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Running Winfax and ACT6 on Win7 in XP compatability mode.

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Application:     Winfax Pro 10.0 (2000.02.14)
Application:     ACT 6.0 aka ACT/2002 (build 6.0.3.979)

I am currently running Winfax and ACT6 on a Win2000 machine.
Winfax is a fax management application and ACT6 is a CRM.
Both are legacy programs, that were once owned by Symantec.

The two programs work in tandem beautifully. You can mail-merge records from ACT into fax documents on Winfax, the same way you would mail-merge an Excel file into a Word document. Unfortunately ACT was sold off to Sage Software (circa 2003) and future versions no longer integrated with Winfax. Furthermore Symantec discontinued any further development and support of the product.

I believe that WinfaxPro v10 and ACT6 will work on XP. Therefore I'm hoping they will work together on Win7 in XP compatability mode.

Obviously I will have to get a new modem. I'm currently using a Robotics FaxModem (56k  v.92) model 5686, which connects via serial cable. So I will have to replace it with a USB modem.

However I'm wondering what issues I may yet encounter... For instance, what about the modem drivers? Obviously they need to be Win7 compliant. So the question is, will Winfax recognize Win7 drivers ???  

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Can you think of any other issues?

Gary
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Obviously, it's a long time since there was any development with either.

While Act! 6 can sometimes be (with effort) installed on Win7, the new security causes some connection issues. Also, it doesn't work with MS Office versions later than 2003

WinFax, I suspect, won't install. It requires low-level access that I don't think Win7 allows. I also doubt it would know any current modem driver

As to the best options for you:
1. The best would be to upgrade Act! to v16 and, for faxing, use: http://www.glcomputing.com.au/main/40/1 
2. Do you need merges? Are they just for news letters?
If not, what type of faxing do you do?
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Thank you for getting back to me.
I will contact you offline to discuss the above.
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