Convert Documents to PDF Format Online
PDF, or portable document format, was invented about 20 years ago by software giant Adobe and it quickly became their signature product. Â Then Flash and Photoshop came along and the PDF was released to open source. Â Now PDF has been built into third-party apps from Foxit, Nitro, Sumatra and even Microsoft Word. Â In fact, you can even convert files to the format right online without having to even install any sort of software on your computer. Â A new site called PDFconv will do everything you want for free and without any download required.
The site is ad-supported so expect to see those while using it, but they aren't intrusive and it beats the heck out of paying for a service or software. Â It also supports multiple formats, including JPG, BMP, DOC, TXT, HTML, GIF, RTF and about fifty others. Â This opens things up, allowing users to convert, not just basic text documents, but presentations, spreadsheets, images and more, into PDF files.
To get started, simply browse toÂ http://pdfconv.com/Â and click the "Browse" button, then navigate to the file you want to convert to a PDF document. Â Click "OK" and the file will immediately begin uploading to to the PDFconv web app.
Once you have uploaded your files (you can do up to five files at a time) you can click the "Convert files to PDF" link and the process will begin. Â Depending on the file size and the amount of files you added, this could take a few seconds or a few minutes, but the processor does work fairly quickly in the tests I carried out (image files seemed to take more time than text).
When the process completes you will be prompted to right-click the file and choose the "save" option to get your new PDF document onto your computer.
The web app is free, but it does have some reasonable limitations. Â It can only convert five files at a time and there is a file size limit of 25 MB. Â Neither of those should be deal-breakers for the vast majority of users. Â It was quick and efficient, and best of all, it was free. Â For those who don't need to process a lot files then this online solution should work fine. Â If you find yourself doing this daily, then you may want to consider a desktop solution.