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Started by Xero API -   in App Reviews |Bills + Expenses

5 out of 5 stars
Based on 46 user ratings
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About Lightyear

Lightyear provides automated line item extraction with 100% accuracy, instant processing and a robust approval workflow for Accounts Payables teams. For more information, check out Lightyear.


Remember if you have questions or need assistance with Lightyear, this is not the best place to ask - this forum is for reviews and feedback only.

For general support, check out the Lightyear support centre or email support@teamlightyear.cloud.

Fantastic piece of software and integrates well with Xero. Has been a real improvement for both our finance team and wider organisation

Andrew Brooks  

I run a business solutions company and I have been a LY fan since the gents first started the company! We turn to Lightyear to solve the growing business problem of efficiently processing AP. The team and the app never let us down. We use LY with direct connected accounting as well as custom export, there isn't a problem we cannot solve when we have great tools like this.

Carmen Roberts  

Brilliant program, absolutely swear by it. I've been using it for a few years for larger clients and have just recently transitioned for my smaller clients as well. Don't know why I didn't do it earlier. Impeccable data integrity, excellent functionality, intuitive, scalable and price is unbeatable, what's not to love!

Katherine Parnell  

Lightyear has taken our Accounts Payable headaches away and is even better than it's predecessor Invitbox. Really pleased with the ease of integration with Xero and the choice of 1,2 or 3 step approval within Lightyear.
This product saves us so much time. We received excellent support from the team during the initial setup and afterwards. Candice has helped us so much during the whole process and helped make the switch to Lightyear easy and painless.

Jane Stevens  

We use Lightyear across several entities in the agricultural sector and it has made the processing APs so easy. It saves so much time, is easy to use and it's easy to train our wider team to use to code/approve invoices. The Lightyear team are super helpful and supportive. Can't recommend Lightyear highly enough!

Nicole McLean  

I have been using this product since invitbox days, and have loved the developments and the ease that it has created with my workload. We run three companies and integration with Xero is seamless!

Rebecca Sorraghan  

Lightyear delivers and then some. The product is easy to learn and offers great functionality but I have found the accuracy of the data extraction and multi level rules have significantly reduced the manual input and the service from the start has been excellent. Chat queries are answered with knowledgeable staff and have also had staff call to discuss or make videos to guide through our query, not direct us to standard answsers.

Chris Styant  

We've used Lightyear for quite a while now & couldn't imagine not using it now. Every new company we set up on Xero we request the client also set up a Lightyear account to streamline everything.

Jarrod Wilson  

We have close to 600 of our clients using Xero and this number continues to grow weekly. It saves hours of tedious data entry and assists us and our clients to be 100% paperless. I can recommend lightyear if your serious about saving precious time, money and storage space.

Rod McClernon  

We love the time that Lightyear saves us. It is so quick and easy to use. I have always found their support team to be super helpful and any issues that arise are sorted out straight away. I recommend them to clients when ever I get the chance.

Kath Abrahamson  

User friendly platform, great support and an outstanding approval options. I recommend Lightyear to all my clients, specially the ones that requires a complex approval process before the bill is imported to Xero.

Diego Biroli  

So easy to use. Makes the accounts payable process seamless. From receiving invoices, entering data, approvals and filing. There is no trade off between efficiency and effectiveness here. Agree with other reviews. Since Roger and the team have come back with Lightyear (Invitbox was fantastic) they have made a special effort to accommodate users and help them get the best out of the product. Special mention to Ash and Candice, my team and I know who to call when we need help. I have now installed Lightyear (and Invitbox) to 3 different employers who thought I was revolutionary recreating the accounts payable process.

Timothy Brazzale  

Lightyear is a brilliant product. I have used this for a number of clients for many years now (previously Invitbox) and it has just got better and better. It is easy to set up and use and the customer support is fantastic. I don't believe there is another accounts payable software out there that could even compare to Lightyear.

