How to Convert RTF to PDF

In 1987 Microsoft developed Rich Text Format document type which was further developed by 2008. RTF files can be moved between computers and operating systems of different age and versions. Very much alike PDF files, this type of file keeps the formatting intact and you can use it on different platforms.

 

Is rich text format the same as PDF?

Both file formats have the ability to preserve the formatting of the data so the document can be viewed on different platforms and computers. PDF files are more rich in color than rtf. RTF files are usually black and white and don’t include comments and graphics.  

How do I open a rtf file?

RTF files can be easily opened with Microsoft Word. You can also open them by using Notepad, Libre Office, Open Office. If you are a Mac user, you can open rtf files with Pages or Text edit.

How to Convert RTF to PDF?

You can easily convert rtf to PDF with Cometdocs file converter. Click here to register a free account and start converting files.

 

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Fill in the details (name, email, password) and click on the Register button.

 

Once you have activated the Cometdocs account and logged into it, the first step is to upload a file. Click on the Upload button to locate a rtf file in your computer.

 

Next step is to click on the file and on the Open button. When you do that, the rtf file will appear in your Cometdocs account.

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Click on the Convert tab and drag the rtf file there. As soon as you do that, another dialog will appear, with To PDF option.

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Since there are no other options here, except to convert rtf to PDF, this conversion type is chosen automatically. You only need to click the Convert button.

 

Note: when using Cometdocs to convert other file formats, it may happen that you get a list of file types you can convert your file to. In that case, you need to click on the conversion type and then on Convert.

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The conversion will start and you will see the progress, like shown on the image above. When you click on PDF icon, you will be asked to download the converted file. Click OK and the PDF file will be saved on your computer.

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How to Convert XPS to PDF

XPS file format has similar features to PDF: the content of such files is not altered when you open it in different operating systems and formatting remains the same on all platforms. The easiest way to make an XPS file is to open any file, and choose the Print option. From the list of printers choose Microsoft XPS Document Writer and the file will be saved in .xps format.

 

What is the XPS viewer?

 

In order to view XPS file you need an XPS viewer. Every Windows has an XPS viewer installed by default. In Windows 10 and 8 you can also use Microsoft Reader to view xps files. Mac and Linux users can also find proper alternatives that view XPS files.

 

How do you open OXPS files?

 

OXPS files are actually XPS files that are made in Windows 8 or newer versions. Unfortunately, if you are a Windows 7 user you won’t be able to open oxps files. The same goes for older versions of Windows. So you can open OXPS files with Microsoft Reader or any other XPS viewer that works on Windows 8 and 10.

 

How to convert XPS to PDF?

PDF files are more popular than XPS so it is better to send documents in PDF form. Since a lot of people haven’t heard of XPS before, it may happen that the receiver of your file would feel suspicious about opening it. Another reason to convert XPS to PDF is the fact that mobile devices don’t support XPS files. Given that mobile technology is used in business world as well, it is safe to use format of the file that will be easy to open on any device- PDF.

 

Here is how to convert XPS to PDF with Cometdocs, a free file conversion service:

 

  1. Register a free Cometdocs account here.

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  1. Log in into your account and click the Upload button to select an XPS file. Use this option if your file is located in a computer. If the file is saved in Google Drive or Dropbox, click Import files from and then the appropriate cloud tool.

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  1. The file will appear below, click on the file and then on Convert button. Choose one of the conversion formats, for example JPG. Click on the green Convert button and the XML file will be converted to JPG first.

 

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  1. Repeat the same process but now upload that JPG file and choose convert to PDF option. That’s all! Your file is converted from XPS to PDF.

 

By converting an XPS file to PDF, it will be much easier to send it to other users and not to mention how easy will it be to view such documents.

