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Method and System for Historical and Location Aware Printing to Minimize Redundant Printing of Large Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202081D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

A method and system for historical and location aware printing to minimize redundant printing of large documents is disclosed. A printing history of all computer nodes in an organization is maintained in a centralized database as well as in a local database situated on each individual computer node. Prior to printing a document a quick check is performed with the printing history in order to identify the availability of a hard copy of the document with peer user in the organization. Subsequently, a user, who gave a print request for the document, is notified accordingly.

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Method and System for Historical and Location Aware Printing to Minimize Redundant Printing of Large Documents

Disclosed is a method and system for historical and location aware printing to minimize redundant printing of large documents. Figure illustrates the flowchart of a process for historical and location aware printing of a document.

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As such, a printing history of all computer nodes in an organization is maintained in a

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centralized database. The printing history includes number of parameters associated with each document printed in the past by all computer nodes. These parameters may include a name of the document, a type of the document, a size of the document, number of pages contained in the document, a location of a printer in an organization where the document was printed, name of a user(s) who printed the document, date when the document was printed among others.

Thereafter, whenever a user associated with the organization tries to print a document using a print request on a computer node, it is determined whether the document is a huge document. For example, whether the document contains more than ten pages. In an event of the document containing less than ten pages, the print request is honored and the document is printed. Subsequently, one or more parameters associated with the document are updated in the centralized database. The one or more parameters associated with the document may also be updated in a local database situated on the user's computer node.

However, in an event of the document containing more than ten pages, one or more parameters associated with the document are extracted. Thereafter, in order to find a match, the one or more parameters are compared with a number of parameters associated with other documents stored in the centralized database. The one or more parameters may also be compared with a number of parameters associated with other documents stored in each local database situated on each computer nodes in the organization. In an event if a match is not found, it may be concluded that no peer user in the organization has printed the document. Consequently, the print request is honored and the document is printed. In this case, subsequent to printing the document, one or more parameters associated with the document are updated in the centralized database as well as a local database situated on the user's computer node.

In an event that a match is found, it may be concluded that one or more peer users printed the document and may hold a printed version of the document. A peer use...