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Subset Stapling with Multiple Copies on a Ricoh Printer Controller via Software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242229D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-26
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Subset Stapling with Multiple Copies on a Ricoh Printer Controller via Software

Authors: Jerry Boldt, Gheorghe Bot, Tiberiu Dumitrescu, Michael Raines

Disclosed is a program that does modification of the PostScript to allow a printer with a Ricoh printer controller to process and output jobs in an expected order. Without the modifications for an 8 page job, 2 copies, simplex, with only pages 4 and 5 stapled together, the printer produces is 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4-5, 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 6, 7,
8. With the modification disclosed here the printer produces 1, 2, 3, 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 1,2, 3, 4-5, 6, 7, 8 .

A software layer provides connection from products to the printers, called printer connector, is responsible for transforming the data into a form that can be accepted by the printer controller. In many cases this is PostScript. When the printer connector detects that his job is going to a Ricoh printer controller, has multiple copies, and is requesting subset stapling it will modify the PostScript before sending it to the printer. The printer connector makes the printer think it is printing a single copy job. In the body of the PostScript the printer connector will put all of the pages into a PostScript procedure. The printer connector adds a loop to the PostScript and calls the procedure N times for the correct number of copies. The resulting output is what is expected.

There are adjustments needed for problems that can occur at the boundary of the copies. For example job setti...