Subscribing to Zoho Calendar on iPhone/iPad

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Earlier this month Zoho Calendar stepped out of Beta adding several new features including Calendar subscription. This means you can now view your calendar events in native clients. 

We received several requests for viewing calendar events on iPhone. Zoho Calendar can be accessed through your mobile browser @ http://mobile.zoho.com (or m.zoho.com). But if you want to view your events on the native Calendar application, follow these instructions.

First, you need to enable Remote URL for the Calendar you want to access on you mobile device. To do this, go to your Calendar Settings > My Calendar, choose the Details option of the Calendar you want to view. Choose the ‘Sharing’ tab and check the option ‘Enable private address for this calendar’. Choosing the iCal URL will allow you to copy the private URL for your calendar. Once you copied the private URL, transfer this to your iPhone/iPad (email it to yourself) and copy the URL on your iPhone.


Do not publish this URL anywhere. Doing so will expose your calendar information. If you did this my mistake, the ‘Reset’ option will regenerate the URLs (making the previous ones invalid).

On your iPhone/iPad, go to Settings App, choose ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’ and choose ‘Add Account’. Tap with
the ‘Other’ option and choose ‘Add Subscribed Calendar’ option.

         


In the next screen, paste the URL from Zoho Calendar and choose the ‘Next’ option.

       


This will validate the URL and will allow you to name your calendar. Choose the ‘Done’ option to confirm your settings.

You should be all set. Your native Calendar application you display your events from Zoho Calendar.


Collaboration (Sharing & Publishing) Options in Zoho Reports

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Being a SAAS BI offering, Zoho Reports provides many advantages when it comes to collaboration. Instead of emailing spreadsheets around, data and reports can be shared online and can be accessed from anywhere, anytime from a browser.

Zoho Reports provides many fine-grained options too, of what a shared user can/cannot do with the data/reports
shared – like read only access, exporting of data, viewing the underlying data etc. Not just that, you can also provide permissions for your colleagues to upload/add data and to analyze & develop the reports shared, thus enabling true collaborative analysis. Below, we explain how to go about with the different collaboration options available in Zoho Reports.

The first slide show explains the various ‘Sharing’ options available in Zoho Reports.

And the second slide show explains the ‘Publishing’ options.

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Hope you liked the powerful collaboration options available in Zoho Reports. Try them out and do mail your feedback to support@zohoreports.com.

Accessing Zoho Mail on iPhone/iPad through IMAP

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You can access Zoho Mail on any mobile device from http://mobile.zoho.com, if you have a decent browser. But if you prefer using the local email client on your mobile device, you can fetch mails from Zoho Mail through POP or IMAP. We recently introduced IMAP support in Zoho Mail and today I want to expand on how to configure this on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.

Before you can configure your mobile email client, you first need to enable POP/IMAP access for your email account. To do this, go to Email Settings > Personalize > Email forwarding and POP/IMAP and enable either POP or IMAP. Here are the instructions for POP and IMAP.

Once you enable IMAP, you can now follow these instructions on your iPhone to receive/send emails.

Go to Settings App > Mail, Contacts, Calendars >Choose ‘Add Account’ and ‘Other’ option.

In the next screen, choose ‘Add Mail Account’ and provide the details like Name, email address (username@zoho.com), your Zoho password and a description of your account.

In the next screen provide Incoming Mail Server (imap.zoho.com) and Outgoing Mail Server (smtp.zoho.com) 

Once the details are verified, you should be all set. You can now open the mail app to fetch emails from Zoho Mail. In case of IMAP, mails read on your mail client will be marked as read on Zoho Mail client as well.

Configuration instructions are similar for iPad as well. In case you need additional details to configure IMAP, here we go.

Incoming Port: 993

Outgoing Port: 465

SSL: Yes

Outgoing Mail Server Requires Authentication: Yes

Hope this helps. If you face any issues, please let us know. 

New in Zoho Projects: Bug Tracking

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Zoho Projects allows teams to collaborate and get things done. And today we are excited to announce the addition of an extra piece of functionality: The Bug Tracking module. Now teams can collaborate and get software projects done, taking advantage of all the other collaboration tools that Zoho Projects has to offer. No software product is ever perfect. Bugs and improvements are an unavoidable part of any technology product. But what really makes a difference is how these bugs are tracked, prioritized and fixed.

Zoho Projects’ Bug Tracking module is a powerful issue submission and bug tracking system that helps organizations and teams submit, track and fix software bugs. 


Submit Bugs
We all know that a bug report is more useful the more factual and detailed it is. When using Zoho Projects’ Bug Traking module, users have multiple ways to tell the team what and where the bugs are. The rich text editor is just the start – a user can also attach multiple files (screenshots, movies and pretty much any other kind of file) that might help the developers fix the issue. In addition, the user might also choose to enter more specific information, for example, what particular software module this bug is related to, of how severe this issue is. When submitting a bug, the user also has an option to assign the bug to a particular user and setting a number of other configurable flags.

You can also define your own rules that will enable you to organize the bugs and perform actions such as changing the severity, priority, module and assigning the issue to a user when there is a change in the bug status.

