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Reading apparatus with compact drive unit assembly

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A reading apparatus includes an auto document feeder configured to be openable and closable around a hinge with respect to a unit including an image sensor. The auto document feeder includes a roller configured to move a document relative to the image sensor, a motor, a gear train configured to transmit a rotation of a rotational shaft of the motor to the roller, and an encoder unit configured to detect rotation information of the motor, and including a sensor and a code wheel. An orientation of the rotational shaft is substantially parallel to a rotational axis of the hinge, and the gear train is arrayed in a direction of an extension of the rotational shaft. A gear that is a part of the gear train is attached to one end of the rotational shaft, and the code wheel is attached to the other end thereof.



Actuator, optical scanner, and image forming apparatus

Tue, 10 May 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An actuator including a movable portion that swings about a swing axis, a connecting portion that extends from the movable portion and torsionally deforms in response to the swinging of the movable portion, and a support portion that supports the connecting portion, wherein the movable portion is so shaped that the length thereof parallel to the swing axis decreases stepwise with distance from the swing axis in a plan view, and the movable portion, the support portion, and the connecting portion are formed by anisotropically etching a silicon substrate.



Function-based device registration for a data processing apparatus

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A data processing apparatus includes a memory, an accepting unit for accepting an instruction to perform one of a first process and a second process from a user, the second process being different from the first process, and a controller. The controller is configured to: determine a candidate device from among at least one device, the candidate device possessing a first function that is used for performing the first process; register the candidate device as a first device to be used for performing the first process; register the candidate device as a second device to be used for performing the second process, the second process being different from the first process; and control the first device to perform the first process when the accepting unit accepts the instruction to perform the first process and control the second device to perform the second process when the accepting unit accepts the instruction to perform the second process.



Image reading device varying conveyance torque based on type of sheet

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:00:00 EST

An image reading device includes a sheet setting portion, a reading unit, a detecting unit, and a controller. The conveying unit is configured to convey a sheet in a conveying direction at a first velocity. The reading unit is configured to read the sheet at a reading position. The detecting unit is configured to detect the sheet at a detection position upstream of the reading position in the conveying direction. The controller is configured to control the conveying unit to initiate conveyance of sheet, and configured to control the reading unit to start reading the sheet when the sheet is detected. The controller controls the conveying unit to convey the sheet at a second velocity slower than the first velocity when the sheet is not detected after a prescribed period of time has elapsed since the conveying unit initiates the conveyance of sheet.



Multi-functional device having scanner module and image scanning apparatus employing the scanner module

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 08:00:00 EST

A multi-functional device comprising an image forming apparatus to form a printing image and a scanner module to scan an image. The scanner module includes an illuminator to illuminate a light to a document mount, a sensor unit to read an image information of an object placed on the document mount, and an imaging lens to focus the light reflected from the object onto the sensor unit. The illuminator includes a light source to emit light, a light guiding unit and changes a traveling path of the light emitted from the light source to illuminate the document mount, and a guide holder which comprises an installation part where the light guiding unit is installed, and a mounting part where the light source holder is mounted to provide the light source at least one side of the light guiding unit.



Imaging forming apparatus and method that adjusts an XPS file to the outputted paper size

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 08:00:00 EST

An image forming apparatus includes a communication interface unit to receives an XML paper specification (XPS) file, an XPS file processing unit which converts the XPS file into an output data corresponding to printing paper to print the XPS file using information regarding the height and width of a FixedPage in the XPS file, and a control unit which controls the image forming apparatus to print the output data. Accordingly, even when an XPS file does not include information regarding printing paper, a user can select and print printing paper suitable for the user's demand.



Input display apparatus and method, image forming apparatus, imaging apparatus, and computer readable medium

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:00:00 EST

An input display apparatus includes the following elements. A display unit has a display area. A receiver receives plural types of gestures which are performed on the display area. A setting unit sets plural settings for an apparatus in accordance with the types of gestures received by the receiver. A display controller controls the display unit to display at least one of the plural settings and gesture guidance information for guiding an input of a gesture which is associated with the setting to be displayed.



