Image Conversion Software For Free

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Are you looking to convert an image file of some kind and want or need an image conversion software for free to use? If so, then chances are you are not alone. Everyday, millions of people go Online looking for image conversion software for free or at least for one at an affordable price. This is because there are so many different image formats from which to convert to. While the most known or used format for images are JPG, there are numerous other formats as well.

Yet you do not need to spend any money or download any software in order to convert your image files or any other kind of files at all. Here on Online Convert, we offer 100% free image, video, audio and several other file conversion tools to use for totally free.

 

 

Be sure to read about these Useful Tools for Web and Graphic Designers

 

What’s Your Image File Format?

 

Image file formats come in BMP (also known as bitmap image) EPS (Encapsulated PostScript Vector Graphics) GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) and PNG (Portable Network Graphics) formats.  While these are just some of the most widely known or used formats, there are many others as well. No matter what type of an image software or conversion tools people may be looking for, the formats are plentiful. However, what numerous users don’t know is that for the most part, they can convert their image files for free without having to purchase any software at all.

 

Image Conversion Software Makers Secret

 

The truth is that most of the image conversion software program makers do not want you to know about sites such as Online Convert. This is because we offer for free, the converting tools that they charge people money for. Of course, there are also other programs that are free to use to convert image or other files. Still, you need to download and install these programs in your device in order to do so. That is not the case with Online Convert. The converting tools offered here require nothing from you. The only thing you need to do in order to convert your image or any kind of file is to simply upload the file you wish to convert to our servers. We then do all the work for you in a few simple and quick steps.

 

Unsure about certain image file types? Then check out Image File Extensions – What Are the Differences?

 

For now, users looking for image conversion software freeware, an open source image conversion software or any other kind of converting software can finally relax. You now know that there is no need for you to have to purchase, download or install any kind of software or program to convert your image files. Online Convert has successfully converted millions of different kinds of files for users throughout the years. Always easy to use and always free of charge.

 

FAQ – What You Need To Know About Online Image Conversion

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There are so many different image file formats on the web. JPG, NEF, BMP, WEBP. Some are transparent, some are animated. Some can be scaled easily, others lose quality when scaling.

We at Online-Convert.com get many questions about image files and image file conversion from our users. To bring some light into the darkness, we present you with answers to the most frequently asked questions about image file conversion.

 

Image Converter FAQs

 

Why Do I Need An Image File Converter?

There are several reasons for why you may have to convert images from one format to the other. Depending on your needs, the needs of your friends or customers, or depending on the programs you use for viewing or editing images, certain image file formats will not cut it.

Here are some of the most popular reasons why to use an online image converter to convert your images into another format.

  • You can not open/view an image someone sent you.
  • You want to turn a video into an animated gif.
  • You want to show your customers a preview of your design/work.
  • You can not open a camera RAW image.
  • You want to scale a shape or outlines without quality loss.
  • You want a quick screenshot of a webpage.
  • You can not upload an image to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or another social media or image sharing platform.
  • You want to change a Windows desktop icon to your own image.

 

How Do I Convert Image Files?

On Online-Converter.com you can find the most common image converters. All you have to do is choose the converter you want to use and provide the file you want to convert. Leave all the rest to us.

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Under 1. you can choose if you want to convert a file from your computer or hard drive, paste the link or choose a file from a cloud storage.

The optional settings under 2. are mandatory. Read on if you want to know what they will do to your image, but you don’t need them for a successful conversion.

And, last but not least, click on “Convert file” under 3.

 

Now, all you have to do is wait until the conversion is done. The output will be downloaded to your computer and device (depending on your browser this works automatically).

 

What Converter Should I Choose?

Depending on your needs, you can choose different converters. Or more precisely: you can choose different output image formats.

Raster Images:

  • BMP (most commonly associated with MS Paint)
  • GIF (can contain transparency and animation, but with low quality or high file size)
  • JPG (most common image file with good quality and file size ratio)
  • PNG (can contain transparency, often better quality for uploads on social media)
  • TGA (commonly used for animations and video editing)
  • TIFF (stores images in very high quality; can also store vector image information)
  • WEBP (open standard image by google; more about WebP images)

Vector Images:

  • EPS (common and widely distributed format by Adobe)
  • SVG (common vector image format)

Other:

  • ICO (Windows Desktop Icons)

 

 

For sharing, sending and uploading to social media and the web, we suggest using the JPG converter or the PNG converter if the image contains transparency. Animated GIFs can be converted and created using the GIF converter.

