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Merging Travel Documents: Travel Tips with PDF Creator Plus


Packing for a vacation can be surprisingly challenging. Between accommodating all the possible weather conditions and addressing all the various activities you have planned, plus meeting the weight restrictions, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

One thing we all know that we need to take with us on a vacation is our travel documentation. But depending on the length of your vacation, printing off all your travel documents can mean lugging around quite a large and heavy stack of paper.

Have you ever considered "carrying" all your travel documents digitally on your phone, tablet or laptop?

Maybe your response is: "Yes I’ve consider it, but I don’t like the idea of having all of documents spread across my inbox where they are hard to find, instead of one place."

Next time you travel, give PEENET’s PDF Creator Plus a try!

PDF Creator Plus allows you to merge all your documents into one file, delete unnecessary pages, move pages to make your itinerary, and add annotations like packing notes, phone numbers or directions. When you are done editing your documents in PDF Creator Plus, you can save the project for editing at a later time, and you can convert the file to PDF, TIFF or JPEG.

Producing a single PDF file is ideal for storing your travel documents on your various devices during your trip. Upload the PDF to your Google Drive or Dropbox so that you can access them all from your phone, tablet and laptop. Also – be sure to share your travel documents with your friends and family staying at home so that they know where you’ll be and how to reach you. Having all your travel documents in a single PDF file makes sharing them quick and easy.

Watch the video below to see how quickly I can prep my travel documents electronically for a trip:

If ever have any questions or need assistance, you can always contact us for some advice and guidance.

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5 Ways to Declutter using pdf or tiff: Save digital documents. Go paperless


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Eliminate Paper at the Source

The best way to de-clutter is to keep the clutter out of your home, and off your desk, to begin with. Start with getting into the habit of sorting your mail at your recycling bin. This way the unnecessary paper doesn’t even make through the front door, or into a dreaded “I’ll sort it later” pile on your desk. Take paper elimination a step further by unsubscribing from paper mailing lists or making the switch to electronic bills and bank statements.

Scan & Save

If you’ve already paid the bill, reviewed the credit card statement or addressed a letter do you need to store the paper copy forever? Pay the bill, scan it and shred the hardcopy. This will keep you from filling up filing cabinets with paper.

But what do you do with all the paper in your already full filing cabinet? Review all the paper you have stored in there and decide which hardcopies you need to keep and identify what can be stored digitally instead. Now is also a good time to throw out any old statements and receipts that you have accumulated. A good rule of thumb for personal statements is to keep the past year of records. Before you start scanning, decide how you want to store your new digital documents. Scanning and storing all those individual hardcopies can actually produce a surprising amount of digital clutter on your computer when you store each statement separately. Try using one of PEERNET’s virtual printers to merge related documents into a single TIFF file. For example, why not save all of last year’s credit card statements as a single TIFF file using TIFF Image Printer. For the flexibility to produce PDF, TIFF or JPEG file formats, try our Raster Image Printer instead.

Get your Endless Stack of Online Recipes Under Control

Blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr – all invaluable sources of cooking advice and recipes, but unfortunately this means that our favourite recipes are no longer stored in an accessible cookbook, but are instead spread across various websites. Ensure that you don’t lose your favourite recipes amongst the clutter of all the recipes you are constantly printing off with plans to try, by “printing” these online recipes to PEERNET’s PDF Creator Plus. With this software you can edit the document before conversion. Add notes like “Family loved this one!” or “Too spicy – less jalapeños next time”, then save the document securely to your computer as a PDF, TIFF or JPEG file. You can even take it a step further and use a PEERNET image printers or PDF Creator Plus instead of an actual printer when you first find the recipe, and cook from your tablet instead of paper!

Online research – don’t print it off!

No matter your reason for researching – school work, home improvements plans, real estate options – replace your dependence on an actual printer with PEERNET’s PDF Creator Plus. You can “print” all your findings to a single PDF Creator Plus project, appending each document after the previous as you go along. Then you can go back and delete unnecessary information, move pages around, or add annotations like notes or hyperlinks. You can save this PDF Creator Plus project for editing at a later time, keeping all the information easily accessible at your fingertips without taking up space on your desk. Convert the whole project to PDF or TIFF for easy sharing with a friend, spouse, classmate, real estate agent, contractor, etc.

Meet your Suitcase Weight Restriction

Just like you take your e-book reader on vacation with you instead of a stack of books, trade in your extraneous paperwork for the digital alternative. “Print” all your email correspondences and booking confirmations (hotel, day trips, flights, etc.) to PEERNET’s PDF Creator Plus. With this software you can delete unnecessary pages (ie. that final blank pages when you print emails or webpages), re-order pages to match your itinerary, or even go as far as to write the corresponding date and trip day number on each confirmation. Now if you print this document you’ll have significantly reduced your page count, plus the pages are already organized. Alternatively, you can save this project as a single PDF file for safe keeping on your laptop or phone.


Still Not Sure? Please take a couple of minutes to watch the brief video below, which runs through all PEERNET product offerings and should help you determine which product might be right for your enterprise file conversion needs.

And if you still need help with choosing software for your organization, whether you work in a large institution or a small business, you can always contact us for some advice and guidance.

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Vector PDF Available in Document Conversion Service

PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service is an industry-leading software solution for converting high volumes of documents, and starting with Document Conversion Service 3.0, we’ve added the ability to create vector Adobe PDF files to our long list of features.

Isn't a PDF file just a PDF file?

What is a vector PDF and why do I need it?

If these are the questions going through your head right now, then keep reading!

Many people don’t know that there are actually two types of PDF files: vector and raster. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. The format you will end up using depends entirely on your conversion needs.

Vector PDF

Most of the PDF files you encounter are vector PDF. A vector PDF is a collection of instructions that detail how to draw the text, lines, curves and any pictures that make up each page. This allows you to zoom in and out of the pages in the PDF without the lines and text looking blurry or pixelated.

Vector PDF files are also called searchable PDF files, meaning you can search for text in the file when viewing it in a PDF viewer.

Other advantages to creating vector PDF are:

  • You can copy text from the PDF when the PDF permissions allow.
  • Web links and internal links in the document, where supported, are preserved and clickable.
  • The file size of a vector PDF is generally smaller than a raster PDF. This can be a determining factor when you are creating PDFs to upload or email.

One drawback to vector PDF files is the need to embed fonts into the PDF in order to ensure that anyone who views your file will see the document as you intended. If you do not embed the fonts, the PDF viewer automatically substitutes its closest match when a font is not found, and the results can often have significant differences. Embedding fonts ensures that your document will look correct but will also increase the size of the PDF file.

Raster PDF

A raster PDF file stores each page in the file as an image. If you have ever created a PDF document using a scanner, chances are you created a raster PDF.

You can think of each page of a raster PDF as a picture of that page. Each picture consists of many tiny little squares called pixels. These types of PDF files tend to have a larger file size as each pixel that makes up each page has to be stored.

One advantage of raster PDF files is that, as an image, the pages will always look correct when viewed no matter what fonts may or may not be on the computer.

The other advantage is that text on the pages of a raster PDF cannot be copied easily. You may want to consider raster PDF if file content security is important to you.

The disadvantage of a raster PDF is that the pages will begin to look blurry as you zoom in as you begin to see the square outlines of the pixels used to make the image. This can be quite easy to see with areas of contrasting color or with text on the page. The jagged outlines of rounded letters such as ‘a’ and ‘o’ can also be seen, making text harder to read.

How do I Tell Them Apart?

One way to tell them apart is by zooming into the document. The lines and text in a vector PDF will stay smooth as you zoom in, which with a raster PDF zooming in will show the jagged edges of the pixels.

Text and lines in raster PDF can be jagged; 
vector PDF maintains smooth lines and shapes.

The other way to tell them apart is the blue test. If you try to select text on a raster PDF in Adobe Reader, the entire page will be highlighted blue. In a vector PDF you will be able to select lines of text, as long as the PDF has permissions to copy text.

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Creating Vector PDF in Document Conversion Service

This feature allows Document Conversion Service to convert Word to PDF, Excel to PDF, PowerPoint to PDF and HTML (Web documents) to PDF with hyperlinks intact. You can create vector PDF files from PDF, AutoCAD DWG and other supported formats but not all of the hyperlink information can be retained.

Convert File Sample Program
The fastest way to check out the vector PDF feature is to use the Convert File sample program and the new profile, Adobe Multipaged PDF, to convert a file. This profile is available starting with Document Conversion Service 3.0.

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Watch Folder Service
The Watch Folder service comes pre-configured with several sample conversion folders; vector PDF being one of these.

To create a vector PDF using the Watch Folder service, drag and drop the file into the Input folder under the ConvertToAdobePDF folder. Your new vector PDF will appear in the Output folder under the ConvertToAdobePDF folder.

Drop File in Vector PDF Watch Folder

Command Line Conversion Tools
With the command line tools you can convert single files into vector PDF files or combine multiple files into a single vector PDF. Similar to the Convert File sample program above, the only change you need to make is to use the provided conversion profile, Adobe Multipaged PDF.

You can run any of the command line tools from the convenient Tools Command Prompt shortcut from the start menu. To open the command prompt go to Start – Programs – Document Conversion Service 3.0 – Tools -Document Conversion Service Tools Command Prompt.

Document Conversion Service command tools window

To convert a file to a vector PDF file, simply copy and paste the sample command line below into your Tools window. Replace the underlined text with the path to your file.

DCSConvertFile.exe /S=”C:\Test\Output” /N=”CombinedFiles” /NE /P=”Adobe Multipaged PDF” “C:\Test\Input\File1.doc

To combine, or append, multiple files together into a single vector PDF you would use the DCSCombineFiles.exe command line tool.

DCSCombineFiles.exe /S=”C:\Test\Output” /N=”CombinedFiles” /P=”Adobe Multipaged PDF” “C:\Test\Input\File1.doc” “C:\Test\Input\File2.doc

PEERNET.ConvertUtility .NET Library
If you have used the PEERNET.ConvertUtility library to integrate PDF creation into your own program, you can switch from raster PDF to vector PDF by using the Adobe Multipaged PDF conversion profile instead.

The C# code sample below shows how to convert a single file into a vector PDF.

String inputFile = @"C:\Test\InputFiles\File1.docx";
PNConversionItem resultItem = null;
String outputDir = @"C:\Test\Output";
 
resultItem = 
    PNConverter.ConvertFile(inputFile,               
                             outputDir,              
                             String.Empty,           
                             false,                  // overwrite
                             false,                  // create results log 
                             "Adobe Multipaged PDF", // profile
                             String.Empty,           // File-ext
                             String.Empty,           // MIME
                             null,                   // user settings
                             String.Empty,           // no remote conversion (DCOM)
                             String.Empty,           // remote conversion folder
                             String.Empty            // Log path
                             );

This C# code sample shows how to combine multiple files into a single vector PDF.

IList<String> fileList = new List<String>();

fileList.Add(@"C:\Test\InputFiles\File1.docx");
fileList.Add(@"C:\Test\InputFiles\Memo.pdf");
fileList.Add(@"C:\Test\InputFiles\Projections.xls");

PNCombineItem resultsItem = null;
String outputDir = @"C:\Test\CombineOutput";
String outputName = "CombinedInput";
 
resultsItem = 
    PNConverter.CombineFiles(fileList,               // String collection
                             outputDir,              // output folder
                             baseName,               // name of combined file
                             false,                  // overwrite
                             false,                  // create results log 
                             "Adobe Multipaged PDF", // profile
                             String.Empty,           // File-ext
                             String.Empty,           // MIME
                             null,                   // user settings
                             String.Empty,           // no remote conversion (DCOM)
                             String.Empty,           // remote conversion folder
                             String.Empty            // Log path
                             );

Vector PDF Conversion

With the capability for vector PDF creation, PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service adds even more to its already robust and powerful feature set. For a quick product overview, watch the short video below:

Check out the full list of features and benefits here, or just get in touch with us and we will be happy to show you how your organization can put DCS to use as a batch document conversion solution that fits your workflow and needs.

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5 Problems an Insurance Company can Solve with the Right Document Conversion Tool

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Few industries rely more heavily on document conversion tools and digital documentation than the insurance field. Insurance companies around the world have a need to securely store vast amounts of insurers’ documentation, claims, records of correspondence, etc. While digital documentation has its obvious benefits, it also creates challenges, including the demand caused by a high volume of daily conversions and difficulties integrating with proprietary software. PEERNET offers both a desktop and automated batch conversion solution that will seamlessly integrate into your organization’s operations, so that you can solve your insurance company’s problems with the right document conversion tool for you.


1. Problem: Proprietary software which lacks the ability to convert to TIFF.

Details: It is common for insurance companies to use proprietary software with which insurance agents process claims and access insurers’ information. Owing to the age of the software used as well as changes in available technology and data storage techniques, it often lacks TIFF conversion. When upgrading proprietary software is not an option due to cost or a reliance on legacy programs that cannot be changed, many insurance companies will instead opt to use a product such as PEERNET’s TIFF Image Printer or Document Conversion Service. These programs serve as the bridge between their proprietary software and the specific TIFF file format required by their chosen electronic document filing system.

Possible solutions: TIFF Image Printer is a desktop solution that insurance agents, for example, would engage with directly. In this case, a user would “print” directly from their proprietary software to create the required TIFF page. The same step of printing directly to the TIFF Image Printer allows creation of TIFF images from other file types they work with everyday, such as PDF, JPEG, Word, Excel files and more. Customize the printer settings to save the images in a specific location without prompting, set up a naming convention for the created files, and implement a post-conversion action such as previewing the created image or automatically adding it to an archive system. This is an ideal solution for companies looking to streamline the creation of TIFF images directly from their proprietary software and other applications.

A less hands-on approach, Document Conversion Service also bridges the need for TIFF creation between proprietary software and electronic document filing systems by means of its included Watch Folder service. With this approach, the insurance agents would save all files they need converted to a specific, monitored location for automatic conversion. Like the TIFF Image Printer, the same customization options of file naming conventions and post-conversion processing can be set. Document Conversion Service, and its Watch Folder service, checks any number of watched folders at designated intervals and batch converts all documents it finds in parallel, making it ideal for companies needing high volume conversion. Most commonly an insurance agency would adopt this solution if their proprietary software was only able to produce PDF files and they wanted them all converted to TIFF without the direct engagement of staff.


2. Problem: Your company has a high volume of insurers’ documentation and claim paperwork to convert daily.

Details: An insurance company, depending on the size, can easily have upwards of thousands of files daily that require conversion to a file format, such as TIFF image, that is suitable for archiving purposes. These files can come from a variety of sources and include both documentation uploaded by insurers and internal claim documents created by insurance agents. Processing these documents and making them accessible on the company’s website within a reasonable amount of time requires a document conversion tool that can scale between the demands for conversion and the company resources available to perform the conversions.

Possible solutions: PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service offers high-throughput with true parallel conversion and the ability to scale up based on conversion demands. The conversion service runs 24/7 without input from a user. A recent addition to Document Conversion Service and its included Watch Folder service is clustering and failover support, which allows multiple servers to work in tandem on a shared collection of files while providing load balancing and failover support. This approach is ideal for large volume batch conversions and clients requiring 100% conversion stability, such as an insurance company.


3. Problem: Electronic filing systems require specific TIFF file formats for archiving purposes.

Details: The nature of the insurance industry with its myriad of client applications, claims, policies, endorsements and other documents creates a need to store vast amounts of documents in an easily accessible format. In the last decade, technical improvements have made it possible for all that paperwork to be stored in electronic filing or archiving systems that provide insurance agents and adjustors with real-time access to client documentation. Most commonly, these types of systems require input data to be in a specific TIFF file format.

Possible solutions: PEERNET conversion software, including TIFF Image Printer and Document Conversion Service, specializes in high-quality TIFF conversion, guaranteeing the fidelity of your converted documents. Our products have the added benefit of being able to produce the exact TIFF file format your organization requires for your chosen electronic filing systems. While some might consider TIFF to be a singular file format, there are in fact many variations. PEERNET has accounted for the fact that electronic filing or archiving systems are very particular about the TIFF file format used for the input data.


4. Problem: Conversion of the vast amounts of uploaded insurers’ information to an insurance company’s website in an accessible format to provide real-time access for agents.

Details: In recent years many insurance companies have moved towards online submission of insurers’ documentation when they make a claim, rather than having to mail a paper copy. This can result in the upload of prescription, dental and health receipts in many different formats such as JPEG, PNG or PDF. This gives rise to the need to convert these uploaded files before saving them in a document retrieval system for easy access by insurance agent for review as well as for long-term storage of the files.

Possible solutions: Document Conversion Service is the ideal tool to handle this type of problem. A 24/7 automatic batch converter, Document Conversion Service is able to continuously convert uploaded files of a variety of formats to TIFF in the background as part of your organization’s website. As a full-fledged Windows® service, the conversion process runs without the need for an active signed-in user. Clustered conversion and conversion process monitoring methods ensure minimal downtime. Adaptable, files created by Document Conversion Service can incorporate existing naming sequences and file structures for seamless integration into new and legacy document retrieval systems.


5. Problem: Email claim submission requiring significant staff engagement in order to convert and save the insurers’ documentation appropriately.

Details: Some insurance agencies utilize an email system for submission of insurers’ documentation for claim processing. This can lead to significant loss of valuable time as staff then need to open every submission, convert to TIFF and save to a specific location. In addition, email correspondences with insurers often include information relevant to a claim and therefore needs to be saved in the insurers file.

Possible solutions: Document Conversion Service has the ability to extract and convert any documents attached to Outlook Message Archives (*.msg) as well as the email itself. Therefore, staff would no longer need to engage with the conversion or saving procedure of email attachments, thereby freeing up their valuable time for other tasks. Instead, staff could simply save all relevant Outlook emails to a folder monitored by the Watch Folder service. Document Conversion Service would then pick up these *.msg files, and batch convert the messages and attachments, saving the resultant files to a designated location. This Watch Folder feature includes the ability to focus on or exclude specific file formats as well.


Learn more about PEERNET Products that are ideal for the Insurance Industry.

TIFF Image Printer: Helps your company start converting documents to TIFF as quickly and easily as possible. This tool allows TIFF to show up as an option on the standard Windows print menu. For organizations that want to make the transition to paperless as painless as possible, this is a great option.

Document Conversion Service: The solution you need to automate your file conversion process, saving your organization incredible amounts of time and resources. The industry-leading automated, batch file conversion solution. Capable of converting documents in the background, 24/7. Used by trusted institutions and organizations around the world for their file conversion needs.

We’re always happy to lend a helping land. Just get in touch with us to let us know what problems your organization is having trouble with, and we’ll get back to you to let you know how our document conversion tools can help solve your needs.

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5 Company Problems You Can Solve with the Right Document Conversion Tools

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Undergoing a transition from a paper-based office to one that is more conscious of the bottom-line, and environmental tolls, that paper use can have, is an excellent move to make. However, within each organization, there has to be a catalyst for undertaking this process. Sometimes, that can include issues that your organization is already facing; issues that using the right document conversion tools can actually help you solve!

Here is a look at five common problems within the workflow operations of companies large and small, and how using the right document conversion tools can help address these issues – setting your organization up for a more successful future.


1. The problem: Your organization is wasting financial resources and those of your employees on the costs associated with printing.

In depth: The legacy costs associated with outdated ways of doing business can add up in more ways than one. When it comes to paper, there are a bevy of costs that can drive up your overhead and be felt in your bottom line. Beyond the cost of the paper itself, these can include Costs of printer maintenance – toner and cartridges, repairs; costs of ongoing photocopier maintenance; time spent by administrative staff storing and retrieving documents; the cost of items needed and space taken up to physically store the documents; the costs of associated with mailing or sending hard copy documents; and even things like shredding costs associated with documentation.

Possible solutions: The key to reducing paper use within an organization is to provide an easy alternative that is scalable to the needs of your organization. That is where having the right file conversion software, combined with a transitional plan, will make a world of difference.


2. The problem: Employees are converting documents already, but using a mishmash of different tools.

In depth: There are no shortage of websites out there that allow for document conversion to PDF, TIFF, or other commonly used formats in the corporate environment. But this array of tools can be problematic for several reasons. For one, many of these free online file converters are less than ideal from a security perspective. If you have sensitive corporate documents or client information, the last thing you want to do is to be uploading that to an unknown, untrusted server. And that can be just the start of issues with untrusted online file converters; some can include watermarks on the outputted documents; many will limit the amount of output options available to you; you might be limited by the manipulations you’re able to do; or it might not support the file format that you’re inputting or you want to output in.

