Convert DOC to TXT – Why and How You Can Accomplish This

There are many different types of word processing platforms available now and most people are getting very used to taking advantage of the many different formatting options available. The result canDOC to TXT be documents that really look fantastic. However, sometimes you just need a basic document that doesn’t have any extra formatting in it. If this is the case, you need to convert your documents, and the best option is to convert from DOC to TXT.

The DOC file extension comes specifically from Microsoft Word and that is by far the most popular word processing platform, however the information problems we’re talking about also apply to most of the different word processors.

Word and all the other word processing software have all those formatting “bells and whistles” that are available, but they sometimes get in the way. In addition to the different formatting options that you can clearly see in the document, there are usually additional characters added “behind the scenes”. These are characters that you won’t see if you look at the text of what you wrote, but if you copy and paste that text into a different type of platform, there may be extra characters. Unfortunately, you usually won’t see these extra, hidden characters until after your work is submitted. It’s usually much safer to convert your documents from DOC to TXT before you submit them.

There are many different areas where these hidden characters become a problem and they usually apply to submitting documents online.

If you are working on a website, it is always recommended to convert your documents from DOC to TXT before you add the copy to your website. If you don’t, you won’t know for sure what your post will look like, until it’s actually published and people can see it.

The same situation happens when you are submitting documents to other websites. One of the most popular scenarios is if you are job hunting and want to submit your resume to an online job search website, or even to a specific company. If you copy/paste from your Word document, the version your potential employers will see could have many different types of special characters in it. That will make your resume appear unorganized, messy and it will appear as though you didn’t proof read it. That is definitely not the signal you want to send when you are hoping someone will hire you!

Take the time to convert your file from DOC to TXT before you submit it and you will dramatically increase your chances of getting a call back. While you’re at it, you should run your documents through an online spellchecker tool to make sure you don’t have any typos.

How to Convert From DOC to TXT

Regardless of the type of document you have, and what you’re going to do with it, it’s a good standard practice to have one version of the finalized document that is fully formatted, and another one that is just a plain TXT file.

To do this, you just need to find a good online document converter to make the conversion for you. You could try to just remove all the formatting, but as indicated, this might leave hidden characters in your document that you can’t see.

Once you find the right converter, it’s simply a matter of selecting the document you want converted, and following the directions of the converter tool to indicate that you need it to be in a TXT format.

Convert to Word – Why and How to Do It

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Microsoft Word is the most widely used word processing platform in the world, as you would expect from a Microsoft product. It can be used in countries all over the world and can be used on both Windows devices as well as Apple. However, just because Word is so immensely popular doesn’t mean it is the only option. People who have never used anything except Word sometimes become confused and frustrated when they receive a file they want to open, only to find out that Word can’t open it. This is when it comes in handy to know how to take your document and convert to Word.

Many people who are new to using word processing platforms online become confused when they have problems opening a word processing file they’ve received. The problem is that each different type of word processing platform creates files that are a specific type of file, called a file extension. If you receive a file that Word is not set up to recognize, it can’t be opened. Fortunately, you can easily convert to Word so your computer can open it by using an online document converter.

We recently discussed several other options for word processing.  Even though Word is the most popular platform, there are many valid reasons that people use the other options. The two biggest reasons are money and convenience.

The reality is that the Microsoft products can be expensive. Granted, once you have them, they can be used for years, but they can cost a few hundred dollars at the initial purchase. Then, depending on what type of license you buy, you may need to buy the Office products again when you upgrade or replace your computer.  This can get expensive.

The other reason people use other types of word processors is due to convenience. If you just started using a new computer and it doesn’t have Word on it yet, you are likely to start using whatever word processing platform is available on the computer. Once you’ve started using those other platforms, it’s difficult to justify the expense of Word unless you’ve been having trouble.

Those are a few of the reasons some people are using other word processing platforms, but that doesn’t help you when you receive a file from someone who is using one of those platforms that your copy of Word doesn’t open. That is where you need to know how to use an online converter to convert to Word.

You can easily take your document, convert to Word by using one of the standard Word file extensions (.DOC or .DOCX). That converter tool simply takes the original file and converts it into something that is recognized by Word.

