Tips On How To Backup And Save Your Text Messages

Tips On How To Backup And Save Your Text Messages
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With smartphones in the hands of people all over the world now, everyone uses them to communicate, especially via text messages. These tips on how to backup and save your text messages can be really helpful if send out a lot of SMS. Best of all, you can do so whether you use IOS or an Android device.

Sending out SMS messages  is a great way to instantly stay in touch with friends and family members no matter where they are. But if you send out a lot of text messages – and most people do – chances are that they will start to add up and take up space quickly.

This is even more so since some people send out pretty long text messages. They also have extensive conversations with those they talk to via texts. Apart from taking up space on your phone, it is also prudent to be able to save your conversations just in case. You can lose your phone or something along those lines where you no longer have access to your history of conversations.

Luckily, there are several ways for you to be able to backup and save your text messages. Some tips require a bit more work or tech savvy than others. However, if you just want something really simple, then there are some ways below to do so as well.

 

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Using Gmail Account –

For those that have an Android device, backing up their text messages using their Gmail account it’s really simple. Moreover, being able to use this method allows users to use their Gmail account as an SMS storage vault.

The first thing you need to do is configure your Gmail account so that it can have IMAP access. That’s because the SMS backup process requires IMAP access to the Gmail account in order to work.

The second step is configuring the SMS backup using the App from the Google Play Store. Download the app and once it is installed you follow the screen info and features for toggling the process. You can do automatic backups if you prefer as well as other useful functions. The instructions are pretty basic and easy to follow.

 

Save Texts On iOS –

For those that have Apple iPhones or are using iOS, they can backup their SMS messages using iTunes. The process is simple to do since most Apple users are already quite familiar with the iTune app.

First, connect your phone or device to your computer and in iTunes, click the icon which corresponds to your device.

Once you see the section labeled ‘Backups’ on the Summarytab, click on the ‘Manually Back Up and Restore‘ option. Select the ‘Back Up Now‘ option and you are done.

Once your text messages are saved, you can then simply use iExplorer to access all of your backed up SMS.

 

Use Other Apps –

For some people who don’t really want to use either of the options above, they can simply choose to use different applications. There are several apps available both for Android and iOS devices which help you save your SMS messages. Some of those apps are My Backup Pro, MySMS and Morobobo. Keep in mind those are all for Android devices. Apple has SMS Export and iMobie AnyTrans apps for their users, among others.

 

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No matter what device, app or tactic you use to save your SMS messages, backing them up is something everyone should do. Some people wait until the lose their devices to begin to inquire oh how to do so. By then, it is already too late for the older messages you had on your device since they will be lost. Take a proactive approach, think ahead and backup your SMS text messages today.

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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How To Convert NEF Files To JPG, PNG, PDF and More For Free

How To Convert NEF Files To JPG, PNG, PDF and More For Free
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Chances are that you may have a NEF file on your computer or camera that you need converted to another format type. All NEF files are found specifically on Nikon cameras. Short for Nikon Electronic Format, the NEF file extension derives from a raw image file from Nikon. The problem for most people is that NEF files are often not compatible on other computers, laptops, cell phones or devices. In addition, you may need to convert the file to a more widely used format such as PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP or many others.

This article covers the steps on how to convert NEF files to JPG, PNG, PDF and more for free. Online Convert has many free tools which allow you to do so quickly, easily and totally free of charge. Best of all, you do not need to download any kind of program, software or even provide your email to do so.

 

All About NEF Files

NEF files are just like countless of other RAW image files. These files are able to retain everything that is captured by a Nikon camera. This is all done before the metadata and lens camera model processing has happened. The digital photos taken by anyone with a Nikon camera need to be converted before sharing them with others. Even more so, when those you are sharing them with do not have the same camera as you.

 

Like this article? Then perhaps you will enjoy How Cell Phones Changed The Camera Industry

 

Since NEF are RAW files, they are not ready to be used right away. They need to be converted before they are ready for printing, processing or editing with image editors. NEF files are often called or referred to as digital negatives.

 

Why So Many Different Types of File Formats?

Just like many other companies, Nikon has its own file extension for their cameras. Most printing machine, camera manufacturers and others businesses create their own file extensions for their particular brand or model. They do this in order to guarantee sole rights to their products via file types. That is why there are so many different kinds and versions of formats today. From SVG, WBMP, JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, EPS, HDR/EXR, TGA, WebP and Tiff, the list goes on and on.

