All we had to do was purchase the software and several licenses and see how we liked it. We could do the implementation ourselves, at our pace. Overall, xTuple gave us alternatives that no other vendor could.
How do I get PostBooks?
Get the Installer
xTuple PostBooks Edition is an open source business software application available for free from our SourceForge.net project site.
Most first-time users will want to download the PostBooks Installer, a complete package that includes the xTuple desktop client, the PostgreSQL database server, and a number of pre-configured databases to help you get started. The installer is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and SourceForge will autodetect your platform and steer you to download the correct version.
The installer is ideal for testing the software yourself on a single computer, but is not optimized for a multi-user environment where other users (perhaps on other platforms) would need to connect to the server (in this case, your computer).
If you want to set up PostBooks in a multiuser environment you'll need to download the PostBooks Installer to get the client, but you'll want to choose not to install the database and other components. You'll need to download the PostgreSQL database server separately from the postgresql.org community site or from EnterpriseDB, a company offering a free packaged distribution they call Postgres Plus.
Please note: We also offer a free hosted demo of xTuple Enterprise Edition, our commercial software. The PostBooks client you download from SourceForge has an option to either login to your local database, or (if you have an xTuple user account), to log into your hosted demo. If you're interested in the commercial software, you can read more about the demo, or go straight to the Demo Request page.
xTuple Cloud Access
You can now run your xTuple database (PostBooks Edition) in the Amazon.com Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). You'll need to download the PostBooks Installer to get the client, and you can go to the xTuple Cloud Access Request page to request the cloud database.