Recently, I learned about a relatively new website that allows for free PDF Conversion Online, www.pdfconverter.com. You can convert any file to a PDF or you can convert PDF to Word, PDF to Excel, or PDF to PowerPoint. As a math instructor, I have learned to take everything with a grain of salt when it comes to converting a PDF full of equations to a Word Document. However, knowing these tools are all available to me online for free is a big relief in situations when I am working on a computer at my college that doesn’t allow me to download the full-featured PDF Converter tools that I usually use on my home computer.
The thing I like best about the free PDF Converter tools is that is very simple and quick. You simply select the file you want to convert, enter your e-mail address, and wait for the converted file to be e-mailed to you. This is a lot more convenient than some other websites I have seen before that make you wait on the website while the file is being converted so that they can show you annoying, pesky, and sometimes misleading pop-up advertisements. PDF Converter is not like this at all and I appreciate the streamlined look and feel of their website.
Another thing I like about PDF Converter is that they have a more full-featured product available for download and purchase, if you need to be able to edit your PDF file. I have used many of the features of their product, PDF Converter Elite, such as the ability to add page numbers to existing PDF files. This has been a great convenience for me in creating the Course Pack for my Math for Elementary course in which I have files of my own notes interwoven with articles and other resources that I use in class with my students and need to have the pages numbered in a sequential manner. Before I started using PDF Converter, I always numbered the pages by hand, which was very time-consuming and very unprofessional looking. The cost of this product is currently $99.
So, why did I choose PDF Converter over all of the other products on the market? I think part of the reason is brand loyalty. I had been using the company’s free online conversion tools for a while, knew that they had a product available for purchase that would allow me to edit PDF files, and decided to give their free 15-day trial a chance. I figured, what do I have to lose? If the product didn’t work the way that I wanted to, I knew that I would be able to quickly delete it from my computer. However, as it turns out, I like the tool a lot for all of its available features and for its ease of use and nice, clean interface.
Again, depending on what your specific needs are, PDF Converter might not be the right tool for you. However, all of their free online conversion tools are still available for you to use. On the other hand, if you have the need to be able to edit your PDF files, I encourage you to take a look at this tool as a viable option.