AI-powered data imports
You currently can create apps and forms by importing data into the live mode of Creator. We have enhanced it to be able to update existing records when importing data.
Apart from this, we now also have Smart Suggestions (hitherto available for form creation, in live mode) that provides AI-based recommendations during data imports.
With the addition of Blueprints in Zoho Creator, you can now replicate your business processes virtually. Broadly divided into stages and transitions, Blueprints let you customize every detail of every process in your application and facilitate collaboration with various stakeholders.Read More
Script to open app screens in a new window, every time
Previously, when you wrote a script to open in a new window, the new window opened just once. Subsequent clicks led to the app screens opening in the same new window. You can now ensure that every time you click, the app screens open in a new window with:
Changes to the account setup module
The Account Setup module has undergone a few changes:
- The Integrations section can now be used to manage Zoho Directory and Connections.
- The Marketplace section will feature Custom Apps and Extensions that can be installed and used in your Zoho Creator account.
- Workspace management has been moved under General Settings.
Introducing Zoho Creator On-premise
We’re excited to introduce Zoho Creator On-premise which will equip you to create applications and store data within your premises.
This help page provides a comparison of a cloud app vs an on-premise app for you to understand the key differences and features available in both.
Introducing Mobile SDKs
Choice field property - UI change
We have tweaked the UI of the choice field property in forms to include an info message, to provide users a heads up of when renaming a choice field value.
This update is also applicable to apps published in Sandbox.
Improved Audit Trail
- Record logs
With this update, you can now capture the IP address and source information of users who make changes to your application records. The record logs are encrypted at rest and can be exported as a csv file. This feature is disabled by default.
- Export and print logs
Introducing the export and print logs feature. This lets you view the history of exporting and printing actions performed by end users while accessing your reports, with a data retention period of 90 days.Read More
As a major security update, you can now limit users' access to resources. This lets the admin prevent unauthorized usage of available APIs.Read More
- PII data (personally identifiable information)
Users with this permission can access data marked as PII, which can be enabled for a field by choosing the Contains personal data option in the field properties pane in the Form builder
- ePHI data (electronic protected health information)
Users with this permission can access data marked as epHI, which can be enabled for a field by choosing the Contains health info option in the field properties pane in the Form builder.Read More
Admission Management | App Deck
With this brand-new ready-to-install app from our App Deck, you can manage all your admission processes—from registrations and course selection to onboarding—with customized portals.Read More
Introducing Zoho Creator's v2 APIs
Our v2 APIs offer a lot more, compared to the v1 APIs—from OAuth-based authentication to superior error handling.Read More
Laundry Management | App Deck
Now all your laundry business needs can be handled in one go with the latest addition to our App Deck. From customers booking a service to making deliveries, track every process in real time.Read More
Introducing shared analytics—now, users can create reports for the forms they have access to, and share them with peers or other users of the app. The creator of a particular report acts as the admin for that report.Read More
Layout designer for Quick View
You can now customize how your list reports look in Quick View mode. The customizable card-like layouts come as an addition to the predefined layouts, with an increased capacity of fields.Read More
Federated login for Customer Portal
With this introduction, you can now allow your customers to log in to the portal by using their Facebook and Google account. This relieves your customers from creating a new account with Zoho.Read More
Workplace Safety Management | App Deck
As the world is gradually getting back to normal, businesses need the right tools to ensure a safe and productive experience for their workforce. With our brand-new addition to the App Deck, you can now effectively manage workplace hygiene and minimize risks, while complying with government regulations.Read More
Layout designer for Customer Portal pages
This designer offers an intuitive, WYSIWYG interface for customizing the design of your customer portal's login, sign up, and reset password pages. Advanced customizability options let you enhance the visual aspects of these pages, such as the size and background image, to make it more enticing to customers.Read More
Gym Management | App Deck
Manage your gym efficiently with the ready-to-use Gym Management application, which can be installed directly from the App Deck. This app is equipped to handle management and administration of fitness clubs of all sizes.Read More
New addition to Record Templates
A new group of templates called "Inventories" has been added to the record template gallery. These can be utilized while creating a record template to present data in an inventory-like manner.