Nance Middlemass  

I find Lightyear an essential tool to help me look after my business, The ability to export to Xero saves hours each week in data entry, accuracy is higher and the ability to quickly lookup an invoice is an essential tool to stay on top of costs and supply. Not only is Lightyear a fantastic product but our business has been severely affected by the COVID-19 virus and Lightyear has allowed us to modify our booking, Great people are a great sign of a great business and Lightyear comes up tops on all counts.

Matthew Ronke  

I have been using Lightyear for a few months now. Despite a few teething issues at the start I now wouldn't be without it. It saves a huge amount of time, is pretty intuitive, the support is great and it gives me an audit trail of invoices approvals which is desperately lacking in Xero itself. At this price point I don't think it can be beaten. They are also talking about adding a Purchase Order Module in 2020 which would be the icing on the cake!

Elaine Roberts  

Have always found Lightyear to be a terrific and easy to use product. Dual authorisation of bills is something that many products do not have and the data extraction is very fast and accurate.

Alistair Jarvis  

We love Lightyear as it reduces the AP process time at least 50%. You are able to see the the line items and the statement can be automatically reconciled. So if there are missing invoices that you can chase them up immediately. The Support team is also wonderful. They response your problems quickly. Great work!!!

Li Li  

Lightyear is amazing. You are able to bring in data line by line and the very best bit- supplier statements. It now automatically reconciles. So if you are missing an invoice you will know instantly and can chase it up. Saving us days of work at month end. Great job!!!

Melanie Staas  

Candice did a great job helping us transition from Invitbox to Lightyear. We're very happy with the new service and the direction Lightyear seems to be heading. Approx 100 McDonald's restaurants are using Lightyear through us to get supplier invoices into Xero. We make sure all our book-keeping clients use it - It's great for speeding up the entry of invoices and supporting separate authorisation. Would definitely recommend you give it a go.

Max Telford  

The move from Invitbox to Lightyear across went really well. The minor hiccups we encountered along the way, were promptly addressed by the support team (Thanks Ash, Brenda and Candice). The best bit is now we have been able to engage our clients to approve via Lightyear and no more lost emails, due to the audit trials they are able to see if required.

Alicia Mellors  

LY contributes significantly in assisting a business to optimise extraction of both operational and accounting efficiencies. Additionally, the LY team is particularly supportive of new clients through the set-up/implementation stage. It is a pretty simple process to move to LY. Highly recommended!

Barry Matteo  

Lightyear is so easy to use. Only a few hundred dollars a month saves tons of energy and time. Everyone loves it, including the auditors. It works seamlessly with XERO. I highly recommend Lightyear.

Robert Yu  

Have just started using Lightyear and must say it is a very user friendly product and easy to navigate.

Jude Low  

Everything my business partner Leigh Davie said - We love Lightyear, can't go a day without it and we are so pleased to be connected back to the awesome Gregg team.

Annie Conza  

Effortless integration with minimal effort required throughout

Jonathan Poots  

Lightyear is a great product and works seamlessly with Xero.

Reeve Ransfield  

Using Invitbox in the past, now with Lightyear, the system has great features to get bills processed efficiently through mapping, approval, exporting workflow. And of course, supportive team at Invitbox / Lightyear are great!

Lisa Yang  

We reviewed a number of accounts payable apps and Lightyear was by far the best. Seamless integration with Xero brings huge time savings and their sign off functionality for managers was unique to Lightyear in the apps we surveyed. Love it!

Joy Mulrey  

Love the Lightyear interface into Xero. Really easy and modern user interface that is easy to navigate. Such a time saver.

Kylie Cram  

This is a great add on. Reduced staff hours drastically and increased AP process efficiency a lot.

Raktive Paul  

We had been using Invitbox for over 5 years and are so excited with all the current developments in Lightyear. This is by far the best AP app. The multi sign off process is simple and secure. Our clients love that employees have access to the Filing cabinet in case of queries. Everything is time stamped & tightly controlled. Not only do we save at least 5 hours of data entry each week, we have complete confidence that there are no duplicate invoices going through and that the invoices flow into xero, already checked & authorised for payment. Ready to be batched & paid on due date. I cannot speak highly enough of the product or the fantastic customer service.