How to Convert to Word

Once you determine that you have a document that you need to convert to Word, you have to take the next step and actually do it.

The only tricky part is to find a good online file converter.  However, when you find a good one that has the features you need and has the ability to convert multiple types of documents, you’re ready to go.

All you have to do is tell the converter which document you want converted by browsing to it on your computer and making the selection. Then you just need to determine which of the Word extensions you want to use.  The document converter does the rest!

How to Open Unknown Files

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Did it ever happen to you that you downloaded a song or video clip, or someone sent you a file via email and once you want to open and view it, it doesn’t work? Of course you wonder why, and after checking the file you see that you may have never heard of this kind of file before. Don’t panic. The next time you encounter such an unknown file, you will be well prepared!

In this article, we will tell you how to easily handle unknown file formats, and what you can do to use them on your computer without installing any additional software.

What’s the File Extension?

The first thing to do when you find a file that you can’t open is to find out what file extension it has. Because once you have the extension’s name, you can find out what kind of file it is and how you can open it.

Find the file in question and click on it with your right mouse button. Depending on what OS you use (Windows or Apple) a list of options will pop up. One of them should be “Properties” or something similar (also depending on the language of your computer). Once you clicked on it, a pop up window will open which lists all the properties of your file. When using Windows, you will have a point that says “File Type:”. There you will find the necessary information about your file type, e.g. PDF-File (.pdf)

The file extension are the letters following the dot in the brackets. In this case, the file extension would be PDF.

What kind of File is it?

Now that you know what kind of file extension you’re dealing with, it’s time to find out what kind of file it is. A document, an image, or maybe a music file? Or something else entirely?

The easiest and most informative way to do so is by referring to a list of file formats where you can easily search for the one in question. Such lists not only give you information about the developers and all kinds of technical data about the file type, but also about the programs with which you can open them!

For example, you found an AIF file on your computer. Searching the list linked above, you find a listing under “Audio Files.” Now you know that this file was developed by Apple, contains audio data, and can be opened by the Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

How to open/view this File?

In the best case, you can now choose the program you prefer to open the file, may it be a document file or a spreadsheet. But what if you don’t have any program from the list presented installed on your computer? Instead of having to install yet another video player or Office suit program, you can easily convert your file into a format that the most popular programs can open.

Unfortunately, especially when it comes to video files, there can still be problems when you want to play a video that contains codecs that are not installed on your computer. T find more about these cases, you can read our article about video codecs and containers.

Best free Office Programs

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Working on a computer means that you have to not only deal with the internet but different programs for writing, creating presentations, or structuring different tables in spreadsheets. Microsoft as well as Apple have their native Office programs pre-installed on a new computer, or available for payable download on their websites. And of course, they come with special features, individual design, and many different file formats (check out this article for information about native apple files).

Yet, there are open source solutions out there that work just as good as the paid versions! In this article, we’ll have a look at such open source office programs and all the different file formats for documents, presentations, spreadsheets, or drawings you create when using them.

OpenOffice

Probably best known open source program pack for working on your computer is the creation of OpenOffice. The software creation was developed by Apache and is available for Linux, OS X, and Windows – including ports to other operating systems as well.

The most important programs included in the office pack are Writer (a word processing program), Calc (a spreadsheet program), Impress (to create presentations), and Draw (a simple drawing application).

LibreOffice

Less known and yet just as strong as OpenOffice is the open source office suit LibreOffice, developed by The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is most popular among Linux users, yet the software also runs on Windows and OS X.

Linear to OpenOffice, LibreOffice includes a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a presentation program, and a drawing application – all with the same names as their OpenOffice cousins; Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw. What distinguishes it from OpenOffice is that it’s support of Microsoft Word files works better than when using OpenOffice’s programs. Furthermore, LibreOffice provides compatibility with Microsoft Offica via various import and export filters.

NeoOffice

Another versatile office suit comes from the developers of Planamesa Software: NeoOffice. Contrary to the software packs listed above, NeoOffice was developed to utilize almost all features of the OpenOffice software to run on OS X platforms. Popularity of these programs shrank once OpenOffice was developed to be supported by OS X as well.

