In the era of the internet’s killer app– email– the fax industry just isn’t what it used to be. That’s why I laughed when I came across a free Mac faxing app. Free? Uh, yes. The app is free. Faxing a document still comes with a price tag.
The New Way To Fax
You may not quite realize this but Apple is becoming one of the largest retail banks in the world. Sure, we still use the credit card and bank online, but look what Apple is doing.
iFax is the free Mac app that manages your incoming and outgoing faxes using the Mac App Store as the banker to pay for faxes.
You get a local or toll-free fax number for the U.S. and many other countries. Use iFax to send and receive a fax, and use the Mac App Store’s in-app purchase setup to pay for outgoing faxes.
There’s not even a need to setup an account because your already have one with the App Store. iFax lets you send PDFs and documents, and pretty much any file that can be uploaded and downloaded (PDF, DOC, XLS, JPG and others).
Now, get this, iFax works with your Mac and iOS devices, so faxes can be received at the desktop or remotely.
iFax notifies you of an incoming fax via notifications, and you only pay for the number of faxes you send. Store your frequently used fax numbers in the app and simply click to send a fax.
iFax comes with document scanner technology built in. That means you can attach images from iPhoto or a camera, adjust quality as needed, and fax away.
Faxing is so quaint, so 1999, and still so necessary even in the age of App Store apps that do everything.
What’s the gotcha?
Well, it’s not a true gotcha, but someone has to pay the piper. iFax the app is free, while faxing via iFax is not.
You can fax up to five pages for 99-cents. Or, up to 30 pages for $5.99, so the cost per page drops as you send more face pages. And, there’s a cost for a dedicated fax number and a subscription period.
That’s a bit messy but just might be perfect for a company with on-the-go fax requirements.
iFax also comes with customizable cover page templates which let you drop in a company or business logo, and add a signature and a note to the cover page.