Possible solutions: There’s nothing inherently wrong with online file converters. You just have to make sure that you’re using one that’s a trusted converter that’s supported by a respectable company. PEERNET’s ConvertMyFiles.com is an outstanding option for companies that don’t want to install software, but require a secure, easy-to-use and powerful online document conversion service. Best of all, memberships start at only $1.00.


3. The problem: Members of your staff are not technically savvy, so new software and protocols can be problematic.

In depth: Introducing any sort of document conversion tool can seem like a daunting task if your colleagues are still very used to using a lot of paper, and not what you would call “techies.”

Possible solutions: For a successful move to reduce paper in your organization, the process has to be easy. And one of the easiest ways to start converting documents to PDF, TIFF or other common file formats used in the modern corporate world is to make use of a virtual image printer. An image printer installs on your Windows system and functions as a print driver. What this means is that it makes file conversion as easy as can be. A user simply chooses File > Print on their document, like they would if they were printing a document to hard copy paper. Then, the image printer appears as an option on the print menu dialogue. They select it, and the file is outputted as a PDF, TIFF, or whatever particular format they have chosen in that instance.


4. The Problem: There’s little consistency in the format and formatting of the documents that your employees or colleagues are using.

In depth: Maintaining a consistent look and feel, from one document to the next – and one viewing device to the next – is critical in establishing a high level of professionalism for your company to your customers and clients. But when the people producing documents are making use of a variety of file formats, you can lose some of that professionalism. The problem can be magnified when document formatting doesn’t maintain from one computer to the next. The issue arises regularly with programs like Microsoft Word.

Possible solutions: The issue of inconsistent formatting is solved by converting documents into a graphical-based format like the raster version of Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF); or Tagged Image File Format, commonly known as TIFF. Because these formats are rendered as images, the formatting is, consistently, exactly the same from one device to the next. This takes the guess work over worrying if your client will have their margins set the same, or whether that pie chart will be on the correct page that you intended.


5. The Problem: Establishing a consistent system of document conversion seems time-consuming.

In depth: If you’re in a large organization, any corporate undertaking can be challenging. And if you’re processing a large amount of documents daily for conversion to the proper format, that in and of itself can take significant time and resources.

Possible solutions: Automate the process. Batch document conversion is the best way to go for organizations that require a high volume of files to be changed from one format to another. PEERNET offers our enterprise-level Document Conversion Service, built from the ground up for exactly this task. With a little bit of set up and configuration, the process can be completely automated, leaving your employees free to work on the tasks and directives that work towards improving your bottom line, rather than increasing any overhead.


What Problems Can PEERNET Products Help You Solve?

ConvertMyFiles.com: The online file converter that you can trust. No software to install, so it’s a really easy to way to make sure everyone is using the same protocol to convert their documents securely. It also offers enough flexibility and functionality to replace several different conversion tools, in one nifty online package.

PDF Creator Plus: A great way to start cutting down on your organization’s use of paper… at a price that won’t break the bank. PDF Creator Plus is built as a cost-effective alternative to Adobe Acrobat, offering the same great features you need to start creating PDF files quickly.

Convert to PDF: This product can fill a specific need: for those who need to easily and quickly convert files to vector-format PDF. Vector files offer the advantage of the text being editable and searchable.

PDF Image Printer: Helps your company start converting documents to PDF as quickly and easily as possible, in most cases. This tool allows PDF to show up as an option on the standard Windows print menu. For organizations that want to make the transition to paperless as painless as possible, and want to utilize the raster PDF format to get there quickly, this is a great option.

TIFF Image Printer: Same as above, but for outputting to TIFF rather than PDF. This is the virtual printer you need if you require an on-demand TIFF conversion option. Quick and easy to use, with the functionality you require.

Raster Image Printer: This is a highly functional, and easy-to-use tool that allows you to present your clients with consistently formatted documents each and every time. Raster Image Printer is an all-in-one solution that handles both TIFF conversion and PDF conversion (and can also output files in JPEG format). Essentially functions as a combo of PDF Image Printer and TIFF Image Printer. A great option for organizations who rely on multiple document format conversions, on-demand.

File Conversion Center: For users or organizations who require a range of options, this desktop application allows for batch conversion of documents, on an on-demand basis, to PDF, TIFF and JPEG file formats.

Document Conversion Service: The solution you need to automate your file conversion process, saving your organization incredible amounts of time and resources. The industry-leading automated, batch file conversion solution. Capable of converting documents in the background, 24/7. Used by trusted institutions and organizations around the world for their file conversion needs.

Use Document Conversion Tools to Solve Your Company’s Problems

PEERNET offers a wide variety of file conversion products to help alleviate the inefficiencies in your organization mentioned above. For more information on how we might be able to help, please take a couple of minutes to watch the video below. It quickly runs through the benefits and uses of each of our products:

Additionally, we’re always happy to lend a helping land. Just get in touch with us to let us know what problems your organization is having trouble with, and we’ll get back to you to let you know how our document conversion tools can help solve your needs.

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How to Convert to the Most Common File Types in Business

Here we’ll take a look at some of the most commonly-used file types in the corporate environments, (with a special focus on two of the most effective and most widely-used file types,
TIFF and PDF), as well as the best ways to convert files from one format to another.

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JPEG:

JPEG is the likely the most common image format used on the web today. The reasons for its popularity have to do with its versatility, which allows it to suit a wide range of applications and made it the format of choice for Internet users. Primarily, JPEG files allow the user to maintain a high-level of quality on their images, while keeping file sizes down. This is due to its ability to use “lossy compression”, by compressing individual pixels in images to compress the overall file sizes.

TIFF

TIFF is fairly unique in that it is a format that almost bridges the gap from formats that are primarily used for images versus formats that are primarily used for text documents. That’s because TIFF is actually an image format that is widely-used for storing documents in the modern corporate environment.

The format has an interesting history that helps shed some light on its modern uses. Originally it was developed as a format conducive to transferring scanned documents onto the computer – that is, a printed page became a digital, image-based representation. Over the years, developers have added additional functionality to the original TIFF format protocol, and today it is the format of choice across many professional industries.

A few features of TIFF are particularly appealing. Because it is an image format, it displays identically regardless of what the user is viewing it on – and its wide adoption means that TIFF files are almost certain to be viewable on any device.

TIFF also boasts many different options for compression, which adds another level of versatility that makes it appealing to organizations of different sizes, depending on their need to balance quality and file size. Which is to say: the size of the file can be reduced through compression methods, while maintaining a high-quality outputted file. Additionally, its nature as an image format means that links, viruses and hidden data cannot be embedded in the files, which makes it appealing for organizations in this era of heightened alert against malware – and the need to protect customers’ sensitive information.

Document Formats:

Microsoft Office formats
.doc, .docx (Word), .xls, .xlsx (Excel), and others

Many businesses rely on the Microsoft Word suite of products for a lot of their document production. The ubiquitous nature of the software means that its native file formats (based on the .doc file ending for Word; and the .xls format for Excel) are widely used in the corporate environment. While their widespread use makes them convenient, the .doc/.docx file format does have some limitations when it comes to sharing documents with colleagues and clients – primarily due to the fact that in some cases, the formatting can be altered when the file is opened on one computer, smartphone or device in comparison to the one that it was created on.

PDF format

Portable Document Format, commonly known as PDF, are extremely common in the world of business. Their popularity is due to the fact that they act like a digital, visual representation of the printed page which everyone has been familiar with for hundreds of years. That means that formatting is maintained from one device to the next, regardless of operating system, screen size or other factors.

Because it’s so good at what it does, PDF formats are widely used across a variety of industries. Since it came about in the early 1990s, PDFs have been used for customer records, invoicing, sharing information, and much more.

The format has a wide range of other features and benefits not yet mentioned. For one, the format offers password protection for files, adding a layer of security to protect sensitive information from prying eyes. It also works well with multimedia elements; document creators can easily embed links, photos and other elements. And if required, PDF format documents can be uploaded to a company’s website, optimized for search engines, and downloaded by your clients and customers. All in all, the versatility of PDF makes it an ideal format for many companies to utilize quite frequently.

Converting to the Most Common File Types

Often, you might find that you need to convert files from one format to another. The reasons for this can be varied. In the case of a Microsoft Word document, for example, you might find it beneficial to convert the file to a format like PDF or TIFF to ensure consistent formatting – and so that the receiver of the document is able to view the document so that it looks exactly the same as you, the creator, intended.

Your choices for file converters are numerous, so this section aims to clarify which route is the best for you, depending on your particular needs. Options range from online file converters, to purpose-built virtual image printers, and all the way up to batch file converters, designed for enterprise level organizations.

Online File Converters:

Easy to use, no software to install

Sometimes, the simplest solution is to just do something online. In the case of file conversion, there are a variety of options that allow you to convert files from one format to another, including PEERNET’s own ConvertMyFiles.com.

With so many options available for online file conversion, it can be difficult to distinguish from one option to the next. Here are some of the ways that that you’re able to recognize a reputable, high-quality file converter online.

  • It is supported by a reputable, trusted company.
  • The organization that runs the website provides support for your conversion needs.
  • It offers the flexibility to convert to and from a wide variety of files.
  • It offers a range of customization options for the outputted files.
  • It allows you to output files without a watermark or other identifying information.

ConvertMyFiles.com checks all these boxes, and monthly conversion packages start from just $1.00 per month.

Virtual Image Printers:

Simple Way to Convert Files On-Demand

If you are working within an organization, you may find it beneficial to move to an actual piece of software for your file conversion needs. A good intermediary between an online file converter and a full-scale all-in-one document converter is a virtual image printer.

A virtual image printer is essentially a printer driver that you install on your computer. Once installed, an option will appear on the user’s usual Print menu dialogue. This makes it very user-friendly, offering extremely simple conversions from Word to PDF, Word to TIFF, and even to a variety of other formats (including JPEG, PNG and GIF). In PEERNET’s case, we offer:

  • PDF Image Printer: Converts files from other formats into high quality and small-sized PDF documents. Gives the user the ability to perform image adjustments to the outputted file, such as resizing, cropping, rotating, and more.
  • TIFF Image Printer: For users who require the ability to convert files to TIFF rather than PDF, our TIFF Image Printer is an outstanding option. It offers the same functionality as described just above, but is tailored to output files to the TIFF file format.
  • Raster Image Printer: The “Cadillac of image printers”, the Raster Image Printer combines the features of TIFF Image Printer and PDF Image Printer, into one tidy package.

Full-featured file converters

For high volumes of conversion

For organizations either large in size, or for smaller organizations that nonetheless require a high level of functional and fast document conversion, a step up to a full-feature file converter may be the right option.

For organizations with a serious need for regular file conversion — and even the ability to convert files on demand — you might want to consider PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service. The software is designed for high-throughput, and to convert files to TIFF, PDF or other formats automatically, without constant input from a user. Automated batch file conversion can save organizations significant time and resources by making the document creation as seamless and automatic as possible.

DCS allows for conversion from any printable Windows format, including file types generated by such commonly-used programs such as: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), Outlook, web pages (.html), Powerpoint (.ppt, .pptx), image editors (.png, .tif, .bmp) and many more.

Use the Right Tool for Your Document Conversion Needs

Using the right tool for your document conversion can be a huge time-saver and unlock new efficiencies within your organization, allowing you and your employees to spend more time on the tasks that really matter to your bottom line.

It should be noted as well that PEERNET offers a variety of other products to fill in some of the gaps between the ones mentioned in this post. Please click to view our complete line of file conversion software here.

If you need a bit more information on which direction you should turn to for your file conversion needs, please take a couple of minutes to watch the short video below.

And of course, if you need any further guidance or information, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us, and we’ll be sure to get you pointed in the right direction.

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Converting Microsoft Office Files to PDF or TIFF: What are the Easiest Solutions?

Microsoft Office is among the most widely-used suite of office products in the modern corporate environment. Microsoft Word, for word processing, and Excel for spreadsheets, in particular, are indispensable. Sometimes though, it’s necessary to convert these Microsoft Office files to another format. The reasons for not wanting to send clients or colleagues documents created by these programs  can be varied, including:

  • Compatibility issues: Though many people have Microsoft Office on their computers, many others do not. This is particularly the case with mobile devices, where adoption of the Microsoft Office suite of products is significantly lower than on traditional desktop computers.
  • Different versions: Because Office has been established for so long in the marketplace, different people have different versions of the software, which can lead to all sorts of issues, particularly relating to the next point…
  • Formatting Issues: Even if the user who receives the file has Microsoft Word on their computer, there’s no guarantee that the document will appear the same on the recipient’s computer or device as it looks on the sender’s.

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Those are just a few of the potential issues you can run into with sharing Microsoft Office documents. Those shortcomings can be addressed with converting your files to one of two popular formats that are widely used in the business world: PDF or TIFF.

A quick overview: Why are PDF and TIFF preferable?

The PDF (portable document format) and TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) filetypes share one major element in common: the document formatting appears the same to everybody, regardless of which device, computer or operating system it is viewed on. This makes these formats ideal for sharing – giving you, as the sender, the comfort of knowing that your document will be viewed exactly as you intended it to be.

This is because they are saved as raster files. That means that the outputted file is actually made up of rendered images, rather than individual text characters. That allows the outputted file – actually an image – to display exactly the same, whether it’s on a phone, a tablet, a computer, or even on a printed-out page.

(To be clear, there is another type of PDF file that does not output in raster, but rather vector. See details below on PDF Creator Plus if you have this requirement.)

Converting Word and Excel files to TIFF & PDF:

To convert Microsoft office files (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and others) to TIFF and/or PDF, PEERNET offers a number of options that you may find useful, depending on your precise requirements and the resources of your company. These products offer support for all Microsoft Office file formats for conversion, including: Microsoft Excel (*.xls, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xls, *.xlt, *.xltx, *.xltm, *.xlsb);  PowerPoint (*ppt, *.pptx, *.pptm); Microsoft Outlook (*.oft, *.msg, *.vcf, *.vcs, *.ics); Microsoft Word(*.doc, *.docx, *.docm, *.dot, *.dotx, *.dotm ), as well as generic filetypes that are readable in Office products, such as Rich-Text files(*.rtf), text files(*.txt, *.log, *.xml) and web files(*.htm, *.html, *.mht).

ConvertMyFiles.com

Converts Microsoft Office files to PDF, TIFF and more

This is an online file converter, ideal for those who have  a fairly limited requirement for file conversion, but would like to keep their options and flexibility open. Using an online file converter means that there’s actually no software to download and install. This, combined with its flexibility to support myriad file types, which is another appealing aspect for many users.

There are many online file converters out there, but ConvertMyFiles.com is able to set itself apart in a few distinct ways:

  • A user-friendly interface, designed to make submitting and converting files and documents as easy as possible.
  • Best-in-class features for online PDF creation: embedded fonts (searchable and selectable text), vector graphics and where possible hyperlinks and bookmarks.
  • A fully-responsive web design to make conversion easy on any device.
  • No watermarks on your document, ensuring the highest level of professionalism and consistency.
  • The ability to combine multiple files to a PDF file.
  • A variety of output settings, allowing you to customize your outputted document to find the right balance between quality and file size.
  • The peace-of-mind of uploading your files to a site that is run by a trusted, well-established company like PEERNET.

Using an online file converter is a great solution for individual users, or small organizations that have a limited, but regular need for file conversion, and are looking to keep costs as low as possible.

TIFF Image Printer

Converts Microsoft Office files to TIFF

This piece of software essentially functions as a virtual printer, or print driver. Its functionality could not be quicker or simpler. The TIFF Image Printer uses your Windows’ existing “Print document” functionality to create new outputted TIFF files.

While its functionality is rather simple, its set of features is actually quite substantial:

  • Probably the fastest and easiest way to convert Microsoft Office documents to TIFF
  • Control over the output settings of the document
  • Support for automation and custom naming
  • Ability to adjust outputted dots per inch, from 50 to 1200 – wide variation in quality available
  • Ability to perform image adjustments such as resizing, image rotation, cropping, trimming and more
  • Significant compression settings for your TIFF documents
  • Ability to add header and footer endorsements
  • Support for custom paper sizes
  • Version 11.0 is supported on all Windows platforms dating back to Windows XP.

PDF Image Printer

Converts Microsoft Office files to PDF

If you have a need to convert files to PDF, then our PDF Image Printer offers a nearly identical solution as TIFF Image Printer – except that it offers much of the same functionality, tailored towards PDF conversions.

In addition to the benefits offered above, a few of the top features of PDF Image Printer include:

  • Converts to high quality, small size PDFs.
  • Creates secure non-searchable, non-editable, PDF/A-1B compliant PDF files.
  • Supports password protection & 40-bit or 128-bit encryption, and permission levels to restrict access to document contents

Raster Image Printer

Finally, if you need a straightforward solution that gives you the ability to regularly convert Microsoft Office files to either PDF or TIFF, you may want to consider using Raster Image Printer. It combines the functionality of both PDF Image Printer and TIFF Image Printer into one convenient package. The main advantage of using this is that it gives you the functionality and flexibility to convert your Microsoft Office files into either of those prominent formats.

Other Options for Office to PDF or TIFF

For individuals or organizations with a need for more regular conversion of Microsoft Office files – or more powerful conversion features – there are a number of other options available as well.

Here is a brief rundown:

  • PDF Creator Plus – offers much of the same functionality as Adobe Acrobat, but at a more cost-effective price point. PDF Creator Plus allows you to combine, edit and merge all types of printable Windows documents (including Microsoft Office, of course), into an outputted PDF file. This is a standalone piece of software, in contrast to the Image Printers we’ve noted so far. With that comes plenty of annotation tools, customization options, and advanced features for power users. These files are vector files in contrast to the other options we’ve discussed in this post, which output into raster files. The advantage of vector files is that you can search for text in them, in the same way that you would in a Word document. This may prove beneficial for document searchability and discovery.
    As an added bonus, PDF Creator Plus has a Microsoft Word add-in built right in. This allows you to create PDF documents from Microsoft Word with your headings, outlines and hyperlinks intact by using the Save As PDF 7.0 Word Add-In included with the product.
  • Document Conversion Service – For organizations with a need for a high-volume document conversion program in order to change a large amount of Microsoft Office files into PDF or TIFF, PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service is the ideal file conversion solution. It runs 24/7 in the background, and allows for automated, batch file conversion, which can save your organization an incredible amount of time, money and resources over the long haul. It also offers a wide array of advanced features for IT departments and power users, to optimize the efficiency of your document conversion protocol.

For Converting Office Files to PDF or TIFF, We Have You Covered

Whether you need a solution for Word to PDF, Excel to TIFF, or any conversion in between, PEERNET has a product that can fit your needs. For further information, and to clear up what product might be right for you, please take just a couple of minutes to watch the video below.

And of course, if you have any further questions, or need any guidance in choosing the right Office to PDF or Office to TIFF solution, we are always here to help. Simply contact us and we will get back to you to help you find the product that’s right for your needs.

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The 9 Features You Need in a Document Converter

If you’re either making the transition within your organization to digital documentation for the first time, or just looking for a more efficient method of doing things, the solution is the same: finding and using the ideal document converter for your business’s needs. That can be a daunting task on first glance; there’s certainly no shortage of options out there. And getting it right is absolutely essentially to increasing productivity, lowering costs, and keeping your company competitive with others in your field.

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If this is the stage you’re at, this post is designed is designed to help. Here are some of the main elements you should seek out in determining the right document converter for your needs.

Decide whether you need a piece of software that does one thing really easily and efficiently, or if you need software that allows for flexibility in your document conversion.

If you’re just starting on the path of choosing document conversion tools for yourself or your company, the first question you’ll want to answer is: what file formats do you intend to be using? This will really help define what sort of converter you should be looking for. For example, If you’ve already decided that you will only need to do basic conversions to the TIFF format, you might want to consider something like PEERNET’s TIFF Image Printer. That driver (along with its counterpart, PDF Image Printer) are designed to make conversions as easy as printing out a piece of paper.

If, on the other hand, you require document conversion to a number of different formats — or you’re not yet sure which formats you’ll be using — then keep your options open by going with a converter that allows for more types of outputted file formats.

If needed, seek out powerful features to customize document settings and increase efficiency.

A huge advantage to using professional document conversion tools over a bare-minimum piece of software (or even a free online converter) is the amount of options you have to customize your outputted settings. These can be relatively basic elements like compression (and more on that later), but can also run the gamut of powerful features to get the most out of your document conversion tools. Some of these will include manipulations to the outputted document, such as: cropping, copying, image rotation, resampling, margin trimming. As you move up to more advanced pieces of software for document conversion, your options increase. Some PEERNET software above the virtual image printer level, for example, includes features like right-click-to-convert, drag & drop conversion bins, and the ability to run scheduled conversion tasks. Power users are able to do things like integrate a document converter as part of an automated workflow, or run conversions from the command line.