Since it has been forked from OpenOffice, NeoOffice consists of the same programs as it’s predecessor; a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a presentation creator, and a drawing application. Since it was especially developed for usage on Mac computers, NeoOffice inherits the typical Apple design, as well as native Mac OS X text highlighting and file locking.

Office Programs

Native File Formats

All three office suits save their files in the OpenDocument standard which is an XML file format. In the following, we listed the most important file formats for Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw of all three previously names office program packs.

Word Processing

  • ODT, OTT
  • SXW, STW

Spreadsheets

  • ODS, OTS
  • SXC, STC

Presentations

  • ODP, OTP
  • SXI, STI
  • ODG
  • SXD

Drawings

  • ODG, OTG
  • SXD, STD
  • FODG (LibreOffice)

Improve your Presentations!

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Presentations are key in many fields nowadays.

In school, you have to present certain topics to the class, in university you are asked to present your research findings, and in your company, sales numbers and marketing strategies have to be presented to your boss or coworkers. Talks, speeches, workshops… Even when showing off your vacation photos to your family and friends, all thee things involve presentation skills.

But not everyone is skilled in presenting themselves, their findings, or their current work. Following, we listed some tips how you can improve your presentation skills on a personal as well as on a technical level.

The part of Speech

The most important part of a presentation is of course the oral one. Presentations can be handed out as notes or books or in PDF format, but what you have to say about the facts presented, side information and explanations, those information come from you personally and are given to your audience via speech.

For most people, that’s the most tricky part. Excitement, uncertainty, stage fright; all these things can come in between your and your successful presentation. There is no magical solution to make stage fright disappear, but there are methods you can use to feel less nervous and more confident while presenting.

1. Practice

And by practice we do not exclusively mean that you should practice to go through your presentation beforehand. This is a crucial part to show you how much time you need, and a small audience can already point out where you need to explain a few things more in depth. But practicing presentations in general is just as important. The more often you speak in front of people, the more self-secure and confident you become. Present interesting newspaper articles or something that happened to you during the day to your friends, or volunteer to give a little thank you speech in your local sports club or some other club you may be in.

2. Speak freely

Holding on to cards or scrips may add some security to your speech flow, but you are more likely to avoid eye contact with your audience that way, your eyes being glued on the paper. Learn to present your contents freely. This way, you are more open to clues from your listeners as well, noticing very fast when they get stuck and you have to do some more explaining.

Are you fearing that you could get stuck? Use your presentation slides as keywords and clues what to say. They can function just as well as notes, make no extra work, and won’t distract you from presenting your findings instead of simply reading them out loud.

3. You’re the Expert

Whether you are presenting a topic in school or university, or your current work in your business, keep one thing in mind: You are the expert! You read several articles and books about your topic, and you’ve been working in your field and with your method for years. In most cases , that means that you know far more about the topic than your audience does. Don’t fear questions, rather take them as interesting clues or to spark a discussion (if allowed/appropriate). Reminding yourself that you are the expert in whatever you present is an extra confidence boost as well.

The Visuals

Getting better at the speech part of a presentation requires training. Improving the visual aids is, in this term, a lot easier. Tools like Microsoft’s PowerPoint made it easier to present visual data like graphs, images, and short text compared to scrolling through a very text-heavy  Word document. However, soon, PowerPoint became a synonym for boring. But it doesn’t have to be like that!

1. Avoid common Mistakes

There are many lists throughout the net that explain what and what not to do when creating a PowerPoint presentation. Avoiding bullets and a confusing background design are just a few to name. Yet, the best judge are you yourself. How many bad presentations did you have to sit through in school or business meetings? Instead of taking notes of the content only, take notes of what you didn’t like about the presentation style as well – and avoid such “mistakes”. It is more than likely that things you don’t find appealing in a slideshow are boring or annoying to sit through for others as well.

2. Save your Time

Sure, a slideshow can be nice to look at, but instead of spending hours tweaking your design, it’s the content that should matter. Don’t waste valuable time with wrecking your head about the presentation when there are tools that can help you. Creating slides in your preferred word processing software may come a lot more natural than working with slideshow programs. Use the program you are most familiar with! Because converting your document into PPT or PPTX is done very quickly afterwards.

