JP6319585B2 - Print data transmission apparatus, print data transmission program, and pull print system - Google Patents

Print data transmission apparatus, print data transmission program, and pull print system Download PDF

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JP6319585B2
JP6319585B2 JP2015039563A JP2015039563A JP6319585B2 JP 6319585 B2 JP6319585 B2 JP 6319585B2 JP 2015039563 A JP2015039563 A JP 2015039563A JP 2015039563 A JP2015039563 A JP 2015039563A JP 6319585 B2 JP6319585 B2 JP 6319585B2
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嵩志 小熊
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佐藤 正史
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  The present invention relates to a print data transmission apparatus, a print data transmission program, and a pull print system that transmit print data to a storage location for print data for pull printing.

  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, as a pull print system for storing print data in a specific storage destination and executing a pull print for executing printing by an image forming apparatus based on the print data stored in the storage destination, a pull print system is used. There is known one in which a pull print server as a print data storage destination and a client PC (Personal Computer) that transmits print data to the pull print server belong to the same LAN (Local Area Network) (for example, , See Patent Document 1).

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  However, in the conventional pull print system, when the transmission of print data to the pull print server by the client PC fails due to a communication error between the client PC and the pull print server, the pull print is performed. There is a problem that can not be executed.

  SUMMARY An advantage of some aspects of the invention is that it provides a print data transmission device, a print data transmission program, and a pull print system that can improve availability.

  The print data transmission device of the present invention is a print data transmission device that transmits the print data to a storage location of print data for pull printing, and each of the specific states of the plurality of storage destinations and the specific state The storage destination to which the print data is actually transmitted is selected from the plurality of storage destinations based on the specific condition relating to the print data.

  With this configuration, the print data transmission apparatus according to the present invention receives print data for pull printing from a plurality of storage destinations based on a specific state of each of the plurality of storage destinations and a specific condition relating to the specific state. Since the storage destination to be actually transmitted is selected, the possibility that the transmission of the print data to the storage destination fails can be reduced, and the availability can be improved.

  In the print data transmission apparatus according to the present invention, at least one of the specific states is a remaining capacity of the storage capacity, and at least one of the specific conditions is given priority to the storage destination having the large remaining capacity. It may be a condition of selecting.

  With this configuration, the print data transmission apparatus of the present invention preferentially selects a storage destination with a large remaining storage capacity as a storage destination for actually transmitting print data for pull printing. The possibility of data transmission failure can be reduced, and availability can be improved.

  In the print data transmitting apparatus of the present invention, at least one of the specific states is a current number of connections with another apparatus, and at least one of the specific conditions is that the number of connections reaches an upper limit. The condition may be that the storage destination that is not preferentially selected.

  With this configuration, the print data transmission apparatus of the present invention preferentially selects a storage destination where the current number of connections with another apparatus has not reached the upper limit as a storage destination for actually transmitting print data for pull printing. Therefore, it is possible to reduce the possibility that transmission of print data to the storage destination will fail, and to improve availability.

  In the print data transmitting apparatus of the present invention, at least one of the specific states is whether or not an idle state, and at least one of the specific conditions preferentially selects the storage destination in the idle state It may be a condition to do.

  With this configuration, the print data transmission apparatus of the present invention preferentially selects the storage destination in the idle state as the storage destination to which the print data for pull printing is actually transmitted, so that the transmission of the print data to the storage destination is possible. The possibility of failure can be reduced, and availability can be improved.

  In the print data transmission apparatus of the present invention, the storage destination may belong to the same network as the print data transmission apparatus.

  With this configuration, the print data transmission apparatus of the present invention has a communication error between the print data transmission apparatus and the storage destination because the print data storage destination for pull printing belongs to the same network as the print data transmission apparatus. Can be reduced, and availability can be improved.

  In the print data transmitting apparatus of the present invention, the storage destination may be an image forming apparatus capable of performing pull printing.

  With this configuration, the print data transmission apparatus according to the present invention does not need to prepare a dedicated server for storing print data for pull printing as a storage destination, so that it is possible to realize highly available pull printing with a simple configuration. it can.

  The print data transmission program of the present invention causes a computer to function as a print data transmission unit that transmits the print data to a print data storage destination for pull printing, and the print data transmission unit includes a plurality of storage destinations. The storage destination that actually transmits the print data is selected from a plurality of storage destinations based on a specific state and a specific condition relating to the specific state.

  With this configuration, the print data transmission program of the present invention receives pull-print print data from a plurality of storage destinations based on a specific state of each of the plurality of storage destinations and a specific condition relating to the specific state. Since the storage destination to be actually transmitted is selected, the possibility that the transmission of the print data to the storage destination fails can be reduced, and the availability can be improved.

