Shortcomings of existing online storage solutions

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There are atleast 10 online storage solutions today and this has been the case for a long time. Most of them are excellent solutions offering great set of features with good UI and price tag. I really dont think they received enough attention they actually deserve. My theory on why they lack great attention…..There are no online apps to view/edit documents/images etc. If you have all your documents/images online in an online storage space, to view/edit them, you’ll have to download the documents to your local desktop and open it with the document specific application.

I think this is going to change with the emergence of online applications which will allow users access/view/edit documents online without having to download any of these locally. As the number of applications keeps increaing, the cost of storage keeps decreasing. This is a good sign for complete online storage solutions.

With online word processors, spreadsheet apps, text editors etc I think we will see good adoption of online storage. I hope to see more online image editing apps that will further help the online storage market. 

Raju

Re-ordering of Todo’s

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The most asked for feature in Zoho Planner is finally there. Yes, now you can re-order the todo list items & the todo lists themselves. And this has been done the typical AJAXy way with easy drag & drop. Check this out with your Zoho Planner account.

Update:  In case you don’t see the re-order feature in your Zoho Planner account, clear your browser cache.
Note: Page re-ordering is on the way

Riya

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Many people have a common memory problem. Associating the name and face. It is not rare that one fine day you meet someone you know and are left wondering her name. Also, a long lost friend sends you an e-mail and you try best, only to no avail, to remember the face. So when Riya introduced something like Face Recognition which (to the best of my knowledge) no one else has offered before, many people quickly caught on to it. It’s a great service, a bit heavy, and I’ve never been so glad to drag and drop :)

It was great to know that Riya could identify Michaelangelo’s David. It would be even nice if there were Riya communities or public forums like Keyhole community where users can upload such photos, recognize them and have some fun like what people do in “Where in the World” contest.

Zoho CRM – Easy Editing with AJAX

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Say you have to enter data for a new lead. You fill web forms for entering the lead details. As the follow-up proceeds, you may need to update a few fields. In traditional web-based CRM applications, users have to open up a page, edit, and save the complete form, which can be cumbersome, time consuming & not-too-pleasant to work with. Zoho CRM, like the other Zoho services uses AJAX for such updations. The update is field based thereby avoiding the whole page getting reloaded, bringing the feel of a desktop based application. Refer the screenshots below for details.

Zoho Applications

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Over the weekend, I decided to jot down all the list of apps available under Zoho and do a quick image. I ended up doing the one below that summarizes the existing state of Zoho.

Zoho Applications

The apps that are currently available as a product will be available as a service soon…..and the apps that are available as a service will eventually be available as a product too.
Raju

The Art of Naming a Web 2.0 Service

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It has already been pointed out by many that with the success of the name Flickr, several web-services took a liking to the suffix “ckr”. The result is Enablr, Talkr, RedLettr and even Beggr. :) (Thanks to All Things Web 2.0 for helping with the list) It seems like now they’ve caught on with the URL [part of the name].[rest of the name +licious].us after the success of Del.ico.us. Like Thumbilicious, lib.rario.us, (which really is sleek and elegant version of 43Things) Scriptaculous – to name a few. In big names they trust?