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10.4: Make the fax-to-email feature work better System 10.4
Tiger only hintApple fixed some issues in 10.4 concerning the fax functionality. However, one problem is still not resolved: you want received faxes to be mailed to an email account. This only works if you work inside a network enviroment with host names and domain names, and run your own mailserver. Otherwise the fax appears to come from FaxNotify@your.machine, and many ISPs will reject such mail as it comes from an invalid address.

FaxEmailHelper was a great solution for Panther. The current version does not work with Tiger, though. But if you want the fax-to-email-feature, there is an easy way that worked for me. You have to have the Developer Tools (XCode) installed. Here's how:
  1. Duplicate (copy) the file com.apple.print.FaxPrefs.plist" in the top-level /Library/Preferences folder as a backup -- just in case you screw up.
  2. Open the software Property List Editor (in /Developer -> Applications -> Utilities).
  3. Open the file "com.apple.print.FaxPrefs.plist" after backing it up in step one.
  4. Hit "New Sibling" to add the line EmailSender of type String with name@mailserver.com as the value, and it should be the email adresss you send mail from.
  5. Hit "New Sibling" to add the line SMTP of type String with smtp.mailserver.com as the value, and it should be set to your SMTP server address.
  6. Hit "New Sibling" to add the line smtpAuthorization of type String and a value of Password -- important: type Password and not your actual password. The last line is needed if your ISP wants you to authenticate before sending.
  7. Save the file, quit the editor, and then check "Receive Fax" option in the Print&Fax section of System Preferences, and make sure you've enabled the Email to option as well.
This works for me until the Tiger version of FaxEmailHelper comes out...
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10.4: Make the fax-to-email feature work better
Authored by: Bigc on May 23, '05 01:18:27PM

Is there a way to change the Mail Port to 587, my isp won't allow the use of Port 25 anymore...



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10.4: Make the fax-to-email feature work better
Authored by: Loren on May 23, '05 03:45:19PM

I would expect that following yout mail server address with :587 would work.

What about where to actually put the password for the mail server, if you need it?



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10.4: fax-to-email - change port
Authored by: volkspost on May 24, '05 02:58:06AM

The correct way to use a different port than 25 is opening the plist-file again and add one more line (dont type the quotes):

Hit "New Sibling" to add the line "SMTPPort" of type "Integer" with "587" as the value, in case the server port you may use for mail is 587.

Works for me

volker



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10.4: Make the fax-to-email feature work better
Authored by: donovand on Oct 14, '05 01:32:14AM

Where do you find this kind of thing out? Is there some big clue book I'm missing? Teach a man how to fish, as they say......

I can understand modifying the values of .plist's by trial and error, but how do you find out about adding plist values?

Thanks!




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10.4: Make the fax-to-email feature work better
Authored by: MilkmanPEI on Feb 09, '08 08:20:28PM

Anyone have this sort of thing working in 10.5 yet?

I tried the suggestions in this hint, but it made no difference. No emailed faxes arrived. :-(



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