  The pull print system according to the present invention includes a print data transmission device that transmits the print data to a storage location of print data for pull printing, and a plurality of the storage destinations, and the print data transmission device includes a plurality of the storage locations. The storage destination that actually transmits the print data is selected from a plurality of the storage destinations based on each of the specific states and a specific condition relating to the specific state.

  With this configuration, the pull print system according to the present invention actually executes print data for pull printing from a plurality of storage destinations based on a specific state of each of the plurality of storage destinations and a specific condition relating to the specific state. Since the storage destination to be transmitted to is selected, the possibility that the transmission of the print data to the storage destination fails can be reduced, and the availability can be improved.

  The print data transmission apparatus, print data transmission program, and pull print system of the present invention can improve availability.

1 is a block diagram of a pull print system according to an embodiment of the present invention. It is a block diagram of the server shown in FIG. FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the print data transmission apparatus shown in FIG. 1. FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the image forming apparatus illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 4 is a flowchart of the operation of the print data transmission apparatus shown in FIG. 3 when a storage destination of print data for pull printing is set. It is a figure which shows an example of the memory | storage destination setting screen displayed on the display part shown in FIG. It is a figure which shows an example different from the example shown in FIG. 6 of the memory | storage destination setting screen displayed on the display part shown in FIG. It is a figure which shows an example different from the example shown in FIG. 6 and FIG. 7 of the memory | storage destination setting screen displayed on the display part shown in FIG. FIG. 4 is a sequence diagram of the operation of the port monitor shown in FIG. 3 when transmitting print data for pull printing when the primary server is a server and the secondary server is an image forming apparatus. FIG. 4 is a sequence diagram of the operation of the port monitor shown in FIG. 3 when transmitting print data for pull printing when the primary server is a group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses. FIG. 4 is a flowchart of the operation of the port monitor shown in FIG. 3 when an optimal image forming apparatus is selected. FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an example of a list stored by the image forming apparatus illustrated in FIG. 4. FIG. 2 is a sequence diagram of the operation of the pull print system shown in FIG. 1 when the image forming apparatus executes printing based on print data for pull printing. FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating an example of a list generated by the image forming apparatus illustrated in FIG. 4.

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

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

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

  As shown in FIG. 1, a pull print system 10 includes a network 11 such as a LAN (Local Area Network), a network 12 such as a LAN, a number of networks (not shown) similar to the network 12, a network 11 and a network. 12 and a network 13 such as the Internet to which 12 is connected. The network 13 is also connected to a number of networks (not shown) similar to the network 12 and the network 11.

  The network 11 is provided with a server 20 for storing print data for pull printing.

  The server 20 is composed of one or more computers such as a PC (Personal Computer).

  In the network 12, a print data transmitting device 30 that transmits print data, and an image forming device 40, an image forming device 50, and an image forming device 60 that execute a print job based on the print data are arranged.

  In addition to the print data transmission device 30, a large number of print data transmission devices can be arranged on the network 12. However, in order to facilitate understanding, in the following description, other than the print data transmission device 30. A description of the print data transmission apparatus is omitted. Similarly, in addition to the image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60, a large number of image forming apparatuses can be arranged on the network 12, but in order to facilitate understanding, the image forming apparatus 40 will be described below. , 50 and 60 will not be described.

  The print data transmission device 30 is configured by a computer such as a PC, for example.

  The image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60 are, for example, MFPs (Multifunction Peripherals) or printer dedicated machines.

  Among the networks of the pull print system 10, the types of devices arranged in many networks (not shown) similar to the network 12 are the same as the network 12. In the following, in order to facilitate understanding, description of a number of networks (not shown) similar to the network 12 among the networks of the pull print system 10 is omitted.

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

  As shown in FIG. 2, the server 20 is an operation unit 21 that is an input device such as a button for inputting various operations by a user, and a display device such as an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) that displays various information. A display unit 22, a communication unit 23 that is a communication device that communicates with an external device, a storage unit 24 that is a storage device such as an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) that stores various data, and the entire server 20 And a control unit 25 for controlling.

  The storage unit 24 can store a plurality of print data 24a for pull printing for each user. That is, the server 20 can operate as a storage destination of print data for pull printing.

  The control unit 25 includes, for example, a CPU (Central Processing Unit), a ROM (Read Only Memory) storing a program and various data, and a RAM (Random Access Memory) used as a work area of the CPU. Yes. The CPU executes a program stored in the ROM or the storage unit 24.

  FIG. 3 is a block diagram of the print data transmission device 30.

  As shown in FIG. 3, the print data transmitting apparatus 30 includes an operation unit 31 that is an input device such as a keyboard and a mouse for inputting various operations by a user, and a display device such as an LCD that displays various information. Controls a display unit 32, a communication unit 33 that is a communication device that communicates with an external device, a storage unit 34 that is a storage device such as an HDD that stores various data, and the entire print data transmission device 30. And a control unit 35.

