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Method for Combining Variable and Fixed Print Data in a Print Image

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106223D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banks, JM: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to combine variable tape data with fixed user defined data to define a print format independent of printers and print orientation. This method is used to print data such as addresses, personalized advertising, and renewal messages on magazines, journals, catalogs, etc. on a moving conveyor and an ink jet printer.

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Method for Combining Variable and Fixed Print Data in a Print Image

      Disclosed is a method to combine variable tape data with fixed
user defined data to define a print format independent of printers
and print orientation.  This method is used to print data such as
addresses, personalized advertising, and renewal messages on
magazines, journals, catalogs, etc. on a moving conveyor and an ink
jet printer.

      In a demographic bindery system, where ink jet images are
applied to books, a method must be provided for an operator to define
the content and relationship of the data printed.  Typically, this
data is either customized to an individual, or is common to all
similar magazines.  In the former case, this data is supplied from a
magnetic tape, and in the latter case the data is typed in by the
operator.

      In former systems, the methods for defining and editing this
data is difficult and error prone.  The requirements for the current
system were to develop an intuitive and easy to use system that would
increase operator productivity and minimize the potential for errors.

      The system described here has a menu driven operator interface.
First, multiple printers are configured using configuration windows
which are presented to the user to describe the physical
characteristics of the printers.  The following attributes can be
defined for each printer:

o   Printer type
o   Font table
o   Encoder resolution
o   Print head mapping to associate a particular print head to a
        particular line.
o   Current printer active state
o   Head spacing
    -   Key print line, which is the line position relative to which
        you describe the rest of the lines.
    -   Key line distance from the print demand sensor
    -   Line spacing with respect to the key line
o   Print demand sensor location
o   Chain spacing
o   Printer number
    -   Section
    -   Slot

      After configuration, setup windows are used to define
information for a particular job.  The following setup information
can be defined:

o   Book flow length or the length of the physical book relative t...