Make sure the software has the ability to save settings.

Of course, having access to a wide range of output options is great, but be sure that the document converter you use allows you to save settings from one session to the next.

In making a selection, prioritize ease-of-use and user interface, to minimize employee training time.

Although the best document converter software offers robust functionality as mentioned above, there is also a balance to be struck in terms of usability. If tools that do a relatively basic task, like converting a Word document to a PDF, are difficult for a computer user of average skill to do, then many of the benefits of using a professional document conversion tool in the first place are lost. Our different tools and pieces of software offer different levels of customization and functionality, but all (aside from enterprise-level Document Conversion Service) are built with the average corporate worker in mind. Employee training takes time, and time is money, so our document conversion tools are built to minimize this. And our line of virtual printers, such as PDF Image Printer and Raster Image Printer, truly make conversion as easy as can be — utilizing your Windows’ system’s existing print dialogue box.

Be mindful of compression options, to balance the needs of document quality and storage space.

Ensuring the quality of digital documentation is a major requirement for some organizations. For others, it’s a secondary concern; not as important as ensuring that a massive quantity of customer records, client notes and internal communications are able to be kept on file. Every organization’s needs when it comes to document conversion are unique, and that’s why you should look for software that addresses that. A balance between document quality and the size of the files can be a tricky balancing act. The answer lies first in the file format used to store digital documentation (TIFF, PDF, etc.), and second in the compression applied to the outputted document. Basic document converters may lack this functionality; when determining software that’s right for your company, don’t forget about this crucial feature.

If you will be using the software to create PDF files, don’t forget about annotation and editing features.

Portable Document Format (PDF) is one of the file types that is most commonly used for digital documentation in the modern workplace. Their main benefit is that they can replicate the printed page (keeping formatting when transferred from one computer to the next, or when physically printed out). But one of the biggest advantages they have over a printed page is the way you’re able to make notes, highlights, etc. on the digital copy. This makes them great as a tool for sharing information internally with your team, or notating things to your customers or clients. PEERNET’s PDF Creator Plus is similar to Adobe Acrobat, but at a more cost-effective price than the alternative, and as such, includes nearly all the functionality you’ve come to know and expect out of such a product.

Seek out software backed by a reliable company with good quality customer service and support.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of document conversion products on the market today. So in determining which sort of software is right for your business or organization, don’t forget to look beyond the software itself — and at the company behind it. PEERNET is based in North America, and has many, many years of experience since our start in 1997. We not only have the knowledge that comes with years of building ideal corporate document converter tools, but also supporting them with great quality customer service. Our products are used by many well-known international organizations around the world, including IBM, FedEx and BMW. These orrganizations place their trust in our reputation, quality of product and quality of service to address their needs.
Find a product or products with a cost that suits the needs of your organization.

One of the main benefits of using document conversion software in the office is the fantastic cost savings that it can bring to your organization. This often manifests itself in a number of ways: reduction in paper costs, staffing costs, storage space, non-efficient use of time, and more. But the savings that you can potentially see go out the window if the software you are using to as a digital document creation tool is not in-line with the scale of your business and its document creation requirements. PEERNET file conversion tools are priced to meet the needs of businesses of different sizes: from one-person operations to international, enterprise organizations. Our software is built to be accessible to all those who have a need for file conversion.

For organizations with a need for ongoing file conversions, the ability to automate and batch convert documents.

Finally, for companies with such a regular need for file conversion that it becomes time and resource-prohibitive to have someone doing it manually, a batch document converter is the best option. For those organizations, software such as PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service should be seriously considered. DCS is built with enterprise organizations in mind, or those companies that simply have a need for a high amount of document conversions and/or digital document creation. It operates as a Windows service and is capable of converting files from some of the most common Windows formats to PDF, TIFF, JPEG and other storage types. Best of all, it converts in the background 24/7, so it doesn’t require active monitoring once setup is complete. DCS is commonly used in industries like the medical field, law, and public service; it’s truly the ideal, purpose-built file conversion solution for organizations who have a substantial need for image archiving or to convert a multitude of files, such as for mass TIFF archiving or document records.

Make the Right Choice, and Enjoy the Benefits for Years to Come

Choosing the right software as your primary document converter is one of the most important choices that you can make. Keep these elements in mind as you go through your search and it will help you make the right decision. If you need more help to guide your search, you may find further assistance in a few of these recent blog posts:

As well, please take just a couple of minutes to watch the video below for more information on which PEERNET document conversion software could be right to address the particular requirements of your organization:

Furthermore, if you need any additional guidance, we’re happy to help out. Simply contact us with your organization and your requirements and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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The Best File Formats for the Modern Office

Today’s corporate environment is changing quickly, driven by new technology. To stay up-to-date, companies should be utilizing the latest in digital technology so that productivity does not suffer in comparison to its competitors.

Using digital documentation, in favor of the old paper-based methods of record keeping, offers a huge range of benefits to your company, going forward. Any successful use of digital documentation will largely be built on a solid foundation of using the right file formats.

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For most organizations, we recommend one of two formats for digital records: Either PDF (portable document format) or TIFF (Tagged image file format.) These file types are used around the world by organizations large and small, and by companies who have a need for reliability, dependability and ease-of-use in their company’s documents and records.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of using the right file formats; how they can help you become a more productive and efficient workplace; and some of the best file converter software solutions to help your company stay up-to-date.

The right file formats make it easier to work from anywhere

Today’s workplace is shifting to a more fluid, digital experience where the presence of a physical location is of minimal importance. The traditional norms of being present during certain hours at a certain place are starting to fall by the wayside. New devices and greater connectivity allows today’s younger workforce to work from anywhere – whether that’s in the office, on the road, or at home.

To facilitate this newer mode of collaborative working, digitizing your customer records is definitely the way to go. Digital record keeping allows your employees to access important records and files from anywhere. Rather than being reliant on antiquated methods (such as mailing, filing, etc.), utilizing formats like PDF and TIFF suddenly make it possible for your employees to detach themselves from the requirement of a physical office space, and plug into greater connectivity.

The right file formats help reduce the need for a large physical office /potentially can cut down on administrative work

Opening up the ability to work from anywhere allows for other potential opportunities to cut costs around the office. To start with, taking up less physical space with filing systems, cabinets and the like, can potentially allow you to cut down on office space.

Additionally, moving more of your files to digital form can actually allow you to re-allocate staff to the core objectives of your business. Rather than having them spending their time filing and sorting, they can be oriented towards tasks that serve the most important aspects of your revenue-generating operations. These transitions are fostered by making use of file formats like PDF and TIFF that allow a smooth transition towards a more paperless and digital office.

PDF and TIFF visible the same on all device sizes

With the proliferation of different devices, operating systems and screen sizes, document management from one system to the next has the potential to be problematic. When sharing documents from, say, a computer to a smartphone, you want to ensure that the documents display the same way. Beyond that, you also want to make sure that the format is actually viewable on all devices.

Let’s take a Microsoft Word file as an example; one of the most commonly-used file types in the modern corporate world. There can potentially be several issues that arise with these types of files. First, a file that’s saved in the format of .DOC or .DOCX generally requires that the end user have the Word software installed on their device to view it – and it’s fair to say that most people don’t have Microsoft Office installed on their smart phones (very few would even have it on their tablets). So right off the bat, you can run into issues there. Beyond that, even if the end user does have Word or another word processing program that’s capable of viewing the file, it’s not certain that the formatting will be maintained from one screen to the next. That could make you look highly unprofessional in the eyes of clients, or cause confusion amongst your colleagues. For those and reasons and more, sending documents in a format that maintains its consistency is a must, and PDF and TIFF are the ideal formats to make sure that happens.

It creates consistency in your company’s files and documentation.

Building on the last point, consistency from one format and device to the next can not only make things easier for your employees, but if you’re sharing documentation with clients, it can add a level of professionalism to your documentation. As well, using a consistent file format in PDF/TIFF, and utilizing consistent settings can help ensure that the actual quality of the outputted file is maintained, each and every time.

How to Create TIFF or PDF Files

A successful modern office gives users the tools of the trade to easily create the files that they need. In this section, we’ll look at the approaches you can take towards empowering your employees with this capability, and some of the best options in terms of file conversion software to make the idea into a reality.

Image Printers:

Image printers, sometimes referred to as virtual printers, are a very simple way to create the types of files that are ideal for the modern office environment. They are, basically, a simple driver that you install on your computers that allows for added functionality on your Windows computer’s Print menu. The primary advantage of an Image printer for PDF creation or TIFF creation is its ease-of-use and overall lack of a learning curve.

Recommended solutions:

To create PDF files, you can’t go wrong with PEERNET’s PDF Image Printer. It is the quickest and easiest way to convert your Windows files to PDF. The user simply selects PDF Image Printer from the dropdown menu in the print folder, and the file is outputted to a specified folder.

If you are going with TIFF files, then the TIFF Image Printer offers the same functionality, but for TIFF files.

If you anticipate requiring the regular conversion of files to both formats, then consider our Raster Image Printer product (we call it the “Cadillac” of our image printer family!) It features all the functionality of the two products mentioned above, including advanced image processing features, automation options, compression settings and more.

Purpose-built, on-demand file creation software:

If you need some more customization, you may want to consider making use of specialized software. This class of products allows you to create files on demand, by either selecting, combining or merging different files. The advantage of software such as this is that this class of product tends to offer more features and customization options than a standard image printer.

Recommended solutions:

If you regularly create PDF files but require something a little bit more advanced than simple conversions from one file format to another, you may want to consider a software solution such as PDF Creator Plus. This program offers much of the same functionality as Adobe Acrobat, but is offered at a price that is more cost-effective for users and businesses. Its core functionality allows users to combine, edit and merge other types of documents into a searchable, outputted PDF file. Of course, prior to creating your final outputted file, the software also gives you the option to edit and annotate your documents.

Enterprise-level automated batch file conversion solutions:

The other option, for companies that have a significant need for ongoing file conversion, is an automated file conversion solution that operates in the background. This type of solution does not require someone to manually input files to convert; rather, it can be set up to convert files automatically, saving significant time and resources.

If you need to regularly convert to a various number of file formats, our File Conversion Center may be a good solution. It converts from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), HTML (web pages), PDFs and more; and is capable of converting to non-searchable TIFF, JPEG, PDF and other popular image formats. If your organization has a regular need for file conversion but not at the level that you need to automate the process yet, this might be a good piece of software to explore.

Recommended solutions:

For ongoing, automated batch file conversion, PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service is a best-in-class solution. DCS offers truly automated file conversion. It supports a wide range of the most popular and common file formats, and is commonly used to convert files to PDF, TIFF, JPEG, and more. The newest edition of Document Conversion Service even allows you to create vector PDFs – making the documents searchable, and allowing for clickable links.

Document Conversion Service functions as a true Windows service, offers a robust set of features for power users and IT departments (including command line tools and workflow integration), and a wide variety of other advanced features.

Start Your Transition Today

Make the move towards a more modern workplace environment today! PEERNET products are the ideal solution to help you get there.

If you’re not sure about which product might be right for your company’s needs, please take a couple of minutes to watch the short video below, which should help clear things up.

And remember, if you ever need further assistance we’re always willing to lend a friendly hand. Contact us today!

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How Document Conversion Software Helps Your Company Work Faster and Smarter

The companies that are truly flourishing these days have streamlined their processes relating to their adoption and use of technology in the workplace. Making use of digital documentation, with efficient file conversion and creation processes is one of the best ways to move your company in this direction.

If you use any files for record-keeping at all – be it TIFF, PDF, JPEG – you should make an up-front investment in professional file conversion software for maximum efficiency. It is almost certain to pay off, long-term, and allow your company to work faster, smarter, and more efficiently.

The Benefits of Digital Document Filing

If, like many other companies and individuals, you’re already thinking about the ways that moving some of your daily record-keeping to digital formats, then you’re ahead of the game. With proper naming structures and organizations, digital files can prove to be more easily searchable, discoverable and useful. Think of not only the reduction in time spent manually filing and searching for documents – but also, the intelligence that working with digitized data can provide.

PEERNET offers a wide range of file conversion software solutions that fit this mold of improving your company’s efficiency.

The Tools of the Trade

Before we get into exactly how these can help your overall objectives of working faster and smarter, here is an overview of the main tools we’ll be focusing on.

 
Product Description Works well for…
ConvertMyFiles.com A website that allows you to quickly and easily convert to PDF, JPEG, TIFF and other file types. A cost-effective solution for users who have a regular need for file conversion and who do not want to install additional software on their computers.
PDF Creator Plus Allows you to combine, edit and merge Windows documents into a PDF file. The perfect fit for individual users or companies that are looking for a more cost-effective alternative to software such as Adobe Acrobat.
PDF Image Printer A virtual printer that allows your staff to turn any printable Windows document into a PDF, with the click of a mouse. A good solution for individual users and companies, large and small, who have a need to convert various types of documents to PDF format.
TIFF Image Printer In the same fashion as PDF Image Printer, utilizes the Windows “Print a Document” prompt to quickly and easily create TIFF files. Suitable for companies or users who need a simple way to convert TIFF files, easily and on-demand.
Raster Image Printer Incorporates the functionality of both PDF Image Printer and TIFF Image Printer, as well as the ability to convert files to JPEG in the same manner. Ideal for organizations who utilize both PDF and TIFF on a regular basis.
Document Conversion Service A full-featured, automated batch document conversion solution which is capable of converting documents in the background, 24/7. Built for organizations who have an ongoing need for file conversion from and to a variety of document and image formats. Widely used by enterprise-level organizations.

How these Document Conversion Tools Help Your Company Work Faster

Now that you’re familiar with some of the tools available, let’s take a look at how they can actually benefit your company’s productivity, and therefore, its bottom line.

Spend way less time on the actual conversion process, and more time on what matters to your company.

PDF Creator Plus, PDF Image Printer, TIFF Image Printer, Raster Image Printer, Document Conversion Service

These tools all have something in common – they’ve been built from the ground up, based on years of expertise and knowledge, to provide users with easy, but powerful file conversion options. Here’s how:

  • They simplify your process. Established processes can save your organization significant time and resources, so if you’re converting customer records, receipts, or anything of the like into PDF or TIFF, it helps to have that process in place. Choosing and using the right file conversion software can be the main cog that your process is built around.
  • They allow you to use saved setting profiles. So you can set your preferences once and use them on an ongoing basis, rather than fiddling around with your output settings every time you convert a file. This takes a lot of the hassle out of file conversion.
  • They minimize training time. All but the highest-end professional document conversion software like that provided by PEERNET is designed to be very user-friendly. Our line of image printers, for example, requires only that the user is capable of printing a document – not much to ask, in this day and age.

Use single-purpose virtual printer tools to wean your business off paper and maximize efficiency.

PDF Image Printer, TIFF Image Printer, Raster Image Printer

  • Sometimes, the easiest solution is the smartest one. If you just need to start down the path of reducing your company’s dependence on physical printers, then implementing virtual printers is a terrific way to get started. Reducing your use of printers, and therefore paper, is one of the easiest ways to start working smarter. Our line of image printer products makes the transition painless. Built for speed and ease-of-use, replacing some or all of your physical printer usage with virtual printers save your company time, resources and money.

Use a web-based solution for conversions as you need them.

ConvertMyFiles.com

  • No software, no worries. For users who need to convert files to PDF, on any basis ranging from infrequently to regularly, an online file converter like ConvertMyFiles.com might just be your smartest choice. It offers conversions from and to a wide variety of file formats. Using a website gives you the flexibility to choose the package that fits your exact needs best – and the ability to use or discontinue the service depending on your requirements at that particular point in time. Or, let’s say you find that you don’t need many conversions one month, but the next you have a great need. Simply upgrade your conversion package from one month to the next.

Use a smarter choice for PDF creation.

PDF Creator Plus

  • Lower Cost, Same Great Functionality. Our PDF Creator Plus software allows you to create PDF documents from scratch by editing, merging or combining other Windows documents into a PDF file. Its core functionality is quite similar to that of Adobe Acrobat, but it is priced at a point that makes it accessible for everyone, including individual users at home, or small companies. The type of outputted PDF files created are vector files, which means that they make use of actual text characters rather than just graphical representations (raster files). That format of PDF file can save you and your colleagues significant time in finding information that you need. Plus, despite its product name, it allows you to use the same functionality to create files in different formats: you can also create TIFF, JPEG, Windows BMP images, and placeable Enhanced Metafile (EMF) files. For combining multiple files into a new PDF document, there’s nothing faster and that, combined with its lower cost to your company, makes it the smart choice.

Use one conversion solution that works for a number of formats.

Raster Image Printer

  • Provides the flexibility to use the format you need at any given time. Some users and companies know that they need to start using digital documentation, or move further towards that direction, but aren’t exactly sure what file format they’ll be using in the future. Other organizations require the flexibility to convert documents to a range of different formats.
    In either case, Raster Image Printer serves as the ideal solution. On its own, it can replace several tools. Whether you need to convert to TIFF, convert to PDF or convert to JPEG, Raster Image Printer can do it fast and efficiently – freeing up your employees or colleagues’ time and resources.

For maximum efficiency, you can completely automate the process.

Document Conversion Service

  • Automated batch document conversion: What could be more efficient than a solution that converts files in the background, 24/7? PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service is the ideal way to achieve this.
    Suitable for organizations of any size that have a need for ongoing file conversion, but commonly utilized by companies that are large in scale, Document Conversion Service is primarily an enterprise batch file converter that is trusted and relied upon by companies around the world. If you have a large amount of files that need regular conversion, Document Conversion Service truly makes your company’s operations as efficient as possible – the smartest and quickest way to get a handle on your file conversion needs.

Get Your Company Working Smarter and Faster

Working smarter at the office can give you the narrow edge you need to beat out the competition. The gap between companies is often narrow, so don’t let document conversion drag you down – use PEERNET products to help your company thrive.

Still not certain which PEERNET offering will most help your company’s productivity? Please take a few minutes to watch the short video below, which should help sum it up for you.

And if you still need a hand to get your productivity on track, please feel free to contact us. We’ll help you out by letting you know which product is really right for you.

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10 Big Advantages of Using Professional File Conversion Software in Your Organization

In a wide range of white-collar industries, from financial services and enterprise organizations to the healthcare and medical sector, organizations are looking to improve their efficiencies and utilize technology in the best way. The move in this direction has been on for several decades, but with the proliferation of digital documentation and the explosion in device availability, we’ve seen the shift accelerate in the corporate environment in recent years.

professional file conversion

Now, more than ever, establishing efficient digital documentation can set your company apart from the pack to improve your company’s document management. And for organizations who exist on service, rather than sales (such as some of those in the healthcare field), keeping up with modern technological solutions is a necessity, to avoid falling further behind.

With all that in mind, here is an exploration of the top 10 biggest benefits of utilizing professional file conversion software.

1. It allows you to make use of ideal file formats for security, sharability and consistency.

For corporate documentation and record-keeping, two of the best file formats are called Portable Document Format (PDF) and Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Professional conversion software allows you and your company to effortlessly create these files, through single-purpose software solutions such as PDF Image Printer or TIFF Image Printer, or through all-in-one solutions such as File Conversion Center or Document Conversion Service. The advantages of these file types are many. Here is a brief rundown of their advantages for use in the workplace and corporate setting.

PDF

  • Stands for: Portable Document Format
  • One of the most widely-used and adopted file formats for document management. Ubiqitous nature of the format means it’s nearly certain that recipient of the document will be able to view it.
  • Formatting is maintained across all devices and operating systems.
  • Smaller file sizes, generally, than TIFF.
  • Good compression to reduce size of high-quality files.
  • That small file size makes the documents ideal for sharing.
  • Password-protection features available for sensitive information.
  • Metadata can be embedded for easier file retrieval
  • Documents can easily integrate non-text elements such as web links, images and the like.
  • Commonly used across a huge range of sectors and industries within a corporate setting.
TIFF

  • Stands for: Tagged Image File Format
  • Lossless file format (what you see is what you get)
  • Maintains the highest image quality (but some compression options available.)
  • Difficult to alter (therefore, good for archiving)
  • Cannot contain links or hidden data, so quite secure from the threat of embedded malware/viruses.
  • Widely supported across devices, operating systems
  • Standard format for FAX
  • As it is an image format, your document formatting is maintained
  • Commonly used by the publishing profession; sectors with a high volume of document storage requirements (medical, law, etc.); businesses looking for a secure file format for their document management needs.

