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User controlled print job "combination"

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016628D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

User Controlled Combination of Print Jobs in a Networked Printing Environment to Reduce Banner Usage

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User controlled print job "combination"

   Disclosed is an improvement to the process of queuing print jobs in an environment where a lan based printing system is used. Implementation of the invention is intended to reduce the output of banner sheets thereby creating direct printing cost savings in the form of reduced count of banner sheets used relative to the count of print jobs processed, as well as the lesser savings of reduced toner/ink usage for generating the printer banners.

   The main idea of the invention is to implement a change to a print queuing system within the client for lan based printers, which will allow the user to prepresent a set of print jobs intended to be processed by a single network printer. Simply put, when printing to a network printer, the user would be prompted for the properties of the print job as they are today, however, a new option would enable spooling the print job locally with the intent of releasing the print job after several are queued. By utilizing such a method, multiple client based "jobs" may be combined into a single job for the lan printer, thereby requiring only a single printer banner for the multiple documents printed.

   The release of the print jobs may be triggered via multiple methods: The user may print several documents, selecting to queue the job locally as part of a combination job, followed by printing a document which the user indicates is also a part of the combination job but additionally specifying to release the combination
job. The user may print several documents, selecting to queue the job locally as part of a combination job. The user may they execute a function to release the combination job. The user may print several documents, selecting to queue the jobs locally as part of a combination job. General user defined option settings may control how long the combination job may be queued and then automatically released if not selected for release by the user. Additionally, multiple concurrent combination jobs may be queued locally. This would allow the user to accumulate several different combination print documents each related to a set of subjects, but grouped logically, each with its own banner, yet still with less banners than if the jobs were printed individually.

Example:

   In today's environment, a user might print 5 different 1 page emails which result in the following output:
B1 E1
B2 E2
B3 E3
B4 E4

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B5 E5

Where "B#" represents a banner sheet and "E#" represents the associated email. Utilizing the inven...