Online Converters

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Online converters always come in handy. Once you need to perform some operation with your files, they can save your time achieving the same results online, without installing some specific software. In fact, there are many online tools, which convert formats, files and code snippets for free. Some of them are quite specific tools aimed for developers, but some are common “all-rounders”, which manage to convert almost every format to a more popular one. Using them, you can generate .pdf-documents out of images, images out of texts or RSS-feeds out of web-sites. You can also convert any audio- and video-files immediately – the results can be received via e-mail.

So what can you use? What should you use?

This overview of online-converters for users and developers might give you some useful starting points and improve your productivity.

“All-Rounders”

  • Media-Convert1
    Media-Convert can deal with many formats. Most important are Text, HTML, XHTML, Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, PS, Open Office, Star Writer, CSV, dBase, Microsoft Excel, Pocket Excel, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, Star Calc, Open Office, MathML, Open Office Formeln, Powerpoint. Besides: Video and Audio-formats.
  • txt2tags2
    This tool generates HTML, XHTML, SGML, LaTeX, Lout, Man Page, MoinMoin, MagicPoint and PageMaker-documents out of a single plain text-file with minimal markup.
  • Zamzar3
    Zamzar supports conversion between a wide variety of different file formats. Many conversion options, among them 11 document formats, 8 image formats, 9 audio formats and 12 video formats.

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Development

HTML & CSS

  • Text to JavaScript15
    If you’ve ever tried to make some normal text containing characters like ‘ into a JavaScript variable, you will know how frustrating it can be when you miss one, or you miss a or a line break or a tag. Well, let this script do it for you.
  • CSS HTML16
    Converts CSS-code to HTML and HTML to CSS-Code.
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  • HTML2TXT17
    Converts HTML in plain text.
  • HTML2Wiki
    18Converts HTML to Wiki-Markup
  • HTML -> PHP, JavaScript, ASP19
    This program let you convert your HTML in various scripting languages such as: HTML to PHP, HTML to Javascript and HTML to ASP
  • Draac.Com’s Html To Javascript20
    Type or paste your Html codes into the text box below, then press the button and convert your Html coding to Javascript.
  • HTML to JavaScript Convertor21
    This tool takes your markup and converts it to a series of document.write() statements that you can use in a block of JavaScript.

Graphics

Color

  • Color converter29
    Converts HEX-colors to RGB und RGB to HEX.

    Screenshot30
  • HEX 2 RGB
    Converts HEX to RGB
  • Cs2Aco31
    Converts Color Schemer Schemes to Photoshop Palettes.

PDF

  • HTML 2 PDF32
    Converts HTML and whole sites to PDF
  • Online PDF Converter33
    You can generate plain text, .jpg-, .png-, .gif- or .tiff-images out of .pdf-files.
  • PDF Conversion34
    PDF -> Text.
  • Show PDF35
    PDF -> HTML.
  • PDF Online36
    Converts MS Word (DOC), MS Publisher (PUB), MS Word (RTF), MS Excel (XLS), MS PowerPoint (PPT), HTML (MHT), MS PowerPoint (PPS), Text (TXT) and JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, WMF, EMF, GIF to PDF online. The .pdf-file is sent via e-mail.

