Getting Started with Zukmo
An Information Management tool meant for Consumers and Small/Medium Businesses that enables Simple and Secure Sharing, Collaboration & Synchronization.
- Creating your account
- Installing Zukmo
- Syncing Files
- Bookmarking Webpages
- Adding a Note
- Adding a Content Source
- Configuring Google Docs/
Google Apps Docs
- Using Mobile App
- Configuring Twitter stream
- Adding Embedded Media
- Configuring RSS feeds
- Next Steps
Zukmo enables users and businesses to easily manage all their information in the cloud and helps to store, search, access, sync and share all the digital content of interest from various sources at one central location.
Zukmo provides for a special sync folder in your workstation which will automatically reconcile the subfolders and its content to the website and to any other devices linked to your account as soon as it notices a change in your sync folder. Once your files are synced, you can access them directly from each of your computer's hard drives or by using your "My Zukmo" account at the website.
Zukmo will typically index all the content that is being added, simplify the rendition of content, and maintain a searchable digital memory for all the important information you consume which can then be accessed from any device anytime. Currently, Zukmo supports adding URLs, importing your bookmarks from other sources (delicious, Google Bookmarks etc.), uploading desktop documents, fetching Google Docs/ Google Apps Docs, fetching Twitter streams, Adding web clippings & Notes, Fetching RSS feeds, embedding Videos from YouTube.com, Vimeo and Presentations from SlideShare.net, Scribd etc.
Creating your Zukmo Account
Account creation is a piece of cake! And you have two choices.
Option (A): You can either sign in using your existing email providers (Yahoo/Google/Google Apps) or social media (Facebook/Twitter) providers
Option (B): You can create a specific account for use within Zukmo.
In the first scenario (A), we do not store any of your existing provider account passwords and these require one time authorization and all authentications are done by the respective service provider sites only.
In the second scenario (B), you can create an account explicitly by using your email address as login ID and choosing a Zukmo Password of your convenience.
This video tutorial will quickly show you how to create an account in Zukmo.
Installing Zukmo Tools & utilities
There is a suite of tools and utilities that have been provided to add content to Zukmo in a contextual manner aiding the natural user experience of working from within their environment whether it is a workstation desktop or mobile device or any browser.
Users can access our Download page & proceed to install the respective tool based on the preferred work environment.
From the download page, users can install the appropriate browser plugin/extension for their browser and can also choose to add a bookmarklet to their browser.
For Android Device
Users can fetch the Android Mobile App from the Android Market.
For Windows Desktop
From the download page, users can download & install the windows desktop application that will enable them to sync files to/from their desktop to the cloud.
Understanding Zukmo Sync
In addition to being considered as a centralized hub of content from multifarious sources, an important and standout feature of Zukmo is its ability to synchronize your desktop files to the cloud and to other devices. This allows you to store and access your content on virtually any computer, web browser or mobile phone.
Zukmo will ensure that the latest version of your content is made available and accessible quickly on all your devices (home/office workstations, smart phone devices, tablet PCs etc.) through dynamic and incremental file synchronization. This way you are assured of possessing the right information no matter where and how you are accessing it.
From the download page, you can download and then install the Zukmo sync utility for the windows platform. You can login to your account by using your email address as Zukmo ID and the unique password emailed to the user by Zukmo during the registration process. Please note that this password is not your email password. In case you forgot that password, please go here to retrieve it.
Zukmo sync for Windows will automatically synchronize your files with your Zukmo account in the Web every few minutes. You can initiate synchronization for files/folders this in a couple of ways
You can simply right click on any file/folder that you wish to synchronize and use the menu option "Add to Zukmo"
Also, there is a "Zukmo Sync folder" in your workstation/device, where you can also copy files/folders.
Bookmarking Web content
Browse to web sites of interest and use the Browser Button to add them to your Personal Digital Library (i.e My Zukmo).
Navigate to My Zukmo using the Zukmo Button Menu option to view your added content.
Generally, the simplest way to use Zukmo button is to click on it for bookmarking any content of interest.
However, in addition, the Zukmo button also comes with a down arrow next to it that will display a menu of options.
The actions listed in the menu are as follows:
Add to Zukmo - This will bookmark by adding the URL link and the page content snapshot to your library. Same result as single clicking on the zukmo button directly.
Add to Zukmo and Share - This will provide options to both bookmark content and share it with friends through email or post to your facebook/twitter account.
Add All Tabs to Zukmo - This will bookmark across all the open tabs in your current window by adding the URL link and page content snapshot in each tab to your library.
Import My Browser Bookmarks - This will import all the saved bookmarks in your current Browser into Zukmo
My Zukmo - This will take you to your Zukmo account - your Personal Digital Library
Search Bar - This will search within your Zukmo account
Adding a Note
Zukmo provides a simple interface to users to create notes as fresh content which can either be just plain text or can be an assortment of text and images. In addition, Zukmo provides for an easy way to add notes from pre-existing content while browsing web pages. The two methods are briefly described below,
Add web clipping as a note
You can clip a portion of a webpage by highlighting it and then add it as a note to Zukmo
You can then view the added note from within Zukmo
Creating a Note
At the top left corner of the landing page in Zukmo window, you'll see a link labeled "Add Notes":
Click the link and Zukmo will open the note editor and create a blank note with the cursor in the body of the note:
You can then add any title and text to compose the note and save it once complete.
