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    Contender to PDF, TIFF (free)

    I read about this <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> software in alt.comp.freeware, and it looks pretty good on first fiddle. It's called eFax Messenger Plus and is designed primarily for use with the eFax service, but you don't need to be a subscriber to obtain/ use the software. As a standalone, it appears to be a worthy replacement for the Kodak Imaging software that comes with Windows 98 (rather long in the tooth now) and could arguably vie with PDF, without the expense of Adobe Acrobat.

    To ad lib from the newsgroup message, it sets up a virtual printer driver which "prints" to a proprietary format called .efx. You can also choose to include a self-executing viewer with the file so that you can send a .efx as an email attachment to someone who doesn't have this software and they will be able to view it. But it's not limited to this proprietry format - it enables export to multipage colour or b&w tiffs, or single/ multipage jpeg at a variety of resolutions and compressions.

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    Re: Contender to PDF, TIFF (free)

    This is a nice find. Thanks much Alan.

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    Re: Contender to PDF, TIFF (free)

    Edited by Diegol to tidy things up

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for this one. As you said, it could be an alternative to PDF files, save for:

    1) TIFF files are saved in B&W which is a serious drawback; otherwise they are great and IrfanView has proved awesome for visualizing TIFFs. They are not as comfy as PDFs (with all we've said and there's still to say about Acrobat Reader's poor navigation tools) though.
    2) In case you choose to save as a self-extractable EXE file containing the built-in engine for others to be able to view it, another problem arises. On one hand, some corporate servers will automatically purge those mails containing EXE files attached (silly anti-virus protection... or should I say anti-virus protection for the silly?). On the other hand, many recipients will be reluctant as to opening an executable file (of course one has to make clear that the file is virus-free but if we are not well-known to the recipient our lines might be insufficient to tranquilize them). Moreover, in my job our servers prevented us from sending attachments with suspicious extensions, which included EXEs.

    In any case, this utility seems a good second option in case PDFers around the world go crazy <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. There might be applications we are missing now. I'll keep an eye on it and report back if I achieve something useful.
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    Re: Contender to PDF, TIFF (free)

    I'd agree with all of that. I also noticed a glitch, or perhaps quirky behhaviour, with sending files. When I tried password protecting one I got some cryptic message about the protection being applied to the saved copy but not the e-mail one. I also could not get the program to attach the .exe - it always attached the .efx. I had to manually attach the .exe.

    It's also possible to send the viewer separately, or to direct them to the site to d/l the viewer program. It's around 300KB, which in itself is appealing over Acrobat Reader.

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    Re: Contender to PDF, TIFF (free)

    Hi Diegol

    An oversight in my reply (due to not reading yours carefully enough).
    I managed to save as colour TIFF via the File -> Export menu.
    Works well - Irfanview displays them perfectly.

    Alan

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    Re: Contender to PDF, TIFF (free)

    Edited by Diegol

    Hey Alan,

    You're absolutely right-- my mistake, the Colour Tiff option is so visible I don't know how I coulda missed it!

    Thanks
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