Scanner module and image scanning apparatus employing the same

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:00:00 EST

An illuminator, a scanner module and an image scanning apparatus are provided. The scanner module includes an illuminator that includes a light source, a light guide extending in a main scanning direction to change a direction of the light from the light source, a guide holder recessed with a light guide mounting portion in which the light guide is mounted, and at least one supporting protrusion protruding from an entrance of the light guide mounting portion into the light guide mounting portion to support the light guide received in the light guide mounting portion. As the light guide is supported by the supporting protrusion formed at the entrance of the light guide mounting portion, it is possible to reduce deformation of the light guide and/or to prevent the light guide from being falling out of the light guide mounting portion when subjected to, e.g., a shock.



In-process color management system and method for digital color printing

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 08:00:00 EST

A system and method according to which the color performance of a digital color print job is monitored or otherwise managed during the production run of the digital color print job.



Scanner module and image scanning apparatus employing the same

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 08:00:00 EST

A scanner module and an image scanning apparatus employing the same. The scanner module comprises an illuminator for illuminating light on an object to be scanned. The illuminator includes a light emitting diode, a light guide extending in a main scanning direction to change a direction of the light received from the light emitting diode, and at least one elastic member to elastically support at least one longitudinal end of the light guide. As the light guide is elastically supported by the elastic member, convex deformation or bowing of an emission face of the light guide due to thermal expansion can be reduced.



Image reading device

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image reading device comprising: a document placing portion; a conveyor; a reading unit configured to read an image of the document, wherein the reading unit includes: an image sensor; a support which supports the image sensor, wherein in the case of reading the image of the document conveyed by the conveyor, the support is to be stopped at a predetermined reading position; a guide; and a driving unit, wherein the reading unit further includes: a release unit configured to release the contact with the guide by separating the support from the guide when the support is moved toward the predetermined reading position; and a contact portion configured to contact with the support separated from the guide by the release unit when the support is moved toward the predetermined reading position.



Configuring apparatus, image output apparatus, methods of controlling the same, and program

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:00:00 EDT

If connection to an output apparatus is detected, a configuring apparatus acquires information about the output apparatus. If disconnection of communication connection with the output apparatus is detected, the configuring apparatus makes various configurations based on the acquired information. If communication connection with the output apparatus is detected again after the configuration, the configuring apparatus transmits the configured information to the output apparatus.



Handheld imaging device with multi-core image processor integrating common bus interface and dedicated image sensor interface

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A handheld imaging device includes an image sensor for sensing an image; a multi-core processor for processing the sensed image; and a program memory provided external to the multi-core processor, and communicating therewith via a communication bus. The multi-core processor includes a bus interface for interfacing with the communication bus, and further includes an image sensor interface for interfacing with the image sensor separately from the communication bus and the bus interface. The multi-core processor includes a plurality of parallel processing units connected by a crossbar switch to form the multi-core.



Image sensing and printing device

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image sensing and printing digital camera device includes a housing defining a slot for receiving a printed instruction card having printed thereon an array of dots representing a programming script, the housing further storing therein a roll of print media; an area image sensor for sensing an image and generating pixel data representing the image; a linear image sensor for scanning the array of dots on the card and converting the array of dots into a data signal; a microcontroller provided in the housing, the microcontroller for decoding the data signal into the programming script and applying the programming script on the pixel data; and a printing mechanism for printing the pixel data, having applied thereto the programming script, on the roll of print media. The microcontroller integrates on a single chip a VLIW processor, a printhead interface, and an output buffer effecting communication between the VLIW processor and the printhead interface.



