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Visual Job Ticketing Summary Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010647D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jan-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jan-02
Document File: 5 page(s) / 101K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Job ticketing requires printer operators to track and manage numerous page exceptions and document level attributes. Page exceptions refer to the attributes of a given page (e.g., color, size, sides-imaged, chapter starts, finishing), while document level attributes refer to settings used for the entire document (e.g., body stock, document finishing and covers). The invention provides operators with an exception summary that lists all exceptions that have been set for the active document. Exception details include the page(s) the exception has been applied to, the exception type and details about the exception. Details vary depending upon the type of exception. The summary is tightly integrated with the visual feedback provided by the IBM Visual Job Ticketing Acrobat plugin thus providing the operator with a high-level view of all page exceptions as well as a means to access lower details (e.g., preview the page or get more information on the selected stock) when necessary.

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Visual Job Ticketing Summary Display

Job ticketing requires printer operators to track and manage numerous page exceptions and document level attributes. Page exceptions refer to the attributes of a given page (e.g., color, size, sides-imaged, chapter starts, finishing), while document level attributes refer to settings used for the entire document (e.g., body stock, document finishing and covers). This invention focuses primarily on a solution designed to provide operators with a high-level view of a job's ticket settings created when using the IBM Visual Job Ticketing solution plugin for Adobe Acrobat. The disclosure focuses primarily on how the ticketing summary for page level exceptions assists the operators in setting up their job.

Current ticketing and proof process: Depending on the device being printed to operators will use a job ticketing application such as Xerox's Digipath, Xerox's XDS or Heidelberg's Print File Downloader (PFD) to specify page exceptions and document level settings. Depending on which application is available during the ticketing and proofing process determines how the operator tickets the job. If using Digipath the operator can step through the document page by page and visually preview the settings for each page. Digipath provides visual feedback by providing a visual image of each page with visual cues for selected page color and other attributes. This page by page review however is time consuming and error prone. Digipath does not provide a unified high-level view of all page exceptions.

If using XDS or the PFD the operator is required to use traditional dialogs that list the page numbers for page exceptions. They cannot, however, preview the document, so they must verify the exceptions by checking the page numbers for each exception. In these instances the settings are often spread across multiple dialogs within the application.

Process when using invention: The invention provides operators with an exception summary that lists all exceptions that have been set for the active document. Exception details include the page(s) the exception has been applied to, the exception type and details about the exception. Details vary depending upon the type of exception. The summary is tightly integrated with the visual feedback provided by the IBM Visual Job Ticketing Acrobat plugin thus providing the operator with a high-level view of all page exceptions as well as a means to access lower details (e.g., preview the page or get more information on the selected stock) when necessary.

The summary allows the operator to:
1. quickly review all page exceptions for the entire document
2. quickly preview the actual page that the exception has been applied to
3. easily remove individual, all or combinations of exception(s)
4. edit individual or multiple exceptions of the same type
5. edit individual or multiple exceptions of differe...