If you prefer a properly formatted text, you can play with the style settings on the text by modifying the font, increasing or decreasing the font size or changing the font color. You're can also bold, italicize or underline the text - all of these options are available in the toolbar in the note editor.
You can access this note from either the My Zukmo site on the web or from an Android device using the mobile app.
Adding a Content Source as a Service
Zukmo has a Services Wizard that presents a list of content sources that the user can utilize for adding content to their personal information library. Among the listed content sources, only Google Docs, Google Apps Docs and Twitter are required to be enabled through an one-time user authorization with the respective service providers. Bookmarking, Notes, Multimedia, Desktop Documents, RSS feeds are available by default.
Follow the steps below for the content sources requiring authorization:
When new users login to Zukmo for the first time after new account creation, a Services Wizard screen will be displayed. Existing users can click on "My Services" link in the header to pop the Services Wizard screen.
In the "Add Services" section of the wizard, several services requiring one time authentication (Twitter, Google Apps Docs, Google Docs, Delicious) are listed.
Click on any of the Service icons and it will redirect to the login authentication window provided by the respective service to allow Zukmo to access your account.
Login to your service account and you will be redirected back to Zukmo Services wizard with the service being added under "My Services" along with your service login name.
Iterate through the steps 3 & 4 to add other services as well in a similar manner. Please note that for Google Apps, the domain name for the account will be requested prior to redirection.
Click "Finish" when done and you will be taken to the landing page listing all services.
Configuring Google Docs/Google Apps Docs
Zukmo users can now easily add Google Docs and Google Apps Docs of different types such as Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings and PDF files. By default when the service is initialized by the user, all documents within their Google Docs or Google Apps Docs account will be fetched. The steps below can help you configure settings after enabling the service.
Follow the steps in "Adding a Content Source" and add Google Docs/Google Apps Docs as a service.
Go to "My Account" tab displayed in the header and click on "Google Docs" / "Google Apps Docs" listing in the left panel.
The configuration page is displayed to the user. Choose among the options provided in the configuration page to either Fetch the docs by type (Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, PDF files), or to Fetch by collection name by specifying the name of the collection in the adjacent text field.
You can also choose to disable scheduled fetching by unchecking the "Fetch Daily" option. You can always fetch on demand by clicking on the "Fetch Now" button on top of the page.
Using the Android Mobile App
We have launched Zukmo Mobile app for Android in the Android Market place. Please check out our Android App help page to obtain instructions on where to download the Zukmo App for Android, how to begin using the app, how to save webpages from your Android Mobile browser, how to read content offline etc. This can also be accessed from the help page in the Mobile App.
Configuring Twitter Stream
Zukmo can gather tweets of the user and his/her following from the User's twitter account in a periodic manner. The steps to add tweets are:
Follow the steps in "Adding a Content Source" and add Twitter as a service.
Go to "My Account" tab displayed in the header and click on "Twitter" listing in the left panel.
You can also choose to disable scheduled fetching of tweets by unchecking the "Enabled" checkbox option. You can always fetch on demand by clicking on the "Fetch Tweets" link seen displayed below the search bar when Twitter Service is selected in the home page.
Adding Embedded Multimedia Videos & Presentations
Zukmo enables you to reference embedded videos at YouTube/Metacafe/Vimeo and presentations at Slideshare/Scribd as multimedia bookmarks. This is done in a contextual manner and categorized as Multimedia services though from the user's standpoint, they have to simply follow the same process as bookmarking for leveraging this feature.
Once the user has added a page or URL link from these specific websites, they are processed uniquely to display a listing of embedded objects, title and description along with the option of tagging them. The reader can be used to run the embedded video/ presentation and will also include the title and entire description.
Basically, the steps to accomplish this are as follows
Go to Youtube.com or Slideshare.net to browse videos and presentations of interest.
Use the Zukmo Browser button for adding pages and links in these two sites in the same manner as described for bookmarks.
Click on "Multimedia" Service and you will see the embedded videos and presentations along with their title.
Click on reader icon to view both presentation and entire description.
Configuring RSS feeds
Zukmo enables users to easily add their favorite RSS and Atom feeds. There are a couple of ways in which this can be accomplished and they are as follows:
The user can simply right click on the RSS feed icon of a webpage and using the "Add link to Zukmo" menu item
Alternatively one can add the RSS feed URL as a bookmark by using the "Add Bookmark" link in the landing page and Zukmo processes the Bookmark as a RSS feed.
Please note that there is a maximum limit of 10 feed subscriptions. The feed items will be listed by subscriptions and is fetched periodically multiple times a day. All of the feed information such as title, description and published date are indexed in Zukmo and made viewable.
Users can also to save a specific feed as a bookmark to save the bookmarked content for posterity.
Now that you've successfully installed and played around with Zukmo a little bit, here are some of the next steps to fully integrating Zukmo into your digital life:
Check out our collection of short instructional videos on a variety of topics
Read the Zukmo Blog for the latest news on all things Zukmo.
Post on our Forums for any questions, comments, feedback, suggestions etc.
If you ever have any questions, be sure to take a look at the growing collection of FAQs and support articles in our FAQ. If you need assistance, we have a dedicated support team ready to answer your questions.
Thanks for using Zukmo!