Deluge support for inline alerts
Before this release, Deluge support extended only to the standard alert which is displayed as a pop-up when a form submission is cancelled. With this addition, you can now display a custom message under a specific field of your choice.Read More
Improved form workflows
The all-new form workflows are now available for new signups. It comes with a handful of new features:
- A modified create screen that clearly identifies record and form events for the workflow.
- Actions in it are based on events that are provided at the time of creation. This filters out the rest of the actions to cater to specific requirements.
- A preview for the Deluge scripts is now visible in the workflow builder, which eases navigation.
- The revised dashboard comes with support for manual arrangement of execution order and filtering of workflows.
Lookup from the same form
The lookup field in Zoho Creator now allows you to fetch data from the same form. This adds utility in cases where the records in a form need to be related to each other.
Zia search for reports
You can now search for data across your Zoho apps by launching Zia Search from your list reports. This is available on both iOS and Android platforms, provided the Zia app is installed on the device.
Zoho Creator apps are now PWA
Progressive Web App, or PWA, is a software development methodology that gives web applications the power of native mobile apps when accessed through a mobile browser. Every app you build on Zoho Creator is now a PWA and can be added to the home screen of the mobile device.Read More
Integration tasks for Zoho Connect
You can now integrate your Creator apps with Zoho Connect via Deluge. It's possible to configure announcements and other schedule-based activities on Zoho Connect by using Deluge workflows.Read More
Support for Arabic in app development
Zoho Creator's app building interface is now also available in Arabic. The interface will be translated when your web browser's language is set to Arabic.
Legal Case Management | App Deck
We've added a brand-new, ready-to-use Legal Case Management app to the App Deck. It's built to streamline end-to-end caseflow management for litigation firms.Read More
Integration tasks for Zoho Sign
You can now integrate your Creator apps with Zoho Sign via Deluge. From uploading templates to Zoho Sign to performing complex manipulations, everything can now be directly driven from the Deluge editor.Read More
Contextual messages for reports
Customization is synonymous with user experience and this is exactly what contextual messaging brings. Now you can display custom messages based on context and make them more relevant to your audience.Read More
Zoho's AI is now available to help you build smarter custom apps. New fields have been introduced in Creator to perform:
The prediction field can be trained to predict likely outcomes based on historical data. For example, you can predict whether an individual will attend your event based on their previous visits.
- Sentiment analysis
This field determines whether a given text carries a positive, negative, or neutral sentiment. It can be used to determine the sentiment of data such as employee feedback, analyst reviews, customer surveys, and support tickets.
- Keyword extraction
The keyword extractor can be used to pull out words from a paragraph that best describes the subject.
Optical character recognition identifies and extracts text from images.
- Object detection
Object detection identifies the presence of real-life objects in images. For example, it can be used to detect billing items in a supermarket or prohibited items at events.
AI Deluge tasks
In addition to AI fields, you can add five AI tasks to your apps via Deluge. You can do things like trigger workflows and UI alerts based on the responses from these tasks.Read More
The relationship diagram has been reincarnated as the schema builder—a graphical tool that lets you visualize your app logically and create new relationships between forms.Read More
Scan document support for iOS
iOS 13 users can now scan multiple images and upload them as a PDF to the file upload field. This feature is supported in both our user and customer portal iOS apps.
New time field
The time field records time independent of date, allowing fine-grained control over time specifications, such as the use of 12 hour and 24 hour format and time interval capture. The selected format is also consistent with the data stored in other time-related fields.Read More
Converse on records
Comments for records enables you to have conversations over records and tag participants based on permissions. It's visible in the detail view of a record. Based on the permissions set by the admin, the user may be able to read/write comments. Deleting a comment can be done either by the owner of the comment or the admin.Read More
Search element in pages
This element enables you to search for data across apps by filtering a report or page using the search input.Read More
All-new UI for record template builder
The template builder has now been equipped with a couple of high-utility features to facilitate a seamless template building experience: auto-save, the new element spacer, and the introduction of tabs to organize fields and template elements.
