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- 1. Overview
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Noojee Fax was originally called AsterFax and was developed by AsteriskIT.
Both have now had a name change, AsteriskIT is now Noojee Telephony Solutions and AsterFax is called Noojee Fax. The original AsterFax team remains with the company.
Noojee Fax is an email to fax gateway for the transmission of faxes using Asterisk.
Asterisk is an Open Source PBX (or PABX) integrating PSTN telephone lines and VOIP into a single solution, providing all of the functionality of a high end PBX
Noojee Fax builds on the services provided by Asterisk to provide a full fledged email based Fax Gateway.
What that means is that with Noojee Fax and Asterisk you can send faxes from your desktop using your standard email client without having to install any software on your desktop.
Noojee Fax can translate a normal email message into a fax message. You simply enter the destination phone number in the 'To' address, compose your email message and click send. It's that easy.
For more formal correspondence Noojee Fax also supports a growing number of file formats such as PDF, Tiff, Postscript, MS-Word and OpenOffice Writer. You can either attach the file to your email message or for applications such as MS-Word and OpenOffice you can fax directly from the applications by using the 'Send Email' option. The resulting email is sent as a fax message.
If any errors occurring during transmission a error report is sent back to your inbox.
You can also preview how the fax will look by sending email to the special 'preview' address, which simply formats the message ready for transmission and then sends it back to you via email for previewing before the fax is sent.
Noojee Fax supports a growing list of file types such as Tiff, PDF, postscript, MS-Word, MS-Excel and the OpenOffice Writer. Noojee Fax is also extensible in that you can easily add support for additional file formats via the Noojee Fax.xml configuration file providing that you have access to a third party product that can convert your required file format to one of the supported file formats such as PDF or tiffg3.
Additional file formats will follow shortly (see the Roadmap).
For the technically minded Noojee Fax is written in pure Java and utilises the Asterisk Manager API to submit jobs.
Noojee Fax uses external applications to perform the conversion of attachments to the required tiff format for transmission.
Noojee Fax can be extended via a simple xml configuration file to convert and transmit any other file format providing a suitable conversion application is available.
Noojee Fax includes a simple standalone SMTP gateway which handles the receipt of emails. Noojee Fax is not a complete SMTP gateway in that it will only accept messages which are to be faxed. Alternatively Noojee Fax can be integrated with your existing SMTP server (Sendmail. Postfix, Exchange Server) by way of tools such as Procmail.
Noojee Fax Transmit Flow :
Noojee Fax Receive Flow :