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Visual Feedback Methods for Job Ticketing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010646D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jan-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jan-02
Document File: 6 page(s) / 114K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

When preparing jobs for printing on high-feature printers, such as the IBM Infoprint 2000, the originator may specify job ticketing parameters that are best described visually. These parameters include such features as choice of media, ordered media sets (such as precut tab stock), one-sided or two-sided printing, force-to-front-side printing, preprinted inserts, document covers, tape binding, stapling, hole drilling, and so on. Some parameters apply to the entire document (document attributes); others apply only to certain pages within the document (page exceptions). Our invention improves over existing products by providing a rich set of visual cues that intuitively show the user the existing values of the job ticket parameters. The invention improves job ticketing accuracy and speed. In addition, our invention shows visual cues for finishing options and document-level attributes as well as individual page exceptions.

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Visual Feedback Methods for Job Ticketing

When preparing jobs for printing on high-feature printers, such as the IBM Infoprint 2000, the originator may specify job ticketing parameters that are best described visually. These parameters include such features as choice of media, ordered media sets (such as precut tab stock), one-sided or two-sided printing, force-to-front-side printing, preprinted inserts, document covers, tape binding, stapling, hole drilling, and so on. Some parameters apply to the entire document (document attributes); others apply only to certain pages within the document (page exceptions).

Some existing products let the job originator specify these parameters using traditional dialogs and listing the page numbers for page exceptions. It is easy for the job originator to make a mistake with these products because there is no visual feedback identifying exactly what document attributes were set or which pages have exceptions. The Xerox Digipath product uses a proprietary application to show a visual image of each page in the document with visual cues for selected page color and drilled holes.

Our invention improves over existing products by providing a rich set of visual cues that intuitively show the user the existing values of the job ticket parameters. The invention improves job ticketing accuracy and speed. In addition, our invention shows visual cues for finishing options and document-level attributes as well as individual page exceptions.

Our invention includes the following visual cues, discussed in more detail below:

1. Dog-ears simulating a turned-down page corner
2. Color simulating media color
3. Text to indicate stock choice, ordered media, and artificial pages
4. Visual cues for finishing: lines to indicate stapling, holes to indicate drilling, rectangle to indicate tape binding
5. Thick lines to indicate heavy stock

Our invention uses dog-ears to simulate a turned-down page corner. The cue is a dark filled triangle on top to hide the "turned down" data from the page, plus a dark stroked triangle below filled with the medium color. If the other side of the sheet this page will be imaged on has content, then the page corner includes vertical lines to indicate the content. If the other side of the sheet this page will be imaged on has no content, then the page corner is blank. If this page represents the front of a sheet, the dog-ear is in the upper right corner. If it represents the back of a sheet, the dog-ear is in the upper left corner. These rules allow the dog-ear to visually represent the following job ticket parameters: simplex pages
duplex pages force-one-sided media (e.g., transparencies) behave like simplex pages force-front-side pages...