Techlearning recommends Zoho Writer

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Barbara Bray in the PDQ (Professional Development QuickTips) column at techLEARNING writes about using Zoho Writer as a free web based word processor. From the article :

Have you ever worked on a computer that didn’t have a word processor? How about using a Web-based word processor? Zoho Writer’s “Online Word Processor” provides all the tools you need to write and Email your document to yourself or save it in your online document folder.

Zoho Writer not only lets you create your own documents but also allows you to share your document to collaborate with others. You give permission for your friends to read only or read and write on your document.

Thanks Barbara & techLEARNING!

Sales Presentation using Zoho Show

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Here is the sample sales presentation which embeds charts from Zoho Sheet & forms from Zoho Creator. Please fill your feedback in the form embedded in the presentation after seeing the presentation.

http://www.zohoshow.com/public/mani/Sales_Presentation
Steps followed ( Just 5 simple steps to follow ) :

1. Create chart using Zoho Sheet.
2. On mouse over in chart, you can see “Publish” option. Click on that to publish your chart.
3. A HTML code snippet will be given in the popup. Copy that HTML code snippet in Zoho Sheet
4. In Zoho Show slide, click on “Insert HTML” toolbar button ( <> ). In the popup, paste the HTML code snippet copied from Zoho Sheet.
5. Close the popup & you will see the chart embedded in your Presentation.

You can follow similar steps in Zoho Creator to embed the form in your presentation.

Try using Zoho Show for your next presentation & share your experience with us.

Zoho Writer recommended at the School Library Journal

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Chris Harris, in the August issue of the School Library Journal writes,

Save a document with your desktop word processor and there it sits. Sure, you can move it around using the Sneaker-Net on a USB flash drive or e-mail the document, but there are serious limitations. Save a document using Zoho Writer and it is available wherever you can access the Web. You can share the document with read-only or read/write permissions with a simple e-mail invitation. Or you can make the document public and allow anyone to read what you have written. The options don’t stop there; you can also automatically post it to a blog, export it to a PDF file, or even save it in the standard DOC format for use in Microsoft Word.

So the next time you are collaborating on a project with a teacher down the hall, a librarian across the district, or a national committee, why not try Zoho Writer? Or if your school discourages students from bringing documents from home to school on storage drives, why not introduce students to an online word processor?

The whole article is available here. Thanks, Chris!

Export Data: More Options. Useful Options.

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“I want to bookmark this view”
“I want to download the records too”
“I want to take away few records, less is good for me.”
“What if my view is private, can I still send a permalink to my friend?”

When someone gets so many varieties of questions for a particular feature. All one have to do is provide answers carefully and present them neatly on the screen. This will make feature evolve by itself into something more than a novelty.

This time in Zoho Creator, ‘Export Data’ was the luckiest feature to get such questions. We analyzed each user requirement carefully and started to enhance the feature. Our challenge was to present all the options in a simple n straight forward way. The end result is what you see here below.

Zoho Creator- Export Data

Its just the same easy to use interface which we had earlier, but with few useful options added.

More Export Options-
Apart from the existing export formats – Spreadsheet, HTML, PDF, CSV and TSV. You can see RSS Feed and JSON Feed added to the list.

Download or Get Public Link-
Now you got two options to export your data, either download in various formats or use ‘public link’ (permalink) for bookmarking.

I will just give you an example how useful ‘public link’ can be. If you want to export records as pdf and send it your friends. You might straightaway download the pdf document and send it, right? But what if new record gets added to the view sometime later? This will not get reflected in the copy you sent to your friend. So, in this case instead of downloading the data, you can make use of the ‘Public Link’ url. The view accessed through the ‘Public Link’ url will always be up-to-date.

Export only filtered and searched records.
You can export only few records which you have limited by searching or filtering, easily now. Whenever you have filtered/searched records in the view, Zoho Creator automatically provides you option to either download ‘All Records’ or ‘Filtered Records’.

Zoho Creator - Export Filtered/Searched Records

Get Permalinks for the Private View
When you have made your view as private and wanted to have a permalink. Just ‘Enable Private Permalinks’ to get a ‘Private Link’ for the respective export formats.

Export Data - Private permalink
Another useful mention is that you can disable this “private permalink’ anytime you want to. Zoho Creator generates different encrypted url each time you enable it.

Try them and share your thoughts with us.
~Roughic

Zoho puts India on the Web 2.0 map

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Richard MacManus pointed us to an article in the August issue of Business 2.0 magazine. The article identifies 23 of the most influential/innovative Web 2.0 sites developed in countries other than the USA. And Zoho is among this elite group!

The article has the following to say about about Zoho (Writer),

Like Writely.com, a service recently purchased by Google, Zoho is going head-to-head with Microsoft Word by building word processing into your browser. Zoho Writer lets you export and import Word documents from your PC or create new ones online and share them with anyone. Zoho also offers Zoho Sheet, an online spreadsheet and Zoho Planner, a to-do list that can be shared by groups.

Thanks to Erick Schonfeld! Also, from Richard’s post, “The Business 2.0 article isn’t online yet, but you can view it via Olive ActiveMagazine (pg 106).”

The Star Ledger mentions Zoho

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Allan Hoffman at ‘The Star Ledger‘ in an article titled ‘Internet Software challenges
Microsoft
‘ had the following to say about companies trying to offer web-based alternatives to the MS Office suite, citing Zoho as the primary example.

Trash Microsoft Office.

That’s the message from a number of startups offering alternatives to Microsoft’s well- entrenched programs for word processing, presentations and spread sheets.

In providing alternatives, these companies don’t just trot out garden-variety software. Their programs are Web-based, meaning you don’t have to install and update software on your personal computer; the programs simply run from inside your Web browser, mimicking the look and feel of typical desktop applications. To top it off, they’re free — at least for now.

Too good to be true? Well, yes and no, as I learned after trying out Zoho (www.zoho.com), one of the innovators in Web-based tools competing with Office.

As with other applications in the trend known as Web 2.0, Zoho requires nothing more than a quick sign-up in order to get started. Unfortunately, Zoho requires separate accounts for the programs in its office suite — Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show and Zoho Writer. But once you have your accounts and sign on, you’re up and running, with an application inside your browser ready to create text documents, craft presentations or perform cal culations.

Anyone familiar with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word should have a relatively easy time using these programs.

Among Zoho’s applications, the spreadsheet and word processing programs, in particular, provide many of the features frequently used by typical PC users. When you need to share your work with users of Office or other software, you can easily export (or import) your documents to standard formats.

The applications are particularly suitable for college students and mobile professionals interested in storing their work online, accessible from any computer. Others will enjoy Zoho’s sharing features. Zoho Writer, for instance, lets you make your documents public for others to read and offer comments, while Zoho Show will display your presentation online — a handy way to share a presentation with colleagues.

The software does have limitations. Zoho Writer only gives you seven different font sizes and limited font styles, while Zoho Show doesn’t offer anything close to the flexibility of PowerPoint.

That simplicity is a hallmark of many of the Web-based applications aiming to serve as Office substitutes.

We are working on a single sign-on and that should make things much easier for everyone using Zoho. And as is typical with any Web 2.0 application, like Zoho Writer & Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show will continue to evolve rapidly too.

And about tools like Zoho being web-based, Allan (like many others) had this to say,

Despite everything offered by these tools, I doubt droves of people will be abandoning Microsoft Office and other desktop office tools anytime soon. That’s not be cause of features or performance, but access. Unless you’re online, you don’t have the ability to run these programs.

Thanks to Allan for taking note of Zoho! And an answer to his concerns may be as stated here.