Online-Convert.com Insights – The User Dashboard

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Using the online file conversion service of Online-Convert.com is completely free for files under 100 MB. However, we have already pointed out the advantages of registering for a free account. Following up on this, we would like to have a closer look at one of these advantages: the Online-Convert.com user dashboard.

Read more to find out about all the information you can get from the dashboard and how you can effectively use it.

 

The User Dashboard

On your Online-Convert.com user dashboard, you can access different pages using the side navigation. There, y a user can find different information about their account, conversions made as well as some other features. We will talk about them all in more detail below.

  • Subscription Details
  • New Subscription
  • Conversion Minutes
  • Account Permissions
  • Close Account
  • Traffic
  • Conversion History

 

Subscription Details

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On this page, you’ll find a general overview of your account. Any active premium plans you bought will be displayed here together with crucial information about the plan like the maximal upload file size.

Furthermore, this is where you find your API key. You need this one to use the Online-Convert.com API. Related to this, you can find an overview of the amount of conversion minutes you bought and still have available for your key there.

Want to know more about our API? Check out this tutorial on how to test our API with postman.

 

New Subscription

Navigating to “New Subscription” will enable you to buy a premium plan that allows you to convert files bigger than the 100 MB of our free plan, experience our service add-free and more.

Find out more about our premium plans.

 

Conversion Minutes

The usage of the Online-Convert.com API is free with certain limitations. Just like with the web service, users are limited to uploading files with a maximal file size of 100 MB. Furthermore, the amount of conversion minutes for a free use of the API is limited to 30 conversion minutes within 24 hours.

In order to fully use the API, you can buy more conversion minutes from your dashboard.

 

Account Permissions

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Here, you can facilitate your login. How? By linking a social media profile to your Online-Convert.com account.

Find out more about social media login on Online-Convert.com.

 

Close Account

If you want to close your Online-Convert.com account, you can do so on this page. To do so, you have to check the box and confirm that you want to close your account by pressing the “Close account” button.

Note that, in case you have a subscription to a silver, gold or platinum plan, you have to also cancel this subscription on PayPal.

 

Traffic

The traffic section of the dashboard is one of the most interesting. It provides an overview of traffic, conversions and conversion minutes used and produced by your account. The interesting diagrams here are the last four:

Conversions

 

These two charts give an overview of conversions done per day and per month. The daily conversion overview shows the amount conversions conducted in the past 31 days, while the monthly overview provides an overview of the past 12 months. Both charts list the successful conversions (light green) and conversions that caused an error (darker green).

Conversion Minutes

The consumption of conversion minutes by day (dating back 31 days) and per month (dating back 12 months) are displayed in these charts.

 

Conversion History

Conversion History

The conversion history provides you with a list of conversions done in the past 24 hours. Using these links, you can re-download the converted files, use them for further conversion, or permanently delete them from our servers if you don’t want to wait until they are automatically deleted after 24 hours. Furthermore, you can access the conversions that did not work and provide our support team with the error number given on the page.

 

Got any questions?

If you have any questions about your account or the user dashboard, don’t hesitate to send us a message. Our friendly support team will take care of your request.

Resize & Compress PDF – PDF Editing Via API

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PDF editing with the Online-Convert.com API –it can do more than “just” convert!

With our API you can easily edit PDFs with regard to various sizes. File size can be changed just as well as the paper size of a PDF document. In this article, we will show you how you can do so using an API execution app named postman. The functions we will look at are the following:

  • Compress PDF: Change the file size of a PDF
  • Resize PDF: Change the paper size of a PDF

If you are interested in other PDF editing tutorials with our API, check out the list at the end of this article.

 

Resize & Compress PDFs With Our API

The basis to this tutorial is a general knowledge of postman and access to our Online-Convert.com API. If you are not familiar with the app or can’t access our API, check out this tutorial on how to use the Online-Convert.com API with postman. The tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to set up postman using our collection file, which is of course linked.

If you prefer video tutorials, check out how to use the online-convert.com API on YouTube.

 

After you are familiar with the basis, we can dive into the topic of changing file and paper sizes of PDF documents. The following command is essential for the editing. This simple POST command converts a remote file, here a PDF document, into another PDF file.

