In order to connect Xiaomi Yi Dome camera to PC, you would need to download their companion software. At the time of writing this, their Windows PC app isn’t quite finished yet. It needs quite a lot of work, in order to work with its devices. Nonetheless, we have collated all the information that we got at this time. Read along to know more about it. [Read more…]
In this post, we will walk you through the steps to resolve If Windows 10 Does Not Detect Second Monitor After Upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1. These days, it is quite common to see a multi-display setup. Desktop monitors are more affordable than ever before and multiple monitors are no more confined to workplaces only. As the bezels become thinner, scaling across monitors becomes nicer. Windows 10 should automatically detect the new monitor as soon as you connect it. However, in a lot of scenarios, this does not work as expected. You might encounter this when you upgrade from an earlier version of Windows. A lot of users from the online forums have complained about various issues and we thought to address it here. Read along to know more about what to do when Windows 10 Does Not Detect Second Monitor. [Read more…]
Why do you need a Free PDF Converter?
PDF’s are the de facto standard for document formats, just as much as Microsoft Office. Generating PDF’s from Microsoft Office is as easy as “Save As” > Save as PDF. Many a time, you would convert your PowerPoint presentations to PDF’s before sending them over to your clients. You might do this to protect your content, or to hide your instructor notes. Whatever might be the reason, converting PDF’s back to its original format is just not easy. There are no “Out of the Box” tools available in Windows to do this. This is where a Free PDF converter comes handy. Since there is a strong use case for it, the internet is flooded with such tools. So, how do you choose? Offline vs Online converters or just freeware stuff. Online tools are helpful and easy to use without the need to install any applications. But, would you take the risk of uploading your confidential documents to an unknown website just because it is free? However, not all are bad. Trustworthy Websites such as freepdfconvert will give you online document conversion facilities at a cost. What’s more, they will also give you a developer API to add these functionalities to your custom app. However, if you want a true free pdf converter offline, then we would recommend you the PDF Converter Elite.
PDF Converter Elite 4.0 is a Free PDF Convertor App for Windows
The PDF Convertor Elite 4.0 is a Windows application that enables you to convert your PDF’s into well-known file formats. Currently, the following file format’s are supported:
- Microsoft Word (.docx)
- Microsoft Excel (xlsx)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (pptx)
- Microsoft Publisher
- OpenOffice (.org)
- HTML (Standard)
- AutoCad (DWG and DXF Formats)
- Image (jpeg, png, gif, tiff, BMP)
In addition to this, you can do the following:
- Create or “Print to PDF“
- OCR capabilities to extract Text from Images
- Create PDF’s from more than 300 file-formats
Testing the PDF Converter Elite 4.0
We downloaded the App from their website and spent some time playing with its functionalities. First, we tried to convert a pdf (originally a pptx file) into a PowerPoint file. It worked with flying colours. We had some presenter comments which got removed once we exported to pdf from Microsoft PowerPoint. When we converted it back from pdf to pptx, it was 99% restored into its original format with minor hitches. The presenter comments were all removed (or lost) but some of the images got distorted. See our screenshot below:
However, that did not turn out to be a major issue since 99% of the slides were perfectly fine. I don’t think it would take a lot of time to make those minor adjustments before moving on. Next, we tried to convert the same pdf into a word document. In our case, since the source was originally a PowerPoint file, the word document output was neatly separated by each slide on separate pages.
Next in line was converting a pdf file to excel. To test this functionality, we created a data-grid extracted from a SQL Server Analysis Services data model. We converted the pdf into an excel spreadsheet. This worked out as expected. The output file lost all the formatting it originally had, but we were expecting that to happen. Once the data is in excel, you can easily make new charts and reports with a couple of clicks. So yes, it works just as you would expect. 5/5 for that!
Here is how our source file (pdf) looked and check out the output that we got below:
If you wanted to convert the excel back to PDF again, it will not restore the formatting that it originally had. This is because the formatting was lost when you converted the pdf file to excel. The free pdf converter does it again and passed our test with flying colors.
Next, we tested out the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality by importing the pdf image file that contained the data grid. We selected the option “PDF to Text” from the convert menu and got the following results.
The output extracted the data pretty well and we are surprised to see the results. This functionality will definitely help a lot of data analysts. Extracting data from an image file is definitely an added plus.
This is definitely an essential software for users who deal with large volumes of mixed PDF content. Even though we did not get to test the other file formats like AutoCad and Openoffice, we are confident that it will work as per specifications.
Overall, the Elite 4.0 is an awesome free pdf converter app for Windows and we highly recommend it.
If you are from India you would probably be familiar with Reliance Jio telecom service provider. They are a new entrant and stormed its way through the telecom space. In order to familiarize yourself see my previous posts. I have already spoken about how to make calls using the Jiofi MiFi device. I have also spoken about the MiFi device setup and Jio Tariffs. A lot of the users, using the Jio MiFi devices complained about the device going to Standby mode after 30 minutes. In this post, I will explain how to prevent and disable JioFi MiFi device reaching standby. [Read more…]
Introduction to the Reliance Jio 4G MiFi Device
Reliance Jio is a (relatively) new entrant in the Indian Telecom space with Pan India 4G license for both VoLTE and Data. Apart from releasing Lyf branded smartphones, the company also released a MiFi device. Branded as JioFi, the device costs ₹2899 (Now 1999 after launch or approximately $43.18). The device is currently being offered with 3 months of free and unlimited phone plus 4G Data (Valid Till December 31st, 2016). Reliance Jio is currently offering free sim cards to certain branded phones like Asus, Panasonic, Samsung, LG and others. The JioFi device also comes with a free data sim. The configuration steps are fairly simple. In order to know how to configure and setup your Reliance JioFi 4G Mifi device, read along.
