Just a thought: Actually I am surprised that almost all of zoho's product have different UI's. Won't it look good if they create a uniform look and feel across their products?
Most of the Products have Single Sign On facility:
It's really nice to see that they have done SSO (single sign on) authentication for their products. It means, previously I have registered with Zoho Sheets and now to work with Zoho Writer I can make use of the same login.
How to enable SSO for a zoho product?
1. First login to any of their product (zoho sheet, zoho writer, zoho show, zoho project, zoho creator, zoho planner, zoho wiki and zoho chat). Yes you need to register once in any of their product.
2. In the header of the application you can see "My Account" link. Click on it to see a screenshot as shown below for your account information.
Just a thought: I feel that the text "Add new" is confusing. I initially thought that it would create a new account when its clicked.
Refer below the screenshot of the initial screen after login. In the header you can find the link "Template Library".
As of now when this blog post is made there are 51 pre-build templates available which one can use to create their document. There are template like "Resume covering letter", "Different resume template" etc.,
Extract from their site:
This is a place where you can find readymade templates for your use. Whoever you are - job seeker, businessman, accountant, designer, salesman, marketer, home user - you can find a template which you can use to build your document on. And what's more, you can upload your templates here too - if you are an expert in your area of interest and have useful templates to share with others, please feel free to do so.
This feature is really cool and people who have used MS Word templates would appreciate this as well.
Search within Template Library:
I tried searching for keywords "Resume", "sheet" etc., but it didn't work for any of them. It always shows up a screen as shown in the below screenshot. May be a minor glitch which they might already be working on as well which I am not sure.
- Any document, you worked on, can be sent to an Email ID of your choice using the "Email Out" option. We could make use of this option to take a backup of our work :)
- There is an 'Email In' option which would be really useful. For each user they give an Email Id to which they can send in any documents which would be upload to their zoho writer account.
Most of 'MS Word' shortcut keys work here too:
I tried 'Ctrl+B', 'Ctrl+I', 'Ctrl+U', 'Ctrl+N', 'Ctrl+S' and all of them worked. Wow its really cool. I can create documents online with the same speed I used to do with my MS Word :) Out of all those, 'Ctrl+S' and 'Ctrl+N' only surprised me. The first one is for saving a document while the second one creates a new tab/document.
The best feature which I liked within "Zoho Writer" is maintaining document "History". I assume that each time when we edit the content and save they internally create a version of the document. Anytime we can compare between two versions and if need be we can revert back to an older version as well. This is a real cool feature and I guess "Zoho Writer" team have done their homework really well.
Just a thought: I guess "Show Diff" has some issues. Most of the time nothing happened when I clicked on it. May be the team wants to go through the code base of that functionality once again!
It also has an option to export the document into various format like, "PDF", "RTF", "Text file", "HTML" file etc., Over all the product looks really impressive. The interface is cool and I felt like working in a client based software rather than an online word processor.
Don't forget to check out my Awards / Recognition / Achievements document which I created using Zoho Writer :) I plan to update this document when ever I achieve something(!). I would also put it up on the right navigation for easier access.
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