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Visual Job Ticketing: Stock Selection and Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010649D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jan-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jan-02
Document File: 6 page(s) / 125K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Existing job ticketing solutions handle the management of stocks by either following a paper building or stock catalog approach. In the paper building approach users specify settings such as size, type, color and weight for a limited number (i.e., 10) of stocks - from a usability perspective this approach is good since it limits the number of stocks to a manageable level. However, paper building also has limitations, including: (1) it forces the user to define a new stock anytime one is needed for the current job, and (2) it prevents the user from providing descriptive stock names which forces the user to remember which stock specifies which attributes. The alternate approach, a stock catalog, is good since it allows users to name and define as many stocks as desired which is particularly useful when dealing with stocks used frequently. This approach however is limited since the list of stocks can become so long that it becomes prohibitively difficult for the user to find the stock they are looking for.

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Visual Job Ticketing: Stock Selection and Management

The stock selection and management system described in this publication provides the following advantages:

1. Using the paper building approach for temporary stocks and the paper catalog approach for more permanent stocks: the IBM Visual Job Ticketing plug-in for Acrobat allows users to create temporary stocks for one time use situations and/or allows users to create stocks in the paper catalog for more permanent use situations. To create a temporary stock the user selects Create custom stock from the stock menu (see Figure 1) and fills in the required fields in the Create Stock dialog (see Figure 2). The custom stock is then added to the stock menu and can be used for the current job (see Figure 3). If a new PDF is opened the custom stock is removed from the list. Custom stocks are stored in the job ticket associated with the PDF file.

The IBM Visual Job Ticketing plug-in also allows users to create permanent stocks in the stock catalog for more permanent situations. To create a new stock the user opens the stock catalog utility (see Figure 4), selects New stock and fills in the required fields in the Create Stock dialog (see Figure 2). The stock is then added to the stock menu and can be used for the current job. If a new PDF is opened the stock remains in the list.

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2. Making it easier to find the desired stock by:
(a) providing a hierarchical stock selection control making it easier to find the target stock: existing stock selection controls typically consist of a combo-box or list of all st...