Resource: Zamzar

Have you ever tried to edit a pdf file, been frustrated by the impossibility of that, and ended up rebuilding the document in word or Indesign? How about saving a video from your phone and then trying to share it? Zamzar, a web-based file conversion tool for converting documents, music, images, and movie files, can help you out. This multi-file type conversion tool has been around for a few years and gets favorable reviews from both Wired and Lifehacker.


There is a free version, a basic version for $7, or a pro account for $16.  Zamzar’s free version does limit the size of the document that you can convert to 100 MB, and you then have to click on a link to get to the converted document, but it works!

I tested it by uploading a PDF which I wanted to convert to a word document. After  a few minutes, I received an email with a link to download the converted document. Amazingly, the formatting, including colors, was all there.

PDF document that I started with.

Converted document using Zamzar – a docx. Formatting stays the same.


Oral Communications – Prepare your Speech

Mid–semester reviews approach next week for Arch 401 and Arch 403.

Last week you all participated in an oral communications workshop.

Today I would like to review and reinforce the ideas of preparing your speech.


Speech Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Attention getter
    2. Orient your audience
  2. Central Idea – Purpose
  3. Body – remember broad to narrow specificity, and parallel structure for your speaking phrases
  4. Conclusion
    1. Summary
    2. Clincher


Let your drawings inform your outline. There should be an order to the drawings on the wall.

Remember that your audience is our faculty, maybe some invited guests, and your classmates. Include all of them.

Make eye contact as you speak, and smile once in a while.

Practice what you will say, even if it is in front of a mirror.

Good Luck.