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Symantec Opens WinFax Architecture to Third Party Developers

Announces Hardware / Software Development Kit

Editor's Summary

  • WinFax PRO SDK fills the need for a consistent 32-bit fax specification that enables developers to fax-enable their applications.
  • Symantec commits to an open architecture so more people will be able to embed fax in their environment.
  • WinFax PRO SDK will benefit users by promoting reliable and seamless interaction between WinFax PRO and third party hardware devices and software applications.
  • WinFax PRO SDK information is available from Symantec’s Web site at
FaxWorld, San Francisco, CA -- December 10, 1996 —- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the worldwide leader in communications software, today announced that it will open the WinFax PRO architecture to third party hardware and software developers by publishing a Software Development Kit (SDK). The WinFax PRO SDK will enable vendors of any kind of fax hardware device to provide that future versions of WinFax PRO will automatically work with and support their hardware devices on both the Windows 95 and Windows NT platform. In addition, software vendors will be able to fax-enable their applications, utilizing the fax engine, and specific features of WinFax PRO, including phonebook integration.

WinFax PRO, the world's most popular computer fax software, delivers all the demonstrated productivity benefits of computer based faxing, plus the ability to send faxes via the Internet for long distance cost savings. The WinFax SDK will extend computer fax benefits to new hardware platforms and software applications.

"There is currently no consistent 32-bit fax API that developers can use to fax enable their applications," said Rick Dales, product manager at Symantec. "The WinFax PRO SDK fills this vacuum. It provides application developers with a high level of access and control to WinFax’s key components – the fax send engine, event logs and phonebooks -- which allows the interaction between an application and WinFax to be more seamless and robust. Furthermore, hardware vendors will no longer have to wait for Symantec to develop special drivers to support their devices. The SDK will ensure that WinFax PRO will be able to support any fax hardware device or enhanced fax service, like a fax server multi-function peripheral or device (MFP or MFD) or fax broadcast service as examples, through a driver developed by the vendor. We’re committing to an open architecture so more people can embed fax, and benefit from it, as an integral part of their environment."

Vendors Announce Support for WinFax SDK
In a related announcement also made today, Symantec with ACT!, and a number of third party hardware and software vendors from various segments in the computer industry have announced commitment to support the WinFax PRO SDK. These include for example, Xerox Corporation, Desktop Document Systems division with their personal multifunction devices (MFDs); Brooktrout Technology with their fax boards; and Visioneer Inc. with their scanners and software.

"Opening the WinFax architecture will ultimately be very good for end users that want to use WinFax PRO as the front end for their fax hardware," said Peter Davidson, fax industry analyst of Davidson Consulting. "It will also help provide a means to better integrate WinFax PRO with software applications beyond just sharing phonebook entries through simple DDE [Dynamic Data Exchange] calls. For example, an in-house accounting application can now utilize WinFax to automatically fax invoices to clients, and then track the progress of each fax to make sure it has been delivered successfully."

WinFax PRO SDK Features
The WinFax PRO SDK delivers the most commonly requested fax functionality, including the following:

  • Support for the Windows 95 and Windows NT operating system family.
  • Direct access to the WinFax fax engine, event logs and phonebook provider.
  • Active X controls for logs, phonebooks and fax viewer manipulation.
  • Sample source code is provided in both ‘C’ and Visual Basic for the various components.
  • Sample code supporting functionality and providing a quick jump-start for software development is also included.
Availability and Pricing
The WinFax PRO SDK will be available in the first quarter 1997. Companies interested in fax enabling their hardware and or software applications can contact Symantec at or via e-mail at Symantec is planing to charge a nominal fee for the WinFax PRO SDK to cover the cost of the documentation plus shipping and handling.

About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, such as Windows 95 and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 1996.