{
    "input": [{
         "type": "remote",
         "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example.pdf"
     }],
     "conversion": [{
     "target": "pdf",
     "category": "document"
     }]
 }

To add the editing function to the command above, the following addition will be needed:

"options": {
}

 

Compress PDF Documents

PDF compression and thus reduction or changing of the file size is done by adjusting the quality settings of a PDF document. Thus, the following schema that is used by postman to apply the changes to an uploaded document, is named “quality” instead of “compression”:

"quality": {
    "type": "string",
    "description": "Optimizes the output for a specific target which will produce different output file sizes. It may override other quality options.",
    "enum": [
        "screen",
        "ebook",
        "default",
        "printer",
        "prepress"
    ]
}

For changes in a PDF’s quality – and thus it’s file size – there are several presets available. The value of the “quality” option has therefore to be a string containing one of the presets. Lets have a look at what these presets do (ignoring the “default” string for now):

  • Screen: screen quality, 72 dpi images
  • eBook: low quality, 150 dpi images
  • Printer: high quality, 300 dpi images
  • Prepress: high quality, color preserving, 300 dpi images

 

A full command to compress a PDF file should look like this:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "quality": "ebook"
        }
    }]
}

With this API call the quality of the converted file will adapt the preset of ebook. In our example, this reduced the file size of the PDF from 1.04 MB to 247 KB.

 

 

Change a PDFs Paper Size

In order to change the paper size of a PDF, the following scheme is used:

"page_size": {
    "type": "string",
    "description": "The size of the pages",
    "enum": [
        "a0",
        "a1",
        "a2",
        "a3",
        "a4",
        "a4small",
        "a5",
        "a6",
        "a7",
        "a8",
        "a9",
        "a10",
        "isob0",
        "isob1",
        "isob2",
        "isob3",
        "isob4",
        "isob5",
        "isob6",
        "c0",
        "c1",
        "c2",
        "c3",
        "c4",
        "c5",
        "c6",
        "11x17",
        "ledger",
        "legal",
        "letter",
        "lettersmall",
        "archA",
        "archB",
        "archC",
        "archD",
        "archE",
        "jisb0",
        "jisb1",
        "jisb2",
        "jisb3",
        "jisb4",
        "jisb5",
        "jisb6",
        "b0",
        "b1",
        "b2",
        "b3",
        "b4",
        "b5",
        "flsa",
        "flse",
        "halfletter",
        "hagaki"
    ]
}

The page size option takes a string of characters as a value. The possible strings are listed above and represent common paper sizes. Since some of the labels may be confusing, here’s a full list ordered by standard:

  • ISO A: A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A4 small, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10
  • ISO B: B0, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6
  • ISO C: C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
  • JIS B: B0, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6
  • ARCH: ArchA, ArchB, ArchC, ArchD, ArchE
  • Other: Ledger, Legal, Letter, Half Letter, Leter Small, Hagaki, FLSA, FLSE, 11×17

 

A complete POST command to change the paper size of a PDF should thus look like this:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "page_size": "a2"
        }
    }]
}

This call increases the paper size from our regular, A4 PDF to a page size of A2.

 

Got any questions?

If you still have questions about how to use Online-Convert.com’s API to edit your PDFs, drop us a message. A friendly and competent support team will make sure that you will be able to do your conversions just like you wanted to.

 

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Sort, Delete & Rotate PDF Pages Via API

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Not only for developers: edit PDF files using the Online-Convert.com API.

Our API is versatile and reliable when it comes to file conversion, but there is so much more. Using the API, you can split & merge PDF documents as well as add password protection to a PDF. And yes, there is still more. In this article we’ll have a look at how you can edit a PDF document even further:

  • Delete single PDF pages
  • Rotate PDF pages
  • Sort a PDF’s pages

 

Edit PDF Pages Via API

Before you can start editing your PDF using the Online-Convert.com API, however, you need to be familiar with the basics. We have provided a tutorial on how to use the Online-Convert.com API using postman you can check out. There you will find an introduction to postman as well as a collection file you will need.

A video tutorial on how to use the online-convert.com API is also available.

 

If you have understood the basics, you can start editing your PDF with our API. Following, we will provide you with all necessary commands for postman in order to edit your PDF.