Having all of these different types of file formats causes a lot of problems for users trying to share or use them. That’s because the majority of them are only able to work or be used by each specific brand or model they are created by and for. This can cause a huge headache for people who have one kind of printer, camera or device than the other person they want to share it with. Or if they simply want to use it on another device of their own from a different company or brand. So what can a person do then? Fortunately, Online Convert has all the tools you need to change the file formats to whatever type you need.

 

How To Convert NEF Files Easily

For anyone with a Nikon camera or NEF files, the biggest problem they have is conversion. They all want to know how they can convert NEF files quick and easy without too much hassle. And of course they also want to know how to do so without having to spend money or download any programs or software. You can convert your NEF files in a snap using our free Online Conversion Tool here.

The online image converter lets you convert any image you may have to over 12 different types of formats. All it takes is a few seconds of uploading your files to the site. If you choose, you can also apply effects or select other optional settings. Once you have selected exactly into what format and how you want the file converted, you hit the convert file button. Within a few seconds – this all depends on the file size and your internet speed of course – the file will be ready for you to use.

 

You should also take a look at Camera RAW Image Formats

 

Choices Are Great – So Is Online Convert!

Having different cameras, printers, smartphones or any devices to choose from is great. That gives us all kinds of choices when we want to purchase them. However, when they only use a certain type of file format, that  can be a headache; especially if you want to share them with others. But with Online Convert, changing and converting those files is a cinch. Need a file converted quick and easy and for free? Do it here on Online Convert today.

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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Tips For Recovering Corrupt Or Lost Documents in Microsoft Office

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If you use Microsoft Office frequently then you know how frustrating it can be if you lose your work. It can be due to the file being corrupt or lost. Whether it is while you are using Excel, Word or PowerPoint, the idea of losing your work is a nightmare. In some cases, you may not get the file or document to open up at all. In others, you only get to see some of the content. The rest of your hard work though, has seemed to disappeared.

For anyone who has spent countless hours, days or even weeks working a project, the thought of losing all that work can make anyone freak out. The idea alone can ruin your day and much more. But luckily there are some tips you can use for recovering corrupt or lost documents in Microsoft Office. It is recommended to first backup all of your files just to be safe. It is something you should do anyway since that will help you in case you ever have a situation like this again.

 

Here are 10 Microsoft Word Tricks You Should Know

 

Tips For Word Documents –

If you have lost or cannot find a Word document, the first thing to do is search for it using the search function. First, begin by typing the name of the document you are looking for. If you don’t remember, or that doesn’t work, then try the second option.

You can type – *.docx – and then press enter. This will allow all of the documents to show up. Check the results for your document file and see if you see it on the list.

Another tip you can use is to close all your Word related processes. Simply press “Ctrl+Alt+Del” keys simultaneously to bring up the Task Manager box.
Once there, check for any Word related processeses such as – Microsoft Word or Winword.exe. Next step is to click on ‘End Process’ to terminate it. Repeat it until all of the related ones are closed. You can either restart your computer or device and then restart Word again. Upon you doing so, you should see the “Document Recovery” task pane appear. Depending on the documents, you will get a notice of all the ones recovered by Word. Click on each one to open them up.

 

AutoRecover Option

You can also use the AutoRecover files option as well. You just hit the file menu and then click Open. Next you hit on the “Recent Documents” option and search for your file there.

You can check out Microsoft.com for a Step by Step guide on how to troubleshoot damaged documents in Word.

For those that have the Ultimate edition of Windows Vista, Business or Enterprise version, there is another option. The same as for those with Windows 7. You can use the shadow copy built-in centre as way to recover an uncorrupted or older version of your files.

To check, simply launch “Explorer” and then right click on the particular folder where the file or document was located. Select properties and the “My Document Properties” box will appear. Here you will see older versions of your original files appear. You can double click on them to see which ones you can re-open. Check the dates to try and get the closest to your last known lost file.

 

Other Recovery & Repair Options To Consider

Another option to try is the “Open and Repair” tool. Microsoft Office allows for some files which may be corrupted to be fixed on its own. Although this usually happens automatically, you can also do it manually. To do this simply choose the file or document you may be trying to repair. Click on the arrow of the ‘Open’ button and choose the ‘Open and Repair’ option.
Depending on the corruption of the file, then it may not take too long or it may be possible. However, this option doesn’t always work as efficient as most might like.

