Google Spreadsheets Launch: what does it mean for Zoho Sheet?

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Few hours back google has launched its spreadsheets. The attention triggered by this annoucement has increased our zoho sheet traffic and registrations (with google restricting to limited signup). Thank you Google :-)

We anticipated this service from Google. We don’t see them as a threat. Google is focusing more on web 2.0 features like sharing and collaboration (by integrating chat features) rather trying to bring the MS Excel experience on web (though this is pretty early to comment upon). We think, zoho sheet can offer more value to the enterprises and traditional spreadsheet users by bringing most used features of excel on web and more. For instance, our focus would be more on charts, reports, integration with online databases, etc rather focusing on chat kind-of features – this may bring cool effect but not sure how far this would be used by serious users.

Zoho Sheet focus would be to offer more value for the enterprise market and small groups of business users.

One good about this announcement is that indirectly we get mentions by bloggers along with this news. Techcrunch has mentioned us

While you are waiting for your invitation you may want to try out one of the other Ajax spreadsheet applications out there, such as ZohoSheet,..

Thanks for the mention, Mike.


Printouts & Notes Reordering

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Zoho Planner’s latest update offers those two features. You can now take printouts of your todos, reminders & pages. Just use the Print (or Print Preview) option of your browser for using this functionality.

And the drag-and-drop style of reordering is now extended to the ‘Notes’ section too. (previously you can reorder your todo list items)

Check out the latest Zoho Planner & tell us what you think.

Your Form’ve Got Mail!

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Definitely this is not a sequel to Tom Hanks starrer ‘You’ve Got Mail’ :), but another useful feature updated at Zoho Creator last week. Now whenever you’ve got data in your hand, you can add it directly to the Form through email. This saves your time logging into Zoho Creator.

All you have to do is to click ‘Import Data’ link on the Form header, choose ‘By Email’ option and follow the instructions.

I have created an application called ‘Your Say‘. Try adding data to this application by email and see how it works. Please follow the instructions.

Step1: Copy this email template-

Your Name :
Feature you wanted in ZohoCreator :
Recommend ZohoCreator to others?(Yes/No) :
Your Say :

Step2: Fill in values next to corresponding label names. For eg- Your Name: John

Step3: Email the filled data to:

You can see the entered data here-

Note: You can also import data from a .xls or csv file to the Form.

Zoho Writer Update

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We did an update to Zoho Writer again & you sure will see a significant boost in the service’s performance now. This was achieved with a slight compromise – the document search indexer has been stopped temporarily as it was identified as the culprit for the slowing down. What this means is you will not be able to search through documents that you are working from now on. (the search will work in older documents though).

Other than the above, a lot of bugs that got introduced in the last major update have been fixed. Give Zoho Writer a try now & do tell us how you feel.

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 -

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 – 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 “” 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 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.