To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I sent or received a fax. It’s been a few years. Email, PDFs, online files, digital signatures, and file sharing have all combined to nearly destroy the fax industry. Can you still send and receive faxes? Sure. Do you need to? Not so much.
Mac users have a few fax choices, but one of the new ones is iFax (why didn’t Apple trademark that name?). It’s a free app but not actually free to use. You’ll pay for faxes you send and receive, but in some cases it could be less expensive to use than a dedicated fax machine that ties up a phone line but isn’t used as much as in the old days (last century).
This looks inviting enough, right?
Setup a fax cover page, fill in the basic information, add a digital signature if needed, and fax away.
iFax manages your fax numbers and integrates documents into a fax– PDF, DC, JPG files and much more. Because iFax is a faxing service you get quick and easy access to fax documents pretty much anywhere in the world.
It comes with built-in templates, incoming fax notifications, and it’s easy to attach scanned documents to an outgoing fax.
All this is available in a free Mac app that’s a breeze to setup and use.
What’s the catch?
It’s not so much the catch as it is the fine print. iFax is the app that gets you a faxing service. You pay for only the document pages you send out. And– here it comes– it works through the Mac App Store as an in-app purchase, so faxes are paid for by your iTunes account.
While you’ll know in advance how much it costs to send a document wherever, there’s a limit of 48 pages. But, once a document has been sent, you also get a notification back to verify that it was sent.