Zoho Creator has taken yet another leap with its mobile experience. The greater real estate of the iPad has been leveraged to support multi-column layouts for forms, improved access to actions—such as search, group, and sort—in reports, and an improved experience while accessing the image, file upload, audio, and video fields.
What have we done for iOS 13?
Creator apps now support dark mode, which is easier on the eyes and better suited for low-light situations.
Pencil kit support
On allowing the user to take a picture using the device camera, this option becomes available. It allows you to draw inputs for the image field.
Split view for multitasking
With this addition, you can access multiple app components on your iPad simultaneously on different windows. In the case of open URL tasks, a new adjacent window will be opened for those tasks which are set to open in new tabs.
Capture location even when offline
All Creator mobile apps can now capture your user's location—with consent—even when their mobile device is offline.Read More
Create app shortcuts in Android
With app shortcuts, you can now long-press on the app from the Applications screen and add it to the home screen of your Android device.
Right-to-left (RTL) app layout
Localization is key to globalizing your apps. And with that in mind, we've introduced the RTL layout. It's the mirrored version of the default LTR layout, without changing numbers and untranslated text. This layout helps with localizing Zoho Creator, allowing you to format your app to fit over 20 countries that follow the RTL layout.Read More
Gauges in pages
We've introduced gauges to represent single-value metrics. It gives a visual representation of the metric, and how the business is progressing in that metric.Read More
New logo for Zoho Creator
We've launched a new logo for Zoho Creator incorporating business, low-code, and full-stack development references.Read More
Addition of email authentication features
Introducing the DKIM authentication mechanism. It allows Zoho Creator to verify the sender address, which reduces the chance of emails from Creator landing in the receiver's spam folder.Read More
Panel Builder for your Creator application
Panel Builder is a drag-and-drop interface for customizing panels in the pages of your Zoho Creator application. With this, you can add elements, such as buttons, images, and text to a panel.Read More
With Siri shortcuts for the components of your Zoho Creator iOS application, you can preset custom commands. This enables you to launch important and frequently used app components using Siri. It should be noted that this feature is not applicable for iOS portal app.
Keyboard shortcuts to launch Zia Search
We've added keyboard shortcuts for launching Zia Search, either from your Creator account's home page or while editing the app. Zia Search is Zoho's personal search assistant that can pull search results from apps across the Zoho suite. You can use Ctrl + / on Windows, and Command (⌘) + / on Mac.
Collect payments via Stripe
With this connection, payments on Zoho Creator applications can be processed through the Stripe payment gateway.Read More
Smart data import using Zia
With Zia—Zoho's AI assistant for business—you can more efficiently import data during app creation. It helps with:
- Data cleansing, which includes filtering of data to suit tables in the database
- Associating subforms and their data with ease
- Tabular appearance of data instead of sections
- Splitting and grouping of columns
- Auto-assigning fields based on conditions
New themes for Zoho Creator web
We've added two new themes with a combination of 9 different colors. Now you can customize your application with vertical components and section listings, offering better visibility and navigation for your app.Read More
Zoho OneAuth connection
The Zoho OAuth connection enables users to connect with all Zoho services securely, with the help of OAuth tokens. OAuth lets you create multiple connections with different permission sets. It's a step up from the previous auth token, which had restrictions on the number of Zoho services and permissions for each connection.Read More
Custom icons for rebranded mobile apps
Personalize your mobile apps with the icon of your choice and publish it to the App Store and Play Store. Upload a custom icon during the code-signing process, and your users will see your brand logo on their mobile devices, as well.Read More
GDPR compliance measures
We've equipped Zoho Creator with the following security and privacy features that will enable you to build GDPR-compliant applications:
- Capture location form property
- Capture IP address form property
- Encrypt data field property
- Contains personal data field property
Welcome to Zoho Creator 5
We announced a major update to Zoho Creator. The latest version, dubbed Creator 5, significantly enhanced and refined the core functionality of the platform, including its Mobile App Creator, Page Creator, Form Creator, Report Creator and Workflow Creator modules. This launch also introduced the ability to design and develop native custom mobile apps alongside web applications.Read More
Flat dashboard for mobile apps
The mobile apps now look more like part of your device. We have followed the native Android, iOS themes and a flat dashboard for your apps. The dynamic font support allows you to set your own font size preferences. An easy access button is provided to get back to your recent actions in your app like search history and records. Download the latest mobile app now.
