Recent Improvements to Evernote and Xero

Since I wrote about Working in the Cloud and the applications the we love using at Adaptive Consulting, there has been some significant improvements made across two of them. Below is a summary of what I love about these improvements and some additional information about them.

Files in Xero

As mentioned in that article, we love using Xero for our accounting needs. One new major improvement that was recently announced is the ability to store files in Xero (not just attachments). This feature in my opinion adds a tremendous amount of value to a business as it increases collaboration between small business owners and their financial advisors via a single tool.

Another feature which has been flagged as coming soon is the ability to email files to Xero and create bills from them. I’m eagerly looking forward to getting hold of this new functionality as it will be a massive time saver!

Read about the announcement on Xero’s blog at

Files for Xero from Xero on Vimeo.

Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop

Ever since Evernote announced that Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop was being released I’ve been looking forward to trying it out. When I finally was able to download and install it, it didn’t disappoint. There are a whole bunch of features that I love about it, including the new UI, the Shortcuts, the Smarter search functions, etc.

 The downside (and the single biggest gripe I have) with Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop is that it has a tendency to crash a fair bit. As with most things, I’m confident that this will be resolved as this new version matures.

 I also love this little graphic titled “100 Reasons to Love Evernote for Windows” to describe the core features

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