This past week I had to help somebody upload a photo to a blog post they wrote. They wanted an image--one advocating for racial tolerance--to supplement the article they had written about the roots of racism in America and elsewhere. This particular person had the photo as a .pdf file, but when the image uploader couldn't accept it, she was ready to give up. I tried to convert the pdf to a JPEG within the confines of Adobe. After that didn't work I copied the image in the pdf document but couldn't find a way to paste it to the clipboard to generate an image. That's when I was reminded of my days trying to convert YouTube videos into MP3 files that I could play on my iPod. As it turns out there are a bunch of free online converters for all kinds of things (doc, HTML, RTF, VLC) but what we were looking for was a converter from PDF to JPEG. So, I searched "PDF JPEG Converter" and lo and behold we came across a site that did the trick for absolutely free.
Now, this route would seem obvious for someone like me who has grown up around computers, and has become savvy enough to do atypical things convert one file to another through a web browser. To those less familiar with the internet, or computers in general, it would seem like something that you couldn't do. Although the person didn't express this verbally, I'm sure she thought to herself in her own way "How can I turn this PDF file into a picture I can upload?" The answer sometimes is not so clear, but my only piece of advice from this is to go and ask someone for help, and try to best explain what it is you're trying to do, whether it's conversion or compression. Odds are there is someone out there with a little more experience that can help you out.