This great little tool is perfect
for those who want the functionality of a fax machine without wanting to fork
out the dollars for the machine. The entire installation only took but a
couple of minutes and was very easy to get up and running.
Conveniently importing my data
from Outlook was all that it took to make FaxTools my one stop shop in terms
of office communication via fax and email. All that was required was typing up
my fax in Word or similar word processing program and then using the software
to send it out to the intended recipients. A convenient feature of this
process was that it allows you to send a timed fax, to take advantage of
cheaper phone times. We did a number of fax tests (to people who were happy
for us to send to them of course!) and set the time to send at about 7.30pm
when the rates were cheaper.
Sure enough at about 7.30 the fax
fired up when we needed it to, creating a cost effective way of faxing
associates interstate with our testing fax. We then set the time to send at
different intervals during the evening and sat back and watched as it did it's
thing on time every time. Very suprising and very similar to when the telco's
do a fax broadcast.
The learning curve when using
this software is remarkably minimal as we found when getting ready to test the
effectiveness of it. The layout is intuitive and something that most windows
users won't have a problem with when using the program for the first time.
If i was to have a gripe with the
software it would simply be that the internet faxing is a bit fiddly to set up
and needs to be done through a service provider. I would recommend that users
keep a dial up modem on hand in order to accommodate the use of this
program. For those of you who are prepared to subscribe to one of those
services, it appears that it is a cheaper way to send them though. We caught
up with Christian Mollard from BVRP Software and he told us this:
ADSL users have three choices :
1) Keep their analog modems for
faxing (what 90% of the people do)
Unlike outbound faxing (sending
a fax as an e-mail), inbound faxing (receiving a fax among your an e-mails)
is not yet available in Australia. Venali is working on it as they opened up
an office in Asia (Singapore)
Venali/Vision Lab IP
fax service is already pre-configured into FaxTools eXPert
Subscribe to another Fax over IP provider, for example J2 (www.j2.com
) and configure the account into Faxtools eXPert.
Be it Venali or another
provider IP fax is worthy as you saves you the analog line subscription. In
addition you can send an unlimited number of faxes for a better price.