Print system, server apparatus and printer which are used in the print system, and control method of the print system

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A server apparatus comprises an instruction transmitting unit that transmits an instruction to a user apparatus, the instruction instructing the user apparatus to send to the printer a print request for pull printing including authorized information used for an authorizing process at the time of receiving the print service. A printer comprises a receiving unit that receives the print request for pull printing including the authorized information sent from the user apparatus according to the instruction, and a request transmitting unit that transmits, in accordance with the received print request for pull printing including the authorized information, the authorized information and a document obtaining request to the server apparatus.



Causing a wireless connection to be established between a wireless communication device and an external device

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The wireless communication device may determine in which of a parent state and a child state the wireless communication device is to operate in a case where the wireless communication device receives a first type of signal, and determine the wireless communication device is to operate in the parent state in a case where the wireless communication device receives a second type of signal. The wireless communication device may send a first wireless profile to a first external device so as to establish a wireless connection with the first external device in a case where the wireless communication device is to operate in the parent state, and receive a second wireless profile from a second external device so as to establish a wireless connection with the second external device in a case where the wireless communication device is to operate in the child state.



Image forming apparatus, computer-readable storage medium for computer program, and control method thereof

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus that prints and edits a document includes a user identification portion, a print management portion that records print management information indicating a user who performs abort operation of printing, an edit management portion that records edit management information, a determination portion that determines, based on the print management information, whether or not the user is a print suspended operator who has performed the abort operation previously, a page extraction portion that, when the print suspended operator performs reprinting operation for giving instructions to print the document that has been updated, extracts pages of the document which were printed successfully when printing of the document was suspended and have been updated thereafter, and a print controller that controls the image forming apparatus such that the image forming apparatus prints at least unprinted pages of the document and the pages extracted by the page extraction portion.



Printing device, mobile terminal, and computer readable recording medium for the same

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A printing device includes a printing device side wireless communication unit configured to execute wireless communication with a mobile terminal, an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire user operation thereof, and a processor. The processor is configured to acquire operation data which is generated as the operation acquisition unit acquires a user operation, acquire establishment data which is generated as the printing device side wireless communication unit establishes a wireless communication with the mobile terminal, and issue a request control to control the printing device side wireless communication unit to transmit request data requesting the mobile terminal to transmit print data necessary for printing, via the wireless communication, when the establishment data is acquired, the request control being issued in accordance with the operation data as acquired.



Placing sponsored-content based on images in video content

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Sponsored-content may be placed based on images in video content. A first image in a frame of a video content item is identified. The first image is matched with a second stored image. A sponsored-content item to be presented is selected based on an association between the second stored image and the sponsored-content item.



Technique for executing communication of object data with mobile device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In a case where a communication device belongs to a first wireless network for the communication device to execute a wireless communication, the communication device may execute using a wireless communication with a mobile device via the first wireless network after sending to the mobile device a first wireless setting. The first wireless setting may be for the mobile device to belong to the first wireless network and include a password. In a case where the communication device belongs to a second wireless network for the communication device to execute a wireless communication, the communication device may execute a wireless communication with the mobile device via the second wireless network after sending to the mobile device a second wireless setting. The second wireless setting may be for the mobile device to belong to the second wireless network and not including the password.



Specification of smart wireless television for rendering digital content

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The specification of smart televisions are herein disclosed and enabled. The smart television is a wireless television that includes a wireless communication unit compatible, at least partly, with a protocol within IEEE 802.11, and may include Bluetooth compatibility. The smart television may render digital content received from a wireless mobile information apparatus over the wireless communication unit. The smart television includes an operating system for enabling installation of additional applications for expanding functionalities of the smart television; an output controller for decoding, decompressing, or decrypting the digital content; an image processor for applying one or more of a color, an image enhancement, or a resolution operation; and an output engine for rendering the digital content to a display or a projection medium. The wireless television may further include a touch sensitive display screen for interacting with users. Additionally, the wireless television may include authentication based on biometrics of the user.



