SSL Support in Zoho Creator

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We are happy to announce the SSL Support for Zoho Creator. This is one of the long pending feature requests in Creator. We are glad that we could give SSL support which will pave the way towards the Business Edition of Zoho Creator. As of now SSL Support will be free for Editing and Accessing your applications. In future, SSL support for accessing the application may come with a premium charge.

To access Zoho Creator with SSL support, point your browser to or use the “Secure” link found near the login box in .

SSL Option

The main feature of SSL support is that you can restrict the access of your applications only through https. When you enable this option for your application, http access to your application will not work and only https access will work. You can find this option in the Application Settings while Editing your application.

SSL Support

In the broader picture, we plan to extend SSL capabilities to all Zoho apps. Meanwhile, please try this new update and let us know your feedback.

Zoho DB & Reports Update – Filters & Search, Multi-character set, New Chart Types and more…

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It’s been quiet sometime since you heard from the Zoho DB & Reports team. We all have been working hard under the hoods to get Zoho DB & Reports better. Thanks to all of you for the overwhelming response to Zoho DB & Reports and for the great feedbacks you all have posted. All your feedbacks are really keeping us very busy. 😉

We have been incrementally adding new features and at the same time fixing important and glaring issues in the service. Just thought of summarizing the important features that had been rolled into Zoho DB & Reports in the past couple of weeks for you to keep tabs on.

Filters and Search in Tables:

This has been a major limitation in the service so far. Now you can filter or search data in the table using the “Filter Fitler Icon”  option in the tool bar. We have provided variety of options to filter the data based on the type of the column. We have also ensured that it is very easy to use and self-explanatory.

Filters & Search Snapshot

Support for data in Multiple Character set:

This feature has been one of the most sought after by users across the globe. You have it now in Zoho DB & Reports!!. Now users can import data in different character set and do any type of data manipulation and reporting.

New Chart types:

In our first release we only had 5 types of chart supported (basic Pie, Line, Scatter, Bar and Table). Now we support 14 chart types including Web Chart, Stacked Bar, 3D Pie, 3D Bar etc., Still lots more coming ….

New Chart Types

Groups support for easy Collaboration:

Now you could create a Group for each database and associate a set of users within it. View creation, sharing etc., could now be done easily at the group level rather than at each user level. This would facilitate much easy collaboration in a team environment.

Highlights of the Group feature:

  • Database owner will have the permission to create a Group and add/remove users to it
  • Tables and Views can be shared to the Group (apart from individual users) by the Database Owner
  • Users in the group could create their own views
  • Users in the group could share their views to the group. (They cannot share it to members outside the group)
  • Only Database owner will have the permission to share any view or table outside the group

 Group Feature

More In-built Formula Functions:

We have also added good number of inbuilt functions that you could use in your Custom Formulas when you add new Formula column in your Table or Tabular View.

Uploading more data into Zoho DB & Reports:

As the scale of usage of Zoho DB & Reports by users are expanding, we have been receiving requests to enable uploading more data and also to increase the maximum size limit. In case you have such a requirement, please contact us to support at zohodb dot com so that we could assist you.

Give the features a try and let us know your feedbacks as always. Apart from this, we have also fixed quiet a number of issues since the first release.

Work is in progress on a number of interesting features which are coming up very soon. Stay tuned…….

Zoho Projects now part of Zoho Single Sign-On

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Are you using many of Zoho’s apps and signing in separately to Zoho Projects everytime? Not anymore. Zoho Projects, the easy online tool for project management is now part of Zoho’s single sign-on system. You can now use your Zoho ID (or the email address you used while registering with Zoho) to login to your Zoho Projects account. If you are logging into Zoho Projects for the first time using your Zoho ID, you’ll be asked to choose your domain name.


If you have an account with Zoho Projects alone, you can use the same email address and password to access other Zoho apps now as well. If you face any issues in accessing Zoho Projects, do leave your comment below or write to us at

Conduct Online Meetings & Manage your Customer Interactions for Free

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Michael Hayslip has a great post explaining online meetings & how desktops can be shared easily. From his post,

An online meeting can be defined as a session where you and at least one other person are collaborating on a project in real time via your computers. … An online meeting has the benefits of a face-to-face meeting without having to be in the same place.

And Michael explains how Zoho Meeting helps you do the above for free.

With Zoho Meeting, only the meeting host needs to sign up for an account. Others do not need an account in order to join an existing meeting. Once you sign up for a free account, you can begin hosting meetings. It is a very simple process and only takes a minute or two to get started.

For now, the free version of Zoho Meeting is able to handle my meeting needs pretty well. Currently, there is no limit to the number of meetings you can hold or participate in, or the number of participants that can be in a single meeting. … Zoho Meeting works well behind a firewall and uses SSL encryption for security.

Mike Muise has this to say to his readers about free CRM,

Zoho CRM is a free customer relationship management suite (up to 3 users). If you require more users, there are paid options. I have been trying it for my day-to-day tracking of prospects and sales opportunities for 2008. The interface is clean, simple, but best of all it is fast. Something that not all CRM solutions can boast. It also runs cleanly in my browser, Firefox (take note other CRM providers!). As far as what I have used it for so far, I give it a big thumbs up.

Thanks to both the Mikes for the their nice blog posts!

Sneak Peek – CRM Themes update

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Time for little visual changes. Yes, we are updating the color themes in Zoho CRM. Here is a sneak peek of “Nature” color theme that is under development.



