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Native (and free) fax software UNIX
efax is a small, free, command-line fax program developed under Linux. It compiles with very little tinkering under 10.1, and I have successfully sent and received faxes with it using the internal modem on my Powerbook G4. efax communicates with the modem using POSIX /dev interfaces, so I don't see why it shouldn't work with just about any modem that is supported by OS X.

For now, installing and using it is a bit (OK, very) command-line intensive, but it should be easy to wrap this up in an installer package and add a GUI interface (which I might do if I find the time - but I wouldn't be upset if someone beat me to it). Fax capability is essential for OS X, and FaxSTF X from Smith Micro is a complete disaster (I am one of the fools that sent them my money).

I have written a brief document explaining how I have used efax and ghostscript to send and receive fax documents in pdf format.

[Editor's note: In fact, a free Cocoa front-end to efax has just been released, called Cocoa eFax. It includes the efax UNIX program along with the Cocoa front end, but I have not tested the program so I can't vouch for it one way or the other. I also haven't tested FaxSTF, so I can't comment on that package, either.]
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Cocoa efax
Authored by: kerim on Jan 04, '02 03:10:34PM

Someone *did* write a cocoa front end for this:

But it was real buggy on my ibook. It didn't work, and it produced all these error log files in my system library folder (at least twenty). So there is lots of room for a second version that actually works . . .

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I tried it, works fine...
Authored by: GORDYmac on Jan 04, '02 03:12:37PM

After it froze the UI for about a minute, it dialed and sent a .txt fax perfectly to my 'official' eFax fax number.

I think the freeze is more an issue with OS X and my iMac modem, than with the software. It has been a longstanding problem with dialup internet connections.

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