To convert vector images into a widely supported format, convert them to SVG. And to create your own Windows desktop icons out of any graphic, use the ICO converter.

 

What Are Raster And Vector Images?

Now you know about some of the most common image file formats. But what exactly does vector and raster image mean and what distinguishes those two formats?

Most images you will come across are raster images. In these files, the image or photo information is saved for each pixel in the image. Contrary to that, vector images store image data using mathematical formulas. What does that mean?

In short: Raster images can only be scaled down aka made smaller. When you want to increase the size of a raster image, you have to expect a, more or less, loss in quality. Vector images can be scaled up without a problem and thus made bigger and smaller without losing the quality of the image.

More on vector images.

 

What Are Optional Settings?

The optional settings of image.online-convert.com are not mandatory for the conversion. You can leave them completely empty and will still get exactly the conversion you wanted.

However, using these options enables you to add some minor image editing and enhancement to your converted image.

If you want to know more about the single options available, check out our article that explains the optional image settings.

 

What Else Can I Do With An Image Converter?

An online image converter can do more than simply convert your images from one format to the other. Conversion between different file types is also possible:

  • Convert a video to GIF to create an animated gif
  • Convert a vector graphic to raster image to show off designs, layouts, etc.
  • Convert documents to image for easier sharing and uploading to image sharing websites
  • Convert a website to image to get a screenshot of the whole page

Why People Will Always Need Files & Conversion

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Recently, there have been some well known businessmen in the digital & Internet industry who have said files are dead. However, we, and many others believe that is not the case. For this reason, we have put together this article showing why people will always need files & conversion in their digital and Internet world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Believe The Dead Files Hype

 

For many years now, numerous technologists, commentators and websites have been predicting the death of the file hierarchy as we know it. One of these people is Fred Wilson, an American businessman, venture capitalist and frequent Blogger. Fred Wilson is also the co-founder of Union Square Ventures. This is a New York City-based venture capital firm which has numerous investments in Web 2.0 companies and others as well. Fred and others argue about the availability users now have with programs such as Google Drive, Dropbox and many other icloud based services found online these days. To them, these programs represent a new way for people to save their data or make use of their digital media. The same folks also mention the rise of Netflix, YouTube, HBOgo and Spotify as the new reason why files will be obsolete soon.  However, we beg to differ on the strength of the vast rise in electronic devices which greatly need file conversion tools and software alone. There are also the many computers, laptops and other apparatus who need files and conversion to function properly.

 

Check out how to easily Convert Your Blog Article To PDF For A Greater Reach

 

Why Files Are Not Dead?

 

Imagine recording a video with either your cellular phone, tablet or any other device. These videos are normally recorded in MOV format (iPhone, iPad) or 3gp or mp4 on Android devices. Other cameras such as Canon, Panasonic or numerous different brands record on different formats. The one thing that remains the same however, is the huge size which these files end up being saved once they are recorded. Now imagine trying to upload or share the same video with someone? It will not only take a really long time to do so, but also the person receiving it will have to spend a long time downloading it as well. Furthermore, the other recipient may not even be able to play the video on his or her device if they are not compatible. One prime example would be an Android user sending a video to a person who uses an iPhone.  Also, Websites like Facebook and other social media favorites have a limit on the size of the videos users can upload to their sites. For these reasons alone we would always need file conversion.

Of course we would still have to go over other file formats and their need for conversion as well. Ebooks, audio, documents and images files require us to consider about them as well. How can you listen to audio files on one device if it’s not in the format your current device only allows? From MP3, MP4, WAV, OPUS, OGG, AAC, and many others audio formats, the choices and reasons for conversion are too numerous to count.

 

You may also want to read Are You Converting Your Audio Files? Learn The Difference Between Lossy and Lossless

 

 

Thank Goodness For File Conversion Websites
So now that we have imagined what it would be like not being able to easily convert your files, no matter what format it is, we are thankful that we can. Sites like Online Convert offer all kinds of easy to use conversion tools for free. This means that you can easily change that video’s size you recorded or even the resolution and other criteria. You can also use our Hash conversion tools for more security and the image converter tool to share your photos. In either case, no matter what you hear, files are here to stay; and so are sites like Online Convert.

