We’re excited to announce the release of a brand-new service, Zoho Marketplace.

Zoho Marketplace is a service that brings users and business application developers together. It provides a growing catalog of business applications that users can try and purchase. If you like an application you can buy it from the developer (some applications are even free) and ‘Install’ it in your Zoho account. Contrary to what happens with installing old business software, the installation is really pain- and worry- free for use. Because everything is set-up, hosted and arranged by Zoho, it only takes a few minutes to start using the application.

But what if the user can’t find the *exact* application he is looking for? No worries. Customers can also post their exact requirements to the Zoho Marketplace, and get help from third-party developers in creating the application they need.

For developers, it provides a place where they can post and market the applications they have developed in Zoho Creator – free of charge. Yeah, you read that right. There is no fee a developer has to pay Zoho to list his application.

In short, just like you can buy “stuff” in Amazon or eBay, you can also get your business applications in Zoho Marketplace.

But wait! That’s not all we have in store for you.

Today we also released a major update for Zoho Creator. Zoho Creator allows regular folks like me to create power data-driven business applications that can be kept private, shared with a group or published to the world. We call those ‘Situated Software‘. But it can of course also be used by more advanced developers to add complex logic, interaction with other sites and more.

This release focuses more on the latter. We have added many new features and capabilities which make developing rich business applications even easier. These include:

  • Custom HTML pages. Allows developers to create dynamic, fully customized HTML pages that are part of an application and embed forms, views, widgets, videos and more.

  • Layout Customization. Makes it easy to create great-looking applications in seconds. Choose from a variety of layouts and themes. And of course, you can also create your own.

  • Stateless Forms. Stateless forms allow developers to take advantage of all the Creator tools and environment, but gives them full control over where their data is stored.

And there’s of course many others – like full support for CRUD operations, the ability to share/un-share an application (or just components of it separately), easier to create mashups by fetching and processing data from other websites, creating maps on the fly and some others.

To celebrate these two releases and to give you an overview of Zoho Marketplace and Zoho Creator 3, we’ve prepared a ‘different’ kind of video for you. If there were and Oscar category for “Best Video Demo Award”, I’m sure this would get one!

In addition, there are two other videos you can check out:

Rodrigo Vaca

  1. katlin

    I try to customize zoho creator by html form.
    It always tells me:
    “An error has occured. It has been reported to Zoho Creator support. We will look into this issue .
    Sorry for the inconvenience caused.”Though I have copied the html from http://writer.zoho.com/public/… and accustomed it by my own application.
    HELP!!!

  2. katlin

    I try to customize zoho creator by html form.
    It always tells me:
    “An error has occured. It has been reported to Zoho Creator support. We will look into this issue .
    Sorry for the inconvenience caused.”Though I have copied the html from http://writer.zoho.com/public/… and accustomed it by my own application.
    HELP!!!

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  5. Harsha

    Hi Adil,It seems that you had a Zoho Account earlier with the same Email ID(which was not closed properly), an error crawled up while you created another account with the same Email address. We have corrected this now. Can you please login to Zoho Writer(http://writer.zoho.com)/Zoho Sheet(http://sheet.zoho.com) and click “Switch To” and then choose Zoho Creator from the list. If you are still unable to access Creator, kindly get back to us. And we apologize for the inconvenience caused.

  6. Harsha

    Hi Adil,It seems that you had a Zoho Account earlier with the same Email ID(which was not closed properly), an error crawled up while you created another account with the same Email address. We have corrected this now. Can you please login to Zoho Writer(http://writer.zoho.com)/Zoho Sheet(http://sheet.zoho.com) and click “Switch To” and then choose Zoho Creator from the list. If you are still unable to access Creator, kindly get back to us. And we apologize for the inconvenience caused.

  7. Muhammad Adil

    And one more thing, if i cannot get my application 24*7 for my critical business needs, then i am not sure i can trust them for host my application, please reply zoho about that.. thanks.

  8. Muhammad Adil

    And one more thing, if i cannot get my application 24*7 for my critical business needs, then i am not sure i can trust them for host my application, please reply zoho about that.. thanks.

  9. Muhammad Adil

    Its really great step but what i can do with this when it is always down from last 24 hour and getting this message”An error has occured. It has been reported to Zoho Creator support. Wewill look into this issue.
    Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
    Go to Zoho Creator Home”If i get these sort of messages for my critical application then i think there is no need to use it, dont you think?

  10. Muhammad Adil

    Its really great step but what i can do with this when it is always down from last 24 hour and getting this message”An error has occured. It has been reported to Zoho Creator support. Wewill look into this issue.
    Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
    Go to Zoho Creator Home”If i get these sort of messages for my critical application then i think there is no need to use it, dont you think?

  11. Malachi

    Woo,Zoho very cool.I believe that Zoho will beat Google in Online business application

  12. Malachi

    Woo,Zoho very cool.I believe that Zoho will beat Google in Online business application

  13. Robert

    It is important for a startup to get access to online presence with barebone function that will scale up once business gets off the ground and begins make money. Anything that helps keeps operational costs down for a startup until it grows legs is critical. Zoho is very strong in enabling that. I am not fiercely independant. I will promote anything that helps me achieve that. So I am rather proud to have the zoho logo on my public face.(I loved the video)

  14. Robert

    It is important for a startup to get access to online presence with barebone function that will scale up once business gets off the ground and begins make money. Anything that helps keeps operational costs down for a startup until it grows legs is critical. Zoho is very strong in enabling that. I am not fiercely independant. I will promote anything that helps me achieve that. So I am rather proud to have the zoho logo on my public face.(I loved the video)

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    LANZAMIENTO DE ZOHO CREATOR 3.0 Y ZOHO MARKETPLACE……

  16. Valentín Pedrosa Blog

    LANZAMIENTO DE ZOHO CREATOR 3.0 Y ZOHO MARKETPLACE……

  17. Jai

    🙂 Hi guys…the video really rocks..well designed and animated .. i liked very much..keep the good works up…Rock ON!!!!

  18. Jai

    🙂 Hi guys…the video really rocks..well designed and animated .. i liked very much..keep the good works up…Rock ON!!!!

  19. Ramesh Bhandari

    Guys,
    With the release of Zoho Marketplace and the Creator3.0 Zoho will be getting into the big league.I am amazed by the speed of new Apps coming out of Zoho.
    Kudos to the team.Keep rocking guys!!!Cheers,
    Ramesh-Pegasys

  20. Ramesh Bhandari

    Guys,
    With the release of Zoho Marketplace and the Creator3.0 Zoho will be getting into the big league.I am amazed by the speed of new Apps coming out of Zoho.
    Kudos to the team.Keep rocking guys!!!Cheers,
    Ramesh-Pegasys

  21. Venkatesh

    Enjoyed the video throughly…koookle airways ….ha ha..

  22. Venkatesh

    Enjoyed the video throughly…koookle airways ….ha ha..

  23. Suhit Anantula

    Hi Rodrigo:This is a great new step forward for Zoho. The comic video is fantastic. I guess this is the new way of launching products.The market place creates a whole new level of competition with Google and Salesforce.If you do not charge developers then you are starting to think like Google.Cheers,
    Suhit

  24. Suhit Anantula

    Hi Rodrigo:This is a great new step forward for Zoho. The comic video is fantastic. I guess this is the new way of launching products.The market place creates a whole new level of competition with Google and Salesforce.If you do not charge developers then you are starting to think like Google.Cheers,
    Suhit

  25. Kevin

    That demo video rocks! It should win an award!

  26. Kevin

    That demo video rocks! It should win an award!

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