3. Avoid technical Issues

That’s something everyone knows. You want to hold a presentation and your laptop is not compatible with the projector, or the PPT presentation you sent looks crooked and weird because the operating system handling it uses OpenOffice or some Apple native program. It’s annoying, takes time to fix, and can destroy the whole presentation’s flow. We say: Rather be safe than sorry! Saving your presentation in different formats limits the risk of the target computer messing things up. Want to be on the safest side? Convert your presentation to PDF as well, since PDF documents are readable on any computer with any operating system. Besides, having your presentation saved in this format makes it easier for printers to keep the set formatting in case you want to hand out the slides or publish your presentation online.

4. Be different

If your struggling to get your audience’s attention, maybe it’s time to do something entirely different. Be brave, be experimental. How about a presentation without any text, only with graphs and infographics that underline your words? A slide with one essential keyword may help you get the attention you wanted a lot better than showing a long and boring list of features or do’s and don’ts. Or have you ever thought about converting your presentation to video? You can even add music, sound effects or additional audio comments to publish it online, upload it to YouTube, or simply impress and stick out on a conference.

Why and How to Convert Word to HTML

Knowing how to use HTML code is something that is very useful to web developers. This is the language they use to create web pages that use a great deal of formatting so it look fantastic. However, in most cases, unless you have the ability to understand and write using HTML code, you are much more limited in how your document looks.  That is why it’s beneficial to know how to convert Word to HTML.

Reasons to Convert Word to HTML code

Online Submissions

Many online processes only accept documents that are done with HTML code. This might be for submitting articles online somewhere to get them published, saving bookmarks or even updating your profile on social networks. If you know HTML code, you can use fancy formatting tricks for these types of items to make your submissions get noticed because they stand out and include the special HTML formatting.

Website Pages

Another big reason to convert Word to HTML is for a web page. Since the new tools make it so easy to start a website, it seems like most people have their own website.  This is a much more common need than in the past, but if you can use HTML code, your website can look even better.

Most people are familiar with Word in some manner. It gives you the ability to quickly and easily change the color of the text, adjust the fonts, alter the size of the words and much more. These are formatting changes we take for granted when we’re working in Word because we’ve done them so many times and they are so easy to do. However, if you don’t know HTML coding, your completed document would just be a page of standard text, with no formatting at all.  That is very unappealing to read and it makes it difficult for you to highlight sections of the page that you want to draw the readers attention to.

However, now you can easily convert Word to HTML. You can use your existing knowledge of Word to create a document that looks fantastic using any of the formatting options available in Word. Then, all you need to do use a doc to HTML converter and copy and paste the HTML code into your web page.

How to Covert a Word Doc to HTML

convert word to htmlIf you need to convert Word to HTML, the great news is that it is very simple to do. Not only do you not need HTML coding skills, but you don’t even need advanced computer skills.

When you use a good online Word to HTML converter, getting your Word document converted is as simple as selecting the document on your computer.

In the example shown above, you just need to use the “Choose File” option to convert Word to HTML.  Then you go to the document you want converted and select it.  Then you just click “Convert File”.

The tool will then handle the conversion for you and will provide you with a link to retrieve and download the converted file.

Now that you know how to convert Word to HTML, the formatting limitations on websites or online profiles, etc have been lifted!

Extract Text from Pictures

In one of our former blog articles, we talked about Cross Conversion and about the possibilities of cross converting different file types like images, documents, audio data, or videos back and forth. This time, we’re concentrating on how to extract a text document from image files in much more detail.

For this, we will have a look at what this feature can be useful for, explore into the topic of optical character recognition (OCR), and show how it is done using the Online-Convert.com’s document converter.

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What do I need this for?

So first, lets see what the practical use of such a image to text conversion would be.

Blind and visually impaired people

Looking at images with written text on them, whether you found a funny sign you want to show around or took a photograph of a presentation including slides with text on them,  is stressful for visually impaired people – completely impossible for blind people even. Extracting the text from the picture or image will enable visually impaired people to change the font size and make it easier for them to read the resulting text. Likewise, they could now proceed to convert the text file into an audio format. This way, heavily visually impaired and blind people can receive a reading of the text in question.