Nature Color Theme - Zoho CRM

Also you can rate the existing color themes in this URL :

– Dharma

Get the max out of Zoho!

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Pai writes about using Zoho Creator and Zoho DB & Reports.

You can now build powerful and sharable databases online for free thanks to websites like Zoho. You don’t even need any special database development experience to create online databases that you can access any time from any browser.

Zoho DB & Reports offers the best “Free” online database service, hands down. It is extremely easy to create your own database and the performance is impressive. The databases run rather quickly which was a pleasant surprise. There doesn’t appear to be any limits in place for the number of databases you can create for free nor how large they can grow so I do not know how many records a Zoho database can contain. You can share any database with anyone you want by simply adding their email address and sending them a link.

Zoho Creator is another database creation service they offer but don’t get them confused. While they describe it as a Database Application builder, it does a lot more than that. Zoho Creator is a lot more complex than Zoho DB so it will not be as easy to use straight out of the gate. It offers an excellent interface builder for creating customized forms for your database application. They now even offer the ability to build database applications for the mobile platform and have their own API for those interested in building more complex databases.

Samuel Dean at Web Worker Daily & Rick Broida at BNET Business Hacks recommend Zoho DB & Reports too.

One of the good personal finance blogs that we follow is Ramit Sethi’s. Ramit in a latest post of his embeds Zoho Sheets to show how one can track the money being spent. Joseph (Joe) Kennedy has a nice chart of when to run your home appliances and save on your electricity bills. PGE customers in Portland, please take note. For others, you can prepare a similar chart. Publish it in your blog and it’ll benefit you & your readers. From Joe’s post,

Running at the wrong time of day can cost double or triple what it costs to run in off-peak hours. At current rates, that can add up to a few dollars a month. Granted, it’s not always convenient to do a few loads of laundry after 10pm. But, if you run one load a night, to keep up with the laundry generated, that wouldn’t be so bad.

As an aside, I love Dump Microsoft Office. Zoho is online. It’s free. It lets you save your documents into a format compatible with office. And easily embeds in your blogs. Nearly a dozen other tools, as well.

Ranjan Verma twittered about a Zoho Creator app which will search/compare different mutual funds. Hope we will get to see it in his blog (another one I follow for tips on personal finance & stocks!) soon.

Consulting Pulse writes about the Web 2.0 technologies & programs they use and which of them are worth paying for. About Zoho, they have this to say:

What did I ever do without an online word processor? Just one year ago I was happy wandering along in desktop land with my version of word, then I came across this in an internet search.

Absolutely changed the way I work! Today ALL of my documents are backed up on Zoho, all of my reports are there, I write the first drafts of my posts there and I am starting to use other elements of the service as well. For example, I am dead keen to learn about their project management software and will probably be starting a project there shortly.

If (when?) I ever go into business for myself Zoho will probably be my office productivity suite of choice.

Shameless Reviews (what a name!) on Zoho:

Everyone knows that MS Office XP dents the pocket. Worse with MS Office Vista. You’ll gurgle money to the tune of $300 for a bloated app that tends to require patch after patch. What would you give to have the functionality of MS Office without the price tag? (free) Visit Zoho Office. Don’t worry, you aren’t buying MS Office software online at some discount shop. You’re actually going to word process and spreadsheet your data fully online.

Imagine: now my laptop need to strain and groan under 2GB of bloatware! Once you zoho [Note to Zoli : here’s one more person using Zoho as a verb!], there’s no coming back. I know I’m hooked

Thanks to all the bloggers above for using Zoho! Be it a program to monitor your weight, tracking your monthly spend, reducing your electricity charges, investing in the right MF, backing-up your documents / database or managing your projects, remember, Zoho is there to help you out :-)

ps : Site24x7, our website monitoring service is offering a 40% discount till this month end. Head there if you want your website(s) availability monitored round-the-clock.

Business at the Margins

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There is an interesting discussion started by the NY Times article on corporate IT spending, and how it will be hit in a recession, but won’t collapse like it did in 2001. TechCrunch followed up with a piece on how IT spending restraint may actually be good for new companies that promise cost savings.

As I said in my comment in TechCrunch

It is useful to remember that both Salesforce & WebEx thrived during the last recession – in fact they were relatively unknown during the last boom. Cost was a major part of the reason they thrived in the bust.

It is not an all or nothing proposition: adopting a suite like Zoho doesn’t mean abandoning or throwing away the investment already made. With our MS Office plug-in that is exactly the message we are touting – don’t throw away, augment what you have. Adoption can be very tactical and very gradual. And that business-at-the-margins is more than sufficient for new vendors to thrive – at the time of their acquisition by Cisco, WebEx was pulling in about $250 million a year, which wouldn’t qualify as a rounding error for Microsoft, but a nice chunk of change for a new company.

That is what we believe in here at Zoho. Our business plan does not depend on, and never depended on, a mass move away from the desktop, which is unlikely anyway. We wouldn’t put out tools like the Office plug-in if we believed users will abandon Office wholesale. Instead, we will earn our initial business at the margins, enabling greater productivity with what customers already have, stretch out their replacement cycles and so on.

We already receive a large number of enquiries from happy users who want to adopt Zoho in their businesses and actually pay us (reminder: the personal edition is free, and will remain free). We tell them we have set some goals for integration across the Zoho suite, with more business-friendly features, before we take their money. That is what our team is working hard on.

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