Digital Trends: The best free video converters. “What good is having a super-compressed MPEG4 video if you can’t watch it on whatever device you choose? Sure, that movie may look phenomenal in high-definition on your desktop, but it can be a pain to watch on your home console, tablet, or smartphone. Luckily, quality video converters have been around for several years, allowing users to convert their precious video footage into a number of desirable formats. Best of all, most of them are completely free.”
How-To Geek: How to Open (or Convert) a Photoshop File If You Don’t Have Photoshop. “Photoshop is a popular and powerful graphics editing tool, but what do you do if you need to open a PSD file and don’t have Photoshop? We have several solutions for you that don’t involve buying (or renting) an expensive copy of Photoshop.”
Government Digital Service: Why GOV. UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF. “GOV.UK exists to make government services and information as easy as possible to find and use. For that reason, we’re not huge fans of PDFs on GOV.UK.”
PC World: Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated. “Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.”
Ubergizmo: Dropbox Update Lets Users Preview More Files Types. “The file explorers on our computers let us preview files before we open them. For example users can open a ZIP file to look inside its contents without having to extract all of it. This is something that we’re sure Dropbox users will appreciate the good news is that Dropbox has since expanded the files preview feature to include more file types.” EPUB and AutoCAD, among others? Nice.
From Twitter: the recently-released Russian Facebook ads are now available as a CSV file. From the Tweet: “The recently released Russian Facebook ads dataset was all in PDF format. One of our volunteers, @scottcame, has extracted the content and made it available as a CSV on @datadotworld.”
PetaPixel: Here’s a Handy New Site That Converts iOS 11 .heic Photos to JPEG. “With the upcoming release of iOS 11, Apple’s new HEIF/HEVC photo formats will make it trickier to use and share iPhone photos in a world still dominated by JPEG images. Luckily, heictojpg.com is here to save the day with an easy-to-use conversion service.”