SoftStar News

August 2007

Inaccurate and Buggy Astrology Software

Recently, a few astrologers have contacted me to see if I could help them get an update to their old Expert Astrologer program.

It seems that Expert Astrologer doesn't work with the newer versions of Windows.

I am very happy that astrologers can longer use the program, because it calculated 20% of the charts wrong!

The rising sign could be up to a whole sign off, and these errors were not due to time zone issues, but to faulty algorithms used in the calculations.

I had pointed this out to the company over 7 years ago, and to my website readers in the year 2000.

To continue to market a product that they knew was greatly flawed showed how little integrity the company had.


I also alert readers to a problem with the still-being-marketed program VegaSviri.

I evaluated the program in depth a little over 5 years ago, and even prepared most of the review (to be published in The Mountain Astrologer) before I realized that the programmers could not fix the major bug I reported, even though they kept promising to.

It seems that when you start working with VegaSviri, charts are calculated accurately, but during a session, the natal data gets replaced by other data and the accuracy is lost.

The programmers apparently couldn't fix this bug because the original programmer no longer worked with them.

I had to scrap the review and have not recommended the software to anyone.


What this brings up is the great need for every astrologer to test the software they purchase for accuracy.

Regular readers of my columns know that I have provided them with tests of accuracy for both planetary calculations and time-change data.

For those who can't find the link, it's in the article, "The Optimal Use of Astrology Software" which you can read by clicking here.

Every astrologer who uses software should read the article anyway, in order to understand the limitations inherent in astrology programs.

Tips and Tricks: Shri Jyoti Star

Andrew Foss, the creator of Shri Jyoti Star, continues to add new features to the latest version of his software, Shri Jyoti Star 6, and provides them to customers via free updates on his website. That's why everyone owning version 6 should check for new updates monthly. Some of the features mentioned below are offered only in the most recent updates, so if you can't find them in your program, please be sure to download the latest version.

Here are some of the new features and how to access them:

1. Creating a transit chart with the Ascendant (Lagna) of the birth chart.

In order to easily see which natal houses the transiting planets are in, it's handy to have a chart for the moment with the natal Ascendant. Here are the steps:

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK + transit" button.

     B. Click on a blank area of the Main Screen to pop up the Choices and Options Menu, (or click on the screen where you want to replace what is shown with a transit chart).

     C. At the top left of the Choices and Options screen is the word For: and the name of the current chart and a down triangle. Click on the down triangle and select the transit chart.

     D. Click OK and the transit chart will appear on the Main Screen.

     E. Right-click with your mouse on the transit chart, and in the pop-up menu that appears, click on "Use as Ascendant Other Chart's" , and when the menu opens to the right, click on Ascendant.

     F. That's it. From now on, the Transit chart will always have the natal Ascendant.

2. Zooming in on an Astromap.

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK" button.

     B. On the Main Screen, click on the Time/Space Change choice at the top of the page, and then click on the first item: AstroMapping/Relocate.

     C. Right-click on the map where you want it to zoom in. Each time you right-click, it will zoom in more (up to the limits of the zoom).

3. Making all of the symbols the same size in a chart.

While it is easier to see the glyphs or two-letter abbreviations of the planets in small charts by having them fill the available space, when you get to larger charts, it looks better when you make all of the symbol sizes the same size.

To do this:

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK"button.

     B. Place a large chart on the screen (or place your mouse cursor over a large chart already on the screen).

     C. Right-click on the large chart and then click on This Chart, and on the menu that opens to the right, click on Equalise Glyph Sizes.

4. Seeing the Degrees in Small Charts.

There are times when you want to be able to see and read the degree positions of the planets more easily in a small chart.

Here's how to make the degrees more readable in a small chart:

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK" button.

     B. Place a small chart on the screen (or place your mouse cursor over a small chart already on the screen).

     C. Right-click on the small chart and then click on This Chart, and on the menu that opens to the right, click on Big Degrees.

     D. Important Note: the above steps only work if the chart already displays the degree positions. If it doesn't, then click on the chart, and on the Choices and Options menu, at the right of the screen under the title: Degrees, etc, click on the down triangle and select Show degrees.

Tips and Tricks: What would you like to see?

Readers of this column, please email me at the link below to let me know which program(s) you would like me to write about in my Tips and Tricks column.

I would like to meet your needs.

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