Fax Messaging Server
The Faximum Fax Messaging Server integrates your fax communications with your existing email server. FMS enables your users to send and receive faxes just as they would email. Outbound faxes are merely emailed to an address like:
Inbound faxes arrive as MIME messages with TIFF attachments (the international standard for Internet fax -- viewable and printable on almost any computer). This enables users to receive and print their faxes anywhere in the world where they can access their email
FMS is a product, not a fax service. You own the software, you own the server, you save the money! And with email/fax services charging $12 a month per user (not counting charges for every fax), it is easy to see how the Faximum Fax Messaging Server can pay for itself quickly.
FMS will take incoming faxes, convert them into MIME email messages with a TIFF-F attachment, and forward them to the appropriate user who will see his incoming faxes in the same inbox as his incoming email messages. Most desktop operating systems (including Microsoft Windows as well as Linux) include a fax viewer that can handle FMS fax messages.
The routing of incoming faxes can be automated using Direct-Inward-Dialling on analog phone lines or Called-Number-Identification on ISDN digital lines. With DID, you arrange with your phone company to have multiple phone numbers associated with your incoming FMS fax line. When a fax is sent to one of the phone numbers, it comes in on your FMS fax line along with a signal that tells FMS which user (or users) ought to receive the fax. No delays. No wasted staff time routing or delivering faxes. And no loss of privacy. Confidential faxes remain so.
Smaller offices that may not need the flexibility of a DID or ISDN solution for automated fax routing can use either email or web routing. With FMS, any authorised user can use a web browser to view the first page of received faxes and quickly select the user the fax ought to be delivered to. Viewing faxes on a computer screen and selecting the recipient from a list is much faster than manually sorting and delivering faxes. So even on systems without automatic routing, incoming faxes can be handled much more efficiently than having someone empty the fax machine regularly or than having staff hover around the fax machine when expecting an incoming message. And because the fax is delivered by email, the recipient can be across the hall or across the continent.
To send a fax you merely send an email addressed to (for example):
and FMS (i) creates a company cover sheet including corporate logo, (ii) converts your attachments to fax format, and (iii) delivers your message by fax over the phone line to any Group 3 fax machine. With FMS you can send faxes as easily as you send email -- and you can mix email and fax addresses for the same message! Indeed, you can even define a group in your email program that contains both email and fax recipients. No longer do you need to keep two distribution lists and use two programs to get messages to both email and fax addresses.
If you wish to send text messages by fax (with or without TIFF attachments) then no software need be installed on your desktop nor additional steps taken.
If, on the other hand, you want to fax Microsoft Word or other documents, you can install the Faximum FMS Print Driver and then "print to fax". This will cause the documented to be printed in fax format and then the following dialog box will appear.
Once the user has entered the recipient information (possibly more than one and optionally by accessing the user's Outlook address book) he clicks on Send. This causes the user's email client to be launched with all of the addressing information transferred to the "To:" field and the Microsoft Word (or other printout) to be attached to the message, already converted to fax format.
The user then merely adds a subject line and cover sheet message and sends the fax.
All significant aspects of the FMS server can be managed using a web browser which also makes remote administration not only possible but easy for non-technical staff.
Download a free 30-day evaluation copies of FMS from our website. Or if you prefer, try out FMS on one of our demonstration servers, see http://www.faximum.com/demo
faxes can be automatically routed to the correct user
faxes appear in same inbox as email
faxes can be picked up remotely
messages can be sent conveniently to both fax and email recipients at the same time
fax traffic is handled by centralised fax server
all faxes need not be printed
All pricing assumes software and documentation is downloaded by FTP. Technical support options are described at www.faximum.com/support/policy
Server Operating System
(Other UNIX/Linux ports in progress, please contact Faximum for details)
Client Operating System
The primary email server does not need to run on the same machine as FMS nor does the primary email server even need to be hosted on a Linux or UNIX system.
Message Attachment Types
Automatic Fax Routing (requires FMS+PLUS option)
Fax Standards Compliance
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Last updated 2002-08-18