the process of translating the data in a file from one format or encoding to another

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How can I convert JPG into PDF easily?

Is there any way to batch convert .jpg files into single .pdf files?
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How can I convert .CR2 to .jpg?

Is there a simple tool that will convert .cr2 files (Canon RAW) to .jpg? I know Preview does it well but I'm looking for something directly accessible from the contextual menu.
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How can I batch convert image files and PDFs to TIFF?

I have a lot .jpeg, .png and .pdf Files and I want to convert all of them to .tiff all at once. How can I do this?
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How can I convert a DMG to ISO on Mac OS X (preferably for free)?

I have medical records within Windows software within a DMG disk image. How can I convert the DMG to an ISO format on Mac OS X? Is it possible to do it within Disk Utility or CLI easily, or do I need ...
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Fastest way to convert .avi files for itunes?

I've experimented with Handbrake and VLC and I'd like to know the fastest possible method to convert .avi file into a a file that is readable by itunes so I can stream it to my TV via my Apple TV 2. ...
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What's the best way to extract audio from a video file?

I am a huge fan of HandBrake. It is the epitomé of simple. Select a video file (or DVD), select a preset, select an output path, click Start. A certain amount of time later relative to the ...
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ImageMagick - Convert multipage pdf to animated gif

I have a two-page PDF file that I would like to convert to an animated GIF file. A post on the TeX StackExchange gives the following ImageMagick one-liner: convert -verbose -delay 50 -loop 0 ...
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How can I convert a .mov into a .gif (or a .apng)?

I want to put a .mov file I have as the background for a website. I am guessing the best way to do this would be to convert it to a .gif file but I can't find any programs that do it. I have tried ...
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Best audio converter for Mac

I'm searching for an audion converter for mac with wide capabilities. it should be able to Convert to flac (not from flac) Split cue files into separate tracks Grab audio cds Edit ID3-tags in batch ...
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How can I convert a Word (.doc or .docx) file to a PDF on an iPad?

I would have thought this was one of Goodreader's many tricks, but it doesn't seem to be the case.
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Recursively converting files from dos line endings to unix line endings

I am looking for a command that I could use to run on an entire directory and subdirectory that will convert all line endings from DOS to UNIX. It should be able to detect if a file is text or ...
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Converting WAV to MP3 using LAME and Automator

I'd like to convert many WAV files to MP3 files using LAME and Automator. I need a script that I could right click a folder and convert all the WAV files inside the folder to MP3 files. I've been able ...
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How to convert .number file to any of the readble format including excel and pdf without having mac

I have an important .number iworks file. My Mac is now no more... How do I convert .number file to any of the readble format including excel and pdf without having mac.
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How can I open a file with extension DAA on Mac?

How do I open a file with a .daa file extension on my Mac? Is there a Mac program that will convert it to an ISO image?
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What's the best way to deal with wmv files on iPad

I have bunch of training videos, mostly in .wmv format on my computer. Well, I tried to find a player in appstore to watch those videos right away, without converting them - I couldn't find any good ...
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How do I change containers from Matroska to MP4 without modifying the stream data?

I want to take some Matroska (.mkv) movies I have (h.264/AAC with subtitle & chapter tracks) and change the container to the more iOS friendly MP4 container, but without re-encoding all of the ...
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It it possible to convert DVDs to my iPad?

I was wondering if anyone could help me. I've recently got myself a "new" iPad (aka iPad 3), and I was wondering if it was possible to convert DVDs I own in order to watch them on it? (Let's set ...
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Change all the .txt files to .md files in a certain folder

Is there a Terminal command or something like that to batch rename files in a certain folder? Basically I want to change all the files that have a .txt as a file type, and change it to .md (for ...
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Extract a sound from a Classic application for Mac OS X?

How can I extract a single 'snd' resource from a classic application into a form that Mac OS X can play? I can use derez to get the snd resource out, but from there I'm not sure how to assemble it ...
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Convert PDF to something editable without losing all formatting

I am aware of solutions that allow one to extract text from a pdf file. Are there any practical solutions on the Mac to extract rich text and layout from a PDF, or somehow convert a PDF into some ...
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Export all stickies at once on OS X 10.8?

I am using Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). I have a lot of stickies, but have been unable to find a simple way to export all the stickies at once as either text or HTML. Have I overlooked something ...
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How do I restore a case-sensitive, journaled Time Machine backup to a case-insensitive, journaled filesystem?

I would effectively like to switch from a case-sensitive journaled filesystem to that of a case-insensitive journaled filesystem. Booting into Lion's recovery allows me to format the drive as I wish, ...
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How can I convert iPhone .m4a recordings to a more common and lossless format?

what's the best way to convert .m4a to a more common song format, like mp3 etc. The m4a files are recorded by the iPhone and my machine runs windows vista home premium 32-bit sp2 I want it to be as ...
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How to take music from cassette tapes to iPod

So I have this large cardboard box full of hundreds of cassette tapes with music I absolutely positively had to buy in the 1980s and '90s. If I wanted to listen to the music contained on those tapes ...
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Is there an app that will convert a movie to an image sequence?

Does anyone know a mac app for converting a movie (.mov) to a series of images ? I know quicktime could do this in the olden days, but that features has been deleted.
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How to convert a CorelDraw file to Adobe Illustrator CS5?