2. There are all-in-one solutions available, so there’s only one program/system to learn for your coworkers and colleagues.

Companies that have a significant need for file conversion can be bogged down by the multitude of programs and options available. If companies use one program to convert files to TIFF, and another to create PDF documents, and yet another for different sorts of file conversions, that ends up equating to multiple times resources being devoted to training and troubleshooting. With an all-in-one solution such as PEERNET’s File Conversion Center, or Raster Image Printer, for example, all your digital documentation needs are covered in one powerful, yet easy-to-use package.

3. Companies can realize significant cost savings with a unified, cohesive transition to digital documentation.

By significantly reducing the amount of paper that the office consumes through a well-planned transition to digital documentation, an organization can foster significant cost savings. These come about by saving money on things like the cost of paper itself; printing costs; reduced maintenance of printers and photocopiers; storage costs; mailing costs and more. There are also some hidden costs that you may not think about right off the bat. For example, reducing the cost of office space devoted to filing cabinets and documents; and, reducing the amount of employee resources devoted to manually retrieving documents. Of course, there are some costs associated with the transition, software, and digital storage space, but given the way that business is moving, it’s a long-term investment that’s certainly worth making sooner rather than later.

4. For companies with a need for ongoing, constant file conversions, there are automated batch file conversion solutions available.

Having the right software solutions in place for on-demand file conversion is one thing. But for those organizations that require a consistent stream of converted files, automated and batch file conversion could be the best solution. Solutions such as PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service make it feasible to have your own file conversion system running 24/7. That means that the files keep converting – no additional employee time and resources required. Here are 5 more of the best things about our automated batch file converter:

  • Built from the start to handle exactly this job efficiently: high-volume document conversion.
  • Once implemented, a huge time-saver.
  • Easily-configurable settings that can be saved and automatically applied, so your conversions are consistent every time.
  • An advanced feature set so that Document Conversion Service can be completely tailored by IT professionals and/or power users to the needs of your organization.
  • A highly versatile solution: converts from virtually any printable Windows format into TIFF, PDF, JPEG and more.

5. The ease of pulling documentation and integrating it with other systems (such as a CRM) can actually help your company improve and transform your customer service experience.

As you’ve probably noticed, today’s consumers are always on the go. They expect things to work perfectly on their devices as they travel around. Time is of the essence, and they don’t want to wait for internal corporate processes. And if your company deals directly in a customer-facing service role, they expect you to have their information on-the-ready as they talk to you, as soon as possible. This is where making use of digital documentation can be a boon to your company’s overall reputation for service. Whether that means emailing them digital invoices or quotes for work; sharing other sorts of documentation with them in a seamless manner; or even allowing your employees to access their clients’ information on the go, a digital documentation and file conversion process can accelerate your organization’s transition to the digital age and provide your customers the type of instantaneous service and support that they’ve come to expect in the 21st century.

6. In contrast to using a hodgepodge of different programs and protocols, making use of consistent formats and professional file conversion software can help lock down your document security.

Document security is absolutely key to maintain the trust of your clients, customers and the public at large. One needn’t look far to see examples of serious corporate security breaches littering the nightly news. Having a secure document conversion protocol in place can help you mitigate the risks of that happening to your organization. If, for example, employees are using some online file conversion service of unknown origin to convert your clients’ files, which could leave you at serious risk. It’s far more preferable to keep things in-house, with appropriate protections in place, and utilize trusted conversion software from reputable companies like PEERNET as a way to manage that risk. Here are some more tips on improving your document security in 2016.

7. Professional document conversion and file conversion software gives you a huge range of output options, depending on your document quality needs, storage capacity and workflow requirements.

Customization is key, and one of the primary benefits of using professional, purpose-built conversion software is the sheer amount of options you have for your outputted documents. Across the board, from single-purpose products such as PDF Creator Plus, to the Cadillac of our software solutions, Document Conversion Service, users have the ability to select – and save – conversion profiles that perfectly fit the ongoing needs of their organization. Whether you need perfect-quality conversions and storage space is not an issue, or conversely, lower-quality documents are fine because storage space is at a premium… or, somewhere in between … professional file conversion software allows you to select the settings that work for you.

8. With conversion to PDF or TIFF format, you can be sure that your clients or customers see a document with the same formatting that you do, in contrast to sharing file formats like Microsoft Word.

As briefly touched on earlier, one of the huge benefits of making use of TIFF and PDF for your corporate documentation needs are the format’s consistency across the array of devices, screen sizes and operating systems. If you send a Microsoft Word file to a colleague or a client, it can appear wildly different on their computer then it does on yours. This can obviously cause a bevy of issues, and generally make you look unprofessional.

9. Digital documentation using consistent formats, naming and filing structure can make your workplace a more collaborative environment.

A well-organized digital filing system can blow away even the most neat and efficient offline system. By employing some basic tenets of digital file organization, you can increase internal efficiencies substantially, allowing your team to smarter, quicker, and more effectively.

10. Making use of digital documentation can significantly cut paper waste at your office, underscoring your organization’s commitment to the environment – which is a big deal in the eyes of many consumers today.

Sure, the cost benefits of reducing your paper usage is a primary driver of interest for many business owners. But also consider the added benefit of improving your organization’s reputation by reducing your reliance on paper. In society today, more and more people are consciously choosing to deal with organizations that mesh with their personal belief system, and a commitment to reducing needless waste definitely follows that trend.

Ready to Utilize File Conversion for Your Organization?

Get started with document conversion software from PEERNET today. Here is a rundown of our main products and how they might help your company, business or organization.

PDF Creator Plus Looking for a more cost-effective alternative to Adobe Acrobat, with the same great features? Look no further. PDF Creator Plus allows you to create PDFs by combining and editing other files (any other type of Windows file that you can open and print.)
Convert to PDF For those who require a virtual printer that outputs vector (which means editable and searchable) PDF, this is a great option.
PDF Image Printer Similar to above, but converts to raster PDF. Very simple, easy to use, and outputs files in a secure and sharable format. The virtual printer of choice for many organizations with a need for reliable PDF conversion.
TIFF Image Printer The virtual printer you need if you require an on-demand TIFF conversion option. Quick and easy, yet powerful features.
Raster Image Printer An all-in-one solution that handles both TIFF conversion and PDF conversion (and can also output files in JPEG format). Essentially functions as a combo of PDF Image Printer and TIFF Image Printer. A great option for organizations who rely on multiple document format conversions, on-demand.
File Conversion Center For users or organizations who require a range of options, this desktop application allows for batch conversion of documents, on an on-demand basis, to PDF, TIFF and JPEG file formats.
Document Conversion Service The industry-leading automated, batch file conversion solution. Capable of converting documents in the background, 24/7. Used by trusted institutions and organizations around the world for their file conversion needs.

Need more information?

Please watch the video below for a quick explanation of what each file conversion product offers, or feel free to contact us to get you and your organization pointed in the right direction.

TIFF file format

The Best Ways to Convert to TIFF

The TIFF file format is widely-adopted and recognized as one of the most useful file formats for companies and organizations with a need for significant digital record keeping.

Initially developed and released 30 years ago, the TIFF format’s staying power is a tribute to its versatility; not only is it a vitally-important image format for use in the publishing industry, but it’s also an excellent format for FAX applications and maintaining digital records.

TIFF file format

Before we get into some of the most common uses for the format, and how to convert to TIFF, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why making use of this particular file format is a good option in comparison to other formats.

  • It’s an outstanding way to maintain image quality, particularly in digital photographs. Unlike other formats, such as JPEG or GIF, TIFF is a lossless format.
  • That being said, the modern standard of TIFF does offer some compression options, allowing the user to save on storage space as necessary.
  • For scanned documents, or files converted from other formats like PDF or .DOCX, TIFF retains its formatting across all screen sizes and devices. The formatting of Microsoft Word (.doc files) can be notoriously unreliable when transferred from one user to the next. While raster PDFs are a better option to maintain formatting, vector PDFs can also look “off” if one user is missing fonts. With TIFF, there’s absolutely no worry. What you see on one computer or device, is what you’ll see on the other.
  • TIFF is a proven file format, having first been established in 1986. That means that regardless of technological developments over the next few decades, its unlikely that TIFF will be phased out or replaced by another format.
  • By the same token, the widespread support for the format means that it’s almost certain that the TIFF can be properly displayed if you are sharing documents with clients or colleagues outside of your immediate work network.
  • Because TIFF is an image format, it cannot be embedded with viruses, malware and the like. You cannot embed hyperlinks, which keeps it secure from malicious attempts at phishing and related malware schemes.

COMMON USES FOR TIFF:

As mentioned, the quality and flexibility of the TIFF file format lends itself well to applications across a variety of industries.

Here are a few examples:

  • It is commonly used as a file format in the photography and publishing industries. For example, here’s how to create high resolution TIFF images for print.
  • Organizations with a need to maintain client records often rely on TIFF as their format of choice.
  • TIFF is one of the more secure document/file formats out there, so organizations with a heavy security requirement often make use of it. Due to its high quality and lack of vector capabilities, altering the files is somewhat more differently to do convincingly.
  • Businesses which make regular use of FAX may rely on TIFF to streamline their process.

5 GREAT WAYS TO CONVERT TO TIFF:

1. ONLINE TIFF FILE CONVERSION.

ConvertMyFiles.com:

If you have a need for quick and regular conversion to TIFF, consider making use of an online file converter such as PEERNET’s own ConvertMyFiles.com.

The online file conversion option offers several benefits for some people, particularly individual home users or small businesses:

  • An extremely cost-effective option, with packages starting as low as $1 per month.
  • No need to install extra software/drivers/image printers on you or your company’s computers and devices.
  • Quality file conversions with a good deal of conversion/output options available.
  • Support for a massive range of file formats and conversion types.
  • No long-term commitment if you need it on a temporary basis.
  • Download your converted file onto the device or system of your choice – PC, tablet or mobile phone

2. A SIMPLE (YET POWERFUL) PROGRAM TO CREATE TIFF FILES.

TIFF Image Printer:

To create TIFF files quickly and easily for your organization, you’ll want to make use of an image printer (sometimes called a virtual printer). Essentially, it’s a driver that you install to your computer or computers, allowing you to create TIFF files in a manner that’s as easy as printing a document to an ordinary printer.

For this purpose, consider use of our TIFF Image Printer.

TIFF Image Printer is intended for on-demand file conversion. It makes converting documents or files to TIFF a snap. First, you open any printable Windows document. Then, open the file > print menu as you otherwise would. Simply select TIFF Image Printer from the dropdown options available and press the print button; it’s as easy as that.

However, if you need more customization in your output options, TIFF Image Printer certainly provides an array of options you can dig into.

Need to adjust the settings of your outputted document? Many of these can be easily accessed from the ‘print settings’ menu. The settings you choose will be dependent on your intended use of the outputted file. This menu will allow you to specify quality settings such as:

  • orientation (portrait/landscape),
  • cropping and trimming features to refine the image during the output process,
  • print quality,
  • lightening/darkening,
  • DPI/resolution options/aspect ratio
  • color/black and white,
  • compression options,
  • “Copy to” and resample options – set your copying options to outgoing pages (similar to resizing an outputted photocopy)
  • Watermarking,
  • Endorsements (headers and footers)

3. AN ON-DEMAND SOLUTION FOR TIFF CONVERSION AND OTHER FILE FORMATS.

Raster Image Printer:

If you’re looking for the functionality of TIFF Image Printer, but require the ability to convert to other file formats, our Raster Image Printer is an exceptional option. It offers much of the same ease-of-use and variety of output options, with the added ability to convert to other widely-used formats such as Portable Document Format (PDF), and JPEG. We call it the “cadillac” of our image printer line.

As with our TIFF Image Printer, Raster Image Printer allows you to make a variety of image adjustments to your files before outputting the version that fits your requirement. And it also allows for output to standard FAX formats, streamlining that process.

4. AN ON DEMAND SOLUTION FOR BATCH CONVERTING FILES TO PDF, TIFF AND JPEG.

File Conversion Center:

If you’re looking for a desktop application capable of batch converting documents on an on-demand basis, consider File Conversion Center. File Conversion Center boasts seamless desktop integration, allowing you to convert files on demand with ease – whether it’s an individual file, or a larger group of files all at once.

There are a number of ways to convert files; either by simply right-clicking on a file to convert; by dragging it into a desktop converter bin, or right on to the one of the Convert To icons located on your desktop.

File Conversion Center allows you to convert your files from any Windows format that can be printed, into the common file formats of PDF, TIFF and JPEG.

5. AN ALL-IN-ONE, AUTOMATED ENTERPRISE-SCALE SOLUTION.

Document Conversion Service:

Finally, for organizations with a requirement for ongoing, automated batch document conversion, consider our all-in-one file conversion solution, Document Conversion Service (DCS). DCS is truly an industry-leading solution for your company’s TIFF creation needs. Designed from the ground-up as a batch file conversion option that handles TIFF and a huge range of other formats.

Document Conversion Service can be configured to batch convert files in the background, 24/7. It offers support for a wide variety of file formats (DOC, XPS, PDF, DWG, DWF, Excel, JPG, TIF, EPS, BMP, PCX, DCX, PNG, GIF, HTML, MHT, Outlook, PPT, PUB, Visio and Postscript), allowing conversion to TIFF, PDF, JPEG and other image formats.

For organizations that deal with a truly large volume of files, and need a TIFF archiving solution for their document records, Document Conversion Service is the most ideal solution for your needs.

 

SUMMARY OF TIFF CONVERTER PRODUCTS

ConvertMyFiles.com TIFF Image Printer Raster Image Printer File Conversion Center Document Conversion Service
PRODUCT SUMMARY: An online file converter allowing you to convert from and to a number of popular file formats.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: Individual users with a need for quick file conversion and who do not want to download software on their computer 
PRODUCT SUMMARY: A virtual image printer that makes converting files to TIFF as easy as printing a file.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: Individual users or those at the office who regularly need to convert files to TIFF.
PRODUCT SUMMARY: Similar to TIFF Image Printer, with the added ability for you to convert files to JPEG and PDF as well.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: Individual users or those at the office who regularly need to convert files to TIFF, JPEG or PDF
PRODUCT SUMMARY: Desktop application allowing for on-demand, batch file conversion from a number of Windows formats to TIFF, PDF and JPEG.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR:  Individual users with an on-demand need for batch file conversion.
PRODUCT SUMMARY: A high-volume solution for organizations and companies with a need for ongoing automated, batch file conversion capabilities.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR:  Enterprise-level companies or organizations of any size with a need for regular file conversion, archiving or document management solution.

EXPLORE THE BEST FILE CONVERSION SOFTWARE FOR BUSINESS.

Whatever the volume and regularity of your TIFF file conversion needs, Peernet has a product that’s right for you – from individual users to enterprise-scale organizations. If you’re not entirely sure which TIFF converter product is right for your needs, please take a few minutes to watch the video below. It sums up our line of product offerings and might give you more insight:

If you still need a little bit of guidance, feel free to reach out and contact the file conversion experts here at PEERNET. We’ll be happy to help you out!

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Securing Your Company’s Digital Documents

As you might be aware, digitizing your company’s documents has several amazing benefits:

  • Cost savings from reducing your organization’s dependence on paper:
    • Paper
    • Ink
    • Mail & supplies
    • Photocopying
    • Printing
    • Shredding
    • Etc.
  • Easier access to information for colleagues and clients
  • An easier collaboration and revisions process;
  • Making documents and information more searchable and information more easily discoverable;
  • Reduced administration time among employees searching for the right information;
  • Potentially reduced costs stemming from office space to hold the actual physical files

Factors to Take Into Account for Document Security:

digital document security

Of course, while saving on all sorts of costs related to hard copies of documentation is very appealing, one of the aversions that some companies have to moving their client documentation to the digital realm is the important matter of security. And it’s no surprise: we’re often inundated in the news with stories of large organizations that suffer security breaches. Not only can this cause a direct financial hit to the organization, but it can bruise the company’s reputation for years to come.

So, while we of course highly recommend moving any paperwork and documentation you can to digital, it’s vitally important to have a good plan for security in place. With that in mind, here are some things your organization can do to help make the transition smoothly and safely: five things you should do to ensure your company’s digital document security in 2016.

1. Choose the right file format.

Not all document formats are created equally. Here’s a brief rundown of the security features of some of the main types of the main document formats used in the modern business environment. For enterprise organizations, three of the most common formats used for documentation are your standard Microsoft Word files, in addition to Portable Document Format (PDF) and Tagged Interface File Format (TIFF). All have their advantages and disadvantages but, for now, let’s take a look at the different formats from a document security perspective.

  • Security Features of Word files:Microsoft Word files are designed to be edited and shared with ease, and it’s not an inherently secure format. This is one of many reasons why Microsoft Word is not ideal for sharing documents at the office, or with your clients. For a better and more secure solution, look towards formats like PDF, and TIFF.
  • Security Features of PDF files:A PDF file can actually come in a few different types of files. To start, there is a separation between raster PDF (where all text is rendered as an image) and a vector-based PDF, where all text is actually rendered as textual elements.

    A raster PDF means that the text is very difficult to manipulate. Someone is not able to copy the text from a document and paste it to a Word processor, for example – they would have to actually re-type the information, if they were so inclined.

    A vector PDF, conversely, allows the user to select actual text in the document. This can be helpful for search and information retrieval, but does remove one barrier from people copying out the document’s information, if that is a particular concern.

    All types of PDFs can also be protected by password, protecting them from prying eyes. This is a nice security feature to have, particularly when sharing documents via email, file sharing services, or unsecured platforms. PDF also offers other security features such as encryption, and watermarking, making it a good choice for corporate document security.

  • Security Features of TIFF files:The TIFF file format is used by many industries and professions with a need for significant need for privacy, to protect their clients’ information – like the legal industry, financial services or the medical profession, for example.

    What sets TIFF apart from a format like PDF, for example, is that TIFF is strictly an image format. Because of that, it’s very difficult or impossible to have code, or links embedded within it. This is a great security feature, and one that makes it somewhat of a more secure choice than other document formats.

    Beyond that fact, TIFF files do not have the inherent security features built in to PDF files, such as password-protection.

2. Never use untrusted websites for your file conversion.

Choosing a file converter is an important part of your overall transition to digital documentation, but also to your security strategy. Online file conversion sites definitely have their place in the world and their own set of benefits: they’re often low in cost, don’t require a software install, offer a pretty versatile selection of file conversion options. One of the big risks though, particularly for companies and corporate users, is running your files through untrusted connections for conversion. You don’t truly know what’s happening to your files when you upload them, and that could leave you vulnerable to all sorts of issues, from malware to security breaches.

Alternatively, if you want to make use of an online file conversion option, use a website that you know has a trustworthy company behind it, rather than a random home developer based overseas. PEERNET’s ConvertMyFiles.com offers file conversion packages beginning from $1 per week, or $4.99 per month. Don’t take chances with your company’s important documentation online.

3. Get Your Team on Board with Using Good Practices

There are some basic tenets of a successful document security protocol. Regardless of whether your company is a small business or a multinational corporation, employing some of these good practices can help secure your company’s documentation.

  • Keep only the minimum of customer data on file. The less information of customers that you keep on file, the less you expose your business to the risks of a security breach. Companies should never, ever keep their customers’ credit card numbers on file, of course… and in general, keep as little info as they need.
  • Train your employees on suspicious links, emails, etc. A little bit of education can go a long way. Ensure your employees are familiar with common tactics, such as email phishing attempts.
  • Install anti-virus and anti-malware software on all their computers. There are all sorts of nasty viruses out there that can easily infiltrate corporate networks. One particularly nasty strain that has emerged in recent years is what’s known as ransom-ware. This is a bug that gets installed on the users’ computer and locks them out from their files. It then demands a payment made to retrieve the information again – A hospital in California recently fell victim to this scam and was forced to pay significant money to retrieve their valuable, sensitive patient information. While these attacks may not be 100 per cent preventable all the time, installing, regularly updating and running anti-virus software is a good preventative measure that should be done regularly throughout your organization, particularly if your networks’ system contains sensitive customer data.
  • Teach them the basics of strong passwords. Passwords are a basic line of defense, but when they are weak, they`re easily breakable. Spread some information around the office about the importance of strong passwords, and encourage your employees to make a habit of changing their passwords regularly.

