Saturday, January 26, 2008

Week 8, Thing #18, Zoho Writer

I was excited to experiment with this site which is a site for web based use of common applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. I've had experiences in the past with the frustration of trying to share documents or working on editing documents with people in other locations. This seemed like the perfect tool for dealing with some of those situations.

I created a document in the Zoho Writer area and experimented to see what I could do with the program. I did like the toolbar and many of the things it was able to do. There were plenty of tools there to use. However, the program was not as intuitive as I would have liked. I had trouble figuring out how to do some things, like returning to the document after viewing it in "preview" and trying to rename the document. I couldn't get the photo import to work at all despite an hour of trying. I never could get the spell check application to work either, which is essential.

I would be interested to try creating a document and sending it to someone for editing to see how well the sharing part works. I can see how using the web to do this would be an advantage. That way, you are not tied to one computer or a particular program. That is a very attractive idea. I also notice that they have a wiki application. Since I am interested in learning more about creating one, I will probably experiment with this to see how well it works.

I also added the picture here that I tried to put in my Zoho document. It helped me dissipate my frustration at not being able to do it before (and also let me know that the photo was not creating the problem). It also reminds me that although it is winter outside, summer--and
my opportunity to be outdoors--is not far off!


Becca said...

The rain is pouring as I write, which adds the proper sound effects to go with your photo. Nice.

I'm going to have to go back and look at Zoho again.... I'm not sure what the advantages are over googledocs? Maybe you have to have a google account for googledocs, whereas you don't for Zoho....?? At any rate, the ability to collectively craft a document online rather than lose track of umpteen version of attached emails is a great application, whatever service one uses.

arvind said...

Christobel : Thanks for trying out Zoho Writer!

About inserting the image, our apologies. Not sure what the issue might be. I tried inserting images using the 'Insert Image' icon in the second row of Zoho Writer toolbar in a document here and it came out fine.

For returning from 'Preview' mode, clicking on the 'Edit' link brings you back to the Editor. And you can rename documents by clicking on the document name tab at the top. We will try to make these things more intuitive.

Thanks once again for your feedback comments. Try the other Zoho services as well by clicking on the 'Switch To' link at the top of your Zoho Writer page.


arvind said...

Becca : Thanks for your comments! Zoho has got a much wider suite of web applications & each app is feature-rich.


christobel said...

Thank you for your help. I know I am not the most tech savvy of users so I often get stumped by things that other users think are obvious. Thanks for explaining these to me. I do like your range of services--thanks for introducing them to us.

arvind said...

Thanks for the prompt reply!