Patent Number: 7,708,367

Title: Printing apparatus, printing system, and printing method

Abstract: The present invention provides a printing apparatus, a printing system, and a printing method which can excellently print various images while taking the advantages of driving of a print head in a time divisional manner. Dispersive driving control or sequential driving control is selected in accordance with the attributes of an image to be printed to drive a plurality of print element groups in the print head in a time divisional manner under the selected dispersive or sequential driving control. The dispersive driving control drives the plurality of print element groups in a time divisional manner so as to sequentially drive the print element groups not located close to each other. The sequential driving control drives the plurality of print element groups in a time divisional manner so as to sequentially drive the print element groups located close to each other.

Inventors: Onodera; Kazuo (Yokohama, JP), Washizuka; Takuma (Noda, JP), Yajima; Masato (Mitaka, JP)

Assignee: Canon Finetech Inc.

International Classification: B41J 2/205 (20060101); B41J 29/38 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018