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Back to School: Android and iPhone Apps for Students

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School season is just back and so are your duties. Before everything hooks up, you should better go shopping and get ready for the new school year. If you are making a back to school supply list you should consider adding mobile apps that will help your school days become less stressful and at the same time more efficient. From reminders to homework apps, books or teachers search apps, document management, to science apps, let’s see what you need to have on your phone to be ready for school:

 

Back to school productivity apps

Wunderlist: available for Android and iOS

When the school starts you need to activate your brain again and keep track of every assignment, homework or task for school. That’s when note-taking apps become handy, because you don’t need to bring pen and paper with you every time you want to write something down or to set up reminders. Wunderlist is a must have back to school app that makes to-do lists and helps you stay organized.

Bear: available for iOS only

Another app that takes notes for you but it’s also good for creating sketches. This back to school app stores the notes in plain simple text, and the notes are organized with hashtags so you can easily find them later. You can even grab links and images from the web and bookmark them with the Bear, it works something like a web clipper.

Forest: available for Android and iOS

Forest apps serves for growing virtual forest. The app is actually keeping you away from the phone and the more you are focused on school and less on the phone, the bigger the tree will grow. There is no more original way to stay productive!

 

For school papers: Word Processing and Document Management Apps

 

Scrivener: available for iOS only

It is better to use this app on an iPad than on iPhone, but if you don’t have an iPad, iPhone is still acceptable choice. Scrivener is perfect for writing, you can write a book and not to mention a research paper. This app covers all the features you need for efficient writing. In addition, you can use its outline feature to go back and forth through the pages, which is convenient when you are working with manuscripts.

PDF to Word Converter: available for Android and iOS

This PDF app converts PDF files to Word, which can be pretty useful when you need to make edits to your assignments, research papers or use old papers. It works with scanned files as well, thanks to advanced OCR technology. You can upload files that are saved on Box, Dropbox, Gmail, Google Drive, OneDrive or iCloud and rename them after conversion.

PDF to PowerPoint: available for Android and iOS

If you use PowerPoint to make presentations for school or college, you will sometimes need to reuse old slides saved in PDF. PDF to PPT Converter turns PDF documents to .ppt format where you can later on make changes to your slide.

 

General help with school and homework

 

My Study Life: available on Android and iOS

My Study Life navigates you through your school life by organizing your study time, sports time, tracking tasks, managing your classes and due dates. This app takes care of all your needs regarding school and you will need it when you are back to school.

Chegg: only for iOS

Next time you need a textbook, you don’t need to spend money on buying it. Chegg saves you money by allowing you to find the right textbook at the cheapest price or to even rent it. You can also buy textbooks or download them on eTextbooks. In the same way, you can sell the textbook when you don’t need it any more, and earn some money back. The app has a massive library of 2.5 million textbooks so it’s almost impossible not to find the book you need.

Brainscape: iOS and Android

If you are searching for new techniques of studying, try flashcards. By making sets of flashcards from one or more lessons, you will consume that lesson and learn in the process. Brainscape is a flashcard app that serves as a replacement for paper flashcards. If you want to study on multiple devices, for instance on iPhone and iPad, you can easily sync the data from the app. Also, if you want to help your classmates, you can share your flashcards with them.

Libby: iOS and Android

Libby is a replacement for your school bag. You don’t need to carry your textbooks with you, Libby will give you all the textbooks on the phone. In addition to textbooks, you can also download audio books when your eyes get tired. This app actually provides you with the access to local libraries, just search the nearest library and borrow the book you need, electronically. You can even keep track of your reading history and organize your time accordingly.

iHomework: iOS only

Every student, whether a high school or a college student has homework. Doing homework is important because it will help you practice what you’ve learned at college or school. What’s more, homework is obligatory sometimes. These are some of the reasons why you need iHomework. It will help you organize your assignments, sorting them by due date or subject. The app also has a scheduling feature that will make sure you don’t miss a lab or a course so you need to add it to your back to school checklist.

 

Science apps

HiPer Calc: Android

 

Assuming you have math or any other science subject at school, you will need a calculator. If you don’t want to bring the real calculator with you, this app will be of help. You can perform different calculations such as basic arithmetic operations, advanced number operations, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions and much more.

