launches OpenBox – Integrates Zoho

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One of our API Partners announced OpenBox, a platform to integrate web apps into their online storage. They integrated Zoho into their platform for previewing and editing documents and spreadsheets online. Here are some screenshots…

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We talked about similar integration earlier. But with this announcement, they moved this one step further by integration other web applications into their app and giving the option to the user on choosing the application they prefer for previewing and manipulating online content. With this move, is leading the way and defining the direction for online storage by integrating a wide variety of online apps.

More information is available here. We are looking forward for more such integrations.

Updates, Updates, Updates….

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Over the last few weeks our teams have been busy rolling out many enhancements to existing applications. Just in the last few weeks we rolled our several updates to different applications. Here are the recent ones…

All these updates happened in the last 2 weeks. Over the next few weeks you’ll see some other great enhancements to existing Zoho Apps. Anyone willing to take a guess on what’s coming?

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Zoho Wiki Update : Embed Writer/Sheet/Show Files & Name Your Wiki Pages in Any Language

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With the latest Zoho Wiki update, you can now easily embed the public documents of Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet or Zoho Show in a Zoho Wiki page easily. Clicking on the ‘Z’ icon will bring you the list of public files in Zoho Writer/Sheet/Show and you can choose which file to embed.


You can now have your Wiki page names in any language. Before, you could name pages only in English. Try these latest features in Zoho Wiki.

Enhancements to Zoho Notebook

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We made several enhancements to Zoho Notebook in a recent update. Here are the highlights of the update…

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You’ll notice a new Hand Tool (ht.png) in the drawing toolbar on the right. This tool helps you easily scroll through the content inside a page without selecting any content or using scrollbars. If you used hand tools in desktop image editing apps, you’ll feel right at home.

You might have seen the addition of more shapes in our previous update as well to this drawing toolbar.

Books Navigation
In our previous version, when you had many books created, a scrollbar appeared for books list. In the current version, we added a ‘More’ option at the bottom which brings up a simple way to view your existing books without a scrollbar. Here is the new look. Looking at the book icons, you can now easily differentiate between personal books and shared books.



Increased Page Tab Size
Many of you suggested that we increase the size of the page tab. We did that with this update. You’ll notice that the horizontal size of the page tab is almost doubled. We plan to enhance this section further by proving more alternatives for page viewing. More on that later.

Recently Used Colors:
We enhanced our color palette to remember the recent colors used in your notebook. This enhanced palette can now remember up to 24 recently used colors in your notebook.


Cover Page
When a notebook is published, a cover page will now be added by default along with the name of the book, owner name and other information.

Apart from these changes, you’ll notice an enhanced look to our tool bar along with some bug fixes. If you’d like to see some enhancements in Notebook, do let us know.

Update : Zoho Plugin for Microsoft Office

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We are pleased to announce several new enhancements to our Zoho Plugin for Microsoft Office. Users can download the new version of the plugin here. The salient features of this update are :

Option to keep a local copy

This is a nice little feature wherein users can keep a local copy of the existing document/workbook that is available in Zoho Writer & Sheet. To achieve this, users just need to enable the check box “Keep a local copy” when they are logging in to access their documents from within Microsoft Word/Excel.

There is also an option to create a new Zoho account from the Zoho Plugin credentials page. Click on the “New Zoho User? Sign Up” link to set up an account with us. This is for the users who have downloaded the plugin but are yet to sign up for Zoho Services.


Added a new tab – Local Documents

Now that the users can have a copy of the online document/workbook in their local drive, there is a new tab “Local Documents” added to the “Add-Ins” option in Word/Excel. Users can access the local copy by clicking on this particular tab. Locally downloaded documents/spreadsheets are password protected now. Users are asked to provide Zoho account password when opening a local copy of the document/spreadsheet. The enhanced security is to prevent unauthorised access.

Users also have the option to delete the local copy. Click on local documents tab from Add-Ins, select the document & choose delete button to perform the above operation.


Offline editing of documents/workbooks

User can now edit their documents/workbooks offline using the local copy and can sync up the updated offline version with the online version of the document/workbook in Zoho Writer/Sheet by connecting to the internet, signing in to their Zoho account from the Add-ins tabs in Word/Excel and then choosing the option “Save in Zoho Writer/Sheet”.

Multi-user Support

Our earlier version of Office Plugin did not allow the guest user of Windows to access the documents/workbooks. Now guest users (as opposed to only allowing users with Administrator privileges previously) who have an account with Zoho can access & edit their documents/workbooks in MS Word/Excel.

Do have a go at the enhanced Zoho Office Plugin and let us know your feedback.

NaNoWriMo : Pen your novel using Zoho Writer/Wiki

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It’s that month of the year when you try your hand on writing a novel – the National Novel Writing Month. Why not try it this year with Zoho Writer or Zoho Wiki? A few screenshots with explanation of how you can go about in organizing your novel in Zoho Writer/Wiki.


My sample novel is divided into 3 Books. Book 1 consists of 3 Chapters, Book 2 – 2 chapters and Book 3 – 3 Chapters. Each Chapter is a Zoho Writer page


I tag each Chapter with a common tag, ‘nanowrimo’ and with the Book which it belongs to

Try using the newly released Mozilla Prism. You get to use the entire real-estate of your monitor screen area. No distractions offered by a typical browser as well.

Alternatively, you can use Zoho Wiki instead of Zoho Writer for writing and organizing your novel

Once you complete the novel, you can publish it to the world using the easy publish options available in Zoho Writer and Zoho Wiki (making the Wiki as public). Your comments are welcome on other possible ways that Zoho can help authors in writing a novel this November. Enjoy NaNoWriMo with Zoho :-)

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