Why You Should Consider Converting From JPG To SVG

There are many different image formats on the world wide web and even more when you regularly download, take and edit pictures. If you work with image files, either professionally or on a private basis, you surely came across the so-called SVG image format. Even if you haven’t actively worked with it yet, there are many advantages of this format.

Thus, in today’s article, we will have a look at why it might be useful for you to convert your already existing JPG and PNG images into the SVG format.

 

What you need:

  • A JPG or PNG image
  • A working internet connection (for phone or desktop computer)
  • An online SVG converter

 

Why Convert To SVG?

In order to understand the benefits you have from converting your “normal” images to SVG, you have to understand what an SVG is. Thus, before we jump into the reasons for a conversion, lets have a look what SVG stands for and what makes it different from image formats like JPG, PNG, GIF and others.

 

What Is SVG?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. The name alone gives away a lot about this image format. SVG is a so-called vector image format. This contrasts it with formats that belong in the category of so-called raster image formats such as JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, WebP, as well as camera raw image formats like NEF, CR2 or ARW.

So, what makes a vector graphic so different from a rater image? As the SVG name already suggests, these images are scalable. This means that, no mater the original size of the image, you can scale it not only smaller, but also bigger without any loss of quality. A JPG image, however, can not be scaled bigger without the image getting a way worse quality, aka. becoming “pixelated”.

Read more about The Best Image File Formats

 

Reasons To Convert To SVG

Now that you know what an SVG image is, lets have a look at what you can use them for – and why you should consider converting your raster images to SVG.

  1. Logos
    Logos are used for many things; websites, business cards, merchandise, posters, roll ups, banners, magazines, and so on and so forth. Since all these publications and displays vary in size, sometimes extremely, it’s important to have the logo saved in a way that you can make it bigger and smaller without it becoming pixalated.
  2. Other Web Graphics
    When it comes to graphics for the internet, it’s important that they look good on screens with a big screen resolution as well as on the small screen of a mobile phone. For this, a format that is scalable without loss of quality is essential. Thus, many web graphics are now not only saved but also displayed as SVG graphics.
  3. Image Editing
    The scaling is also a reason for why SVG is a perfect format for further image editing and manipulation. In an SVG, all elements are stored separately. Thus, they can be manipulated individually with ease. Changing the color of certain parts or adding a background color is thus an easy task when you have an SVG.

 

But what if you don’t have an SVG image and a printer or graphic designer needs one. Or if you need one for further editing and work yourself? Then, you can take the image you need and convert it to SVG!

There are a few things you have to be aware of, when converting from raster to vector image:

  • Converting from JPG to SVG will not create a “true” vector graphic.
  • Colors are not transported when converting from raster to vector image.
  • Details are getting lost when converting from JPG to SVG, just converting the basic shapes.

 

To understand these points better, have a look at the following comparison:

Original JPG Converted SVG
(saved as JPG for better display)

 

What To Use The SVG For?

Many of our users value the JPG to SVG conversion for different purposes. They might not retain color, but in order to further work with the SVG, this conversion is very versatile.

Here are a few ways in which our users have further used the SVG file:

  • Designs for shirts
  • Create cookie cutters with a 3D printer
  • Further edit a tattoo template
  • and much more

 

Do you have other usages for our raster image to SVG converter? Let us know!


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Save Photos & Videos From Instagram!

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Instagram is a great way to share photos and videos with your friends and other fans of your life, clothes, lifestyle or the great photos you take. And of course, others do that to! If you stumble across a great picture or video on your feed, you can admire it, like it, comment, or even send it forward to other Instagram users. But that’s about all you can do when it comes to sharing Instagram posts with other people.

But what if you want to share someone’s posts with your Facebook friends? Or save the image or video on your phone?

Usually, you would have to install yet another app to download and save photos and videos from Instagram. Do you really want that? Packing your phone with even more apps that, in most cases, also add features you don’t want or need or even ads? Also, if you are looking at Instagram profiles on a computer, taking a screenshot and cropping the image can become tedious as well. Let alone that you’d need a screen recorder to save the videos and even have to edit them afterwards to fit.

Luckily, there is a way easier way that doesn’t require any download, installation or payment!

 

Related Tutorials

If you are interested in saving WhatsApp voice massages, check out this article.

If you want to save a video from Facebook, this article may interest you.

If you want to save vines, check out this article.

 

Save Photos & Videos From Instagram!

With Online-Convert.com, saving and storing photos as well as videos from Instagram is easy and fast to do. And it doesn’t cost a thing! Following, we will show you how to do so directly from your smartphone.

For demonstration, we decided to use the lively Instagram profile from National Geographic.

 

How To Save Instagram Photos

First, lets have a look on how to save photos. For this, you’ll need to open both your Instagram app and a browser on your phone (we are using Chrome on an Android phone).

