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ZAMZAR – Free Online File Conversion

28 Dec 2008 | | No Comment

Interested in free online file conversion — Zamzar may be the answer for you.  This online file service has the ability to convert from a variety of document, image, music, and video formats. 

How does it work? Well, like most of the online conversion services, you provide either the file or a URL to the file. Select  your options. Enter your email address, click submit and hey presto! The file is uploaded to the Zamzar server, run through their conversion engine and a link to the converted file is sent back to you via email.

You can convert from PDF to:

doc – Microsoft Word Document
html – Hypertext Markup Language
odt – OpenDocument Text Document
pcx – Paintbrush Bitmap Image
png – Portable Network Graphic
ps – Postscript document
rtf – Rich Text Format
txt – Text document

And to PDF from:

csv – Comma Separated Values
doc – Microsoft Word Document
docx – Microsoft Word 2007 Document
odp – OpenDocument presentation
ods – OpenDocument spreadsheet
odt – OpenDocument Text Document
ppt – Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
pptx – Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Presentation
pub – Microsoft Publisher
wpd – Wordperfect Document
wps – Microsoft Works Document
xls – Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet
xlsx – Microsoft Excel 2007 Spreadsheet

Notable exceptions: you cannot do PostScript to PDF, or  (surprisingly) Rich Text to PDF – however, the latest Office2007 formats are supported.

While the service itself is free, you can sign-up for a commercial account which ranges in price from $7 USD per month to $49. The more you pay, the faster the conversion, and the more files you can convert at the same time.  As it happens, I waited over 30  minutes for my conversion, so I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to use the free subscription when time was short.

I suppose you don’t get something for nothing… or at least not very quickly.

p.s. A quick inspection of the file revealed that e-pdfconverter was used to perform the conversion.

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