Zoho Writer – Blogger Reviews

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There have been several reviews of Zoho Writer by bloggers & technologists alike. I would like to point out some of the posts here.

Jeff Clavier says, Zoho Writer is “quite rich functionally” & it is “fast and responsive for a web application”.

Ismael Ghalimi writes, “the Googlish look-and-feel makes it a great complement to Gmail, while the WYSIWYG editor is very close to Microsoft Word’s user interface, therefore creates a feeling of instant user familiarity”

Dan McCrea at innerphaze in his lengthy “Ajax Office Review” observes Zoho Writer’s “nice interface” & “post to blog” feature (Dan, Zoho now supports WordPress API too)

Mike Arrington at TechCrunch wrote about our Alpha & his judgement was it is “as good as the rest”.

Kevin Millman pointed out the lack of auto-save (it sure is happening every 45 seconds, Kevin) & sloppy look & feel.

At BlogIsEverything.com, we have a good HowTo with screenshots titled “Post to WordPress powered blog using Zoho Writer“.

Mike McVey remarks on Zoho Writer being a “very helpful tool for my students who cannot afford the couple of hundred dollars outlay for Office”.

Stephen Meyer aka Mysk, a longtime reviewer/fan of Zoho products has an in depth review. Hey Mysk, your fantastic reviews rock!

Zoho Writer failed to load in Tom Raftery’s Mac/Firefox. He was particularly severe on me for mailing him to try out Zoho Writer & wrote this blog post. (Behind the scenes : Zoho Writer worked well while we tested in a Mac/Firefox here & it worked well for Om Malik too. We got in touch with Tom who gratiously accepted my apology mail & co-operated with us sparing his valuable time. But we haven’t been able to pin down the issue yet & are working to find a way out of the problem.)

And, we were flattered when DataPoohBah.com wrote, “Google doesn’t need to build an Online-Office Application“, “They can simply buy Zoho.” :-)

Thanks to all bloggers for those great insights & feedback. We need all your support to take Zoho Writer further along its journey.

-Arvind

Please check Zoho Writer in your native language

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It was a while back since we introduced the unicode UTF-8 character support. This we thought would support most languages. But still we hear Zoho Writer users give feedback that their language characters aren’t supported. Kindly do send us details if you are facing such an issue – the language you tried and a Zoho Writer screenshot where the problem occurred. This would help us serve you better.

-Arvind

Beta review on Zoho Creator

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Check out this review on Zoho Creator by Stephen Meyer in his weblog.

Few quotes

“Think of this web application as something like a Visual Basic for web development.”

ZohoCreator is one of the more interesting AJAX based applications that I’ve come across. Granted, I have not seen all that the web has to offer, but it’s pretty safe to say that a tool that allows anyone to create a web application to their own requirements is pretty darn useful.

We are humbled by that comparison. Yes. The very intention of Zoho Creator is that a novice user
- should be able to build applications very quickly that will suit his/her own needs.
- should be able to build forms and various views of the data effortlessly
- should be able to share the pages built with other people

We are hearing a lot of feedback on Zoho Creator. Thanks for all the appreciation. We are listening and addressing the feature requests to the maximum. Stay tuned for the next update.

Charles

Post Beta Update – III

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It’s time for yet another update.

There was this feature err, bug actually, which made a new blog entry whenever a document is modified & posted again. We now have the ‘Update Blog’ option which would just update the previous blog post. Also, say, if you have multiple blogs (Blogger, WordPress etc), there’s an easy snapshot which shows the status of your blog post – whether it’s current or needs an update.

This update introduces the Zoho Writer bookmarklet too. Just choose the text in the browser which you would want to post & click on the Zoho Writer bookmarklet. This would open up a pop-up with the text you’d chosen. Give a document name & click ‘Save Document’. You have a document made in your Zoho Writer account. Easy, right?

Watch for more.

Cheers!!

Z

Public docs in Zoho

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It is very interesting to know how Zoho Writer is put to use by different people. Some samples here -

Janet, Jim & David Luongo’s 2005 X-mas Letter. With so many images inserted & different fonts used, it’s more than 20 MB in size! Instead of formatting a huge mail, aint it easy to have it hosted & send just the URL? Nice idea.

A compilation of Free Online storage/sending sites. A nice place to start if you are interested in using the free sources available online for storage.

Here’s one (in Spanish) on practising yoga.

And hey, this one’s funny ;-)

-Arvind

Post Beta Update – II

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It’s time for yet another update.

Zoho Writer now offers the much awaited Word Press blog support! Also, you can now post to Nucleus based blogs too. Thanks to Guillaume Laforge, a passionate Zoho Writer user, who reported the Nucleus bug.

And you can now import .txt files into Zoho Writer. This comes in addition to the exisiting importing of html, doc & sxw support.

Update : Check out this tip on how to post to your WordPress blog.

More to come …

Cheers !!

Z

Post Beta Update – I

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We had listed in an earlier post some of nagging issues that many of you had in our Beta. An update here:

# ‘Edit’ and ‘Preview’ screens show up in different font sizes – This has been corrected.
# Not able to easily visualize the document title as an editable field – We have now provided an image next to the document name. Just to make it more visible. Also a tooltip that says the document name is editable.
# The full screen mode isn’t lengthy ie., it doesn’t occupy the full screen area – we have worked on this and increased some space by removing the content links from the bottom row.
# ‘Find’ doesn’t work sometimes – Has issues with Firefox 1.5 since we don’t have the API in the browser. We are working on the alternatives.

Cheers!!
Z