Exposure correction for scanners

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for exposure correction in scanners are disclosed. In the method, exposure is corrected for pixels received in an image sensor array. Exposure time is tracked for the incoming pixel data and a calibration factor is determined for correcting the gain, and the calibration factor is adjusted based on the tracked exposure time. In the apparatus, a scanner includes an illumination source and a sensor for receiving pixel data. Using values stored in a memory, circuitry is provided for determining a calibration factor, for tracking exposure time for the pixel data and for adjusting the pixel data based on the calibration factor and exposure time.



Image evaluation apparatus and method, image forming system, and non-transitory computer readable medium

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image evaluation apparatus includes a reading unit that includes a monochrome detection unit reading, in a focused state, an image formed on a recording material by an image forming apparatus that represents grayscale of the image by forming dots on the recording material, and a color detection unit reading the image in a defocused state; an image information obtaining unit that obtains image information for the image forming apparatus to form the image; a computing unit that computes a luminance and a chroma of an image supposed to be formed on the recording material by the image forming apparatus from the obtained image information; a comparing unit that compares a derived luminance with the computed luminance, and compares a derived chroma with the computed chroma; and an image evaluation unit that evaluates the image formed by the image forming apparatus, on the basis of results of comparison.



Sheetfed film scanning correction method

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A sheetfed film scanning correction method includes: using a film holding member as a film feeding carrier, wherein the film holding member is fixed and does not move during film feeding, and wherein after the film holding member is inserted into a work position in a scanner, a scanning module of the scanner collects a first correction information under a filmless scanning state and corrects a subsequent scan result according to the first correction information; and setting sheet-feeding rollers of the scanner in idle running as if under a real film scanning state during or prior to collection of the first correction information.



Image reading apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image reading apparatus includes a casing that blocks ambient light and has an opening portion in a bottom surface, an image capturing unit that captures an image of a medium exposed to an internal portion of the casing in the opening portion, and a plurality of light sources that are arranged on the internal portion of the casing and irradiate light toward the opening portion. The plurality of light sources irradiate light to different areas on a plane in the opening portion.



Image reading device and image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image reading device includes a light source, an imaging section, and a controller. The light source includes a plurality of light emitting elements. The light source irradiates light to an original document, while moving relative to the original document. The imaging section obtains scan data read from the original document by light irradiated to the original document from the light source. The controller controls the light source and the imaging section. The controller determines a read target region and a non-read target region in the original document, turns on a light emitting element out of the plurality of light emitting elements, which corresponds to the read target region, and turns off a light emitting element out of the plurality of light emitting elements, which corresponds to the non-read target region.



Facsimile device performing off-hook in preset specified number of rings without ring apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A facsimile device includes a main control unit and a sub-control unit. The first main control unit is configured to count a number of rings in a call signal sent from a public-line network and to put the facsimile device off-hook when the count value reaches a preset specified number of rings in the normal mode, and to suspend the count and off-hook functions in the energy-saving mode. The sub-control unit is configured to detect an incoming call signal and cause the main control unit to recover. The main control unit is configured to: calculate the number of rings in an incoming call signal in an elapsed time required from when the sub-control unit detects the incoming call signal until the main control unit recovers to the normal mode; and use the calculated number of rings to count the number of rings in an incoming call signal.



Portable device scanner support with contour correction and automatic copying

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods use a supporting arm having a first end and a second end, and a program of scanning instructions readable by a computerized processor. The first end of the supporting arm is connected to a secondary device. The second end of the supporting arm holds a portable device comprising a camera. The camera has a field of view within which images are captured. The portable device maintains the scanning instructions. The second end of the supporting arm is positioned to hold the camera in a location, relative to the secondary device, to maintain the surface of the secondary device within the field of view of the camera. The camera of the portable device obtains images of objects placed on the surface of the secondary device when the portable device is held by the portable device holder.



