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Converting files and converting them from one format to another is necessary in various areas. Sometimes you want to convert a docx document into an odt, sometimes a song in FLAC format into an MP3. Converting pictures and videos is always necessary; from PNG to JPG, from AVI to MP4, etc. Now you can download your own file converter app for every issue - or you can use an online service for everything. Zamzar is one of them. With Zamzar you can convert files online and for free. Here I have summarized the advantages and disadvantages of this and when a paid subscription is worthwhile.
I already briefly introduced you to Zamzar in yesterday's guide “.Open the cdr file on the Mac - that's how it really works!“- In it I showed you how you can use a Coral Draw file on the Apple Mac. The only way to do this is to convert it to another format. After the Adobe tools failed in this regard, I turned to Zamzar, which worked wonderfully.
With regard to the free use of the online service, however, it is important that you as a free user are placed on a waiting list. So if you upload the file to be converted, it will not be converted immediately. Paying users and others who have previously “lined up” for a free conversion are in front of you. You have to consider this if you are in a hurry;)
Zamzar can convert ePUB to PDF, be used as MP3 converter and also convert MP4 to GIF. But Zamzar can also be used as an AVI converter or to convert WAV to MP3. Such examples could be continued line by line and paragraph by paragraph. Instead, I will simply list the supported formats below - the individual formats in a category can be converted from one another.
|Pictures||Documents||Music||Videos||E-Books||Archives (Compressed Files)||Video presets|
Zamzar can be used for the occasional conversion of files both completely free of charge and without registration and registration. As noted above, however, you have to queue up for this procedure and then at some point you will be notified when the submitted file has been converted. But if you have several files, entire data carriers or a regular volume of files to be converted, then a subscription could help.
Zamzar offers three subscription models: Basic, Pro and Business. The monthly costs that have to be paid are not too high; especially if you as a company work with the files and thus make money, the costs should be worthwhile. You can find out whether the subscriptions are worthwhile for you with the following table and on the "Pricing" page from the provider for file converting.
|Zamzar Basic||Zamzar Pro||Zamzar Business|
|Maximum file size||200 MB||400 MB||2 GB|
|File conversions per day||Unbegrenzt||Unbegrenzt||Unbegrenzt|
|Online storage||5 GB||20 GB||100 GB|
|High speed download||✔︎||✔︎||✔︎|
|Inbox with file sharing function||✔︎||✔︎||✔︎|
|Individual support and manual file processing||✘||✘||✔︎|
|Price||9 € per month||16 € per month||25 € per month|
Whether you just want to convert one file for free and without registering or whether you want to bring the music library of the last decades into a uniform format - Zamzar is definitely worth it. For some application examples, a subscription is advisable, but it is not too expensive. Especially since in addition to the conversion of files, there is also online storage and other advantages. For companies there is a reasonable price and even manual editing of files in case the online service doesn't work as you want it to. A clear recommendation on my part! Further information and an FAQ are available on the provider website.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.