The basic command for a simple PDF to PDF conversion we’ll use is the following:

{
    "input": [{
         "type": "remote",
         "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example.pdf"
     }],
     "conversion": [{
     "target": "pdf",
     "category": "document"
     }]
 }

This POST command will convert the remote example file into another PDF. With the addition of the following command, we can add the options for deleting, rotating or sorting the pages of a PDF:

"options": {
}

 

Rotate Pages Of A PDF

To rotate one or more pages of a PDF document, a command following this scheme has to be used:

"rotate": {
    "type": "array",
    "additionalProperties": false,
    "pages": {
        "type": "string",
        "pattern": "^(((\\d+|first)-?(\\d*|last))|(first)|(last)|(even)|(odd))(, ?(((\\d+|first)-?(\\d*|last))|(first)|(last)|(even)|(odd)))*$",
        "description": "The page numbers to be rotated. E.g. 5-8 or 5- or 5. It also accepts \"first\" and \"last\" aliases.",
        "default": "1-last"
    },
    "angle": {
        "type": "integer",
        "description": "The angle by which to rotate the pages",
        "enum": [
            0,
            90,
            180,
            270
        ],
        "required": true
    }
}

The rotate function needs, as an input, an array of values for “pages” and “angle”. The value for “angle” should be an integer of the list given below. The numbers given their define the degree of rotation (clockwise).

While the latter is quite easily explained, the values for pages require some additional explanation. The value is given in the form of numbers that indicate which pages should be rotated.

  • Single pages can be listed with a comma in between (e.g. 3,5,6)
  • A span of pages can be indicated by giving the first and last page separated by a hyphen (e.g. 3-6)
  • The last pages of a document can be rotated by giving the first page that should be rotated and a hyphen. (e.g. 3-)
  • One can also specify to rotate the first or last page (input first or last), or all even or odd numbered pages (input even or odd)

 

A complete command should look like the following example:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "rotate": [{
                "pages": "3,5-",
                "angle": 180
            }]
        }
    }]
}

This API call creates a PDF file where the 3rd page as well as the 5th and all following pages are rotated by 180°.

 

Of course you could use several arrays for “rotate” in one call to rotate different pages by different degrees. A call for this could look like this:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "rotate": [{
                "pages": "odd",
                "angle": 180
            }],
            "rotate": [{
                "pages": "even",
                "angle": 90
            }]
        }
    }]
}

With this call, all odd numbered pages of the PDF will be rotated by 180°, while all even numbered pages are rotated by 90°.

 

Sort The Pages Of A PDF

The pages of a PDF can easily be rearranged or sorted using the following scheme:

"rearrange": {
    "type": "string",
    "pattern": "^(((\\d+|first)-?(\\d*|last))|(first)|(last)|(even)|(odd))(, ?(((\\d+|first)-?(\\d*|last))|(first)|(last)|(even)|(odd)))*$",
    "description": "The page numbers that should be present in the converted file, in the desired order. This is also used to delete pages or extract a set of pages."
}

The “rearrange” option takes a string as an input which should consist of the page number in the order in which they should be sorted in the output PDF. This string can contain the following values:

  • The page numbers in the order in which the pages should appear, separated by comma (e.g. 2,3,4,1,5,6,7)

The other values mentioned in the scheme above will be ignored for now.

 

The following shows a complete POST command for rearranging PDF pages:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "rearrange": "2,3,4,1,5,6,7"
        }
    }]
}

Basically, this call moves the first page of our document in between pages 4 and 5.

 

Delete Single Pages Of A PDF

Deleting certain pages in a PDF is easy and uses the exact same command as the rearrange function.

"rearrange": {
    "type": "string",
    "pattern": "^(((\\d+|first)-?(\\d*|last))|(first)|(last)|(even)|(odd))(, ?(((\\d+|first)-?(\\d*|last))|(first)|(last)|(even)|(odd)))*$",
    "description": "The page numbers that should be present in the converted file, in the desired order. This is also used to delete pages or extract a set of pages."
}

 

Again, you can specify a string of numbers, however they will serve an additional purpose other than rearranging the pages: all page numbers left out will be deleted from the resulting document.

Furthermore, you can use the following strings:

  • First: deletes all pages but the first page of the document
  • Last: deletes all pages but the last page of the document
  • Odd: will preserve all odd numbered pages
  • Even: will preserve all even numbered pages

 

With this in mind, a complete API call for the deletion of certain pages in a PDF could look like this:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "rearrange": "1,2,3,5,7"
        }
    }]
}

The PDF created using this call will only contain the odd pages and page number 2 of the original document.