4. Automate Your Document Conversion to a Secure Folder

For organizations that have a substantial need for file conversion, one of the most straightforward ways to ensure that your files are reaching a secure destination is by using an automated document conversion solution. Using a solution such as Peernet’s Document Conversion Service (DCS) can be a huge benefit to those organizations that do handle a lot of digital documents. With DCS, you can make sure remove the human element of the secure document handling process, by running automated, batch file conversions. The converted files can then be outputted into a secure folder that is accessible only by the appropriate, authorized parties.

5. Ensure Regular Document Backups to a Secure Location

Just as physical, printed documents aren’t immune from threats like theft, water or fire, the very same thing applies to digital documentation. But should the worst happen, and your company’s security be breached, it can provide some peace of mind to know that you have backups of your company’s important files. Document backup can be an automatic process and more and more, companies are making use of cloud services, which can provide relatively cost-effective offsite storage. Look into the options that suit your companies’ needs best.

Secure Digital Documents: The Competitive Advantage Your Company Needs

The proliferation of digital documentation in the corporate world, from mom-and-pop startups to enterprise level organizations, continues on. Ensuring that your company’s digital files are secure from attackers is a crucial part of maintaining your clients, customers and the public’s trust. Making use of some of these ideas should put you in a good position to ensure your company’s digital security for many years to come.

Digital Document Conversion Solutions

If you’re still looking for the right digital documentation creation and file conversion solution, be sure to check out our range of products at PEERNET. Whether you are looking for a PDF conversion solution, a TIFF creator, or an enterprise-level batch document conversion solution, we have a product out there that should cover your needs. Please take a couple of minutes to watch the video below to find out which product might be right for your file conversion needs:

And should you need any more assistance in determining a product that’s right for you, please reach out and contact us.

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The Best Ways to Convert Files to PDF

Portable document format, commonly known as PDF, is one of the most useful and versatile formats used in the corporate business environment. Whether you work in an enterprise-office environment, you work in small business, or you just have a personal need to process documents, you’ll find that PDF is a convenient and useful digital document format — and a good way to help improve your company’s document management.

Among the advantages of the PDF format include:

  • Widespread use, so the eventual viewer of the document is likely to have software that allows them to view it.
  • A small file size in comparison to similarly-designed formats.
  • Document protection via password, making sure that only the intended recipient can view the document, if required.
  • The ability to use elements such as internet hyperlinks, and easy integration of images and other rich document elements.
  • The fact that unlike other document formats, like .docx (Microsoft Word), the document formatting is maintained from one device to the next.

Now that we’re familiar with the benefits of using PDF, let’s take a look at some of the options to convert to PDF.

How to Convert to PDF

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So you’ve got your file in any number of Windows-based formats. Maybe it’s a spreadsheet with your sales projections (.xlsx). Or a Word document of a report you’ve been working on and are ready to share with the team (.docx). Or any other number of file formats. How do you convert to PDF? And how to choose document conversion software?

There are a number of different software options that you can easily integrate into your Windows installation that makes document conversion a snap.

Let’s take a look at a few of them. All of the following have trial downloads available, if you are interested in trying out any of these solutions for your home or business needs.

PDF Creator Plus

If you’ve worked with PDF creation in the past, you may be familiar with Adobe Acrobat, which is purpose-built software to create a wide variety of PDF documents. PEERNET offers a cost-effective Acrobat alternative that allows you to create documents via combining, editing, and merging other documents to an outputted PDF.

PDF Creator Plus outputs PDFs in the vector format. Vector offers its own set of benefits in comparison to Raster PDF. Using a vector PDF makes your outputted PDF file searchable. This can be a highly useful trait for document management and discovery, particularly if your organization processes a large quantity of documents.

PDF Creator Plus makes PDF conversion easy and quick and easy. Here are a few of the most commonly-used and popular advanced features:

  • PDF Creator Plus allows you to drag in and visually merge multiple files into an outputted PDF file.
  • It allows you to convert from any Windows file;
  • Easily annotate your document, highlighting important segments or blocking out sensitive portions.

PDF Image Printer

An image printer is a very simple, elegant solution to convert documents to PDF; it functions as a virtual printer, installed in the Printers and Faxes folder. Essentially, if you can print a document to paper, then it’s just as easy to print a document to PDF. That’s how PDF Image Printer functions, making it easy as can be to convert any Windows document you can open and print, to PDF. Anytime you go to File > Print from a Windows document, you’ll have the option to send the file to PDF Image Printer 11.0. Simply click that as your option, print, and your file is quickly outputted into PDF format.

PDF Image Printer converts documents into raster PDF format. This format absolutely ensures that document formatting is maintained from one device, screen size, or operating system to the next. While this means that the document is non-searchable, and you can’t copy and paste specific lines of text, this does provide some great benefits as well:

  • It ensures that the document cannot be manipulated easily;
  • Because of this, the file type could be considered more secure than other sorts of formats;
  • No need to worry about the document recipient having the same fonts as the document creator; everything is rendered simply as an image;
  • File size can generally be smaller than a vector PDF.

ConvertMyFiles.com

If you have a need for quick, online PDF conversion without the need to install any software on your home or company computer, consider the website ConvertMyFiles.com.
Starting from just $1.00 per month, the site allows you to upload your documents for quick and easy online PDF file conversion from any device with a web browser (computer, tablet, mobile phone, iPad, iPhone). Users are able to convert to vector PDF, raster PDF, and a variety of other formats, making it a versatile and cost-effective choice for any consumer.

If You Need to Convert to More than Just PDF:

Document Conversion Service

If your organization requires automated file conversion and/or batch file conversion to PDF on an ongoing basis, consider PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service. DCS is designed as a high-volume file conversion solution for enterprise organizations, ideal for converting a variety of document types to TIFF, JPG, PDF and other image formats automatically, often as part of a workflow. Like most of our other software, it allows for conversion from any printable Windows format, including file types generated by such commonly-used programs such as: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), Outlook, web pages (.html), Powerpoint (.ppt, .pptx), image editors (.png, .tif, .bmp); and a huge variety of other types of files that are commonplace in the modern corporate environments. It also offers highly-advanced functionality that making it a well-suited part of a corporate document workflow process. Most often, it’s used within organizations with a substantial need for document management and archiving; including, but not limited to, governments, law firms, financial services organizations, medical and healthcare establishments, and more. DCS is truly a powerhouse of a document conversion solution, so if PDF conversion is part of your needs, but not the only part, it may be a great solution for your organization.

Raster Image Printer

If you’re looking for a file conversion solution that includes, but is not limited to, PDF conversion, you also may want to consider our Raster Image Printer – our so-called ‘Cadillac’ of image printers. In addition to the Print to PDF functionality that is inherent in PDF Image Printer, Raster Image Printer also allows you to convert any printable Windows file to JPEG and TIFF formats. This is an ideal option if you need on-demand conversion that is easy, yet offers powerful functionality and output options, and is suitable for both home users and corporate workflow environments.

Which Software Solution is Best for PDF Conversion?

The PDF Conversion solution that’s best for your needs will depend, on what exactly your needs are, and to some extent, the frequency and volume of the PDF conversion you require.

PDF Creator Plus PDF Image Printer ConvertMyFiles.com Document Conversion Service
  • WHAT IT DOES:

    PDF Creator Plus is a cost-effective alternative to Adobe Acrobat which allows the user to create PDF by combining, or otherwise editing other types of Windows files.
  • TYPE OF FILE CREATED: Vector PDF
  • WHO IT’S GOOD FOR: Individual home users, or office users, who require a product similar to Adobe Acrobat, at a more affordable cost.
  • WHAT IT DOES:

    PDF Image Printer is a virtual printer, allowing you to create a PDF directly from any printable document.
  • TYPE OF FILE CREATED: Raster PDF
  • WHO IT’S GOOD FOR: Individual users at the home or office, or IT departments in organizations with a need to create PDF files on an on-demand basis.
  • WHAT IT DOES:

    It’s a website that allows you to buy a cost-effective, monthly membership, in order to upload and convert files on demand.
  • TYPE OF FILE CREATED: Raster PDF, Vector PDF, and a wide range of others.
  • WHO IT’S GOOD FOR: Primarily, anyone with a need for easy file creation; do not want to download software, need to use from anywhere on any device.
  • WHAT IT DOES:

    Document Conversion Service is a powerful, enterprise-level file conversion solution, allowing for batch file conversion and automated file conversion.
  • TYPE OF FILE CREATED: Raster PDF, Vector PDF, and more.
  • WHO IT’S GOOD FOR: Generally, enterprise-level organizations with significant, ongoing, file-conversion demands.

Get Started with PDF Conversion from Peernet today.

Converting your files to PDF is not only a great way to increase your company’s efficiency, but for some organizations, it’s a necessary step to improve their workflow. Get started today by trying out the PDF solution that’s right for you. All of the products mentioned above have trial downloads available, so you can test it out for yourself to ensure that the software solution is the right fit for your requirements. If you still need a little bit more information on what product is right for your company’s needs, please take a few minutes to watch the video below.

And if you still require a little bit of extra guidance, feel free to drop us a line and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

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The Best Ways to Improve Your Company’s Document Management

In today’s increasingly fast-paced office environments, saving on processing time relating to documents is a critical part of keeping pace. To do so can seem like an overwhelming task at first, but by making some manageable changes over time, you can make sure that you’re keeping up with and surpassing the efficiency expected from you out of your clientele or customers – and making sure you’re serving them faster and better than any competitor might.

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Some common concerns that business owners have in the document management space include:

  • Ensuring that their organization is best making use of digital resources.
  • Reducing their organization’s dependence on physical paper documentation.
  • Making sure that they have a great protocol in place for managing, distributing and storing digital documentation and/or files.
  • Reducing the time and resources spent on these operational tasks so that it can be properly allocated to core operations of your organization.

With those in mind, let’s look at some relatively straightforward ways that organizations can improve their document management.

This can allow your employees/colleagues to work faster, smarter, and have a range of benefits beyond the big one – your organization’s bottom line.

  1. Establish a standardized system for document filing and file naming. If people within your organization are manually converting files, establishing a common system for the actual naming of the outputted files is a good place to start. You first want to ensure that everyone dependably knows where a given file ought to go, to make it easy for other colleagues, or clients, to locate it. In determining your filing system hierarchy, you’ll have some options. For internal documents, the best bet might be to separate out your invoices, leads, and other documents by type, into their own folders. You might also find it beneficial to break these down by year.

    In terms of actually determining a structure or naming template to use, you’ll want to be sure that you find a balance between being detailed enough to provide a good description of the document’s contents, but also making sure that it’s quickly evident – and easy to replicate. If it’s too bothersome overtime to follow the format, your employees likely won’t buy into to your document naming scheme. Ensuring that files and documents are named and filed according to established standards can save significant time over the long haul and is a big part of improving your company’s existing document management.

  2. If your company has ongoing conversion needs, investigate if a batch file conversion solution might be a good fit. Batch file conversion is the process of converting many documents or files at once, rather than on an as-needed basis. This can obviously come in very handy for companies with a need for large scale file conversion or document conversion. Converting files in batches can save your organization huge amounts of time and resources, and is an excellent way to improve your company’s management of internal documentation or client information. For more information on batch document conversion, you may want to look into PEERNET’s line of batch document conversion products: Document Conversion Service, or alternatively, File Conversion Center. Both are built for organizations with high file conversion needs, and offer solutions for optimizing that process.
  3. Along the same lines, consider an automated conversion process. Companies that process a large amount of documents (financial industry, medical industry, etc.) can sometimes require ongoing, automated file conversion. For example, your organization might receive information in one file format, and need it to be converted automatically to a different format. This is where automated file conversion really shines as a way to improve the management of documents in a corporate workflow environment. Check out our recent post on File Conversion for Enterprise Organizations for a lot more info on how automated batch file conversion can be a boost to your company’s productivity.
  4. Cut down on confusion by making use of a file type that maintains formatting across all devices and operating systems. If your organization is regularly dispatching or sharing digital files with people outside of the organization (or even just internally), that can sometimes lead to unnecessary confusion. Making use of a format such as PDF offers a huge benefit over sharing Microsoft Word documents, for example. While both are ubiquitous, document formatting is maintained on PDF regardless of device, operating system, screen size, and other factors. So, with PDF, not only can you be nearly certain that the recipient will be able to open and view the document, but you can be almost as certain that the way that you formatted the document is the same way that the recipient will be viewing it. Another option which is commonly used as a file storage option is the TIFF format. TIFF, which stands for Tagged Image File Format, is actually an image format which was originally designed to handle scanned documents, so it’s quite well-suited for corporate document sharing. And like PDF, TIFF maintains its document formatting regardless of the specifications of which device or system it’s viewed on. PDF and TIFF are two of the best formats for sharing documents; making use of these common and consistent file formats is a great way to increase the efficiency of your company’s document management protocol and systems.
  5. Stop using free web-based file converters for your business.File converter websites can certainly serve a purpose for individuals at home. However, in general, their use should be discouraged in a corporate environment. The issues with them can be numerous:

    • SECURITY CONCERNS: You’re never quite certain where your company’s documents are going during the conversion process, which can definitely be cause for concern (especially if your company is holding secure customer information.) You don’t want to be handing over information to anyone who can set up a basic file converter and have it rank in search engines. As well, some of these sites may not exactly be trusted destinations that you want your company’s computers browsing to.
    • RESTRICTIONS: Many free file converter sites are not truly ‘free’ – they’ll do things like stamp a watermark on your document, for example. You may want to check out the “terms and conditions” pages of some of these sites before handing over your information.
    • INCORRECT SETTINGS: Often, these sorts of sites will offer limited functionality and not allow you to specify the settings of your outputted documents. As well, you’ll likely have to re-set your conversion settings every time.
    • LACK OF BATCH CONVERSION OPTIONS OR AUTOMATED CONVERSION. Many of these online conversion sites offer a clunky conversion interface, taking too much time to run their conversions on underpowered servers, or worse, only offering options to convert one file at a time if you need regular, ongoing converisons done, or more than one file converted at a time.

Moving away from these sorts of free online file converter tools, and into a purpose-built software product for your company or organization is a fantastic way to improve your company’s document management, both from a workflow perspective, as well as a security and customer trust perspective. If you’re looking for an online file conversion tool that is secure enough for companies to trust, do check out ConvertMyFiles.com.

Improve Your Organization’s Document Management

Whether you are part of a large enterprise organization, or just a small little start-up, resolve to improve your organization’s document management protocol and capabilities this year. If you’re looking to get a jump on things, PEERNET’s line of file conversion software can definitely help.

  • If you have a need for on-demand conversion to a specific filetype: Take a look at our single-purpose conversion options, referred to as virtual image printers. To convert to PDF, we have PDF Image Printer available, and to convert to TIFF, we have TIFF Image Printer. Finally, our Raster Image Printer offers functionality for conversion to both formats as well as others. As mentioned, converting your files into these formats ensures that they can be read on all devices, with the same formatting maintained.
  • For more PDF creation options. Our PDF Creator Plus 7.0 software is an alternative to the pricier Adobe Acrobat, which offers much of the same features and functionality. This gives you the ability to combine and edit any Windows file that you can open and print into an outputted PDF file. This is very useful software to have on hand for many business owners and organizations.
  • To Convert Files to Searchable PDF: You’ll want to take a look into our Convert to PDF software, which converts from common formats like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, HTML and others into the portable document format.
  • For batch conversion, on demand: Peernet’s File Conversion Center can make a huge impact towards creating a more productive workplace, giving your staff a full set of conversion tools at their disposal to transfer files to PDF, TIFF or JPEG, on demand.
  • For automated batch file conversion: Our Document Conversion Service is a widely-used file conversion solution in enterprise environments, and organizations with an ongoing need for regular conversions to be done.

For more guidance on which Peernet products can help you improve your company’s document management in 2016, please take a couple of minutes to check out the video below.

As well, if you’re still not quite sure, feel free to reach out and contact us. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

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File Conversion Options for Enterprise Organizations

For organizations of a large scale – generally referred to as “enterprise” level companies – integrating and optimizing your file conversion process can be an excellent way to improve efficiency within your company or institution.

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This newly-found efficiency can manifest itself in a number of ways:

  • Replacing several pieces of conversion software with one integrated conversion solution.
  • Greatly reduced time spent manually converting documents.
  • A more efficient workflow by having your team members collaborate on digital documentation rather than paper copies of documents.
  • The acceleration of processing time, via the reduction of time spent before documents are available in their proper formats.
  • Reduced costs relating to paper purchasing, printing, distribution, and associated costs.

For these reasons and more, selecting and integrating a document conversion solution for your enterprise organization is a task that can ultimately free up resources from the top on down.

File Conversion Options:

File conversion solutions can be broken down into two main types:

  • On-demand file conversion: Files are converted as needed. Output settings can be manually selected each time, or pulled from saved settings.
  • Automated file conversion: Files are automatically converted on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, some enterprise-level organizations may benefit from batch file conversion, which is the process of converting many documents at the same time, rather than individually converting one at a time.

What is Batch File Conversion?

For some organizations, on-demand file conversion is done on an as-needed basis. And for many organizations in the corporate world, that works quite well (in fact, we’ll discuss more about your on-demand options later in this post).

But for many larger-scale organizations, or companies who require consistent and regular file conversion, batch file conversion is an appealing option.

Batch file conversion is essentially the act of converting many documents at the same time. Generally these will be converted using pre-specified settings, but they can also be adjusted or specifically tailored on an ongoing basis.

PEERNET’s Document Conversion Service is an industry-leading Batch File Conversion tool that is ideally suited to the needs of enterprise organizations.

The Benefits of Batch Conversion with Document Conversion Service:

  • Document Conversion Service is designed from the ground up for high-volume document conversion. For companies with a regular need for file conversion, this can provide exceptional cost savings over time.
  • Beyond the directly-attributable cost savings, batch document conversion saves your organization significant time. By converting many files at once, that frees up time for other work than can directly contribute to the goals of your company.
  • File conversion can be truly automated: run conversions 24/7 in the background, allowing documents to be converted without constant attention from an employee or a member of your IT staff.
  • Conversion settings can be set once and used across multiple conversions, saving you time and worry.
  • The quality of your converted document is guaranteed to be the quality that you specify.
  • For more advanced users and IT departments, the software can be operated from the command line, again, to save your organization significant time.
  • Settings can be tailored through the application configuration file to control all aspects of the conversion process.
  • New for Document Conversion Service 3.0: DCS now supports conversions to vector PDF. This allows for searchable PDF documents, converted from a wide spectrum of different file formats.
  • Document Conversion Service offers workflow integration via the PEERNET.ConvertUtility .NET utility library (callable from any language; C++, C#, VB, PowerShell, and others).
  • DCS does not rely on the system default printer, allowing for true parallel processing of documents.
  • It also gives you the capability to control which file converters are running at any time, freeing up resources, memory and processing power to devote to your main conversion tasks.
  • Document Conversion Service is built as a true Windows service, and does not require a signed-in user to operate. Conversion processes are monitored as a service, so they’re automatically restarted to minimize downtime.
  • It offers support for Outside-in ActiveX Control from Oracle ®, adding the ability to convert into 500 more formats as needed.
  • DCS gives organizations the ability to convert text-based reports from older mainframe applications into a versatile, modern format such as PDF or TIFF.
  • It can easily create faxable TIFF files.
  • You’re able to set up a watch folder service to monitor multiple folders.
  • The operator can consolidate disparate information by automatically combining multiple files into a single file, such as a PDF.

Document Conversion Service is highly-specialized, and tailored to the needs of enterprise level organization. It offers seamless workflow integration, and meshes well with any existing content management and file organization processes in place. Take a look at some more of the features that make DCS the most robust enterprise file conversion service on the market today. Here’s a short video on what i can do for you.

What Sort of Organizations Require Automated Batch Document Conversion?

A number of different industries have a need for automated batch conversion of their documents and files. These could include, among others:

  • Medical profession – clinics, hospitals, offices;
  • Legal profession – law offices;
  • Municipalities and government organizations;
  • Banking and financial services;
  • Insurance organizations – agencies and brokerages;
  • National and multinational corporations;
  • And a wide variety of others.

One benefit of converting files into one particular format is that it standardizes your company’s record keeping. It also keeps the ultimate viewer of the document, internally, from maintaining multiple pieces of software, or opening up those various programs each time that they need to view a document. But changing files into widely-used and supported formats — such as PDF and TIFF, for example – also offers you the ability to easily share documents outside of the organization as well. So as an example, if there is an invoice generated by some other enterprise platform that you need to share with a client, conversion through Document Conversion Service makes this readily option readily available.

