# Faxing

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14.5. Faxing Using the Mac as a fax machine is a terrific idea, for a lot of reasons. It saves money on paper and fax cartridges, and spares you the expense of buying a physical fax machine

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1. 14.5. Faxing Using the Mac as a fax machine is a terrific idea, for a lot of reasons. It saves money on paper and fax cartridges, and spares you the expense of buying a physical fax machine. Faxing from the Mac also eliminates the silly and wasteful ritual of printing something out just so you can feed it into a fax machine. And because your fax originates directly from the heart of Mac OS X instead of being scanned by a crummy 200-dpi fax-machine scanner, it blesses your recipient with a great-looking document. Here's the basic idea: When faxes come in, you can read them on the screen, opt to have them printed automatically, or even have them emailed to you so that you can get them wherever you are in the world. (Try that with a regular fax machine.) And sending a fax is even easier on a Mac than on a regular fax machine: You just use the File Print command, exactly like you're making a printout of the onscreen document. There are only two downsides of using a Mac as a fax machine: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION Scanning: The Opposite of Printing Will my scanner work with Mac OSX? These days, the odds are pretty good. For the first couple of years A.M. (After Mac OS X), scanning was a sore spot for Mac fans. Precious few scanners worked with Mac OS X even a year after its release. These days, Mac OS X recognizes almost any Epson scanner and any scanner that works with the so-called TWAIN scanning standard (which, if you can believe it, stands for Technology Without An Interesting Name). As noted on Section 10.17.7, you can use Mac OS X's Image Capture program to operate such scanners without even installing any software. If you're hanging onto an older scanner model that predates these scanning standards, run, don't walk, to www.hamrick.com to download VueScan. It's a $50 shareware program that makes dozens of scanners work with Mac OS X, including: SCSI models including all SCSI scanners from Apple, Epson, Canon, HP, 2. Microtek, UMAX, Linotype-Hell, Acer/BenQ, and Agfa. USB models including all scanners from Epson and many from Canon, HP, Microtek, UMAX, and others. FireWire models including all scanners from Epson, Microtek, UMAX, and Linotype-Hell. The funny thing is, you may even want VueScan if you already have a driver for your scanner, because VueScan's controls and speed may be superior to what you've got. • The Mac needs its own phone line. Otherwise, your Mac, answering each incoming call, will give friends and relatives a screaming earful when they call to express their love. Of course, you can avoid that prerequisite by using your Mac exclusively for sending faxes, so that it doesn't answer the phone. Or if you need to receive the occasional fax, you could just turn on the fax-receiving feature only when somebody is about to send you a fax. Or you could buy an automated fax/voice splitter that sends voice lines to the phone and incoming faxes to the Mac. But in general, the Mac-as-fax works best if it has its own line. • You can't fax from a book or magazine. The one big limitation of Mac-based faxing is that you can only transmit documents that are, in fact, on the computer. That pretty much rules out faxing notes scribbled on a legal pad, clippings from People magazine, and so on, unless you scan them in first. 14.5.1. Setting Up Faxing Open System Preferences. Click Print & Fax. Click the + button, and proceed as shown in Figure 14-6. Note: Unfortunately, Apple no longer builds fax modems into new Macs—not even laptops. You can buy an external dangly Apple USB Fax/Modem for$50, however. As soon as it's plugged into a USB port, its name appears in the Printers list.