 

Sort & Delete PDF Pages In One Step

Due to the nature of the rearrange function, incorporating the delete function, it’s easy to sort and delete pages in a PDF with just one command. Take the following example:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "rearrange": "7,6,5,4,1"
        }
    }]
}

The API call above will sort the pages of the PDF according to the array of numbers, as well as delete the missing pages (3 and 2).

 

Got any questions?

If you still have questions about how to use Online-Convert.com’s API to edit your PDFs, drop us a message. A friendly and competent support team will make sure that you will be able to do your conversions just like you wanted to.

 

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Password Protect A PDF Via API

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More PDF editing with the Online-Convert.com API!

We have already explored the topic of PDF editing with our API when we showed you how to split & merge PDF documents. In this article, we will have a look at how to protect your PDF files from copying, editing and being printed and distributed. How? By adding password protection to your PDF.

 

How To Use Our API To Edit PDFs

Before we dive into the process of adding password protection to a PDF, you’ll need to learn the basics of using the Online-Convert.com with the help of an API execution app. This API tutorial contains a basic introduction to postman and a link to the necessary collection file.

Of course you can also check out our video tutorial on how to use the online-convert.com API.

 

Now that we have covered the basics, lets have a look at how to protect your PDF to prevent people from viewing it without the password. You can furthermore specify what “users” of the PDF will be allowed to do once they entered the password.

The following command will be the basic command we’ll use.

{
    "input": [{
         "type": "remote",
         "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example.pdf"
     }],
     "conversion": [{
     "target": "pdf",
     "category": "document"
     }]
 }

This POST command will convert an example PDF into another PDF file. The following command will be added to enable the usage of different options, in our case the PDF protection:

"options": {
}

 

Add Password Protection To A PDF

In order to add password protection to a PDF file, you have to add the following options to your POST command:

"new_owner_password": {
    "type": "string",
    "pattern": "^[\\w\\W]{0,64}$",
    "description": "Adds or change the owner's password (up to 64 characters)"
},
"new_user_password": {
    "type": "string",
    "pattern": "^[\\w\\W]{0,64}$",
    "description": "Adds or change the user's password (up to 64 characters)"
},
"allow_printing": {
    "type": "boolean",
    "description": "Allows the printing of the document"
},
"allow_copying": {
    "type": "boolean",
    "description": "Allows the copying of the document"
},
"allow_modification": {
    "type": "boolean",
    "description": "Allows the modification of the document"
}

The new owner and user passwords can contain strings of characters made up from letters, numbers and special characters. The individual strings can be up to 64 characters long.

The permissions include permission to print, copy or modify the resulting PDF document. The value for these settings can either be true or false.

 

Following this scheme, a full POST command to add password protection to your PDF should look like this:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
    "target": "pdf",
    "category": "document",
    "options": {
        "new_owner_password": "owner",
        "new_user_password": "user",
        "allow_printing": false,
        "allow_copying": false,
        "allow_modification": false
    }
    }]
}

With this call, you are disabling a user of your PDF from printing, copying and modifying. The password for this user is user. When you enter the owner password owner, however, you can do everything you did not allow for a user.

Got any questions?

If you still have questions about how to use Online-Convert.com’s API to edit your PDFs, drop us a message. A friendly and competent support team will make sure that you will be able to do your conversions just like you wanted to.

 

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Split & Merge PDF – How To Edit PDF Files Via API

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Converting from and to PDF is nice, but you want more?

With the API of Online-Convert.com you can now edit PDF documents! Using Postman and our API you can now merge or split PDF files. You don’t have to be a developer for this either. Check out our tutorial on how to use Postman to test our API and start editing!

In this blog article, we will show you how to perform these three easy operations on a PDF document:

  • Merge two or more PDFs into one
  • Split a PDF to create several PDFs

 

How To Edit PDFs Via API

In order to perform these editing functions, you should be familiar with postman and have access to the Online-Convert.com API. This article will show you how to do this, including a link to the necessary collection file.

Of course you can also check out our video tutorial on how to use the Online-Convert.com API.

 

Once you got the basics down, we can have a look at how to edit PDFs using the API. Following, we will talk about both functions mentioned above in detail.

In order to do so, we always need a “default” command we will send to the API:

{
    "input": [{
         "type": "remote",
         "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example.pdf"
     }],
     "conversion": [{
     "target": "pdf",
     "category": "document"
     }]
 }

This simple POST command will convert our example PDF file into another PDF. Now we can add options using the following command:

"options": {
}

 

Merge PDF Files

In order to merge PDF files you, obviously, need several files as input. In order to do so, you need a POST command like the following:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example.pdf"
    },
    {
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf"
        "category": "document"
    }]
}

In this example, we try to merge two PDF files. Of course you can specify more than two files in your call.

