SoftStar News

July 2002

Understanding Astrology Software

I am happy to share with the readers of SoftStar News my new 6,000 word essay for the The Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences on the types of astrology software, a brief history of astrology software, and an in-depth look at the unique features of the most advanced Western and Vedic astrology programs.

To read this essay, click here.

The Forthcoming Shri Jyoti Star 4.0 Update

I just received an early test version of Shri Jyoti Star 4.0

Many of the existing features have been significantly improved, including more layout formats (5x4 and 6x4), twice as many (18) screen pages, the ability to increase or decrease font sizes separately in tables and charts, and the Time Search can find planets at specific degrees or degree ranges. The new version adds many new tables including kuta tables for all of the planets, dinam and tara bala for all planets, a Western aspect table, and a wonderful compact dasa listing, plus additional lagna charts (Indu and Shri), and 5 different Saham (aka Arabic Part) tables.

The chart displays have been enhanced considerably too. Shri Jyoti Star is the only program to show aspect lines, and you can see them in any chart (even vargas) and adjust the orb, color, and type of aspects drawn in (normal Vedic or rasi aspects or both or Western or Tajik applying aspects). A Levacy-style South Indian chart is available, and you can create a beautiful Lotus border around any chart.

There is a very neat Quick Tajik Prashna tool, where you can ask a question on many topics and have the software immediately tell you an answer. And there's a group Muhurta tool that determines the best nakshatra to begin an activity for one person, a couple, or a group. There are many more Vedic factors you can search your file for, and more classical texts too.

By the time this version is released, in a few months, even more great features will be added.

Anti-Crash Pro

Even with Windows XP, which I find much more stable than Windows 98, I occasionally used to get crashes and had to close my programs. But now I use a utility called Anti-Crash Pro ($29) which intercepts crashes and fixes them so that you can continue working without any difficulties.

The program works like a charm for all 32 bit Windows versions (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP). I give it my highest recommendation and encourage everyone to try it. The company says that it fixes 95% of all crashes and I can confirm that it's at least that many.

You can get a free trial version -- which runs 20 times -- at

Discounts on Software

Software discounts starting July 2002: When you purchase astrology software through me, you will get:

1. My free expert guidance in choosing the right program.

2. The best pricing distributors are allowed to offer.

3. Free U.S. shipping, unless prohibited by the manufacturer, and for some programs, free Priority shipping Worldwide.

4. Additional benefits. E.g. I offer a very inexpensive excellent transit report for purchasers of Kepler & Sirius, over 60 free beautiful extra artistic wheels for Solar Fire Gold, etc.

5. You are supporting my website, allowing me to continue posting astrology tutorials, software reviews, and much more.

6. Your software is fully registered to you and shipped to you directly from the manufacturer, with their full customer support as well as mine.

To go to my secure astrology software order form, click here.

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