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Printer performance indicator based on calculated or projected performance attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015717D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Printer performance indicator based on calculated or projected performance attributes Disclosed is a method to communicate to the user which printer in the printer list is performing better, has the shortest, fastest queue, and the queue with the smaller size print jobs through an indicator such as color or other visual means. Currently, when a user selects to print a document, a list of eligible printers are displayed. The only information that is communicated to the user about these printers are whether the printers may be online or not, and an indication of which printer is selected as the users default printer. It does not let the user know if a printer in the list is running slower than another printer in the list. The user must bring up a specific printers print queue to see how many documents are in a printers queue and the sizes of the documents. However, there is no information that allows the user to determine that the subject printer would be the optimal printer if selected for the print job.

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Printer performance indicator based on calculated or projected performance

attributes

Disclosed is a method to communicate to the user which printer in the printer list is performing better, has the shortest, fastest queue, and the queue with the smaller size print jobs through an indicator such as color or other visual means.

Currently, when a user selects to print a document, a list of eligible printers are displayed. The only information that is communicated to the user about these printers are whether the printers may be online or not, and an indication of which printer is selected as the users default printer. It does not let the user know if a printer in the list is running slower than another printer in the list. The user must bring up a specific printers print queue to see how many documents are in a printers queue and the sizes of the documents. However, there is no information that allows the user to determine that the subject printer would be the optimal printer if selected for the print job.

The current technology is further lacking in that a user does not have any indication to determine the duration of the print jobs in a queue. It would be very beneficial for a user to be able to make an intelligent decision when selecting a printer, using information that can be derived from several performance attributes of the subject printer.

The information on how fast the printer is printing pages in a document, the length of the printers queue, and the size of the jobs in the queue are attainable information. However, the user does not have the ability to quickly and easily obtain this information, process it and then perform a analysis as which printer it the better printer for him to use for his pri...