Patent Number: 8,879,104

Title: Apparatus, system, and recording medium

Abstract: Disclosed is a communication apparatus connected via a network to an external controller capable of providing a printing optional function and one or more image forming apparatuses. The communication apparatus may include a receiving unit configured to receive a print request and image data from the external controller, a distributed printing management unit configured to perform control to distribute the image data received by the receiving unit from the external controller to the image forming apparatuses to print the distributed image data, and a reporting unit configured to send to the external controller a report on information associated with the printing of the image forming apparatuses. In the communication apparatus, the receiving unit receives the image data generated by the external controller based on the information associated with the printing of the image forming apparatuses.

Inventors: Yokohama; Kayo (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G06F 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00