Introducing Doc Scanner for iPhone

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Very often, we come across a printed article or a document that makes us wish it were available in electronic format. We end up taking a photo of it and saving the image, but the content itself remains un-editable.

We are excited to announce a new mobile app, that can help with such documents – Doc Scanner.

This app lets you take a photo of a document and extracts the content as editable text and can be saved as a document (.docx format) in Zoho Docs as well as Google Drive. Of course, if you just want to save it as an image or a PDF file, that’s possible too, with both Zoho Docs as well as Google Drive.

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When you take a photo of a document to extract the content, you have an option to crop the image before the extraction process to ensure better quality. You can also scan multiple pages as part of a single document.

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The app can extract information from documents in multiple languages including English (US & UK), French, German and Spanish.

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Please note that data extraction quality depends on lot of factors (lighting conditions, the angle at which the photo is taken, images in documents) which will have an impact on the extraction quality, so it cannot always be 100% accurate. In cases where we are not too confident about the accuracy of the extracted text, we display it in light gray color allowing you to make necessary corrections.

Text extraction works best while scanning text documents. Documents with lots of images or tables can be saved as images or PDF files.

The goal of the app is to offer an easy way of extracting content from printed material and we hope you’ll find this a valuable addition to the other utility apps on your iPhone.

The app is available for download in the App Store for $4.99.

The android version of the app will follow soon. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Don’t Blame Zoho for Apple’s Wall Street Miss

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Yesterday after the bell, Apple reported financial results for their fiscal third quarter. And although impressive, they fell below Wall Street expectations. Apple’s stock is so far down about 5%. Many would say that’s well deserved after they delivered a net income increase of only 21% – for a total of $8.8 billion.

In any case, Zoho is not responsible for Apple’s earnings miss.

Let me explain.

Over the past few months, we at Zoho have bought about 2,000 devices for our employees – computers, phones, tablets. Yes, all of them Macs, iPhones and iPads. Although that’s one big order, that’s of course a drop in the bucket for Apple. In any case, we didn’t do it to help Apple either. So why?

Well, we did it for two reasons:

First is that we’re on a quest to create products with better look, feel and usability. Our new Zoho CRM which we launched some time ago and our new Zoho Sites products are two examples of this. Our earlier UI efforts were nascent, but some time ago we became “religious” about it. But… if you spend all of your day sitting in front of the ugly Windows UI, you’re going to feel less inspired when it comes to creating your own product. So we have upgraded most of our team to Mac. Yes, of course we are keeping some PCs around for testing purposes.

Second is that as we launch more and more mobile apps for our products, we want everyone in the company to be able to use them and test them in real-life. So that’s why we gave people a choice between iPhones and iPads.

I was just walking by the “Apple” room where our IT people are preparing the products for handing off to employees. They actually had to camp on a conference room as we don’t, well, do this often.

Yes, all those boxes in the back are full of Apple products. So – don’t blame Zoho for Apple’s earnings miss!

Rodrigo

 

 

Zoho CRM gets an iPad app

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In our continuous efforts to making Zoho CRM available on all mobile platforms, we are excited to announce the immediate availability of our dedicated iPad app for Zoho CRM in the iTunes App store. The iPad app for CRM (a Universal app now for iOS supporting both iPhone and iPad form factors) is designed and tailored specific to iPad dimensions and dynamics blending power and ease of use together.

We have conceived the design for this app keeping simplicity of data access and data entry at the fore-front. We have used real-world objects like Wallet & Business Cards to represent contact information, which will help users relate to information and act upon them instantly. The iPad app comes readily optimized for the Resolutionary New iPad featuring the gorgeous Retina display with access to core set of features as detailed below.

