Some of you may notice that I’ve been working on some of the pages of this site to bring you a more comprehensive Flash experience… and some of you might even care!
The newest page features some of my published works. It’s incomplete – waiting on a few .pdf files and I don’t want to resort to taking photos of magazines quite yet – but I’m working on it.
With that in mind, I’ve found two fantastic resources for converting .pdf files into web-friendly .jpg images. One does a good job while the other does… a job.
“Convert a PDF file to JPG – Easy Way
Go to ZamZar.com, browse for your file and choose PNG format for the format to conver to under Step 2. PNG is another newer picture format that is slowly replacing the JPG format. Most programs that can open JPG files can open PNG. Zamzar automatically converts each page in the PDF document into it’s own PNG picture file. Now you can simply open Microsoft Paint (yes, all you need it Paint!) and choose File – Save As from the menu and choose JPEG from the drop down list of formats.
Convert PDF to JPG Format – Second Way
The first thing you’ll need to do is download a free software (the only one I could find) that converts PDF documents to JPEG image format automatically. Go to the Omniformat download page and download both Omniformat v8.3 and the PDF995 app. You will need to download and install PDF995 first before installing Omniformat. Once you have both programs installed, go to your Start Menu programs, find the program group Software995 and click on Omniformat.
The only annoying thing about this program is that it requires you to view some ads for about 30 seconds! However, it’s better than paying $20 or $40 for a program just to do a simple conversion! It does pop up another instance of your browser window for the web site of each of the sponsors, but it does not install any spyware onto your computer (no popup ads). Once the program is loaded, you’ll see it has a section called “Watch Folders” and then a button at the bottom titled “Start Monitoring” and “Single Pass“.”
Tried both of these options and they work a treat. The best option is by far http://www.zamzar.com, as the quality out of the 995 tools hasn’t been up to snuff (though I’ve only tried it a half dozen times, and I might be missing something).