 

The general command for merging files is:

"merge": {
    "type": "boolean",
    "description": "Merges the input files in one output file using the order as they appears in the input section of the message."
}

The value that can be added here is, once more, true or false. Furthermore, please note that the files will be merged in the order specified in the input.

 

This is a full POST command that would merge our two PDF files:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example.pdf"
    },
    {
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "merge": true
        }
    }]
}

The output of this conversion after your GET is a single PDF file that contains both files you have merged.

 

Split PDF Files

If you want to split a PDF into several output files, your file has to contain more than one page of content. If this is the case, you can use the following command to split this file into several PDFs:

"split": {
    "type": "string",
    "pattern": "^(\\d+-?\\d*)(, ?(\\d+-?\\d*))*$",
    "description": "The pages where to split the original file. E.g. in a 30 pages document, an entry of 10,20 will results in three output files with pages 1-10, 11-20, 21-30"
}

The string to enter for the split function should contain the numbers of the pages after which you would like to split the document.

E.g. specifying 5 would result into a cut after page no 3 of your document. The resulting PDFs will contain pages 1 to 3 (output no 1) and 4 to end (output no 2).

 

The following command is what your complete POST to split a PDF should look like:

{
    "input": [{
        "type": "remote",
        "source": "http://cdn.online-convert.com/example-file/document/pdf/example_multipage.pdf"
    }],
    "conversion": [{
        "target": "pdf",
        "category": "document",
        "options": {
            "split": "3"
        }
    }]
}

With this command, we successfully split our 7-pages document after the third page, resulting in two PDFs (one containing page 1 to 3 and the other containing page 4 to 7). Both PDFs will be packed into a ZIP archive for your convenience.

If you want to split your document into more than two output files, simply add all the pages you want the cut to appear after divided by a comma:

[...]
"options": {
            "split": "3,5"
        }
[...]

This command fill split your PDF after pages 3 and 5, resulting in the following output:

  • PDF 1: pages 1 to 3
  • PDF 2: pages 4 to 5
  • PDF 3: 5 to 7

 

Got any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the API of Online-Convert.com or how to split and merge PDF files using it, feel free to contact us! Our friendly support team will lend you a hand with whatever you may need.

 

Further Information

One Day In A Virtual World

HTC Vive

Over the past years, the sector of “virtual reality” has been growing tremendously. A growing number of companies is devoting themselves to the development of software and hardware for “virtual reality” devices.

In the following blog article, we’ll introduce you to the HTC Vive in particular, but also some alternative VR devices.

General Information About The HTC Vive

The HTC Vive was developed in cooperation between HTC and Valve with the goal of developing a set of VR glasses for entertainment. They have a resolution of 2160 x 1200 pixels and an update rate of 90Hz.

A front camera integrated in the device enables the insertion of physical objects into the virtual world. Furthermore, the Vive has several, integrated sensors as well as two base stations that enable 360° motion tracking. This is possible thanks to the “Lighthouse” technology developed by Valve. In order to interact with the objects in the virtual world, the HTC Vive comes with two hand-held controllers that are equipped with sensors for motion tracking as well.

For maximal comfort, the Vive has adjustable straps for the head as well as replaceable foam material padding. It is said to be convenient for most wearer of glasses.

Testing The HTC Vive

We tested the VR glasses with a game called “The Lab” that has been developed for virtual reality. Donning the Vive, you step into another world. The controllers function as your virtual hands an operated, at least during our test, flawlessly. When looking around, nothing is juddering and you can move freely in your virtual “cage”. The 360Q view is working perfectly as well.

Before being able to use the Vive, the system with both base sensors has to be installed in the room. The space for it shouldn’t be bigger than 5 x 5 meters or 197 x 197 inches. Once this hurdle is taken, one has to put up with the cables of the VR glasses that oftentimes get in the way and thus slightly diminish the gaming experience. The weight of the glasses can become a bit annoying as well. Thanks to the foam material it doesn’t pinch, however you can still feel the weight.

Alternatives To The HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is, by far, not the only virtual reality device on the market. It’s biggest rival would be the Oculus Rift. Contrary to the Vive, however, the Oculus Rift was thought to be used while sitting or standing. It is not able to track motion in a larger space like the Vive does.