 

You may also enjoy reading 10 Ways To Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Better

 

In the end, the best thing to do is to constantly and continually backup your work. Use Cloud services or programs such as Google Docs. This will allow you to have a copy of your work so you don’t lose everything.

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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8 Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Phone

8 Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Phone
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With so many new phones being sold on the market, chances are that you will want to purchase a new one and replace it. Or it could be that you may want to upgrade based on a deal offered by a carrier. Other people at times just choose to donate their old phones. No matter what the reason may be, there are some very important factors to consider.

Below are 8 things you should do before selling or donating your phone. While some of these steps may vary depending on whether or not you have an Android or iPhone, the end results are the same. Keep in mind that you can and should use these same tips if you have a tablet you may be thinking of selling or giving away to someone. 
 
 
 
 

Remove Your Wireless Carrier Account

The first thing you should make sure that you do before you go and sell or donate your mobile phone to someone is to remove your old wireless carrier account. It is imperative that you deactivate your device from the wireless carrier list you been using. If you don’t, then the person you sell the device to can easily use the info to make calls or charge data. On the other hand, depending on the carrier, the new owner may not be able to activate it either. Lastly, you may end up having to pay extra cash  later on for this line not being deactivated.

 

You should also read about How Video Converters Can Help Users Of Old/Cheaper Phones

 

Backup Your Data

One of the great things about the Android OS and iPhone apps is the ability to back your old data to your new phone easily. Not too long ago, most of us had to do this back-up manually which took a long time. Now, you can simply sync your contacts and other info quickly. If you have an Android account, then you can save all of your info with your Google account. For those that want to do a more complete back-up, then there are apps or software that help you do even more. iOS users can easily back up their apps and data using their iPhone’s iTunes software.

 

Take Your Sim With You

A lot of people who sell or donate their phones often forget to remove their sim cards. Your sim cards store a lot of information on them including your contacts. Some sim cards even store sms and text messages on them. Be sure to take your sim card out before handing the phone over to someone else. You don’t want your personal contacts or other info on the hands of someone else.

 

Remove Your MicroSD Cards

For those that have Android phones, they will most likely have micro SD cards on them. Be sure to remove it and take it out of your phone. Especially if you have videos, photos and personal data on it. Too many people forget to take them out since they are hidden. If you don’t need the micro SD card or want to sell the phone with it, then make sure to format it before doing so.

 

Backup Your Videos And Photos

Unlike Google accounts such as calendar, contacts and email, your photos and videos may need to be backed up differently. You can choose to use a Cloud account or do so manually to your computer or laptop. For the cloud option, you can use programs such as Flickr, Dropbox, Google Photo or Microsoft OneDrive. You can use Wi-Fi to back up all of your photos and videos on your old phone. Once they are there, you can connect and add them to your new phone later.

 

Back Up Call And Text Logs

There are some people who have thousands of text messages or calls on their old phones they may not want to part with. In the event that you don’t want to give these up, you can back them up. There are apps to help you backup your SMS messages. For call logs, you can do the same depending on your carrier since some like AT&T and Verizon offer them.

 

Disable Security Locks & Passwords

Most of us have security patterns or passwords on our mobile phones to help us protect them. These security measures help to keep prying eyes away from our personal information. However, if you do have any of these patterns or security codes on them, others won’t be able to access the phone without them. Make sure you disable all security locks patterns and passwords on your old phone to allow the next owner to set their own.

 

Wipe Your Data

After you have already backed up all of your data, photos, videos and text logs, your next and final step is to wipe it away. All phones, whether they are Android or iPhone, let you perform a factory reset. Apart from removing all of your apps, it also allows you to remove all of your private and personal information from the phone. Things such as email accounts, personal credit cards or banking info and everything else, will be wiped and erased.

 

Here are 11 Tips To Extend Your Cell Phone’s Battery Life

 

Keep in mind, that some instances of data remaining on phones even after factory reset has been done, has been reported. While it is very rare, it can still happen. After you have done the factory reset, be sure to check your phone thoroughly. Make sure that email accounts, passwords, photos and videos are completely gone. After you have checked and made certain the phone is completely cleaned, the only thing left is to say goodbye to it

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.

