I started this post rather upbeat, intending to sing praises to Zoho and its nifty Microsoft Office plug-in. Alas, as I was writing this and experimenting with the plug-in at the same time, a couple of things had dampened my excitement.
As of late, I’m pretty much exclusively use Zoho for my personal documents. My work documents are still all done in MS Office and will likely continue to be so for years to come. But Zoho has become the vehicle of choice for anything not directly related to PSC.
In all this time of logging on to zoho.com, I don’t know how I did notice a nifty little Microsoft Office plug-in, which allows me to work with documents and spreadsheets on Zoho through my local copy of Word and Excel. Don’t get me wrong, I like Zoho, but still nothing beats the auto-correct features in Word. So, I am loving the idea of being able to use Word to open a document straight from Zoho, work with it and then save it right back.
A few things disappointed me though…
- No auto-login feature. The plug-in can remember my user name and password from Zoho, but doesn’t log me in when Word starts. I have to click on the Login menu option before I can do anything.
- Ctrl-S doesn’t save the document back to Zoho. I have to click the ‘Save’ button on the Zoho plug-in menu in order for my changes to be committed back. I imagine that clicking Ctrl-S saves the entire document in my local temp folder. Not cool.
- Fonts and paragraph format gets messed up moving the file back and forth between Word and Zoho. It seems to eventually resolve itself. But it is freaky to see the document reformat itself.
- Internet Explorer script crash on Save. Trying to save the document from Word back to Zoho repeatedly generated a couple of script errors. Talk about a moment of panic after you spent half an hour typing.
So in short, the Zoho Office plug-in is a cool idea but, in my opinion, it needs to fix the few things that I mentioned before it goes from cool to great.