  The storage unit 34 stores a printer driver 34a that generates print data, and a print data transmission program 34b that transmits the print data to a storage location for print data for pull printing. The printer driver 34a and the print data transmission program 34b may be installed in the print data transmission device 30 at the manufacturing stage of the print data transmission device 30, or a storage medium such as a CD (Compact Disk) or a DVD (Digital Versatile Disk). May be additionally installed in the print data transmitting apparatus 30 or may be additionally installed in the print data transmitting apparatus 30 from the network.

  The control unit 35 includes, for example, a CPU, a ROM that stores programs and various data, and a RAM that is used as a work area of the CPU. The CPU executes a program stored in the ROM or the storage unit 34.

  The control unit 35 executes a print data transmission program 34b stored in the storage unit 34 to thereby transmit a print data to a storage destination of the print data for pull printing. ) Functions as 35a.

  FIG. 4 is a block diagram of the image forming apparatus 40.

  As shown in FIG. 4, the image forming apparatus 40 includes an operation unit 41 that is an input device such as buttons for inputting various operations by a user, and a display unit that is a display device such as an LCD that displays various information. 42, a scanner 43 that is a reading device that reads image data from a document, a printer 44 that is a printing device that performs printing on a recording medium such as paper, and an external facsimile apparatus (not shown) and communication such as a public telephone line A fax communication unit 45 that is a fax device that performs fax communication via a line, a communication unit 46 that is a communication device that communicates with an external device via the network 11, and an EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable) that stores various data. Read Only Memory ), A storage unit 47 that is a storage device such as an HDD, and a control unit 48 that controls the entire image forming apparatus 40.

  The storage unit 47 can store a plurality of print data 47a for pull printing for each user. That is, the image forming apparatus 40 can operate as a storage destination of print data for pull printing.

  The control unit 48 includes, for example, a CPU, a ROM that stores programs and various data, and a RAM that is used as a work area of the CPU. The CPU executes a program stored in the ROM or the storage unit 47.

  The configuration of the image forming apparatuses 50 and 60 shown in FIG. 1 is the same as the configuration of the image forming apparatus 40, and thus description thereof is omitted.

  Next, the operation of the pull print system 10 will be described.

  First, the operation of the print data transmitting apparatus 30 when the storage location of the print data for pull printing is set will be described.

  When the print data transmission device 30 is instructed by the user via the operation unit 31 to start setting the print data storage destination for pull printing, the print data transmission device 30 performs the operation shown in FIG.

  FIG. 5 is a flowchart of the operation of the print data transmitting apparatus 30 when the storage location of the print data for pull printing is set.

  As shown in FIG. 5, the port monitor 35a displays the storage destination setting screen 70 shown in FIG. 6 for setting the storage destination of the print data for pull printing on the display unit 32 (S101).

  The storage destination setting screen 70 shown in FIG. 6 includes a primary server setting screen 71 for setting a primary (Primary) server as a first storage destination and a setting of a secondary (Secondary) server as a second storage destination. For example, a tab 72a for displaying a secondary server setting screen 72 (see FIG. 7) and an OK button 73 for completing the setting. When the tab 72a is pressed in the state shown in FIG. 6, the storage destination setting screen 70 transitions to the state shown in FIG.

  The storage destination setting screen 70 shown in FIG. 7 includes a tab 71a for displaying a primary server setting screen 71 (see FIG. 6), a secondary server setting screen 72, and an OK button 73 for completing the setting. It is out. When the tab 71a is pressed in the state shown in FIG. 7, the storage destination setting screen 70 transitions to the state shown in FIG.

  The primary server setting screen 71 shown in FIG. 6 includes a drop-down list 71b for designating a primary server type (Type). Values that can be selected in the drop-down list 71b are “server”, “device”, and “device cluster”. Here, the server 20 (see FIG. 1) can be designated as a primary server by selecting “server” in the drop-down list 71b. The image forming apparatus 40, 50, or 60 (see FIG. 1) can be designated as a primary server by selecting “device” in the drop-down list 71b. A group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses can be designated as a primary server by selecting “device cluster” in the drop-down list 71b.

  In the primary server setting screen 71, the display content below the drop-down list 71b changes depending on the value of the drop-down list 71b.

  In the primary server setting screen 71 shown in FIG. 6, “Server” is selected in the drop-down list 71b. In the primary server setting screen 71, when “Server” is selected in the drop-down list 71b, an IP (Internet Protocol) address of a server functioning as the primary server is input in a text box 71c and a text box 71c. And a text box 71d for inputting a queue name in the designated server.

