Patent application serial number 698583 is assigned to Canon Kabushiki Kaisha.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Recently, as computers and various kinds of devices have been networked in offices, a plurality of client computers share one printer. In a network system constructed by Windows.RTM. available from
"Many intra-company systems strictly manage to allow only specific printer drivers to be installed in client computers in order to reduce the management costs for the systems. For this reason, using the mechanism of Point and Print allows a system manager to easily manage printer drivers in client computers.
"The Point and Print mechanism still has some complexities. For example, it is difficult for the Point and Print mechanism to distribute modules outside the installation set of a printer driver--for example, an Add-in module which expands the function of the printer driver--to client computers.
"As a method of solving the above problem, the following technique has been disclosed (for example, Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2005-338940). That is, the installation set of a driver to be registered in a print server is packaged with a status monitor designated in advance, an uninstaller, and data instructing an installation method. This makes the printer driver install the status monitor and the uninstaller after being installed in a client computer by Point and Print.
"In this case, after registering an installation set in the print server, the system manager may wish to install other applications together with the printer driver. In such a case, however, the conventional method described above makes it necessary to remake the printer driver's installation set and re-register it in the print server.
"In addition, when the manager wants to change the printer to be shared to a different type of printer, for example, he/she needs to re-install a corresponding printer driver in the print server.
"Furthermore, when the manager has registered the above installation set in the print server, the user of a client computer needs to re-install the printer driver via Point and Print, thus requiring tiresome operations.
"As described above, the conventional mechanism of Point and Print described above requires tiresome operations when the contents to be installed by Point and Print have changed."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Under the circumstances, the present invention provides a technique capable of updating the printer driver installed in a client computer to an appropriate printer driver corresponding to a shared printer at the time of installation while using the conventional mechanism of Point and Print, so as to make operation for the manager more convenient as compared to conventional operation.
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