Release notes for AsterFax version 1.0
AsterFax provides 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; 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.
This release includes the following bug fixes and enhancements
Fix dead lock that occurs
intermittently causing faxes to not be sent
We've applied a fix that avoids a dead lock that causes AsterFax to
stop processing new e-mails. Thanks to Warren at Voicio and
themessanger fortheir help testing this.
Deal with empty PageSize and Empty
From address gtracefully
Empty PageSize and From address configuration entries caused
NullPointerExceptions in previous released. In this release we deal
with this more gracefully using reasonable defaults. For PageSize we
use letter as the default and for From address we use asterfax@ the
local host name and domain.
Allow embedding attachments in receipts
We've added an <Embed> setting to the DeliveryReceipt section of
the config file. When set to True the fax image is
embedded in the delivery receipt rather than attached.
Send delivery receipt attachments as
We've added an <AttachAsPdf> setting to the DeliveryReceipt
section of the config file. When set to True the fax
image is embedded in a PDF file and attached to the delivery receipt
rather than attached as a tif file.
Fix init script
We fixed a typo in the init script that is copied to /etc/init.d by the
RPM install. We've also ensure permissions are set to 755. Thanks to
Steve (stevsy) for his input on this.
Remove hard coding of Xvfb path
In previous released the path to Xvfb, which is started by AsterFax on
startup, was hardcoded. This has been removed so AsterFax relies on
Xvfb being in the PATH.
Fix bug - e-mail body not sent when
attachments ar found
The e-mail body was not included in the fax when attachments were
included in a mail message.