First I would like to thank everyone that responded, it was wonderful.
My origianl posting was:
> I am looking for a package that will enable us to send faxes right
> from a workstation over the modem. I only need to send faxes from
> one SUN workstation (SPARCstation 20) that is running Solaris 2.3.
> I would like to be able to send postscript files as faxes.
> If anyone has used any package or knows of a package I really would
> appreciate hearing from you.
We have decided to test IsoFax first. They are sending me a evaluation
Below are a few of the great responds I received:
1) IsoFax - by Bristol Group at (415)925-9250. (Most often suggested)
2) Flexfax (new name HylaFax). - flexfax mailing list and www site
http://www.vix.com/flexfax with FAQ and other info.
3) Perfect FAX from Perfect Byte
Good stuff, will do what you want, good support.
Distributed Systems BHNSM
NYS Dept. of Health
Albany, NY 12237
4) Try getting and compiling fax-3.2.1.tar.gz from prep.ai.mit.edu.
5) A package called mgetty.
6) HeliosCOM+ Release 2.0.2c
1996 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
1 (408) 432-0292
1 (800) 366-0283
I will like to thank Jacob for his great respond listed below:
Product: FaxFX (C/S - for the client-server version)
Company: Devcom Mid-America, Inc.
Street: 2603 W. 22nd St., Suite 23
City: Oak Brook, Illinois 60521
Phone: +1 (708)574-3600
Fax: +1 (708)572-0508
Price: $6000 (10 concurrent users - Unix only)
Servers: DG Aviion, DEC Alpha & Mips, HP9000, IBM RS/6000, Interactive Unix,
88open, Motorola Delta, NCR, SCO Unix, SunOS 4.1.3, Solaris 2.X,
Clients: Same as Servers + PC's (Windows, NT, OS/2) + Mac's
Notes: We are currently testing this product in version 1.3 - version 2.0
will be released any day. I think that this product works OK!
Company: PERFECT BYTE, Inc.
Street: 909 North 96th. Street
State: Nebraska 68114
Phone: +1 (402)384-1122
Fax: +1 (402)398-1938
Servers: Sun Sparc
Clients: Same as Servers + PC's and Mac's
Company: The Bristol Group, Ltd.
Street: 100 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200
State: Califonia 94939
Phone: +1 (415)925-9250
Fax: +1 (415)925-9278
Email: jim@tiburon (Jim Perez)
Price: $6435 (6 Unix users and 10 PC users) incl. modem
Servers: Sun Sparc, HP, IBM RS/6000
Clients: Same as Servers + PC's
Company: COS, Inc.
Street: 9 Huron Way
Phone: +1 (609)771-6705
Fax: +1 (609)530-0898
Price: $319 per computer (386)
Servers: 386 with UNIX/XENIX, IBM RS/6000, Sun Sparc, DG, 88open, AT&T 3B2,
Clients: Same as Servers
Company: Ceemore Ltd.
Street: 12 Craufurd Rise
State: Bershire SL6 7LS
Phone: +44 (628)773688
Fax: +44 (628)773652
Price: 4500 UK Pounds (100 users)
Servers: Any UNIX system (they port it while you wait)
Clients: Any UNIX system + PC's with TCP/IP
Extras: Telex and email capabable
Notes: We were not able to install it succesfully on a Solaris 2.3 platform
Company: V-Systems, Inc.
Street: 32232 Paseo Adelanto, Suite 100
City: Sna Juan Capistrano
State: Califonia 92675
Phone: +1 (714)489-8778
Fax: +1 (714)489-2486
Servers: Solaris 2.x, SCO + more
Street: 10140 Mesa Rim Road
City: San Diego
State: Califonia 92121
Phone: +1 (619)453-9191
Fax: +1 (619)453-9294
Price: $695 - 5 users
Servers: HPUX, SunOS 4.1.3, Solaris 2.X
Clients: Same as Servers + PC's and Mac's with Unix print capabilities
Extras: Xerox OCR auto routing engine included
Company: Silicon Graphics Inc.
Server: Compile-U-self - precompiled for SGI workstations
Product: GNU NetFax
Notes: FTP from your prefered gnu ftp site as fax-3.2.1.tar.gz
I have the fax faq with losts of informations so if you want it just let me
Disclamer: I do not guarentee that the provided information is correct or that
the products listed are of good quality.
I have written a requirement spec for our fax system. I will forward it to you
if you are interested.
One person told me this was already a Summary from 10-Nov-93
=========== Original posting ===============
As i can see, not that many talks about FAX on SUN machine.
Let's evaluate available packages and modems.
I am currently using Clarity Rapport and can share some experience and tips.
Considering other alternatives, i am asking everybody who has and uses
(or used to use) anything related to faxing from SUN to share their ideas and
I will definetly summarize.
Thanx in advance.
Maybe this will be a premature summary, but almost 2 months
passed since my posting regarding Fax software on SUN.
I did get a lot of responses and definetly have to summarise.
In our company people use workstations mainly for word procesing and
all kind of e-mail including Faxing.
We receive about 100 faxes per day and send about 50.
We do have an integrated package called Clarity Rapport from
Clarity software and before disconnecting Fax machines and switching
this service to the SPARCserver 670MP with 2 MultiTech 1432BA modems
i had little or no headaches at all.
The problems started with the FAX load.
A lot of garbled inbound faxes and once a day hanging fax server
forced me to look out for alternatives.
I did find a package which i think is best.
It has a few important good things:
- build around client-server architecture
- multiple lines support
- data/fax sharing
- polled retrieval of facsimile
- wide variety of Class 1 and Class 2 fax modems
- mailing list
But the most important one - the source code is available and it's free.
Someone may consider a few aspects as a negative ones.
- only command line ( althought there are few independent GUI interfaces )
- some other PD packages invloved
As i mentioned, i still testing it and so far have no complains or problems
I did not installed it in place of the former package and realy can't compare
them ( the load is not sufficient yet)
* FlexFAX (a free package from sgi.com, source included)
...excellent results using a ZyXEL 1496E modem...runs pretty much
"out of the box".
...It seems very flexible, and reliable.ZyXEL U-1496E+
...It took a bit of tweaking, but it works great.
...excelent and free...
...works fine for us. The price is right too!
* IsoFax from "The Bristol Group Ltd."
...Isofax (Bristol), Replix, Corporate Fax, and Express Fax (GNP).
Of the four, Isofax was clearly the winner in terms of features,
ease of use, set up and administration...although pricy...some unexpected
bugs related to converting landscape postscript and imbedded command line
faxing of documents from withing our in-house developed applications...
place my recommendation for Isofax, no question about it.
...It works pretty good.
...love it and I have had very few problems with the combination
...very straight forward to setup and required next to nothing in terms
of hacking system files to get it working
...satisfied with it, and are going to get more licensenses...*much*
better than transmission between normal FAX machines...administration
is fairly easy...command-line modus and in X...Replix comes also on PC's
...really nice interface for OpenWindows... most all of the features...
* REplix from SoftLinx (spun out from Samsung Software)
... find it real good
* Perfect Fax from Perfect Byte Inc.
...The software has been reliable and well supported
* MIT media lab's "netfax"
...quite satifactory...sent over 21,000 faxes this way so far...would
be nice if incoming faxes could be spooled and easily adjudicated
on-line...the modem the software was written for is no longer
* V-Systems VSIFAX version 2.0 with the FxScript (Postscript) rasterizer
...it works well...low system maintenance
...does what you're looking for...GUI is OpenLook, but Motif is in the works
* FAQ for comp.dcom.fax
...perfect little dream the kind that hurts the most
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