I want to send faxes from my macbook pro

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  1. zgeist macrumors newbie

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    What is the best way to do this?

    I've seen that there are online services for this sort of thing, but I was wondering if I could just buy a modem instead.

    Is there such a thing as a USB adapter with a phone jack on one end? Do I need a separate phone number?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I'm pretty sure Apple has a USB modem. You can use the same phone number but you have to find a way to decide which device picks up the incoming call. Many ways to address this but none are as god as a second fax number.

    Two question:

    (1) What's wrong with the on-line services?

    (2) Who is still using FAX and why?
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Many companies for legal purposes require faxed confirmations of signed contracts, agreements, and whatnot; because in court faxed copies are actually legal documents whereas email and such is not.
     
  4. littleman23408 macrumors 6502

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    Rightfax

    I was with a company, and we had fax systems on our computers to fax documents. It was called Rightfax. I am not sure if this can be used as an individual or if it has to be a company. But after a quick google it looks like this is the website for the information.

    http://faxsolutions.opentext.com/fax-server.aspx
     
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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  6. yukio macrumors regular

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    i have efax - which works fine with my MBP and 10.6.3.

    numerous service options - one nice thing is you have your incoming fax number that can then forward PDFs of your faxes to your email.

    it's expensive and their customer service is abysmal - but - it works.
     
  7. davidp158 macrumors member

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    email a PDF instead?

    A fax machine may be old school, but they can are handy for documents that require a signature, or for printed material that you don't have in electronic form on your computer. I suppose some businesses may still rely on faxes as part of their work flow or documentation records.

    If you want to fax a document you already have in electronic form on your computer, can you send a PDF file instead?

    I have scanned my signature and used it with PDF documents without any complaints.
     
  8. zgeist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @ChrisA - "(1) What's wrong with the on-line services?"

    There's a monthly fee and I really only need to send one every now and again. Probably no more than one every other month or so.

    As for sending a PDF instead - I have actually tried that a couple of times - it worked with one company, but the other companies email couldn't accept a file that big - and it wasn't that big! So I ended up faxing it anyway.

    Basically, I've just needed to send copies of receipts and/or forms every now and then.

    So, I think I will try to find a modem because I have never needed to receive a fax.

    Thanks for your help, guys!
     
  9. zgeist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, and btw, that is hilarious because I used to work for OpenText! ;-)
     
  10. littleman23408 macrumors 6502

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    Ha, how about that. I can be a mind reader in some ways. ;)
     
  11. markp9114 macrumors member

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    http://www.gotfreefax.com/

    if your not sending a lot of faxes. This service is free.
    No-Ad free fax cover page
    3 pages per fax maximum
    2 free faxes per day maximum
     
  12. seleneS macrumors member

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    Is this safe for some documents like medical history?
     
  13. mmatyas macrumors newbie

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    modem vs services

    The services are fine, but you never know how secure they are. Go on eBay and buy an Apple USB modem. It's small and elegant and OS/X is guaranteed to recognize and work with it. See "printers and fax" under preferences.

    When you need to FAX, just plug it in. If you want to receive faxes a service is easier unless you want to keep your modem plugged into a land line all the time.

    Some cell phones with USB or BT connections also support FAX service. Many Motorola models do.
     
  14. Richdmoore, Jun 7, 2012
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