Leigh Davie  

Lightyear is a fantastic product which we use across our hospitality client base as well using internally as a firm.
It has an easy to use interface and not only helps with eliminating data entry but also facilitates better business processes around the accounts payable and invoice approval function.
I have no hesitation in recommending this product to any of my clients.

Dealing with Roger and the team at Lightyear is always a pleasure.

Mitch Stone  

The development pipeline looks amazing and it's exciting times for this product. By far, the most flexible and feature rich application in this space. They really listen and take on customer feedback for continuous feature builds. I think they are killing it and will be dominating their perceived competitors in no time once people understand the key differentiators of this product like segregation of duties, dual approvals, user restricted access, statement recs, inventory and seamless integrations. Looking to develop with POS providers potentially too which could be exciting.

Tamara Cross  

I was a long term Invitbox user and am so glad that the team is back together at Lightyear. I can already see the improvements in just a short space of time. I love how easy it is to use and the time savings and efficiency gains clients get from Lightyear. It also adds control to the AP process through sign offs and price checking. The support is also first class. My clients love and I love it.

Matthew Bell  

We have been using Lightyear and previously Invitbox for a while now and love the product. It's so easy to convert clients to Lightyear and they love the approvals process and that they can find invoices easily. Our hospitality and construction clients especially love it as they have so many invoices and can price check. Very easy to use and the support from Candice is excellent and so helpful.

Lynley Pryde  

The best support in the add-on market place combined with the best accounts payable product, it's been a pleasure to work with this team over the last 5 years and will continue to into the future.

Daniel Hardy  

Congratulations team on developing such a fantastic product to help to help businesses eliminate time consuming and often problematic methods of dealing with invoicing. The systems integration benefits and customer service from the Lightyear team are the cream on the top!

Ant Prior  

Great to have the team back! The customer support and dedication is second to none - pickup the phone and your problem is solved. Great product for multi-site operations but also small businesses. What a relief to have you back!

Sam Musgrave  

I highly recommend this product! Using Invitbox initially, and Lightyear is great!
Sensational features, clear layout and lovely supporting team.


Sandra Lin  

I have been using Invitbox for years and it was amazing, Lightyear is just as good or even better. Amazing business tool for managing invoicing approval & account processing through the seamless integration with Xero. Highly recommended.

James Taylor  

Lightyear is great product, it provides a robust approval process and saves many hours of data entry per week. A great feature is the ability to export line items directly into our POS systems.
Highly recommended!

Tim Crowe  

Great support team. The software works seamlessly with Xero. Finally found a data entry software that I can trust. I highly recommend this service.

Ash Panday  

Using Invitbox in the past, now working with Lightyear there are great features and very helpful staff. It gives our staff a streamlined process to get bills processed efficiently.

Aaron Milne  

Just when we thought Invitbox was the greatest AP tool in our arsenal, along comes Lightyear. We have been blessed to work with such a supportive team at Invitbox/Lightyear - Brenda and Roger in particular.
Particularly love the simple layout and the ease of letting our store managers log in and approve their invoices without needing training in the accounting system.
Superior customer service and communication. Would definitely recommend!

Rebecca Vass  

I've worked with Roger and the team for many years and now that lightyear (formerly invitbox) is independent from Intuit I am so happy to be able to use it again. It's authorisation process, user interface and audit trails is what makes it stand head and shoulders above the competition. Looking forward to also using the new statement reconciliation feature. Brenda and Candice in support are ultra helpful and its good to have a software company that is actually willing to pick up the phone and speak to you!

Dan McGrath  

Great that these guys are back. Their first product (invitbox) was ahead of its time, and Lightyear is even better. We run a number of hospitality and retail companies, and their approvals workflow and line-by-line data extraction is great. So simple to use. Staff love it. So do we.

Baz Little