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Zamzar - Free file conversion

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If you were looking to convert your file from one format to another, most probably you might have downloaded a software that does this specific conversion. Zamzar is a website that performs this for you online.

While the website claims you never ever again have to install a file converting software again, it however seems to be a sham that Zamzar is an online file conversion tool. For one, the conversion is not made online. How Zamzar works is that you upload your file, choose the format you want it to be converted, enter the email address where you need the new format to be mailed, and then submit.

This file is passed on to the Zamzar team, who convert in offline to the new format and then email the link where the new format is uploaded. This is hardly an online tool then. It is just that Zamzar does the thing offline instead of you doing it. 24 hours for a file conversion is a poor lead time to the process. And finally, it is not foolproof. What if your file is misused?

Zamzar is free. This makes it a nice tool, if you simply want one of those rare file conversions of a not-so-important file. If not, I do not think you should be going for Zamzar.

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Comments on "Zamzar - Free file conversion"

 

Anonymous Red Moon said ... (4:03 PM) : 

an excellent find. very useful

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:14 PM) : 

Two questions:

(1) You say - "This file is passed on to the Zamzar team, who convert in offline to the new format".

Where is the evidence for this statement ?

(2) You say - "24 hours for a file conversion is a poor lead time to the process"

Where did you arrive at this time ? In my experience files are converted almost instantly.

One comment:

(1) You say "What if your file is misused?"

It won't be - Zamzar's privacy policy addresses the deletion and privacy of user files:

http://www.zamzar.com/privacy.php

 

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