WinFax Pro10

WinFax Pro 10 lets you send faxes as e-mail attachments, complete with a built-in 60KB viewer, to people who don't have fax numbers. This feature can be convenient if you want to send a scanned or electronically generated image of a document rather than editable text - or if you plan to transmit a document to multiple recipients, some of whom lack fax machines. Also new is a photo-quality mode, which reproduces illustrations and photographs much better than standard fax mode (though the faxing time doubles).

Other improvements: the program can now draw fax phone numbers directly from the address books of Outlook Express and other popular personal information managers. A software mechanism will delete faxes from known junk-fax phone numbers.

My shipping copy locked up during one test of the e-mail fax feature (though it worked fine on subsequent attempts), and sometimes WinFax Pro inexplicably invoked the log-in routine of Outlook Express. Symantec said it was looking into these problems.

Despite these rough edges, WinFax Pro 10 remains king of the fax programs. A price of $AUS169 may be the package's biggest drawback for new buyers; owners of all earlier versions can upgrade for $AUS79. That offer helps make the upgrade sensible for serious fax users.

Symantec WinFax Pro 10

Price: $US110

Phone: (02) 8879 1005

URL: www.symantec.com.au

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