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Customer love release

At Xero we’re flat out working on some big things we hope to share with you soon. Meanwhile in this release we’ve focused on a bunch of small refinements.

There’s some features for our Australian users – only a couple of weeks after ANZAC commemorations. It certainly wasn’t planned that way – the stars simply aligned to make it happen. Spooky. There’s also lots of little things such as some changes to the Contact import functionality,  some usability improvements and we’re continuing to work on improving performance.

Watch this short  video for an overview of the release.

If you’re using the Australian version of Xero here’s what’s new:

  • BankLink Import – we now support importing accounts exported from BankLink into Xero – we’ll take care of mapping known AO tax codes to Xero tax codes.
  • Improved MYOB Chart of Accounts and Bank Statements Import – we’ve made importing data from MYOB better and improved the way in which MYOB tax codes are mapped to Xero tax codes.
  • BSB Number – we’ve made it clearer when you set up your Australian bank accounts, where to specify your bank’s BSB number. This is especially important if you’re using Xero to create Batch Payments.
  • Batch Payments – Self Balancing Option – some banks require your exported Batch Payment files to include both the payments you’re making and an extra line to represent the total debit from your account. We’ve added this as an option on the Bank Account dialog.

For the full detail check out the release notes and video above if you haven’t already.

 

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24 comments

elliot
10 May 2010 #

Thanks for those tweaks, returning to search page with the search results saved is great.

John Birse
10 May 2010 #

Xero continue to lift the bar by showing they listen to their users and update products quickly and without the cost of new version upgrades that other software providers expect users to wear. These changes will make it easier for our bookkeepers to fit Xero as a solution to Australian businesses rather than have business fit the software. Well done Xero team.

John
10 May 2010 #

It’s all nice – but still waiting to have different templates for my quotes and invoices. It’s kind of annoying and time-consuming having only one.

Tricia
10 May 2010 #

Being able to offer “read only’ for one bank account – where a bank a/c has several suffixes would be soooo helpful in our business.

Rod Drury
10 May 2010 #

@John coming soon. @Tricia not sure I understand, can you explain the scenario more. Thanks.

Scrantinax
10 May 2010 #

Something i just thought of today for the list of things to add, not sure if this is the right place to put it. Being able to add new lines in journals, invoices etc in the middle of the list of entries and not just at the end. A small thing but something i noticed today while entering a lot of data that would be quite useful.

Michelle pratt
10 May 2010 #

Would be great to cashflow prediction improved

Reuben
10 May 2010 #

Have you fixed the pesky .01c values found when calculating the GST value of Invoices? e.g. a $160 invoice can have a $20.01 GST value with a multi line invoice.
Examples in my test account

Ed
11 May 2010 #

These are some great changes and additions…there is however, one big change that needs attention right away. Xero needs the ability to send invoices to multiple email addresses. Why? Typically, an invoice needs to go to many departments of a business, this would help ensure quicker payments (if you do not send out paper invoices). This seems like a very easy change and one that would be very useful.

Brad
11 May 2010 #

Can you please add manual transactions and split billing to Xero Personal? It seems to be taking WAY TOO LONG!

Jon
11 May 2010 #

I agree with Brad. At least give us an idea of when they will appear. Will be perfect when these are implemented.

Tim
11 May 2010 #

I would like to see 2 small changes. When Xero logs you out, it should go to balank Xero login screen and not show the last data screen in the background. Confidential data is present to all even though it is in the background.
One other thing, it is very annoying to have to reenter your email address each time Xero logs you out. Can we not have a feature that allows us to select remember login name.

Rod Drury
11 May 2010 #

@Ed Multiple emails are on the list, though as you’ve probably worked out it is easy to open the invoice pdf and then send to multiple addresses using your email client.

@Brad + @Jon. We hear you. Working on a number of improvements based on early feedback which are non trivial to develop and test but should be out in June. You’re not putting on any pressure that I’m not already :)

@Tim, background observation is a good one.

We made the call on security to not persist the email address. Because of the importance of our relationships with banks and other data providers we feel its best to adopt best practices is this area.

@All. Other suggestions noted and feed into our tracking systems.

Lots to do, lots to do …

Brad
11 May 2010 #

Rob can you give us a timeline?

Scrantinax
12 May 2010 #

A couple of other things i have just thought of.
Is it possible to have a Batch Payment of more than 200 items? Haven’t yet reached that number yet, but getting close a couple of times. Reason why i ask is when you select the items for payment, selecting all only selects those on the page, not all pages, and you can only see a max of 200 items per page. You could do multiple batch payments to get around this i suppose but this would be a bit annoying.
Other thing is, is it possible to add the bank account, particulars, code and reference sections to accounts payable, so that this information automatically gets used in the batch payments? Would be nice to be able to enter all information on the invoice at one time rather than having to go back to the invoice for the right details when making the payment.

Louise Bayne
12 May 2010 #

You do such a good job, love the way you use user feedback to make improvements. keep up the good work

Brad
12 May 2010 #

I feel stupid now…..

Ok so June is the approximate time. My Birthday happens to be near there!

Amy Domican
13 May 2010 #

Hi Scrantinax thanks for your feedback, you’ve raised some good points for us to consider as we keep enhancing Xero. With regard to having more than 200 items in a batch payment we’ll be in touch with you directly. One thing you might consider for all the bank details, is to use the contact information hyperlink and open the details in another tab. We really appreciate you taking the time to let us know how things are working for you.

Ed
16 May 2010 #

Keep asking for automatic sending of invoices & statements – and story doesn’t change – with ~250 stores buying our products I need to be able to automatically email them invoices / statements on a monthly basis. If I was to get greedy I’d like the sending of invoices to linked to due date and overdue date.

Wheres my love? *grin*

Andrew Tokeley
17 May 2010 #

@Ed – we are actively (i.e. a developer is typing code as we speak) working on allowing bulk sending of invoices and statements. Can’t give a definite date but it will happen – thanks for the patience!

Ed
17 May 2010 #

Thanks Andrew – great to know!

No chance of you guys exposing your backlog and sprint cards etc? I assume you’re agile/scrum.

Andrew Tokeley
17 May 2010 #

@Ed – but that would spoil the surprise! Seriously, I do try and include upcoming features at the end of the release notes. These are typically the major pieces of work we are actively working on and imminent.

Guy
20 May 2010 #

Hi, just trialing, looking a new products to use/promote, need to be able to code to Segments (also called departments, cost centres,..), is this a feature being looked at?

Philip Fierlinger
20 May 2010 #

@guy I suspect Tracking is what you’re looking for…?

http://help.xero.com/#Settings_Tracking

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