can Ooma convert incoming fax to PDF?

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zjack
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can Ooma convert incoming fax to PDF?

Post by zjack » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:08 am

What would it take to convert incoming fax to PDF and email that to the user? That'd be a great OOMA Premier feature.

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Re: can Ooma convert incoming fax to PDF?

Post by tomcat » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:22 am

Ooma merely provides the connectivity between fax devices as any other phone company. It does not actually intercept and process the actual fax.

If you have an all-in-one printer that receives your faxes, it may have the capability of converting it directly to PDF as it comes in rather than printing it. Your printer's manual should tell you if can do this. You can also scan the fax after it is printed and save it to PDF.

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Re: can Ooma convert incoming fax to PDF?

Post by zjack » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:38 am

if ooma can record voice and send it out as email attachment, it is possible to intercept fax and send it out as PDF. But sound like it's a hardware enhancement. Maybe it's Ooma "Fedo" ;)

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Re: can Ooma convert incoming fax to PDF?

Post by murphy » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:56 am

To do that an Ooma server would have to answer the call and wait some period of time to see if a fax tone comes in.

If it does the server would have to process the incoming fax. Meanwhile there would be no indication at the Telo that anything was happening.

If a fax tone does not come in then the server would have to ring the Telo.

Meanwhile the voice caller would hear that the phone was answered and patiently wait while nothing was happening until the server decides its not a fax call and rings the Telo.

I can hear the complaints about dead air now.

It's not going to happen.

It would only work if you had a line that was a dedicated fax line that could not be used for voice.

I doubt that there is sufficient processing power in the Telo to add the ability to decode a fax in the Telo.
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Re: can Ooma convert incoming fax to PDF?

Post by highq » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:30 am

Run Unix or Linux, and install Hylafax. The you can do all your faxing from your computer, and recevie themas PDFs in your mailbix.

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Re: can Ooma convert incoming fax to PDF?

Post by lbmofo » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:03 pm

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