Presentations and lectures

Usually, when attending a lecture or listening to a presentation, you are handed out presentation notes that go along with the content of the slides presented. This way, you only add additional information to the sheets you already have.

Sometimes, however, there are no lecture notes handed out, and the speed of the presentation is just too fast for you to copy the content on the screen. In the age of every cell phone having a camera, there is always the possibility to take a picture of the slides and copy the notes later on – by hand.
Extracting the text from the images saves time since it works a lot faster than copying it by writing down the content of every single slide. This way, lecture notes or presentation summaries are created a lot faster, and all you need to do is format your document and maybe restructure it a bit.

Scanned text

Another important utilization of this tool is to gain editable text from a scanned document. Preserving the content of older stories and letters written on a typewriter, or scanning a document or pages from a book to work with the text later on can be reasons for why this may be important. Found an old story typed by your grandmother? Writing an essay about the contents of a book? By extracting the text from the scanned image it is possible to edit, merge, or electronically use it. Mail, business cards, invoices, receipts, or passport information can be digitized this way and used for further, electronic storing and editing.

Furthermore, when building up a collection of this digitized data, it enables you to search for certain keywords or phrases on top of the editing that can be applied to the now extracted text.

Optical Character Recognition

But how does the process of extracting the written information from an image work? The method applied here is called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). It extracts the single characters into mechanical fonts. Earlier versions had to be trained beforehand, only recognizing one font type at the time, but the modern versions support not only different font styles, but – to an extend – even formatting, resulting in the output closely resembling the photographed or scanned text.
Furthermore, OCR is able to support the most common writing systems like Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic, Bengali, and more.

There are several types of text recognition. Optical Word Recognition targets one word at the time, working for languages that use blank space to divide words, while Optical Character Recognition targets one character or graph at the same time. Both work on typewritten text only. Intelligent Character or Word Recognition even targets words or characters in hand written or cursive text.

How to use OCR

Now that you know why you may use image to text conversion and learned something about the process behind it, it’s time to find out how to actually do it!

The easiest way is to use an online document converter that supports OCR. After picking your desired target file type (whether it’s Microsoft DOCX, PDF, or some other) you can choose the image that you want the text to be extracted from. Before hitting the “Convert File” button though, make sure that you tick the box where it says “Use OCR”. This way, the process of OCR will take place in your conversion, giving you the result of your scanned or photographed text in a document file.

OCR

Cross-Conversion – What is possible?

The basic and general features of a file converter, whether it’s a software tool you have to install on your computer or whether it’s an online service, are mostly the same: You upload a file and convert it into another format, either because you can’t open the initial file, because you want to reduce the file size to send it over the internet, or because you want to send it to people that may not be able to open the original file format.

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These conversions mostly happen inside a certain category or type of file formats, e.g. from one image file format to the other, or from one document to a different type of document. Yet, there is something else our online converter service can do for you, and it all falls under the term Cross-Converting.

Cross Converting entails that you can not only convert your audio file into another audio file, but that you can actually convert across file types. Converting a movie file into music, or an image into PDF are only a few possibilities. This article will show you many different options of cross converting your files, creating many new possibilities for you!

Extract audio from a video

Sometimes, it’s hard to get your hands on certain movie background music, or the tracks on the OST or Score do not really convey the feel they had when heard in the movie because certain background sounds have been missing. Or maybe there is an interesting part of a speech or monologue from a recorded lecture or speech you want to extract.

The Solution: If you are just interested in the audio data from a video, you can easily extract it by converting the movie file into MP3, WAV, or some other audio file like Apple iTune’s AAC.

Create audio from a document

There are different ways to learn, and next to reading and repeating, listening is a big part of the remembering process. Furthermore, at times it’s difficult to find the time to read your lecture notes, online articles, or even longer correspondence that include a lot of information – especially when you’re on the road a lot.

The Solution: Convert your PDF or Microsoft Word documents into an audio file format, preferably MP3 because it’s supported by most audio playing devices and mobile phones. This way, you can listen to your notes and writings, rewind, repeat, and memorize the information even better.

