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Merlin Software Releases Public Test Version of Communicado FAX 4.0, Successor to HotWire FAX

Dec 29, 2000, 19:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)

Good news: Communicado builds upon and extends the HotWire program that it replaces. Bad news: It may not be available as a free download like HotWire was.

By John Wolley, Linux Today

Merlin Software Technologies has announced the public release of Communicado FAX 4.0. Communicado FAX completely replaces the HotWire FAX program that has been available for free download since 1995. Communicado FAX builds on the technology developed and tested in HotWire FAX, but is said to be a significant upgrade to that technology.

Major enhancements mentioned in the announcement include:

  • Complete conversion to true client server technology
  • Improved support for the newer class 2.0 FAX modem standard
  • Completely updated interface written with Java and Swing technology
  • Integration with Linux office products such as Star Office, Applixware Office and WordPerfect Office Suite 2000 for Linux and WordPerfect 8 for Linux.
The personal version is said to provide all of the facilities and look and feel of modem e-mail programs. The enterprise version provides remote clients for Microsoft Windows users, allowing them to print, send, receive and view FAXes through Linux servers.

"We're very pleased to be able to release Communicado FAX 4.0 for public testing. It is an important step in the process of releasing the product for general commercial distribution and we encourage everyone to register to participate." said Robert Heller, president and founder of Merlin Software Technologies. "From the interest we received in the preview at Comdex Fall, we expect this product to become an important part of Merlin's overall communications software strategy."

Persons who wish to participate in the public test program can register at http://www.MerlinSofTech.com/cfaxBeta.html. This release is said to support most class 2 and 2.0 modems and has been certified to run on Red Hat Linux 6.1, 6.2 and 7.0, and Caldera eDesktop 2.4.

Communicado FAX was first introduced at Comdex Fall 2000, where it was touted as the "first Linux FAX server that allows users to FAX from any application on any platform." One of Communicado's main competitors is the Keller Group's PMfax, a popular OS/2 FAX program which was ported to Linux in September.

Communicado's predecessor, HotWire FAX, was first released in an alpha version in January, 2000. HotWire FAX has been available to individual users as a free download. The Communicado announcements, for both its introduction at Comdex and for its current public test, make no mention of "free download."

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