Images For The Web — WEBP

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In an earlier article, we have had a look at Google’s open standard files already. There, we have shortly talked about and given an overview of the file formats developed and distributed under an open standard license by Google.

However, we never touched the topic of why you may want to take, save, store or convert your pictures in Googles open format. Thus, we dedicate this article to one of these formats and give it a much closer look!

 

Web Picture Files

In 2010, Google released it’s own image format for web usage as a rival to popular and common formats like JPG and PNG: the WEBP format was born. Distributed under an open standard license, Google developed the format to provide an alternative to image formats used until then. But what sets the WEBP format apart from JPG and PNG? What makes it better? What makes it worse? Lets have a look at it:

 

Image Compression

The most prominent claim by Google is that WEBP images would make the internet a lot faster. This claim can be explained – maybe even justified – by the image compression applied when creating a WEBP image.

WEBP images can be saved with both, lossy and lossless compression. When comparing the format to it’s “rivals”, there is a noticeable difference in file size. Even in its lossless compression, WEBP files are smaller in file size than PNG images. Lossy WEBP images are even smaller while still maintaining a quite high quality of the image.

lossy WEBP lossless WEBP
25 – 34% smaller than JPEG 26% smaller than PNG

Now, imagine all PNG and JPG images on the web would be replaced by these file format with a lower file size. Websites, even image-heavy ones, would load a lot faster, according to Google. And that is exactly what they want to achieve by the usage of the WEBP format. The storage space as well as loading times for WEBP images is a lot lower than for other image formats, thus “speeding up” the internet as a whole.

Check out this comparative study about WEBP file sizes compared to other image formats.

 

Quality

Despite the reduction in file size, WEBP images maintain a very high quality. Google provides a gallery that shows the difference in quality between JPG and WEBP, as well as a demonstration of transparency here.

However, we wanted to see for ourselves! Thus, we have converted a RAW image file from the NEF format to both, JPG and WEBP. The comparison can be seen below. Take a close look at the text and it’s apparent that WEBP maintains a way higher quality than JPG.

JPG example
JPG example
WEBP example

 

Transparency & Animation

JPG files can not be transparent, and neither PNG nor JPG files can contain animation. WEBP images can support both!

Google states that lossy as well as lossless WEBP files can contain transparency (aka an alpha channel). Even while containing transparency, lossless WEBP images have a lower file size than PNG images.

 

Since 2011, WEBP images also support animation. The format thus became an alternative to the popular GIF format with the difference that WEBP allows animation with both, lossy and lossless compression. The picture quality of the animated image is higher than of a GIF. While GIFs support 8-bit color and a 1-bit alpha channel, WEBP images support 24-bit color and an 8-bit alpha channel.

The file size of the animated WEBP is also reportedly lower:

lossy WEBP lossless WEBP
64% smaller than GIF 19% smaller than GIF

 

Browser & Software Support

WEBP is already supported by a variety of software and browsers. The following table shows the most common programs that can view WEBP images:

Internet Browser Software
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera
  • Pale Moon
  • Web Browser for Android
Natively via Plug-In
  • GDAL
  • ImageMagick
  • Irfan View
  • PhotoLine
  • Picasa
  • Pixelmator
  • XNView
  • Adobe Photoshop (Telegraphics plug-in)
  • FastPictureViewer
  • GIMP
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Paint.NET
  • Windows Photo Viewer

When it comes to browsers, a JavaScript shim enables any browser that can display WEBM videos to display WEBP images as well. The WEBPJS JavaScript library, and in some instances Flash, also enable the support of WEBP in most browsers.

 

Problems With WEBP

Unfortunately, not everything is sunshine and rainbows; the WEBP format comes with some problems as well.

  1. Internet Explorer and many other browsers (e.g. Mozilla Firefox) only support WEBP via JavaScript shims or Flash.
  2. Animated WEBP images have a greater CPU usage than animated GIFs.
  3. Generally, the support for WEBP (especially in animated form) is not as wide-spread as we could and Google would wish.

 

Convert From & To WEBP

If you want to give WEBP a try, you have the possibility to easily convert your images to WEBP on nline-Convert.com.

