Google Drive tries hard to help you convert files between formats, as I’ve discussed in previous posts. Sometimes, though, you need to perform a conversion that’s too much for Drive – of a particularly large file, say, or a conversion between formats that Drive can’t perform.
Cometdocs is a useful tool for these occasions. Cometdocs is an extension for Google Drive that creates PDFs and/or converts PDFs to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Images and a range of other formats.
Available free from the Google Store (there’s also a paid version, more of that later), this extension can be used directly inside Google Drive, with any created / converted documents left right there in your Google Drive account.
The interface is pretty straightforward, allowing you to choose the type of conversion you want to carry out:
The app also provides an interface where you can upload files, convert, transfer and host them.
I tried a few conversions that would be tricky without Cometdocs; here I’m converting an 8MB PDF – a complete textbook – to Word’s .docx format.
This conversion takes a couple of minutes, while an animated display keeps you in touch with progress.
The overall standard of conversion was pretty good. The image below shows the PDF and Word versions (both displayed by Drive).
Understandably, where document formatting is more complex there are slight discrepancies, but that’s also true of the import and conversion filters built into regular office applications, so it’s hard to complain.
In addition to converting documents, Cometdocs users can send them to third parties via email, store them (e.g. as backup files), manage and preview files online and share them publicly.
For some of these added features like file storage and sharing, free registration is needed. There’s also a modestly-priced Premium membership offering increased usage limits and some additional features such as multiple uploads and OCR processing. For non-professional use you may find the free version is all you need – see the comparison chart here.
Overall, a very handy tool to have if you regularly have a need to convert and manage documents (especially large ones) and Drive doesn’t have the tools you need. If that’s the case, I recommend you give Cometdocs a try.
This is an independent review based on personal opinion. I have no commercial or personal connection with the authors of the product reviewed.