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Accessing Printing Management Software from a Printer Console

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129212D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Printing requires the coordination of many parameters from different sources. In a typical production printshop there will be a setup where the a large, industrial printer is driven by print server whose function it is to feed it the jobs that require printing. Many print shops will co-locate the printer and server so that the user can stand next to the printer while operating the print server. This invention uses a communication scheme, whereby the user is able to operate the print server directly from the printer. Thus the user is afforded tighter integration between their print server and printer.

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Accessing Printing Management Software from a Printer Console

In order to provide tighter system integration between a print server and the printer that it drives, this invention describes a method, whereby the print server can be operated at the print server console. The system is built with the following components:

An industrial printer with a large console interface

A remote, platform-independent, user interface that connects to the print server


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In this invention, the printer console (1) is expanded by the addition of a customer feature to allow the appearance of a special control that controls the appearance of (3) the remote user interface to the print server. Once the user presses this button, the remote user interface is launched, and it makes a network connection to (2) the print server. Thus the user is able to control this print server on the console of their printer with the same user interface they are accustomed to interact with.

A print server

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