The app helps you:

  • View, Add, Edit, Delete and Search for records in the following modules – Contacts, Accounts, Leads, Potentials, Tasks, Events, Calls and Cases
  • Access custom views that are defined in the online CRM system
  • Work offline even when there is not internet connectivity – Data entered offline will be auto-synchronized with the online CRM system when connection becomes available
  • Email, Call and Locate Address of Contacts on a Map
  • Make quick notes on the interactions you have with your Contacts as Call logs or as a text notes (Voice notes coming soon..)
  • and more…

Here is a brief walk through of the app

That’s not all.. We have also redesigned our iPhone app making it slick and usable compared to the previous version with additional features, the most notable being access to user defined custom views, making it a compelling companion on the go. A comparison of Dashboards of the old version and the new version is shown below:

 

Zoho CRM for iPhone Old Vs New

For more details on the complete set of features and functions of the app, please visit the respective wiki links - iPhone app wikiiPad app wiki

Note: The app is free to download from the App store but users need to subscribe to the Mobile edition of Zoho CRM to use the app. A FREE, full-featured, 15 day trial is offered to test the app before subscribing to the mobile edition package. Enterprise edition users get free read-only access to the app post the trial period.

Try our apps and let us know what you think – you may use the “Feedback” option present within the app or email us at support@zohomobile.com.

Sathish Rajagopalan

Announcing Zoho Sync: Push Mail And Mobile Sync Service

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Zoho Sync for Mobile Devices

We made a new year resolution to keep our services in tune with the ever evolving world, especially with respect to the rapidly growing smartphone and tablet segment. Today, we are glad to announce the release of Zoho Sync for mobile devices. You can now get automatic notifications PUSHed to your mobile phone or tablet when new emails arrive and your device’s local mail, contacts and calendar applications will sync with the web client in real time.

Zoho Sync for Mobile Devices

What’s neat is that this 2-way synchronization happens over-the-air, in the background (provided an internet connection is available) and once turned on, does not require any further manual intervention. So wherever you are, however occupied you might be doing other things, your mobile device will be up-to-date with the latest messages, event updates and contact information.

Zoho Sync functions using your mobile device’s Microsoft Exchange® ActiveSync® (EAS) account support and does not require any additional software. Since almost all the latest IOS, Android and Windows mobile devices support EAS, you can easily enable Zoho Sync on most mobile devices that run on these popular platforms. If you want to sync only mail, only mail and calendar but not contacts and so on, you can specify your options in your device’s EAS account settings.

ZSync Exchange Account Setup     ZSync Automatic Notification

So how is using Zoho Sync better compared to the typical IMAP setup? Let’s see:

  • Instead of your mobile device having to check (poll) for updates at regular intervals, notifications are pushed from the server to the device. This improves battery life.
  • You’ll receive automatic notifications on your phone the instant a new email arrives.
  • You’ll receive automatic notifications about new calendar events and event updates the instant the changes are made.
  • Email, calendar and contacts related actions you perform on your mobile will automatically reflect on your web client and vice versa. For example, when you read an email on your mobile, it is marked as read when you log in to the web client later on.

During our in-house tests, the syncing was smooth on the iPhone, iPad and Windows mobile devices. However, we did experience issues with certain models of Android phones. This is because of limitations induced by the customized Android versions shipped by the individual mobile makers and we are continuously working on overcoming them.

So go ahead and set up Zoho Sync on your mobile device and let it tell you that ‘You’ve got mail!’, as soon as it arrives. Be warned that once you turn on push notifications, your phone could be buzzing continuously and you might get addicted to checking mail. And do make sure you back up data before setting up the EAS account because existing data might be removed.

And please help us by sparing a few minutes in providing feedback about how this worked for you.

Has your phone started dinging yet? Coz…. you’ve got mail!

Update (26th June, 2012): Zoho Sync support is now available in all plans. Previously it was open only to users in organizations with their email hosted under the Zoho Mail Standard 15GB plan. Please request the administrator of your organization to go to the Control Panel and ensure that Zoho Sync is enabled for users. This is explained in the list of Zoho Mail feature updates made on Feb 06, 2012.

Zoho Projects In Your Pocket: Our Web App is Here

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Your projects don’t stop just because you’re away from your computer. And now, with the new Zoho Projects Web App you can stay connected with your projects and your team wherever you are.