 

1. Open a picture on Instagram and tap on the three vertical dots.

2. Choose “Copy Share URL” to copy the URL of the post to your clipboard.

Save Image from Intsagram

3. Open your browser and go to Online-Convert.com.

4. Scroll down to find the “Image converter” and choose the format you want (we suggest either PNG or JPG).

Save Image from Intsagram

5. Paste the link from your clipboard into the URL field.

6. Scroll down and tap on “Convert file”.

Save Image from Intsagram

7. Wait until the conversion is done. We did this on an Android phone which means our file was automatically stored in the “Download” folder of our phone.

Save Image from Intsagram

 

How To Save Instagram Videos

Saving videos from Instagram results in an even better conversion as you will see below. Again, all you need is to open both your Instagram app and a browser.

 

1. Open a video on Instagram and tap on the three vertical dots.

2. Choose “Copy Share URL” to copy the URL of the video to your clipboard.

Save Videos from Instagram

3. Open your browser and go to Online-Convert.com.

4. Scroll down to find the “Video converter” and choose the format you want (3GP or 3G2 are optimized for mobile phones, but you can also choose MP4).

5. Paste the link from your clipboard into the URL field and scroll down to tap on “Convert file”.

Save Videos from Instagram

6. Wait until the conversion is done. We did this on an Android phone which means our file was automatically stored in the “Download” folder of our phone.

Here you can see the converted result.

 

Get Your Own Personalized Windows Desktop Icons

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Nowadays, operating systems allow you to configure and personalize almost anything. You can make your work space look exactly how you like it, efficient and beautiful, or in an ordered chaos. Next different browser applications and the desktop background, you can modify start screens, folder behavior and even the mouse cursor and desktop icons of your programs.

The latter is what we will talk about today. Get one step closer to your completely personalized Windows computer by using your own, personal desktop icons.

 

About The ICO Format

Most icons used on a Windows computer are saved in the ICO format. They are used for all kinds of computer icons like shortcuts, programs, directories or the items in the Start menu. ICO icons can contain 8 bit transparency and color up to 32 bit.

Icons are square images of distinct dimensions. The icon sizes supported by Windows are: 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48 and 256×256 pixel. While a small icon of 32×32 pixel may be enough to be properly displayed on desktop setting with smaller icons, it’s advised to store icons in the largest size possible, namely 256×256 pixel. That way, zooming in and out on your desktop will always result in the icons being displayed with maximum quality.

More information about the ICO file format can be found here: List of File Formats – ICO

 

Create Your Own Icons

To personalize your desktop, you can ow start creating your very own icons for different shortcuts and basic items displayed on your desktop. This is what you need:

  • A square image
  • An ICO converter

Don’t worry, you don’t have to download any additional software to your computer. We explain you how to easily use the online ICO converter from Online-Convert.com

 

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  1. Go to image.online-convert.com/convert-to-ico
  2. Upload your image or, if you found one on the web, enter the URL
  3. Specify the icon size
  4. Click on “Convert file”

After a little waiting, your icon will be ready to download. And that’s all you have to do. No installation, no complicated settings. Just four easy steps.

 

How To Change Windows Desktop Icons

The process of changing the default desktop icons of Windows and other programs is, essentially, the same throughout Windows 7, 8 and 10. We will explain how it is done aith the example of Windows 10.

 

Change Basic Windows Icons

1. Right-click somewhere on the desktop and choose “Personalize”.

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2. In the personalization window, go to “Themes” and then to “Desktop icon settings”.

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3. There, you can choose a basic windows desktop icon and change it via “Change icon…”. Either choose one from the existing list of icons available in windows, or use your own one by searching it via the “Browse…” button.

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Change Program Shortcut Icons

Changing a program shortcut’s icon is even easier. All you need is the shortcut on your desktop.

1. Right-click on the shortcut and go to “Properties”.

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2. Go to the “Shortcut” tab. There, you can choose to “Change Icon…” and either choose one from Windows or use one of your own via “Browse…”.

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Now you know how to change all kinds of desktop icons to your very own icons. Personalize your desktop to your liking!

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Get a Free Font Preview Without Installation

They are everywhere: Fonts!

 

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You find them on posters, flyers, invitations and the web. They are crucial for web design, advertisement, book covers, …

Using the correct font can immediately leave the first impression you want: do you want it to look professional or fun, vintage or modern, futuristic or romantic? There is a font for that!

 

Especially designers have +1 Million fonts saved on their hard drive, usually. Looking for the right one in a huge folder filled with TTF and OTF files can be quite a task.

Luckily, there is a simple way to get a font file preview without opening it or installing some special program to do so!

 

Preview Fonts Without Software Installation

OC_FontPreview_ImageConvertersWhat do you need? Just the font file and an online image converter!

On image.online-convert.com you can choose any image converter fit for your purpose. We suggest converting your font file to either JPG or PNG

 

Supported font files: TTF and OTF

The True Type Font as well as the Open Type Font can be converted to image using this service. This covers the most popular and common font files you can install on your computer.

Click on the format names for more information.

