Zoho Writer Performance Issue

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In a perfect illustration of Murphy’s law, the big upgrade we did to our grid introduced some performance issues in Zoho Writer. The very reason to move to the grid architecture was to provide higher scalability and performance, and have more redundancy. We now provide a search feature for documents as well, something pending for a while. Alas, we also seem to have introduced some new bottlenecks in the code.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We hate low performance in web apps ourselves, and this is the highest priority item for us. Rest assured we are working hard on it. We will update as soon as we have some news.

Publish Charts

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In Zoho Sheet, we recently added the ability to publish your charts to any web page or blog. You can even embed these charts in a Zoho Writer document. Have a look at the Zoho Writer document below.

zohosheet chart in zohowriter

It embeds charts generated by Zoho Sheet. When the data in Zoho Sheet changes, this graph will automatically be updated. So the graph will always be in sync with the Zoho Sheet data.

Here is another chart from Zoho Sheet, which shows the number of blog posts in each Zoho Service.

Zoho Blogs - http://zohosheet.com

To publish your Zoho Sheet chart, signin to Zoho Sheet, hover your mouse over the chart and in the chart’s title bar, click on the Publish link. You can now copy the 1 line HTML code shown and paste it on to any web page, blog or Zoho Writer document. To paste it into your Zoho Writer document, click on the “Toggle HTML Source” button in the Zoho Writer toolbar and paste the code at the desired location.

We have also fixed some issues. Now inserting or deleting rows and columns would also update the dependent formulae. More info on our What’s New page.

Update: The first screenshot above shows a document created by the passionate team at Jambav – http://jambav.com. They also blogged about Zoho Sheet today – A Zoho Trend that gives us pride!.

Zoho Writer Update

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You would have noticed Zoho Writer was in maintenance for long time in last 2 days. We have done a major update to Zoho Writer. Yes, Zoho Writer now runs on a Grid. To make sure Zoho Writer is scalable, we have moved Zoho Writer to our Grid Architecture. Zoho CRM is already running in the Grid & Zoho Writer is migrated to the Grid.

What else we have done in this update.
Editing Functionalities

  • Line Spacing Option provided in the tool bar. You can use the icon The image “http://www.zohowriter.com/images/linespacing-active.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. to change the line spacing in between lines.

Import/Export :

  • We have added new document formats to the export functionality. Yes you can now export as ODT, RTF , Text File and HTMLs. You can now import ODT and RTF formats into ZohoWriter.
  • But what about the inconsistency prevailing in the previous zohowriter version. Yes we have changed the way we were handling our export and import mechanisms which makes it more stable in our test environments.. Do play around with the functionality and write to us.

Quick Create :

  • An easy throw away tool to create documents on the fly. You don’t have to hold an account with zohowriter to create documents anymore. visit the url http://zohowriter.com/editor.im or Use the Quick Create Button on the home page. But we don’t store any of your Document Content at the backend for your future usage.

Search Content :

  • We have done a content search feature with the help of Lucene search engine. You must be able to search your content across your documents in addition to the previous search by Document Name available at the left side document bar.

Public Documents :

  • We have removed the right side bar in the public page and each and every public page will have the content of the document alone and no extra stuff loaded on to it. We have privatized the public pages.

Little Screw Ups :-

The way the public url , email ids for EMAIL IN functionality looks much different in this current update against the previous versions.
Yes we have changed them all. But Don’t Panic. Every url and email ids given previously will work with the new versions also. Please start using the new urls and new email ids so that we can down size the apllication from holding the unnecessary information in the future days to come.

Google Module and Page Flakes :
These modules will work but please do a shift refresh before using this pages with zohowriter. This will make sure you are pointed to the latest urls which we mapped internally.

Mega Screw Up :

The detail which we were not able to keep as back up is the cookie you had in your browser. Yes the remember me option has be thrown away. Please bear with the little pain and get the password from your brains. But Now you can use the KEEP ME Signed IN option so that you don’t have to type in the user name or password any more and You will be taken directly into the application. We will make sure you don’t miss the details we display in our home page in the updates to come.

We sincerely apologize for breaking the remember me option.

Do refresh your page loading well with the Shift key down so that your cache get cleared to load our fresh javascripts. Do keep writing to us your feedback on the service.

Zoli on Zoho

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Zoli Erdos has come up with a very elaborate post titled Zoho – the “Safer Office”. From his excellent post :

Zoho pumps out new applications at an amazing rate (check the site for a few more I haven’t even mentioned). While one by one most of their applications are comparable to at least another web-based application, I am not aware of any other company offering such a complete suite, with that level of support and the realistic prospect of integrating the applications soon. For me the choice is obvious: Zoho is my Office 2.0 Suite.

We can’t ask for more! Thanks a lot, Zoli :-)

ZohoCreator: Export Data

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Extend your activities with data by exporting it into various formats. You can export your data at anytime in the format of Spreadsheet (.xls), PDF, HTML, CSV and TSV.

Export it as spreadsheet and take it to Zoho Sheet if you want to do some analysis, export it as PDF if you want to print/email and use html, csv, tsv formats when required.

RSS feed and iCal formats will be added soon to the existing bunch.

Export Data

Give it a try!
~Roughic

Images in Zoho Planner pages

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Zoho Planner’s latest update that happened a few hours ago has two interesting changes with respect to images. One, you can now edit the description associated with an image (long asked by many users). Two, thanks to Lokesh Dhakar & his Lightbox JS, you can now view the images in a Zoho Planner page as a cool slide show. Check out this public page which has got some terriffic photos from the scenic Andaman.

Kotha, the man behind Zoho Planner says reordering of notes is coming next.

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Practical Uses of Zoho Sheet

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Dmitry Buterin makes a very good point that adults, like children, learn by watching others. He extends the analogy to web-applications and mentions about Zoho Sheet too.

He writes:

Using online office applications is still very much a novelty. Thus, many users might not be asking themselves “Do you have feature X?” or “Which online app has more features?” but rather “How the heck can I make practical use of this in my life?”

The websites for Numbler and Zoho Sheet websites provided no obvious clues about what I could do with their products.

Now, that’s absolutely right. The idea is new. So there has to be a “How the heck can I make practical use of this” list with every Web-Application. We regret that the clues are not obvious. But some users have put to use their imagination and have come up with great uses for Zoho Sheet. (Yeah, well there’s this child-like excitement when someone does something as cool as these, you know)

That aside, here are some practical or everyday uses of Zoho Sheet:

(1) Help your child with seventh grade Geography homework on the topic of, say, “losses due to various natural disasters” while you are away from home.

(2) You can put up a comparison for the prices at various hotels in your city and share it with your friend who’s planning to visit your city shortly. And to provide a visual clue, you can draw a chart instead of several rows of numbers. If you think, “What’s good about that?”, there’s no need to have any spreadsheet installed on your (or your friend’s) hard-disk. (Ok, this was inspired by Zoli’s hotel room bill sheet)

(3) Manage your expenses every month. You can create a sheet for the first month allocating percentages for various expenses and clone the sheet for calculating the same for every month.

(4) Not-so-much-of-day-to-day-use, but an excellent example where complicated formulas were involved : Ismael Ghalimi’s Navigation Log for Cross Country flights.

There are no limitations for day-to-day uses of Zoho Sheet. As with any web based service, it is entirely upto the user’s needs and imagination. And as Mapz mentions, some thirty minutes of ‘fun-work’.