Add Shapes to your Zoho Show presentation

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With the latest update of Zoho Show that happened a few minutes before, you can now have shapes inserted in your presentation (needs Flash 6+ plugin in your browser).

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Other than the above, a couple of other features have been added too. Whenever you make a presentation public, you can now mail your friends directly from inside Zoho Show (informing them that you have a presentation made). Another handy feature is the showing of the first slide as a thumbnail when you click on a presentation under ‘My Presentations’.

Try the latest Zoho Show now.

The NYT mentions Zoho again

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In an article titled “Help With Your Business, Often Free, on the Web” (requires free subscription to view), Eric A. Taub while writing in the ‘Small Business’ section, has the following to say :

While Microsoft Office is the standard product for creating documents, slide shows and spreadsheets, some no-cost alternatives can create documents compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

With Web-based software, available at sites like Thinkoffice.org and Zoho.com, users can grant access to others to read and change a file, without having to e-mail the document or keep track of the latest version. Files are kept at the company’s servers rather than on the user’s PC. And because the products are Web-based, they can be accessed using any operating system, but not necessarily any Web browser.

Thanks to Eric & NYT! If you are a small business owner, Zoho is an ideal companion for you. Check out the free apps on offer at http://zoho.com.

ps: Zoho has been mentioned in main stream media like the NYT & the WSJ before. More on this here & here.

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.