Offline support on mobile app
The Zoho Creator mobile app got an update. You can now access your data even when there is no connectivity. You can add data too, which will be synced when you get back online.READ MORE
Autocomplete added to Free-flow scripting
The free-flow Deluge editor is now easier than Script Builder! We have added keyboard shortcuts, along with features like Auto complete and drag-and-drop functionality that makes scripting hands-free. (Well, almost!)READ MORE
The Sandbox feature allows you to create a duplicate version of your application. It is basically a testing environment where you can test changes or perform experiments in edit mode. This feature is extremely useful when you want to implement critical changes without interrupting the current users of the application. Use Sandbox to roll out quality updates every time.READ MORE
Push Notifications are a great way of sending out prompt messages to the users' mobile devices or tablets. Users can receive push notifications in different cases: if the app is not being actively used, if the device is locked or if the app is running in the background.READ MORE
QR code and Barcode Scanning
Barcodes and QR codes are machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. Applications like product tracking, item identification, time tracking, document management, event management, etc. can make use of these codes, which can later be scanned by hand-held scanning devices or mobiles devices.READ MORE
Geo-Fencing for Zoho Creator Mobile App
Geo-fence is a virtual barrier and a location-based service that can be configured into the custom app accessible on mobile. Geo-fencing feature can be added to an application that uses GPS coordinates to define geographical boundaries. It combines user location with user proximity to the location that may be of interest.READ MORE
Zoho Subscription Integration
Zoho Creator is now integrated with Zoho Subscriptions, a recurring billing and subscription management app that lets you manage subscriptions. With this integration, you can automate subscription workflows for your custom apps.READ MORE
Record Audit is a great feature that lets business users capture the history of changes made to a record of data within an application. These serve as documentary evidences for the sequence of activities taking place with your application records. With this feature one can keep track and view all the changes made to the records.READ MORE
Scheduled Backup feature lets you back up your application with data. With this feature in Zoho Creator, you can obtain a copy of the backup file after the application is backed-up or even restore it very easily.With Scheduled Backup, you can set up weekly, monthly and yearly backups for your application.READ MORE
Deluge Interactive Tutorial
Experience dynamic power of Zoho Creator. You can now take your application building skills to the next level. Learn the basics of Deluge with the help of this interactive tutorial from your browser.READ MORE
Conditional Formatting enables you to highlight text in Reports. You can customize the look of text in reports, based on a defined criteria. If the criteria is met, the selected text gets displayed according to its customized format.READ MORE
Signature field type allows instant validation from a customer through his/her digital signature, eliminating the need of paper work. Signature field type can be useful in applications such as "Delivery confirmation", "Purchase orders approval", "Policy acknowledgements" etc.READ MORE
Integration with Zoho Support
Integration with Zoho Support, your help desk software, makes the exchange of information between the two apps seamless. It is now possible to create, update or fetch information from Zoho Support. You can even build custom modules for the Zoho Support application or simply bring information into your Zoho Creator custom app and build reports and collaborate with other users.READ MORE
Integrations: Quickbooks & Salesforce
Integrations bring Zoho Creator closer to other services like Google Apps and other Zoho apps such as Zoho CRM, Zoho Reports, Zoho Invoice, etc. In addition to this we are happy to announce the integration with Quickbooks and Salesforce.READ MORE
Record Level Security & Permission
Great news for those who share Zoho Creator apps with multiple people. On the Enterprise Plan, you can now provide access to specific data only to the people you choose. Assign and control access permission to any information in the application, down to every record & field.READ MORE
App Translation: Localize custom business apps with Zoho Creator
Zoho Creator customers don’t just speak many different languages, but they also collaborate with co-workers, customers and vendors who speak several other languages. App translation is important to our customers. And, here it is. We’re excited to announce that you can now easily translate your Zoho Creator apps into multiple languages.READ MORE
Realtime Chat with Livedesk integration
Zoho Live Desk is an easy-to-use live chat software solution allowing your customers to chat and connect with you on the go. It empowers your customers to reach out to you within seconds and get their doubts clarified, without having to call or email you. You can embed this feature in your website or your customer portal. Once done, your customers are just a click away from reaching you.READ MORE
Form Automation: Trigger actions from your form
Form Automation allows you to create dynamic forms that perform certain tasks based on the values specified in the form. You can automate your form to display custom confirmation message, redirect users to different web pages, send custom email/sms notifications depending on the values specified by the user, while filling the form.READ MORE