The same can be said about other VR glasses like the Playstation VR. One advantage of the Playstation VR, however, is its price. While you have to pay $ 600 for the Oculus rift and about $ 800 for the HTC Vive, the Playstation VR comes at a price of “just” $400. One has to take into account that the usage of a Playstation VR also requires a Playstation and controllers.

The Oculus Rift as well as the HTC Vive require a PC that can fulfill the high system requirements of the VR devices. Before getting such high priced VR glasses, it is thus advised to check if your PC or console is able to meet the technological requirements of a virtual reality device.

How To Register On Online-Convert.com

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If you want to convert different file formats into more common formats, Online-Convert.com is the right place for you. All you need are your files and a reliable internet connection. Download and installation of any program is not required. You don’t even have to sign up for an account! Yet, there are some reasons for why you should still consider signing up for a free account on Online-Convert.com. You can check them out here.

 

You decided to sign up? Great! Let us guide you through the registration process!

 

Sign Up For An Online-Convert.com Account

oc_signup_formFirst up, head over to our registration page. Don’t worry about all the options you have available here. You can simply choose the free account or, if you need a premium plan to convert a file bigger than 100 MB, you can check up on the premium plans here.

 

Whichever way you will choose, it will lead you to the same form for registration. Of course, you can also choose to register using a social media account, yet here, we will cover the registration using the form.

The form consists of several fields that are either mandatory or optional. They are all rather self-explanatory, so lets just break them down real quick.

Mandatory

  • First name
  • Last name
  • E-mail address
  • Password
  • Password confirmation
  • Country

Optional

  • Website

It’s very important that you use an -mail address you have access to. You will have to access your e-mail account to confirm your account’s creation. Also, double-check that you haven’t misspelled anything.

 

Furthermore, we will ask you to check the box of the captcha. This is to prevent spam bots from registering to our service.

At the bottom of the form, please confirm that you have read our terms and conditions. This step is also mandatory. And you can sign up to our newsletter or refrain from doing so.

With everything filled out, just click “Continue” to send the form.

 

If the information had been entered correct, you will soon receive a confirmation e-mail with a link. After clicking on the link, you can sign in to Online-Convert.com to either use your free or paid plan. To sign in, you will only need your e-mail address and the password you specified. Don’t worry when you forgot your password though, you can always request a new one, entering your e-mail address here. Once you are logged in, you can also link your account to a social media profile for easier login. Check out hos this is done here.

If you have accidentally left out a mandatory field, entered an e-mail in a wrong format or your passwords do not match, you will be notified to make the according changes. Just fix them and re-send the form.

Register for a FREE account – it’s worth it!

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You can use Online-Convert.com for free. No installation, download, login or payment needed to use the online file conversion service. And yet, having an account with Online-Convert.com comes with certain advantages.

Read on and find out how you can benefit from registering for a free account!

 

The Free Account

As the name suggests, the free plan is absolutely cost-free for the user. Yet, it enables you to purchase a premium plan in case you need to convert a file that is bigger than 100 MB. When it comes to the file size limit for uploads, the free account does not differ from the un-registered usage of the file conversion service. However, the following features are available for you once you have an account with Online-Convert.com:

 

oc_freeaccount1. Concurrent Conversions

After login in to your free account, you can make 4 conversions at the same time by opening Online-Convert.com in four tabs in your browser. That way, you can convert several files more efficiently than having to wait for each conversion to finish before you can start a new one.

 

2. User Dashboard

Registered users can make use of a versatile user dashboard that provides information about your conversions. You can reach it, after logging in, via the link in the top navigation or by clicking here.

On your dashboard, you can switch between different informative tabs:

  • Subscription details: Here you can find your API key and the overview if you are using a premium plan right now or not.
  • New subscription: Get a premium plan here.
  • Conversion minutes: If you are interested in our API, you can purchase conversion minutes here.
  • Account permissions: Link a social media profile to your account for easier login
  • Close account: Close your account with Online-Convert.com
  • Traffic: An overview of your traffic and conversions per day, month, year, etc.
  • Conversion history: A list of conversions you did in the past 24 hours. There, you can download your files again.

 

3. E-Mail Notifications

When you registered, you also have the possibility to use different e-mail options.

  • You can enable that an e-mail notification is sent to you after a conversion is finished. That way, you don’t need to keep the tab open the whole time.
  • You can send the download link to your converted file via e-mail.
  • You can send the converted file via e-mail as an attachment.