Track Bugs 
We offer several ways for the team to track all the bugs related to a project. The Bugs list offers at-a-glance view of the bugs that have been recently opened, and offers multiple filtering options (by status, owner, severity, etc). Keeping track of the actions for each bug is easy in the History section, which shows what changes each bug has gone through, by whom and when. Of course, the Bug Tracking module also allows you to find the issue you are looking for with advanced search options.

A flexible workflow pattern lets you define your own workflow, for example, when to get notifications, what the different status for a bug can be, etc. You can define custom workflows for different departments, groups, projects and even specific bug types. In addition, you can change the default workflow as per your project requirements.

Fix Bugs
No, Zoho Projects will not fix the bug for you… you still need to reproduce and debug by yourself. But it will make that process a LOT easier. By using all the tools that Zoho Projects has to offer, such as the built-in chat, discussion forums, Project Stream and more, your team can easily collaborate and find a solution for all the existing bugs. Other Zoho tools, such as Zoho Assist (that allows for screen sharing and remote control), take that one step further. 

We invite you to learn more about what our new bug tracking functionality has to offer. And to celebrate the addition of this new major piece to Zoho Projects, we are running a limited-time special promotion: you can get unlimited projects, including the new bug tracking module for less than $60/month (With an annual subscription. It actually comes down to $58.28/mo, but… who’s counting?). And no, that is not per user. That is total, for an unlimited number of users. Sounds crazy? I’ll tell you what’s crazier than that: not to sign-up!

Rodrigo

Announcing the Zoho Recruit API

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We are happy to announce Zoho Recruit’s Application Programming Interface (API) to all our partners, customers and developers. Now you can push or pull data into or from Zoho Recruit modules. You can now integrate with any Zoho services, third party applications, portals or websites. Your application can be in any of the programming languages like Java, Python, ASP, etc.

Some of the scenarios for which you can leverage Zoho Recruit’s API :

  • Integrate with your HR systems
  • Create candidate/client portals in your web-application
  • Publish job openings in any custom formats 
  • Listing job openings based on industry, location, etc. 
  • Categorize the job openings based on custom status

Winston Taylor, an IT recruitment services and consultancy, recently had a need to show the current job openings in their homepage in a customized format. Using our API, they integrated Zoho Recruit‘s job openings module in their website, which allowed them to display their job openings in a customized way.

Try our API and share your feedback with us.

Stay tuned for more exciting features!

Zoho Viewer now supports WordPerfect Documents

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Zoho Viewer now supports the Corel WordPerfect Document (.wpd) file format. Many of our users had requested support for this file format. There are lot of wpd files actively used in businesses such as for Legal documents, Architectural and Engineering specifications etc. Such documents can now be viewed online without needing to install any software. The wpd file format is supported in our Viewer APIs as well. Here is the full list of supported file formats: http://zohoviewer.wiki.zoho.com/Supported-Files.html

Note: We have a limitation of images not showing up in wpd files. We are trying to support this.

With this update, you will also notice formatting improvements and faster upload time for docx, doc and rtf file formats.

Give Zoho Viewer a try and send us your feedback to support@zohoviewer.com or post it on our discussion forum. We are working on a much improved PDF viewer as well. Stay tuned.

New Features in Zoho Mail

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This week we rolled out yet another update to Zoho Mail with more goodies. Most of these features are driven by user requests. Here are some highlights of the latest update.


Drag & Drop Folders 


You can now move folders in Zoho Mail by simple drag and drop. Select the folder you want to move and drag it to the destination and drop it there, if you see there green icon. This is one of the most requested feature and it is currently live.


Coloring Labels


A new color palette is now available for labels. To change the color of a label, just click on the existing color of the label to open the palette and choose the desired color.



Customize Label display


You can now customize the look and feel of the labels in the Message view pane. Apart from displaying the complete label name, we added a new option (under Settings
> Customize Layout > Label Display) which just displays only the color of the label.  

View the Message Size

Message size can now be viewed from the Message listing pane. The view can be customized either to display or to hide the message size as per the requirement.


Sort the Messages by Subject/ Sender

The messages can be now sorted by the sender or the subject in the message listing pane. To sort by sender/subject, just click the label ‘From’/’Subject’ in the message listing pane. A small triangle pointing upwards (ascending)/downwards (descending) will be displayed next to the label clicked.The messages will get listed in the chosen order.


Drag and drop to change POP Accounts order 

When multiple POP accounts are configured, the users can now determine their preferred order to fetch emails from the multiple accounts. The order for the multiple POP accounts can now be changed by simple drag and drop. To configure this, go to Common settings > select POP accounts tab and change the list order to the desired order by drag and drop. Select ‘Save’ in the confirmation dialog.

Open Message in tab

Message settings can be customized to open the message in a new tab. The default setting will open the message in the preview pane. This can be changed by choosing ‘Popup’ or ‘Tab’ from the ‘Open message in’ option under common settings. You can also right click on any message and open it up in any of these three ways.

Create Folders in a single click


You can now create folders/ sub-folders in a single click. To create a new sub-folder just right click on the parent folder, select ‘Subfolder’ and name it. You can als
o rename a folder by simply double-clicking the name (or right-click, rename).

These are some of the changes we made in the latest update. There are several other minor ones. We hope you like the update. If you’d like to see any particular features, please drop us a comment.