Extract text from a picture

Another very popular way of taking notes is taking a quick photo of blackboard notes or presentation slides. But what if you want to use the text to alter or insert somewhere? There is an easier way than copying the text from the picture by writing it down yourself.

The Solution: Depending on the quality of the photo you have taken, it can be converted into a TXT or DOC file which gives you the text of whatever has been on the picture.

The easy way to make a presentation

Holding a presentation is so much easier when you have just one file with all the information on it instead of having to switch in between pictures, texts, audio, screenshots, and video.

The Solution: If you have your notes already prepared in a text document or even saved as PDF, you are only one click away from converting your document into a PowerPoint presentation.

Also: It works the other way round as well though. By converting PPT or PPTX files into PDF, you can get not only a printer friendly version, but you can also ensure that most people are able to open and vie your presentation.

Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are one trend on the internet that will never completely die out, being revived again and again. Yet, not everybody is skilled in the art of creating such animated pictures, and not everybody has the programs necessary to make them.

The Solution: A very easy way of creating an animated GIF is to convert your MP4 or other video file. If you upload a larger movie file, only the beginning will be converted into an animated GIF, so the most convenient way is to cut the video into the portions you want to be “giffed” and upload them individually, creating an receiving the animated pictures you wanted.

From document to eBook

Another great way of memorizing your notes and rereading them is a very paper saving one as well. Most people take notes in lectures, talks, or meetings on their laptop nowadays, but it can be annoying and impractical to carry it with you whenever you want to re-read on what has been talked about. Printing all the notes isn’t a very convenient option either.

The Solution: Convert Microsoft Word or OpenOffice documents into an eBook format. The purpose of eReaders is to store books and other papers in a space and paper saving way. Furthermore, they re very light and easy to take with you, with a library option to quickly find the notes you need.

Present your Design projects

Creating a design project for your customers is linked to quite some struggles. One is faced when you want to present your progress or suggestions to your customers. It is very likely, that they can not open your vector graphic or EPS, PSD, or DWG file.

The Solution: Converting your special image files into JPG or even PDF makes it easy and convenient for your customers to look at the design you made for them. Furthermore, the conversion will leave your original file untouched!

And there’s more…

These are only the most common and most popular Cross Conversion features online conversion tools can offer. If there are any more features you would like to see implemented concerning Cross Conversion, feel free to contact our support team. We are constantly striving to better our service for you, and suggestions made are always welcome.

Native Apple (Mac) Files

Native Apple (Mac) Files
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Users of Apple devices like Mac desktop computers, MacBooks, iPhones, or iPads are already familiar with them: the native Apple Inc. file formats. Users of other platforms and operating systems like Windows and Linux however can face difficulties with those formats because they, sometimes, have never heard of them.

This could become a problem for Apple users as well when they try to send assignments, essays or other documents, videos, or audio files from their device to someone working with a Windows computer or an Android phone.

Knowing about this problem is the first step to the solution. Either users of Apple devices or the recipients of those Apple native files can convert their files into a format supported by the operating system and device in question. Yet, before you can attempt a conversion, you will have to know which file formats are exclusive or native for Apple devices.

Thus, we listed some of the most common native Apple file formats for you.

Document Files

KEY

Keynote Presentation File – Files with the KEY extension are created with Apple’s Keynote Presentation program. Keynote can create playback presentations containing images, slide animations, set time frames, videos, etc. KEY files can be compared to Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation files.

PAGES

Pages Document File – When using Apple’s word processing program Pages, your files – including pictures, formatting, layout and the like – will be saved with a PAGES extension. They work like Microsoft Word files like DOC or OpenOffice Writer text files.

Audio Files

AIF/AIFF

Audio Interchage File Format – AIF or AIFF files are lossless and uncompressed audio files developed by Apple. These files are popular among professional musicians since they can store their music with very high quality using these file types. Converting your files to AIFF can thus be important if you wish to work with your audio files on a more professional level. The compressed versions of the AIF/AIFF files feature an AIFC extension.

CAF

Apple Core Audio Format – One advantage of CAF files is that these containers can hold several types of audio and additional metadata. With these new features, it quickly replaced the AIF format since it doesn’t have the same limitations. It can also hold audio data that exceeds the size of 4 GB.

