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PROVIDE OFF-LINE DOCUMENT/IMAGE STORAGE USING REMOTE INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027160D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 114K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A considerable number of electronic reprographic systems are neither provided with transportable media or network capability. These "stand alone" systems may include internal disk storage space, but such space can become consumed quickly by storage of large documents, especially those documents with graphics. Customers of electronic reprographic systems often desire that a document be stored for later reprint or edit and reprint. Once disk space has been consumed on a stand alone system, there is no means of storing documents for future usage. Another difficulty encountered by customers of stand alone systems is that a document stored on their system cannot be printed, from an electronic version, on another electronic reprographic system. The DocuTech family of printing systems now provides remote storage capability for both stand-alone and networked printing machines. Such remote storage capability, however, can involve a considerable amount of expense for the customer. It would be desirable to provide a standalone printing system in which remote storage capability could be obtained through use of existing hardwarekoftware.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

PROVIDE OFF-LINE Proposed Classification DOCUMENTflMAGE STORAGE U.S. C1.395/200 USING REMOTE INTERACTIVE
COMMUNICATIONS
Louis J. Cardinale
Randall R. Hube

Int. C1. G06f 13/00

A considerable number of electronic reprographic systems are neither provided with transportable media or network capability. These "stand alone" systems may include internal disk storage space, but such space can become consumed quickly by storage of large documents, especially those documents with graphics. Customers of electronic reprographic systems often desire that a document be stored for later reprint or edit and reprint. Once disk space has been consumed on a stand alone system, there is no means of storing documents for future usage. Another difficulty encountered by customers of stand alone systems is that a document stored on their system cannot be printed, from an electronic version, on another electronic reprographic system. The DocuTech family of printing systems now provides remote storage capability for both stand-alone and networked printing machines. Such remote storage capability, however, can involve a considerable amount of expense for the customer. It would be desirable to provide a standalone printing system in which remote storage capability could be obtained through use of existing hardwarekoftware.

Many stand-alone electronic reprographic systems are provided with a modem dedicated to Remote, Interactive Communications RIC for machine performance monitoring. An example of a system employing RIC is described in U.S. Patent No. 5,057,866 to Hill, Jr. et al. The present XDJ contemplates an arrangement in which RIC hardware, with its attendant communications software is used to transmit and receive documents/files between a reprographics product and a remote personal or ma...