Zoho Writer Supports Offline Editing

General, Zoho Writer | November 26, 2007 | 2 min read

Just a few days after we added features like Pagination, Header/Footer etc in Zoho Writer, the team is ready with another update adding offline editing capabilities.

In August, we made Zoho Writer available offline. When we released it back then, the documents were available in read-only mode when offline. With today’s update, you’ll now be able to view and edit your documents offline. This functionality is based on Google’s open source project Google Gears. We thank them for the project and their support.|

For Zoho Writer to work offline, you’ll need to have Google Gears plug-in installed on your browser (works on Firefox 1.5+, IE 6+). Click on ‘Go Offline’ to access your documents offline. By default, we download 15 documents each from ‘My Docs’ and ‘Shared Docs’ section. You can change the default setting by clicking on the down arrow beside ‘Go Offline’ link. The documents are downloaded based on the ‘Sort Order’ in your ‘My Docs’ section.

When you are not connected to the internet, you can visit http://writer.zoho.com/offline to access and edit your documents offline. When you are back online, clicking on ‘Go Online’ will let you to synchronize the modified documents with the online versions.

The following video should give you a quick overview on how this functionality works.

For better clarity, try this video. You’ll notice that not all functionalities available online are available in offline mode. This is because some of the functionalities are online specific while others will make their way into the offline mode moving forward.

Another new feature to come as part of this update is Right-to-Left language support. We have a lot many users from the Middle-East who had been asking for this. Click on the ‘Page Setup’ icon (), the third from left on the Zoho Writer toolbar and you will see the language ‘Direction’ option in the pop-up window that opens.

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Please do give our offline editing capabilities a try and let us know your feedback. If you’d like to be informed in advance of announcements from Zoho, subscribe here.

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  1. Martin

    Google Gears is deprecated and will no longer be available as of December 2011.Will ZOHO continue to provide an offline mode for ZOHO WRITER and if so, how?

  2. Martin

    Google Gears is deprecated and will no longer be available as of December 2011.Will ZOHO continue to provide an offline mode for ZOHO WRITER and if so, how?

  3. Harry Worth

    I tried using it on Opera and it ran quite smoothly.Maybe you had a network issue.

  4. Harry Worth

    I tried using it on Opera and it ran quite smoothly.Maybe you had a network issue.

  5. George Jamet

    I tried it on Opera and it worked, but a bit clunky

  6. George Jamet

    I tried it on Opera and it worked, but a bit clunky

  7. Javier Duarte

    This work if I use Opera web browsing?

  8. Javier Duarte

    This work if I use Opera web browsing?

  9. 7av_test

    This is an excellent feature specially for SME users in India where power cuts happen very often and net connection is not predictable.

  10. 7av_test

    This is an excellent feature specially for SME users in India where power cuts happen very often and net connection is not predictable.

  11. Strategic heading by G. Oliver

    […] there have been two ways to handle such concerns. First &#8212 the route taken by Etelos, Zoho (via GoogleGears), and others &#8212 is building apps that have the ability to go offline and then […]

  12. Strategic heading by G. Oliver

    […] there have been two ways to handle such concerns. First &#8212 the route taken by Etelos, Zoho (via GoogleGears), and others &#8212 is building apps that have the ability to go offline and then […]

  13. Arvind

    Manav : Zoho Writer supports both import and export of docx (Office 2007 format) files. This will be extended to Sheet & Show in the near future.

  14. Arvind

    Manav : Zoho Writer supports both import and export of docx (Office 2007 format) files. This will be extended to Sheet & Show in the near future.

  15. manav

    I see that you support files from MS Office 1997-2003; What about Office 2007?Thanks

  16. manav

    I see that you support files from MS Office 1997-2003; What about Office 2007?Thanks