Microsoft Live Docs

By , June 16, 2010 8:56 am

Microsoft’s Office 2010 suite is now on sale, but I wanted to be sure to remind our readers to take a look at Microsoft Office Live Workspace – A subset of the Office tools that is now available for free online.

To get started – sign up for an account here. or if you have a Live Mail account, you can simply login here

Once you are logged in, you can create Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents without having the Office suite installed on your computer.

While Live Docs looks like a great companion to Microsoft’s Office Suite, one might wonder if it is a little late to the game, with a number of folks already using Google Docs.

What do you think? Is this a service you could see yourself using?

Convert documents from any computer with Media-Convert.Com

By , December 7, 2009 3:36 pm

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Have you ever needed to convert a file from one format to another, only to discover that the computer you are working on doesn’t have the requisite software installed? Well, today I’d like to share a site that I often use to work around that very issue – www.media-convert.com

Media Convert is a web based tool that allows users to  convert multiple file types with ease and doesn’t require registration or installation of any software.

The site allows users to convert files to and from many of the formats outlined below:

Text/Documents: Raw text, HTML, XHTML, Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, PS, Open Office, Star Writer, Pocket Word, Word Perfect, CSV, dBase, Microsoft Excel, Pocket Excel, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, Star Calc, Open Office spreadsheet among others.

Video Files: 3G2 3GP AMV ASF ASX AVI DPG DV FLI FLV GIF GVI MKV MOV MP4 MPG NSV OGG OGM RM RPL SWF VOB WMV

Image Files: AVS BMP CIN DCX DIB DPX FITS GIF ICO JFIF JIF JPE JPEG JPG MIFF OTB P7 PALM PAM PBM PCD PCDS PCL PCX PGM PICT PNG PNM PPM PSD RAS RLE SGI SUN TGA TIF TIFF WMF XBM XPM YUV

Audio Files: Media Convert supports conversion between many different audio file formats. Here are just a few:

WAV to MP3, OGG, AAC, AMR, FLAC, MPC, MMF, AU, AIFF, QCP
MP3 to WAV, OGG, AAC, AMR, FLAC, MPC, MMF, AU, AIFF, QCP.
WMA to WAV, OGG, AAC, AMR, FLAC, MP3, MPC, MMF, AU, AIFF, QCP

How does the conversion process work?

File conversion is as simple as uploading the file you need to the site and allowing media-convert.com a few minutes to carry out the necessary transcoding/conversion. When the process is complete, you are provided with a link to download the converted file.

How well does it work?

Media-Convert does a pretty good job with the conversion process. I have even converted a pdf back into a word document (.rtf format) using the tool.

How large a file can you convert?

Media-Convert.com supports conversion of files up to 200MB in size, which should be plenty for the average user (If you have a word document, powerpoint or audio file that is close to that limit, you probably aren’t an average user :) )

One other great feature of the site – It can also convert files by grabbing them directly from a web server!

As always, don’t forget to take a look at the terms of use section at the bottom of the page.

Happy converting and be sure to let us know whether the site worked for you!

Vishal

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