Lifehacker’s Five Best Media Converters

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video, YouTube | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a group of its Five Best Media Converters.

We’ve all been there: you’ve downloaded an episode of your favorite TV show to watch on your commute or stream to your living room, but the file you downloaded isn’t supported on the device you want to use it with. Once a significant obstacle to enjoying your media anywhere, this problem is easily solved by any number of free media converters. On Wednesday we asked you to share your favorite media converters, and today we’re back with the five most popular answers.”

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MediaCoder converts media files

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

MediaCoder is a “free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time and at this moment, it already has millions of users from 170+ countries all over the planet.”

In other words, you can convert all sorts of media from one type of file to another: wav files to MP3, etc. It also might be able to save a corrupted file.

  • Improving compression / reducing size for audio/video files
  • Converting for audio/video playback devices (digital audio player, MP4 player, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, VCD/DVD player etc.)
  • Extracting audio tracks from video files
  • Ripping audio/video discs
  • Reparing corrupted or partial downloaded video files


Supported Fomats

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Office 2007 converters

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , , , , |

A converter for 2007 to 2003 is here. Use at your own risk — this has not been tested by Library staff. This site seems to be very slow to load.

NW DocX Converter will convert Word 2007 and OpenOffice swx and odt files to RTF format. Be warned — this will lose a lot of your Office formatting, so expect to only keep the actual text, and not the way it looks on the page. Use at your own risk — this has not been tested.

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Microsoft Office 2007 for older versions of Office

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, File conversion, Files, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Office 2007 Formats

Office 2007 uses a new format for Word (.docx), Excel (.xlsx) and PowerPoint (.pptx) files. In order to use these with older versions of MS Office, you will need a “compatibility pack” from Microsoft which works with Office 2000, 2002 (XP), and 2003.

If you don’t want to do that, you must remember to save as an older version format, such as “97-2003”, so your older version can still read it. Office 2007, of course, can still read older formats, but older versions of Office can’t read the newer formats without help.

The following instructions only work if you already have a licensed older version of Microsoft Office.

The Microsoft Knowledge Base article for this is 924074. Remember that Microsoft may change the location of these files, or the wording, but they should have them somewhere on their site.

  1. FIRST download the 2003 viewers for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and install them. Several versions may be offered, but you want the 2003 viewers.
  2. Then install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats for older Office software (2000, 2002, 2003).

REMEMBER: Office versions older than 2007 currently used on campus cannot read the new formats, so save in an older format if you want to be able to read it without Office 2007.
Be sure to get the free 2003 viewers and install them FIRST before the compatibility pack! They are essential for the compatibility pack to function.

This is NOT for use with other programs such as OpenOffice, WordPerfect, or other software.

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