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PC Fax Directly from Acrobat PDF
February 27 2010
We here at Benchmark Reviews are probably just like you, when we hear "digital communication" we think e-mail, Facebook, twitter, or maybe a discussion forum. But there is a form of digital communication that predates all of these: the facimile. There are times when you just have to send a fax. Financial, legal, and medical matters often require that a signed form or letter be sent via fax. OK, but what if you don't own a fax machine? It seems that fewer and fewer of us have fax machines these days, especially with the growth of e-mail and web-based fax services. But what if you don't have one of these either? Well, luckily for us, Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 include a fax service. And Adobe Acrobat provides a perfect multiplatform application from which to fax. With Windows & an Acrobat PDF file, you can fax directly from your PC. We're not only going to show you how to use the Windows fax service, we're also going to review a simple USB fax modem hardware solution from Rosewill if your computer didn't come with one.
Faxing directly from your PC with Acrobat and the Windows fax service (also known as the Windows fax console) is convenient and easy. It's also becoming many people's only faxing option. It wasn't that many years ago when every business had a fax machine and a lot of people had one at home too. But with the advent of the Internet and the web other options for sending documents became more popular and the expense of a dedicated phone line for a fax machine wasn't worth it. But when you have no choice except to send a fax (often required for certain medical, legal and financial communications) you don't need a fax machine to do so. This guide will show you how to use the Windows fax service, and additionally will review the Rosewill RNX-56USB fax modem which provides an external solution for computers lacking internal units.