 

How To Get An Image Preview Of A Font

Once you decided for an image converter, simply upload the font file from your hard drive. Of course you can also specify a link to the file if you uploaded it somewhere online or have it stored on a cloud service. Once you are done: click on “Convert file”.

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After a short time of waiting, you can save the image containing your preview. For the font we used called “hazel grace”, we got the following image:

hazel_grace

 

Usually, the following information is contained in the preview:

  • lowercase letters
  • uppercase letters
  • numbers and special characters
  • preview in various font size

 

What else could you possibly need? A free and quick preview without any additional programs cluttering your hard drive space.

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

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.

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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.

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:

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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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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.

How To View All Kinds Of Files Without Installing Anything

Did you know that there are several options on how to view all kinds of Files without having to install the specific program needed? Yes, even programs that are capable of opening and displaying different kinds of files mostly require download and installation – if not even a purchase!

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Thus, we have collected a view websites that allow you to view different kinds of audio, document, eBook, spreadsheet, image, or presentation files online. Oftentimes, you are sent a file that you can not open with the programs available on your computer – may it be an Apple pages document that you can’t open in Microsoft Word, or a RAW camera image.

Furthermore, most of these pages do not even require you to register or log in to use them. The service is completely for free.

ThinkFree Online

ThinkFree Online is a tool especially useful for users of Apple Macs or platforms without the installation of the Microsoft Office Programs. The site allows you to open all kinds of Microsoft Office files of 2003 and 2007 like DOC, DOCX, XLS, or PPT.

Furthermore, you are able to use a DOC, XLS, and PPT editor on the website. By creating a free account, it is also possible to store your documents and spreadsheets on your account.

Unfortunately, the site is limited to processing Microsoft Office files only, however the support provided is very reliable.

ThinkFree

rollMyFile

rollMyFile is a very versatile online file viewer. They claim to support over 500 different file types, ranging from documents and spreadsheets, to images and even eBooks. The handling of the website is very easy as well, since you can simply drag & drop the file you want to open on the home page. rollMyFile is supported by the most common browsers like Opera, Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome.

With a paid subscription, the user is able to edit the files uploaded and save those changes to, e.g., Google Drive or Drop Box.

However, there are still many files, especially media files or raw image files from DSLR cameras, that can not be opened by the service.

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Convert your Files

Another option to view any kind of file that has been sent to you or that you found on your hard drive is to convert them into formats your computer, tablet, or mobile phone is able to open and display. Just as with the two services mentioned above, no installation of a program to your computer or phone is needed, however, the converted file will have to be either downloaded on your hard drive or stored on a cloud storage service.

The possibilities are almost endless though. Usually not supported RAW camera files like NEF or CR2 can be converted to JPG, 3GP or other more “exotic” video files can be converted to MP4, and eBooks and all kinds of documents can easily be converted to PDF.

OnlineConvert

Create animated Gifs from Movies

Animated GifEveryone loves animated GIFs!

They are smaller in size than movies and focus on the short sequences you want to re-watch or share. They are view-able without a problem in all browsers on almost every device. Reactions to forum posts, funny sequences from videos, pointing something out in a specific scene – those are just a few reasons for why you may want to create a moving and animated GIF.

Most people use Adobe Photoshop or another photo-editing software to create these small moving pictures, but not everyone knows how to utilize them – or can afford buying such a program. Using a GIF converter, however, is a quick and easy way to get your favorite scene as an animated GIF – and it doesn’t cost a thing!

How to make Animated GIFs

The Video

At first, you need the movie or video you want to convert, of course. It doesn’t matter which format the movie is in – MOV, AVI, MP4, MKV, etc. – what counts is that it isn’t too long.

When uploading a longer video, only the first 30 seconds will be converted into an animated GIF. Thus, if you want a specific scene to be “giffed”, it would be better to cut the video into short portions of no longer than 30 seconds. This can either be done with a video editing software, or by using the option of cropping a video e.g. on this free MP4 converter.

Once you have the cut or short video – or several short videos – you can start with the “real” GIF making process!

GIF Image Converter
Select the GIF image converter

Get that GIF

After you have the video(s) you want to convert, visit the GIF Image Converter page. There you can browse for your video and select it. Basically, you are good to go now. Click on “Convert File” and wait. Your animated GIF will download after the conversion is finished.

Animated GIF Conversion
Standard Settings. Just press “Convert file”

Yet, there are a few ways in which you can edit the GIF by choosing different options before the conversion.

  • Change Size: Change the size of your resulting GIF, e.g. 400 px width (height will be adjusted in proportion)
  • Color: Change the color of the GIF to greyscale, monochrome, negate, or another color scheme.
  • Enhance: Add different filters to your GIF, like sharpening, despeckle, and more
Edit Animated GIFs
Example settings for editing your GIF

Here you have a few examples on how the GIFs can turn out:

Animated Gif
No additional settings
Animated GIF
Settings: Gray + Sharpen
Animated GIF
Settings: Year 1980 + Equalize
Animated GIF
Settings: Year 1900 + despeckle