HelloFax.com Dev Blog

Using the HelloFax for Google Docs Add-on

March 11th, 2014

Need to fax a form you’ve created and/or saved in your Google Docs? You can do that with HelloFax for Google Docs.

It’s dead simple. First, get the HelloFax for Google Docs add-on from the add-on store. Then, open the Google Doc you want to fax, and go to add-ons > HelloFax. When you open the HelloFax add-on, you’ll see the HelloFax sidebar appear on the right. Enter the number you wish to fax, then click send.

You’ll receive a confirmation email indicating that the fax was successfully sent.

That’s it! And if you need to sign or get Google Docs signed, we have an add-on for that, too.

HelloFax for Google Docs add-on




Fax from your documents page

November 25th, 2013

We’ve changed things so that online signing and faxing are now completely seamless.

You can find any signed document on your “Documents” page in HelloFax, click the down arrow next to the document and select “Fax” from the drop down menu. Now you don’t have to worry about downloading a signed document, then uploading it to HelloFax anymore.

That’s it!

Fax from documents page






HelloFax: Digital fax with support for landscape mode

August 27th, 2013

It’s finally here! You can now upload and send documents in landscape mode using HelloFax. No more squished formatting for horizontal timesheets or Excel spreadsheets.

1. Just like always, go to “Send a fax” and click “Upload Files” or click on one of the cloud storage icons to bring in the document you’d like to fax.

HelloFax Landscape Mode

2. Voilà! If the original document is in landscape orientation, it will remain in landscape when you upload it and will be faxed that way. No more squished documents. (It’s about time.)

HelloFax Landscape Mode Up Close


Go Paperless in 2013!

January 1st, 2013

Happy New Year!

It’s 2013 and our society still uses a ton of paper…in 2013! So, we teamed up with some incredible companies to help you go paperless this year.

Pledge to go paperless in 2013 and here is how our partners will help:

Google Drive: one place to create, share and keep all your stuff
Fujitsu SnapScan: scan your existing paper, mail and business cards
Expensify: track and report expenses
Manilla: track and pay bills online
Xero: accounting software online
HelloSign: fill out and sign documents online (that’s us!)
HelloFax: online faxing (that’s us!)

Pledge to Go Paperless in 2013

We think these companies solve the most common paper scenarios you run into – billing, faxing, signing documents, accounting, storage and more!

Make the pledge to go paperless in 2013 and we’ll provide you with a monthly newsletter highlighting the best ways to remove paper from all aspects of your life.

The tools for a paperless office are out there. But, the old habit of using paper is hard to break. That’s why we’re making it as simple as possible for you to move into a paperless world.

Here’s to a fruitful 2013 and we hope you’ll join us in going paperless!


CEO: HelloFax, HelloSign


Introducing a more integrated HelloFax and HelloSign experience

October 24th, 2012

Starting today, you’re going to notice some changes to your HelloFax and HelloSign experience. These changes should make it even easier to use both of our services.

The Top Bar

It is now quick and easy to toggle between faxing and signing documents. As we continue to add services that enable you to go paperless, expect the top navigation to enable you to easily find the solution you’re looking for.

“Sign and Send” moving to HelloSign

In order to ease the confusion between services, if you choose to “Sign and Send” a document from HelloFax you will be redirected to HelloSign. You can still sign faxes, but for documents only being emailed, we’ll direct you to HelloSign.

Documents & Login information

All your documents from HelloFax and HelloSign are still stored in the document tab on both sites. Moreover, your login for both accounts will be the same.

We think these changes will make for a far more intuitive experience. If you have a second, let us know what you think!


Google mentioned us in their blog!

September 13th, 2012

Your favorite apps, with Google Drive


Guest Post: Tame Your Time-Wasters to Boost Your Productivity

September 7th, 2012

This is a guest post by HelloFax user Joshua Zerkel, a Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of Custom Living Solutions.

