Overwhelmed…

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…to read interesting reviews about Zoho Creator.

Ismael Ghalimi

“Zoho Creator goes beyond what online form editors such as jotForm or Wufoo can offer, in the sense that it is based on a true relational data model, allowing users to create multiple forms and establish relations between them, much like what you can do with Salesforce.com custom objects.”

Joshua Herzig-Marx

“I really want to like Zoho Creator. It’s a WYSIWYG tool for building data driven web applications. Designing forms automatically generates data tables, whose contents may be displayed in views or used as values in list boxes on other forms. “

Tim Lauer

“While I have used tools such as FileMaker Pro and such to do this kind of thing. I found the whole process much easier using ZohoCreator. “

Lifehacker

“The interface looks nicer, and the apps I’ve checked out on Zoho Creator seem more robust (the Project Tracker demo is pretty impressive).”

more mentions…

http://educational.blogs.com/instructional_technology_/2006/03/zoho_creator_cr.html

http://blog.wificat.com/?p=521

http://verusnova.com/blog/index.php/2006/03/14/web-20-collaboration-tools/

http://superjustin.com/?p=71

http://cmehil.com/craig/2006/03/zoho-creator.html

We thank all the bloggers who have reviewed Zoho Creator and those who are helping Zoho Creator evolve with their continuous feedback.

New Addition to Commentosphere

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Sometime back, Steve Rubel wrote this. And then, co.mments appeared. It is true that comparisons to coComment are inevitable. They both track conversations, they both support RSS, they both begin to function as soon as a bookmarklet is added, they both have minor glitches when it comes to integrating with a blog and they both promise a lot.
Until coComment entered the Commentosphere, the state of a blog hopper reading and commenting in several blogs was mostly clueless. Like many bloggers pointed out, there were several conversation killers that ruined several potential “interesting conversations” to merely an unattended comment which the blog owner missed. With additions like these, the good old commenting system gets a face-lift.

So now it is possible to display the comments you made elsewhere in your blog, track the conversation and get alerts in your feed reader. If these two services were to become popular, which they most likely will, it will mean R.I.P. for primitive commenting systems and Comments that open in pop-up windows. Bloggers who still use those, it’s time to part ways and move on.

Drag & drop customization in Zoho CRM

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Today, I wanted to post about the easy customization options in Zoho CRM. The fields you need/don’t need can be drag & dropped easily. And whetever fields/modules you want to be renamed (or added) can be done too eg., Accounts can be renamed as Clients, Products as Services & so forth. Another reason why you should be on the watch out for of the upcoming Zoho CRM release.

More on Zoho Creator

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Zoho Creator went Live some ten days back. I suggest everyone to take a look at the tag cluster to get an idea of what purposes it can serve. I expected to find normal databases for managing expenses, CRM and so forth. But users have created (thankfully, public :) ) applications that help in a wide variety of tasks such as managing book lists, tracking recruitments and even a weight tracker! The homepage of Zoho Creator actually suggests what applications might be appropriate for whom.

Similar minds, rejoice, for, you can not only copy existing applications created by a random user (saviour, rather) but also create an application using existing templates. Given that this is all web-based, there might be a time in the near future when every application you wanted to create was already thought of by someone else and hence already exists. Like how most researchers feel these days. Although, unlike researchers, it is encouraging to know that someone has already thought of an application that you wanted to build. Very much in keeping with, “Share and Share alike is fair”.

More on Zoho CRM

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As we get ready for the last hurdle before the launch of Zoho CRM 5.0, thought I will post a few more interesting teasers of what’s in store. Zoho CRM’s got this handy Outlook plugin which allows you to import & synchronize your contacts. Also, an email you’d received from customer in your Outlook mail client can be added as case/ticket in Zoho CRM.

More to come.