are stored. A storage unit; a log-in receiving unit that receives the log-in of the user via the operation unit; a print data receiving unit that receives the print data from an external device; and a display control unit that controls display by the display unit; And a printing control means for controlling printing by the printer,
    The display control means, when the print data stored in the storage unit is received by the print data receiving means is data of the user addressed to login is accepted by the login accepting unit, wherein When the display information received from an external device and stored in the storage unit is associated with the print data addressed to the user for which login is accepted by the login acceptance means, Displaying the associated display information on the display unit, and displaying the presence of the print data on the display unit according to operation information for receiving a print instruction based on the print data,
    The print control means, when the print data received by the print data receiving means and stored in the storage unit is data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance means, In response to a print instruction to the operation information via the operation unit, the printer is caused to execute printing based on the print data ,
    The print control means, when the print data received by the print data receiving means and stored in the storage unit is data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance means, When the printer executes printing based on the print data in response to a print instruction to the operation information via the operation unit, the print data is based on the print data even if there is a waiting print job. An image forming apparatus , wherein printing is performed with priority over the waiting print job .
  2. The display control means is associated with the print data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance means and the print data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance means. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein operation information for deleting the display information is displayed on the display unit.
  3.   The user information transmitting means for transmitting user information, which is identification information of the user whose login is accepted by the login accepting means, to the external device. The image forming apparatus according to 2.
  4. A display unit for displaying information, an operation unit for inputting an operation by a user, a printer for executing printing based on print data, and the print data and display information for display on the display unit are stored. An image forming apparatus including a storage unit ;
    A login acceptance step for accepting the user's login via the operation unit; a print data reception step for receiving the print data from an external device; a display control step for controlling display by the display unit; Executing a print control step for controlling printing;
    The display control step, when the print data stored in the storage unit is received by said print data receiving step is the data of the user addressed are logged is accepted by the login accepting step, the When the display information received from an external device and stored in the storage unit is associated with the print data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance step, the print data together with the display information associated with said image forming apparatus to be displayed on the display unit, the image forming apparatus of the presence of the print data by the information for the operation for receiving an instruction of printing based on the print data Is a step of displaying on the display unit,
    In the print control step, when the print data received by the print data reception step and stored in the storage unit is data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance step, step der to perform printing on the printer on the basis of the print data according to a print instruction to the information for the operation of the image forming apparatus via the operation unit is,
    In the print control step, when the print data received by the print data reception step and stored in the storage unit is data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance step, When the printer executes printing based on the print data in response to a print instruction to the operation information via the operation unit, the print data is based on the print data even if there is a waiting print job. A program for an image forming apparatus, characterized in that it is a step of executing printing with priority over the waiting print job .
  5.   The display control step is associated with the print data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance step and the print data addressed to the user whose login is accepted by the login acceptance step. 5. The image forming apparatus program according to claim 4, wherein the image forming apparatus is a step of causing the display unit to display operation information for deleting the display information.
  6.   The image forming apparatus is configured to cause the image forming apparatus to execute a user information transmission step of transmitting user information, which is identification information of the user whose login has been received in the login reception step, to the external apparatus. The program for an image forming apparatus according to claim 4 or 5.
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