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RSS

Further converters

  • X2V43
    Converts hCard to vCard
  • CSV Converter44
    Converts tables: from CSV to HTML or WikiMedia-format.
  • Excel to CSV45
    Converts Excel-documents to CSV
  • Greasemonkey Compiler
    Converts Greasemonkey User-Scripts to Mozilla/Firefox Extensions.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://media-convert.com/konvertieren/
  2. 2 http://txt2tags.sourceforge.net/online.php
  3. 3 http://www.zamzar.com/
  4. 4 http://www.zamzar.com/
  5. 5 http://www.yellowpipe.com/yis/tools/HTML_converter/index.html
  6. 6 http://developers.evrsoft.com/tools-html2script-converter.shtml
  7. 7 http://ult-tex.net/tools/ultra/html_convert.pl
  8. 8 http://www.motobit.com/util/binary-file-to-sql-hexstring.asp
  9. 9 http://www.accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/developer-tools/response.right/default.php
  10. 10 http://www.accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/developer-tools/response.right/default.php
  11. 11 http://www.design215.com/toolbox/translator/trans_login.php
  12. 12 http://www.iconv.com/dos2unix.htm
  13. 13 http://www.iconv.com/unix2dos.htm
  14. 14 http://www.iconv.com/mac2unix.htm
  15. 15 http://www.howtocreate.co.uk/tutorials/jsexamples/syntax/prepareInline.html
  16. 16 http://www.andylangton.co.uk/web_design/css-html-converter.php
  17. 17 http://cgi.w3.org/cgi-bin/html2txt
  18. 18 http://diberri.dyndns.org/wikipedia/html2wiki/
  19. 19 http://www.yellowpipe.com/yis/tools/HTML_converter/index.html
  20. 20 http://www.draac.com/htmltojavascript.html
  21. 21 http://www.accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/developer-tools/html-javascript-convertor/
  22. 22 http://converticon.com/
  23. 23 http://converticon.com/
  24. 24 http://www.chami.com/html-kit/services/favicon/
  25. 25 http://jpg2asc.hierklikken.com/
  26. 26 http://www.typorganism.com/asciiomatic/
  27. 27 http://www.typorganism.com/asciiomatic/
  28. 28 http://www.text-image.com/index.html
  29. 29 http://www.yellowpipe.com/yis/tools/hex-to-rgb/color-converter.php
  30. 30 http://www.yellowpipe.com/yis/tools/hex-to-rgb/color-converter.php
  31. 31 http://cs2aco.snowgarden.ch/
  32. 32 http://html2pdf.seven49.net/
  33. 33 http://www.coolutils.com/Online-PDF-Converter.php
  34. 34 http://www.iconv.com/pdftext.htm
  35. 35 http://showpdf.com/
  36. 36 https://www.pdfonline.com/convert_pdf.asp
  37. 37 https://www.pdfonline.com/convert_pdf.asp
  38. 38 http://www.feed43.com/
  39. 39 http://www.navi-gez.de/rss2gif/
  40. 40 http://www.rss-to-javascript.com/p/RSSRDF-Converter___138.html
  41. 41 http://www.rss-to-javascript.com/p/RSSRDF-Converter___138.html
  42. 42 http://www.wotzwot.com/rssxl.php
  43. 43 http://suda.co.uk/projects/X2V/
  44. 44 http://area23.brightbyte.de/csv2wp.php
  45. 45 http://www.iconv.com/xls2csv.htm

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  1. 1

    It sounds like quite a nice tool that can help users convert PowerPoint online, thanks for sharing such a good stuff! I will give it a try!

    Before this, I was always using another cost-effective powerpoint-to-dvd.org/ppt-to-dvd-converter.html PowerPoint to DVD converter to convert my presentation to DVD format that can be played on any players; the use period of the trial version can be up to 30 days. But I found that it really works well.

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  2. 52

    yeah that sounds like great tool but will it be really fast?

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  3. 103

    It seems great, what kind of file does it support? mac ipad video converter can support almost any kind of dvd files.

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  4. 154

    Thank you that you can take your time from your busy scheduel, it is very kind of you to provide this precious information for us.
    PLUS : i find wondershare mac video converter is a pretty nice video conevert for video decoding on mac osx.

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  5. 205

    Georgina Nibbet

    July 14, 2011 12:19 pm

    Awesome software, pdfs are often really tough to work with. Another way to do this though would be to just go here where there are programs that will automatically turn excel sheets into pdfs.

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  6. 256

    The article is very helpful! Thank you, I’ll be sure to use your advice. Personally, I had some problems converting excel files over to PDF. Then I found this program at my work that quickly and painlessly converts my excel documents into pdf so I didn’t have to do it manually (which would end up taking aggravating hours upon hours). It provides my business a simple way to make individualized statements for our business associates. Check it out here.

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  7. 307

    Oh, good, but I don’t know a online converter whether safe, so I want to use RZ Video Converter which yahoo and google can search ,do you know it’s good?

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  8. 358

    If you are looking for documents converters from and to different formats like to PDF, to DOC(X), to EPUB, to FB2, you can try http://go4convert.com

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  9. 409

    What a great list. However by now I have used this PDF conversion software for converting my documents and its working great as well. But would surely love to give a try to the online ones listed here as well.

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  10. 460

    Nice list
    Maybe you can include the open-source http://html2pdf.it in the list?

    Also I’m missing a converter that can convert JavaScript code to HTML with inline styles, so I can put it in an email.

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  11. 511

    There are a few other PDF tools online that could be useful.
    http://pdfaid.com

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  12. 562

    A wonderful image tools website online.

    http://watermark-images.com

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  13. 613

    Nemo PDF is really another wonderful PDF converter.

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