Today’s technology is very much inclined towards portability, and so online services are gaining increasingly more importance, because an efficient online tool negates the need to locally install software. SmallPDF is such an useful tool that I use regularly for various PDF management needs. Currently, the service lets you easily Compress, Merge, Split, Unlock PDF file(s). It also offer PDF to JPG & vice versa conversion, PDF to Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) & vice versa conversion.
There are so much to like about SmallPDF.
- The website is well designed. Works well from any platforms, desktop or mobile.
- You can upload files from local storage by browsing or by drag & drop. It is also possible to upload files from Google Drive or Dropbox.
- You can save the final file to your local storage or to Google Drive or Dropbox.
- Processing is very fast but the output quality is good.
- There is no need to enter your email address in any stage of the conversion process.
- You need not to worry about even you private files. The site ensures that the file uploads are always going through a secure connection. Also all files on their servers are deleted within one hour after processing, after giving users enough time to download the files.
- It doesn’t offer too much options for the conversion, but essential options are available, and this makes it usable even by non-tech-savvy users.
SmallPDF indeed offers good compression of PDF files. I have always relied on it in this feature. According to the website, it reduces your PDF files to 144dpi.
JPG to PDF
SmallPDF offers conversion of JPG as well as GIF, BMP, PNG and TIFF files to PDF. You can even choose mixed formats files in the same conversion process. After uploading the files, you can see the preview, and easily arrange the order of the files, or delete selected files. You will get option to change Page Size (Letter/A4), Orientation (Portrait/Landscape) and Margin (No/Small/Big). Interestingly, the previews are shown, and the arrangement options are available even before the files are completely uploaded.
PDF to JPG
SmallPDF lets you save images in a PDF file, or save entire PDF pages as individual images. You get that option in the beginning. Later you can save each image one by one or all in a ZIP file. The images are saved in JPG format.
This feature of SmallPDF let’s you select and extract pages from one or more PDF(s) and then saves them in a new document. After uploading the PDF files, you will see the preview of all the PDF pages, each assigned a number. You can then click on the pages you want to select, or press Shift to select multiple pages at once. You may even type in the page numbers or range to choose.
You can merge multiple PDF files using SmallPDF. Upload the files, arrange in desired order, remove unwanted files, and then merge.
SmallPDF even allows you to unlock protected PDF files. After uploading the file, you should agree that you are allowed to unlock the file, and then the unlocking proceeds. If the file is password protected, it tries to remove it, but fails in most occasions, and then asks for the password. Non-password protected files can be unlocked with ease.
Convert Word, Excel, PowerPoint to PDF
You can convert Word, Excel, PowerPoint to PDF using SmallPDF. Just upload the file, and it will be converted in seconds.
Convert PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint
You can convert PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint using SmallPDF. Just upload the file, and it will be converted in editable form in seconds.