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Don't Want to Lose Faxes? Tag Them.

February 17, 2017 by Howard Avner

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Don't Want to Lose Faxes? Tag Them.

February 17, 2017 by Howard Avner

Phaxio allows you to tag faxes in your API request so that you can more easily associate them with your workflow. Rather than logging a Phaxio fax id and creating logic to associate that ID with a user in your system, you can now tag fax with a token that your system already understands. Say that you’re a logistics company that faxes logbook records for truck drivers. Each driver in your system may have a driver_id and client_id. Now, rather than linking a particular fax id to a driver_id, you can simply tag the fax with the driver_id in your...
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Phaxio Joins National Forest Foundation

February 06, 2017 by Howard Avner

At Phaxio we like to think that we’re helping the environment by encouraging people to move from old school fax machines that print out paper to newer electronic faxing options. Still, with Phaxio sending millions of faxes per month there is sure to be an environmental impact. We considered how we could at least offset the paper that people might be using due to faxing and came up with a plan. Starting this year, we’ve committed to planting at least 5,000 trees across the US. However, since the Johnny Appleseed approach to foresting might not be well received, we partnered...
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Tips for creating faxable documents

June 28, 2016 by Howard Avner

Faxing is a bit different than standard printing. When you’re at home, you know what type of printer you have and it’s quirks. This isn’t a matter of inkjet v. laser, but know how the printed document looks, especially those with images. When it comes to faxing you have no idea what kind of machine will actually print your document: it could be a state-of-the-art fax server or a broken down multi-function device. At Phaxio we want your faxes to print perfectly every time, regardless of the machine. Below are a couple of guidelines that will optimize your fax documents...
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2FA and new security features

March 29, 2016 by Howard Avner

Security is something that we take very seriously at Phaxio. In the last few months we’ve been systematically evaluating our systems from a security standpoint. In July we began enforcing HTTPS across all API operations and the Phaxio website. In December Phaxio began cryptographically signing all callbacks so that you can be sure that your correspondence with Phaxio certified (more on this later). Today we’re taking it another step further by rolling out two-factor authentication. To help with our implementation we’ve teamed up with Authy, the Twilio’s two-factor authentication service. We recommend that you download and setup the Authy app...
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Searching your logs by status

March 08, 2016 by Howard Avner

Today at Phaxio we’re releasing a new version of the logs page. The new logs page lets you filter not only by date, time and successful faxes as it did in the past, but by any of the possible Phaxio statuses. You can check out more about the types of Phaxio statuses here. It’s probably obvious to you why it’s important to be able to filter logs by success and failure, but you might wonder how to achieve a “partial success.” A partial success occurs when you send the same document to multiple recipients in one API request. For example,...
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Simulating failed faxes

February 01, 2016 by Howard Avner

Until now test faxes at Phaxio could only result in a “successful” fax. Of course you already know that Phaxio gives you the ability to simulate faxes passing through our systems using test API credentials. (For more on test credentials go here.) But what if you need to test what your application would do if the fax failed? Simply add test_fail as a parameter in your API call and add an error type (found here). For example, if you want to simulate a fax failing due to a document conversion issue, you can use test_fail=documentConversionError in your send call. Have...
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Official .NET Library Released

January 26, 2016 by Josh Nankin

Today we're announcing the release of our official .NET library for Phaxio! C# is perhaps one of the most widely used languages to interact with Phaxio and has been the next most requested official library. You can also use the library in your Visual Basic .NET application. The library implements all 15 API operations, is well documented, and is available as a NuGet package. To install simply: Install-Package Phaxio Sending a fax is as easy as: var phaxio = new PhaxioClient(key, secret); var pdf = new FileInfo("APathToAFile.pdf"); var fax = phaxio.CreateFax(); fax.Send("888-123-4567", pdf); You can find the source and documentation...
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The "How" and "Why" of Test API Credentials

January 19, 2016 by Howard Avner

One of the most misunderstood features of Phaxio is what happens when you use test API credentials. If you’ve been using test credentials and your faxes aren’t printing out at a fax machine, don’t panic. That’s what’s _supposed_ to happen. If you are using test API credentials Phaxio will simulate sending or receiving a fax through the Phaxio system. This means that we won’t make phone calls and nothing will print at any fax machine. Phaxio will give you a fax ID as well and everything else that you would expect to happen will occur except for there will be...
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Your Phaxio logs, now in the Chrome Omnibox!

December 31, 2014 by Howard Avner

Perhaps the greatest feature of Google Chrome is it’s omnibox. In case you don’t currently use Chrome or otherwise don’t know the terminology, the “omnibox” is what Google calls Chrome’s address bar. Why omnibox? Besides for being used to find web addresses, the omnibox can also search the web, predict your keywords, find pictures, and in our case, query your Phaxio logs. Before you start typing fax ID’s into your omnibox, you’ll need to install the Phaxio Chrome extension. You can grab it here. It’s completely free, installs in seconds, and it’s totally awesome. Once installed type Phaxio into your...
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MailPhax: Your very own email to fax solution

September 04, 2014 by Howard Avner

Developers already use Phaxio to save money by sending personal faxes using the command line, but for the less tech saavy who are constantly asking, Phaxio has no built-in email to fax feature. Although consumer faxing isn’t what we’re focused on, we’ve been hounded with questions about setting up email to fax using Phaxio. So we decided to take a stab at writing a standalone email to fax solution; it’s called MailPhax. There are a couple of really nifty (yeah, I said nifty) things built into MailPhax. We’ve dropped Heroku’s Deploy button in MailPhax’s README which will automatically deploy the...
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Landscape HTML Support

June 16, 2014 by Howard Avner

You can now send HTML faxes in landscape orientation using Phaxio! Previously all HTML faxes were automatically rendered in portrait orientation, but many users asked us about sending landscape files and we listened. The new feature works with HTML posted as string data, a URL, or as a file. So, how do you define your HTML’s rendered orientation? Simply add <meta name="phaxioOrientation" content="landscape"> to the <head> tag of your document. As an example, the following html would render in landscape: <html> <head> <meta name="phaxioOrientation" content="landscape"> </head> <body> <h1>This is a header</h1> This is a paragraph. </body> </html> If you’d like...
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Halftone vs Monochrome - Which one should you be using?

May 22, 2014 by Howard Avner

A couple of weeks ago we began allowing users to send faxes in monochrome as opposed to the default halftone option. The difference between monochrome and halftone can be very useful in certain cases and many of our users welcomed the option. Still, a few users didn’t understand if they should switch from the halftone default, and what difference, if any, it would make. Below I’ll explain the difference and go through the pros and cons of each. Halftone Because (most) fax machines only print in black and white, colors get lost in the fax printing. To compensate, a fax...
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