  When “server” is selected in the drop-down list 71b, the primary server is specified by a combination of the server specified in the text box 71c and the queue name specified in the text box 71d.

  Note that it is assumed that the primary server identified by selecting “Server” in the drop-down list 71b uses LPR (Line Printer daemon protocol) as a communication protocol used when transmitting print data. Yes. Here, the port number of LPR is fixed. Therefore, the port number is not set on the primary server setting screen 71 shown in FIG. However, when the primary server identified by selecting “Server” in the drop-down list 71b uses a protocol other than LPR as the communication protocol, the port number is input to the primary server setting screen 71 shown in FIG. It may contain a text box to be used.

  In the above description, the primary server setting screen 71 has been described. Similarly, for the secondary server setting screen 72, “server” can be designated as the secondary server.

  The secondary server setting screen 72 shown in FIG. 7 includes a drop-down list 72b for designating a secondary server type (Type). Values that can be selected in the drop-down list 72b are “server”, “device”, and “device cluster”. Here, the server 20 (see FIG. 1) can be designated as a secondary server by selecting “server” in the drop-down list 72b. The image forming apparatus 40, 50 or 60 (see FIG. 1) can be designated as a secondary server by selecting “device” in the drop-down list 72b. A group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses can be designated as a secondary server by selecting “device cluster” in the drop-down list 72b.

  On the secondary server setting screen 72, the display content below the drop-down list 72b changes depending on the value of the drop-down list 72b.

  In the secondary server setting screen 72 shown in FIG. 7, “device” is selected in the drop-down list 72b. When “device” is selected in the drop-down list 72b, the secondary server setting screen 72 is designated in the text box 72c for inputting the IP address of the image forming apparatus functioning as the secondary server, and the text box 72c. And a text box 72e for inputting a port number in the image forming apparatus. The secondary server identified by selecting “device” in the drop-down list 72b is assumed to use RAW as a communication protocol used when transmitting print data.

  In the above description, the secondary server setting screen 72 has been described. Similarly, for the primary server setting screen 71, “device” can be designated as the primary server.

  In the primary server setting screen 71 shown in FIG. 8, “Device Cluster” is selected in the drop-down list 71b. When “device cluster” is selected in the drop-down list 71b, the primary server setting screen 71 includes a text box 71f for inputting the IP address of the image forming apparatus included in the group functioning as the primary server, and a text Each image forming apparatus includes a text box 71g for inputting a port number in the image forming apparatus designated in the box 71f. Note that the primary server identified by selecting “device cluster” in the drop-down list 71b is assumed to use RAW as a communication protocol used when transmitting print data.

  The primary server setting screen 71 includes an add button 71h for newly adding an image forming apparatus included in the group functioning as the primary server when “device cluster” is selected in the drop-down list 71b. Yes. When the add button 71h is pressed, a text box 71f and a text box 71g for a new image forming apparatus are added to the primary server setting screen 71.

  In the above description, the primary server setting screen 71 has been described. Similarly, with respect to the secondary server setting screen 72, “device cluster” can be designated as the secondary server.

  As described above, in the storage destination setting screen 70, as a combination of the primary server and the secondary server, a combination in which the primary server is a server and the secondary server is also a server, and a primary server is a server and a secondary server is a server. A combination of image forming apparatuses, a combination of a primary server as a server and a secondary server as a group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses, a combination of a primary server as an image forming apparatus and a secondary server as a server, and a primary server Is an image forming apparatus and the secondary server is also an image forming apparatus, and the primary server is an image forming apparatus and the secondary server has a plurality of image types. A combination that is a group of apparatuses, a combination that a primary server is a group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses and a secondary server is a server, and a primary server that is a group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses and a secondary server is an image forming apparatus. A certain combination and a combination in which the primary server is a group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses and the secondary server is also a group of a plurality of image forming apparatuses can be set.

  As shown in FIG. 5, after the process of S101, the port monitor 35a determines whether or not the OK button 73 has been pressed until it is determined that the OK button 73 on the storage destination setting screen 70 has been pressed (S102). .

  When the port monitor 35a determines in S102 that the OK button 73 has been pressed, it stores the contents of the various settings of the primary server and the secondary server entered on the storage destination setting screen 70 in the storage unit 34 (S103). The operation shown in FIG.

  Next, the operation of the print data transmitting apparatus 30 when transmitting print data for pull printing will be described.

  When transmission of pull print print data is instructed via the operation unit 31, the control unit 35 generates the print data for pull print by the printer driver 34a, and transmits the generated print data by the printer driver 34a. Request to port monitor 35a. Accordingly, the port monitor 35a transmits print data for pull printing based on the contents set by the operation shown in FIG.

