MyFax Review – Mac OS X – Sending, Receiving, and Faxing

This page is a complement to our larger MyFax Review – but focused specifically on OS X Users.

Mac Compatibility Rating

MyFax Mac Friendly Factor – Good

Mac Faxing with MyFax Pros

  • MyFax is built to operate primarily through the web and email interfaces
  • Very Large Number of file formats to work with
  • MacWrite II, Microsoft Word (Mac), Microsoft Works (Mac), Novell WordPerfect (Mac) format compatibility

Mac Faxing with MyFax Cons

  • No integrated Mac print driver
  • No iWork file format compatibility

Overall, we find the MyFax service options are quite compatible with Mac.

While the process is not completely Mac friendly (we still focus on the lack of true Mac file formats), we find MyFax to be a good option when it comes to Mac compatibility – while some file formats could be added, Mac users will have all the options and features of Mac (with the exception of a native print-to-fax print driver) that Windows based users will have when it comes to faxing.

Full MyFax on Mac Review

Overall MyFax Functionality on Mac OS X

Sending and Receiving

Sending and receiving a fax with MyFax on the Mac is just as straightforward as in the full review.

Everything with MyFax is web based, so there is no additional software to use. Users can send and receive faxes from the web or through email, and email is open to all the Mac based systems (Mail, Thunderbird, etc.) as well as the webmail based systems (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and others)

Mac Differences from Full Review

The only place we can find a difference with the MyFax Service with Mac OS X compared with our full review is when it comes to the integration of the desktop. MyFax offers a print driver for the Windows OS, but no option for the Mac version of the product.

File Compatibility with Popular OS X File Types

File compatibility with Mac is adequate to function, however could be improved. Users who are not using Microsoft Office or Open Office will likely need to convert their file formats to PDF or TIF/TIFF in order to fax.

We would have liked to see the ability to directly send iWork and other Mac based file formats directly in their native file format through the email and web based interfaces.

Users should note that there is no native support for the file formats that iWork suite deals with, such as .pages files.

The best way for Mac users, specifically those who work with the iWork package, to work with MyFax is to save files in a PDF or TIF/TIFF format, and then fax from that format just as they would normally.

Alternatively, MyFax users can save their Pages files as RTF (Rich Text Format).

Mac users who run Microsoft Office or Open Office (as well as Star Office) should have few problems, as the system supports file formats such as DOC/DOCX and Open Document (as well as Star Office file format).

Conclusion

For most Mac users, MyFax is quite Mac friendly. For the most part, Mac users have access to the same group of functions and features that Windows users have.

The biggest hiccup is the issue of file formats when it comes to iWork documents such as Pages, however most Mac users will be able to find a workaround by converting to compatible format such as PDF or RTF.

MyFax keeps up most expectations when it comes to working in a Mac environment.

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