How many times have you wanted a free converter from one document type to another. The most common need for people arises in the case of trying to convert Microsoft Office, Open Office and most often trying to convert PDF documents to HTML for free without the need for any expensive third party software like Adobe Acrobat Professional or PDF2HTML converter.
In this article, you will learn how to extract text and convert PDF documents. You will learn how to convert doc, xls, ppt, rtf and pdf documents to HTML, a free online conversion that works on all platforms Windows PC, Linux/Unix and OS X/Mac.
In order to achive our task, we will use the ‘See it now’ feature in GMail to convert Adobe PDF documents to HTML files. We can also use this feature to convert all Microsoft Office Document formats (MS Word .doc, Excel .xls, Powerpoint .ppt, Rich Text Format .rtf), OpenOffice.org Document Formats (Writer, Calc, Impress, Presentation) and WML Files (Wireless markup language) to HTML.
Here’s how to get this done with GMail:
• Compose a new message in GMail. (If you are still without a GMail account, you can now sign up for Gmail)
• Attach any PDF or Word document that you want to convert to HTML You can attach multiple files in this step by clicking Attach another File.
• Enter your own email address in the To: box and click send.
• You instantly receive a message in your GMail Inbox folder. Open the message and click the “View as HTML” link next to your attachment.
• The contents of your attachment appear as HTML in a new browser window without having to download the file. When you’re finished reading the attached file, close the new browser window to return to Gmail or Save the file to your harddrive.
GMail will show the following types of files as HTML: .pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .rtf, .sxw, .sxc, .sxi, .sdw, .sdc, .sdd, and .wml. You can extend this trick to extract text from PDF documents (PDF to Txt) or Convert Adobe PDF documents to Word (PDF to Doc conversion). First convert the Document to HTML with Gmail and then open the HTML file in Microsoft Word and choose Save as .doc.