  When generating print data, the printer driver 34a requests the server 20 to authenticate the user, and prints the user's print authority information authenticated by the server 20 (hereinafter referred to as “authorization information”). Acquired from the server 20 and generates print data based on the acquired authority information. When the user is authenticated by the server 20, the printer driver 34 a stores information used for user authentication (hereinafter referred to as “authentication information”) in the storage unit 34. Further, when the user's authority information is acquired from the server 20, the printer driver 34a stores the acquired authority information in the storage unit 34 for each user. When the communication with the server 20 fails, the printer driver 34a performs user authentication based on the authentication information stored in the storage unit 34 and stores the authority information of the authenticated user. Obtained from the unit 34.

  As an example of sending print data for pull printing, the operation of the port monitor 35a when sending print data for pull printing when the primary server is the server 20 and the secondary server is the image forming apparatus 40 will be described. To do.

  FIG. 9 is a sequence diagram of the operation of the port monitor 35a when transmitting print data for pull printing when the primary server is the server 20 and the secondary server is the image forming apparatus 40.

  As shown in FIG. 9, the port monitor 35a confirms the state of the server 20 with the server 20 as the primary server (S131). Therefore, when the connection with the print data transmitting apparatus 30 is normal, the server 20 notifies the port monitor 35a of the state of the server 20 (S132).

  When the status of the server 20 is notified in S132 after the processing of S131, that is, when the connection status between the server 20 and the print data transmitting apparatus 30 is normal, the port monitor 35a performs a job, The print data for pull printing is transmitted to the server 20 in association with the identification information of the logged-in user (hereinafter referred to as “user ID”) (S133), and the operation shown in FIG. Therefore, the control unit 25 of the server 20 associates the print data transmitted from the port monitor 35a with the user ID transmitted from the port monitor 35a in association with the print data, as print data 24a. Remember.

  If the status of the server 20 has not been notified in S132 after the processing of S131, that is, if the connection status between the server 20 and the print data transmitting device 30 is abnormal, the port monitor 35a serves as a secondary server. The state of the image forming apparatus 40 is confirmed with the image forming apparatus 40 (S134). Therefore, the image forming apparatus 40 notifies the port monitor 35a of the state of the image forming apparatus 40 when the connection with the print data transmitting apparatus 30 is normal (S135). Here, the state in which the image forming apparatus 40 notifies the port monitor 35a includes the remaining storage capacity of the storage unit 47, the current number of connections with other apparatuses, and whether or not it is in an idle state.

  When the state of the image forming apparatus 40 is notified in S135 after the process of S135, that is, when the connection state between the print data transmitting apparatus 30 and the image forming apparatus 40 is normal, the port monitor 35a The job, that is, print data for pull printing is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 40 in association with the user ID of the logged-in user (S136), and the operation shown in FIG. Therefore, the control unit 48 of the image forming apparatus 40 associates the print data transmitted from the port monitor 35a with the user ID associated with this print data and transmitted from the port monitor 35a, and print data. Store as 47a.

  When the port monitor 35a has not been notified of the state of the image forming apparatus 40 in S135 after the process of S135, that is, when the connection state between the print data transmitting apparatus 30 and the image forming apparatus 40 is abnormal. Then, the transmission of the print data for pull printing is stopped, and the operation shown in FIG.

  As an example of transmission of print data for pull printing, the operation of the port monitor 35a when transmitting print data for pull printing when the primary server is a group of image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60 will be described.

  FIG. 10 is a sequence diagram of the operation of the port monitor 35a when transmitting print data for pull printing when the primary server is a group of the image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60.

  As shown in FIG. 10, the port monitor 35a confirms the state of the image forming apparatus 40 with the image forming apparatus 40 in the group of image forming apparatuses 40, 50 and 60 as the primary server (S161). Accordingly, the image forming apparatus 40 notifies the port monitor 35a of the state of the image forming apparatus 40 when the connection with the print data transmitting apparatus 30 is normal (S162). Here, the state in which the image forming apparatus 40 notifies the port monitor 35a includes the remaining storage capacity of the storage unit 47, the current number of connections with other apparatuses, and whether or not it is in an idle state.

  After the process of S162, the port monitor 35a confirms the state of the image forming apparatus 50 with the image forming apparatus 50 in the group of the image forming apparatuses 40, 50 and 60 as the primary server (S163). Accordingly, when the connection with the print data transmitting apparatus 30 is normal, the image forming apparatus 50 notifies the port monitor 35a of the state of the image forming apparatus 50 (S164). Here, the state in which the image forming apparatus 50 notifies the port monitor 35a includes the remaining storage capacity of the storage unit of the image forming apparatus 50, the current number of connections with other apparatuses, and whether or not the idle state. included.

