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Printer driver that enables direct jump from application to panel for defining custom forms

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032937D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A printer driver program that enables users to display the panel for defining custom forms directly from application and improves the usability in printing

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Printer driver that enables direct jump from application to panel for defining custom forms

Disclosed is a printer driver program that enables users to display the "Print Server Property panel" for defining custom forms directly from application and improves the usability in printing.

1. Background

When a user of Microsoft* Windows* 2000/XP/Server 2003 prints a document by using a custom form (in another word, a user-defined form), the user defines the form (paper) on the "Print Server Property" panel in advance before printing.

The figure 1 is a sample of "Print Server Property" panel.

Fig. 1: Sample of "Print Server Property" panel

When a user prints a document, the user uses a setup panel called "Print Setting" (another name of the panel is "Document Property").

"Print Setting" panel is displayed from each application in printing and used for each print setting.

The figure 2 is a sample of traditional "Print Setting" panel.

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Fig. 2: Sample of traditional "Print Setting" panel

It is easy for a user to display the "Print Setting" panel from application in printing, while it requires complicated operation for the user to display the "Print Server Property" panel though "Print Server Property" panel actually often needs to be displayed.

For example, assume that a user of Microsoft* Word wants to print a document.

It is easy for the user to display "Print Setting" panel from Microsoft* Word (FIL...