How people use Zoho Sheet

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Here is a sample list of how people use Zoho Sheet:

1. www.whenkilledlikeroosters.com uses Zoho Sheet and other Web 2.0 tools to enable collaborative ranking of albums and songs. The list of songs sorted by the score / rating is listed on their website using the Publish Range feature in Zoho Sheet. Check out the following links :

http://www.whenkilledlikeroosters.com/albums/
http://www.whenkilledlikeroosters.com/participate/

Notice how seamlessly it integrates into their website.

2. Brad at www.circuitcalculator.com, has created this online calculator long back using Zoho Sheet to find the width of a PCB trace based on power dissipation. This can even be embedded into a web page / blog now.

http://circuitcalculator.com/wordpress/2006/04/20/find-pcb-trace-width-based-on-power/

3. InnovativeCommunities.org embeds lot of published ranges and graphs in one of their pages:

http://innovativecommunities.org/pages/30.php

4. 1920yankees.blogspot.com uses Zoho Sheet for recording baseball scores. Check out the Box Score link at the top and the published range at the bottom.

http://1920yankees.blogspot.com/2006/12/june-9th-yankees-11-tigers-3.html

5. Here is nice analysis of participation inequality taking the rating of YouTube videos as an example. Zoho Sheet is used to do the analysis and to embed the interactive spreadsheet in this blog.

http://21st.blogspot.com/2006/10/participation-inequality-new-pareto.html

6. WebtopOS opens up Zoho’s office tools from the Web Office Tools icon on its web desktop.

http://webtopos.com/alpha/Demo/webtop/

7. Our friends at Jambav have created this interactive “parenting stress level checklist” in Zoho Sheet and have embedded it in their website for parents to try out.

http://www.jambav.com/jambav/checklist/parentingstress.php

How are you using Zoho Sheet? Do share your story with us on our discussion forum – http://forums.zohosheet.com/viewforum.php?f=138

Zoho features in PC World’s “The Web’s Most Useful Sites”

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Ryan Singel at PC World looked at the best of the new Web services in 14 categories and has his results at “The Web’s Most Useful Sites“. While Zoho Writer won the best word processor, Zoho Sheet came runner-up in the spreadsheets category.

Zoho Writer features a hideable list of documents divided into sections for private, shared, and public documents, plus templates. Like Google Docs and ThinkFree, Zoho Writer can publish items directly to a blog and can save and import a range of text document formats, from Microsoft Word to HTML. With a plug-in for Microsoft Word, you can save from that application directly to your Zoho account.

It includes most of the common word processing features, from multiple undo to find-and-replace to extensive text formatting. You can also edit the HTML of a document, but the feature is so hidden you must use the search box to find it. Besting both Google and ThinkFree overall, Zoho handles multiple documents in a single window via tabs and lets you embed a Zoho spreadsheet in a Writer document. Modifying the spreadsheet automatically updates the Writer files.

Zoho Sheet’s clear icon-based controls, snappy response, intuitive keyboard navigation, graphs, and sharing options (which let you decide who can read particular worksheets in a document) make this an excellent tool for collaboration. It should improve as Zoho adds real-time collaboration and integrates it with other office offerings.

Thanks to Ryan & PC World! And thanks to all you Zoho users whose continuous feedback suggestions have kept us doing the right things, making this possible! Expect more from Zoho in 2007.

Zoho Apps in 2007?

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SaaS-a-fras asks a question in his recent post about new products from Zoho in 07.

How many new products will Zoho launch in 07?

Frankly, we dont know the answer for this. While we surely will release some apps, no one (including Zoho) can answer this question.

A decision to do a product could take few months in some cases to couple of hours in other cases. The source of ideas can be from anywhere. They come from internal teams in some cases or it could even come from you…..oh yea…you guys force us to do some products. Let me give you an example. Earlier this year when we released Zoho Writer and Sheet we didnt have fixed plans on doing a presentation app. But then users started asking us about release dates of our presentation app when we didnt even decide to do a presentation app at that point. More users kept asking us about the presentation app and that fuelled the development effort. We quickly setup a team for Zoho Show (during Jan) and then released Zoho Show in June. Now thats all history. The point is, we dont know how the market will turn out to be in 2007….and we also dont know in what direction you’ll take us by forcing us to do some new apps :). Things change at a great pace and its really tough to say how many new apps we will do in 2007.

That being said, we will release some apps that we think are essential for Zoho suite. If you do have ideas on some products you think will add value to zoho suite, please do drop is a line (info at zoho dot com) and we can talk.

Zoho Wiki Update

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We had an excellent response to the Zoho Wiki release. Thanks to all who have created their Wikis and sent us your valuable feedback comments! We have collected some blog posts and news articles across the net mentioning the release. This Zoho Wiki page has all the details.

We had an update yesterday which fixed a couple of bugs. Many Zoho users have underscore as part of their user names. And when this underscore got transferred to the Zoho Wiki sub-domain, it caused a few issues. We addressed this by automatically converting the underscore in the user’s name to an hyphen. So a Zoho Wiki domain like http://arvind_natarajan.wiki.zoho.com will now automatically redirect to http://arvind-natarajan.wiki.zoho.com.

We received a few feedback mails from our users saying that an error page got displayed and the Wiki they created could not be accessed. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused. Analyzing this, we found that such accounts weren’t formed fully due to a bug. For correcting this, we would like only those users who created an account but couldn’t access it and got the error page with the message “Server Error Occurred. Please try again later or please write to us at support@zohowiki.com” to delete and re-add their Zoho Wiki by following the below procedure :

  1. Login to https://accounts.zoho.com.
  2. You will find Zoho Wiki listed under ‘My Zoho Services’
  3. Click on the ‘Remove’ link for the Zoho Wiki entry.
  4. You will be asked for your password and confirmation. Once you confirm, the ‘Zoho Wiki’ entry will get moved to the ‘Try other Zoho Services’ table below.
  5. Now click on the ‘Add New’ link of the Zoho Wiki entry
  6. Zoho Wiki will get re-added to the ‘My Zoho Services’ table again
  7. Clicking on the Zoho Wiki link will open your Wiki in a new browser tab/window and you should be able to access your Wiki now

Please do mail your feedback suggestions and queries about Zoho Wiki to feedback at zohowiki dot com.

Introducing the Zoho Wiki!

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It’s time for yet another new product announcement from Zoho. Presenting to you the Zoho Wiki. Mike Arrington at TechCrunch has a great post about the release. Important features of the product include :

  • All standard Wiki features
  • A powerful WYSIWYG editor (Zoho Writer’s) that includes features like spell check, revision history, difference between any two versions and reverting to any older version
  • Another big plus is the grouping functionality. In addition to having your Wiki as public (by default) and private, you can make your Wiki be viewed and/or edited by a selected group of members
  • The Zoho Wiki uses the Zoho Single Sign-on, meaning you can use your existing Zoho ID to access it (no need for separate sign-up/in)
  • Embedding of objects into your Wiki pages like a Zoho Sheet chart, a Zoho Show slide show, a Zoho Creator application/form or a YouTube video. Visit this Zoho Wiki page for more.
  • Other than the Wiki associated with the user name, a user can create 2 more wikis with his Zoho account. And there is no limitation to the number of pages per Wiki too. All this for absolutely free.

A few screenshots from Zoho Wiki as an embedded slide show below :

Launch as slide show

Try the all new Zoho Wiki and do tell us your valuable feedback.