CloudConvert

CloudConvert - Features, Pricing, Alternatives, and More

Stephanie Gonzaga
Written by Stephanie Gonzaga · Last updated March 25, 2016
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Good quality file conversion tools are hard to come by. A quick Google search pulls up sites that are either poorly designed (and filled with ads), or extremely limited with only a few file formats supported.

CloudConvert is a breath of fresh air, with smooth and powerful file conversion on the cloud. No ads, no suspicious pop-ups, no third-party software installations, just straight-to-the-point conversion of one file format to another. It supports up to 214 file formats from every popular app, from documents to videos to spreadsheets. Even architects working with AutoCAD can use CloudConvert to convert their designs into formats others can view.

It's great for simple, one-off file conversions, but CloudConvert's true power is under the hood. CloudConvert is built with your workflows in mind, to automatically convert files into the formats you need. For example, you can choose to retrieve a file from a URL, drag-and-drop one from your computer, or choose a file from any of the four popular file storage services: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and Microsoft OneDrive. Once you’ve selected the correct file, you can then opt to save the finished conversion to your chosen file storage service, or download it directly from CloudConvert. You’ll need to sign up for a CloudConvert account first, though, to connect your file storage apps and use its workflow features.

You could just use CloudConvert's defaults, and quickly turn a Word document into, say, a PDF. For more advanced conversions, CloudConvert includes detailed settings to get exactly what you want. This works especially for audio and video, where you might want to set quality and codec options. It's handy for documents, too: when converting a .docx file to a PDF, for example, you can click on the wrench symbol for Options, then specify page range or conversion quality. This ensures the output is exactly as how you want it, saving you time and effort from further editing and tweaking.

Automation is CloudConvert’s strongest selling point. A unique feature called folder monitoring lets you create triggers that automatically convert a specific file format into another when saved to a folder in your Dropbox or Google Drive. So, if you create a trigger that converts .docx into .pdf, dropping a .docx file into the Dropbox or Google Drive folder will trigger CloudConvert to convert the file into a PDF. It takes about a couple of seconds for the output file to appear, so don’t panic if you don’t see it just yet.

If one-way conversions aren’t enough for you, CloudConvert’s recent integration with Zapier lets you convert files and share them directly from 500+ apps, including productivity tools like Slack, Trello, Evernote, and more. There's premade CloudConvert integrations, or you can make your own workflows to convert anything you want.

CloudConvert’s pricing is based on usage, where conversion minutes serve as the basic currency. Converting a document or an image would usually use up one conversion minute, while audio and/or video conversions consume more conversion minutes. A free account lets you convert 25 conversion minutes per day with a 1GB file size limit, which is enough if you’re converting on an as-needed basis and when working with smaller files like documents or images. If you require regular and larger file conversions, CloudConvert’s prepaid (from $8 per 500 conversion minutes) and subscription (from $8/month for 1000 minutes) packages let you convert more files, and also unlock extra features including folder monitoring and presets.

CloudConvert has solved the file conversion dilemma. With support for most popular formats, automation, flexibility, reasonable pricing, and good design, it's a great way to convert anything into another format. If you need to convert anything from simple to complex files—or just can't open a file with the apps you already have—CloudConvert's the app to try.

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CloudConvert Features

  • Convert over 214 file formats across a wide variety of popular apps

    • Edit file options prior to conversion
    • Create personal settings for specific file conversions with presets
    • Upload files and save converted files to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or Microsoft OneDrive
    • Folder monitoring triggers for automatic file conversion from Dropbox or Google Drive

CloudConvert Pricing

  • Free for 25 conversion minutes/day, 1GB file size limit, and regular support

    • From $8 prepaid package for 500 conversion minutes, unlimited file size and concurrent conversions, premium features, and priority support
    • From $8/month subscription for 1,000 conversion minutes/month, with all prepaid package features

Note: document conversions usually take 1 conversion minute; video, audio, and other larger files can take more conversion minutes.

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CloudConvert converts files betweens more than 200 supported formats: documents (PDF, DOC, HTML...), image (JPG, PNG...), spreadsheet (XLS, CSV...), presentation (PPT, ODP...), audio (MP3, M4A...), video (MP4, AVI...), ebook (EPUB, PDF...), archive (ZIP, RAR...)