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Save incoming faxes to PDF on a PC

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We have a service that converts our incoming faxes to PDF.  After several years and due to the increasing volume (dozens of faxes per day) the costs are spiraling (redirected incoming faxes to the fax-pdf provider and fees of the fax-pdf provider).  Therefore a provider is not an option and redirecting isn't either as we already have this.

I want to set up an old PC with a modem and software that converts the incoming faxes to PDF's and stores them in a network directory.  I need a recommendation of a good piece of software for doing this.  

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by:Ernie Beek
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Well, XP allready has a fax service installed: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306662/en-us.

When you want them converted to PDF, try something like: http://www.cutepdf.com/
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Thanks, but then I need to configure on the one hand the fax service and then select another solution for the PDF conversion and I want this as automated as possible, and if possible, in a single solution that manages the faxes, receives the incoming files and stores a PDF version of them (not a TIFF that I then have to go and look for and convert, even if by batch process).

I imagine there must be a solution out there that does this in a single step.  At least this is my hope.  We don't want to develop more software.
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So you mean something like this?

http://www.gfi.com/faxmaker/
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GFI is good; however, it is a little spendy, I would recommend VentaFax Business Edition.  it's inexpensive, has the ability to use multiple lines, and even comes with IVR.

http://www.ventafax.com/

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I will check both programs out. Thanks and i will return shortly
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by:Auric1983
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fmilian,

One thing I would suggest looking at prior to software & an old computer, is if you have a multifunction printer in your office that can act as a fax machine.  

If the multi function unit supports FAX &  network send (Scan/email) you may be able to configure it to automatically convert inbound faxes to PDF and send via email.

I have a Canon ImageRunner here that we do that with...
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Thanks, downloaded both.
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