Box.net integrates Zoho

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Two weeks back Zoho partnered with OmniDrive to provide online document editing right from the storage service. Yesterday, Aaron Levie from Box.net announced integration with Zoho Writer to open and edit your word documents in Zoho Writer. Aaron mentions in his blog post…

It recently came to our attention that Zoho had opened up their APIs to help fulfill other websites’ document editing needs (credit to OmniDrive). So we quickly whipped up an update to the site that will now allow you to edit your Microsoft Word documents that are stored in your Box. There is no need to download the file you want to view or modify – just select “Edit Document” in the right-click option menu for your .doc file and Zoho will launch a new tab or window with your file! Then, make any edits you want and click “Save” in the upper left hand corner of the Zoho window. This will automatically save your updated file back to your Box.

We’d like to thank Box.net and look forward for further integration. We are very glad to see companies implementing our API and look forward for more such integrations.

For those of you who wish to use Zoho Remote APIs in your applications, below are the links.

Zoho Writer:
http://writer.zoho.com/public/help/zohoapi/fullpage

Zoho Sheet:
http://writer.zoho.com/public/help/sheet.remoteapi

Zoli and Solo Technology also covered this story.

Zoho Notebook launch video @ DEMO 07

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Slowly, the dust is settling now on our recent Zoho Notebook launch at the DEMO Conference. As Aravind said in the previous post, we got a very good response on the Notebook launch. Our coverage list is here. Now the pressure is on us now to deliver a great product :).

Our launch video at DEMO 07 is put up in DEMO website.

What surprised me most was the response to the video I created for Notebook. We have more than 15K views of the video in these 3 days.

Zoho Notebook gets a tremendous welcome

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The announcement of the Private Alpha of Zoho Notebook during DEMO ’07 had a high impact among bloggers and journalists alike. Here’s some choicest quotes from around the net :

Harry McCracken at PC World :

One of the most impressive things I saw here at the DEMO conference (which wrapped up this evening) is a Web service that’s still in a private alpha version. As such, it has every right to be rough around the edges, and it is–but it’s also, in some important respects, among the most sophisticated Web-applications I’ve seen. It’s Zoho Notebook–the latest in an every-expanding array of productivity tools from the folks at Zoho–and while it’s reminiscent of Microsoft’s OneNote note-taking application, I’ve never seen anything like it on the Web. (Google Notebook has a similar name and vaguely similar concept, but it’s not in the same league when it comes to features, slickness, and general ambition.)

Richard MacManus at Read/Write Web :

Zoho Notebook is an online app that works in both Firefox and IE browsers. You can create many different types of content, including text, image, audio, video, drawings. With audio, Zoho Notebook comes with a recorder – or you can get your audio from the Web or in your file system. And with the video, you can insert it from a service like YouTube, or record from your webcam straight into Notebook. Zoho Notebook will also come with a browser plug-in, similar to Google Notebook.

Nick Gonzalez at TechCrunch :

Each notebook allows very fine grained access control. You can publish a book publicly to a static URL, share just a page, or share just an object on a page by granting read and write privileges to other Zoho members. They’ve also integrated Skype status right into the objects, pages, and books so that you can chat to collaborate with the users you’re sharing with. In the release, they plan on also adding a Zoho chat box to provide another way to connect for members not on Skype so you can edit in real time. Each object and page has version controls as well.

Marc Orchant at ZDNet:

… object level control extends beyond layering on the page and allows me to set the access rights of an object individually. So I can create a text box that can be freely edited while providing directions or other information as read-only content. The permissions can be granted on a per user basis which is, as far as I know, unprecedented for an application like this.

Barbara Krasnoff at InfomartionWeek :

The ability to share your work with others is one of the major advantages of online applications. Zoho’s heart is in the right place — the app lets you share whole notebooks, pages, or even separate objects on a page, either by hitting the “Actions” button that is at the bottom right of every object, or the “Share” button at the top of every page.

Rafe Needleman at c|net Webware :

There are several Web start-ups that I see over and over again at new-tech conferences but none that launch a new product at each show. That’s certainly what it feels like Zoho does. “Look, it’s another conference! Let’s launch another product.”So here we are at Demo 07, and of course Zoho’s got something new: Notebook. If you’ve used Microsoft’s OneNote, you’ll grok it pretty quickly. It’s a content editing system that lets you create multiple sheets in one document. You use tabs across the top for major sections, and into each section you can add pages as subtabs that are displayed along the right. I’ve used OneNote, and like Zoho, its notebook metaphor works well for keeping notes and for organizing your thoughts on big, complex projects.

And our advisors, Ismael Ghalimi

Zoho is running faster than anybody else in developing the core technologies that are required for delivering an integrated Office 2.0 experience. You can think of it as the Office 2.0 equivalent of DCOM and OLE. For Microsoft, it took about ten years to get a first version running. For Zoho, it took less than one. Granted, we do not have the same level of integration yet, but it’s coming fast. Really fast…

and Zoli Erdos :

NoteBook is unquestionably the sleekest of all Zoho apps, and a technological marvel. There are clearly specific target demographics, like students, where an All-In-One notetaker is the killer app.

Keith Shaw at InfoWorld :

You’re generally thought of as being crazy when you try to bring a product to market against one giant behemoth. What do you call a company that tries to bring a product to market against two goliaths?

That’s the challenge facing Zoho , which will launch its Zoho Notebook online office application at DEMO 2007. Not only is Zoho trying to convince users to switch from Microsoft Office, but it’s also trying to persuade people not try Google’s online office applications.

We got some very good feedback from Dennis Howlett

When it’s importing a document like a PDF, I’d like an hour glass or something to visually indicate what’s happening. At present you just see a blank screen with notification of activity relegated to the bottom left hand side of the screen. I don’t care what anyone says, staring at a blank screen when you expect something to be happening is scary.

and Stowe Boyd

The limitations of the pre-beta — I got invited — are pretty steep: I crashed Safari, and there are several types of pages I can’t seem to create at all.

But I excited about the bottom-up model of sharing: bits of content can be shared from pages and books independently.

If they can get the niddly bugs ironed out and performance a bit zippier I would be very happy to give it a head-up comparison with OneNote and Stikkit, which is the organizer I am working on at the moment.

And Robert Scoble mentioned it twice, here and here.

Thanks a lot to all you folks and every blogger, journalist & Zoho fan out there who tested Zoho Notebook, took note of the launch, blogged about it! Watch out for more from Zoho :-)

Update : Jack Schofield at Guardian Unlimited declares Zoho as the ‘winner’ at DEMO 07.

Update : Michael J. Miller at PC Magazine lists Zoho among his Top 5 products at DEMO ’07.

Zoho joins hands with Flixn

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Flixn is a small company with a great product. They have an excellent online audio and video recording application done right in Flash. This means you can record audio and video right from your browser with their flash application and embed it anywhere on the web.

I am glad to announce the partnership between Zoho and Flixn. We will be working together to include audio and video recording capabilities in some of Zoho applications. With this partnership, some of the Zoho Applications will have multimedia support. The guys at Flixn are really fun to work with and we are looking for a long term business relationship here.

I am upbeat on this. What do you think about this partnership? Which Zoho products do you think need this capability right away?

Zoho Show : Scheduled Maintenance on Feb 1, 2007

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Update : Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upgrade’s been postponed to tomorrow. It will happen from 9:00 am GMT to 11:00 am GMT on February 2, 2007.

A major upgrade has been scheduled for Zoho Show. Hence the Zoho Show service will be down for around 2 hours from 8:30 am GMT to 10:30 am GMT on February 1, 2007. Just an advance notice & sorry for the inconvenience caused.

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!