  After the process of S164, the port monitor 35a confirms the state of the image forming apparatus 60 with the image forming apparatus 60 in the group of the image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60 as the primary server (S165). Therefore, the image forming apparatus 60 notifies the port monitor 35a of the state of the image forming apparatus 60 when the connection with the print data transmitting apparatus 30 is normal (S166). Here, the state in which the image forming apparatus 60 notifies the port monitor 35a includes the remaining capacity of the storage unit of the image forming apparatus 60, the current number of connections with other apparatuses, and whether or not it is in an idle state. included.

  After the process of S166, the port monitor 35a notifies the image forming apparatus 40 of the image forming apparatus 40, 50, and 60 which is the optimum image forming apparatus as the storage destination of the print data for pull printing from the image forming apparatus 40 in S162. The state of the image forming apparatus 40 that has been received, the state of the image forming apparatus 50 that has been notified from the image forming apparatus 50 in S164, and the state of the image forming apparatus 60 that has been notified from the image forming apparatus 60 in S166. The selection is made based on (S167).

  FIG. 11 is a flowchart of the operation of the port monitor 35a when the optimum image forming apparatus is selected.

  The port monitor 35a performs the operation shown in FIG. 11 in the processing of S167 in FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 11, the port monitor 35a sets the entire group of the image forming apparatuses 40, 50 and 60 as the target range (S201).

  Next, the port monitor 35a determines the state of the image forming apparatus 40 notified from the image forming apparatus 40 in S162, the state of the image forming apparatus 50 notified from the image forming apparatus 50 in S164, and the image in S166. Based on the state of the image forming apparatus 60 notified from the forming apparatus 60, the image forming apparatus having the largest remaining storage capacity of the storage unit in the target range is set as the target image forming apparatus (S202). .

  Next, the port monitor 35a determines the state of the image forming apparatus 40 notified from the image forming apparatus 40 in S162, the state of the image forming apparatus 50 notified from the image forming apparatus 50 in S164, and the image in S166. Based on the state of the image forming apparatus 60 notified from the forming apparatus 60, it is determined whether or not the current number of connections with other apparatuses in the target image forming apparatus has reached the upper limit (S203).

  When the port monitor 35a determines in S203 that the upper limit has not been reached, the state of the image forming apparatus 40 notified from the image forming apparatus 40 in S162 and the image formation notified from the image forming apparatus 50 in S164. Based on the state of the apparatus 50 and the state of the image forming apparatus 60 notified from the image forming apparatus 60 in S166, it is determined whether or not the target image forming apparatus is in an idle state (S204).

  If the port monitor 35a determines in S203 that the upper limit has been reached or if it is determined in S204 that it is not in the idle state, it excludes the target image forming apparatus from the target range and determines a new target range (S205). It is determined whether or not the image forming apparatus remains in the determined new target range (S206).

  If the port monitor 35a determines in S206 that the image forming apparatus remains in the new target range, the port monitor 35a executes the process of S202 again for the new target range.

  If the port monitor 35a determines in S206 that no image forming apparatus remains in the new target range, the operation shown in FIG. 11 is terminated.

  If the port monitor 35a determines in S204 that the target image forming apparatus is in the idle state, the port monitor 35a selects the target image forming apparatus as the optimum image forming apparatus (S207), and ends the operation shown in FIG.

  For example, the remaining storage capacity of the storage unit 47 of the image forming apparatus 40 in the idle state and the current number of connections with other apparatuses are 150 MB and 4, respectively, and the storage in the storage unit of the image forming apparatus 50 in the idle state. The remaining capacity and the current number of connections with other devices are 769 MB and 2, respectively, and the remaining capacity of the storage unit of the image forming apparatus 60 in the idle state and the current number of connections with other devices are The case of 901 MB and 10 respectively will be described. The image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60 are all assumed to have an upper limit of 10 for the number of connections with other apparatuses. In the operation illustrated in FIG. 11, the port monitor 35 a first sets the image forming apparatus 60 having the largest remaining storage capacity of the storage unit among the group of the image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60 as the target image forming apparatus. (S202). However, since the port monitor 35a has reached the upper limit of 10 as the current number of connections with other apparatuses in the image forming apparatus 60 (YES in S203), the image forming apparatuses 40 and 50 excluding the image forming apparatus 60 have the same number. Among these, the image forming apparatus 50 having the largest remaining storage capacity of the storage unit is set as the target image forming apparatus (S202). In the port monitor 35a, the current number of connections with other apparatuses in the image forming apparatus 50 has not reached the upper limit 10 (NO in S203), and the image forming apparatus 50 is in an idle state (YES in S204). Therefore, the image forming apparatus 50 is selected as the optimum image forming apparatus (S207).

