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    I just installed Winfax 8.03. Now that the ap is installed, I have data files to import back into the ap. We run Win XP on a PC.

    Which files…how do it, etc? Thanx.


    WinFax PRO 8.03 is not Y2K compatible, as a result there is a bug in the program that it will not resubmit failed faxes.

    Here is how to import a phonebook into WinFax PRO 8.03

    You want to import a database file into a WinFax phonebook. Alternatively, your regular phonebook may have disappeared and you must reimport it. The phonebook file may be any of the following formats:

    – ASCII text (*.TXT)
    – CAS (*.PB)
    – dBASE III/IV (*.DBF)
    – DosFax (*.PBK)
    – Lotus Organizer 1.x for Windows (*.CSV)
    – WinFax 2.0/ WinFax Lite (*.PBK)
    – WinFax PRO 7.x/8.x (*.WFB)
    – WinFax 3.0/4.0 (*.DBF)
    – Spreadsheet file such as Excel or Lotus
    – Database file such as Access or Paradox
    – ACT! (version 2.x, 3.x, 4.x)

    You may also encounter the following error when trying to import a phonebook: Import file mismatch. This is due to incorrect linking or ordering of the phonebook fields. Follow the procedures to resolve this.


    If you want to import a database or spreadsheet file, first export the file as a *.DBF file. Consult your software documentation for information on exporting files to dBASE format.

    Import the File into WinFax PRO

    On the Window menu, click Phonebooks. The Phonebooks window appears.
    In the phonebook list, click the phonebook or folder into which you want to import the recipient records. Create a new phonebook, if necessary.
    Choose Import from the File menu. The Import Phone Records dialog box appears.
    Choose the correct format from the Format drop-down list.
    Click Select and locate the folder containing the file you wish to import.
    Highlight the file and click Open.

    The next procedure will depend on the type of file you are trying to import.

    WinFax, CAS, or Lotus Organizer Files

    Click OK to import the records to the specified WinFax phonebook. A summary screen displays the results of the process.

    For WinFax phonebooks, the file name corresponds to the name of the phonebook. For example, if the phonebook was called Sales in WinFax PRO 7.x or 8.x, the file to import would be SALES.WFB.

    dBASE (*.DBF) Files

    In the Import Fields list, choose the dBase field you want to link.
    In the Phonebook Fields list, choose the corresponding WinFax PRO phonebook field to link to.
    Click Link to link the fields. To create a valid phonebook you must link at least one name and one address field, namely the FirstName, LastName, or Company field and the FaxLocalNumber or MailAddr field.
    To remove an incorrect field link, click the linked field in the Phonebook Fields list and click Unlink.
    Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each field you wish to link.

    ASCII Files

    When importing ASCII files, you must import every field. Fields which you do not use must still be assigned to a WinFax field or the import process will fail.
    Every record in the ASCII file must contain the same number of fields.
    In most cases WinFax will have more fields than the file being imported. Unused fields should be deleted from the field list.
    You must link the fields from top to bottom in the Field List in the same order as they appear in the ASCII file from left to right. You can read any ASCII file in a text editor to determine the delimiter character and field order.
    If an ASCII record is imported into a WinFax phonebook and the phonebook already contains a recipient record with the same name and company, a duplicate record is created.

    To exclude WinFax phonebook fields from the Field List:

    Highlight the field and click Delete.
    Repeat for each field you wish to exclude.

    To add a field which you previously deleted:

    Click Add. The Add Field dialog box appears.
    Click the field name you want to add and click OK.

    Complete the import process as follows:

    Drag the fields in the Field List to place them in the desired order from top to bottom.
    In the Field Delimiter section, click the character which separates each field in the ASCII file. Click Other to enter a different delimiter character.
    In the Record Delimiter section, click the character which separates the records in the ASCII import file. Click Other to enter a different delimiter character.
    Click OK to import the recipient records. A summary screen displays the results of the import process.

    If you are importing a WinFax LITE 4.x phonebook, choose the WinFax PRO 4 import format.
    If you are exporting phonebook records from Lotus Organizer to import into WinFax, choose ASCII as the export Format, click Windows Default (ANSI) File Translation and disable Field Names As First Record.


    Here is how to restore Logs with WinFax PRO 8.0x

    You want to know how to use a WinFax PRO message store effectively. Alternatively, you may need to restore your logs or message stores from a backup.


    A message store is a virtual filing cabinet in which you can store fax, email and voice message events. The most common use for message stores is to archive old faxes, but it can also be used to read events stored on another computer or to organize your own events.

    message stores are a great way to backup and organize your events. You can store fax events in one message store, BFT events in another, and voice events in a third. You can even create folders within each message store to further categorize your data.

    Creating a Message Store

    Start WinFax PRO.
    Choose Receive Log from the Window menu. The Logs window appears.
    Click File, point to New and choose Message Store. The New Message Store dialog box appears.
    Type a name for your message store in the Name field.
    Click Advanced.
    Click Set Location if you wish to place your message store on another drive. This is especially useful if you are low on disk space on the default drive.
    If you wish to use this message store to archive your events, you may wish to leave the default option “Compress Fax Images” checked. If not, you should uncheck it.
    If you intend to read event information from another computer on the network, check “Use Existing”. Click Select to find the folder on the network which contains the message store you wish to read.
    Click OK to create the message store.

    You must be using a mapped drive letter if you wish to access information located on another computer on the network. You must also have at least Read access rights to this mapped drive.
    You cannot link to STATUS.WFB as this is the default WinFax message store.

    Importing Events Into a Message Store

    To import faxes from WinFax PRO 4.0 or WinFax PRO 7.x/8.x:

    Create a message store. Remember to uncheck “Compress Fax Images” from the Advanced Tab.
    Make sure the message store is highlighted and choose Import from the File menu.
    Choose the correct product version from the Format drop-down list.
    Click Select and find the message store you wish to import. Select a *.FTM file for WinFax PRO 4.0 or a *.WFB file for WinFax PRO 7.x/8.x.
    Click OK to start the import process.

    If you are trying to reimport your Default logs from backup, (Send Log, Receive Log and Outbox), select the STATUS.WFB file in Step 4 above, from the backup folder. (WinFax PRO 8.0 only.)
    To avoid confusion, it is recommended that you create a separate message store for each import.
    You cannot import Logs from DosFax or WinFax 2.x

    Using a WinFax Message Store

    It is a good idea to use new message stores to archive your older fax, email, BFT and voice events.
    If your logs contain more than 500 events, you should create and use a new message store to avoid possible corruption in your default message store.


    Whoa. Thanx for the info, but let me explain better…may not be so complex:

    I backed up all the data for receive and send – about 200 faxes total. The ap right now has no data in it. How do I get the data into Winfax? I hope this tells you something different because your other ideas require thinking. Also, I don’t use phonebooks, email, telephone or anything like that. Just straight faxing in and out.


    Follow the steps on importing the send/receive logs (message stores) is the easiest method.

    You can also just copy the files to the same location, providing of course everything was installed in the same location and you installed the same version of the software.





    @pmarc wrote:



    Sent faxes are FXS/FXD
    Received faxes are FXR

    They exist in the WINFAXDATA directory

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