How to Fix and Resolve Windows 10 Anniversary Update Known Issues
As we know, Windows 10 anniversary update is currently being rolled out to its customers starting August 2nd. This is the biggest update post its release in 2015 with added features, bug fixes and security updates. This is mostly a mandatory update and will be pushed and downloaded on all client PC’s running Windows 10. However, users who have already downloaded this update are reporting problems with freezing issues and other error messages. We have consolidated all the current issues into one post. Here we talk about how to fix and resolve windows 10 anniversary update known issues.
How to Fix Freezing issues Post Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Currently, there are a couple of threads running on the Microsoft forums about frequent freezing issues. If your system is unstable, or some driver or device is not functioning properly, “Rollback” to your previous installation when things were stable. In order to achieve this, perform the following steps.
- Go-to the Windows recovery Console by following these steps.
- Select “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced Options” > Go back to the previous build.
You can follow this article, if you need help to enter Windows Setup.
You can subscribe to the ongoing Microsoft thread for a future solution.
Don’t forget to do a “Disk Cleanup” of your PC post the “Roll Back”
Alternate Solution to Freezing Issues in Windows 10
- Uninstall any Antivirus software before doing anything else and restart your PC. There is a new Windows Defender with Real-Time protection available in the Anniversary update. Ensure the latest definitions are updated.
- Login to “safe mode” using the steps mentioned before.
- Create a local user which is not associated with an MS account
- Login to your PC with the new local account that you have created.
- Ensure that the Windows Defender is Activated and Up-to date.
- Once complete, restart your system.
- Now, Login with your actual Windows account associated with a Microsoft Account.
Other Solutions From The Community
Install the latest drivers for all the devices to ensure full compatibility. Several Users have confirmed that updating the latest drivers solved their issues.
Disable the Windows Store Service to check if this resolved the problem. The “AppXsvc” service needs to be disabled in order to achieve this.
In order to permanently disable this, you can change the Windows Registry value as follows:
Set Start Value to “4”
Windows Store will not function properly if this service is disabled
How to Fix Error Code “0x800F0922” and “0xc1900104”
This issue is mostly due to slow or no internet connection. Window is unable to connect to the “Update Services“. Also, ensure that you have enough space on the “System Partition”
How to fix driver compatibility issues Error “0x800F0923”
It is better to ensure that all drivers are updated. Go-to “Device Manager” and check if there are any exclamation marks on any of the drivers listed. Try Updating the driver or removing it. Restart the system and see if it fixed the problem.
Mostly, all of the Pre-Installation issues are resolved by restarting the PC with some exceptions.
Hopefully, this was helpful.
If you are an Android mobile user and use a Windows PC at work, receiving all notifications in one place sounds like a good proposition. Microsoft is offering just that. Using the Cortana App on Android, it will push your Android notifications to your Windows 10 PC. Sounds interesting? Here is how to enable Android notifications on Windows 10 PC using Cortana. [Read more…]
Introducing Clearbit Connect
So what is Clearbit Connect you ask? It is a Chrome Browser Extension. It works in conjunction with your Gmail personal or business account. After Rapportive was acquired by Linkedin, it lost most of it’s useful features and created a void in the market. Knowing that there would be users looking for an alternate solution, Clearbit developed Connect. Clearbit may not be a known company to many in the consumer space. However, in the Enterprise market, it already serves data to established startups like Sales Force, Slack, Zendesk, Adroll, Asana etc. It already provides many API’s to scrape data from the web from Publicly available data sources. Currently, the San Francisco based Clearbit builds a suite of business intelligence APIs. Their aim is to help companies find more customer relevant information for lead generation and fraud reduction. Clearbit aims to be the data backbone for data driven businesses. Powering everything from credit checks, marketing, to lead scoring and Digital marketing. So what does Clearbit Connect do? Read on to know how to find emails and contact details of any Individuals using Clearbit Connect. [Read more…]
All You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Issues
Windows 10 has been arguably the most successful Windows yet from Microsoft. With over 350 Million users at the time of this writing, it is currently the second most used operating system. The leader of the pack is the old and faithful Windows 7. However, things will change once the large enterprise accounts moves over to Windows 10. The Windows Anniversary update is the second major update post Windows 10 release back in 2015. Here is all you need to know about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. [Read more…]
Resolve and Fix IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Error in Windows 10
A lot of users are complaining of error messages and BSOD’s (Blue Screen of death) on online forums. BSOD’s can happen due to a variety of reasons. Driver issues, System File corruption, faulty RAM modules etc. In this post we are focusing on a specific scenario. A scenario where you upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. After the upgrade, you might get this error message. In this post, I am going to talk about how to resolve and Fix IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Error in Windows 10. [Read more…]