An Essential Web Tool

Tagging on to my thoughts yesterday about life in a browser, there still is a nasty gotcha when working with files.  You’ve got this great file and you’re going to do something with it but it’s the wrong size or the wrong format or …

What to do?  What to do?  Actually, if you have enough tools installed on your computer, you might be OK.   But…

If that’s a problem you have to endure, then you need to check out CloudConvert.  I was drawn to explore by its tagline “convert anything to anything”.  Who wouldn’t want a service like that?  Off I went to check it out.

The site claims to support 123 formats and I was impressed immediately by a support for “ebook”!  The format page gives a complete listing.

How to use it?  It’s really easy.

Step 1:  Give CloudConvert your file.

I was impressed that I didn’t have to “drop the file here” like on so many other resources.  Just drop it on the page.  I slid my browser to the left, grabbed a file and dragged it to the page.  Step 1 done.

The file was a .jpg file.  I decided to give it an easy test.  Please make it a .gif file.

Step 2:

Step 3:

Give me the converted file.

What a great set of options!  I’ve used services like this in the past and mailing the converted file typically is the only option.  Since I would probably import the file into a document or a presentation, sending it to Google Drive makes a great deal of sense.

This utility is definitely a keeper.  Whether you’re using standalone applications or working in a browser, dealing with file formats is a common task.  They may well be your answer!

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