Patent application serial number 757341 is assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "For example, there have been disclosed an MFP that refers to an extension of a file name of a received attached file and determines whether the attached file has a format that can be printed by the MFP. When the attached file does not have a format that can be printed by the MFP, the MFP requests a server to convert the attached file."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Illustrative aspects of the invention provide a technology for appropriately determining whether specific data has a format that can be interpreted by an image output apparatus.
"According to one illustrative aspect of the invention, there is provided a control device for an image output apparatus that is configured to output an image. The control device includes a first acquisition unit, a second acquisition unit, a determination unit, a conversion processing execution unit, and an output processing execution unit. The first acquisition unit is configured to, when a specific data storage server from a plurality of data storage servers is selected by a user, acquire specific server identification information for identifying the specific data storage server. The second acquisition unit is configured to, when the specific server identification information is acquired, acquire specific file type information indicating a file type of specific data, which is stored in the specific data storage server, from the specific data storage server. The determination unit is configured to determine whether the specific data has an interpretable format that can be interpreted by the image output apparatus, based on the specific server identification information and the specific file type information. The conversion processing execution unit is configured to, when it is determined that the specific data does not have the interpretable format, execute conversion processing for causing a specific conversion server to execute data conversion processing of converting the specific data to converted data, the converted data having the interpretable format. The output processing execution unit is configured to execute output processing for causing the image output apparatus to output a specific image that is expressed by the specific data, the output processing execution unit being configured to execute the output processing without causing the specific conversion server to execute the data conversion processing when it is determined that the specific data has the interpretable format.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 shows a configuration of a communication system;
"FIG. 2 shows an example of an internal format table;
"FIG. 3 shows an example of a conversion information table;
"FIG. 4 shows an example of a URL table;
"FIG. 5 shows a sequence diagram of a case A where data conversion is not necessary;
"FIG. 6 shows a sequence diagram of a case B where data conversion is necessary;
"FIG. 7 shows a sequence diagram of a case C where data conversion is necessary;
"FIG. 8 shows a sequence diagram of a case D where it is not possible to determine whether data conversion is necessary; and
"FIG. 9 shows a sequence diagram of a case E of a second exemplary embodiment where data conversion is necessary."
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