Zoho in Forbes

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The Forbes technology section, has a study titled “The Best Web-Based Computer Applications For Small Business“. Zoho Writer was awarded as being the best app in the Word Processors category & Zoho Sheet came a close runner-up in the Spreadsheets category. Some excerpts from the article :

Zoho Writer is in some ways superior to Microsoft Word, because it automatically creates an HTML version of your document on the fly and handles images better.

Zoho Sheet is a close runner-up to Google Spreadsheets, and in fact, it bests the Google app in several ways. It lets you create charts, for example, and you can export to a wider range of formats, including Excel, OpenOffice, CSV, HTML and PDF.

Zoho Writer can export files to many formats, including Word DOC files, Rich Text Format (RTF), text files, PDF, HTML, the Open Office SXW extension and OpenDocument’s ODT format.

As for collaboration, it’s got what you need. It’s simple to invite others to view or get read/write access to a document. Bloggers will appreciate its ability to link directly into accounts for Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress and TypePad, and to upload your current document as a post.

Thanks to Forbes & congrats to the other winners and contestants.

ps: The above Forbes study also appeared in TechWeb/CRN here.

Zoho UI

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Dan, who tried Zoho a couple of days back wrote:

However in using them [Zoho] I was very disappointed to find that each program had a *totally* different look-and-feel to them – they were, in effect, four entirely separate applications. They in no way felt part of a suite, and do not have any of the advantages outlined above.

Craig, who has been following Zoho’s progress, too wanted to know:

how serious is Zoho taking the UI experience of the users out there?

We do take in feedback from users on their experience with Zoho and are only too glad to hear what users have to say on the UI and how comfortable they feel while using Zoho.

That said, it is true that there is some lack of uniformity amongst the Zoho applications. Of all our applications, users might have noticed that Zoho Writer and Zoho Planner have similar UI. Zoho Projects, our latest offering too adopted the same. This is just so that they all look like a part of the same suite. The users can be rest assured that other services will soon follow the familiar Zoho Writer UI, as a part of hooking all the pieces of the Zoho suite.

Embedding zoho show presentations

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A cool feature added in recent Zoho Show update is the ability to embed presentations anywhere on the web. This can be powerful and there is nothing like it (based on my limited knowledge) on the web today that makes this functionality possible – unless you create and save your presentation as flash object.

To demonstrate this functionality, I created this sample document in Zoho Writer and inserted a presentation into it here. 

If you want to try this functionality, first make your presentation public (Actions –> Make Public) and then use Embed Slideshow option (Actions –> Embed Slidehow) and copy the code given and paste it anywhere. To set the slide show, use the ‘Set Show Timing’ option (Action –> Set Show Timing)

More on this later…

Raju