The past few weeks I’ve been working on a project which needed completion by the end of last month. Over the weekend I received a call from the client about some necessary changes. She said she’d fax the changes to me.
I thought, ‘How quaint. A fax. Who uses faxes anymore?‘ It’s probable that I haven’t sent or received a fax in five years. So, to complete the project I had to find a way to send and receive a few faxes ASAP. As it turns out, fax machines are dirt cheap, and many all-in-one printers come with fax in and out capability.
Instead, I turned to iFax for Mac which is an online fax service where you pay for what comes in and goes out. The Mac app is free but there’s a price tag for sent faxes, and a price tag for an incoming fax number. Otherwise, what happens is simple. iFax turns your Mac into a fax machine.
The iFax app even looks like a traditional telephone fax machine.
iFax is a very capable Mac app. It handles almost any document you can throw at it, including PDFs, Word files, graphics and photos. It even handles scanned documents, and you can choose to send and receive faxes from within the app (it uses your iTunes Store account for payment).
Need a signature? iFax has that covered, too. There’s also a customizable cover page template, and real time email fax confirmation and push notifications. The price tag for an unlimited fax telephone number is less than you’d pay the phone company, and iFax has plenty of subscription rates so if you fax plenty, the price per page goes down.
It’s really much like having a fax machine in your Mac (other than the ongoing expenses). I’m not so young that I don’t remember when Macs had a built-in modem and a fax option.
Honestly, I thought faxes were a relic from the last century only used by law firms and podunk police departments 100 miles from a town with a stoplight.
Of the nearly 5,000 reviews of iFax on the Mac App Store, almost 4,500 of them are four and five stars. That tells me that iFax is good and that faxes are not dead. Yet.