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Faxnotes - Personal Communications Via Facsimile

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119586D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Graham, PA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a productivity feature which adds simple, easy-to-use personal communications to a computer-attached facsimile.

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Faxnotes - Personal Communications Via Facsimile

      Disclosed is a productivity feature which adds simple,
easy-to-use personal communications to a computer-attached facsimile.

      The FaxNote feature is an extension to the control program of a
computer-attached facsimile.  Without leaving the control program,
the user can indicate a recipient, type in the text of the note,
transmit the note via facsimile, and optionally save a local copy of
the note in a file or as hardcopy.

      The FaxNote feature may include productivity enhancements, such
as allowing the user to specify a text editor or word processor to
use for entering the text of the note.  By choosing a familiar editor
or word processor, the user does not have to learn a new one just for
FaxNotes. The user can also specify a predefined preamble which may
contain such information as return address and phone number, company
slogan, or the like.  As another productivity feature, the online
phone directory of the control program can be automatically accessed
to obtain address and phone number for the selected recipient.

      When the user elects to create a FaxNote, a text file is
created which contains the preamble data, the current date and time,
and the addressee information.  This file is opened for editing with
a text editor or word processor. All the user has to do is enter the
text of the note (or copy it in from a "form letter" file).  When the
note is complete, the user can save,...