  As shown in FIG. 10, when the image forming apparatus 50 is selected as the optimum image forming apparatus in S167, for example, the port monitor 35a uses a job, that is, print data for pull printing, to be used by the logged-in user. The information is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 50 in association with the user ID (S168), and the operation shown in FIG. Therefore, the control unit of the image forming apparatus 50 associates the print data transmitted from the port monitor 35a with the user ID associated with the print data and transmitted from the port monitor 35a, and relates to the image forming apparatus. Store in 50 storage units.

  If the optimum image forming apparatus is not selected in S167, the port monitor 35a stops the transmission of the print data for pull printing and ends the operation shown in FIG.

  Next, the operation of the pull printing system 10 when printing is performed based on the print data for pull printing will be described.

  Here, one of the plurality of image forming apparatuses belonging to the network 12 (see FIG. 1) manages all the print data for pull printing stored in the image forming apparatuses belonging to the network 12. It is a master device. In the following description, it is assumed that the image forming apparatus 40 is a master device. When the image forming apparatuses belonging to the network 12 such as the image forming apparatuses 50 and 60 store print data for pull printing, a user ID associated with the print data and a job ID as identification information of the print data are stored. The device ID as identification information of the image forming apparatus itself is associated with each other and transmitted to the image forming apparatus 40 as a master device. Therefore, the image forming apparatus 40 can store the list 80 as shown in FIG. In FIG. 12, device IDs “1”, “2”, and “3” correspond to the image forming apparatuses 40, 50, and 60, respectively.

  Hereinafter, the operation of the pull printing system 10 when the image forming apparatus 60 performs printing based on the print data for pull printing will be described.

  When the user information is input via the operation unit of the image forming apparatus 60, the image forming apparatus 60 requests the server 20 to authenticate the user, and the authority information of the user authenticated by the server 20 is transmitted to the server 20. And only printing based on the acquired authority information is permitted.

  FIG. 13 is a sequence diagram of the operation of the pull printing system 10 when the image forming apparatus 60 performs printing based on the print data for pull printing.

  As shown in FIG. 13, when the user is authenticated by the server 20, the image forming apparatus 60 transmits the user ID of the user authenticated by the server 20 to the image forming apparatus 40 as a master device. A list of user jobs is requested from the image forming apparatus 40 (S231). Therefore, the image forming apparatus 40 returns the job list 90 (see FIG. 14) corresponding to the user ID transmitted in S231 in the list 80 shown in FIG. 12 to the image forming apparatus 60 (S232). ). A list 90 illustrated in FIG. 14 is a list when the user ID is “001”.

  The image forming apparatus 60 displays the list 90 returned in S232 on the display unit of the image forming apparatus 60. When a job is selected via the operation unit of the image forming apparatus 60, the job of the selected job is displayed. By transmitting the ID to the image forming apparatus 40 as a master device, the image forming apparatus 40 is requested to transmit a job (S233). In the following description, it is assumed that the transmission of the job with the job ID “035” is requested. Based on the job ID “035” of the job requested in S233 and the list 80, the image forming apparatus 40 is an image forming apparatus in which the job ID “035” is the device ID “2”, that is, the image forming apparatus. 50, the image forming apparatus 50 is requested to transmit the job with the job ID “035” to the image forming apparatus 60 (S234). Accordingly, the image forming apparatus 50 reads out the job with the job ID “035”, that is, the print data for pull printing from the storage unit of the image forming apparatus 50 and transmits it to the image forming apparatus 60 (S235).

  When the print data corresponding to the job with the job ID “035” is transmitted in S235, the image forming apparatus 60 performs printing by the printer of the image forming apparatus 60 based on the received print data (S236). Then, the operation shown in FIG.

  In the above description, printing of print data for pull printing stored in the image forming apparatus has been described. However, the user similarly executes printing of print data for pull printing stored in the server 20. It is possible. However, when the image forming apparatus 60 performs printing based on the print data for pull printing, the server 20 returns only the list of print data stored in the server 20 itself to the image forming apparatus 60.

  In the above description, printing from the image forming apparatus 60 has been described. However, the user can similarly execute printing from an image forming apparatus other than the image forming apparatus 60, such as the image forming apparatuses 40 and 50. It is.

  As described above, the print data transmission device 30 can perform pull print print data from a plurality of storage destinations based on the specific states of the plurality of storage destinations and the specific conditions relating to the specific states. Is selected (S167), the possibility that transmission of print data to the storage destination will fail can be reduced, and availability can be improved.

  Since the print data transmission device 30 preferentially selects a storage destination having a large remaining storage capacity as a storage destination for actually transmitting the print data for pull printing (S202), transmission of the print data to the storage destination Can reduce the likelihood of failure and improve availability. In addition, the print data transmission device 30 preferentially selects a storage destination having a large remaining storage capacity as a storage destination for actually transmitting the print data for pull printing, and therefore stores the print data for pull printing. Therefore, the burden of the storage capacity can be appropriately distributed among the plurality of storage destinations, and the capacity of the plurality of storage destinations can be utilized to the maximum extent.

