Jul 18, 2006

BALTSOFT has announced the immediate availability of Free PDF Converter. This is a web-based service that provides users with an online interface for conversion of documents to the PDF format. The source file may be a document in one of the 51 formats, including *.doc, *.xls, *.ps, *.ppt, *.rtf and others. Additionally, users can convert PDF documents to the Microsoft Word format (*.doc).

Just like it is with any PDF converter, users can add a watermark to PDF output, protect it with a password, and convert MS Word hyperlinks to PDF links. To make the conversion, users open a webpage with a PDF converter form, use the Browse button to locate a source file on the local PC, select it, and then click the Convert button. The output is sent back as an email attachment (if you selected this option prior to conversion) or displayed in the browser.

The service has a membership system. Users need to pay $9 as a membership fee for three months or $49 as a lifetime membership fee, which is much cheaper than investing $200 into specialized software. Non-members can still use the service with some limitations. Non-members are able to convert only seven documents a month. There is also a 30-minute delay between conversions. Their ZIP-archives can include only five documents whereas members can archive and submit up to 100 documents. When converting from PDF to DOC, non-members will be able to convert only the first two pages of the source document.