What Files Types are Supported for Batch Conversion?

Document Conversion Service supports a wide range of files for batch document conversion and automated file conversion applications. Among the most common:

  • PDF files
  • Excel files: .xlsx, .xls, .xlsm and more
  • Image files: JPEG (JPG), TIF (TIFF), BMP, PNG, GIF, and more.
  • Web pages: HTML files, secure HTML files
  • Powerpoint Files, shows and templates: .ppt, .pptm, .pptx.
  • Word Files and word processing files: .docx, .doc, .txt., and many more.

And here are a few more specialized file types that you may find Document Conversion Service useful for in your industry:

  • Design Review Drawings (*.dwg)
  • AutoCAD drawings (.dwg).
  • Postscript files (*.ps)
  • Publisher files (*.pub)
  • And many more. Please see our Supported Conversions page for a full list of supported filetypes that can be converted with Document Conversion Service.
  • We are adding support for new formats all the time, so please reach out and contact us if you require support for a format that you don’t see listed.

On-Demand File Conversion for Enterprise Organizations

Perhaps your enterprise-level organization requires regular file conversions but not to the point of needing an automating solution. There are a number of different directions and software solutions you can look towards to fulfill your requirements if this is the case.

Although the software is primarily built and targeted towards individual end-users, File Conversion Center offers on-demand, desktop file conversion that could serve as an intermediate option for some enterprise-level organizations that require regular file conversion, across multiple formats, but don’t quite need an automated batch processing solution.

Here are the basic features of File Conversion Center:

  • Converts from formats including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.); PDF; HTML and PostScript.
  • Converts to formats PDF, TIFF and JPEG.
  • Makes use of drag-and-drop file conversion – drop a file in a given folder, and the converted file is outputted automatically based on previous settings, or settings that you specify.
  • Offers you the flexibility to either convert one file at a time, or convert multiple files at the same time.
  • Offers a wide range of conversion settings to tailor the outputted document for what you’re looking for. Options include basic selections such as file type and output location, and more advanced file customization options – for example, resolution, multi-page file creation, auto-rotation – and a range of different options.

File Conversion Center offers the option to run scheduled tasks, so there is the opportunity, for example, to leave it running its conversion processes before heading home for the evening, and then have the converted files ready for you the next day.

Single-Purpose File Conversion Tools

Some enterprise-level companies, businesses and organizations may only require the use of software that is built specifically to convert to one file format. Although these options do not offer batch file conversion functionality, they are excellent solutions for individual end-users to convert files as needed. If your organization requires regular use of the PDF format, for example, then PDF Image Printer, which converts to high-quality, non-searchable PDF format, might be a great fit. Likewise, if you keep records in TIFF format, our TIFF Image Printer makes TIFF conversion fast and effortless (one of the most common uses of the software is to convert PDF to TIFF.) As well, if you make use of both formats, then you may want to consider Raster Image Printer, which allows for quick document conversion into TIFF, JPEG, PDF, GIF, PNG format and an array of others.

Enterprise File Conversion: Get the Full Scope of Options

For more information on the product options available to your enterprise organization, check out our full product line of file conversion software. If you need more information on which product might be right for your company, please take a couple of minutes to watch the video below:

Or, if you have any further inquiries or questions about file conversion for your enterprise organization, feel free to reach out and contact us. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

How to Choose Document Conversion Sfotware

How to Choose Document Conversion Software

There is a world of choice out there when it comes to document conversion software. Whether you are personal user just looking for occasional one-off or an enterprise organization with a need for consistent batch file conversion, your options are virtually endless. So once you’ve decided that you need a dedicated document conversion solution, what’s the best way to wade through the bevy of options to identify the software that’s right for your needs? This guide should help point you in the right direction.

Assessing Your Needs:

How to Choose Document Conversion Software

Before you go searching out a piece of software or a solution for your file conversion needs, it’s helpful to reflect on exactly the types of features you’re looking for.
Finding the right program or system to handle document conversion or file conversion can be broken down into some of the following main categories and questions:

  • What Volume of Document Conversion Do You Need?

    If you’ve started to think about a file conversion solution in the first place, then you likely have some need for it. But to what extent? Do you anticipate converting documents a few times a week? Or a few times a day? Or, even down to multiple times per minute? Taking stock of your needs will help significantly in starting the process towards your final choice.

  • What Sort of Budget Do You Have in Mind?

    File conversion solutions and software can vary greatly in price, but by the same token, vary greatly in functionality. They can range in cost from totally free (although, as a note of caution, these usually come with caveats – more on that later) to enterprise level license pricing. In general, you are likely to get what you pay for in terms of power and functionality as you move up the chain of file conversion programs.

  • What Types of Files Do You Need Outputted?

    The file formats that your business is making regular use of will be a crucial determinant in choosing your file conversion software. Some programs are likely to handle any file format that you want, while others are more built for a singular purpose (for example, to convert files to PDF, or convert to TIFF.) Keep this in mind when researching potential software solutions.

It’s essential that you take these questions into account when developing a strategy for document conversions.

Answering some Key Questions:

Before we get into a rundown of your various software options, let’s review a couple of important questions that people commonly have regarding file conversion protocol.

Free or Paid File Conversion?

When looking for a file conversion solution, you may be tempted to look at what free options are out there. And for some people, that may be fine. But for the majority of business, enterprise, and even home users, there can be drawbacks to using a typical free online file conversion website. These drawbacks can include:

  • Watermarks on the documents. Almost all free file conversion sites will stamp some sort of mark on the outputted, converted document. This can look highly unprofessional if you’re using the document for anything related to business purposes.
  • You probably don’t know exactly where your documents are going. This is potentially a huge issue in this era of heightened concern over digital security; and particularly, if the information in the document is sensitive in nature or contains your customers’ information. You’ll want to know that the server that you’re uploading this information to is secured, or at very least, run by a trusted, reputable organization.
  • You may be limited in the settings of your outputted files. As a result, the files may be too low-quality, or too large of files for your particular needs. As well, there are often low restrictions as to the size of file that you’re able to upload.
  • You also may be limited in terms of the supported file types. Many of these free online file conversion sites offer quite limited functionality.
  • Conversions can be slow. Some larger files may take up to several minutes to convert. If you have a need for consistent conversions, this is a less-than-ideal use of time.

If you’re really just interested in file conversion for small business or personal use, consider making use of a site like Peernet’s ConvertMyFiles.com. It is a membership-based website with packages starting from as low as $1.00 for one week of conversion time. This $1 Copper package allows you up to perform up to 10 conversions per week. From there, as you need more conversions, there is some outstanding value provided in the bronze, silver and gold packages offered.

Best of all, ConvertMyFiles offers support for a massive range of file types:

  • Adobe PDF Documents (*.pdf)
  • AutoCAD Drawings (*.dwg)
  • Design Review Drawings (*.dwf,*.dwfx)
  • Image files(*.bmp, *.gif, *.jpg, *.jpeg, *.png, *.tif, and many more)
  • Microsoft Excel (*.xls, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xls, *.xlt, *.xltx, *.xltm, *.xlsb)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (*.ls, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xls, *.xlsb)
  • Microsoft Outlook(*.oft, *.msg, *.vcf, *.vcs, *.ics)
  • Microsoft Publisher(*.pub)
  • Microsoft Visio(*.vsd, *.vdx, *.vsdx)
  • Microsoft Word(*.doc, *.docx, *.docm, *.dot, *.dotx, *.dotm )
  • Microsoft XPS(*.xps, *.oxps)
  • Postscript files(*.ps, *.eps)
  • Rich-Text files(*.rtf)
  • Text files(*.txt, *.log, *.xml)
  • Web files(*.htm, *.html, *.mht)

Give it a try and convert files online today!

What Are the Main Advantages of Using Business-Focused Document Conversion Software?

Here are 10 good reasons why using professional document conversion software is the smart choice to make:

  1. Your conversions will be consistent. This adds dependability to your file conversions, ensuring that your outputted files have a professional appearance.
  2. Rather than bouncing between various websites or programs, training time is limited when making use of one piece of file conversion software.
  3. It’s easy to use. Building off of the previous point, our software is designed with user experience in mind, developed to make file conversion simple.
  4. Professional document conversion programs offer flexibility and customization to tailor your files as needed, depending on size and quality concerns.
  5. Using secure software ensures that any sensitive data contained in converted documents remains protected.
  6. Similarly, acquiring the file converter itself is done through a safe, secure environment, so you wouldn’t have to worry about what your employees are downloading.
  7. A wide range of supported file types. With all-in-one solutions such as Document Conversion Service or our File Conversion Center, you have output files in a wide range of file formats, so if unusual needs spring up, you’ll be covered. Even with software like PDF Image Printer, you have the option to convert from any Windows document file that can be converted, into a PDF document.
  8. In most cases, you don’t have to worry about time or employee resources wasted through server downtime, or internet connectivity issues.
  9. It works on your existing operating system. File converters like those developed by Peernet are compatible with Windows-based operating systems, the dominant OS used in offices and corporate environments throughout the world.
  10. There is a highly-trained and expert support team that stands behind their products and is happy to help with any issues you may run into.

Choosing Your Document Conversion Software:

So, with all that in mind, here is a brief rundown of the software you should choose, depending on your particular needs that you’ve already assessed.

To Convert to TIFF:

  • TIFF Image Printer functions as a virtual printer, allowing conversion of any Windows file you can print.

To Convert to PDF:

  • PDF Image Printer converts Windows documents to non-editable (raster) PDF files.
  • PDF Creator Plus is built as an Adobe Acrobat alternative, allowing you to work with various Windows documents to create vector PDFs (searchable).
  • Convert to PDF is a powerful, yet easy-to-use PDF Converter that allows you to create searchable PDFs, and allows for automated PDF conversion.

To Convert to PDF, Convert to TIFF, and others:

  • Raster Image Printer combines the functionality of PDF Image Printer and TIFF Image Printer into one package, and expands it to allow for conversion to JPEG, PNG, GIF, and a wide range of other file formats.

For Businesses with a Need for Desktop Batch Conversion:

  • File Conversion Center offers an all-in-one solution to convert files to TIFF, JPEG, PDF and a range of other image formats. Conversion tasks can be scheduled and automated document conversion is available for power users.

For Businesses with an Ongoing Requirement for Batch Document Conversion:

  • Document Conversion Service is our top-of-the-line solution for batch file conversion. It offers powerful command line functionality and can convert files in the background, 24/7. It is a highly scalable product with a robust feature set that is suitable for businesses with a need for consistent or constant file conversion, and enterprise organizations.

Make The Right Choice:

If you still need a little assistance in choosing the right document conversion software for your needs, please take a couple of minutes to watch the video below, which should help steer you in the right direction.

As well, if you still have questions about document conversion software, feel free to contact us here at Peernet – we’ll be happy to provide some insight and offer you some guidance on what sort of software solution might fit the needs of you and your organization.

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The Best Formats for Sharing Documents in Business

Sharing digital documents between various users at the office is more common than ever before. Many modern businesses operate outside of the traditional desk-based workflow — with BYOD (bring your own device) policies becoming more and more commonplace.

The issue that this can pose for some companies is that once you have employees working on such a variety of operating systems, devices and the like, the formatting of document can become an issue if they are inconsistent from one worker’s computer/device to the next, or worse, when sent to a client.

The Document Formatting Problem

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Let’s take a look at one of the most common programs used daily in the world of business: Microsoft Word. While its wide use makes it a good format to share word processed documents, it also comes with its own set of issues when sharing documents with others.

In simple terms, it’s quite likely that the document will look very different on the recipient’s computer or device than it does on the sender’s computer.

This can be problematic for a number of reasons.

  • If you’ve broken a document down into sections, they might seem not to make sense when viewed on the recipient’s system.
  • If you have put page breaks in specific places based on the layout of your document, they might seem strangely placed to the viewer of the document.

So why does this happen?

If the sender’s computer has different fonts installed than the recipient’s computer, the recipient’s computer may try to substitute in the closest match. Since individual characters can be different sizes from one font to the next, some lines of text may need to be broken up earlier; or, the substituted font may be able to fit more characters into a given line.

  • One user’s margins or printable area may be set differently than the other users.
  • “Style” settings from one user’s version of Word to the next can make alignment and headings different.
  • Differences in screen resolution can make document format wildly different from one user’s computer to the next.

All of these issues can play havoc with the formatting of your document. And the problem can be compounded when there is more than one issue at play.

Because of these factors, sharing Microsoft Word documents is really not an ideal or professional way to produce reports, bills or other communications for clients, and is not even a great practice to use internally at your office.

The same issues that can cause documents to appear differently on one computer or another is not restricted to the Word, .doc, or .docx file format. Some of these issues can also affect files commonly produced by software such as Excel (.xlsx), Powerpoint (.ppt) and a variety of other file types that are shared around the office.

How to make sure that document format stays the same?

Thankfully, there is a fairly simple way to address this issue. By using the right document formats you can ensure that the viewer of the document is able to see the file exactly as you had laid it out.

There are two main file formats used in the business world for the purposes of ensuring that your document’s formatting remains the same:

  • Portable Document Format – PDF (Raster style)
  • Tagged Image File Format – TIFF

Both of these two file formats have their advantages and drawbacks. Let’s take a look at the benefits of sharing files in each of these formats.

PDF: The Benefits of Sharing files in PDF format

As its formal name of portable document format suggests, the PDF format was designed and has evolved to enable the easy sharing of documents between one user and the next. PDF was developed with portability in mind, and a big part of that is ensuring that document formatting maintains consistency from one platform to the next. Of course, with the proliferation of mobile devices, tablets and the like, one could argue that the format has become even more useful, with the greater variety of device sizes and operating systems used today. One of the strengths of PDF as a file format is that it is extremely versatile.

PDF files can be broken down into two main types:

  • Raster PDF
  • Vector PDF

For the purposes of maintaining absolutely consistent document formatting, raster PDF is the way to go. This is the same format that is generally used when scanning a physical document into your computer. A raster PDF essentially functions in the same manner as an image on your computer. That means that when you try to highlight some text, your cursor will actually grab the whole page at once, as all the elements essentially function as one image.

A vector PDF, on the other hand, renders the individual lines and text on page, making use of embedded fonts. This is advantageous for some uses, such as copying and pasting text, keeping file sizes lower, and maintaining document quality upon zooming; however, you may run into the same issue that you may run into a Word document.

Some of the other main benefits of the PDF format include: wide scale adoption throughout the business world; a wide range of options to customize the quality and file size of your outputted digital documents; and password-protection functionality on individual files.

How to Convert Files to PDF?

Converting files from other Windows file formats to PDF is actually quite easy to do. There are a number of software solutions offered by Peernet that are purpose-built to ensure easy conversion to PDF, giving you consistent layout on your documents — no matter what system they’re eventually viewed on.

For Online File Conversion (no software required): Peernet’s online file converter, ConvertMyFiles.com is a great solution for PDF conversion, for individual users or companies with a relatively infrequent need for file conversion. Membership to ConvertMyFiles is available starting at just $1.00, which allows you up to 10 conversions per week.

If your organization has a need for more conversions, ConvertMyFiles offers a variety of membership levels, each allowing you more conversions and the ability to upload and convert larger files.

For quick and easy raster PDF creation: PDF Image Printer. This program allows you to convert Windows documents, such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, text, or any other type of printable Windows file, into PDF format. As mentioned, raster PDF is the ideal format for maintaining document layout from one system to the next.

TIFF: The Benefits of Sharing Files in TIFF format

The Tagged Image File Format (TIFF, or sometimes denoted as TIF), began its development as a format to be ideally suited to the scanning of physical documents. In the 1980s when many companies first started to adapt computers into their workflow, there was a need for a format that was built to handle scanned documents. TIFF was built for that purpose. Its lineage makes it a perfect format that is both shareable, and sure to maintain formatting.

Like a raster PDF, a TIFF is an image-based format. That means that the text and fonts are not rendered individually, instead, the entire document or ‘page’ is rendered as a single image.

Some of the other main benefits of the TIFF file format are: high-quality files with the ability to very accurately replicate an original document; a range of compression options depending on file size concerns; good security features; viewable on almost all modern devices.

How to Convert Files to TIFF?

For easy TIFF Creation: TIFF Image Printer is built specifically to allow for fast and easy conversion of any Windows document that you can open and print, into the TIFF File Format. While it’s easy to use, the software also gives you a great deal of control over your output settings, image adjustments and preferences, should you need it.

Raster Image Printer combines the functionality of PDF Image Printer and TIFF Image Printer into one package, and adds in the ability to easily convert printable files to JPEG format as well.

ConvertMyFiles.com, mentioned above, also allows users to convert files to TIFF.

Convert Documents to PDF or TIFF to Maintain Formatting

PEERNET has a variety of options available to set you or your organization up with a method of sharing files and documents in the best formats available. Our range of software products extends beyond what we’ve mentioned in this article, even to enterprise-level batch file conversion software like our Document Conversion Service. The right product for you or your company will depend on a number of factors related to your organization, including the frequency of your file conversion demands. To get a better sense of which product might be right for you, please watch the video below.

If you still have any questions remaining, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at PEERNET and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

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How Document Conversion Software Saves Your Business Time and Money

Making use of professional document conversion software can save you, as an individual user, or your organization, a lot of time and money. Above and beyond the simple cost reductions by reducing your use of physical paper, making use of software that addresses the size and scale of your operations can improve efficiency and allow you to spend your time and resources on tasks that are essential to your actual operations.

Here’s a look at how PEERNET software can help address this for you or your company, integrating with your existing structure or workflow.

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Batch Document Conversion

Companies with a frequent need for document conversion and file conversion will find several benefits from making use of a batch document conversion software.

This type of solution can address several needs:

  • A standardized document conversion program and protocol, to reduce or mitigate training costs across the organization.
  • A significant need to reduce employee time and attention devoted to administrative tasks, to remain efficient and competitive with others.
  • A system of document organization that makes files and documents easy to search, retrieve and locate.

Document Conversion Service: Automated Batch Document Conversion software

Document Conversion Service from PEERNET is built to be a software solution that saves your organization time, and resources that can be applied elsewhere. The software is adept at handling high volumes of document conversions. Built with enterprise business in mind, it is also scalable to meet the needs of different organizations.

One of the big benefits of Document Conversion Service is its power and flexibility within your organization’s document conversion protocol. Not only is it a highly efficient standalone conversion solution, but it can also be integrated into your existing workflow. It features powerful command-line functionality, can run 24/7 in the background, and incorporate workflow integration via the PEERNET.ConvertUtility .NET utility library (callable from any language; C++, C#, VB, PowerShell, and others).

File Conversion Center: Desktop Software to Replace Many Different File Conversion Programs

If you have a need for an all-in-one document conversion solution, but don’t necessarily need an automated process, PEERNET’s File Conversion Center provides an ideal solution. In contrast to Document Conversion Service, File Conversion Center is built as a desktop, interactive software product, rather than a truly automated solution. It converts files from a range of formats into three of the most common business document formats (PDF, TIFF and JPEG), among many others. File Conversion Center makes your document conversion as easy as dragging and dropping, though of course, also offers a powerful set of features that allow you to customize your outputted files. File Conversion Center integrates seamlessly into your Windows desktop to give you right-click or drag-and-drop conversion from all your files and folders to save you significant time related to document conversion and batch document conversion, while also offering a cost-effective replacement for the work that you may be using several different programs (and licenses) to currently carry out.

On Demand File Conversion Solutions:

Even if your organization is not quite at the point where you need regular, large-scale and ongoing file conversion, you’ll likely find some value in some of our other offerings that are built to be efficient file conversion solutions.

These programs save you time by:

  • Simplifying the document conversion process.
  • Reducing the need to train employees on different systems or software
  • Allowing you to set conversion output options, and save them for future use
  • Giving you the peace of mind that document formatting will be maintained after your conversion.

At this level, many of our products are developed based on the specific file type that you need to convert to. Here are a few of the more popular file types that our clients are looking to convert to – PDF & TIFF. Here’s a brief look at each of the pieces of software within this segment, and how they can save your organization time and money – two of your most valuable organizational resources.

Image Printers:

How they save you time:

Image printers are one of the easiest ways to convert documents on your computer, from one file format to another. They essentially behave exactly like a physical printer does in the office, except instead of spitting out a paper document, you end up with a digital copy of your converted file. The image printer is installed and recognized by your computer in a very similar manner to a physical computer. Then, to convert a file, you simply print the document from the regular print menu, and select the image printer instead of a regular printer. Just like that, your converted file is outputted to a specified folder on your computer.