Especially when you are on mobile, these e-mail options come in handy.

 

We can not stress this fact enough: registering with Online-Convert.com is completely for free! And you will benefit from the aforementioned features. Register now and give it a try!

The Difference Between HD, HQ, SD And 4K

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When it comes to creating videos – as well as when you convert them – there are a lot of different video formats to choose from. They range from 3GP with a smaller file size and lesser quality, to big, high-quality files like AVI or MP4.

However, even when watching videos, there are different “formats” to choose from. When watching a video on YouTube, you can choose different quality formats, depending on your viewing pleasure and speed and strength of your internet connection.

YouTube Quality

In the picture above, you can see different video quality types like 240p, 1080p or 2160p. But what do these little red notes mean behind a quality option? In this example, you can see HD and 4K being an option for you to choose from. And to shed some light into this darkness, we will have a look at these quality standards today!

Especially when you are watching videos on a bigger screen – a TV or big monitor, for example, compared to a tablet or phone screen – the differences between the four most common video qualities become apparent. Lets have a look at the differences between SD, HD, HQ and 4K!

 

4K, HD, HQ, SD – What’s The Difference?

Following, we will list the specifications and information about each of the quality settings mentioned above. If you are interested in a quick overview, you can jump to the next headline for a neat table.

 

SD

SD is the abbreviation of “Standard Definition”. As the name already suggests, it was the standard quality of movies and other videos for a long time.

The resolution of SD has long been measured using the vertical resolution of lines. In South and North America as well as some other countries like Japan, the typical resolution of SD is 480i (also referred to as 480p). In Europe, Africa, Australia and most of Asia, however, the resolution is 576i.

Compared to its successors, videos shot in SD appear in a far lower quality when watched on a big screen. When watching videos on a smaller screen (like a tablet or smartphone) the difference is not as striking. On a TV or bigger computer screen, however, an SD video appears in low quality.

 

HQ

HQ stands for “High Quality”. Contrary to the other qualities, when talking about a HQ movie, the screen resolution and thus the pixels per line do not play a role. High quality videos are defined by an increased bitrate which leads to an overall better quality of the pictures shown. This is, compared to SD. When comparing HQ videos to HD videos, the quality of HQ doesn’t quite hold up.

Thus, unofficially called HQ videos are rather a side note than a real measure for comparison in our case.

 

HD

The most commonly known quality or screen resolution when talking about movies nowadays is HD. It stands for “High Definition” and the resolution of such videos is far better and higher than of SD videos. HD videos have a bigger file size when stored and require longer loading times when watching or streaming (e.g. on YouTube). Yet, they set out and succeeded over the SD format with most modern television and video playing devices being “HD-ready”, supporting movies filmed in HD.

The picture quality of HD is far more advanced compared to SD. Usually, all videos with more horizontal lines than SD can be considered HD. Yet, the typical resolutions are 720p and 1080p (also called “full HD”).

 

 

4K

Last but certainly not least, lets have a look at 4K. 4K is the new kid in town and already one of the biggest players. Many filmmakers already shoot their movies in 4K for improved quality and thus more viewing pleasure. It’s already starting to be implemented in the manifacturing of newest television sets as well as some of them are already “4K-ready”. Still, 4K has not quite gained the popularity of the HD format just yet.

The 4K resolution is typically referred to as 2160p, however there are still two standards to distinguish from one another: DCI & UHD-1.

  • DCI is the standard used in filming movies and thus in cinemas. The typical resolution is 4096 x 2160 pixel
  • UHD-1 (or ultra-high-definition) is a standard for televisions and computers as well as video games. It is also the 4K standard used by YouTube and commonly has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixel.

 

Summary

SD HQ HD 4K
resolution  480i

from 640 x 480 pixel
to 852 x 480 pixel

576i

from 480 x 576 pixel
to 768 x 576 pixel

 720p

from 1280 x 720 pixel
to 1366 x 768 pixel

1080p / 1080i

1920 x 1080 pixel

 2160p

DCI: 4096 x 2160 pixel
UHD-1: 3840 x 2160 pixel

quality low quality high quality high quality very high quality
other  formerly used standard for movies, television and other hardware lesser known standard with higher image quality than SD new and wide spread standard for movies, television and hardware very high quality standard with different versions for cinema and home screening