Printing structure of medium surface on which dot pattern is formed by printing, printing method, and its reading method

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

With the aim of realizing an easy and inexpensive method of realizing a “stealth” dot pattern, whose presence on a medium surface is not visually recognizable, merely through minor improvements in the existing printing technology, the present invention provides dots which form a dot pattern by printing these dots using an ink of any color reactive in the infrared or ultraviolet wavelength range on a medium surface on which a dot pattern is to be formed, for use with a dot pattern reading system that irradiates infrared or ultraviolet light on a medium surface having a dot pattern provided thereon, recognizes the dot pattern by reading the reflections of the light with an optical reading means, converts the dot pattern into the corresponding data, and outputs the text, voice, images and so forth contained in the data.



Subdividing color space for fast vector error diffusion

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Subdividing a color space is described for vector error diffusion which includes obtaining color coordinates for each primary color in the color space, and comparing the color coordinates to a threshold value for each coordinate plane of the color space. In response to the comparing, each primary color is grouped into a quadrant of the color space, wherein each quadrant is defined by the threshold value for each coordinate plane. In other aspects, a mapping a color to a closet primary color is described in a color space that includes a display determining color coordinates of the color and identifying a matching quadrant of a plurality of quadrants dividing the color space, wherein the determined color coordinates fall within the matching quadrant. A representative display device searches for the closest primary color within the matching quadrant and maps the color to the closest primary color found.



Image processing apparatus with edge outline definition on edge outside mask range of black determination range

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image processing apparatus includes: a color converting portion and an edge-outline-to-be-defined specifying portion. The color converting portion is configured to convert a portion near one of edges of a black determination range determined as having a composite black and a portion near the other of the edges thereof, so as to have a pure black. The edge-outline-to-be-defined specifying portion is configured to set a range, of the black determination range, positioned inward of one of the edges of the black determination range and the other of the edges of the black determination range, as a mask range, for a black plane, and specify an edge outside the mask range as an edge on which edge outline definition is to be performed.



Selecting printing masks optimized for line features and area fill features of image data

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

For each totally black pixel of image data to be printed using a fluid-ejection printing device, it is determined whether the pixel is part of a line feature or an area fill feature of the image data. Where the pixel is part of a line feature, a first printing mask selected that is optimized for printing line features. Where the pixel is part of an area fill feature, a second printing mask is selected that is optimized for printing area fill features. Each mask specifies a number of fluid droplets to be printed and positions where the fluid droplets are to be printed. The selected mask is applied to the pixel. The pixel is printed using the mask that has been applied. The fluid-ejection printing device prints the pixel by ejecting the number of fluid droplets specified by the mask at the positions specified by the mask.



Image processing apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable medium storing program setting a threshold value as a reference of a previously stored ground color and removing the ground color

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In an image processing apparatus, a ground color detecting unit is provided that detects ground color information indicating a ground color from input first image data. A storage unit stores a history of the ground color information detected by the ground color detecting unit, and a setting unit is also provided that sets a first threshold value that is a reference of the ground color based on a representative value of first ground color information indicating a first ground color included in the history stored in the storage unit. A ground color removing unit removes a ground color for input second image data based on the first threshold value which was set by the setting unit. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a program is also provided, the program causing a processor to perform steps similar to those performed by the image forming apparatus.



Server device, association process flow determining method, and image processing system

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A server device includes an external device information managing unit which manages external device information regarding plural external devices, and an association process flow determining unit which determines an association process flow that defines how plural processes in image processing are performed on image data by the external devices, based on the external device information. The association process flow determining unit is configured to determine plural association process flows for the image processing, and the determined association process flows include first and second association process flows such that first external devices defined in the first association process flow differ from second external devices defined in the second association process flow.



