Patent Number: 8,823,980

Title: Printing system, image forming apparatus, data generation apparatus, storage apparatus, and control method

Abstract: An image forming apparatus which configures a printing system includes an application server which has a function of editing and storing document data, and provides the document data in response to a request; the image forming apparatus having a plurality of functions including a printing function; a data generation apparatus which generates, from the document data, print data printable by the image forming apparatus; and a storage apparatus which stores data having undergone processing by the image forming apparatus, the apparatuses being communicable with each other via a network, comprising: recording unit configured to record, as difference data, a setting difference upon setting change of print data; and transmission unit configured to execute processing for the print data, and transmitting a completion notification of the processing together with the difference data.

Inventors: Nakagawa; Isamu (London, GB)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G03F 3/10 (20060101); G06F 17/00 (20060101); G06F 3/12 (20060101); B41L 19/00 (20060101); B41F 1/54 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018