There are many types of digital files available, with more and more being churned out every year to meet the demands of newer and better device capabilities. Videos used to be saved in reels and VCR, until portable devices came out that allowed people to watch these files on their portable systems. Video files were saved in “.avi” formats eventually, and that proved useful, for a time, until the file extension “.mp4” came into play and rendered the “.Avi” format almost obsolete. The “.mkv” version cane out later, proving to be capable of representing really high definition videos.

What this tells one is that there are various formats through which files can be expressed. And these formats are versatile and related; they can be converted into other files for different reasons. A few of those reasons include

  • To enable easy editing or modification. Files can be converted to other files to make them easier to be modified. For example, editing a pdf file requires a bit of effort, but if the file is converted to a word or text document, the text can be easily changed
  • To keep old file formats up to date with changing device specifications. For example, when a laptop or smartphone’s operating system is updates, certain system files would not be easily accessible, due to the change in device operations. These files would have to be converted to new formats so that the system can access them as smoothly as before
  • To organize files in innovative ways. For example, students can take pictures of notes in class. These pictures are typically in jpeg, jpg or PNG formats. Organizing these pictures to read might be confusing, and it’s rather easier to view them by just converting all the pictures into one pdf file. This makes for easier reading and viewing

How to convert files

File conversion is easy, and can be done with numerous apps that are available on device stores. Adobe Reader has the option of converting pdf files to numerous other files online. This is useful for folk who might want to change their eBooks to other file formats for whatever reason they may choose. This is also good for encryption and the conversion process doesn’t take much time.

Converting a file with mediocre applications and methods may damage the file. It is not uncommon to find entities that simply go to the file extension on the display name of the file, to manually change the file extension themselves. This is a sure-fire way to make a file unstable and after a while, the file may become inaccessible and damaged. The best way to convert files is to use accredited methods to change them.

As an example, we can look at how to convert pdf to jpg

  • Download an application that specifically used for pdf conversion, or just use Adobe reader by logging into the Adobe server and requesting a file conversion
  • Choose the pdf file that projected for conversion
  • Click on the action button and the method of conversion. One might probably want the converter to change each page of the pdf into one picture each and name the newly converted pictures in numerical order
  • The newly converted pictures are ready for viewing