For now, Luca is 100% free, while it’s being developed. When it’s feature-complete and lacks all obvious bugs, I will begin selling it. How much for? Well, I sold the DOS version starting in 1988 for $250. The 2018 price will probably start out at not much more than that. But for now, you can download Luca and play with it for free, in the hope that you’ll be so impressed that any price rise will feel entirely reasonable when the time comes.
Luca pre-alpha 220.127.116.11. Download here.
Design: can now open Luca VIp (DOS) files, read them all in and save as .luca files. Can edit and display the client details and display the chart of accounts and the audit trail.
Functionality: if you had a lot of DOS Luca clients you could open, view and save them, but you can’t edit them or anything, and there are certainly no reports.
Purpose: If you wanted to get a head start on saving all your clients in .luca format, you probably could. The file format probably won’t change again until the full version is ready (and there’ll be an automatic conversion if it does).
Luca pre-alpha 18.104.22.168. Download here.
Design: all the original windows from Luca VIp revision 62, resizing and positioning properly. Menus disabling and enabling more or less appropriately.
Functionality: none at all. It has a partially-implemented Open/New/Save functionality but it doesn’t do anything with actual files.
Purpose: You could probably pretend this was a fully-fledged program if you didn’t ever want to do anything useful with it.
Luca pre-alpha 22.214.171.124. Download here.
Design: all the original windows from Luca VIp revision 62.
Functionality: none at all. Not a sausage. This does literally nothing but pop up windows. The windows don’t even resize or position themselves properly.
Purpose: All this is good for is to show you what’s to come.