Announcing Zoho Notebook

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I have a good news and a bad news today. The good news is, we are announcing Zoho Notebook, our latest addition to Zoho Suite. The bad news is, you’ll not be able to play with it right away :(.

Zoho Notebook is an interesting application that is similar to your spiral bound notebook where you can write, draw or doodle, but this being a web application, you can add different types of pages to it. One page can be a photo page, another a word processor page, another a Spreadsheet page, another page can be an application…and the list goes on. To each page you can add different types of content such as text, images, audio or video (thanks to our partnership with Flixn) or even your business content. Notebook also comes with some drawing tools that can be used along with your content.
Zoho Notebook does three things well….

  1. It helps you create different types of content.
  2. It helps you aggregate content from multiple sources or applications.
  3. Fine grained collaboration

Please check out this demo video on YouTube which illustrates each of these functionalities better (You should excuse me for this amateur video. This is the first one I ever created.)

Here are couple of screenshots.

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Please let us know your comments/suggestions.

Update:  Our launch video @ DEMO 07 is available here showcasing couple of additional features.

Wassup in Zoho World

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Pete Thomas has been a regular user of Zoho Creator and he’s many blog posts on us. In his latest post, he thanks the Zoho Creator team for the help they have been extending him. Kudoes, Creator team :-)

At Connected 2.0, Alex lists Zoho as one of the 10 web apps one can’t live without. Rhea Therese Lucas from Phillipines has just started using Zoho Writer and is liking it for the flexibility it offers her in switching between 3 PCs.

Zoho’s big fan Craig, has been working on a cool Yahoo widget for Zoho. He’s gotten into some trouble while fiddling around with the Zoho Writer/Sheet API. Hope we will be fixing the issues Craig’s been having soon.

As DEMO ’07 is about to start, Graeme Thickins lists the DEMO ’07 companies with a few words of what each company does. Against Zoho, he has ” Zoho / AdventNet – Pleasanton, CA – www.zoho.com – CRM & office productivity apps, incl ZohoWriter”. Don’t forget that Zoho’s there in DEMO ’07 for announcing something new!

On-demand version Zoho VO Update

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The On-demand version of Zoho Virtual Office had a major update today, which is primarily focussed on providing a new User Interface. The goal of this new interface is to make it more easier for the users to use Zoho Virtual Office effectively.

The Quick Preview of the mails has been replaced by a new Fixed Quick View to decrease the loading time and make it more faster. With this new design, users will have the choice to use the application’s real estate in the way they want it.

Along with these UI enhancements/changes, some minor bugs have also been fixed. Try out the latest Zoho Virtual Office and put your comments below or write us at support(at)zohovo(dot)com.

Zoho CRM – Update

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It’s been a long time since the last post for Zoho CRM. Studies are going on for improving the calendar and other related modules for now. Also some of the previous usability and UI updates which were not implemented earlier might get into the application in the coming days. Will update more on the process later.

- Dharma

Sorting of poll results in Zoho Polls

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The sorting of poll results feature is provided in Zoho Polls. It applies to both vote polls and rate polls. You can sort the results based on votes in vote polls, rating in rate polls and you can also sort based on items. To restore back to the default view, click on the default view icon provided just below the hide link. Screenshots are provided for your reference.

Default view of poll result,

Shown is sample for the sorted view of poll result based on rating.

Zoho @ DEMO 2007

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We are happy to announce that we have been selected to unveil our new product at DEMO 07: a pinnacle event with the unparalleled reputation of identifying the best-of-the-best and the real trends-in-the-making.

DEMO 07 • FIRST
The Launchpad for Emerging Technologies
January 30-February 1, 2007
Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, CA

We hope you’ll join us as we launch our latest product for the very first time. If you are not registered yet, you can do that @ www.demo.com/D7promokit (special offer with $600 off)

What is Zoho announcing @ DEMO 07? Well, you’ll have to wait till Jan 30th.

If you are attending DEMO, please drop me a line. I’d love to chat with you during the conference.

OmniDrive becomes perfect with Zoho

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Early last year I talked about Shortcomings of existing online storage solutions where the primary issue was upload/download. Once you have your documents uploaded to online storage solutions, you have to download them to view/edit them. This defeated the purpose of having online storage and hence online storage solutions were used more for backup than being your extended drive.

All of this is history today. OmniDrive, the online storage solution overcomes this limitation by integrating Zoho Apps. I call it ‘The Perfect Online Drive’. What does this mean? Well, if you have your documents online in OmniDrive, you can view/edit these documents just by double clicking on them. The documents then are opened in Zoho Applications. As of today you can open Word, HTML, txt and ODT formats in Zoho Writer. Next week this will also work with Zoho Sheet and Show as well.

Apart from viewing/editing documents online, you can also create new documents directly from OmniDrive.

It was really great working with OmniDrive on this solution. Look forward for more integration. Below are couple of screenshots.
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Here is the article on TechCrunch.

Here is the announcement from OmniDrive.