On the other hand, if you are a big fan of the JPG and PNG format and want to continue using those formats, you can convert WEBP images you received or downloaded to those formats: convert to JPG or convert to PNG. Animated WEBP images can be converted to animated GIF, howeve, a big quality loss is expected here.

How Cell Phones Changed The Camera Industry

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Technology continues to change the way we live and how we use everyday things in our lives. How we take photographs of each other is no different. It is interesting to find out how cell phones have changed the camera industry and our lives as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birth of The Digital Camera

 

It used to be that for most of us to take a photograph of someone at a party or in any normal setting, we would have to use one of the point and shoot cameras available to us back then. In fact, it was only two decades or so ago when most of us had to take photographs with cameras and then wait until we had them developed to see them. Although the digital camera was first invented in 1975, it wasn’t until a decade later that it began to become popular and affordable. In the early 2000’s though, the digital cameras came on the scene and soon replaced film cameras.  The ability for most of us to be able to see the photos right away was pretty amazing. People used their own printers or the Internet to be able to print photographs or send them to others instantly.

 

Check out this helpful article on How To Open Camera Raw Images

 

 

Cellular Phones Changed Everything

Within the next couple of years, cell phones came about and completely allowed users to do the same thing digital cameras did, but with their own cell phones. The irony of evolutionary inventions was that the same way digital cameras ended up replacing most film cameras, cell phones replaced most digital cameras. As the cameras inside the cellular phones and tablets became more and more advanced, digital camera sales when down the drain. The harsh reality soon set in for most camera manufacturers as most of them soon began taking heavy losses. In fact, only Nikon and Canon ended up making a profit the past year. Other companies like Sony and Fuji only broke about even.

 

What’s In Store For The Camera?

 

The question then of why or how did the cell phones changed the camera industry has a few reasons and answers. For one, cell phones have allowed the users to be able to take photographs instantly at a whim from the palm of their hands. Cellular phones are used for communication so most people carry them. The phones having a digital camera is a bonus which most of us take advantage of. Also, a lot of phones cellular are not that expensive and many carriers give them to customers for free for signing a contract with them. There are some which are very expensive. However, most people are happy to shell out the money for them anyway. To make matters better for those that take photographs with their phones, sites like Online Convert allow users to easily convert video and photo files to other formats. This option lets users upload and share their videos and photographs easier; especially when the video or images might be too large.

 

Because cellular phones usage is so common, social media sites are now filled with amateur photos and videos taken from users.  In fact, being able to record from cell phones has led to numerous individuals monetizing via posting videos on sites like YouTube and Vine. The ease of being able to take a photograph right from your cell phone has no doubt made it better and easier for most of us to be able to capture special moments in our lives.

 

Want to spice up your pictures? Then take a look at the Best Free Photo Collage Makers

 

So is the camera industry totally dead? Not at all. There are still many professional and old school photographers who only use hand held digital cameras for photography. The fact is photography as we know it is not dying; it is simply changing and evolving with new inventions. Camera manufacturers are not taking the bombardment of cell phones cameras lightly. They have begun making more powerful and technology advanced cameras with higher resolutions and more mega pixels. Nevertheless, technology continues to advance and new inventions are made each day. Still, the question remains. How long will it be before the next invention might make the cellular phones a thing of the past? 

3 Great Ideas How To Send Holiday Greetings This Year

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Christmas is just around the corner. During this stressful time of preparation and planning, its important to take a step back to breathe. And please do not forget your loved ones over all the stress!

If you are lucky, you can visit or are visited by family this year to spend the holiday of love and giving with them. However, sometimes it’s simply impossible to invite all relatives or friends over for a Christmas dinner or party. Show them that they are not forgotten with festive holiday greetings!

We from Online-Convert.com have some great ideas for you on how to give your far-away living relatives and friends a special holiday treat. Check them out below:

 

Record a Holiday Video

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If you want to do something really special for your loved ones, why not record a little video of your family with a nice message for the holidays and some stunning visuals of your apartment, decoration, or the snow outside?

No matter if you want to create an image collage or just record a short, festive clip with your phone, a holiday video is a little treat everyone can enjoy.

 

Today, thanks to the use of smartphones, everyone can record a video and send it across the globe. However, make sure that your video is in a format the receiver can open as well. The iPhone, for example, records videos in another format than other smartphones, and not every computer or operating system may be able to open them.

