The Archive

I have decided to make every previous version of Costa available for download, to preserve its history and to allow anyone interested in seeing how Costa has evolved to do so.

In the archive you will find a complete list of releases, with changelog for each version, as well as a screenshot.

It's a long list, with releases spanning nearly two decades.

Version 0.8.0

Released on the 9th of July, 2005


Once again completely rewritten from scratch, this time with lots of improvements.

  • Rewritten from scratch
  • Themes (Costa, Mac OS 1.1, Windows 95 and Windows 3.11)
  • Desktop replaced with a program manager like the one in Windows 3.x
  • EXE runner from BETA 0.7.0 included
  • Toolbar for editing icons in the program manager
  • A lot of “under-the-hood” optimizations
  • Multi-user support! Up to 5 users can have their own icon profiles, themes and desktop colors. Users can be protected using an encrypted password.
  • Auto logon. If there’s only one person using Costa, he/she can use auto logon to go directly to the program manager.
  • Some of the first chapter of the “User’s Guide and Reference”.
  • Smaller icon format. In average the icons lost 1 KB in size each.
  • Tool to update icons from BETA 0.7.0 to the new format.
  • INI-files. All settings for Costa and the user profiles are stored in INI-files.
  • Icons are read from a folder instead of a file.

To download the most recent version of Costa, head on over to the Download section.