Multifunctional apparatus, method for controlling multifunctional apparatus, control apparatus, method for controlling control apparatus, system for controlling multifunctional apparatus, control program, and computer-readable storage medium

  • US 20070283295A1
  • Filed: 05/02/2007
  • Published: 12/06/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A multifunctional apparatus, executing a device process obtained by suitably combining element functions which include (i) at least one of an image reading function and an image forming function and (ii) a communication function, comprising:

  • input buttons;

    pressed button detecting means for detecting one of the input buttons which has been pressed;

    first execution means for executing a device process which has been corresponded with said one of the input buttons detected by the pressed button detecting means;

    pressed button information informing means for informing an external control apparatus of pressed button information indicative of said one of the input buttons detected by the pressed button detecting means;

    second execution means for acquiring, from the control apparatus, a control instruction corresponding to said one of the input buttons indicated by the pressed button information informed by the pressed button information informing means and, for executing a device process in accordance with the acquired control instruction; and

    mode setting means for setting either (i) a first mode in which the first execution means operates and the pressed button information informing means and the second execution means stop operating or (ii) a second mode in which the first execution mode stops operating and the pressed button information informing means and the second execution means operate.

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