Fax spool file

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Can anyone tell me if there exists free software that faxes spool files to a telephone number with a command that can be built in a CL-pgm? Maybe it is possible with a convert to PDF format (we have PSF/400, and V5R3). So probably something like "FAXSPLF" (fromout the outq the is on the fax/printer/copier with IP) with parameters from which one must be the phonenumber (you can compare it with the MMAIL-free software command EMLSPL). Please help me! Thanks

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I don’t know of any free fax programs.

IBM sells one, which I have and don’t like. I find it very cumbersome and awkward to use. It appears to me that IBM is no longer enhancing it or planning to enhance it. After much tweaking, I have got it working and doing what I expect it to do.

There are many others out there, some at a reasonable cost. Look at Kisco Information systems Blue series, prices starting at $2000, depending on processor size.

If you say the boss will not pay for any more software, you have to put on you management hat and sell him the benefits. You will have to come up with a time and $ saving figure that the fax software will save you. From there it’s easy to calculate a Return on Investment time period. If you have people faxing manually and your fax machine does not have memory, that’s a 1 to 5 minute time waste for *every* fax! Add up employee salaries, even at a few minutes at a time, and you will see how you can recoup $2000 fairly quickly.

You can also say there is no free fax software for AS400. While there may be free or cheap pc based fax software, point out the time and energy spent moving files from as400 to pc, faxing, maintaining phone numbers, etc, will cost more than $2000.

Good luck.

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  • TimHawkins
    We use a product from RJS software, while not free, it does a good job.
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  • Dchristensen
    I'm not aware of any free solutions on the AS400. You could look at Hylafax (www.hylafax.org) which could be run on a recycled workstation running LINUX. The AS400 job could ftp the text file to the linux box which would pick it up and send it out via fax. You could also set it up so that you ftp to a staging directory, convert it to pdf, then move it to the fax queue directories. That would also give you a faxing solution you could also use from user desktops, too. Don't know how that would fit with your situation, but it's one possibility.
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  • Yoni69
    Also not free, but very easy to use, either from cl or user interface (with groups etc). also you can add logos automaticaly, view status of sent faxes, etc. info@idor.com another solution is papirus, which also let you convert the spools to desined papers (with word templates) and then send it as fax by a field on the spool which contains the fax number. http://www.papirus400.com/
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