What calendar, zip and PDF conversion software should I use?

Sashank G September 29, 2014
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Hello, I  am looking for:

  1. A good free-to-use calendar app (for PC only), in which I can add my daily schedule and also tasks to do and look at them in a monthly calendar view style. For instance, I have many due dates and deadlines for my works, but I rely on my memory to do the work and remember the dates, hence not being able to plan properly!
  2. A good ZIP package
  3. A tool for converting PDFs into Word documents

Finally, can anyone explain me in simple terms what a web crawler is?!

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  1. Hovsep A
    September 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Cometdocs
    http://www.cometdocs.com/
    i think you need to get comedocs account, it should be free you get (5 conversions weekly per account) Limits can be extended by upgrading to a premium account at any time

    Free PDF to Word Doc Converter
    http://www.hellopdf.com/

    Able2Extract PDF Converter
    http://www.investintech.com/
    excellent but it is 129.95 USD, you can also extract parts of a pdf file to word

    for calendar: Rainlendar
    http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php
    Add Google Calendar events into Rainlendar
    http://wiki.rainlendar.info/index.php?title=Google_calendar

    Oron J already mentioned excellent Zip utilities, you can also check winrar it has also repair function for damaged archives
    http://www.win-rar.com/start.html?&L=0
    not very expensive but you get free upgrades lifetime

  2. Oron J
    September 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    1. Thunderbird (email) with the "Lightning" calendar extension is excellent. There's also a calendar built into Windows Live Mail, but it's not as good. If you have a GMail or outlook.com or Yahoo account, there are calendars built into them too. All of the above allow you to get a monthly view as well as a range of other views.
    2. For ZIP, 7zip, peaZip and IZArc are all excellent. IZArc supports a wider range of compression formats, but the last time I downloaded it, it tried to install unwanted sofware (PUP) on my PC, so I dropped it. You may want to check it out though.
    3. There isn't a single good and free solution to converting PDFs into Word documents. Furthermore, the PDF format was really not designed for this purpose, so no tool will work perfectly. That said, here are some options:
    There are two commercial packages - Abbyy Transformer and Nuance PDF Converter - which have good go at it but they cost money and, well, your mileage may vary. The OCR programs from those two companies can also be used for the purpose, but they cost even more money.
    Serif Page Plus (again, a paid-for package) also does a good job of opening PDFs, into its own documents (you could probably export the documents into Word, never tried that).

    Next, there are free online services such as:
    https://www.pdftoword.com/
    http://www.cometdocs.com/
    http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter/
    http://www.convertfiles.com/
    Having tried a range of such sites, I found that they generally fall into one of three categories - 1) they convert the document into editable text, but the formatting is apalling 2) they convert the PDF into a Word document that looks like the PDF, but each line of text (or sometimes even a smaller block) is placed into a separate frame, which makes the document practically uneditable or 3) they fail altogether. Technology is developing all the time though, so you could give these a try.

    Finally, there are free desktop applications similar to the online ones just mentioned. These I have found to be entirely useless, and would not even bother testing again unless someone recommends them from personal experience.

    And finally, the web crawler... This is explained very well in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_crawler .
    In a nutshell, it's a program (usually running on a server, though it doesn't have to), which goes through web pages to index them or glean information from them. It follows every link it comes across so even it it is started off with just "crawling" one page, it ultimately will come across a large proportion of the pages on the internet.