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Zoho Integrates With Google Score One for Web App Interoperability

Browser-based office suite maker Zoho has released some new integration tools for Google Apps, allowing you to use Google Apps within Zoho Projects, the company’s project management webapp.

Zoho Projects for Google Apps integrates Google services like its various document editors, Google Calendar and Google Gadgets with Zoho’s project management software. The result is a painless round-trip way to use Zoho Projects without abandoning Google Apps. We’re fans of both Zoho and Google’s office products, and we’re even bigger fans of broad interoperability between web applications, so it’s pleasing to see Zoho improving its toolset in this way.

To get started, just sign into Zoho Projects, link your Zoho account to your Google Apps credentials and from then on you’ll be able to sign into both services using the same username and password. Once the accounts are linked, you can send documents directly from Google Docs to Zoho Projects.

The integration works the other way as well, feeding project milestones, tasks and meetings back to your Google Calendar. You can also embed the new Zoho Projects gadgets within Gmail, iGoogle or any OpenSocial-compatible site for quick and easy access to your Zoho projects.

While Zoho offers services that compete directly with Google Apps, it also recognizes that not every wants to use those services. As Zoho CEO Raju Vegesna says in an e-mail to Webmonkey, “sure we compete with Google… but we compete in only a subset of apps we offer.” Vegesna goes on to add that the new apps don’t compete directly with Google, rather, they complement what Google Apps already offers.

Indeed, Zoho Writer, Spreadsheets and other apps align closely with Google Apps equivalents, but when it comes to project management tools, Google has yet to offer anything on the level of Zoho projects.

In fact, what Zoho Projects does compete with are the likes of Basecamp, or even Microsoft Project. The new integration with Google Apps gives Zoho Projects a distinct advantage for those already using Google services.

Of course, like Basecamp and Microsoft Project (and unlike Google Apps), Zoho Projects is not completely free. There is free option for Zoho Projects, but it’s limited to just one project. For something more robust you’ll need to sign up for one of Zoho’s monthly options which range from $12-$80 per month depending on the number of projects and amount of storage space you need.

For more information in how the Google Docs-Zoho Projects integration works, check out Zoho’s intro video, embedded below.

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Zoho Docs Unites Writer, Sheet and Show

We’ve covered every iterative web application to fall under Zoho’s office suite thus far — namely its writer, spreadsheet and presentation software. However, besides a single sign on, each application was an entity of its own. So it should come as no surprise that the latest release binds these apps together under the same roof.

Zoho Docs centralizes the online AJAX office suite and adds a file manager to help organize your online docs.

Create folders, subfolders, tag, copy, delete — all the typical file managing features are included. It even has drag and drop (thanks AJAX). Among the support of most (if not all) popular document file types is a way to bulk upload them all via .zip archives. Cool.

Check out Zoho’s video walk-through of features from Zoho’s announcement for more information.

While Zoho’s individual applications pack more powerful menu options than Google Docs, Google Docs has had this kind of file manager from its inception. With relative feature parity, there is little reason not to check out Zoho’s powerful online suite and see if you can ditch any desktop alternatives.

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Zoho Share Simplifies Document Sharing

ZohoshareZoho, the web office suite, has added a new tool that allows you to share all your published documents in one easy-to-navigate location.

Zoho Share, as the new service is known, is looking to compete with the likes of Scribd, SlideShare and other document embedding services.

Zoho Share allows you to view your published documents, presentations, spreadsheets and PDFs in a nice Flash-based embeddable viewer. One very nice touch is the ability to define a license when you publish a document to Share. Visitors looking at your shared documents can then search for things with similar licenses in addition to more common search criteria.

Once your documents are up on Zoho Share, users can comment, rate, bookmark, email and embed them. Share also offers the ability to friend and chat with users whose documents you find interesting.

Other features include search, RSS feeds (of all published content), tags and more.

Although it isn’t live yet, Share will also feature some business tools that will allow companies use as a central document repository for published documents. The documents published within your organization will not be visible to the external world, but anyone with the company can view them.

If you’re a Zoho user all your publicly shared documents are already available at Zoho Share. And the company is promising to add the ability to publish the documents directly to Zoho Share from individual Zoho Applications.

Unlike Scribd and SlideShare, Zoho Share isn’t intended as a one-off service. However, if you’re already using Zoho to create and edit documents, Share makes for a nice icing on the cake, there’s no longer a need to use outside services if you want to embed your docs on another website.

Check out the video below for more details on how Zoho Share works.

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Zoho Writer Adds Google Doc Import Capabilities

Zoho Writer ImportZoho has released a small but welcome update that allows you to import Google documents into Zoho Writer. Zoho Writer also now supports LaTeX exports and features a new equation editor.

The new Google Docs to Zoho Writer import features means that you can bulk export files from Google Docs and then upload the same .zip file into Writer and all your documents will be automatically added.

The other new options are aimed squarely at the students and scholars among us. The new Equation Editor supports LaTeX markup (a document markup language widely used by mathematicians, scientists, engineers and academics) and automatically generates an image of the equation. If you’re not familar with LaTeX, fear not, you can create equations using the more GUI-oriented symbol selection dialog.

The LaTeX support also extends to a new export option that allows you to save your Writer documents as TeX files.

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