Zoho is an Indian multinational technology company specializing in low-cost, cloud-based software. The company was founded by an Indian entrepreneur named Sridhar Vembu. Headquartered in Chennai, India, it employs more than 12,000 people worldwide.
The company offers a comprehensive suite of cloud-based software. The most popular products are a word processing app, spreadsheet software, and a presentation program. It also has many lesser-known products, including the note-taking app that we are reviewing.
Some Zoho apps cost money to use while others are free. Zoho Notebook (opens in new tab) falls into the latter, which is an attractive point for users. Many of these users consider it an effective note-taking app (opens in new tab), according to published reviews. We decided to confirm for ourselves if it lived up to the hype around it.
Zoho Notebook: Plans and Pricing
It doesn’t cost a cent to use Zoho Notebook. It is one of the products that Zoho offers for free, with the costs covered by the company’s revenues from other product lines. It’s more of a tool to attract users to the Zoho ecosystem, a significant percentage of whom may start using other (paid) products.
Zoho Notebook: Features
You must have a Zoho account to use the company’s notebook app. You can easily create one from the official website and it will give you access to all Zoho services.
Once you have a Zoho account, you can access the notebook app through its web interface or native desktop (Windows, Mac or Linux) and mobile (iOS or Android) apps. Zoho Notebook is one of the few note-taking apps we tested that has a native app for the Linux operating system.
The app works this way; you can create an unlimited number of digital notebooks and keep notes in it. The digital notebook works in the same way as a hard copy. Once you have created a digital notebook, click on it and you will see the option to add new pages. The main difference between it and a paper notebook is that there is no limit on the number of pages you can have.
Once you open a notebook page, you can type the contents of your notes into it, which can be as long as you want. You should be familiar with using the type of text editor present in the app. But the options for formatting text are quite limited. You can only change the style (In bold, italicize, underline,
Strike outand Background Color). You cannot change the font, text size, or anything like that.
Other notable things you can do with the text editor include inserting tables, bullets, or quotes. A special feature we observed is the ability to make checklists. A checklist includes a checkbox associated with lines of text that represent tasks that you want to complete. Once you have completed a task, you can check the box to indicate it. It is a practical tool to help you organize and manage your tasks.
Another notable feature is that you can add images (from your device) to your digital notebooks.
Once you are done creating a note, Zoho allows you to share it privately with other Zoho users or through a public link that allows anyone to access it. You can also lock your notes with a password to prevent unauthorized access.
Zoho Notebook: Interface and Usage
We found it quite easy to navigate through the Zoho Notebook app. It has a user-friendly interface that makes it enjoyable for users. But one issue we noticed is that the app slows down significantly after adding images to a note. This observation is a recurring complaint in many user reviews.
Zoho Notebook: Support
If you are a paid Zoho subscriber, you have 24/7 access to instant customer support via email, live chat or phone. But free users do not have this option. The best option for them is the official support center with comprehensive user guides and solutions to common issues for each Zoho product.
The support center is also helpful for paid users and should be the first place to consult before opting for direct support if you don’t find satisfactory answers.
Zoho Notebook: The Competition
Zoho Notebook’s main competitors are Google Keep (opens in new tab)Dropbox paper (opens in new tab)and Simplenote (opens in new tab). We’ve highlighted these three competitors because they’re all free to use. Zoho Notebook offers similar functionality to these competitors, but with a more complex user interface.
Zoho Notebook: Final Verdict
The main reason we advise readers to choose Zoho Notebook as their note-taking app is because it is free. You can use the software for free to effectively store and organize your notes. We also like that you can encrypt your notes with passwords to prevent unauthorized access.
The notable drawbacks of the platform include limited text formatting and being slow at times, especially after adding images.
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