SMS notification feature enables you to pass on time-critical information instantly. We have integrated with popular services like Clickatell and Twilio for this. You could now send out a notification when a record is modified or a certain condition is met. Use the drag-and-drop rule builder to easily create any complex conditions and activate the SMS notification for the criteria being fulfilled. You could set scheduled SMS reminders for a later date or simply send a “Thank you” SMS instantly.READ MORE
Reports in Spreadsheet format
A spreadsheet report allows you to view data, cellularly arranged, in rows and columns. It is similar to the grid report but is more user-friendly as the fields are sized according to the data present in them. Thus we see the entire data present in a field without having to click on it.READ MORE
A Customer Portal is a great way for an organization to allow its customers to login into their dedicated internal system and access restricted data. Instead of building their own authentication and security mechanisms, users can use Zoho Creator portals. Users can sign up with their portal instead of signup with Zoho. Users can login into their dedicated portal, access applications shared to them, submit data, and most importantly, view and edit only those records which they submitted.READ MORE
Custom Record Summary
The Record Summary feature (applicable only for list report format) allows you to create a custom view of each record, by just drag-and-drop of fields in the required position. You can also insert images and description and make each record look like a page in itself. For example, you can create an invoice document from a single invoice record. Other uses include creation of estimates, brochures, certificates, newsletters, campaign mails, visiting cards, product phamplets etc.READ MORE
New Intuitive User Interface
Our new UI has a flat-interlinked-monochromatic design that can help you build apps more intuitively and in lesser time. The UI organizes the favorite tools into clear sections, interlinks the pages for easy navigation, resulting in a substantial reduction of time spent in building the apps. Now that it is easier to build apps, you would find yourself building apps more frequently.READ MORE
Form Validations & Activity
You can specify the Start and End time during which the form can be accessed by users. Users can submit form data only during this period, when the Form is active. Also provided more validations like "One Entry Per IP Address", "One Entry Per User" and "Maximum Allowed Entries"READ MORE
Mobile Apps: Access to Critical Information Anytime, Anywhere
With mobility being critical to businesses, Zoho Creator offers native apps for iOS and Android devices, allowing business users to manage their apps and access the data on their mobile devices. The new mobile apps allow users to access their Creator apps — personal, shared and workspace apps — along with the forms within the apps. Users can add, edit and delete data within the app. Users can also search, filter, group, sort and apply custom actions on data. Zoho Creator mobile apps support all deluge events.READ MORE
Scheduled data migration from MS Access and MS Excel
Migrating data between services is a pain, regardless of the services. We’ve always been for simplifying these tedious tasks, because most of Zoho Creator users have the need to synchronize data from in-house applications (ERP system for example), with their custom apps in Zoho Creator. The Zoho Creator migration tool was a result of a conscious effort to simplify data migration.READ MORE
Allowed Days and Allowed Hours
Configuring Allowed days and Allowed Hours lets users to enter data only in the specified date and time. Similarly when you create a calendar report using the Date - Time field for which the Allowed days and Allowed Hours are set, a report will be created where users can only record their data within the specified date and time.READ MORE
Short-circuit evaluation in Deluge
Zoho Creator is now short-circuit-intelligent, and it optimizes the execution of scripts, productively affects time taken to make decisions and improves the overall performance.READ MORE
Some enhancements are not major enough to make news, but are still significant. Introducing multi-column layout for radio button and check-box, Image field supports uploading of images and file upload via email attachment.READ MORE
Integrations: Google Apps, CRM, Reports, Invoice, Calendar
Integrations bring Zoho Creator closer to other services like Google Apps and other Zoho apps such as Zoho CRM, Zoho Reports, Zoho Invoice, Zoho CalendarREAD MORE
Improved Calendar View
New Calendar view lets you view the events by day, by week, and by month. You can reschedule the event Start/End dates by simple drag-and-drop of the horizontal bar and also easily scroll through to see other events that precede or follow the day, week, month you're in...READ MORE
Searchable Lookup, Exposed Formula Field and Flexible Custom Actions
There has been plenty of activity going on at Zoho Creator lately; regarding Forms, Views, and everything database. The changes they bring are intended to achieve greater convenience in terms of usability, and it comes as a result of increasing responsiveness and customization.READ MORE
Enhancements in the Report Views
With clarity, decisions made are faster and wiser. You have answers to all your questions from the views/reports. Interpreting data is not a pain anymore. Sort, Group, Show/Hide Columns right from the Live mode, now it also lets you apply multiple filters and more...
