SoftStar News

October 1999

Upgrades in the Works

Shri Jyoti Star is continually being upgraded. Most people aren't aware that it is the only Vedic program on the market that allows you to place two different people's charts, tables, graphs, and dasa listings on one page, including compatibility graphs and tables. The program also is the first to add Vedic composite charts!

Larger glyphs for the round wheel charts are coming, as well as more interpretive text. A detailed review of the program by me will appear shortly in American Astrology.

Neat Stuff

For those who love images of the planets, don't miss out on the Hubble Space Telescope planetary photographs at their website. Go to: Hubble Photos and enjoy incredible photos and animations of the planets, gorgeous galaxies, and more.

Copy Protection, Bugs, and other Issues

The creators of Parashara's Light 2000 have decided to implement the same type of copy protection method that Visual Jyotish used. This method requires that you call Geovision Software when you first get the program in order to get the code that allows the program to run on your PC. If you upgrade your computer, or change to a new one, you will have to call them again for a new code.

The reason both they and Das Goravani -- whose software every so often requires the original CD it came on -- use serious copy protection is that while piracy is not so prevalent in the United States, it is rampant in Europe and Asia, including in India, and their sales would be very heavily impacted if they didn't protect their software.

It is a shame that people ripoff astrology software, especially since it takes so many years to create, by people who pour their hearts and souls -- and the livelihoods of their tiny companies -- into their efforts. You wouldn't steal from your close friend, and it isn't that much different to copy a program personally produced by one person.

Fortunately, Geovision has promised that if they ever do close their business, they will send unlocked versions to all of their customers. That is a very responsible act.

Important Notes

The cost of upgrading your interpretive astrology software from an earlier version to a new version (e.g. DOS to Windows) varies incredibly from company to company. Some companies charge as much as $100 per interpretive report, for essentially the same text in a different "package".

The company with the best policy is Cosmic Patterns, which charges nothing at all to upgrade reports to the next version. You only have to upgrade the calculation program Kepler, and all of the reports that you own are automatically upgraded for free. This is an outstanding policy.

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