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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue

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Faxing

It only took 19 years for faxing to become a built-in Mac OS feature. Sure, some Macs came with add-on faxing software like FAXstf. However, the faxing feature that debuted in Mac OS X 10.3, and has been seriously beefed up in 10.4, is Apple's first attempt at home-grown faxing software.

Using the Mac as a fax machine is a terrific idea, for a lot of reasons. It saves money on paper and fax cartridges, and may spare you the expense of buying a physical fax machine. Faxing from the Mac also eliminates the silly and costly ritual of printing something out just so that you can feed it into a fax machine. And because your fax originates directly from the heart of Mac OS X instead of being scanned by a crummy 200-dpi fax-machine scanner, it blesses your recipient with a great-looking document.

Here's the basic idea: When faxes come in, you can read them on the screen, opt to have them printed automatically, or even have them emailed to you so that you can get them wherever you are in the world. (Try that with a regular fax machine.) And sending a fax is even easier on a Mac than on a regular fax machine: You just use the FilePrint command, exactly like you're making a printout of the onscreen document.

When your Mac answers the fax line, there are three things it can do with the incoming fax. Option 1: Save it as a PDF file that you open with Preview. (The Mac proposes saving these files into the Users→Shared→Shared Faxes folder, but you can set up a more convenient folder.) Option 2: Email it to you, so you can get your faxes even when you're not home (and so you can forward the fax easily). Option 3: Print it out automatically just like a real fax machine.

Figure 14-6. When your Mac answers the fax line, there are three things it can do with the incoming fax. Option 1: Save it as a PDF file that you open with Preview. (The Mac proposes ...

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