AsterFax 1.1 Beta 3
AsterFax is an email to fax gateway for the transmission of faxes using Asterisk
AsterFax is an email to fax gateway for the transmission of faxes using Asterisk.
Asterisk is an Open Source PABX (or PBX) which provides all of the functionality of a high end PBX, free of charge.
AsterFax builds on the services provided by Asterisk to provide a full fledged email based Fax Gateway.
What that means is that with AsterFax and Asterisk you can send faxes from your desktop using your standard email client without have to install any software on your desktop.
AsterFax can translate a normal email message into a fax message. You simply enter the destination phone number in the 'To' address, compose your email message and click send. Its that easy.
For more formal correspondence AsterFax also supports a growing number of file formats such as PDF, Tiff, Postscript, MS-Word and OpenOffice Writer. You can either attach the file to your email message or for applications such as MS-Word and OpenOffice you can fax directly from the applications by using the 'Send Email' option. The resulting email is sent as a fax message.
If any errors occurring during transmission a error report is sent back to your inbox.
You can also preview how the fax will look by sending email to the special 'preview' address, which simply formats the message ready for transmission and then sends it back to you via email for previewing before the fax is sent.
AsterFax supports a growing list of file types such as Tiff, PDF, postscript, MS-Word, MS-Excel and the OpenOffice Writer. AsterFax is also extensible in that you can easily add support for additional file formats via the AsterFax.xml configuration file providing that you have access to a third party product that can convert your required file format to one of the supported file formats such as PDF or tiffg3.
Additional file formats will follow shortly (see the Roadmap).
For the technically minded AsterFax is written in pure Java and utilizes the Asterisk Manager API to submit jobs.
AsterFax uses external applications to perform the conversion of attachments to the required tiff format for transmission.
AsterFax can be extended via a simple xml configuration file to convert and transmit any other file format providing a suitable conversion application is available.
AsterFax includes a simple standalone SMTP gateway which handles the receipt of emails. AsterFax is not a complete SMTP gateway in that it will only accept messages which are to be faxed. Alternatively AsterFax can be integrated with your existing SMTP server (Sendmail. Postfix, Exchange Server) by way of tools such as Procmail.
AsterFax requires Asterisk@Home or Asterisk with the spandsp (txfax, rvfax) extensions.
Here are some key features of "AsterFax":
What's New in 1.0 Stable Release:
What's New in 1.1 Beta 3 Development Release:
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