The installation and configuration of the Fax Server is done by a comfortable
Setup program and can therefore also be performed by "Non-Professionals".
The integrated Uninstallation Program can be used to remove the software
completely from the computer if it is no longer in use. Additional information
can also be found in the Online Help and in the User's Manual of ActiveFax,
which is available through the Download
Unnecessary to say, that you can also contact us directly by Email
or phone if you have any problems with the installation.
How can I ...
install the fax server?
send a fax message from Windows?
send a fax message from UNIX?
send an Email?
automatically specify the recipient from within
use the fax service networkwide with the fax client?
can I install the fax server?
of the Fax Server has to be done on one of the operating systems Windows
95, Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Windows NT (Server & Workstation). Even
if you plan to send fax messages from an UNIX system, you have to install
the Fax Server on a Windows computer and not on the UNIX server. To
start the installation procedure, you just have to execute the Setup
program. With the CD-Version, the Setup program will be executed automatically
as soon as you insert the CD. To start the Setup program from the Download-Version,
you just need to execute the corresponding download file (e.g. af320en.exe).
If you want to install a test license of ActiveFax, it is possible to
use the license key 00000-00000. The test version does not have any
limitations, except a watermark which will be displayed on the single
fax pages. The Setup program automatically detects and configures all
available modem devices. Therefore the Fax Server is ready for action
right after the installation completes. An explanation on how to send
fax messages and EMails can be found in the next chapters.
can I send a fax message from Windows?
of fax messages and Emails from a Windows application is as simple as
printing. During the Setup of ActiveFax, a printer named ActiveFax has
been created. To send a document by fax, you just need to print the
document on the printer ActiveFax. At print time, a dialog box where
you can enter the recipient, pops up. You just have to specify one or
more recipients by hand or from the integrated phone book. The document
will then be transferred to the Fax Server. Depending on the priority
and the desired transmission time it will be automatically delivered
by the Fax Server. More information about sending fax messages from
Windows applications can be found in the Online Help of the Fax Server
or in the User's Manual, which is available through the Download
can I send a fax message from UNIX?
To use the
fax service from UNIX, it is required that the Fax Server is installed
on a Windows computer which is accessible through the TCP/IP network.
On the UNIX system, the Fax Server will be treated just like a common
network printer with LPD. To install the network printer on your UNIX
system, follow these instructions:
IBM RS/6000 (AIX)
Login as user "root".
Start the system administrator program "smit".
Choose the menu options Devices, Printer/Plotter, Manage Remote
Printer, Client Services, Remote Printer Queues and Add a Remote Queue.
Fill in the dialog box. In the field Destination Host you should
enter the host name of the computer where ActiveFax has been installed.
The field Queue Name can be filled with any queue name (e.g. "fax").
Login as user "root".
Start the system administrator program "sam".
Choose the menu options Printers and Plotters, Actions and Add
Fill in the dialog box. In the field Remote Printer Name you
should enter the host name of the computer where ActiveFax has been
installed. The field Queue Name can be filled with any queue name (e.g.
"fax"). Additionally you should also enable the option Remote Printer
is on a BSD System.
To configure a LPD printer for other UNIX derivatives, you should
have a look at your system documentation. Usually a LPD/LPR printer
is created with an entry in the file "/etc/printcap". Printer entries
in the file /etc/printcap are created according to the following scheme:
UNIX derivatives (e.g. SCO UNIX) it can also be required to activate
the LPD/LPR protocol. In the case of SCO UNIX this can be done with
the command "mkdev rlp". After the network printer has been created
on the UNIX system, you can use the "lp" command to send print jobs
to ActiveFax. To create a new print job with "lp", use one of the following
filename | lp -dprintername
command "lpstat -t" respective "lpstat -oprintername" the current status
of the printer can be retrieved. ActiveFax automatically interprets
the printer sequences of HP-LaserJet, Epson-LQ and optionally Postscript.
That way it is guaranteed, that the fax message as exactly of the same
appearance than the corresponding printout. More information on how
to specify the recipient of a fax message, can be found in one of the
following chapters, in the Online Help of ActiveFax and in the User's
Manual which is available through the Download
can I sent an Email?
no difference between the creation of an EMail and the creation of a
fax message, except that you have to fill in the field EMail address
instead of the field fax number. On the Server it is just required to
enter the address of the Mail Server (SMTP Server). Depending on the
type of Internet connection, it can also be necessary to enable the
automatic dialup feature with RAS.
can I automatically specify the recipient from within my application?
use of so called data fields, you have the possibility to specify the
fax parameters (e.g. recipient, subject, priority) already from within
your application. That way it is possible to realize fully automated
fax transmissions very easy. On Windows systems, the single data fields
are just appended to the document name when printing. On UNIX systems,
the data fields can be written directly into the document (just like
printer sequences). The knowledge of complicated programming techniques,
like DDE or OLE, is not required. For example, to specify the fax number
of the recipient, the data field number 211 can be used. For the subject,
the field number is 307. If you want to specify those two fields in
a Windows application, it is just required that you append the string
"@F211 +1 789 1234567@ @F307 Order Number 4711@" to the document name.
On a UNIX system you would write the same string anywhere in the printer
output. Detailed information about data fields, as well as a complete
list of all available data fields, can be found in the Online Help and
in the User's Manual of ActiveFax, which is available through the Download
can I use the fax service networkwide with the Fax Client?
To use the fax
service networkwide, you just need to install the Fax Client of ActiveFax.
The installation is done with the same Setup program as the installation
of the Fax Server, except that you just choose the Client software to
be installed. After installation, a printer named ActiveFax and the
Client program itself are available for use. When you start the Fax
Client the first time, the network will be automatically scanned for
all available Fax Servers. Choose the desired Fax Server from the list.
Usually there is only a single Fax Server per network at all.