Automating Fax Transmissions
MyVFM.com offers two ways to interface with our
system programmatically. Programmatic transmission of
faxes can allow developers and system administrators to send information from
internal applications without the need for building and maintaining your own
expensive faxing infrastructure.
Send A Fax Using Email
With our outbound faxing service, you can easily send faxes using any email
application. Simply set the To address as [faxnumber]@fax.myvfm.com and
type up your email message as normal. The [faxnumber] entry in the To
address is any valid fax number including the country code - that is 1 for U.S.
numbers (ex. firstname.lastname@example.org). Besides the body of the
email, you can also attach documents to the email that will be formatted as
separate pages in the fax. The attachments must conform to our
supported document types. Emails must be sent from the address
listed on your account. Look under My
Account to verify which email address should be used.
1. If the email body is completely blank, no cover page will be
generated. Use this option when you want to attach your own locally
generated cover pages.
2. Any text in the email body will be placed on a generic cover
page. If you want a cover page, you can fill in the body of the email
with the details you want included on a very basic cover page. Alternatively,
you can make your own cover page and include it with in the attached document.
You can attach
3. You may attach multiple documents of different document types to the
email. These will be converted on our side and stitched together to make
a single fax.
4. If you are having trouble getting documents to look identical to the
original on your end, use Adobe Acrobat Standard for an ad hoc or Adobe Acrobat
Web Service (SOAP)
Using just about any language, you can interface with our system using the
SOAP protocol. Our web service gives you power to securely
submit faxes using a standard protocol and monitor the transmission results.
For a list of methods and properties, please refer to
1. When sending faxes via the web service, use the Reference property as
your tracking mechanism. By entering unique identities in this property,
you can reliably track the transmission results of each fax.
2. To get a look at working code, you can download the SendFax
sample application. It is written in VB.NET using Visual Studio
2003. If you don't have this environment, you can still download and
review the code files.
Download SendFax application
3. For more generic details about programming against our web service,
search the web for "consuming web services". You will find many
entries that will guide you down the path of automation.