  The print data transmitting apparatus 30 preferentially selects a storage destination where the current number of connections with other apparatuses has not reached the upper limit as a storage destination for actually transmitting the print data for pull printing (NO in S203). Therefore, it is possible to reduce the possibility that transmission of print data to the storage destination will fail, and to improve availability.

  Since the print data transmitting apparatus 30 preferentially selects the storage destination in the idle state as the storage destination for actually transmitting the print data for pull printing (YES in S204), the transmission of the print data to the storage destination has failed. The possibility of doing so can be reduced, and availability can be improved.

  When the storage location of the print data for pull printing belongs to the same network 12 as the print data transmission device 30, the print data transmission device 30 generates a communication error between the print data transmission device 30 and the storage destination. The possibility can be reduced and the availability can be improved. The print data transmission device 30 communicates with the storage location of the print data for pull printing only in the network 12 when the storage location of the print data for pull printing belongs to the same network 12 as the print data transmission device 30. Since it is possible, the network bandwidth between the network 12 and the other network may not be wide, and the reliability of the connection between the network 12 and the other network may not be high. In particular, the print data transmission device 30 reduces the amount of communication between the network 12 and the network 11 when the storage location of the print data for pull printing belongs only to the same network 12 as the print data transmission device 30. be able to.

  The print data transmitting apparatus 30 has a simple configuration because it is not necessary to prepare a dedicated server for storing print data for pull printing as a storage destination when the print data storage destination for pull printing is an image forming apparatus. This makes it possible to achieve a highly available pull print.

10 Pull print system 11, 12 Network 20 Server (storage destination)
24a Print data 30 Print data transmission device (computer)
34b Print data transmission program 35a Port monitor (print data transmission means)
40 Image forming device (storage destination)
47a Print data 50, 60 Image forming apparatus (storage destination)

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  1. A print data transmission device for transmitting the print data to a storage location for print data for pull printing,
    Of the first storage destination as the storage destination and the second storage destination as the storage destination belonging to a network different from the first storage destination, the print data to the first storage destination Priority is given to transmission, and when the transmission of the print data to the first storage destination fails, the print data is transmitted to the second storage destination,
    The second storage destination belongs to the same network as the print data transmission device,
    The print data transmission apparatus, and each particular state of a plurality of the second memory location, wherein based on the specific conditions for a particular state, from a plurality of said second storage destination, the print data A print data transmitting apparatus that selects the second storage destination to be actually transmitted.
  2. At least one of the specific states is a remaining storage capacity;
    The print data transmitting apparatus according to claim 1, wherein at least one of the specific conditions is a condition that the second storage destination having a large remaining amount is preferentially selected.
  3. At least one of the specific states is a current number of connections with other devices;
    The at least one of the specific conditions is a condition of preferentially selecting the second storage destination in which the number of connections does not reach the upper limit. Print data transmission device.
  4. At least one of the specific states is whether it is idle or not;
    4. The print data according to claim 1, wherein at least one of the specific conditions is a condition that the second storage destination in an idle state is preferentially selected. 5. Transmitter device.
  5.   The print data transmitting apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the second storage destination is an image forming apparatus capable of performing pull printing.
  6.   Causing the computer to function as print data transmission means for transmitting the print data to the storage location of the print data for pull printing;
      The print data transmission unit includes the first storage destination among the first storage destination as the storage destination and the second storage destination as the storage destination belonging to a network different from the first storage destination. Priority is given to transmission of the print data to the destination, and when the transmission of the print data to the first storage destination fails, the print data is transmitted to the second storage destination,
      The second storage destination belongs to the same network as the print data transmission device,
      The print data transmission unit sends the print data from a plurality of second storage destinations based on a specific state of each of the plurality of second storage destinations and a specific condition relating to the specific state. A print data transmission program that selects the second storage destination to be actually transmitted.
  7.   A print data transmission device that transmits the print data to a storage location for print data for pull printing;
      A plurality of the storage destinations,
      The print data transmission apparatus includes: a first storage destination as the storage destination; and a second storage destination as the storage destination belonging to a network different from the first storage destination. Priority is given to transmission of the print data to the destination, and when the transmission of the print data to the first storage destination fails, the print data is transmitted to the second storage destination,
      The second storage destination belongs to the same network as the print data transmission device,
      The print data transmission device receives the print data from a plurality of second storage destinations based on a specific state of each of the plurality of second storage destinations and a specific condition relating to the specific state. A pull print system, wherein the second storage destination to be actually transmitted is selected.
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