M4A

MPEG-4 Audio File – M4A is the common file format used on Apple iTunes. In addition to audio track, M4A files also store additional data like images. What sets these files apart from other audio files is that lossless compression is available for M4A files as well. There’s also the possibility to convert your audio files to M4A.

M4P

MPEG-4 iTunes Music Store Audio File – Similar to M4A files, M4P files can be found on Apple iTunes. In addition to the features of the M4A files, M4P files are protected using Apple’s DRM copy protection.

M4R

MPEG-4 iPhone Ringtone File – M4R audio files are part of Apple iTunes as well. They are not meant to be “real” music tracks though, but serve the purpose of being ringtones for the iPhone. They have undergone lossy compression.

Video Files

M4V

MPEG-4 iTunes Video File – M4V files are very similar to the well known MP4 format. When downloading a video from iTunes, it usually comes in the M4V format and can – but doesn’t necessarily have to – be protected with Apple’s DRM copy protection.

MOV

QuickTime Movie File – Nowadays, MOV files are not exclusively usable on Apple devises anymore, but can be opened on Windows operating systems as well. It’s a video file format originally developed for the Apple QuickTime Player, and converting your videos to MOV can be a useful feature.

Other Files

DMG

MAC OS X Disk Image File – DMG files usually serve the purpose of installing programs on a Mac computer, contain encrypted and compressed data. Mac computers treat DMG files like hard copy disks.

IPA

iOS Application File – Files with an IPA extension are essential for anything downloaded from iTunes, may it be games, programs, or utilities. They contain information necessary for the iOS device to open and/or run the programs they are linked to.

PICT

Apple QuickDraw Picture File – PICT files are created when using the Apple QuickDraw program. They can contain vector graphics as well as bitmap images with a big variety of colors. Yet, PICT images are raster images, which means that they are not scalable without loss in quality.

DOC vs. DOCX File Extensions – What is the Difference?

DOC vs. DOCXSome of the most frequent documents that people have to convert are DOC and DOCX. People who have been using word processing software for years seem to suddenly be experiencing problems, but they don’t know why. The difference between DOC vs. DOCX files can be easily explained and if you’re having problems with these documents, either one can easily be converted for easier access and use.

Both the DOC file extension and the DOCX extension come from Microsoft Word, which is part of the Microsoft Office suite of products. This is why both of these file extensions are so popular.

The DOC file extension has been used by Word for a very long time, however, the last time it was included in Word was in Word 2003. The next update for Word occurred in 2007 and their default file extension used for word processing was changed to DOCX. When you’re looking at the DOC vs DOCX question, it basically comes down to how old the MS Word program was that created the original document.

Why the Change From DOC to DOCX?

The DOC file format was proprietary to Microsoft. This means that software from other types of word processing products frequently had trouble reading DOC files because they couldn’t read the files. Microsoft wanted to create a new file extension for word processing that was an open standard format.

That desire for an open product that other companies could also use resulted in the change to DOCX. Because of that, the behind the scene coding work for DOCX was done in XML, hence the “X” part of the DOCX extension. Another benefit of the DOCX file type is that newer features were added that were not possible when using the old coding.

Since Microsoft developed DOCX to be the new standard for word processing, it seems likely that at some point, the DOC file extension will slowly be phased out.

Problems With the DOC to DOCX Conversion

One of the biggest issues that came from this DOC vs. DOCX issue was not being able to open DOCX files when you are using Word from 2003 or before. Since most people do not upgrade their Microsoft Office each time a new product is released, this became a problem. To help with this, MS has made a “compatibility pack” available. In most cases, this should allow an older version of Word to open a DOCX file.

However, like all things related to software, this doesn’t always work. Sometimes, the easiest way to handle the DOC vs. DOCX problem is to simply use an online converter to convert the file type to the one that works best with your version of Word.


You no longer need to be confused by the DOC vs DOCX issue. They are both word processing files from Microsoft Word and the only difference is the year of the program that created them. If you’re having problems, look for the MS compatibility pack. If you have trouble, or don’t have time to mess with that, simply convert your documents.