Likewise, if you plan on uploading the video to YouTube or Vimeo, they may need a special format, bit rate, or size to be accepted by the video platform.

 

We recommend:

Convert videos you want to send to your family and friends, or upload to the web, to the MP4 format. It’s the most widely supported and common video format.

 

Send Your Loved Ones a Holiday Card

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The more traditional approach is to send a visually appealing holiday card. Send season’s greetings from home, a cabin in the mountains, or a sunny beach — wherever you may be this Christmas.

 

With regard to Chrostmas cards you will have to consider the means of sending though. DO you plan to send your card via e-mail? Then it should be in a format that can be opened on any computer or laptop. Do you want to send it using WhatsApp? Then make sure it can be opened on a smartphone.  Do you want to send your card using a social media platform or even use it as your seasonal Twitter or Facebook banner? Then make sure that there will be no loss in quality when you upload your card.

 

We recommend:

For all kinds of sending means, we propose you convert your images to JPG. The format is supported by Windows and Mac computers as well as Android and iOS devices.

However, if you want to distribute your holiday card via Twitter, Facebook or another social media platform, we recommend the PNG format as it causes less or even no quality loss when posting on your wall or feed.

 

Write a Holiday Letter to Your Family

Christmas Letter

Pictures say more than a thousand words, but sometimes it’s better to nevertheless share some words. Writing a holiday letter this Christmas will not only tell your family that you thought of them, but will keep them up-to-date with your life as well.

 

Again, when saving your letter, keep in mind how you want your relatives and friends to receive it. Do you wish to send your letter, all traditionally, via mail? Then you should choose a format that doesn’t change or get crooked while printing, especially if you use a lot formatting, images, and decorations.

If you send your letter as an e-mail attachment, you have to make sure that everyone can open and read it—preferably with no layout changes as well.

 

We recommend:

No matter if you are using Apple Pages, Microsoft Word or any other word processing software, there is one go-to format you should use for your end-product: PDF

PDFs can be opened by Mac and Microsoft computers alike and there are many free apps available that open PDF files on your smartphone. Furthermore, PDF contains a fixed layout and everyone will see the document like you intend them to. This is also true for printing.

 

Send Your Holiday Greetings

It doesn’t really matter which form of sharing your holiday cheer you will use. In the end, all that matters is that you took some time to prepare a sweet little message for your friends and family this season.

Merry Christmas!

Image Settings Explained

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If you are familiar with Online-Convert.com’s free image converter, you have also already noticed the optional settings provided when converting your image. Next to converting your picture or photo into another format, you can use these options for some basic image editing.

But what are these options good for?

This is the question we will answer for you today! There is a set of optional settings you can use when converting your image to JPG, TIFF, WEBP or even animated GIF. The options are all the same, except for ICO which we will have a look at at the end of the article as well.

 

Optional Settings For Image Conversion

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These are the optional settings you can choose from when using one of the Online-Convert.com image converters. Lets go through them one after the other. Of course, we will also provide you with visuals to see the difference between single options!

 

Change Size

Rather self-explanatory, this option changes the size of the target file. The format is the following: width x height

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Entering one value, either for width or height, will proportionally change the other value as well. This way, the dimension of the image will stay the same.

Setting both values will cause the image to be scaled to fit them both. The resulting image will be distorted according to the values set:

Image Settings
Image scaled to 1024×500 px

Color

Color, just like the name suggests, changes the colors of the uploaded image. There are six predefined options to choose from: Colored, Gray, Monochrome, Negate, Year 1980 and Year 1900. Only one of the options can be chosen.

In this case, a picture tell you more than words can, thus here’s an overview of what the different color options do to your picture:

Image Settings_Color

Enhance

The options given under enhance will add to the image quality. There are, again, six options to choose from: Equalize, Normalize, Enhance, Sharpen, Antialias and Despeckle. Here, however, several options can be selected and thus the effects they have can be mixed.

Image Settings_Enhance

DPI

DPI stands for “dots per inch” and in the image it denotes the amount of dots in a line with a size of one inch. There are a few common DPI values used for images, however, you can choose the number freely.

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For more information on DPI read up here: Wikipedia: Dots Per Inch.

