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Print Job Analyzer/ Paper Saver

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016321D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system designed to conserve paper, toner and other resources commonly involved in print jobs. Also, the system is designed to organize print jobs in such a manner as to allow the user to specify an estimated time of pickup and to print accordingly.

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Print Job Analyzer/ Paper Saver

Disclosed is a system designed to conserve paper, toner and other resources commonly involved in print jobs. Also, the system is designed to organize print jobs in such a manner as to allow the user to specify an estimated time of pickup and to print accordingly.

It is very common nowadays in a network print environment to have print jobs of different users separated by a cover sheet. This saves confusion and allows users to pick up their own print jobs. Many times, cover sheets can be of a different color so one does not have to search through a stack of papers to see where one print job ends and the other begins. Though this is a very useful feature, many times it is wasteful. Consider the situation where an individual sends a print job and then another print job right after. These adjacent jobs require the print of a separator sheet in between the jobs even though they are printed by the network printer right after one another. The disclosed system aims to allow one more versatility in their printing.

When jobs are being printed an analysis will occur of who is sending the print jobs. If two (or more) adjacent print jobs are sent to the printer and these jobs will be printing one after the other, the network admin will be able to specify an option in their print manager that they do not want individual coversheets to be printed out for adjacent jobs of the same individual. Though this might not save too many sheets in a smaller...