Printing device for executing two-sided printing, and control method and non-transitory computer-readable medium for printing device that executes two-sided printing

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A printer device has a two-sided printing function and a circulatory transporting path for transporting a printing medium. The printer device is configured such that after creating a set of print data for a first recording surface to be printed with two-sided printing, the printer device adds a set of dummy print data for a second recording surface corresponding to a back side of the first recording surface to the set of print data for the first recording surface.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, an image forming unit to form a multi-gradation image on the image carrier, a density detector to detect density of the multi-gradation image, a gradation characteristic data generator to generate gradation characteristic data, and a gradation corrector to correct image data of the multi-gradation image. The gradation characteristic data generator forms a gradation correction pattern on the image carrier via the image forming unit. The gradation correction pattern is a continuous gradation pattern including a first pattern having gradation levels from a maximum gradation level to a minimum gradation level and a second pattern having gradation levels from the minimum gradation level to the maximum gradation level. The gradation characteristic data generator continuously detects image density of the gradation correction pattern and background areas next to the gradation correction pattern via the density detector to generate the gradation characteristic data.



Support system, control device, image forming apparatus, and support method utilizing cards on which written information is printed

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Having specified written information on a first card newly placed at a base A which is a first workspace and the position where the first card is placed, a PC (100A) which is a control device at base A stores, in a memory, the written information and the position where the first card is placed as card information. A PC (100B) connected to this PC instructs a printing device (200B) to print a second card based on the specified written information. The PC (100B) presents the position where the second card is to be placed at a base B which is a second workspace based on the specified position where the first card is placed.



Print control device, image forming apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable medium

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A print control device includes an output unit, an adding unit, and a transmitting unit. The output unit outputs generated print data to a printing mechanism. The generated print data is generated as a result of unit print data, which includes page data of at least one page, being copied; and includes pieces of the unit print data. The adding unit adds blank page data between one piece of unit print data and another piece of unit print data to be printed next in line to the one piece of unit print data. The transmitting unit transmits, to the printing mechanism, information for causing an additional image to be formed on a medium when an image based on the page data is printed on the medium, and information for causing the additional image not to be formed on a blank page formed based on the added blank page data.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion for superposedly outputting a color toner image and a transparent toner image on a recording material; an image data obtaining portion for obtaining a color image data used for forming the color toner image and first and second transparent image data used for forming the transparent toner image; and an executing portion for executing an operation in a test mode in which a test image which collects and coordinates a predetermined number of images including a first image and a second image is outputted on the recording material smaller in number than the predetermined number. The first image is prepared by synthesizing and reducing the color image data and the first transparent image data. The second image is prepared by synthesizing and reducing the color image data and the second transparent image data different from the first transparent image data.



Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and computer program product for determining a direction of transparent color material pattern based on acquired grain direction

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image processing apparatus includes: a protected area determining unit that determines a protected area to be protected by forming a transparent color material pattern made of a transparent color material on recording paper; a grain-direction acquiring unit that acquires a grain direction of the recording paper; a pattern determining unit that determines a direction of the transparent color material pattern based on the acquired grain direction; a pattern generating unit that generates the transparent color material pattern in the determined direction; and a color material forming unit that forms the transparent color material pattern in the determined direction on the protected area of the recording paper.



Image forming apparatus, method for controlling image forming apparatus, and storage medium storing program

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Sheet information of a sheet contained in each of a first sheet containing unit and a second sheet containing unit is stored in a storing step, the sheet information that is set for the first sheet containing unit and the second sheet containing unit is stored in a memory. It is determined based on the sheet information stored in the memory, whether a sheet to be used in a print job is contained in the first sheet containing unit and the second sheet containing unit. If it is determined not to be contained in the first sheet containing unit and the second sheet containing unit, a change of the sheet information stored in the memory is done. The sheet information stored in the storing step is changed using the changed sheet information in the memory.



Print system, print server, control method thereof, and program

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A client terminal transmits a request to a printing apparatus for a registration web page for registering, in a print server, a printing apparatus used in a print service provided by the print server. The printing apparatus collects configuration information of the printing apparatus in response to reception of the request, and creates link information which contains the collected configuration information and is used to access the print server. The printing apparatus then generates a registration web page containing the created link information, and transmits it to the client terminal. The print server receives the configuration information of the printing apparatus transmitted from the client terminal via the registration web page transmitted to the client terminal. The print server creates printing apparatus information which associates the configuration information with user information of the user of the client terminal, and manages it in a storage medium.