 

Basic Image Editing With A Converter

Making use of all these options provides you with some basic image editing options for your images. Lets have a look how an image with several options set will turn out:

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Image Settings_Example

 

Options For ICO Conversion

Last but not least, let’s have a look at the optional settings available for ICO conversions.

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The only options available for ICO are “Change Size” and DPI. The reason for this is that ICO files are not typically used as normal image extensions. It’s rather a file format used to display programs, folders, etc. on a computer that runs with Microsoft Windows.

Find more information about ICO here: File Format: ICO.

How To Open Camera Raw Images

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As a photographer, you are used to working with images in a so-called raw format. But even non-photographers may stumble upon Raw camera images—and have difficulties opening them. Most picture viewers are unable to open such camera raw images, making it impossible to view, print, or edit them.

But what are camera raw images even? Which cameras produce them? And what are they good for?

Online-Convert has the answers to these questions!

 

What Is A Camera Raw Image?

Camera raw images got their name because they are not processed and contain the “raw” data of the image as it is captured by the image sensor of a digital camera. Some image scanners can produce such raw files as well. The best way to understand what a raw image is is to think of the negatives in photography. These digital negatives can not be used directly, but they contain all information needed to create the image.

In addition to the image information, other information is stored in the raw files as well. Metadata captured by the camera sensor is stored within the raw image as well. This includes color profile, exposure, date, author information, and more.

Many digital cameras are able to take images in not only the common JPG format, but in a raw format as well—and they differ from model to model. Following, we have a little list with some of the better known camera raw files:

Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Other
  • CRW
  • CR2
  • NEF
  • NRW
  • ARW
  • SRF
  • SR2
  • RAW
  • RW2
  • DNG (Adobe Raw)
  • ERF (Epson)
  • ORF (Olympus)
  • PTX (Pentax)

 

Advantages

As mentioned before, raw images are not as easily handled as common raster images. Special image editing software like Photoshop or specific raw image viewers are needed to open, view and edit the camera raw images. Yet, these raw formats still have various advantages over JPG and its brothers.

Raw image files contain many more shades of color than JPG files, and the quality of the images is noticeably higher as well thanks to the lossless compression of image data.

When it comes to editing, raw images provide many more parameters to adjust as are possible with other image files. When manipulating a raw image, e.g. in Photoshop, the information is stored in a separate file. Thus, the original raw image is not altered even when changes with regard to white balance, hue, saturation or others is applied.

 

Drawbacks

However, no matter how versatile raw images may be when it comes to quality or editing parameters, there are some drawbacks when compared to other image formats.

Raw images are significantly bigger when it comes to the file size since they store a lot more information than a simple JPG image. They are not ready to use and require further editing and manipulation before they can be properly used or shared.

Furthermore, they are not widely supported and differ from camera to camera. Thus, not many people are able to open a camera raw image and struggle with getting to see the contents. Photoshop is not a free program. To use it properly, you have to purchase the license. But how else are you supposed to open a raw image then?

 

Convert Camera Raw Images

Image conversion software and their online variants are able to convert raw image data into JPG, TIFF, or other image formats that are ready for use and can be opened by all image viewing applications—no matter if on your computer, smartphone, tablet or other device!

On Online-Convert.com you can convert camera raw images to JPG with just a few clicks. Raw images from Nikon, Canon, Sony or other cameras are supported by the converter and you do not have to download any program or viewer to your computer to view the photos.

Best Free Photo Collage Makers [FollowUp]

FotoJetIn July we have presented you the best free photo collage makers on the web. Today, we want to give you a little update. The reason for this is a big update one of the collage makers we presented has introduced that improves the handling as well as the possibilities to create photo cards, picture collages, and more!

Make Your Own Photo Collage And More!

To get started with the new and improved photo collage maker on FotoJet.com, choose the “creative Collage” maker on the left. It will immediately bring you to a more improved interface where you can choose your collage, photo card, or post style right away.

The most prominent new feature you see here is the possibility to not only create Facebook covers, but covers and banners for YouTube, Twitter, and Google+, as well as different social media posts for Pinterest, Instagram, and more.

Furthermore, you can create your own comic or magazine cover as well.

Start Editing—For Real!

