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Title: Zamzar  
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Language: English
Subject: Portable Document Format, List of PDF software, YouTube
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Web address
Type of site Online file conversion
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English
Owner Mike and Chris Whyley
Launched 29 January 2006; 8 years ago (2006-01-29)
Alexa rank positive decrease 4,549 (November 2013)[1]
Current status online

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

User privilege levels

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

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

Legal issues

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

Naming etymology

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


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