 

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Top Audio Formats And Which One To Use

Top Audio Formats And Which One To Use
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When people wonder about audio formats, the majority of them think of MP3. However, there are many other types of audio formats out there, not just MP3. Audio file formats such as FLAC, WMA, AAC, OGG, OPUS and WMA are just some of the many others available. Still, with such a long list, which one is right for you? Which one should you choose or ignore altogether? This article goes over the top audio formats and which one may be your best choice.

Before you decide or start to consider an audio format file, the following needs to be taken into consideration. For one, audio formats are separated by 3 major categories. Understanding which category is best for you, will make it a lot easier to pick one. Narrowing down a particular category of audio formats, can also point you in which one is better suited for your particular needs.

 

The Lossless Audio Formats

 

In audio files, there are two types of audio qualities to remember. One is lossless and the other one is lossy. Lossy music files are compressed in order to save space. However, they tend to have a slightly less quality variation than others. Lossless on the other hand, will keep all of the music audio quality intact coming from the original source such as CD’s. The list of lossless audio file formats include FLAC, ALAC, WAV and AIFF.

One of the drawbacks from choosing lossless over lossy is size. In most cases, lossless files can be about 2 times to almost 5 times bigger than lossy. For people who have thousands of audio files and limited space, that can make a difference in the long run.

 

Perhaps you may also want to read Which Audio File Format Should I Use?

 

Uncompressed Audio File Formats

 

The uncompressed audio file formats are able to capture and convert real sound waves to digital format. There is no other processing action needed. The end result of using this format is that they offer the most precise and dead-on renditions. However, they do end up taking a bigger amount of space when compared to other formats. They range in about 34 MB per minute for a simple 24-bit 96 KHZ stereo audio file.

In this category of audio file formats, there is PCM, WAV and AIFF. The first, PCM, is considered to be the most common in audio formats used as it pertains to DVD’s and CD’s. WAV formats were developed by Microsoft and are a Windows container for audio formats. Still, Mac systems can still open WAV files without any problems as well. AIFF was developed by Apple for its Mac systems around 1988. Just like WAV files, AIFF can also be opened by Windows systems without any issues too.

 

The Lossy Compressed Audio Formats

 

If there was ever an audio file format which changed the way music is shared all over the world, it is the lossy compressed audio formats. Users will sacrifice a bit of audio quality when choosing these types of formats though. However, the truth is that in most cases, the differences are often not even discernible or that noticeable. The list of lossy audio file formats include the widely used MP3, MP4, AAC, OGG and WMA.

Before the lossy formats came along, users had a real hard time saving and sharing audio files. The size of a song taken from a CD, used to be too large to be able to uploaded, sent and shared on the web. Luckily, file compression allowed for audio files to be saved and shared more easily, smaller and faster. There are some drawbacks which can result from compressing a file too many times though. This includes hearing artifacts in the background as well as other discrepancies becoming more noticeable. Nonetheless, that only happens when the same file continues to be compressed over and over again.

 

Which Audio Format Is For You?

 

Now that you know all about the most common audio file formats, the only question is which one is right for you. Deciding which format you should use can depend on what it is you want to do with the files. It also depends on what you are planning to use the files for and how much space you have available.

For those looking to save space, then the lossy formats are a great choice. The people who fall in this category are those who don’t mind music quality as much. If you are okay with less than perfect, then lossy can work for you. The reality is that most people are not really able to tell the difference between lossless and lossy compressed files in most cases. This is also a great choice for those looking to send and share files with others easier and quicker.

 

Don’t miss reading Popular Lossy Format Options For Audio Files

 

People who want to capture and edit audio in raw form, using an uncompressed format is the best choice for them. This form of audio format allows them to work with the purest audio quality available. Once they are finished, they can then export their files to a compressed format.

If you want a choice between the two latter mentioned above, then you can go with FLAC audio formats. These tend to offer a better alternative than MP3 files. While it is still a lossless audio compression, the sound quality can be much better. You should keep in mind that these audio formats do require more storage space though.

No matter which format you end up choosing, keep in mind that you can convert any of them at Online Convert for free. For those that have a certain kind of audio file and want to change it to another format, then use our free conversion tool. It is simple to use, fast and free.

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.