If you work for yourself, and especially if you work from home, you are probably inundated with time-wasters and distractions. While it may seem like checking Facebook throughout the day or reading your email all the time may seem like it’s only robbing you of a few minutes here and there, it’s likely that you’re more distracted then you might think. And, even if you are wasting just a few minutes a day, added up weekly, monthly, or annually, that can be a lot of your time.

And lost time equals lost revenue. This is why it’s critical that you reduce your distractions. Notice that I didn’t say remove – in many cases, it’s not always possible to completely remove your distractions – but we can get them under control. Here’s how:

Prioritize. Without deciding what your priorities and goals are, it can be tricky how to spend your time, and frequently you may end up spending your time on whatever the bright shiny object of the day is – which typically is not what will help propel your business forward. Make sure to set some clear goals around your business, and each evening, spend a few minutes planning out what your key priorities and tasks are for the following day. When distractions pop up, you
can then revisit your list of priorities and see if the distractions are in service of, or are working against, the goals you’ve laid out for yourself.

Let tech help – not hurt. We are inundated with things that “ping” us – our phone vibrating to let us know about a new text message, a pop-up on our screen that says email is waiting for us (when isn’t it?), and our social media stream alerting us to a new friend request. Don’t get me wrong – connecting with other people is great, and for many of us, these forms of communication are an essential part of how we do business. That said, we typically don’t need to monitor them
– or have them interrupt us – all the time. These communication streams may seem urgent and immediate, but upon closer inspection, they are very seldom critically important to your bigger goals in the moment in which you receive them. Rather, it’s much better if you choose a few times a day to process your various inboxes, and then switch gears to tasks that you’ve given priority to.

Home is not work. If you work from home, sometimes it’s a little too easy to fall into a rut of low productivity. You can get distracted by the dishes in the sink, or the laundry piling up in the corner – things which you typically may not otherwise be motivated to do, except for the fact that you have a big project that you need to start, and suddenly those chores seem of paramount importance. It’s absolutely essential that you create some boundaries between your work life and your home life so you can reduce these distractions. Remove all distractions from your line-of- sight while you’re at your desk (yes, that means the TV too!), let your friends and family know
what your work hours are, and discourage them from contacting you during those times unless they need you urgently. Bonus points: get dressed for work, as if you might be called to leave for an important client meeting at any moment. You’ll instantly start taking yourself, and your day,
more seriously.

Reducing your distractions is key to boosting your productivity – and your profits – in your business.


Interested in writing a guest post for our blog? Contact Joel Andren:  joel (at) hellofax (dot) com

Joshua Zerkel is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of Custom Living Solutions, San Francisco’s top-rated and multi-award-winning productivity and organizing consulting firm. Josh is also a two-term past President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Josh specializes in large and small businesses find easy ways to get control of their information, time, and technology so they can boost their productivity – and their profits. Josh works with clients in locations around the world both in-person and virtually.

You can find Josh online at www.CustomLivingSolutions.com or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JoshuaZerkel


Check out our booth at Evernote!

August 28th, 2012

We met some terrific people at the Evernote conference. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Want to give it a try? Head over to the Evernote Trunk.


HelloFax Integrates with Evernote

August 23rd, 2012

Everyone here at HelloFax is a huge fan of Evernote. We use it as a note-keeping tool, to share ideas and more. That’s why we’re excited to announced that we’re now integrated with Evernote.

Evernote users will now get 50 free fax pages a month for 6 months and 25% off our premium plans. To sign up, go to www.hellofax.com/evernote

Evernote’s over 35 million users will now be able to fax any item in their Notebooks, and all faxes will be archived in their Evernote account. Evernote users can now be more efficient and productive in their business and personal transactions and, of course, be one step closer to going paperless.

“Evernote is a powerful platform with a loyal and active userbase,” said Joseph Walla, CEO of HelloFax and HelloSign. “Integrating our services made total sense as both companies are interested in providing users with easy-to-use tools to enrich their lives.”

“HelloFax and HelloSign provide our users with even more ways to achieve a truly paperless lifestyle,” said Seth Hitchings, VP of Platform Strategies at Evernote. “Together, they are incredibly useful additions to the Evernote Trunk.”