Open Source at Xero
We know there are lots of people that would love to build tools on top of Xero, so we’ve been working on a number of Open Source projects for people to start playing with.
These are hosted at our Microsoft CodePlex site http://codeplex.com/xerolabs
One of the first projects we’ve put up is a tool that allows you to build custom invoice templates in Microsoft Word 2007.
We’ve had lots of requests for more flexible formatting of invoices. At some stage in the future we’ll have a great way to do this inside the Xero web application but we wanted to address this request as soon as we could.
We’ve decided not to release this functionality as part of the standard Xero product because it’s not our model to install software, though power users may find this functionality useful. We hope that others will take the code, extend it and build their own tools on top of Xero.
You can download Xero Invoicing for Microsoft Office 2007 here. Other open source projects in the works are a Microsoft Outlook contacts importer and the Xero API wrapper for C#.