Zamzar is a Web app that allows you to convert files without downloading any software. You can type in a URL or upload one or more files from your computer, Zamzar will then converts the file(s) to your chosen format.
The basic version of Zamzar is free to use, though you can choose to pay a monthly subscription which extends Zamzar’s functionality. The paid version of the tool allows you to use services such as online file management and it gives you quicker queuing and conversion times.
Zamzar supports over one hundred file formats divided into:
- Document formats.
- Image formats.
- Audio formats.
- Video formats.
- e-Book formats.
- Compressed formats.
- CAD formats.
Zamzar has a clean, easy to use interface that can handle files up to 100MB. It also lets you convert more than one file at a time, provided you are doing the same conversion for each file. Zamzar converts between many documents, images, videos, archives, audio, and CAD formats. It can even convert TXT files to MP3 format, providing a high quality, online text-to-speech service.
Overall, Zamzar is a great tool that supports a variety of file formats. This includes some rare and ‘issue’ prone formats such as WPD (Wordperfect Document), RA (RealMedia Streaming Media), FLV (Flash), and DOCX. Zamzar makes for a good choice if you need an image converter or document converter. The downside is that the 100MB file size limit makes it almost impossible to use as a video converter.
- PDF to JPG – In some cases very large files (500+ pages) were failing to convert.
- Keynote to PPT – Some Apple Keynote presentations had issues when being converted into Microsoft Powerpoint.
- DOCX to DOC – Some larger .docx files were failing to convert correctly to the .doc format.
- PDF to XLS – A bug in conversion process caused a number of these conversions to fail. Fixed this to improve conversion success for these files by over 40%.
- PUB to PDF – Files with very long filenames were failing, an issue which is now fixed.
# Video conversions:
- Fixed an issue which had been preventing video file conversions from the popular video sharing website at GodTube.
# Notification Emails:
- Delivering to inbox – improved the way of sending email notifications for conversions so that less of them end up in spam folders.
- Look & Feel – In some email providers (most notably Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail) Zamzar conversion emails looked wonky. Tidied them up to look all nice and shiny.