Patent Number: 7,084,995

Title: Print layout device, print layout method, and storage medium

Abstract: Provided are a print layout device, a print layout method and a storage medium therefor with which all data can always be printed by ensuring that data to be printed do not extend out beyond the limits of a printable area, as may occur when the conventional margin setting process is used, with which a margin can be set by employing an additional special print method, such as an N-up print method, and with which a binding margin can be set for bookbinding. In addition, provided is a configuration for implementing those apparatuses and devices without modifying the conventional portions. A host computer comprises a despooler, which calculates a printable area using margin parameters set by a user, enlarges/reduces print data in consonance with the obtained printable area, performs a layout for the resultant data to be printed and margins on a sheet, and prints the data using that layout. The despooler outputs prepared drawing data to a graphic engine to provide a printer driver in a conventional manner.

Inventors: Mori; Yasuo (Tokyo, JP), Nakagiri; Koji (Kawasaki, JP), Nishikawa; Satoshi (Kawasaki, JP), Kujirai; Yasuhiro (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G06F 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018