Zamzar

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Zamzar
Web address www.zamzar.com
Type of site Online file conversion
Registration Optional
Available in English
Owner Mike and Chris Whyley
Launched 29 January 2006; 8 years ago (2006-01-29)
Alexa rank positive decrease 3,829 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Online

Zamzar is a web application to convert files. It was created by brothers Mike and Chris Whyley in England.[2][3] It allows user to convert files without downloading a software tool, and supports over 1,000 different conversion types.[4] Users can type in a URL or upload one or more files (if they are all of the same format) from their computer, Zamzar then converts the file(s) to another user-specified format.[5] For example, from an Adobe PDF file to a Microsoft Word document. Users receive an email with a URL from where they can download the converted file. It is also possible to send files for conversion by emailing them to Zamzar.[6]

User privilege levels[edit]

Zamzar is currently free to use. However, users can pay a monthly subscription in order to access preferential features, such as online file management, shorter response and queuing times and other benefits.[7]

The terms and conditions show no mention of security or copyright protection.

Legal issues[edit]

Currently, Zamzar is able to download and convert videos from a large number of video sharing websites – however, on 12 June 2012, it stopped providing support for downloading videos from YouTube after receiving a C&D order from Google's legal department.[8]

Naming etymology[edit]

Its name comes from Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Its main character is called Gregor Samsa and it is from his surname that Zamzar is derived.[2][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zamzar.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b Zhang, Michael, "Interview with Zamzar", Folksonomy, November 11, 2006 (archived version 2008)
  3. ^ Zamzar – Free software downloads and reviews – CNET
  4. ^ Zamzar – Conversion format support
  5. ^ Lifehacker – Online file conversion with Zamzar
  6. ^ "Convert files by email". Zamzar.com. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Convert file types - signup for Zamzar". Zamzar.com. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Downloading YouTube videos: No longer supported.". Zamzar.com. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  9. ^ 10 Worst App Names – PC Magazine

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