Monday, November 27th, 2006

Zamzar: Online file conversion

Category: Showcase

Zamzar is a simple, single page ajax application that lets you upload a file and convert it to something else. E.g.

  • Make your PDF documents editable by converting them to MS Word
  • Convert your ITunes (aac) files to mp3
  • Upload up to 5 files at a time to convert simultaneously
  • Take advantage of over 150 different conversion types


Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:23 am

4.2 rating from 12 votes


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It’s not what it’s cracked up to be.
I tested with a PDF to Word conversion.
They changed the PDF to a TIFF! and put the TIFF into a Word file.
I and most people would expect an *editable* formatted Word file to be the conversion result.
So…no, not quite there yet.
Thanks, Tom

Comment by Tom — November 27, 2006

It converted a PDF to editable text for me, although it a slightly haphazard way. I guess it depends on how the PDF is encoded.

Comment by Mike Nolan — November 27, 2006

If this works, this is a great idea! ( I am in the process of converting a PDF now. )

Comment by Oliver Tse — November 27, 2006

Hi Tom; the PDF file could have been just an internal image, in which case there is no text to work with. PDF files can either directly capture the image that would have been sent to a printer (thats the Print to PDF option in some apps), in which case it is just an image. You usually need a program like Adobe Acrobat or an app that supports PDF in a deeper way to have it be full text.

Comment by Brad Neuberg — November 27, 2006

What’s being used for the upload bar? I’m doing something similar right now and would be interested to try it out if it’s public.

Comment by Tom — November 27, 2006

Wowww… I tested some pdf => doc conversion, as well as others, and it works really well !

I’ve never seen such a good conversion tool.

Comment by Jonathan Schemoul — November 28, 2006

I still haven’t received my emailed results. I don’t like the business of getting the results emailed. I much prefer the media conversion service at HERE, the number of formats they handle is unbelievable, e.g. PDF -> Flash, or m4a -> mp3. You get the results right there, zipped if you want them. They’re soon to add OCR, I don’t know anyone who gives that away for free.

Comment by rickdog — November 29, 2006

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