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If you are wondering why there is an "impossible" in the headline, you should read the paragraph below "No support from Faxer"Be sure to read it too! But here to the original article ...
Windows PC owners can send faxes directly from their computer with the free software "Fritz! Fax" (. an FTP link to the version from 2011 on AVM.de). We Mac users unfortunately have to resort to a paid tool. The prerequisite for this is the possession of a Fritz! Box 7390, 7490 or 6360. And of course Mac OS X, which should be version 10.7 or higher. If all this is given, you can install Faxer. This software also installs an extension that allows faxes to be sent system-wide from applications.
Due to the bad app store ratings of the app, I first got the free trial loaded on the programmer's side. The installation was quick and easy and the software found it quickly for the Fritz! Box. I only had to enter the admin password for the [Fritz! Box-> fritz-box] and dial the number via which the faxes should be sent and the test could start.
So I opened any PDF from my desktop in the Faxer app and then entered my own number above. The dispatch started right away and after a few seconds my Fritz! Box had received the fax that I had sent via it - great technology! In the trial version, Faxer writes a watermark over each page so that you are motivated to buy the Mac Appstore version.
The test fax arrived legibly and so I'm right in the Mac App Store and I bought faxers. I previously dragged the test version from the Programs folder to the trash. So now the licensed version was in the program folder for 5,49 EUR and could be started. After the start, my settings were already recognized by the software and you only had to go to the website, download the faxer plug-in and install it. This ensures a system-wide integration of the fax service.
If you do not want to send a fax from Faxer itself but from applications such as Word or Pages, then select "Print" under "File". If the corresponding window opens, you will usually find a "PDF" button at the bottom left. If you click on it, a number of options open, under which "Faxer" should also be listed. If you select this option, Faxer should actually open up with the selected document as a fax. Unfortunately, this did not work for me at the first attempt, because only one faxer window opened, but it had no content. Accordingly, there was also the error "The sending process failed (0x3319)" when attempting to send. My Support request to the programmer Matthias Hühne is still running. Now it will become clear whether the bad reviews in the app store are justified or not.
The system-wide integration does not work for me at the moment, but sending PDF files directly via the fax program runs smoothly. For this reason, the Faxer software initially met all my expectations. If the support request now makes system-wide integration possible, then I would also give the software a 5-star rating. :-)
I've just bought Faxer and can send faxes if I save the templates, for example as a PDF, and then open and send them in Faxer.
However, if I choose the way via the PDF menu from which I choose Faxer, Faxer opens with an empty window and reports that the fax could not be sent: "The sending process failed (0x3319)". I assume this is because there is no content in the New Fax window.
When I click on System in the fax settings, it says that the MAC Appstore version cannot recognize the system-wide fax function and that I should download it. I did this and then installed the system plugin. Unfortunately, the same message still comes up that the system-wide fax function cannot be determined.
Do you have a solution to the problem?
I have Fritz-OS 6.03
As soon as I get an answer from the software provider, I'll write the news here in the blog post.
Update: August 17.8.2014, XNUMX: Of course, as with many other users, the support did NOT contact us. I am currently unable to send faxes with a fax machine because the transmission breaks off in the middle of each sending. I cannot use the app without support. That's why I can absolutely NOT recommend the Mac app Faxer.
As a temporary solution, until I have found something that works for the Mac, I use the Deutsche Post service called "ePost". There you can get a free fax number and send some faxes every month for free. And of course you can also upload PDFs as attachments there, which are then" attached "to the fax. From my point of view it works very well, but unfortunately you don't have the sender your fax number at home, but an ePost fax number that you are assigned.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.