How they save you money:

Our line of image printers are priced as an affordable, cost-effective option for businesses of all sizes who require regular, on-demand document conversion. They integrate seamlessly with your existing Windows operating system, and are likely one of the simplest methods of bringing your small team onboard to document conversion.

Here are the programs we offer that install in minutes, and make image printing a snap for your team at the office.

TIFF Image Printer: TIFF Image Printer makes converting files to TIFF very easy. TIFF is a versatile image format that’s ideal for document management and is used in professions with a need a for a highly-secure and consistent document format, like the legal and medical industries. The TIFF Image Printer can be accessed by any Windows program that can print. It allows you to customize the properties of your outputted files, to a degree not seen in other software, and offers advanced features that make image processing easy. It also has built in support for various fax options.

PDF Image Printer: PDF Image Printer produces non-searchable (raster) files that mean the files can not be easily altered, thus making it a secure format. It is ideal for producing a version of your document that maintains the exact format you intended, regardless of what device or operating system the file is eventually viewed on. As with TIFF Image Printer, our PDF Image Printer makes the file conversion process as simple as can be, functioning the same as if you were to print a document out to an ordinary printer.

Raster Image Printer: Raster Image Printer combines the feature set of TIFF Image Printer and PDF Image Printer, as well as support for the other formats that are most relevant in the modern business environment.

Other PDF Software: For Both Individual Users and Businesses of any Size

Our line of document conversion software also includes PDF Creation and PDF Conversion software with our Convert to PDF and PDF Creator Plus desktop applications.

In short, PDF Creator Plus 7.0 is built specifically as a cost-effective alternative to Adobe Acrobat. It allows you to merge, edit and combine any sort of standard Windows document (for example, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations) into an outputted, searchable PDF file. It takes many of the most-frequently used features you would use in a PDF creation program, packaged into one piece of software that is offered at a fraction of the price, making it a cost-effective option for businesses and users.

Meanwhile, our Convert to PDF software can save you or your organization lots of time, by offering the ability to create high-quality and searchable PDF files in an extremely easy and convenient manner. Unlike PDF Creator Plus, which allows you to merge multiple files, Convert to PDF strictly allows for one-to-one conversion. A conversion wizard guides you through the process, and the software can store your preferred conversion and output settings for future use.

Web-Based File Conversion:

If you’re an individual user, or working in quite a small office, perhaps you’re just looking for occasional use of file conversion services. Maybe you don’t want to install software on your computer.

If that’s the case, consider our file conversion website, ConvertMyFiles.com, for your document conversion needs.

How ConvertMyFiles.com saves you money:

ConvertMyFiles.com does not require you to download any software to your computer. So not only is there no costs relating to software and storage, but it’s also an extremely cost-effective option for individuals or companies that have a more occasional need for file conversion. The converted files are stored digitally for a specified period depending on your membership level (see chart below), but you can download them anytime for permanent keeping within that time period. Another great benefit of ConvertMyFiles.com is that, unlike other free or low-cost online file conversion tools, there is no watermark on your images. You’re also able to choose from a variety of output options for your converted files. Finally, with one account, you can access ConvertMyFiles.com on the go, from your desktop, laptop, tablet or even mobile phone, making it a highly-flexible file conversion solution for people on the go. When it comes to saving you time and money, ConvertMyFiles.com definitely fits the bill.

Here is a full list of features and functionality at the three membership levels:

Bronze Silver Gold
$4.99/mo.
Upload files up to 50MB
Up to 50 conversions per month
Converted files kept for 1 week
Emails answered within 5 days
$9.99/mo.
Upload files up to 100MB
Up to 125 conversions per month
Converted files kept for 2 weeks
Emails answered within 3 days
$24.99/mo.
Upload files up to 200MB
Up to 350 conversions per month
Converted files kept for 4 weeks
Emails answered within 1 day

PEERNET Document Conversion Software: The Solution that Saves Your Business Time and Money

As you’ve been able to see in this post, PEERNET offers a range of products that closely fit the needs of many different users, from multinational enterprise corporations, all the way to individual home users. To further sum up our offerings, please take a couple of minutes to watch the video below, in order to help determine which product might be best suited to save you time and money.

And as always, if you have any questions, or we can assist you with your document conversion requirements in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience.

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How to Convert PDF to TIFF, PDF to JPG, Excel to PDF, and Other Common Office Document Conversions

Converting documents around the office can feel like a bit of alphabet soup. PDF, TIFF, JPEG, DOC… for those who aren’t familiar with the intricacies of file formats, which formats are best for which tasks, and how to go about converting them, it can certainly cause some confusion. If you fall into that group, this guide is for you.

Why is document conversion necessary?

Common document conversions

Sometimes, you’ll have a file on your computer that you need to share with a client or a colleague. Before sending it to them, you might have a few concerns:

  • Will the client be able to view it on their computer?
  • Will they see the formatting the same way that I do?
  • Are there any security issues with the file? Does it need to be password protected?

For these reasons and more, document conversion (also known as file conversion) is sometimes necessary. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more common document conversions you might run into at the office, and how to go about converting those files.

PDF to TIFF

PDF stands for portable document format, and it is one of the most common file formats around in the modern business environment. A PDF is usually opened and read with a program like Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, and can be easily created with Peernet’s own PDF Creator Plus.

While PDF is a versatile format, appropriate for many uses around the office, some companies make use of the TIFF file format. TIFF is actually an image format, originally designed specifically to handle scanned documents.

There are several ways to convert PDF to TIFF, but the simplest and most cost-effective way for many small and medium-sized businesses is to make use of TIFF Image Printer. This piece of software (which will come up again during this piece) allows for quick and easy conversions to TIFF, from PDF, and a huge range of other file formats.

Best of all, it’s really simple to use; as easy as printing out a paper document.

PDF to JPG (JPEG)

PDF is one of the most common document formats used in modern computing, while JPG is probably the most common image format used on the modern web. Naturally, you might run into cases where you need to convert one to the other. Those reasons for converting PDF to JPG could be any number of things; for example, maybe you have a page of a document that you want to display on your company’s website, but don’t want to ask visitors to download the whole PDF document. For individuals or small to medium-sized business users, your best bet is likely by making use of Raster Image Printer.

Larger organizations or users with the need to regularly make this conversion may get more use out of software such as Document Conversion Service 3.0.

Excel to PDF

Spreadsheets built in Excel can be a tremendously useful business tool. But for one reason or another, you may not want to share an entire spreadsheet with a client or colleague.

  • Maybe you want to keep the reader focused on relevant parts of the spreadsheet or charts.
  • Perhaps other parts of the spreadsheet contain sensitive data.
  • Maybe the spreadsheet contains lots of extraneous information.
  • Maybe you know that the user is on a device that does not deal with the Excel format well.

Whatever the reason is, you can easily convert from Excel to PDF with the click of a mouse, using any number of Peernet offerings:

  • Use PDF Creator Plus to easily convert Excel files to searchable PDFs. This can be useful if you want to merge your Excel conversions with other formats such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or others, to combine them into a custom PDF output.
  • Need to create non-searchable and non-editable PDF files? PDF Image Printer allows you to easily create high quality and small size files when converting from Excel to PDF.
  • Use Convert to PDF to create high quality and searchable PDF files – a conversion wizard guides you through the process and makes it really easy; you can also save your settings for future conversions.

If you need to just do a single conversion, or don’t require software for regular conversions, you’ll probably find ConvertMyFiles.com to be useful to convert Excel to PDF. In fact, your first conversion is free (up to one per month.) Beyond that, a cost-effective $4.95 fee allows you to do up to 50 Excel to PDF file conversions (or, a huge range of other file conversions) per month.

JPG (JPEG) to TIFF

Converting JPG to TIFF (sometimes denoted as JPEG to TIFF) can be a useful conversion if your company is already making use of the TIFF file format for your corporate record keeping or client information. For example, perhaps a photograph from a client needs to be archived, or they sent send you a photo from their digital camera of a receipt. In those types of instances, it may be necessary to convert the JPG image to TIFF, which is a higher quality and lossless format. If such a need arises, you can use TIFF Image Printer to easily carry out the conversion in a matter of seconds. For more info, see our easy-to-follow guide on how to convert JPG to TIFF.

Word to PDF

One of the biggest problems with sharing Microsoft Word documents between different computers, operating systems and devices is that often, the formatting will get ruined. This results in an amateur-looking document that does not accurately portray your intention as the writer. Even though you haven’t made any errors, the layout of the document can be drastically altered. This can come down to a number of issues:

  • Having different fonts installed;
  • Having different default page settings (margins, orientation, etc.);
  • Because of these factors, page breaks can become non sensical.

The solution to this issue is to always convert your Word files to PDF before sending them off to a client. Peernet offers a variety of solutions to carry this out.

  • Use PDF Creator Plus to convert Word files to searchable PDFs, quickly and easily. This piece of software allows for you to merge your Word conversions with other formats such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, or others, to combine them into a custom PDF output.
  • Need to create non-searchable and non-editable PDF files? PDF Image Printer allows you to easily create high quality and small size files when converting from Word to PDF.
  • Use Convert to PDF to create high quality and searchable PDF files – a conversion wizard guides you through the process and makes it really easy; you can also save your settings for future conversions.

Don’t want to install software? Just as with your Excel to PDF conversions as listed above, be sure to check out ConvertMyFiles.com to convert Word to PDF files using any device, with a simple file upload. ConvertMyFiles allows for one free conversion per month, and for only $4.95 per month, you can do up to 50 conversions per month. It’s a great solution for users who have a regular need to convert Word to PDF on a more sporadic basis.

PUB to PDF

Microsoft Publisher is a tool used in the desktop publishing industry. It’s generally used for page layout, and offers more flexibility in terms of design considerations than a standard Microsoft Word document. If you work with Publisher, however, you know that it can be problematic to share designs with clients who do not have Publisher installed on their own machines. The solution to this is to convert PUB to PDF.

The simplest way to do this is probably with Peernet’s Convert to PDF piece of software. You simply go to print your PUB file, and select PDF Creator Plus as your printer option. Once the files are outputted, you just click “Create PDF” within PDF Creator Plus to finalize the saving of your file. For more information, please see our guide here on How to Convert PUB to PDF.

Word to JPG (JPEG)

On occasion, you may need to convert a Microsoft Word file to a JPEG image. Perhaps you need it in that format to easily insert into another document, brochure, pamphlet, etc.; or, maybe you need to display a particularly-formatted composition on your website. Whatever the case, Raster Image Printer makes Word (.doc) to JPG file conversion as easy as printing a document.

How to Batch Convert to PDF and Batch Convert to TIFF

Converting dozens, or hundreds of files to PDF or TIFF format can be cumbersome, especially if you’re a small, medium sized, or even large organization with limited time and resources. There are a few options available to you. A program such as File Conversion Center is an ideal time-saving desktop application that nicely fits the needs of many organizations. It’s able to convert files from Microsoft Office formats (Word, Excel, PPT, etc.), web pages, and more to PDF (as well as TIFF and JPEG). Conversion is easy and the flexibility and control offered is unmatched.

For an even more automated approach, for companies needing a high volume PDF Conversion tool, there is our Document Conversion Service (DCS). This software is commonly used for not only batch PDF conversion, but other popular conversions such as PDF to TIFF, PDF to JPEG, Word to TIFF, Word to JPEG, Excel to TIFF, Excel to JPEG, and a whole lot more. And the new edition of Document Conversion Service, version 3.0 introduces vector (searchable) PDF creation, so operations like Word to PDF, Excel to PDF, Publisher to PDF, Visio to PDF, and a wide range of others are now supported. This makes DCS an even more attractive option for enterprise-level companies who have a consistent need for file conversions across their organization, as well as any business whose operations depend on automated, batch file conversion.

The Best Software for Document Conversion

As you’ve seen throughout this article, there are a wide range of different software options for converting files, and the best software for your file conversion needs may depend on factors such as your industry, the size of your organization, and the types of conversions you need to regularly process. So in essence, the best document conversion software will be unique to your specific conditions and needs.

One final note on software conversion, however: if you are a small to medium-sized company, looking for a solution for converting documents to all three of JPEG, TIFF and PDF, consider Raster Image Printer. As mentioned in the Word to JPEG conversion, it easily converts any printable Windows document on demand, combining our PDF Image Printer and TIFF Image Printer into one simple package. It also allows on-demand conversion to image formats such as GIF, PNG, and a range of others. If you need the functionality to convert to multiple formats, but don’t require the power and flexibility of a full-feature enterprise product like Document Conversion Service or File Conversion Center, Raster Image Printer is an excellent middle ground.

Free File Conversion Options

As mentioned a few times previously in this article, if you are an individual user looking to convert one document at a time, or a limited amount of document conversions, your best bet might be to make use of an online file converter, like ConvertMyFiles.com. There’s no software to download at all, and the site allows you one free document conversion per month. It also has paid packages for multiple conversions available for as low as $4.95 per month.

Any Questions?

If you didn’t find the answer on how to do a specific file conversion here, please watch the video below to assess which document conversion software might be right for your needs.

And of course, if you need some guidance in selecting a product, we’re always happy to help. Contact us with your inquiries.

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How and Why to Move Your Business to Digital Record Keeping

A majority of businesses are using digital record keeping in some form or another. There are a number of benefits to this, both to your practical, everyday operations, and your long-term, and even legal obligations. The transition to digital record keeping has been underway for a long time, but increased accessibility to storage and the resultant lowering of costs has continued to drive it forward.

Here are some of the advantages of maintaining digital record keeping within your company, and how to best go about it — including tips on recommended file formats and document conversion software to make it happen.

Advantages of maintaining digital records:

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  • Easier information retrieval
    One of the main benefits of maintaining a digital filing system is the time and organizational resources saved by being able to easily search and access files on the computer. We will touch more on this later in the piece, but the searchability of files (some formats handle it better than other) is crucial to free up employee time and resources, allowing for a more efficient overall operational structure.
  • Cost savings from storage space
    You are limited only by the cost of virtual storage space, which can scale up in quite a cost-effective manner, in comparison to adding more physical square footage for your office or document storage facility. The growth of cloud storage solutions for enterprise level businesses in recent years has made digital record keeping an even more cost-effective option.
  • Protection against frivolous claims
    Maintaining digital records of your dealings with customers and clients can safeguard your company in the event of a dispute. For example, you may want to retrieve copies of pertinent emails years later, in which case a digital document management system is ideal. Peernet offers a number of software solutions that make email to PDF or email to TIFF as easy as printing a document, as well as automated batch document conversion solutions.
  • Simplify your accounting
    Maintaining digital records of sales, customer information and business details can be especially efficient in conjunction with business accounting software. This can cut down on time and resources that otherwise would be put towards the actions that drive your business forward.
  • Allow for easier collaboration
    If documentation needs to be continually updated, this can be easily achieved through digital records. Ease of access opens up new collaboration opportunities, and with a solid security safety net in place, this allows for increased efficiency in maintaining the accuracy of client information.
  • Easily backup files and reduce threat of losing information
    What happens if you have physical, paper copies of all your important records, and your office faces a flood, or a fire? The resulting loss of information could be devastating.
    With digital records, and a regular backup schedule, there’s much less concern about that. There are many cloud-based backup services out there, and an IT professional in your organization can set up a regularly scheduled backing up of files, so that even if something happens to your onsite digital storage, you’ll still have backups that you can easily restore.
  • Reduce costs related to document distribution
    With digital records, disseminating information is as easy as clicking a button on your mouse. The old method of information distribution seems quite antiquated these days: requesting a record, printing them out, and sending them via mail incurs all sorts of costs that you can get around or altogether eliminate by moving to a digital based document management system.
  • If you’re setting up a new system now, it’s the logical route to go.
    Building a relatively new business? You probably wouldn’t fill the offices with typewriters, right? Well, that’s essentially what you’re doing if you’re setting up a new business and relying on paper documentation. In the near future, storage costs for digital record keeping will likely continue to decline, making it a financially prudent investment to make now. Plus, with the entrenchment of common record-keeping file formats such as TIFF and PDF, you can use the formats with the comfort of knowing that they will stand the test of time.

What are the key features for an efficient digital record keeping system?

  • A reasonable cost. One of the main ideas behind the shift to digital record keeping (beyond simply keeping up with the times) is that, over the long term, the costs of maintaining digital records should be less than the cost of maintaining paper records. While there is the initial investment in file conversion software and perhaps additional physical storage or cloud space, many digital filing systems can make use of the computer and IT infrastructure already in place.
  • Easy searchability. Just like in the physical world of paper records, a huge feature of an efficient digital filing system is organization to ensure easy document retrieval. There are several methods you can use to help organize your business’s digital record keeping, but keep searchability in mind when determining file formats to use as well; PDF, in particular, is ideal for many businesses in this regard. For example, if you need to look up references to certain clients or customers, digital records streamline this process far more than physical paper records ever good. Not only will good organization free up your office staff’s time and resources, it will potentially allow your business to provide better and quicker service to its customers.
  • A good plan to manage future growth. The beauty of digital document storage is that unlike with physical paper storage, where you have to simply buy more square footage as your company grows, your digital records can nicely scale as your organization takes on more clients and customers. Getting a good organizational structure in place early (see our guide to file name structure for business, to start) ensures that your company will be well-equipped to maintain easy storage and retrieval for many years down the line.

What formats are best for record keeping?

TIFF

The TIFF file format is commonly used as a record keeping file format of choice for industries and institutions that require absolute confidence in the security and quality of their digital record keeping. As a format, it offers a feature set that makes it ideal for some industries. Here’s why many businesses in critical industries make use of TIFF as part of their digital record keeping.

  • A high-quality format that does not suffer from degradation when saving.
  • Is also capable of lossy compression to reduce file sizes.
  • Widespread usage, ensuring that it can be read on nearly all modern devices and operating systems.
  • Ideal format for scanned documents (it was originally created for just that purpose).
  • A great deal of support for file conversions.
  • Being an image format by nature, document formatting is maintained from one screen to the next.
  • A secure document format that cannot be embedded with malicious code or files.
  • A well-established document format that will be used for many years to come.

Commonly used in:

  • The medical industry – clinics, hospitals, patient records.
  • Law offices – client records.
  • Municipal offices – permits, public records, etc.
  • Publishing – high quality images ensure good quality on the printed page.

PDF

The PDF file format is extremely widely used in everyday business communications. It also offers a number of features that make it ideal for record-keeping purposes, such as the following:

  • Easily searchable; its mix of text and images make it a versatile file format.
  • Widely used and understood; supported by every operating system used in the modern business environment.
  • Centralized storage, naming conventions and rich document text allows for simple document retrieval.
  • Relatively small file size keeps storage costs down while maintaining good quality document copies.
  • Password-protection built in to the format to ensure documents are only read by the intended recipients.
  • Like TIFF, document formatting is always maintained from one computer or device to the next, giving it a huge advantage over popular office document formats such as Microsoft Word.
  • Like TIFF, it’s a well-established document format that will be used for many years to come.

Commonly used in:

  • Organizations that require a good level of searchability within the actual documents;
  • Retail – bill of sales
  • A wide range of businesses across many industries.

Get started today.

The overall business trend of a transition towards digital records continues to march along. Peernet offers a variety of software that can help facilitate the transition for your own company, or improve your processes with our file conversion software. Check out our document conversion products to get started, which includes software specifically built for enterprise level automated file conversion (as well as products designed for single users, and virtually everything between those two.)

And of course, if you or your business requires any assistance or guidance in determining the right software solutions for transitioning to digital record keeping, be sure to contact us.

Document Conversion Service - Windows 10 Certified - Update Now

New Product Releases, Built for Windows 10

Peernet is proud to announce the release of new versions throughout most of our software portfolio!

The new software versions coincide with the rollout of Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft. All of our programs have been updated to work seamlessly with the new OS, in addition to containing a number of updated features that improve the user experience.

Best of all, if you already own one of our products, we have some tremendous offers available. Simply log in here and click the appropriate link for big savings on your software upgrade.

If not, here’s a quick look at each of our newly-upgraded products, and why they might be right for your needs!

Document Conversion Service 3.0

Document Conversion Service - Windows 10 Certified - Update NowFor businesses with the need for batch file conversion, Document Conversion Service (DCS) is the ideal solution. Our customers around the world commonly use DCS as an enterprise-level conversion solution.

DCS allows for customizable drag & drop file conversion as well as powerful functionality like command line tools to convert files and folders, and Workflow integration. The new version of DCS allows you to convert to vector (searchable) PDF files from Microsoft Office documents. That opens up the functionality for Word to PDF, Excel to PDF, PowerPoint to PDF, HTML to PDF and much more!