The Zoho Projects Web App allows you to access all of your projects while on the go. You are able to see the Project Stream and see what everyone on the team has been up to – finished tasks, new posts, comments, wiki pages and any other activities from the members of your team.

You can also go in and see the tasks that you have open and update their status, any notes and mark them as finished when you are done. How’s that for giving your team real-time info? And if something new comes up while you are out and about, you can also of course add a new task right from your phone.

Our web app is available starting today – and all you need is a Zoho Projects account (including the Free edition). Once you’ve setup your account just head over to m.zoho.com using your phone’s browser (iPhone or Android), and start getting things done, even while on the go.

Rodrigo

 

The Office is evolving – and so are Zoho apps!

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In a recent post titled ‘How the Office is evolving‘, Eric Kintz at Gigaom talks about the transformation of work-spaces from the original ‘cubicle’ concept to the “New Office”.

Excerpts from Eric’s post:

“Today, the physical space is adapting to the way teams work – ad hoc, on a project basis, cross-functional, with team members scattered around the world. We’re witnessing a fragmentation of collaboration spaces.

The “New Office” is an airport lounge on a tablet, a midnight video call on the kitchen counter, a shared table at the office or a collaboration pod for ad hoc meetings.”

Eric also goes on to predict: “The personal space will continue to shrink and become increasingly mobile/virtual. We’ll likely see a day where the office becomes a series of collaboration spaces, designed to connect fragmented virtual teams.”

At Zoho, we’ve been building our suite of Business apps to cater to the needs of the “New Office” that Eric described. Our Apps too, have been constantly evolving in tune to the collaborative, cross-functioning, geographically fragmented nature of work and work-spaces.

All our apps can be accessed while you’re on the move, or from wherever your “New Office” happens to be at the moment. Integrated chat, document management and inbuilt sharing features characterize all our apps and enable geographically dispersed teams to work closely together.

Also, as the New Office becomes increasingly mobile, we’re expanding our Apps offering to work seamlessly across portable devices.

Check out these Zoho Apps we’ve launched for mobile and portable devices so far:

  1. Zoho Mail optimized for iPad
  2. Zoho Invoice for Android
  3. Zoho CRM for iPhone and Mobile Web
  4. Zoho Docs for iPad
  5. Zoho Invoice for iPhone
  6. Zoho Docs for iPhone

There’s more to be added to the list soon. Meanwhile, we’re excited to be a part of this emerging “New Office” culture!

(Image courtesy: stock.xchng)

Zoho Mail is now optimized for iPad

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Apart from launching native apps for Android and iPhone, we are continuing to improve our web applications optimized for mobile devices. Our mobile web app http://m.zoho.com has been optimized to work on most of the smart phones. It currently has Zoho Mail, Calendar, Documents, Creator, CRM & Invoice optimized for the phone form factor.

Today we are excited to announce the iPad optimized interface for Zoho Mail. Our iPad optimized version can be accessed from http://m.zoho.com. If you want to try this from your desktop, use http://t.zoho.com. Once you login, you can navigate to Zoho Mail app by tapping on the Mail icon. Other apps listed in the home screen will currently direct you to the phone optimized version of the interface. We do have plans to optimize other apps for the iPad as well as other tablets.

The iPad optimized version of Zoho Mail works in both portrait and landscape modes. You’ll find all the key features with in the app including navigating to folder, labels, views etc. You can also access multiple mail accounts, if you have them configured.

We also experimented a little bit with a good range of themes for this iPad interface. If you want some change to the way your mail interface looks, you might want to give one of our themes a try.

This update also greatly improves the phone version. While you’ll see some changes in the user interface, we put in lot of work behind the scenes to speed up the app. I am sure you’ll notice the difference.  

You’ll notice two parallel approaches to our mobile strategy. 1) Optimizing our apps for mobile devices and 2) Offering native apps. We will continue offering both options moving forward. Meanwhile, we’d like to hear your feedback on this new iPad optimized version of Zoho Mail.

PS: If you prefer using Zoho Mail on the iPad Mail app, follow these instructions.