Calc Smart: iOS

This app is similar to HiPer Calc app but it works in iPhone instead of Android. It is also an app for currency conversions and not just math operations. It easily solves even advanced math operations and makes sure your parentheses are correct.

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How to Convert MPEG to MP3

MPEG file extension stands for Moving Picture Experts Group. MPEG file is a video file that can distribute videos online easier than other video file formats. Users can stream and download MPEG files quicker than other types of video files. MPEG files are of small size due to the compression technology and at the same time these files keep the same sound quality. In other words, you can have smaller video and audio files with good sound quality.

 

What is the difference between MPEG and MP3?

 

MPEG files can be used for both video and audio media, whereas MP3 files can only be used for audio. MP3 file format is actually the first version of MPEG but it is more known as MP3.

 

MP3 files are usually related to MP3 players that used to be very popular in the past. With the rise of smartphones, people got rid of mp3 players and started using their mobile phones to play music. Even though MP3 players are not to popular any more, MP3 files are still widely used because of their compression ability and small size.

How to Convert MPEG to MP3 on iPhone or iPad?

 

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If you need to convert MPEG to MP3 file format, you can do that on your iPhone or iPad by following these steps:

 

  1. Download MP3 Converter for free on iTunes.
  2. In the section “Convert File from” choose the location where your file is stored. You can select files from your phone, Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Box.
  3. You will see the MP3 file in “Converted files”

 

Note: You need to wait for one hour in order to receive the converted file. If you don’t want to wait you can purchase fast conversions. The price is $6.99 for the lifetime usage. No matter what version you use, the conversion quality is the same. Also, you need to have internet connection all the time during conversion.

 

How to Convert MPEG to MP3 on Android?

 

If you are an Android user, you can download the same app on Google Play store here. Android version is also free with the one-hour waiting time but if you are in a hurry you can purchase fast conversions at $1.99 for the lifetime conversion.

 

Here is how the app works on Android:

 

  1. Tap on + button to add a file to convert.
  2. Select a file from your phone or copy paste a direct link of the file if it is available somewhere online.
  3. Choose an appropriate conversion type and wait for your file to be converted.

 

For both Android and iOS, there are no limits on the file size and files are deleted from the servers once conversion is completed.

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5 Apps to Send Your Pictures as Postcards

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There are many mobile apps that are widely used only during summer and once summer is over their usage ceases. Summer is often related to travelling because people tend to travel more when weather conditions are in favor. Back in the past, when people were still using snail mail to send letters, they used to send postcards every time they would travel somewhere.

When people stopped sending letters and turned to emails, they also stopped sending postcards. Like everything else, now sending postcards have become available on mobile. There are mobile apps that enable you to send your pictures as postcards and let your friends and family know that you think about them when you are away.

Touch Note is a well-known app that turns photos into postcards and greetings cards for every occasion. With this postcard maker you can create personalized postcards and send them to your friends. You can send gifts with the cards and fancy envelopes or just postcards.

Postsnap is a postcard creator app with the ability to print and ship the postcard to the chosen address. You can create and send postcards from your travel destination, or make announcement or gift cards. What is more, this app doesn’t require registration.

Photocard app is a bit different because it has a gallery of beautiful photos which you can use to make a postcard. You can add your image, stamps, signature or dictate a message on the back to personalize the postcard even more.

Postagram is perfect for vacations, holidays, birthdays and other celebrations. With this app you can use your Facebook, Instagram and iPhone photos to turn them into postcards and print them on thick, glossy paper.  

My Postcard is another app for creating, printing and sending postcards to your beloved ones. Once you select a postcard style, upload a photo from your camera or social media app (Instagram). Then select a frame and type greeting text.

Most of these apps are free to create postcards from your photos but you need to pay small fee in order to send the postcard. If you don’t want to pay, you can send the postcard electronically for free. So next time you travel abroad, don’t forget to send a postcard!

 

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