Zoho Projects adds more configuration options

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Zoho Projects being used all over the world, our users are a very varied lot. To suit them all, the latest Zoho Projects update introduced quite a few configuration options. The encoding of the mails being sent can now be configured to suit our users’ languages. And the time/date format can be chosen to suit different notations being followed in different parts of the world – am/pm or the 24 hour style for time and dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy and other options for date.

The ‘Powered by Zoho’ logo at the bottom has been made customizable. And it can be linked to the company web address that you provide. Another change is that the users’ First/Last names will be displayed everywhere instead of the email ID.

‘Completed Tasks’ can now be shown or made hidden as need be. And ‘Notes’ of ‘Completed Tasks’ are now made viewable. There were a few bug fixes as well in Gantt charts, ‘My Home’ page and document versioning modules.

Test drive the latest Zoho Projects and your feedback will be much appreciated!

Aren’t you using Zoho Wiki yet?

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Featuring a few Zoho Wikis we came across here.

The Montana Library Association recently conducted their annual conference and here is their Wiki. Uri Levanon of Craze Digital is organizing a music event, muse.net on June 29 in Israel and he has a wiki named MuseNet. Note how beautifully crafted the instructions are in both Hebrew & English, given the fact that Hebrew is written from Right-to-Left! And we find a lot many Wikis being created in many international languages as well – Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, German etc.

Here’s a Wiki for past, present and future Entrepreneurs, the Purdue Entrepreneurship Certificate Program Wiki. And yours truly maintains a few Wiki pages as well 😉 the Zoho Wiki FAQ page and a collection of poems.

Zoho Wiki is free. You can use your existing Zoho ID for logging in or sign-up now. If you are already using Zoho Wiki, do tell us how you are using it.

Zoho CRM : Free for Small Biz With the Outlook Plug-in

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One oft overlooked feature of Zoho CRM offering is that the first 3 users are free. If you are running a small business, Zoho CRM is the ideal fit for you. What’s more, all the features of the priced edition (which is just $12/month from the fourth user onwards) are available in the free edition as well. Yes, that means the Outlook Plug-in too, as numerous free users, like this one here, have asked for. We will be enabling the Outlook plugin for free users within a week, in our next update. Enjoy! If you haven’t already, check out Zoho CRM now.

There’s been a lot of feedback since we removed the “Mass Emailer” option. Our sincere apologies. This feature was being misused for spamming by a very few and this affected Zoho as a whole. We will be re-introducing it with some controls soon. Kindly bear with us till then.

And there’s an exciting major update of CRM coming up this month-end. Am not going to say anything about it other than this teaser : it involves some sort of integration with another Zoho service 😉

Zoho Mail Update – Notification

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Just an advance notice!

We have scheduled an update for Zoho Mail to address some bugs, add features and enhance User Interface. Hence the access to Zoho Mail service will not be available between 22:30 PST and 00:30 PST on Thursday 10th May 2007.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

Multilingual Support in Zoho Sheet & more

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Most of the Zoho apps provide Unicode support which enable our users to enter/store their data in any language. But they had to make do with an English interface which was a slight drawback as far as non-English speakers & online collaboration for teams spread across the globe were concerned. Not anymore.

Today, Zoho Sheet took a major step forward in bridging this gap. Zoho Sheet becomes the first of the Zoho apps (Zoho Mail which is private Beta supports 6 languages) to provide non-English UI as an option. You can now choose to have your UI in one of the 5 languages – English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese. We plan to support many other languages soon. Zoho Writer and Zoho Show will be joining Zoho Sheet in offering multilingual support as well.

Other useful features in today’s update include :

  • Customizing invitation email
  • Email notifications on shared spreadsheet updates
  • Easy recalculation of formulas by hitting F9
  • Use your mouse to select cell ranges while typing formulas
  • Data label option in charts

And more

Zoho Wiki Adds Tags & More

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With the latest Zoho Wiki update, you can add tags to each of your Wiki pages. With tags, you can easily group like pages together and it helps during search too – all pages of a particular tag are listed when a tag is clicked upon.

Zoho Wiki’s sharing feature was facing this issue of the sharing mail not being delivered sometimes, thanks to mail service provider filters wrongly classifying it as spam. Now the link that is being sent is visible to the Wiki Administrator (the owner of the Wiki who sends the sharing mail). If you are the Wiki’s owner & think the mail has not reached the intended recipient(s), you can now copy-paste the link and send it as a separate mail.

Another pretty useful addition is of the URLs in your page text getting auto-linked once you ‘Save’ the page. Your Wiki page name titles if present in the page text will auto-link to the appropriate page as well and mail IDs become clickable too (opens your mail client when clicked).

San Francisco Chronicle’s ‘Tip of the Week’

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David Einstein in his San Francisco Chronicle Computing Q&A column gives this tip :

Microsoft Office, which includes Word and Excel, continues to be the standard for creating and editing documents and spreadsheets — but it’s not the only game in town. OpenOffice, from openoffice.org, is a free suite that’s compatible with Microsoft Office and compares favorably to it.

Another option is a free online suite called Zoho Office, from zoho.com. Although still in beta phase, it’s pretty impressive. The word processor, for example, lets you create, edit and share documents online. It has lots of formatting features, and is compatible with Microsoft Word. You can even upload Word files from your computer so you can edit and store them online, and you can export (download) documents created in Zoho office to your computer as Word files. How cool is that?

Thanks, David & SF Chronicle!