Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday: File Conversion Tools

At times, an application may be not compatible with a file format that you are working with.  It may be necessary to convert it into a different format so that you can complete your task.  

I am providing you with two file conversion applications that I used and have experience with.  These tools are dependable and I was able to use them successfully.  

1.  Format Factory

This is a free application that you must download and install on your computer.  It offers many different file conversions and has a user friendly interface.  You can convert audio, video and images and select multiple files at one time.  I use this tool a lot and I highly recommend it.  

Here is an image that will display a list of files that you can convert to.

2. ZamZar

This is a free application, however it does has limitations. I suggest you create an account with this tool.  It is an online tool that you must upload your file to.  Then, it will send you an email notification when it is done with the conversion.  Then, you have to download the converted file to your computer.  This is a reliable tool and has a user friendly interface.  The only disadvantage it has is that you have to wait for an email notification when the conversion is completed.  It usually is a quick process, but just keep this in mind.

First, you select the file you want to convert. It has a 100MB limit.  Then, you choose the file format you want to convert to.  It offers a variety of formats to convert to such as: images, documents, music, video, e-book, compressed and video preset formats.   Then, enter your email address and finally, hit the 'convert' button.  That's it, four easy steps! Now, just wait for the email to download your new file.

There are other file conversion tools, such as AVS Video Converter, Free File Converter, and Prism Video File Comverter, but, again,  I use the two I listed above.

If anyone has used a different tool that is not listed here, please leave a comment and share your experience.

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