& money with your partners immediately!!
You can even collect monthly fee from other companies if you are a service provider!
What is E-Fax?
E-Fax, as its name implied, is a new generation electronic/enhanced fax. It's not only an electronic version of fax, but it's also a new concept/philosophy of handling readable/printable documents. So, don't be limited by the concept of traditional fax system. E-Fax provides you a great flexibility to do whatever you want. Also, we don't think that E-Mail system is a direct replacement of existing Fax system. What we need is something between Fax and E-Mail, and includes all the features of Fax and E-Mail. Our idea of a perfect E-Fax system is:
E-Fax is something between "Traditional Fax", "Internet Fax Service Provider", "E-Mail", and "Web Servers" (HTTP and FTP servers with add-on programs). Indeed, E-Fax is a plan to integrate all the existing technologies and make them more realistic to end users. Currently, you may be able to send a fax via a Web Server (by internet browser), or send a fax by e-mail. However, it's not convenient to most people because most of the services are not free and only available in limited areas. Also, the service providers accept only very few document types. It may be good to travelers, however, as a everyday work, fax is still irreplaceable in most companies.
E-Fax can be a replacement of Fax machines. However, it can co-exist with the current fax/e-mail systems. So, it can be the first step of the "E-Transition" in your company. You don't have to change a lot in one step, you can try a small step and start to save money/boost your efficiency now!
Here's the comparison between traditional fax and E-Fax:
|System type||Traditional Fax + Telephone line||E-Fax + Internet or Telephone line|
|Storage form||paper||paper or digital files|
|how to transfer||sent by fax machine + telephone line||Sent by
PC + Modem+ telephone line
PC + Internet
|cost||charge of telephone call (long distance call costs much more than local calls)||charge of telephone call
Internet cost (negligible)
put in document folders
|Storage/Backup cost||high (around USD 0.1/page)
heavy weight (at large quantity)
|Very low (USD 0.5 CD-R can hold about 50,000 pages)
a little space (in HD or CDR)
|Transfer speed||several minutes||several seconds (or several minutes if sent by a local Modem)|
|Fail retry||manually||can be automatically|
|Signature||poor (sigil/stamp on the paper)||Digital signature or
sigil/stamp on the paper or
sigil/stamp put by Fax Editor
|Send/receive log||no (depends on the fax machine)||yes|
|Send E-documents||need to print out first||can be sent directly|
|Integrate with database||no||yes -- can generate different fax document files, and then fax out automatically|
|Send/Receive on internet||not possible||yes (in the future version)|
|Send/Receive by E-Mail||not possible||yes (in the future version)|
E-Fax includes E-Mail as an important part, however it is not E-Mail. They are close related, however, E-Fax solves many problems encountered when you want to use E-Mail to replace fax:
Anyway, there is no "perfect communication media". Fax is not perfect, E-Mal either. Some instant messaging systems like ICQ, Messenger, or IM provides you another communication media. However, they are not perfect either. Our E-Fax system does create some new ways of handling documents. You may use E-Fax to combine different communication media, and create your own "perfect" media.
Different ways to handle documents/messages:
|name||Storage form||Equipment required to transfer the document|
|Traditional fax||physical paper||Fax Machine+Telephone line+|
APF, REF files (these format are used in our system)
Traditional Fax/E-Doc/E-Mail/Image files can be converted to E-Fax
Text file(*.txt), HTML files (*.htm), Word(*.doc), Excel(*.xls), Acrobat (*.pdf)
|PC+Internet+document handling programs and correct environment (like Word/Excel/...)|
"*.eml" files or other forms
|PC+Internet+E-Mail client program|
|Image files||electronic files
JPG, GIF, TIF, PNG, BMP, PCX, DCX, .....
(rarely used for documents, not integrated in our current system)
|text or files||PC+Internet+Instant Messaging programs (ICQ, Messenger, IM, ...)|
* The direct support of Instant messaging system is not available now. However, you can use these systems to send generated E-Fax files. This gives you an "instant fax machine"!
The Difference between E-Fax and Internet Fax Service Providers
One major feature of E-Fax system is to save money spent on long distance fax calls. That is, people can send fax via internet. Internet Fax is not a brand new idea at all. Its main idea is using a Fax modem to convert faxes into digital data, then the program uses existing internet facilities to send the digitized fax, and then the remote gateway will send out the digitized fax to the target fax machine. The major purpose of Internet Fax is to save money spent on long distance calls.
During the last decade, Internet Fax systems do save money for a lot people. However, as a result of the fast growth of Internet, the concept of Internet Fax systems needs to be changed. Our Internet Fax series product is the first "total solution"/"Peer to Peer"/"Highly integrated" Internet Fax systems.
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Our E-Fax system products:
|UFO Fax Server||USD 95||A multi-purpose Fax server and gateway. It can receive fax from Internet or Modems, and forward/print out the received fax. It supports multiple modems and can replace your fax machine with the combination of UFO Fax client.|
|UFO Fax Server Lite (free)||Free||
Lite version of UFO Fax Server. It can only receive internet fax to a folder. You can send this program to your friends, then you don't have to pay long distance telephone bill (on fax) any more!
|UFO Fax Client||USD 15||A program which can send E-Fax via Modem/Internet/or E-Mail.|
|UFO InterFax SOHO||USD 30||It combines Fax Server/ Fax Client/ and Fax Scanner in one program. It's ideal for small office/home office/or personal use.|
|Fax Browser||USD 15||A handy tool to browse received or stored fax.|
|Fax Viewer||Free||A fax viewer with basic fax editing functions.|
|USD 25||A fax editor which let you merge image on fax (put sigil/stamp on fax), scan images, convert images into fax, mix fax with a background, .....|
|Fax Editor Lite
|Free||A simplified Fax editor. It allows you to scan/convert images into fax, mix fax with a background, and convert fax into images. (Fax Viewer can convert a fax into BMP/PCX/DCX/TIF format, Fax Editor provides more image types conversion)|
Main features of our highly integrated system
Integrated Client/Server/Gateway/Tools & Utilities in one product set. You can get everything you need at one time.
No need to pay monthly fee any more. You can even become the service provider and earn money!
Built in fax printer driver, fax viewer, and fax browser. Makes the procedure of sending a fax much easier.
E-Fax makes the management/search/backup of your fax much easier and costless. Our excellent fax viewer eliminate the need to print out each fax (you can still print them out). Also, paperless means less money, less trash, and environment protection!
Can convert Fax to E-Mail and vice versa.
Extend your fax -- not only black & white faxes, we also support color pictures if you use our own fax format.
An excellent bridge between physical fax and E-fax or E-mail. With our freely distributable fax viewer, you can share E-fax files with your business partners directly. This helps people overcome the inconvenience caused by the transition from traditional fax to e-fax/e-mail.
Fax Server/Gateway features: (you can only purchase Fax client program if you don't need a server)
Auto fax routing. Users can still use the telephone number directly, and the server/gateway will find the correct target remote server/gateway.
Dial out limit, user authorization, and send log, which protects your telephone line from unauthorized usage.
Based on TCP/IP communication architecture. This makes our system cross-platform possible and very easy to be installed
Can work with our I-Phone gateway tightly. (the I-Phone/I-Fax gateway standard version is free for download, and will be ready for testing very soon)
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Who need them, and what hardware equipments you need
To use these products, at least you need a computer running Windows 95/98/ME/NT/ or 2000. We plan to provide Linux version servers in the future.
A company or division with 3-100 computers, LAN (Local Area Network), one or several FAX modems, and at least one printer is the our typical target of the whole set products. Single PC running at home can install our "InterFax" or "Fax Client" program.
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