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SoftStar News

December 1999

Upgrades in the Works

In January, Cosmic Patterns will release an upgrade to the 4.6 version of their flagship Kepler astrological program. Owners of 4.6 will be able to download the update from their website, Cosmic Pattern's website, for free. The new update adds cities to the already very advanced astro-maps. Even maps of very small areas will include several cities. With this enhancement, Kepler becomes one of the most powerful mapping programs in the world.

I am also just about to receive the new WinStar Express from Matrix Software, which just started shipping to customers this week (December 13th). I'll review it in the January 2000 SoftStar Newsletter.

Copy Protection, Bugs, and other Issues

In preparing my forthcoming article on "The Optimal Use of Astrology Software" for the next issue of the Mountain Astrologer, I was particularly surprised that "all atlases are not created equal". The electronic time change atlases included with different software packages vary in their accuracy, so be sure to run the tests provided in my Mountain Astrologer article to verify the accuracy of the atlas in the software you are using.

I was also surprised by the number of novices who use programs that don't have an electronic atlas built-in and don't realize it. They assume that if they use the Standard Time Zone the software supplies, that their charts will come out correct. Not! Others who use software that has a small electronic atlas try to substitute adjacent cities to get the time zone -- which can easily result in incorrect time change data.

Important Notes

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