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HelloFax integrates with Google Drive, makes it a fax machine

HelloFax already challenged the traditional fax machine by going totally paperless, and even adding digital signatures, but now, documents in the newly launched Google Drive cloud storage, files can be faxed directly from the system. Adios, paper!

Faxing from the cloud, no more killing trees

With the launch of Google Drive cloud storage (which syncs all of your chosen files across your devices including your desktop, tablet and smartphone), the company teamed up with HelloFax to make all documents from your GDrive easy to sign and fax from the cloud – no fax machine or paper is required.

In a two step process, visiting HelloFax.com/GoogleDrive will take you to a sign in which requires verification of your Google account, then walks you through easily installing the HelloFax App in the Google Drive Store for free. The HelloFax App sends faxes directly from Google Drive, allows you to receive faxes directly in Google Drive, and even sign documents directly from Google Drive. The cherry on top is that all of your faxes (incoming and outgoing) are stored in your Google Drive, and can be searched for later.

“Never print, sign and scan documents ever again,” HelloFax said in a statement. “With this integration, you can fill out and sign documents, all in your browser.”

HelloFax is doing a giveaway for people that integrate, but what caught our eye is that when you integrate, you get 50 outgoing fax pages per month until the end of the year and unlimited online signatures for all of 2012. “We’re talking business grade online signatures,” the company said. “Some services charge $15-$25 / month for this. We just made it completely free.”

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After launching last year, the Y-Combinator backed company set out to challenge traditional faxing, and make it much more like emailing, plus cost effective. Last fall, HelloFax added digital signatures to their offering so that faxes can actually be executed digitally, requiring no printout.

The company was named in the “60 Genius Brands to Watch in 2012” list and we predicted this would be the year that HelloFax goes mainstream. As Google Drive’s faxing option, that looks like a reality that will be sooner than later.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Roland Estrada

    April 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I checked it out and it’s okay. It’s not free forever. The free part of their pricing structure is pretty sparse. I prefer Voxox. Voxox is free and combined with iOS apps is all I need for faxing. Besides, who the hell faxes anymore except for the dinosaurs agent in the business.

    As for the signing feature, I rarely sign anything outside of Docusign. If I do need to sign outside of Docusign, I use PDFpen Pro. You have to be rather discerning with all these new services/apps. Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s great.

    As for Google Drive, so far I love it. When they roll out the iOS apps for G Drive that will complete it for me and I’ll probably use Google Drive instead of Dropbox.

  2. free fax

    May 24, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I think hellofax is a great app that offers free fax services, but their services are only offered for free in a limited time…

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