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Tue, 05/06/2008 - 20:55 — fmaresca

As you may be aware, Vista Office and Ultimate are the only two versions that have a fax applet. Any open source or freeware fax apps that work on Vista Home?


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#1 Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/10/2009 - 20:03.

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I use efax (free) for incoming, and tried BVRP (suggested above) for outgoing on Vista Ultimate & Home Premium. Works great! Thanks so much for mentioning BVRP! I did have to select the USR soft modem during setup, even though I have an Agere soft modem, but it worked fine! I dumped the cover-page in the set=up options, and use an MS Word Cover page with my Company header/footer. Done deal. BTW, I HAVE Vista fax software with Vista Ultimate, but it is very stripped down and non-intuitive. BVRP (freeware) MUCH better, IMHO. Cheers! Oh, and thanks, Gizmo, for all your wonderful freeware suggestions over the last few years. I thank you, and over 500 of my clients thank you!
-Ralph Brewster/Brewster Consulting


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#2 Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/10/2009 - 20:13.

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BTW, efax is free, Faxaway isn't, but is unlimited. I use two efax incoming lines, with a separate gmail address for each. Use a dedicated gmail address for efax incoming (BillSmithEfaxpersonal@gmail.com & BillSmithEfaxbusiness@gmail.com, for example) & it will filter out almost all of the spam...problem solved!
Cheers!


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#3 Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/20/2008 - 00:41.
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Any other FREE FAX options for Vista?


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#4 Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 03:53.
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http://www.blackice.com/How%20to%20d...20Colorfax.HTM
Is this anything I can use w/my HP Pavilion Vista 64 bit computer for a fax. I use fax for work everyday where I send microsoft works documents over to my boss - I am very upset my new computer didn't come w/a fax program as my other computers always have - I could use the free fax where you can do two a day - but I do like 10 a day sometimes?? Thanks for any suggestions OR if you think the above program would work.

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#5 Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 16:40.
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http://www.usr.com/bvrp/bvrp-904.asp
It will work for Vista 64bit (or so the web site says).


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#6 Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 20:21.
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Ok. Thanks for this information. I FINALLY got this downloaded etc etc - Now let me say this - I've ALWAYS purchased lower end computers b/c I don't do much of anything that's REALLY important - some work stuff that can also be done by email - At any rate - I bought a much better computer than I ever have before which means I shelled out a lot more money than I ever have before. (By the way, the previous two computers I've purchased BOTH only lasted me about 2 years -they BOTH fried w/the electrical parts.) SO - I did upload the program, and I was able to successfully do an outgoing and receive an incoming fax - BUT it sounds weird - like the phone line kinda sounds really sharp/very different than it has before. Can this cause a problem in my computer?
ALSO - B/C I downloaded this program from a website - am I susceptible to viruses or problems caused by downloading something?
I appreciate it. I don't know much about computers, only enough to do what I need to do and certainly don't want to damage anything inside my new toy
Thanks!!

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#7 Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 21:56.
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The sounds are normal connection sounds. If you dou not like it, mute it. Otherwise everything is OK - do NOT worry - the program works.

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#8 Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 04:50.
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I tried Black Ice. It does NOT work. On FaxZero, you can send two (3 page) faxes daily PER each e-mail address!! However, the usr - Classic Phone Tools does work for any modem not just usr.

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#9 Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/21/2008 - 17:55.
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Latest Version of the freeware program BVRP Classic Phone Tools v9.04 may be found at this location http://www.usr.com/bvrp/bvrp-904.asp
I have tested it on Vista Home Premium (32 bit) and it works just fine.

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#10 Submitted by fmaresca on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 16:20.
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Thanks. Another one (but not free) is RKS Fax located at http://www.rkssoftware.com/rksfax/download.html.
Its cost is only $19.99

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#11 Submitted by fmaresca on Tue, 05/20/2008 - 03:19.
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I believe I found free solution at http://www.usr.com/bvrp/bvrp.asp - it is the BVRP Classic Phone Tools v 9.3 and is compatible with Vista.

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#12 Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 00:55.
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I tried Classic Phone Tools v 9.3, and its designed (limited) to U.S. Robotics type modems only. I don't have a U.S. Robotics modem and it still installed fine and is capable of sending a fax, but the problem is it will send specific modem commands for the U.S. Robotics modem which will fail on other types of fax modems. So, it is possible that sending or receiving faxes will also fail unless your modem can send and receive faxes properly using default initialization string settings.

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#13 Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 15:13.
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Did you try sending a fax? I use a non-usr modem - it works fine - watch the screen and listen to connection sound and see if the fax was successfully completed.

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#14 Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 02:51.
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I cqan also recieve a fax using Classic Phone Tools 9.04 - Excellent fax software!!!

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#15 Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/17/2008 - 07:43.
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I have a Agere modem and the BVRP software works just fine. I agree it is a excellent fax software.

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#16 Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 07:22.
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Hi. I have Agere too but in the Modem Selection I only get 3Com and US Robotics. Which one should I select?
Thanks!
Alf

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#17 Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 07:17.
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Use the closest standard V92 fax modem specs regardless of brand. Of course it is set up for USR modems but if you use standard V92 specs, it will work perfectly!

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#18 Submitted by gizmo.richards on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 22:28.
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Judging from the irate letters I get, Microsoft made a big mistake in dropping fax capabilities from the lower end versions of Vista.
The situation was made worse by the fact that when Vista was released many commercial fax programs wouldn't work with Vista and a number still don't.
To answer your question I am not aware of any free fax program that works with Vista. If someone knows one please let me know.
As I see it you have two options:
1. Use a free web based fax service. K7.net run an impressive inbound fax service where faxes received at your personally dedicated phone number are forwarded automatically to your email address. eFax offer a similar service though they will send you a fair amount of promotional material as well. For outbound, try faxzero.com; it's free for up to 2 faxes per day to the US or Canada.
2. Buy a commercial fax program that is known to work with Vista. I know from personal experience that Snappy Fax V4 works ($30 from http://www.snappysoftware.com) and I'm sure there are others
Gizmo

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