Assume I have a CDR file, Adobe Illustrator CS 5 and no CorelDraw. How can I convert this CDR file to AI file? What is the fastest and cheapiest way?
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How to fully automate video conversion to mp4, iTunes friendly format?

I am looking to implement a fully automated solution that will pick video files from an incoming directory, process them and put the result to iTunes special "Automatically Add to iTunes" directory. ...
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Convert MKV to AVI

What's the best solution to convert .mkv files to .avi ?
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How to hear/view files with extensions .VOB, .IFO, and .BUP on a Mac

A friend of mine just got a new MacBook and is trying to look at some files she had from her old Wintel boxen with .VOB, .IFO, and .BUP file extensions. What Mac conversion or viewing utility or app ...
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How do I convert a 24-bit/96 kHz FLAC to anything else?

I have some FLAC files I want to convert to AAC, but I can't because my go-to program, Max, throws an exception (The call to ExtAudioFileSetProperty failed.) when it tries to convert 24-bit/96 kHz ...
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Are there any native tools for SVG conversion on OS X?

How can I convert SVG image to something raster? Are there any native [command-line] tools on OS X that can do that? I am able to open them in Safari or Firefox, but doing "Save as..." only proposes ...
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iTunes cannot convert Apple Lossless tracks to 128 kbps AAC files when sync'ing with iPhone

I'm using the Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC option in iTunes when sync'ing music to my iPhone. iTunes is complaining about three tracks from an album I recently ripped every time I ...
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Convert .help to .pdf

I can save in .pdf just one or two pages at one time, using default Mac viewer. But I have several hundred of pages to save. Does anyone know how to do it faster?
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Command line tool to convert DOC and DOCX files to PDF

Is there any command line tool to convert DOC and DOCX files to PDF? If no, can it be automated by some Automator script (open-print to PDF-close)?
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Are .apple files potentially synonymous (or a wrapper to) .dmg files?

We lost a .dmg file on an harddrive. Our tech guy was able to recover files from the drive but not one of them is a .dmg file. But they are a lot of .apple file. Can the .dmg file we are looking for ...
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How do I change a folder to a jar?

I play Minecraft like many gamers and I am trying to make a profile where I can read the enchanting table language and I cannot get it to work. How do I change the folder that I used to edit it into a ...
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Is there any free solution to convert a SWF video to an iPhone/iPad compatible format?

I tried several programs to convert a SWF file to a video format and so far none of them seems to work. 4media Converter Video xConverter Pinguin ffmpegx Easy WMV I expect a video in any format ...
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How can I convert obsolete word processor files and preserve formatting?

I have some files in WriteNow and WordPerfect format. The WriteNow files go back as far as 1987 and the WordPerfect files are from 1998 - 2001. Some I can read, others I can't open at all. Those I can ...
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Select font when converting .txt to .pdf from command line

I often need to convert text files to PDF from the command line. I currently use enscript, a2pdf, cupsfilter, etc. The feature I'm missing is the ability to use an OS X font instead of one of the ...
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Extracting data from old Mac resource files

What utility or tool that runs which under Mac OS X 10.6 can I use to extract data (icon images and strings, etc.) from old Mac OS 7 (and earlier) resource files/resource forks? (...files created ...
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How can I convert MKV files and burn them to DVD?

I have a 5+1 theater system(can use USB or DVD) which doesn't support MKV play. How can I use my Mac to burn the .mkv files into high quality dvds ?
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Exporting jpg to pdf: file size grows significantly

When I used Preview's "Export" feature to export a 1.4MB jpg file to a one page pdf file, the resulting pdf is as large as 14MB, which is really surprising and annoying. I tried to reduce the file ...
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How to decode a .chm file?

I'd like to extract content of old .chm file into individual html files. Is there an app or command line tool for this?
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How to open a .lwp file on a Mac?

I need to fill in a form that was sent to me in .lwp format... So far: The App Store couldn't find any compatible apps; I found out it's a Lotus WordPro document; By using Word's Recover text from ...
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Duplicated pdf larger than original

I have a pdf which, when I duplicate it in Preview and save it, is substantially bigger afterwards: Before: $ pdfinfo manuscript-EditorComments.pdf Title: Subject: Keywords: Author: Rainer M ...
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How do I batch convert a bunch of pngs or other images into a single PDF on Mavericks?

I took a bunch of screenshots and I want to make them pages in a single PDF. Selecting all four in Preview and exporting to PDF only exports two (?), separately. The "Export to PDF" File menu function ...
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Converting iso to img completes without creating the img file

I'm trying to create a bootable USB drive for my downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 Server (ppc) iso using my MacBook. I followed the instruction on the Ubuntu website for creating the img using hdiutil convert ...
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Using Hazel or AppleScript to Convert Word to PDF

I use Hazel to sort and rename files. I would like to use Hazel to automatically convert Word docs to PDF. I think this best way to do this is with AppleScript. I have searched extensively online, but ...
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How to open or convert old .efx (eFax) documents without PowerPC support?

I have a number of very old .efx documents (from 2004) that were sent to me from the eFax service. They are no longer available on eFax's website (so I can't just get them from there and change the ...
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Possible to open/convert Office 98 for Mac PowerPoint file

Is it possible to open or convert a Mac Office 98 PowerPoint file (.pp)? I don't need to edit it, just either convert it to a more recent version or save as a pdf. I don't have access to anything ...