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This is the Best Simple App for Converting Images 
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This is the Best Simple App for Converting Images 

Patrick Lucas Austin, Gawker Media

If you've ever needed to upload an image or two, or deal with a scanned document, you know about all the headaches that come with conversion, and how finicky sites get with different file types.

Turning scanned images into a PDF either requires some image editing know-how or a trip to an online conversion site where your data is uploaded to God-knows-where and converted for you. It's not exactly easy, and definitely not secure.

To prevent sending your data to unknown third parties, use Mac app Alchemy . It handles the converting for you, turning multiple image filetypes into PDFs, JPGs, and PNGs.

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It lives in your menu bar where, when clicked, it'll open a drag and drop window. You can also access it straight from your keyboard by hitting ⌘+Shift+8. From there you can throw in multiple images of differing file types and select whether you'd like to convert them into JPG or PNG files, or merge the photos into a single PDF.

It only handles a few file types for now, though you'll be able to convert multiple images to a single GIF soon as Alchemy adds more supported filetypes in the future. It's an open-source app, so you can also monitor its development on its Github page .

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