Subform: One-to-Many Relationships in your applications
Setting up a one to one relationship is pretty straightforward. All you need is a Lookup field. Here's something that can help you set up one to many relationships in a flash. In one to many relationships, there is a parent form which represents the one side of the relationship and there is a child form which represents the many side of the relationship. The child form is included as a part of the main form and is called a SubForm.READ MORE
Payment Module: Build Order Forms, Increase Sales
With the help of this module, users can set up a payment gateway using their PayPal account. Once this gateway is set up, users can build a variety of applications that involve collecting payments, donations, etc. Our enthusiastic users have come up with a dozen applications that use the payment module in innovative ways...READ MORE
Zoho Creator for Google Apps
Another Zoho service that adds great value to your business & which helps you build customized business applications – Zoho Creator. Today with the launch of the 11th Zoho Service for Google Apps Marketplace, Zoho takes the honor of being the largest software provider in Google Apps Marketplace.READ MORE
Reporting & Task Scheduling
Scheduler at Zoho Creator helps you schedule tasks to be executed at specific times for exactly the period of time that you want your clients to, with absolutely no intervention from you! Generate stunning reports, charts and pivot tables from the data that you’ve so painstakingly accumulated.. and lo and behold! The fruits of your labor are surely sweet and yeah colorful and informative too.READ MORE
Zoho CRM Integration – The First Step
Access Zoho CRM right within your Zoho Creator application. You can now fetch records from any of the modules in your Zoho CRM account into your Zoho Creator application and even create new records in Zoho CRM from within Zoho Creator.READ MORE
Colorful Forms in Zoho Creator
Zoho Creator offers a plethora of customizing options for your forms. You can find these options in the embed dialog. Click on the “Customize Form Properties and Look and Feel” to reveal the options. The customization options are divided into 4 sections, each section offering customization parameters for various parts of the form.READ MORE
Themes and Layouts for Zoho Creator
Zoho Creator offers 6 different layouts for your applications. You can choose from Pane Left, Pane Right, Tabs,Tabbed Pane Left, Tabbed Pane Right and Dropdown menus. You can segregate your forms/views into various sections and apply the required layout so that your application gets the right look.READ MORE
Create Zoho Creator Web Apps from Microsoft Access Database
Import your data effortlessly from Microsoft Access to Zoho Creator and Zoho Reports and does much more. What happens when you migrate your database (MDB file) from Microsoft Access to Zoho Creator? Your entire database structure and data are migrated to Zoho Creator and an application is automatically created with Forms (Tables) and Views etc. This is a quick way of creating a web-based collaborative database app from your non-collaborative Microsoft Access DB.READ MORE
‘Function’ support in Deluge scripting
‘Functions’ promotes code re-usability of deluge script within an application and even across applications (same user’s applications). It makes the code modular and easy to understand. When you feel like repeating certain scripting functionality across different parts of application, you can define them as separate function and reuse it.READ MORE
Zoho Creator 2.0 Launches
Zoho Creator just went through a major upgrade that involves some key changes. We call this update as Zoho Creator 2.0. Brand New Interface, Deluge Script Builder and much more...READ MORE