Send Faxes with your Palm using InStep Fax 2.1

InStep Fax has been available for some time as a technology demo and has recently been released by the InStep Group. It's an add-on for InStep Print and allows the user to fax anything from WordSmith, Quickword, and Documents to Go and can fax a cover sheet designed in any of these programs. While it can send, it can't receive faxes. It supports the PalmModem and most mobile phones, among others. It costs $20 and requires InStep Print, which is $30.

It can also fax anything that can be printed with InStep Print, like regular Palm Doc files. It is integrated with the Palm Address Book, so there's no need to maintain separate phone/fax numbers.

Just about any Class 1, Class 2 or Class 2.0 fax compatible device will work. Contact the InStep Group with questions on whether any particular device is supported.

It requires Palm OS 3.3 or later.

Thanks to Scott for the tip. -Ed

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Will it work on Treo?

I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 11:40:21 AM #
I wonder if this thing will work on the Treo? I heard that it doesn't work with the VisorPhone so I dont know.

RE: Will it work on Treo?
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 11:44:20 AM #
That's a good question, will programs made to communicate directly with a phone work with the treo? i suspect not i wouldnt say the treo is interfaced via the serial port. If this is so does handsping intend to publice the interface / offer a devolopers kit?

RE: Will it work on Treo?
Coyote67 @ 1/11/2002 2:21:53 PM #
It most likely will, unless the networking component is different in the treo.

When you have a Clie shoved up your mouth, you can only talk in vowels.

What a deal...

I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 11:49:16 AM #
Wow! Just $50 bucks for the ability to fax a document from only 3 different programs! A feature that the Palm OS should have built in. But wait, you can also print from these 3 programs! Another thing that should come standard on all Palm devices.

If Palm jumps on the PPC multimedia bandwagon and forgets these types of functionality in os 5, I'm heading to the Linux arena....


RE: What a deal...
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 11:54:27 AM #
Should be included? C'mon, now. What else "should be included?" You're living in another world, pal. Should Omniremote be included? Should all 15,000+ programs available be included, too? You're taking a swing at Palm for something that has NOTHING to do with them. When they came up with IR comm years ago, they never planned for it to be a remote or a printer connection... Hell, back then a Palm Pilot was a friggin' organizer. It's 3rd party innovation that even allows us to be able to beam our docs to printers. And... what's this? Oh, developers need to get PAID for doing it! You're one of those free-rider types. I bet ya don't pay for shareware and expect free upgrades for eternity from all deveopers, which by the way means that their shooting themselves in the foot making new versions, since they won't be paid for them in that scenario.

I'm just sick of everyone bitching about what they should have for free. If you have enough money or a luxury toy like a PDA then shut the **** up and fork out some cash for the software, or play with MemoPad and stop crying.

RE: What a deal...
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 12:20:58 PM #
I looked up the info on InStep Print, which you didn't bother to do before you opened your mouth. It can print not only from those three programs but from all the built-in Palm apps and more too. In StepFax can send faxes from all these too. So for $50 you can print and fax just about anything you want from your PDA. If you think that's too much, don't buy it. That's how things work in a capitalistic society. When you rule the Earth, you can change it.

RE: What a deal...
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 1:21:03 PM #
>"I'm heading to the Linux arena...."<

Good riddance!

yet another...

GregGaub @ 1/10/2002 11:58:20 AM #
There are already enough fax SENDING programs. What we NEED is a fax RECEIVING program. How hard can it be if my Mac Classic II can do it?!?

RE: yet another...
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 12:24:09 PM #
ZBoxZ claims it can send and receive faxes. You can create faxes from the clipboard or from notepad and view recieved faxes on your Palm. I haven't tried the fax functionality, but everything I've tried in the ZBoxZ suite has worked fine. Oh, and for the "What a deal..." poster above, ZBoxZ is free and can be found at

RE: yet another...
teq @ 1/10/2002 1:42:33 PM #
Well, Symantec published a fax program for the Palm (I believe it was promoted as WinFax for Palm, but I'm not sure whether I remember this correctly) a few years ago that could send AND receive faxes.

For some reason (maybe didn't sell enough? or probably too little RAM in the Palm III models of that time to make it work properly) they withdrew it after a half year or so.

****** Pilot 5000 => Palm Pilot III => Palm Vx => M505 - Ive had them all and loved each one of them.

RE: yet another...
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 2:28:56 PM #
Anybody know where you can get the Mobile Winfax? I would not mind try a demo of it? Any sites still have it up for download?

RE: yet another...
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/10/2002 4:09:57 PM #
This semms the only, for now,fax program that support Class 1 modems and a wide variety of cell phones. And it's integrated with the excellent InstepPrint.

RE: yet another...
GregGaub @ 1/10/2002 7:00:35 PM #
This last guy missed the point, eh?
Anyway, I'd love a copy of Mobile Winfax for Palm, but haven't found it anywhere. The ZboxZ thing, it looks promising, but the feature listing is a little confusing. How does one dial a phone number and then wait for a ring? I'll check it out, anyway.