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Intuitive Profile Generation of Forms and Settings from IPDS and ASCII Batch Jobs.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176063D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Nov-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Nov-03
Document File: 4 page(s) / 36K

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Intuitive profile generation of forms and settings for IPDS and ASCII batch print jobs

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Intuitive Profile Generation of Forms and Settings from IPDS and ASCII Batch Jobs .

Printer form setup can be a very laborious task requiring a human to evaluate batch

jobs in order to load media and adjust settings for the given media in the printer. For

many operators it requires constant intervention of the print job to load forms as they are encountered in the job. This publication describes two automated methods by which the printer learns the required media for the job, determines when the job is run (if run consistently on the same day or time of the week) and automatically loads the settings for the operator.

The first method uses post processing to generate a profile at the completion of the job. For IBM cut sheet printers, a trace mode exists in which a print job can be processed internally without the physical output. This would allow the printer to learn the job from start to beginning and then suggest to the user a profile to save for future processing. On printers without this capability, the profile could be saved for future execution. This method would not provide time savings on the initial execution of the job, but still would yield significant savings for future batches. One advantage to this method is custom changes by the operator would also be saved. A good example of the customization would be changing of margins due to visual inspection of the output. This would allow all the small corrections to be saved and loaded to minimize reprints by another operator. In addition, this setting would be specific to each printer. Since each printer has subtle differences in print position, ink saturation, to name a few, these could be settings that could apply to each printer it is being run. Thus also reducing time and reducing the cost to reprint large jobs due to poor quality. Once the profile is stored in the printer, it can be loaded by selecting it from the User Interface, or the printer may recognize a pattern for when this batch job is executed and automatically load it.

The second method involves command tags issued to the printer from the host. The profile that is generated in the first method can then be communicated to the host. This profile can then be used as a precursor to the job and the appropriate settings loaded via a command from the host. This allows the host to identify the printer and also load specific settings to...