will release a beta version of 4-Sight Fax 5.1, a Mac OS X fax server, next month.
Soft Solutions isn’t concerned about the faxing features to be included in the upcoming Panther rev of Mac OS X as their solution focuses on the enterprise environment, Tim Haratine of Soft Solutions told MacCentral.
4-Sight Fax Version 5.1 will be available for both Mac OS X and OS 9 as separate fax server products. While fax server support for Mac OS 9 will continue to be available for a limited time, Mac OS 8 server support will be discontinued with the new release.
“We understand the built-in faxing for Panther is a replacement for the currently bundled FaxSTF,” Haratine said. “While both of these products are focused as single user fax solutions, ours continues to be an enterprise fax solution, geared at companies with five or more persons.”
On the client side of version 5.1, you can send a fax to both fax numbers and e-mail addresses through one interface. With the application’s address book, a valid fax number and e-mail address will send a digital file via fax and e-mail simultaneously. There’s a new Fax Preview feature that lets you check out incoming faxes before launching them. The Fax Composer lets you choose from a variety of views from which to compose a fax.
On the server side, fax server printing options will be available for both incoming fax lines and individual users. Dialing and archiving options will be simplified from previous versions of 4-Sight Fax; also, archive options will be enhanced and centralized. Soft Solutions also says that performance has been improved for fax downloads to the client, and load time has been reduced for address books with more than 10,000 entries.
What’s more, additional modem support will be provided for a number of new Class 2 USB modems that are Mac OS X compatible, including modems from MultiTech. Class 1 Apple internal modem support is planned.
When released, 4-Sight Fax 5.1 will be a paid upgrade, but will be free for customers under the annual support and unlimited update program. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced. Localized French and German versions are in development and are planned for release after the English version.
“Behind our solution is a centralized, secure fax server responsible for storing, retrieving and managing large volumes of incoming and outgoing faxes,” Haratine said. “With 4-Sight FAX, one fax line can provide access to incoming faxes and fax send capability for 25 to 50 users. Conversely, in a single-user solution, any persons wanting to fax will most likely be required to obtain a separate analog phone line. Additionally, each person requiring faxing will likely find it impractical to share fax services with other machines and opt to send and receive faxes on their own (additional) analog fax line.”