Confusing file conversion software

Convert a variety of documents into other file types, if you can figure out how.

Neevia Document Converter Pro allows users to convert a variety documents into different formats. Although the program works well, it isn't always easy to figure out how to use it.

At first glance, the interface doesn't make much sense; after a few minutes of clicking around, we headed for the Help file, which comes with the program as a 98-page PDF. Thorough, yes, but a bit overwhelming, especially for users just seeking the basics on how to get started. Once we determined how the program works it was fairly easy to select a folder full of documents and convert them to another format. Although the program's publishers focus on the program's ability to convert a variety of documents into PDFs, it actually supports multiple file types. We chose to turn a folder full of Word documents into JPEGs, and the program had the task completed in a matter of moments. We liked some of the program's extra features, such as the ability to have the program automatically convert e-mail attachments to PDFs and then mail them back to the users. However, some simple tasks, like converting a single document instead of a batch of them, were unnecessarily difficult to figure out. It's a shame that such a seemingly powerful program is undermined by its unintuitive interface.

Neevia Document Converter Pro is free to try, but leaves a watermark on all documents created with the trial version. It installs without issues but leaves folders behind upon removal. We recommend this program to intermediate and advanced users who are already somewhat familiar with file conversion software.

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