One of the features that GroupDocs offers is document conversion, converting documents from one file formats to another. There are lots of different reasons why this is such a big deal. If you’ve never been sent a file you couldn’t open, or had a file you sent somewhere returned to you because the recipient couldn’t open it - you’ve been lucky! It is becoming much easier to send documents from one application or operating system to another. In the mid-90s, a Word document created on a Mac, for example, could not easily be opened on a Windows PC. Now, what operating system you have isn’t a barrier to sharing documents. The problems now is mostly which programs, and which program versions, you have. Still, converting documents is still not always easy.

Converting documents saves time and effort

Below is a list of six different occasions when it is really handy to be able to convert documents between formats. Four of the examples start with a Microsoft Word file, DOC, and converts it to other formats: DOC to HTML, DOC to PDF, DOC to JPG and, finally, DOC to ODT. I also explain why you might want to convert between Word versions: DOCX to DOC. Not all documents are word documents so there’s also a scenario for when you might want to convert a PowerPoint presentation to image file: PPTX to JPG. At the end, you’ll hopefully have a good idea of why converting documents is useful and how GroupDocs can help you.

1. Your brochure would work great as pages on your website - DOC to HTMLWhen you run a small company you often find yourself doing everything, from the core focus of your business to marketing, finance and administration. You put together presentation to sell your product or services to potential clients, you write brochure and do a lot of your own graphic design. It makes your life easier if you can re-use some of the materials that you create. With GroupDocs you can convert DOC and DOCX files to a whole host of other formats, including HTML. This means that you can easily turn your Word brochure into pages that you can include on your website.

4. A slide in one of your presentations would look good in another document - PPTX to JPGWhen you have worked hard to make a great presentation, you’ll want to re-use the information and graphics on the slides. As with Microsoft Word documents, you can convert the slides in a presentation to images which you can then use in other presentations, documents or websites. [caption id=“attachment_118” align=“aligncenter” width=“630” caption=“A two-slide presentation converted to JPG.”]A two-slide presentation converted to JPG. [/caption]

5. Someone sends you a compressed Word document and you can’t open it - DOCX to DOCMicrosoft Office 2007 introduced DOCX, their default document format, in 2006. Five years later, not everyone has a word processing program that can work with DOCX, but need DOC or other types of files. Someone who can save to DOCX can also save to DOC. But if you get a DOCX and you need DOC, what do you do? You can ask the originator to save the document in the right format and send it back to you. Or you can upload the file to GroupDocs and convert it to DOC - or any other format that you want.