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Patent Application Titled "Information Processing Device, Printing Condition Setting Method, and Computer Product" Published Online

June 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors MOMOSE, Akira (Chiba, JP); Tago, Mikane (Kanagawa, JP); Tatebayashi, Taeko (Tokyo, JP); Imai, Kenji (Chiba, JP); Ogino, Michiko (Tokyo, JP); Shimamura, Ryuichi (Kanagawa, JP), filed on January 31, 2014, was made available online on June 5, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Recently, with an increase and upgrade of printer functions, printer setting is becoming complicated and difficult for users. Specifically, it becomes complicated and difficult for users to set printing conditions on a printer driver screen. This printer driver is a software program designed such that with respect to a specific program, other programs can be operated without worrying about the hardware and internal 'language' of the printer, and designed for controlling the printer and for performing processing of output data or the like. When a different printer is used, the codes and commands necessary for correctly operating the printer and for using respective special functions and abilities are also different. The application programs can precisely correspond to various printers, by using a printer driver which handles all the delicately different functions of respective printers on behalf of the application programs. In the Windows 95/98 or Mac OS, the printer driver is controlled by the OS."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "It is an object of the present invention to provide an information processing device and a printing condition setting method, capable of easily setting printing functions of a printer, when the printing data is printed by a printer, and a computer program for executing the method.

"In the information processing device according to one aspect of this invention, printing functions can be on a display screen displayed in a display unit when printing data is printed using a printer. This information processing device comprises: a symbol display control unit which displays a list of symbols, each representing a plurality of printing functions, in a symbol display area on the display screen; a symbol selection unit which selects one symbol from the list of symbols displayed in the symbol display area; and a printing function setting unit which sets a plurality of printing functions represented by the symbol selected by the symbol selection unit.

"The printing condition setting method according to another aspect of this invention is a method of setting printing functions on a display screen displayed in a display unit when printing data is printed using a printer. This method comprises: a first display step of displaying a list of symbols, each representing a plurality of printing functions, in a symbol display area on the display screen; a selection step of selecting one symbol from the list of symbols displayed in the symbol display area; and a printing function setting step of setting a plurality of printing functions represented by the symbol selected by the symbol selection unit.

"The computer program according to still another aspect of this invention, which when executed on a computer realizes the method according to the present invention.

"Other objects and features of this invention will become apparent from the following description with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a schematic construction of a printer system according to one embodiment;

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing the construction of a personal computer shown in FIG. 1;

"FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing the construction of a printer shown in FIG. 1;

"FIG. 4 is a diagram (1) for explaining the correspondence of printing conditions, the image data file indicating the printing conditions, and the image data;

"FIG. 5 is a diagram (2) for explaining the correspondence of printing conditions, the image data file indicating the printing conditions, and the image data;

"FIG. 6 is a flowchart for explaining the summary of a registration procedure of a one-click icon of a printer driver;

"FIG. 7 is a diagram showing a printing function setting screen (1) of the printer driver;

"FIG. 8 is a diagram showing a printing function setting screen (2) of the printer driver;

"FIG. 9 is a diagram showing an editing condition setting screen of the one-click icon; FIG. 10 is a diagram showing a basic condition setting screen of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 11 is a diagram showing a finishing condition setting screen of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 12 is a diagram showing a one-click icon registration screen;

"FIG. 13 is a diagram showing a one-click icon control screen;

"FIG. 14 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 15 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 16 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 17 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 18 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 19 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 20 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon;

"FIG. 21 is a diagram showing a display example of a display screen for specifically explaining the registration procedure of the one-click icon; and

"FIG. 22 is a flowchart for explaining the procedure in the case of printing document data, using the one-click icon of the printer driver."

For more information, see this patent application: MOMOSE, Akira; Tago, Mikane; Tatebayashi, Taeko; Imai, Kenji; Ogino, Michiko; Shimamura, Ryuichi. Information Processing Device, Printing Condition Setting Method, and Computer Product. Filed January 31, 2014 and posted June 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=3815&p=77&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140529.PD.&OS=PD/20140529&RS=PD/20140529

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