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What's New

2017

Dec

Opening up Early Access to Zia's Grammar-Checking Capabilities.

Here's a quick recap of Writer in 2017, and a sneak peek into Zia's grammar checking capabilities that will be unveiled in 2018.

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Nov

Connect Writer With Apps That Matter to You

Announcing the Writer Open APIs, as well as integrations with workflow automation pioneer Zapier and other third-party cloud drives.

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Oct

The New Dashboard, Font Search and More

Writer's new dashboard is a one-stop place to view all of your documents and templates. Also, you can now use the search option in the Library to look up fonts that support a particular language.

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Sep

Introducing Collaborative Code Snippets, and Quotes in Writer 

From C to Swift, work in 13 common coding languages. This option, combined with Writer’s full-featured word processing capabilities, makes it easy to create your own knowledge base on the cloud. Access your code from any device, no matter where you are.

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Aug

Introducing the All-new Writer for Mobile: A Big Leap Forward

Writer’s iOS and Android apps get comments, better offline support, and an elegant design makeover. It’s cleaner, lighter, and more fun to use than ever!

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Jul

Write in Arabic, Hebrew, and Other Right-to-left Languages

We're happy to introduce complete support for right-to-left languages like Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Urdu. This update opens Writer to more than 300 million people in 20 countries across the world, and we couldn't be more excited.

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Jun

It’s National ESIGN Day, and We Have Some Amazing News for You!

Seventeen years ago today, the US Congress passed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), ensuring the legal validity of contracts entered into using electronic signatures and records. This turned out to be a milestone in the history of contract management, opening the door to a whole new way of signing contracts and closing deals.  

Today we’re extremely happy to introduce our new integration with a company that’s been providing a flawless end-to-end electronic signature experience on all of your devices.

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May

The Art of Precision: How to Use a Ruler

To be precise, is to know exactly how close two objects can be in a given space. Optimal use of such precision is what makes for good design aesthetics. That's why we believe setting margins in your document, is an art in itself.

Ruler in Writer has taken a major leap forward recently. Let's see how it can help you better format your documents.

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A Change for the Better: Working with Changes Just got Easier

Too many changes can often make documents look fouled up. With No Markup mode, you have the freedom to continue working on documents without having to see the strikeouts and additions being made by your editors. And since you have Track Changes turned on, you can still see what’s been added or removed. 

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Apr

Our Mail Carrier is Now Stronger Than Ever!

We’re extremely happy to announce newly bulked-up Mail Merge options in Writer. Send emails, letters, labels, or envelopes to up to 500 people at once, without breaking a sweat, and without dogs chasing you.  

HR executives can use it to send interview letters, teachers can use it to send out circulars—Mail Merge makes reaching out to a wider audience really easy. It can even handle minute details, making sure your mail or letter looks custom-tailored for each recipient.

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Mar

Collaborative Editing for WordPress using Writer

Writer is integrated with WordPress.com’s blogging platform—which means you can create and edit documents, collaborate on them with friends, colleagues or classmates, and post directly to a web page or blog, all from one place.  

Images, layout, and most of your formatting details will be preserved, too. All you have to do is to add your web content and hit Publish.

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Feb

Electronic Signature in Writer - Some Significant Updates

Writer integrates with Adobe Sign and DocuSign to help you send documents for electronic signature. We wanted to make the current process simpler, and also accommodate additional features and signature fields in both Adobe Sign and DocuSign.

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Introducing Multi-column Layouts and more in Writer

You’ve been asking, and now, after hundreds of thousands of code changes, we’re delivering. Your documents are about to get a lot prettier. We’re extremely happy to finally announce this: Introducing multi-column layouts and more in Writer. Woot woot!

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Now you can save a copy of your Writer document to other cloud drives.

When we released the new version of Writer, many of you wrote to us. You told us that you loved Writer's pleasant writing experience, but wanted to save your documents to cloud drives you or your team have been using.

We're happy to announce that Writer can now be paired with other popular cloud drives for backup*. Save a copy of your Writer document in Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Evernote, or OneDrive.

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Jan

4 Easy Ways to Keep Track of Changes in your Document

This could happen to many of us: You come back to work after a long weekend and resume working on something you left unfinished on Friday afternoon. To your surprise, you open the document and discover all sorts of changes, comments, and a multitude of highlights from your teammates. This uncanny moment, when you don't recognize your own work anymore, is something we set out to fix with the new improvements in Writer's Version History. Read on:

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2016

Dec

Six Delicious Holiday Treats from Writer

In keeping with the holiday spirit, we’d like to give our users some treats. Check out Writer’s new enhancements and innovations:

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Oct

Introducing Multiple Selection, Quick Seek and more in Writer

We are continuously improving Writer to give you the best writing experience ever on a Word Processor. Starting from today, we will be launching some very important update bundles for Writer, each baked with some really cool capabilities aimed at solving common problems. Here's a list of all the things we are launching today:

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Jul

Meet the All-New Zoho Writer: Word Processing, Re-Imagined.

At Zoho, we believe writing should empower you: empower you to persuade minds, move hearts, and take action. Tools that aim to help shouldn’t distract. And that’s how we came up with the idea of creating tools that flow with your style of work, instead of forcing their style on you. Meet the all-new Zoho Writer!

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Feb

First Look: The New and Improved Zoho Writer

Preview the all-new Zoho Writer to see our cleaner, more stylish, and more intuitive interface. With a brand new look, comes a whole new approach – introducing modes, a simpler way to write. The Compose mode gives you a space to write without distractions. Switch to the Review mode when it's time to add other people to the equation, and get feedback from your peers. When you're done, reach your audience with the Distribute mode.

