Computer users need to convert files for various reasons. For example, believe it or not, most brand new PCs only come with a trial version of Microsoft Office. After about 90 days, applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher no longer work, and the files created in these programs will no longer open. This makes PC buyers very upset, and they refuse to shell out the money for a licensed version of Office. So they often resort to using an office suite like Corel WordPerfect Office or Microsoft Works, which may be included for free on their new PC. But what about all of those files they created in the trial version of Microsoft Office? Well, they probably won't open in Works or Word Perfect. And what about those video clips you downloaded, or photos that you edited in Photoshop on your friend's computer? What a pain it would be to find that they don't open no matter what you do.

Here is a quick solution. A new resource called Media-Convert. In minutes, you can convert an Excel file into a PDF document and get the information you need. But wait, there's more! Media-Convert has sections of output formats you can convert to. Imagine this. There are sections that include Movie (such as QuickTime .mov, Flash SWF, Flash Video .flv and the various MPEG formats); Text Document (such as all versions of Word, OpenOffice and HTML); Data (such as Excel .xls and .csv); Presentation (such as PowerPoint .ppt and PowerPoint template .pot); Sound (such as .wma, .mp3, .aiff, .wav, .mp4); Ringtone formats; Images (such as Photoshop .psd, gif, .jpg, .bmp); even elusive Vector Documents.

Note: There is a 150 mb limit for the size of the file. Keep this in mind if you're trying to convert video clips.

This is quite a variety of file types, and I'm just scratching the surface. One click on the pull-down menu of formats reveals an exhaustive list that you wouldn't believe. If you are looking for a tool that will convert all of the above formats and more, Media-Convert is what you've been looking for, but it is not software. It is not downloadable. It is Web-based. It does not require any software installation and does not require an E-mail address to send the converted file to when completed.

Just upload your file, click on the OK button (indicating that you agree with the rules), wait about a minute (or quite a bit longer if it's a sound or video file). A red percentage will show up indicating the progress of the conversion. Wait a while, then scroll down and click on the green "download" arrow. Now you can download the file to your computer right from’s Web site. The site is full of ads, but that is a small price to pay for this free resource. Take a look at the screenshot at the left for a sample of what the site looks like and the rather strange placement of large advertisements and where the actual controls are located.


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