Matter Of Fax

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As with WinFax, HotFax MessageCenter lets you not only send and receive faxes but manage other aspects of your office communications, including voice mail and paging. This program has all the same features as WinFax, including Internet faxing (a feature HotFax takes more pains to explain). I found HotFax an even easier product to use. Its interface was clean, and simple navigation made sending my first fax painless. Though HotFax lacked wizards, I found I didn't need them.

Navigating HotFax's cover sheets was less cumbersome than with WinFax. There were plenty to choose from; however, their design and style lacked a certain sophistication.

Adding records to HotFax's address book was simple, but this program lacks the more extensive support of address book programs that WinFax features. Importing is possible, but you can only import generic XBASE files, which may require some fumbling to convert your address book files to XBASE.

This program can also act as a host, letting users dial into your PC to access files or faxes. And if your modem supports voice features, HotFax will launch its Command Console for dialing and receiving voice calls. Like WinFax's TalkWorks, MessageCenter gives you a way of managing voice calls on your PC.

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This article was originally published in the October 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Matter Of Fax.

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