Posts Tagged ‘Digital Documents’

Docstoc now lets you upload via email

November 4th, 2008

Docstoc is the main competition against scribd. it trails it from afar but docstoc continue to accelerate growth little by little . and in a space as young and full of potential as it is the Digital Document space. stay in the race is half the battle. so now they will try to push the pedal to get closer to scribd with ther new feature. this new feature lets you upload from your e-mails. so you can simply send a e-mail with a main Office document format or with a PDF and get it converted into a Digital Document that can happily live in Docstoc and be view and shared as a document viewer widget.

One of the main differences i get from docstoc is that they paint themselves as the serious Digital Document hub. they want you to upload office documents and work documents,etc. so they aim for that niche and on those terms they could easily claim to be number one. so if you don`t trust your work e-mails to a service like this because you think it is too serious or too office work minded. don`t worry. docstoc want those kind of documents.

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Google Book Search Embeddable Books

September 29th, 2008

I think it is safe to say that Google Book Search finally has garnered enough data for it to be useful. what better example of their recent release of Embeddable Books?.  This initiative from Google Book Search is part of the now clear future Google is paving for itself in the Digital Documents space. the interesting thing is they are doing it in a completely different way from those who dominate it right now like scribd and docstoc.

They are showing them as extension of two search verticals instead of jumping at it using Google Docs. the first vertical is of course Book Search. but the second one is the recently shown at TC50 Newspaper search. at first the business model behind them was not clear because more than likely there was not one to begin with. but the new Google Book Search shows that in terms of Books. using EBooks inside a Digital Document  model which allows to widgetize the experience and make it portable is the way to do enhance E-commerce and marketing for regular books selling. this is of course not the only reason. PR, Academic leverage and data mining through Social Book Sites are some of the other good uses for it.

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The final and most important is to be able to test an effective Digital Document Widget and then spread that to Google Docs. something that could happen any minute now thanks to the added pressure Adobe Share and Zoho Share among the other Digital Document space leaders like the already mentioned like Scribd and Docstoc.

Right now. the entry barrier is not low enough to use this new Google Book Search feature in a way everyone can use it. but anyone with curiosity and some really minor tinkering can set up a one of the embeddable books for a blog post. this may allow for Book Bloggers (people who blog about books or about something in a book) to archive a level of interactivity and didactic value previously inexistent too. so the tool can be used for good right away.

If you want to use it now. you can generate the JavaScript code needed for one of the Google book search embeddable book viewer by going to this page:

http://code.google.com/apis/books/docs/preview-wizard.html

It is not guaranteed to work. but it is the easiest way to get them right now.

Book Search everywhere with new partnerships and tools via Google Book Search Blog

 

Zoho enters the digital document game releases Zoho Share, aims at Adobe, Scribd and DocStoc

August 26th, 2008

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Zoho surely not stops surprising me. they must be one the most daring companies around today. they are in the hardest spot you could be in and yet they continue to raise the bet. that is not only daring but also a little crazy. Zoho as some, if not most of you know is the Google Docs competitor.

Zoho produces what i consider the best and most complete Web Office Suite. it is way superior and more broad than Google Docs. so much that they not only say they compete with Google but are crazy enough to try to aim at the unbeatable Microsoft Office division Google  itself among big companies like Sun, Apple,Adobe and many other have failed miserably to unsettle. yet Zoho believe they can compete. they are of course wrong in the case of going against Microsoft. but they do have a nice chance of unsettling Google and Adobe. Adobe is already prepping up its own vision on what a  Web Office Suite should do. Google Docs is already dominating this space and Google takes very seriously the threat of Adobe and Zoho to their own solution that aims to hurt Microsoft. the dilemma here is that it will be even less possible for any of them to challenge Office since a competition war between the alternatives to Microsoft  is already brewing.

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Zoho Share on the other hand aims to the Digital Document space. a space that is actually dominated by independent companies like Scribd and DocStoc. a space where Adobe recently entered with Adobe Share and where they are actually the underdog. the entrance of the Web Office Suites into this space was to be expected, and it is something i said back at the start of the year when i commented on one a Scribd initiative.:

This initiative is a good way too for scribd to increase their footprint and their brand. and boy if they need it. as i already said.  this space is going to get worse for them with Google Docs, Adobe Share and Office Live natural progression into this space in a way it will not leave many Startups able to compete with them. scribd truly wants to be the company left standing in case they don`t get acquired and also in case other competitors in their space survive.

Later on the Adobe Share update happened, several Google Docs updates went underway and now this unexpected entry by Zoho confirms it. i wonder how long it will take for Google to follow suite now that they are quite late to the party.

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Zoho Share Digital Document Embeddables and viewer are actually quite poor. but Zoho is known for evolving fast and they now got a foot in. so l expect them to evolve fast and offer something more akin to what docstoc does instead of scribd. the site in itself is actually good already and should prove a very great addition to those already using the Zoho Office Suite and a good way to persuade more people to try them instead of Google Docs.

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Issuu goes for Scribd iPaper, releases Issuu Paper and Turns into a platform

August 9th, 2008

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I wrote about Issuu Flash Magazine Widgets almost 6 months ago. when they had just released them and i remember thinking they were the slickest ones. but that Scribd iPaper was superior because of its features. that is no more true. issuu was heavy at work during that time and now they got their own markup language and Ajax implementation and while they still do flash. they are now also offering a choice called “paper”. so  i doubt it is not a message to scribd iPaper. 

issuu paper version is all done in Ajax and it load the mentioned issuu xml markup and it resembles the functionality of iPaper without the use of flash. this is of course something important because that means these are digital documents that can be seen without a problem in any computer and also in any phone. that is not all.  issuu has gone beyond that and released a developer platform so you can do your very own customized digital document and digital magazine the way you want it by using issuu technology.

This is without a doubt a step up for digital documents and for digital magazines alike. i think it is really great. i still would like to see their Widgets to evolve too. i want to be able to pass to full screen from wherever the widget is placed and get full controls with it. that is something that flash and silverlight can offer and make the experience seamless for the user without having to go anywhere. this is the only step left for issuu to do, go for full portability. because that is the only area where Scribd still got them beat.

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