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I’m on a paid account. The service concept is similar to Google’s Docs but doesn’t work as well. In the app: documents can only be viewed in icon view. C’mon, 1984 is long gone. Where are the lists views? Sort by name, date, type, etc. Search function searches only file names, not file contents. Cannot save files into a new Folder. Cannot delete files. Cannot share files into another Zoho app, eg: Projects Typeface changes randomly after a server error. Cannot tell which changes have been saved and which one not saved since last auto-save. I experience constant “connection interrupted” and “server errors”. Each forces a page reload which dumps all changes since the last auto-save. Very annoying. (Is this me, my China connection, or Zoho’s servers?) Update, October 2018 Zoho Customer service is responsive; they try hard to solve Customer complaints. My “connection interrupted”issues persist. This must be caused by my internet connection; the Service provider is called _Great Wall_ after all.
My friend and I use Zoho to share our collaborative stories with each other. The website works well enough, and we have a great time editing with each other live. The app on the other hand offers none of the convenience of the site. Typing lags so far behind what you are writing, you might as well be carving it into a stone tablet. And heaven forbid you want to copy and paste more than one word into it. The thing bogs down to near crashing with as few as 20 words selected to be pasted. We have had more than a few issues where it will randomly place our curser somewhere else in the document while we are using the app, and we will lose random sentence fragments pages away from where we had been working. If they even get written down at all. And don’t you dare even think about any kind of formatting while on the app, it won’t translate to the site version. You won’t get any of the double space periods your phone placed in there either. Don’t forget about the weird random extra spaces between words that you get as well. That’s if it doesn’t just not save huge chunks of text at random. We still use the site, and will keep using the site, but we cannot safely use the app and you cannot either. At least not until an acceptable update makes it useable.
I actually really like this idea, being able to type up a document and know that it will still be there no matter what happens to the data on my local device. Writer is one of a few good options out there. However, writer lacks some features. Writer lacks the nice spacing on either side of the text, the left and right margins. Many other note taking and word apps nicely highlight the text via those margins. Even Zoho docs does it, so why not this app? They need to give it more of a page feel in my opinion or at least have this as an option. Then there is search. I would like to be able to search within my documents. It is easier to find content this way. Right now it appears to only be able to search file names. Last but not least, it would be nice to be able to multi-select items within this app to send them all to another app or drive. Far too many apps lack this very basic feature and it would be very worth while to add it to writer. Besides these missing features though it is a good alternative to Google docs. Keep up the good work!
Most concerning is that when I use my microphone to input text, sometimes the text disappears. This has happened several times in the course of the last half an hour since I downloaded the app, so I am going to get rid of my account because it’s just not usable for me. Also: less concerning but slightly time-consuming it is the fact that every time I navigate away from the screen, it has to reload my document. And finally, I couldn’t figure out if there was a “select all” option. I saw cut and basic select, but for my work, “select all” is a must-have capability. Maybe I’m just silly couldn’t figure it out, but that played a small role in my decision to stop using this app.
I use Zoho for everything and I love it but this app and the other desktop versions of Writer are missing one really important feature. Being able to put the file into a specific folder. I don’t like having to remember to go into Docs and moving it after it is created. Also, since Workdrive is headed to replace Docs it would be nice if we could choose to save to their as well. I have noticed some lag the bigger the file gets but for the most part it gets the job done.
Simple, slick word processing app to create and edit documents, and collaborate on them with your friends. Sync docs across devices and access them wherever you go.
Writer is carefully designed to create
a clean, blank paper-esque writing experience across your smartphone, tablet and computer. And it's free forever!
Collaborate with your team
- Join discussions, even when you're away from your desk. Add your thoughts to documents, reply to friends' comments, or just appreciate them by clicking "like."
Work with multiple formats
- Import and edit your existing Microsoft Word documents. Take stories off your world by exporting it as an MS Word, PDF, ODT, HTML, or TXT file.
Get access to the full-blown web version
- One of the best advantages of using Writer is that it features a powerful word processor on the web. It's incredibly easy to jot down notes on the move, and continue working on it on the web when you're back to your desk.
Create beautiful looking documents
- Format your documents. Add images, tables, and more.
- Apart from a "Make available offline" option, 20 of your most recent documents will available offline by default too!
Forget saving documents
- Forget clicking save, and manual back up. Your changes are saved and synced across all your devices as you make them.
What's stopping you now? Get started. Write away!
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