E-mate patent enables sending hardcopy documents as PDFs

E-mate patent enables sending hardcopy documents as PDFs

Don Fluckinger

Many industry pundits say the fax is a dying technology, thanks to PDF.

Yet paper pervades offices in record volumes, and the typical office dweller

could use an easier way to turn paper into PDF than find the closest scanner,

save the scanned file as a PDF and whatever else has to happen (open an e-mail

program, attach the scanned file, etc.)


Enter E-mate, a company that has announced two U.S. patents (view one of

them, 6,693,729, here) it received for a new “adapter device” that turns fax scans into PDFs

and directly e-mails them to whatever address the person faxing the document

specifies–without a computer.


“There are only three known ways to send a hardcopy document directly to

an e-mail address–scanning the document and attaching to an e-mail message,

sending via an e-mail-capable multifunction machine or using the E-mate

technology,” says Mark Bloomfield, inventor and founder of E-mate. “E-mate is

much less expensive and easier to use than the other two alternatives. E-mate

features can be added to any of the existing worldwide installed base of fax

machines as well as can be embedded into newly manufactured machines, making

this technology broad-based and very valuable.”

Copyright © 2005 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Originally appearing in PDFZone.