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; and best of all its free!
AsterFax builds on the services provided by Asterisk to provide a full fledged email based Fax Gateway.
What that means is that with AsterFax and Asterisk you can send faxes from your desktop using your standard email client without have to install any software on your desktop.
AsterFax 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. Its that easy.
For more formal correspondence AsterFax 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.
XmlRoutingHandler is configured through an XML file to archive the fax message to the file system and send the message as an e-mail attachment. A sample configuration file ships with AsterFax as config/FaxRoutes.xml. It uses the caller ID (when receiving faxes) and the remote station ID (when sending faxes) to lookup a possible location to archive the file to and the e-mail address to send the message to. A manager route is provided as a default, should no specific route be found in the configuration then the manager route is used.
Multiple handlers can be configured for incoming and outgoing faxes. They are invoked in the
order they are found in the configuration file.
Patch for app_txfax.c enhanced
The install.sh script now determines the 'kind' of spandsp library that is installed and copies the relevant source file. The script currently assumes Asterisk 1.2 is installed. There are variations in the source for 1.0 and 1.1 installations. These will be added if need be in a later release.