Monday, November 26, 2012

Converting files to formatted text

When you convert files to text using other converters you may be surprised at the results because converters have different ideas on what should be displayed. For example, if you convert pdf to text, do you just dump out the raw text, or do want formatting of the results such as indents and bullet points?

At we believe you should have as much formatting as possible that the file format allows. So if you convert docx files to text you will see stars (*) as bullet points and columns formatted with vertical lines. It would be much easier to just give the raw text, but we think it is more useful to have the formatting preserved.

The same is true for Microsoft Pocket Word  psw to txt, or pdf to txt. Maintaining the formatting allows you to easily read and edit the resulting file. Additionally, we include carriage returns and linefeeds as per most applications use for rendering the result file. This gives you nice linebreaks instead of running all the lines together when displayed under common apps such as Word or Notepad.

The Team

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Convert files directly from your iPhone

If you are in a bind and need to convert a file that resides on your iPhone you are out of luck...until now. The native iOS installation does not permit file uploading in a browser which is a big inconvenience when you have received a file and need to get it converted ASAP.

Fortunately, there is a patch called Safari Upload Enabler which changes the settings on your Safari browser to be more like a traditional browser on a laptop or desktop machine. After you install this patch you can click on the "Browse.." button to select your file for converting.

The Safari Upload Enabler is a generic tool which can be used on other web sites, but for us it should be called the Safari Document Converter Enabler!

The Team

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Free document converter for your website

You can add value to your web site or blog by adding a free document converter button. To add our most popular converter, docx to doc go to our linking page to copy the html code and paste it on your web site. Your users will see the familiar "Browse.." button to select a file and then they can instantly convert their file online.

Users will see the following on your website or blog:

Please note that you can specify different converters by clicking on the alternate links such as: pptx to ppt or xlsx to xls. You can also add any of our 200+ file converters to your site by searching for a file converter and then clicking on the "add free converters to your website" link near the file conversion button. Or if you are comfortable modifying the html you can replace the "docx" and "doc" extensions to reflect the converter you would like to show.

The document converter is a free tool which will keep your users engaged on your web site and encourage them to come back as they need different file converters.

The Team

Monday, November 5, 2012

Convert RAR to ZIP Online

Have a RAR file you need to un-archive? now supports rar to zip so you can easily extract the files within a .rar archive.

RAR stands for Roshal Archive, which is a proprietary format that incorporates multi volumes, compression, and has built in functionality to deal with errors in the archive.

If you have an RAR file you can easily use our online converter to un-archive the file and turn it into a zip file. From there you have access to all the files in the archive using standard zip tools or opening it as a folder under different versions of windows.

Enjoy the RAR to ZIP file converter!

The Team

Friday, November 2, 2012

Compress files online with zip and gzip

We are expanding our toolbox of file services by allowing you to compress files online. If you need to quickly zip a file online you can do this at For those unix users we also allow you to gzip a file online, which will give you the resulting file with a .gz extension.

Using compression you can reduce the file size significantly, sometimes up to 90%. If you have a large file that cannot be e-mailed because it is too big you can try compressing it first which may reduce the size enough to be allowed through various mail services.

Another application for compression is to archive a large file,  allowing you to save space on your computer's hard drive. This is typically used when a large file is unlikely to be used in the near term, such as a backup or if you're operating system is complaining that you are low on disk space.

The Team