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Overview

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Xero is a cloud-based small business accounting software with tools for managing invoicing, bank reconciliation, inventory,...

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The Canvas Learning Management Platform, built by Instructure, is the open, extensible learning management system that educators...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

12

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.4

2.3K

5

4

3

2

1

1.3K

636

198

59

77

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

4.5

3.5K

5

4

3

2

1

2.2K

1K

189

32

16

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

I love the app and gives me accounting on the go. Helps me track invoices and profits with ease.
The ease of use and reputation are by far the greatest part of this product. In addition to this, the range of potential integrations is fantastic.
Really easy to submit expenses, categorise them and check the progress of you submitted expense - super easy to do all from the app.

Pros

It has been good, and I would highly recommend it over the previous system we used. I like most of the newer features and believe it will continue to get better over time.
Canvas has a great overview page and is nice that all of your materials are in one place. I appreciated that it was the main form of communication, document location & even some quizzes and tests.
The overall experience during my last two years of undergraduate school was very pleasant and I sincerely hope that I encountered this software again in graduate school.

Cons

There are no delivery notes/packing slips. They tout a "workaround" but be warned, it's exactly 10 extra clicks so it's really not an option if you need this feature.
Our main complaint is that Xero stopped doing payroll in 2018, so now you have to pay an additional fee to a payroll processor such as Gusto.
Changing accounting software from Xero is a horrible experience. They make it very difficult to pivot to other software.

Cons

Nothing is intuitive, it's extremely hard to change or fix a mistake on an assignment if you make a mistake, grade syncing with our electronic gradebook is very glitchy.
The parent canvas app is confusing and difficult to navigate. It is hard to discern what assignments are due to strange naming structures.
As a parent, it was difficult to understand where some items were but I feel that was user error and not the platform.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review6 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review7 days ago

Key features

  • Total features173
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Assessment Management
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Blended Learning
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • CPA Firms
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Corporate/Business
  • Cost Tracking
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For AEC Industry
  • For Accountants
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Government
  • For Real Estate
  • For Religious Organizations
  • For Restaurants
  • For Schools
  • For Small Businesses
  • Forecasting
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • Gamification
  • General Ledger
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interactive Learning
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Learning
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-State
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Parent Portal
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Collection
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Pricing and Cost Calculations
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reorder Management
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Sourcing Management
  • Spend Management
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Portal
  • Supplier Management
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Training Companies
  • Transaction History
  • Trust Accounting
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features84
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Assessment Management
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Blended Learning
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • CPA Firms
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Corporate/Business
  • Cost Tracking
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For AEC Industry
  • For Accountants
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Government
  • For Real Estate
  • For Religious Organizations
  • For Restaurants
  • For Schools
  • For Small Businesses
  • Forecasting
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • Gamification
  • General Ledger
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interactive Learning
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Learning
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-State
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Parent Portal
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Collection
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Pricing and Cost Calculations
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reorder Management
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Sourcing Management
  • Spend Management
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Portal
  • Supplier Management
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Training Companies
  • Transaction History
  • Trust Accounting
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations1239
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations92
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier