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Faximum ELS/PLUS Reference Manual

for SCO OpenServer 5 - Release 2.1 - HTML Edition - Draft 1

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Starting Faximum

The Faximum user interface program is called fax and it is usually stored in the directory /usr/fax/bin. To start Faximum, type


If this does not start Faximum, try typing:


NOTE: If you are unable to start Faximum, ask your system administrator to review the separate Installation Guide and Release Notes to ensure that:

When you start Faximum for the first time, you are prompted for the following information:

$ fax
Creating a new Faximum configuration file...
Please enter the following information as you wish it
to appear on your FAX cover sheets.
Please enter your full name: Jane Doe
Please enter your title: Systems Programmer
Please enter your department: MIS
Using /usr/janed/fax as your fax directory.
Please check your configuration when you are in fax.
(Select the `Preferences' option from the `Administration' menu.)
Creating a new fax directory for you (/usr/janed/fax) and
initialising the necessary files...please wait...
Initialising...please wait...
After a few moments, the Faximum start-up screen should appear, as shown in Figure 1.

Should you ever wish to change this information (i.e., your name, title, etc.), you may do so by using the Administration menu "Preferences" option described in Chapter 8.

Using The Menu System

Faximum uses a pull-down menu system. You can select a menu by using the left and right cursor (i.e. arrow) keys. In Figure 1, we can see that the Transmit menu has been selected (pulled down). Once a menu has been selected, you may use the up and down cursor keys to highlight a menu item. You may also type the first letter of the desired item to select it. In Figure 2, the Scan menu has been selected, and the Scan an Image with Preview menu item has been highlighted.

To activate the highlighted menu item, press Enter (or Carriage Return)


When you activate a menu option, a form containing the various options appears. Whenever possible, Faximum fills in the form with reasonable defaults. A sample form is shown in Figure 3.

These last two figures illustrate two of Faximum's seven pull-down menus. A complete list of all menus and options appears below along with a sequence of screen shots that illustrate them (see Figure 4, page 7). As is shown, some of the menu options expand into cascading menus of further options (e.g., the Databases option to the Administration menu):

Transmit Menu Sends faxes (and electronic mail)
Receive Menu Manages received faxes (and electronic mail)
Scan Menu Controls scanner operations
Files Menu Manages files and directories
Status Menu Monitors system status
Administration Menu Manages databases and preferences
* (Miscellaneous) Menu Provides access to operating system shell, time of day, and the About Faximum screen.
The following list briefly explains the pull-down options for each menu.

Quick FAX Sends a fax to a single destination
FAX to Many People Sends a fax to multiple destinations
Saved Requests Invokes a previously saved send request
Electronic mail Sends E-mail to another user
FAX In-Box Examines/manages received faxes
Electronic Mail Examines received E-mail
Scan an Image Scans one or more pages of a document
Scan ... with Preview Views document while scanning
Examine FAXes Examines/manages stored fax image files
Create Directory Creates a new directory
Delete Directory Deletes an existing directory
Device Status Monitors status of a fax line
Destination Status Monitors status of a specific destination
System Log Displays a log of recent system activity
Accounting Log Displays the accounting log
Preferences Reviews/modifies your preferences
Companies Accesses your current company database
People Accesses your current people database
Databases Manages different databases
Change DB Changes the current database
System Databases§
Actions Accesses the action database
Accounts Accesses the account database
Classes of Service Accesses the class of service database
Configuration Accesses the system configuration file
Dialling Rules Accesses the dialling rules database
Dispatch Accesses the dispatch database
FAX Lines Accesses the fax line configuration files
Printers Accesses the printer database
Scanners Accesses the scanners database
Styles Accesses the style database
Queue Management§
Shell Invokes operating system shell
Time of Day Displays current time of day
Refresh Screen Refreshes the screen
About Faximum Displays information about Faximum
§ The options marked with the dagger are displayed only when the user has been granted fax administration privileges (see "FAX Operators" on page 100).

Figure 4 illustrates all of the pull-down menus available to the normal user while Figure 4 illustrates the extra options provided fax administrators.

Note that some of these menu items are available only with Faximum PLUS (as indicated above).

As we shall see later in this manual, it is possible for the system administrator to configure the system so that not all of the above menu options are available.

Function Keys

On the bottom of each and every Faximum screen, a list of one or more function keys (F1 - F8) is displayed.

Each function key performs a particular function, depending on the current screen and the position of the cursor within that screen. For example, in Figure 3, the following function keys are available:

Key Function

F1 Summons context-sensitive help

F2 Marks the current form as complete

F3 Provides choices relating to the currently highlighted field

F6 Erases the contents of the current field

Accessing the Help System

Faximum includes a hypertext-based help system that can be invoked from anywhere within Faximum.

Help is invoked by pressing F1. A sample help screen is shown in Figure 6.

When phrases in the help screen are underlined (or highlighted on colour displays in a distinctive colour), they serve as "links" to other help screens. To follow a link, use the cursor keys to select it (in Figure 6 `Quick FAX' has been selected) and then by pressing Enter or (Carriage) Return. The help system will then jump to the help screen associated with the selected phrase.

To exit the help system, press Esc (sometimes marked Escape). To return to a previous help screen, press Control-B or PgUp.

Screen Alerts

If you look at the upper right corner of the screen while running Faximum, you will sometimes see the words MAIL, FAX, or WAIT. These are called screen alerts (see Figure 7).

The MAIL alert indicates that electronic mail is waiting for you.

The FAX alert indicates that files are present in your FAX in-box (usually incoming faxes).

The WAIT alert indicates that Faximum is engaged in an operation that will take several seconds.

Leaving Faximum

To leave any menu or form, press Esc. Pressing Esc repeatedly will eventually display the form shown in Figure 8.

Selecting the YES - EXIT option will exit Faximum.

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