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Re: Attachments in proprietary formats (i.e. Word)

On Sat, 5 Feb 2000, Helge Oldach wrote:

> Wout Mertens:
> >I checked the archives and this doesn't seem to have been touched
> >recently: I want to be able to send word etc documents as attachments from
> >Windows. The problem is, of course, that Hylafax can't really do anything
> >much with those closed formats. So, I figured these were probable
> >solutions:
> >- Somehow get WHFC to ask for attachments and print them locally
> >- Make a sort of server that runs on a Win box (or VM-Ware for the
> >purists) and gets files, lets the software print them, sends them back.
> - Print everything locally into a single PostScript file, send that one
> with WHFC, and let hylafax deal with it.
> Simple, but requires a little user training.

Alas, that is not an option; If you try to convince word to stick two
documents together you get crap.
What does work is make a macro that asks what documents should be added
and then prints each of them to file and sends everything with e-mail to a
fax gateway.
And the other viable option is making a complete MAPI transport agent that
renders each file given to postscript (or TIFF, preferrably), via the
shell extensions. I know the method for printing a random file to a
certain printer via windows (done some reading), so now all I need is the
specs for a transport agent or the source for WHFC :).
Speaking of that latter, does anybody know if the author of WHFC is still
working on the product, and how he can be reached?

If anybody wants to help me with that transport agent or any other option,
give me a holler, OK?

Thanks for all the responses so far!


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