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2015

Sep

Just In: View Changes Since Last Visit in Zoho Writer

Team collaboration can be tricky at times. With multiple people editing the document at the same time, you are often left in the lurch, puzzling over the new changes made since you last visited. While the version history helps you track down the different versions made since you last opened the document, it is time-consuming to identify the edits in the latest document.

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Automatic Heading Numbering in Zoho Writer

While creating user guides, technical documentation or hierarchical headings in legal documents, the need to have numbered headings to generate a structured TOC becomes important. Manually entering the numbers for every heading is simply tedious. To create structured documents, you can use two types of heading lists available in Zoho Writer.

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Aug

E-Signature Enhanced; Now Becomes More Business-Friendly

To keep up with the changing trend, Zoho Writer has now revamped its DigiSign feature, making it more business-friendly. With some brand new additions and modifications to the existing ones, you can now send create, collaborate, and close deals all using Zoho Writer!

Announcing the New and Improved Mail Merge

With more options and easier functionality, the Mail merge in Zoho Writer is now better than ever! It now has more options to pull your data, an improvised merge field dialog, option to suppress blank fields, create personalized lines and more.

Jul

Track Changes Control is Now Open to All

Track changes control is now extended to all the collaborators (with read/write access) of a document. So, it doesn't matter if you are not the owner or the co-owner of the document, you still can switch on the track changes and make the edits in the document.

Jun

New Theme and Image Library

Zoho Writer gets a face lift with a brand new theme. You can now add images from various sources like Google Search, Flick, Picasa and others. You can also maintain an image library of all your previously used images!

New Shapes and Textboxes

Breathe in life into your document with colorful shapes and text boxes. Explain complex business processes with flowcharts, and create creative cover pages using shapes. Get started and reshape your documents!

Zoho Writer app for iPhone

Working on the go just got easier! Introducing the all new Zoho Writer app for iPhone! The iPad app also gets better. Now not just view and edit files in your iOS device, you can also create new documents and sync them to your cloud accounts.

May

Proof Read with Ease

Get hold of all the errors in your document in one glance. The status icons at the end of your document now can tell if your document has any errors or not. You can click on the icons and fix all errors without manually editing each word.

Introducing @ Mentions

Collaboration takes a step further with the introduction of “@mentions” in comments. While earlier, it was possible to add comments in a shared document to share your feedback or inputs, now you can direct those comments to specific users in the document or outside, to pull them into your discussion.

Apr

Track Changes Integration with MS Word

A seamless integration between Zoho Writer and MS Word, so all your tracked changes stays just the way it was when you import or export. So, no matter where you edit, your changes are visible wherever you view it.

2014

Dec

Improved Table of Contents

Zoho Writer provide a gallery of pre-built TOC's with defined styles. It also comes with the options to customize the TOC till it's perfect for you.

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Advanced Line Breaks

With the new 'Widows and Orphans' line breaking options, control the way your paragraph content splits across pages to avoid straggling lines at the top and bottom of the page.

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Formatting Marks

Show formatting option allows you to see the formatting marks without which it is impossible to tell whether there exists an line break, indent, a tab stop, or simply a series of spaces whenever text is indented from the left.

Sep

Offline Editing

Online or offline, work never stops. When you are not connected to the internet, you can now access and edit your documents offline. When you are back online, Zoho will let you to synchronize the modified documents with the online versions.

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Aug

Collaborate With External Users

Collaborating is no longer restricted to your organization. You can share document as links to people outside your organization and they can easily access the file and collaborate, without creating a Zoho account. Every file that is shared can be password protected to create a safer environment for collaboration.

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Jun

Track Changes

Your document is always in your control. With Track Changes turned on, every change your collaborators make to the document appears as a colored markup. It highlights each insertion, deletion, formatting change, or comment and provides you control over the document as you can selectively accept the edits and discard the ones that don't seem appropriate.

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Apr

Advanced Features in Commenting

You can now navigate directly to the unread comments in a document. In addition to modifying or replying to the comments, you can also resolve (close) comment threads when you’re done with them.

Mar

iOS Apps for Zoho Writer

Zoho Writer for iPad is a powerful, feature-rich offline text editor that helps you create beautiful documents on the go. Creating and editing documents is made easy with the smart built-in editor. Documents created can later be uploaded to Zoho Docs/Dropbox and accessed anytime, anywhere.

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Feb

Multiple Headers and Footers

Headers and Footers are now customizable as per your need. You can either have the same header/footer for all pages, or choose to have different one on the first page. Additionally, you can also choose a different header/footer for odd and even pages.

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Jan

Automatic Notification of Document Changes

No document update slips your attention. Choose to receive email notifications, and keep track of every change made to your document. Quit regular visits to your document as Zoho Writer keeps you updated all the time.

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2013

Dec

Formulas in Table

Who says you can't do calculations in your word documents? You can perform calculations and logical comparisons in a table by using formulas. The Formula command in the Table tab allows you to add numbers, find average of numbers, find the largest or smallest number in the table cell range you specify.

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Oct

Automatic Date Change

You can quickly insert the current date into the body of a document as well as in the header and footer. The date is automatically updated to the current date and helps you eliminate the tedious chore of manually deleting prior dates.

Sep

Pagination

Pagination allows you to visualize page breaks while you’re editing your documents. Native printing is available in Google Chrome Browser and gives the best printing experience.

Aug

Android App for Zoho Writer

Zoho Writer Android App allows you to create impressive documents seamlessly with its intuitive user interface and rich set of features. You can either save these documents in local device, in MS Word format or push them to cloud devices like Zoho Docs, Google Drive and Dropbox. This app also allows you to open MS Word documents in your device.

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Jan

Table Cell Split and Merge

Working with tables is much easier now. You can merge cells of a table and even import merged cells from MS Word Documents.

Mar