DOCX has become a worldwide document type standard and you no doubt deal with these files fairly regularly if you use Microsoft Office. But sometimes you want to prevent your documents from being altered by others. And it seems rather handy to have them converted into an image or PDF file to prevent any misuse. Previously we’ve covered a ton of applications that let you convert text documents to viewable-only PDF or image files or vice versa. DocuFreezer is a new tool from the folks at fCoder that easily and effectively batch converts Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG.
To see how DocuFreezer works its magic, let just run through the workflow. When you launch the program, here’s what you see. The interface is quite simple but the tool does perform its specified purpose. The UI comprises a sidebar to the left which basically carries the options to add or clear files. At the bottom, you will find all the options to specify output format and directory of the converted file.
To get started, you can either drag and drop your document files over DocFreezer’s interface, or click ‘Add Files’ or ‘Add Folder’ to do the same. It should be noted that the application requires Microsoft Office 2010 or newer to be installed on your system as it uses an API that ships with it to work properly.
When it comes to input format support, DocuFreezer can work with a range of file types. I tried throwing in DOCX, PDF and XLS files at it, all of which worked absolutely like a charm.
On the output front, you can convert files to PDF, JPEG, TIFF and PNG, and DocuFreezer lets you configure additional settings for each format type under Output Format Settings window. For instance, you can specify whether you want to convert to PDF-A or regular. Likewise, you can adjust output quality of JPEG. You can also specify custom ‘Resterization resolution’ (set to 200 as default).
When you click ‘OK’, the specified settings are saved, and the next step is to click ‘Start’ on the main application window to convert your files. The program notifies you about the success or failure of each conversion.
The major drawback with DocuFreezer is that it requires Microsoft Office 2010 or later to be installed in order to utilize its APIs to perform document conversion, which may limit its appeal. But other than that it’s a good program to convert documents to PDF or image files.
DocFreezer is free for personal use but requires the purchase of a license for commercial use.