We're not out to mess with your head, lead you up the garden path, or waste your time. None of this silly "Free Download" nonsense..., where you find out later that it is really a demo, or you can only load 100 products, or use it for 30 days.
Our Free, means Free. Forever!
There are absolutely no commitments to us, by you, for Licensing, Support, Maintenance, future Updates, Transaction Limits etc & etc.
But if you want the security of having someone support your installation that's no problem. We can do that for you. Just send an email and we'll discuss.
Even if you want the source code of our latest version? Just ask. We'll send it. No strings attached.
uniCenta oPOS is made available and distributed under a GPL v3 license (it explains exactly why) and we intend it to stay that way.
And, remember; uniCenta oPOS is Free to Download, Free to Own, Free to Use
Yes. Of course you can.You'll need to go to our main website www.unicenta.com and Register - all we need from you is your name and an email address.
You need to know that providing uniCenta oPOS or its source code does not entitle you to any direct one-on-one email Support Requests. Please do not send. Your email will be politely declined!
If you do need support (we all do from time to time) it needs to be posted here in the uniCenta oPOS Project Forums hosted on Sourceforge.
Think of it this way; share your experience, help others and become an active part of our growing community, it's all part of being open source..., and you will even get your question answered!
There are many differences between uniCenta oPOS and Openbravo POS some very noticable like in the latest version - 3.01 having an improved user interface - and some subtle. There are more changes under the "skin" which aren't seen that set the two apart.
uniCenta oPOS will always be aligned to the Openbravo POS "core", that's a given a far as we are concerned, but the thing that makes our version different is that we have incorporated many features, and bug-fixes, which have accumulated since the original Openbravo POS 2.30 release. At the moment uniCenta oPOS update releases are made available roughly each quarter.
Another thing to consider is that Openbravo's efforts developing their open source Openbravo POS came to a dead-stop after their 2.30.2 March 2011' release. They have gone commercial.
No. Absolutely not.
uniCenta oPOS is an ideal Point of Sale(POS) solution for Bars, Cafe's, Restaurants as well as a variety of other types of retail outlets.
uniCenta oPOS offers three Sales modes with different input screens:
Also keep in mind that uniCenta oPOS is very flexible. We know of an install in a Leisure Club who use the Restaurant mode - Table and Reservations - screens to manage their Tennis Courts and Spa treatment room bookings and the Standard mode on terminals for their cafe and other retail sales.
uniCenta oPOS uses 800x600pixels display size as its base screen size and automatically scales all of its forms to fit whatever size, upwards.
So why do we think this it's important to mention this?
For those who think that 800x600pixel (4:3 aspect ratio) is legacy, we want you to think again. Reason? Many tablet and mobile devices have a 1024x600pixel (16:9 aspect ratio) and, especially since release of Apple's iPad, they are gaining significant ground for use in hospitality, leisure and retail.
Many POS terminals today are aimed at what is regarded as the "industry standard" 15inch, 1024x768pixels (4:3 aspect ratio) monitor format. You can see immediately you're going to have a problem with "clipping" of the lower section of an application screen if you want to run your 1024x768pixels version software. And, by the way, it's another standard for programmers to put the OK, Apply, Close buttons in the lower right hand corner of a form.
So, with uniCenta oPOS, whether you have a 10inch 800x600pixels or a 42inch Full HD (1920×1080) Touchscreen all forms, buttons, and everything else will always appear in the same place, not off-screen, half-way up or in the middle of the screen. Bottom right, is bottom right. Regardless.
By default uniCenta oPOS ships and installs with its own database called Apache Derby Embedded. This is suitable really only for low volume use, a single terminal, testing or additional development.
To get the best from uniCenta oPOS it is recommended to use a database suited to do the job of handling multiple terminals and where a higher transaction volume is expected.
If, for example, you want to integrate your on-line web ordering or on-line table reservations with uniCenta oPOS then it makes sense to use one of these databases rather than the default Apache Derby Embedded.
Yes, it is.
uniCenta oPOS uses external files which are independent of the main application. This means that not only can the language be changed, but also the actual meaning or description of a label used say, on a form, can be changed to suit.
There is an ever growing collection of uniCenta oPOS Locales packs available which include:
uniCenta oPOS Tickets and Receipts are fully configurable and several templates for different uses are already included.
Style and content can be changed and you can include, and position, your own information such as Address, Tax number, promo' message, whatever, as well, of course, include your own logo.
There are three important concepts for taxes in uniCenta oPOS: Tax Categories, Taxes and Tax Customer categories.
Not only can you define the Tax relative to a product, but you can also group a collection of Taxes into a Tax Category as well as assigning a Tax applicable to a Customer type.
An example of a Customer type Tax in real-life use could be, for example, in a Deli' which has a regular Take-Out counter as well as serving coffees, pastries & etc to Eat-In.
uniCenta oPOS uses the Jasper Reports engine to produce its high-quality, professional reporting.
All the required files are created during the uniCenta oPOS install by default, and you can use the Jasper Reports iReport Designer tool to make any modifications to any report, to suit your needs.
Also, if you want to use uniCenta oPOS data for inclusion in another application, such as Excel, you can either export the report results (uniCenta oPOS supports several of the most popular document formats) or connect directly to its database.