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To simplify working online, Zoho, a division of AdventNet's, has announced immediate availability of Zoho Creator 2.0, which lets users create powerful online database applications in minutes. Already, Zoho Creator 2.0 is building a reputation as the Web equivalent of Microsoft Access combined with Visual Basic, the company says.

"Simplicity is a core design goal at Zoho," said Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. "What's the point of giving our customers a powerful application if they can't use itùor won't use itùbecause it's too difficult? No, our customers want power, but they want ease of use, too. Judging from the feedback, we got it right with Zoho Creator. It is simply powerful."

Zoho Creator customer Ted Hughes confirms that assessment. After trying in vain for three months to build a vendor management application using Microsoft Access and Visual Basic, Hughes created the application in a single night using Zoho Creator.

"Zoho Creator did exactly what I wanted it to do," said Hughes, the bulk chemicals operations manager at SoluChem LLC. "I consider Zoho Creator equal to Access plus Visual Basic."

Inside Zoho Creator 2.0

With version 2.0, the company has improved Zoho Creator's already-impressive power and ease-of-use. Zoho Creator 2.0 highlights include:

  • A new user interface that features a drag and drop form builder, improved layout, and easy navigation;
  • Deluge Script Builder, which simplifies scripting, so users can quickly and easily create powerful applications with complex logic; and
  • Embeddable Form/View, so users can take the Form/View of an application built with Zoho Creator and embed it in Websites and blogs.
  • These new features supplement Zoho Creator's established advantages including:
  • Ease of useùUsers can create highly customizable applications using simple drag and drop operations.
  • CollaborationùUsers can invite friends, team members, and others to collaborate while maintaining control of what information each individual can see and whether they can add, edit or simply view it.

    Making Happy Customers

    As with previous Zoho applications, praise has been pouring in from Zoho Creator customers and reviewers who have, to date, created over 30,000 applications with Zoho Creator, the company reported.

    "Zoho Creator is incredibly ambitious and there's a lot more to the service that I just don't have space to cover. If there was ever a poster child for the Web 2.0 world, this is it!"ù Mark Gibbs, Network World

    "This free Web-based software handled the job, but without the bells and whistles of Microsoft Access that had baffled Mr. Hughes. 'To me, it was like a godsend,' says Mr. Hughes."ùRobert A. Guth, The Wall Street Journal

    "I found Zoho Creator to be the best choice for online database creation among other services. This is the web-based alternative to MS Access and VB. Deluge, the Scripting Language, allows us to build complex applications awesomely without need of any programming experience. WOW!"ùMathias Pruestel, CEO, Magix Corp.

    "In the past I used an off the shelf program, FileMaker, for data collection. Now I boot up my browser and head to Zohoà Zoho Creator provides me a quick and very easy tool for creating database applications that I can easily embed in our school web site to gather data."ùTim Lauer, Principal, Lewis Elementary School, Portland, Oregon

    "How can I thank you for such useful apps? I am a public school teacher trying to use technology to make the curriculum more relevant and engaging. So often I find myself needing an online tool, and now I can create them. So often I find open source tools that will do the trick, or would if I had time to learn PHP and SQL. Now I can dig into my "someday" tasks because I have access to the tools I need."ù Susan Sedro, White Bear Township, Minnesota

    "I have a lot of technology at my disposal but Zoho Creator has provided exactly what I've wanted for years, in about 15 minutes. I had to tell someone how fantastic I think this product is. Superb. Thanks and well done."ùAndy Beale, Deputy IT Director Guardian News & Media

    "Zoho Creator represents the wave of the future. With Zoho Creator, knowledge workers can easily create very simple list style applications in minutes"ùRod Boothby, InnovationCreators.com

    "Imagine FileMaker, but for the web. Designing forms automatically generates data tables, whose contents may be displayed in views or used as values in list boxes on other forms. ...a warm fuzzy feeling knowing what great support I get even from a free product."ù Joshua Herzig-Marx

    Related Links: Zoho Creator 2.0 http://creator.zoho.com

    Zoho Creator - SoluChem LLC Case Study http://creator20.zoho.com/appcreator/collateral/ZohoCreator_Soluchem_CaseStudy.pdf

    Zoho Creator 2.0 video demonstrations http://www.vimeo.com/clip:210220

    About Zoho and AdventNet

    Zoho is creating the most comprehensive suite of affordable, online productivity tools for today's knowledge workers. With nearly 120 developers working on the Zoho suite, the company maintains an active dialog with customers, listening to and acting on their feedback. To date, Zoho has launched 15 different applications and more are in the works. For more information on Zoho, please visit www.zoho.com.

    Zoho is a division of AdventNet, in business since 1996 providing innovative software tools and serving more than 10,000 customers worldwide. For more information on AdventNet, please visit www.adventnet.com.



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