Printing system and data transmission method thereof

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A printing system and a data transmission method thereof are provided. The printing system includes a peripheral unit and a controller. The peripheral unit is configured to execute a data printing function and includes a digital data. The controller is coupled to the peripheral unit. The controller converts a digital control command to obtain an analog control signal, and transmits the analog control signal to the peripheral unit. The peripheral unit converts the analog control signal into the digital control command when the analog control signal is received by the peripheral unit. The peripheral unit converts a corresponding digital data into an analog signal according to the digital control command to transmit the analog signal to the controller.



License management server, control method, and program

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A license management server issues a license required for setting a continuous copying speed of an image forming apparatus to a continuous copying speed specified by a license issuance request.



Information processing related to wireless setting for wireless communication using first type interface section with first communication protocol and using second type interface section with second communication protocol

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An information processing apparatus may communicate with a communication-target device, which is a device with which the information processing apparatus is to communicate, via a first type interface section. The information processing apparatus may store, in a first storage area, target identification information for identifying the communication-target device as default identification information, in a case where a first network to which the communication-target device belongs is identical to a second network to which the information processing apparatus belongs via the second type interface section. The target identification information may be stored in association with at least one of a plurality of attributes. The information processing apparatus may cause the target identification information not to be stored in the first storage area as the default identification information in a case where the first network is not identical to the second network.



Image forming apparatus, computer-readable non-transitory storage medium with uploading program stored thereon, and uploading system

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a communication unit, a scanning unit, an issuing unit, a storage unit, an information receiving unit, an identification unit, an authentication unit, and a communication control unit. The image data number issuing unit issues a unique image data number for image data. A user inputs the image data number of the image data, cloud information, a login ID, and a password into an external terminal. The external terminal transmits the input content to the image forming apparatus. The login authentication unit performs authentication on a cloud identified by the target cloud identification unit using the transmitted login ID and password. When login is successful, the upload control unit transmits the image data of the image data number to the cloud.



Image forming apparatus capable of performing printing processing, method of controlling the same, and related storage medium

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus, a method of controlling it and a storage medium. The apparatus detects a level of a load on the CPU, and selects, when a communication request is received, a communication mode corresponding to the communication request from a plurality of communication modes in accordance with a level of the load on the CPU detected levels of the loads on the CPU for communication modes stored in a storage unit. The apparatus communicates with a device that issued the communication request in accordance with the selected communication mode.



Imaging forming apparatus, image forming system, and program that enables data to be edited and processed

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a data converting module, a communicating unit, a differential data obtaining module, and a combining module. The data converting module is configured to convert image data to displayed image data. The communicating unit is configured to send via a network the displayed image, and to receive an edited displayed image via the network which is edited based on the displayed image. The differential data obtaining module is configured to obtain differential data of at least a difference between the image data and the edited image data. The combining module is configured to combine the image data with the differential data into combined image data.



System, information processing apparatus, information processing method, and storage medium including an improved function for adding information used to sort scanned data

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An information processing apparatus sets a sorting information list and a sorting method used for a sort operation, and transmits the sorting information list set to an image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus displays a selection screen on which a user can select sorting information from the sorting information list, and transmits the sorting information selected on the selection screen to the information processing apparatus, and transmits scanned data to the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus sorts the scanned data using the sorting information based on the sorting method set.



Scheduling for digital commercial print workflows

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are provided for scheduling print jobs in a print service provider (PSP). In particular, embodiments include accessing a first set of data relating to processing times for a plurality of machines of a print service provider (PSP). The processing times relate to specific print jobs or types of print jobs sharing print job characteristics. In addition, embodiments include accessing a second set of data relating to setup times for the plurality of machines of the PSP. The setup times relate to specific sets of two print jobs or sets of two types of print jobs sharing print job characteristics. Further, embodiments include determining an order of processing for a plurality of print jobs based on the first and second sets of data.