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== Review: GPFax By: Jason Compton ==
There's something fun about GPFax. Maybe it's the goofy near-pastel colors
picked as the defaults. Maybe it's the fact that the GP in GPFax is Dr.
Greg Perry, and, even though we're not sure what he's a doctor of, he's a
doctor of something. Maybe it's the button labeled "WOW" instead of "OK"
in the exciting "About" window. Maybe it's the "This page intentionally
left blank" pages in the manual. Whatever it is, GPFax is charming.
That said, it's time to worry about what it's supposed to do, and that's
fax. And fax it does. Available now as a combined Group 1 and Group 2
package on the same disk (about time), GPFax is going to work with
basically any faxmodem worth using. GPFax will send plain ASCII text (and
allows for formatting to things like bold and italic), IFFs, and files
printed from virtually any Amiga word processor (I find it works very well
with Final Copy/Writer) using a "printer" driver that automatically traps
prints and places them into a special fax directory on your HD. The GPFax
software can run on its own custom screen with a custom GUI (a takeoff on
the Amiga's Intuition: marginally faster but does not allow for window
layering) or on the Workbench. Take your pick. Faxes themselves can be
viewed in basically any screen resolution you have available (the more
resolution you have at your disposal, the better.) Serial drivers are
selectable and may be shared, ARexx support is present...it's got what you
The quality of the faxing itself is quite good. The phone book is
well-organized, allowing multiple fax destinations to be "grouped" for mass
faxing. The dialer gets to the point...it, in short, works.
For convenience, and to save you a trip to your modem manual, GPFax comes
with roughly 16 pre-configured modem types in the two classes, and can use
a Generic Class 1 or 2 configuration as well. If you're lazy or don't
know, it can detect which class modem you own. I was able to test GPFax
with a USR Sportster (Class 1, USR modem option) and a ViVa 14.4 fax/modem
(Class 2 Generic). The Sportster performed flawlessly, but the ViVa had a
rough time interfacing with a Ricoh laser plain paper fax machine at times.
It was able to receive but not send correctly all of the time. It did
interact fine with the Sportster. I am inclined to blame the modem itself
for the problems.
The likes? It's a solid fax program at a decent price. The interface is
smooth, and performance is great. The myriad of options, including
scheduling, ensures that you'll get the performance you need. Dislikes are
few...a way to pretty up the default colors would be nice. That's pretty
much it. A warning to readers unfamiliar with what A4 paper is: be sure to
configure pagination to letter size, as GPFax defaults to A4, which is
longer than the fax machines you'll be sending to are likely to be
If you need faxing and don't want to tangle with a free or shareware
solution without as slick and simple of an interface, GPFax is what you