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Online Converters

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. [Content Care Oct/09/2016]

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” Link

  • txt2tags1
    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.
  • Zamzar2
    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.


Development Link


  • Text to JavaScript10
    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.
  • HTML2TXT11
    Converts HTML in plain text.
  • HTML -> PHP, JavaScript, ASP12
    This program let you convert your HTML in various scripting languages such as: HTML to PHP, HTML to Javascript and HTML to ASP
  • HTML to JavaScript Convertor13
    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 Link

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Sven is the co-founder and former CEO of Smashing Magazine. He's now writing at his Conterest Blog, where he focuses on blogs, content strategy, writing and publishing — all in German.

  1. 1

    Carlos Eduardo

    April 10, 2007 4:19 am

    Wow… Very good!

    I like these lists! Always helping us…
    Thank you :)

  2. 2

    Скакунов Александр

    April 10, 2007 4:52 am

    I like the Zamzar now!

  3. 3

    And new logo – looks awesome :)

  4. 4

    Russell Heimlich

    April 10, 2007 5:20 am

    Why on Earth would you convert HTML to JavaScript? All it does is add document.writeln statements to each line. That’s boo-muck.

  5. 5

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    April 10, 2007 6:30 am

    Russell, if you write JavaScript-Code, you sometimes need to present HTML some way so that it is embedded in the JavaScript code. This converter does exactly that.

  6. 6

    As always, kudos.
    Definitely , i will add to my bookmarks :D

  7. 7

    grrr I hate that media-convert is here :( It’s easy enough to find by search engines but I hate seeing things like that get high visibility since it seems to always mark their demise.

    I love this tool for so may things but it can be abused and when they become abused theey seem to go away :(

  8. 8

    For unit and temperature conversions see

  9. 9

    anyone knows how to convert hex colors to pantone?

  10. 10

    vaovvv we can be converted everything :D

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    David Bradley

    April 11, 2007 2:19 am

    We run a great online converter from Microscopic Earthling on the site, with it you convert between the common units such as feet and meters in length, area, mass, and volume as well as between some more obscure measurements such as the Canadian arpent and the South African morgen for instance. Eternally useful.


  12. 12

    gr8pixel, to make a color that converts hex colors to Pantone requires paying to get the data from Pantone Corp. However, the data and cost are built into Photoshop and some other programs. To take advantage of this in Photoshop, open the color picker and select a color. Then click the “color libraries” button and the closest Pantone equivalent will be shown.

  13. 13

    good resource

  14. 14

    una raccolta molto utile, grazie

  15. 15

    What’s with the comments that are merely repeats of this sites intro? And repeated?!

  16. 16

    thanks adam!!!! :) i’ll try that.

  17. 17

    OMG I think I love you. Why have I not found this site sooner! Great site. Great articles.

  18. 18

    I need to convert a .dat file to a database (Access preferred). The only way i can do it now is to convert it to Excel and then to Access, but the file is too large for Excel to get it all.
    Can you help?

  19. 19

    Motorcycle Guy

    April 27, 2007 7:15 am

    quieries eh? is that like a gay programmer?

  20. 20

    Does annyone know how to convert pdf files into powerpoint files? The other way arround doens’t seem to be a problem.
    Thanks Michael


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