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Device to edit documents for printout and method thereof

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Device to edit documents for printout and method thereof


A device and method of editing documents created in different application programs and stored in a storage unit of a printer to create a new document according to a minimum unit.

Inventors: Hyun-sub KIL, Jae-ho KIM
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120293822 - Class: 358 113 (USPTO) - 11/22/12 - Class 358 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120293822, Device to edit documents for printout and method thereof.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation application of prior application Ser. No. 11/283,878, filed on Nov. 22, 2005 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(a) from Korean Patent Application No. 2004-104158, filed in the Korean Intellectual Property on Dec. 10, 2004, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present general inventive concept relates to a device to edit documents for printout, and more particularly, to a device to convert files created in diverse formats into files having a format for printout and to edit the converted files to generate new documents in the format for printout, and a method thereof.

2. Description of the Related Art

Image printout devices, such as photocopiers, printers, etc., print images on sheets of paper.

In particular, as the printers have multi-media functions, a variety of methods has been provided to conveniently use data created for printout. For example, there are known techniques for changing attributes of the data for printout corresponding to documents. That is, the techniques are accomplished with an additional function provided on a control panel of a printer in order for users to easily change attributes of the data for printout corresponding to documents (referred to as ‘documents’) even in the printer.

Hereinafter, a conventional method for changing attributes of documents will be described.

In general, a user creates the documents of various types, such as text documents, using an application program, and sends the documents to a printer for printing. The user assigns attributes to the documents. The documents can be secure documents (SD), general documents (GD), delay documents (DD), etc., depending on the attributes assigned to the documents, and the user assigns one of the attributes to the documents if required.

The secure documents (SD) refer to an attribute assigned to confidential documents requiring users to input a password before printing. When the user creates a secure document, assigns a password to the secure document, and stores the secure document, the password is generally processed into a printer job language (PJL), inserted in a header of the secure document, and codified. In a printer having a security authentication function, the password of the secure document is compared with a password input by a user, and the document is printed out by the printer if the user-input password and the secure document password are matched. Thus, to print the secure document, the printer has to have the security authentication function.

The general documents (GD) refer to an attribute of documents that can be printed without any password, unlike the secure documents. The delay documents (DD) refer to an attribute assigned to documents that are printed with a time delay set by the user.

The user-assigned attributes are added to a header portion of the documents and stored in an internal memory, and the stored attributes of the documents are referred to when the documents are printed.

FIG. 1 is a flow chart illustrating a conventional method for changing an attribute of documents stored in a printer.

In a step S10, if a document attribute change command is received from a user, document attributes, user names, and document titles are read from header portions of the documents stored in a memory of the printer, and displayed on a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) unit of a control panel (not shown) of the printer.

In a step S20, the user selects a document from listed documents to change the document attributes. In detail, if the user wishes to change the document attributes, the user clicks on the selected document, and presses an attribute change button (not shown). If the user presses the attribute change button, the control panel displays a window prompting the user to select one of the secure documents, general documents, and delay documents.

In a step S30, if the user wishes to change the document attribute to convert a secure document into a general document, the step 30 requests the user to input a password in order to decide whether the user-input password matches a password added to the header portion of the secure document.

If the user-input password matches the password included in the header portion of the secure document, the user can change the document attribute of the secure document.

In a step S40, the user can change the document attributes of the selected documents. If the user wishes to delete some documents, the user can press a delete button (not shown) to delete the corresponding documents. Further, if the user wishes to change the attributes to convert the general document into the secure document, the user selects the general document to be converted into the secure document, and types the password in a ‘password input’ window. If the user presses an OK button, the general document is changed into the secure document. Further, if the user wishes to change the attributes to convert the general document into the delay document and the user selects the general document to be changed into the delay document, a ‘delay time input’ window appears. If the user types a time delay and presses the OK button, the general document is changed into the delay document.

As stated above, the techniques for changing the attributes of the documents that are stored in the memory of the printer are used as methods to conveniently change the created data for printout. However, changing the document attributes does not mean editing or changing data which is content of the documents. That is, the techniques change only attributes deciding when and how to process the documents, but do not change the content of the documents, nor edit and change the documents created in different formats (applications).

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

The present general inventive concept provides a device to easily edit documents for printout created on a terminal in different application programs (formats) and to create new documents, and a method thereof.

