Zoho Show

I created my first Zoho Show for illustrating lecture last night, and ran it in class today.

http://show.zoho.com/embed?USER=llane&DOC=Politics%20and%20Culture%20After%20the%20Great%20War&IFRAME=yes

There were a few problems with creation.

  • The text boxes were unwieldy. They did not appear at the spot I clicked, and got confused with other image boxes on the page, so that when I tried to select a text box, it chose the nearby image box.
  • Text entry was very clunky.
  • The embedded YouTube videos, even when I made them smaller, did not play in sync on either my desktop or the class computer, and the links didn’t work in class. The start-up arrow went way to the side in class too.
  • I couldn’t export; ended up with a screen of code. (That’s OK, since the publish and embed feature obviously works well!)
  • As the slideshow grew, response time got slower and slower, to the point where I’d forgetten what I was doing waiting for something to load, or got to far ahead of the software and it lost my keystrokes.

Of course, it is also missing audio narration, so it’s not ready for an online class yet unless I use another program to record.

Good aspects were that it was easy to manipulate images, slides could be rearranged, and its default image size was manageable. It also has good publish and embed features for the finished product. I’d like to see Zoho develop audio narration recording for each slide, and fix the text issues.

1 comment to Zoho Show

  • Lisa : Thanks a lot for writing about your experiences in using Zoho Show. Sorry about the issues you faced. Our product team will sure be looking into the points you have reported & work on them.

    Audio narration is a nice feature add which many of our users have been asking for & which we have in our list of to-dos. It’ll sure get done in one of the future updates.

1 comment to Zoho Show

  • Lisa : Thanks a lot for writing about your experiences in using Zoho Show. Sorry about the issues you faced. Our product team will sure be looking into the points you have reported & work on them.

    Audio narration is a nice feature add which many of our users have been asking for & which we have in our list of to-dos. It’ll sure get done in one of the future updates.