US 9,811,298 B2
Image forming system for printing using an image forming device by selecting a group name that the image forming device belongs to
Akihide Oshima, Kanagawa (JP)
Assigned to FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Minato-ku, Tokyo (JP)
Filed by FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP)
Filed on Jul. 28, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/810,557.
Claims priority of application No. 2015-056917 (JP), filed on Mar. 19, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0274828 A1, Sep. 22, 2016
Int. Cl. G06F 3/12 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 3/126 (2013.01) [G06F 3/1205 (2013.01); G06F 3/1291 (2013.01)] 23 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor configured to implement:
a first communication unit configured to communicate with at least one image forming apparatus;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with a terminal device;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a medium on the basis of image data;
a storage unit configured to store liaison information which defines liaison concerning an operation between the image forming apparatus and the at least one image forming apparatus and the liaison information includes a group name which indicates a liaison group which the image forming apparatus itself belongs to;
a notifying unit configured, in response to an inquiry from the terminal device, to notify the terminal device of the liaison information by sending, to the terminal device, the liaison information which controls the terminal device to display the group name;
a receiving unit configured to receive specified image data and specified liaison information; and
an execution control unit configured to execute image formation of the specified image data in accordance with the liaison information in response to receiving a user selection of the group name from the terminal device, the user selection of the group name instructing performance of the image formation by only the image forming apparatus from among the at least one image forming apparatus which belongs to the liaison group in accordance with the liaison information.