What’s New in version 3.0:

  • Creation of PDF files containing PDF graphics, embedded fonts, hyperlinks and more.
  • Support for Windows® 10 and Windows® 10 Server.
  • Support for Adobe® Reader DC.
  • Improved startup of DCS service by refactoring application pool to be self regulating.
  • Improved retry logic when a document fails to open or convert correctly.

Image Printer 11.0

(TIFF Image Printer 11.0, PDF Image Printer 11.0, Raster Image Printer 11.0)

Our line of image printers makes document conversion so easy – the user simply prints a Windows document as they normally would, and just selects the Image Printer rather than a physical, Raster Image Printer - Windows 10 Certified - Upgrade Nowin-office printer.

TIFF Image Printer allows you to easily convert to TIFF using this method. PDF Image Printer provides the functionality to print to PDF. And Raster Image Printer is an all-in-one conversion solution that allows you to quickly and easily create files, converting from any printable document format to TIFF, JPEG, PDF, GIF, PNG and more.

What’s New in all three products, version 11.0:

  • Support for Windows® 10 and Windows® 10 Server.
  • Improved page size matching when dealing with documents with custom page sizes.
  • Printer core is now fully 64-bit when installed on a 64-bit operating system.

PDF Creator Plus 7.0

PDF Creator Plus - Windows 10 Certified - Upgrade NowIf you need a program with the functionality of Adobe Acrobat, but at a budget that suits your needs, check out PDF Creator Plus.

This program allows you to combine, edit and merge Windows documents to create PDF files.

What’s new in version 7.0:

  • Support for Windows® 10.
  • Improved page size matching when dealing with custom page sizes.
  • Printer core is now fully 64-bit.

File Conversion Center 6.0

File Conversion Center - Windows 10 Certified - Upgrade NowAn ideal time-saving product for businesses large and small, to save time and make file conversions more efficient. File Conversion Center allows you to batch convert files to PDF, JPEG, TIFF and a number of other formats.

What’s new in version 6.0:

  • Support for Windows® 10
  • Support for 256-encrypted Adobe PDFs
  • Improved paper size matching
  • Fully 64-bit printer core components

Convert to PDF 4.0

Convert to PDF - Windows 10 Certified - Upgrade NowTo convert files to searchable PDF format, Convert to PDF is your ideal piece of software. It easily converts any printable Windows document to a virtual PDF printer, allowing you to easily customize the quality of the conversion as well as various other settings.

What’s new in version 4.0:

  • Support for Windows® 10 and Windows® 10 Server.
  • Improved page size matching when dealing with documents with custom page sizes.
  • Printer core is now fully 64-bit when installed on a 64-bit operating system.
all in one document conversion solutions

Why Your Business Needs an All-in-One Document Conversion Solution

Getting ahead in the modern business environment depends largely on the efficiency of your employees and the systems that your company has in place. The ability to produce better results, more quickly than the competition, is one of the things that what sets leading businesses apart from the pack.

all in one document conversion solutionsThe transition toward computer-based workflows in the business world over the past few decades has certainly created some new efficiencies that have allowed for better use of time, money and resources. Digital document management leading to increased productivity stands out as a prime example.

A truly paperless office may not be too far off in the future, but it’s been a long transition to get to the point where we are now. So for a majority of organizations, a 100% paperless existence is not quite the reality of their current situation in 2015. However, industries including law, medical, retail, suppliers, and a whole range of others have made great strides in digitizing much of their documentation and customer information.

While this has allowed for deployment of resources away from administrative tasks, by the same token, shifting document management towards a more paperless model has also, for some companies, created a new set of inefficiencies. These often stem from issues relating to file formats, and the process of digital file conversion.

The Problems with Relying on Different Pieces of Software

Whereas businesses once relied simply on paper documentation, today, they make use of all sorts of different file formats, including TIFF, PDF, JPEG, and wide range of others. This modern environment often requires a range of document conversion options, and unfortunately, many companies are losing out by relying on a patchwork of file conversion solutions.

Here are some of the issues that commonly arise when companies, large and small, rely on different software programs for their document conversion needs.

  • Different programs’ features are not located in the same places. One of the biggest problems with relying on a hodgepodge of software is that each program might feature a drastically different user interface. This can be confusing or frustrating for your employees.
  • Some programs may have features that others don’t. Small differences in functionality of different programs can lead to big-time confusion.
  • It can lengthen training time for new employees. If your organization is using multiple pieces of software, it stands to reason that new contributors will need to learn each of them. This is an unnecessary expense in terms of time and investment.
  • You end up having to deal with different companies for troubleshooting purposes and technical support. If you’re not sure how to carry out a specific function, or change a conversion setting, for example, do you know how to get help? It can be frustrating to track down good quality technical support.
  • Pay for many different products that each do one thing. Logically, your company’s software budget could be vastly inflated by investing in a wide range of single-use programs. This budgetary inefficiency could be sucking up financial resources that could be better put to use investing elsewhere in your company, including core operations, hardware upgrades/IT, human resources, employee perks, and more.

The Better Way: Using an all-in-one document conversion solution

This is where an all-in-one document conversion solution, like the range of products offered here at Peernet, can provide your business with real, tangible long-term benefits.
There are several advantages to using one coherent document conversion system has over using the aforementioned patchwork of different programs. Some of these benefits include:

  • Establish an efficient protocol for document conversion. Convert documents more quickly, and set up a framework for conversions, including: document settings, file management, storage and more. The more automatic the process, the more resources are freed up for your staff to work on tasks that require more human interaction.
  • A committed customer support team that’s intricately familiar with each product. When you need assistance with a software product, it’s comforting to know that you can rely on a team to work you through your issue. Our website is loaded with helpful how-to guides, frequently asked questions, as well as options for customer support.
  • Purpose-built features based on years of experience. Peernet has been in the digital document conversion business for a long time. That means that our line of products is built upon those many years of experience, their practical use in day-to-day business operations and the features that our clients have asked us to deliver.
  • A high-quality product design and user interface. Building off that last point, our software has been refined over many iterations so that the current versions are highly stable, intuitive programs that can offer the highest-level file conversion functionality, in an easy-to-understand package for the user.
  • The efficiency of paying for one product that does many things. Our line of final converter software extends from more entry-level type programs up to highly-efficient, enterprise level solutions. As such, the different programs are priced to meet the needs of the intended target audience. Rather than paying for a variety of different programs, simplify your accounting and make the efficient investment in one program that suits your goals and operations, and offers the wide range of functionality that your organization requires today and in the future.

Programs for your document conversion needs

Peernet offers a number of products that can meet your needs, and open up new efficiencies in your document conversion operations. Here’s a look at three pieces of software we offer, each of which can replace many different file converters.

Document Conversion Service

Document Conversion Service, or DCS for short, is useful for a huge range of common business file conversions. DCS is ideal for organizations looking for a high-volume document conversion software that is capable of handling a wide variety of format conversions. What makes it good for high-volume needs? For one thing, its batch conversion ability. The software is designed to convert files in the background, around the clock, so your employees’ time and resources are freed up for work that’s essential to your day to day operation.

DCS is also very customizable to the needs of your organization. For basic uses, it’s as simple as dragging and dropping files, but it also boasts a robust feature set including Command line tools, workflow integration, and is very scalable to meet the needs of your organization.

Finally, DCS stands out for being able to handle a huge variety of file formats for conversions. Whether your business is looking for a relatively common file conversion such as PDF to TIFF, or more unique conversions like Word to TIFF, Excel to PDF, or PUB to PDF, our Document Conversion Service is able to handle them all easily.

Take a look at some of the common conversions that our clients use DCS for, and just imagine all the pieces of individual software it could replace in your organization:

Converts From: Converts to
DOC
PDF
Excel
JPG
TIF
PNG
GIF
HTML
Outlook
PPT (Powerpoint)
…and 10+ other formats
JPEG
TIFF
PDF
…and a wide range of other image formats!

Raster Image Printer

Raster Image Printer is an easy-to-use solution for document conversion on your Windows system. For the user, it functions much like a physical printer does on your Windows desktop – simply print a document, and then select Raster Image Printer rather than your office laser printer. A virtual “print-out” (i.e. file) is then created, making this one of the simplest ways to integrate file conversion within your organization. This is a perfect solution for many companies who have the regular need to convert to PDF, convert PDF to JPG, print to JPG, and many, many more file conversions.

Converts From: Converts to
Any Windows document you can open and print to your printer.
Examples include:
Excel
DOC
PDF
PPT (Powerpoint)
TXT
HTML (web pages)
JPEG
TIFF
PDF

File Conversion Center

We built File Conversion Center as a desktop application to save you time in your day-to-day conversion needs. Conversions can be done on-demand, or scheduled. File Conversion Center is available in both Standard Edition (suitable for most individuals or small businesses needs), as well as Professional Edition (offering more advanced functionality.)

Here are some of the common image formats that our clients use File Conversion Center for in their daily operations.

Converts From: Converts to
HTML (web pages)
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.)
PDF
PostScript
And a range of other popular file formats…
JPEG
TIFF
PDF
And other image formats!

Get Started Today

Find the all-in-one document conversion solution that’s right for your needs. Watch the video below for more information on which product can be most beneficial to your organization:

As you can see, there’s likely a product that fits your document conversion needs perfectly. Make the leap to have your organization and employees spending less time managing file conversions and more time on the operations that make a true day-to-day impact on your company’s bottom line.

Need some more assistance? Contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your company’s needs and which of our products is right for you!

TIFF file format

TIFF: The Image Format Businesses Need

With the multitude of image formats available today, from BMP (Windows Bitmap), to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) it is difficult to determine which image file format is the best for which situation.

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Some common file formats that you are likely to see on an average day include JPEG/JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and TIFF. This image file format blog post will go over the different formats, what situation each image file format is best suited for, and focus on which image is best suited for business needs.

JPEG or JPG

JPEG, interchangeably known as JPG, an acronym of Joint Photographic Experts Group is a lossy compression method. What lossy means is that some details from the original image may be lost in the compression process. This occurs because during the encoding process, some of the data is discarded and replaced with inexact approximations. This results in a significantly lower image file size, but also a lower quality of image or graphic.

In exchange for the benefit of smaller file size, JPEGs have the downside of an affect known as generational degradation. Generational degradation occurs when a JPEG image file is edited and saved over and over again, with each updated version retaining less quality than the last.

Most digital cameras will save images in the JPEG format, which will support 8 bit grayscale images and 24 bit colour images.

Best Uses for JPEG

As stated above, JPEGs make great use of compressing image files into more manageable sizes in exchange for quality. Because of this, JPEGs are best suited for photos where need to be shared, and giving up some level of image quality.

Instances where JPEG is recommended against include photos with text, large blocks of colour, or simple shapes. This recommendation is because the compression process will cause crisp lines to blur, potentially ruining aspects of an image.

GIF

GIF, an acronym of Graphics Interchange Format, is an image file format with the main drawback being its limitations to an 8 bit palette, or 256 colours. In spite of the limitations, GIFs do a wonderful job of storing images with few colours. GIFs make use of LZW lossless compression, which is most effective with images having large areas of a single colour, and less effective for photographic images.

Best Uses for GIF

GIF image file formats are best suited for cartoon style graphics that are simple, with few colours. This means simple diagrams, shapes, and logos. GIFs also have inherent animation capabilities, which make it efficient for image animation effects.

BMP

BMP, derived from Windows Bitmap, is an image file format utilized within the Microsoft Windows operating system. BMPs are usually uncompressed, and as a result are large and retain their original quality.

Best Uses for BMP

Because BMPs consist of a simple structure, it has the benefit of being widely accepted in Windows programs. BMP is also best used for images based on any type of bitmap, meaning they are pixel based. As stated above, they retain all of the images original quality, however the resulting image file can be quite large, so BMPs are best utilized when size is not an issue, and quality needs to be preserved.

PNG

PNG, an acronym for Portable Network Graphics, is an image file format originally created as a free, open source alternative to the previously explained GIF image file format. PNGs support 8 bit palette images and up to 16 million colours, as opposed to the 256 supported by GIF. PNGs also sport the function of optional transparency for all palette colours.

PNG is another image file format that utilizes lossless compression, retaining the quality of the original image. Unlike JPEG, which makes use of inexact approximations, resulting in blurred lines, PNG will retain the quality of images consisting of large, uniformly coloured areas.

Indexed-colour, grayscale, and TrueColor images are supported by PNG, and because of its ability to support alpha transparency, PNG images can demonstrate soft edges.

Best Uses for PNG

PNGs are highly effective when a smaller image file size is required with no loss of quality in web graphics applications, and on web browsers.

TIFF

TIFF, an acronym for Tagged Image File Format, is a computer file format used for storing raster graphic images. TIFF is a popular image file format among graphic artists, the publishing industry, as well as amateur and professional photographers alike. According to the Wikipedia article on TIFF:

“The TIFF format is widely supported by image-manipulation applications, by publishing and page layout applications, and by scanning, faxing, word processing, optical character recognition and other applications.”

TIFF is considered a very useful image format as it can handle images and data within a single file by including header tags, which specify size, definition, image data arrangement, and applied image compression, all of which define the image’s geometry.

Best Uses for TIFF

As one of the many image file formats available, TIFF can be seen as highly adaptive, and suits images for a lot of purposes. Because of the wide variety of images the format can support, and the functions available, it is easy to see why TIFF is a highly popular image file format to use. The best of these uses anticipate that the image quality must be retained for the possibility of print at some point in the future. The drawback of having such a lossless image is the large file size, which means TIFF should not be used for images on websites or applications, as they would take a long time to load.

The Best Image File Format For Businesses

Now that we have provided a brief description of some of the most popular image file formats, as well as their best use cases, it is time to narrow it down to one image file format that is best used for businesses.

All of the image file formats above had their limitations – some resulted in lost quality after compression, some resulted in huge image file sizes in order to retain details of the image, some only supported certain colours, and some caused the lines between colours to blur. But out of all of the image file formats described, one stands above the rest for its sheer ability to adapt to the situation needed.

It is obvious to see that the capabilities of the TIFF image file format mean that it can be widely-used, but is it really the better choice? Some additional criteria to weigh in on the power of the TIFF image file format are considered below.

TIFF Compatibility

TIFF has been around for 20 years, and because of its versatility, the image file format has seen support by most popular image editing tools on the market. If you need to edit a TIFF, it’s likely the software you have will be able to handle it, and all of the popular operating systems have built-in TIFF readers. This widespread compatibility also means that one user can send the TIFF to another with the confidence that it will be easily opened.

TIFF Compression

By default, TIFF will not use compression, resulting in retention of the original quality of the image. This unfortunately results in potentially huge files, however, some compression features are available if necessary.

TIFF: The Superior Image File Format For Businesses

When it comes to important documents that you need transferred electronically, or archived digitally, and you want to maintain the best quality possible, TIFF is the right image file format for the job.

If you’re dealing with a document that you need scanned and forwarded to your colleagues, the default format is often times TIFF, so why not maintain this level of quality for all your documents?

And despite their large file size, working with a TIFF to make edits and adjustments preserves as much quality as possible, and when the final draft arrives, you can convert to JPEG image file format with a higher compression, and maintain and almost identical level of quality, but easier to manage and send.

Are you looking to streamline your businesses document processes? Do you want to unify your archived files, and maintain a single image file format across your organization?

Anyone looking to make use of one of the more superior image file formats for their business should definitely consider TIFF, and using the TIFF Image Printer or any of our other products for your document conversion needs!

How Do I Get Started?

Hopefully this post has shed some light on some ways to improve your document processes and archiving standards. The easiest way to accomplish this increase in productivity and efficiency is through our TIFF Image Printer software.

To get started, follow our Convert to TIFF video to get an idea of what to expect from our professional conversion software, and how it might fit your needs. If you need more information, you can contact us with your needs and we’ll recommend the product that’s perfect for you. Or, check out our Document Conversion Product Guide for the software that’s right for you!

customer service

Provide Better Customer Service with Image Printers and Document Conversion Software

So much of our modern business is now done online, and on computers in general. Over the past couple of decades, email and other forms of electronic communication have replaced old standards for many of our most vital business communications and transactions. And customers in today’s society expect everything to be fast and accessible, at their fingertips at a moment’s notice.

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For organizations that can’t move quickly to meet those demands, the situation can be troublesome. Whether through the use of outdated systems, or just a reluctance to invest, it’s possible that your customer service is not at the level it could be due to a lack of technological integration. Here are some ways that digitizing your business communications through the use of image printers or document conversion software can help your company provide better customer service (among the many other benefits of professional document conversion software.)

Emailed Invoices. So many companies are using this now, that the ones that don’t have some sort of similar system in place are at risk of falling behind. Products like Peernet’s PDF Image Printer make it a snap to convert all types of Windows files into high-quality PDF documents, ideal for sharing invoices with your customers or clients. You’ll end up saving a lot on paper and printing costs, not to mention postage – and your customers will appreciate the promptness with which they receive their invoices.

Easily share other types of data with your customers as needed. Whether it’s quotes for work, contracts, how-to guides, or other types of marketing collateral, there’s no need to waste paper on it. Easily send of a digital version to clients, and at the same time, conveniently store it on your own system or server for safe keeping.

Reduce Long-term Costs, and Pass Those Savings on to Your Customers. Building off of that last point, going to a digital invoice or quoting system is just one way that using image printers can reduce overhead at your company. This can allow you to price your services more competitively than you currently do, potentially allowing you to land more business as a result.

Having easily accessible client information allows you to respond to customers quicker. In the fast-paced, modern business environment, your clients are no longer accustomed to waiting around. They want answers quickly, and expect to not have to explain their inquiry more than once. Digitized customer records, in conjunction with a good system for digital document organization, can cut crucial time spent on administrative tasks down significantly. This allows you and your colleagues to put more time and resources towards what matters – making your customers happy.

Allow your employees to access information on the go. So many businesses now have their staff out on the road, or working remotely. Imagine the freedom for your employees to work from anywhere – this is what document management with use of image printers and document conversion software allows for.

With more efficiency in place, customer service costs can come down. If your staff is able to serve more people in a day, that may allow for reduced staffing numbers or hours worked. This can allow you to free up resources for other company priorities.

You can ensure the security of your customers’ records. Earning a customers’ trust is a crucial part of doing business. With a good plan in place to secure digital documents, you can establish credibility for your organization and ensure a great relationship with your customers.

Why Start Using Image Printers or Document Conversion Now?

At this point, you may be saying to yourself, “we’ve gotten this far without any sort of document digitization process or tools. Why change now?”

In reality, it’s a perfect time to make the leap. Document conversion software, or image printers, can help you update your business operations and find new efficiencies that make you more competitive than ever in the modern corporate world. Here are a few reasons why it’s an ideal time to jump aboard the bandwagon.

Server space and cloud computing is more reasonable and accessible than ever. “The cloud”: it’s not just a buzzword, it’s a real opportunity for businesses large and small to free up resources. Moving your business documents to the cloud can save your organization time and money which can be reallocated into the core objectives of your organization. By off-loading network costs and having the option to scale up or down depending on your business’s needs, you’ll have the flexibility your organization needs to become leaner and more responsive to your customers. And you won’t be left behind by competitors that have made the same transition already.

There is very likely software that matches the specific needs of your company. Here at Peernet, we offer a wide variety of programs and license levels that are designed to suit different sorts of customers and business needs. Whether you have a very specific need to just create PDF documents on demand, for example, or on the other end of the scale, you’re looking for an enterprise level batch document converter, we have an option that is quite likely to work well for you. We also understand the costs associated with introducing new software to an organization in terms of training – which is why, for all except for our highest-end, complex software, we have designed them for ease of use. A program like Raster Image Printer makes converting any document format to another as easy as printing out a physical page.

If you’re not using a format like PDF or TIFF to send documents to clients, you may already look unprofessional in their eyes. Word processing software like Microsoft Word is great for creating documents – but one of its biggest drawbacks is that when you share documents from one computer to the next, it can lead to botched, bad formatting of a Microsoft Word document. This is due to differences in fonts, margins and other document settings. True professionals know that your best bet is to convert your Word document to a format such as PDF before sharing it with others. That way, you can be sure that your valued customer or client will see your document exactly as you intended.

How Do I Get Started?

Hopefully this post has shed some light on some ways to improve your customer service with document conversion software and image printers, and why you should make the move in this direction.

To get started, follow our document conversion product guide to get an idea of what professional conversion software might fit your needs. If you need more information, you can contact us with your needs and we’ll recommend the product that’s perfect for you. Or, check out the video posted below.