Zamzar Review - A Free File Format Conversion Service

A Review of Zamzar, a Free File Conversion Service

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Zamzar is a good free file converter. It's not the first service or software I'd try but it works for what it does.

I found Zamzar to be slower than most other online file converters but if you're disappointed with some other file converters or really need to complete your file conversion online, give Zamzar a try.

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Pros

  • Free file conversions (up to 50 MB)
  • Nothing to install
  • Converts a large variety of files from one format to another
  • Simple enough for anyone to use

Cons

  • Conversion time was very slow
  • 50 MB file size limit makes it very difficult to use for video and audio conversions

Description

  • Zamzar converts between many document, image, video, archive, audio, and CAD formats.
  • Conversion is free for any file up to 50 MB in size.
  • Zamzar converts TXT files to MP3 format, providing a high quality, online text-to-speech service.
  • Entire file conversion with Zamzar is completed in 4 steps - no download required.
  • Zamzar file converter service offers increased file size support and other premium services for a fee.
  • Any modern web browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux should be able to use Zamzar.

Guide Review - Zamzar

Zamzar is very easy to use. Just visit their website, upload your original file, choose the format you want to convert your file to, and hit Convert. After that, you wait for an email from Zamzar with a link to your converted file.

That's it!

Zamzar supports a variety of file formats. Some notable "problem" formats that Zamzar supports include WPD (Wordperfect Document), RA (RealMedia Streaming Media), FLV (Flash), and DOCX (Microsoft Office Word 2007). Zamzar makes working with these and many other formats as easy as a few mouse clicks.

Zamzar is a decent choice if you need an image converter or document converter but the 50 MB file size limit makes it nearly impossible to use as a video converter or sometimes even as an audio converter.

I should also note that Zamzar has an optional, tiered premium service - Basic, Pro, and Business - with increasing maximum file sizes, online storage space, speed of conversion, etc. I only tested the free service so some of my experiences with Zamzar may or may not have improved if I had used one of the premium tiers.

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