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Intelligent Client Auto Color Detection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033731D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

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Abstract

Proposed is an intelligent version of Autocolor job submission. At the client, the job image would first be examined for color content. If any were detected, the job would be submitted as a color job. At the printer, each page would be printed in color or mono as required, and would be billed accordingly. If no color were detected, the job would be submitted as monochrome, which would then be processed at the higher monochrome speed. After the job is initiated by the client UI, a PDL version of the job is developed and spooled to disk.

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Intelligent Client Auto Color Detection

Client print job submission to a color printer requires user preference selection whether they want the job to print in monochrome or color. The current client user interface offers the user two choices, Monochrome or Autocolor. Selecting Monochrome forces the entire job to be printed and billed in Monochrome.  Selecting Autocolor enables the job to be marked in either Color or Monochrome based on the presence of color determined on a page basis, with color and monochrome pages marked and billed accordingly. For machines that print color and monochrome at the same speed, this system works well, and as a result, Autocolor is set as the factory default for color product client drivers.  For machines that are capable of printing monochrome at a higher speed than color, this system will not activate the higher print speed unless the customer explicitly forces the entire job to print in monochrome. Jobs submitted as Autocolor, will print at the color speed, with monochrome and color pages billed accordingly. Within job switching between monochrome and color speed is not practical because of the large amount of time required to change speeds. The result is that even jobs that with totally monochrome content, when submitted as Autocolor are not run at the higher monochrome speed. This does not take advantage of the advanced performance capability of many machines.

We propose an intelligent version of Autocolor job submission. At the client, the job image would first be examined for color content. If any were detected, the job would be submitted as a color job. At the printer, each page would be printed in colo...