Once you chose a category, you will find more templates available for your enjoyment as well as two blank templates (a landscape and a portray one). The blank ones are for the free spirits that want to create their design from scratch, but the already available layouts gained some improvements as well. To illustrate this, check out the wedding invitation we have created the last time (left), and the wedding thank you card we created with the newly available options (right):

Photo Collage Wedding Collage

Last time, we have stated that it’s a pity that the icons, patterns, and symbols can not be altered and that the text areas are rather rigid. This has been changed with the new improvements! As you can see, we were able to change the picture sizes, move the label and change it’s color, as well as move and enlarge the text areas. This offers a lot more freedom to re-arrange the collages and make them look even prettier for your purpose.

If you start your collage from scratch, it’s easy to drag and drop your images onto the blank canvas, change the size, and arrange them the way you want them to. With a double click, you can crop and adjust the image within the shape as well. The addition of different clip arts like banners, speech bubbles, icons, and texts enables you to decorate the collage according to the occasion. Of course, changing the background to either solid color or a pattern, as well as the possibility to add different styles of text are given. The only thing missing here, in our eyes, would be the possibility to add own images as clip art, and edit the texts to form arches or other forms.

However, with these options, FotoJet took another step forward to stand out as an online photo collage maker, adding new features and possibilities for the user to let the creative juices flow more freely. Look at this Halloween collage we created completely from scratch:

Halloween Collage

The only downside we still detect is that, even though you are able to create Pinterest and Instagram or Facebook images, you are still only able to share them on Facebook and no other Social Media network. Also, if you want to store your image in any other format than JPEG and PNG (e.g. WebP or TIFF), you would have to convert the collage.

 

Wedding Thank You card images from Scott Webb.
Halloween images from RondellMelling.

Files Supported By Your PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PSP

PS4
Image by Leon Terra http://bit.ly/1N6YhQp

As we have stated in our last week’s post about files supported by the Xbox One, we do not want to engage in the ongoing battle between console gamers. Whether you have a Xbox One or a PlayStation 4, we want to present to you the amount of information that you need. After covering the Xbox topic already, today we will have a look at games, discs, and file formats supported by the new generation of Sony’s PlayStation gaming consoles. Thus, we will have a look at the PS4 and PlayStation Vita, but also at the still beloved and often used PlayStation Portable (PSP).

PlayStation 4

Lets have a look at the big gaming console first. With regard to discs, the PS4 seems to be pretty limited when it comes to Backwards Compatibility. However, using the Gaikai Cloud streaming capability, games from various PlayStation generations can be played on the PS4 via emulation. However, the old hard discs and downloaded games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 can not be played on the PS4.

Supported games and discs include:

  • Blu-ray discs (also in 3D)
  • DVDs (also in 3D)
  • PlayStation 4 discs
  • PlayStation 4 downloads
  • used PlayStation 4 games

When it comes to streaming services, the newest PlayStation generation supports the following services:

  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • Epix
  • Hulu Plus
  • IGN App
  • MLB.tv
  • Music Unlimited
  • NBA Game Time
  • Netflix
  • NFL Sunday
  • NHL
  • Redbox Instant
  • Video Unlimited
  • Vudu
  • YouTube
  • YuppTV

A feature of the PlayStation 4 is the PlayStation 4 Media Player. The player supports various audio, image, and video formats:

Audio

  • AAC
  • M4A
  • MP3

Image

  • BMP
  • JPEG
  • PNG

Video

  • AVCHD
  • AVI
  • M2TS
  • MKV
  • MP4

It is obvious that the list is not as exhaustive as the list of file formats supported by the Xbox One. However, if you want to listen to audio files like WMA, WAV, or AIFF, you can always use a reliable audio file converter to make them playable on your PS4. Same goes for video files with a MOV extension, for example. Convert them to a supported video file using a video converter.

PlayStation Vita & PlayStation Portable

The PS Vita is the newest handheld console from Sony, succeeding the PSP. Since those two are portable gaming consoles, it is not uncommon to also use them as mobile video and music playing devices. The following video, audio, and image files can be transferred to the PS Vita and PSP to be watches and played “on the go”:

PS Vita

Audio

  • MP3
  • MP4
  • WAV

Image

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • MPO
  • PNG
  • TIFF

Video

  • MP4

PSP

Audio

  • MP3
  • MP4
  • WAVE
  • WMA

Image

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • TIFF

Video

  • AVI
  • MP4