Import Google Docs into Zoho’s Productivity Suite

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Last year we’d integrated Google Docs with our popular business apps Zoho CRM, Projects etc., Our users loved this new initiative and came up with some excellent suggestions on further enhancements. The most popular requests was to provide an option to import their documents from Google docs into our productivity apps.

We’re happy to announce that you can now import your documents, excel sheets, presentations from Google Docs into Zoho Writer, Sheet, Show.

Zoho Sheet has been supporting spreadsheets with 1 million cells for quite sometime now. So if your spreadsheet at Google docs is that big you can import it into Zoho Sheet and get on with editing it.

Here is the comparison view of a sample 2 MB spreadsheet in Google Docs and Zoho Sheet:

If you’re a Google user and would like to try out Zoho, you can sign in with your Google Credentials and import your existing Google documents.

As always we value your feedback and if you’ve any questions please post it here. We’re all ears!

Zoho Apps on Chrome Web Store

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For users looking to use Zoho Apps on Chrome OS, we started adding our apps to Chrome Web Store. For now, three Zoho Apps are listed in Chrome Web Store – Zoho Writer, Sheet & Show

Once  you install the apps, you will see them listed under the Apps section with our new product icons.

We plan to include all Zoho Apps in Chrome Web Store. What are the apps you want to see immediately?

Play Chess Online With Zoho Writer

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Our users always surprise us when it comes to using Zoho’s services in esoteric ways. We came across this interesting post by Bidhan Adhikary (Bidhan is from Nepal) recently – ‘How to play Chess online with your friend using Zoho Docs‘. Bidhan had actually used the Zoho Writer’s editor within Zoho Docs.

The post describes how to construct a black and white table in Zoho Writer, how to place the chess piece icons in the starting squares, how to make the moves (simply drag and drop the images) and how to play chess with your remote, online friend (share the Zoho Writer document with him/her, start making the moves). Since Zoho Writer offers near real-time document editing, each move gets shown to the remote user almost immediately.

You can choose to follow the steps that Bidhan outlines in his blog post. Or click the ‘Download’ link at the top-right of Bidhan’s public Zoho Writer document, save it as a .doc/.docx file in your desktop and upload it back to your Zoho Writer account. Your online chess board is ready now. Invite your friend (share the document to your friend’s email address) and start playing chess over the web.

Some pointers:

  1. Once you have made your move, you’ll have to take your cursor out of the chess board (since Zoho Writer locks the table down for collaborative editing).
  2. For capturing an opponent’s piece, you can click on a piece and delete it, before moving your piece to that square
  3. You can use the ‘Undo’ icon for wrong capturing, moves etc
  4. You can use the ‘Collaborators’ (text bubble) icon at the bottom-right to chat with your friend while making your moves.
  5. For starting a new game, you can use Zoho Writer’s ‘Version’ feature and revert back to the initial version

Go to Zoho Writer and try making your own online chess board now :)

Have you used any of Zoho’s apps in such interesting ways? Share it with us in the comments.

Sorting Data in Zoho Writer

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One of the most sought after features by many Zoho Writer users has been sorting of content. We have addressed this requirement now. You can sort a table, a numbered/bulleted list or a set of paragraphs. Zoho Writer can sort text such as a list of names, dates, numbers, currencies etc.

You can use the



which is at the right end the


tool bar. Sort is also available from the right-click menu.

In a table, you can sort based on one or more of the columns. And you can specify whether the first row is a header (so that it won't be taken into consideration when doing the sort). Similarly, a list can also be sorted. We did a short screencast of sorting being applied in tables & lists.

Try the sorting feature in

Zoho Writer

and do let us know your feedback.

Zoho Services in Tamil

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Zoho participated at the recently concluded ‘World Classical Tamil Conference‘ that happened from June 23-27 in the southern city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. To coincide with the conference, we released the UI of four of our services – Zoho Mail, Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet and Zoho Chat – in Tamil. A slide show of the Zoho services’ screens in Tamil below.

You can choose Tamil as your language by clicking on the ‘Edit’ button in this page here – And you’ll have to set the language preference of your browser to Tamil (in Firefox, Tools -> Options -> Content -> Languages).

Zoho services are available in multiple languages already and we are continuously working on having the UI in more languages.

More Formatting Options in Zoho Writer

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The latest update to Zoho Writer brings in some new formatting options

Change Case
You can now change the case of a block of text. Three options are available – lower case, UPPER CASE and Capitalize (also known as Title Case or Start Case).

Font Size
You now have a lot more font sizes to choose from. And we now have relative font sizes. This makes the document more accessible and easier to read as one can easily increase/decrease the text size by changing the document’s body text size (under Page Setup -> Page Format).

Borders and Shading
Background colors and borders can now be applied to text (text in a table cell, div or paragraph) easily. You can choose the border’s type, width, style and color.

Spacing and Indentation
There are quite a few spacing and indentation options available now.

You can choose the spacing before a paragraph, after a paragraph,
spacing between words and spacing between lines. Also, one can have a 1.0 (Single) spaced text line in a document where
the main body of the text is 2.0 (Double) spaced. There are
indentation options too. They include left indent, right indent,
indenting the first line of a paragraph and hanging indent.

Here’s a sample Zoho Writer document illustrating the various formatting options discussed above.

Try the new features in Zoho Writer and let us know your comments.