Additional aspects and advantages of the present general inventive concept will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the general inventive concept.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may be achieved by providing a method of editing documents on a printer storing and printing one or more received documents, the method comprising displaying a list of documents stored in a storage unit of the printer, selecting one or more target documents from the displayed list of documents, and editing the selected one or more target documents to generate new documents.

The editing of the selected one or more target documents may comprise one of copying and deleting a minimum unit of each target document stored in the storage unit.

The storage unit of the printer may be an external storage medium, such as a hard drive (HDD) connected thereto.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may also be achieved by providing a method of editing documents on a terminal connected to a printer and a network, the method comprising displaying on a display unit documents stored in the printer, selecting one or more documents from the displayed documents, editing the selected one or more documents to generate new documents, and sending the generated new documents to the printer to print or store the same therein.

The editing of the selected one or more documents may comprise performing one of copying and deleting data of a minimum unit from the documents stored in the printer.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may also be achieved by providing a method of editing documents on a terminal connected to a printer and a network, the method comprising selecting one or more documents to edit the selected documents stored in the printer, inputting a command to edit the selected documents, sending the command to the printer, editing the selected one or more documents according to the command in the printer to create new documents.

The editing of the selected one or more documents may be performed according to a minimum unit of the selected one or more documents stored in a memory.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may also be achieved by providing a device usable with a printer to store one or more received documents in a storage unit, to edit the stored documents, and to print the edited documents, the device comprising an input unit to select a new document-creating mode to create a new document, a display unit to display characters and a setup window corresponding to key inputs from the input unit, and a control unit to list the documents stored in the storage unit on the display unit in order to select at least one of the one or more documents to be edited so as to generate the new document, if the new document-creating mode is selected through the input unit.

The control unit may edit the one or more selected documents by performing one of copying and deleting data of a minimum unit from the individual documents stored in the storage unit. The storage unit of the printer may be an external storage medium, which can be an HDD connectable to the printer.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may also be achieved by providing a device usable with a terminal connected to a printer through a network to edit documents, the device comprising an input unit to select a new document-creating mode to create a new document, a display unit to display characters and a setup window corresponding to key inputs from the input unit, and a control unit to list the documents stored in the printer on the display unit, to select one or more documents to be edited to generate the new document, if the new document-creating mode is selected through the input unit.

The control unit may send the new document to the printer to print or store the same.

The control unit may edit the one or more selected documents by one of copying and deleting data of a minimum unit from the documents stored in the printer.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may also be achieved by providing a device usable with a terminal connected to a printer through a network to edit documents, the device comprising an input unit to select one or more documents stored in the printer to edit, and to input a command related to the editing of the selected one or more documents, and a control unit to send the command to the printer, and to carry out the command in the printer to create a new document by editing the selected one or more documents.

The control unit carries out the command to create the new document in the printer by performing one of copying and deleting data of a minimum unit from the documents stored in the printer.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may also be achieved by providing a network system including a storage unit to store a first document having one or more first minimum units and a second document having one or more second minimum units, and a controller to combine at least one of the one or more first minimum units of the first document with at least one of the one or more second minimum units of the second document to generate a new document.

The foregoing and/or other aspects of the present general inventive concept may also be achieved by providing a method of a network printer system including storing a first document having one or more first minimum units and a second document having one or more second minimum units, and combining at least one of the one or more first minimum units of the first document with at least one of the one or more second minimum units of the second document to generate a new document.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

These and/or other aspects and advantages of the present general inventive concept will become apparent and more readily appreciated from the following description of the embodiments, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of which:

FIG. 1 is a flow chart illustrating a conventional method for changing attributes of documents stored in a printer;

FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a structure of a network printer system according to an embodiment of the present general inventive concept;

FIG. 3 is a flow chart illustrating a method re-formatting documents according to an embodiment of the present general inventive concept;

FIG. 4 is a view illustrating a job-selecting window;

FIG. 5 is a view illustrating a job-editing window;

FIG. 6 is a flow chart illustrating a method of re-formatting documents on a terminal according to an embodiment of the present general inventive concept; and

FIG. 7 is a flow chart illustrating a method of re-formatting documents on a terminal according to an embodiment of the present general inventive concept.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Reference will now be made in detail to the embodiments of the present general inventive concept, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to the like elements throughout. The embodiments are described below in order to explain the present general inventive concept while referring to the figures.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120293822 A1
Publish Date
11/22/2012
Document #
13563805
File Date
08/01/2012
USPTO Class
358/113
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06K15/02
Drawings
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