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Fax facilities are far from a necessity to me, but they can be quite useful and once you have experienced the convenience of this type of medium it becomes more difficult to do without. If the only option was an expensive fax machine then I certainly would not bother, but Winfax Pro is not only a cheap alternative, it is a quality alternative. I have read a few opinions here at Dooyoo which refer to the problems of installation, a problem which I did not encounter. Setting up Winfax was a simple matter of inserting the disk, running setup and following the instructions. Once installed, the facilities are first class. There are several pre-configured templates which can be used as a cover page, although personally I do not use them. Unlike a conventional fax machine, there is no need to have a hard copy. Winfax can transmit a document or image from virtually any Windows based application, so if you are creating a Word document or Excel spreadsheet you can send it direct from the screen without even saving it first. There are 2 main options for transmission, either send from the application in which it was created by selecting Winfax from the print menu, or you can drag and drop a file into the fax depot on the desktop. I am an avid supporter of this software and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
I have been using Win Fax 9.0 almost as long as I've had a computer. Maybe the reason I have had no problems is that a more experienced friend configured the modem for me, as I would not have dared to tangle with that. There is an excellent online help available from symantec.com. The program allows you to write and send faxes, giving a wide selection of cover pages which can be personalised with logos and signatures. On auto enable you can receive faxes after you predetermine the number of rings. You can insert documents from word or scanner. Hard copies can be made by your printer. I have broad band internet, but only oone phone line and I do sometimes try to answer a fax, unless I am in the computer room. On the whole I am able to do without a fax machine at home and am managing well with no computer expertise at all. Before I had broad band I managed both fax and internet on one k56 modem, but as I said, the modem was configured for me.
I purchased WinFax Pro 10. and installed it on my PC. The next time I tried connecting to the internet, I got an error message that my modem was tied up by another device(obviously WinFax). They have no free customer support; their support is very expensive. I solved the modem problem by uninstalling WinFax Pro. I will not install it again, as access to the internet is a million times more important to me than using WinFax. A total waste of money